Archive for January, 2010

This is for all my journalism classmates

(via Geekologie)

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“We are inclined to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching. In actual fact, it is to be turned into something even better than teaching, namely, character. The mountaintop is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a terrible trap in always asking, “What’s the use of this experience?” We can never measure spiritual matters in that way. The moments on the mountaintop are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose.” –  Oswald Chambers- Utmost.

One of my favorites. Rocks me every time.

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Back in elementary school, whenever a holiday like Valentine’s Day came up, we were required to give a card to everyone, not just our friends. This was so no child would be left behind without a Valentine’s card in one hand and a box of candy hearts in the other.

With this in mind, I’d jump into the car with my mom, race down to the store, and pick out my Disney-themed Valentine’s cards box. When I’d get home, I’d carefully inspect each and every card, making sure I sent my close friends the best cards the box had to offer. The default, generic cards would be left for the kids I wasn’t as close to.

Sometimes, this is how we act with our friends.

Maybe it’s a girl thing or maybe it’s just a thing amongst my friends but no one likes to feel left out. Therefore, there will always be the friends that I invite without a second thought, and there will always be the friends where I have to take a moment and decide whether I want to invite them out. I don’t know why this is; this is just how we act I guess.

So always prepare enough Valentine’s cards because it’s better to have too much than not enough for your friends.

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Hip Hop Starts Young

This cute is so cute! Watch this kid dance


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Goodbye Misty

This past weekend, my dog died. Throughout my life, I’ve had over 13 dogs but this one really hit home for me.

She was a birthday present I received back in 1995 so to know that she’s not at home waiting for me anymore was less than shocking. We knew this day was coming; she was old, lazy, and had trouble climbing the stairs. But the news still made me cry.

For those who knew her when she was little, she was a overly-hyper dog that smashed into everything and tore up all our window screens. For those who knew her in her later years, she was a fat, lazy dog who never got up except to eat and pee. She may not have been the most active dog but come on, give her a break, she was over 11 years old by the time most of my college friends met her. Do your grandparents jump up and down and run around the house? No? Then don’t expect my old, albeit extremely lazy, dog to do the same. Nonetheless, it was agreed that she was adorable and loyal.

If she needed to go downstairs and knew you were going to come, she wouldn’t head down until she saw you walking toward her. If you were in the living room, she’d be next to you, passed out on the floor. The second you moved from the living room to your bedroom, it was a guarantee you would hear her footsteps 30 seconds later, making her way upstairs as well. Whenever we took her on walks, if you stopped walking, she would stop too. She didn’t always come at our beckon call but she always made it rather easy for us. Giving her a bath? Just open the shower door and she knew it was her cue to walk in. Need to let her outside? She’d wait at the door until you came to open it for her. Crying in your bedroom? She’ll hear and come sit at your doorway until you stop (or she falls asleep)

Even in her final moments, she waited until my brother left the house so she could die in peace. She didn’t want us to see. She didn’t want us to watch her in her final moments. It breaks my heart that no one was home when she passed but it also gives me peace knowing that she didn’t leave us the option of having to put her to sleep.  Even though I know she’s gone, I’ll always look in the living room and at the top of the stairs, hoping that maybe she’ll be laying there.

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Well now you’ll never be confused. Thanks @danielchou for tweeting this

Now a US firm has come up with an ingenious solution to this very real problem – a new item of punctuation.

The SarcMark, as it has been named, is designed to be used in the same way as an exclamation or question mark.

Anyone concerned that the irony of their email or text message might not be appreciated by its recipient can use the symbol to close their sentence, thereby avoiding awkward misunderstandings.

The symbol – a dot inside a single spiral line – can be installed onto any PC running Windows 7, XP or Vista, as well as Macs and Blackberry mobile devices.

It can then be used in Word documents, instant messenger conversations, Outlook email and other programmes, just by pressing Ctrl and the full stop button.

The Michigan company behind the SarcMark have applied for a patent to protection their invention.

They have even published a sample list of sentences that would benefit from a SarcMark, including the words of British woman who was awarded only half of her National Lottery jackpot by a court after the winning ticket fell from her pocket and was claimed by someone else.

It appears that the irony of her statement – “It’s jolly decent of them to let me have a half share of my win” – was lost on some readers.

Paul Sak of the firm said that the new punctuation mark was not a gimmick and had serious potential applications, such as allowing deaf people to pick up sarcasm in subtitles.

The symbol currently costs $1.99 to download – a price that many may think deserves a SarcMark of its own.

(via Telegraph.co.uk)

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This year, my New Year’s resolution was to blog every single day. Seeing how January is already half over, it’s clear that I failed miserably at keeping this resolution alive for more than a day (I actually forgot I made this resolution until I saw a post-it I had stuck on my desk). That being said, I feel motivated to blog again. I miss writing and I need discipline in it anyhow. So, I propose this as my modified resolution.

I will blog at least once a week.

I think that’s pretty easy to keep (watch, I’ll fail again) don’t you agree? So, this is for the three people who actually read this blog haha, watch me try and keep this resolution.

By the way, this entry counts as blogging for the week.

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Gift Wrap

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Today, my coworker convinced me to go gift wrap shopping with her. Yes, that’s right, not gift, but gift wrap. You see, she wanted to find the perfect outfit for the multiple baby shower gifts she had recently bought. There we stood, side-by-side inside Hallmark, staring at the endless rows of available wrapping decor. Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, tissue paper, bags, you name it.

I wanted to cry.

We were spending time buying something that would be tossed aside in under 3 seconds upon delivery. I wanted to tell her that it didn’t matter how fancy the wrapping was. What counted was the gift itself. By the way, the gifts weren’t that great. I told her my theory that usually, the prettier the wrapping paper, the uglier the gift. In this case, I was right on point.

It made me think about myself and some girls I knew. We spend so much time in department stores shopping for the perfect foundation, the perfect eyeliner and the perfect face cleanser. We spend time rummaging through clothes racks looking for the cutest outfit we can find. Yet, we don’t spend the same amount of time focusing on our character, our morals and our actions.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to be a fancy wrapped gift with nothing to offer inside.

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The People We Could Be

Being gifted doesn’t mean you’ve been given something.

It means, you have something to give.

(via I wrote this for you)

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