Monday, April 30, 2012

Shirt woot...

My mortal enemy lol


Friday, April 20, 2012

Pondering

You know, when you're young it's explained that you are going to learn more in those years than the rest of your life, and your mind is like a sponge. That after that, you can learn more, however it will slow down and it won't come as easily.

Now as I draw a close to my 21st year of life, I feel as though my understanding of the world to be accelerating rapidly rather than slowing down. I draw in information and yearn for more, want to learn, and need to learn. I realize that I am still young, and that my life is still nearer the beginning than the end, yet my thirst for knowledge will never be satiated. My word usage has become more complex, and I am able to formulate personal feelings in writing without getting frustrated as I used to.

I can't wait to see what is in store for humanity, but I feel as though the only way that we can ensure anything is to accept when we are wrong and praise ourselves upon learning new things, no matter what they are. The reasoning for this is easily (hopefully) understood with this picture:



We only inhabit a small portion of that graph, and many animals have come before and many are sure to come after. But if we stick with the idea that we know all there is to know, or that anything we don't know doesn't need to be understood, I fear the worst, since that will be the end of reasoning and logical thought. Why go into the night as a second on the face of a clock rather than understand the last 23 hours and use that knowledge to start a new day?

Existentially,
- Jeremy

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Beautiful Images and Beautiful Music

I just made this video today for a presentation, but it honestly just makes me feel amazing. I hope you like it.

Credits:
Music - Beethoven Moonlight Sonata
Images - VVV Disk & Bulge Mosaic


video

Also, sorry for the crappy quality. For some reason, uploading it made it much lower resolution than intended. For the original-made version, download here

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Rebellion of the Ages! Nahhhhhh


This is an excerpt of a conversation I am currently having with my parents, and both have accused me of having "changed" and "rebelling"...Ok, its more of my mom who says that, but regardless I felt the need to address them all in an email after my mom sent our conversation to the entire family without one of my replies.

For reference, here is the initial FWD that started it all: 

"> Subject: Must Read - a reminder for us all!
>
> - Very well written and very true.
>
> Grey-Haired Brigade
>
> They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were.
>
> We have worked hard, raised our children, worshipped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.
>
> In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.
>
> We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America , we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America , and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read about in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .
>
> Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.
>
> It was the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress.
>
> You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies." You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Cool-Aid.' Now you're paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.
>
> Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2012 we're going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade."
>
> ~Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member
>
> I am another Gray Haired Geezer signing on. Come on guys. Let’s get this circulating around."

I was slightly annoyed, and expressed this annoyance with the blame being assigned. It was nice that all blame was not being assigned to one man now, but instead the entire generation after was assigned fault for hiring such a (paraphrasing) dumbass. Regardless if you agree with this viewpoint, pointing blame away from yourself when you are just as indictable is terrible.

Now that that's over, here was my response (names have been changed...ok just a couple haha).

"Ok, now I was only referring to the idea that blame can be assigned to one group, in this case a younger generation enamored with the radical new ideas of a charismatic black man (whether or not he delivered on those, as promises during campaigns are always taken with a grain of salt) and saying that he is the sole reason for many of the economic and social problems that we face today.

Saying that it is the fault of the younger generation is slightly stretching it to some extent, as right now the US has a top-heavy population; ie, there are more people around the age of 40 or so, I think is the median, than there is on down the line to the younger people. So that just means that really, the Baby-Boomers were also part of the group that voted Mr Obama in.

Also, in terms of whether or not he is a socialist, you can ask most professors and socialists, who agree that he is not at all a socialist. Rather, the administration is trying to figure out the best way for everyone to be covered without too many problems. Ideally, it could work if people would use it for its intended purposes, but, as so often happens, there are loopholes that are not found until laws are into effect. Not only that, but people tend to enjoy having it "easy", which is why you run into people who are ticked off that they have to pay $3 for their medicine rather than nothing. These people are terrible, I agree, and the system that has brought them up is antiquated. But finding a nice solution to match it is like saying you are planning to work out the Cosmic Constant to a simple, easy pattern in a day; Rather, you attempt to find something that a majority would be able to be covered under reasonably.

The problem with most news outlets, be they Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc., is that, sure, they do report the news. But the news that is watched the most is the kind that will keep you on your toes for months at a time, until the story gets old or a new one comes up.

Am I ok with Obama as president? At first, I was scared shitless, if you pardon the language, just because I honestly didnt know anything about either candidate. I was basing my facts on everything that I was told. Now? I don't necessarily agree with everything that he has done, but that doesn't mean that he is the worst, and the US is going to go down the tubes because of him. I think my favorite image I've found to illustrate is the "our fault, their fault" scenario, which I just drew on paint, so excuse the penmanship lol



Wish I had made it smaller lol but oh well! point is we need to realize that most of the fault lies with everyone. I'm not saying a few didn't stand out from the crowd in reference to the economic status, but I prefer to assign blame to the parties involved. Which is what's so great and frustrating about democracy: majority gets a say, but majority gets a say, and based on where you are demographically in terms of majority, you will either like or dislike it. And there is no such thing as a perfect candidate, just for the fact that opinions run rampant everywhere and no one person will agree with you completely. I respect the President because he is the face of our nation, regardless if you are happy with it or not. Bad-mouthing him for taking a different approach is going to make us look like a bunch of whiny kids. Once again, I'm not saying that you can't disagree, I'm just saying that there needs to be a better, more mature approach than blaming all the problems of the country on him and his "socialist" followers.

In terms of religion, I honestly hadn't even really noticed it in the email and was taking the document as a whole rather than focus on the one subject that seems to divide us lol, but to offer light on the subject of my "changes", I blame basic inquisitive nature haha. It's not really a rebellion of sorts, since you've always told me that I should always be ready to ask questions about things. Rather than throw a metaphysical reason for rather natural processes, I just like to know why something behaves the way it does. Like rainbows: I didn't know this, but apparently the rainbow you see in the sky is actually the refraction of light through rain droplets, but you can only see one color at a time since the splitting of the light sends it to areas not necessarily called your eye. It's a compilation of these splits. Since I did a crappy explanation not being able to draw it out, here's a picture:


Anyways, that's getting away from the point. I don't mean to deface anything, and I apologize if I've seemed revved up about certain issues. It's just that I don't really have too much free time to discuss great issues (not meaning issues like a problem, but topics of discussion), and not many people ever want to since most either don't know much about whatever topic I'm going on about that day or don't care, which is the other sad part: no one wants to talk. Tensions get flared, I understand that, but trying to ignore opinions differing from ones own doesn't offer up to a solution; instead, it causes more tension than need be. And that can go for anything: politics, religion, economics, science, what shoes to wear, whether or not a shirt is funny. Discussing a difference can lead to an understanding between two parties, regardless of the agreement.

And that's why I enjoy coming home and talking with dad or ***** & ** about random stuff like that: I love hearing their take on situations or topics, and offering my own. We don't agree on everything, but talking about it, at least for me, relieves stress in ways that running or video games or movies cannot. Like I said, talk to me, listen, and I'll listen, because I enjoy it. Just don't belittle me or I will consider you to be arrogant, as neither you nor I know all the answers to problems in our world, and just because my view may butt heads with yours does not mean either or us are intrinsically right. I'm not pretending to know everything, as some have said that I act like I do. If I am wrong about something and you call me out on it, I will accept it. I may not seem gracious about it at the time, but I have gotten much better at being corrected and taking it for what it is: me making a mistake and accepting it.

Now, I was going to say this stuff when I first got mom's reply until I saw that she had CC'd it to everybody, so I felt like I would just go ahead and leave it, as I was both tired and walking back to the house at the time and didn't think anyone would want to hear. But now I reply, explanations, awesome pictures, and everything lol

Oh yea! The cool-aid reference is a stereotyping of typical black people (along with purple drink) which is where I got my idea of being slightly racist. I recognize the intention of the word ('cool' heh) but yea, that is my explanation for that.

Jeremy"

Oh I forgot, the cool-aid thing haha that was interesting.

Thoughts?

- Jeremy Jenkins

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Central Themes? Meh...Let's Talk About...Sexting!

I actually been asked recently if there will be any particular order to my posts, if I'll keep with a regular scheduling of postings, etc. The answer to this is, well, kind of.

You see, my mind tends to wander when it comes to certain things that I may have to remember, so I could make a new post anywhere from 1-4 days, depending on if I have something really bugging me on my mind or that is deserving of a post.

Anything now? Damn...coffee break!

That being said, content...what can I say? My mind is aglow with infinitely mishmash-ed ideas or questions, and those are all randomly brought to the forefront of my mind (hence hodgepodges + such). One such question would have to deal with a recent foyer into that wonderful TV channel that every male with a significant other meets: Lifetime.

Don't get me wrong, they do a wonderful job in creating awareness of certain problems facing our society today, but they tend to focus on storytelling and not on issue. One gem that I just watched tonight is called "Sexting in Suburbia". It did an OK job of telling the story of a teen who kills herself after a picture that she sent to her boyfriend via MMS (not SMS or texting considering that those are just composed of, you know...text...but whatever that's me being picky).

*Also, that's not a spoiler, she does it in the beginning of the movie*

Weird that Sexting in Suburbia on Google Images turns this up...that picture must have been scary as all get out! 

Anywho, unless much has changed in the way that social orders works in high school since I left, it was a very dramatized way that they characterized it, and the director was after the more shock value and generalization than, in my opinion, decent storytelling.

I'm not saying that teens in high school aren't vicious and will tear any weak point a person has wide open and show it to all. What I'm saying is that they took what most people might be thinking  yet keeping to themselves and instead had this interesting "Look at that slut" out loud part. They also got a little jab in for the Don't Text & Drive campaign, which was a nice touch, but once again, I hope, at least, that that was portrayed as worse than teens actually do when texting/driving.

I mean, honestly, if that's how kids are in school, I fear for the human race...instead of working towards a common goal (hippie!) we instead attack and insult and spit at each other until nothing is left but empty shells of inconsiderate, spoiled, and unintelligent brats whose goal in life is to own the newest iPhone or sexy skinny jeans (or think that cars drive themselves and have no regard for the safety of the road)...I wonder if the weather on Europa is nice this time of year?

So you say it's chilly...hmm...maybe so, but why the hell not?! Let's do it!

But hey, could just be me being a "typical" guy who enjoys a good Monty Python skit rather than the interesting acting in a Lifetime movie.

Plus side, Dina, the bullied girl, was from Vampires Suck, which just made me think that her boyfriend should be called Edward the whole time.

Feelings on the matter? Please point out any problems, I may just be too nit-picky with the movie.

- Jeremy

Monday, March 12, 2012

Do the Santorum!

Well, another Sunday night going to be pretty spectacularly...uneventful. Instead of possibly watching Netflix, let's have a go at a man that we all have heard of a lot in the past months...
Mr Rick Santorum

Now, I honestly do understand that people will vote for who they believe best personifies the role of the President of the United States...but honestly? This guy is just creepy...that smile, the way he is obsessed with what gay sex is, it makes you wonder what exactly this guy is made of...


Thanks to our friends over at unicornbooty.com, it appears hes just a great compilation of gay sex, his worst fear. I really don't see what his problem with lesbians, gays, bi-s, etc, since they have nothing to do with what his family does and doesn't affect the ideals of a family structure. His reasoning for the bible as why gayness is wrong is a bad source in and of itself, as it is one belief that a bunch of homophobes seem to share.

Which actually brings me to the next part of the Santorum that really just irks me, in that he believes that colleges and higher institutions are nothing more than a population brain-washing liberal sanctuary which encourages (his explanation was more like "makes") believers question their faith and turns them to the "dark" side. Instead of looking into the reasons why one may look into other explanations for how the world works, Mr. Santorum, as well as most of his conservative fellows, would rather stay content with knowledge that has been as yet garnered rather than look into other possibilities to our existence.

I'm not trying to promote one view or the other, although I'm sure it is well aware which I support. It is one's own choice what they choose to believe, and the offering of other ideas or learnings is not some liberal agenda, but instead a spread of cultural differences converging in one place where they can be shared and develop.

Essentially, this man being the leader of the US is one of the most questionable moves that the American people can make, and would be a step in the extremely wrong direction to the betterment of mankind.

Thoughts?

- Jeremy

Friday, March 9, 2012

FIRST!

It's interesting starting a blog. Why exactly are you doing it? I dunno personally, I just tend to really have a lot to say about things (granted its my own opinion) and I need to vent them somewhere. Blogs now seem to me to be a great place to oust all of these different thoughts into one clear place.
I guess since its my first post, I should go ahead and place this good old Disclaimer:


"These are my own personal thoughts and opinions. I openly
welcome discussions, but please keeps them to at least a
generally civil nature, for the good of all mankind."

I'm sure that there will be more, since such awesome topics as religion, politics, and other great hotbed topics are going to be talked about, and therefore necessitate a better disclaimer.
With that, I am going to bed to get a good night's rest in preparation for my first official post. Til then, be nice please?
- Jeremy