Showing posts from December, 2009

The Last Post of 2009

My Christmas break has certainly been busy. Christmas was great - assuredly the best I've ever had, and I hope they'll get better and better every year. No time has been my own, however, save some moments before going to sleep and during very rare other intervals. I wouldn't have it any other way though - I've loved spending every moment I can with my girlfriend while we are both together again, and I love spending all the time I can with my family too. I just wish I had more of it to give.

This last week aside, there are much bigger things to think about on the last day of December. 2009 is nearly over, as is the entire first decade of the 21st century. For the world and myself, this decade has ushered in an unquantifiable amount of change. Lives, relationships, attitudes, ideas, and possibilities have all developed and changed throughout the world, and I have grown and become the person I am today. Who could say I haven't changed drastically since I was eight? Fr…

It's Over!

Well this is a first. I'm writing this post from my iPhone while sitting at my gate in National Airport, waiting for my flight to Seattle, followed closely enough by my flight home.

What is so urgent to blog about that I had to do it from my phone? Well, I just had to tell you... It's over!

As of now there is no more being at Georgetown, no more being in DC, no more classes, no more schoolwork - not, at least, until two weeks into the year 2010.

(It will, mark my words, be said twenty-ten).

Oh, and by the way... Merry Christmas!

Changing Perspectives

Clearly perspectives on life will change over any time of substantial enough length. This is especially true for any kid going to college for the first time, even more for one from Alaska in Washington DC. Many of my perspectives on a large number of things have changed over this critical span of my first semester at Georgetown, albeit most of them very subtly and gradually. In fact, there seem to be so many I can't begin to recount them (although that may have more to do with subtlety and gradualness than number).

There are, however, two changes in perspective that have come up just recently for me. They may be mundane, but hopefully relatively interesting.

The first is much more briefly explained. Do you ever visualize the days of the week? I think I am a particularly visual person, and for the longest time in my life I have always seen Sunday as being smaller than Saturday (or shorter, if you see a week-long calendar in your mind and each day has a column). The biggest source …

Finding the Soviet Union: Fun on Wikipedia

It is said that one can go from any article on Wikipedia to the article on the Soviet Union in no more than six links. Right now, I have decided to test that theory. I clicked "random article" on Wikipedia, leading me to John Joachim Zubly. (Forgive me for never having heard of this person before in my life.) From there, I go to United States.From there, I go to Cold War.And then we have Soviet Union. Too easy! That only took three. Let's try another. My new random article is R705 road. (Irish regional road - perhaps not so simple, eh?) From there I choose Ireland (the only rational choice available).Next, United NationsThen the Security CouncilAnd from there I can easily get Soviet Union. Not too hard! - just four. Well, I clearly am procrastinating, so I will leave it up to the reader to try this out for themselves, or perhaps find a more challenging Wikipedia game. Perhaps trying to get to a much more obscure topic would be better? See how few jumps you can take to get fro…

I Have a Dream

As of a few minutes ago, I discovered a new and very fun internet tool called Wordle. In searching for something cool to make a word cloud out of, I tried the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the essay I am currently writing (about the concept of there being two "lefts" in Latin America) as well as this very blog. Then I settled on the most famous speech of one of the world's most inspirational figures: Martin Luther King Jr.
Here is my word cloud made of 100 words from "I Have a Dream." Honestly, Martin Luther King Day is probably my favorite holiday. I've already been thinking about what I'll do to celebrate. Everyone mark January 18th on your calendars! Go be inspired! And try out Wordle too.

Unfinished Posts of the Past: Civil Disobedience and Stimulus

I've been looking over posts that I still have saved as drafts, wondering if it would be possible to resurrect them. All of them are incomplete, of course, but I believe I found two that have enough substance to spark a little thought if anyone reads them. I know I never could get my mind back on the same track enough to finish writing these old unfinished posts and still do the original ideas justice, so instead I will post them in their incomplete state. Hopefully the reader will enjoy them, and maybe you can even add to them! 25 January 2009 Those who have read much of my writing may be aware of the emphasis I place on priorities - especially when it comes to ideals or idealistic goals. Perhaps most commonly I talk about priorities when it comes to animal rights; let's pursue human rights first, folks. Regardless, in readdressing the issue of pacifism recently I've come to the conclusion that my focus is misplaced when I talk about violence and war. Usually I only talk ab…

The Fallacy of the "Clash of Civiliazations"

Three days of class and seven classes remain in my first semester of college: 2 French classes, my last proseminar session, and two lectures each of Econ and HAC. My last International Relations lecture was Friday. And after my classes are over, I will have six days for study, and then four days for the first four college finals of my life. Then I go home! - to the first Christmas of my adult life.

International Relations has not been my favorite class, especially because of its emphasis on theories that I feel greatly oversimplify very complex issues. In fact, a few times throughout the semester it was mentioned that the goal of these theories in International Relations is in fact to simplify things, because if we tried to take everything into account we'd be historians. Well, I for one WANT TO BE A HISTORIAN.

Despite this disagreement of mine with much of the foundation for the class, we still covered some pretty interesting ideas, including ones with which I've agreed and d…