THERE ARE THREE ITEMS ON MY AGENDA! Can you count them all!?!?
Firstly, school: rejected from Northeastern (leaving only Brandeis and Delaware still to get back to me ... the informal deadline is tomorrow
, schools, hellooooooo). Meanwhile, Mandy was finally rejected from Kansas, after they gave her the runaround for almost a month. That music department can choke on it. She did, however, get accepted to Arizona State. No matter what we end up deciding now, I am thrilled that our insane efforts totalling 47 graduate applications between us (27 for me, 20 for her) did ultimately give us multiple choices as to where to go to school while still living together. While that alone
is not what it is all about, being able to stay together while getting what we want out of school IS what it is all about. That said, our calls and e-mails to our respective Arizona State departments since Friday have thus far been met with no particularly helpful responses as to arranging meetings, so they must not want us to come that badly.
Secondly, I have been reeling in the last few years as every Internet news source slowly but surely turns to "reporting" nothing but entertainment, sports, celebrity gossip loosely disguised as political commentary, and other items that have no right to be called "news*." To this end, is there one single place on the Internet today where you can get a constant fresh supply of actually important world events? Or is even the most diligently organized bastion of journalism now infested with the virus of banality that is continuing to absorb our entire society? I use Google News to try to get an interesting take on World events, but stories about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's latest fashion or drinking decisions end up being foisted off as issues of global importance, infuriating me.
Along these same lines, I was at least pleasantly surprised to come across this today: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/04/14/ramos.horta/index.html
CNN, for the first time in what must be its entire history, has printed an article written by a non-American, about issues that most Americans likely do not care about, yet that is fantastic and interesting (even if, really, barely news in itself).
Thirdly, uhhh, uhhhh, well, it was something. There was definitely something I needed to talk about. Was it, perhaps, how much I love you? Yes. Yes, it was.*Neil Postman's book "Amusing Ourselves to Death" would suggest that not even news is actually news, but I digress.