December 14, 2003

Pittsburgh gets snow; Saddam is captured

Check it out!

Saddam Captured hiding in hole

Pittsburgh got snow... and more's coming!

Christmas is on its way. I'm going to try to update this at least twice a week, but with everything going on, I don't know what's going to happen.

I'll be on it a lot more once I get back to school!

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December 09, 2003

YAY! no more journalism!

Okay, so I was a bit pissed off because I had a B- and I had to take the final. Granted, the final was okay. Dr. Jerz, if you are reading this, please don't put any terms on your finals and give your students at least a week or so to study. I had a lot of complaints from freshman because they didn't know what to study. I told them that even though this was their first time taking finals, it was yours, too, especially at Seton Hill.

I'm happy with my grade the way it stands right now. If I even get a C in the course i'll be happy. At least it's not FAILING like Arnzen did my freshman year.

Have a happy Christmas!

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December 08, 2003

Chinese Etch-A-Sketch

The Etch-A-Sketch company, based in Ohio, is moving to China.

An Ohio Town Is Hard Hit as Leading Industry Moves to China

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Jump-Starting Winter

Were You Ready for This?

You may have had the car winterized and your snow boots waterproofed and a new snowblower or snow shovel waiting in the garage or the basement, but the question still obtains: Were you ready for this? By midday yesterday, a map of the storm that buried the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic states over the weekend — setting snowfall records along the way — showed a blob of precipitation that reached from mid-Illinois to the Atlantic shoreline. Much of New England won't be free of the storm till sometime today. In the wake of the snowfall itself came strong winds that abruptly resculpted the landscape, undoing in an hour or two all the hard work of snow clearing that many people undertook too early. On Saturday night the winds sounded like snowplows on the highway, but they were plowing us in, not out.

The particular cruelty of this blizzard is that it seemed to blow us all the way back to the middle of last winter, a winter that most of us have been trying hard to forget. Any hope that we had somehow earned a respite after last winter was, of course, a sentimental fantasy, as if the weather, an impersonal force if ever there was one, knew something about fair play. Any hope that we could ease into the season, which is still officially nearly two weeks away, now lies under two feet of snow in some parts of the region. "Here we go," you could hear people saying, as though they were putting their heads down and trying to push a snow-stranded car out of the ditch. What they meant was something like, "Now we're in for it," or "Greetings, Mighty Winter — please spare us your wrath."

In fact there was no going anywhere on Saturday and early Sunday. More than a few people, schoolkids especially, found themselves wondering why the storm couldn't have brought its force to bear on a weekday, instead of a weekend. The real satisfaction in a sudden deluge of snow is having an unexpected holiday: a chance just to watch the weather reveal itself. For people who do their own plowing or shoveling — or their own shopping and driving and walking — the storm really added up to a lot of extra work.

The beauty of weather — like time itself — is that we have no idea what lies in store for us. This could be a one-shot winter, a pummeling storm followed by unexpected mildness. Or it could turn out to be the kind of winter when you can skate on the Hudson. Speculation is idle, but that's what makes it so entertaining.

The intensity of this storm has no predictive force. It contains no augury of things to come, except hours of snow removal. The hard part is knowing that whatever this season brings — mild or bitter — the region will probably finish digging out from under this Northeaster just in time for the start of winter proper.

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December 04, 2003

Games Made for Remaking

Thought this was interesting:
Raliegh, North Carolina.
IMAGINE buying the latest "Lord of the Rings" DVD and discovering that the cameras, lights, special effects and editing tools used in its making had been included at no extra charge. Or finding your favorite CD's crammed with virtual recording studios, along with implicit encouragement from the producer to remix the music, record your own material and post it all on the Internet.

Games Made for Remaking

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Remembering 'Nutcracker' Ballets Past

I posted this because I absolutely LOVE the Nutcracker. I was in the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet for four years and I was in the Nutcracker for two. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre now has a new production of The Nutcracker, with a Pittsburgh twist.

From the NYTimes:
The Christmas tree in the first New York City Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" threatened to catch fire at any moment from the sparking, smoking bulbs that simulated candles. The production cost twice as much as its allocated budget of $40,000. The costumes were still being sewn three hours before opening night.

Click on the Picture for the Article!

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December 03, 2003

Echinacea found to have little value for colds

Doesn't Ricola have Echinacea in them?

Echinacea does nothing to treat children's colds, according to a US study of more than 500 children.

Echinacea found to have little value for colds

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'Rings' Stars Bid Farewell to New Zealand Fans

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — "Lord of the Rings" stars thanked fans with a short farewell dance at Wellington airport Tuesday.

'Rings' Stars Bid Farewell to New Zealand Fans

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He's Young, Famous, and He's Got Plans

London -- WHEN you dine at the River Cafe in Hammersmith, on the outskirts of this city, you begin to see, and taste, where Jamie Oliver, now a celebrity and the star of "Jamie's Kitchen" on the Food Network, developed what he calls his "Tuscan globe-trotting" style of cooking.

He's Young, Famous, and He's Got Plans

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Past articles from New York Times

If you wanted to search for an article I found on the New York Times a few months ago, you won't be able to find it. I have to apologize for posting links to the articles from the NYTimes, because if you were looking for one specific article from the past, you'd have to pay to use the New York Times online. I'll probably be looking at the NYTimes and posting, but I will also be looking for news and features elsewhere. I'm sorry for this inconvenience.

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Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?

..."Chocolate is a relatively affordable obsession," Mr. Gordon said. "The most expensive bottle of wine is way out of most people's reach; the most expensive bottle of balsamic vinegar costs more than a thousand dollars. But the most expensive chocolate bar costs only $9."...

Hints of Wine? Chocolate Enters the Tasting Room

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December 02, 2003

Reading Romance Becomes a Controversy

Wonder what men and women are reading these days besides the newspaper? Novels. Not just any novels, thematic novels, such as romance, mystery and science fiction, which dominated over all of the other genres. Romance is one of the fastest and best-selling genres in the world.

Men and women’s subject choices are different as their reasons for reading. Men prefer science fiction, hoping to learn more about it, and women prefer mysteries, reading to entertain, according to a survey conducted by the Environics Research Group in Canada.

The survey said that forty-two percent of men and forty-three percent of women say they preferred biographies and historical books. The ratio of romance reading was only thirteen to two percent of women over men. Women chose romance over all of the other genres. Men, on the other hand, liked science fiction, business, and sports books.

“I don’t like the racy sex scenes in romance novels.” Tina Kopnitsky, a senior at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. had a different opinion. “It’s horrible. I have better things to do than read a romance novel.” On the other hand, Stefanie Robb, a freshman at the same college, said that she loves reading them. The usages of the ideas help people in their own relationships in the long run. She said, “Sometimes I wish that I will meet that perfect man one day from the books. I own 20 romance novels.”

Although the other genres are still often read, because it is in the contemporary romance category, “chick lit” (chick literature) is becoming the heavy favorite of 2003. Harlequin is a company who sells romance novels and has a number of different series. Their website is, and they just released their new series, “Flipside”. “Flipside” is about women who think, if love makes the world go round, then the ride is a lot more fun with a few laughs along the way. The “Flipside” series is brand new and becoming a fast-popular series, being of the new “chick lit” genre. Andrea Martin, a sophomore at Seton Hill said that she likes the romance genre because [the plots] are juicy to read.

Some covers of the Harlequin romance books are pretty controversial. For example, a more recent series of Harlequin, Blaze, is pretty controversial itself. On the cover it has pictures of half naked men and women dressed in lingerie about to engage in a sexual act. Even titles are pretty controversial. Some examples are:
· Under Fire
· One Naughty Night
· Barely Behaving

Walt Sczotcka, an alumni from Seton Hill and librarian-in-training said that “Romance novels are good, for what they’re worth. I’m not a big fan of them, but I know people who are.” Sczotcka compared romance novels to soap operas, even though he wasn’t making fun of the genre in general. He said that it truly showed women as objects.

According to Julie Smith of the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan, the House of Representatives is planning to pass a bill which requires resources containing “sexually explicit material” not to be allowed to minors. The purpose of the bill is to “ensure that minors are not allowed to examine sexually explicit materials and to require businesses to display this only in restricted areas,” said state representative Mike Sak, D-Grand Rapids, Michigan, who supports the bill. Opponents say that the law is too broad and could target romance novels, which is at its peak selling point. It could also target clinical sex manuals or even men’s magazines.

Society today thinks that women are mere sex objects rather than women who actually have a place in the workforce and society itself. Anne Stadler, a freshman at Seton Hill said, “Women are exploited more because they are considered weak and passive. They tend to be the ones who get overpowered by the men and in movies, they show their breasts and other parts of their body, but men are never revealed.”

Sczotcka said, “As a librarian in training, I need to constantly be aware of how children take out books. Suppose they have a question about sex, that they’re not comfortable about asking their parents. A librarian must act [as a parent] and decide what is best for that minor.” Stadler had a different opinion. “If a romance story contains sexually explicit material, I don’t think they should pass a law to take that privilege away from minors.”

Even though only a few states are considering removing sexually explicit materials from minor’s eyes, it’s not like reading or looking at them is a crime. The men and women who look at them just have to be at a mature age.

Martin agrees with Sczotcka. She thinks it’s a great idea. “These materials do not need to be displayed to minors until they learn to be respectful and mature.” However, she does like to read them. “They are fun and exciting. When I read I like to put myself in the story, so it’s always nice to be a part of a romance novel! Who wouldn’t want to read romance, as long as there’s a happy ending, of course! That always gives me hope that love still exists!”

So what constitutes a “mature age”?

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I hate argument papers!

Agh! this is so grueling! I am working on my research paper for Shakespeare, and I'm not having a good time with it. My topic is on the women characters in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and how they have power over the men. I am having so much trouble looking for passages and finding ideas in the play. I do have a number of resources, but I only have to use two, and i'm just so frustrated! Has anyone ever read the play? Can I have just a little bit of help?

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Twice risk for women smokers

Women who smoke are twice as likely as male smokers to develop lung cancer, no matter how many cigarettes they get through each day, US research has found.

Twice risk for women smokers

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Shopping and homework

Amanda Cochran liked this comic. I'm putting it up for her.


Shopping seems more like homework!!!

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The Ring

It's not what you think! LOTR fans go here!

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2nd Member of Board Resigns at Disney

This is interesting... Disney's going to go under! (which is pretty funny but it's a bad thing.)

2nd Member of Board Resigns at Disney

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Christmas comic

Okay so i think this comic would pretty much explain every other person on the planet. I thought it was funny! it was in yesterday's (12/1/03) paper.


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December 01, 2003


Thanks to Kate for this one.

ESFJ - "Seller". Most sociable of all types. Nurturer of harmony. Outstanding host or hostesses. 12.3% of total population.
Take Free Myers-Briggs Personality Test
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Biased About Someone Else's Bias

So here's a funny story:

It was the day before my birthday, and I was at SHU for orientation- I was an OA. My parents call me and tell Laurel (who was with me later on that day) to stop somewhere to buy my dad Ann Coulter's book, Treason. I said, okay, so we went to barnes and noble to buy the book. Nonetheless, it was a distraction for me, because when i got home, there were at least a hundred people at my house for my SURPRISE 21st birthday party. So you can see, Ann Coulter is going to stay with me in my mind for the rest of my life. I will definitely remember that day, as well as Ann Coulter, the person who saved the surprise.

"American journalists commit mass murder without facing the ultimate penalty, I think they are retarded." ~Ann Coulter

Alterman says that "Bernard Goldberg's book Bias suffers from many of the same weaknesses as Coulter's, though he lacks her colorful flair for murderous invective" (p5). I thought that Alterman was right about this. In Identity Politics, chapter four of Bias, Goldberg says that participating in things or events that are Republican-ic doesn't mean that a person is Republican.

I thought that Alterman's article was more interesting than Goldberg's. In one paragraph, Alterman basically says that Bias is a full complaint, all 220 pages. "Goldberg never bothers to systematically prove the existence of liberal bias in the news, or even define what he means by the term" (p6).

And Goldberg doesn't. Really what these two readings are: Goldberg is biased over the media and politics, and Alterman is biased over what Goldberg says about the media and politics, and he illustrates that as a comparison to Ann Coulter. I will probably have something more to write when we discuss this in class today.

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