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Looking Forward and Moving Slowly

Well, yesterday I was somewhat inconvenienced by spraining my ankle. I don't wish to explain how, but suffice it to say it was thankfully not the stupidest of all the stupid ways I've hurt myself in the past.

Basically I'm just going to go to my classes for the rest of today and the next four days, just getting "grab 'n' gos" from the cafeteria to avoid the inconvenience of going inside. I do unfortunately really have to renew my passport still, which may require a bus ride and a long metro ride, depending on whether I can even get a renewal appointment at a post office. Otherwise though, I plan on hanging out in bed and studying for my two midterms this week - not especially because I need rest, but because movement is so annoying (and slow).

I do really have something to look forward to, though: At 6:15 am on Saturday morning, I'm going to fly out of DC and go to Moorhead, Minnesota for spring break to visit my girlfriend at her college for the firs…

Success Depress Ambition | Progress Regress Recognition

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By the way, here's another video from Genki Sudo and his group World Order. Two of the first words of this song - though it's a little hard to tell - are "progress" and "regress," (the first two lines are the title to this post), so I thought this would be a light follow-up to what I wrote last time. Enjoy!

Progress | Regress

Change happens. One belief that I think many people hang onto is that, in aggregate, changes in the world over time tend to be positive, and we as a species experience a gradual progression towards the future. Certainly not every believes this, and I think that for the most part, this sort of faith is a subconscious presence for those that possess it.

I think I possess it. I think that deep down, I really do believe, or perhaps just hope with all my strength, that the future, inevitably, will be brighter. My attitudes on life draw strength from this belief, as do my beliefs in humanity's goodness and the power of love. Call me naïve; I'm sure that according to some sort of objective measure I could probably be found as such. Nevertheless, to some extent, I think that these beliefs constitute the faith that sustains me, like religion does for others. The only problem is when things arise to confront that faith.

It's one thing for bad things to happen; I think that most peop…

Writing Elsewhere, a Video Here: World Order

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I like writing. I really do. I may even be a good writer. My unending problem, though, is that I am unable to always write when I need to and as much as I need to. Needless to say, I have been writing quite a bit for my classes lately, and this will continue to be the case. So, for the sake of a little variety and a lot of fun, I shall cease my writing on this blogpost and provide you with a lovely music video from the amazing group World Order.

Days of Action - But Not For Me

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Protests continue throughout North Africa and Southwest Asia. (I use these terms because I believe "the Arab world" is unfair and "the Middle East" is stupid.) Seeming victory has come for Egyptians, but it remains to be seen what new system will be created for their country now that they've demolished the old. As far as I know, major protests are ongoing in Bahrain and Libya, with others elsewhere. Perhaps the only thing we can do is wait and hope, but it should be clear to everyone that there is a lot of courage being shown in the world right now.

As for me, I have not been so active, and I haven't been agitating for change. In fact, I think that today was one of my laziest days in a long time. While we're on superlatives though, I got my grade back today for an assignment I did a while ago, and while I think that it was the worst work I've ever done at Georgetown, I still got a B+. Grade inflation must be alive and well, huh? Well anyway, since I …

Third Graders and the White House

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Every Thursday for the past three weeks I have gone to work at Kenilworth Elementary School, located in the far eastern corner of the Potomac-cut diamond that is the District of Columbia (marked A to the right, courtesy of Google Maps).

I do this work as a part of the Georgetown program DC Reads, in which this is now my fourth semester participating. In any case, (I'd like to make today's post relatively short), this semester I have been going into a third grade classroom and being a teachers aid, so far leading varying groups of 3-5 kids in science, reading and social studies activities.

Today the teacher asked me to do an activity on the White House with four boys in the class, first reading out of a textbook, then going online to look at pictures of the grounds and rooms, and then writing and drawing a little. Mostly, however, we talked - and I think some very interesting (and amusing) things came up in our discussion which fueled my belief that the role of the educator is …

Awareness Day: Not Just For Singles

Valentine's Day may very well be "Singles Awareness Day" for some, (although in elementary school it's more like "not-wanting-to-give-heart-covered-cards-to-everyone-in-your-class awareness day"). For me, though, for at least two years now, Valentine's has been a day of separation awareness - just another day apart from my girlfriend.

The tradition on this blog has been that I do not mention names of any of my family members or other people close to me. However, it has obviously not been outside the Publisher's scope to include writing on my personal life; after all, this is pretty much an online journal. Thus, I present you with the following timeline, absolutely essential to understanding my life, but nonetheless unmentioned - until now - on the blog. First, we start over two years ago, around the time when I was thinking about things like this and this. (These seem to be my only mentions of applying to college. And yes, I see that the second lin…

Un Déjà Vu Ignoré

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I realize that I have yet to write a post here en français, but I think that can wait, so soyez satisfait with a French title for now.

Two days ago, I was writing an assignment for my West African History class, the details of which I never wish to explain again in my life. (Suffice it to say that I still do not understand why exactly it was assigned or how exactly my professor imagined it being written.) While writing, I suddenly had a déjà vu - a thought that once, I had dreamt about this assignment and how confusing it was, and that, somehow, I had ended up not completing it.

Previously, it seems I've written seriously about "déjà vu" on this blog only once - in this post, which was written almost exactly two years ago. That post doesn't even refer to a specific déjà vu instance for me, but it does mention that I have the experience relatively frequently. I don't know whether this frequency has changed recently (probably not, but perhaps I should keep a déjà v…

Monroe is Dead

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I mention this because I only just realized it: The Monroe Doctrine is defunct, caput, dead - and it all happened right before our eyes.

Right up through the Cold War, the U.S. continued to invoke the Monroe Doctrine, introduced in 1823, in "protecting" Latin American nations from outside interference. The reality today, however, is that while the Doctrine has always been thought of as butting up against would-be European power-players in the region, China now plays a huge economic role in Latin America that is pushing the U.S. farther and farther from its former range of influence.

Granted, China explicitly pursues a foreign policy of non-interference in other nations' domestic policy, and in this way one might claim that the PRC is not threatening to violate the Doctrine. On the other hand, however, the actions of Latin American nations themselves are just as important as those of the global players involved in the region, and I would posit that the underlying purposes…

Busyness, Boasting and Blog-doubt

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My announcement and boast on this lovely Groundhog Day is that during this month of January, I published more blog posts than I have in any other January! After 2010 being the Publisher's least prolific year ever, I definitely need news to cheer up the blogger inside of me. If I kept up an average of 11 posts a month this year, I could even make 2011 my most prolific year.

Dark clouds of busyness loom ahead, however. By the 15th of this month, I will have to turn in a huge pile of application materials in order to study abroad in Strasbourg, France next fall. (Now that will be something to blog about - if I end up being willing and able to go.) I'm also starting to have my first serious class assignments pop up, so there is much work to be done. I think I should manage, though, and if not, I'll know it must have been due to spending too much time on things like blogging.
But I have recently had my doubts about this blog - not whether I should have it, but rather about its ti…