Emma was complaining about her history teacher offering a perspective not usually heard at Smith, which Ruhi said was "refreshing." Normally i'd be inclined to agree (see above re: Tammy Bruce), but having listened to Emma, it didn't sound like he was presenting a particularly reasoned perspective, which made me sad. Speaking of: a reminder that Canada is not perfect. (No i'm not deeply interested in a discussion about whether Canada is on the whole better than the USA, i just get irked when it -- or any other country -- gets presented as Heaven on Earth, and also when the USA gets presented as Worstest Baddest Nation Evar.)
hernewshoes talks about the fact that bullimia is what really killed Terri Schiavo and how this isn't getting any media coverage.
The Marines wanted my brother, though he's disqualified due to his unfortunate gene pool. We're gonna have interesting and very disparate lives whatever happens (and yet i expect we will continue to get along well) but that would have been particularly interesting and disparate. I am now deprived of the chance to say, "Hey, my brother's a Marine and he's not scary." From my mother's e-mail (before they knew he'd be disqualified):
It's not exactly ROTC, he'd be a Marine Reservist, with the job of satellite communications -- which means he gets to play with all the cool computers. The Defense Dept gets everything first before civilians.
It also means he's making a 6 year commitment to the Reserves, 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks in the summer for 6 years.
They see him as officer material -- so they are encouraging officer training -- which is a summer thing in 2-3 years (I'm still trying to get my mind around the details).
He would be extremely unlikely to be deployed because they need him in the tech position, not in the desert getting shot at.
And he would leave in early June for boot camp.
MAT class tonight, Meg presented on Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art" and gave us a copy of a first draft thanks to another prof (you can read most of it via this essay). Generally i think the published version is a better poem (though it's very different) but there are some bits i wish could have been left in.
"One might think this would have prepared me for losing one average-sized not exceptionally beautiful or dazzlingly intelligent person"
"He who loseth his life, etc. - but he who loses his love - never, no never never never again"
I haven't read much Elizabeth Bishop, but poking around i find i really like "In The Waiting Room".
Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. The result: "For sale: baby shoes, never used." It's rumored that Hemingway thought it was his greatest work, and it's invariably offered as the standard to which micro-fiction should aspire.Other 6-word-story attempts here.