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May. 12th, 2015 | 01:34 pm


“My students like pro wrestling, so I try to keep up with it so I can talk to them. And if there’s a new video game that I hear them talking about, I’ll go pick it up. The big one now is NBA 2k. I’ve created a player profile and everything. My player is 7’4.” He’s a monster. But anyway, I just want to participate in the conversations they enjoy, because I know there are going to be times when there needs to be a tough conversation. And I want them to know that I cared about them before there was a problem."



“I want to be a positive male influence in their lives. We’re big on building foundations. I tell them: ‘There’s not going to be a switch that flips once you become an adult, and suddenly you start acting right. Every decision you make matters. Because once you’re older, you’re going to revert back to the same behavior you have right now. If you have a foundation of rudeness, dishonesty, and not caring, that’s what you’ll fall back on when you’re faced with a challenge. So we need to build a foundation of character.”



Many people think that achieving material success is worth total sacrifice in every other part of their life — but it couldn't be further from the truth. Success in one area of life should enable further and more meaningful success in all the other areas, too. Success materially and failure spiritually is no success at all.

Furthermore, success is not power over others, but discipline over oneself. Success is not doing whatever one wants, but doing what one is truly meant to do. Success is not fulfilling one's most immediate desires, but fulfilling one's true purpose - and fulfilling it despite obstacles, inconvenience, or how much it differs from what one otherwise feels like doing.



For example, when we went to elementary school, it was a daily ongoing time in our life — but that was just an era — a phase of our life — even if we really enjoyed it, we don't really worry about not getting to relive third grade for the rest of our lives. That part of our life is done. The things we learned during that time will stay with us, and the most valuable parts remain relevant inside us. I really loved the first few jobs I had as a teenager, but I don't go deliver newspapers every Sunday just to stay connected to that time.

At some point, we get enough perspective to realize that certain things in life are simply things we've already done. Some of the greatest times are great specifically because they're something that we don't need to keep doing in order to appreciate. This enables us to do new things and more things. And we realize that all the goodness and value we extracted from all the stuff we've already done becomes part of the person we take into our next era. That is how we grow — like a tree always getting taller and developing more branches and offshoots, our trunk and our roots remain, but we don't need to keep cutting ourselves back down to our previous small size just so we can keep reliving what it was like to first sprout and blossom.

So maybe don't think of this as giving something up. Think of this as gaining something more. Realize how great it is to be able to have a new phase — the continuation of a long journey — an adventure called being alive. And you have a very familiar friend to go through all the new stuff with: yourself. You've done what you've done, so now what will you do? Stay strong and keep moving forward. Be excited that you have this chance to be alive at all. Be excited that you've gotten to do so many things already and are still alive to do more. Celebrate this. That's what partying is all about. I believe in you, no matter what you decide to do. Just keep the party going.

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resurrect dead???

Apr. 10th, 2015 | 12:22 am

maybe it's time to return to the ol LJ

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May. 30th, 2011 | 10:46 pm

Where are all the old head metal composers?

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Feb. 25th, 2011 | 12:02 am

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Jan. 13th, 2011 | 11:03 am

MOVING SALE! EVERYTHING MUST GO!! NERD BOOKS! SOCIOLOGY BOOKS! ACTIVISM BOOKS! MOTHERFUCKING COMIC BOOKS

I live on 21st and Spring Garden, if you want to pick some books up! Alternatively, I will PERSONALLY deliver books TO YOUR HOUSE on my GODDAMN BIKE on ALL ORDERS $10 or more (unless you buy, like, 6 hardcovers? Might be a bit rough transporting all that weight...)

$40:
LORD OF THE MOTHERFUCKING RINGS, ILLUSTRATED BY ALAN MOTHERFUCKING LEE, COMES IN SHINY-ASS DUST JACKETS AND IN A SWEET FUCKING BOX

look at that fucking box

$20:
Yoshitaka Amano, Biten:
The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons
Chinese Propoganda Posters, Taschen
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Chiense-English Edition, Moss Roberts Translation (set of 5)

Discovering Statistics using SPSS, Third Edition

$10:
Akira, Vol. 1, Hardcover

Les Miserable, Julie Rose Translation, Hardcover
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Magic of MC Escher
The Iliad, Robert Fagles translation
The Odyssey, Robert Fables translation
The Aeneid, Robert Fables translation
Catch-22 (Hardcover)
The Waste Lands, Stephen King (Illustrated by Ned Dameron)
2010: Odyssey Two, Clarke
2061, Odyssey Three, Clarke

Debating Race, Dyson
Guns, Germs, and Steel (Hardcover)
The Cultural Context of Aging, Sokolovsky
More Equal Than Others, Hodgson
International Negotiations, Nikolaev


$5:
Terry Pratchett, Thud!, Hardcover
House of Leaves, Danielewski
Only Revolutions, Danielewski (Hardcover)
Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
Foundation Trilogy
The Dreams in the Witch House, Lovecraft
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Murakami
Dubliners - Joyce

The Sandman, King of Dreams, by Alisa Kwitney
Y the Last Man: vol. 1 x2
Y the Last Man: vol. 2
Y the Last Man: vol. 3
Hellboy: Book 1
Hellboy: Book 2
Superman: Red Son
Transmetropolitan: Vol 1+2 (get BOTH for $5!)
Understanding Comics, McCloud (x2)

Unequal Childhoods, Labeau
The Politics of God, Tanner
Orientalism, by Edward Said
The Hero, by Lord Raglan
Blowback, by Chalmers Johnson
The Sorrows of Empire, by Chalmers Johnson
The Chinese in America by Iris Chang
Christopher Hitchens, letters to a young contrarian
The Culture of FEAR, Barry Glassner
Racism WIthout Racists, Bonilla-Silva
The Clash of Civilization, Huntington
The Assault on Reason, Gore
A Differenet Mirror, Takaki
The Practice of Everyday Life, de Certeau
Suicide, Durkheim


$2:
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazney
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire, Nabokov
The Defense, Nabokov
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kinds, A Storm of Swords
Stranger in a Strange Land, Heinlein
Starship Troopers, Heinlein
Jingo, Terry Pratchett
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card
Great Expectations, Dickens
The Golden Compass, Pullman
The Princess Bride, Goldman
Empire of the Ants
The Gunslinger, Stephen King
Contact, Carl Sagan

Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich

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Jan. 10th, 2011 | 10:01 am

this blog has moved to http://jinnigan.tumblr.com

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Jan. 4th, 2011 | 08:35 pm

Black Swan is only tangentially about "creating art" and is baldly, punch on the nose, "we do everything but explicitly state it," about ye olde madonna/whore dichotomy, and how the sexual and societal expectations of women derived therefrom cause them to self-destruct. Successfully playing both the "virgin" and "whore" finally extinguishes the real Nina, and all that's left of her now is this act, this performance that she put on for everyone else's pleasure. As a metaphor for women in general, this is soul-crushingly depressing. All the film critics who warble about how gosh-darn hard Nina works for her art and give only scant and passing mention to her sexual and societal repression need to be shot into the moon or take an intro to literary analysis refresher course, whichever's the more palatable.

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cut material from disney's Fantasia

Jan. 3rd, 2011 | 09:37 pm

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You use READING on FREE TIME! It's super effective...

Dec. 29th, 2010 | 08:39 am

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ptn/index.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Classics

http://www.archive.org/details/TheStateAndTheRevolution

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Dec. 28th, 2010 | 08:39 pm

I finally read Zadie Smith's combination The Social Network review and Facebook criticism.

It's a pretty well-written essay, with good ruminations on how Facebook affects our society, though not very helpful if you're trying to find out about The Social Network.

I know that I used to use Facebook in the way 'it was intended,' meaning I created giant lists of all my favorite movies and books and music. As I came to realize that what I was really trying to do was create an online summary of myself, I erased it all and just leave my profile mostly blank. So there is certainly some truth to the idea that Facebook (and the internet in general, perhaps) affects our way of communicating, and our way of thinking of ourselves.

But where I take issue with Zadie Smith - and where I take issue with most Facebook criticism articles - is that I don't think the sky is falling. Zadie Smith writes as if Facebook is replacing the usual ways we interact - conversations, phones, emails, etc. But I don't think that Facebook subtracts from my relationships. It lets me keep up many more shallow connections, which are unfulfilling because they're shallow - but as far as I can tell, it hasn't impacted my real friendships. It has not cheapened my emotions, nor has it made my conversations into ceaseless recitations of favorite lists. Zadie Smith also provides this ridiculous thought:
I’ve noticed—and been ashamed of noticing—that when a teenager is murdered, at least in Britain, her Facebook wall will often fill with messages that seem to not quite comprehend the gravity of what has occurred. You know the type of thing: Sorry babes! Missin’ you!!! Hopin’ u iz with the Angles. I remember the jokes we used to have LOL! PEACE XXXXX

When I read something like that, I have a little argument with myself: “It’s only poor education. They feel the same way as anyone would, they just don’t have the language to express it.” But another part of me has a darker, more frightening thought. Do they genuinely believe, because the girl’s wall is still up, that she is still, in some sense, alive? What’s the difference, after all, if all your contact was virtual?4

Jumping to the conclusion that people aren't impacted by death anymore, from one wallpost, as if people live in a vacuum, void of all but Facebook.

Ultimately, every article of this type - and there are many, you can be sure - seem to be nothing but fancier "kids these days" complaints. Until a more interesting article which talks about the ways in which people "fill the gaps" of their shallow communications, or "push back" against the dehumanizing, en-listing mindset of Facebook, I plan to pretty ignore all these articles.

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