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A Summation

countless hours out of class countless hours in class countless days countless lunches countless walks home and considerably fewer walks to school26 classes 24 periods 19 teachers4 years1 Ketchikan High SchoolIt's a little sad to suddenly realize that this chapter of my life is really drawing to a close. Only half a year remains in which I will call myself a high schooler. The consolation is that I believe this four-year chapter will truly be a full and complete one - a satisfying one - yet at the same time one I will be happy to be completing. A new volume begins soon for me... and I'm writing the preface right now.

Isolationism in the Middle Kingdom

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Let it be known to all - I have shut down all my ports.
Honestly, all I've done recently is pretty insular; the most out-going activities I'm doing are going to school and going to Ketchikan Underground. Essentially, the nation of Peter Stanton is closed off to the outside world.


For one thing, I've totally stopped paying attention to the news. After the election pretty much all my viewing of cable news or tv news in general stopped, but now I don't even read the newspaper, and I'm sure my current event points in government and debate have suffered because of it. Perhaps even more astonishingly, I've decided to stop visiting my regular blogs. I still look at my blogroll, but now I only care when there's a new update from someone I know personally - such as from my cousin Alexa, who wrote a nice post today about my gift to her as a "secret Santa." Peter Stanton has stopped roaming the blogosphere. Impossible? I might have thought so too.

Really all…

Non-Exclusiveness and the Hierarchy of Songs (and Wealth)

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Well, Ketchikan Underground is up and running again and this blog is still alive. You see, this blog only exists because KU died, (see here) and my desire to write online was transferred from forum rants and flame wars to blogging (definitely a good change, I think). When I started hearing about KU starting up again I kind of worried about this place. I knew I would get back into the forum (albeit with much more mature imput now) and so I thought I might not have so much to write on here any more. Now that KU has been officially going for a few days and I've spent quite a bit of time on it, I've realized there is no way my postings on KU and the Publisher are mutually exclusive. In fact, since I'm now going to be staying away from posting crazy political rants or any long-winded pieces whatsoever on KU now, those can all still go here along with more personal things I wouldn't put on a forum anyways. A forum is, after all, a place for discussion, and this blog has alwa…

Pains in the Neck

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Today I really had a pain in the neck - a very literal one. I don't remember when exactly I realized it, but it became very bad during the course of second period such that I was pretty much crying on the inside. Before English class started I lay down for a little while, which relieved things momentarily, but then it only really went away slowly over the rest of the morning. At lunch I set a terrifying precedent - I bought culinary lunch for the first time this year. Obviously that's not such a bad thing, but I certainly don't want to get into the habit of eating culinary again, and in other things where I had pledged myself to good habits (like walking to school every day) I've kind of broken down. I'll have to be careful and set myself straight again. Otherwise I suppose I had a pretty good day, although calculus is getting into kind of a risk zone for me grade-wise. I'm going to have to do well (read: get an A) on both the chapter test Monday and the semes…

Ketchikan Underground and a Readdress of the Alaskan Accent

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At long last, the official, public third version of Ketchikan Underground will be put online tomorrow at 3 p.m. Alaska Time. I can't wait for it to bring in a whole ton of community members and start becoming a true community itself again. Some of the BETA testing this last month on the site was amusing, but the participants were quite a limited group, and in at least one sense it was an example of what KU shouldn't be - that is, worthless.

I am definitely going to make a commitment to place nothing less than quality on KU, almost with the same standards as I'd have for SitNews, except with a lot more usage and testing. I think KU should try to emulate SitNews in some ways as a community forum, but it can also be much more through anonymity, (which of course has its pros and cons), polls, images, video - and certainly most importantly, comments. Even if you don't live in Ketchikan or have no connection with the town whatsoever, I still think KU would be a great intern…

Pride and Prejudice

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I have recently been told on this blog that I write nonsense. I agree - I certainly do that, at least some of the time; some of the things I write may be worse than nonsense, and so please, dear readers - few that you are - please accept my apology for the nonsense and worse I spew and continue to search out what good you may seem to find in my writing, which it seems is your wish to do. Today I wish to discuss Jane Austen's literary classic Pride and Prejudice. I do no believe I mentioned my reading of the book here before, but for the last several weeks I have bemoaned its torture both to myself and others while reading it for English class and now have almost finished. I quite despised the story from the outset, feeling the book purposeless, self-absorbed, and perhaps worst of all contained within a villainous microcosm of history that ignores the massive injustice of the time to be found without. Well past the halfway mark I was still very reluctant in my reading; despite som…

Animal Rights

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I have posted previously on animal rights. Here I addressed the narrow topic of bullfighting, and here I basically outlined the simple truth that carnivores are less energy efficient than herbivores - thus making a less meat-oriented society one that is easier to feed. Obviously I do care about animals; my dog is lying a foot away from me after an intense play session we had, and one does not have to look beyond this blog to find a picture of her, which is more than I can say for my human family. In addition, I do think vegetarianism is a good thing, and I think at the very least many more people should be inspired to eat less meat. Despite all this, I recently got into a somewhat heated debate on change.org on the topic of animal rights - with me seemingly being on the side against them. (You can see it all here.)

The point of the article was basically that people shouldn't criticize hunters for killing animals when they themselves eat meat, which is certainly valid; I couldn'…

Winter

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I feel very melodramatic right now. I suppose I wouldn't look too bad saying this to most people in the world as long as they didn't know much about Ketchikan compared to the rest of this state, but certainly all you northern Alaskans will laugh me off the internet for this. I'm cold. As winter has really set in here now I've been coming to hate it more than I ever remembered. I feel like I matured so much late this last summer - both personally and in my connection to this place I call home. Now that we've long left that time of comparatively less rain and long long evenings, maybe I really wasn't prepared for what winter would bring. Before I remember marveling and laughing at the darkness; now I despise its dominance. Before I remember feeling exhilarated by the cold clear air that overwhelms you here; now I only shiver. Am I getting old? Hopefully I'll become one with it all again soon. One thing about Ketchikan is how homogeneous its atmospheric tre…