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November 28, 2003

Blog meetup

If you're a local Indianapolis area person who likes to blog, is interested in starting to blog, or just wants to chat about blogging, please sign up to attend International Blog Meetup Day happening Wednesday, Dec 17 @ 7PM by clicking on the link above.

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November 27, 2003

National Buy Nothing Day

Adbusters: Buy Nothing Day

I'm inviting you to participate in National Buy Nothing Day tomorrow. If you're tired of being treated as an animal feeding at the Department Store Sale Trough, then skip tomorrow's holiday sales.

From Adbusters.org's Buy Nothing Day tour page:
"In America, Buy Nothing Day played out in some of the nation's last remaining public spaces - its malls. Costumed groups of revelers managed to slip in and stay long enough to set up tables and suggest alternatives to heavy holiday spending such as giving to charity. Spend time with family and friends, rather than money on them, was the message. Yes it's cliche, but, the things most worth pursuing, and exchanging - love, ritual, attention, sacrifice, freedom-are the things no-one can buy."

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. I picked up my brother and step-mom for the holiday weekend yesterday and took them up to a Thanksgiving gathering with Kris's extended family.

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November 23, 2003

Europe trip (Day 1-3)

Note: This is part 1 of 3

In short, my trip to Europe was phenomenal. Whenever I travel, I think in the back of my mind about something I read awhile back. I don't recall where it's from but it talks about traveling being pointless, and for awhile there, I didn't see the excitement other people had in traveling mainly because I traveled to the same places I had been already.

So to summarize, I had a blast. The details follow below:

Day 1:
I worked all day Friday, borrowed a multi-band GSM phone from a co-worker at the last minute with his only request being a magnet. We at lunch then flew out around 1:30pm with little hassle and arrived at Dulles with a little bit of time to spare. The lunch thing proved smart because while getting on the plane at Dulles, 20-30 had passed the ticket agent to board the plane when they stopped the line and I overheard the lady talking about "mechanical trouble." People had already boarded so they instructed us to board and as we sat there, finally someone came on the PA and told us that they were changing some brakes on the plane and we would know more in 20 minutes. Twenty minutes pass, 30 minutes, etc and after 2-3 hiccups, we finally depart an hour late. The flight seemed to take forever even though I'm used to flights much longer than 7 hours.

Day 2:
We arrived in Paris around 9:30am instead of 7:30am. This threw plans off since we were to go to the Louvre in the morning and pick up Kristin's middle sister and her sister's husband who were flying in later. We went into McDonalds and had some hot chocolate for awhile before we met her sister. I didn't realize how diverse Paris was until I passed tons of black people of French descent. Part of this surprise came because of my ignorance about Europe and European history.

We started the day by dropping our things off at the hotel, grabbing lunch and heading out. Since it was getting later in the afternoon, we managed to visit Notre Dame which construction began in 1163 and ended 200 years later in 1345. Next we went to admire the stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle. Each pane of glass was intricately done with a difference scene. After that, we made a trek up to the Sacre Coeur Church which gave us an amazing sunset view over Paris. We ate dinner at an italian restaurant that was in this area where there were many restaurants lined up street after street. We mainly saw Greek, Italian, and French food. I swear our feet were about to fall off, I had never been in so much pain ever.

Day 3:
We awoke a bit early and had breakfast at Kris' sister's dorm. The standard fare seemed to be coffee, cereal, fruit, a baguette, a croissant, and some yogurt. Our first stop of the day was the Louvre. Ironically, about 6 months prior to our trip, I had taken an art history class and studied a lot of the works in the Louvre. It was surreal to be standing right in front of them when I had read about them in a text book not long ago. Some notable works were Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix, Raft of the Medusa by Gericault, and of course the strikingly small Mona Lisa. We managed to lose a person for about 45 minutes so we didn't leave as early as we would've liked to. We were going to try to go to Chateau de Versailles but didn't have enough time so we hit up l'Arc de Triomphe (The Arch of Triumph) next. It offered another incredible view of Paris after climbing 284 steps. No trip to Paris is complete without going up the Eiffel Tower. The evening view was amazing and we got to see the light show that happens where lights flicker on and off making it glimmer and flash.

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What it takes to get more young readership

Dallas Observer | dallasobserver.com | News : Filler Curse of Youth,Two new Dallas papers are keeping tabs on the little futhermuckers,By Eric Celeste The Alternative Dallas connection for events, event listings, music reviews, CD reviews, and all of the latest alternative news from the Dallas area.

I'm not sure what to make of the story above. Papers seem to be wanting to grab more young readership but they aren't developing or approaching younger readers in the way they need to be approached. Why do younger readers decide to read or not read the daily paper? Is it because they don't have time? Or the writing isn't "direct and crude" like The Daily Show?

It's ironic though that younger readers read blogs
every day but don't read the paper if the problem is time. It's not about time, it's about giving people what they want and not assuming you *know* what they want.

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November 20, 2003

Yes, my face turns red when I drink

Go Ask Alice!: Face turns red after drinking

In conversation with some friends today, I decided to google and find out why my face turns red and splotchy when I drink. Initially I thought I was allergic to some of the yeasts in beer but I found out that it's most likely genetic.

"....as many as 50 percent of people of Asian descent experience a flushed complexion after drinking alcohol. Alcohol flush reaction, the more technical name, describes the body's inability to break down ingested alcohol completely. You and others like you have an inactive enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2), which is normally responsible for breaking down acetaldehyde, a byproduct of the metabolism of alcohol. Acetaldehyde is a toxin and if your body can't break it down, it accumulates and causes flushing. Other symptoms you might experience include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and an increased pulse."

Not that I'm complaining about the inability to become an alcoholic or anything.

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November 18, 2003

All this death and insanity

Man kills wife, himself over Internet chats

The insanity in Indiana does not appear to be subsiding. In today's headlines, a husband shot his wife and them himself after he got angry because of her online chatting.

And the best quote of the article, "Both he and his wife had been arrested for domestic battery. Curtis Downs had been arrested nine times and was jailed in May 2000 after beating his wife with a tool. Daleleen Downs was jailed last March after she ran over her husband with the couple's car."

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November 17, 2003

Don't stick your head out the window of a car

Perry Meridian student dies in freak accident

A quote from a friend of mine, "Everybody checks out some time. Might as well go in a page one story. "

"...the student was apparently sticking his head out the window of the bus when he was struck by a low-hanging tree limb", possibly explains why parents usually tell their children to never stick their head out the window of the car.

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November 11, 2003

For your temporary pleasure... Pictures!

Well, I haven't finished up the Europe trip post yet so for now, you'll have to be satisfied with the photos of from the trip.

So without further delay, go check them out here!!!!!

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November 9, 2003

The madness must end. I must return.

Ok, I've officially been a bad bad blogger. Everything has expired off my page (due to the amazon links automatically regenerating the page).

I'm going to work on my Europe trip extended entry, hopefully it and the pictures will be up before this evening and the blog won't look like such a horrid mess.

See you soon.

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