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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I'm a-switchin' providers! Blogger's Bitin' the dust!
Posted by Raptor at 8:14 PM
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I don't know about you, bit I've felt bad enough over the last two days. I need my spirits lifted. I need to laugh. Hysterically.
This oughta do it...
Or, if side-splitting hilarity isn't your thing, how 'bout something so cute it's nauseating?
There. Don't you feel better now?
Posted by Raptor at 12:01 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
So I'm taking a political science course this year. International Relations, to be specific. Thought it'd be a good follow-up to the semester I spent in Europe. Boy was I wrong. I thought it'd be about real-world diplomacy, rather than political theory. But I digress...
After several months of examination, I've noticed that my textbook has some rather... interesting viewpoints. Here's a few examples:
- The primary source of all the conflict in the world is the anarchic international system. If all the nations of the world forsook their sovereignty and yielded to the authority of an overaching, unified World Government, everything would be better and there would be no war and everyone would be happy and there'd be sunshine and rainbows and unicorns.
- One of the main reasons for terrorism is the unequal distribution of the world's wealth. If we redistribute wealth from the rich countries to the poor, disadvantaged countries (most of whom were abused by their Imperialist colonial masters), then the terrorists won't have anything to be mad about and they'll lay down their arms.
- The Economically Developed Countries deliberately write the rules of International Trade so that they'll stay ultra-rich and the poor, downtrodded Lesser Developed Countries will never, ever be able to grow and become players on the International Stage.
- The reason that the United Nations is ineffective is because the USA won't ever do what the UN tells us to do.
Posted by Raptor at 9:25 PM
Monday, February 22, 2010
I know, I know. Once again, I've fallen off the post wagon. This semester... I don't even know how to describe it. Super-crazy busy is all I've been able to manage, and that doesn't seem to come close. I have never, ever, I've been working pretty much non-stop since we started; the only real time I've had off were the three snow days two weeks ago. When I do finally finish my homework, I'm so burned out that I can barely think straight. I feel like my brain's been fried.I have never, ever, ever been this busy before at school. It's not just me; everyone I've talked too, even people in different classes (sophomores, etc.) feel the same way. I don't know what's going on...
So, yeah, that's where I've been for the last 7 weeks. I'll post when I can... when I have the energy... but that's not right now... I kinda think I'm gonna go to bed...
Posted by Raptor at 9:05 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Please come to Philadelphia as soon as possible. The residents would like to have a discussion on "Global Warming" with you...
This is what the Raptor's backyard looked like at about 4:00 yesterday. Only difference now is that the sun's out and the snow has stopped. Oh, and there's about See that little black smudge? That's our gas grill. And to give you an idea of just how much snow there is, those railings are about 3 feet high. Right now, you can barely see them.
Classes were canceled for yesterday and today, so I decided to ride the storm out at home. Better than being snowed in my dormitory with a sick roommate (nothing personal, but I really did not want to catch what he had) Not that it makes much of a difference; still have copious amounts of homework to do...
Yeah, Global Warming. Ha. Ha ha. That's funny. Al Gore can come up here and kiss my frozen @$$.
Posted by Raptor at 1:23 PM
Monday, February 8, 2010
Was doing notes for my International Relations Course tonight. The chapter for tomorrow's class is on styles of government. They've got pretty much everything covered; Monarchism, Communism, Democracy, Republic, Fascism... but not Socialism.
Which is odd, because the book (and to a lesser degree, the professor) seems to be trying to preach the values of Socialism and the Global State. Hmm...
Posted by Raptor at 7:15 PM
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I apologize for the light, relatively meaningless posting as of late. I moved back on campus this week and am re-adjusting to college life. As soon as I get settled in (and used to the huge amounts of homework I already have), the substance of my postage should increase.)
Posted by Raptor at 7:27 PM
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
WARNING!!! DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT SQUEAMISH!
Arm Tattoos? So Over: Eyeball Tattoos Are Latest Trend
If you think tattoos are so over, you've got another thing coming. The latest in permanent ink? Tats on your eyeball. That's right - a sharp stick in the eye.
When doctors do it, it's called corneal tattooing; but when perfectly healthy folks looking for new horizons in tattooing, piercing, scarring, etc., do it, it's nuts.
Last month, the online magazine BMEzine.com (short for Body Modification) started chronicling three people's efforts to turn the whites of their eyes blue.
To tattoo the eyes, they used two different procedures. First they used a traditional needle with ink on it, but when the ink didn't hold, they switched to a syringe that injected ink into the eye. The most recent posts indicate that all was well, with one of the guys saying it felt like he had something in his eye.
Read the whole story here
"It's quite amazing," says Lane Jensen, who saw the tattooing take place at a Canadian body-modification convention earlier this month. "Over the last couple weeks, it's flooded across the white and stained the eyeball perfectly," Jensen, who also publishes Tattoo & Piercing magazine, tells The Post. "It's trippy - and definitely starts some interesting conversations."
I... I just... okay, I honestly thought I was going to puke when I read this. This just ain't right.
Posted by Raptor at 10:18 PM
Monday, January 11, 2010
Moved back onto campus yesterday. So far so good; my roommates seem pretty cool (one brought a grappling hook to campus. No, I'm not kidding) so I think we're going to get along fine.
First day of classes was today. Theories of the Origin of Life... yawn (it's a required class for THC); Studies in Poetry... I dunno, we'll see (required for my major, but I don't mind); and... Fencing. HECK YEAH!!!! We're going to study both European-style fencing (the kind with foils) and Kendo! (Samurai Swords FTW!!!). Yep, this semester's gonna rock.
I've also managed to catch up with pretty much all of my friends. The ones who aren't abroad this semester, that is. Which is surprising, because I've been spending as much time as possible in the dorm. No, I'm not turning into a hermit; it's bloody COLD outside! High of 30 today; that's the warmest it's been in WEEKS!!! It was warmer in the ALPS than it was in Philly. No lie; I checked Accuweather on Saturday; 23 degrees F in Philly, 28 F in Salzburg. Forget Maine; I'm gonna move to Mississippi.
Posted by Raptor at 9:13 PM
Friday, January 8, 2010
Well, it's official. Hollywood is adding yet another TV-Show-Re-Made-Into-A-Movie to their list of box-office blunders. This time, it's The A-Team.
Is it too much to ask for Hollywood to come up with something completely original? No, Avatar was not an original movie; it was Dances with Wolves on another planet.
EDIT: So, obviously, the trailer got pulled from Vimeo. I did manage to find one on YouTube. Embedding was disables, so click the link to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL8Nw6eQrrk
NEW EDIT: Ignore that; I found a new embeddable version that's actually decent quality.
Posted by Raptor at 1:21 PM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Just want to give a quick shout out and say congratulations to Larry Corriea. His novel, Monster Hunter International, has just entered its THIRD PRINTING with Baen Books! Way to go Larry!
If you've been ignoring and my instructions and haven't picked up a copy of MHI yet, FOR GOSH SAKES GET OFF YOUR FAT REAR END AND GO BUY IT!!!! YOU WILL ENJOY IT, I PROMISE!!!
Again, congratulations Larry.
Standard Disclaimer: I am in no way associated professionally with either Larry Correia or Baen Books and am in no way being compensated for this shameless plug.
Posted by Raptor at 10:28 PM