Another Beginning.
August 30, 2008, 12:06 pm
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This is my new home away from home. The potential is most certainly there.

That is not me — just someone who wanted to be in a picture.

– J Diaz


August 28, 2008, 11:57 pm
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I just watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, and I will attempt to describe it in the only way I see fit:


Anyone Else.
August 27, 2008, 8:56 pm
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As I was watching the Democratic National Convention earlier today, I was arranging some of my old art projects. It was on a commercial break, so I wasn’t paying too much attention to the television screen. But one commercial caught my attention. It sounded really familiar. Well, here, you take a look and see if you notice anything.

Sound familiar? I bet. That’s an exact copy of The Moldy Peaches‘ “Anyone Else But You” song made popular by that one movie about a pregnant girl. Except, it’s really bad and all the words were different — something about riding dolphins and playing golf. However, the song itslef was identical to the original. So I did a bit of investigating and found a statement that clears my curious mind from one of my favorite artists and Moldy Peaches singer Kimya Dawson.

“I guess by now many of you have seen the silly commercial
for the Atlantis resort. Sigh. Thanks for the outpouring of concern, but no
we were not ripped off. No one is getting sued. I have always been very
much against having my music in commercials. My solo music.
With The Moldy Peaches it is tricky because it isn’t
just me. I do say no most of the time, but every once
in awhile I have to be willing to compromise and be a group member
and not a total control freak. A couple years ago we did that French cell
phone commercial with all the soccer balls.
This time I agreed to the resort going poor mans Weird Al version of
‘Anyone Else But You’. I figured if I am going to be a team player
I am going to feel least like beating myself up if the words and voice
are not my own. It is just our melody. We were not involved in the rewrite.
Anyway, dolphins schmolphins, it’s done.
I bought my parents a car. So it goes.”

– J Diaz

In Closing.

And just like that, the Beijing Olympics of 2008 are over. It’s only been a few mintues and I already feel a huge void in my life. This is definitely the most memorable for me. I remember moments of Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, and even more of Athens in 2004, but these have definitely been my favorite. There are so many great moments that are in my head, but it’s so difficult for me to even attempt to describe each one. I will instead jot down the things I will miss the most about the Olympics, in no particular order:

– Nastia Liukin
– the (quite obviously) underaged female Chinese gymnastics team
– May, Walsh, Dalhausser, and Rogers
– Michael Phelps
– Michael Phelps’ mom
– Redeem Team
– Natalie Coughlin
– Shawn Johnson’s eyebrows (she’s like a puppy)
– Usain Bolt’s victory “bow and arrow”
– China smog
– Diana Taurasi winning what I am pretty sure is the only gold medal ever won by a Don Lugo alum
– Bella Karoly’s analysis
– Ian Thorpe’s face when Michael Phelps won his 8th gold medal
– the Olympic Village
– Alicia Sacramone’s meltdown
– opening ceremonies
– Dara Torres
– the moment I found out “race-walking” was an olympic sport
– fencing
– Kobe’s popularity
– Bob Costas
– Liu Xiang pulling out of the Olympics, causing television reporters to cry
– water polo
– the sound shot-putters make
– the javelin throw
– Chris Kaman playing for the German national team (he’s a US citizen)
– Chris Kaman’s dad rooting for the United States
– the marathons
– the bird’s nest
– pole-vaulting and high-jumping — both equally entertaining
– Jason Lezak in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay
– the lip-synching little girl in the opening ceremonies
– German weightlifter Matthias Steiner kissing a picture of his late wife after winning gold

See you in London.

– J Diaz

August 23, 2008, 1:05 pm
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Barack Obama finally chose his running mate. Joe Biden, in a sense, provides Obama with everything that he supposedly lacks. I was really hoping either Joe Biden or Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana would get the nod. But as the decision grew nearer, I thought they were leaning towards Senator Tim Kaine — someone I wasn’t too crazy about. So I’m glad they decided to go with Biden.

He’s been in the Senate forever, and anyone who has seen him speak can tell that this dude exudes nothing but confidence. He’s knows what he’s talking about. And it doesn’t hurt that he knows McCain better than anyone else. November can’t come soon enough.

– J Diaz

High Priestess of Soul.
August 22, 2008, 12:34 pm
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I finished a print that I designed for my sister’s new apartment. Nina Simone was a decorated singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Her body of work includes over 40 studio and live albums consisting of everything from jazz and soul to pop. Especially notable was the work Simone produced during the civil rights era. Her passion and devotion to her work left a lasting impression in African-American culture.

“Simone” – August 21, 2008

August 17, 2008, 11:43 pm
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Yesterday, my cousin/niece/first cousin once removed/little bundle of joy challenged me to a game of Connect 4. “Great,” I thought, playing a little kids game with a little kid should be somewhat entertaining at the least. Her mom warned me she was good, but that’s what they all say. Turns out she really was good. Not good enough to beat me, but good nonetheless.

The game, when played correctly, can become quite intense and frustrating, involving a great deal of strategy.

After beating my first victim, my other cousin wanted in on the action. A group of onlookers surrounded us. And before you knew it, we were having a good ‘ol family tournament. Long story short, we played this game for a good portion of the night. It is quite addicting — so much that my dad decided he would go out and buy one. My new obsession.

– J Diaz