Friday, July 31, 2009

I'll be back, I promise!

So, it appears I've taken an extended hiatus on blogging. I'm going to try and redo the site. And start to pick this up regularly again. Check back soon(?). :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My first song

A thousand miles from home, I ready the close of another chapter. A chapter of a book that is my story, and a small part of a greater anthology of my friends and family.

But how does one end such a chapter? With eloquent words of closing, that signify the swan song of the last four years? Or do I sing this like my first song, with the fervor and passion of one setting upon my next journey? It's hard to imagine the closing absent of both. Indeed, both songs create the melody that will carry my story throughout this tale. I am my history and my present, because they dictate my dreams.

The journey of the past four years could have been a book within itself! The character that is me found purpose, gained knowledge, felt anger and frustration, became resilient, made lifelong friendships, felt heartache, found joy, and just lived. Even the pen[s] that have carried me through this tale have undergone their own wear and tear (and singeing)! The nostalgia that emanates is not without due reason or cause. It is a testament to this chapter that I am truly sad to see go.

But nonetheless, a new chapter awaits! One that leaves the character anxious and excited, worried and emboldened, hopeful and fearful. What does this new journey have in store?! As much of a new journey that it will be, it will also be the return to a place my story diverted from four years ago. Like myself, much has changed since then. People have come and gone. Some have entered into this world, while others have sadly left. The very landscape will have worn and grown all at the same time. The place that I left four years ago will of course still be there, but the hints of change will peak through. Maybe not change, but life. Yes, I think the latter.

But as I return home in the next few days, and write this new chapter in the resettled shoes of old; I do hope some things will not have changed. For I have dreamt many nights of those desert towns, and the constellations that danced and shown above them. It was those dreams that sustained me in my time away, and became the seeds of my hope for their reality in this new chapter. These among other things are what I think are providing me with my conflicting attitudes of excitement and worry. The fear of change, and the excitement to see what has changed feels like the appropriate paradox.

Yet, as I realize this. I know that all of my plans for this chapter, the outlines and stories in which I would have liked to have inked will be most dreadfully and pleasantly dashed upon the rocks. The joys and frustrations can be sensed on the horizon, looming in the most welcome and anxious sense. However, as a beloved President told a group of us, "Lives are things to be lived, they are not agendas to be followed".

And what better advice could I begin this next chapter with?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Video Update!

Video Slot 1: Where the Wild Things Are!! Let the Wild Rumpus Start!!
Video Slot 2: Oh my gosh. As a hunter myself, this would be absolutely terrifying.
Video Slot 3: I saw this video in my NAS seminar class today. We were discussing and disassembling exactly what language is. We watched this interesting video from a person with autism and their concept of language.
Video Slot 4: Could You be Loved- Marley Brothers

Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Layout!!

I decided to change things up and go for a new look. I looked around for some neat templates because I don't have the HTML skill to make my own! However, I thought this one was kind of cool. I like the youtube bar at the top. I think I'm going to purely use the bar at top to post videos. That way it'll free up some space in my text, and allow for quicker loading times. I was noticing that when my posts got video heavy, it took a while to load. In addition, I deleted the videos from my last five posts. The current videos are some of my brother's work, check No Reservations Productions to see more. I'm going to use the bar to refer to videos I talk about in my posts, and I hope its pretty obvious which videos I'm talking about.

However! I am having some issues already with the new layout! If someone knows a bit more about HTML and would like to help me that would be greatly appreciated :)! My visited links on my browser turn black, which effectively makes them disappear into the black background. I've scoured over the code and don't know where this is at to change it.

Also, I don't want to be limited to pasting youtube videos. Embedding videos doesn't seem to work. Hmm? Suggestions?

Well, hopefully I'll work out the kinks. But for now enjoy!!

Vid1: Native Model Studio- I like the song from Redcloud ft. Ulali
Vid2: Primary Blends, Lotus Nightclub- If you're in town for gathering check out some Native DJs!
Vid3: 2030 Coal Challenge- Winning video from my bro and his peeps about the dangers of Coal. Pretty funny
Vid4: Spindian Market- You ain't Artsier than me!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Checking In

I haven't blogged in a really, really long time. I got caught up with finals last month, and then went back home for Spring Break where I didn't have internet access. So now I'm back at school on my final term. Scary! The real world is right around the corner, and I'm trying to make sure I have a place to work when I graduate. Its been slim pickings because of the economy, but I trust it'll come together.

I'm also thinking of revamping my blog. I feel like it needs a change. New layout? New focus? Although my posts have been all over the place, I think my title and subtitle takes itself a little too serious. Lol.

Check back soon!

Friday, March 13, 2009

And the conclusion..

Jon Stewart hosts Jim Cramer from CNBC's Mad Money.

Let the Battle Royale ensue.

EDIT: Videos deleted

Time Traveling in New Mexico!

At least in with the passage of Senate Bill 716, the "Wake Up Call" bill. If Sen. Mary Jane Garcia's bill passes, NM will join Arizona in not observing daylight savings time. Citing it as a safety issue among other reasons, there is no good rational she claims for following this "archaic policy".

Time Traveling!

Some Stewart Nostalgia

Since we're on the topic of Jon Stewart and holding media accountable. Here is the ultimate Stewart pwnage:

EDIT: Video deleted

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Round About Midnight

If you don't know, the man in the video below is not Thelonious Monk. Lol. But he does play an amazing rendition of Monk's Round About Midnight.

EDIT: Video deleted, will post again

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jon Stewart FTW!

Good ol' Jon Stewart, holding the media accountable.

and the response:

Jenga Pistol

How to win at Jenga every time:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Deep Sea Wonder

There is still so much we don't know about this Earth. Check out this crazy looking fish, first photographed four years ago! His eyes are the green orbs in the bubble.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dartmouth's 17th President Announced

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Global Health Leader becomes Dartmouth's 17th President.  Kim becomes the first minority male to lead an Ivy League Institution, and replaces retiring President James Wright.

Check The Dartmouth: President Kim
Check Dartmouth's Official Website: President Kim

Monday, February 23, 2009

And for one day, the Indians won!!

Tonight my all Native intramural basketball team RedRage defeated the Godsquad in the quarterfinals of our league playoffs.  Its sort of funny thinking about the underlying contexts of our two team names going against each other. It reminded me of this Smoke Signals clip:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Zombie Banks

I heard this rather amusing and informative story about a new term in the lexicon of the current economic crisis. Chris Arnold from NPR reports on the issue of banks being overloaded with money, but having such significant losses that they can't loan any money. Essentially, being dead (unable to loan), yet still alive and receiving bailout money.

"I always liken Zombie Banks, to Night of the Living Dead. Where you have these creatures, walking around with their arms out. Ripping at the flesh of humans, and turning them into the living dead as well."

Check it out: Zombie Banks

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Winter Carnival Antics FTW!!

Facebook Denies Natives Access

Kind of an interesting story coming out of ICT about how Facebook has denied access to many Native users because of their last name. Apparently accounts with last names such as "Kills the Enemy", were cancelled because they were believed to violate Facebook's terms of use: "Fake names and false identities are actually a violation of the Terms of Use, and we disable fake accounts when they’re reported to us by our users.”

Once again. It's a good day to be Pueblo. lol.

Check it out:Facebook Story

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hydroplaning at its Best

If Jesus had rode a dirt bike on water instead of walking, it might've looked something like this.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Soccer Fan FT[S]!!!

For The [Save]!!

Google Maps- Deer Killer

On the Google maps street view on Five Points Road in Rush, NY, the camera captures the death of a deer as the camera car hits it! I know there is some crazy stuff on google maps, but this has to be one of my favorites.

Check it out: Google Killer

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rise Up!

I don't think Indigenous people in North America realize how fortunate we are in comparison to Indigenous people internationally. The extent to which our political rights are recognized, are light years ahead of other people.

However, check this political shift happening in Bolivia under the direction of Evo Morales, their first Indigenous president.

NY Times-Bolivia Referendum

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's a New Day!


The Obama Miracle

Here is a little story about how Barack Obama performed a miracle today and made a small difference in my life.

Last night, Sherman Alexie had been the keynote speaker for MLK day at Dartmouth. The Native students had been invited to have breakfast with him the next morning. The next day I also had a paper do for a class due soon after the breakfast. After his keynote address which ended kind of late I rushed back to my room to start my paper. Needless to say, I thought I had the paper planned out in my head (bad habit, but thats usually how I roll). Anyways, midway through the night my paper was struggling. I realized my argument made no sense, and made the decision to start from scratch. I would rather write it correctly, rather than deliver and incorrect awful paper.

However, by this time it was too late. I ended up pulling an all-nighter and was still writing right up to my breakfast appointment with Alexie! I was devastated. It came down to getting a good grade (which I need), or breaking bread with the Man himself! I was so utterly disappointed and decided I needed to finish my paper. Its funny to think about now.

With about 15 minutes to go before breakfast, my professor blitzes the class saying: "Class Cancelled. I'd rather have you guys enjoy the day and watch the innaguration than preparing for class. And your papers are due thursday".

I think i squeeled with glee. I ran and jumped in the shower and ran over to meet with Sherman Alexie. Thank you Barack Obama. You performed a miracle today and allowed me to meet one of the greatest authors of our time, and watch you become the first Black President.

Oh yeah, and thanks for the extension. You saved my ass. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Musical Road

I saw this on a Honda commercial tonight, and had to look it up. This is so cool! The grooves that are usually used to alert sleepy drivers from going off the road are instead used to create a melody!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Getting back on the wagon

I just noticed today, that my last post will have been nearly an entire month ago, and from last year! Lol, I jest. 

Over Christmas break, I took a much needed rest and essentially turned my brain off for the entire month.  Being back at school, I have been busy trying to wrangle in my classes and job situation(s).  But fear not! Indigéne will return to its former glory soon enough!