Thursday, November 27, 2008

thoughts for Thanksgiving

this is of course an American holiday, but Saul Williams has sent some wise words to his myspace followers. on a day when many people across the world are fearful for friends and relatives, it's important to remember the good in the world. only light can defeat the darkness.

Do not bow your head. Do not close your eyes.

Let us look deeply within one another.

TODAY, I give thanks for the light that exists within each one of you.

TODAY, I acknowledge that your quest for light beyond shadow, your desire to defeat your own cynicism, your work at believing the impossible possible, your faith in change and the ability of humankind to transcend past transgressions and overcome the shortsightedness of ignorance and fear, and our collective effort at stretching the boundaries of reality, has enabled us to achieve the dream that is TODAY.

TODAY, I acknowledge that even my own success is a simple spoke in the wheel of our collective success, and that our collective success is in response to all of the individual effort that we have put forward in our individual lives, in private moments, in private struggles against our lesser selves.

Some of us worked on being more honest.
Some of us worked on being more kind.
Some of us worked on not hiding our emotions.
Some of us worked on becoming less angry.
Some of us worked on becoming better listeners.
Some of us worked on facing our fears.
Some of us worked on remembering to say thank you.
Some of us worked on trusting our loved ones.
Some of us worked on having more faith.
Some of us worked on detoxifying our environment.
Some of us worked on detoxifying our minds.
Some of us worked on monitoring our diets.
Some of us worked on strengthening our discipline.
Some of us worked on broadening our skills.
Some of us worked on learning new languages.
Some of us worked on becoming better parents.
Some of us worked on becoming better friends.
Some of us worked on remembering our dreams.
Some of us worked on forgiving the past.
Some of us worked on strengthening our bodies.
Some of us worked on sharing and giving back.
Some of us worked on taking on greater responsibility.
Some of us worked on our art.

As a result of all of the work that has been done quietly in our individual lives, we have collectively contributed to the blossoming understanding and simplest expression of what God is. God is our good, and even the good we do for our self counts. Each fully blossomed flower on the hillside of our destiny adds to the broadened spectrum of our being. And together, we create more than beauty, more than fate; we evolve the depth and scope of the All-Seeing.

We may never see it reported through the media, but there is more good happening in this world than evil. There are more children smiling in this moment than any single one of us could fathom… and someone just fell in love, and someone just helped a stranger, and someone just scored a goal, and someone got their hearing back, and someone’s joking with their co-worker, and someone’s sitting in the kitchen, while the rest of the household sleeps, writing a poem.

Today, I give thanks for all of the good that has gone unrewarded, for every kind word, action, or deed. Today, I gave thanks for the God that is within each and every one of you, that is us, when we claim who we are.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


i'm all for a 90s revival, but i'm not down with the sash! love. i can hear la primavera playing on someone's ipod right now. not cool. here's a video!

in hindsight i liked stay. but in a guilty way. and there really are far more worthy guilty pleasures out there.

Monday, November 10, 2008

so you won't confuse it with just rap music...

i've been listening to shedloads of bmore over the past week, trying to put something together to introduce someone to what i think are the best bits. over on the hollerboard i found this track, produced by emynd and featuring former roc-a-fella artist young chris. i almost didn't believe it was the same young chris who featured on blueprint 2, but sure enough it is. it's nice to hear a rapper live on top of a club track like this, rather than just a blend or a bootleg. nice work dudes.

Emynd featuring Young Chris - We Don't Give A...

EDIT: i just noticed emynd namechecks frederic jameson and theodor adorno on his myspace. holla!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

i like this

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


i know it's irresponsible to talk about commodities at a time like this (NOT THE RECESSION) but i want mad decent stuff. like this sticker. i love my MD hoodie, but i want moar...