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perusen - the dictionary of everythingschool bumper stickers -
there's a craze of putting bumper stickers on the back of your car displaying the emblem and name of your or your child's, spouse's, or sometimes, i guess, even parent's, schooling institution. often, this is done for college or graduate school, but it's now infiltrated private schools of various levels, like elementary school, for example. and i'm sure, and quite sorry to say, that there has got to be in some yuppie neighborhood, a parent who's broadcasting the fact that her toddler has made it into the top 1% of preschools in the nation, guaranteeing her child's admittance to the ivory towers (see: using harvard university as a measure of quality) of our society in 15 or so years.

we can always turn to george carlin for some insight regarding this phenomenon: "these people with bumper stickers that say, 'we are the proud parents of an honor student at the franklin school, or the midvale academy, or whatever other innocent sounding name for the indoctrination center where the child has been sent to be stripped of his individuality and to be turned into an obedient, soul-dead, conformist member of the american consumer culture. what kind of empty people need to validate themselves through the achievements of their children? how would you like to have to live with a couple of these misfits? 'how's that science project coming along, justin?' 'fuck you, dad! you simple minded prick! mind your own business and pass the cheerios.' here’s a bumper sticker i’d like to see - 'we are the proud parents of a child who’s self-esteem is sufficient that he doesn’t need us promoting his minor scholastic achievements on the back of our car.' or, 'we are the proud parents of a child who's resisted the attempts by his teacher to break his spirit and bend him to the will of his corporate masters.' here's something realistic - 'we have a daughter in public school who hasn't been knocked up yet. we have a son in public school who hasn't shot any of his classmates yet, but he does sell drugs to your honor student. plus, he knocked up your daughter.'" george carlin quotes

another thing, are you advertising the school or are you advertising the fact that you went to college? i saw a bumper sticker this morning that read, "st. michael's college alumni" and "alumni" was in bigger text than the name of the college! also, should it be alumni or alumnus? are there really two people who went to that school riding in the same car?
by bagheera 12 months ago
amin maalouf -
lebanese writer. born in 1949 in beirut and has been living in france since 1976. although his mother tongue is arabic, he writes his novels in french.

he knows the life of mediterranean, middle east and understands the historical transition of that culture with the western influence along the time.

he is very talented and one day will get the nobel prize.

his novels:

leo africanus (1986)
samarkand (1988)
the gardens of light (1991)
the first century after beatrice (1992)
the rock of tanios (1993)
ports of call (1996 under the title 'les échelles du levant')
balthasar's odyssey (2000)
by phaselis 11 months ago
trying to quit smoking -
the thing is, quitting smoking can be extremely easy for some, like me. i've been smoking for a few years now, and i often quit smoking, sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes even for months. i then feel like smoking a bit, and then buy a cigarette. i do not know the reason really, but i guess i'm not an addictive person, even at times i regularly smoke, i never smoke more than 2 or 3 cigarettes a day - more give me nausea.
what i wanted to tell here is that, quitting smoking is not really a big deal for some people.
(please do not dislike this entry.)
by hermes 11 months ago
feminism -
is an ideology that can be divided into two groups: radical and liberal feminism. the former one claims that women are always better than men and men are the source of all cruelties in the world. the latter defends that women and men should have same rights. neither women nor men have priority in any area.
by amygdala 1 year ago
coffee -
" coffee doesn't ask silly questions, coffee understands. " - some wise human being
by sherlock 12 months ago