Thursday, November 27, 2003


Once again I've got a ton of homework to do, so I'll have to cut back on the entries for a little while. If I don't post anything on Sunday, that means that I'll be busy until next Friday. I'm spending my Thanksgiving weekend working on homework non-stop so I don't have time to idly surf the web.


I'm going to get an account because I'm way too lazy to add new blogs and links to my sidebar. And, not every site I go to is XML-syndicated so I can't easily check to see if they've been updated. With a blogrolling account, I should be able to see when any blog is updated. We'll see.

A Political Career

If you want to work for the Govenator, you need to fill out an application. A good education and experience will help, but I think that a good reputation's more valuable. A good reputation, clean record, and nothing that would "would cause an embarrassment to you and/or the administration," and you'll be set.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

The $6,000 Shower Curtain

$6,000 for a shower curtain? That's really cleaning up. I didn't buy my shower curtain, but it's plastic, has pockets, and washable. What more do you need?

Sunday, November 23, 2003

The Future of Bourgeois Society

What is the future of the bourgeoisie in America? As fewer people possess the nation's wealth, will bourgeois society continue to exist in the future? I bring this up because the state of public education is supposedly in a dire condition. So, does the mean that people will leave school learning nothing and not be prepared for the real world? I have no clue about this, but I definitely don't want to be living in a tiny apartment, working long hours, and getting paid nothing. If I get a bad education and can't do anything, there's still a way out: marriage.

Naw, I'd rather go to school some more than be a housewife. Are the only options to get a high priced and valuable education to get a high paying job, or get a mediocre education and get a regular 9-to-5 or longer? How does one make the right decision if the state of the bourgeoisie is unknown? Well, why be limited by the U.S.? I could leave America and go live in another country. But where to go?

I want to live in a place that has a high standard of living, access to anything and everything, and plenty of things to do. I, like the average American, am spoiled. But to have all this and more takes tons of hard work, and if you don't do it, then you don't get it.

Hopefully bourgeoisie society stays in tact in America and I won't have to worry about any of this crazy stuff. Get a good education, job, and die wealthy. Is that what America's about?

Thursday, November 20, 2003

International Dialects of English Archive

The IDEA's site is pretty interesting if you're interested in phonetics or you just like to hear different English speakers' accents. After reading a short story, each speaker talks about their lives. Also, if their native language is English they'll talk about their accent. Some people who learned English as a second or third language almost have no non-English accent. They have a number of samples from all over the world and it's an informative site. My favorite accents are the French textbook ones. Their accents sound so much better than most native English speakers'. I also like the girl from China's story about what she thought about the United States before and after living there.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Homework Overload

1000 word research essay, 1-2 page journal, math take home quiz, daily math homework, 500 word essay, 2 chapters in Economics to read, 3 chapters in English to read= overloaded, no time for movies, blogging, Call of Duty demo, instant messaging, television, surfing the internet, and life.

Thursday, November 13, 2003


The dullest blog in the world.
Don't be confused by the name of this blog, it's the simplicity that makes it great.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Had to Do It

I thought I didn't like the Quizilla quizzes, but when I see them on other people's sites I can't resist finding out what I'm like. Forget teachers, counselors, and shrinks, these quizzes hold all the secrets to determining your personality.

"You must remember this, a kiss is still a
kiss". Your romance is Casablanca. A
classic story of love in trying times, chock
full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
believe in true love, but you're also
constantly aware of practicality and societal
expectations. That's not always fun, but at
least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
get you down too much.

What Romance Movie Best Represents Your Love Life?
brought to you by Quizilla

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Panther Issues

If you don't speak German, use Panther, and use Safari v1.1, be careful about a program called Safaqua. It's a Safari skin that gives Safari an Aqua appearance. It's so pretty and I really like it except when I hold the cursor over the browser buttons most of the "tool tips" are in German! So my Safari is bilingual, too! If you install Safaqua, then uninstall it, the German stays. The only way to get rid of the German is to throw away the and reinstall it. Sounds simple, but it's not. You can't use Safari v1.0 on Panther, so you can only use v1.1 You can't download Safari v1.1 from the Apple website or anywhere else on the web. I can't upload it to the web so you won't find it here. The Panther install disks have Safari v1.1, but it's not easy to get. Use a program to called Pacifist to find the Safari installer on the install disks.

If you don't mind the German, get Safaqua. If a bilingual Safari bothers you, then be wary of installing Safaqua.

Panther Crashes

Panther is crashing and I don't know why. AOL Instant Messenger, iChat, Word, and Safari have crashed. This didn't happen in Jaguar and it's hard to return to the days of frequent application crashes. Safari crashes the most, so maybe using a different browser would help. I'm thinking about a Mozilla browser like Camino(?). As for the rest of the programs, I'm hoping that future Panther releases fix the crashing.

Whizzing Blur

I don't know if there is any scientific research that confirms the theory that time increases and decreases speed according to Solar radioactivity, but for me time's flying faster than normal. The simple reason for time going so fast for me is that I'm increasing its speed myself. Every day I look forward to the next two, never stopping to relax and enjoy anything. As a result, time's going by faster than it has before for me. It's like going to Cozumel on the first Saturday of spring break and before you know it it's the last Sunday of break and you have an English essay due Monday, and you're wondering how the time went by so fast. It's not that I'm running out of time or don't have enough time, it's just that it's moving so fast.

I think, "Oh, I can't wait till after Tuesday when I'll be done with my math test," or "I just have to make it through Thursday so I don't have start my journal early." I think these things and hours become minutes, days become hours. I'm 18 going on 35 and my life is going whizzing before my eyes.


Since nobody cares about the Official Blog of the United States and everybody cares about Jessica, this'll be the official blog of Jessica. What Jessica people are actually searching for, I'm not sure. If you visit here looking for a different Jessica, I'll add more links when I find some time, so maybe you'll find what you're looking for there.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Fair and Balanced News

I read the news daily to learn about what's going on in the world. I read Google News and BBC News because they're in my toolbar in Safari. Google is okay except I don't like the fact that all the articles are chosen by a computer, and the BBC site has articles written mainly by BBC reporters. I just glance over these sites to see if anything catches my attention, reading the article titles and subtitles so I know the point of the article. When I go to other news sites it's usually to find out information on other topics, but not to learn a different perspective.

That is why I don't like spending a lot of time reading the news. Each news site presents a different perspective on the same topic and it can be confusing to figure out what is really going on. Many of the journalists are good writers that can present a convincing argument and make good seem like evil and vice versa. Once I sift through all the bias, I have to read another article from a different news site and do the same.

Some people can do this every day; they read fast enough and are able to sort facts from fluff. I don't want to do this, but I don't want to be shut out from what's really going on. I need to find a reliable news source that isn't going to cloud their articles with self-interest bias. What's a good fair and balanced news site?

Panther on the iBook

I have Mac OS 10.3 now and I'm enjoying it a lot. I have the iBook dual USB with 640mb of memory and a 600mhz processor. Everything runs smoothly now, even before I installed the extra 512mb of memory. There are several other improvements in iChat, Mail, and Image Capture. Reading away messages in iChat is better and I'm hoping that sound quality in voice chat is better also. Mail has a cleaner look and supposedly has better junk mail filters (I never get junk mail so I wouldn't know). Image Capture has a new feature that enables you to share your pictures over the internet, and even take pictures over the internet using the computer.

I haven't used all of the features yet, but overall I'm pleased. I think it is well worth the price and anybody who liked Jaguar will like Panther even more.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Value Increase

Since the value of this blog has increased dramatically, reading it and linking to it can only increase the value of your blog and mind. I'm thinking about getting one of those blogroll accounts, but that won't happen until I find some free time.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Electronic Deadwood

The Internet is littered with dead web sites. This isn't news to most people who surf the net at all. How long can a blog be left un-updated before it's considered dead? I wouldn't go longer than a week. When school started I had no time to update, but I got used to all the work and made time for it. When this site does go dead, it'll be offline and not wasting space.

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Interesting Facts You Must Know

I like to look through U.S. state blogs every once in a while and I stumbled across this. This is an email that I actually would appreciate getting rather than how to get out of debt.

American Political Correctness

Writing something and not sure what to call people? Try this. Scroll down a little ways and click on whatever term you're interested in.

Addicted to Homework

Homework addiction strikes many students. It comes in many different forms, from the mild to extreme. Some students get all their homework done in a timely manner, while others complete homework days/week/months before it is due.

I'm somewhere in between these poles. I get my homework done on time, spending most of my free time doing it. I do manage to make room for television and the internet, but little else. Rarely, I'll have a history journal completed before Thursday night and if I find out that I spent hours on math homework due a day later I'll be upset. The feeling of getting work done ahead of time is desirable to me, but not to the point of sacrificing boob tube and mind wandering idleness. I am somewhat of a procrastinator, but I do not and cannot stay up late doing work. My addiction prevents me from doing so.

While the addiction itself is a choice, it can creep up on those who do not wish to be addicted to homework. Approving of, liking, and enjoying homework have little to do with the addiction, although this is a rare side-effect. One may do things like skip out on going to the movies on a school night to do a chemistry lab, while others will refuse to schedule non-homework related events on Saturdays or Sundays. These are the first signs of addiction, and if they continue for more than two week, a person is diagnosed addicted to homework.

The side-effects of addiction can be positive, negative, or both. Positive side-effects are receiving high marks, extra free time, and acceptance to ivy league institutions. Negative side-effects include losing friends (good friends), abandonment of family, and forgetfulness of the definition of fun. People may possess a combination of these, so counseling is advised to maintain positive effects only.

If you know someone who is battling homework addiction's negative side-effects, have her play Grand Theft Auto III or watch Fine Living channel. Anything else the typifies the anti-homework is acceptable too.