"I tried hard to preserve my self-respect; but I was struggling alone in the powerful grasp of the demon Slavery; and the monster proved too strong for me. I felt as if I was forsaken by God and man; as if all my efforts must be frustrated; and I became reckless in my despair." - Linda Brent, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 1861
I just finished reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs for history class and I really liked it. That was one of my favorite passages in my book because it was the start of her personification of slavery in the form of a demon. I think a lot of people don't understand the extent of slavery's terrors, and yet there were African American people in my class who chose to read Cliff's Notes rather than the book! I thought that was absolutely despicable not only because they're not 12 anymore but because it's about their heritage! I can't believe the shift in values in our society: from family and ancestry to sex and drugs. I'm not generalizing from this one situation, but it seems to happen a lot. Another good book is Beloved by Toni Morrison, which is disturbing and emotional.
You may notice that I changed the layout. I changed it mainly because I thought the big text size made my posts look bigger than they were and constrained my space. Once school starts again, my posts will be much shorter. For now though, I have lots of time to look up stuff and watch football games!
The Sugar Bowl was a great game! I had fun watching it even thought I was impartial, but I was of course rooting for Auburn since they got jipped out of the Orange Bowl. I wanted VT to score though, and that second touchdown was unbelievable. Plus, Auburn pulled this great kickoff return technique where like 10 guys went to where the ball fell and then ran in different directions to confuse the defense.
Couple of news items; first off, Meet the Fockers was number 1 last weekend despite being more rotten than most of the top 10 movies. Any one see it yet? Second, 2004 has been declared the year of the blog, and I must say that having one now I understand why! It's a great way to put all the stuff I can't put in my AIM profile and keep a track of articles I like but don't have any other way to bookmark and keep. Once school starts, it'll probably be more computer oriented than right now.
Lastly, I'm going to start doing memes, which is...
an idea transmitted from person to person like a virus...How do they work? Basically a blogger will propose an idea like "Hey, let's post the first sentence of our favorite book!" and it will catch on like crazy with people linking to each other's submissions obsessively until the game dies down.
So today, I'm going to list 10 Things I Look Forward to Doing in 2005:
1) Moving into a new apartment!
2) Batman Begins, baby!
4) Reading the Aeneid in Latin
5) Acing CS 315 (pray for me!)
6) Getting a car
7) Getting Metal Gear Solid 3 or Half-Life 2
8) FINALLY taking GUI 201
9) New seasons of my fave shows (24, Chappelle's Show, Family Guy)
10) NSC Poker Tournament :)
Don't forget the Orange Bowl tonight on ABC at 7PM CST! USC v. that rotten OU!