The Amateur Everything

Karthik Kakarala, head of Solar Shadows Records, 2nd year student in the Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba, contains a sampling of what rattles around in his mind upon this Tumblr. This is not a Twitter. Expect bouts of verbosity, regardless of whether it's for better or for worse.
Thu Oct 6

Dilation.

I raise the mandible from around a -35° decline… drag the cranium, the neck along with it.  Deliberate motion with minimal resistance, to bring the eyes into view.

Dilation.

A streetlight from an unassigned number of yards away emits particles, photons, which behave like waves.  Collisions with imperceptible violence, less than ideal reflection coefficients on solid surfaces, and particles of air themselves providing a scattering effect. 

Adjust.

Dilation.

Multiple repetitions in less than a second: A dim illumination in the dark.  Individual hairs at myriad orientations resolve into detail at partial spirals.

The ears strain, attemptin-…

Ignore.  Ambiguate. Attend to it later.

Always later.

A series of muscle contractions: 

  • Leaning back.
  • Balancing weight in the opposing direction.
  • Left upper limb extension.
  • Rotate to face the arm posteriorly.
  • Pronation.
  • Abduction of the index finger.

A flood of light: Constriction. Rebound dilation.

Even in the radiating amber, bathing the tiles and everything in-between their planes, the slight blue tinge of the sclera looking back at me is perceptible.

Osteogenesis imperfecta, displaying with blue scle-… 

I have two choices, among others: The conventional wisdom is that I’m supposed to “turn my brain off” at this hour, to think less.  ”Conventional wisdom” doesn’t really resemble the actual concept of wisdom, upon examination in the mirror.

I have the will to make free choices.  I will choose differently.

Both arms brought forward, gripping the lateral walls of the sink.  A series of adjustments allows an increasingly firm grip, without an excessive push towards gravity, without a lift upwards.  The temptation is resisted to apply any of these forces in excess: In better shape, the sink would barely stand a chance.  At present, the sink would win in the tension battle versus my sustained contractile forces.

Suppression, in small doses, allows for productivity and appreciation of certain moments/scenarios.  I refuse to go anywhere near pathological levels, freely, consciously.

Increase the grip.  Steadying, opposing static forces slightly.

Dilation: The vessels on my right sclera stand in sharper relief than before I entered this room.  I’d gone countless days without anything resembling the symptom, a combination of careful management of potential physical and psychological causes.  

I lean into the litany of possible conditions this would represent, instead of avoiding them, consciously arguing and counterarguing all noticeable sides, improving my understanding of the matter slightly, while relieving the tension in a controlled and steady fashion.  

Control, engagement, focus, meeting it head on, yet again.

The ears strain as I reach the end of this process, and I let the internal works have their turn.  The ring becomes a roar, and I hear nothing else in the sprawl, harmonizing intentionally in the mix as it begins to roll, recede, die back down at a moment whose occurrence I actually let slip by in the midst of it all.

…and it sounds gorgeous, for just a while.

Keeping my own counsel is what’s gotten me through, this far in.  Stepping back was necessary, and shifting the weight back became desired, rather than needed, after a while.  I was told, so many times, that I would find out a lot about myself, and about others, when I would decide to train towards becoming a Doctor.  Managing my expectations, let alone my hopes, in the midst of it has shown more about myself than about the others toward whom those attitudes may have originally been assigned.

I don’t ask for help because I need it, even though I may sometimes want it.

You don’t need them. I write this on an index card, and attach it to a wall, just in case I forget to say this at a critical moment.

I can freely choose the difficult path, to be transparent and fair whenever possible.  I will rarely fluctuate, because I adhere to my own remarks, and my own expectations, nearly always.  I am no longer afraid of disappointing anyone but myself, and the fact that I can sleep at night a bit more often is no coincidence.

Delete all of it.  Save all of it.

Edit, restructure, reorder.

Days, weeks, months pass.  

I look in the mirror, a constant warp bending the striking light, providing a consistent distortion.  Another one exists in the next room, any time I want something more accurate, but this is the one that I bother to stare at, on most nights.  I let myself smirk, then smile, the expression that lights up rooms when followed by a booming laugh.

I exiled myself, a while back.  I know why I did so, and there’s not a person on Earth that can claim that my motivations lie elsewhere.  The only capable arguing opponent is occupied with typing, reflected at the focal point of a cheap mirror.

My ears strain again, but on the sound of my voice, projected and reverberating miles from you.

#19,999.

Tue May 3

I got through airport security, once more. I was past a point of no return.

Nothing had changed, I quietly remarked to myself.  

Once again, I prepared to depart from a country that I weakly regarded as home.  It alienated me constantly, and the efforts that I made to navigate it had benefits: I had continued to develop a sure stride, had become more incisive to dismantle those who refused the relevancy of any rules.  I had learned the manner in which I loved at least one thing about most individuals that I encountered, even though I was slower to cement these changes, when it came to understanding people’s perceptions of myself (and I mean on the less-formalized, gut level… the formal aspect of my understanding other people’s thought processes was polite enough to wait for the rest of me).  I read the wrong information out of the world, I interpreted it for a while as what I still call an Unrequited Love of the World, when describing the mostly illogical feeling.

Once again, I prepared to depart from a country that I weakly regarded as “home.”  I’d sifted through objects, and seen a branching out of several possible lives that aren’t the one I’m living out, now.  The resiliency that I’d built up over those 10 years ensured that I’d finally go ahead and go for medical school.

Once more, I prepared to head to medical school, dislodging me from even the debate on where I could be at “home.” The consequences of this eventually took me to an island.  

I found my gate within… I counted the steps.  53 normal strides: The gate was rather close to where I’d entered the terminal.  I made two calls… and then stared at my phone.  

I wanted to say t-… I shut my phone off.

Once more, I prepared to go somewhere else, but I was more sure of my goals, because they were within my grasp.  That was “home” enough, for me.

As a result, I had developed a certain internal rapport… I knew when I could express a lot of things in one sentence, to myself:

I was past a Point of No Return: There was no chance of me bringing the Bat Gauntlet with me to the island, anymore.  

#19,998.

Thu Apr 28
Yeah, I’m pretty smooth.  
No one would survive my National Geographic episode.
No one.

Yeah, I’m pretty smooth.  

No one would survive my National Geographic episode.

No one.

unconnectedincidents:

I promised Karthik a prize for guessing which muppet I am.  Here it is.

¡YEE! Winning is great.

An easy way to be on my good side: Promise things and follow-through.  They don’t even necessarily have to be big-deal things, either.  

(Source: latticeofcoincidence)

Wed Apr 27
defystars:

myriadslits:

I am truly saddened by the death of Poly Styrene. The woman stood out on her own & she was amazing. Life is short. Make your riot now.

Poly Styrene died today. She was only 53 years old.
“Some people think little girls should be seen & not heardbut i think, oh bondage, up yours!“

defystars:

myriadslits:

I am truly saddened by the death of Poly Styrene. The woman stood out on her own & she was amazing. Life is short. Make your riot now.

Poly Styrene died today. She was only 53 years old.

“Some people think little girls should be seen & not heard
but i think, oh bondage, up yours!“

(Source: ladyrocks, via lyriquediscorde)

transylvanianmisanthropy:

©Simon Fowler for SunnO)))

transylvanianmisanthropy:

©Simon Fowler for SunnO)))

(Source: sabbatnoir, via attheageofdecay)

guitar-porn:

1958 Hofner Club 50.
Most people instantly think of the Beatles when they hear the name Hofner due to a certain violin-type-bass guitar but they have always had a very respectable range, with personal favourites being the Verithin Semi-Acoustic, the Club Bass and its cousin the Club Guitar. Can I get a ‘Hell Yeah’ for this hollow-bodied beauty?

guitar-porn:

1958 Hofner Club 50.

Most people instantly think of the Beatles when they hear the name Hofner due to a certain violin-type-bass guitar but they have always had a very respectable range, with personal favourites being the Verithin Semi-Acoustic, the Club Bass and its cousin the Club Guitar. Can I get a ‘Hell Yeah’ for this hollow-bodied beauty?

yvynyl:

Kim Gordon featured artist at Exhibition A, via Thurston’s blog.

yvynyl:

Kim Gordon featured artist at Exhibition A, via Thurston’s blog.

torncurtain:

Lush - Ladykillers (1996)

Goddamn, Miki Berenyi is a fox!

(via abloodymess)

thelinsee:

notblueatall:

humansolatium:

Sometimes I think this is tattooed across my face.

Oh! I should do this! Too cool! I do it everyday anyway.

Awesome.

I’m hairier, but I do want a hat like that.  Honestly, that’s what I do with Tumblr when I’m constrained by being in a more academic mode… and basically all the time.  It’s apparently very hard for a lot of people to believe, but it’s not like I haven’t given any clues (The name of the blog is The Amateur Everything, folks).  
Due to the fact that I have a sturdy card table (stories for another time), I’d actually be a bit more capable of pulling off this setup.

thelinsee:

notblueatall:

humansolatium:

Sometimes I think this is tattooed across my face.

Oh! I should do this! Too cool! I do it everyday anyway.

Awesome.

I’m hairier, but I do want a hat like that.  Honestly, that’s what I do with Tumblr when I’m constrained by being in a more academic mode… and basically all the time.  It’s apparently very hard for a lot of people to believe, but it’s not like I haven’t given any clues (The name of the blog is The Amateur Everything, folks).  

Due to the fact that I have a sturdy card table (stories for another time), I’d actually be a bit more capable of pulling off this setup.

(via of-the-girl)