25. Generosity

I hope that one day I have the chance to speak to a crowd of students and give them some piece of inspiration that helps guide them. Generosity is what it is all about, because WE are greater together then any of us can ever be alone.

Here are a few standouts; students +change agents I have had the good fortune of rubbing elbows with in this class called life.

Chloe Cohen: the Blogger. She is always available by twitter, always posting snarky content. “Most Curious” Award.

Tyler Carrington: The Competition. Here’s the guy I know will be at the lab later then I am, every night. More then worth his salt.

Emily Jaffe: Commentator on Life, spot on. Heck of a designer too.

Nick Sugai: The Writer. Makes the rest of us feel like we crapped on a piece of paper and called it a blog post. #13 says it all.

Jayson Hobby: The Cool Kid. Accountant/DJ/Web Designer. Who wouldn’t want to talk to this guy?

PS. Thanks for the idea Nick.


24. Sense of Place

I have a confession: I read Sunset Magazine. Its mostly for the layout, photography, architecture, food… okay, I like it.

Architecture is so cool. The ability to change how people interact emotionally in different spaces fascinates me.

My grandparents low-ceiling log cabin has a leather couch that wants to devour you after dinner, especially when it is raining and there is a fire in the hearth.

The Jaqua center makes me feel like a rock star-astronaut-genius, even when I go to the bathroom. White walls, warm wood and glowing neon has that effect.

Every time I go to an art gallery, I half convince myself to paint my room white. As a screen printer my canvas of choice is a t-shirt, and I am of the opinion that any object can be an art form. Form+Function is all it takes. Who doesn’t like a little IKEA action?

When I enter Autzen stadium, I feel like a roman soldier about to watch the gladiatorial event of the century. Watching football games on tv doesn’t come close. The construction of spaces and how we move through them is more then a science, it is an art form. Architects have cool jobs.



23. Words and symmetry

This reminds me of the Symmetry video Deb Morrison posted. It has a similar vibe. clean, tight shots are the key.

22. Lucid Dreaming 101

Dreams are strange things aren’t they? I can never seem to remember more then a few frames from the story that was painted so vividly only moments ago before it slips through my fingers.

I just learned that there it is possible to training yourself to fall asleep, while remaining conscious of the world around you. It is called Lucid dreaming.

Supposedly if you don’t move at all, lying in bed or in a comfortable position, your body eventually falls “asleep” since the little readjustments that we do while falling asleep inform our brains that our bodies are still awake. If you do not move for long enough, your parts of your brain will fall asleep along with most of your body, in a mild paralysis.

When this happens, you will still be able to look around the room where you are physically present, but you will also start experiencing dreams, being conscious of the fact that you are dreaming means it is a lucid dream.

If you only remember a few dreams each year, and are as freaked out by this as I am, fear not. You should be able to fully wake up if you blink hard enough, or open your eyes as wide as you can. I salute you if you have the courage and patience to try such a thing. As for me, I like my sleep just the way it is.

More on Lucid Dreaming here.

21. Dare to Dream

I found this on Vimeo. It reminded me to dream big and not let anyone tell me what is possible or impossible.

I hope it inspires you.

20. Surfing Buddies

I went surfing two days after Thanksgiving, the conditions were bad. Choppy waves and close intervals, but we managed. My surfing companions were my longtime surf buddy who happens to be the father of my brother’s fiancé, and a new fellow who was along for the ride.

The first few times I surfed with Matt, he refused to let me call him “Mr. ….” insisting on “just Matt.” He also refuses to let me pitch in for gas money, saying I’m a starving college student and should save my dollars for food. We always have good conversations about philosophy, life, love, faith and other worthwhile topics.

Somewhere between my last year in high school and first year in college, I realized that I was friends with my parents. It was a mind trip: something I had never even realized was a possibility, had already became true. It was eye-opening realizing later that year that not everyone is blessed with a good relationship with a parent or parents.

I have always been a little freaked out when teachers or friend’s parents ask me to call them by their first name. I may be mature enough, legally an ‘adult,’ but I find the words unnatural in my mouth. I feel that they deserve the respect “Mr. …” or “Mrs. …” carries, and I don’t want to acknowledge that I am their equal, or suggest that I am.

It was even weirder to me when I realized that I can be friends with my brother’s fiancé’s dad, though it felt a natural progression. He’s a cool dude. We both surf, enjoy coffee, have similar views on life. Why can’t we be friends?

I suppose the older I get, the more I realize how little I know. There is so much in life that is just going to be, with or without my permission.

19. Weird is better.

I can clearly recall a conversation I had with a few friends about the concept of “normal.” I think I told one friend that she was “not normal,” with intended sarcasm, but also honesty. She was genuinely upset and asked me if I really thought she was not normal. I explained my view that “normal” is generally boring, ordinary and even offensive.

I believe she thought that normal is something to aspire to, and my comment seemed to cause her distress. Now, I explained to her that on average she and I are normal human beings, college students, and people. Aren’t we all? We listen to music that we feel defines us, talk to people who look like us, and associate with others that are like-minded. Pretty normal.

I know that being different has been the guiding chorus for many, especially going through middle and high school, when everyone wants to stand out is some way. What I am talking about is not “being different” for the sake of being different, I am talking about being weird. I believe most people are weirder then they would like to admit.

I know someone who cannot go to sleep until she divides the numbers on her clock as far as they can go. Then she divides them. I know someone else who has figured out how many grapes she can eat until she will start having an allergic reaction. I know others who when reading parts of a book such as, “he shook his head violently,” will act it out, even in a crowded coffee shop, to better understand what the characters are going through.

Have you ever heard of “The Mighty Boosh?”

It is a BBC comedy series that my brothers and I stumbled upon a few years back. If you like British humor, you’ll dig it. Another choice find was a movie produced by the guys who created “Napolean Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre,” called “Gentlemen Broncos.” If you like it, you understand a bit of my humor.

By the way, Nacho Libre is one of my favorite movies. It doesn’t get much better then that.

18. 3:52 am.

I have a new-found respect for Journalism students.

It all comes down to this, the brass tacks.

the scary thing about working on digital, is that no matter of wrenching or twisting with pliers, or bashing with a hammer are going to make the file that you want exported to export correctly.

if you are sleeping in tomorrow, like me, and may sleep through the first few alarms, here are 10 excuses from CNN for why you are late for work:

1. While rowing across the river to work, I got lost in the fog.

2. Someone stole all my daffodils.

3. I had to go audition for American Idol.

4. My ex-husband stole my car so I couldn’t drive to work.

5. My route to work was shut down by a Presidential motorcade.

6. I have transient amnesia and couldn’t remember my job.

7. I was indicted for securities fraud this morning.

8. The line was too long at Starbucks.

9. I was trying to get my gun back from the police.

10. I didn’t have money for gas because all of the pawn shops were closed.

If you are worried about not getting enough sleep too many days in a row, fear not; apparently Humans can go about 11 days without sleep. But beware! not so for small rodents; rats can drop dead after two weeks of not sleeping. Read more about sleeping problems ScientificAmerican.

Always remember:

17. Secret Clubs with Jayson Hobby

I had a solid conversation with a classmate of mine this morning. Jayson Hobby started his life in academia on the pathway that leads towards an accountant. He did an about- face and is now studying advertising.

Jayson is a Disc Jockey, started music blog Two Hype Feet.com, and is an outgoing, cheerful guy. Jayson is going places

We talked about what makes culture, how to make people follow you and buy your stuff. Not in a weird, power hungry way, but with a ‘how can we better understand what drives the culture machine, so we can influence it for the better,’ attitude.

I think my biggest Eureka moment to date came when I was starting out designing and printing t-shirts in high school. I realized that kids don’t just want to wear a shirt that looks cool, they want a shirt that looks cool that stands for something. They want to be part of something important. Something bigger then themselves, a cultural movement, if you will.

Jayson spoke about having the same realization with music, when he realized that if you give people something important to hold on to, to use to identify themselves with that they believe in, they will sacrifice anything to be part of your club.

Nike did it with shoes. Levi’s with jeans. Toms with cheap slipper shoes.

The key is to make something that adds worth, substance, to the world. It has to make people perk up and want to learn more. No one wears a Walmart tee shirt, “Save money. Live better” Nonprofits look good. So does “Derek Zoolander’s Center for Kids who want to Learn How to Read Better, and do other things good too.”

Who is going to create the next club?

16. Stand for something

I interviewed Chris Stadler about a week ago for our Creative Strategist project. Chris is a recent graduate of the UO SOJC, and is currently an instructor within the Advertising program. As always, Chris had good stuff to share.

One of Chris’s biggest strengths is his ability to stand for something. He is always encouraging students to think about what is important to them when considering work, careers and class projects. He points out that by standing for something is a differentiation technique, but also an important step in the journey of self discovery.

I like that. If we don’t stand for something, what do we represent? the highest bidder?

I encourage you to take the time and write down what it is that you currently stand for. And what you want to stand for. Establishing your life’s passions and how you aim to accomplish those passions is a matter of figuring out what values are the most important to you, and where you draw the line that you will not cross.

In some areas of our lives, compromise is an important skill. In other areas, compromise undermines everything you stand for. So figure out what it is that you stand for. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.

All men should strive
to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why.
~James Thurber