Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Well, I'm back...
Sorry it's been so long. Thanks to the two or three who have still been checking the site to see if there's anything new. It's been the most hectic semester I've endured so far, even with only three classes, but I can now call it officially over. Finals were last week, and I got my grades yesterday--2 A's and 1 B, in my Dreamweaver/Flash class. That B was a real blessing, since I was expecting a C. I plan to post some of the animations that I did in Flash, as soon as I figure out how. Anyone have any suggestions? I also (finally) got a grade for my study abroad class, an A. I'm rather upset with the teacher of that class, since I still have not had any feedback or correspondence whatever from her, even though I sent a self-addressed stamped mailer with my final stuff so that she could send it back to me with no troubles. I'm sorry, it's just rude.
Anyway, on a somewhat brighter note, it appears that Antony has had enough of my enforced silence here, and has tagged me for his idea of a meme. :^) I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, because leave it to him to be tagged himself and then alter the rules for his own ends. That's no way to be a monk, me boy... :^D The upshot is that I should post seven random things about me. So, here we go...
1. I am a big fan of etymology, and subscribe to an email service that sends me a word a day. It's called, A Word A Day. You can sign up very easily and become a linguaphile yourself if you like...
2. As a followup to #1, I have a favorite amongst the words that have been sent to me via AWAD over the past several years. It's petrichor (PET-ri-kuhr). It means, "The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell," and comes from petro- (rock), from Greek petros (stone) + ichor (the fluid that is supposed to flow in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.) I just think it's great that there's a word for that, and love the origin of it.
3. The longer I live as a (albeit amateur) political person, I realize that I'm becoming more and more Libertarian in my worldview. I'm still registered as a Republican, but feel that both of the two major parties are far too interested in policing our private lives (although in somewhat different directions), and both are drifting away from the Constitution. I doubt that there is any political party that I totally agree with in every area, but the Libertarians probably come the closest.
4. I don't believe in global warming. Maybe I believe in climate change, although I'm not completely convinced. I definitely don't think Al Gore could tell global warming from the gas coming from, well, whichever end of him you wish to finish that sentence with. There are too many well-respected scientists who disagree with the prevailing doom-and-gloomers to call human-caused global warming anything more than a theory. Sorry.
5. Although it may seem a bit paradoxical, I do consider myself a bit of a conservationist. Just because global warming as it is touted may be a flawed theory, doesn't mean that I think we should just trash the planet. God is pleased when we live as simply as possible, I believe. I am open to the possibility of buying a hybrid car when the time comes to let my old one go, and our final project in the Flash class, for which we got to choose our subject, was on biodiesel. This conservationist attitude of mine probably has more to do with my budding Libertarianism than any tree-hugging tendencies. It just makes sense to be as independent from the oil-producing countries as possible, especially in this day and age.
6. I am probably one of only a handful of native central Kentuckians who is definitely NOT a fan of University of KY basketball. In fact, I sometimes call myself the UK anti-fan. The specific reasons are lost to the dimness of time, but I have just never fallen for the hype. I'm especially not impressed with the fact that, although there are many really good academic programs at UK, you never seem to hear about them because all anyone talks about is that stupid game with the round orange ball... March is the worst month of the year for me...
7. I told Alan the other day that, if anything happened to our little community (church), that I would probably look into becoming a Catholic. He's been a terrible :^) influence on me... (Don't get too excited, Antony. We're not going anywhere as far as I know...)
So, anyway, there's my list of 7 random things. Now I'm supposed to tag someone (actually 7 someones, but I don't know that many who would respond). I'll tag two, just to see if they are still reading--Kyle, because I'm interested in his randomness, and Ricardipus, 'cause he's got nothing else going on right now...
Hi, I'm Debi. Once in a while I have a thought and I like to write it down before it goes away. This is where I write it.
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