Category: Random Thoughts



It’s 3am, and you’re still awake. You’re lying in your bed, staring at the ceiling, when out of the darkness of your room, you hear a thud. Your heart jumps into your throat – you try to explain it away, but at this time of night, rational explanations are hard to come by. You look around, trying to find the source of the noise, but you can’t see a thing. You hear something else – could that be footsteps? Maybe it’s your terrified mind playing tricks on you, but that sure did sound like footsteps. Out of the corner of your eye, you think you catch a glimpse of movement, but when you turn to look, there’s nothing there. You’ve got chills running down your spine, and you can’t help but feel like something’s watching you in your bed.

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Astronomy has always been an interest of mine (I know, I’m a nerd), and I’ve always wondered what the universe is like outside our solar system. Are we alone here? Is there intelligent life outside our planet?

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The other day, I was lying in bed when I decided that I had to go to the bathroom. I reluctantly got up and started walking that direction, but before I even made it out my bedroom door and into to the hallway, I realized that without thinking about it, I had already taken my pants off. You probably could have gone without hearing that little anecdote, but it really got me thinking: a lot has changed in the few months that I’ve been living alone.

I’m so conditioned to living alone that I remove articles of my clothing while walking through the apartment without so much as a second thought – half the time without even consciously realizing that I’m doing it (you’ll think twice about barging in unannounced now, eh Maintenance Guy?). Of all the changes I’ve had to make since moving in here, I consider that one a change for the better (you may disagree with me here), but it started me thinking about all the positive and negative changes I’ve made since moving out on my own.

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Think back to when you were growing up. How did you envision the future? Did you imagine driving a flying car, or beaming yourself up with a Star Trek-esque transporter device? Maybe coming home from your job on Mars to eat a nice meal cooked by your snarky robot housekeeper? Really think about it–how much of what you thought would happen in the future has actually happened?

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Facebook was launched in 2004 by a dude named Mark Zuckerburg. It originally started out as a private network for Harvard students, then expanded to include all Ivy League schools, then all colleges, and then eventually, every human being on the planet (presumably, aliens will be allowed to join at some point in the future). Over the span of just a few years, Facebook has gone from a college kid’s list of friends to one of the most popular websites on the internet (after my blog, of course).

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So the state of Arizona recently passed a law that makes it a state-level crime (i.e., enforceable by local and state police) to be in this country illegally.  This has stirred up a lot of controversy, and made a lot of people pretty upset.  I don’t normally get involved in political discussions, but this is something I have a pretty strong opinion about, so I thought I’d throw my 2 cents in there.

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Fear is something that we all deal with. Anybody who says otherwise is full of crap. Everyone experiences fear, whether they’ll admit it or not. This isn’t always a bad thing–a healthy amount of fear may just be our body’s way of telling us to be careful. Fear of heights keeps people away from dangerous cliffs. Fear of snakes keeps people from getting bit. Fear of high speeds keep people from getting killed in car accidents. In a way, fear can be like our body’s natural defense mechanism that keeps us from doing stupid stuff.

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