Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fuck "To Hook Up"

The expression "to hook up" did not exist in a sexual context until recently; it can't be more than ten-years-old and is definitely a phrase used in such a context almost exclusively by our youthful, sexually blossomed generation.

Yet this word's infancy leaves its meaning ambiguous. I can't figure out what the hell it means. As if the "baseball" euphemism--changing definitions depending on how old the speaker is or where the user came from--weren't ambiguous enough, now we've got a word that people exchange all the time, yet have given no explicit definition and use in a context where no definition can be drawn. Here's a few places where the line could be drawn:

Holding hands?
Making out?
Do shirts have to come off?
Does some action with the naughty bits have to go on?

...or is the term exclusively for fucking? One friend gave me that definition, but that seems like the word is thrown around a little too frequently and would be more appropriate if the definition was more lenient.

So, enough of this speculation, and on to what the REST of the internet speculates. The American Heritage Dictionary says:
hook up
1. To assemble or wire (a mechanism).
2. To connect a mechanism and a source of power.
3. Slang
a. To meet or associate: We agreed to hook up after class. He hooked up with the wrong crowd.
b. To become romantically or sexually involved with someone.
c. To marry or get married.

So I can throw out 1 and 2, and if 3a were the definition I was looking for, everyone would be hooking up, all the time, everyday, and that just doesn't make sense. 3c isn't valid either, otherwise most this campus would be married, and it isn't.

3b seems to be what I'm looking for, but it remains ambiguous. What exactly is romantically involved? What if you exchange some suggestive glances back and forth? That's not hooking up.

Apparently, I'm not the only one this confused.

The most decisive place I've seen is here, and it seems pretty clear that the majority of folks agree hook-up means sex, but the Urban Dictionary definitions clearly point in both directions, even the top rated ones.

I'm just going to avoid this word all together. If anyone uses it, I'm asking for a definition. In its place--when I speak--I'm using making-out and fucking. I think those words have pretty clear definitions, and I like being clear.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Awesome


Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD from adam kimmel on Vimeo.

I wanna start longboarding now.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

NATIONAL GUARD BMX COMPETITION TOUR WOW!

Today, I was walking to the dining hall across from the Physics building, and I saw a few half-pipes set up in front of where I was going. I figured it was an advertising campaign for an energy drink or... something, but as I drew closer, I saw in large letters: "NATIONAL GUARD."

What does the National Guard have anything to do with bicycles, or even extreme sports? Getting shot at is pretty extreme, but under no conditions would I consider war a sport. Perhaps the National Guard has something to do with bicycles--with the way the national debt is piled up, the entire army might be riding them soon.

Speaking of which, it's shit like this that adds up to a total national debt of $9,679,062,408,915, though that was outdated even after I've copied and pasted it. If you round that off, that's $1*10^13. That's insane, and it's little shit like this that adds up.

This event isn't the problem; it's a microcosm of the problem--a small piece that shows the pattern of the whole--ignorant, misplaced, mismanaged shit.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Rock Star Ist Toet

http://radar.oreilly.com/2008/09/i-am-trying-to-believe-that-ro.html

I like this blog post, and I think we all know that the music world is going inside out real quick, thank god.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Campus Preacher a Blessing

We’re made of people of all nations, races, classes, and interests. Everybody on this campus is different. We’ve got friends in English and business and physics. We’ve got friends that are gay and straight. We’ve got friends that feel the love of God and those that don’t want to suppose a friendship with or the existence of such a being, for that matter.

Either way, we’re shades of purple here; we’re all a little different, but the fact that we all ended up in this very place—for whatever reason—the fact that we’ve shared this time together on this ground for the pursuit of knowledge and growth as human beings, that makes us all the same, that makes us shades of purple.

Sometimes we forget that. Sometimes we see only the differences in the shades.

When the preachers come to campus, we see something different from all those shades the purple; he contrasts us. He shows us how similar we are: how we think critically, we are educated, how we love one another and can’t stand to see our peers are slashed. He reminds us of how much we love “jay-mu” and each other. He contrasts us—he’s the gold to our purple, and he makes us one shade, one body, and one campus.

He may preach words of hate, but that hate contrasts and reminds us of what we have—love. He can’t take that away from us, and when he comes, the shades of purple aren’t so different anymore.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

If I'm Going Green, I'm Sick, not Environmentally Friendly

My university recently started a series of initiatives to "go green." The ever popular buzz word has grown immensely in the last few years, and many campus initiatives by students have pushed campus into doing things to help the environment. One of the first things the school has done is get rid of the trays in all the school's dining halls; apparently, this saves water which is good for the environment.

Yet while the school attempts to save water in the dining halls, they pour gallons and gallons of water all over the school lawns in an attempt to keep them "green." Why are they even trying to save water in the dining halls at that point?

Trays allow one to conveniently carry many things at once. Some of the dining halls allow one to pick up many items for a single entrance punch, so by getting rid of the trays, one picks up less items. As a result, they make the same amount of money while spending less per customer. Additionally, if water is saved, then money is saved as well. All this "going green" shit has nothing to do with saving the planet and everything to do with saving money. The buzz word gives businesses an excuse to skimp, and they know they can get away with it while making people feel good.

Not only that, it gives them an excuse to sell useless shit. Wal-Mart has been selling "green" shopping bags. These bags cost a dollar and are reusable. However, people who buy the bags are likely to forget the bags after they use them the first time. People feel good if they buy things from a company that's gone green, and though the company has done nothing really different, they can charge more for it.

"Going green" is a buzz word after all. Five years ago, if someone had said they were going green, I would have asked if they needed a bag. It's one of those terms that appears and burns out because it lacks the substance to survive for any period of time. "Going green" won't fix anything, it just makes people feel good.

Environmental problems can be solved entirely by economics, though a combination of economics and regulation could solve the problems more rapidly. No other force--such as guilt, fear, or the value of a clean planet--will resolve the issue unless there's a massive change in the way people think. If the price of gas is high, people will move into cities where they don't have to commute as far and can ride a bike or take public transit. If food is expensive, Americans will quit eating themselves into absurd obesity and less will go to waste. An unsustainable economy will repair itself or collapse, and a stupid phrase like "going green" will mean nothing more for the sum of things than "Abercrombie and Fitch" to anyone over the age of thirty.
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