Saturday, January 24, 2009

British Voice

British Voice:

It has been brought up and confirmed by various people (professors, students, etc.) that I have a habit of writing in a British voice. To which I reply: I write the way I think. Apparently I think in a British voice. My friends and I joke that I have a small British woman named Jane who lives in my mind and who gives a running comedic commentary on the people, places, and events in my life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Recluse (n) - a person who seeks to avoid the outside world for one of a multitude of reasons. Perhaps due to some anxiety or circumstance or in order to take a breather from their insane life. Or because they don't like to drive. You know...whatever.

A few famous recluses:

The Environment

It's more than just Global Warming or the Greehouse Effect. And no, they are not one in the same. Take some time and get informed. I know you have ten minutes to spare. Go out there and Google it. Better yet, use Google's energy saving search engine Blackle instead. Make sure you are getting your information from a reliable source!

Here is some fun and interesting stuff to start you off.

What kind of impact do you make?
What's an ecological footprint?
How many Earth's would it take to support your habits? Find out here.

What can you do?
Well, there is plenty you can do. Here is some stuff that I try to do.
  • Recycle.
  • Don't litter.
  • Use energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Turn off the lights when you aren't in the room.
  • Have an appliance you only use every once in a while? Why not unplug it until you need it. Even when turned off most plugged-in appliances are still energy munchers.
  • Going to the store? See if any of your friends would like to carpool.
  • Use the environmentally friendly bags while you are there. They are reusable, eco-friendly, and don't make that anoying rustling sound.
  • Walk when you can. I know it's cold out right now, but do you really need to drive two blocks?
  • Don't you hate it when your nice clothes shrink or fade out in the dryer? Why not air dry those nice clothes? You can find drying racks that are pretty inexpensive. Then you can probably fit another load of wash in the dryer with your first and save yourself some change!
  • Get Informed!
  • Stay Informed!


Theories concerning:


Anxiety (n)- state of uneasiness wherein your body rebels against you. A response to a threat or situation that seems to be unavoidable or uncontrollable. Can sometimes prevent one from normal everyday tasks. Pain in the posterior. Not cool. In certain situations an early warning system against doing something stupid.

Breaking the rules makes me queasy.

Causes of Ruination

Causes of Ruination:
(a.k.a. Kryptonite, Achilles' Heel)
  • Parallel Parking
  • Needles