LIVE, LAUGH, AND LEARN... welcome to the co.

This Charming Mixtape.

What better way to break the monotony of studying and working than by listening to some new music? As a poor grad student, I like it even better when it's free. And when it comes from a guy from NY named Theophilus London, you know it's gonna to be interesting.

You can download This Charming Mixtape here.

And you can get his previous offering, JAM! over here.

OK, back to the books...



JAN 17TH 2009




... and another one

It's just non-stop!

Another big HAPPY BORNDAY to our agent jano! Yeeeee!


welcome to the quarter century club!

The Pied Piper of R&B and the ¢ollective would like to wish our trooper, agent Adrian, a big HAPPY BORNDAY! Welcome to the quarter century club... it's about damn time!

May you eat, drink and be merry alllll weekend looong. Live it up; you definitely deserve it!

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Done with 08!

I don't know about anyone else, but 2008 was NOT the year for me. That being said, I will say that there were a few things that were awesome about 08 for me (in no particular order) that I can look forward to in 09 as well.

The Co was Created
What most people don't know, is that if it weren't for a group of people sitting through a tremendously long taping of the new American Gladiators, the Co would most likely not exist. It was during the hours of sitting in chairs, eating passed out snacks, and laughing at the ridiculousness of the whole thing that some of us met and planted the seed for a blog, though nothing of this size was planned at the time.

Obama was Elected President
If you haven't figured it out yet, we kinda like Obama around here so to say 08 was a good year, politically, might be an understatement.


Kanye Killed it With The Glow in the Dark Tour
Love him or hate him, Kanye finally reached stadium status this last year and he took concerts to a whole new level. Kanye continues to impress and surprise everyone constantly, it will be interesting to see what comes in 09 on top of his already announced rap album.

San Francisco Beer Fest Celebrated 25 Years
2008 was my second year going and it was even better than the 1st year. As if SF isn't awesome enough on it's own, it hosts this amazing event. Amazing beer, great vibe (no fights, everyone seems to be happy drunks there) and good times to be had by all, I have been counting down the days till Beer Fest 09 since the minute I stepped out of Beer Fest last year

SNL if Funny Again
Sarah Palin Skits, Justin Timberlake Skits, The Blizzard Man, Andy Samberg, need I go on? For all the fans from SNL's golden years saying it'll never be as funny as back then, get over it, the golden years were hilarious but humor has changed and moved on and so should you. SNL had some crappy years but it's officially funny again. The viral skits floating around the internet have me rolling on the floor every time, they are utilizing guests well, and the show is more and more consistently funny.


Out With the Old, in With the New

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As the second day of the new year comes to an end, I'm realizing how different things are for me compared to this time last year... and I mean that in a good and bad sense. It's been one crazy roller coaster ride, but looking back on everything I now know that I wouldn't change a thing.

Seeing as this is not my own personal blog, I'll keep the self-reflection to a minimum. I'm sure that all of you can relate when I say that this year has been full of major setbacks, but also significant growth. This can obviously translate to an individual level as well as to the grander scheme of things.

Yet, despite all the hardships that I've faced (on my own and as a ¢ollective) I remain grateful for the many lessons learned and hopeful for what lies ahead. I've never really been one for new year's resolutions; probably because I've always had trouble seeing them all the way through. However, after getting through a year that I never thought I'd see end, I now fully understand how important it can be to set new goals in an effort to find a new beginning... or maybe just a little balance.

So instead of leaving you with a list of things I want to personally change or improve about myself or habits I want to get rid of, I'd like to leave you with this challenge for 2009:

Promise Yourself
Christian D. Larson

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large to worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

I wish you all peace & progress in the new year.

Let's shine in '09.