I Am Gary Hampton.

November 25, 2007, 1:31 am
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It may be pretty self evident, maybe not, but I’m quite the fan of the art of storytelling. Stories in the form of books, movies, tv shows, music, poetry, etc. I found this poem today, written by Rudyard Kipling, because one of my favorite bands used some of his lines in a song and I kept reading. The works I read made me feel inspired, if only for a short period of time.

An excerpt from his poem ‘If’:

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

Any recommendations?


EDIT: As I kept reading I discovered why a lot of his work seemed so familiar, due to his work in the Jungle Book. My family was strong in the Scouting movement growing up, and I had a lot of his work memorized as a child.

This was one of such works:

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.


80’s Fact #98: The Toys Were Way Cooler
November 21, 2007, 4:25 pm
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What happened to a time when we could joke around without actually expecting something like this would actually happen?


I Found A Box
November 16, 2007, 12:17 am
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The other day I found a box of old dv tapes. Pretty much the best find of the week, or month…maybe even the year.

I spent some time looking through the tapes and found hours upon hours of footage, including but not limited to:

  • 4 hours of prom camping
  • Warped Tour road trip
  • tons of 540 shoot tapes
    • the product, the chase, the hunt, toothpaste donut, etc
  • the 540 TV pilot
  • a few tapes of freestyle walking that no one has ever seen
  • 4 full Moneen concerts
  • 2 full Alexisonfire concerts
  • Other concerts (including Rufio, Boys Night Out, Ataris, and more)
  • tons of random footage

I quickly looked through it all so I haven’t actually watched much of it, but it made me incredibly happy. If you know me at all, you know how much I love nostalgia, then you can imagine how great this would be for me.


Birchbark Maps
November 12, 2007, 11:32 pm
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So all of the sudden we have fallen in the traps that we used to. I would have thought that we’d have learned to be aware of who we are. Of all the people and the things to be discussed and compared to, this is the first time I’d agree enough to say the same myself.

So I’ll consider this a way to change what I should change, if only for today. Because the hardest part is the start, and this makes it not so hard. We’ll discover who we are.

If I could pick apart the parts of me I wish would be absent, those would be the parts that seem to be most seen and most discussed. I need to be much more aware of what I’ve said and what I meant or else continue to repeat the words with content being lost.

We’ll move across the map of birch bark in water.

(lyrics to a new Numbers & Figures song, new ep on the way)


EDIT: Download this song here: Numbers & Figures ‘Birchbark Maps’
More N&F songs can be found by clicking here.

Things I’ve Learned
November 9, 2007, 7:26 pm
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Over the past few years I’ve learned a lot. Not just learning in the ways of facts and ideas, but in ways of life and living as well. Some things I have learned I use in life daily, others I understand but for some reason haven’t implemented myself yet. But for some reason I felt the urge to list a few things I’ve learned, and I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

  • hard work really does pay off, even if people don’t always acknowledge it
  • you really can do anything if you want it bad enough (they didn’t lie to us…)
  • 5 minutes of pre-planning can save 5 hours of backtracking
  • it’s important to know where you stand with people, on both a personal and professional level
    • know your role. don’t overstep your bounds
  • always think things through on multiple levels. don’t just see things on the surface
  • there is always more to the story than you’re told, but you don’t always need to know the whole story
  • PATIENCE. if you want something, it will happen. but maybe now isn’t the right time
  • stop thinking about yourself for a few minutes and think about what you can do to make someone else happy
  • regardless of how busy you are, spend a few hours a week doing absolutely nothing.
    • (sounds weird, but it works wonders)
  • COMMUNICATE your thoughts or things are never going to improve
  • sometimes you just have to let go
  • what you eat really does affect how you feel
  • make time for your friends. life gets busy and you can’t let friendships suffer
    • real friends are always there, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve last talked
  • other people have lives that don’t involve you. this isn’t a bad thing. this is life.
  • never underestimate the comfort safety importance of home.

The part about this that really gets me about everything I keep learning in life (and I truly mean life, that thing they always told us would arrive one day) is that I’m never really learning anything new, I’m just accepting something I was told years before.

The advice we get from people sometimes seems too simple, and we nod and say ‘yes, i understand’. But for me, it’s always a matter of actually accepting the advice of others and accepting that maybe someone else does know something I don’t. Maybe I don’t have everything figured out.

Maybe there’s more to life than I know right now.


Life Goal #48: Solve A Rubik’s Cube
November 1, 2007, 10:30 pm
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Rubik’s Cube

I’ve always wanted to solve a Rubik’s Cube. And I plan to before I die. We had a few at work yesterday as props so I took one home today and I’ve been working on it. Even researching some tips and looking into the physics and math involved.

I won’t give up.

Well, I hope I don’t.

Has anyone ever finished one before? Anyone have any tips? Comment, let me know.


 EDIT: I DID IT! I actually did it.

I Finished The Rubik’s Cube!


I can now go to sleep happy. 🙂