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Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me

Can’t get these lines out of my head. Loving the guitar tone, vocal tone, drum tone – every tone. Actually this whole album is amazing.

Kiss Me like you wannna be loved
like you wanna be loved
like you wanna be loved

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Shadow Days

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People change everyday, for good or for worse. We can become more responsible or less, more compassionate or less, more understanding or less. It’s up to us, and those who influence us, to make the right decisions to nurture our selves into better people.

I must confess, I’ve had some troubled years in my past. I’ve had many sleepless nights, whisky soaked mornings, burned bridges, and broken hearts. But I’m glad to say that I think I’m coming out of those stormy conditions. Finally, I’m stabilizing. I turned 27 this week and realized that I’m very different from the person I was even a year ago, and very different from the 23 year old Dustin; I think I’ve changed for the better. Though there are many times I regret and many memories I wish I could forget, God can still make rubies out of mud. My shadow days help me appreciate the sunny, and understand those still there. Thank you to those who have stuck by me, believed in me, challenged me, forgave me, understood me, and saw the best in me even when I couldn’t. I am the product of the expectations of the people most important to me, and I am surrounded by some amazing people.

Cheers 27. This is the first time I’ve been able to say this in a while and I’m so glad I can: I think this will be one of the best years I’ve had in a long long time.
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Dustin the Hippie

One of the things I loved most about the Steve Jobs biography is that it reaffirmed my belief that you don’t have to conform to the superficialities that culture tries to impose on you. For example, what is fashion and why am I supposed to follow it. My mother tells me that I can’t shave my head anymore as that’s what college children do. I just can’t wrap my head around that. What does the length of a man’s hair reflect about his character, integrity, and maturity?

On the other hand I’m beginning to sadly recognize that these superficial trivialities open doors for influence, especially on first encounters. One’s grooming or good looks don’t matter in the long run, but in an initial encounter they can be highly influential. For example, President James Harding was one of the most incompetent and dangerous presidents in American history, but many believe he was voted in based on his stunning good looks. He looked like a president. On the other hand, Abraham Lincoln, the best president, was lanky, awkward, and wore a stupid hat.

But Steve Jobs gives me hope. He didn’t shower. He didn’t change clothes. He didn’t furnish his house. He didn’t even wear shoes around the office. And then when was older he didn’t even bother to change outfits.

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Korea University Knows How to Party

Back at UCSD we had a crazy festival called SunGod where pretty much everyone was drunk throughout the entire day. The KU festival last week was pretty similar to that. Except while drinking on campus is technically not allowed at UCSD, it’s more than encouraged here. Half of the school seemed to be blanketed with cushion and set up with boxes to facilitate the drinks. I’ve never seen anything like it. 막걸리 (makgul-li) is the official drink of KU, but tonight mostly I saw soju. There was even a segmented section for dancing where they were charging cover.

That’s my business school there in the back.