Wednesday, August 31, 2011

see ya, summer.

TODAY i go back to school (to teach, dont be ridiculous). this signals the official end to the best summer, yet.

bitter sweet, as they say? kind of just bitter, though, dummies.

remember this DBC song?

"hey, thanks. thanks for that summer." !

also, just a general "thanks" to anyone and everyone in my life who prevented me from making these kinds of videos for the internet.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

peanut butter buttons

so this recipe is the best peanut butter cookie recipe i have ever tasted. im blogging it so i never lose it, and also so you can try it out, too. !

1/2 cup of butter at room temperature (1 stick)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup of peanut butter
1 1/4 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Granulated sugar for rolling
Hershey Kisses, or chocolate squares

Mix together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the egg and peanut butter and stir well.

Mix in the flour and baking soda. Add the flour a bit at a time to make sure the dough doesn’t get too dried out. You should be able to roll the dough into a ball without it sticking to your hands.

Roll the dough into about 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls, roll them in the granulated sugar, and place them on a baking sheet.

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.


Monday, August 1, 2011

circle circle. dot dot.

welp, google+ is HERE! OH good, another online profile, which boils down all my complexities into a tidy badge, so people can search and find me, online. YES! another way for me to stay connected with people from high school and college, with the added feature of CIRCLES, which enable me to cast those of you i do not want to stay connected with to my "outer darkness" circle, which i never access, or permit to see my updates. i think the internet is giving me a God complex.

i understand that railing against social networking sites on a social networking forum, while also having facebook , twitter and google+ profiles, is ironic. but im just trying to figure out how social networking sites fit into my life, and what they mean for society. IM REALLY DEEP.

what i am about to say is in no way original, but it must be said: social networking sites (heretofore SNS) are not wholly bad or good. (WOW, I SHOULD BE A PROFESSOR). but i suspect the negative effects outnumber the positive ones.

first, i think they serve as an unfortunate and easy distraction. not the fortunate kind of distraction, like reality tv. the bad kind, that prevents us from ever looking inward. for instance, we are never not in a conversation (nec. double neg.). while youre reading this you could also be chatting with a friend online or posting on someone's wall about your day. it blows my mind when i consider the number of conversations people have in one day. i recently read a tweet from @sofifii that read, "I'm pretty sure that most of my missed calls are from my friends who don't like to be left with their own thoughts while driving alone," and i relate to that. id like to know how many of those conversations we have in a day edify or enlighten... and how many of those conversations we have just to keep us from thinking about our own mundane/sad/dramatic/whatever-ails-you lives. SNS sites can serve to bring together people with similar ailments, or sadnesses, who would otherwise be geographically distant, which could be good! but it also provides us with ANYONE who will (pretend to) listen to ANYTHING, which doesnt help either party. with easy access to people and interaction, however superficial, i think we default to them, instead of our own thoughts. and this is troubling to me. TROUBLE TROUBLE TROUBLE TROUBLE, that song with the dog and his bone, lol. i love good conversation and think the best of them come after inner refection. true, talking things out can bring clarity, but i really dont think its possible without having thought about the topic or whatever it is, in some depth, first. i was just talking about what i am blogging right now, over breakfast with boyf, yesterday, so here it is, full circle.

next, SNS enable and empower fringe, radical, extremists, etc. with what i think is manufactured and delusional power. if there are 20 people in the ENTIRE WORLD who believe X Y Z blah blah, those 20 people can find each other and meet on a SNS, where they can reinforce each others' crazy opinions. i guess bringing 20 people together for something harmless, like monster collecting, is less concerning. or even bringing 20 people together who are crazy isn't too concerning, until they DO something crazy or violent. but you get my major point--SNS can serve to marginalize majority opinions, because they are boring, or whatever. this is, i guess, a tyranny of the minority argument against SNS. but of course, good causes, like civil rights in the 60s, were once in the minority (among white people) so obviously minority opinions are not always crazy or bad. i like to touch all my bases, as you can tell. but again, you get my major point--bring together a few insane people, and you get more trouble.

last, i think SNS can stunt social progress and growth. with the same old people always in our lives there is less necessity to branch out and find new friends, or a new niche. i dont think its on purpose, but the connecting enabled by SNS is largely what sociologists call bonding capital--reinforcing already formed connections--as opposed to bridging capital--reaching out to disconnected groups. obviously both forms are given rise from SNS; i just think the former is more likely, and common.

okay, thats about all i can write about SNS right now. please dont unfriend me, or put me in your "preachy annoying people" google+ circle after reading this. im on a mission to use SNS for GOOD! like pictures of my kitten, and late night pizza consumption confessions. this was just food for thought, or whatever it is narcs like to say. CHERRIO!