Xanga and Me II:

Personal Guidelines 1
I was gonna talk about someone who has her own “special” blogspace and called Xanga a “whore”. A WHORE! Well, if Xanga is a whore, then I’m her john, even though I don’t pay for premium. Hehehe. Well, I just realized she now has her own Xanga site! Dahahahahaha! But I will refrain from comment.

Full Disclosure: I know this otherwise nice person…. *sigh*

Anyway, there are a couple of things I’d like to say about my Xanga habits. Its really not a big deal, I suppose, but periodically, I get comments like, “Why don’t you comment on my site,” and such. So I thought I’d share my guidelines.

Topics: As with most other Xangans (we sound like a bunch of aliens in a 50s movie, don’t we?), I write about what interests me, or what strikes my particular fancy on any given day. Last week, I read something by Consummate_Leah and was moved to discuss the topic of “intelligence”. Again last week, I was struck by the number of comments regarding quizzes and such–all in good fun of course. Other times, I feel like writing a review on a movie or I wanna talk about my favorite subject: ME. But whatever I write, I try to put down what is honest and true to me. I don’t write to please or to impress. God knows I would only fail if I did. I write for myself, as Xanga has become a release for me. I don’t bitch about my work, per se: “so-and-so did this, pee-pee-head said that”. I don’t use Xanga to vent personal issues, although I may have done it a couple of times early on, and when the Bruins play the trojans… But, much like running is a good way to relieve stess, I find that the act of writing itself is a release as well. So I write and I write and I write. I have had students ask me, “Where do you have the time?” “Don’t you have to grade?” But Xanga helps me grade and teach better since it sorta relaxes me.

So what are you? A ranter who writes about the personal crises that occur in and around your life? A commentator who jots down observations and opinions of your own life? An observer who notes the happenings around this world? Personally, I think I’m an crammentator, one who comments while periodically ranting about personal things… besides, it sounds nasty…

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Xanga and Me II:

Comment of the day…
if i were still in school, u’d inspire me as well. but seeing as i can’t even remember school. it’s a moot point.
— Posted 2/3/2004 PaikyPoo

Personal Guidelines 1
I was gonna talk about someone who has her own “special” blogspace and called Xanga a “whore”. A WHORE! Well, if Xanga is a whore, then I’m her john, even though I don’t pay for premium. Hehehe. Well, I just realized she now has her own Xanga site! Dahahahahaha! But I will refrain from comment.

Full Disclosure: I know this otherwise nice person…. *sigh*

Anyway, there are a couple of things I’d like to say about my Xanga habits. Its really not a big deal, I suppose, but periodically, I get comments like, “Why don’t you comment on my site,” and such. So I thought I’d share my guidelines.

Topics: As with most other Xangans (we sound like a bunch of aliens in a 50s movie, don’t we?), I write about what interests me, or what strikes my particular fancy on any given day. Last week, I read something by Consummate_Leah and was moved to discuss the topic of “intelligence”. Again last week, I was struck by the number of comments regarding quizzes and such–all in good fun of course. Other times, I feel like writing a review on a movie or I wanna talk about my favorite subject: ME. But whatever I write, I try to put down what is honest and true to me. I don’t write to please or to impress. God knows I would only fail if I did. I write for myself, as Xanga has become a release for me. I don’t bitch about my work, per se: “so-and-so did this, pee-pee-head said that”. I don’t use Xanga to vent personal issues, although I may have done it a couple of times early on, and when the Bruins play the trojans… But, much like running is a good way to relieve stess, I find that the act of writing itself is a release as well. So I write and I write and I write. I have had students ask me, “Where do you have the time?” “Don’t you have to grade?” But Xanga helps me grade and teach better since it sorta relaxes me.

So what are you? A ranter who writes about the personal crises that occur in and around your life? A commentator who jots down observations and opinions of your own life? An observer who notes the happenings around this world? Personally, I think I’m an crammentator, one who comments while periodically ranting about personal things… besides, it sounds nasty…

Another day of inspiring students

Whew, another day of work. It’s 9:10 pm and I just got out of my film class. We saw the Ballad of Narayama, a moving, albeit disturbing film. It deals with the Japanese tradition of kuchiberashi–mouth reduction. In premodern times, people of poor rural villages carried their elderly parents to the mountain to die at a prescribed age in order to ensure the survival of the group, particularly during the harsh winters.

But I’ll talk about it more at a later date. But I did want to share with you the sense of satisfaction I enjoy whe I realize that I affect others in a positive way. I like to think I influence my students here at school, but I recently learned that my reach goes beyond DC/Virginia. This is what a new subscriber, Omega01, wrote on his own blog:

The quest for new xangas has indeed been going well. Onigiriman’s is at the top of the list though. It is…hmm…Inspiring… The recent stuff he posted makes me question the amount of work I put into school, and into learning the stuff I want to learn. Maybe I should be making strait A’s (I can, no problem…it’s just…hmm… “discipline,” as someone I spoke to once put it) Maybe I should be putting more working into studying on the side. I should be learning Japanese with a more furious pace, I should be building web sites and doing graphic artwork. I should be fixing my computer…I know I can fix it, everyone knows I can fix it. I need to stop being such a lazy bum and get some crap done. You only get to have this life once…make it count.

Well, as you might imagine, this truly gives me a sense of satisfaction. Thanks Omega81. You made my week!

So what was the last Japanese movie you saw? And how’d you like it?

Another day of inspiring students

Comment of the day…
I don’t use racial epithets amongst friends, really… but I do recall being called “jigga” by my black friends when younger… before the term was popularized by Jay-Z. But that was only “ma niggas”–as so appropriately called–had labeled me, as a jap-nigga.– Posted 2/2/2004 Takunishi79

Whew, another day of work. It’s 9:10 pm and I just got out of my film class. We saw the Ballad of Narayama, a moving, albeit disturbing film. It deals with the Japanese tradition of kuchiberashi–mouth reduction. In premodern times, people of poor rural villages carried their elderly parents to the mountain to die at a prescribed age in order to ensure the survival of the group, particularly during the harsh winters.

But I’ll talk about it more at a later date. But I did want to share with you the sense of satisfaction I enjoy whe I realize that I affect others in a positive way. I like to think I influence my students here at school, but I recently learned that my reach goes beyond DC/Virginia. This is what a new subscriber, Omega01, wrote on his own blog:

The quest for new xangas has indeed been going well. Onigiriman’s is at the top of the list though. It is…hmm…Inspiring… The recent stuff he posted makes me question the amount of work I put into school, and into learning the stuff I want to learn. Maybe I should be making strait A’s (I can, no problem…it’s just…hmm… “discipline,” as someone I spoke to once put it) Maybe I should be putting more working into studying on the side. I should be learning Japanese with a more furious pace, I should be building web sites and doing graphic artwork. I should be fixing my computer…I know I can fix it, everyone knows I can fix it. I need to stop being such a lazy bum and get some crap done. You only get to have this life once…make it count.

Well, as you might imagine, this truly gives me a sense of satisfaction. Thanks Omega81. You made my week!

So what was the last Japanese movie you saw? And how’d you like it?