Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hi, Friends!

I've had a number of followers who have been sticking around this blog for literally years. An especially notable achievement for some given my long, LONG periods of inactivity. Either that, or they are just bad at thinning out their stable of followed blogs.

I have a post in the works (for reals!), but figured I would do a quick update right now.

As I said in my...last...update post, I recently graduated from college. All super duper exciting and whatnot - except that pesky act known as getting a job. Put simply, not only is no one hiring in general, but no one is especially hiring in the field of journalism, where the old flagships are slowly falling into a pit of bankruptcy.

I've gotten lucky and found some work as a freelancer covering some local high school sports teams and am still rocking my unpaid internship. But that's not enough, both for personal fulfillment and rent-paying purposes. I want to go on to do great big things in the field of journalism, shed lights where none had been previously shone, make lives better and educate. The way I see it, I need three things to get there: luck, hard work and exposure.

Thankfully, I can control the latter two options. Therefore:

1. I will be starting a new news blog in the coming weeks. I've been working on it off and on for awhile now, and I'm hoping it will be ready to launch soon. It will be rough, like a newborn baby that is kind of cute and you can see that it may one day be worthwhile, but for now is a little misshapen and only consumes time/produces excrement. You all will be kept abreast, should you be interested.

2. I will be posting here more often. It won't be an every day kind of thing, but if I want to have a job writing, I need to treat it as one. Expect lots of the same weird, goofy, nerdy, and yet strangely heartwarming content to come.

3. Finally, and likely most jarringly for some followers, I have now finally posted my name on my blog. I haven't done TERRIBLY well at hiding it (lots of linking to columns I've written, my email address, etc), but now it's official. I can no longer fool myself into thinking I have complete anonymity. As such, I have removed (not deleted) a few old posts from my blog. I do so not out of shame nor regret, but in hopes of making this blog an overall better place. Namely, better for getting a job.

Hopefully, this doesn't all come back in a few years to bite me ("We were looking through your old blog and saw that you make a post about deep tissue massage as it relates to intercourse. So that's awkward."), but I think that ultimately it will be helpful to me in the long run. Hope you guys agree and  stick around for the ride.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Culture as a non-collegian

Now that I've graduated from college, I've had to get used to a lot of new things in my life. Working at a real office three days a week and being trusted enough to be 100% productive all of the time.* Forcing myself to try to keep up with the news. The finely-tuned day-off balance of sleeping, video games, reading, and frantically applying to real (read: paying yet not soul-crushing) jobs before I run out of money.**

*Ha.
**35/45/14.99999999999999/.0000000000000001, in percentages


But for me, more than the crippling fears of poverty, fatness, selling out, lack of talent/drive/intelligence, and making my roommates hate me for hogging the television, is a fear of becoming culturally distant.

I'm under no illusions here. It is nearly impossible to keep one's thumb on the pulse of society forever. No matter the number of indie music shows you go to, how often you hit up night clubs, how many quotes you know from the latest hit movie, or how cutting-edge your wardrobe is, it will come to an end.

One day, you're a chic, hip dude or dudette about town. The next, you suddenly realize you have never heard of a single one of the artists in the Top 40, your favorite bands are all 15+ years old, you don't laugh whatever people are calling funny, and those under the age of 20 give you the same eye roll you gave to your father when he gave one of his "classic" one-liners or dated references. Or, worse yet, you become the creepy old person who is so desperate to cling to their former glory they gel up their widow's peak, only listen to the freshest beats, and *just* button up their low V-neck shirt over their gut that they swear wasn't there a couple weeks ago.

Really, you either die a cool young man, or you live long enough to see yourself become the dad.

I don't mean to sound jaded and dramatic. I'm only 22 and still listen to bands you've TOTALLY never heard of. And need I point out that years old Dark Knight reference? Yeah, still got it. But I am farther and farther removed from the cesspool of culture that is college with every day. I no longer work at an independent radio station. I don't have a large soundboard of constant chatter to parrot things about the Oscars or how totally dumb that one thing was or whatever. Combine that with my strong preference of shunning most human contact that isn't my girlfriend, my roommates, pornography or the service staff of Cilantro Thai Kitchen, and what hope do I have of fending off my inevitable spiral into a cultural abyss?

Luckily, I have an internet family. What say you fellow bloggers? Where do you turn to get your new fresh beats? To watch shows on the internet that aren't from 1999 (totally just started the West Wing)?

Help me.

Look, to demonstrate my dire need, here's a video of a band who was mostly popular in the late 90s singing a song popularized by another 90s band that had one 90s hit.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Back. Probably. Maybe really this time.


Well, what can I say that I haven't said before? (See three of my last four and approximately 12 of my 114 posts) I've been gone for awhile. Much has happened. I promise I'm going to be better. But we'll get to that in a bit. First, an enumerated list of at least a few of the things that have been going on in life the last...year.

And a half.

 Shit.


1. Was editor-in-chief at my college newspaper I am ashamed to admit it, but I don't actually remember if I wrote about this around when it happened. I am less ashamed to admit that I'm a bit too lazy to look it up. It was all-in-all an incredible experience. Sure I may have been disliked by some administrators, had to fire some friends, stayed in the office until 5:30 in the morning before getting up for my 9:20 class, and had to forego most other pleasures in life aside from girlfriend and Thai food. But I got to be a better writer, manager, editor, and person and met a whole mess of great people. Even got a couple of awards for our trouble.

  2. Brother committed suicide I currently don't have tons more to say beyond that I'm doing okay, miss him dearly, and that I'm sure I'll do a big long post on it in the future. For now, if interested, go here.

  3. Graduation Finally done with school! Woohoo! I can't believe how wonderful it feels to be able to type that. I've always been one of those people who was smart enough to overcome a crippling amount of laziness, so here's hoping I can transfer that ability into continuing to do so in a real world job. Can't say college didn't teach my anything I guess.

4. Jobs Looking for one. Yup. Unpaid journalism with a political watchdog group right now, which is pretty awesome, but for some reason people weren't just calling me with job offers the day after graduation. Also I'm thinking about moving to South Korea for a year to teach English, but have a pretty excellent batch of friends/girlfriend/teaching English isn't exactly doing journalism, so I'm not sure about that yet or not.


5. Moving It is the worst. That is all.

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 Not my most awe-inspiring blog post of all time, but part of the reason I got so far behind in updating was because I kept putting off the now semi-annual "sorry I haven't been blogging blog" because they are, frankly, not that fun to write. But now I have some ideas for things that I want to write again and don't have a job that requires me to write constantly and keeps me on a four hour per day sleep cycle, so here's hoping.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My brother

See? I'm back! Totally!

...sorta.

The school year is starting to wind down, and my sleep schedule should be returning to semi-normal in a month or two. As such, I will once again need an outlet for writing stuff (as well as something to throw on a resume eventually, pending some potential deleting of some of the posts on here) and will be restarting the blog in earnest.

Obviously, there is a lot to update everyone on in my life (being editor-in-chief, graduating, jobs, maybe living in South Korea for a year, you know, no big). But a couple of weeks ago, something took a little extra precedence - my brother, Ryan, committed suicide.

It's been an up-and-down last couple of weeks, but I and my family are generally doing okay. I'm sure I'll write more about it on here, but I figured for starters I would just post the column I wrote this week on my newspaper for you all to read. Many of my followers on this blog know an embarrassing amount of personal information about me, and I weirdly thought many of you almost deserved to read it. I'm actually immensely proud of it (which is probably another reason I'm posting it), and I hope that some of you or some people you know can get something from it.

More to come soon, promise.

http://www.loyolaphoenix.com/editor-in-chief-reflects-on-suicide-of-brother-fellow-student