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A shadow over Geeks-mouth.

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Education, On Geek
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Okay, lame title.  But I’m alive!  And listening to my favorite story in the entire Lovecraft Mythos, The Shadow over Innsmouth.  It’s a fascinating story about a city by the sea swarmed with people who are half man, half something else.  Definitely look it up if you get the chance.

So my story is at a standstill right now due to the classload I’ve taken on.  Yes, it’s a lot for me it at least (18 credit hours) but my work and exercise regiments haven’t suffered, despite my lack of sleep.  Fridays I have off, and that’s good.  Takes a little stress off.  I’ll flip on my story and do the week’s homework I suppose.

Anthropology is fascinating, a field I’d really like to delve deeper in to.  Family Court on the other hand, is taught by a gentleman who thinks that we’re all in 6th grade. I got the “We’re adults now”  Speech and given a contract to sign and he hands us note pages with blanks to fill out.  I should probably say something about that.  Western Civilization is a little annoying, because it’s so dry, but the livescribe pen picks it up alright.  Public Speaking is awkward, but I suppose the skill will be useful.  Philosophy of Criminal investigation… well I hope it picks up.

My posts might be a little delayed, but no one really reads this anyway!

Alright!  Little more awake!  Maybe that’s because I slept a little over eight hours with limited interruption and worked out first thing.  I got the dishes done and cleaned up at least the kitchen.  No point in trying the living room, the youngins are positively entrenched.  Oh they’ll all scramble when Mommy and Daddy are inbound, but for now they dgaf.

It’s a headache, but for now I’m not letting it bother me.  I’m going to go out onto the balcony and smoke a cigarette, then come back in and write up a storm.  Haven’t kept to those goals I posted earlier, but I’m close I suppose.

Now stop thinking and enjoy the Stray Cats.

 

They strike while the iron’s hot.  If the whole population isn’t completely plugged into the net, there’s still time to prevent negative influences (Such as, you know, the truth) from affecting the entire US.  You’ll express an opinion, be put on a federal list of potential terrorists and be your site will be shut off by the government.

If SOPA passes, we’ll all be doomed to further censorship.  I’m sorry, but I don’t like the idea of having a Chinese system of restrictions on my thoughts, learning and opinions.  Call your officials, fight back.  And if it passes, may those boys and girls at Anonymous crash the entire damn network around their ears.

 

Say no to SOPA.

Just got back from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo up at the local cinema.  I own the Swedish versions of the film and adored the way they were shot immensely.  Of course the only way to get the full force of The Millennium Trilogy is to read the damn books.

I picked up the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this summer while I was taking a brief vacation in the Adirondacks.  I’m not usually paying the most attention to what’s on the best sellers lists however this title kept popping up in the oddest places.  I think what interested me the most when reading the back cover was mention of a “Tattooed Punk Prodigy”.

Having been a punk kid myself in High School, I was skeptical as to their literary depiction.  How wrong I was.  Larsson nailed the appropriate mentality of someone who acts as they should.  Little regard for rules, high regard for personal beliefs.

Lisbeth Salander as a character in film or literature is enchanting beyond all stretches of the imagination.  I’m so damn exhausted from getting screamed at I can’t really elaborate too well.  She’s vicious.  She takes matters into her own hands and she does so with a kind of unintentional flare and practicality that makes me wish I could be as strong despite laws and regulations that I adhere to with quiet complacency.

Read the books.  God love Salander.

An interesting topic I think.  Two blog views later, so I don’t think I’ll be offending too many people.  I graduated back in ’09, and since then it seems like everyone in pursuit of a relationship has either had a kid or is engaged at a ridiculously young age.  (Preferable to a member of the armed forces).

The two women I know personally who have young daughters are not bad parents.  I know at least one of the pregnancies were not plan, and have a sneaking suspicion the other one wasn’t either.  The fact is, they decided to keep the children rather than abort them.  And they’ve taken excellent care of their children… better than some people who plan their kids.

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The graph above shows a recent decline in abortion rates since 1985.  Something that actually surprises me.  There could be one of two possible explanations that immediately spring to mind.

1.  The combined efforts of pro-lifers and pro-choicers with stricter laws on abortion and more sex education/ availability of contraception have helped potential young mothers be more responsible.

2. The typical expectancy of Generation Me.  We think we are more than capable of handling the responsibility of a child, and we will fall back on social institutions to support us if that is not evident.

These women handle their children better than most others I’ve seen, like I said.  But everyday is a struggle.  There still seems to be a failure to acknowledge it’s not all about you.  They love their children to death, but aren’t really legitimately trying to make the traditional “family”.  There is no “get a job to support the family and stay together”.  Many seek alternative routes to help them financially such as dealing narcotics or relying on family completely.

Not to say that the guys are any more responsible.  I know a guy who is three years older than me and has FOUR CHILDREN.  By two separate women.  You think he’d learn to keep it in his pants.  The baby-daddy of one of the women I know has another kid and never sees either one.  People of Generation Me:  Let’s try and not have kids unless we can not just support them, but are ready to SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR THEM.

Please note I have no children of my own and this is a creditless outsider’s opinion.

First of all, I got my first blog read today.  Woo!  It was probably one of my best friends, (I’ll refer to her as Succubus on here for safety’s sake) but it’s a read none the less.

I just got out of a Criminal Law Class, and dropped in on a conversation between two of my classmates.  One is a good friend of mine, 28 years old with a son.  The other is a guy in his (40’s?) who was a cop in North Carolina and is taking courses to get into a different agency up here.  They were unanimous in the way that neither of them really know what to do with an Associates in Criminal Justice.

Like I said before, my advisor advised that I GTFO of criminal justice and change majors once I reached a four year school.  For the same reason:  No.  Jobs.  It’s kind of disheartening I think.  We chatted back and forth about the people we know in our small town outside of FLCC’s Main Campus and how we got to the area.  We’re brought together to seek higher education as we’ve been instructed to do… but for what reason?  I chose criminal justice because I thought it was broader than the Communications major I was pursuing.  The whole subject of law is fascinating.  International Studies will hopefully boldly present me as an educated translator some years from now, but that’s a niche that I got into by pure chance.  I like languages and pick up on them easily.  But who else really has that many practical, marketable and unique abilities?

General labor jobs pay so low that people are taking three on at a time in some cases just to get by.  When they can find them, that is.  From what I’ve seen and heard degrees mean very little in the real world.  Evident by the guy with a Master’s degree taking the civil service exam for local PD.  It’s scary as hell to think about.  Congress doesn’t really seem to give a damn… and the concept of job creation is ridiculous.  Let me establish I am neither left nor right in the political scheme of things, but unemployment rates have gone up since Obama took office if this site is to be believed.

(http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/unemployment-rate)

Someone explain to me the popular opinion that this is Bush’s fault? Complain all you want, call me a nazi or whatever because I’m contradicting the general consensus amongst my peers… but I’m honestly asking how that’s supposed to fly.  And am I really supposed to believe that there are jobs just waiting for me once I have a piece of paper with a stamp on it at the end of next year?  Forget about me… what about the five out of eight people who have children and are taking that Criminal Law class with me?  How can they provide for two or three or five with no jobs available to those of us who work, and less available to those of us who are “certified.”

Point I’m trying to make is, the real world scares the shit out of me.  And the next few years are going to be a struggle for all of us that only gets harder.