Thursday, May 24, 2007
So.... I posted a blog on Jim Coppoc's rules of Poetry, and notified him he was now famous (as everyone knows, if you made it on my Blog, you have reached a certain level haha). So Jim posted a blog about it on his MySpace page We'll see who gives in first. While I can rarely win a staring contest with my dog, I think I got a chance at this!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Jim Coppoc's Rules of Poetry**
- Have something to say
- Don't f--k it up.
** for the purposes of this class, a poem is something that has an author (ethos) who attempts a purpose (wants the audience to think, feel, or act differently after the poem), with an audience, under a context (where it's delivered, how it's delivered, cultural context, etc.)
Monday, May 21, 2007
My friend Crystalee pointed me towards an interesting lifestyle piece in the Post-Gazette, "Loving the Pittsburgh We Have" by Ruth Ann Dailey. In it, Dailey grapples with the contradiction that Pittsburgh often is. Another item she could have mentioned to illustrate this was how one day on the news there was a blurb about Pittsburgh having the second nicest drivers (WHAATTT?!), and the next day they report: Road Rage Incidents on the Rise. Yes, Pittsburgh is chock-a-block full of mixed messages, but Dailey reminds readers to "stop and smell the bus fumes," or, don't take for granted the beauty that is here all around us in Pittsburgh.
*picture by Athalia Markowitz of San Francisco-- Dailey also reminds us of the difference between being a resident and being a tourist, how many Pittsburgh residents have really noticed this mural downtown? have thought to take a picture of it?
I was already afraid of what to give to my dogs. Whatever I put in their food bowl they eat. They don't have any reason to suspect it's poisoned. They are trusting. I have already been a little worried about all of the diseases that have been around in livestock, like Mad Cow and Bird Flu (though not enough to stop eating chicken when I was overseas...). It concerns me that so much of this could have been prevented or at least diminished. If you recall, the brain disease in farm animals was caused by feeding them stuff they should have been fed (meat and bone meal with ground-up brain in it, when cows are herbivores-- cutting corners to get them protein). The companies trying to make more money without spending more money put the melamine in the dog food to raise the amount of protein (and now maybe in the bee food).
Not to mention all of the hormones that are pumped into livestock. Not to mention the horrid conditions of factory farming. Not to mention the inhumane treatment of the animals humans kill for food while they are yet alive.... I'm not exactly saying we reap what we sow....but at the addage "we are what we eat" is becoming more threatening than ever.
"DOA Has a New Theory On Why Bees Are Dying, Disappearing"
A Scientific American Article on Mad Cow
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Me reading English translations with Huang Xiang looking on.
The House Poem
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
or...one of you....or them...or...aw screw it
Believe it or not, I did not start drinking coffee until the year of our lord two-thousand-and-six. What did I do before then? Fall asleep a lot.
Since I started working downtown, I frequent Simpatico Espresso, located at a kiosk in the lobby of the Regional Enterprise Tower. Meet my suppliers, Ward and Cappy:
Since then, I have had white chocolate mochas, cafe au laits, americanos, etc. Of course, I still use a lot of sugar water, but now I am spoiled by the taste of good espresso. I tried to drink one at the Beaver Eat-N-Park, and I couldn't finish three sips.
UPDATE: Simpatico is having an Anniversary (1 yr, 3 days) Celebration, with some menu items on special, including the Northwest Berry Smoothie!!!
In local news, the primaries in Pennsylvania are today for the local stuff. I am now an official Pennsylvanian, having got my license after a one-hour-forty-five-minute wait on Friday. I registered to vote while I was at it, but too late for these elections. I'll catch the ones in November, I guess. Before, I was registered as an Independent, because I felt it gave me more freedom of choice, but I got tired of only voting on the issues in primaries, and want to help determine the candidates for Presidential elections, so I signed up with the Dems this time around.
I saw people outside with giant signs endorsing Luke Ravenstahl for Pittsburgh Mayor. This struck me as particularly pointless as he is running uncontested. That's right, the mayor who became mayor by the previous mayor dying has no one running against him. Some loophole or something. Goodness. He may have won regardless, but at least there would be an illusion, if nothing else, of a choice to make at the ballot boxes. Apparently, the Republicans are encouraging voters to do a Write-In. I wonder what the statistics are on a write-in winning? Hmmm. Note to self: Research Write-Ins...
The other two musicians (Accordian player and trumpet guy).