Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hey everybody!

The weather has been amazing so far this week! I really want to go hiking again!

I wanted to share a few awesome pieces of news with you all. I've started working on the surrealism project that I mentioned before, and yesterday afternoon I put something together that I really liked, so I figured I'd see if I could show it to the prof and get his opinion. Well, I found his office, and it wasn't office hours but he had a few minutes so he said he'd be happy to see what I had. And he really really liked it!!! It was probably one of the first times that he's said he liked my work that I've felt he really meant! The critique is in a few hours, so I'm pretty excited.

My other piece of awesome news is....(drumroll please)....the CD player in my car worked yesterday!! That ONLY happens on super awesome days. But that's not all, when I was driving to class this morning IT WORKED AGAIN!!!! I have high hopes that despite the many projects and exams I'm preparing for, this is going to be a great week. Since the CD player was working, I was finally able to listen to one of my favorite driving CDs, and it inspired me to share it with you guys. Check out the new "Chicane" playlist at the bottom of the page. 'Come Tomorrow' is my favorite.

Anyway, that's it for now. I'm gonna try to post some of my photos soon. Peace!

--Matt (the guy in the hat)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Well, spring break is now over. It was sure nice while it lasted. It'll probably be my last spring break ever, actually, because I'm planning on transfering back to Brigham Young University to graduate, and they don't have spring break there. Not sure why....It's nice that the school year can start a little later and end a little sooner, but...no spring break?? Sigh....

Last week I got to put a new roof on the workshop and tool shed at my family's house. It was not really an experience I wish to repeat any time this decade. For two days I started at 10:00am and finished at 8:00pm because at that point it was impossible to see the nails anymore. For most of the first day I had my brother to help me, which was nice, but then he left on a trip the next morning, so a large part of the project was done solo. On the second morning I smashed my left thumb with the hammer and it tore up a pretty good chunk. I got my glove kinda bloody, so now if future generations wish to clone me, they need only find that glove. I also hit my left pointer finger a couple times. Not fun. Got a nasty blood blister under the nail. Luckily its pretty much gone now. I think I also had something weird happen to my knuckles on my right hand because one of them is still shaped rather oddly....So yeah, all in all a good experience though. I'm glad we got it done.

Before roofing the shed I actually had to rip off the old roof. It was pretty fun, I must admit. I just kinda grabbed a crowbar and went wild. :)

Yesterday I got a chance to go hiking, which was a lot of fun. Hiking is definitely a very important part of life. I was talking with my friend about how much really interesting and beautiful life you can notice if you're just observant, and how its unfortunate when people don't pay attention to the life around them and just talk a walk. It just doesn't mean as much.

My friend found a rock that we thought might be a geode (a spherical hollow rock with crystals on the inside) so we took it to my apartment, I pulled out my trusty Craftsman hammer, and we smashed that thing 'til it finally broke. It took a really long time, and I'm afraid the sidewalk in front of my apartment is a little scarred now. Don't tell my landlord, hahaha. Turns out.....it wasn't a geode. But it was still really fun. :)

I haven't starting working on my photography project yet. I dunno. I need to get started, but I haven't gotten the chance, and I'm not really sure what to do yet. Gah....I'll definitely let you guys know though. If you have any ideas though, I'd love to hear 'em! Thanks for the comments last time.

Anyway, I'm very tired, and to be honest...it's been a really weird night. I'm kinda confused about some stuff. I need to stop thinking for a while.

Good night, everybody!
--Matt (the guy in the hat)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gah!!

I just realized that I haven't posted in several weeks! I've been busy with different stuff, sorry guys. But for the next few days, I've got plenty of time! Spring break! Oh yeah!

Alas, spring break this year will not include any awesome trips to europe or anything like that. But to be honest, I'm pretty happy with the way it is. I went home over the weekend, which was nice. It's always good to spend time with the family.

I even got to help paint the family room, haha. And I was able to talk my mom out of painting another room beige. She has very good taste, but she seems to be on a beige kick at the moment. The outside of the house is beige. One of the bedrooms is beige. A bathroom is beige. The family room is now beige. The kitchen is beige. And she's planning on painting another bedroom yellow, which isn't that far. It's not nearly as bad as it sounds; the house does look good. But you can definitely have too much beige. I talked her into painting the office a pale sagey green instead. What can I say, I'm a color genius. Haha, jk. :) But it's definitely a dream of mine to build a house once I've started a family. I'd also like to have horses. And I'm going to build my kids a castle: basically just a little tower with two floors and a small attic with a trap door, but I figure I can put a decorative hedge around it with a little moat filled with koi. Yeah, I'm gonna be an awesome dad. :)

I'm getting ready to start working on my next project for photography. We're supposed to produce something surreal. The prof said to make something that is "a departure from reality". I was drawing a blank for quite a while, but now I think it would be interesting to do something about emotions. And in particular--I know, I know, this is gonna sound really lame--love. I dunno...I want my art to be clean and pure, you know? I hate how so many people act like art has to be unorthodox or innappropriate or even disturbing. I think art can and should be something that makes you feel clean: something that leaves you feeling like there is a greater meaning to life. And with this mindset, I realized that there is nothing more clean, pure, and meaningful than real love. Not mere physical attraction, lust, or passing interest. Not a brief immature crush or hormone-driven obsession. But real, simple, pure love.

Anyway, my brother and I were talking today about a very interesting concept: photosynthesis as a means of generating electricity. He found a recent study that successfully generated electricity from a cactus. Just think, what if we could start using trees to generate power? They would clean the air of greenhouse gases without putting any more in. Isn't that just an awesome idea!?!? Some of you might not be into the environment at all, but still, you can't deny that the idea of using the world's forests to generate completely clean energy would be amazing.

Well, gotta run! Gonna go hang out with a friend o' mine. Catch ya later!

--Matt (the guy in the hat)

P.S. I'm going to try to visit a hat shop soon.......