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Study Tactics and Decoration

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My classes this semester have been surprisingly homogenous in structure, and one of the most obvious ways in which this is apparent is the fact that I have had, or will have, a single mid-term exam in every class. As of right now, I have taken three and have two to go.

I have done many more things this semester to study for tests that I didn't do before. For one, I now take notes on almost all of my readings, something that I only really began to do last spring, and that only because of History of Africa's high essay standards. I also have talked more about what I've learned: Before taking my one-essay-question-exam for Comparative Political Systems, I practically gave a speech to myself talking about what I was going to write in the essay. And I know this sounds funny - which it kind of is - but I also talked to my girlfriend several nights about various topics, from the Ottoman Empire to the viking invasion of Ireland, in order to put her to sleep.

Right now I am trying …

Hill Blocks View

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A few weeks ago I was walking in the Georgetown neighborhood in the evening, some way west of the University near the Georgetown Reservoir. At one point I turned to walk up a hill that was pretty steep by DC standards - and then I saw a sign, and I laughed out loud as soon as I saw it.


Just recently, I showed my Uncle Mike this picture, telling him "If the city thought those signs were necessary in Ketchikan, we'd have thousands of them!" This was his reply:

Peter,The hill blocks the view (so don't bother driving up here). Or upcoming is the Hill Blocks viewpoint, famous for its beauty. Or the hill blocks are actually viewing something, which most hill blocks don't do. What they are viewing apparently doesn't matter.MZ

French Dining at Georgetown

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I feel I haven't written much about Georgetown over the two and a half semesters I've been here. The school really is, in many ways, a home for me now, and though neither my family or the love of my life can be with me here longer than a few visits, I have to admit that this is where the majority of my life for the next three years will be spent.

With that being said, I have definitely learned how to enjoy life in DC, and especially here on campus. There is, after all, a Georgetown bubble, and I would probably admit to not exploring outside of it as much as I should. It's true though that I'm here first and foremost to learn, get a degree or two, and expand (or warp) my mind; it's what I'm paying for, after all. So in my daily travels walking about campus, whether it's to go to class, to do errands, or just to exercise while chatting on the phone with my girlfriend, I often take the time to look around and take joy in the beauty around me.

My computer has m…

Revamp

This blog has just gone through a thorough aesthetic revamp today. Perhaps I felt I had the time to spend because I turned in my first paper of the school year yesterday and finished my first midterm of the school year today. (I don't, actually, have the time - but oh well, it was spent.)
My academics and time management aside, I really do like the way things turned out. Peter's Publisher may look better right now than it ever has. Thank you, Blogger, for the new design options!
I am, however, totally open to making more changes, and I'm still thinking about different possibilities. (For example, should I really have the clash of a Georgetown photo being the header and a Revillagigedo photo the background? I'm considering making it all Alaska.) So... if there are any people who just happen to come here any time soon, please make some suggestions!

Returning to the Fun of Alaska Politics: How Important is a Library?

In the state primary election last August, I voted for the first time. Being an undeclared voter, I got to choose which party ballot to vote, and, given my state's partisan tilt, I chose to vote among the Republican candidates - who, quite ironically, were the more diverse bunch (as there were more of them running for the various offices). I also voted on two questions for the City of Ketchikan, both concerning the site of a new library being planned.

Statewide, there was really only one interesting result: our incumbent senator Lisa Murkowski lost her primary to a Tea Party and Sarah Palin-supported candidate with no political experience and a lot of radical talk. Otherwise, our current governor and representative are set up to run for reelection against a couple Democrats. Right away, it was actually the local library question that most impassioned me.

When I first heard my hometown was looking to build a new library, the idea seemed to me unnecessary. I grew up with the library…