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I know that I claimed I was getting back on the blogging horse last week but it’s all about small progress. There is a post to come detailing the AWESOME weekend that we had last weekend but for tonight, you’ll have to settle for a usual boring Sensory Experience recap.

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Some conversation this weekend steered towards the idea of public domain and fair use. This video is the first in a series that attempts to address some of those ideas. Very interesting stuff.

On a semi-related note, hit up The Gutenberg Project, a website that has books that are a part of the public domain available for free download. This could save a hapless English major a good chunk of change over the course of a collegiate career.

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Taylor Swift – Dear John

I know that I’ll catch grief about this from plenty of male readers. I stand strong in my support of Taylor Swift as a musical artist. I don’t like everything the girl does but as far as pop singers go, she’s pretty strong. This has to be one of the best “lover scorned” songs produced by pop music in my lifetime.

Money lyric – All the girls that you’ve run dry with tired, lifeless eyes / Cause you burned them out / But I took your matches before fire could catch me / So don’t look now / I’m shining like fireworks over your sad empty town

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I finished True Grit in less than three days. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read. Although it certainly fits into the genre of Western/Adventure, it’s written in a manner and from a perspective that would allow any reader to enjoy it.

Also, if you’re any kind of history buff, run over to the New York Times Disunion Blog. The Times staff is taking readers along on a history lesson as this year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. As a matter of fact, even if you aren’t into history you should give the site a once over. Admittedly, the Times is going to give the same slant and an added Northern bias to their retelling of the war but the history is well worth it. If your interest is sparked, I highly recommend doing more research on the Civil War and finding out what you can. It was not as cut and dry and movies and history books make it appear.

 

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So, in an effort to get back on the blogging horse I’m planning on beginning a weekly update on what has been interesting to me over the last week.

The old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” I think that this applies not only when it comes to digestive ingestion but mental ingestion as well. So, I hope to give you a little insight into what’s going on via what I’m ingesting.

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Beavers – just as cool in real life nature as they are in the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Lady and the Tramp.

If that’s not your cup of tea, then watch stand up comedian Dara O’Brien discuss video games.

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Ratatat – Cherry

If you’re looking for something more intellectual, listen to this lecture by Larry Lessig on “Laws that Choke Creativity”

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

I just finished this book this morning and it’s a definite recommend for me. O’Brien is an excellent writer and this book tackles the idea of stories and why we tell them as it relates to his experience in Vietnam. The book reminds me to thank my lucky stars that my path has never led me to the battlefield and to thank those that have fought the fights for me in and before my lifetime.

As a sidenote, if you read 2002 Man Booker Award winner Life of Pi and are thinking to yourself, “I’d sure like to read something else that author wrote.” Then let me stop you right now. I picked up Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel and was supremely disappointed by the result. Perhaps I’m not sophisticated enough to understand it or, perhaps, it’s a slow-moving, pedantic, self-pitying work that shouldn’t be on any bookshelf. Don’t just take my word for it though. That being said, it’s certainly sold more copies than any book I’ve ever written.

Up Next: True Grit by Charles Portis, inspired by the manliest movie trailer I’ve seen in a long time.

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