Saturday, September 27, 2008

Barack Obama Quote Generator

I thought this was a pretty fun idea: generate a quote that sounds like it came from Barack. It's based on an mad-lib idea, and it turned out pretty well for me:
Generate a Barack Obama Quote!

"I think it's time we had a national conversation about negativity. We need to get past all the lies and recognize that we are our own best hope for overcoming Republicans. We need liberals, not murderers. Liberals are our kindness. And we need to have change in negativity."
Generate your Barack Obama quote at

On another note, didn't that first debate suck? Boring, arguing over semantics, neither side looked particularly interested to be there, no one would take any responsibility for the financial crisis, etc. Don't get me wrong, I thought Barack did better, and I'm planning on voting for him, but it wasn't a great showing in my opinion.

Friday, September 19, 2008

America's Use of Torture in the War on Terror

I got to present information on/lead a discussion about the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA uses on enemy combatants. The main discussion of it is (or will be, hopefully) over at the BYU Amnesty blog, but I figured I might as well share it here too since it took a while to put together.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

6 Queer (as in weird) Things About Me

I liked this idea from a friend's blog (hope you speak Estonian; if not here's her translation into English) and figured I'd give it a go. So here are 6 somewhat strange things about me:
1. I count steps. Mostly on staircases, though often in between cracks on the sidewalk too. I can tell you how many steps there are up to each landing of the huge stairs south of campus at BYU (I restart counting at each landing, so it's not a total, but I could easily add them all up).
2. I like math. And the more useless and theoretical the math is, the better. Putting it into practice for a real-world situation drains most of the fun out of it.
3. I don't like TV. Anymore, at least. The only thing I watch ever is C-SPAN (only if there's interesting on--not just senators talking to the camera about earmarks in an empty Capitol) and maybe SportsCenter. I do still quote the Simpsons a lot though.
4. I'm a Mormon and a Democrat. I don't think that should be weird, but apparently it is.
5. I read Mormon history blogs for fun (e.g. Juvenile Instructor) despite the fact that I have no expertise in the field whatsoever.
6. I use the Linux operating system (GNU/Linux if you're a purist), Ubuntu in particular.

And yourself? How weird are you? Answer in the comments, or else on your own blog but leave a link to it here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Onion reject

Subway reaches out to Dyslexic LGBT Community with New Sandwich

America's dyslexic homosexuals have long been neglected by advertisers who have thought the demographic too insignificant to devote resources to. However, recent estimates pin their numbers at a minimum of 1,350,000 in the United States alone, and Subway is thought to be the first large American company to begin marketing to this perenially overlooked minority with a new menu item targeted towards them. The sandwich, dubbed the "Great Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato" sandwich, or GBLT, will be offered at all locations nationwide starting next Monday. Initial reaction from the gay dyslexic community has been positive; many said they were pleased to see the ubiquitous acronym finally in the correct order and plan to purchase the sandwich as soon as it goes on sale. Subway has brushed aside criticisms from some who claim that this promotion is designed to take advantage of disabled persons, saying in a statement that "homosexuals have long suffered discrimination, and those afflicted with dyslexia are often at an even greater disadvantage than others in the gay community. This is an attempt to even the playing field for them." Subway has confirmed that the sandwiches will be stored in a closet and come out to be served to customers.