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Photos from Fargo-Moorhead

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Now that March 2011 has come to its final day, I think it's about time for me to look back to my trip that began this month - my voyage to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. I referred to the trip only twice - here and here - but on neither occasion did I say much about what it was like. Indeed, when I made the first reference I hadn't even gone yet.

In the interest of saving words for my soon-due essay, and so that I won't spend too much time on happy memories of the recent past when I am already so much looking forward to a month from now, here are some photos from my trip that should give a little taste of my experience - and I say taste particularly because, out of all the photos I took without faces in them, a lot involve food.





A Few Changes to the "Printing Press"

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First off, I recently became dissatisfied with the repetition of the word "publisher" in my blog title an subtitle:

"Peter's Publisher: personal publisher of the writing of Peter Stanton"

I know it had been that way for a long time, but I thought I might be able to come up with something better, so this is what I'm trying out:

"Peter's Publisher: personal printing press for the writing of Peter Stanton"

Not only is it more alliterative and a little more fun to think about, but I also switched out the "of" for a "for," which I think works better overall.

In other news, yesterday and today I have really been experimenting with Blogger's "page" feature and so far have created three little extra pages to accompany the blog. Right now I'm using a "question words" theme, with "who," "what," and "where" representing a tiny bit about me, my explanation of the blog (previousl…

Desiderata

I don't know what you, the anonymous and theoretical internet reader may think, but Max Ehrmann's poem Desiderata speaks to me very much. I'll admit that the first time I read it, I thought it was a little too explicit, too mundane, too practical—not as deep, intellectual and enigmatic as one might expect from a poem about life with real "literary" significance.

What I've realized, however, is that it is exactly Desiderata's mundaneness that makes it powerful. It speaks to me in everyday situations all the time, and above all else, I find every line to hold some truth.

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

Favorite Politically Correct Terms

Let me say to start off that I enjoy being politically correct. Political correctness does not merit the dominant negative connotation it seems to possess in the U.S. (and probably elsewhere). People should strive to uplift and respect this idea, because political correctness is not about limiting free speech, or monopolizing debate; instead it is about bettering society through the rectification of language.

As an aspiring historian, one of my greatest draws to this métier is the ability to construct historical narratives. All of history is a narrative, and any time you talk about the past there are things that the source leaves out, includes, or changes to suit their purpose. This is natural and inevitable. As a teacher, professor or writer on history, I would be able to construct my own narratives for students and readers, reflecting my own understandings and emphases. When you think about it, that's powerful indeed.
Just as historical revision is not only positive, but necessa…

Two 90-Day Problems

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Today, in preparation for studying abroad next fall, I learned about the process of acquiring a French visa for about an hour and a half of my late afternoon.

After that, the one thing I have to say is freedom of movement, people.

Now, please don't think of me as some spoiled and naïve child; I know full well that millions of people in the world deal with extreme restrictions of movement every single day, and the French visa process is nothing in comparison. Something my study abroad advisor said while leading the session was that if we thought about foreign friends we knew at Georgetown, we should realize that what they went through to study in the United States was probably far worse than the work we have to do to live in France for a semester or two.

There's one point that my especial anger about the French visa centers on, though, and that has to do with what I'd like to think of as my two 90-day problems.

First of all, one does not even need a visa to stay in France f…

Live Blogging TEDx Georgetown

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I've been enamored of TED ever since I started watching online videos of theirs last semester, so it was felt more than appropriate for me to attend the first independently-organized TED event held at Georgetown University. As it seems to me, TED is an organization that collects ideas, doing so primarily through holding events where speakers present innovative ideas on a wide range of topics. Today at Georgetown, the theme of the event is the internet - not the internet's frequently-discussed effects on business or children or other things, but the internet's influence in areas we rarely think of. I'm waiting to see whether the many people speaking here today will actually live up to this theme, or whether what they say will indeed be the same hackneyed expectations of web technology that we hear all the time. Over the next few hours, I'll be letting you know what happens, and once the videos come out on TED's website, you should be able to see it all for yours…

The Future of the Blog

More and more these days, I am considering whether I will at some point in the future take down this blog. Over a month ago, I wrote that, while I wasn't doubting whether the blog should exist, I was considering a name change. Well, within that over-a-month I have definitely changed my mind.

More and more people utilize the internet for more and more diverse reasons these days, often including finding out more about a person. Although I often feel proud of how high up this blog is in the results of certain google searches, (though you do have to get a bit specific), that only further indicates how easy it would be for anyone looking to find out more about me - for whatever reason - to come here and potentially read everything there is on the Publisher.

Now, how personal really is everything on here? I have posts mentioning family members, describing daily activities, and discussing my weight loss two and a half years ago - not so personal at all compared to many photos, videos, an…

Rising Out of a Letdown

Well, after spending my spring break with my girlfriend, seeing her in person for the first time in over two months, it's more than a little depressing to come back to lonely old Georgetown. Just for a change here on the blog, I'll offer you a few other worries, complaints and feelings: My sprained ankle is getting better, and I don't think I'll be using my brace for it anymore, but I'm sure I still won't be playing in my team's soccer team tomorrow. I got a cold in my last few days in Moorhead, which is still hanging around, though it's almost better. My classes don't seem very appealing right now, considering that I got a B on my economics midterm and have another midterm coming up next week in my China/Africa class - which so far has been my favorite, but now I'm unenthused about my long research paper for it. I've got a lot of deadlines and work coming up, and decisions I haven't made yet, such as whether I'm going to study abroa…

Almost to the Icelands

As of this blogpost, it is less than 9 hours until I will be flying out of DC National on my way to Fargo (International?) Airport by way of the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, as is so often the case when I am required to pack luggage, I am not ready yet. I am not quite sure why I am such a slow packer, but perhaps it has something to do with how organized I like to be, which means I have to move items in groups, gradually getting them closer and closer to their final resting places in my suitcase and backpack. Perhaps it's because I am very careful about rolling up my clothes as tightly as possible and packing everything like an intricate, logic-based jigsaw puzzle.

Perhaps it's because I'm spending too much time doing other things, like writing blogposts.

Regardless, I will be packed soon, and hopefully I'll get some sleep too. I can't wait to be in Minnesota! Until then, I will officially wish the month of March hello in the blogosphere, and congratulate myself on …