Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I mean he is so bad that a LA Times blogger wrote about his awful twitter habits.
I really hope that he isn’t paying someone to tweet these messages, but then again I really hope he isn’t tweeting them himself.
I see this as a win/lose situation.
Win: At least he is using twitter to reach out to his constituency,
Lose: his grammar skills are showing the world that Iowa is really full of idiots.
Seriously… he's the “government” he should know how to spell.
Monday, September 28, 2009
1. I ate food today.... and there was definitely bacon in the soup I had.
2. I went out to eat today which means I spent money
3. I had a few drinks. (so in broke the no spending money and drinking rule)
3. I didn't go to one of the 5 pray services they had today, but I did go to my jewish religion class (which may give me a small + but probably only a really small +)
4. I took a shower
5. I put on some make up, deodorant, and lotion
6. I may have wore leather shoes... well I'm pretty positive there was leather on my shoes, unless it was pleather.
conclusion: being Jewish is way too hard.
my favorite comparison is Germany and Star Wars
a few examples:
- the music
- the Nazi Army paramilitary forces were called "Stormtroopers"
- the rise of an evil chancellor
- the use of technology to bring down your enemies
- The idea that one master race will rule the world
- your clothing marks what side you are on.
etc etc etc.....
change of subject:
my biggest problem this week is I have to come up with an autobiography for a German born in 1910. the first installment is due on Wed (til age 25) and I'm having a hard time deciding if I want my character to be a Jew, Nazi, or political indifferent (which is not really indifferent since almost all Germans vote).
and then the intense debate of what political class I want my individual to be from (and oh yeah the sex).
blah.... i hate when proffesors expect you to use the information you obtained in class to write something
conclusion: I would much rather write my paper about Nazi and Star Wars.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
High Point- going to the mall to meet up with Steph's family (my weekend slightly revolved around her family)
Low Point- not showering
High Point- going out to eat with Steph's family (twice), watching Jenny gets her pictures done, working out, and watching the game. ( I guess that seems productive when it's written out... but trust me it wasn't)
Low Point- staying in after watching the game
High Point- This post **
Low Point- sleeping all day, literally.
the best parts is that I have tons of homework due this week and haven't started any of it... oh the joy of being a college student.
** and talking to Kaci on gchat
Friday, September 25, 2009
steph "Brian is going to be mad when he gets home, he hates when my mom does his laundry."
steph "he thinks it de-mans him"
me "you mean it makes him feel less masculine?"
steph "no, it de-mans him"
me "basically, your brother feels like the Germans after they lost WWI"
steph "yeah, well if I understood what that meant."
me.... gives her a weird look
steph "What was WWI about again, I mean I know what WWII was about"
me... continues to give her weird looks
steph "wait. was WWI the bombing of Pearl Harbor? or was that WWII?"
me... immediately stands up and walks to my computer.
side note: steph has called me dumb at least 10 times today.
The last Picture Show: movie made in the 70's about small town life in TX in the 50's. this movie gives you a realistic look into how teenagers spent their time when they have nothing else to do. (well if you can look past the plot where teenagers sleep with adults twice their age)
Platoon: typical war movie about Vietnam; killing, death, drugs, backstabbing, etc.
All About Eve: typical "Hollywood glam" movie; alcohol, awards, stardom, backstabbing, etc.
but i would still recommind it to anyone.
Annie Hall: I actually thought this movie was pretty funny, even with my preconceived notions about Woody Allen.
City Lights: This was my first silent picture and I didn't really know how to watch it. with normal movies you can do other "stuff" while watching them, with this you actually had to actively pay attention. the plot was slightly hilarious and had an interesting story line, but I probably wouldn't watch it again.
I appreciated it for its historic value, but I'll probably stick to films with dialogue when I finish the list. (there are a couple of other silent pictures on the list... I'll just have to make sure I'm in a "movie watching" mood when I rent them)
12 Angry Men: a movie about 12 jury members deciding the fate of a teenager accused of murder. The title gives away the basic concept of the movie.
predictable plot give away: beginning 11 against 1 and at the end it's 1 against 11.
I just watched the video and have never agreed with A.Hughes more then I do right now. (read her blog post here).
1) cowboy boots does not equal Stilettos or Kicks.
2) she isn't wearing a cardigan
3) she isn't in LA at all... I mean I have never been, but I would put money on that she couldn't see the Hollywood sign from were she was at.
4) I shouldn't be able to see your bra... you're like 16.
5) putting your hand on your head does not make you sexy... and once again you're like 16.
6) is the American flag really needed.
okay that was my vent about the music video (once again, Allison's vent was 10X better then mine and I'm really just going off her points)
side note: I still love miley and I can't wait to see her next month.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
As a result of spending my free time looking at Craigslist for a potential job, I have decided to put together a list of the careers I have wanted in the past 4 years.
1. as a freshmen I had the high hoops of someday becoming a doctor, but like all my friends I made in General Chemistry I changed my major to something that had nothing to do with math/chemistry/biology.
2. my first sign that political science would be a pointless major came when I told my freshmen advisor that I was changing my major. Her respnse was "so are going to major in education or journalism as well?" my immediate response was no, but I signed up for an education class anyway and for one whole day I was on the education career track and I hated it.
3. During my sophmore year I spent all my free time volunteering for the Johnson County Democrats. At that point I decided I wanted to be a campaign manager of course that dream only lasted until the next spring/fall when I turned "Campaign Manager" into a more specific career path.
4. I think it must have been my intense passion for the John Edwards campaign and being able to see how the media played such a major role in the campaign, when I decided I finally knew what I wanted to do... make campaign commercials.
I was on the fast track for this career choice. I took various different classes that taught me how campaign commercial were effective/ineffective and I sat in a class for a semester, full of cinema students (who all thought it was pointless I was in the class) to learn all about Final Cut Pro and how to operate various different cameras.
then Jan. 3 came and more importantly Jan 30 and I went into a semi-depression because my candidate dropped out. As a result of thinking the media was full of idiots, I stopped paying attention to the news and CNN became a channel I just skipped over.
At that moment that dream was dead.
5. Then I went to visit Kassie and decided I would spend my next semester at Disney.
Which in reality was stupid of me, why would a political science major ever want to spend an election semester in an area where she wouldn't be able to volunteer or "really" voice her opinion.
anyways, I spent 8 months working at Disney and went through the stage of hating it, loving it, hating it, and then finally really loving it.
my new life plan was to go back and get a professional internship and spend at least the next 2 years working for the mouse.
6. during my time at Disney I decided I wanted to do a mass communication minor, and thought journalism may be something interesting to do as a career choice.
that dream was very short lived once I realized I hated my journalism classes and the very unrealistic anti-blog/social meidia attitude a handful of my professors had.
7. The "Disney" dream was an ongoing dream until about late spring/early summer. When I realized that this life goal couldn't have come at a worse time.
At this time I decided I would just go to Grad school and continue to study something that didn't have a definite career path.
but in reality this plan would still take another year and I still need to find something to occupy my time for the next year.
now, my major life problem is trying to find a job when I graduate that actually relates to my major. of course, I'm slowly finding political science jobs are impossible to come by in the midwest. (I have even lowered my standards A LOT).
I also have the problem of dealing with 3 (most of the time amazing, but not right now) sisters telling me what I should do rest of my life.
my favorite come from Kassie. they normally included something ridiculous like working for a cruise or something more moderate like working for a bank or a Hy-vee. (yuck) I really should start compiling a list of potential jobs they have come up with and post them on a future date. (I'm sure if they see them all posted they will realize how ridiculous they are).
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
here is one of my new favorites... a time-warp movie trailer for Forrest Gump.
i love it for the obvious reasons. (jimmy stewart is in it and i have seen the majority of the movies)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
1) i can read an entire Newsweek when I'm working out, and I'm definitely not one of those crazy people who spend 2 hours doing cardio. (and as a result of finishing the entire magazine after 45 minutes I had a lot of time to think ... hence this blog post)
2) the current main article is about "The Greenest Big Companies in America" and in the mist of the article they had at 9 pages of advertisment (last time I checked, it is more environmentally friendly to print less)
3) one of the other 4 articles that appeared on the cover was "Why Twitter is Stupid" and my immediate response was "it's because your twitter is stupid"
@newsweek has only 809,359 followers
@time has 1,541,590 followers. (this should be proof enough that Time is better)
I use to follow newsweek but they updated their twitter too much and they always posted like 5 things at once (which is really annoying.)
(the article was more about how twitter has become free entertainment and celebrity tweets... but the title angered me)
4) their website is blah.
5) they don't have a clever columnist like Joel Stein (and plus he actually likes twitter)
6) i hate their layout.
(i realize all these points are way to opinion based... especially 4-6, but I still think everyone should agree with me)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
allison has started both a blog and a twitter (@a__hughes) to be more like me.
A.Hughes did tell me the other day she only feels like she is venting to the sloss sisters, but I reassured her that it is okay and that we do enjoy hearing her vents.
and steph started a new blog today (in a week and she will have a twitter).
her justification for starting one was that she has lots of questions and no one to answer them. (of course I don't know if she realizes that she will just be asking this "questions" to sloss girls... but once again, I think that it's okay)
-I also can't promise steph will keep up with her blog, she likes to claim she has a life.
on a completely different note.... I don't like that facebook is now more like twitter with there @ thing.
Monday, September 14, 2009
A discussion on the now famous remark made by Rep. Joe Wilson, who interrupted President Obama speech on Health care, and how it has sparked way to much discussion/debate on various news outlets.
I found the above article on the NYtimes blog site and found it pretty hilarious and it proves the mass media has way to much time on their hands.
I like pretending that I am open to listening to both sides of the political spectrum and because of this I follow Grassley twitter (plus he is also from Iowa)
the main thing I have learned from his post is that you do not need good grammar to be in the senate. (I know I have bad grammar, but I still think mine is 10X better then his)
An example tweet: “Saw Ia U beat my school 17/16. UNI played best I proud of my team Pres Mason came up 22pts short of her prediction 4 victory. She good Prez”
Or “Remember victims of 9/11/01. God Bless and Comfort t o their family and friends. We must win War agst Terror. America/Stay Alert!!”
have the time I have no idea what he is talking about, and i even keep up with current events.
A shockingly good cover article written in Newsweek, that focuses on racism and your children.
It address the question of how old are you when you first start noticing the difference between race and what parents should do to make sure their children don't grow up to believe stereotypes about different races. (of course they don’t really give you a good solution, but they do you gave you small suggestions)
Plus they mention a study they did on 6 months old, that i am going to try on Graham (just a little heads up Kassie)
we all know the Herky is an ugly mascot, but it doesn't matter because we have a better football team then you.
(plus i still haven't figured out how a cyclone can be a mascot)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
It began with amazing points that I loved; exampling why we make stereotypes and how it is sometimes a good thing.
But then it ended by saying that as a result of stereotypes, African Americans are negatively portrayed in the media. (Which is true, but totally contradicted what the 1st half of the article talked about)
As a result I was in a conundrum….
I didn’t know how to write my reading response
Do I talk about how stereotypes are bad thing and you should view everyone as an individual.
Do I write about how you need to use stereotypes because it is impossible to make assumptions about every individual in the world?
I went with the second one, mostly because….
- Political science majors love stereotypes
- And I really didn’t want to admit to my professor that I think “judging” people is a bad thing.
(as a side note: I did accidently write judging in the paper a couple of times, but quickly changed it to “assumptions” “myths” or “stereotypes” )
… I also did add a couple of sentences about how I do think we portray African Americans negatively, but mostly about how stereotypes are a good thing.