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Book Review: “Found In Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives And Transforms The World”.

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FoundInTranslation

Found In Translation is a book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche, both translators. At 235 pages long, it’s not a quick read but I slowly found it quite fascinating. Their reason for writing it has worked on me: I have a new found appreciation for all types of translators.

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May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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“Lift Your Soul”. The Unusual People You Meet At The Gym.

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“Hey man, looking good. You’ve lost weight!” he called out from the row machine, with a gregarious smile & thick accent that sounded South American.

“Oh…um, thanks!” I mumbled, startled out of the furious internal monologue I had on the way to the treadmill by such a pleasant comment.

I wasn’t ready for what was going to happen next.

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January 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Lessons Learned

Halloween: The Great Socialist Ritual…And Why We Love It.

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Once again, I’ve noticed several of my conservative friends are using Halloween(and even kids!) to promote social Darwinism via nonsensical claims to “fairness & productivity” as an overall¬†scare tactic lesson in economics.

BAM. Right in the childhood.

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October 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Culture & Society

Americans Rage At NFL Blown Calls, Activism Accidentally Spills Into Politics.

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*This Onion-esque post was inspired by a hilarious Facebook status by my friend Laura*

The disgust & anger at the NFL has accidentally included the political process as well.

A blown call at the end of the Packers-Seahawks game which gave the Seattle Seahawks an undeserved win was the last straw for many Americans. Anger at the NFL has spilled over onto social media platforms, with players & even elected officials posting Commissioner Goodell’s number online, and fans storming pro-football forums to voice their concerns.
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September 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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“Rape, Context, & Comedy” – A Partial Defense Of Daniel Tosh.

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So, about that whole Daniel Tosh incident…

Something about feces coming in contact with a fan. The phrase escapes me…

As someone who loves stand-up comedy and will one day get on stage to try it out, I have some thoughts on the matter.

What Tosh said was wrong. What Tosh did wasn’t wrong.

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July 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

So, I Turn 26 Today – The Hamster Wheel Of Doom And Other Lessons From A Quarter-Life-Crisis Survivor.

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25 was the worst year of my life. The absolute worst. And the morbidly funny thing about bad situations? You learn a lot and grow from them. So I’ll begrudgingly take the painful-yet-liberating lessons I learned. And I’ll happily share them with you, dear friend.

Here they are, in no particular order, with all blood, guts, and glory exposed.
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March 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

Posted in Lessons Learned

Death, Puppies, And Viral Content – The Case Against Tragedy Porn.

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There’s a fine line between sharing the stories of victims versus pimping out their suffering and death to gain, among other things, a morbid sense of self-righteousness.

At least, I thought there was a fine line. Whenever I go online, all I see is Tragedy Porn. And I’m sick of it.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

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February 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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