What is Mist?

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Darkness and Video Editing

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I’ve Started Vlogging!

Spurred on by a desire to further connect with my long-distance girlfriend, we have begun video blogging. Barring any more setup, here it is:

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Faith

I often hear the word “faith” thrown around in religious contexts. But faith is not in a deity. The deepest experience of a certain explicit trust that only be described as true faith has always been found in family and close friends. Those intense relationships with fallible people — that is true faith.

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The Nature of Busy ( and Alternatively the Nature of Leisure)

To be busy, it seems, is both a good and bad thing in life. If a person is busy it means they are doing things, and doing seems largely importing to this “living” business everyone is caught up in; however, being busy implies one has no time to relax and, judging by how popular the idea of taking a vacation is, relaxing is also good. So which is it? is busyness good or bad?

Probably, as with most things in life, the goodness of being busy does not conform to a simple binary construct but instead is annoyingly complicated, filled with moral, ethical, and scientific grey areas. Good rule of thumb, though, is to find a kind of busy that feels like leisure. In other words, do work that restores the spirit rather than tapping it.   

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The State of The Blog

Since the blog has just returned from a hiatus, I figure now is a good time to do some evaluations.

I’m wondering in which direction this blog should go. I’m tiring of the current format and material for it is running low for it as well.

Also, I am exploring adding regular video content to this blog as my life seems to be heading in a more video-oriented direction. Perhaps, a weekly vlog will make a nice addition to this space. 

I suppose I’ll sleep on it and make a decision in the morning.

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It’s Okay

As creatures of failure and feelings, the world gets dark sometimes. We as humans can create the most awful of circumstances for ourselves and each other. This is no symptom of evil, though — no indicator of a deeper inner-darkness. No, these horrors we create are merely human errors whether or not those that commit them acknowledge it, and, as with any errors, they will be corrected in the end. 

The trick in these times of terrifying human error is to keep going with the knowledge that it’ll be okay. No matter have bad it is. It’ll be okay.

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And We’re Back!

Hello everyone. My apologies for the near month-long interruption in posts. The chaos in my world reached a level at which I needed a temporary break from blogging but now I am back. 

While I was gone I have been thinking of ways to make this blog better and both easier to write and read, and — though I have no announcements at this time — I think some new cool stuff is on the way in the future of Hey, I’m Jake.

Most of the need for more efficiency is because my schedule has started to become pretty full. I’m working my current job, doing freelance work, and am now in the early stages of acquiring a new job (more details to come when things get finalized) which will severely limit my writing time. Perhaps, though, some creative limits are just what this blog needs. When we are heavily constrained is generally when we are most creative.

At any rate, my blog has returned to it’s daily posting. I look forward to it. See you tomorrow.

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Thursday Tunes: Grant Lee Buffalo

It’s Thursday again! That means it’s time for another artist recommendation!

Grant Lee Buffalo is one of many post-grudge bands of the late 90s. The trio’s music has a tendency to be a little more folk-based than other bands in the same musical era like Pearl Jam. Sounding at times like a the love-child of Nirvana and Bob Dylan, Grant Lee Buffalo has some great songs that are definitely worth a listen.

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Greatness

Is it everyone’s ambition to be great? Do we all wish to be recorded in the annals of history, or is mere simplicity the goal of most of us?

I do not think that most of us lust for the classical idea of greatness despite that being that portrayal of the average person in the media. Mostly our dreams are simple, we long for peace, quiet, and free time, not fame and fortune.

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