1/25/2014

Went out with a friend last night to a meetup. Had a good time. Met some nice people. I love group settings where I don't know anyone. It's where I experience my flow (1), and I am currently trying to increase how often I get to experience my flow. Meetups from reddit and Meetup.com are going to become a weekly thing I think.

I moved my dev site off the server in my room so I could start developing drupal and bootstrap theme on panteon. It is a nice company and you should use it if you do drupal things as a business.

Currently, I am researching Macklamore on rapgenius.com. 

From the notes on Rapgenius.com Ten Thousand Hours: http://rapgenius.com/Macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-ten-thousand-hours-lyrics

At the end of the concert sometime the band will come back out and play another song, sometimes not. Macklemore is using a metaphor to state that you might get another opportunity to live again tomorrow but you might not so live it like your last, you can’t get today back from the grave.

Carpe diem, the original YOLO.

The show that Macklemore is referring to is a metaphor for a person’s life. When facing death, everyone wants a second chance — a little more time to accomplish what they could have. But there are no encores in real life — when the lights fade, you die, and the band won’t be coming back to play. Using the word “grave” further evokes death imagery and solidifies the metaphor.

Compare Shakespeare’s ‘Tomorrow’ speech from Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28.

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more.
 It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

Footnotes:

1. Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.