Saturday, February 28, 2009



And then there's this...



"You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof. You represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses."


Truly a great public speaker. Obama, uh, is know...uh...he's an ok speaker.

Friday, February 27, 2009


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009


weird bears


Yellow Journalism/Mass Media:

1.Spanish-American War: USS Maine

2.World War I: Lusitania

3.World War II: Pearl Harbor

4.Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin

5.War on Terror: Now, you tell me if you really think it wasn't an inside job to rally the country to war. And lets not forget Building 7

*On a side note...We haven't 'won' a war since WWII. How do you think the world views us strength wise? I would assume pretty weak, I mean, come on...a big country like the US can't even beat some 'towl heads (blatant sarcasm)?' Do you see the disaster that is the 'war on terror?' We can't afford to pull out and be seen as 'weak' to other blood thirsty countries, nor can we afford to stay in and have thousands of Americans killed. By the way, Obama, in spite of running a campaign based on 'peace,' has re-initiated the war in Afghanistan. Luckily for him there was already a war going thanks to Bush so he didn't have to blow up more Americans for his hidden agendas. Thank God?


Here is an article I found. Do you realize what this country is becoming?
*Opposition to dissent (Fairness doctrine, H.R. 1955)
*Warrant-less spying (Patriot Act)
*Huge Government take over of the private sector (Bailout bill, Stimulus bill)
*Illegal expansion of Federal power (via Congress)
-Our rights are being eroded, and in the name of "Global Warming" our Government is being expanded. We are being desensitized and coerced by the media.

(Not so progressive)
-I don't expect that you'd read the entire discourse, however, what you will read should excite a sense of deja vu if you are staying current on political news.

On Monday, I looked at proposals to empower the Attorney General to unilaterally block U.S. citizens from buying firearms, merely by "determining" that they might be terrorists. No conviction, no indictment, no formal charges necessary. In fact, the AG would have the power to make the accusation, and any grounds on which it is based, secret, so there could be no fighting the "terrorist" designation. As I pointed out Monday, one does not need to be particularly concerned about gun rights to be outraged by such a blatant attack on the concept of innocence pending proof of guilt--the cornerstone of our justice system.

"But," you might say, "I'm a law-abiding citizen, who does nothing to draw the attention of federal authorities--why should I worry about the kinds of people who might be accused of terrorist links (Sen. Kennedy notwithstanding).

To answer that, let's take a look at another bill that was introduced during the last Congress, and will quite likely return in some form during this one. I refer to H.R. 1955, the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007." Obviously, terrorism, whether "homegrown" or not, is something we ought to seek to prevent, so what's the problem?

Let's take a look.


For purposes of this subtitle:

(1) COMMISSION- The term `Commission' means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.

(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- The term `ideologically based violence' means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious, or social beliefs.
Call me the suspicious sort, but I see all kinds of potential for a sufficiently zealous administration to consider it "extremism" to point out that the Second Amendment exists as 10% of the Bill of Rights specifically to protect the people's means to kill would-be tyrants and their agents--a position I have long and loudly advocated, and intend to continue to do so as long as I have the breath to form the words. My fellow Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea probably said it best:

So if we react to an outrage by reminding our countrymen of Jefferson's "Tree of Liberty" quote, or cite the Declaration of Independence, or even worse, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking up Arms, what risks will we now assume?
Some sort of "terror gap loophole" bill will almost certainly be introduced this year, and a "violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism" bill is fairly likely, too, I'd wager. Either one would be a nightmare for liberty, especially with an anti-bill of rights zealot like Eric Holder as Attorney General. The combination of both, though could only be a signal that the government wants to turn patriotic Americans into "terrorists." So be it--if this be treason . . .

One more thing--H.R. 1955 never came up for a vote in the Senate, but passed by a vote of 404-6 in the House. If anything has changed in both houses of Congress since then, it has gotten more statist.

by Kurt Hofmann

I am enthralled by the genius of Ron Paul. So subtle.


This is a cute idea

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Oh the Oscars...

Well crap - she's so pretty.

Anne looks anorexic :( but still pretty

Ew. Mermaid dresses are never good.

Double Ew. Slicked hair is even worse.

She looks old. Stop trying to look young and hip.

She looks like the evil ice queen from Narnia...

...who is actually played by this lady.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Unusual (and fun!) Date Ideas
1. Go on a search for as many good climbing trees as possible, climb as high as you both can in all of them, compile photo evidence
2. Go to a major chain bookstore, and leave notes to future readers in copies of your favorite books
3. Have her dress up as a ghost and you dress uup us Pacman. Walk around downtown holding hands, and whenever anyone sees you two, pretend to be embarrassed, and run off screaming “wocka wocka wocka.”
4. Create photo evidence suggesting that you went on an adventure that didn’t really happen
5. Dress up as superherous and stop at least one petty crime “ie. jaywalking, littering….”
6. Build forts out of furniture and blankets, and wage war with paper airplanes.
7. Try and visit as many people as you can in one night, and turn as many things inside their apartment upside down as you can, without them noticing.
8. Go to the airport, get the cheapest, soonest departing flight to anywhere when you show up, and stay there for a weekend.
9. Write a piece of fiction together. Outside at a cafe. Ask strangers when you get stuck.
10. Dress to the nines, pretend to be married, and test drive very expensive vehicles at an auto dealership.
11. Do the lamest tourist thing in your area that you have both secretly wanted to do forever. Have an unabashed good time!
12. In the middle of the night, drive to the beach, so you arrive just as the sun is rising. Have a breakfast picnic, then fall asleep together. Bring a sun umbrella.
13. Drive somewhere unknown and have dinner in a city you’ve never been to. With fake names.
14. Go to a minor league baseball game under the stars. Tell each other stories about how bad you are at athletics. Randomly cheer for both teams. Eat lots of Cracker Jacks.
15. Go around the city with sidewalk chalk and draw hearts with equations inside on random things
16. Walk around a city and perform short silent plays in front of security cameras
17. With camera and pair of boots, make photolog of a day in the life of the invisible man.
18. Walk around the city all night and find a place to eat breakfast at dawn
19. Go to a restraunt and convince the cook to create something completely new for you.
20. Rent a movie you’ve never seen before. Set on mute and improvise dialogue.

ooo i see the weirdness level increasing...

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Happy Dotts Valentine's Mottugs Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009


I LOVE weddings. Almost more than I love anything else in life. They just make me so happy and I love to see couples happy together. Not to mention all the pretty wedding dresses and cute little flower girls. I know of so many people I used to know in high school that have gotten engaged/married recently and it's quite alarming. Clearly I'm not going that route at the moment but a girl can still dream about that perfect day.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Analogy of accepting it


Journey Book

How sweet is the Journey Book? The lady that makes them is so cute and has a daughter named Adelaide. I love that name.

I love starting class late even though I get out late in the afternoon. It gives me time to eat breakfast and enjoy the morning as opposed to rushing to get ready and grabbing a banana as I leap out the door. I don't have my energy class today because the professors are out of town (which kind of makes me sad because I really like that class), but it gives me time to come home and eat lunch instead of running between classes stuffing and sandwich down my throat.

I also think the bird family that lives in the big flower tree outside my window had little birdies again. There was some ugly baby bird chirping early this morning.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


25 Things About Me
I didn't want to put this on FB so it's here
Although I confess it will probably end up there soon

1. I name everything. My car is Belinda, my plant was Matilda, my painted bird is Lloyd, my stuffed elephant is Cronus, my stuffed dalmation is Madeleine, and my snails on my snail hook are Fred, Ted, and Ned.

2. I love New York and London more than any other place in the world. I feel at home in New York and I want to live in London when I get older.

3. I love being an only child.

4. My mom is the coolest person ever and she's my best friend.

5. I spend way too much money on books. I can't pass a bookstore without going in and buying at least two or three books. I also read everywhere. I read on the bus, the plane, while I eat, everywhere.

6. I love flowers and hearts and pink and all manner of pretty things.

7. I rarely wear pants in the summer. I live in dresses and cardigans. I also don't wear jeans when I go to New York.

8. I hate wearing open-toed shoes so I have a huge collection of flats plus a couple pairs of Converse. However, most of my flats stay at home because they are too pretty and slightly too expensive to bring to school.

9. I don't like beer. At all. I can stand sips of Shiner but that's about it.

10. I have about 100 journals, most of which haven't been written in. I just like to collect pretty journals and stack them up and look at them, wondering when a great revelation will come to me that will be important enough to write down in a journal.

11. I dislike the majority of people that go to my school. I don't like sororities or fraternities or polo shirts and khaki or running shorts and Sperry's (all together).

12. I have a chronic heel problem so I can't wear certain shoes and usually can't walk long distances. But that's ok because I don't really like to walk anyway.

13. I don't like being outdoors. I hate the smell and it gives me really bad allergies and I feel like I'm getting dirty.

14. Ironically, I love the environment and the green movement. Just because I don't like being outdoors doesn't mean I don't care about it. I recycle, conserve energy, and want to start composting if Maggie and I get a house next year.

15. I like to curl up in my bed with a cup of tea and a good book most nights. I would rather be with a good book than at any party.

16. If I wasn't going to be a doctor, I would want to be a chef. A pastry chef to be exact. I love to bake (when I have time) and I'm really good at it.

17. I love Natalie Portman and Josh Groban and dislike just about every other celebrity.

18. I don't like to share. I know this is bad and it's a shortcoming of mine. I was definitely raised with the mindset of an only child and I've never been good at sharing. I am trying though.

19. I like to listen to country music in the summer. But not in the winter.

20. I spent my entire winter break studying for the MCAT. Seriously, all of it.

21. I don't plan on getting married or having children until after I finish medical school (residency and all). I've heard way too many stories about mothers who never see their children because of how taxing med school is.

22. I don't exercise. I don't even own tennis shoes. All my exercise comes from walking around campus.

23. I am a perfectionist and if I have to work with other people in school or work or anywhere, I expect them to be the same. But this doesn't usually happen and I end up having to do a majority of the work.

24. If I had the time, I would take photography classes to improve my skills. But even without training, I've had photographs published in a few places.

25. I wear my retainers every night. My teeth are really straight. I refuse to go through years of braces again.


There have been three fires in a span of three days. One in Hyde Park (which is where Maggie and I want to get a house), one at to Co-op, and one just today as I was riding the bus home in West Campus. What's causing all these fires? A fire bug? It better not come anywhere near me...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009



I'm gonna build you a teleport


We watched this video in physics today. Really neat stuff.

Also: The Photographic Dictionary
I submitted some photos for this site this morning.
I'll let you know how they fare.

Monday, February 2, 2009


I love this picture :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009


toyo's camera


Mom came and took me to San Antonio to take my MCAT. Which was by far the hardest, most trying test I've ever taken. I was thinking about how intense it is to get into college and how much SAT scores matter for those top tier schools. I admit that I studied a lot for the SAT so that I could get into Plan II but the caliber of the SAT doesn't even compare to a thousandth of the MCAT. Seriously.

After my test, we went to the Riverwalk which is where I took the picture above. It was so windy so a lot of my pictures came out blurry but I really like this one. The background is naturally blurred and I like that the flower itself isn't so stark and sharp. Maybe this is a new way to look at certain pictures. My mom joked that if someone looked at all the pictures I took at the Riverwalk, he or she would think I went to a botanical garden instead.

And so the school year officially begins for me now that MCAT stress is somewhat relieved (although I will still be studying in case I need to take it again). But my keyboard is set up, my camera is charged, and I've finished 2/4 homework assignments. It's looking good.

EDIT (9:21 pm): It is not looking good. It turns out that once again, I have to do everything because I get stuck with people who can't do anything.