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Imagine if you will, nine college students sat in a room together. They all look very different from each other. They’re all studying different things for different reasons. They all come from different backgrounds and all have different faiths. Then, these nine students are asked to come up with a list of commandments. A list of things that they all agreed were universally true of how people ought to live. This is exactly the task posed at the “Gay and Spiritual” meeting last night. The members of the group were gay, straight, bi, Catholic, Wiccan, agnostic, and beyond. There were no two people who I could say were the same. I’d even hesitate to say that any two people were similar. As one can imagine, writing commandments wasn’t as easy a task as it sounds.

Everyone had different ideas about right and wrong and how vague or specific the commandments should be. There was debate over whether or not we had the right to tell anyone how to live on a personal level or if we could only say how people should interact with others. Words had to be chosen carefully and concepts chosen had to be something that everyone agreed on. The commandments weren’t chosen by majority, they were chosen by consensus.

I would not have been surprised if the group only came up with one or two things that we all agreed on. In the end, we came up with a list of six commandments that all nine of us agreed are a good set of general rules for life. (more…)

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Pure Fluff

Good afternoon readers! Considering the student body’s only concern for the past and next few days is focused completely on papers, finals, and tech weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to take a break from hard thinking. That’s why this week, instead of attempting to talk about something deep or meaningful, I thought it would be more fun to take a few minutes and think about something useless and silly. Something that doesn’t involve school, higher education, or even much brain function. This weeks topic is something full of fluff: the humongous plot hole in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. (more…)

Linguistically Challenged

Sickle cell anemia prevents malaria. The name Catherine can be anagrammed 553 different ways. A rat can last longer without water than  a camel. A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongue out. Genetically speaking, we are more closely related to bananas than Neanderthals.

As you might have guessed by that introduction, I love useless trivia. I feel like knowing random facts about the world purely for entertainment’s sake, is great! True I may never need to know any of this in any situation other than to inform other people who love useless trivia, but the point isn’t to use the information. The point is to enjoy the information. To revel in just how cool and interesting all of this is.

My newest trivia obsession: words we don’t have in English, or foreign words that can’t be translated into English. They’re called lexical gaps, or lacuna. For example, (more…)

Reflection

From the hours of 2:30 PM Sunday the third to 3:30 PM Saturday the ninth, I did not use the internet. That’s 145 web-free hours. It was an interesting experience. The first two days were the most annoying, the hardest to kick the habit. Luckily, I was so busy on Wednesday  that I might not have even been able to get onto the computer even if it wasn’t Week Without the Web. After that, it got easier. Within the first twenty-four hours, I would have guessed that I would have jumped immediately onto my computer as soon as the week was over. Then on Saturday, I found myself not feeling any immediate need to get online. When I did finally log back on, instead of thinking “OMD I have to get on now!” like I thought I would, I was thinking “I guess I can check my email now.” And only because I was hanging out with  my boyfriend and there was a gap in our activities while he checked his email and log onto Netflix.

So, did I learn anything from Week Without the Web? I guess you could say that. I’ve learned that I need internet far less than I thought I did. Since WWW ended, my computer use has decreased significantly. Instead of constantly logging on to check email accounts I know are empty just because I’m a little bored, I’ve been catching up on my reading list and mastering card games. Also, I’ve learned that my internet priorities are a lot different than I had thought they were. (more…)

Hidden Treasure

A couple weekends ago, a group of friends and I went into Boston for the day. We had lunch at Quincy Market, walked around looking at the building and a little park we found, and wandered through Newbury Comics. Everyone had a great time. My favorite part of the trip? The used bookstore we went into, Commonwealth Books.

Why did I love this store so much? Several reasons actually. One: books! Two: (more…)

Bi. Not Confused, Bi

So today I want to talk about something that seems to be coming up in conversation a lot recently: bisexuality. More so the misconceptions about it.

From my experience, a lot of people (both outside and inside of the LGBTQ community) see bisexuality as something that doesn’t really exist. They see it as either the last stepping stone toward becoming gay, a gay person trying to stay in denial, or a straight person looking for attention or acceptance. Well, I’ve identified as bisexual since eighth grade and I can tell you that none of these are true. Believe it or not, it is possible for someone to be attracted to two genders. Trust me; I’m not the only one.

That’s another thing most people get confused about with bisexuality. Being bisexual doesn’t necessarily mean that you are attracted strictly to males and females. (more…)

Old Fashioned Future

Why are people so concerned about flying cars? Everything else seems to have arrived. That future isn’t even in style anymore. What I’m talking about is that old-fashioned future that people envisioned all those decades ago. Our vision has changed drastically.

In the old days, the future was a shiny place made out of  chrome. People ate food in pill form, talked on videophones and drove flying cars. Presently, we don’t have pill-food, but there is a pill for almost anything else. Also, freeze-dried food is close enough. Ever get astronaut ice-cream from the Museum of Natural History? That stuff is delicious! We also currently have videophone. It started with webcams, which evolved to Skype and other programs that you can now use on your phones. That’s not all we have today. Have you seen a computer? You’re reading this blog so I assume you have. The internet: a digital program that can connect you to anyone in the world with the press on a button. You can hold the world in the palm of your hand. (more…)