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March 3, 2008

Current Event: Local News & The Setonian...

For this particular exercise I chose a story from my own home-grown newspaper The Daily Times, which is located in Salisbury, Maryland. I first searched for a story on the newspaper's local news webpage. The actual article that I chose to analyze was entitled Oystering: A hard life in hard times and it dealt with issues facing local waterman as skipjack restrictions and efforts for bay restoration went into effect. Issues surrounding the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland affect me greatly because I was born and raised in Ocean City [one the beach] and my grandfather was very active in marine life.

This particular article really hits home because it deals with real people and the problems they are having as they try to sustain their livelihoods as waterman during a difficult time for the industry. I thought that this article was relevant to our focus on community journalism because it is in fact centered on a community: the fishing/watermen community of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The topic of the article directly affects this small community of people and may not be seen as newsworthy to someone outside of that area. People in Greensburg aren’t living on a coast line, and for that reason they might not care about this news. Also the people that don’t work as waterman may not care.

This article also relates to local and community news because it brings a very human oriented perspective to the subject matter. There is a specific focus on the watermen’s days off as well as how they judge when to go out on the water. Several skipjack captains are quoted on their life as waterman and the difficult times they have seen over the span of their careers. I did find one particular quote in this article rather unsettling, but then again I suppose these watermen may be from a different generation where it was ok to say things like:

"We're worse than women," Delmas Benton said. "We talk about everything."

Along with the watermen's issues the article also discussed the pollution and toxin related problems facing the Chesapeake Bay. One quote that really stuck out to me about this article was one regarding the nature of becoming a skipjack captain. It is a tradition and like most things in a small town or community it is something to be proud of.

"If you're a skipjack (captain), it's because your father was one and his father was one," Walt Benton said.

Well now that I have summarized why this article is a local news article with a focus on community journalism I must talk about the Setonian. The student paper can definitely benefit from this articles use of the human interest angle. The article examines struggle, factual conditions adding to the struggle and a possible solution. I think a lot of the time the Setonian tends to have editorials that rant about a problem rather than suggesting a solution. Clearly these watermen have problems, but they are not opposed to the moratorium idea, and they remain optimistic about the conditions. If we are in fact trying to take more stories into the community of Greensburg it may be a good idea to look into where the city's economic staple lies.

If we are in fact trying to take more stories into the community of Greensburg it may be a good idea to look into where the city's economic staple lies and examine what has affected it over the years. Money is something that everyone needs and when the economy is down a lot of people suffer. We could also tie something in here with the paper about students working as waitresses or other gratuity dependent jobs and how it effects they ability to go to school [if that is not overstepping any boundaries].

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Writing Material: Douglass Agenda Item...

Frederick Douglass - From Narrative of the Life of an African Slave

Agenda Items: "If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing, but to obey his master- to do as he is told. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world." - Mr. Auld, pg 99 (Douglass).

Continued, "If you teach a nigger to how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. ..it would make him discontented and unhappy."

The slave narrative. When Douglass moved to Baltimore at age ten he gained access to the tools he needed to learn how to read and write. He was able to learn the ABCs with a family called Auld (pg 99). Douglass saw the denial of education to slaves as the white man's way of controlling him even further. In many cases education was the key to freedom. After finally gaining instruction from master Hughes, Douglass learned to read and write. It seems like Douglass followed the idea that when you tell someone that they can't do something you are actually motivating them to succeed.

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March 6, 2008

Oral Presentation Slot B: Responses...

Stormy Knight's presentation blog focused on the reading in Writing Material by You Can Always Look it Up—Or Can You? By E.D Hirsch, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Well I wholeheartedly believe that it takes knowledge to gain knowledge for the sheer fact that everyone has to learn to read and write from someone else. There are very few self taught literate individuals. Learning breeds learning and that is the way the cycle works.

I am not sure how I feel about the definition of cognitive learning.

“Cognitive learning supports deeper knowledge of many subjects as opposed to a broad knowledge base.” Is this in theory an argument against the liberal arts education?

Stormy's Question Responses:

1. I sometimes use the internet to look up things that I am not completely clear on, but I do not use outside books often. The convenience of the internet allows me to Google a topic or simply look for an entry about it on Wikipedia.

2. I prefer to use the internet all the time.

David Cristello's presentation was on paper and therefore could not be linked to directly. Since David centered his focus on Malcolm X I used a large part of paper 1 to comment on his presentation.

As a child Malcolm X saw the effects of racism in his neighborhood when a group of white supremacists burned down his house. After this event X was changed for life and became a pimp, drug dealer and hustler. Upon being sent to jail in 1946, X sought out education as a means of necessity to function. In order to improve his reading and writing skills copied the dictionary word for word. The Autobiography of Malcolm X demonstrates how previously uneducated individuals can use the power of reading and writing for empowerment. This is comparable to the way in which slaves were uneducated and were then granted sudden access to a new social power upon receiving an education.

Similarly to Frederick Douglass, X is a perfect example of someone that has used increased literacy power and education to impact society at large. Upon arriving in jail X began writing letters to the people he had known in the hustling world and never received a reply. According to X “the average hustler and criminal was too uneducated to write a letter. ”During the time that X was in jail he wrote to powerful political individuals such as the Mayor of Boston, Governor of Massachusetts and Harry S. Truman. He used the power of writing in order to voice his message to a world that he was not in direct contact with at that time.

It was in fact through these letters that X began to recognize the start of his homemade education. It was because of a lack of an ability to convey his thoughts that X began copying the dictionary in order to become functional and articulate with the English language. Prior to attempting to enhance his reading and writing abilities, X was considered uneducated and seen as a member of society with a lesser value than one with an education. Through his prison experience and studies X educated himself far beyond his original eighth grade education.

X began copying words from the dictionary as a means to broaden his vocabulary and enhance his lexicon. His method was not complex and consisted of reviewing words he had written down from the dictionary on a daily basis and memorizing the meanings of which he was unfamiliar. X claimed that the dictionary was like a “miniature encyclopedia” and that after perfecting his literacy he could “for the first time pick up a book and read and now understand what the book was saying." Admittedly X was no longer and uneducated street hustler, but rather someone who had found a new and intrinsic value in literature.

Though X was imprisoned during this time in his life he used literacy to free his mind and overcome his demons. He wrote in his autobiography that after acquiring a friendship in books he forgot that he was imprisoned at all. In the same regard as Douglass, X faced the oppression of education while imprisoned. X was forced to read in secret at night when the inmates were supposed to be sleeping. Douglass and X each described the feeling as liberating when they finally gained access to reading and writing.

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DGJ: South Park Character...

I needed to share this little bit of humor before I go insane from having so much work to do. I hope everyone can enjoy this to the fullest potential. I am burned out right now from school and cannot wait until the break. I need to get away from here for a little while and relax. I am on my way to Florida.


*Please note the microphone headset for all the online gaming and multitasking.

EL 336: Paper 1 Presubmission...

1. Possible Topics: Literacy used as a means for minorities to advance and the ways in which the white literacy groups continue to oppress them.

Cultural shifts as communication technologies have evolved and our reaction to these shifts as it applies to each period [oral, manuscript, digital].

African American use of literacy [the ability to read and write] in order to overcome adversity such as racism.

2. Thesis (original): African Americans such as Frederick Douglas and Malcolm X used reading and writing to fight the oppression that was placed upon them by white literary groups.

Revised: I have not come up with a specific revision for the thesis above, but I have decided to talk about ways in which literacy can oppress as well as liberate. I also want to stress that people with the ability to read and write have more advantages.

3. Notes: It is possible that minority groups with a base in oral culture feel that conforming to literacy can take away from their heritage. There is a certain sense of cultural abandonment. I want to refer back to literacy as being imperious, which is what Ong said in his essay.

If I stick with the African American slant for the essay I will need to find a source about Martin Luther King Jr. writing letters from the Birmingham Jail. Could Harriett Tubman read and write? Google search needed for race and reading, African American literacy rates, minorities and literacy. Possibly explore bilingualism. Women/Minorities.

4. Works Cited:

Douglass, Frederick. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.”
Book. (1845) Rpt. in Writing Material: Readings from Plato to the Digital Age.
Ed. Evelyn B. Tribble and Anne Trubek. New York: Addison Wesley Longman
Inc. 2003, 96-103.

Little, Malcolm. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” Book. (1965). Rpt. in Writing
Material: Readings from Plato to the Digital Age. Ed. Evelyn B. Tribble and Anne
Trubek. New York: Addison Wesley Longman Inc. 2003, 242-245.

Ong, Walter. “Writing Is A Technology that Restructures Thought.” Lecture (1985)
Rpt. in Writing Material: Readings from Plato to the Digital Age. Ed. Evelyn
B. Tribble and Anne Trubek. New York: Addison Wesley Longman Inc. 2003, 315-337.

Shannon, Patrick and Jacqueline Edmondson. Reading Education Policy: A Collection of Articles from the International Reading Association. New York: International Reading Association, 2005.Verhoeven, Alex. Ethnic Minority Children Acquiring Literacy. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, Inc, 1987

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March 8, 2008

Awesome Family Photo...

I just had my Dad send me this photo today via e-mail because I was telling someone about the story. It was taken 25 years ago when my Dad was in college. Someone he knew had hit a deer with a truck and he was the only one that could gut it. Because he was at school they just strung it up at a basketball court and split it. I think my Dad looks a lot like Al Paccino in Serpico here.


Simpsonized Jerz...

DGJ Simpson style from back when he was rocking the beard. Blowing off some more steam and stress with my recreational blogging.

March 10, 2008

EL 200: Portfolio 2...

Lab Report - A news article that covers my contributions to the production of The Setonian.

Term Project Plan - A plan (with my own deadlines) for my term project

Election Assignment / Project Idea - Election-related assignment or project that I think would make a good match for EL200 in the fall of next year.

Other Assignments

Current Event 1 - A look at how local coverage differs from national (or, depending on the story, perhaps international) coverage. This blog shows three different depictions of the arrest of a St. Peter's College (Jersey City, N.J.) student for sending threats to the school and other students.

Current Event 1 Analysis - An anaysis of the three different articles concerning the St. Peter's College incident. Each article convyes varying messages to the readers about the arrested student.

Current Event 2 - The analysis of a current news article that was relevant to this semester's focus on local news and community journalism. The article that I blogged about concerned issues facing local waterman as skipjack restrictions and efforts for bay restoration went into effect.

Media Lab Discussion Blog - An overview of some ideas that we talked about in class regarding the long term good of the Setonian. Many of the ideas concern how we can better the Setonian Online with more new media elements.

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March 9, 2008

Election Assignment / Project Idea...

I think that one potential assignment for the EL 200 class in the fall would be to have the students write an article about each presidential candidate [Democratic & Republican]. This would be a good chance to work on non-biased and non-partisan reporting. Being able to report the facts is the key to this assignment rather than being able to convince the reader to vote on way or the other. Political writing is not something that we get a chance to do a lot of the time at SHU and I think this would be a nice exposure to it.

I have also thought about the political blogosphere as a place to work on this kind of writing. It may even be pertinent to have the students blog an article about the campaign at a later point in time since there is such a distinct difference in blogging about something and actually writing a formal news article on the same subject. I have come across an interesting article on political bloggers that I think would be a helpful template in showing the influence of blogs on politics and vise versa.

The third idea that I had centers on the idea of having a mock press conference or political debate with questions at the end of it. We could invite the College Republicans and Democrats in order to debate the issues surrounding the final candidates. Since many of the students have never been to a political debate before this would be a nice practice activity. I was also thinking that the students could potentially do some polling as well. Since we have not done much with polls in the past this is something we might want to look into and research.

In regard to enhancing the interactive elements of the Setonian Online it might also be a good idea to work on a special political speak out that includes locals rather than SHU students. This would also help to keep our ties to the community strong. Audio and video interviews with the opinions of local people as well as students would be nice to have. We can designate groups to cover certain areas in town and on campus.

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Lab Report...

Issue Two Going Going Gone...(411 words)
By: Leslie A. Rodriguez

The second issue this semester of Seton Hill University’s (SHU) student newspaper the Setonian has been flying off the stands since it came out on Thursday March 6, 2008. With the spring semester well underway it is apparent that the staff of the paper is working diligently to make each issue completely polished.

Although she did not write an article for this edition of the paper, former sports editor Leslie Rodriguez remained active during the production cycle and was deeply involved with the copy editing process.

Rodriguez copyedited articles and read through the copy edits while making corrections as needed in the Microsoft Word document files on the Macintosh computers.

Editor in chief Stormy Knight is pleased that Rodriguez has been a constant presence in the office and continues to mentor the younger staff members.

“Chelsea Oliver has a lot to learn from Leslie. I am glad that she is working on the paper again. Leslie's experience will come in very handy as we get ready for this transitional period regarding the staff,” said Knight.

Along with working on the paper during production Rodriguez is also developing some ideas to make the Setonian online more interactive and based in new media. She will be working on this project with senior staff writer and columnist Chris Ulicne.

"I'm looking forward to working with Leslie to see what we can do with the Setonian Online. We've both got some experience working on new media projects. It's really going to come in handy. I really want to see the website get more traffic from SHU students, and I think our term project is going to go a long way towards making that happen," said Ulicne.

Rodriguez is generally pleased with the role she plays as a senior staff member and guide to the younger students working on the paper. She has indicated that she hopes to be able to recruit several new staff members by the end of the semester in order to replace those that will be graduating. Rodriguez also has several story ideas that she hopes to pitch for the next issue.

"I have been thinking a lot about the influence of Webkinz on college campuses. I already began research at Seton Hill as well as Saint Vincent. If this idea flourishes it will help to create and article that focuses on the addiction and distraction that Webkinz can cause and their popularity among the over 20 year old crowd," said Rodriguez.

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Term Project Plan...

The following dates are the deadlines that I would like to meet for working on my term project EL 200's spring class. Finally I have centered on the idea of adding more interactive elements to the Setonian's online edition.

Ideas that we spoke about in class were:

- Photo slideshows for the Setonian Online.
- Photo or video speak out on the Setonian Online.
- Standard audio and video recordings regarding speak out and polling questions.
- Cropped t-shirt photo contest to match with students and we can take submissions online.
- Guess the professor's baby photo.

Phase 1: 2/11/08 - 2/18/08
1. Individually assess the needs of the online edition of the student newspaper.
2. Contact Kayla Sawyer and Stormy Knight for their input on the needs of the online paper.
3. Find willing and able individuals with experience in coding html as well as Flash [mostly those who have taken New Media Projects or EL 200 with the emphasis on podcasting]. Specifically I think it would be a good idea to look for people that are not graduating so that the maintenance of these new media elements can be kept up on the site.

Phase 2: 2/25/08 - 3/10/08
1. Decide on the most important element that I want to add to the Setonian online.
2. Begin working on this interactive addition to the online paper.
3. Beta test this creation with students that are both on the paper, in EL 200 and general members of the student body.

Phase 3: 3/15/08 - 5/09/08
1. Implementation of new media on a blog to test capacity of the software.
2. Get feedback from Dr. Jerz on how we can improve my final product.
3. Final placement on the website for the summer edition of the paper or for the last edition.

Assignment Link

March 11, 2008

McLuhan (91-180) Agenda Item & Informal Reflection...

Agenda Item: “Teachers in the middle ages regarded the Bible as a school book par excellence. The little clerk learned his letters from the Psalter, and the Bible would be used in teaching him the liberal arts.” - Beryl Smalley as quoted by McLuhan on pg 99.

I chose this agenda item because it stuck out to me. It had a little bit to do with the topic that I discussed in my research paper. In my paper I referenced the teaching of African American slaves to read the Bible by Puritans in the seventeenth century. The Puritans believed that if there was anything that a slave needed to know it was how to read the scriptures.

The use of the Bible as a teaching tool is something that has gone on for years. In class Jerz mentioned the Amish’s use of the Bible as a primary teaching text in regard to literacy. Though there are certain differences between Biblical literacy and using the Bible to obtain literacy. In the middle ages the Bible was considered one of the most important texts that people used in teaching.

- I commented on Kayla Sawyer's blog entry regarding manuscript culture. I commented that the idea of reading as a private experience is one that can be examined on many levels. I have always believed that reading alone brings a sense of intimacy to the table. Reading out loud and in groups can change the opinions that we harbor about a given text because of something as trivial as the inflections in the reader's voice.

- I also commented on Dani Choynowski's entry on this reading. I would like to think that when we take our spoken words and put them on to paper that it does not mean we must sacrifice any of the messages we are trying to get across. I personally feel like that when we speak we must be condensed in our thinking and that print culture allows us to elaborate upon these ideas further. It is interesting that you mention the words being imprinted into our minds. I feel like a good orator can have the same effect on our minds as an excellent author.

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March 3, 2008

Writing Material: Douglass Informal Reflection...

*Note* I took a lot of this reflection about the reading from a paper that I wrote for the class regarding the emphasis of literacy and education on the African American population.

Douglass was one of the most influential African American abolitionists to escape the subjugation of slavery in1838. Though Douglass lived much of his life as an uneducated slave he was eventually able to master the skills of reading and writing after several years of tedious efforts. W.E.B. Du Bois estimated that only 5 percent of slaves became literate and mastered skills of trade such as blacksmithing and carpentry. Douglass is the quintessential example of an individual that used literacy and education in order to obtain liberation from enslavement.

In his memoir Narrative of the Life of an American Slave, Douglass emphasizes the mental cruelty of slavery and implies that keeping slaves in the dark educationally was in actuality a cruel physical mistreatment (Douglass 96). Predominately slaves did not learn to read and write because it was illegal for them to be taught and their masters did not want them attempting to communicate with anyone outside of the plantation (Douglass 96). In his memoir Douglass also noted that as African Americans learned how to read and write their status in the slave community often rose significantly.

Douglass was first exposed to reading when his mistress, Mrs. Auld taught him the ABCs as well as the ability to spell three or four letter words. He was quickly halted in his education by the plantation master who believed it was unsafe to teach a slave to read. Mr. Auld claimed that “a nigger should know nothing but to obey his master - to do as he is told to do,” and “if you teach a nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave.” Mr. Auld like many slave owners recognized that literacy and liberation went hand in hand. The concept of oppressing African American’s by denying them educational benefits was one that was widely accepted in both the pre and post Civil War eras. Slave owners often thought that African Americans would become unmanageable and of no value to their masters if they obtained an education that lead them to have thoughts of freedom.

The un-encouraging sentiments regarding education expressed by Mr. Auld only motivated Douglass further towards his goal of learning to read and write. After moving to Baltimore, Maryland he successfully became literate, but his battle with racial adversity was far from over. In his narrative Douglass recounts that he often took books on errands with him and read in secrecy so not to be punished by his master or mistress . Eventually it was the reading of a book entitled The Columbian Orator that exposed Douglass to the dignity of human rights and made him detest his own situation of being enslaved. In a sense it was literacy that liberated him both physically and mentally.

In the case of Douglass literacy proved to be a tool that lead to his freedom from slavery and created a gateway for his involvement with the abolishnist movement. Douglass began making great progress for African Americans through the use of education when he started a night school for former slaves. The school was highly secretive and quickly rose in enrollment to a total of twenty men. Douglass knew that education was the key to leading African American’s to status as free individuals. While attempting to educate other slaves he visited Nashville and New Orleans and spoke to crowds preaching that thrift, morality, literacy and industrial education would act as a catalyst for the advancement of the African American race in society.

- I commented on Jeremy Barrick's entry for this reading. On his blog I asked do you think that Douglass believes that city slaves are free because some of them have had a prolonged exposure to education? After all he did express that he felt liberated after learning how to read and write. He climbed up the social ladder when he obtained this skill that carried a lot of power.

-I also commented on Rachel Prichard's blog entry for this reading. II commented that it is interesting that it was in fact reading that lead Douglass to draw the conclusions that his situation of enslavement was not a good one. Rather than be unchanged by this knowledge he used it to motivate himself and liberate his mind. His discovery of the word abolition was also a very moving passage of the reading. Imagine living in a time when you were denied basic human rights because of the color of you skin. And like you said it is still going on in some countries today.

March 12, 2008

Riding in cabs with Boyle...

*Note*This is just a little reflection that I meant to post at the beginning of February about my trip with President JoAnne Boyle to Washington DC. The name of this blog entry came from when we had to take a cab with Dr. Boyle to see some of the legislators. It is a play on the movie "Riding in Cars with Boys."

As part of my public policy internship this semester I traveled to Washington, DC with three other interns on Tuesday February 5, 2008. During this trip I had the pleasure of attending The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) conference with Seton Hill University (SHU) President JoAnne Boyle. We were joined at the conference by countless other educators from across the nation. Although I was initially nervous about going on the trip and representing the university it ended up being a fantastic and rewarding experience.

The beginning of the day was something that really helped me to get more excited about the current election and the issues that we were in Washington to discuss. I particularly enjoyed the commentary that Donna Brazile gave in regard to the elections and the idea that the parties should intermingle when the final tickets are decided. Though she spoke about the election, Brazile also expressed a great advocacy for higher education, which was the reason we had all gathered on that day.

The second speaker of the morning was a pollster named Peter Hart. His presentation on the elections and the nation’s response to the issues was really very riveting. I was taken back by the statistical analyses that he presented regarding America’s priorities on election issues. Transparency and authenticity in candidates appeared to be on the top of many people’s lists. This was an issue that I later talked about in a blog entry regarding Obama and pencil technology.

In particular my favorite part of the trip was the alumni dinner in which we were able to sit down with several very politically influential SHU graduates. I enjoyed hearing their stories about becoming involved in politics and how they influenced various facets of the federal government. I hope to remain in contact with these alumni as I prepare to graduate. I have already been staying in contact with an alumni named Stephanie Powers that works as the project director for The Council on Foundations.

McLuhan (180-263): Agenda Item...

Agenda Item: "Print altered not only the spelling and grammar but the accentuation and inflection of languages, and made bad grammar possible.” - McLuhan, pg 231.

The standardization of printing lent itself to the alteration of spelling and grammar across the world. As books were circulating the people reading them no doubt began to assimilate to the spellings in the books. Now in regard to making bad grammar possible I was not sure if that referred to bad grammar being caused because of the circulation of mistakes in printed texts or because of the sudden recognition that the texts were correct and the oral language was using bad grammar?


I commented on Rachel Prichard's blog that I remembered once when I was a freshman pondering the statement that print culture was dead. But it is very much alive and well. Every few centuries someone tries to claim that an older version of something is now obsolete. I do agree that print culture is becoming alien, but it is far from extinct.

I also commented on Jeremy Barrick's blog entry. I wrote "Good point Rachel. I think that now more than ever the book and other forms of literacy technology are readily available because of the internet."

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March 25, 2008

Cellular Notepad: Use It...

How can I begin this blog entry? Well first I suppose I should say that it has been a long time in the making. I had been wanting to write about the notepad function on my phone ever since last year when it became so useful to me.

In my opinion one of the handiest and most practical tools available on many cell phones today is the notepad. It may not seem like much at first glance, but this is because it truly is as simplistic in nature as the original physical representation of the notepad. In fact it varies very little from a regular notepad in purpose as well as functionality.

A convenience of the cellular notepad is that it is theoretically a quicker and more efficient way of taking notes. It provides the user with the option of texting their notes rather than handwriting them on a piece of paper. Though it does not have a complete word processor with thesaurus and spell check the cellular notepad provides the user with space to solidify ideas and thoughts that otherwise would have been forgotten.

I am the proud owner of an LG Envy model VX9900, which has some of the most advanced features that mobile phones today can possess. Currently I have about 30 notes that I have taken down over the past year. The notes that I have vary from funny quotes to things I want to blog about. I can't help but advocate the use of this tool.

Below are a few of my favorite notes:

"Polluting won't make you happy." - Dec. 8, 2008 3:41 am
"The higher the hair the closer to God." - Dec. 21, 2008 10:26 am
"Jorts are jean shorts." - Dec. 25, 2008 6:18 pm

"The average baby goes through 3000 diapers per year." Jan. 11, 2008 2:39 pm
"Facebooking someone is when you slam a phone book in someone's face when they are passed out drunk and then scream..oh you got facebooked." - Jan. 3, 2008 3:31pm

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