I can’t express this year in just one picture.
^ Me training with my brother. I was still trying to gain back the weight I lost in Africa.
^ This is in Paddington station, in London. Went to the UK to visit Oxford. It was dope.
PROM PICTURES YEEEAAH
“I’d fuck me.”
Dapper as fuck.
B) The best thing about Senior year was the experiences that were possible because we knew that this was it. The senior retreat, prom, the lake party, and a million other things.
C) I would teach my Freshman self some workouts, and about the whole “single tiny speck” thing: how nothing is ultimately relevant or meaningful so worrying about shit is pointless.
D) This year there was been more and more news coverage of the shitty job market, and what it means for graduates and young people. I’ve been trying to get a job for this summer, but the fucking Cal kids keep swooping them up before I can get them.
E) Three songs remind me of different parts of this year.
Crank up your volume and don’t ask questions— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5LpwO-An4
Collect Call by Metric — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFRWk2mldrg
Sexy and I Know It… you really don’t need to see the video for it.
F) I learned how to manage my depression— will have a huge impact in every aspect of my life.
G) I’m glad I graduated. Shit was close. Also proud I got into Oxford Tutorial.
^ Alcatraz. It’s still an academic artifact, even if I never actually turned in the project.
I) My motto of this year is more of a question: “Who are you, and what do you want?”
I try to think about the answer every day.
^ First time I touched a spray can.
B) The hardest part of being a Junior was knowing that I had to start actually being responsible, and thinking about grades and college and whatnot.
^ Pictured above: responsibility.
C) MJ died a little before the school year started. It was awkward because I thought his decline sucked, and wished he lived to make more music, but it was hard to defend him because all anybody cared about was the allegations.
D) The biggest surprise of Junior year was how dope Afro-Haitian turned out to be.
E) Same as the surprise. Dance taught me how the body moved. Knowing how the muscles worked helped my art even more. Having muscles for the first time didn’t hurt either.
E) I’m proud of how I did in the performances that year.
F) The image hosting site i’m using for this won’t let me upload this scan of a test I aced :(
G) The motto of my Junior self would have been “Nut up or shut up,” or something equally macho and chauvinistic. I was super determined to excel in dance, and you know Mama doesn’t take any bullshit.
B) The biggest in returning as a Sophomore was that I was sophomoric. I thought I was way older and smarter than I actually was.
C) I remember the BP oil spill from that year. They fucked shit up bad, and the worst part was that nothing happened to them for it. They just said sorry, and then went and spilled shit elsewhere. I don’t even think they tried to clean up much. Did you know that all the animals you see being cleaned on the news die anyway? It’s just for publicity.
D) Sophomore year we had Brewer’s anatomy class. It launched my art forward because we covered muscle anatomy. Knowing how the muscles knit together under the skin taught me how to draw human figures accurately.
E) I guess my people skills improved Sophomore year. I’m proud of that.
^ I’m pretty sure 2010 was when Ronnie James Dio died. I drew this when I found out.
F) My Sophomore motto would have been something stupid, I’m sure. I spent unreasonable stretches of that year intoxicated.
B) I remember people partying in the streets after Obama was elected. Some dude bounced off our car on the way home.
C) I learned how to build muscle during Freshman year— it was the Crew team workouts that did it.
D) If I could re-do Freshman year, I would have joined the swim team.
F) The motto of my Freshman self would have been: “Don’t worry, be happy.”
1) I agree with Obama on the loan and interest issues— I think that if the goal is to strengthen our economy, letting the younger generations be saddled with debt is counter-intuitive. The economy can’t get anywhere if it’s foundations are trapped in debt.
2) I’m not really feeling this outlet for Obama, but that’s mostly because Jimmy Fallon is wildly unfunny. But yes, it is an odd and sort of out-of-the-way choice for public outreach. He should have just given a normal speech.
3) The first thing that should happen is TAXES ON THE RICH. There should also be regulation preventing colleges from leaning too far into the for-profit zone. Like Levin said, the business practices that colleges use would be illegal in any other setting.
1. The Federal Reserve is the central banking system of the US.
2. It was created on December 13, 1913 to address banking panics.
3. There is a branch of the Fed in every state.
4. Banks profit by holding on to a fraction of their customers’ money and investing, loaning, or doing other stuff with the rest. To make sure that the banks can return their customers’ money no matter what stupid s!*t they did with it, the Federal Reserve system was created.
5. Some people think that the Fed is unconstitutional because of the way it centralizes the banking system. Or whatever.
1. The rich should stop trying to place themselves above the less fortunate. They try to make it sound as though they deserve their wealth in a way others do not, as if everyone in the world started on an equal playing field. This is not the case.
2. ”I expect nothing to be handed to me, and will continue to work my @$$ off for everything I have. I am NOT the 99 percent, and whether or not you are is YOUR decision.” This opinion is just insanely false. I’m surprised that however said it is even wealthy, given how obviously ignorant they are. Someone born in San Francisco is going to have better education and support, and more opportunities for success, than someone born in rural Nigeria. Someone born in upper London is going to have a higher chance of success than someone from the slums of Cape Town. Wealth has very little to do with how hard you work and everything to do with where you are, what your parents have, and who you know.
3. The rich think they are saying “I deserve what I have!”
4. What they are actually saying is much closer to “I deserve what I have and you don’t.”
1) The economy of Panem is at the far end of the spectrum of regulation. I haven’t read the books or seen the movie, but apparently the sectors are divided by district, with each district producing a specific set of goods. There is no innovation or progress because there is no competition; businesses can’t grow because the government takes any and all surplus. All of the wealth is concentrated in the capitol and everyone below the Quaternary sector lives in complete poverty.
2) Economic theory says that competition is what produces growth. Individuals are compelled to provide higher quality goods or services in order to pull ahead of their competitors. The law of self-interest factors in heavily here; competition creates innovation and the economy grows as a result. This cannot happen with complete governmental regulation, like in the Hunger Games.
3) This was hard for me to grasp. It seems like Panem is still running using institutions that developed to fight a war and ended up making so much profit for the highest class that they just kept it. The knowledge is weapons tech from the war and other innovations from whenever it was that Panem still had a competitive economy.
4) A reversal of fortune is, simply put, a revolution. The disadvantaged rise up and take control of the system, then realize why their oppressors kept that system running (it feels great from the top) and decide to keep running it the same way, but with themselves at the top. The people change, with the poor becoming rich and vice versa, but the system does not.
5) I think an economy built on the primary sector would experience stagnation due to a lack of competition. Think of African nations whose only exports are the raw materials of their land. Completely dependent on the money of foreign trade partners, they are developing slowly, and it’s a bumpy transition. The primary sector, when outsourced (which it almost always is) can also be extremely exploitative. (Sweatshops, Diamond/Coal mines, Cocoa farms, etc.)
I think the point touched on at the very end of the article is very poignant; bringing gas prices up exposes the reality of oil as a finite resource and forces people to be more conscious of their consumption. People always complain about gas prices, and yet little effort is put into alternative energy. I hope gas gets more expensive so that we’re forced to work on better alternatives.
1) “We can be poor in spirit” ————-> “Let them eat cake!”
2) Romney isn’t being taken out of context; Romney is out of context. The man is campaigning to win the support of millions of people who he has no way of relating to or identifying with. Sort of amusing.
1) “Santorum’s opinions” on contraception are drawn from the Christian Bible, and not the Constitution, and have no place as tenets of his campaign. He may actually be that serious about contraception, which i doubt, but it is still a mislead; he is jumping to such radical ideas with such frequency that I don’t know what he thinks about anything other than gay sex and contraception. I quote:
“If people thought about gay sex as much as I do, they would realize it’s wrong.”
— Rick Santorum
2) As I understand it, neologism is essentially re-definition. Dan Savage is the one who attempted to hilariously and deservedly redefine ‘Santorum’ in response to the “politician’s” stances on Gay Rights.
3) Expecting Google to remove a search result is completely ridiculous. it’s the world’s most used search engine— it’s the portal through which a massive chunk of humanity accesses the baby hive mind and knowledge base that is the internet. To ask Google to remove something —anything—, and for Google to actually comply is mind boggling to me.
4) The top results for Santorum are contradictory. #1 is some poll results that appear to put him ahead of the other candidates. Then there’s his Wikipedia page. After that, however, we see:
— A Wikipedia article about Savage’s Neologism campaign
— Santorum’s campaign site
— Several Blogs detailing the smear campaign and his terrifyingly ignorant and bigoted stances on equal rights.
5) I laughed when I saw the definition, and I’m laughing as I do this assignment.