April 30, 2009

If We Weren’t Already a Nation of Hypochondriacs

Have you looked at the official list of swine flu symptoms? Fever, Cough, Sore Throat, Body Aches, Headache, Chills, Fatigue. Bet you didn't even know you had it. You're welcome.

April 29, 2009

Alternative Colleges

"St. John's College is a co-educational, four year liberal arts college known for its distinctive "great books" curriculum. There are no majors and no departments; all students follow the same program. Students study from the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, and music. No textbooks are used. The books are read in roughly chronological order, beginning with ancient Greece and continuing to modern times." So, what do you think? Personally, I wish I had gone there. But, perhaps it took me getting my degree to wish for a school like that. And this business degree does get me in the door for a lot of different job opportunities that I doubt the general degree from St. Johns does. But, undoubtedly, the students who graduate from this program are better equipped for most jobs than I was after earning my degree. Right?

April 28, 2009

Is College Overrated?

Since getting laid off earlier this year, I've started to do freelance marketing work and recently decided to try and create a business out of it. To aid in this pursuit, I downloaded a trial version of Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 and checked out Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies and Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Digital Classroom from my local library. Within a day and a half of reading through the first book, I had my site up and running. The second book is a bit more detailed, so it's taking me a few days to get through, and I'm really learning a lot. I'll likely update the site once I'm done. Both books have been tremendously helpful, and I highly recommend them both to anyone who's looking to learn Dreamweaver. The one other book I checked out, Dreamweaver CS4: Visual Quickstart Guide, was confusing and poorly laid out. Here's my point. I'm doing in one week what it's probably taking kids a semester or more to do at a university. I'm working at my own pace. Using tremendously helpful textbooks, some of which contain video tutorials. Stopping where I'm having trouble. Speeding past things I understand. And most importantly, I'm really learning this stuff. If one was truly self-motivated, how many collegiate degrees would be better served by simply giving the student a computer and a library card?

April 27, 2009

Adult Outdoor Crib

So, we have an outdoor couch for our backyard patio. And it's arguably one of the best purchases we've ever made. It's exactly what it sounds like. You can fully stretch out, while enjoying the sun and the breeze. It's one step away from the comfort of a bed. Except, a couch back offers the privacy that a bed simply can not. So, my new idea is an Adult Outdoor Crib. Sleep, read and chill in the beautiful outdoors, in perfect comfort and in perfect privacy. This can't miss.

April 24, 2009

It’s all the Same god

Since we haven't talked about George Clooney in a couple days, I thought I'd use him in an analogy today. Often, people act incredulous about our religious divisions in the world, claiming, "We're all worshiping the same god anyway, no matter what we call him/her/it." Here's my problem with that statement. You know George Clooney, right? The Hollywood actor. Silver hair. Paraplegic. Was in Oceans 11. Asian. Hates gay people. We can all believe in "George Clooney." But the man I described isn't him, even though we call him the same thing.

April 23, 2009

Hollywood Has Turned on Us…

...because no one is as smart as the people they make in movies. And Hollywood has ruined us in our anticipation of what we believe the White House, the CIA and local law enforcement should be capable of. You know how they found Jason Bourne in about 12 seconds using global satellite tracking technology in the first Bourne Identity movie? More than eight years later, we still don't know where Osama bin Laden is. So, put down your "Martin Sheen for President" and Jack Bauer for "Head of CIA/Torture Information Getter" signs. They don't really exist.

April 22, 2009

Is it Even Mine to Take Pride In?

Why are we proud of things we had no control over? looks, nationality, etc.

April 21, 2009

I Believe in an Invisible God

The difference between me and a crazy person is popular support. I believe in an invisible God. More than that. I talk to Him, and believe He hears me. If His name is Jesus, I can be president. If his name is Narquar, they'll dress me in white.

April 20, 2009

Ellen and George Clooney

So, does Ellen really think George Clooney is hot? Rosie O'Donnell did the same thing on her show with Tom Cruise for years. And not just like, "what a good looking man", but more of a "oh, how i want to be with him." It's just confusing. Are they simply pretending for the sake of their audience?

April 17, 2009

Tea Party Misunderstanding

Now, I understand that if you're a big fan of the current President, you're going to have an aversion to the tea-party tax protests that went on the other day. But, the sheer incredulity I heard from several "journalists" yesterday who couldn't understand why people other than those in the very highest tax brackets would care about a tax hike that didn't directly affect them...infuriated me. By that logic, a white person fighting against slavery would make no sense, either. You stand up for something because it's wrong. Not just because you'll get something out of it.