March 29, 2005

Ok, it's time for another Lou rant

Ok,
once again, its time for another rant from me.
This time on the Catholic church and then Social Security.


Ok, there are many Catholics here at Seton Hill, so before I begin, I apologize to this that I offend in advance.

My main concern is how much the chirch influences people.

Take the recent post on the Da Vinci Code. I mean heck one person was irate just because I said the "Mother" church was wrong. Well, to me, in that instance the church was wrong. It was telling people not to buy this book because the book was telling lies about the church.

Ok..if you want to talk lies..here's some common misconceptions about Christ:

-He wasn't born in Decemember, but April or May. How do I know this? It states, as do many songs, that shepards where in the fields watching their sheep when the angel came to them.

Shepards wouldnt be in the fields in Decemember.

-wasn't this the church who sold indulgances and pardones for money? and had priests who couldn't even read in a time when the clergy was the most civilized thing at the time?


Ok..that's the main one I got, but still, my point is that if you want to get really irate, I can just add fuel to the fire.

The reason I'm so irate myself? On Good Morning America, a woman (i dont know if shes Catholic or not) took a bible into the jury room while delibrations are going on. She showed a man who, according to her, said he was Christian and didnt want to take another man's life. She showed him Scripture that said it says that if the man kidnaps and rapes someone, that he must die.

I think shes actually thinking of the Justinian Code from Babyalon. Because the bible has no such "eye for an eye" code. "god" wouldnt want someone take the man's life out of vengance or anything.

Anyways, the court threw out the man's verdict of guilty and the sentence of the death penalty. Just because she brought the bible in. I don't believe in the christian, per say, but still, thats pretty tough to call.

ANYWAYS NEXT TOPIC.

Social Security.

I remember growing up and reading/hearing that their would be no social security by the time I retire. Now, its there will be no SS when my parents would retire in 20+ years. Ok, big deal. That just means I'll have to start saving my own money in my own account. Right? Wrong.

Seems President Idiot and his merry band of morons wants to take social security and "privatize it". Um..hell-o? Isn't that what I just said above..and to think i register Republican...god what a moron I was! Anyways, now, its gonna be a big long battle until President I. M. Idiot realizes that if they cut SOME (i didnt say all) of medicare, ALL (i didnt say some) of the spending, theyll have enough for SS, or am I the one whos stupid?

This has been a broadcast of Lou's Soap Opera, thank you for listening

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March 23, 2005

Call me Stupid...

call me stupid and I havent asked Dr. Jerz this...but..do we have class on the 4th?

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March 20, 2005

I apologize

I know this is not necessary to do, but I will do it here as well as to Dr. Jerz in person.

Dr. Jerz,

I apologize if my attitude seems rude and obnoxious in the way I approach you with questions. Sometimes when I am working on an assignment, I get overreactive about things, and then my curiousity gets the best of me. Sometimes, also if I do not fully understand an assignment, I will ask a question that doesn't seem right later on.

I apologize to you, and to the class, if my questions sometimes feel out of line, or obnoxious.

Thank you and good night

Louis D. Gagliardi III

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March 19, 2005

Cardinal calls Da Vinci Code "rotten food"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7205300/

Ok, for all of you conservative Catholic Republicans (from here on out called CCRs) a warning: Do not read this blog, this entry or talk to this student if you dont like his views..

Recently (just like 3-4 days ago) a cardinal in the Catholic church called the Da Vinci Code a "piece of rotten food" and urged Catholic readers not to buy it, calling the author, Dan Brown's behavior, "deplorable."

Can someone please explain to me whats so deporable?

This book is a sack full of lies against the Church, against the real history of Christianity and against Christ himself,” said Bertone, archbishop of northern Genoa.

Isn't all fiction though? I'd hate to see what the Pope says, or God himself would say.

Fiction is full of lies--its a standard fact--I think this Catholic cardinal is just trying to say "do this because we're right, and your wrong. We're a cult that just tries to rule your mind. "

If I offended anyone, I apologize, but its like I told Evan today, "I dont care if your the Pope, Dr. Jerz, G. W. Bush, or God himself. You tell me what to watch, read, listen to, or wear, I will tell you to go screw yourself"

Thanks you've been a great audience!

Lou

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March 18, 2005

Blogging

I've decided I am never going to blog again.

Too much contreversy, too many debates.

(This is an editor's note: the stuff with the article was explained. Thanks Anne!)

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March 14, 2005

100

100 comments! YAY

I did have 102...but then i deleted stuff...oh well..

*is too depressed to care*

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March 13, 2005

The Common Coma

Ok, I havent fully read the assigned reading..too busy with a certain assigned paper that should been put off indefinitely...(*is trying not to rant*). I doubt I'll read it either. I don't like Tuss's style. I mean sure, it's funny, and it is a way to write. But I personally think that she is too crass and too in your face. I don't understand the big deal about the comma, and I doubt I ever will. Oh, well.

Why would a person who is not just vague about the rules but disinclined to follow them bother to produce a guide to punctuation? --Louis Menand

Ok, so someone seems to think I'm a slacker just because I didn't really raead the assinged text. Well I have to disagree. I read. I just read at my own pace.

Anyways, the above quote is from Dr. Jerz's own weblog. What Mr. Menand says is true. If you want to read more, the link to the entry is below.

http://www.newyorker.com/critics/books/?040628crbo_books1

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March 12, 2005

Thank you

To everyone who IM'ed me last night..thank you. I needed people to talk to.

I want to explain why i posted/will post again those entries. I was attempting to get the opinion of the people of what type of woman/man would look good for a book. I was trying to put a physical picture to a written description.

I will be doing it again, adding more variety to the guys and dolls I use. Please, please help me. I want to get this done. I listen to the people.

give me your input, your ideas, and your suggestions. I will listen!

email: gag4906@setonhill.edu, louiegagliardi@gmail.com, or louisgagliardi@yahoo.com

Instant messaging: WyldeFyre316 (AIM); louis_gagliardi@hotmail.com (MSN); louisgagliardi (YIM!)

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March 09, 2005

Of Interesting Note

Oct. 16, 1854 - Oscar Wilde, Irish writer (d. 1900)
Oct. 16, 1983-Louis Gagliardi, American writer (d. ???)

Interesting...I was born the same day as Oscar Wilde. Only 129 years later!

Coincidence? I think not...

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March 07, 2005

My Walls Are Closing In

This..I think would be Romeo pondering that he killed Juilet, whether you want to take it as physically or emotionally, your choice. and Yes, I am well aware the two died in the play anyways. But thus is writing.

In the darkness of the night,
May we not give up the fight,
As red blood drips downs,
And a wicked smile replaces the frown,
And death embodies the self-hater,
Who dies out of sorrow for the other,
As he drops a silver knife,
Which he used to take his life,
And as the night ends,
His soul is forever to bend,
And suffer to torment for the crime,
As he waits for the time,
When he will once again find,
The love he died for in his mind.

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Day 1 of Writing

It is day one, I thought I'd give an update to everyone how I am doing. Disclaimer: I apologize if I swear, dont worry theres no f-words or s-words, but alot of hell's and damn's. I am just accurately portraying my feelings.

Damn, writng is hard. I just want to give a quick thanks to Moira for a wonderful placename, Dr. Jerz for the encouragement, and Vanessa for a list of names. All great help that I appreciate.

But it takes more than that. I hope to, by the end of the day to have an outline of ideas and other things.

Thanks to everyone again.

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March 06, 2005

A Challenge to you, and to myself

As of March 06, 2005, I have exactly 1 week of Spring Break. I am challenging you, the students and Dr. Jerz, to help me in my challenege.

My challenge for myself, is to get at least 25 double-spaced handwritten pages written by the March 13, 2005. That's an average of 3.57 pages a day including today. A worthy challenge. The reason: I simply want to see if I can 25 pages of a book done by the end of spring break.

Now as many of you know I am a horror fan, but I want to try something different. Heres where you come in...

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give me the following:

The names of characters (as well as their sexes please)
a short idea that I can expand upon (dont worry--I'll give FULL credit if the idea is successful)
maybe the name of a made-up town that's in PA, or any other state.

It can be anything, but I'd prefer a romance.

Good luck to all of us.

I'll blog to keep posted on ideas and if my own personal ideas have worked.

Ciao

Lou

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March 05, 2005

Personality

I have to thank Moira for this. During the month of March, I plan to blog AT LEAST 1 time a day, especially doing the "Spring" break. So, while I'm also on the topic, I will look at people's blogs and comment where I can.

But anyways...She had gotten this interesting personality quiz from one of her friends online, and took it, well so did I. I can't help myself; these quizzes are addictive.

Anyways, here are the results:

INFP - "Questor". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs)
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March 04, 2005

Spring Break...Yeah!

I was recently watching an episode of the simpsons. I think it they were on spring break early or something and milhouse goes:

Spring Break...YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH real ethusiastically.

I just wanted to say, to the creators of the simpsons and to Milhouse, thank you.

To the students, professors, and other staff at Seton Hill University I just want to say:

Spring Break...YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH

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March 03, 2005

Result of Quiz :: What type of Book is right for you?

You scored as Horror.

You read Horror stories. When you were little, it was the ghost stories that you craved. Now that you are older,you prefer to read about axe murderers, serial killers, re-dead zombies, and such.

Horror

75%

Reference

42%

Fantasy

17%

Mystery

13%

Romance

0%

can you guess which one I want to write...I'll give you a hint, it's not Romance...

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a funny book! I think the only thing I didn't like was the fact that they reprinted with the orginial British spellings. No offense but if I wanted to read "colour" or "glamour", I'd move to England.

In the very beginning she calls a sign that says "Come inside for CD's, VIDEO'S, DVD's, and BOOK's" a 'satanic sprinkling of apostrophes.' Now while I agree that it should read "Come inside for CDs, Videos, DVDs, and Books" I wouldnt go as far as to call the writer a satanist, nor to tell the reader to put the book down for not caring (especially if it was an assigned reading). I guess that's just a quirk with me. If I wanted people to tell me that I was wrong 24/7 with my grammar and my puncuation, I'd marry an English teacher. But I don't care, at least not very much. And I call myself a Creative Writing major.

On other news...I'm going to profess this now...to keep Dr. Jerz happy (that was a joke! *hides from the mad doctor*) I will be adding a minor in Journalism to my studies A.S.A.P.

Ciao.

Lou.

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March 02, 2005

Which Shakespearian Tragic Hero Are You?

You scored as Hamlet.

An intense, creative person, your moods swing up and down like a yo-yo. You appear eccentric to those who don't know you well, but there is a method to your madness.

Hamlet 88%

Brutus 67%

Romeo 54%

King Lear 50%

Othello 50%

Macbeth 46%

What shocked me was that I thought id be more like Romeo or Macbeth, not Hamlet..

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to,-'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.

Hamlet, 3. 1

my favorite soliquoy and lines of a play.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Today in 1904, Dr. Seuss, the man who has entertained children for years...was born. He would have been 101. So Happy birthday dear doctor!

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March 01, 2005

The Articles

Thus in The Tempest, written some fifty years after England's open participation in the slave trade, the island's native is made the embodiment of lust, disobedience, and irremediable evil, while his enslaver is presented as a God-figure. It makes an enormous difference in the expectations raised, whether one speaks of the moral obligatons of Prospero-the-slave-owner toward Caliban-his-slave, or speaks of the moral obligations of Prospero-the-God-figure toward Caliban-the-lustful-Vice-figure.... This kind of symbolism is damaging because it deflects our attention away from the fact that real counterparts to Caliban, Prospero, and Miranda exit -- that real slaves, real slave owners, and real daughters existed in 1613 for Shakespeare's countemporaries and have continued to exist since then. (290-92)""

What Mrs. Lenininger says is true. Shakespeare wrote from true life existance. England had been trading slaves from the Caribbean (I know I spelled that wrong, I'm too lazy to look it up) for years as well as native americans. Which brings me to a point, Dr. Jerz said that Caliban has been played by black men for years, why not an Indian, or someone of Indian (American not Asian) descent? To me, it would be more sense.

"Caliban, a poignant but cowardly (and murderous) half-human creature (his father a sea devil, whether fish or amphibian) has become an African-Carribean heroic Freedom Fighter. This is not even a weak misreading; anyone who arrives at that view is simply not interested in reading the play at all. Marxists, multiculturalists, feminists, nouveau historicists -- the usual suspects -- know their causes but not Shakespeare's plays. (662)"

I highly doubt what Mr. Bloom says. To each person, Shakespeare's plays mean different things. I'll use Romeo and Juliet and MacBeth as personal examples. Romeo and Juliet, to me, represented a type of love that exists without blame. Romeo may not have been a "stud" even for his tme. Juliet may not have been a blonde blombshell with big breasts, tiny waist, and wide "birthing" hips that all of man's fantasy's want, but she loved Romeo and he loved her. That is love. I think personally, that is what Shakespeare ment it to be, but to each his own. MacBeth on the other, ment simply that absolute power corrupts absolutely and that no one can stop fate. So, Mr. Bloom, you are the one that doesnt know Shakespeares plays. Shakespeare (if he wrote his own plays) didn't intend for them to have any one meaning, he ment for each person to grasp something from them and keep that as their own personal meaning.

I don't like reading article's like Mr. Bloom's because they stifle creative theory and practice.

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