Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
As one of the reviewers for the MLK Essay Contest, I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed and admired your entry in the contest. Though it did not receive a prize, it was still my favorite -- and so well-written.
You are a remarkable writer, and I hope you keep it up!
Mayo M. Bulloch
Director, Educational Enhancement Programs
Case Western Reserve University
It's so nice to get stuff like this from people you have never met, and may never meet. If you want to read the essay I wrote, I'll post in on my other blog.
Monday, February 25, 2008
First of all, this is a short book, but I enjoyed it enough to finish it within three sittings. Most sources and critics describe it as a postcyberpunk, dark satire of consumerism and corporate data mining to enhance advertising and personality channeling. Whatever else you read, this book is not about dystopia! But it sure feels like it. If you want a good read about dystopia, try The Giver or 1984.
Feed is about a boy named Titus in the not-so-far away future where almost everyone's brain is connected to the feednet. The feed is basically a chip attached to the brain so you can get constant advertising, entertainment, information, telepathic chatting, and self-inflicted brain malfunctioning similar to using drugs.
The uses this scenario to examine the way our society is headed, and also, sadly enough, what it is already like. And though at times the author can be a bit heavy-handed, the most frightening thing is when you begin to see your own personality being mirrored by some of the characters. The feel of the novel reminded somewhat of Albert Camus' existentialist style. There are times when you have very little connection to Titus' emotions and feelings, only his sensory perception, which is somewhat the case with ourselves when we are constantly bombarded with media and internet's constant visual and auditory noise.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for something poignantly dealing with the problems our society faces and we become more and more connected to the internet and to each other in instant communication. The jargon takes a few pages to get used to and the swearing is rampant, but used very well to make the point that our youths' vocabularies are shrinking to the point that perhaps someday they will mirror chatting.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Jacob and I babysat for some friends tonight. We had lots of fun. Lily and Finn both love their blankets. Notice how Lil is doing her usual eyes closed and thumb in the mouth.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
She's the love of my life!!!
So I wrote her this:
A Dream Called Happiness
I had a dream called happiness when I was just a boy
I thought it meant pizza cake or ice cream
Or getting the newest toy
I had a dream called happiness when I became a teen
Cars and dates and roles in plays
Was what it seemed to mean
I had a dream called happiness when I left my parents’ home
Freedom money and fame sounded good
The world was mine to roam
I had a dream called happiness only five years ago
A degree a job a well-built house
Then love would surely show
I had a dream called happiness and this dream did come true
I found true love and seized it fast
That’s why I married you
I had a dream called happiness it was just the other night
I woke up thinking it was gone
But you were still in sight
I have a dream called happiness I live it every day
As long as you’re there when I wake up
My dream won’t go away.