Category: Random Thoughts (page 2 of 2)

Update: I’m still alive!

No, I didn’t die.  I’m just employed.  But I did get a chance to re-theme this blog for Christmas.  What do you think?

I thought that this year, instead of telling you my favorite Christmas films, I would tell you my favorite Christmas TV episodes.  Before I divulge my list of favorite Christmas TV episodes, I would be interested to know some of your favorites (leave a comment).

One more bit of news is that I am now the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle Touch.  It is a wonderful device that is highly portable and encourages me to read more.  I still love and read real books, but the Kindle is an nice way to read as well.  I would definitely recommend it if you are interested.

Finally, I just wanted to express my sheer joy in the fact that there is snow on the ground in Wisconsin.  It feels more like the season and I am very happy.  (Also, if you type “let it snow” into Google,  you get an awesome surprise.)

Taking the First Amendment too far?

After reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s article about the recent recall elections in Wisconsin, I scrolled down to the comments.  What I saw was extremely disappointing.  Both sides of the issue posted comments and most of these comments were slanderous, rude, and garbage.  They did not have facts to back their claims and they were not even polite.  There are about 350 of these comments.  Let’s read a couple:

YouAgain300 – Aug 13, 2011 8:10 PM

The rottenness that is the demorat party can no longer be denied, you have to be morally bankrupt to vote for this party of marxists. Lies and deception are there only outputs, why even have a debate with such rottenness. Its nice that the urinal/sentanal can join in the rottenness.

This one is obviously from a conservative who insults the newspaper for reporting the news.  Here’s one from the other side:

BruceSpringsteen – Aug 13, 2011 10:12 PM

MEpublicanism is a social disease sure to ruin America. Death to the tea party!

I would wager that the amount of comments added to this article would be much less if jsonline.com used real names for commenting, like the Facebook comment system.
After seeing an “infographic” on Mashable.com and having a discussion about it in one of my college communications classes , the battle between online anonymity and transparency rages inside of me.  In this case anonymity is provoking behavior from “adults” reading and reacting to the news that many would expect from troubled children.  I would argue that if those commenting were accountable for their actions–at least by putting their names on their expression–JSOnline and other websites may get a decent dialogue going in the comments.  Sure you would still have a couple nut-jobs who don’t care what others think, but it sure wouldn’t be the majority like it is now.

There are many good comments on many JSOnline articles, but whenever a political article is written, this happens.  This one time is not an isolated occurrence.  I’m all for the First Amendment right of free speech, but I don’t think our founding fathers had this in mind.  I think transparency is the obvious answer to this problem.
What do you think about this issue?

I’m still alive!

I just wanted to let you know that I’m still here.  I know it has been a while since my last review, but I have been busy graduating, getting ready for my wedding, and other random stuff.  I have, though, watched quite a few movies (Year One, The Princess and the Frog, Kick-Ass, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Lake House, Speed, The Other Guys, and a few more) and I’m ready to review them.  Soon.  Until then, give me some of your opinions on the list in the comments.  Reviews soon!

So I’m part of this awesome thing….

I‘m a member of a team involved in the Kapco Charitable Challenge. We have 20 days and $1000 to do something really cool for the community. The details of what we are doing are not quite here yet, but you can visit our website: www.projectripples.com or our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/projectripples or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/projectripples. I’ll let you know more soon, and for now just watch for updates on the website, facebook page, and twitter account!

Well, this is the first of (hopefully) many random reviews, thoughts and other crap…

I‘ve decided to make a blog. It just came to me today, at work, when I was thinking. Thinking about being back at school with the one I love and my friends and yeah. I’m almost there. I can’t wait. I decided that I should combine my interest in movies and books and random stuff with a little bit of internet. This is the monster-of-Frankenstein-like product: A BLOG!


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