Saturday, May 28, 2011

Playing Catch (Up)

Although I've been home from school for about a week, I have become incredibly lazy, and still have not gotten around to posting pictures from the various adventures I have yet to tell you all about. I will try to get to that within the next week or so, as after that I probably shouldn't even bother.

Picture obtained from the SF Chronicle at sfgate.com
There are a couple of things that I wanted to talk about in this post, and the first will be painful for any Giants fans out there. This past Wednesday, while playing the Florida Marlins, Giants catcher Buster Posey took an extremely hard hit catching a ball in front of home plate. Scott Cousins of the Marlins barreled into the young Rookie of the Year in an attempt at dislodging the ball and thus preventing himself from being tagged out. During the collision, Posey was forced backward, bending his left ankle awkwardly. It was revealed on Thursday, after x-rays and multiple MRIs, that Posey had fractured his lower leg and torn several ligaments. The injury will require surgery and probably keep Posey from playing for the rest of the season.

Now, this injury has become more than just a tragedy for the already offensively struggling Giants. Rather, it has sparked a nationwide discussion about whether the rules regarding plays at home plate need to be changed. And, as a loyal Giants fan, I felt like it was my obligation to at least voice my opinion on the play. Across the various Internet platforms I use, I have watched many people argue over whether or not it was a clean play. If you watch the video, it is pretty obvious that Posey was not, in fact, completely blocking home plate, and that Cousins opted to run into the catcher rather than take the open lane. However, from my understanding, that was a legal play; the runner is allowed to run into the catcher in an attempt to dislodge the ball. So then the question becomes, Should they make this kind of play illegal? I say, why not? The NFL has made attacks on defenseless players punishable with a fine, and I think that MLB should be able to incorporate a similar rule. I have read multiple articles that suggest that Cousins decided to go with the collision because he was trying to prove his worth and claim more playing time. However, if he had been facing a fine, he probably would have thought twice about committing to the play. So, while I agree that these collisions are simply a part of baseball, I also think that there are preventative measures that can be taken to help limit their occurrence.

Well, this post has certainly turned out to be longer than I was expecting. On an entirely different note, I have a favor to ask of you. I've been posting pictures of my artwork all year, and have been trying to find a way to make some money from it. Jobs are very difficult to come by in our current economic situation, so I have been looking into alternative ways of making money. One such alternative I found in Threadless.com. Here they print t-shirts designed and picked by the public. I have recently submitted a t-shirt for rating, and hope that it will get enough votes to be printed on t-shirts and possibly other products. I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to look at the design and rate it! Remember, the higher it scores, the closer it will be to getting picked for printing.

Thanks so much for all your support. I know I don't tell you enough, but I really appreciate it and promise that I will try and get those pictures up soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sweet Little Things


I am officially done with my freshman year of college. My dad arrived on campus early to help me move out, and by noon we had all my possessions packed and in the car, albite in a highly unorganized fashion. Now it's all piled in my grandparent's living room, awaiting further organization and storage in their garage. We spent the end of the day at one of the Giants' many dugout stores, where I treated myself by purchasing a rather pricey jacket. What can I say? I thought I deserved it.

We then decided to buy little treats for after dinner, and were wondering around when we came across a very cute, boutiquey bakery. We couldn't decide which of these looked better, so we decided to just get them all. Don't they look amazing? It was a bit of a shame to cut them up and eat them.




Wishing you sweet things in your future.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blink, And It's Over


I cannot believe that this year has gone by so quickly! And yet here we are, in my final days of freshman year. I guess you could say that, because I am done with work and finals, my year is already over. But I don't know if I'm ready to let it go yet.

When I originally started this blog, I said that I wanted to chronicle my adventures and musings. What I didn't plan on capturing was how much I would change this year. If you go back to my earliest posts, you can see that I was an entirely different person, timid, quick to judgment, and generally unsure about my place in the world. While I think it would be a little much to say that I have my entire life figured out, I do feel good about pointing out how much I've changed. If there is one thing I've learned in my first year of college, it's that you need to go with the flow. Even the best laid plans can fall through, as I've discovered on multiple occasions this year, and when they do you have to be able to laugh it off and go with it. But at the same time, you can't get completely swept away; you need to take responsibility for your own life. Maybe this is what being an adult is all about: taking charge of your life when possible, and recognizing when you have to just let everything go.

The next few days will be a whirlwind of laundry, packing, and taking down my wall of color. Although I didn't quite cover the entire wall, I got pretty darn close to it. I can't wait until next year to start my next collection in my new room! Thankfully, my grandparents are letting me store some stuff at their house over the summer, so my dad and I will be driving home with a significantly lightened load. We're staying for the Giants vs. Athletics game this Friday, and should be on our way home Saturday morning.

I fully intend to continue posting throughout the summer, despite the fact that the adventures will be taking place in a Southern California beach town rather than the big city of San Francisco. I am actually terribly behind on posting pictures of things like my trip to the Mission District, Chinatown, Rio Vista, and my first every Bay to Breakers, so I will have plenty to talk to you all about. Keep checking back for the forgotten adventures of freshman year!

Thank you all for coming on this journey of my first year at college with me. It's been quite the experience, hasn't it?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May You Have an Ethical Mother's Day


Do you any of you find it a little funny that, on the week I said I was the most busy, I end up posting three times in three days? I do. But this is important, so I feel like it's worth sacrificing a few minutes of my time to actually write a short post.

Back in March, I wrote a little entry about an organization called Not For Sale. Well, my passion for the work they do to end modern day slavery has not cooled in the slightest. Rather, my friends and I turned our final ethics project into a Not For Sale awareness campaign. Anyways, what I wanted to talk to you about today was their platform Free2Work, which strives to make ethical business profitable by rating businesses on their production. As Mother's Day approaches, they are highlighting various flower companies that practice ethical production, as well as some that do not. They are trying to get one company in particular, ProFlowers, to improve their standards of production and recognize their worker's basic human rights. They currently have a petition going, and are hoping to reach 1,000 signatures. I know I personally don't want to send my mom flowers that have been picked by forced laborers.

If you'd like to sign the petition and help to protect workers against exploitation, please click here. Wishing you all a wonderful and ethical Mother's Day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Death of Osama Bin Ladin

Well, I'm pretty sure everyone in the United States knows by now that Osama Bin Ladin is dead. He was the leader of al Qaeda who was found to be the mastermind of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Late last night, President Obama announced that the special U.S. security force dedicated to finding Bin Ladin had finally succeeded.

Needless to say, this is definitely a victory for the U.S. in the so called war against terror. The death of Bin Ladin has probably brought peace and closure to many families of the victims of 9/11. I know that I personally feel that (in a very eye-for-an-eye sense) justice has been served. However, I don't know how much this will really change anything. All the reading into the issue I've done has suggested that Bin Ladin didn't exactly micromanage al Qaeda, which means that it will be easier for someone to simply step into his role as leader of the group and continue their day to day operations. While I hope that his death has weakened the organization, I have a feeling that we will just have to wait and see how things play out in the next couple of weeks.

No matter what ends up happening, I think this would be a good time for all of us to remember all of the men and women serving in our armed forces and thank them for all their hard work. Without them, things might have turned out a lot differently.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jane Eyre


Being the eager English majors that we are, last night Justine and I went to a late showing of the new film adaption Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska. Having just read the book for one of our English classes, we were eager to see what this new film adaption would bring to the table. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed in what we saw.

Don't get me wrong, the film is truly beautiful and moving. The acting is amazing, and the costuming, location, props... all of it was just right. However, because I consider myself fairly well aquatinted with Charlotte Bronte's book Jane Eyre, I cannot say that it was a good film adaption. The movie left out so many vital parts of the book, while portraying Jane in such a weak and dependent way that it actually changed the meaning of the story.

Now, having said that, I don't discourage you from going to see it, especially if you have read the book. I would be very interested to get other people's opinions on this adaption. Although you may wince at the somewhat butchered plot, the acting will pull at your heartstrings. If you haven't read the book, I also encourage you to see the movie, but I would hope that you would not judge the book based on what you see on screen.

On a final note, we are coming up on the end of the semester, which means lots and lots of work. I have two finals and four research papers in the next two weeks, which means my presence here will be very scarce. But never fear, as soon as I get a free moment I will write another post. I have loads of pictures I haven't yet shared with you all!