I like having a blog. It permits me to identify as a blogger. Which I think is pretty cool.
Blogging, however… Well, that’s a love/hate relationship. It’s been a rocky one for quite some time, as the dated entries which precede this one indicate.
Not blogging is quite easy to do, and tends to beget further inaction. I think in my case I put too much importance on producing full-fledged informative and evocative articles that I simply forgot how to blog.
Given that I find the act of blogging about blogging to be an atrocious waste of space and finger-energy, I’ll make the rest of this post short. This blog is about to undergo both a facelift and an attitude adjustment. Which is just my super awesome way of saying the theme is going to change, and I’m going to start writing more often.
…And the netizens rejoiced in their knowledge that James Kalìwæ would soon begin providing semi-entertaining bits of prose to all of the internets. Amen.
This guy is fucking amazing. Yes, free solo climbing is exactly what it sounds like. Climbing mountains by yourself and free of anything that might prevent you from going SPLAT if you happen to slip.
Do you see how in the zone this guy is when he’s up there? How can he handle the pressure of knowing any small mistake will surely kill him?
Anyway, just had to share that.
The following info-graphic was emailed to me by a fellow from Degreejungle.com. As you can imagine, I felt like a super important and revered blogger slash political commentator by being asked to blog my reaction to it. Yes, I’m aware they’re more interested in getting my readers to their website than any “commentary” I might produce, but it’s actually a very useful resource for prospective college students. If college is – or may be – in your future, give them a visit.
On second thought, bookmark it. I know none of you will actually use it unless you absolutely have to at this moment. But really, you’re going to wind up using a similar website eventually, and they’re legitimately better than the others. Continue reading…
I was going to write something about this story (VIDEO), in which a seventeen-year-old black boy named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a white man named George Zimmerman who judged him to be “up to no good.”
And then I found this fantastic blog post by Deborah Mello at her blog, I Ain’t Said Nothin’ But A Word.
Anyone aware of the story’s facts knows this is clearly manslaughter at least. So why, then, haven’t the police arrested George Zimmerman? I don’t know about all of that, but Trevon Martin’s family wants the FBI to get involved. I agree with them.
Please give Deborah’s post a read, it’s very well written and says a lot about modern race relations in the United States.
UPDATE: Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post wrote a great opinion article about this tragedy. Please give it a read.
Whilst browsing this blog today in order to ensure nothing is askew, I noticed a little detail. Both the first and last month listed under my “Archive” section are March. Which would support the thesis that EWWTY is officially one year old.
When I first started EWWTY, I had hoped to challenge myself by writing for it every day. While I didn’t end up meeting that challenge, I did manage to write daily for a few months. And I did, at least, manage to write often enough to maintain the blog.
Though I never managed to make WordPress.com’s Freshly Pressed, I’d say it’s been a successful experience. The fact that anyone found my writing thus far to be interesting is good enough for me. My philosophy is that if I keep on keepin’ on, one of my pieces will eventually end up being recognized. Probably when I least expect it.
A big thanks to all the readers and followers I’ve accumulated throughout the course of this year!
LA Times reports:
The Judicial Council of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opened a misconduct review of Montana’s chief federal District Court judge for forwarding a racially charged email about President Obama from his courthouse computer.
Judge Richard F. Cebull asked for the review as calls mounted Thursday for his immediate resignation. Legal ethics experts predicted the incident would result in a public admonishment.
The judge, appointed byPresident George W. Bush12 years ago, maintained after the email became public that it was meant to be seen as anti-Obama and not racist, but added, “I can obviously understand why people would be offended.”
What is all this over, you might be asking. This is all over the following email, which this federal judge obviously couldn’t help but propagate.
Subject: A MOM’S MEMORY
“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.
“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ “
Now, it does seem this guy is at least more apologetic than most conservative Republicans have ever been toward Obama, but I’ll let you decide how sincere they are; especially in the face of this misconduct review:
“I sincerely and profusely apologize to you and your family for the email I forwarded,” Cebull wrote. “I have no one to blame but myself.” Before adding, “Please forgive me.”
I don’t even know what to think of this type of shit anymore.
Bank of America, the nation’s second-largest bank in terms of assets, is planning to make changes to its basic checking accounts that would introduce a monthly fee for customers unless they agree to bank online, buy more products or maintain certain balances, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Pilot programs in Arizona, Georgia and Massachusetts are experimenting with charging $6 to $9 a month for what’s called an “Essentials” account. Other account options being tested in those states carry monthly charges of $9, $12, $15 and $25, but give customers opportunities to avoid the payments by maintaining minimum balances, using a credit card or taking a mortgage with Bank of America, according to an internal memo cited by the Journal.
So, in other words, no matter what anyone does, the banks are going to make a certain amount of money from their customers one way or another. If you make one banking practice illegal, they’re not just gonna take the hit to their profit; they’re going to make that profit back some other way.
What do we do about this? Personally, I think it’s all about ensuring there’s enough competition between the banks. It’s all about anti-trust. As long as there are [enough] alternatives to Bank of America, these fees will never become absurdly exorbitant. I think legislating the individual banking practices is anti-capitalist and ineffective. If the banks have to compete between one another, there will be no need to legislate the individual banking practices.
A commercial satellite operator says it has captured a rare image of China’s first aircraft carrier as it sailed through the Yellow Sea, after going through an exercise that’s the 21st-century equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
DigitalGlobe said the aircraft carrier showed up on a cloud-filled picture snapped on Dec. 8 by its polar-orbiting QuickBird satellite from a height of 280 miles (450 kilometers). An analyst spotted the ship while checking the image on Tuesday, said Stephen Wood, the director of the company’s analysis center.
I thought this was a pretty cool article. It’s pretty amazing that guy was able to spot it, especially given how cloudy it was.
The thing I was most surprised about was the fact that this is China’s first aircraft carrier. Seriously? That makes me feel a whole hell of a lot better about all that money we owe them.
One of my favorite parts of The Daily Show on Comedy Central is its Moment of Zen segment, where a short clip from that day’s news coverage (almost always from one of the three US cable news networks) closes the show unaccompanied by commentary. They’re generally moments of awkwardness, often targeted towards the most dedicated news-junkie. Though recent news coverage has provided for some great “moment of zen” moments, last night ended with a clip of Mitt Romney from back in 1994. And it’s one of the funniest I’ve seen in a while.
Mitt Romney on Music.
Those seven seconds of Mitt Romney’s life sum up his entire political career splendidly. I mean, have you ever heard a more prototypical ‘politician’ response to such a basic question? What a phlegmatic dude.
Being an observer of Romney for a while, I’m sure that what he meant by, “Well, I like music of almost any kind including this,” was, ”What is this ‘muzaak’ you speak of?”
Either that or, ”Mormons are only allowed to listen to polka.”
Feel free to give your own speculations of what Romney’s honest answer would’ve been.
Being a man of fairness, here’s the video in its full context.