African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged with such tasks as completely overhauling the nation’s broken-down economy, repairing the crumbling infrastructure, and generally having to please more than 300 million Americans and cater to their every whim on a daily basis. As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind. The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, “It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can’t catch a break.”
Top 10 Things Americans Want but Can’t Have – The standard list of things that doesn’t seem to get through to the people in the beltway of Washington, DC. Namely, this list includes universal health care, increased social spending, and the impeachment of George W. Bush. It’s been pretty clear our politicians aren’t paying attention to the will of the people, but to corporate interests. (via Digg)
-First off, Berkeley’s rugby team is awesome. I don’t know a thing about rugby, but me and a couple of frat guys played rugby with them. Man that was intense (and very tiring). I can see why these guys are such a national power house team.
-I think I’m gonna stay away from talking about politicians for a while. I like talking about politics the differences in liberals and conservatives, but the actual people behind them, I don’t keep up with any more to make informed decisions. I don’t just mean on a national level, I mean on a state, local, and even college level.
-This didn’t happen to be that often when I was in high school. I actually felt pretty informed about the issues. Then, I turned 18. It’s rather ironic that I felt more prepared to vote when I couldn’t vote.
-Oh man, the March Madness tournament game scores look impressive, but with no Cal or USC or UCLA or even Stanford in the tournament, I can’t watch. There’s no team for me to root for. On the plus side, at least I didn’t participate in some bracket pool and lose due to all the upsets (but then again, I doubt anyone will be getting a perfect bracket this year).
-So I was checking out the syndicated feeds and seeing if there were any good ones to subscribe to. For those of you who don’t know, you can have news updates, comic strips, or when some of your favorite sites on your friends page by adding one of these syndicated feeds. To my surprise, one of the most popular feeds was on for brivvlin’s Xanga Site, my friend Sandy’s Xanga site. Gee I wonder if naming it xanga probably had something to do with it (sarcasm intended). I wonder if she knows that 35 strangers are subscribing to her site (or for that matter, if she even knows if that account exists).
-You’re right Le, it is cool that I found someone on Friendster who I haven’t seen in like 10 years. If you don’t know, Friendster is a social-networking site where you can look up people to be your friend, keep track of your friends, or track down old ones. If you haven’t checked it out, here’s an invite or if you’re already on, add me.
-Personally, I think Livejournal is actually a better social networking tool. I mean there are plenty of people making friends over the net through it (I myself included). That’s what makes livejournal better than most blogging tools; it’s designed for community with the friends pages and the community journals.
-I’m starting to actually learn practical things in my classes which I think is cool. Not practical in the sense that they help me in my everyday life (though, I am taking Econ 2 and that is pretty applicable to everyday scenarios), but practical in the sense that these are skills that can come in handy in future careers. In Bio lab, for instance, I learned how to transform bacterial DNA with plasmids and electrophoresis. Then again, they say it’s so easy to do this now, it comes in kits.
-Apparently every bio professor I’ve met is a Star Trek fan. (I don’t know why I put that in there, just seemed interesting)
-In my dorm last year, a bunch of the people (about 10 or so) who lived there were from a Foothill High School in Tustin, California (in Orange County, So.Cal). Today, I live in a frat house with about 10 or so people who came from a Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California (in Nor. Cal).
They tell me that 10+ people from each of their schools come to this school. Hmm, that makes up like 20 or so people each year who come from a Foothill High every year. And admissions is making Cal diverse this way, how?
-To make matters more complicated, there’s apparently Senator Christine Lee from the one in Tustin (she lived in my floor last year) and current Asian American Association President Kristine Lee from the one in Pleasanton. Freaky.
-Finally, you people with the songs playing on your website, take them off please. It’s a cool little trick, but it gets annoying.
Wow that was a long one.
Featured Website–Adtunes.com and Songtitle.info-While watching TV, you may hear a song on a commercial or something that makes you go, “What is that song?” You might find the answer in any of these two websites.