My Blog got deleted in the Friendster Blog upgrade, but I did have some of my previous posts saved. Here they are, for these who care (which is no one, but anyway).
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Going Camping: Smokey the Bear Scares Me
Have a couple camping trips planned for June and July. Liiittle afraid of running into a bear, since watching Grizzly Man (must see...haunting). On the June trip, I will be hiking up Eagle Mountain (2301 feet elevation). Yeah. It's not K2...but it is the highest point in Minnesota. S'all good.
The weekend after Memorial Day? Canoeing in Lebanon Hills. Here's a map of the canoeing trail (It looks like railroad track): http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Parks/pdf/LH06summap.pdf. There are portages between the lakes and ponds.
Gots to get the sweet smell of fresh air in my lungs before I'm camped out [wink, wink] in the law library 24/7.
May 24, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)
It's Sinking In: Windy City Here I Come!!
As you readers may or may not know, I am going to law school in Chicago in Fall of '06 - that's this coming August! I've been working full-time for over 3 years. By the time I go to law school, it would have been 3+1/2. I'm going back to school full-time, and the reality of this huge lifestyle change is sinking in. Wow...Law school is competitive. Forget the grade inflation of other grad programs; there is a wicked curve, and everyone is fighting to keep their scholarships and stay in the top 10%, so they can secure their spot in Big Law.
Undergrad was alot of work, but not as much pressure. As a UG, I didn't have to deal with elements like networking, or the same level of competition; have nervous anticipation, but keeping hopeful, that things will work out for the best.
Before embarking on the three year stress-fest that is law school, I will be in India for a month in July, and the first week of August...real good times. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail about what you guys want me to pick up for you. If I don't have a list, I WILL forget in the whirlwind of family gatherings and travel. If it's important to you, e-mail it!
UPDATE to original post above:
No more Windy City...as of a month ago, looks like the U of Minnesota.
April 27, 2006 in Mi Vida Loca | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
I'm Gonna' Barf!
It's the Star Wars Holiday Special in all its craptastic glory. I had only read about the insanity, and thought I understood the full depth of this horrible mistake of television production; but it's even worse when you see it!!
Here's a review:
and here's part of the special (clips of various scenes):
March 24, 2006 in Film | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
People to Know Series - No. 2
It's 12:09am. If you're wondering...can't sleep. Too busy eating. Little stressed. Thought I would relax with a post. Decided to channel the nervous energy into blogging vs. something productive ;-)
Max Schmeling: great boxer, who at the height of his career was a pawn for Hitler's Germany. The question is: how willing a pawn was he? What do we make of him? Max did some very respectable things. Among the things we can admire are:
1. The skill he displayed in his fight against Joe Louis.
2. The fact that even after he lost under questionable circumstances to Joe in their second matchup, the two reconnected as friends years later, and he helped pay for Louis's funeral.
3. At great risk to himself, in Nazi Germany, he hid two jewish boys in his hotel and later smuggled them out of the country to safety.
Points 2 and 3 seemingly contradict the introduction on Schmeling. His history is complicated. I want to believe that he was a good man, who agreed to be a symbol for the Nazi party to ensure his own survival/safety; ultimately, I haven't seen any evidence to indicate that he was anti-semitic. He is said to have had many jewish friends before the Nazis came into power. According to some sources, he bargained for their lives in his meetings with Hitler. You can read more about him here, and look to other sources to make your own judgments. Please share your opinions if you think I'm wrong.
He wasn't perfect. Maybe he should have just refused to participate, and given his life vs. sacrificing his principle. If he had, though, would those two young boys have made it out of Germany? Again, it's complicated. I think it's similair to the Schindler story. Not exactly the same of course; I'm sure many would say Schindler's beliefs were less debatable, because of the grand scale of his effort.
February 13, 2006 in People to Know | Permalink | Comments (3)
People to Know Series - No. 1
This post is the beggining of what I hope will be an educational series about people, past and present that have contributed to humanity or are otherwise noteworthy. Their significance can be worldwide or only local.
The success of this series depends on contributions from you the reader. You can expand on information in a post, or debate whether you think someone should have been included. Furthermore, you are encouraged to post about people you want others to know about.
From the son of slaves to Harvard educated historian and "father of black history":
Carter G. Woodson
A major figure in sports history and black history, he was not a role model for moral conduct - parts of his personal life were reprehensible (ie. having marital affairs); he was, however, very skilled and courageous both inside and outside the ring:
February 13, 2006 in People to Know | Permalink | Comments (2)
Your Ears Will Thank You
Listen to all the samples, but definitely listen to "La Belle Et Le Bad Boy". Maybe it's just because it's in french, but I think it's an "original" sound.
February 05, 2006 in Music | Permalink | Comments (0)
As you all probably know, Coretta Scott King has passed on. Another icon of the civil rights movement is gone. With the passage of time, and those events slipping farther into the past, there's the fear of the public forgetting about the nature of the battle waged ( the intensity, fear and danger of the enterprise ). Those fighting, risked their lives, and suffered a great deal to win equal rights. Their sacrifice should not be lost to the collective memory.
When you think of the era, don't just remember its speeches and its court rulings. Keep in mind the daily lives of the people who were involved. Coretta wasn't just a spokeswoman for her cause: she was a mother, and we can't imagine how strong she had to be to raise a famiy amidst the perils and pressures of her and her husband's roles in the movement.
The first response is usually to look back and think of how far we've come, but in honor of those who struggled, and for our own sake, we can't forget what it took to get here.
January 31, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1)
Don't you hate it when people blog about completely inane topics, like "What I had for breakfast". No one cares! Those blogs should have their own category, called "Wasting my time and YOURS". I wouldn't do that to you, people. I respect you too much to post about cereal. I will, however, post about...bubble tea. Just tried it for the first time today. Only one thing to say...luvs it.
If you haven't had this treat yet, it's sweet, chilled tea, filled with chewey tapioca or jelly pearls. You drink it with a really big straw so you can suck up the pearls. You can read the history here:
It's sold in most coffe shops and everywhere you find East Asian cuisine, so grab a giant straw along with those chopsticks, and have some tapioca balls with your chow mein.
January 30, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2)
Isn't it great when you rediscover the classics...and by classics I mean Boy George. Hey, say what you want about Georgie boy, but Culture Club had some good tunes. So dig out that "Hits of the 80s" two-disc set you're too embarrassed to display in your CD shelf, and crank up "Karma Chameleon"!
Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon
You come and go
You come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream
Red, gold and green
Red, gold and green
Yes. Yes, that makes perfect sense. You know you luvs it ;-)
January 30, 2006 in Music | Permalink | Comments (2)
If you thought you'd seen it all, you haven't until you've watched Captain James T. Kirk singing "Rocket Man". They actually let this happen on stage...in front of an audience...then put it on T.V. Why!!
But why would that be so bad you ask? Is it that William Shatner can't sing? Is he out of tune? Actually, his pitch is o.k., but he's doing the Kirk Staccato! I. Couldn't. Believe it. And the audience is just sitting there! Did the producers edit the audience reaction, or are they all just zoned out on quaaludes (hey, it's the 70s)? That's the only possible explanation for why they're not laughing their asses off!
January 29, 2006 in Shatner | Permalink | Comments (1)
My Big Break!
Well, the years of doing absolutely nothing to advance a career in show biz have finally payed off. That's right, you heard it hear...I'm on T.V! My debut is what you call a "guest spot". I also have no "lines". It is, however, a step towards no where near enough work days to earn my SAG benefits.
What show, you ask...CSI? The OC? The Red Green Show, even? Any nationally syndicated network or cable television program? No, no, no, and a big NO! You can see me on Tech Talk on Minnesota channel 17, Twin Cities. Local public televesion, here I come!
If you missed the episode, first of all, shame on you, but here's where you can catch the action:
The links are on the right. You can view it in Quicktime or Realplayer. If you use Realplayer, you can expand the display size, and see my stupid ass on a larger portion of your screen. Enjoy.
January 27, 2006 in Mi Vida Loca | Permalink | Comments (0)