End of the semester review

Well, we’re sitting here in class and the guy who gets paid to talk at us told us we have to write about our changed impressions of journalism and blogging and all that good stuff since the beginning of the semester.
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In a hilarious twist, beloved computer nerd slash journalism professor slash wanna-be rockstar Scott Brodeur sent the whitest white kids in his class of mostly white kids to be the only white kids crashing the UMass Amherst Kwanzaa celebration instead of forcing us to present our boring photo gallery projects, because he probably sensed that we don’t have much left of our souls, and please sir, we’d just like to make it to winter break with a little dignity intact. That may hold true for my classmates, but unfortunately I volunteered to live blog the event with Twitter, which is ok because I didn’t have a soul to begin with. Continue reading

How to: Change a tire and check your brake system for air

img058I originally was going to post pictures from when I lived in France and my trips to other countries around Europe, which I will do eventually, but I decided to do something a little different. Today, my wife and I were checking one of our cars for air in the brake system because the brakes are a little unresponsive, and I told her to grab my phone and take pictures so I could make a little how-to for anyone who might be clueless as to how to change a tire or check their brake fluid.

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For anyone who likes good photography…

You’ve gotta check out Boston.com‘s The Big Picture. As a journalist, I should play around more with photography than I do, and I’ve always been envious of great photographers.

Right away, this site hits you with powerful images, living up to the name, as they’re huge and in your face. If I could take a single photo as good as one of these, I’d be happy, let alone if I could produce these kinds of results on a regular basis.


Since I showed that Obama flickr gallery in class, and then Brodeur assigned us to blog about a photo gallery we like, I had to come up with something else.

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Hell YES

I’m more relieved than anything. I’m so relieved to not have to endure another knock-down, drag-out fight, whether we win or lose. A decisive victory is what we needed, as a country, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Actually, I’d be happier if we had more control of Congress, but I guess a majority is good enough.

Congratulations, President-Elect Obama.


Wolf Blitzer takes away my political erection.