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Laying out the excus..er, articles and posts… from the most recent hiatus

All Categories Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

This isn’t the first time blogging has had an unintentional off spell here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. However, rather than spout off the reasons (cgh… travel, work… cgh) let’s simply share some of the other projects that have been happening since the last bit of posting.

(And, oh yeah, we’ll resume posting again soon [ish])

  • Finally, Pop Candy hosted another round of guest bloggers while Whitney Matheson took a vacation. The guests included: an international recording artist, a NYT best selling author and… me? Read about the only potato rapper in ‘Cuse (and the world?).

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Trivial Links: The SPIN/Canon photo contest follow-up

Entertainment Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • One more way of immortalizing that (and other concert experiences) has just sprung up over at Songkick.com.

(Links today from SPIN Magazine, USA Today’s Pop Candy, NYT.com, 20 Watts and Wikipedia)

Got something for next week’s Trivial Links? E-mail it in.

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Five Signs: You’re in Arizona (mostly in Tucson).

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of a good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Arizona (specifically Tucson and the Phoenix Airport).

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Four Signs: You’re in Chittenango, N.Y.

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Chittenango, N.Y. – childhood home of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.

There was a tornado on the day of my visit, but since I couldn’t make it to Oz-Fest in two weeks a journey to Chittenango had to come early. If I had another two weeks, maybe we could get a fifth sign in here. Continue reading

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Five Signs: You’re in Kingston, ON (*that’s in Canada folks*)

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Kingston, ON.

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If words can’t describe it, don’t use them… (Obama Inauguration sights and sounds!)

History Column
Photos, videos, audio and words by Nathan Mattise

Barack Obama has been President for 14 days. Wrap your mind around that. It’s hard to believe history is that fresh but simultaneously moving on already (Google “Guantanamo Bay” or “Economic Stimulus” for more details).

Perhaps the Inauguration feels like it was yesterday because I was fortunate enough to attend. With all of the meticulous planning, physical travel and emotional build-up, the event itself was monumental to the point that it consumed the greater part of two weeks in my life. I still have people who want to know every single detail about the experience when I casually mention my trip. Honestly, regardless of what you think of my writing or communication skills, this is one instance where I’m truly at a loss and words can’t accurately describe the scene, the excitement, the sense of something greater, etc. Rather than trying to sum up the once-in-a-lifetime trip, I’m opting to allow the images to speak for themselves.

Starting with the moment everyone was there to see… Continue reading

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What does SU stand for? See Syracuse Stop Signs…

Arts & Literature Essay
Photos and text by Nathan Mattise

Graffiti is a highly expressive art form. Vandalism is a offense typically punishable by fines or community service. Stop signs are traffic control devices. Put them all together…socially conscious quiet protest? Well, sometimes… Continue reading

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