You are now entering the realm of semi-intelligent thoughts. Keep your mind open and your mouth shut!

Saturday, October 25, 2003

This, Boys and Girls, is a Crazy Man 

I'm not even going to justify this crap with a fisking. You'll just have to read it for yourself. (WARNING: It's from Democratic Underground, the home of some of the biggest moonbats on the planet. Reading for too long may result in purchasing an electric car and not bathing)


I know it's a bit hypocritical of me to generalize like this, but if you read the article, you'll understand why an intelligent response wouldn't do any good.



Interesting Observation 

Sorry, still no rant. I'm reading a bunch of other blogs, but the content is too outdated to really inspire anything. However, I want to mention something I saw in my dorm. In the bathroom on my floor, there is a poster about a speaker (Mark Regev) who is coming to the school on Tuesday. There are probably more, but I know at least one is here. He's going to be talking about 9-11, the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Now, here's the interesting part: He's associated with the the Israeli embassy and a program called "Caravan for Democracy," and is going to be talking about why we need to fight the war on terror. I was shocked. A liberal arts university is actually bringing in somebody who represents the conservative viewpoint! The guy is actually going to be encouraging patriotism and telling people why they should support Israel. Like I said, there are probably more posters, so the fact that this one is in the bathroom doesn't really prove anything. The school itself is bringing in this speaker. I'd like to present this as yet another reason why Syracuse is one of the best universities in America. They may favor liberals, but they don't blacklist conservatives. I love it. I still enjoy writing about some of the dumb liberalized things my professors say, but there hasn't been anything close to what I've seen from other schools. We've still got a long way to go before we reach what could be considered a moderate political atmosphere, but radicalism is generally isolated and usually ignored. Well, that was fun. Like I said, I still don't have a good rant, but it can only be a matter of time before something else upsets me. If anyone has a suggestion, feel free to let me know. The comments work correctly now, so I'll see it right away.

Completely Random Stuff 

This is strange. When I use Internet Explorer, the hit counter appears on all the archived pages, but not the main page. When I use AOL, it appears on every page, but the posts are screwed up. And, of course, Netscape just plain sucks, so I haven't even tried it. Also, the pictures are slowly coming back online now that my bandwidth limit has been reset. That's what happens when you use free image hosting, I guess. So...what else should I write about? Hmmmm....let's see here....wow. I've got nothing. Really. I'll just keep up this stream of consciousness stuff for awhile. Here's one thing: today is the one month blogiversary of Semi-Intelligent Thoughts. On September 25, 2003, I read the RWN guide to starting your own blog, followed a link to the Blogger homepage, filled out the required sections, and started posting. Now, one month later, I've got some extra features, a couple regular readers, and a hobby that uses up way too much of my time. I'll write a more complete "history" later, but I have things to do in the real world pretty soon. Here's another thing: Default, one of my favorite bands, has a new CD coming out on November 25 (good way to celebrate the 2 month blogiversary if I'm still doing this then). It's called Elocation, and from the Quicktime samples on their website, I'd say it's going to be excellent, even though it sounds a lot like their first one. As far as this site goes, I'm still adding more links to various sources, as you may be able to tell. It's all part of my attempt to get more pages linking to me, but it still helps them, so it's not completely self-centered. Also, most of them are really good. I really haven't written anything particularly meaningful in a few days, but hopefully that will change. I may have to go back to my original plan of writing an extended explanation of one of the quotes from my Book of Semi-Intelligent Thoughts, the inspiration for the blog. I'm about done for now. Before I go, I really have to write about a dream I had last night. I don't know if anyone has played the original "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter" for Nintendo 64, but I dreamt that I was in that game. However, instead of the usual jungle setting, I had somehow ended up in the Carrier Dome, and it was full of people. A bunch of enemies from the game started attacking me, and I fought them off. Then, for some reason, I whipped out the fusion cannon, the most destructive weapon in the game, and started firing it at the spectators. When I fired at one guy, he started singing "Amazing Grace" and then leaped to his death, but the ball of fusion followed him and turned into one of those little red kickballs that elementary schools have. At this point, I woke up. Now, I don't know if that means anything, but it was the strangest dream I've had in several weeks, so I felt like I should write about it. I guess that's what happens when you sleep for 9 hours. I think I'll go now. I have to go make a transaction.

Yes, I Really Am Posting at 2:30 in the Morning 

I was going to go to sleep, but I just read something extremely disturbing that I had to link to. I'm pretty sure I've seen bits and pieces of this article before, but I found the entire thing in one place and read through it. I'll warn you now that it may offend you for several reasons, which I won't go into here. I just want to offer a quick introduction explaining why people need to read this. It's basically about how gay activists are trying to indoctrinate children and teenagers into their radical belief system. Now, I realize that because I'm what liberals might call a "homophobic fundamentalist bigot" (otherwise known as Christian), not everybody will agree with my views on homosexuality, but this stuff is really scary. Even if you don't have a problem with homosexual behavior (which is what I object to, NOT the homosexuals themselves), you can't possibly read this article and not worry about our nation's youth. I'll let you see for yourselves, because I can't keep my eyes open much longer.

Queering the Schools

Another Great Selection from the Blogosphere 

I'm still not prepared to write a really good rant because A) It's been incredibly boring on campus today, B) I can't access the New York Times online for some reason, and C) It's 1:35 in the morning, and I've been sitting at this computer for about 6 hours now (have I mentioned I have no social life?), so my brain hurts. However, I had to link to this post I just found on Serenity's Journal. It explains why conservatives, in many cases, care more about helping people and being honest than liberals. Seriously, you have to read this. Especially if you're a liberal. My roommate is talking way too loudly into his cell phone, so I'm going to have to go. Here's the link:

A Conservative I Am

Friday, October 24, 2003

Victory is Mine!!!! 

I feel really stupid right now, despite the title of the post. After all that time I spent manually typing the HTML codes for various features on the site, I remembered that I could just cut and paste using the edit menu. In the words of the late Chris Farley, "I'm such an IDIOT!!!!" Fortunately, this is actually a good thing, because the comments finally work right. Apparently I didn't enter the code correctly when I originally added comments to the template, and it stuck those huge numbers next to the link. Thanks to this revelation, however, the code has now been flawlessly copied, and for the first time, you can tell when comments have been posted. The alterations haven't affected the appearance of the comments box, and all the old ones survived the metamorphosis, so the only difference is that new ones will actually register. To prove it, I'll add a comment for this post, and it should say "Comments (1)" at the bottom. We'll see. I apologize once again for not writing anything meaningful, but I've had a long week and don't feel real enthusiastic about anything right now. I will refer you to another blog I spent some time on. "Critical Mass," which is in the links section, is all about liberal bias on college campuses. Reading some of the stuff on there made me even happier to be attending Syracuse. We have speech codes and things, but I haven't seen any reports from this school about double standards or indoctrination. I have written about stuff like this personally, but I also occasionally note that the students have a tendency to think for themselves at SU, which is the left's worst nightmare. I seem to have gotten off track, but I'll end by referring you again to Critical Mass. Check it out, and hopefully I'll have a rant by the end of the week...end. That was redundant.

New Link(s)! 

I was just looking at the top referrers on RWN, and I noticed that I had yet to visit one of the highest ranked ones. I checked it out, and now I'm linking to it. It's called "Tongue Tied," and it points out numerous examples of how the Thought Police (I'm capitalizing that term from now on) are trying to take freedom of speech away from certain groups. The great thing is that this page is largely objective. I only read a few posts, but it seems to just report the facts and let you discover the idiocy for yourself. I'm not going to say much more about it, because I want to keep reading it myself, but you can click on the link provided here and in the link section to see it.

-Go to Tongue Tied now.-

I'm gradually adding more links to the sidebar. Keep checking, and please visit them, especially the ones in the "Blogs, etc." section. It gives them more traffic, it lets you read a lot more information and opinions, and if they see SIT in their referrer logs, it could result in me getting linked on more than 2 pages, so all 3 parties benefit. Speaking of pages that link me, I'll give them some free publicity just for the heck of it, since they've done me a favor.

VRWC, inc.
VRWC, created by James Finch, was the first blog to link me. Also, without his help, I wouldn't have a hit counter or comments, so please help me return the favor and check out his page.

Jaws (also known as Josh) is one of my most frequent visitors, and he has a link to SIT on his page, so he's been a big help. He's also a college student, so he deals with a lot of the weird leftist propaganda that circulates around most universities. Also, his blogroll is huge, so that gives you even more options.

So, like I said, visit these pages in particular, but try and check out the other blogs too. Don't forget to check back here, though. I don't know when my next big post will be, but I usually write rants off the top of my head, so they're pretty unpredictable. Thanks for coming here, by the way, whether you're a regular or just visiting for the first time. I'm going to stop rambling now. Later.

Weekend Blog Report 

I still don't have anything really important to post about, but it's early, so there's still plenty of time. I should tell you that my roommate has his girlfriend visiting, and they spend most of their time watching TV. It's hard to concentrate on writing when there's talking in the background, so I'll have limited opportunities to write extended stuff, but I'll definitely make an effort. I'd recommend that you keep looking through the archives if you haven't seen all of those posts yet, because there are over 50 posts that aren't on the front page right now. Also, tomorrow is SIT's one month blogiversary, so I'll try to do something special for that. I just got an email about the SU drumline website, and they're still working on bios now, but it may be ready before the end of the season (early December). I hope I'll get a chance to link to that. Since I've got nothing right now, I suggest you go to Right Wing News and read John Hawkins' defense of General Boykin. He pretty much echoes my feelings on the incident. I haven't talked about it (and I can't get into details right now because my roommate and his girlfriend are watching "Sex and the City" and I can't frickin' concentrate), but I think the antitheists on the left have really shown how hypocritical they are with that incident. If you don't know what I'm talking about, RWN will clear it up. Okay, that's it for now. I'll be back later, hopefully with something interesting.

245 hits! Wow. I don't know what to say!

It's Late and I Wanted to Post Something 

Random quote from Homestarrunner.com:

"Hey, Reggie, is that rhinoceros around?"
(if you haven't seen Homestar Runner, you're missing a truly amazing thing)

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Another Pic 

I apologize for still not having anything meaningful to blog about, but as long as I can post pics, I'm putting up this one of me holding my bass drum. This should help you to visualize the situation I described in yesterday's "Accidents Happen" post. Just to refresh your memory, I fell backwards last night while carrying that drum, and it hit me in the head as I went down. You can read the full story a couple posts down. In any case, I spend a few hours a week holding and/or playing that drum, so I thought I would put it online. I'll end with a quick story. In the SU drumline, they give each bass drum its own name. Mine didn't have a name because nobody was using it last year, so I called it Biggles, after a Monty Python character name ("Biggles Dictates a Letter," "Cardinal Biggles," etc.). That's it. Here's the pic:

Me and Biggles the bass drum at band practice in September

A Few Self-Indulgent Drum Pics 

All right! It worked! I'm not sure how long these images will be hosted, but I can at least display them for free right now. It may be some kind of 15 day trial, but I can't remember. Anyway, here are some of my drum pics.

This is another angle of just the set.

A picture of me actually playing the set (this is the first time I've put a picture of myself online, by the way)

Another pic from before I upgraded my cymbal setup

Another angle of the set w/me playing the snare drum and looking very uninterested (you can also clearly see that I play drums in a basement...under the stairs, next to an old refrigerator, and surrounded by Pittsburgh sports memorabilia...I live in a dorm now, though)

Okay, that's enough for now. I just really wanted to post drum pics, and now I can. Other than that, there's not much to blog about right now. I had a quiz in philosophy today, and only one of the questions was taken from my listserv arguments. That's not very much, but it was still cool to look at a college exam sheet and see my name on one of the questions. I don't have any rants in store yet, so I'm going to wait on that for now. One last thing: It's snowing in Syracuse. Yes, it does snow in October in this part of New York. I like the way one of the snare drummers put it yesterday (this isn't an exact quote, but it's close): "We might as well dress warm, go outside, and welcome Old Man Winter, because he's going to be here for the next four months." The snow is actually one of the reasons I came here, so I don't mind that much, but it's frickin' freezing outside! I'm going to stop now. Later.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

I Don't Have Your Frickin' Tabs! 

Next time I get a hit from someone searching Google for the guitar tabs to Nickelback's "Should've Listened," I'm taking that CD review off the site. Seriously, why do you keep coming here? It doesn't say anything about guitar tabs. I'm a frickin' drummer anyway. I can't play guitar. And why are you always looking for that one song? It's not even that good!!!!! Sorry about that. I've gotten about 7 or 8 hits from people doing this, and I don't like getting excited about another page view only to find that they weren't actually looking for the kind of stuff I write. Of my 225 hits to date, probably less than 120 have been people who might be even remotely interested in my material. Again, sorry about the hostility there, but I don't understand things like this. Also, I got another hit today from someone looking for "intelligent thoughts" on Google. Why would you come to a page called "Semi-Intelligent Thoughts?" I think I should stop before I break something. I have to watch the end of the Yankees game to make sure people know I'm still on their side.

Cartoons are Evil!!! 

At least that's the claim made in the movie my writing professor showed today. It was called "Mickey Mouse Monopoly" or something, and it was about how Disney apparently corrupts the minds of the world's children. We watched it because we're studying claims, evidence, and arguments, and he wanted us to analyze the various statements made in the movie. This thing was hilarious.

They started off by talking about how Disney controls its own reputation with copyright laws that won't even let people use the word "Disney" in book titles. That was the truest part of the movie. The rest of it was a lesson in what happens when you read too much into something very uncomplicated.

The next part started off by saying that Disney movies enforce negative gender stereotypes. Before I go into that, I'll go off on a small tangent about this topic. I've been hearing a lot in my classes lately about this whole "gender" thing, and it really cracks me up. Feminists apparently have made it so women aren't allowed to act like women and men aren't allowed to act like men. They claim that there is no difference between the two genders, that women are being oppressed, blah blah blah blah...I'm not overreacting, either. I've studied feminist theories in three different classes already, and none of them are about feminism.

Anyway, their main claim is that "gender" is completely social, and the only reason men and women behave differently is because they are socialized that way. Never mind the fact that science has proven the biological difference between male and female brains, that's just hogwash. I realize this tangent is becoming a bit excessive, but these "gender" people really bother me.

I've always wondered something about them. If men and women are no different, and women are being oppressed, how did it get that way? It seems to me that if we were created in such a way that we could all do the exact same things, then society would be like that. I'm not saying women should be totally submissive, but it seems like there was something going on in the early days of humanity to establish the system we have.

If some women want to work and do things men used to do, then more power to them, but don't go saying that they're being victimized if they stay home. My mother worked, then she quit her job and stayed at home for a few years while my brother and I were growing up, then she went back to work. That seems like a good system.

Anyway, back to the Disney thing. This movie claimed that Disney enforced negative gender stereotypes. It showed examples of how women are always being rescued by the male hero, and they're usually sexually objectified. Really? These are frickin' kids' movies. They're not going to notice those things. Anyway, Disney movies are pretty much fairy tales. There are certain roles to be filled in stories like this even if they aren't politically correct.

I don't remember which movie they were talking about (Mulan?), but they mentioned a Disney film where the female character is powerful and accomplishes things, but she goes back to the stereotypical role because she gets married at the end. I'm not even going to say something about that. Just think about it. Their view is that women are being oppressed if they have a fulfilling relationship.

Disturbing. I've gone on way too long about this, and the second part of the movie was even funnier. They had various speakers talk about how Disney movies are racist. They started out by saying that the early ones only had white people in them, and this wasn't an accurate representation of reality. Then, they talked about "The Jungle Book." Apparently, the gorillas in that movie represent black people, and when they sing a song about wanting to be human, it actually means they want to be white.

That seems like way too much symbolism to me. They also talked about chihuahuas in a couple movies and how they were stereotypical of Hispanics. One person came on and said something like, "What are kids going to think when they see this? Disney is saying that Mexicans are dogs!" Of course, they completely ignore the fact that the movie is about dogs. It also strikes me as a bit strange that they complain about there being nothing but white people, and then when they add minorities, they complain about them being stereotypical.

So, what's the message here? "You can add people of different colors, but they still have to act white." That doesn't seem to go with "multiculturalism" and "diversity." This wasn't the end, by the way. Apparently, the hyenas in "The Lion King" represent inner city blacks, and they gave an example. A woman was at the park with her son, and he heard a group of black children playing behind him and said, "Mommy, the hyenas!" They claim that this proves their point.

That's crap. I believe at least one black person did a hyena voice, so of course they're going to make that connection if they can't see the people talking. Once again, how were they supposed to act in the movie? If they seemed white, the producers would be racist for not representing other races. If they seem black, the producers are racist because they're stereotyping another race.

Here's yet another fun little argument they gave. "Pocahontas" isn't realistic! The story didn't happen the way it was shown in the movie! She didn't even marry John Smith! Now, here's the crazy part: The people they interviewed were upset because of the historical inaccuracy. They thought it would be better if the movie showed how settlers committed genocide against the natives.

Right, because that's a great movie for children, you morons. It's Disney. They simplify everything. Why didn't they complain about the talking animals in other movies? That seemed pretty unrealistic. I think I'm going to wrap this up now. I have laundry to do (later is better).

I was actually happy with the class reaction to this movie. We were all laughing at the pure lunacy of the speakers, and none of us thought they had a good case. We had a discussion at the end of the movie, and we basically came up with the same points I've outlined above. We thought Disney shouldn't be criticized for being so shallow, because they have to simplify in order to reach children, and if parents are concerned, they can talk to their kids about it instead of trying to change one of the most powerful corporations in the world.

It's good to know that the thought police haven't claimed the minds of my generation yet. We need to keep up the fight if we're going to save our children and their children from living in an Orwellian nightmare. Remember, these things happen slowly. This isn't a conspiracy theory, by the way. The thought police are already here. I consider myself lucky to be attending a university that usually doesn't enforce these policies very strictly. Diversity of thought is still allowed at SU. You just have to be careful what words you use.

I really should go. I realize this post was a bit longer than it had to be, and it wasn't as structured as most of them, but keep in mind that I got whacked in the head by a bass drum 2 hours ago. I think that's about all for today. Later.

Accidents Happen... 

Well, I tried the solution the BlogSpeak guy gave me, and it didn't work. The comments still have huge numbers next to them. I really don't get it. Anyway, I'm back at the computer (obviously), so I could blog about a lot of different things. I think I'll just list a few of them and see what happens. First, I want to share a fun experience I had at marching band rehearsal. Here's the situation: We're marching and playing "America" from West Side Story. There's a move in the drill where the entire bass drum line takes 24 big steps backwards at high speed. We've done the move about 10 times already, so most of us pretty much have it down. Unfortunately, when it comes time to do it in this particular case, I start marching backwards, but take a couple steps that are way too big. This causes me to lose my balance and fall straight back. Now, keep in mind that I'm wearing a bass drum. As I fall, the drum falls with me. The harness hits me in the mouth, causing me to bite down on my lip, and the drum itself clips me in the forehead before flying over me and rolling about 6 feet back. As I hit the ground, the harness flies off in another direction, and I'm left lying on the turf of the Carrier Dome while the rest of the band marches around me. I immediately get back on my feet, pick up the harness, and walk over to where the drum landed. As I'm attaching the harness, I realize that my lip is bleeding. However, the drill is still going on, and I don't want to let the drumline down, so I stuff a wad of Kleenex in my mouth, walk over to where they are, and finish the drill without further incident. Aside from the fact that my lip was bleeding, I felt fine, and I actually thought the fall was kind of fun (except for the part where the harness hit me in the face). However, even though I was fine, the whole thing was so dramatic that a ton of people started asking me if I was okay and trying to get me to sit down. I just said, "no, I'm fine, really," and acted normally for the rest of rehearsal. So, that was the highlight of my day. It was funny just having random people come up to me for the rest of the night saying, "Chris, are you all right?" It's nice to know people care. I'm still feeling pretty good now, so I don't think there's any serious damage. The only problem is that my lip is still bleeding a little. Considering it's been an hour since I bit it, that might be a sign of trouble, but I'm okay other than that. I just thought I would share the experience. I guess it's better for those things to happen at rehearsal instead of at games. Anyway, back to less painful subjects. I have a lot more stuff I could write about, but I don't want to take up too much space, so I'm going to break this up into two separate posts. If this post is at the top of the list, wait about 15 minutes and then refresh the page. The second one should be ready by then.

Move Along...Nothing to See Here... 

You may have noticed that the comments are down. I'm trying to get that gigantic number problem fixed and I had to modify the template, so they may not be there for the rest of the day. Sorry for any inconvenience. On another note, I have a lot to blog about, but I have to leave for band practice in 5 minutes, so it'll have to wait. "See" you later.

More Idiocy from the Daily Orange 

I've written before about stuff in SU's daily newspaper, and they sure haven't failed me today. I was going to insert little quotes from this editorial and fisk 'em, but I think it would be better to just link to the actual article so you can see for yourself how brainwashed some university students are. What's sad about this is that Syracuse is actually less crazy than most liberal universities, but stuff like this sure isn't helping anyone's sanity. Seriously, I don't even know what else I could say.

The article speaks for itself. I'm not sure how long this will be accessable without membership, so be sure to read it now. You know what? I'm going to respond quickly to a couple of the really crazy points just to give you an idea of what to expect. This is my first fisking, and it's not going to be that good, but bear with me.
By electing Bush for a second term, we wil be telling the global community that the United States stands for pre-emptive military strikes.
So...is that supposed to be a bad thing? I assume you think we should wait for another 9-11 and then debate about it for a year or two before we decide that the terrorists only attacked us because we offended them by being free.
A safe and sustainable existence cannot continue if it is based on the Bush administration's military, economic and political world view.
And how are Democrats making the world safer? I think most people can figure out that whining incessantly and calling your opponent a Nazi isn't the most effective way to protect the nation. Terrorists are going to be blowing crap up left and right if they think Americans are too immature to do anything about it.
Pre-emption and bully tactics cannot prevail in a levelheaded and civilized world.
Exactly. That's why we're only using these tactics in the Middle East. Last time I checked, countries like Iraq and Afghanistan weren't anywhere near being "civilized" or "levelheaded." In any case, if the U.N. fits your definition of levelheaded, you must have some interesting role models.
It is impossible to exaggerate the implications of what this administration stands for. Apathy and submission have defined the body politic for a decade...
So, let me get this straight. One minute, you're saying that pre-emptive strikes and aggressive foreign policy are harmful, and the next minute you're saying that voter apathy is harmful. Make up your mind! Either action is the right choice, or submission and appeasement are.
Telling the world we back Bush is the biggest mistake we can make at this critical juncture in history.

Hey, guess what? We don't care what the rest of the world thinks. That's why we're considered a separate country. If Europeans or Arabs don't like Bush, that's their problem. They don't frickin' vote in the U.S. election.

On an interesting side note, has anybody seen other countries endorsing Democratic presidential candidates? It seems like all they do is criticize Bush, but they don't care who takes his place. Why? BECAUSE IT'S NOT THEIR CHOICE! America was founded on individualism, and we're going to keep making our own decisions. If you don't like it, move to Canada.

Click below to read this hilarious piece in its entirety:
Daily Orange Editorial: New World Order at stake in 2004

I Have Free Time Again! 

Well, today has been interesting so far. I started the morning with an oral interview in Spanish (which went horribly, in case you were wondering), and then I had to finish a test from yesterday. Luckily, I write Spanish a lot better than I speak it. After that, I had another test in my socialism sociology class, and I will once again remind you that my sociology professor is the most liberal one that I have right now. He made fun of anti-affirmative action types with one of the questions. It was something like, "Reverse racism is:" and one of the answers was, more or less, "the one and only reason some anglo men have had trouble getting jobs." Of course, the "correct" answer was, "a way for white ethnics to play the race card in public discourse." That's not reverse racism, idiot! And if it is, it's a pretty one-sided definition. Anyway, another question was, "What is homophobia?" and the correct answer was, "negative views and attitudes toward homosexuals." WHAT? So I'm homophobic even if I disagree with them now? I don't even have to call them naughty words first? I think this class is going to provide a lot more rants. Here's another fun fact: I had to read an article for the class about inequality in the garment industry or something, and the author of the article basically attacked capitalism and blamed it for all kinds of inequality issues. He actually said that we should return to a Marxist economic system to eliminate the problem. I don't know if my professor necessarily agrees with this view, but he did assign the article, so who knows? He has also said that he doesn't like labeling people liberals or conservatives, so it's hard to tell what he thinks. On a positive note, he used to be in the air force, so there may still be some sense in him. I doubt a full-blown liberal loony would've joined the armed forces voluntarily. I have to go eat lunch now, so I'll be back. I have a bit more free time now that I've gotten some of that work out of the way, but I'm still backed up, so don't expect any huge rants for a couple more days. I'll try to make up for the length of my posts by using more fun HTML tricks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Another Status Report to End the Day 

Well, I have once again procrastinated the crap out of my free time, but I did actually manage to get a few things done, so it's not a total failure. On a more positive note, it's been a good day for SIT. Thanks in part to my hyperpublishing around 10, I have gotten more hits today than on any other day since I started keeping track (although one of them was me, so it technically doesn't count). In addition, I think I have at least one more regular reader now, but we'll see about that. And, as if that wasn't enough, I also demonstrated some of the cool new HTML techniques I learned during that time I was supposed to be studying. I plan to employ those in the future. Speaking of the future, I'm adding a bit to the links section as time goes on. I changed the "religion" part to "religion/morality," and I'm going to be adding links to pages that promote traditional Judeo-Christian values. I think I've made it pretty clear by now that I'm fairly conservative in the area of morality, and I want to make sure other people that share my views get linked. I know the "religious right" tends to bug some people, but the ones that are honest and consistent about it (as opposed to people like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell) are playing a big role in holding our society together. I think that's about it. Keep the hits coming, and remember, it's called the right wing for a reason. Later.

More HTML Fun 

I know I really shouldn't be posting this, but I couldn't resist.






Take that, Blogger's limited options!
this is a great way to waste time when you have a lot of work to do. HA HA HA HA HA!

Okay, I'm going to stop now. Sorry about that.

That Was Fast 

Holy crap, I've got 200 hits! I don't really have anything else to say; I just thought I would point that out. Actually, as long as I'm typing, I should tell you that I'm experimenting with more features for the blog (like that guestbook thing I added). I'm trying to download a program that will let me upload images and bypass Blogger's stupid rules, but I don't know if that'll work. I guess it really doesn't make that much of a difference. I was just going to slightly modify the Kim Du Toit "gratuitous gun pic" technique and post gratuitous pictures of my drumset. We'll see how that works out.

I didn't feel like making a completely new post for this, but I wanted to announce that I just learned a new HTML technique. I now know how to do strikethroughs (like this, for example), and I used my knowledge to make a slight change to my "More Religious Ranting" post from the first week. If you're interested in seeing the very small modifications I made, go look for this post in the 9/28-10/04 archives. I have more work to do now. Later.

A Victory for Civilized Americans 

I wrote about this before when it was in its early stages, but now the ban on partial-birth abortion has been passed by the Senate and is on its way to Dubya's desk. Considering I've been writing a lot about abortion lately, this really made me happy. If you want to read my opinions on partial-birth abortion, you can go to the archives and find the post entitled "It's About Time," so I'm not going to go into that again. However, I will briefly say that this is quite possibly a turning point in the abortion debate. If we manage to ban this particularly disgusting procedure, it can only be a matter of time before we start challenging all aspects of Roe v. Wade. We just need to keep Republicans in power. It's that simple. If a spineless lunatic like Howard Dean becomes president, children everywhere are in trouble. Fortunately, as nervous as President Bush makes me sometimes, I'm confident that he actually has a moral compass, and he won't let this opportunity slip away. Again, I won't write too much about this, because abortion is basically all I've been talking about for the last week, but I just thought I'd make sure everyone knows about this. I still have lots of work to do, so I may not post again, but on a final note, I was originally going to post this entry with the title, "Yer Baby Killin' Days are Over!" but I forgot that this law only makes it harder to kill babies. Anyway, that's it for now. I'll try to get more written next week.

Newsmax: Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion is Just the First Step

Monday, October 20, 2003

Liberal Celebrities are Funny 

Okay, first of all, I want to apologize for another day with no important posts, but I had to write four more pages of that essay this afternoon, and then I had band practice, so I've only been free for about an hour today. I have a lot I could write about, since my sociology professor decided to give another moronic justification for affirmative action and make fun of people who think it is racist (picture this: A very overweight college professor standing in front of the class, shaking his fist, and saying "THIS IS RACISM!" in a deliberately stupid voice). However, I don't really think I'm going to do that. I have a ton of work to do this week, as well as three tests, so I will probably not be posting much. I hope you can live with that. I will, however, provide a link to a site I've been reading for the past few minutes. FAMOUSIDIOT.com has a great list of stupid things celebrities have said about America, Republicans, Dubya, and other fun-filled topics. Remember, I'm an aspiring writer/director, so I'm going to have to work with people like this if I make it to the big leagues. That is, unless we do something now to prevent celebrity stupidity. I think we should start by implementing a policy that allows us to hit celebrities over the head with blunt objects every time they make a claim that they can't back up with legitimate statistics, but that's just me. Anyway, the link is below, and I'll add it to the template to make it available all the time. Remember, I need to get caught up with work this week, but I should be able to blog more effectively once I've gotten some of this crap out of the way. Seriously, who would've thought there would actually be work in college? Whose stupid idea was that?

Famous Idiots

Gun Control, Anyone? 

Hey, I got 2 pages of the essay written! Hooray for me! Anyway, before I go to sleep, I want to link to an article that was brought to my attention on Moorewatch. It shows how well gun control works at keeping guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens and making it easier for criminals to commit crime. And, it's from the more "civilized" continent of Europe!

Gun Story

Sunday, October 19, 2003

New Feature 

Wow, to think that I was actually going to write an essay without procrastinating for a few more hours first! What have I become? Anyway, my efforts to avoid doing real work have led to another new development on SIT: I now have a guestbook. I was directed to Nuns With Nuts from a link in the comments section of Evil Monkeys, and I noticed that it had a guestbook. I investigated further, and now SIT has one too (thanks, Cassandra, even though I don't think you read this much). Therefore, if you want to leave a record of your being here, just click on the big guestbook link at the bottom of the page, but don't say I didn't warn you about the popup ad(s). The whole thing is optional, of course, since you can still just leave comments or read without making your presence known, but I just thought I'd let you know about the addition. I should probably do some real work now. Bye.

Sunday Status Report 

Once again, I apologize for the lack of posting this weekend. I really didn't have that much time the last couple days, and now I don't have anything particularly interesting to talk about. Also, I have to write an essay for tomorrow about how me and my younger brother have grown apart over the years, so that's probably going to take me the rest of the night. I will, however, provide a brief status report. First of all, next Saturday (October 25) is the one month blogiversary (I saw that word somewhere) of Semi-Intelligent Thoughts. For that special occasion, I'll probably write a moderately sized and fairly self-indulgent essay about how far the blog has come in that time. And, on a related note, I'm really surprised that I've had any success at all in so little time. That shows you how great the Internet is when used properly. I'll go into more detail next week, so be sure to catch that. Right now, the hit counter is at 177, and that's just from the past 15 days. I'm getting an average of 10 or 11 hits a day, which is pretty much what I expected. As I've said before, many of those are the same 4 people checking multiple times, and I want to thank them especially for their comments and support. It's good to know that someone is actually reading my opinions and occasionally agreeing with them. I'm still not sure how I'm going to go about getting a larger audience, but I did say that I would start actively seeking readers after a month, so I should start working on something. I've actually been posting comments on other blogs lately, and the main purpose of this is obviously to express opinions on their content, but I do include a link back to SIT in the hopes that maybe someone will like it. Unfortunately, none of the people who have come here through comments links have returned, so I'll probably want to try a more direct strategy if I want to bring people here. It's hard to advertise for free, but I hope there's some way to get the blog out there without posting meaningless comments or spamming message boards. I refuse to sink to that level. Again, I don't want to sound desperate, because I realize these things sometimes take more than a year to get noticed, but if you do happen to enjoy the blog, feel free to recommend it to someone. I'd prefer to rely on word of mouth instead of advertising, because honestly, ads make me angry. Don't get me started on advertising. I think I'm rambling again, so I should probably go ahead and write that essay. Remember, there's still a lot of archived stuff to read, and I will be blogging more this week, although I'll probably be cutting down a bit in order to catch up on some schoolwork. I may post again today, but that's just a possibility. Later.

Message for Googlers 

I was going to sign off for the night, but I just got what I believe to be my third hit from somebody searching for "intelligent thoughts" on Google. So, this is a message to these people: The name of the blog is "Semi-Intelligent Thoughts." That means kinda smart, but not brilliant. I don't know why you're searching for that particular phrase, but unless you're looking for either information on what it's like playing in a college drumline or an assortment of conservative rants, you probably don't want to be here. Also, if you know or happen to be the person who came here after finding my site by searching for "topless statues" on Google, please get help. Why would you be SEARCHING for topless statues? I only mentioned the dang things because I saw a picture of John Ashcroft standing in front of one. You know what? I'm going to sleep. That is all.

I Need to Post Something 

Once again, the title says it all. It's 2:16 in the morning, and nobody has been on SIT since 7:50 or something, but I wanted to write something. I realize I didn't post anything today (unless this counts), but considering I've been blogging for almost a month without a day off, I don't think one day makes much of a difference. Besides, the blogosphere was slow today. John Hawkins is on vacation, Jaws is on hiatus, and Frank J. didn't post anything. I figure if their readers can handle them taking time off, then my 4 regulars can survive one day without me. However, as long as I'm writing now, I can talk about my day a little, but then I really want to go to sleep (I've been up since 7 this morning). The football game was awesome. What else can I say? We crushed BC. WE CRUSHED 'EM! The best part of that game was referring to their bailing out of the the Big East. Some of the unique chants and cheers of this game included: "Traitors! Traitors!" and "ACC you later!" Also, we sang that "Na Na Hey Hey" song at the end of the game to honor their leaving the conference. The fact that we won made it even sweeter. Aside from being fun (although very exhausting), today's game taught me a valuable lesson. I learned that I can make it through an entire day of marching band activities on the energy gained from pop tarts, bagels, donuts, cookies, and other bread based snack foods. I didn't have a real meal until 4:30 (fortunately, dining hall food tastes a lot better after a day like this). I actually didn't really do anything else after that, so I can't really write much more. I think I've been watching Homestar Runner cartoons for the past few hours, but my memory of everything after 5 is a bit fuzzy. Anyway, just thought I'd let you know that I'm still alive, and I will probably be back again tomorrow, although I have another paper to write. Actually, that means I'll be writing a lot more here. Remember: it's only work if somebody makes you do it. Goodnight.

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