Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye 2007

On the 31st of December of every year that I've had a blog I would type up an entry the reviews the past year, analyzes my last New Year's resolution, and then create a new one.

Now, since I didn't post many entries in 2007 on my old blog, I think a "year-in-review" is out of the question (like there ever was a question).

Without further ado, let's take a look at the resolution I made in January.

The resolution for 2007 was:

"Continue to be Nicole's 'One true love' (as she puts it) and to do well in my first year of college (at least a B- average)."

Well, the first part was completely fulfilled. I won't know my average for at least 6 more days.

My New Year's Resolution for 2008 is:

"Lose the 'protective layer of fat over my rock hard abs' and form a habit of staying in shape."

You can keep track of my progress by clicking on the "Traineo" badges at the top right of this page.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

It's coming...


Only a few days more... 8 days!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

...Good Night and Good Luck.



It is my honor to award Mr. Olbermann the first "Jonathan Ace Gold Star" [picture pending], for speaking the truth about President Bush's sly use of word-twisting to try and prove a completely false and nonexistent point.

Merry Christmas!

From myself to you, the reader.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, ...or whatever politically correct thing you would like to hear.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fall '07 Semester - Professor Report Card

If you're one of the long time readers of my blog, you know that after the end of every term I grade my teachers on their performance. Since I'm now in college I will be grading my professors with letters and points and not "stars" (*).

Each professor will be evaluated in 5 categories.

They are: Workload (All work and no play makes Jon a dull boy), Personality, Helpfulness, Clarity, and, Teaching Strategy.

Each category is rated on a 5 point scale. That is, -2 to +2.



After all the points, or loss of points, are tallied, they are then throw into another criteria.
I will not be making a crude chart for this one:

Overall score can be anywhere from -10 to +10.

+10 to +6 = Good (A)
+5 to +1 = Fine (or Fair) (B)
0 = Average (C)
-1 to -5 = Poor (D)
-6 to -10 = Bad (F)


Now, without further ado, let me begin.

Fall '07 Semester - Professors Report Card

English 110 - Sheldon

Workload = D (-1)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = A (+2)
Clarity = B (+1)
Teaching Strategy = C (0)

Overall = B+ (+4)

-

Music 001 - Orenstein

Workload = A (+2)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = B (+1)
Clarity = C (0)
Teaching Strategy = D (-1)

Overall = B+ (+4)

-

Philosophy 101 - Wigglesworth

Workload = A (+2)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = C (0)
Clarity = B (+1)
Teaching Strategy = C (0)

Overall = B+ (+5)

-

Psychology 101 - Berman

Workload = A (+2)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = C (0)
Clarity = C (0)
Teaching Strategy = B (+1)

Overall = B+ (+5)
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another one of those storms...


The 18z model run of the GFS brings a large snowstorm to NYC on the 30th.

Though, I wouldn't get any hopes up as the models have been very loose recently. If this storm stays on the models for at least 3 to 5 more runs, then it might be something to look into.



In other news...

ONE FINAL TO GO BEFORE WINTER BREAK!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Philosophical Arguments For Abortion

Argument For Abortion

(1) Parents are responsible for their child from birth to the age of 16-18.

(2) If (1), then parents may have to make life-altering decisions for their child.

(3) If (2), then the parents should be obligated to make life-altering decisions for their child from its conception to its birth.

(4) If (3), then the parents have the right to abort the fetus.

Therefore, the parents have the right to abort the fetus.

...

Now, suppose those pro-lifers out there in the world believe a fetus has rights. Well, think again:


Argument Against Fetus' Rights

(1) Humans are born with natural rights (right to live, choose, etc.).

(2) A fetus is a human that is not yet born.

(3) If (1) and (2), then a fetus has no rights.

Therefore, a fetus has no rights.

...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Blizzard of 2007?

This is a picture of the 18z (zulu time, which is the same as UTC) GFS weather model run.

This, my fellow readers, is what a blizzard looks like on a model:


Keep a watch out on the 17th, it might get messy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Fat Truth

In this audio entry, I discuss the controversy over Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ass... what?



THIS IS FAT?! FUCK YOU, HOLLYWOOD.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Weight

I stepped on the scale today and was shocked to see myself pushing 170. You may be wondering why I make it sound so bad; 170lbs is an average weight for a 18 year old. Well, think again. I'm 5' 5" and that puts my BMI around 27, a BMI value which considers me mildly overweight. Sure, I don't look overweight via my pictures, but the majority of my body fat collects around my stomach. Yes, I have rock hard abs, they're just protected by a layer of highly-noticeable-if-I-don't-succumb-to-the-involuntary-habit-of-sucking-in-my-gut-fat.

I'm hoping to get my weight back down to 150lbs and to also get rid of the belly fat that I have. I have the muscles, but not the body for it. It'll be tough to make a habit out of working out every other day, but damn it, I think it's time to start.

I've set up an account at Traineo. I'll also be putting badges on the sidebar at the right, you know, that annoying thing.

Wish me luck. Lots of it. I'm going to go have lunch, and then, I'm going to break out those weights.

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Yes, I know muscle weighs more than fat, but gaining 15-20 pounds in a month is ridiculous...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Goodbye Gamespot

In this audio installment, I discuss the recent firing of Gamespot's editorial director, Jeff Gerstmann, and speculate on why he was fired.




More information here

Monday, November 19, 2007

Gullible is not in the dictionary...

In today's audio installment I rant about how these shady loan companies are trying to cash out on needy and gullible college students.




http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but...

FEMA eclipses the United States Constitution into oblivion, rendering it null & void.

Some people have referred to FEMA as the "secret government" of the United States. It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. This government organization has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress, it has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the U.S. Constitution.

Is it any wonder why the U.S. government considers America's Constitution "terrorist literature".

Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990
allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995
allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997
allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998
allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000
allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001
allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002
designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003
allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004
allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds,
designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005
allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051
specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders
into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310
grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute
industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and
correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049
assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative
Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921
allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms
of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial
institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by
the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

It's only a matter of time...

Friday, November 16, 2007

An Open Letter To My Congressman, Anthony Weiner

Dear Congressman Weiner,

You may or may not know that just recently H.R. 4137 made it out of committee. While the bill as a whole does not bother me in the slightest, I must turn your attention to Section 494, "Campus-Based Digital Theft Prevention", which remains intact.

The following is a quote from a letter to Senator Miller, the sponsor of HR 4137, from various universities in our country:

...it is our understanding that the consequences of the Secretary deciding that a targeted institution has failed to prevent illegal file sharing would be loss of Title IV student aid eligibility. Such an extraordinarily inappropriate and punitive outcome would result in all students on that campus losing their Federal financial aid [emphasis added] including Pell grants and student loans that are essential to their ability to attend college, advance their education and acquire the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century economy. Lower income students, those most in need of Federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry's proposal.


- http://tinyurl.com/2wrc2e (URL to full letter)


As a low income student who needs the Pell grant for tuition and living expenses, I fear that the unfair policy of "one ruins it for the rest" will reign supreme here. Furthermore, Sec. 494 of H.R. 4137 forces colleges to deter illegal file sharing by purchasing subscriptions to legal digital music outlets, like Napster and Rhapsody, for all students. Sec. 494 allows grants to be issued to the colleges to cover the expenses for these subscriptions, but I believe these funds would be better used in other education-related faculties instead of feeding the money-hungry behemoth known as the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

I urge you, Mr. Congressman, to vote against H.R. 4137. I admit I sound hypocritical when I say one section of this bill ruins the rest of it, but it's for the best, it's for the future workforce of America.

Thank you for your time.


A freshman from Queens College (CUNY) and a REGISTERED VOTER,

Jonathan Ace Wienclaw

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nearing The End

I've just finished typing up a draft for an English essay; 913 words in 5 hours... My eyes burn and my brain is filled to burst. I decided to check the calender and realized I'm only a month away from the end of classes for the Fall 2007 semester in my freshman year at college.

Time flew on me and I'm happy about it. It's good knowing I have a nice 7 week vacation coming up.
...
Blame the essay from hell for the blog filler and lack of content this time.

In the meantime, try this out.

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For the computer fanatics: I successfully overclocked my processor to 3Ghz.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dream Machine

Okay... I know I promised loads of pictures, but a majority of them are either very blurry or are discolored to hell.

You'll have to deal with this picture until I upload the crappy ones to a public folder (updating, downloading games, etc: My bandwidth is getting sapped).

Current Specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe @ ~2.7Ghz (I plan to OC this past 3Ghz)
2GB DDR2 RAM
1440*900 Resolution
eVGA GeForce 8800GT (650Mhz; eVGA shipped me a faster version than what I purchased, lucky me!)
2.1 speaker system (The bass is amazing)

I already played Enemy Territory: Quake Wars on here and it is amazing.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Two More Deliveries To Go

After a very annoying ordeal with UPS and a deliveryman who can read his electronic clipboard at all, I now have my computer parts and they are all together in the tower. Now I have to wait for two more deliveries. On Monday, the speakers I ordered come in. They're Altec Lansing branded and AL is one of the few brands on my "trusted" list. Two speakers and a sub-woofer. You'd be surprised what I can fit in this small room of mine. On Tuesday (hopefully, the coup de grĂ¢ce of my labors ends with the arrival of the graphics card: the 8800GT (don't worry, I won't go into the computer lecture... this time).

I expect to have everything setup and running by Tuesday night (Wednesday at the latest).

Next entry: Pictures!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Splurgin' On A Computer In An Aluminum Case

I'm ecstatic. Truly ecstatic. Hopefully in about one week's time, I'll be slaving away at my new purchased computer parts. Yes, I'm building my first computer. It was a matter of time before I did this, and it's finally becoming a reality.

My current total hovers right over $1300 for all I need, including shipping.

If you're curious as to what my components are, then click HERE.

I'll make sure to take plenty of pictures. Wish me luck.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

One is The Loneliest Number...

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking something bad has happened between Nicole and I. Well, you'd be only half right.

You see, Nicole's work schedule has made it so we're unable to see each other for 13 days. This is Day 4.

Oh, sure, you may think that's nothing dreadfully bad, but to the both of us, it's painful. Emotionally painful.

Abstinence DOES make the heart grow fonder...

Bugjon123 (8:06:02 PM): I love you
"Nicole" (8:06:49 PM): i love you too
"Nicole" (8:12:22 PM): i love you with all my heart and soul
Bugjon123 (8:12:48 PM): I love you more than anything in this world
"Nicole" (8:13:38 PM): you mean the world to me
Bugjon123 (8:14:38 PM): You mean everything to me
...
"Nicole" (8:26:05 PM): we are so well together
Bugjon123 (8:26:19 PM): That's right
"Nicole" (8:28:26 PM): hopefully we will go further in life
Bugjon123 (8:28:42 PM): I'd give up anything for that
"Nicole" (8:29:14 PM): so would i

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

From Messy Mornings to Kidney Sonograms

Instead of moving straight to my rant of an audio entry, I'd like to take a moment to mention that tomorrow I'll be going to Jamaica Hospital for a renal sonogram (that's RENAL, not ANAL...) which is more simply called a kidney sonogram. While my doctor did say that whatever problem caused a high protein count in my urine may have subsided, it's a good idea to still go and get the sonogram done, just as a precaution.

In this audio installment, I talk about a hectic start to my Tuesday morning.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Pet Peeves

I figured it's been long enough before a new blog post and I noticed I never really posted anything straight-forwarded regarding things I hate. Therefore, the following list consists of my top 5 pet peeves, five things I actually had to think about. I didn't expect to spend a large amount of time on these 5 things, but I was wrong. Without further ado...


Jon Ace's 5 Biggest Pet Peeves

5. Excessive cursing
While I'm not one the most cleanly spoken person on this earth, it just irks me when someone uses curse words as it was part of their vocabulary. Granted, I'm desensitized to obscenity, so I'm usually unfazed when someone curses. However, if I begin to notice the usage of bad language by someone, especially by someone I'm with, and especially when in the presence of strangers, well, it gets slightly embarrassing (you know who you are).

4. Closed-mindedness
This is more directed to those who usually refuse to hear the arguments of the opposing side (extremistchristians). It's synonymous with talking to a wall when talking to someone closed-minded and it's, in some cases, insulting.

3. Egotism
It is healthy to toot one's horn sometimes, but for some people, tooting simply isn't enough. Hell it goes from a toot to a full one-man symphony, and it gets old fast. If I want hot air, I'll gladly take a hair dryer over an egotist.

2. Open-mouth chewing
My younger brother is the source of this pet peeve. Nauseating and unappetizing (depending on the type of food and how obvious the chewing is). I've gotten my fair share of "seefood", so this is why it's not #1 on this list.

1. Hovering
If I was paid for every time I had to scare someone off for hovering around me, I'd be slightly wealthier. Alas, I'm not. Hovering leads to nosiness and nosiness leads to lack of privacy and questions of "What's that?" or, more a embarrassing, "What the fuck?". Privacy is a big concern of mine and hovering is the precursor of losing privacy, hence, this is my number one pet peeve.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Change By Pill

In my very first audio entry, I talk about a change in my life that will take its course over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Top 5 Things Every Extrovert Should Know About Introverts

The following was written by Brian Kim on October 2, 2007. It's pretty much the best damn thing regarding introversion I've ever read.

First off, there are those who are reading this who might not know which camp they fall into, the extrovert or the introvert. Chances are, the majority of those reading this will know, but for those who don’t, let’s define those two terms here very broadly.

Extroverts tend to be those who are more energized when around other people. They are the ones who will reach for the cell phone when alone for more than a minute, the ones who love to go out every weekend, the ones who love to chit chat, mingle, and socialize.

Introverts tend to be those who are more energized when alone with themselves. They are the ones who have to be dragged to parties, who are the first ones ready to leave after a short period of time, and who generally enjoy solitary activities such as reading, writing, and daydreaming.

The qualities and characteristics of introverts are often held in a negative light in today’s world, so it’s only natural that the majority of people seem to think that there’s something wrong with them

The reason why the majority of people think that there’s something wrong with introverts is because the majority of people aren’t very knowledgeable when it comes to introverts, in terms of why they are the way they are and why they do the things they do.

Many people tend to hold several potentially damaging misconceptions about introverts, but through no fault of their own.

I’ve been on both sides of the extrovert/introvert fence, and I can understand why extroverts tend to view introverts in a negative light, socially speaking, so I thought it would be best to write an article dedicated to helping extroverts understand their often very misunderstood introvert counterparts.

My hope is this article will help solve that problem by shedding some light as to why introverts are the way they are and do the things they do, so here are 5 things every extrovert should know about introverts.

1. If a person is introverted, it does NOT mean they are shy or anti-social.

This is probably THE biggest misconception that extroverts tend to have when it comes to introverts.

And you can’t really blame them for having that kind of misconception.

Extroverts tend to have to drag introverts to parties, to convince them to go and sell them on attending social engagements. When introverts politely decline, extroverts automatically assume that something might be wrong so they always ask if everything’s all right and of course, everything is all right. It’s just a common misunderstanding. When extroverts see a pattern like this developing, they automatically assume that introverts are shy or anti-social as that can be the only logical explanation to them.

What’s more, when extroverts try to engage introverts in small talk, it seems like they hit a brick wall.

Add to that, most extroverts see that introverts tend to be fond of engaging in solitary activities such as reading, writing, and daydreaming.

Well, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it must be a duck right?

Wrong.

Introverts have more brain activity in their frontal lobes and when these areas are activated through solitary activity, introverts become energized through processes such as problem solving, introspection, and complex thinking.

Extroverts on the other hand tend to have more activity in the back of their brain, areas that deal with processing sensory information from the external world, so they tend to search for external stimuli in the form of interacting with other people and the outside world to energize them.

There’s a deeper science to this that involves differences in the levels of brain chemicals such as acetylcholine and dopamine in extroverts and introverts, but I won’t get into that.

The bottom line is that introverts are just wired differently than extroverts. There’s nothing “wrong” with them. They just become energized through different processes depending on where the majority of their brain activity takes place.

Granted there are introverts who may be shy and anti-social, but that’s just a coincidence that perpetuates the myth that ALL introverts are like that.

You’ll find that all introverts are fine just the way they are until people begin to subtly suggest otherwise.

2. Introverts tend to dislike small talk.

If you really want to engage an introvert in conversation, skip the small talk. Introverts tend to love deep conversations on subjects that interest them. They love to debate, go past the superficial and poke around the depths in people’s minds to see what’s really going on in there. Most, if not all introverts tend to regard small talk as a waste of time, unless it’s with someone new they just met.

This characteristic probably contributes to another misconception that extroverts have of introverts - the misconception that all introverts are arrogant.

Why?

Because extroverts notice that introverts don’t talk that much with other people. Therefore, extroverts assume that introverts think they’re too good to talk to others, hence arrogant and that’s hardly the case.

It’s just a matter of preference.

Extroverts thrive on small talk.
Introverts abhor it.

There’s nothing wrong with either choice, it’s just a matter of preference.

This brings us to the third point.

3. Introverts do like to socialize – only in a different manner and less frequently than extroverts.

Yes, it’s true. Contrary to the majority of public opinion, introverts do like to socialize, but again, only in a different manner and less frequently than extroverts.

Introverts love anything that involves deep conversation. They get energized by discussing subjects that are important to them and they love see what and how other people think, to connect the dots, to dig deep, to find root causes, to use logical thinking via debate in conversation, etc.

And what’s more, introverts can do a lot of things extroverts are naturally good at - give great speeches, schmooze with everyone, be the life of the party, charm the socks off of total strangers - but only for a short period of time. After that, they need time for themselves which brings us to the fourth point.

4. Introverts need time alone to recharge.

Extroverts tend to think introverts have something against them as they constantly seem to refuse generous invites to social engagements. Introverts do appreciate the offers, but it’s just that they know it will take a lot of energy out of them if they pursue these social functions.

They need time alone like they need food and water. Give them their space. There’s nothing wrong with them. They’re not depressed and they’re not sad. They just need time alone to recharge their batteries.

5. Introverts are socially well adjusted.

Most introverts are well aware of all the social nuances, customs, and mannerisms when it comes to interacting with other people, but they simply don’t socialize as much as extroverts, which makes it easy for extroverts to assume that introverts are not socially well adjusted, as they have not seen much evidence of them interacting with other people.

This just exacerbates previous misconceptions and gives way to labeling introverts as nerds, geeks, loners, etc.

It’s easy to understand why society tends to value extroverts over introverts. Human beings have lived in a tribal society so having to interact frequently with people came to be a regarded as a very good skill when it came to survival.

But because of this high value placed on extroversion, introverts tend to feel trapped and find themselves in a catch 22 situation.

Do introverts stay true to who they are and risk social alienation and isolation or do introverts conform and join the extroverted side, pretending to be somebody they’re not just to fit in?

This is precisely why I wrote this article, because if the extroverts can become more educated about introverts, introverts will be able to feel free to stay true to who they are, and that’s a good thing from society’s point of view.

Trying to “turn” an introverted person into an extroverted person is detrimental because it gives off a subtle suggestion that there is something wrong with them, hampering their self worth and esteem when there is absolutely nothing wrong in the first place.

There’s nothing wrong with introverts.

In fact, introverts are the leading pioneers of advancements in human civilization. Albert Einstein, Issac Newton, Charles Darwin are a few introverts that come to mind, just to name a few.

And for those of you not interested in science, but pop culture, you’ll be surprised to see a lot of well known names in Hollywood are introverts as well. Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise to name a few as well.

And for those interested in sports, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods come to mind as athletes who are introverts as well.

Introverts have a lot to bring to the table. They have an amazing ability to discover new thoughts, an uncanny ability to focus, to concentrate, to connect the dots, to observe and note things that most people miss, to listen extremely well and are often found having a rich and vivid imagination as well.

The more extroverts become knowledgeable about introverts, the less tension and misunderstanding there will be among the two.

So if you’re an introvert reading this, send a copy of this article to all your extrovert friends so they can get a better idea of what you’re all about.

It’s time to finally clear the air.


Original source: http://briankim.net/blog/2007/10/top-5-things-every-extrovert-should-know-about-introverts/

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Aphorism I

I recently came across this page and realized I've been creating a number of aphorisms in the past years. Granted I don't remember many of them, but as they come back to me, expect them to be posted here with a blurb explaining it. Let me begin this hopeful blogging idea with an aphorism I came up with about a year ago.


"You can aim to please, but there's always a chance for you to miss."


There are people in this world who do whatever they can to make a first impression or continue to keep the impression upon other people strong. Sometimes that can go completely wrong. One such example that I can think of it is the custom of bowing as a greeting in Japan. Let's say a foreigner comes to Japan with the intent to close a big business deal. Of course, this person's mindset is to impress, persuade and leave Japan with a higher reputation than before he went in. Now this person is ignorant is the bowing custom. They know about the custom, but are unaware of the specifics of it. This is unfortunate for our businessperson, for the overly eager bow offended the Japanese deal maker. The businessperson only has a pink slip to look forward to because you can aim to please, but there's always a chance for you to miss.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Would you like a side of laziness with that corruption?



...and they're from Texas too!

I like my corruption well-jailed, not free.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Apathetic for Ahmadinejad

Click it for a larger version.

Friday, September 21, 2007

My message to my great... great... (and so on) grandchildren.

Fifty-thousand years from now? Well, if I do some quick math, coupled with obviously rounded estimates of when each future generation on my possible family beings, this message is for my great (x~1666) grandchildren.

It's impossible to predict and comprehend what kind of world the earth will be so long from this day, but I'll throw out a few events, and you can check them off if they've happened between the year 2007 and ~52005-52010.


- A major meteor strike on the earth.

- A tsunami hits the east coast of what was once the United States of America (assuming it no longer exists; at the rate it's going, I doubt it'll really live past the year 10000).

- At least 2 more world wars.

- Discovery of an extraterrestrial (E.T.) race.

- Contact with an E.T. race (for example: they visit us or we visit them).

- Humankind lands on every planet of our solar system (at least once).

- Humankind colonizes a planet of our solar system or a planet outside of our solar system.

- The revelation of a higher-being (example: God).

- The discovery of speeds faster than light (299,792,458 meters per second (1,079,252,848.8 km/h)).

There are many more events that can happen between now and then, and I must not waste my time guessing what can happen or, in your case, what has happened.

I can be sure of one thing that will never come to pass and that is world peace. No matter how hard humankind can try, there will always be hate. It's best to avoid hate. Though I can't promise it'll be easy.

Stay safe. Stay prosperous. Don't lose hope, love and, most importantly in this case, family.

Good luck and enjoy the rest of your lives.

Your ancestor, Jonathan Ace Wienclaw

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KEO
http://www.keo.org/uk/pages/message.php

Thursday, September 20, 2007

20/20 Vision (with glasses of course)

My major eye exam was today and for the most part I passed. Eye pressure was normal and I had no signs of glaucoma. Luckily he didn't have to dilate my eyes, but he did have to numb them, and that wore off very quickly.

Moving on to the vision part of my eye exam, it was a repeat of last time, and yes, I'll be getting glasses. According to my ophthalmologist, I have bad vision. I would disagree up to the part about seeing distances. Regardless, I'll have my glasses between Saturday and Tuesday.

Total cost: $300 for frames and lenses combined (this is after my insurance discount).

Coming soon: Pictures! (of the upstairs apartment's new floors and of me with my glasses)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Habeas Corpse

An attempt to restore Habeas Corpus failed today by 4 votes.

The following senators hate the constitution and America:

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lott (R-MS)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
W

Source of information

Lieberman can go get fucked too (neo-con is liberal clothing)!

Notice all the Republicans?

Do me, you, and the rest of the American people a favor: Vote against these idiots the next time their job is up for election.

Thank you.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Diagnosis: Astigmatism

On September 10th, I was at the local clinic for a follow-up on my protein test that I took in August. Long-irrelevant-story short, she noticed a spec on my right eye's iris during the usual accompanying check-up. She suggested an appointment to the clinic's ophthalmologist.

Two days later I went to said ophthalmologist, Dr. Mason. Apparently, I have a slight astigmatism in both eyes - and I can attest to it. The lens test in itself proved that I need glasses. Letters that I struggled to read during the "cover-your-right/left-eye" test, were read without hesitation and then some. I was able to read the letters that I said I couldn't even see earlier.

I will be returning to his office in Woodside on Thursday where I'll have my eyes dilated and further testing will be done. I expect to be wearing glasses by Sunday (so far, it doesn't seem to be a 24/7 thing).

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Open Letter

The following is an open letter to President Bush regarding his recent address to the American people (not written by yours truly, but it's perfect).



President Bush,

As a New Yorker who lived through the horrors of September 11th firsthand; who lost a family member in the chaos that ensued; and who had colleagues, friends, and fellow students whose lives were forever changed by the actions of a small group of terrorists, I find your comments to the nation tonight, September 13, 2007, to be galling, tactless, and above all else, incredibly insulting.

Your repeated allusions to Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the completely misguided insinuation that our troops are somehow stationed there because of this new terror group is bewildering and enraging. The brave men and women who find themselves in the midst of ethno-sectarian violence and a full-blown civil war are not there because of any Al-Qaeda threat. Instead, they risk their lives daily because of your stubbornness and unwillingness to admit the validity of any position divergent from your own. Your continued poor judgment has wounded over 27,000 servicepeople and stripped over 3,700 families of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.

In the face of all who have lost loved ones so near and dear, both on 9/11 and in this misguided arm of your "war on terror," it is reprehensible to suggest that the motivation behind leaving 130,000 troops on duty in Iraq has anything to do with Al-Qaeda or terrorism. Prior to our invasion, Al-Qaeda in Iraq simply did not exist. The quagmire you have inspired has lead to the creation of this offshoot organization--distinct from the Al-Qaeda that has struck us in our country and elsewhere--and to what is quite arguably the most effective, free recruitment campaign that terrorists could have ever dreamed up.

If your decision is to lie unabatedly to the American public, please retain at least a shred of dignity by not invoking Al-Qaeda so incessantly in your rhetoric. We are not an ignorant people, we know when we are not being told the truth, and we are outraged that you continue to denigrate the memory of the innocent men and women who died in what was a legitimate terrorist act. Mr. President, we are not in Iraq because of Al-Qaeda, nor shall we remain there because of a nonexistent threat, and for you to suggest these falsehoods should be an impeachable offense.

Sincerely,

A Loyal American


Source: http://ourstereo.com/letter/

Was president Bush's 8th Iraq war statement compelling enough to change your opinion on Iraq strategy?
http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=485

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Yay politics!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11

NEVER FORGET



THAT



HULKAMANIA IS RUNNIN' WILD!

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The busy city below a clear blue sky,
set the stage for a day where people would die.

Two buildings; two planes, that's all it took,
Millions put on a horrified look.

Fast forward [six] years...

Yes, people died, others cried,
but I sit here and sigh.

I ask, "Why, why would someone want to remember a day of death and destruction?"

I consider myself lucky. I lost no one.

The ones who lost their lives were lucky too.

They didn't have to continue to live in a world with newfound war and hate,
A spawned evil from their very own fate.

I want to forget.

Do you?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Anti-Affirmative Action (AAA)

Affirmative action is a load of bullshit.

There's nothing more discriminating that affirmative action. Ironically, this system is in place to curb discrimination among certain occupations but instead does the opposite.

Though, if you must insist on using some sort of filtering, make it race-blind and gender-blind (racial identity and gender are not provided to employers and colleges beforehand).

To keep this short and sweet, in the overall jist of it, if everyone is created equal, then why do minorities get an advantage? Better yet, why does past discrimination from DECADES ago still have influence today?

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Equal my ass!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

College: The Ultimate Relationship Tester

This entry goes out to all the couples out there that are heading into college that are in what they believe is a stable relationship.

RebJas of GameFAQs.com answered the following question of mine and I'm going to share it here:

Q: What if you're already in a (stable) relationship when first getting in college?

A: Hey, I thought I was [in a stable relationship] too. But then she started grad. school, met some other guy, and a couple of weeks into the semester I was getting the "I can only be friends right now" speech. College is the high-school relationship killer. But it's also the test to see if the relationship is as strong and secure as you think it is.

Just don't be surprised if a situation like mine happens.


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As for Nicole and I, we'll take it as it comes.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Al-Qaeda's New Album Release

Ladies and gentlemen, Americans and insurgents, the news you've all been waiting for. After the debut album, "Death To America" and the literal blockbuster release of "WTC", Al-Qaeda has once again come out of the cave recording studio to bring you their newest creation:


Frontman Osama (Also known as "Da Big O") will be officially kicking off the release date (September 11th, 2007) with a speech and will attempt to quell rumors of a possible solo album by lead guitarist, al-Zawahiri ("Ayman").

Reincarnation will be sold by a mass media outlet near you.

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Images made by me are under Common Creative licenses, just fyi.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

What's in a label? (No, this is not a sociopolitical rant)

Ah, blog filler just in time for the Labor Day weekend. This entry will clear up what the labels are at the bottom of each entry and what the blog entry will usually be about.

Firstly, labels (in the world of blogging) are words attached to a blog entry that, in a sense, organize them for the writer, and for you, the reader, to go straight to the entires that pertain to your interests.

That being said, let me begin.


blog - Any entry that contains information about my blog, or someone else's blog, or about blogs in general. This entry will be labeled as such.

girlfriend - Any entry that has anything to do with my lovely lady, Nicole. (*big smile*)

love - A blog entry that bases its theme around love. It shouldn't be a surprise if you see "girlfriend" and "love" in the same label entry.

opinion piece - A thought out entry that deals with an issue. Be it political or something else, if I have something to say, this label is for it.

personal - An entry that dives into my personal life, and by personal life, I mean things I usually wouldn't tell a stranger, but information that wouldn't get me sent up Shit Creek.

rant - An opinionated entry, but with some anger thrown in for good(?) measure.

religion - Not a label I will use often, but it's here just in case.

satire - An entry filled to the brim with sarcasm. Think "rant", but I'm not angry, I'm just making fun of something.

school - College related entries.

social - Entries dealing with social related events in my life... or if I'm writing about a controversial issue that is sociopolitical.

weather - Ah, a classic hobby of mine. If I'm bitching about why we didn't get snow, you'll see this label.

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Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, August 31, 2007

She's not epileptic!

(((If you're lost, refer to this, this, and this)))

On Wednesday, Nicole got the results from her doctor and the news is good.

Nicole's mother (8:44:54 PM): basically, what the dr said is that Nicole is not a true epileptic and that they will be weaning her off her meds over a 2 month period but not until May when school is over.

Me (8:45:12 PM): ah
Me (8:45:26 PM): so it was more of a once-in-a-lifetime thing?

Nicole's mother (8:46:08 PM): she does have the gene and has the potential to have more seizures but a true epileptic is someone who has at least 2 seizures in a specific span.

Nicole's mother (8:46:35 PM): could be she may not have any more but time will tell.

Me (8:46:55 PM): ah, interesting
Me (8:47:07 PM): any reasoning about her initial seizure?

Nicole's mother (8:47:10 PM): no

Needless to say, everyone is relieved now for the most part. Here's to no more seizures (hopefully)!

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4 days of college down, many more to go.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

4 for 4 (Fall 2007 : First Impressions - College Edition)

If I was was asked to give one negative thing about my first two days of college, I'd probably tell you the bathrooms in Kiely Hall suck. Other than that, I'm pleased to say that all of my teachers for this semester came off as kind and not mean at all.

Here are my first impressions for the Fall 2007 semester:

Day One

Music 001
I was late for the first class of my college career. Long story short, I got to the class at a perfect time. No problems whatsoever, and the professor was attention-grabbing. The class was quick and not too boring.


College Composition 110
I made it to this class early. It was a very small class, but I'm assuming there will be many more students in the class once everyone gets the memo about the room change (KY 326). The teacher had a very positive attitude, highly contrasting to many of my high school teachers.

Day Two

Philosophy 101
If you ignore the fact that I lost focus a few times during his introduction and almost nodded off once, my philosophy professor is alright, but nothing stands out yet.

Psychology 101
This class, by far, had the most organization than any other. It's a lecture class (over 100 students) but that doesn't affect the professor's ability to teach at all. The professor was down-to-earth and got a few laughs. Best class... so far.

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I know it's not Thursday...
e_e

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Day After Today

Well, here I am, Summer 2007 comes to an end today (it may be Summer after today, but not in my book). I'm looking down a hole and I don't know what's at the bottom. All I know is I'm going to have to go down it. No turning back now.

In a more realist way, this is going to be interesting. Though, I don't know exactly what to expect, but the orientation I went to cleared up some things. I'm also already regretting having an evening class (Math 122, 6:15pm - 7:55pm). I'll be out of the house for 12 hours straight from 9am to 9pm (depending on mass transit's timeliness) on Mondays (ugh) and Wednesdays. I have Thursdays off so that's the silver-lining to this.

I'll write up and post my first impressions of college on Thursday. Until then, *whine*.

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[Insert more whining here]

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Moving Day

The Budget truck drove away a little before 1 o' clock and with that, 18 years worth of taking everything and everyone in that apartment for granted has finally caught up with me.

The reality of not getting to see my mom, brother, and sister everyday anymore when waking up didn't hit me when I first found out that the move date was set and we had to start packing. Even when all the little keepsakes that were found buried in 18 years worth of junk kept getting passed over the me, it still didn't occur to me that change was coming and change was going to happen whether I liked it or not. Hell, the wave of realization didn't hit me until just before my mom, Joe, and Chelsea. It was tough to hold back any tears and being choked up didn't help at all, but I pulled through.


I'm the sensitive type of person,
with a heart of gold built out of paper.
I had a home and a loving family to boot,
I could've never felt safer.

Now that years had passed,
the winds of change,
were bound to come around.
The company I had taken for granted,
have a new home that they've found.

No more mom with her coffee and news in the mornin',
no more crowd around the window when it starts stormin'.
No more sister calling for mom to get her own way
(though it wasn't always fair, it was part of my day).
No more zings across the dinner table and laughter at the victim's expense,
and no more moans and groans when I decide to add my two cents.

I took time to wonder why I'm so upset,
I figured it out, and I'll never forget:

When you're fighting with Change, Change will always win.
Today, as I sit here, I realize my adult life will truly begin.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Montefiore II

I visited Nicole today. Even though she wasn't sick, injured, or even in pain, seeing her in a hospital bed irked me. I never like seeing people in hospital beds. No, it's not a fear, it just makes me uncomfortable. This all stems from seeing my grandfather and great-grandmother in a hospital bed. It's upsetting. This wasn't a hospital visit in which the person I was seeing was in a serious condition or recently went through surgery, so it wasn't as emotionally moving as if it was such.

Coupled with that... I'm starting to get paranoid about her test results...

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Laptop may need to be sent in for repairs... developing...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Montefiore

Today marks the beginning of a possible ten days of hell for Nicole. You see, back a few months ago her doctor recommended putting her in the neurological center at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. The reason for this is to find out once and for all what caused the June 2006 seizure she had.

No problem, right?

Well, she has to stay there for 7 to 10 days. Sure, she gets to use a plasma screen TV (bad channels according to her) and her cell phone as well as her I-pod, but she has to deal with that crappy hospital food and the lack of privacy as well.

Hell, she called me early and stated she's already caving...

Oh well...

There's always a price to pay for finding truth.

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Que sera... sera...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

August 18th

I just recently noticed that I haven't mentioned that my mother, brother, and sister are moving out to Long Island to live with Bill, my mom's fiance.

A sea of boxes has really begun to rise out of almost nowhere in the past week. Lots of old photos have been showing up such as the following.


(I'm the one standing, my brother is the one in the stroller; I forgot what year this was taken in... Please... hold off on the Timmy Turner-esque jokes for later)

You may now be wondering where I'm going to be living. Well, I'll be moving as well. Not 40 miles, but only a floor down. The room currently beneath me with soon be my new room, my own room (no more annoying sharing... ugh).

I'm pretty sure I'll be settling in my new room before August 18th, but alas, there is no wireless internet connection, yet (I'm using my laptop for things like this from now on). Don't expect many updates around moving time.

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I won't be leaving the nest, the nest will be leaving me.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Abortion

I'm an advocate of abortion, albeit not a front-liner, because I do have one ground rule here. This is my appeasement gene kicking in. Check it out:

Abortion should be legal in all cases EXCEPT being used as a contraceptive.

Now, before you say, "But Jonathan, that means if a guy knocks up a girl, she shouldn't get an abortion.", here me out.

The following is a collection of situations to help clarify what I mean by abortion not being used as a contraceptive:

Abortion is legal.

Abortion is legal.

  • Guy knocks up girl during unprotected sex.
Have fun taking care of that kid.

  • Second and Third Trimester Abortions?
Legal, though they are kind of gruesome if you've read about them.


Basically, if you're going to have sex, use some god damn protection. Abortion is a last resort, not a reason to not sacrifice a little pleasure. In fact, abortions cost much more than the pill and a condom COMBINED.

Of course, this is all personal opinion and not politically stable.

It's tricky trying to please everyone.

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When it comes down to it, if it doesn't affect us, why bother about it?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Agnostic Plunge

If you're one of the people who know me personally, then you're probably aware that I'm not the most religious person around. Frankly, I'm not religious at all compared to when I was little and couldn't make up my own mind. Now that I've grown older and am more than capable of putting two and two together, I've taken experience and ideas to formulate my own views on issues that have an affect on me.

Though the following announcement is a little late, I think it's the best thing to make it known: I am Agnostic.

Think of this as poor-man's atheism. While I doubt the existence of God, I do not outright deny Him nor renounce my own religion. I'm taking the path of weak agnosticism, which basically means: "I don't know if there truly is a god, but you might know."

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Hello there RIO.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

If There Ever Was A Draft... / Funny Monkey

Not that the odds of this are completely zero, but if the country ever went to war with a country, and called for a draft, you bet your ass they'd have to drag me out of my home to get me to fight in their ill forsaken war.

You've got Bush (and the government) to blame for my lack of patriotism.

Speaking of Bush, after he is out of office, a game show should be made with him as the star. It'll be him, and a bunch of news reporters giving him questions, and the contestant has to press a big red button whenever Bush dodges an important question with meaningless rehearsed generic answers.

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That poor poor button...

Monday, July 9, 2007

Hollywood Loves To Rape Childhood Memories

I'm not up for a long winded rant today, but I'll let the following notations explain:



Underdog - August 3rd, 2007



Alvin and th Chipmunks - December 14th, 2007
Happy Birthday Ma; Hollywood has a gift for you...


...and a few others:

The Smurfs (2008)
Hong Kong Phooey (2008)
The Jetsons (2009)

Jesus Christ Hollywood... Let these cherished shows die peacefully...

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Leave it to Hollywood to try and cash in on nostalgia...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Because Commitment Has It's Sacrifices

Now that I've spent all afternoon setting up and transferring files from my mom computer to my new laptop (thanks again grandma!), I now have time to update you, the reader, on what has been going on since my last entry.

My graduation was on Wednesday, and let me tell you, it was very lively. You had graduates dancing across the stage of Brooklyn College's Walt Whitman Hall to receive their diploma booklet and handshake.

The highlight of the ceremony (other than the staff showing their classic incompetence; more info coming up) was the keynote speech delivered by Mr. Tony Davis, coordinator of the College Now program in East Harlem.

B-C-H-S.

The initials of my high school.

Mr. Davis' speech's theme was: Because Commitment Has It's Sacrifices

Without dragging this out, the speech was fantastic, empowering, and will definitely stick with me for a long time.


I was the first in the to get my diploma booklet, and I was unfortunately misinformed about what to do. I walked up, got my handshake/booklet, and walked off. My name was not called. Apparently, the name cards they gave us earlier was for the announcer to pronounce our name (we were put in size order, not by last name). Luckily, Ms. Bauman, the senior adviser, called my name at the end (thanks!), though, I had to stand for a crowd of more than 1000. Talk about nerve irking.

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Go Go Gadget Laptop!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Freshman Orientation

I'm going to keep this short for I don't have loads of time.

Freshman orientation was today for Queens College.

Hoooooooooly shit.

If I could give an example for what an "overwhelming slap in the face" is, today would have been it. In the end, I have Thursdays off, but I also have late evening classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Psychology 101, Music 001, Philosophy 101, English 110, Math 122

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Vloggin' / Math B

I think it's a coincidence that a brainchild of mine was born on the same day that Blogger released its video upload feature.

Until I get my MP3 player back (it has a recorder; dictation abilities), I'm considering posting Vlogs (the video version of an entry). However, I may just push that aside as the player should get here on Friday.


In a few short hours I will be heading for my school to take the Math B regents; the last regents of my high school career. Though I feel that I should be able to pass this with no problem, the last math test of year featured the toughest regents questions in recent memory. I'm hoping the rubber-band effect has it's way this time around.

Wish me luck!

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Faith No More - Angel Dust

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Justice Served; Back to Reality With You!

Seems a majority of Americans cared more about Hilton and the fact that she was ordered back to jail than the shuttle launch yesterday. This will hopefully be the last blog entry surrounding the talentless whore as I realized she isn't even worthy of MY attention. Let me just get some last licks in (absolutely no pun intended).

Just read the following in an article and I'd like to say something:

But once back at her luxury home, Paris celebrated by inviting her family round.

A pal said she had sent her assistant shopping and arranged for her make-up artist to visit.

The pal said: “It’s so cruel what has happened to her. She wasn’t allowed to wax or use a moisturizer. Her skin is so dry right now.”

This is why I'm anti-celebrity. Oh no! Poor Paris had dry skin. *eye roll*

Also, she was able to invite others to her house; adding the fact that house arrest would have been more of a reward to her than jail time. Unbelievable.

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Judge
Michael T. Sauer is my hero for the week.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Paris Hilton: I sucked the sheriff! But I did not blow the deputy...

Paris Hilton was released from prison this morning due to medical reasons. She got her Gucci ankle bracelet fitted as well so she can begin a 40-day house arrest. Oh man, it's gonna be so tough for her...

You do the crime, you serve the time. Hilton has no reason to be sent to her oh so terrible MANSION due to a little medical problem. Rumors state she broke her teeth on the bars. I hope that's some super secret celebrity code for "herpes outbreak".

Besides, what other medical reason does she have?

The shits? So what!
A headache? Boo fucking hoo.
Stress? Oh no, it's NEVER possible to get stressed for getting sent to jail...

I have my money on "herpes outbreak".

Also, her fans give her sympathy, but she doesn't deserve a drop of it.

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Only in America...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

When I Really Knew I Was In Love

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my girlfriend's release from hospital after she had a seizure.

It was a little before 3:30pm on Sunday, June 4th (2006) when Nicole's brother Matt called my house using Nicole's cell phone. At first, I thought it was just Nicole calling to talk to me, but I would soon find out it was a much more serious matter. She had had a seizure and she was in the hospital. Shock... awe... fear... whatever you could call it, I had it running through me. The conversation with Matt was brief, but I was told I'd be called back later.

Hours passed before the phone rang again. During that time a multitude of thoughts raced in my mind, I didn't know what to do. I couldn't do anything. All I could really do was wait. Soon enough, the phone rang. It was Nicole's mother, along with Nicole.

"Overwhelmed" was the word I used as an excuse for my breakdown. Other than at funerals, this was the first time in my life I truly had never cared; loved, about someone so much that it drove me to tears. Later that night I talked to Nicole from her room at the hospital. I had earlier feared that I'd never get to hear her voice again... she her smile... hug her... kiss her...

By the day's end, I knew I had fallen in love with Nicole.


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The real reason for the seizure was never given, but one can assume it was trauma-induced. She passed out, and hit her head in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

A Quick Look At June

The first full week of June 2007 is upon me and as I used to do with my old blog, I'm posting some upcoming things of note in the coming weeks. Think of this as blog filler (Hey! Blame writer's block!).

Coming Soon (June 2007)
  • More finals for school, put on the worst days possible of course
  • Distribution of my school's yearbook
  • Sanitation test (Plan B career in case something happens with college)
  • Math Regents (I NEED to pass this or my first year of college is boned)
  • Graduation Party (Friend of a friend's)
  • Freshmen Orientation for college
  • Graduation rehearsal
  • GRADUATION (Goodbye Hellhole!)
  • Graduation Party (for me!)
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Feel free to comment with ideas for future opinion pieces of mine. I'd love a nice new issue to tackle.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Just Call Them Civil Unions

As I've mention in that little snippet about myself on the right side of this blog, I'm a liberal. I consider myself a supporter of gay rights and gay marriages, but I've come to a more moderate agreement regarding gay marriages.

They should be called civil unions. Now, for all the Neo-liberals out there that would immediately jump the gun and say, "That's discrimination!" you'd be incorrect. The United States government considers any marriage a civil union in legal terms.

I'd also like to address those who believe a marriage is only between a man and a woman.

The world DOES NOT, I repeat, DOES NOT revolve around you and YOUR religion.

Still, I feel bad for the heavily religious people of this country (*cough*redstates*cough*). I really do. The media uses the term "gay marriage" too much and, yes, I know your trying to defend your beliefs, but you've forgotten that the United States is not 100% religious.

Of course, to make both sides happy, we should call "gay marriages" "civil unions". Think about it, the government would give you the exact same benefits a man and a woman would get. It's either that or fight an endless fight the rest of your life. Besides, your fellow friends and family members would still consider you and your partner as a married couple, I know I would. On the flip side, the religious folk get to keep the term "marriage" as a religious word as it pertains to the sacrament of matrimony.

Choose one: something or nothing.

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By the way, sexual preference and sexual orientation are the same thing.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

My First Kiss

The following is from my deviantART gallery. I wrote this on October 21st, 2006. The kiss took place on January 5th, 2006.


I was shaking slightly as I walked down Rockaway Blvd. and then across it, toward the bus stop where my first (and current) girlfriend, Nicole, was waiting for me. It wasn't the cold of the January air that made me shake, but the possibility that today I would be having my first kiss.

The night before, Nicole and I agreed that we'd walk the length of Woodhaven Blvd. down to the corner of Woodhaven and Jamaica Avenue, where we would wait for her bus. I hinted that we'd hold hands as we walked the Blvd. and maybe end with a kiss, and not just a peck on the cheek.

We started our walk down the street. We talked about school and such, for a majority of the walk. Things got quiet while we walked the longest block on Woodhaven. It was where St. Anthony's hospital used to be. As the quiet between us became more and more awkward as the seconds passed, I suddenly thought to myself: We weren't holding hands!

"Wait, were we going to be holding hands?” I said. We then took each other's hand, stiffly at first, but it became more relaxed after awhile. Instantly I noticed an "Oh my God, he's holding my hand"-type look on her face.

We continued our walk. We were about a block away from Jamaica Ave. when I (and this surprised myself) calmly said, "Do you want to kiss?”

"Where should we?” Nicole said, with a nervous tint to it.

"Ummm... right by this upcoming tree." This is when my mind started racing. What do I do? How do I kiss her? Where should I place my hands? Around her back? Her waist? Just above it? Oh boy, here comes the tree!

We swung right into the kiss. My first kiss. It was something I will remember. I'll remember the fact that my nervousness hampered my plan to kiss her gently. I'll remember how the warmth between us conquered the chilling air around us. I'll remember that she attempted to french me (never saw this coming). I'll even remember the smile on each of our faces as we walked to the bus stop, every second we stood together waiting, the kisses on the cheek goodbye, and the walk home, where I couldn't stop thinking about Nicole.



Back on my 16th birthday I made a promise to myself that I'd try to get my first kiss before my 17th birthday. This happened 5 days before said birthday.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Happy New Atlantic Hurricane Season!



Why, hello there, Barry...

Of course this track is subject to change. Scott Kiser, tropical cyclone program manager at the National Weather Service, once said, "Don't focus too much on the skinny black line."

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Talk about perfect timing...

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tri-life

I sometimes notice the differences on how I act at certain places at certain times with certain people. I was been able to break this into 3 groups, that I dub my "Tri-life". It might sound like a have multiple personalities, but let me assure you, it only seems that way. These 3 personalities are closely related with minor differences whereas in DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), the symptoms are completely different.


At home
I'm talkative, more open, and definitely more of a wiseass and comical. I'm highly benevolent though; kind, courteous, and helpful. I consider this my "normal" personality. Those who've seen this side of me are much of my family, in-family friends, and my girlfriend, Nicole.

At school
This is almost the complete opposite of the above. Unfortunately, for the past years (starting in around 2000 or 2001) I've been in what someone would call a "shell". In this shell of sorts, I'm quiet (shy) and not as open unless I'm with my little group of friends, which, since the beginning of high school (September 2003), the word "little" doesn't cut it anymore. Despite this shell of mine, I was able to have some sort of social life outside of my home. All of my classmates have seen this side of me.

In public
This is sort of a mix of the above two. I'm still a kind person, and I'm somewhat out of my shell here. You could safely say I'm in-between personalities. Everyone has seen this side of me at least once.

My short temper and impatience are in all 3 of these, but in each type require a certain amount of stress to be put on me before I react accordingly.

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Recommended movie: Sybil

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Losing My Religion: The Ten Commandments and How I Still Use Them Despite My Lack Of "Faith"

When I was little, religion become some part of my life. I said my prayers, went to church, and followed the commandments as best I could.

After I was confirmed (St.Francis, if you're curious), that all changed. I lost my faith in Catholicism. After the death of my father, believing in God felt like I was believing in nothing. Despite what my father had going on in his life I didn't know why God would take him away from me.

Then my grandfather died and my feeling towards any God whatsoever left me. Death was a natural occurrence; not one controlled by an omniscient being. To this day, when someone asks me if I believe in God, I can only say that I hope one exists and I'll believe when I see Him.

Moving on...


I believe that one can be moral without any background in religion at all. I'll be using the 10 commandments to help me with this.

  • "I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before me."
Irrelevant.
  • "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God."
Irrelevant.
  • "Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy."
Irrelevant... (on a roll, aren't we?)
  • "Honor your father and your mother."
Common sense.
  • "You shall not murder."
Common sense.
  • "Neither shall you commit adultery."
Common sense.

...

  • "Neither shall you steal."
  • "Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor."
  • "Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife."
  • "Neither shall you desire your neighbor's house..."
Common. Sense.

Why do even have religions in this world?
All it has done for us is cause hatred, war, and discrimination.

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Just a dream, just a dream

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Down Town

An aspect of human behavior I have yet to fully understand is also is a pet peeve of mine. I can not stand those who put others down. To be more specific, those who put others down just to appeal to their fellow (idiotic) friends and peers. It could be that alpha male / alpha female (yes, there can be an alpha female) instinct that some people feel the need to follow, but I hate it.

Not only is this act unethical, it is also, depending on the unfortunate target, dangerous.

Imagine a young person in the depths of the social hellhole known as high school. This person (male or female, doesn't matter) might not be the type of human who'll defend itself when verbally attacked. Instead, they'll bottle up the anger, which increases stress until... boom.

Then little Ms. or Mr. Alpha has to explain their black eye, or gash, or knife/bullet wound... to their parents.

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Next Stop: Religion

Monday, May 28, 2007

They Can Never Get Anything Right...

It's interesting how my high school loves to do everything wrong. You'd think because the school gets docked funds from the state (low test scores) it would encourage the staff to improve how it does its job. Not so.

I'm less than a month away from graduating and of course, you must have some sort of stress related to it. I wasn't stressing over this fact, but it looks like my high school, through its incompetence, felt the need to put some stress on me.

Without further ado, I present the Beach Channel guide to stressing out your graduating seniors (or at least, one of them...)!

Step 1

Send all senior students a letter stating they have completed all their required classes (albeit, they may have a few more weeks of classes to get through) and other expected requirements (community service, returned any owned books).


Step 2

On the SAME EXACT DAY as Step 1, make sure you send a letter claiming that a chosen student is missing one of the requires listed on the pink letter, EVEN IF IT'S CONFIRMED THAT THE STUDENT ALREADY COMPLETED SAID REQUIREMENT.
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Step 3

Let this marinate for about a week or two.

Step 4

Start cookin'!



The school was contacted about this, but all the guidance counselors skipped out to start their 3-day vacation early (BIG surprise...). They believe it's a mistake and I have to see my GC tomorrow (as if I'm not stressed already).

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Queens College's system better not be like this...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Change Can Be Good Sometimes

It's only been about an hour since I setup my new blog here and I'm IMPRESSED. I love the features here that AOL Journals didn't have and it's promising.

For my readers that are finding this blog through the search engines, I'd like to welcome you. You're lucky that I'm the type of person that can at least keep some sort of commitment to writing entries for a blog. My last blog lasted a little less than 3 and a half years. My ability to type up coherent and somewhat interesting posts has drastically improved over the time I spent with AOL Journals. I can only hope it continues here.

To my original readers: You don't need a lame AOL account to comment on my ramblings now!

*cue weak applause, some coughing, and maybe a cricket or two*

Here's to a new and prosperous blog full of ranting, raving, and notable life experiences of mine.

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...and to think I could never keep a paper journal.