Thursday, April 21, 2005

Quarterlife Crisis Hits Many in Late 20s

This is the title of an article a good friend of mine wrote for ABC News. The article takes on a topic that I first remember reading about in Time Magazine several months ago - that of the Twixter. These are twenty-something year olds who find themselves unhappy in their chosen profession, as the reality that "the real world" is not really as glamorous as it is made out to be. Not being out of college yet, I cannot really relate. However, I do realize that I am living the fun days right now. After graduation, it is time to get serious - and quite possibly on a job that is not especially fun. Chances are, I will not look forward to my job, and will not be thrilled to stroll into work each morning. Otherwise work would not be called work, but rather fun time. I will work so I can earn money, and that's about as simple as it gets. Chances are, in my mid to late twenties I will harbor some very unpleasant emotions about my work, but then I will simply remind myself that work is a necessary part of our life - and then I will (in the words of Happy Gilmore) get back to work. So, these are my feelings on a Twixter, or Quarterlife Crisis, or just not enjoying one's work.

A Nice Liberal Arts Joke

Being at a Liberal Arts institution, I can appreciate the humor of this joke. I can also recognize how freakishly accurate it really may be.

The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an Accounting degree Asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Our Society Is Deplorable

This is according to Fox News.

Detectives on Friday alerted searchers for a possible key piece of evidence: a bottle of Budweiser or Bud Lite that had allegedly been taken from the girl's home by a registered sex offender around the time she disappeared.

The people out there are pretty sick. I hear of these missing girl cases so often that the newest occurrence does not even draw an emotional response from me. Of course I find it horrible and everything, but it seems like a fairly normal incident in this day and time. Same goes for school shootings. They happen so often I hardly raise an eyebrow when I hear of the latest insanity. What a world we all live in.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Prisoner Wants Prison Reform

This guy is currently the subject of an intense manhunt in South Carolina for rape and murder charges. The funny thing is, this guy has a very long history of jail time, including serving 8 ½ years of a 10-year sentence on assault and battery, kidnapping and fraud charges. The part that makes me mad is this:

Since his release, Stanko had become an advocate to reform the prison system and has co-authored a book with criminal justice professors at Middle Tennessee State University called "Living in Prison: A History of the Correctional System With an Insider's View."

I just don't think I can come to appreciate this man's views. Perhaps if he does not like the living conditions inside of prison, he should stop committing crimes.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

iPod Update

A friend of mine sent me this article entitled "iPod Therefore iAm." It is a direct response to the Andrew Sullivan "ipod World: The End of Society?" article I posted up here several weeks ago. While I don't necessary agree with this new article, I find that it does have some good points. Also, I am a fan of putting all arguments on the table. I don't want to bias my site, but rather provide a medium where all ideas can be discussed. This being the case, check out the article and tell me what you think.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Adam Smith Revisited

I found this article on the Arts and Letters Daily. It is about Adam Smith, and the author tries to tell us that Smith was not as capitalistic and free-market as we have been led to believe. Here's a short excerpt.

Smith never wrote a word about "capitalism", yet he is hailed as the "high priest of capitalism". He is the "father of modern economics" though he would find much in today’s economics unrecognisable as his progeny . He is alleged to be an advocate of "Laissez Faire" though he never used these words and claims that he used English equivalents are tenuous. He did not believe it advisable to leave merchants and manufacturers alone, because they were likely to form monopolies, restrict supply and raise prices.

The fact is, Smith did write about making oneself better off by trading with others. This simplistic idea of free trade flourished into the "invisible hand", and gives us what we now call capitalism. So, maybe the author is trying to be cute by challenging that Adam Smith really isn't who we all know he is. Whatever the case, the article did not seem to have adequate support behind its suppositions.

Meet The Man

Mark Zuckerbeger is the man behind The Facebook. Here is an interview with him in a Newsweek subsidiary. Sounds like a pretty smart guy.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Facebook

Well guys, The Facebook finally got in touch with things and put Sewanee on their thing. So, I joined the crowd and put my name on there. Its a pretty crazy thing, and to be honest, I wish I was the inventor. Maybe someday I will create something so popular. I don't know much about the features or whatever, but a bunch of people told me I should do I did.

Anyway, sorry I have posted much recently. This past week was killer, and culminated with a Ludacris concert last night in Atlanta. Its time to have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Big Bad Bill Romanowski

This is one of the more incredible articles I have ever read. This is a Rick Reilly piece that came out in the September 8, 2003 Sports Illustrated. It details Romanowski's daily health routine. It is thoroughly insane to what depths Romanowski goes to keep his body healthy.

Friday, April 01, 2005

"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
~Mark Twain~

I hope everyone is having a fun time being merry pranksters. In case you are short on ideas this year, here is the Prank Institute, and here is the orgin of April Fool's Day.