ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 11: Yesterday at Urban Outfitters I met Brett Morrison. After looking for like 10 things in my size (efforts in which we were only mildly successful) we chit chatted for a little about how he liked working there and also at the Melting Pot. He's also a coach for the FSU men's club soccer team, which I thought was super cool since he's only 22 and also because soccer is such a big part of my life. He used to play central attacking mid but has had no time to play between his two jobs and coaching every day. He has a degree in sports management and wants to get into managing/coaching bigger soccer clubs in the future. We chatted about some people we both know and his love for chipotle before I had to go catch a bus to chipotle, and left him sobbing in jealousy. 2d

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 10: Today I came across a man on campus who was promoting the Bhagavad Gita. His name was Prithu, and he told me about his beliefs about our lives being entirely spiritual where that spirit lives on eternally while the biochemical bodies we focus on so much wither away. He taught me about his beliefs in reincarnation, of sorts, where karma and desire are main deciding factors on which form you are reborn as after your spirit transfers out of one living body into another upon death. He said one could even be reborn as an animal if he or she lives his/her life by the animal qualities of eating, sleeping, mating, and defending only. He went on to tell me that goodness, passion, and ignorance are the three modes of material nature and that one must strive to not only focus on those attributes so that all of our thought isn't about material objects and ideas. We talked about how karma works and what is and isn't considered material thought but I won't go into it since I've already written a lot. He gave me an into/beginners guide to the Bhagavad Gita too, so if anyone wants to read it, let me know and you can borrow it. Thanks for reading! And sorry I was inactive the other day; I was sick. 4d

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ib2isme PLEASE READ THIS AND COMMENT WITH THOUGHTS: One more obnoxious selfie today to explain to you guys more about my Familiar Faces Project: I've been getting lots of people telling me this is a lot like humans of New York, which I agree with. The difference is that I'm sharing with you my personal experiences with these people, whereas you might have a completely different one with the same person. I'm including all of you in our conversation and telling it to you like I would tell you over coffee or something. The point of this project is to show people that others are approachable and interesting, and to give you all an excuse to talk to those people. Your excuse is that you're doing it for #ffp. The difference between The Familiar Faces Project and Humans of New York is that you all can take part in it, even if it's for a day or just every once in a while. It makes sure that you have a genuine conversation with the person that's not about school or other bland topics that we all have pre-recorded responses to in order to make small talk at a party. It makes you want to really get to know what a person is about on a personal level, and even if your initial motivation is to get enough info to post on social media, then so be it. If that's what it takes for people to start feeling like its normal again to just talk to a person without the use of social media, then I'll feel like this project is a success. I hope one of these days some of you will do this, even if it's just for a day, and share your experience. Throw the hashtag #ffp in there too and let's start something! With that being said, I'll probably post about a month's worth on here and I'm in the process of making a separate Instagram and Tumblr blog for these posts, on which I'll be posting my daily experiences as well as others which people send me. I'll still share some of the super interesting ones on facebook and this Instagram account though for those of you who like to keep up with it. Sorry for the essay but I just had to get all that out there. You guys are top notch! (That includes my cynic friends out there rolling their eyes at these posts) 1w
  •   ashtotheman A definitely good damn! *pound it* 1w
  •   hunteranger Awesome 1w
  •   _life0fnesi this is a wonderful project. do not listen to anyone who accuses you for copying another project...like wth? even IF you did..in the end it is a non-profit thing that is there to inspire yourself and other people so where's the problem?...some really need to take a chill pill and start doing a positive project themselves instead of trying to pull others down through a damn screen 1w
  •   eenzpeenz this is awesome man 1w
  •   viniasventures Love it! 1w
  •   schrinkenbrotchen @ib2isme you should try and get involved with the FSU newspaper or something of that kind with this, think it would be a seriously awesome article to read all of your experiences. 1w
  •   ib2isme @eenzpeenz @_life0fnesi @hunteranger @viniasventures I appreciate the sentiment guys! And @schrinkenbrotchen that's a good idea actually I'll look into it 1w
  •   schrinkenbrotchen You should! Just because of its similarity of humans of New York but much more personal from the writers perspective giving it the appeal that I think they will see and focuses on your time at school. @ib2isme let me know how that turns out! 1w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 9: Tuesday I met Jessica Larimer who I met outside at a picnic table by the library. She was studying mythology and we talked about how lots of stories in different religions and cultures are the same with certain differences in each one, and the fact that it was controversial that they were teaching religious stories in a mythology class. Jessica is an environmentalist and talked to me about our future in renewable energy sources. Over spring break she camped at St. Vincent island with the environmental awareness club she's in and they worked to make sure the area was clean and safe for incoming sea turtles to lay their eggs on the beach. 1w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 8: So I didn't have any time the past couple of days to post on here but I have been keeping up with meeting new people so I'll post a few at once today (sorry!) Monday I met this guy John who I found spinning a 6 foot staff out on landis green on FSU campus. He told me the art is called poi and is usually done with flail-like instruments. Now for the really cool part: when he performs he sets the ends of the staff on fire while he spins it and does tricks with it. His specific version is called firestaff (pretty self explanatory) but there are other forms. If you were wondering, yes he has been burnt by it several times and he says it hurts like hell to accidentally whack yourself with it. He started 6 months ago and is looking forward to performing in a festival soon. "I'm like Ricky Bobby man, I wanna go fast." Is his mantra on his poi performance. 1w

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ib2isme Just got done with practice with the team on our new training pitch. Feeling match ready for our upcoming match against Whitecaps FC! 2w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 7: Today my adventures on campus led me to meet this girl named Amber. She's from a small part of New York and decided to come to FSU to get involved in the college of music here. She had a guitar with her on which she plays classical pieces, which is something I've never heard of anyone doing. Amber wants to use this as a means for musical therapy for those who need it for rehabilitation. Amber also shared with me her experience with a medical outreach program she did in the Honduras where she did lots of dental work on those who needed it. A quick tidbit that stood out to me was that they had to teach adults there how to use a toothbrush since they'd never seen one. That really puts into perspective how much we take for granted that we're so accustomed to seeing so much they become invisible to us til we need/use them. Amber and I also went on about how different the stars look from different cities and how interested she is in fashion and singing, but I won't make y'all read all that. Anyway, I'm glad I got to have such a well rounded conversation today and I still encourage you guys to do this with me one of these days. Thanks for reading and keeping me motivated everyone! Lately my days have been made by all this positive feedback. #ffp #guitar #music #newyork #nyc #Fsu #seminoles #fashion 3w

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ib2isme Video evidence of @maestro389 on the handpan #ffp #handpan #steeldrums #drums 3w
  •   lordcheeba_free_guwoop Sickkkkkkkkk as fuhhh 3w
  •   damiyrandre I was just about to say this reminds me of a dude at fsu, and then realized this was your account lol 3w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 6: Today I was in the union and came across this guy playing a fascinating looking instrument. His name was Kip and he told me he played all kind of 'different' instruments like the harp. The instrument he had this time was called a handpan and it's made by hand by one person by special order. He had to win a lottery type drawing in order to get the opportunity to purchase one for about $1500, which he obviously did. I'll post a video on Instagram of him playing it. But in the meantime, check out his other artwork he does via tattooing and wood burning. Basically he's an artistic Renaissance man. Definitely follow him. @maestro389 3w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 5: I finally found a dude to chit chat with! His name's Micah and he was working on some computer stuff that looked super complicated. Turns out he does research at the high performance materials institute in Tallahassee and is one of the two employees at Function 3D which is a 3D printing firm. He told me about how he's working with a doctor to create 3D models on the computer and in 3D printed format of a patient's internal organs to help the doctor learn about them well enough to perform a complex surgery, which I found to be incredible. Micah is originally from Gulf Port, Mississippi but moved to Ocala to reap the benefits of Florida scholarships like the rest of us. He likes giraffes a lot but is open to other animals as well. #Fsu #ffp #seminoles #3dprinting 3w
  •   prototypehouse Wow like it! 3w
  •   sv.km Blog please! 3w
  •   rosenosee STOP STEALING ALL OF MY FRIENDS (again) @ib2isme 3w
  •   caroliong This man. Like whoa. 3w
  •   ib2isme @caroliong yeah I've already had friends text me asking if he's single lol 3w
  •   ib2isme @sv.km blog coming soon. I just need to find out what blog platform I should use and what would be easiest to share in order to get people to follow and keep up with it 3w
  •   kathieschuck @ib2isme how funny, he's my neighbor. Love him. 3w
  •   holaleesa Micah! he forgot to mention he used to work at campus rec but I guess the 3D printing stuff is way cooler! 3w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 4: So today I tried to find an international student to talk to but no luck. I did, however, run across a girl named Jess who I stopped because I was intrigued by her Klein bike since I'd never seen one and it was super nice. Anyway, turns out she's on the FSU cycling team and just recently did a race with them. She's from Deland and always used to come up to Daytona Beach (where I'm from) when she lived there. We could have seen each other on the beach and there no way we'd have known. That makes me think about how many people you know now that you may have interacted with at one time and just don't remember. Like you might have talked to your future spouse at some point already lol. Anyway, Jess and I bonded over our bikes and the funny/concerning accident stories we both had. She's planning on getting her first tattoo when she visits her sister in Tennessee this spring break, and she's super excited about it. She doesn't have Instagram but I'll tag her in facebook so yall know she's real lol. Don't be afraid to say hi or have a conversation with someone over a similar interest. You never know how that person might show up later in your life because the way the world works is so random and crazy. It blows my mind sometimes. #ffp #fsu #bikes #seminoles 3w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project day 3: So today I went out with project downtown Tallahassee and talked to lots of the people that live in the local homeless shelter. There I met this very interesting soul who goes by the name "Mama Bear" to the people at the shelter. She's 49, has a husband and a pitbull, and moved to the United States from Cuba in 1968. She lost her parents in her 20s and has been struggling with the many trials and tribulations of homelessness in Tallahassee for 8 years now. She shared with me lots of other issues they have at the shelter with mistreatment by the staff, diseases, etc. and she hoped I would share that information with people in order to bring change but I think I'll do that with the right authority figures instead of putting it on blast on social media. For now, all I have to say is keep on soldiering on Mama Bear, I'll see you next time I do project downtown. 4w
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  •   lane_rose Hey! I am doing Humans Of FSU project and i was wondering if you would like to be a part of it?! I love what you're doing! 4w
  •   ib2isme @lane_rose Yeah of course I'll be part of it! 4w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 2: Today I learned, from 3 failed attempts talking to random guys, that guys don't want to talk to me lol or they all are either about to go to class or studying too hard but I'm gonna keep trying regardless. On the bright side I met this little guy today. His name is Finn. He was born on Christmas Day and he's a lab and pitbull mix. His favorite things to do are being mad cute, wearing his little blue sweater, and licking my beard. #ffp 4w

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ib2isme Familiar Faces Project Day 1: so I decided to do this project for myself where I meet a new random person every school day because you really never know how you can learn and grow from that gloomy person alone on the bus or that random person eating lunch by themselves. Everyone has their own story, goals, hobbies, talents, etc. The possibilities are endless and super interesting to me. Anyway, today's new friend is @raethomp I met her by interrupting her sushi date with herself and it turns out we know a lot of the same people. Rachel likes to cycle and play ultimate frisbee and has musical talent we didn't talk about much yet. She wants to work with anti human trafficking groups and those who have personally been a part of it. There's a lot more obviously but I'm tired of typing. Don't be afraid to talk to others guys, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 4w
  •   damiyrandre Sick 4w
  •   raethomp It was really nice to meet you! Hopefully we can meet up again sometime. You have very cool life stories and goals. Thanks again for making my lunch a time well spent. Good luck on Familiar Faces Project Day 2. 4w
  •   raethomp And yeah @rosenosee I love friend connections like that! 4w
  •   samibarnett @ib2isme @rosenosee when people I know through other people so I decided to call them friends are friends, I am happy. Look at this. We're making the world all small and cozy :') 4w
  •   ib2isme Hey @samibarnett nice to finally interact with you! I've heard great things, my (now) friend! 4w
  •   germsalad This is great! 4w
  •   muchomoore I LOVE this idea!!! 4w
  •   mahimahixo This is perfect! 4w

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ib2isme Are ya ready kids? Aye aye captain! #cantinatally 1mon

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ib2isme Ordered a bunch of these cards a while ago and it really brings joy to my heart when I get to use them. That was the only close open spot at the mall today, so well deserved. 1mon
  •   sarahvivian OMG - if you look at my recent post about my phone falling on the ground, it's all because someone didn't know how to park 1mon
  •   sarahvivian So god 1mon
  •   sarahvivian I need a few of these 1mon

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ib2isme Foots 2mon

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ib2isme Dear Florida,
This is unacceptable.
Best Regards,
Everyone ever
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ib2isme The Chowdhury trio 3mon

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ib2isme Family selfie game strong 3mon

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