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Archive for December 2003

A Man, A Can, A Plan

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For Christmas I received a cookbook from my grandparents titled A Man, A Can, A Plan: 50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make. The premise of the book is that any man can cook if shown small pictures of brand-named canned items and if he is given easy instructions.

Take the recipe �Pig in a Pinwheel� as an example. This new classic uses a five-ounce can of Hormel chunk ham, � cup of Philadelphia cream cheese, two eight ounce cans of crescent-roll dough to create a dinner version of the cinnamon rolls. Other recipe titles include �Weenies with the Works,� �Beer-�n�-Sausage Bake,� �Cluck Finn on a Raft,� and �Beans-on-Fritos Pie.�

Watch out Chapel Hill!

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December 26, 2003 at 9:54 pm

Posted in Laughter

Return of the King

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On Sunday I went to see Return of the King, directed by Peter Jackson. Overall I had pretty positive impressions. As may be widely known I have read the books twice per year since high school, so I am generally highly critical of Jackson’s interpretation. After having seen The Two Towers I referred to him as “the apostate filmmaker.” This movie hasn’t absolved him of his sins but he did do an admirable job with many parts in this movie.

In the extended entry, linked below, those readers who care to can see my nit-picky compliments, exasperations and criticisms. But as you can see the list of plusses is considerably longer than the list of minuses. All and all Return of the King was a good movie and not a bad version of the book.
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December 24, 2003 at 10:50 am

Posted in Reviews

A Poem

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My youngest sister’s roommate, C*, recently had major surgery. Before the surgery I wrote her to say that I would be praying. Several days after the surgery I received an apology for not replying sooner. Moved by this and the Milton biography I have been reading I penned these lines, posted for your laughter:

Be sorry not, O convalescing sister’s friend!
Thou hast had trials and tribulations in thy state.
Lack of email shall not our acquaintance end,
Nor shall thy correspondence ever be viewed as late.

I wish thee healing health and rest,
In Barbie-pink shoes may thou convalesce.
Though the state of thou state may be weird,*
In thou’s heart may it remain endeared.

* — C* resides in California.

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December 23, 2003 at 1:14 pm

Posted in Laughter

Milton

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Tonight I finally dived back into the literary world and am intrigued by A.N. Wilsons The Life of John Milton. I started being interested in Milton senior year of college when I took two Milton classes from a highly regarded professor in the English department. Dr. Morrisseys Milton classes were highly influential in my development in many ways, especially regarding his teaching style.

I happened onto A.N. Wilson by picking up his biography of Tolstoy during the summer of 2000 and thought it was fantastic for two reasons. The first reason was that Tolstoy was a rather interesting character in his own right. The second was the numerous insights which Mr. Wilson wrote about topics which make me ponder; literary theory being one I particularly remember from the Tolstoy biography.

Tonight I happened upon this passage which lies at the end of an extended comparison of Miltons Christianity to the Reformed faith (which I wish I could have read during my heavy Milton days). I think this passage resonates with me because it touches on the themes of intellectual investigation and work/vocation which I have been wrestling with as I think about what a professor is. Wilson writes:

But a man could not live by writing poetry, not merely because poetry makes no money, but because poetry cannot possibly take up the whole of a mans day. Study, learning, the curious search into knowledge was, as his nephew said after his death, the grand affair perpetually of his life. But was this enough? (pg. 53)

It makes me think about the insights of LAbri and wonder about how this plays into contemplating a life in the Ivory Tower.

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December 20, 2003 at 11:32 pm

Posted in Reflections

E Arrives

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My middle sister, Elizabeth, arrived home last night from a year and half in Bosnia. Our family arrived in Santa hats to welcome her to America after 23 hours of travel. Elizabeth’s first comment this morning was “Andy! The glasses are soo big.”

Welcome back to America Elizabeth!

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December 19, 2003 at 9:34 am

Posted in Pictures

The Causes of Terrorism

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I’m typing from the lecture hall where the class I TA for is taking their final. So far the best answer turned in is in response to the question:

“What are the two root conditions identified in the lecture that motivate people to become terrorists?”

One girl’s answer: “The level of US involvement in a country’s government and culture.”

This answer leads me to a startling conclusion — Britney Spears is actually a cause of terrorism.

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December 17, 2003 at 9:08 am

Posted in Political Science

Finished

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I’m grateful to say that my first semester at UNC is officially complete. I’m a little unsure of what my first set of grades will look like but I am confident that they will be better than my Clemson grad school grades!

We haven’t found out any of our final grades yet but our statistics professor was kind enough to break down our statistics grades by Duke vs. UNC students . . . sadly we lost numerically (but hey let’s face it, we are better looking and the Dookies needed some affirmation). The worst part was after giving us the point spread our professor said “but given the sample size and variation the difference in points is not statistically significant.”

How’s that for a sense of humor?

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December 16, 2003 at 4:11 pm

Posted in UNC