May 15, 2005 @ 1:05 pm by sean
Listen to this. And then fall in love with it. And then buy the album. And then let me listen to it.
I heard them on NPR do a cover of the Modern English song ‘I will melt with you’ and it was wonderful. They cover ‘Love will tear us apart’ by Joy Division and you can hear it on that link. And ‘A forest’ by The Cure. And ‘Guns of Brixton’ by The Clash. I guess they’re just a cover band, but they do it quite well.
So last night I went to Windsor with Ben, Lisa and Alyson. Windsor is a great town save for one big problem, all the bloody Americans. Us four innocent, atypical American citizens decide to cross the boarder to the Great White North(southeast in this case) for fun we can’t find in this lame country, and all over were drunk, loud Americans getting in the way. We found this great juice café/hooka bar at midnight(how many places like that are open in this place?) and enjoyed delicious fruit beverages and turkish coffee. But until the owner closed the door, the loud Americans were yelling and getting rowdy and hampering our attempts at a pleasant evening. We walked the streets and to the river, and finally left around 2, unfortunately as all the rowdy Americans were heading back across the boarder, and it took soooo long.
THEN, as we got back to Ben and Lisa’s and they dropped off Alyson and me, Alyson looked up and said, is that an aurora borealis? And I said no, it’s probably just some clouds. I’ve been made an expert consider the adventure Mike and I had last semester, and she’s never seen ’em, so I didn’t think much of it. Then when we pulled up into her driveway and looked out the windshield, she was right, it was undeniably an aurora. So we got out and laid on the hood of my car for an hour and a half staring at the sky and talking. I’m not sure there is a better environment for conversation than 3:30 am on the hood of a car watching an aurora borealis. Even if there is no conversation, the sky speaks enough that no human words are necessary. Especially because no human words can aptly describe it. One can honestly only stand in awe of God. We stood in the driveway a little too. At first they were just green, but then they were blue and purple too, and it was sooooooooooooooo amazing. Getting to bed after 5 was late, but welll worth it.
Hm. 5 am.
If every 2004 SUV, light truck, and van in the US was a car instead, there would be about 17,184 more miles of car-less road.
The average length of a car sold in 2004 in the US was 183.41 inches.
The total miles of car sales in 2004 in the US was 260,731.59 miles.
The average length of light trucks (SUVs, trucks, vans) sold in 2004 in the US was 193.07 inches.
The total miles of light trucks sales in 2004 in the US was 342,282.83 miles.
That’s a total of 603,072.83 miles of vehicles sold in just 2004. If all the light trucks were cars instead, the total would be 585,888.76 miles.
So if all the 2004 vehicles on the road were cars and not trucks, there would be 17,184 more miles. Multiply that by 10 years or so for the popularity of SUVs, trucks and vans, that would be more than 171,000 more miles of road in the US that had no vehicle on it.
Wagons are bigger than SUV’s too; out of 87 types of SUVs sold in 2004 the average length was 177.48 inches. In 2004, the average length of a station wagon was 183.41 inches. And wagon’s usually get more mpg. I don’t have time to average out the statistics, but one look at any automotive magazine will prove that.
Yes, both my parents drive SUV’s. Though I am proud to say we make very frequent use of the utility, and I’m trying to get an ORV sticker for mum’s Jeep.
Gwendolyn is the cutest ballerina ever. Before going over to Carley’s on Friday I went to her Gwendolyn’s ballet recital. She was supposed to go first and then I was going to go to Carley’s to watch the game, but Gwen didn’t go until after the intermission. So I missed the first half of the game. It’s ok, I needed the culture. And only the second half of the fourth quarter was good. I don’t need to say what I was going to say about the Pushoffs, er, the Pacers because the Pistons won tonight, and that is what I was going to talk about.
Sometimes I wish there was a button to ‘Sign Off’ and ‘Sign On’ life, not just instant messanger.
While at the student art show on Thursday, I heard some kid who graduated a year after me telling some girls he was doing photography and something else at school. Then he refered to Ansel Adams as ‘her.’
When someone has an IQ of 70 or below, they are considered mentally retarted. There are all kinds of learning, mental, psychological and physical disorders that label people as handicapped. Being an art major, I’m often told by non-art majors that they couldn’t do anything I do(regardless of how bad it really is), they say they have no artistic ability what-so-ever. Many of these people are quite intelligent. So here is the question; we label people with intellectual, neurological, or psychological disorders as handicapped even though they are able to express themselves very well artistically, but people without intellectual, neurological, or psychological disorders that can’t express themselves artistically, avoid the ‘handicapped’ label, are they not just as handicapped? Maybe they can function easier in everyday society, but are they any less handicapped? Why don’t we have special ed. classes for these people to learn art better? We’ve been getting by without artistic expression as an intergral component of our society, but why be so shallow? Professor Carl related a quote to us by a person whose name I don’t know, that goes something like, medicine gives us the means to fix our bodies, art gives us a reason to.
That was the main point of the first few paragraphs in this book I got that has pictures of artists from the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland California, and little blurbs by each artist. The Creative Growth Art Center is a place were people with extensive intellectual, neurological, or psychological difficults can go and express themselves with art.
I have a quote that says, ‘small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.’ I don’t know who said it, so if you can tell me that’d be great. Driving with Nathan, my old boss/old neighbor/friend once made a comment, and then followed it by, ‘but who am I to say?’ C.S.Lewis had a teacher that when someone would make a statement, he would question them, had they read this? Had they studied that? Had they any statistical evidence? Had they any evidence in their own experience? And so to the almost inevitable conclusion, “Do you not see that that you had no right to an etc.” Etcetera meaning opinion, statement, comment, etc.
These are three things I’ve thought about in recent conversations. I wonder how often we think of ourselves as more intelligent, more experienced, more knowledgeable than we really are, and speak as if we have authority on things we really only know by fallible word of mouth.
Proverbs 3:7 ‘Do not be wise in your own eyes;’ I have it written down as, ‘never let yourself think you are wiser than you are.’ but I don’t remember what translation that is.
Ecclesiasties 5:7 ‘Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore, stand in awe of God.’
I have that written down as, ‘No matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, you still must stand in awe of God.’
Maybe those are Sean’s Living Translation or something. I can’t find one of my Bibles, and that was a strange translation, so maybe they are from that one. Either way, I talk a lot, and dream a lot, and probably do more useless work than I realize, but I’m not sure I stand in awe of God often enough.