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Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009, 04:16 pm
WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!


I just got off the phone with the History Secretary, and definitely, for-sure I am going to complete my Masters Degree this semester!  Best-case, I just do my thesis. Worst-case, I do my thesis and one 400-level elective.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I've been workking on this thing since 2005.


Update!

There was a slipup in my paperwork, and I DO have to take an elective course.  However, the professor who agreed to chair my thesis just gave me an in to an undergrad-level elective that ties into my thesis. I'm looking at a summer graduation!

Sat, Dec. 13th, 2008, 05:25 pm
The Need for Tithing


So, my church is currently feeling some financial strain, and they asked for suggestions to raise their income.




Sadly, all of my suggestions were rejected.







Oh me oh my, is that a Mi-Go?

Thu, Jun. 12th, 2008, 03:52 pm
I Have Achieved Fame...

...Well, sort of, not really.  But my Plan to Take Over the World in Dr. Morley's class has gained more coverage!

http://headinjurytheater.com/strange.htm in the entry for June 12, 2008.


More specifically: http://headinjurytheater.com/mr%20morley%20plan%20ink%20jared%20hindman.jpg

He also tells the story, too.  Woot!

 UPDATE!!!!!


Thanks to this, I have gotten back into contact with Dr,  Morley again!  He remembers the incident well, and would like it mentioned that he does indeed read papers.  As it turned out, since my essay did indeed contain two pages of requirement-filling text, he saw no reason to grade it down.  As previously mentioned, the man will take home HUUUUUGE stacks of paperwork, and the more important an assignment is, the more detail he will go into while grading it.  The little two-page essays were looked at, but he didn't necessarily devote the same amount of time to them.  Just so you know, an awful paper would still get a poor grade.

Wed, Jun. 11th, 2008, 02:59 pm
How to Win at History

Dad: "So you see, the terrible, inhumane conditions at the Andersonville Prison are proof of how bad the North was in the Civil War.  The Union didn't even treat Southerners like people!  They abused and starved them all in the prison, and those poor Confederate prisoners had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive.  Do you see how bad the North was now, son?"

Me: "Dad, Andersonville was a Confederate prison.  It's in Georgia."



See?  All those years of school were worth it!

Sun, May. 25th, 2008, 11:17 pm
SUPER-DUPER SCHOOL DAYS BLAST FROM THE PAST!

While converting a guest room into an office, I found an old gem that I had preserved.

When I was pursuing my undergraduate degree, there was a professor named Dr. Brian Morley.  Dr. Morley was an awesome teacher, but I noticed every time that he went home he would carry a HUGE stack of papers, obviously more than a single man could grade.  Now, all of the significant essays and homework projects received meticulous grading, but the smaller 2-page papers in each class?  People became suspicious that perhaps he did not really read them.  And so, I was drafted to find out.

Now you see, most people stick "hidden" text into their papers, like, "if you read this, I will buy you a coffee."  Not me! I wanted to go for the gold, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt whether Dr. Morley reads all of his papers!

And so, I wrote a normal 2-page essay, and added a third page like so:


If you are having trouble reading that, it is:
MY PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD
1: Tie up Dr. Morley
2: Distract Mormons with Tied Up Dr. Morley
3: Steal Golden Plates from Mormons
4: Trade Golden Plates for Cheese
5: Give Cheese to the U.N.
6: Take Over World


When I got my paper back, the grade was as follows:


And thus, Part 2 of the experiment:  I showed him the paper.  Dr. Morley laughed so hard that he bent backwards into an L-shape.  From that day forward, every paper of mine that he graded had extra comments involving the text.  I miss being in his classes.

UPDATE!!!!!


Thanks to this, I have gotten back into contact with Dr,  Morley again!  He remembers the incident well, and would like it mentioned that he does indeed read papers.  As it turned out, since my essay did indeed contain two pages of requirement-filling text, he saw no reason to grade it down.  As previously mentioned, the man will take home HUUUUUGE stacks of paperwork, and the more important an assignment is, the more detail he will go into while grading it.  The little two-page essays were looked at, but he didn't necessarily devote the same amount of time to them.  Just so you know, an awful paper would still get a poor grade.

Tue, May. 6th, 2008, 08:49 pm

I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in History at California State University, Fullerton.

As the semester is ending, my class will not meet on campus next week, but will instead be at the local Round Table Pizza.  My professor said that she would give us directions, but could not draw a map.

So I helped!



Now you know a lot more about my subconscious than you probably wanted to.

Tue, Mar. 4th, 2008, 11:11 am
E. Gary Gygax

http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?mforum=trolllordgames&t=4373&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45&sid=5c042ff5d36941972bb303e3e7ea19ce&mforum=trolllordgames

http://wkbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=7963395

July 27, 1938March 4, 2008

About two years ago, I accidentally dialed his phone as a wrong number. We chatted about gaming and religion, e-mailed a few times, then met at last year's GenCon.  I actually knew him, so this is hitting me a little hard.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/me-gary-gygax.jpg

Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2008, 09:29 pm
Propaganda Extravaganza!

I just posted this for class (This week's discussion is World War II's affect on the home front via propaganda and lifestyle changes), and felt like sharing it:


Propaganda: (n) Information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause.

Propaganda itself is not intrinsically "Good" or "Evil," as everybody sues it in some form or another.  What we should argue about is whether it is accurate propaganda, dishonest propaganda, and what its exact purpose is.  War is especially nasty, as it always results in many necessary and unnecessary evils.  The word "propaganda" itself has an immensely perjorative association, though.  In the meantime, I have uploaded several images from my own hard drive as well as provided an immensely entertaining link.  All of this is actual World War II Propaganda, and as a warning for the faint of heart, msot of it is not exactly racially-sensitive.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/slapajap03.jpg - This one is famous, and rightly so.  Shouldn't Superman be using his time to singlehandedly win the war rather than print those posters, though?

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/ridewithhitler.jpg - If this is true, then I brong Hitler with me to class all the time.  I hope he likes Steppenwolf.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/Murdering_Jap_jk.jpg - I'm pretty sure that these people are still at their jobs now.  They have to be.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/bombs3.jpg - Inspiration for all housewives who want to Do Their Part.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/freedom.jpg - It's hard to make out, but I believe that Reverend might be black.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/PosterYoureNext.jpg - Forget Superman.  Uncle Sam should've singlehandedly won the war.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/propaganda-soldier.gif - This goes well with our text, as most of the cost-saving tips are directly described on the poster itself.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/This_is_the_Enemy_jk.jpg - Powerful imagery, even if you're non-Christian.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/unclsam1.jpg - Fairly nondescript, but it directly discusses higher taxes and war bonds.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/wastime.gif - Stop wasting time!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/canadianwork.jpg - Inspiration for Rosie the Riveters everywhere.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/WorkerVoteForTheFrontSoldierHitler.jpg - This is an actual Nazi poster.  The filename is the translation of the text.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/All_Germany_Listens_to_the_Fuhrer_j.jpg - Another German poster, translation is in filename.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii001.jpg - A German poster depicting a happy Nazi family. I do not have a translation for this.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii002.jpg - German, depicting support for the Fuhrer as being what removes the chains of oppression.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii004.jpg - I wish taht I had a translation for this one.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii006.jpg - in this poster, you see the full name of the Nazi party.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii007.jpg - Also German, telling us to say YES!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii008.jpg - This is extraordinarily straightforward, and could pass for a metal album cover.

And finally, here is a collection of political cartoons drawn by none other than Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dspolitic/

Sun, Feb. 17th, 2008, 04:58 pm
Monsters and You part Two!

It's time for Part 2!

I would like to once again stress that these are all actual monsters from the Ultra series of TV shows.  Even the very next picture.

Sat, Feb. 16th, 2008, 11:07 pm
Monsters and You

Ultraman has, in some form or another, been on the air almost continously for nearly forty years. Each episode has its own giant rubber-suited monster, and when you think about it that's pretty impressive. Sure, sometimes they took shortcuts (one monster was obviously a godzilla costume spray-painted gold with a frill around its neck), but my hat is off to anybody who can design, fund, and build.

With that in mind, I have to wonder. What does each monster say about the people who designed them? What can be gleaned from their varied appearances? To this end, I have selected a few monsters and tried to state what their design says about them. I used toy pictures, because I can't be bothered to remember all their names (and they're not easy to remember. Gan-Q? Gatanozoa? Astromons? Pedoreon?). Also, please do not tell me about how "disrespectful" this is to a "grand cultural tradition." It's okay to joke about things.

Also, anybody who hung around me at SDCC 2007 probably recognizes these guys:

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