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Ethan Shafer
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I'm running a half-marathon and am looking for people to donate money to a good cause! Even if it's only $1, every little bit counts. If you don't want to or can't donate money, at least do me a favor and share this post 
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I've got 6 Google Music Beta invites for anyone still interested
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http://books.google.com/books?id=w10-QhqA7UEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=wit+margaret+edson&hl=en&ei=BmUbTqOVNMevsAKmge3BBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-thumbnail&resnum=1&ved=0CDYQ6wEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

A few weeks ago my drama director asked me to play a part in a play for some performance. Am I being extremely vague? Yes, partly because I don’t remember, partly because it doesn’t matter. The play was called “Wit”, by Margaret Edson. Most pieces that I perform in leave no impression on me, at least to my consciousness. However, this seemingly small, unimportant performance of “Wit” has left me amazed at its beauty time and time again since the performance.

To be short, the play is about an English professor, Dr. Vivian Bearing, who is undergoing treatment for stage four ovarian cancer. The play is a reflection of her time under the care of a Dr. Kelekian. Throughout the play, she spends her time musing over Donne’s Holy Sonnets, her area of expertise. She also makes frequent divulgences into sarcasm and wit, which—for those of you who know me—is one of my preferred methods of communication.

The most influential portion of the play, however, is not in the life of the play, it is in the moments where the silence takes over your thoughts, where you are forced to listen, actually listen to what Margaret Edson is saying.

This is what my drama director performed so wonderfully. The words of Dr. Bearing, a stage four ovarian cancer patient:

“In this dramatic structure you will see the most interesting aspects of my tenure as an inpatient receiving experimental chemotherapy for advanced metastatic ovarian cancer.But as I am a scholar before an impresario, I feel obliged to document what it is like here most of the time, between the dramatic climaxes. Between the spectacles.

In truth, it is like this: (She ceremoniously lies back and stares at the ceiling)

You cannot imagine how time … can be … so still.

It hangs.

It weighs.

And yet there is so little of it.

It goes so slowly, and yet it is so scarce.

(Pause)

If I were writing this scene, it would last a full fifteen minutes. I would lie here, and you would sit there. (She looks at the audience, daring them) Not to worry. Brevity is the soul of wit.

But if you think eight months of cancer treatment is tedious for the audience, consider how it feels to play my part.”



To be honest, pure text can never do justice to a play. You need a team of actors to create the mood, the back-story. And you need an experienced team of actors who have spent hours pouring over the smallest, minute details to hope to get close what the original author was trying to recreate. This, however, is the beauty of the stage: that we, as actors, and as audience members, can take away what means the most to us.
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Don't know why I didn't think about it before, but I just created a DSU circle... Doh!
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If it keeps storming, we might end up with a small lake in our basement.
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People who study computer science live in 2 worlds.
Math-where everything can be generalized by some rule or theorem.
Computers-where everything must be very specific and tantalizingly detailed.
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Socrates was an extremely wise man.

As most of you know, I went to Airborne School this last fall from November 15th to December 10th. During my time there, I had the pleasure of rooming with 2 Special Forces candidates and a Ranger candidate. In fact, most of the soldiers who were at this training were straight from OSUT (Basic and AIT combined) and were either going Ranger or Special Forces.

The men I roomed with were possibly one of the more intelligent men I've ever met--although they did like to go out and party a lot. They were strange cases in the Army where they had all finished their degrees (one even had his Masters) and after finishing college, had a strong urge to join the military.

One of my roommate's last name was Elkins (unfortunately, I cannot remember his first name, might be Daniel). In the beginning, he was definitely the most friendly one (coincidentally, also the one who finished his Masters). During our excessive amounts of down-time, we would talk about all kinds of crazy stuff from the moral degradation of women in pornos and how we used to watch cartoons in the mornings and how it sucked hardcore to stand in the cold at 0400 and how amazing it would be to finally jump out of the airplane.

It was during one of those moments of down-time where we talked about the Socratic method. For those of you who have a serious case of tl;dnr, basically the Socratic method is about "asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas." Typically, when us humans argue, we start throwing up all kinds of barriers that help to protect our ego and assert how correct and powerful we are. The idea behind the Socratic method is to lower those walls. Instead of throwing up barriers, we should stop to think what our "opponent" is truly trying to say. By asking questions about the opponents viewpoint and building from that viewpoint, we can understand their argument better and--of course--hopefully find some folly in their reasoning.

While this may be a wonderful way to find holes in someone's argument, I choose instead to use it as a way to simply gather more information and to open myself to a wider-range of opinions... "expand my horizons" so to speak.

Hence, Socrates is a wise man.

(Once, when the Oracle at Delphi confirmed that Socrates was the wisest man in Greece, Socrates declared it as a paradox, as he thought that he was not the wisest man in Greece. Therefore, the wisest man in Greece thinks he is not the wisest man in Greece.)
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and thus begins the epic journey to fix my laptop and install server 2008 on an old pc
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I get to go on an epic journey as well... but I won't be installing server 08
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For those of you who don't know about the Norwegian shootings yet, you can check out some of the info here. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/07/police-gunman-held-hands-high-at-end-of-norway-carnage/1or here http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110722048

As I was reading an article today in the Argus Leader during lunch break I had an interesting thought. The article mentioned that because of Norway's relaxed security protocols, that this combined shooting bombing was able to take place and kill upwards of 90 people. They also noted two more cases, one in 1994, the other 2004. Sure, losing 90 people in such a tragic way is definitely a terrible thing. But think about the money they saved by decreasing the level of security. How many people could they have saved by redirecting the funds generated by having lower security? Could they have potentially saved hundreds of people who may have died in a poorly-funded hospital, or from hunger? Do these lives outweigh the 90 who were killed?

Unfortunately, I lack the mindset to put these ideas into a more precise manner, but I hope you understand what I'm trying to get at. Also, I don't have the time or patience to research these items further, but it is--at the least--an interesting idea.
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they downgraded the death toll from 90
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Feature suggestion: Maybe I just haven't found it yet but I think it would be a nice feature to have a default Stream that opens up when you load the page. So instead of seeing all of my streams, I can have it default to open up my "Friends" stream.
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I agree Google. 100% agree.
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From now on, I'm going to put exclusive information on Google+ that won't be available to anyone besides the public. That's right, feel special.
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  • United States Army
    Cadet, 2009 - present
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    Intern, 2011 - present
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  • Minnehaha Conservation District
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    Computer Science, 2009 - present
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