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What Will You Say – Before They Come For You?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Don\'t Be a Sucker

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

More Like Writer’s Apathy

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Every day I wake up and want to write here in my blog, and every day I open up the WP dashboard and stare at a blank "Write Post" block.

It's not that there aren't things to write about. My life has been full and busy lately; just that I don't think anyone would care or I don't feel it worthy of a write somehow (which is odd, because some of it has been landmark stuff). I don't necessarily have "writer's block", it's more like "writer's apathy". I think about writing and then go, "Eh..."

I can't explain it. There's this burning desire inside of me to write - anything on any of my blogs. Yet when I set out to, it's "Eh...", and nothing gets written.

True, a lot of my creative output is going into two projects I'm working on (both Sims-related). I don't want to talk about them before they're done because that always seems to jinx it and then it will never be complete. I have been spending some idle time re-reading my Syls Empire stuff - thinking about doing something with it or even just expanding it. I know some of my websites, mainly skatoolaki.com and Skasimlaki, need some work & updating. I'd like to write some more on Trick Tracts, or even get back into researching and writing on The Brandon Children. I know I'm spreading myself thin in that respect, but it's like there is so much I want to do that I never actually can settle on any one thing to do.

Pretty much every spare second I've had since The Sims 2: Castaway for the Wii came in, I've been doing that - until I put the radio in my inventory and it disappeared. I've been so distraught (because all I've found online says it's a glitch and you must restart the game) that I haven't touched it since Friday.

And...eh. What else? I'm trying to be more diligent in updating my Twitter. I downloaded Google Desktop for my desktop pc and laptop last night and am (so far) pretty much loving it. I also spent some time customizing my iGoogle homepage; honestly trying to get away from Yahoo! as my homepage but I love the news updates. I love iGoogle and the way I can customize it, but I have this thing about getting all of my worldly & local news updates from Yahoo!. Yet, for whatever reason, I'm ready for a change. I've made Yahoo! my homepage on every computer I've used for the past 10+ years - just ready for something new.

[Sidenote: Cute YouTube vid about the ease of customizing iGoogle homepage]

To my sister and any other Magic 8-Ball fans - if you download Google Desktop (which I recommend), you have to get the AnswerBall gadget! It can be found here.

What else, what else? I finally cleaned out my Mozilla Thunderbird email today. I had, seriously, almost 6,000 messages. It had gotten so bad that I just stopped going to it. All of my email accounts (Yahoo!, Gmail, and any that are connected to my domain names) are all forwarded to my Thunderbird (which, btw, totally kicks MS Outlook's ass...make the switch today). Not only are all of these email accounts forwarded to Thunderbird, there is no organization to it; they just all simply end up in my Inbox. I need to sit and figure out a way to organize them - have different email accounts land in different folders or something, I just haven't sat down to do it. If any Thunderbird users have any ideas, please leave them in the comments.

Hey, this random writing thing isn't so bad...maybe I need to do this more often instead of feeling I have to have something to write about (like hot topics, what's in the news, major life events, so on & so forth).

I suppose that's enough rambling for now. There are some other important topics I want to cover - a graduation, a birth, a special birthday, but for now this will do.

Hot For Words is More Than Just Hot

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Twenty-seven year old linguist - and degree-toting philologist - Marina, has renewed my hope in the world's literacy with her cleverly sexy YouTube show, HotForWords, and its sister website, hotforwords.com.

It can be daunting to spend even a few moments on MySpace or Facebook reading the comments of the 20-something year-olds to their peers; literacy is not only lacking, its hardly acknowledged. These young adults could care less that they sound illiterate and uneducated; in fact, one has to wonder if they even realize how ignorant their writing and over usage of chat-slang makes them sound.

It's not a secret that the United States isn't up to par as far as educating our youth goes; my home state of Louisiana, alone, is second-to-worst in education and it shows. I ask you to take a moment of your time, for the next few days of this week, to go and read some of the articles at our local news station and newspaper's websites, WAFB and WBRZ/The Advocate. Remembering that the reporters and staff here are college-educated individuals writing for the capital city's news publications, take note of the overall prose. A good majority of the pieces are simply badly written - which is to say nothing of the misspelled words, fragmented and run-on sentences, and blatant misuse of punctuation and sentence structure.

I'm far from a literary genius and I'll be the first to tell you I am not college-educated, but I tend to understand the simple basics of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Not only that, I care that what I write is legible, literate, and well-written. I make mistakes - we all do - but I'm also writing in personal blogs, not the state capitol's official news stations' websites.

The sad truth is, hundreds - if not thousands - of young adults are graduating college today with absolutely no concept of how to write. I don't expect them all to be polished novelists, but I do expect someone with a college education to have, at least, the rudimentary skills of simple composition.

The plethora of media that is available today for consumption isn't exactly upping the bar either. That's why Marina at HotForWords has my absolute adoration and respect. Sure, she's using her obvious sex appeal and hotness to get herself noticed and her work out there - but doing it for such a wonderful reason and cause completely makes sense.

You've got to be rather shocking or at least somewhat noticeable to grab the attention of young adult audiences today. They are dazed by the in-your-face and fantastical on a minute-to-minute basis on television and the Internet. There's so much to choose from and so much to pique your interest, you get numb just trying to take it all in. And here, in all of this wild, crazy, often insane, media hullabaloo is this gorgeous woman talking about words. The written word and its mysterious origins and how to best use it in a sentence. While you're gawking at Marina's breasts or mesmerized by her blue eyes and sexy accent, you're actually learning something. And that, folks, is a beautiful thing.

In a world today where sounding literate and well-spoken is an after-thought - if its a thought at all - having someone preach the beauty of linguistics is insanely refreshing. If it takes a little cleavage to get the masses to listen, I'm all for it. It's time young adults and older teens get reacquainted with words and learn to respect and appreciate them; because, the truth is, the power of words and the voice they give you to speak up for yourself and get your ideas, thoughts, passions, and feelings expressed to others is immeasurable.

I left this comment for Miss Marina on her latest YouTube video:

I just found you on YouTube today and - I'm in love! Naturally, your beauty is stunning but it is that sexy, gorgeous brain I'm in awe of. From one lover-of-words to another, *thank you* for getting people far and wide interested in the beauty of the written word once more. Perhaps there is hope that 'chat slang' and today's illiteracy rate won't mean the annihilation of good grammar, correct word usage, and pleasing prose.

And that, folks, sums it all up pretty damn well.

omfgwtfbbq

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Maybe we should get out more, but this video clip had The Worm and I in stitches.  Whoever thought to add the music was genius.

Show Your Faith

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

This proves only that I should get out more, but I've been having angel-loads of fun with this Church Sign Generator. I can only imagine what some of you sickos will come up with - but I'm sure it will be great!

Net Translator

Friday, May 26th, 2006

To show you how geeky I am, and how easily amused, I'd like to share with you what has kept me in giggles for the past hour.

The Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator explains to the 'net-lingo-lost what common slang & chat speak means. I had a blast typing in silliness and guffawing at the translations:

I typed: That is some phat loot, noob.

It translated: That is some pretty hot and tasty loot, someone who is new.

I typed: Thx biatch.

It translated: Thank you, dog.

I typed: You are soo not l33t, noobie.

It translated: You are so not elite, new person.

I typed: Rotflmao, wtf troll?!

It translated: Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off, what the fuck person who deliberately stirs up trouble?!

Hot Dickings

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Haven't yet met Dr. Tran? Don't miss out on all the hickory horse smoked buttholes a minute longer!

Dr. Tran