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Presentation. [Mar. 23rd, 2010|07:51 am]
As you may recall, I am going to be presenting as part of a panel at the Northwest Communication Association Conference. I have the schedule now. So those that can and want to, my presentation will be from 1:10 to 2:30, Friday the 9th of April, at the Coeur d'Alene resort in Idaho.
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Conference Presenter [Mar. 8th, 2010|08:04 am]
It was pointed out over the weekend that I should probably mention this. (Hi Dad.)

If I recall, I linked a paper I did for a class in which I used ethnographic procedures to examine the communication structures of Dominants and submissives within Second Life. Well, the paper received very high marks, which I learned right about at the same time I received an e-mail calling for student submissions to present at a conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This conference is a pretty big deal, as it has representatives and professors from throughout the Northwest and even beyond, some of whom at least are scouting for potential Ph.D candidates.

Encouraged by some of my professors, I went ahead and submitted the paper to the conference. There were three possibilities. The most likely, in my opinion of the time, was that I would receive a pat on the head, have my nose wiped, and be told to keep on trying to learn how to ride that mean old bicycle. The next likeliest option, and what I was hoping for, is that they would give me a table to set up a poster talking about the paper and offer copies for distribution. A nice little feather in my cap if I got it. The least likely possibility, I thought, was actually being a panelist at a presentation, discussing my results with a live audience.

Well, I got accepted as a panelist. (One of my professors, on hearing this, congratulated me on my guaranteed acceptance to a Ph.D program. It's that big a deal to present as a Master's Candidate.)

I don't know the exact time yet, but the conference is April 8-10 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. So if any of you think you might make it out that way, let me know, and as soon as I learn more I'll let you know when the panel is.
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Yeah, still here [Jan. 25th, 2010|11:05 am]
So I haven't posted in a month. It was pointed out to me I have been remiss.

So, yeah. I'm posting. Hrm...

Okay, so what all has been going on? I have a thesis meeting on Feb 3. My significant paper from last semester is actually being recommended to a student conference, and used as an example for the class it was made for. I actually had to read "Alice in Wonderland" for a Master's level class, and I'm going to be using "The Foundation Trilogy" as an example of Phenomena perspective in research. Yeah, I'm a nerd.

Otherwise? Hrm... Not much to talk about, I guess.
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Hell has officially frozen over. [Dec. 22nd, 2009|06:45 pm]
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Samhain Doings [Oct. 26th, 2009|07:47 am]
So if you are the type who celebrates Samhain as opposed to (or along with) Halloween, may I recommend you contact Chaive Trust? She does tarot readings, and could use a little extra funds.
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*SNORT* [Oct. 26th, 2009|07:45 am]
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Writer's Block: War and peace [Oct. 22nd, 2009|03:25 pm]
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Many countries require all citizens to fulfill a mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Do you think the current recruitment system creates or sustains socioeconomic inequality?

I don't normally do these, but this one...

I am STRONGLY opposed to mandatory service.

Let's be honest, there are a lot of good arguments in favor of it. It creates a large military, and that's good for the nation. It also instills discipline and a sense of group membership in the conscripts, as well as giving them technical training that can be useful for the future, and that's good for the individuals conscripted. Additionally, done right it's fair and equitable, not viewing race, sex, class, economic status, and etc. as privileging someone. (The U.S. Drafts during the Civil War, WWII, and Vietnam were all very inequal, allowing college students to be exempt, rich drafties could buy their way out of it, etc.) Note: The only nation truly fair in this is Israel, which conscripts all 18 year old citizens, regardless of sex. Yes, that means Israel not only allows women to serve, it REQUIRES them to.


There is one REALLY big reason I am opposed to it. I, having three combat tours under my belt, would NEVER feel comfortable being in a combat zone knowing that the people there with me hadn't chosen to serve along side of me. This is not to say that draftees and conscripts are universally worthless. Most of those drafted for the Civil War, WWII, or Vietnam served honorably and well, some of them receiving the highest honors the nation could give them. But there were enough who resented being drafted and thus did the barest necessary to not get shot by their own side that it created bad situations where the ability to trust the person next to you in the foxhole did not exist. When you're getting shot at, you HAVE to trust that the people there beside you are going to do their best to keep you alive. Conscription destroys that trust.

And that's my 2c. Don't spend it all in one place.
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Heehee! [Oct. 18th, 2009|08:21 am]
A friend requested a little something of another friend. I am VERY amused by the results.

You remember this?


I am much amused!
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Christmas List [Oct. 18th, 2009|07:59 am]
I really dislike the whole thing how people start putting up Christmas advertising and the like months ahead of time. BUT... I do understand that there are people who go shopping for Christmas gifts before December 24th, so putting up Christmas Wish Lists is something I can handle. In fact, I'm going to do that myself right now.


You see, I am already thinking about where I want to go for my Doctorate. I kind of have to, really. For one, the front runner school I am interested in (University of Michigan) requires that you apply well in advance. If you want to get in for fall 2011 (my target goal) you have to apply January 2011. That's with everything, not the initial form, with things to follow up (with the exception of things like your (May 2011 grades and diploma.) So I kind of need to make sure I have things ready in advance.

It also means I should probably have a darned good idea where I want to go. There are a number of places on the list (UofM is the front runner, but hardly the only place on the list. Shoot... Even MIT is on the list (Sherry Turkle teaches there.)) So as part of that process I want to visit a few of the campuses this spring, meet some of the profs, and get ideas about if these are places I really want to spend a few years twisting my brain into a pretzel.

Which takes money.

So, yeah. What I'm more or less someone that actually reads this and who was actually planning to send me some sort of Christmas gift this year, if you aren't completely offended by the crassness of it, instead of books, or sweaters, or coal (I deserve coal, it's true!) funds that can be put towards plane/train/bus tickets, hotel rooms, and meals would be greatly appreciated.

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Not another meme! [Sep. 12th, 2009|08:14 pm]
Comment and I'll give you a person (indicate a preferred fandom if you want). Find a picture of that person for each category. Post the results in your journal.

I got this off of crowbared She gave me Setsuna.

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