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Memorable quotes.

October 8, 2008

Reader’s Digest was a staple in my household as a child. There always seemed to be a copy around somewhere, but most importantly there were some in the bathroom. All in a Day’s Work and Life in These United States were my favorites for the most part because I love laughing, but eventually I discovered Quotable Quotes. Teenage me thought it would be a good idea to start collecting quotes for the express purpose of inserting them into conversations to make myself look cultured. I went through tons of back issues scouring them for memorable quotes, compiling them into my central location. A marbled mead notebook. This is pretty much where the story ends. None of the quotes were memorized so it kind of defeated the initial purpose of having them, few, if any, were used in actual conversation, and a grand total of zero made this list: Read the rest of this entry »

Ways you acquire news other than by watching tv.

October 8, 2008

Much has been made about this exchange between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and CBS anchor Katie Couric.

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

While the the content of the answer can’t be disputed, how you interpret this answer often depends on your political leanings. Some say she was trapped by a gotcha question because she couldn’t say certain titles without being painted as an extremist. People on the other side of the argument say that her inability to name specific periodicals was far from a calculated decision, but because she simply didn’t know any. Either way I don’t care, but it did make me wonder about how other people gathered their news. If it is anything like my process then we are in deep trouble: Read the rest of this entry »

Things that will make me judge you even if they shouldn’t.

September 18, 2008

In my mind I like to believe that I’m a beacon of hope in this ever expanding sea of intolerance and tumult. Judging people based solely on their aptitude rather that some preconceived notion instilled in me from an early age. Then again, this is the same mind that considers the Hills to be must see TV and has Ramona Quimby Age 8 in the list of top literary works of all time (list forthcoming), so it is obviously a bit off. Just like everyone does, whether they admit it or not, when I find out certain things about you my immediate impression is altered. Depending on how those personal preferences line up with mine, this could be extremely good or extremely bad. This is an unfortunate fault of mine because it’s harder for someone to emerge from under my cloud of suspicion (even if worthy) once I find out certain things regardless of how long I have known them. There are people I’ve known for years who make statements that make me question my friendship with them. Is this wrong? Yes, but at least I can recognize my own bias and am attempting to change it. So here are a few things that I have judged you for if you have exposed them to me: Read the rest of this entry »

Ways I’m helping the environment.

September 17, 2008

Historical figures you’d like to meet.

September 12, 2008

While I took a humorous approach don’t feel as if you have to. I am eagerly anticipating the answer from my friends who¬† actually teach History, and one who studied it in grad school. Don’t disappoint me. You may recognize the music if you watch Adult Swim.

List 5 historical figures you’d like to meet.

Other people running hopeless campaigns.

September 10, 2008

Not saying that my campaign is totally hopeless, but I doubt I will get the required 270 electoral votes needed to best Jo Biden or Sarah Palin since my advertising budget is currently $1.22. That won’t get me very far in the battleground states. Apparently I am not the only one with delusions of grandeur. Here are some other people (in addition to Ralph Nader) who are running hopleless campaigns: Read the rest of this entry »

Character Counts.

August 21, 2008

Matt Stuart attacked my character, but he’s the one with the questionable past.

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