I made a video thing!

So here’s the pet project I mentioned in that post last Saturday. It’s my first thing!

My boys! I’m so smitten. I can’t wait to shoot more.

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Taking Back (insert here)

So TAKING BACK SUNDAY is coming to Rochester in TWO WEEKS AND I HAVE TICKETS AND OH MY GOD.

I’m finally going to see them you guys.

I’ve been listening to them since high school and I’m FINALLY GOING TO SEE THEM LIVE.

To be truthful though, it’s only been in the last two years that I’ve really truly fallen in love with punk rock. I was just a dabbler before. I could blame my roommate, but I don’t like giving him that much credit. Even if yes, he does deserve it, I’m anti-ego-inflating by nature and way more into forcible humility (I bet that says a lot about my twisted mental state).

But anyways!

So not only do I get to see TBS but I get to see them all together again! For those of you who don’t know, John Nolan left the band after the first album because of stuff (coughgirldramacough) and went off and created Straylight Run (who I will sooooo talk about in a later post because *melt*). So this is going to be pretty special for me.

Here’s why.

With John Nolan in the beginning

Without John Nolan

JOHN NOLAN IS BACK AND OMG LOOK AT EDDIE

Enough said.

Talon of the Hawk

So let me tell you about something amazing.

I recently asked my roommate to load my pink thumb drive up with some new music.

Yay! More punk rock!

It was funny that he gave me a couple albums I already have, like Something Corporate’s “Leaving Through the Window” and Such Gold’s “Pedestals”. Such Gold is actually a local band I’ve liked for a good long time. One of my friend’s used to be really close to the drummer and back in 2010 the three of us drove down to Philly on the morning of the 4th of July to go see The Roots and the Goo Goo Dolls play a huge (HUGE) free show.

Apparently it was part of the Wawa Welcome America! Festival  or something, no idea, I only cared that I was seeing the Goo Goo Dolls, for free, in Philadelphia, on the 4th of July. And ‘seeing’ is a loose word since the closest we got was still probably 1,000 feet from the stage.

Yes guys, we did know you had to play this one.

So ANYways, one of those little thumb drive albums was “Talon of the Hawk” by The Front Bottoms.

I think I’m in love.

The record kicks off with“Au Revoir (Adios)” a super fun super mean breakup song. Their song “Skeleton” is an ode to reefer, “an herb-inspired rock song that’s just begging to become a sing-along staple at their live shows.” And I dear god to I hope to do so because they’re coming to Rochester on the 19th!!!

Personally I can’t stop listening to the album over and over and over.

For now, I’m tired. I leave you with one of the songs I keep screaming along with.

 

Filming Sexy Teenagers

This is my first video of my boys. I filmed it at the very beginning of school when we got these little handheld HD videocameras for one of my classes.

Turns out I’ve kind of maybe possibly have accidentally fallen in love with it…I think.

I get really excited about editing, even while I’m shooting I’m thinking ahead “This is going to be so cool!”, “I’m going to do this and this.” and ” et cetera and so forth.

That last Sexy Teenagers video I posted is my little pet project, I’m making a video for their song “106”.

I may even have it done sometime this weekend! We shall see.

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Tinker Tour! Extra!

The Tinker Tour came by Brockport last Thursday.

Mary Beth Tinker was that little girl who was suspended for wearing an armband to school to protest the Vietnam War. It turned into this whole big thing for protecting students’ First Amendment rights that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Tinker’s lecture made me feel like I was twelve. I’m guessing that’s the age group she usually visits. The way she speaks is very animated and she says her words slowly and plainly, kind of how my third grade teacher Mrs. May spoke to us.

Sometimes it felt a bit more like a history lesson or like one of those speakers that goes and talks to little kids at school to try to get them civically engaged.

When she turned questions back on kids asking them how they felt or what they thought about it, it hovered back and forth between genuine or a way to deflect because you lack a real answer.

Some questions students asked at the end were mildly interesting. I especially noticed this one kid who didn’t think affirmative action was fair and was struggling to explain why. You could tell Tinker didn’t agree with him and was trying to be really nice about it, but it seemed like she hoped someone else would speak up and say something in argument, no one did.

I don’t know, maybe I’ve just become way too cynical about people feigning caring or interest in things. I appreciate the importance of the Tinker case. It’s a case I’ve gone over in many different classes, in many different schools, so it was definitely interesting to meet the person “responsible” for it. But I always wonder about whether these people live up to the pedestals they get placed on, or if it was just chance and they got caught (or jumped) in the current.

Diversity Day @ Brockport: little no to punk rock, plus hints of racism!

Kicked off Diversity Day at Brockport last Thursday by arriving at the Keynote speech one hour early, to my confusion and dismay. Luckily, tasty baked goods and coffee were readily available in the rear of the ballroom.

The keynote speaker Dr. Muriel Howard spoke on diversity in many different expressions of the same usual few ideas, diversity good, exclusion bad etc. All in all it was a good, clean, predictable one hour ramble about exactly what that last sentence said, plus some statistics, you know, for backbone.

Then I went home and took a nap.

Just kidding! I went to my coffee shop, bothered my employees and grabbed some free coffee.

When I came back to the school it was for the session I was most intrigued to attend, Living in Vietnam: A Travelogue. It was presented by Hattie Paterson, a UK student studying here at Brockport that probably decided doing an abroad from her abroad would be funny.

While the presentation did turn out to be intriguing, it also made my blood boil.

There is a certain mindset among, I’m just going to say it, privileged white people (and by privileged I mainly mean hot water, smartphones and cars) who go to “underdeveloped” countries that I like to refer to as “touring the poor”. When you go poor-touring, it’s to see how the “other side” lives, feel bad for them, maybe volunteer to hang out with some orphans for a day and then go home thinking, “Wow, those poor people, I feel so blessed and fortunate to have experienced that lifestyle and done my part to help,” and then never return again (usually).

It’s a phenomena I’ve noticed often when speaking to or hearing talks from white people who have gone overseas for a vacation, volunteering or study abroad.

The fundamental thing that these people are totally overlooking in these experiences however, is how the people they see as underprivileged, see themselves.

Many of the “awful” and “sad” living conditions Paterson was describing in her presentation, are not only how most of the world lives anyways, but also a major improvement upon how these people have lived in the past. Conditions that are seen in many, MANY, developed countries as well. Conditions I’ve lived in myself  when visiting family in the Dominican Republic, and let me tell you, no one in my family sees themselves as “underprivileged”. They see themselves as hardworking people that earn everything they have. Nothing is given to them like it is to many people here, they’ve worked for it, and take pride in doing so. One funny thing about that is, from my experience, these people are the most hospitable, and the most genuine.

So on behalf of my family and other “underprivileged” people, I take offense to the topics broached in Paterson’s presentation. In fairness to her however, though the delivery was mishandled, what I have been ranting about is the thing she wanted the audience to understand, but I don’t think they did. The way it was handled just seemed at first like a way to reinforce this mentality, like we have to feel bad for these people. Until one older man –I wish I’d caught his name because he was the man that founded this particular abroad program back in the day– basically made a snarky comment to the effect of what I’ve been saying, and so the last ten minutes or so of the program were kind of an awkward backtracking to try to fall into that line of thought.

Regardless, I’m glad I attended the presentation. I think it highlighted a lot of the reasons we have Diversity Day in the first place.