August 31, 2017

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

-Erma Bombeck

If you were to ask me ten years ago if I liked football, I would say “Hell no.” Every year since then, I get a wee bit more excited about the start of the season. Still not a fan of NFL, but high school football and college football is tolerable. Happy Thursday!

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STUDIUM Fall 2017 Edition

My dream has always been to be a published writer. I’m so excited to announce that dream has come true.

This past March, I submitted my undergraduate Honors thesis, “Little Complaint, Much Grievance: The Failure of the French Directory (1795-1799)” to a journal called STUDIUM, which is published by the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology – “The Lower Danube” University of Galiti, located in Romaina. I had been rejected by Duke and U of Chicago, never received word back from West Point and the folks at Oxford, though they saw the passion in my writing pretty much said to come back when I have my PhD. Hearing about STUDIUM, I was hesitant for five seconds before jumping right in. I mean, it couldn’t get any worse than Oxford telling me to get a PhD. xD Going on a tangent now. Focus!

Almost two months passed by and I hadn’t received word. I was a little discouraged. It was West Point all over again! Siddiqi, the logical one, advised I inquire about it, so I did. Two days later, I got it: the acceptance letter. I was going to be published. Pretty much floated on cloud nine for a week.

Okay present day: Yes, STUDIUM came out with the Fall 2017 edition of their journal. The best part of all this, besides getting published, is the fact I got published in the same edition as Siddiqi. #TexasTakeOver

“Little Complaint, Much Grievance”

“Little Complaint” focuses on the final four years of the French Revolution before Napoleon establishes the Consulate. The Directory (Le Directoire) is not really a high focus since it’s sandwiched between the violent Reign of Terror and the fascinating Napoleonic Era. I focus on how the Directory was established, how they managed the following sectors: Royalism, Terrorism (different from our current definition), Finance, the Catholic Church, War and Napoleon; and an analysis on why they failed.

I spent all of my senior year working on this project. It was the most fun project I have ever embarked on and I love that I can now share my hard work and passion with the world. I would like to thank my family for supporting me, Siddiqi for recommending the journal to me/being my editor, Dr. Austin for being my thesis advisor (and an awesome one at that!), Dr. Lowe the thesis prep adviser for the Fall 2015 semester who helped during the panicky moments of deadlines and research topic mayhem, and Oana-Maria Mitu, the Editor in Chief of STUDIUM, as well as the staff for accepting my submission.

Little Complaint Comic Book Cover
From my undergrad thesis comic book. Yes, there was a paper AND a comic book. 🙂

Please read my article, Siddiqi’s article and all the other published writers’ articles here: http://www.studium.ugal.ro/index.html

Poetry Games: The Head and the Heart

“Honey Come Home”

to “All We Ever Knew”

where the “Library Magic”

“Sounds like Hallelujah”.

 

“Oh My Dear”

all this was a

“False Alarm”.

Follow the “Signs of Light”

through the “Rivers

and Roads”, past

the “City of Angels”.

You’ll find me

“Down in the

Valley”,

“Lost in My Mind”

dancing away the

“Winter Song”.

 

Honey, “Let’s be Still”,

let’s “Turn It Around”.

so that I’m no longer

“Chasing a Ghost”.

August 28, 2017

Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

-Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

This goes out to all those who are risking their lives to save others from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Thank you.

#HurricaneHarvey

Please send your thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. It made landfall about an hour ago on the Texas Gulf and has no intention of going away anytime soon. Buildings have collapsed and trees have been knocked down.

Also, help the local shelters! Major influxes of animals are coming in. Please help out and foster! Austinites, Austin Pets Alive! can use your help, hint hint cough cough.

Fellow Texans: follow your local news channels for live updates.

Everyone else: #hurricaneharvey will give you a load of updates, live Tweets, etc.

 

Happy birthday Joe Strummer

Happy 65th birthday John Graham Mellor (aka Joe Strummer). Even though you are no longer with us (15 years!!!! 😦 ), that doesn’t mean we can’t stop celebrating you and your musical talent.

All around the world, folks are celebrating the great frontman’s life. Here are a couple articles from different corners of our globe for your recommendation:

Rolling Stone Italia (Italy) – “Joe Strummer, l’ultima intervista”

Concierto (Chile) – “21 de agosto: Recordamos el nacimiento de Joe Strummer”

Champion (England) – “Town to hold first Strummer Jam Festival”

Irish Examiner (Ireland) – “Remembering Joe Strummer’s early visits to Ireland”

WROR (Boston, MA, USA) – “A Tribute To The Only Frontman Who Matters”

Youtube – “The Clash – Police and Thieves (Live in Munich 1977)”

Zelly & Ol’ Hem’s (Austin, TX, USA) – “Poetry Games: The Clash”

Help honor and celebrate Strummer’s life by checking out The Joe Strummer Foundation and donating to help support musicians.

 

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Happy Solar Eclipse day! If you’re like me, then you either didn’t have time or money to jump in a car and drive to the path of totality. That’s okay. There’s still much to learn and experience about the Solar Eclipse. Here are some fun facts for today (pst teachers. Great way to kick things off for the first day of school!):

  1. Google created a Google Doodle for today’s event. If you play the video, the aliens will teach you about eclipses!google
  2. The last time a solar eclipse came through the USA was 99 years ago. The next one will come in 2024 (save those glasses folks!).
  3. You can live stream the solar eclipse on NASA’s Facebook page. They’ll give you the optimum experience, showing the eclipse from different vantages points, including from the ground and from space.
  4. Don’t have glasses? Create your own! All you need is a cereal box, white paper, aluminum foil, a pair of scissors and a pencil. ABC News has your step-by-step guide to make your five-minute box here.
  5. Please don’t look at the sun without glasses. It’ll cause long-term damage to your eyes. Also, please don’t point your cameras or phones at the partial eclipse without a filter. That’ll do long-term damage as well.

It’s a great opportunity to go on an adventure and see our wondrous universe at work. Have fun everyone!