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serious boredom buster May 27, 2008

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welcome to the summer edition of living room discussions!  A couple of us have graduated, but that doesn’t mean that there can be no more new updates.

This website is seriously the best ever.  It has quizzes, trivia, interesting articles, and more useless knowledge than you could shake T.Roosevelt’s stick at.  Visit sunny mental_floss …trust us.

-Megan

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London Calling March 18, 2008

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Last night, Liz, Michele and I decided not to go to Disney movie night and instead did lots of our homework.  Naturally, we did homework in front of the television.  We watched Dancing with the Stars and then intended to watch The Hills, but one of the most fabulous new shows on TV came on.  The Bachelor: London Calling.  Why is this show so great?  I’ll tell you.

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This handsome man is Matt Grant.  He’s 27, 6’5″ and from London.  This is why we love him: 1. When asked to arm wrestle by one of the ladies, the show cut to a confessional where he said, “Actually, I only arm wrestle women.  Pregnant women.”  2. The episode ended with him dancing around his room and dancing around Britian awkwardly, the way I imagine British men dance.  He’s a catch.

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This babe right here is Stacey.  She is a scary, scary woman.  She showed up in a trampy dress with her tramp stamp hanging out.  She proceeded to get drunk and put her underwear in Matt’s coat pocket.  Then she passed out on a bed without sheets before the first rose ceremony.  Also, she has a freakish way of smiling with her mouth completely open.  Did I mention she was a nutrition major?  Becuase she did.  25 times.  Needless to say, she got kicked off right away.

 The show won’t be the same without Stacey, but I think I’ll watch anyway.  This bachelor is unique enough to keep my attention.  Plus, there looks to be plenty of catfights coming up on this season.  I’m pretty sure you can view the first episode on abc.com, so if I were you, I’d go do that right now, if only for Stacey’s antics.

S.

Traveling March 10, 2008

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Hey kiddos, I’m back from Germany and Austria!  Check out my pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarawthouttheh/

S.

Magoo answers the Proust Questionnaire March 4, 2008

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Because  who doesn’t want to answer pretentious questions about oneself?

What is your idea of perfect happiness?: Spending the rest of my life at the beach with some good books and good people.

What is your current state of mind?: Stressed…but it’s been that way since 2002, so I’m fairly used to it.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?: Nice bed sheets and blankets…and Jason.

Which living person do you most admire?: Dr. Judith Musser…she’s my idol.

What is the quality you most like in man?: Not easily spooked, caring, very funny.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?: Not afraid of her brain and what she knows, acting human.

What is your greatest extravagance?: Chuck Taylors.  I buy them at least once a year whether I need them or not.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?: Stupidity.

What is your greatest fear?: Not realizing my full potential because either other people or myself talk myself out of chasing what I want.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?: Chastity / Moderation

Which living person do you most despise?: Probably the leader of an African or Asian nation who oppresses his/her people…but I’m not worldly enough to know who that is.  Generally I feel that everyone is human, so I forgive far to easily.

When and where were you happiest?: Summer 2007, almost all the time.

Which words or phrases to you most overuse?: “Really?” “So…”

Which talent would you most like to have?: To play a string instrument, such as the cello or violin.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: My lack of drive.

If you were to die and come back as a person or think what do you think it would be?: Probably a gay man or a cat.

What is your most treasured possession?: My grandmothers claddaugh ring.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?: Hopelessness.

What do you most value in your friends?: Sense of humor, charitable spirit, smart.

Who are your favorite writers?: Fitzgerald, Margaret Mitchell, J.K. Rowling, and another writer who no one has heard of yet…but will in the near future.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?: Harry Potter.

Who are your heroes in real life?: Barack Obama, NYC Firemen / Police Officers.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?: Abagail Adams.  She was always torn between what she wanted and what she needed to do.

Who would you like to die?: In bed, asleep…preferably not alone.

What is your greatest regret?: Not trying more in high school.

What is your motto?: Failure is not an option.

Mac v. PC February 27, 2008

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There’s a really interesting article on the Times website.  Go read it.  Thanks to Mike Farrell for posting it on facebook!

S.

Kosovo February 22, 2008

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Way to go Kosovo. As a direct descendant of the Balkan region, Croatia to be specific, I am all for the independence that Kosovo has just declared. Now granted I have very limited ties to the area anymore, I have some distant family but not much, I feel some kind of connection to the Kosovo people. The Croatians declared their independence in 1991 and they were not fully independent from Serbia until 1995. Does that mean Kosovo will have the same fate? Why is it that a group of people would want to rule over another people who are a completely different culture than themselves? Wouldn’t it just be easier to give them their land and their freedom and just get on with it? Why is it that there have to be bitter wars of strife over land? Why can’t everyone just get along, or at least be civil.  Today the Serbian people in Kosovo took over the US embassy and set it on fire because the US is recognizing Kosovo has an independent state.  Is this another war where the US needs to get involved? I happen to think it is. I would be all for moving troops from Iraq to the Balkans to produce peace because it most likely would be a UN driven mission.  I hope this situation can be dissolved diplomatically and with out bloodshed.  Croatia fought through a hard civil war and I would hate to see a region that has just so recently gained peace get caught up in another war.

-Liz

talk to your kids today… February 19, 2008

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This video comments on the importance of keeping you and your kids healthy and innoculated.

Cooties

-Megan

The Times, They are a-changin’… February 19, 2008

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I am currently completing my American Studies degree in a seminar class entitled Bob Dylan and the 1960s, which has proven to be very interesting. We listened to the title track of Dylan’s 1963 release The Times They Are A-Changin’, and I was very moved by how relevant the song is today. Frankly, the poetic lyrics say more today then they did forty-odd years ago, although I don’t know; I wasn’t there. Read these words and I dare you not to be moved by how true they will ring. I triple-dog-dare you.

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

– Megan

The Beauty of North Philadelphia February 19, 2008

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While working on a photography shoot I happened to look out my window and notice a beautiful sunset behind Germantown Hospital (now West Campus). Now usually north philly is a scene right out of a gang movie, but last night for a few short moments it was one of beauty.

North Philly

-Liz

Whether the weather be hot… February 18, 2008

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What is up with the weather lately?  This morning I left IHOR to beautiful weather and when I left work two hours later, it was a little colder…and when I left class, winter had returned with a vengence.  How does that happen in five short hours?  According to weather.com, snow is on the way.  SNOW?!  Today it was 65 and sunny and Wednesday promises to be a winter wonderland.  I’m pretty sure Mother Nature is bi-polar. 
 
Ridiculous.
 
-Megan