Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gotta love it when people look out for eachother.

I found this note in the door of my car...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Nigerian Celebration

This past friday night was probably the most fun ive had in a long time. You might remember my classmate and good friend Jacob from an earlier post.

Jacob is one of the coolest people i know. Too many stories to fit in a blog post. But anyways, he invited myself and a couple other guys from our class to a party/celebration with some of his friends from Nigeria that are living in the states. Its their custom that every year towards the end of the year they come together and pray, and thank God for the past year and ask his blessing for the following year.
Shortly after we got there, the women arrived with all of the food. They had gone out to a farm earlier that day and bought a goat which they then smoked the meat and prepared a bunch of other dishes. Ive done my fair share of traveling and trying different foods and so I was really excited to try something new.
After we ate, it turned into a huge dance party that went on for hours. Everyone was so generous and hospitable and didnt laugh too much at our terrible dancing. Amazing night.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Polaroid

Ive known this for a while but an article on cnn.com today reminded me of the unfortunate fate of polaroid film. It was announced back in february of 09 that polaroid would stop production of their instant film. With everything going digital, polaroid was feeling the pressure with trying to stay up with the current technology.

I forget who I was having this conversation with recently but there is a sense of mystery and magic with polaroid film that I love. How is it possible for the image to just appear before youre eyes. I feel like I can conceptualize the latest technology so much better than the old. I can understand how a cd or an mp3 works...just a series of codes that the computer or cd player reads. But how the heck does a record player work. How can the tiny little grooves in a piece of vinyl produce beautiful music. I know essentially how a digital camera works. But how in the world can you take a picture with a polaroid camera and watch it appear right there in your hand.

Good news though www.savepolaroid.com has on their website that some company picked up the license for polaroid film and should start production in early 2009. I hope this is true...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Holiday Beard

Nothing ushers in the holiday season better than a nice well groomed beard. The power that a holiday beard has to bring joy to those around it is absolutely amazing.

Back in college (I guess I have one more semester until I can officially say that) I did the "no shave november" thing, "mustache march" etc. Every month had its own style of facial hair it seemed. The holiday beard is in a league of its own however. Its no longer a silly dorm room ritual, but a statement that says "seasons greetings."