Or something like that. That title may not flow “trippingly from the tongue”, but it’s my major blog announcement.
Now I’ve noticed November is the month for bloggers to post everyday. There’s NaNoWriMo, NaPoBloMe, NaNoPotato, NaNoNaNo and all that kind of crap. But over here on T of V, we don’t play by others’ rules. We make our own.
In the interests of getting fully behind this blog of mine, and treating it as a vocation more than a hobby, I’ve decided to post every day. At least for a month. Therefore, I’m inaugurating
And it’s just what it says: throughout the month of December, I am going to post something every damn day. That is a promise. We’re not going to cheat either. I’m not changing the format to a photo blog. I’m not going to post haikus all of a sudden and call it a damn day. I may rely on daily prompts a little bit, but I think I can do this shit. Because I want this blog to succeed and I want to feel more like a real blogger.
So someone nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. During my research (a whole article!) I discovered that this is both a real, and imaginary thing. It exists only because bloggers decide that it exists. I mean that no “Liebster Commission” is going to come to my door like I won the Publishers’ Clearing House and present me with anything. To be nominated means you’ve been nominated. And that’s all it seems to mean. Nothing else comes with this. I can copy an image of the award and stick it on my site as if I have accomplished something. Or…one can choose not to acknowledge the thing…. though the article I perused gives diresome warnings about pissing off well-intentioned award-bestowers and losing readers by this type of anti-social behavior.
So I’m talking about porn this week. It exists, and it must be dealt with. Not just an important part of the internet, but porn is a driver in most guys’ lives. This is just the reality of the situation. Doesn’t make every dude a pervert or deviant. It just makes them a guy, really.
I like tits. What?
I’m not going to get weird about it, or graphic. I just like me some porn. Most guys do. I consider that I fall in the normal range of this behavior, or like Chris Rock once said “Not an illegal amount. Just enough to get you by.” And I’m talking between consenting adults here, not anything against the law or outrageously exploitative. A wise film character in Boogie Nights says something like “I like fucking. I like watching people fucking.” Just as if it’s as natural a thing as can be. But I want to talk about a couple things that are a lot tamer than films of people fucking.
Imagine a nation split in two: about one-half of the population hates and distrusts their government while the other half believes the government can still provide solutions. With the country divided in this way, an environment of hostility would naturally be created. During any national crisis, people on the opposite sides of this divide would find it essentially impossible to come together and get anything accomplished. When a large segment of a country’s population hasn’t the slightest faith in its own elected government, that place is going to have some problems. A once mighty and united nation could begin to falter when attacked from without and within. It is precisely this situation which America finds itself in today. Continue reading →
So I’ve been pondering ways of going about this required blog entry. It needs to be some kind of workout for our essay #2. We’re to put our ideas through some extreme cardio to knock the flab off of them. I’m actually outlining this essay, which is not always how I write. No, I am not going to put my outline up here. That would not be entertaining at all. In my opinion, blogs need to have some entertainment value as well as being “in conversation” with what we’re doing in class.
I already posted a couple of leads. I guess I could do that again to up the word count on this homework blog, but I won’t. So what should I make of this blog? I could vomit out a shitty rough draft. But my rough draft’s aren’t shitty, not when I do a proper outline. And I don’t want to write the paper twice so why post it as a blog? Oh Lord Jesus, this blog comes at an inconvenient time! I’d rather write about things other than essay #2. Continue reading →
So there’s a huge divide in America right now between those who hate what they call “big government” and those who like a so-called “big government”. It seems at first glance to be a vague and non-specific topic, but I think at the heart of this question is the reason why politics has become so polarized. How can a government solve any problems when a large percentage of people, even politicians themselves, see the government as the cause of our problems? In the Zakaria essay we’ve been bludgeoning ourselves with all week he alludes to this problem, but it has only gotten worse in the two years since he wrote his piece.
I just finished doing the assignment of that article by Fries Zarkatakita, and I’m shocked out of my senses! I believe I can’t believe what I think I just read! Thank God for this blog and the opportunity I now have to take issue with this issue that the esteemed Mr. Zapata brought up and thrust into my brain. Now let’s get on to the fun part of this homework and rip this upstart immigrant a new one.
First of all, we’re number one. I don’t care where you get your so-called stats from, Mr. Freeze. Ermerica’s the best! How dare you say all of these other countries outrank us in anything! We invented the ranking! They’re all just copying our infinite greatness. So there’s that. Continue reading →
We have to use blog #4 to catalog our reactions to Fareed Zakaria’s article “What If America’s Best Days are Behind Us?” First of all, I noticed that this essay is about two years old and things are actually worse now. We narrowly missed voting into presidential office a man who puts religion and money above any other priorities, so apparently America is already screwed beyond hope. I think the warning and cautionary tone of Zakaria’s essay comes far too late. This Titanic has sailed.
How are the meetings with Meredith going? Haven’t had mine yet. So my classes are over for the week and I can concentrate on the homework. Read the article but haven’t done the breakdown yet. At least it’s shorter than Tough. My God, that guy was long-winded. Fifty paragraphs! I wanted to do Blog #4 tonight, but it has to be about the Fareed Zakaria article and we should do the assignment first. So here goes another WTF blog, I guess. Hey, I’ll talk about another class! Continue reading →
So Jen looked at me a few minutes before class today and went “Dylan?” I replied, “Jen?”. And she goes “You’re upset.” I admitted it, and she said “Let’s talk about it.” We didn’t really talk about it, so I think I’ll talk about it here.
We all got surprised the other day by Jen’s news that she has to give up her classes. I’m not the only one who hates it that she’ll be leaving. Most of us are dealing with mixed feelings about it; we feel happy for her because she’s great and she deserves this great opportunity. (If you’re one of those who don’t like Jen, I’m not talking to you. These are not the droids you’re looking for, move along.) But, of course, since she’s such a good and unique teacher we don’t want to lose her. This is a sad fact. Personally, I’d already decided to take Jen for 102 and it disappoints me so much that’s not going to happen now. To throw in another nerd reference, I would have gone with her to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.
Enough geekiness. Forgive me, it’s just my way of not getting too sad.