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Note

April 30th, 2009 | Category: Life

I should also note that Peter, of NeuroSwitch fame, picked up my last tattoo. We actually both got one, his first, my nineteenth.

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Tattoo #19

April 30th, 2009 | Category: Life,Tattoos

So, here we are, nineteen tattoos in something around three years. Nineteen thoughts bouncing around in my head, etched into my flesh. I think about my tattoos like I think about my writing, being honest is the most important thing. I have happy tattoos, and melancholy tattoos, each representing different versions of me. I carry around a constant visual record of my dark and my light. Nineteen tattoos that add up to the current me…

Tattoo by Colt, artist and hardcore motherfucker at Doc Dog's Las Vegas Tattoo, Ybor City

Tattoo by Colt, artist and hardcore motherfucker at Doc Dog's Las Vegas Tattoo, Ybor City

My mind is never quiet, sometimes it’s loud enough to make me crazy, especially when I can’t get the noise out. Not being able to talk is one thing, but not being able to write is something totally different. So, I was listening to Elliott Smith’s Tomorrow Tomorrow when one line in particular really hit me, “I got static in my head, the reflected sound of everything…” It so perfectly describes how I feel much of the time, but especially lately.

Tomorrow Tomorrow is a gorgeous song, it illustrates the feeling of drowning in thoughts, thoughts that lead to nowhere. Now, I have part of it written down the side of my chest. This is probably my favorite tattoo, as it says something about me that is constantly true.

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Lately

April 29th, 2009 | Category: Life

Lately, I feel like a cat in swimming pool…

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Memory Lane

April 28th, 2009 | Category: Life,Opinions

This song is really interesting, to me it’s one of the best things Elliott Smith ever wrote. It’s about institutionalization, being hospitalized for depression. When I was in for depression, I went voluntarily. I signed up on purpose, but once you’re in, you’re in for awhile. You can’t just change your mind and go home. Being honest about my dark thoughts at the beginning only made things worse. They pumped me full of drugs I didn’t need, drugs that made me feel like I was dying. I just needed to talk to someone, but nobody would really listen. It was a terrifying experience, just like the song. It seems to mirror many people’s experiences. I’ve talked to several, and we all agree that the thing we learned from going to the hospital for depression is that we never want to go to the hospital for depression.

Memory Lane is so sad and beautiful, because it’s true to me. Darkness is very lonely, most people don’t understand how it feels. People don’t know how to help, so sometimes they don’t even try. Sometimes the “help” you do get only makes things worse. Honestly, I don’t think one can genuinely understand darkness unless they’ve been there, and back. I know that when I need to talk to someone, it’s always better to talk to someone who’s been lost like me. Whenever I meet someone in a dark place, I’m not one to leave them if they need me. We should look out for each other, because I don’t think shiny happy people really know how.

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NeuroSwitch: Day 8

April 28th, 2009 | Category: Life

We made spectacular progress today. Things are running faster and more accurately.

Below is my first decent face-to-face conversation using the NeuroSwitch

I really wish that guy had a cape. I actually wish YOU had a cape. I have a cape, actually. and drunk tweeting is NEVER bad. have you found a unicorn stable? maybe, but you’re not really ready. the idea involves duct tape, butterscotch, vodka tonic and a tabby cat. are you really ready for something like that? you really can’t know. you know? it involves wearing the cat as a hat. I did say you aren’t really ready. maybe I’M ready. maybe… you’re quite violent, dear. how’s my typing? it’ll get better, really. I’m totally posting this conversation on the blog.

Tomorrow, we’re shooting some video.

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Muddled

April 27th, 2009 | Category: Life

So, I’m typing decently, slowly, but decently. Still, my thoughts are muddled, unclear.

I need to find some beautiful place to get lost.

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NeuroSwitch: Day 7

April 26th, 2009 | Category: Life

We’ve had a major breakthrough. I’m not scanning as fast as I used to, but we’re getting close.

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Tattoo #18

April 25th, 2009 | Category: Life,Tattoos

So, before I get into my nineteenth tattoo, I should mention my eighteenth.

A few weeks ago, I came across a Nirvana song I’d never heard before, a B-Side versions of I Hate Myself and Want to Die. The song’s immediate appeal is its raw energy, but I always have to know a song’s lyrics after I decide I like how it sounds. After a lot of listening, and a little research, I found that the lyrics are really very interesting. Basically, I don’t think the song is about anything in particular, it doesn’t come together to tell a story. To me, it feels like random lines poetry, some of which probably don’t mean anything, while others definitely mean something…

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Tattoo by Colt, artist and badass at Doc Dog's in Ybor

My favorite line, “I could never only, one day,” is what I picked for my eighteenth tattoo. I like it because it really describes my inner-struggle, the fact that I can’t simply wait for “one day.” I’m not a content fellow. I want certain things in my life, and I’m not particularly good at just waiting for them. Outwardly, I come off as very patient, and part of me genuinely is patient, but there’s another part of me that is constantly wanting. It’s been said to me by several people that maybe I should just accept the life I do have, that if I did do that I wouldn’t be so unhappy. The thing is, I absolutely cannot be content with that kind of acceptance. I don’t think it’s crazy to want a life bigger than my stylishly decorated little room, a life of writing, a life with a lover and space apart from my family. There’s nothing wrong with wanting those things. Having had and lost those things, I’m completely certain that I cannot be content without them. Honestly, the idea of living a life of never having has gotten to be more terrifying than the thought of dying.

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NeuroSwitch: Day 6

April 25th, 2009 | Category: Life

We’re making clear progress, tomorrow should be very interesting.

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NeuroSwitch: Day 5

April 24th, 2009 | Category: Life

So, it’s day 5, and the NeuroSwitch is now useable! We’re still working on speed and latency issues, but I can totally use it for basic, slow, hands-free typing. I’m using it right now! We’re definitely making progress.

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