Tuesday, July 26, 2011

the past 6 months

for the past 6 months i have been living in Cusco, Peru volunteering at a non-profit cafe called, The Meeting Place. it was a wonderful experience working here and meeting tons of new people as well as getting to know a new city. over the past 6 months one watches a lot of movies, reads new books, and listens to new music; i have kept a list of everything i watched, read, and listened to to remember this trip by. i know this seems odd but all three are such a huge part of my life and they help define me as a person so this is more for reference later in life to look back on. i also want to share the things that i plan on missing the most. so if you are interested take a peak below...

Things I'm Going to Miss About Cusco:
Meeting Travelers in the cafe
Dinner/Laundry night at the Englunds
Ken's Chili
Listening to Sigur Ros with Hippie Mike
Messing with Socks
Going to pub quiz at the Real McCoy
Chatting with Jeremy
Eating Carrie's awesome pastries & cakes
The view out from my room (best view in Cusco).

Books I read in Peru:
Bible: Pentatuch (First 5 books of the Bible)
Jesus For President by Shane Claiborne
Following the Equator by Mark Twain
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Movies I watched in Cusco:
127 Hours
2001 A Space Odyssey
2001 A Space Odyssey The Making of a Myth
A Hard Day's Night
A Serious Man
Addicted to Plastic
Alone in the Wilderness
Battle Royale
Blade Runner
Bottle Rocket
Burn After Reading
Carlos Pt. 1
Carlos Pt. 2
Carlos Pt. 3
Che Pt. 1
Che Pt. 2
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Days of Heaven
Drillbit Taylor
Due Date
Dumb and Dumber
Encounters at the End of the World
Exit Through the Giftshop
Garbage Warrior
Gas Land
Get Low
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra
Hall Pass
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 1
Hobo With A Shotgun
Human Planet Series
I'm Still Here
Inception & Special Features
An Idiot Abroad Series
Inglorious Basterds
Inland Empire
In Bruges
I'm Still Here
Jackass 1
Jackass 2.5
Jackass 2
Jackass 3
Little Fockers
Lost in Translation
Magical Mystery Tour (The Beatles)
Man Bites Dog
Mega Shark vs. Crocasaures 
Monsters vs Aliens
Mr Nobody
October Sky
Pineapple Express
Red Dawn
Red Vs Blue (Seasons 1&2)
Step Brothers
Silent Running
Simon of the Desert
Source Code
Star Wars IV
Star Wars V
Star Wars VI (possibly)
Sympathy for the Devil
The Adjustment Bureau
The American
The Beatles Anthology (Episodes 1-8)
The Big Lebowski
The Conversation
The Darjeeling Limited
The Departed
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Fighter
The Good German
The Green Hornet
The Human Experience
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
The Informant
The Insider
The Kings Speech
The Life Aquatic
The New World
The Pianist
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Social Network
The Squid and the Whale
The Ten Commandments
The Thin Red Line
The Troll Hunter
The Vanishing
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (5 Seasons)
Troll 2
Twin Peaks (2 seasons)
Up In The Air
Youth In Revolt
Waiting for Superman
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Wildboyz (4 seasons)
X-Men Animated Series (5 Seasons)
X-Men First Class
Young Mr. Lincoln

Worst Movie: National Lampoon's TV: The Movie or Hobo with a Shotgun
Best Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Best Documentary: Catfish
Favorite Documentaries: Alone in the Wilderness & Encounters at the End of the World
Most Influential Film: Garbage Warrior
Best TV Show: Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!

New Music:
Akron/Family - Discography
Aaron Giillespie - Anthem Song
The Animals - Best Of
The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism, Four Thieves Gone, The Gleam, The Gleam II
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication & Licensed to Ill
The Beatles - Complete Singles
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Cake - Fashion Nugget
The Cars - Best Of
The Clash - London Calling
Crosby Stills & Nash - Greatest Hits
Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Deja Vu
David Bazan - Strange Negotiations
Defeater - Empty Days & Sleepless Nights
Dogwood - Through Thick & Thin
The Doors - Best Of
Dovekins - Assemble the Aviary
Dr. Dog - Fate
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
Elvis Presley - 30 #1 Hits
Faces - Best Of
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass & Living in the Material World
I Monster - Neveroddoreven
Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature, Stay in the Shade, & Veneer
The Kinks - Best Of
Led Zepplin - 4 & Mothership
Lou Reed - Transformer
Mason Jennings - Blood of Man
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew & Kind of Blue
Neil Diamond - The Essential
The O.C. Supertones - Supertones Strike Back
The Only Ones - Special View
Paul McCartney - McCartney
The Psalters - Ch.7 Tour EP
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down & Is For Karaoke EP
Roger Miller - Best Of
The Rolling Stones - Greatest Hits
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness & Siamese Dream
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz & All Delighted People
Underoath - Disambiguation
The Velvet Underground - Loaded & White Light/White Heat
Verse - From Anger and Rage
The W's - Fourth from the Last
Wallace Collection - Laughing Cavalier & Serenade
The White Stripes - Elephant, Icky Thump, White Blood Cells, The White Stripes
The Who - Ultimate Collection
Woody Guthrie - Discography
Yann Tiersen - Dust Lane
The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle & Greatest Hits

Most Surprising Band: Akron/Family
Favorite Album: Psalters Ch.7 Tour EP & Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Oldie but Goodie: Rolling Stones - Greatest Hits & Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits
Most Disappointing: David Bazan - Strange Negotiations (needs more listening to)
Most Listened to Band in the past 6 months: Fleet Foxes 475 listens
Most Listened to Song in the past 6 months: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues 106x

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Supporting the Healthy & Discouraging the Unhealthy

came across this great article talking about taxing unhealthy foods and beverages such as, soda, sugary juices, candies, fries, etc. while subsidizing healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. by doing so the revenue generated by the unhealthy foods could generate into the billions which could in affect help high health costs, go to community projects like bike trails, parks, community centers, etc. then by subsidizing the healthier foods you would be able to buy them at a more reasonable price which is great. the combination of all of the above could in fact help reduce many health risks especially diabetes. other countries and some states have already passed similar laws or are getting ready to take affect which is very exciting. if you are more interested in this article you can find it here: Tax Soda, Subsidize Vegetables

Saturday, July 9, 2011

More Great Non-Profits

Found out about a couple more cool non-profits helping people around the country and around the world. First I want to share about People for Bikes which is a cool organization that is helping individuals get connected in their community as well as nationwide to bicycle groups and activism. They have some great goals and make it real easy to get involved. A few ways you can get involved is signing their pledge which helps gather voices around the nation who are advocates for biking, sending your representatives letters (they have a great stock letter that you can add to and e-mail from the site), a write up section where you can share your experience and love for biking (I wrote about my cross country bike trip!), and lots of great suggestions on how you can get involved with bike groups in your community. There are so many great advantages to biking whether it be health-wise, economical, environmentally, and even just for shear enjoyment; this is one of the other ways I can help spread the word and I ask you to just check out the site and see what you can do to help.

Because International is a non-profit that a friend of mine from college, Kenton Lee, has setup. Here are some of his words about Because International: "Because International is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop innovative solutions to long-standing social justice problems." So Kenton has lived in Ecuador and Kenya and noticed that kids either don't have shoes or they are wearing shoes that are too big or too small, so he came up with an idea of "The Shoe That Grows", it's a fully adjustable shoe from size 5 to size 12. There are some great companies that I mentioned in a previous post about that when you buy a pair they give a pair, but the one negative drawback is that kids feet don't stay the same but they grow until they become an adult so that one pair of TOMS that was donated last summer might night fit them next year, thankfully they can hand them off to someone else but in all reality they're probably going to keep on wearing a shoe that is too small. So Because International wants to get involved with donors and companies like Soles 4 Souls and TOMS to distribute his "Shoe That Grows" so they can reach more kids instead of giving limited time support. Check out their video below to learn more.

Along the lines as well as bicycles is World Bicycle Relief which is a non-profit whose mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles. This organization wants to help people around the world be more productive, healthy, independent, and less hindered. Biking saves so much time since walking takes much longer, allows people to carry more weight such as food, water, school supplies, etc., and it increases the distances people can travel in a day so they can get more done or able to take advantage of more resources such as education, water, and supplies. World Bicycle Relief is working with bike supplies to improve the design of bicycles, enhance distribution with local sourcing, manufacturing, and assembly, and partnering with other existing non-profits to help aid in their goals. They are currently working in parts of India which have been affected by tsunamis, Zambia, and other places in Africa, more specifically working with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative which provides 300 bikes in 6 countries to help specific HIV/AIDS initiatives. It's crazy how much a bicycle can change someone's life. Please check out their website and see how you can get involved.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


my first cassette tape: green day dookie. my first cd: blink-182 dude ranch.