This entry was meant to be posted yesterday, but I got real lazy and didn’t publish it. I just added stuff to it instead. Yay.

Heh, Mmmh Delicious!

Iraq is in civil war–officially.

For months, the media have been torn over use of the term “civil war” to describe the descent into outright murder and torture in Iraq. Apparently the utter chaos and carnage of the past week has finally convinced some to use “civil war” without apology — with NBC News and MSNBC joining in today in a major way — but many still hold back, an E&P survey today shows.

For months the White House rejected claims that the situation in Iraq has deteriorated into civil war,” he said. “For the most part news organizations like NBC hesitated to characterize it as such. After careful consideration, NBC News has decided the change in terminology is warranted and what is going on in Iraq can now be characterized as civil war.”

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that some scholars are calling the Iraq conflict a “civil war. ” A civil war, it explained, is commonly defined by two criteria: two warring groups fighting for control over political power, and at least 1,000 deaths with at least 100 from each side. Criteria that Iraq meets, easily.

Here’s how Wikipedia defines Civil War.

The Microsoft Zune is “awesome”. [via]

I honestly find the Rev. Al Sharpton to be quite an odd figure. I tried to look on Wikipedia for an explanation as to why he’s so famous and powerful, but I couldn’t exactly find what I wanted to know. It just baffles me, really. He just seems to pop up all over the place.


A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

HMM! Blue pee sounds like fun!! But I wish it were free.

In the last entry I wrote briefly about how Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha gives me the perfect feeling of winter and the holidays with friends. It’s an odd feeling to describe, but I just know that Starbucks, with their red festive cups and wonderful cups of joe, really does the trick around this time of year. I forgot to mention however, that another big company gives me a similar feeling about the winter and holidays. This company is Coca-Cola.

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Around this time of year, Coca-Cola re-issues their Santa-embezzled Coke cans which, also being red, really make me think of good times with friends in the chilly air. Again, it’s a weird thing to describe, but man, give me a Starbucks or a Santa-rized Coke can and you’ll have me in good spirits for the rest of the day. :)

Need a metronome? How about a metronome online? Good, we’re settled here.

This is pretty amusing. It’s a series of charts and graphs entitled, Why you should continue to date me; a series of charts and graphs. I can’t imagine ever doing this for someone because if I ever did, I would surely never ever date the person I’m trying to impress. Or…maybe not. Who knows.

From The Breakdown of a Breakup (Relevant Magazine):

You blew it. She was perfect. She was the one. You were strong enough to handle her issues. She was gorgeous, smart, fun, passionate, faithful and kind—your first kiss. Now you wrecked everything. The fairytale life is over. You are a failure.

Images of a lifetime flashed before my eyes of what I would miss with her. Images of our shared memories burst in my mind then faded into the pain in my heart. It is over. God is sovereign and in control. He is at work. He knows what you need. He gets all the glory. Smile and move on now. The truth shall set you free.

The fact that it did not work out in the end was indeed a successful end. But this begs the question, “What is a successful dating relationship?” A successful dating relationship is one that recognizes and respects the eternal importance of the other person in purity while discovering and accepting your role in that person’s life. However, this ability to treat her with absolute purity and respect as a sister in Christ before, during and after the relationship can only be achieved through His power. Relying on our own power and wisdom brings the widespread confusion in dating we currently see in the Church today.

I miss being subscribed to Relevant Magazine. This article, although very short and hardly in-depth, reminds me so much of what I went through when I first broke up with Christina. I kept wanted to be friends with her and it was just impossible. What I ended up deciding upon, for myself and for her, was to just be as respectful of her decision as she was to my initial decision. It was the least I could do at the time when I really didn’t know what else to do. To this day, I still keep her close to me, despite the fact that we hardly even talk anymore (I wouldn’t know what to say to her and vice versa). And though things went bitter in the end, I can find rest in the fact that I was at least somewhat sane enough to still realize that she was a woman who deserved more respect from me than probably anyone else ever will for a very long time. The breakup broke me hard but it was definitely a higher power that allowed me to not hate her for her individual decision.

Anyway, it’s a good short read if you’re in the midst of a breakup or if you just need some encouragement in your situation. In fact, IM me or shoot me an email and I can probably talk with you.

I got a parking ticket and this is what I’m reading to get out of it.

I want this Stendig 2007 Wall Calendar for my new room in the new apartment (whenever it is that we move in). [via]
Hehe, and these snowman mugs are happy looking.