Archive for April, 2009

quick

Hey all, just a quick little update since I have been on a roll. Only read one chapter of my prof’s book (it was soooo boring!) and decided that I have just read too much the last two days and needed a break. So tried to catch up on the thousands of blog posts that I have neglected … I did not get very far, haha. Oh well. Was really intrigued by this list of Moleskine tips and tricks, etc. I really do love Moleskine and I am an incredibly large nerd when it comes to reading into different ways to increase productivity, paper, pens, office supplies, and on and on. I currently have 3+ Moleskines myself – address book, 18 monthly/weekly planner, and standard sized (medium?) journal. [The added + above is because I also bought a 3-pack of these itty-bitty thin, and paper-covered, Moleskine books. Moleskine name, but small and paper cover. Not true Moleskine, IMO, but I thought they might have been useful at the time.] 

Anywho, while I would hate to part with any of them, it would be lovely to be able to have them more integrated, rather than 3 separate books. So when I have more time (ie: rest of my life as I am jobless) I will go look through all the ideas people have used to “hack” their Moleskines. I particularly liked the idea behind this multiple-necessities-integration, and i liked the neatness and togetherness of AK’s “diary.” Interesting, one of the many things for me to consider and tinker with while I wait for a job. 

Added bonus: links to flickr pages/groups displaying Moleskine artwork – love it! Here are some more: one and two. (Not sure, two of the links might be to the same group..? Too tired to worry about it!) 

Alrighty then. This post ended up being a lot more involved than I had originally planned. Oh well, more interesting perhaps? Leave comments you other Moleskine fans or organization aficionados! [ sounds better than obsessive or freaks 😉 ]

 

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Hey all! I finished another book; I have been ripping through them (what happens when you didn’t do the reading you were supposed to do during the semester, and your final is on Friday). This one was Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The review I posted on livingsocial is included in the link <– back there 🙂 Based on 2 years of personal interviews and reporting, Chandrasekaran, a Washington Post reporter (I think, maybe contributor?) did an excellent job of giving a view of the American Occupation of Iraq. Pretty eye-opening, and as I mentioned in my review, made me feel fairly disgusted with the Bush administration and humanity in general. But that’s just me. Doesn’t help that I had already read The Looming Tower and was already fairly disgusted with the Bush administration and humanity). 

Oh well, time to move on to the 4th book I needed to read. Won’t be able to finish it, but I figure a few chapters are better than none (especially since it is the book written by my professor!)

“The Looming Tower”

Hey all, 

Just a quick little post. I did say I was going to make sure I heavily covered books on this blog (and I haven’t really, yet) so just wanted to post that I finished The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. Here is its description and reviews on Amazon . I highly recommend the book, it was very good. Below is my review – don’t judge me too much, I know I know I’m not good at writing reviews. Maybe I can work on crafting better book reviews this summer as I am jobless :-\ 

❤ jh

 

The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

“I just finished this book for class and I must say it is an excellent read. I have never been terribly interested in studying the Middle East or learning more about those responsible for 9/11, but Lawrence made the subject interested and I couldn’t put the book down. Even though I remember the exact moment I watched the Twin Towers fall, it never truly effected me consciously. The last few chapters of Wright’s book made me want to cry with frustration and anger. This book definitely makes you question and despise the CIA for blocking all efforts to try and prevent 9/11. That is one thing I could critique about the book – it is very bent against the CIA, ad while it can be said that they really were responsible for a lot of important information not going where it needed to be, it’s sure to infuriate those who potentially see more subjectivity than objectivity. 
In any event, I recommend that everyone should read this book – it’s eye-opening.Quote-right

AGH!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So true…

“When white men assault women, it is far less threatening to attribute their behavior to moral failings, or individual demons like bad childhood experiences or alcoholism. As a result, white men’s violence tends to be examined on a case-by-case basis. Or as the anti-racist educator Time Wise writes, ‘When Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer go out and do their thing, no one thinks to ask what it is about white folks that makes them cut babies out of their mothers’ wombs, torture young men and bury them under the house, kill 2 dozen or more women for the hell of it, or consume human flesh…You say 90 % of modern serial killers have been white? Well isn’t that puzzling. Next question.‘ By contrast, when African American or Latino men assault women, many white people feel free to make sweeping judgments about their entire racial or ethnic group. The sinister influences of ‘race’ and ‘culture’ are only invoked when the perps are men of color.” – The Macho Paradox – Jackson Katz (p. 134)

I just read that paragraph and it made me go “Hmm…” Even though I consider myself progressive and liberal, all about equality (gender, racial, etc), I know that me and my friends are guilty of this. I know it’s wrong. But put this way makes me realize even more how stupid it is to make sweeping generalizations about an entire race of people when all other races are equally guilty of horrendous actions. And while all races are guilty, it is by no means the majority. A few become a stereotype for a whole.

I do not hate black people. But I hate thug culture. Does that still make me prejudiced/racist? I am sure some will think that I am, but how I see it: I am placing my dislike on the thing that which is the culprit of the negative feelings. Black, Latino, Asian, White persons all participate in thug culture. It is a socially constructed culture/entity. And the typical stereotypes placed on Africans and African-Americans are those characteristics representative of thug culture.

Hmm, this post was not supposed to really turn into this mini-diatribe about my personal views on race. Especially since the book is more concerned about gender relations and constructions, patriarchy, etc. But oh well.

Dear…

Dear conservative ass-wipes in my class,

Please, if you have something to share, please do. Mumbling under your breath is distracting me from hearing our other classmates raise valid points in response to weak arguments for and against inherent presidential authority to detain enemy combatants. Especially you, Mr. Huge Football-looking player with the voice you cannot whisper successfully with: you have yet to raise any points/responses to the class, and you obviously have something to share since you keep mumbling. Please share, so the rest of us can have the luxury of pointing out to you the narrow and unyielding perception you have of war, the Constitution, the Presidency, and the judicial system. Your obvious dislike for the girl who knows much more about laws, precedents, etc than everyone in the class is exceedingly obvious – and it is also apparent it is only because she has a more liberal/moderate view of the American legal system. You obviously mumble because your arguments are inherently flawed and you are unable come up with any logical agreement in response to said girl’s valid points.

FUCK OFF! You are pissing me off!

Not even no love, straight up hate.

kthanxbye, ass-wipes.

Alright, so we had a moot court today, to try and hash out the various things were are arguing for and against in our papers due Sunday. Football-looking ass wipe kept mumbling, and it was aggravating because he was getting riled up and yet not providing anything of substance to try and discount the girl that he has always seemed to disagree with. If you have a good argument, you have a good argument. Share it. Mumbling is just distracting, and I need to not be distracted as this paper freaks me out enough as it is. Though, on that note, I believe that I need to actually start writing, and then I think I will get further with my paper. Simply researching previous court decisions is stressing me out and honestly not getting me very far since my argument hasn’t solidified itself yet – so it’s rather haphazard at the moment.

Anyway, I should go read for my class tomorrow. Then I can worry about my paper for the rest of the week.

Dying to be Men

I figured I would do a quick update, since I have zero interest doing the literal mountain of school work I need to do.

Final exams start the week after next and graduation (or “Commencement”) is 1 month from tomorrow. My final semester of college has flown by incredibly fast. Mixed feelings, though not the same as everyone else. Everyone else wants to stay in college forever. I, on the other hand, cannot wait to leave. I want a job, and unfortunately cannot find one. I guess that would be the only thing that is really mixed for me…I am moving back home as I have little choice to do otherwise. I was not planning on going to Grad School right after college, therefore, I did not take the GRE or apply to any schools. Now it seems that I am going to have to, because without a job the only thing you can do is educate yourself more. Though at the moment I do not see much of a point in post-high school education. Education is a good thing, do not get me wrong, but the past 4 years of hell that I just went through were basically for nothing since the job market (which I know is rough for everyone at the moment) refuses to hire me. The advice everyone gives has gotten beyond old, as it is always the same thing: “the job market is just rough now,” “you’ll find something, just keep applying,” “you’re bright, I don’t understand why you haven’t been hired,” “you must be applying to the wrong jobs/not applying to enough jobs/not tweaking your resume enough.” And it goes on and on. It is incredibly difficult to not feel like a failure when I know others who were able to land jobs, or have some kind of solid plan following commencement. I have none. Comme d’habitude, I “put all of my eggs in one basket,” as it were, thinking that if I applied to tons of jobs that I would surely get one, and all would be fine.

Anyway, let me try and be a little more constructive and descriptive in this entry, rather than just plain depressing. I know it cannot be fun to read. So, I will be moving back home, where I will resume my seasonal overnight job until the seasons ends towards the middle to end of June. I will continue to apply to jobs all over the state and in D.C. And now I will start researching schools in order to get my Masters in Library Science. I am graduating with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, so I keep getting looks when I say library science – but I enjoy books a lot and have always said I would like to work with books. Besides, a good library science program is easier to get into than a good foreign affairs program, and following, it is easier to get a job with a MLS than it is to get one with a Masters in Foreign Affairs. My Dad was not terribly impressed with the idea, at least he was not very enthusiastic, but I told him I do not have the grades nor the credentials to get into a MBA program like he suggested. He and others have also mentioned how I will not make up in salary what I paid for to get the degree, but as I have told all of them, I do not have much of a choice. I am hard-working, have worked consistently since I started driving, and a quick learner. I am intelligent. But my GPA is not a 3.5 so few are interested. The two programs that have piqued my interest the most are: University of Maryland-College Park and Catholic University of America. CUA is in DC, and College Park is the MD side of DC. They represent the two closest programs to me, they were given reasonable rankings on their LS programs, and DC is where I have said I wanted to end up anyways. If anyone has a MLS and has stories, recommendations, etc. I would greatly appreciate your comments. Or if anyone from these schools want to comment in general.

I am not looking forward to the debt I will be going into, but again, little choice. Soon I will have to start concentrating on finding any job (ie: part-time, retail, crap) so I can stay employed and start saving money for living, applying to school and then going to school.

On the upside, at least I will have a nice amount of time to try and make a dent in my stack of 90+ books that I need to read!

But alright, I need to end here, my shift at the library start in a couple of minutes and I am sure they would appreciate me showing up on time.