My career portfolio and thought journals

Guns N’ Roses and the School of Athens

School of Athens (Raphael) juxtaposed with Use Your Illusion I (Guns N’ Roses)

School of Athens juxtaposed with Use Your Illusion I

School of Rock

Growing up, I got into rock music at a relatively early age. I remember being around 6 years old and seeing what I remember to be my first music video by Bon Jovi (it was “You Give Love a Bad Name” for those of you dying to know). I was hooked. A few years later a band called Guns N’ Roses showed up on MTV and my whole world was turned around. It was the video for “Paradise City,” which was shot during a live concert while they were on tour opening for Aerosmith. The song, the sea of faces that filled the stadium, and the swagger of the band in full swing, I knew at that moment that I wanted to play guitar and although I could not fully appreciate it at the time, I started paying particular attention to all of the accoutrements that go along with music: the scene, the emotion, the album artwork. Artwork that accompanies music still enamors me. keep reading…

Sun Herald Newspaper Interview

Sun Herald Newspaper Interview post image

I was recently interviewed for the November 14, 2013 edition of the Sun Herald, a newspaper covering the Biloxi-Gulfport and Mississippi Gulf Coast areas, about an individual’s addiction to prescription pain medicine and his subsequent addiction to Suboxone. During the interview, I was simply told that it was a “famous person from the Gulf Coast.” I kind of figured the interview was about the bass player from Three Doors Down who was charged with vehicular manslaughter earlier this year, but the “individual” turned out to be Michael Grimm, the 2010 winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Since I never really kept up with the show, I was not familiar with him. Although, the story is no longer posted on the Sun Herald’s website – at least I can’t seem to find it anymore – over the last several weeks I have googled my name along with “Sun Herald” and it has been really interesting to see how many news syndicates have picked up the initial story since then.

TLDR: I’m almost famous.

All We Need to Do is Make Sure We Keep Talking

Stephen Hawking Keep Talking

Stephen Hawking

For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.
-Stephen Hawking

This is one of my favorite quotes. It was said by Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist confined to a wheelchair due to his ongoing battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). ALS is a condition of the nerve cells which control voluntary movement. Eventually, speech is affected. Stephen Hawking speaks using a computer synthesized voice. In the quote, which was first recorded for a British Telecommunications (BT) commercial, he was discussing the impact and importance of communication on advances in society and what the lack of communication can do to a society. keep talking…