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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Song for the Hausa Conference, Maimuna Choge

Found this old academic paper on my harddrive, figured I'd post it here in case anyone's interested.

rare bit of politics

Keith Olberman mentioned on Countdown tonight that while our soon-to-be-Attorney General and his detractors argue about whether or not there's enough public evidence in the present day to classify waterboarding as "torture," more than 100 years ago US soldiers were court-marshaled for using "the water torture" during the Spanish-American and ...

Tiger Stadium

Far and away the best class I'm taking this semester is Politics and Community Organization of Detroit. Today we had guest speakers from the committee to save Tiger Stadium. I was afraid their panel wouldn't be very good, because the last panel, with Lolita Hernandez, wasn't very good. ...

Academics again! The Lost Boys of Sudan.

Film screening. I was also at conference on academic freedom after 9/11, but that wasn't very interesting. There's some other stuff I could say about prejudice, both racial (African from Africa vs. African-American) and technical (although the filmakers pretend that the cameras are invisible, they must have influenced ...

January 1st 2013
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My 2012 In Review

I didn't write much this year - or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don't have ...
November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...


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