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It's Just What I Wanted (or not?)

Jan. 3rd, 2011 | 11:42 am
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

Do you prefer telling people what gifts you want to receive or being surprised?

I think a lot of people go through this dilemma. Many people believe that it's "the thought that counts." But what about being "thoughtful?" I don't see anything wrong with giving people stuff that they want and I'm sure that recipients are also grateful that they can show true enjoyment about the item(s) they're receiving.

All of us have been through that awkward moment when we open a present and (literally) don't know what to say. The gifts are typically weird, strange, or just plain random. I'm not sure about others, but I prefer receiving gifts that I will enjoy and/or find useful. I'm not a fan of things that will be clutter or put into a box in the closet. And I think that most people like giving gifts that the other person will like.

To answer both questions, I think that a wishlist can solve gift-giving problems. This way someone can give a gift that they know the other person will like, but it will still be a surprise as to what the item is.

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The Importance Of A College Degree

Nov. 21st, 2010 | 04:30 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

Most of us have heard the statement "college is not for everyone." But once I got thinking about it, I have to admit that it's probably a pretty darn good idea to get a college degree.

Going to college is like eating your veggies. Yeah, it may not always be the most fun or exciting thing to do. But in the end, it will be well worth it and you may regret it if you don't go.

First off, by just having a college degree, you are automatically more likely to do well in life. You will have more knowledge of the world and how things work, and employers will take you more seriously compared to those who do not have a degree. While some jobs may not require a degree, it's very likely that the person hired for the job will have one (especially in today's job market where many college graduates are looking).

Second, college doesn't have to be the world's biggest pain or a nightmare. Lucky for us we like in a society that allows us to choose. You can choose where to go to college and you can choose what you want to major in. If you find something that's fun and/or interesting, the academic part can be something you enjoy. A lot of people also make new life-long friends while they're at college. Join a group or organization if you find that you're having a hard time meeting people.

Third, the fact that college is expensive doesn't have a be a deal breaker. Many students can go to college for free if they qualify for financial aid. Others can apply for student loans, and if all else fails, you can work before and/or during college.

Overall, going to college is a pretty good idea. Even if you don't think you'll need a college degree for the type of work you want to do or if you're not thrilled about more school work, it's better to be safe than sorry. Going to college will only take a few years and it can help you during the many years of your future.

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Equality

May. 18th, 2010 | 10:14 am
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

"An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects."
- Martin Luther

I love this quote because it brings up the question, "Is equality practical and functional?"

In my opinion, no. I know a lot of people have this idea that if we were all equal, everything would be so much better. But I don't believe a society can function without some sort of structure. I'm not saying that things like racism are good for society, but that there needs to be some sort of different social levels. I believe we need people who hold different positions of power and different social classes.

If everyone was equal and nobody had the power to make decisions, wouldn't there be chaos? How would we ever get anything done? If someone say "yes" and someone says "no" then how would we resolve things? I suppose it could be held to a vote, but what happens if it's 50:50? And if there was one group that had the most votes, then the other group might say that since everyone is equal, then the larger group doesn't have the right to tell the smaller group what to do.

I'm a fan of social structure, even if it means that not everyone is happy all the time. I suppose equality would be nice in a perfect world where there is no conflict and everyone gets along 24/7. But we all know that world doesn't exist. Even in the animal kingdom there are such things as dominance, positions of power, and leadership.

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Two Sides of the Same Coin

Nov. 28th, 2007 | 12:57 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

White privilege.

Basically, "being White is all you need" to succeed in life. Of course this isn't entirely true as race is not the only important factor in the world, but no doubt it does play an important role. For me personally, I was lucky to grow up with part of this "white privilege." Although I am Asian, i grew up in a white household and thus when people saw me, they also saw my white mother.

Late in my life, being Asian also had it's advantages. I was assumed to be really smart, conservative, obedient, and not one to get into trouble. Within the past few years being Asian has also grouped me into the "Asian fetish" fad. Meaning, what guy wouldn't want a exotic girl. That may help to explain why you see so many White guys with Asian girls, but you less often see a White girl with an Asian guy.

Which brings me to my next point. While Asian girls are idolized, Asian guys are looked down upon. They have to deal with negative aspects that Asians are stereotyped with. For example, while they may be assumed to be academically smart, they are seen as shy, introverted, non-masculine, small (in terms of height and penis size), martial arts experts, etc... Basically the media feeds upon these stereotypes and highlights them. Thus, that's what many people believe Asian guys are like in real life.

Living in the Bay Area may make it seem like Asians fit in really well and these stereotypes are less true, however you have to remember that only 5% of the American population is Asian. So in most other places the Asian population is much less.

A point that I'm trying to make is that while I am glad that I'm Asian out of all the other ethnic minorities, I'm glad that I'm a girl and not a guy. I'm not sure that I'd want to be an Asian male because of all the stereotypes that I'd have to face.

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Dr. Phil

Dec. 14th, 2006 | 04:48 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

I was on YouTube the other day, and I came across this video:

http://www.youtube.com/v/CNPvdsJS-qE

First of all, for him to say that he doesn't want to promote this sort of behavior is contradicting. Just by putting the guys’ video on public television he is introducing that sort of behavior to the general public. He acts as if he's never seen the content that was on the video before. But we all know that it's been pre-recorded.

All major television networks are controlled by a small number of major corporations. Meaning that the competition between these networks is fierce. Think of how the elections happen these days. It’s always between the democrats and republicans. There is never a third party who has a chance. Therefore the competition between those two parties is intense because everyone knows that the outcome will be one of those two parties.

If there were a bunch of smaller groups then the power would be divided more evenly, more of a democracy you could say. The corporations would all have the same rights, open viewpoints, and free choice as they wouldn’t be forced to restrict what they broadcast like in today’s society. Also the different corporations could represent different goals. There would be a wider selection of what to view on television, as more interests would be viewable.

Today’s television networks also have to worry about protecting financial interests. Powerful groups put pressures on the media. For example, people with lots of money give donations to the networks to put out media that displays a certain viewpoint (although this might be unnoticeable to the average viewer). If you watch the news channels during election time you can sometimes see that one network favors one party over the other, but not in an obvious manner. Because the networks major goal is to make the most money, they are willing the do things under the radar that will keep the powerful interests in favor of them and keep receiving funds from them.

So for Dr. Phil to ignore this guy who was a guest on the show, in the larger picture he and the network are trying to display their morals/values/ideas to the rest of the world in hopes that people will agree with the network and think that kicking the guest off was the right thing to do. Their hope is that then the people will remember this incident and put the network in their list of favorable channels to view. I also have to point out that Dr. Phil says that he’s “helping” people, just like the guest said he was doing on the video. But all he’s really doing is “airing dirty laundry” and then sending the people on their merry way. The point of his show is entertainment, and that’s all the guy in the video was doing….

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