Writer's Block: Comic Instinct

Do you think animals have a sense of humor?
I was actually just kind of talking about this with Ben. I said that if I were a lion in a zoo, I would sit around and wait for people to come right up to the fence. Then I would charge and pounce at them and then laugh. He said lions don't have a sense of humor, so they wouldn't do that. I guess I agree. I'm sure some of the more intelligent species (i.e. chimps) have a sense of humor, though.

Writer's Block: Comments Please

Some of the best LJ moments take place in the comments, not the posts. What is your favorite comment or thread from a post?

Writer's Block: Swine Times

Are you worried about catching the swine flu? Do you have a plan for avoiding contagion or dealing with quarantine?
I was not worried about the avian flu, and I am not worried about the swine flu. The thing about these is that a couple people get it because they are constantly in contact with these animals. Then of course they can spread it to others. So there are small outbreaks, but that leads everyone to panic. Then the media gobbles it up and people overreact even more. Then you get otherwise healthy people who sneeze or have a coughing fit and think they've got this horrible virus. The news perpetuates that because they love getting to say "First outbreak of swine flu in Indiana! Grab your surgical masks!" And then everyone is terrified while I just sit here going about my normal business. So no, I am not worried about catching it and my plan for dealing with quarantine is rolling my eyes. And I will avoid contagion the same way I do every day of my life. Frequent hand washing and staying away from other people. Okay, so I am normally a bit of a germophobe...

Writer's Block: Licensed to Drive

Should we just be handing over the car keys when kids turn 16? Why or why not?
So I recently had a revelation. As we all know, America's legal drinking age is 21, whereas in most other countries it's 19 or less. America seems to think that 21 is an age where people magically become responsible with alcohol. I disagree. People become responsible with alcohol by experiences. Like, if you drink until you black out at a party and the next morning you wake up with penises drawn on your face in sharpie when you have to go to an interview that day, maybe you'll learn something. Or maybe not. But my point is that having a higher legal drinking age doesn't really do much. Most people don't wait until they're legal to try alcohol anyway.

So here's my  amazing thought -- Lower the drinking age to 18. Wait there's more. Raise the driving age to 21. The theory is that people will have had 3 years to experiment with alcohol, and hopefully be less likely to drive drunk. Not only that, but I can't be the only one who thinks having 14-year-olds (you can begin driver's training at 14 and 9 months [at least in Michigan]) drive a car is a little scary? Let them start learning at 19, get a license at 21, and maybe the roads will be a little safer.

Which brings me to old people driving. You know, I'd be for giving everyone a driving test every so often. But I know that's not going to happen. So screw giving old people a driving test, but at least make sure they pass a vision test. Anyway, I believe that the family should be keeping track of whether this person is still able to drive or not. It's a hard thing to do to take away their license, I'm sure, but it needs to be done. If they don't have a family (or a good friend), well, maybe that should be a requirement for keeping a license.

And my final rant topic at the moment is words that I cannot spell. Mainly "experiment" and "license". Seriously, I had to type these like 5 times before I got the spelling right. I don't know what it is about them... Oh and also "necessary". Ok, that is all.

Writer's Block: Witness Protection

Writer's Block time, because I am bored.

People who enter the Witness Protection Program have to change their names. If you were in that situation, which new name would you choose?
I'd change it to Jade. I really like it as a name for a girl.

If you had to enter the Witness Protection Program, whom would you find it the hardest to NOT ever contact again?

I'm going to say my mom. She is so fun and helpful all the time, it would be really hard to never talk to or see her again.

What would be the best thing about entering the Witness Protection Program and getting to start your life from scratch? The worst?

The best thing would be getting to live somewhere new. I'd also go for a new career path. Something fun like a Scuba instructor or something. Not lame like a biochemist. Oh, and I'd totally get a dog.  Obviously the worst thing would be leaving my friends and family. I have great friends and I'd be really sad if I never got to see them again, and I'd really miss my family.

Writer's Block: Desert Island Time

You're packing your bag for that magical desert island that happens to have electricity, a TV, and a DVD player—what five DVDs do you take with you?
1. Mulan
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3. Phantom of the Opera
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
5. Madagascar (seems fitting)

You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

(Submitted By </a></b></a>mika_uriah)

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (it was hard to pick just one!)
2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
4. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (I'd actually have time to read it!)
5. A book about how to survive on a desert island!

Dec. 15th, 2007

Happy 4 year anniversary, Journal!


So, we actually had a snow day today, and part of tomorrow. Purdue officially canceled classes due to snow for the first time since like '87. That was so awesome; I had an exam today that I didn't study for. Now I can procrastinate for another week, yay!

umm, I guess that's all I wanted to say for now. Oh yeah, and I don't want to do my math homework. bye.

Jan. 7th, 2007


so that's my schedule for this semester. Plus 1 more class that isn't officially on there yet - Music Theory. That goes from 12:00 - 1:15 tuesdays and thursdays. I think this will be a better schedule than last semester. My earliest class is 10:30, w00t! Even though mondays and wednesdays will suck and I won't get out until around 5:30 every day... I'm a night person anyway. I'm still mad at my advisor about his dumb mistake that made me not get in Bio 287, which would have replaced the horrible lab modules that are 138 and 139, but maybe it will work out okay? anyway, I suppose I should be getting to bed. Have a nice day and all that jazz (roses, yup, bufori, el bano.... ooh sorry started on that darn band cheer). Nighty night.


Restless souls wander where they don't belong
The rising sun will eventually set,
A newborn's life will fade.
From sun to moon, moon to sun...
Give peaceful rest to the living dead.

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