Monday, January 28, 2008
It was rather curious peering into other people's lives. It was like opening the scrapbook of a stranger you pass down the street. To my surprise, most blogs were about family, friends, or art. Not teenage angst as I would have expected. It was actually rather refreshing.
One thing that I particularly took away from the experience, was that I should carry my camera more.
You have been warned.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
It just sucks.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Some might consider me a hypocrite. However, in my defense, I hold the beliefs I profess and I make no intention to conceal those opinions at any time.
It is my opinion and belief that affirmative action in focus of race and/or sex is wrong. Affirmative action is a form of regulating that is very degrading to an individual. In a sense, it's saying "Here, you are going to need some help from us, because, let's face it, you just can't compete on your own."
Simultaneously, since I am a minority (in both race and sex), TONS of money is available for me to use via scholarship. Am I going to turn this down or not apply for it? Well...
I really feel though, that by trying to "equalize" minorities, we have created an enormous imbalance between individuals. Shouldn't equality be complete ignorance to race and sex? Why should we have quotas in order to have a fair balance of minorities, instead of simply the top applicants?
I am convinced that there needs to be an interest group for white males. It would be the National Association for the Equality of White Men. It doesn't have a catchy ring to it...but the details can be worked out later.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Without context, words are only a mere skeleton of an idea. It is context that fleshes out true concept and motive. Context allows us use of homographs (words that have the same spelling, but different meaning), homophones (words that are pronounced the same as another word, but has a different meaning), heteronyms (words that are identical in spelling, but have different pronunciation and meaning), homonyms (words that have the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings), polysemes (words with multiple, related meanings), and capitonyms (words that change in meaning, and sometimes pronunciation, when capitalized).
Once we develop proper sentence context, there is additionally situational context. I remember learning, when I was five, that it was okay to tell my grandmother that I thought Aunt Peggy was fat, and the issue was discussed somewhat extensively (for a five year old) However, alerting her to this fact myself, I learned, was not the most proper thing a young lady should do.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Kain, for Christmas, bought me a lavender 2nd Generation iPod Shuffle. Included, is the standard pair of white earbuds. By owning them, you pick out small details that set them apart: an inch long section of grey at the connection of the wire, and the fact that there is a casing around the connection of the wire to the speaker. At least 90% of peole I see with headphones have Apple headphones. The 10% that do not, most of them still have an iPod, versus any other brand of DAP (digital audio player).
This is shocking to me! The harddrive space you recieve in (any) Apple iPod is up to four times as expensive as an alternative DAP. Trends are a curious thing.
Regardless of my revolation, I adore my iPod shuffle. It's tiny so I'm not worried about it snapping in half, and it has a convienent clip so I don't have to have a sweaty armband when I work out. One gigabyte of memory is more than enough to fufill my needs. I kind of hate the idea of having an entire music library on a DAP...and having to think of what you want to listen to, ect... If I really want to listen to a song that's not on it, it's no big deal for me to wait at maximum, a day to put it on.
This is not to say that I don't see the convienece of a full blown iPod, for example, I can see some cool things to use it for. Road trips, backing up your music, watching tv shows(?), ect...
It is my hope that, should I get the urge to procrastinate from here on out, I will at least attempt to write a blog post. This will allow me to practice my English composition skills, spelling, and typing speed simultaneously. Suddenly, it's (almost) productive!