Archive for August, 2009

It’s not that I don’t like people

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The other day Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Noncomformity posted a really interesting article about social networking for introverts. It really struck me because I tend toward being introverted myself. And in one of the comments, someone said something that really resonated with me. Nicole from Just Make It Better noted that someone she knew would say

It’s not that I don’t like being around people, it’s just that I prefer to be around the ones that I like.

And that pretty much explains me.

I am good at conversation and I enjoy being around people, the catch is I have to like them to have a good time. In the past I have been told that I can be a bit standoff-ish or unfriendly, to which I say, I am neither, it’s just that I have to know you first. Chris says in his article that […]

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It’s how you do it

Friday, August 7th, 2009

I’ve found another blog I like, so I figured I’d share it. I’ll give another little shout out on Monday regarding what led me to Nicole’s blog, Just Make It Better, but for now I want to pass this article along.

I won’t waste my time paraphrasing what she wrote, but I will say she’s right on regarding what she says about being yourself and doing what makes you happy. And she also points out a couple of the traps that we (myself included) fall into when it comes to following the rules even if it doesn’t benefit us.

It’s not how it’s done, it’s how you do it.

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts – Book Review

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Shantaram - Gregory David RobertsShantaramGregory David Roberts

As promised last week, here is my review for one of my favorite books of all time, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

The book is very long, over 900 pages (!), but because it is so action packed it can be a quick read if you have the time to let yourself get involved. In brief, the book is about a man who escapes prison in New Zealand and ends up in Bombay working as a slum doctor. Thus the book is about the life he build in Bombay, and follows him over several years, first as a slum doctor, then moving on to mafia man and then mujahadeen fighter. The twists and turns […]

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Some accomplishments … and things still to be done

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Mount Whitney Summit

Mt Whitney Summit — August 2008

There are days when I feel accomplished, and there are days when I feel down. Sometimes life seems to get a little boring, and the days begin to pass in the blink of an eye. So I’ve decided to write this post in an effort to keep myself inspired and to remind myself not to let my life get too boring as I quickly approach my 31st year. There are some things that I’ve accomplished that I can look back upon to remind myself that I am living, and there things I want to do to make sure I keep living. On days when life gets frustrating and starts to seem pretty boring, I remind myself of these things that I’ve done and can continue to be proud of. And along […]

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Photos of American Mass Consumption

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Cell phones, Atlanta 2005 44 x 90
Cell phones, Atlanta 2005 44 x 90, Chris Jordan

Thanks to Matador for pointing me to this series of photos, “Intolerable Beauty, Portraits of American Mass Consumption” by Chris Jordan. It definitely makes you think about how much we as a society use, and more importantly, waste. In addition to this photo of cell phones, there are photos of enormous piles of cigarette butts, old hard drives, old cars, sawdust, bottles, and more. Go over and check them out.