Wednesday, April 16, 2014

the other blog.

A few weeks back a friend of mine wanted to start a new 'pop culture' website/blog and asked me to be apart of it. She gathered a bunch of her friends who had interests in pop culture and together we write various posts on essentially anything we want. It's all very new, and has only been up for about a month now. We're still getting a feel for things and learning as we go.

I'm the odd man out in many ways. Most of the other contributors are actual writers with credentials like; Entertainment Weekly (nbd),,, The New York Times Magazine (well, sure.), Deseret News, school news papers, etc, etc, etc. I have none of those. But I can say I have written my fair share of term papers. (equivalent, I know.)

I also only know the creator of the site, Amanda. I have yet to meet or become acquainted with any of the others. But nonetheless, we are together on our little site.

As of right now, my posts are on Wednesdays (today). Some that I've written I have already posted on here, some I have not. I just kind of pick and choose as I go.

Take a look if you would like (I mean we'd like more readers, so that would be great). Some of the posts are quite entertaining (some more so than others...).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

to travel: potala palace - chengguan, tibet

This is absolutely stunning and so visually unique.

The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. Lozang Gyatso, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, started its construction in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (died 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa. It may overlay the remains of an earlier fortress, called the White or Red Palace, on the site built by Songtsen Gampo in 637. 
Thirteen stories of buildings – containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues – 384 ft on top of Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill", rising more than 1,000 ft in total above the valley floor. 
Tradition has it that the three main hills of Lhasa represent the "Three Protectors of Tibet." Chokpori, just to the south of the Potala, is the soul-mountain (bla-ri) of Vajrapani, Pongwari that of Manjushri, and Marpori, the hill on which the Potala stands, represents Chenresig or Avalokiteshvara.

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Monday, April 14, 2014


My current favorites. All of these are great songs to have playing in the background.

I Need You - M83 (from Divergent)

I Won't Let You Go - Snow Patrol (from Divergent)

The Simple Song - The Shins

Friday, April 11, 2014


"They say the passage of time will heal all wounds. But the greater the loss, the deeper the cut, and the more difficult the process to become whole again. The pain may fade, but scars serve as a reminder of our suffering and make the bearer all the more resolved never to be wounded again. So as time moves along, we get lost in distractions, act out in frustration, react with aggression, give in to anger. And all the while we plot and plan as we wait to grow stronger. And before we know it the time passes, we are healed, ready to begin anew."

-The Originals

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

thursday. (my birthday edition.)

This past Sunday was my birthday. It was great - I laid around in my bed till noon-ish. Took a nap later in the afternoon. Had friends over for dessert in the evening.

All birthdays should be as delightfully lazy as mine was.

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{my amazing sprinkle cake made by Alina. if you didn't know - I LOVE sprinkles.}

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Happy Thursday.