Archive for September 12th, 2012

Sep 12 2012

You Wanna Learn How To Dougie?

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Alright guys, I don’t have much to say about myself so please bear with me. I am just a calm, nice guy. I am very active in my church and I try to serve my God the best I can. I serve by helping in the youth ministry. I am a Junior High School Youth Group Teacher and I plan on serving for many years to come. Growing up, I spent most of my time in church when I was young because I was blessed with amazing mentors and awesome friends. I also posted up a picture of Gangnam Style. Well, it has become VERY popular over this past month and I’m pretty proud, as I am Korean, of PSY for accomplishing what he has.

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Sep 12 2012

An-Khe Tomer? Who is he?

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An-khe Tomer… Its not easy to describe myself.  I decided to make a playlist and write a little bit about myself.

Music is a great part of my life, so I have decided to make a playlist to describe myself. First of all, I play guitar and I absolutely love METAL. Everything from Symphonic Black Metal to Progressive Metal, to Goregrind, to Technical Deathmetal. Everything about it. Music, in general, keeps me sane, but there is something about metal, specifically, that appeals to me. Many people hear metal and only hear noise. But I listen to metal and it is soothing. The heavy riffs, the brutal vocals, and the specific groove. I love complex music. I like to be challenged. Much of the music that I listen to supplies those challenges. The complex time signatures, the time signature changes, the key changes, the speed and the polyrhythms. Each of the bands listed in my playlist represents something that I like about the band, their ideology while creating the music, the complexities of the music, or the feeling that I get when I listen to them.

Other than music, I absolutely love physics and math. I like to try to understand the universe as well as our Earth and the cultures that make up Humankind. I enjoy learning about ancient cultures and mythologies. One that catches my interest the most is Ancient Egyptian Mythology. Traveling is one way that I attempt to witness, experience, and understand these groups of people.  I also am in love with body modification. I have 12 piercings; 8 on my ears, my tongue, my eyebrow, and two on my lip. My nose was pierced but it closed. I also have one tattoo of an Ankh on my arm. I feel that it is one of the oldest art forms and still should be more widely accepted. Tattoos, scarification, stretched holes, horns, branding, and piercings are some of the most beautiful things that could happen to a human body.

Outside of my beliefs and views on the world, I love to enjoy myself, just like every other human being on this planet. I play my guitar most of the time. It allows me to leave this world temporarily and come back with a clear mind. I longboard and read a lot as well. Extreme sports are also my place of zen. I love to dirtbike, jetski, wakeboard, snowboard, waterski, and mountain bike. The adrenaline is what brings me back to it. The speed, excitement, wind in my face, and the challenge of getting spending less time wiping out pushes me to keep at it.

Here is my playlist.

1. Meshuggah – Bleed

2. Tool – The Pot

3. Fleshgod Apocalypse – The Violation

4. Cerebral Bore – Maniacal Miscreation

5. The Faceless – Sons of Belial

6. Aegaeon – Human

7. Animals as Leaders – Isolated Incidents

8. Oceano – Depths

9. Deadlystrain – Decayed Pleasure

10. Nile – Those Whom The Gods Detest

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Sep 12 2012

The Wild Akhtarul – Unrecognizable on Word Processors

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Beach Fossils – Face It

Real Estate – Fake Blues

Since I was a child, music made up a large part of my life. I began playing various instruments at a young age, usually picking up whatever looked interesting to me. I played clarinet for some years, but eventually dropped the instrument for a guitar instead. Why couldn’t I learn and play both? Who knows. However, as time passed, I realized that my reasons for playing also changed. Before, I solely wanted to imitate my favorite bands at that time, such as Sum 41 and Blink 182. I was very young at the time, mind you, so I didn’t really know what I was doing. Before long, my interests in music shifted greatly and, from my late middle school years onward, I began to become deeply involved and satisfied with the musical genre that is known as “indie”, or independent music. Bands such as Beach Fossils and Real Estate, for example, sounded more than fantastic to me. I let go of my old punk, ska ways and opted instead for a more mellow and smooth lifestyle, as several of my favorite indie bands happen to sound just like that. Beach Fossils and Real Estate are both great bands, bands that I have been listening for about three years, and I greatly appreciate what they can do with a guitar.

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

David Bowie – Rebel, Rebel

As a child, I never appreciated music from decades past. Growing up having played too much Tony Hawk Pro Skater seemed to have a strange impact on my brain; I was addicted to punk, ska, and alternative rock. While I still do “approve” of those genres, part of my growing tastes over the last few years include some of the quintessential bands of the previous generations. Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie are two great examples of such music. Fleetwood Mac means a lot to me in particular due to the fact that they were very popular amongst  my closest friends, and I happen to have a lot of memories involving their songs.

Asheru – Soul

Souls of Mischief – Step to my Girl

Old school rap and current underground hip-hop. The good stuff.

Cut Copy – Strangers in the Wind

The first ever indie song I have ever listened to, I began listening to Cut Copy at the end of eighth grade. This band started it all. I was never into the genre as much before these guys came along. While I did say music was a large part of my life even as a kid, I never attended a single concert until I began listening to independent music. Music matters a lot to me, and friends are quick to know it. I attend concerts almost every week, from small local Williamsburg shows to Tyler the Creator “big-shows”, I try to get as much out of the music world as I possibly can. Music inspires me; I was, in a sense, saddened by recent “mainstream” music (not to offend anyone who loves any song on Billboard 100, that’s totally fine), but under-appreciated genres like indie, underground rap, and dying trance really got me going. I am listening to music as I type this, and I listen to music for almost every other thing I do. It surrounds me constantly, and I appreciate every second of it. A defining aspect of someone is the music they listen to, in my opinion, and I love meeting new people with an extensive knowledge of music, or with similar tastes. Music for me in a nutshell.

BT – Rose of Jericho

Mat Zo – Synapse Dynamics (Arty Remix)

Well made trance. I make trance.

 

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Sep 12 2012

Somethings about me (Shawn)

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Ahh,so where to begin? I think ‘s best to start with my lifestyle of a carnivore.

yummy burger

I don’t know when it exactly started but I have always enjoyed eating meat.  Regardless if its pork, beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, or some other animal, there are endless possibilities for my satisfaction. I personally enjoy a fresh burger with all the fixings.   Luckily, I have a fast metabolism so I won’t gain weight.

This talk of food leads me to the next thing, my heritage.

Even though I was born in New York, I have adopted much of my Indian heritage as my own.  I have been there three times and I must say it is an amazing place.  The sites, the culture, the people, and the food truly reflect the uniqueness of India. I would definitely recommend it for anyone willing to go outside their comfort zone and experience something different.

Two things that I like to do when I want to relax are listening to music and playing League of Legends. My taste in music is varied but I am currently enjoying folk rock. (can’t wait for the new Mumford and Sons album).

I have been play LoL for about a year and a half.  I think this game is great for casual gamers as it not hard to pick up.   My fondest memories of this game is staying up till 3 in the morning playing with friends. (My best role is jungler).

 

I love history and politics.  I am not certain why I love them so much but I could easily lose myself in countless articles or videos.

One of my proudest achievements is helping to start a drill team at my school as a freshman. Eventually I became Pledge Commander and was in charge training the new guys. We actually qualified to go to Nationals after only three years of being in existence.

One thing that I really believe in is the idea of social justice. The most basic ideal of social justice is equality and solidarity.

Which brings me to my last picture. I have pulled off some amazing feats the night before things were due.  I always beat the midnight deadlines with seconds to spare.

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