Archive | October, 2008

Tasty Treats by Timothy Berg

31 Oct

When i was younger i would chase down the ice cream truck on my blue scooter and buy a choco taco, a drumstick, and the INFAMOUS 50/50 BAR! I love the orange outside witht the creme filing (uber pause, lol)  aahh, this art piece took me back!

From the artist:

My recent work revolves around notions of cultural consumption. I intend to create a tension between what is fun and what is grave in order to pose fundamental questions about the consequences of overconsuming. I employ humor and metaphor to simultaneously disarm the viewer and challenge them to evaluate the larger implications of our culture’s habit for making things disappear.



30 Oct

Dubbed the Lighthouse, the highly eco-friendly house was designed by Potton and was meant to “encourage a way of living that is inherently ‘light’ on the world’s resources whilst combining the practicalities of today’s average homeowner.”

It sits on screw piled foundations (raised from the ground to minimize impact), features a sloping 40-degree roof that captures wind for cooling and ventilation, has triple glazed large windowsto reduce heat loss and also packs photovoltaic panels and built-in systems that would recycle rainwater. Not sure how eco-conscious people are, but I’m glad that a net-zero carbon self built home exists. 

view the gallery or build your own “light” house at Potton.

Pearls & Principles

29 Oct

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.* Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. – Matthew 7:6

As i write this keep Matthew 7:6 in mind. A teammate and i have been talking about everything under the sun, including those things that exist in, under, and above the earth. In this conversation though, we analyzed the principle and theory that says, “if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a life time.” Sounds noble right? Well here’s where the dispute began and also where i used the words of Jesus Christ. Because in a situation of giving, you still have to be wise and discerning.

So, just to share a little bit with you w/o casting these pearls amongst swine (i hope none of you are swine spiritually) this is the gist of our discussion. He felt that teaching a man to fish was noble, genuine, and the right thing to do. And i honestly couldn’t agree more but only in where you’re heart shall start in the giving/teaching process! But take each possible outcome of your actions into consideration and you’ll see how principles (pearls) in the wrong hands can be deadly to the lender, borrower, and bystanders.

Giving someone money with no knowledge of what he will do with it is always risky. We often see the fortunate walk by the less fortunate w/o giving them a dime and think, “how insensitive can this person be?” We’ve also seen the sweet and naive pour out all they had at the time into the person. The danger here lies in having no knowledge of that person’s character, integrity, story and eventually what they will do with the money. Giving a drug addict $25 could cause him to overdose. The flipside, giving a man with a family to feed $5 doesn’t stretch very far either. In just this small example, you can see a person’s intent makes them swine or not. (The fortunate’s giving has to also be determined as holy or a pearl which is always hard to be determined just as is the recipient’s intentions.) Some people will say, “just give the money and go about your business.” Well, people throw crumbs to dogs. Why not take the time to discern what the need of a person truly is? And discernment can be just looking at them (not always the case) or having a conversation with the person to find out what they’re really about. YES! Effective giving/teaching does require some time, wisdom, and genuine concern to want to help.

Now let’s go deeper. As my friend and i continued we went in depth on that example above and came to somewhat of an agreement. But what’s changed my entire perspective on life (and now his too) is learning God’s principles and seeing how those not in the Kingdom of God have used those same principles to become successful in the world, but refuse to praise or worship where the principle came from, while openly and quite blatantly disrespecting God simultaneously. How do you worship the creature more than the creator? In this part of our discussion, we used hip hop for an example being it was a neutral battlefield. (Won’t really go into detail on that but if you’d like to discuss it you can definitely email me. If you’re a hip hop fan though, i will probably offend you and you’re favorite artist.)

The whole point of this blog post is… there are some who you give a principle or “cast your pearls among” and they use it for wicked. When you may have been better off just giving them a fish to get them by for that moment. We often here about riches to rag stories of those who had money and lost it. The cliche that comes to mind is, “A fool with money becomes nothing more than a rich fool!”

i pray i’ve mad you think just a little bit more in how you use what you’ve been taught in your lifetime. Those things that have helped you persevere or the reasons you aren’t as “successful” as you would like to be. They’re all principles. Have you implemented them with full faith? Are your intentions behind them wicked or are they pure? Because the principle will work regardless. God’s word will not return unto Him void. But the principle will bear the fruit of the seed. You plant a bad seed and work the principle (which would be watering and nurturing) then you’re definitely going to get bad fruit (although money, cars, houses, looks “good”) Example: if you’re main objective is just to get rich by any means necessary and you hustle hard and all that good stuff. You’ll probably reach your goal. But your fruit will be bad.

i hope i haven’t casted any of my pearls amongst swine… i guess i’ll know because Jesus said, “they’ll trample the pearls and then attack you.” And His words haven’t failed me nor will they ever!


Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

28 Oct

Another timeless, classic song that will be around forever. i love this… it always puts me in a good mood. so i figure i share it with you all in hopes that in this time of certain tumult, it may put a smile on your face!  Enjoy!!

Lamb Chops

27 Oct


Lamb loin chops are a healthy alternative to the more popular and more fatty lamb shoulder chops. The loin chops have quite enough flavor to stand up to this herbaceous couscous.

Makes 4 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


1 cup water
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 pounds lamb loin chops (about 8), trimmed of fat
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup whole-wheat couscous
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill

1. Put water on to boil in a medium saucepan.
2. Combine garlic, parsley and salt in a small bowl. Press the garlic mixture into both sides of lamb chops. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook to desired doneness, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium. Keep warm.
3. Meanwhile, stir couscous into the boiling water. Return to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add tomatoes, cucumber, feta, lemon juice and dill. Stir to combine. Serve the couscous with the lamb chops.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 333 calories; 14 g fat (6 g sat, 5 g mono); 121 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrate; 36 g protein; 3 g fiber; 386 mg sodium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (43% daily value), Iron (17% dv).

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Cover and refrigerate the salad (Step 3) for 1 day.

Comme des Garcons | H&M

27 Oct

Here i go endorsing another man (i truly loathe doing that) but besides Hedi Slimane, former Dior Homme lead designer, Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe of Comme des Garcons are two of my top 3 designers. Hailing from Tokyo, these two are the epitome of cutting edge as far as fashion is concerned. Only problem for me is i can’t afford their clohing, until now! Comme des Garcons has hooked up with the affordable yet stylish H&M to design a fall line of clothing for men, women, and children. Though a little more expensive than the normal H&M prices i’m accustom to, CDG has most definitely put together a beautiful collaboration with H&M, only to give H&M another awesome Fall line of *affordable* clothing. You have to love H&M for that, again. i know i do! Anyway, to check out the collaborative & eclectic line go to their website.

source: hypebeast


26 Oct

I’m speechless! i hope i’m able to reach 73 let alone continue to hoop at that age. Just watch the video and read the article. this is amazing that no matter what happens in your life we can still GET OUT OUR DREAMS!