My Experience with Soylent 1.6 and 2.0

Growing up, I always wondered how cats and dogs could live solely on Iams or Pedigree when humans are forced to eat a complex and balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, etc. Hamburger Helper and pizza rolls. This was all before I was aware of the existence of meal replacement drinks like Slim Fast or Ensure, but those aren’t a nutritionally “complete” food like I wanted. to read more

Wisdom Teeth, Hazy Skies, Twilight Sleep

For the past few days, I’d been having a hell of a time deciding if this constant headache, stuffy nose, and sore throat were a result of allergies or a head cold. My antihistamine, something like Claritin, didn’t seem to be helping after a day or two, so I bought a bag of HEB cherry cough drops to at least suppress the coughing while at work. Somehow, I ate thirty of them in two days and still felt like shit. Then I see this on the local news. Continue reading to read more

How Can You Tell if a Political Article is Biased?

Imagine for a moment that you’re on Facebook, just scrolling through your feed like it’s any other day. Wait, what’s that?! Johnny shared an article from that says Obama has finally shed his skin, revealed himself as Rakh’nesh, Queen of the Ancients, and now she’s coming for your guns once and for all. Oh no! Now Tracy shared something from that claims corporate antagonist Bernie Sanders is going to take your hard-earned tax dollars specifically (every single one of them) and is going to teach them social skills before distributing them to each of those no-good freeloaders in his Beanie Babies collection. to read more

Universities to Grant Honorary Degrees to Entire Internet

Following a vigorous national debate on marriage equality, the history of the Confederate Flag, and on the practicality of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama stated Sunday morning, “I couldn’t be more proud of my country, and I want to thank the Internet most of all. None of this would have been possible without your incredible tenacity, the changing of your profile pictures nationwide, and the countless hours spent making original and informative memes for the masses.” to read more

I Don’t Understand Life

Every once in a while I get this indescribable feeling where my brain goes into freak-out mode for just a split second, and it puts me on the verge of having a panic attack. It’s happened a few times over the years, usually after I start thinking about either history or space, the two things I can’t even begin to fathom. I’ll try my best to explain it in a way that can be understood. to read more

The Atlanta Exposition Address and the “C” Word

Booker T. Washington delivered the Atlanta Exposition Address on September 18th, 1895 with the goal of improving race relations between the blacks and the whites by tailoring his speech to the needs of both sides. To get them to work together toward a common goal, he expressed that neither race can prosper until both sides come to a compromise. In his autobiography, Up From Slavery, Washington explains that he needed to say something that would “…cement the friendship of the races and bring about hearty cooperation between them” (935).

The speech was an immediate success; however, when it was initially printed in type, some people felt like they were being hypnotized by the words in a way. Washington’s accommodating philosophies, as well as his separate-but-equal mentality, gained him a fair amount of criticism after the speech was published. Was this self-reflective orator selling out, or did he have a feasible plan for achieving racial equality in the United States? to read more

To the City and Back Again

To the City and Back Again

I lived with my parents–in the same small town, on the same street, in the same house–for twenty years. To me, packing up and moving away was just something that happened in movies and during the 70’s. This misconception likely stemmed from two unconnected points in time: my mom showing me all the different houses she used to live in as a kid, and me watching Andy’s family move away on Toy Story. to read more

On Charlie Hebdo

At least two gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French newspaper known for its satirical content, on Wednesday in Paris.

Firstly, I’m not one to often get overly involved in world events (Facebook friends may disagree).  I do watch the news quite often, trying my best to view these stories from multiple sources and to remain objective whenever possible, but sometimes that is incredibly hard to do, almost to the point of being an impossibility.  Grief is an emotion to be expected after tragedy strikes, but it too often turns to anger. to read more

First Draft Complete! Now What?

Question from user idontexist4lyfe: “How does it feel to have a completed first draft of your first novel?”

Answer:  “uurrrrrgidihjgjkaqowwwwwwwww!”

Now that that’s out of the way…

After a year of hard work, and a long break during my last school semester, the first draft of No Place for Rabbits (title tentative) is complete, at a grand total of 77782 words.  My first thought after typing that last word was “OH GOD YES”, but that quickly turned into “Now what?”  So I decided to look through what I had been working so hard on for the past year, and all I could see was how terrible it is.  This feeling has to be normal, right?  In Anne Lamott’s book on writing, aptly titled Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, she says “The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later… Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.” to read more