Sunday Jul 14, 2013

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I found out about the George Zimmerman verdict early this morning just after I woke up. I was disgusted but not particularly surprised. What happened reveals much about race in America.

Simply put, America is still a racist country. Not in the same way or degree that it used to be. It is no longer acceptable to publicly express racist views. Indeed, we flatter ourselves...
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Saturday Jul 06, 2013

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Over the past week, I went to three museums in Pittsburgh: the Phipps Conservatory, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I greatly enjoyed all three, finding them both entertaining and enlightening.

My favorite was the Conservatory, which gave me a renewed fascination with plants. There were too many great exhibits there to discuss in one blog post, but among...
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Monday Jul 01, 2013

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I am a big fan of The Young Turks internet news cast. It offers great commentary and a lot of stories other news services ignore. Its hosts, Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, manage to be insightful and funny at the same time.

There's just one problem: they're both fans of Edward Snowden. puke

I was initially somewhat supportive of Snowden, or at least willing...
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Thursday Jun 27, 2013

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Today, my mother and I went to K-Mart to purchase some clothing. We walked there via Allegheny Avenue at around ten in the morning. The neighborhood was pretty grimy as usual. Mom mentioned that she increasingly dislikes walking down Allegheny because of all the strung out people she sees there. When she wants to go to the Library, she has Dad drive her to the...
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Monday Jun 24, 2013

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I just learned that today, June 24th, is the fortieth anniversary of the worst massacre of gay people in American history. In 1973, the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans was firebombed, killing over thirty people. The arsonist poured lighter fluid on the door and entrance to the club, blocking the only exit. People tried to make their way through fourteen inch bars on the windows...
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waterfordman:

Those 2 were taken with a Fuji Fine Pix HS25EXR

Great blog too

Sunday Jun 23, 2013

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Well, I've spent the past week at my parents' house here in Philadelphia. As always, the locals are quite interesting. When I arrived last Saturday, my parents told me that there had been a fight outside the night before. Apparently, a woman who lives on the block got beaten up by her sons, one of whom is blind. While they were beating her, they...
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Monday Jun 10, 2013

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Ugh, it's been one of those days.

While checking my work e-mail address this morning, I saw an e-mail with a grant I recently applied for as the subject. Hoping to read the results of my application, I opened it. Unfortunately, what I found was an e-mail telling me that I apparently still needed to submit a "funding report" from when I received the...
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