Misogyny

I’m taking a class this quarter in college called “Women’s Studies”. The course material is all literature written by women. It’s an intriguing class, but going into it, I asked myself, “Why do we need a class on women in literature?”

My instructor asked the same question of the class on the first day and said that she hoped by the end of the quarter, we’d come to our own answers. That instantly won her my respect. I’ve been thinking on that question since the first day of class. I’ve been wondering why it’s important to know that Anne Bradstreet was the first author published in the United States. I’ve been wondering why I had never heard that before I stepped into this class. I’ve been wondering why we’re only told the good news about Phyllis Wheatley’s life in American History. Why don’t we know that she died broke and starving after she was freed?… [Read More]

Grades

Got my grades for winter quarter this morning. I got a 3.55 overall gpa for the quarter. Made the honor roll by the skin of my teeth. Got a 4.0 in French, 3.7 in Health and the killer was the 3.0 in American civ. I hated that class, not because of the instructor or anything like that, it was the assigned texts. They were so filled with agenda that even our instructor felt compelled to comment on it and said they were the least offensively agenda filled books she could find.

Imagine that.. agenda in college text books. Whodathunk?… [Read More]

John-Paul II

A very fitting tribute…

This news saddens me. There are few people in this world that can be said to have the bravery and benevolence that made Pope John-Paul II the people’s pope. If we all tried to be a bit more like him every day, I truly believe in my heart that this world will be a better place for everyone. There’s not much more to say. … [Read More]

Farewell Terri.

I wanted to say something about Terri Schiavo’s passing today, but this article says something really beautiful that I felt should be shared.

And there it is, now we can get on with our lives. What saddens me about that is that few of us will be changed by her passing, though many of us spoke so loudly to either side of the cause. How many of you reading this have decided to go fill out a living will? I know it seems morbid, and you may think that you don’t need one but.. do you want to be another Terri in five or ten years? Do your parents and spouses and loved ones know what you want? Do you know what you want for yourself?

Terri’s case gives us a good reason to start figuring those things out. I think that up there in heaven, she’s thinking “Please, let my death work some of the good that I couldn’t work in my life.” Allowing that to happen for her, starts with us.… [Read More]

The Great P2P Debate.

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been guilty of illegal filesharing in times past. But these days, all of us go through legal channels to get our music. What makes the P2P debate interesting now is not that we necessarily want the filesharing of copyrighted works to become legal. It’s that there are other proven uses for the technology.

I have heard stories from students on college campuses who have been cited by their universities for running BitTorrent clients because, according to the university, BitTorrent is used only for illegal filesharing. But.. upon further investigation, you’ll find that these students were not torrenting the latest Jessica Simpson album, but the latest version of FreeBSD, which is perfectly legal to download in this fashion.

Peer to Peer filesharing is a boon to non-profit organizations such as the BSD Project and the Mozilla Foundation. It spares them from spending a lot of money that they don’t have on expensive bandwidth and anyone who is interested in their products is more than happy to share the love by distributing these quite legal programs using their own bandwidth to do so.… [Read More]