Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
it blew my mind when i came across the link to this amazing image. you will need to click on the image once to make it bigger. it's a great visual of what is out there in space...and how immense it is. take your time & take it all in.
several thoughts popped in my mind as i went through it. one is simply how creative god is, to have created not only our planet, but the vastness that it spins in. along with all the planets, stars, comets, meteors and everything else that's out there. it makes me wonder what else is out there that we cannot imagine. another thought is how humbling it is to be part (in a very tiny way) of all of that vastness. it made me think of the sequoia trees and how tiny everything else seems in comparison.
Just an INCREDIBLE reminder to never, ever, ever judge a book by its cover. I love to watch Simon Cowell's face at the beginning, through the performance and then at the end. Piers' face is just as entertaining. Not to mention I love Les Miserables. Love it.
If the video isn't available, google Susan Boyle and Britain's Got Talent.
Here's an article about her on NPR today.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I find this article to be most unappealing. I think Ms. Brown should rethink her need to be sensitive to the fact that we are a nation of MANY ethnicities and that by asking one to change their name so that it makes it "easier for Americans to deal with" is insulting and ignorant on SO many levels.
1- the fact that she is so concerned with stupid americans' inability to pronounce another's name is selfish and excluding
2- the fact that she uses the term "deal with" automatically implies an inconvenience to the white majority and therefore creates an inequal power structure
3- she doesn't mention whether or not the Chinese and asian persons can speak english. She probably would say that "THEY SPEAK SO WELL" in a loud tone as if they were hearing impaired
4- her location in the state of TX probably means that they have a high Hispanic population and while it probably is easier for the stupid americans to pronounce "gonzales", they too probably do a diservice to the name by not pronouncing it correctly anyway. it's probably all americanized with overtones of a southern drawl. Besides, there are many last names from descendants of white races and ethnicities that are equally difficult to pronounce and yet she doesn't call for them to change their names.
5 - and while we're at it, asking for someone to change their name to be more american is like asking Ms. Brown to get rid of her thick texan accent so that other americans can understand her. or perhaps she appreciates the irritating sound of her voice.
6- for that matter, i suppose the name "park" or "lee" can be too complicated for stupid americans
7- what she is saying continues to promote dominant white supremacy in a culture where others would not question or object to what she is saying. This is problematic and contributes to the systemic racism in this country.
8- she is asking for "you and your citizens" to give up an essential part of their identity. I would bet the ranch that she would be highly offended if someone asked her to give up her tea parties, her southern drawl and all the other things a good little texan woman should do.
Ms. Brown, bless your heart, do not spread your ignorance and inabilities to fully represent your constituencies. These people are probably the ones that elected you to the position you are in now. So think carefully about the ones you now trod upon.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
...about the French and their views on the liberation in World War 2. Check it out.
Here's a link to my alma mater's college's newsletter. I'm famous!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
i can't remember exactly how this came up, but this 1st strongbad email cartoon has popped into a few of our conversations. click here for the one called "techno". hee hee!
another one of my favorite strongbad emails from the homestar runner website is this one, accurately called "guitar".
Admittedly, I'm surprised that this midwest state stepped up! Woo Hoo!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
today is the big day. i've been looking forward to this for awhile. tonight, at 6:45 pm CST, the u.s. men's national team takes on the men's national team from trinidad & tobago. this is a big deal, since it it part of the series of world cup qualifying matches that determine which nations will ultimately be represented in the world cup in south africa in 2010. if you can't make it to the game tonight, either because you can't make the trip to nashville or in these cash-strapped times you can't get a ticket, watch it on espn2.
as for me, i will be in the stands at l.p. field watching the action. and taking pictures. l.p. field is the stadium where the tennessee titans play their home matches. the funny thing is, this will make the 4th or 5th time i've seen a game there, and none of them have involved american football or the titans at all. they have all been for soccer games. a couple involving mexican soccer teams tecos and atlas, as well as a friendly between the under-21 teams of the u.s. and honduras last year.