I’m impressed by local influences. I think it was in due time that the economy needed a resurgence of local economy. When everything’s started to become uniform because of uniform globalization by corporations, you lose ingenuity and creativity through standardization. A lot of big words, yeah, but everyone starts from somewhere. Living in Austin for three years, you start to acknowledge the culture it organically inhabits. Local coffee roasters and shops, butchers, chefs, bicycle shops and entrepreneurs are all greatly supported by the citizens of the city.

This was all conjured up just from sitting in a local butcher shop, which is also a sandwich place but also built in its very own coffee shop with a local brand starting its first local standalone shop. Humble beginnings.

You can see that there’s a great divide in the city between honoring what the city is and also the modernization of it as well. The staple of South Congress and South Lamar are soon to have condo buildings and concrete plazas of renovated Austin staples to better serve a growing population of people. It’s exciting to see because it causes a new energy but it also changed the landscape of the city. Just like people talk about New York and Brooklyn not being what it once was, it’s the gentrification of modern cities. It boosts economies but landmarks then become historical versus just being something that IS the city.

Sometimes I wish I inherited a craft or learned one at a young age. People who are just great at what they do are inspiring. But I guess the same goes for people who work hard to get where they are. If you do both, that’s just a super hero power that all people should strive to have.

So moral of this story: Buying local equals super hero powers. Haha, what?

Off to the bike shop next door now.



Portlandia Sans Vokal

So I’m not sure how my “Portlandia” playlist exactly got “viral” but it has been picking up a couple subscribers a day.  What kind of music is it?  I would consider it the hipster/indie pop variety.  Dance and folkish style music combined in one.  It’s a lot of what people would go out to music festivals to see or listen to when they are BBQing or joy riding even.  I guess in that sense, it’s pretty versatile.  What I like about it is that you can’t really identify a time period with this music, it just seems like it’s morphed all the generations in one.  From the hippie days to the folklore of Simon & Garfunkel to the synth days of the 80s but the present vibe of today’s music.  Music really has transformed greatly from what it used to be in that we are in a digital world where we can mix styles of analog and digital.  I think that’s pretty dope and for that reason, that’s the reason this would have to be one of my own personally most played playlists I’ve made on spotify


As for Sans Vokal, the title explains itself.  It’s my instrumental playlist but I think it is also one of the coolest ones I’ve put together mainly because there are so many different styles of instrumental music incorporated in it, from smooth jazz to flamenco to rock to soul to funk to I don’t know.  Each track puts you in a place where lyrical music can’t.

Spotify really has revolutionized how we hear music.  Before you had to pay music in order to hear it or listen to it.  When you’re exposed to music, the industry has to realize that you will spend your money more towards things you like – seeing them live, buying their physical/digital copies of their music regardless, their paraphernalia and their music spreads like wildfire even to people who can’t afford to buy their music.

With that all said, music has such a wide audience now because you can listen to every type of music on one place.  We don’t have to listen to just what’s popular but you can search such a vast directory of music until your heart is content.  That’s pretty cool.  It’s a great time to live in and experience.  We’re given so many opinions about things and connected to the world in such a way that things don’t feel so vast anymore.  I need to travel more because I find so much more about music that way, as well.  It’s been a while. 

Photo Bucket List

So it’s easy to get content with taking pictures with your phone but I miss the process of composing a picture and capturing a moment that a typical person couldn’t get on an every day basis.  I’m wondering if I should save up and buy a new body.  My 30D still does wonders but I want to capture more full body work and step up my lens game.  Let’s get a couple bills paid down first and we’ll go that way.

Portraits that I want:
Flock of birds in motion 
A “magic hour” candid photo of people 
Sun and shadows
Smiles. I don’t take enough pictures of people. Need to change that.
Motion stills

and Weddings.  JK. 



It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

– Ernest Hemingway