A Fresh Code of Paint

"Whoa! Who is this?” I bet you’re asking. I know, I know. I haven’t posted anything here for months, and I’m sorry. (But you still follow me, so that one’s on you.)

I recently decided to play around with the overall design of this place and spruce things up though. A bit of spring cleaning, if you will. I’m still using the same excellent theme, but I tweaked some of the colors and fonts to make the layout cleaner. I’ve also added a bookshelf page that I use to keep track of what I’m reading (I’m always looking for suggestions!) and a work-in-progress toolbox page that lists everything I’ve used that is the absolute cat’s meow.

I’d love it if you’d take a look around and let me know what you think. I’d really love it if you’d leave a book, film, product, or song (or pizza recipe) suggestion in my inbox.

Brittybyte, Vol. 1

I came across this post by Lethally (thanks to this post by Azalea) who offered the brilliant suggestion of creating a personal “fanmix” — a mix of songs based on certain criteria that allows your friends and followers to get to know you better. Each song corresponds with something personal to the creator, so each mix will be different, laden with individuality and heart.

Since I’m a playlist-makin’ fool and think that music speaks more about a person than anything else, I began assembling my personal fanmix right away. After about two hours, this is what I’ve come up with:

  1. "Of the Mountains" by Dan Deacon
    A song that reminds you of your favorite season/day/month
  2. "Give Up the Ghost" by Radiohead
    A song that you prefer to listen to at night
  3. "Perth" by Bon Iver
    A song that reminds you of someone you care about
  4. "Lanterns" by Birds of Tokyo
    A song that gives you goosebumps
  5. "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous
    A song that makes you feel like flying
  6. "Spinning" by Jack’s Mannequin
    A song that makes you feel like falling
  7. "Haunt You" by Peter Wolf Crier
    A song that you listen to when you’re sad
  8. "Welcome Home, Son" by Radical Face
    A song that you’ve fallen in love with recently because of the lyrics
  9. "Red Eye" by The Album Leaf
    An instrumental song that you love
  10. "Clocks" by Coldplay
    A song that you want to hear live
  11. "Low Fat Latte" by Michael O’Brien
    A song about something you love
  12. "Warmer Climes" by Boat Club
    A song that makes you want to run until you’re some place very far away
  13. "Another Runaway" by Ladyhawke
  14. "Freedom Blade" by This Will Destroy You
    Two songs that always bring a vivid image of something to your mind
  15. "Signs" by Bloc Party
    A bonus song that you want to share with your followers

This mix is available for listen and download as one continuous m4a file to respect the work of the original creators. There are song/artist chapter markers for each track, though, if you’re listening through iTunes. And, of course, if you hear a song you like, please support the artist.

If you’d like to read more about why I chose these particular songs, you can do so here.

Overall, I had a lot of fun creating this and wouldn’t mind seeing personal mixes from everyone I follow. That’s why I’m tagging a few friends on Tumblr to get this started: Avery, Ben, Hunson, Matt, Meggan, Nate, Nick, Prekesh, Rich, Shawn, Toby, and Tyler. Get groovin’!

1. Originally, this read “a song you cannot stand.” However, I wanted to stay positive and share only songs that I think are worth sharing, so I came up with another idea. Now you get to hear an awesome song instead of a terrible one.

Like, Reblog, Repeat

This is where I’m tumblin’ now. (If some of those photos look familiar, it’s because the image posts from this blog will be slowly migrated over there. Feel free to relike, reblog, or follow at will.)

This particular blog will eventually be personal posts only — mostly text posts like short essays or opinion pieces with occasional life adventure updates tossed in, served hot. Feel free to follow or unfollow at will.

Happy tumblin’!

Blast from the Past

As I flipped through the channels trying to find something worthwhile to watch, I stopped short on PBS after seeing dinosaurs flash across the screen. It was a NOVA episode called “Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters,” and as I watched, I became flooded with memories of an old PC game I used to play as a kid.

I couldn’t recall its name, but I remembered the game vividly. After some digging in the dusty archives of the Internet, I found it: Dinosaur Safari. The idea of the game was to go back in time to the Mesozoic era to photograph various dinos for National Chronographic magazine. I played this game to death on our old ATC desktop behemoth. My parents even got into it. It was fantastic.

While researching, I also stumbled upon another gem that I played ceaselessly: 3D Dinosaur Adventure. This one was made up of several mini-games, and by the looks of this Let’s Play video on YouTube, I think the graphics and soundtrack are still quite enjoyable. (Or is that just the nostalgia talking?)

It’s fascinating what can trigger a seemingly insignificant yet evocative memory that could have been at the precipice of forgetfulness.

Three cheers for nostalgia. And four for dinosaurs.