Friday, October 26, 2007

Melissa and I have been pondering this issue lately... and wondering whether we should adopt it ourselves. What do you think?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

As I it here in the local library (which I have to say is very nice and is the busiest public library I've ever been to... I think it's my new study spot) I thought I'd send out an update to the airwaves.

School has been good and challenging lately. We've been wrestling with many issues in all of our classes. We've been looking at the role of government and globalization in the process of development. Is free market capitalism the best way to go, or is some governmental intervention appropriate? Reading "The World is Flat" helped show the benefits of globalization and outsourcing. Even though those of us in the Northwest and Quakerdom tend to protest those practices it was good to see there is some (however small) good that can come from it.

Through "For the Common Good" we looked at refraining the way we go about economics to be more aware of community and sustainability. We were challenged to think about simple living as a way to be other-centered. I really appreciated this book because it advocated simplicity, community, and sustainability from a very academic and technical standpoint. Often the argument for simplicity has no legs (economically speaking) and therefore gets disregarded quickly.

Things in my classes are gearing up a bit since the end of the semester projects are starting to loom their ugly heads. I have to do a comprehensive research project on an impoverished country of our choosing (I chose Peru). We also have to write an ethnograghy (story/biography of a culture of our choosing...mine is still undecided) for our Anthropology course. And finally, we have to do a financial case study on a non-profit organization of our choosing.

I'm excited for these projects (because I'm a nerd) but I'm also anxious because it will all be a lot of work.

I've had plenty I've wanted to talk about over the past few weeks but haven't found the time. So I thought at least a school update was in order.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lightning (and look-a-likes round 2)...

So growing up in Oregon never really caused me to see lightning up close and personal. It wasn't until I worked in the Sierra Nevada mountains before I really experienced a thunderstorm. Well, right now we are IN THE MIDDLE of a crazy thunderstorm. Lightning is landing all around us and the thunder is non-stop. The rain is pouring down.

And through it all my window is open. I am loving it. Part of it (the sound of rain) reminds me of a cold, wet Oregon night. The other part (the thunderstorm part) is just so awesome, so amazing to hear.

Hopefully the power won't go out.

And now onto look-a-likes round 2...

Growing up I had people tell me I look like a celebrity here or there. "Hey, your chin makes you look like Leno," is a line I heard quite often. Before coming here the weirdest one I heard was that I look like Woody Harrelson from Cheers. Woody Harrelson, really?

Well, while we were in the hospital during Melissa's miscarriage I was laying in Melissa's bed while she recovered from surgery. The nurse came in and got visibly nervous, she looked at me and finally said, "You're an athlete aren't you?" I said, "well, I am an athlete but do you mean professionally?" She said, "Yeah, you're a pro football player huh? A quarterback." "Nope", I replied. "You're Brett Favre arent'you?"

Brett Favre? Woody Harrelson? What is wrong with these people? It actually took me a while to convince her that was not Brett Favre.

My friend Tom from school says that I look like Matt Dylan. I don't know if I see it. What do you think?


So after my sister posted a couple of pictures on her blog comparing herself in 1983 to present day Suri Cruise (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter). It got me thinking...

After I stopped laughing at how funny those pictures are (you all really need to go check that out) I decided to make another comparison. I figure, if daughter looks like daughter, does dad look like dad?

I guess not.

Love you anyway dad...

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Jim Carrey - Call to Action on Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi

I have been following the unrest and violence that has been going on in Burma. Here is a video that I saw awhile ago talking about Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who has been in house arrest for over a decade. Much of what is going on now with the monk protests has to do with her past election and desire to democratize Burma. I thought you all might enjoy the video.