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Friday, November 24th, 2006

08:54
for some reason these commercials make me cry...
http://us.wii.com/tvcm_usa_gallery.jsp

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Thursday, July 20th, 2006

10:54 - 13 posts in one
1. nancy and I are getting married on june 17th, 2007!

2. finished first year of my M.Ed. at UCLA.

3. got my "preliminary single subject teaching credential" from the state of California signed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

4. hired by Fremont High School in South Los Angeles. i will teach 3 physics classes and 2 intercoordinated science classes starting the end of August.

5. about 90% recovered from my sprained ankle. however, it still gives off a loud POP every morning when i first start to move it.

6. quit World of Warcraft after approximately 14 continuous months playing the game practically nonstop. this is somewhat related to post number 1.

7. went white water river rafting on the "killer" kern on class IV rapids. it was fantastic. i hope to do this at least once a year from here out.

8. george bush still sucks, but at least now the vast majority of this country agrees with me. where were you nutsaqs 4 years ago?

9. still don't have a car since totaling my brand new toyota prius on may 26th. thank you nancy for hauling my dumbass all around the greater los angeles area.

10. civilization IV is awesome, but galactic civilizations II is ever better. i've logged in excess of 200 hours this summer on both games.

11. i love the new Muse album. will this band ever stop getting better? saw them live last night as well, completely blew me away. luckily their new album leaked a little over a month ago, so nan and i could sing along to all the songs live.

12. nancy and i have decided we're never buying cheap concert tickets again. if you're going to go to a show, you should go all out and get the up close seats. otherwise it's just a waste.


P.S. if you think i can't count, try again.

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

19:52 - for jason:
http://www.tetrisconcept.com/tetriswiki/Twists#Twists_with_T_.28or_T-Spin.29

(who wanted to know what exactly a T-spin is)

update: woah! czech these out:

T-Spin Single - T-Spin Double - T-Spin Triple

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

13:11 - happened yesterday at my school
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=local&id=4014673

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Friday, March 17th, 2006

14:06
past two weeks have been awesome. waking up at 5:30am everyday, driving down to south-la to teach science. so far my students are really cool, and it's amazing how reactive they are to teachers who actually care about them. haven't had any real problems yet... the only problem really is that my ucla advisor wants me to make better lesson plans and do more prep for my classes. unfortunately, my brain doesn't work that way, and i'm best when i'm working out things spur of the moment, on the fly. like today my class finished about 15min early and i told the students, hey it's friday so i'll let you choose what we do for the rest of class. you can hang out and talk, or i can teach you some cool things about physics of the top of my head. they all got really happy and told me to keep teaching. so i just start spouting out all these random physics facts and they all listened. going back to school was the best decision i ever made. everyday is so fulfilling and excellent. unfortunately there are still a ton of problems with our innercity schools, perhaps i will document that in a future post.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

04:04
we had to make a webpage today in methods class. we were supposed to make something that we'd use in the future for our teaching. well i didn't take it very seriously since i already know how to do all this shit, so i made a joke page. I was cracking up the whole period.

in other news....
i read this over the phone to my project partner tonight.
i'm still laughing.

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

10:30
think about this the next time you eat one.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8024762860830232247

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

08:20 - arnold = wtfpwned
been a while since an election went my way.
hopefully it goes this well next year too.

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Monday, November 7th, 2005

10:21 - OMG. FTC!!
Evolution in the bible, says Vatican
From: The Australian
By Martin Penner

November 07, 2005

THE Vatican has issued a stout defence of Charles Darwin, voicing strong criticism of Christian fundamentalists who reject his theory of evolution and interpret the biblical account of creation literally.

Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said the Genesis description of how God created the universe and Darwin's theory of evolution were "perfectly compatible" if the Bible were read correctly.

His statement was a clear attack on creationist campaigners in the US, who see evolution and the Genesis account as mutually exclusive.

"The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," he said at a Vatican press conference. He said the real message in Genesis was that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator".

This idea was part of theology, Cardinal Poupard emphasised, while the precise details of how creation and the development of the species came about belonged to a different realm - science. Cardinal Poupard said that it was important for Catholic believers to know how science saw things so as to "understand things better".

His statements were interpreted in Italy as a rejection of the "intelligent design" view, which says the universe is so complex that some higher being must have designed every detail.

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

13:22 - it had to happen...
VOTE NO on Proposition 74 (aka Punish New Teachers Act)
Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Proposition 74 does NOTHING to help improve public education. Currently, we have a system in place that allows a school to dismiss a teacher they find to be deficient during their first two years of service without a hearing. In fact, every local school has a system in place to deal with struggling teachers. In a time when we should be encouraging young adults to choose a career in teaching (yes that's me bitches!!), Prop. 74 will hurt those recruitment efforts by not affording due process to those in the teaching profession who do so much for California's children.

and this little tidbit from Proposition 80:
Requires all retail electric sellers, instead of just private utilities, to increase renewable energy resource procurement by at least 1% each year, with 20% of retail sales procured from renewable energy by 2010, instead of current requirement of 2017.

omgwtf there's actually a prop to vote yes on!! it's not gonna pass though, people don't know enough about this stuff. fucking proposition system.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005

15:08
today i had a 52 year old woman read my fortune at a taco bell in south-central la:

wow...

"a lot going on in there.. huh?"

no actually... quite the opposite. you are a very simplistic person. you have a burning desire to change the world. you terrorize all the people in your life with your passion. you have a bruised heart. you feel guilty about the problems in the world and want desperately to improve it.

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

16:02
something really cool happened to me today,
but i'm not going to write about it here.
you'll have to ask me about it.

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Sunday, April 24th, 2005

10:51
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY!

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

03:25 - by the way...
FUCK THE CREATIONISTS!

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Friday, November 5th, 2004

09:04 - black box voting
Franklin County, OH: Gahanna 1-B Precinct
638 TOTAL BALLOTS CAST

US Senator:
Fingerhut (D) - 167 votes
Voinovich (R) - 300 votes

US President:
Kerry (D) - 260 votes
Bush (R) - 4,258 votes

tally taken from:
http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/boe/04UnofficialResults/Unofficial%20Abstract%20of%20Votes%20General%202004.pdf
page 23

(for you conspiracy wackos out there, we have this little graphic as well:
http://img103.exs.cx/img103/4526/exit_poll.gif)

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08:09 - very telling...
From: The Godly Must Be Crazy By Glenn Scherer



(there's one for the senate too)


if you're not a science/math major and you have trouble reading the graph. here's what it shows: the representatives with the HIGHEST christian-right rating have the LOWEST environmental conservation rating. in fact, as the trent line shows, they're proportional! as the the conservation rating goes up, the xian rating goes down. as the xian rating goes up, conservation rating goes down.

seriously mindblowing. i would never have even believed this. i've always taken environmental conservation to be a given. we live on this planet. we must take care of it. d'uh. we HAVE to take care of it for the future of humanity. but here's the thing: christian fundamentalists believe there is NO FUTURE.

"...many Christian fundamentalists feel that concern for the future of our planet is irrelevant, because it has no future. They believe we are living in the End Time, when the son of God will return, the righteous will enter heaven, and sinners will be condemned to eternal hellfire. They may also believe, along with millions of other Christian fundamentalists, that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed -- even hastened -- as a sign of the coming Apocalypse."

my only response: WHAT THE FUCK?
50 MILLION people believe this shit? I'm so disconnected it's not even funny.
so much for using the environmental as an all encompassing, uniting political message.
watch me as i dive deeper... and deeper into depression.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004

09:05
Dear NRDC Earth Activist,

"What's going to happen if President Bush is re-elected?"

That's a question I heard a lot last month. My answer was simple: we'll be
shell-shocked for a day, and then NRDC will come out fighting for the
environment like there's no tomorrow.

Well, the shock has set in. We've spent the better part of four years
publicizing and challenging the president's assault on our environment. As a
tax-deductible organization, NRDC could not oppose or support a candidate for
president. But a lot of hopes were pinned on the ballot box as the fastest way
to terminate the Bush administration's anti-environment policies.

Those hopes were dashed today. The president prevailed, despite his horrific
environmental record, which remains at odds with the views of the
overwhelming majority of Americans.

We're stunned not so much by the outcome itself. After all, President Bush was
a slight favorite to win this election. No, the look of distress on faces all
around NRDC's offices is true alarm at what lies ahead. As sweeping as this
administration's attack on the environment has been, things are about to get
worse. Perhaps much worse.

It was only the threat of the ballot box -- of answering to the American
people -- that caused the Bush administration to backburner many of its most
destructive plans. The White House has already signaled that the attacks of the
past four years are but the leading edge of a much broader assault that will
come in a second term.

Look for it to begin over the next few months with rulemakings that would set
off an invasion of chainsaws and drilling rigs into our last wild national
forests, give polluters the right to keep spewing illegal tons of toxic mercury
into our air until at least 2025 and allow water treatment plants to dump
virtually untreated sewage into our waterways.

So, yes, take one full day for feeling shell-shocked.

But prepare yourself. Tomorrow the battle will be joined. And we must be ready.

You can take heart in this: with your support, NRDC has succeeded in stalling,
blocking or sinking the worst of President Bush's attempts so far to dismantle
our environmental laws.

And let me tell you, the second Bush administration will have to contend with
an NRDC that now wields the most potent combination of online activism,
courtroom power and media outreach ever assembled by one public interest
organization.

That impressive operation -- one million members and online activists, scores
of attorneys, the best rapid response operation in the business -- will be
focused like a laser on stopping the onslaught to come.

Failure is not an option. Everything we have fought for and achieved over the
past 35 years is at stake. In the weeks ahead, NRDC will develop a detailed
action plan for defending our environment during President Bush's second term.

But I can share one key element of that plan right now: you. We're counting on
you to stay the course with NRDC. We need your outrage. We need your activism.
We need your support. If we have all of those, we are going to prevail.

Sincerely,

John H. Adams
President
Natural Resources Defense Council</h>

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

08:47 - now that it's officialy over
i *really* want to believe the conspiracy theories. it makes me feel so good to read about how the exit polls were horribly off from the actual vote returns in only the precincts that used electronic voting. conspiracy theories are great fun. but it's so easy to fall into that trap. it's the path of cognitive dissonance. the more facts we see showing an ever increasing conservative movement, the more we deny it. the more we search for ways to blame it on some type of republican chicanery. but we can't do this! we have to remain positive! crying foul will only weaken our position and make us look even more crazy. it's what they expect of us right now. we have to face it: bush won. karl rove is a political genius. he did it again, only this time he completely faked me out. i thought for sure we had it. but in the end, the youth vote just didn't factor in as much as i, or anyone else had planned. kerry has made the right decision by conceeding. contesting this great a margin of victory would be completely foolish.

the bottom line here is the traditional methods of activism aren't working anymore. we have to look ahead and figure out the next evolution of our movement. it's like eminem says in his new song. we have to mosh for the future of our generation. this wasn't going to be accomplished in one week, or one year. it's a lifelong struggle. the republicans have been struggling against liberalism for the past 50 years. all this recent backlash against liberalism is just a reflection of that struggle. they deserve it. they earned it. now we just have to hope we can be as persistant and as patient as they have been. don't worry, it will be our turn again.

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

16:02
go watch it: (before it's too late)
http://www.gnn.tv/content/eminem_mosh.html

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