Life of Amy

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Archives: Youth (07/22/2006) May 26, 2008

Filed under: life,politics,quotes — Amy @ 6:06 am

“Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who perfer the illusion of security to the excitement of danger. It demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Cape Town, South Africa, June 6, 1966

“Youth is the engine of the world”
Matisyahu, “Youth”, Youth

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
Franz Kafka


when pokemon and politics collide March 12, 2008

Filed under: humor,politics — Amy @ 10:03 pm

Possibly one of the funniest things I’ve seen all night. Go look. I promise it’s worth it. More when I’m not freaking out due to stress. Give me a week or so.


newsflash! February 19, 2008

Filed under: links,politics — Amy @ 1:33 am

Castro is stepping down! I suppose I should have seen this coming … so he’s not dead after all!

My favorite quote from the Reuters article:
“Castro, 81, said in a statement to the country that he would not seek a new presidential term when the National Assembly meets on Feb. 24.”

… I don’t think there have been true elections in Cuba since Castro came to power. Oh well … now we just get to deal with his brother, Raul, who is 76 to Fidel’s 81. Wonder where he might be in 5 years? It’s the last communist stronghold in the Western Hemisphere, but I’ve got to say, it’s just not going to be the same without Fidel.


lightning struck February 5, 2008

Filed under: college,life,politics — Amy @ 11:21 am

I hate that I perform well under pressure. Although, perhaps not, as I get by by the seat of my pants and I’m never sure why. I love my ideas in desperation, but perhaps I can incite desperation in advance. Yeah … that would be nice. Anyway, not much time to type, just to say I’m not dead. Will write more later in the week.

Oh, and Happy Super Tuesday!


a blast from the past February 3, 2008

Filed under: humor,politics,videos — Amy @ 1:57 am

Think of it as an early, kitschy present for Super Tuesday.


pick-me-up October 9, 2007

Filed under: humor,love,music,politics,videos — Amy @ 9:31 am

Butter-pecan thighs, anyone?


curious and curiouser September 14, 2007

Filed under: college,politics — Amy @ 10:19 pm

Do Norms Reduce Torture? (Working Paper)

Trying to figure out what I’m going to do in terms of grad school search when I’m in New York.

Perhaps more to be added later.


it took you long enough July 4, 2007

Filed under: college,links,politics,rant — Amy @ 10:35 pm

Well, I must apologize. I kept promising myself a blog entry, but it never emerged from my fingertips. I started a few, I think, but they just didn’t materialize. I haven’t blogged since school ended. For the record, I didn’t fail any classes, but I know I could have done better. In face, for the record, too, I’m considering changing my major. It’s not settled yet. On Monday, I’m taking the day off, and I’ll be sorting out a few things, including a little bit of medical weirdness and the whole let’s-go-talk-to-an-advisor-and-figure-this-out thing. That was a lot of hyphens.

In random, Fourth of July/Independence Day news, the 92nd Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest went on, and the winner was Joey Chestnut. (Does it blow anyone else’s mind that there is an International Federation of Competitive Eating?) It makes me worry about the state of he world … just a little bit. I mean, I am thoroughly entertained, but a little nagging part of me wonders how much of that food that these folks consume could feed others. Just a thought.

Additionally, in more intriguing and possibly infuriation news (that is admittedly a little old), Scooter Libby’s sentence was commuted. We can only hope that this is the end of the road. I have the bare bones of this case, but beyond that, I don’t feel like I can pass strong judgment. However, I feel like he seriously put lives in danger, and because of that, he got a punishment that the court thought was suitable for his crime. President Bush did not think so. This I have a hard time comprehending.

Otherwise, not much to report on the Amy-front, other than that I have been working around 80% at my office so far this summer. It’s fun, and, though I don’t think it’s the kind of job I see myself in full-time in the future, it’s worthwhile experience, and I appreciate all of my co-workers. In the fall, I’ll be working a lot less, as I’ll have bigger fish to fry (namely, trying to graduate in 1+ years.)

I’ll try to keep updating. Oh, and I read Schindler’s List. So good! I highly recommend it.