About a year ago, I started using wordle.net to make these amazing, beautiful creations called "word clouds". A friend of mine recommended that I share them on tumblr, so here they are...

See the text used to make these Wordles at dennisswrdlstxt (I'm actually trying this new thing where I put the text right in the caption. Message me if this is an issue)

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This only took a little more time than a regular Wordle. I realized I needed to do a Wordle of pretty much every song on the album, so I thought it would be easier to combine them into one. The lyrics correspond by color to their respective song titles. I tried to mimic the shape of the album cover art, but there was no way I was going to try to match the colors. I like my colors better anyway.
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Don’t Let It Break Your Heart:1.6:7030a0 a:0.2:7030a0 aiming:0.1:7030a0 aims:0.1:7030a0 all:0.1:7030a0 and:0.5:7030a0 are:0.1:7030a0 arrows:0.1:7030a0 baby:0.2:7030a0 bled:0.1:7030a0 break:0.5:7030a0 burning:0.1:7030a0 call:0.2:7030a0 cannonball:0.1:7030a0 catch:0.1:7030a0 come:0.2:7030a0 crawl:0.1:7030a0 don’t:0.5:7030a0 even:0.1:7030a0 fell:0.1:7030a0 flowing:0.1:7030a0 found:0.1:7030a0 from:0.1:7030a0 gonna:0.1:7030a0 heard:0.1:7030a0 heart:0.5:7030a0 heavily:0.1:7030a0 her:0.1:7030a0 hit:0.1:7030a0 I:0.3:7030a0 if:0.3:7030a0 into:0.1:7030a0 is:0.1:7030a0 it:0.6:7030a0 left:0.1:7030a0 let:0.5:7030a0 lost:0.2:7030a0 map:0.1:7030a0 mark:0.1:7030a0 my:0.2:7030a0 never:0.3:7030a0 of:0.2:7030a0 oh:1.1:7030a0 on:0.3:7030a0 or:0.1:7030a0 part:0.1:7030a0 racing:0.1:7030a0 sang:0.1:7030a0 shadows:0.1:7030a0 she:0.1:7030a0 she’d:0.1:7030a0 shipwreck:0.1:7030a0 slowly:0.1:7030a0 start:0.1:7030a0 still:0.3:7030a0 the:0.4:7030a0 then:0.1:7030a0 though:0.1:7030a0 through:0.1:7030a0 tide:0.1:7030a0 tired:0.2:7030a0 to:0.1:7030a0 trap:0.1:7030a0 try:0.1:7030a0 veins:0.1:7030a0 we:0.2:7030a0 we’re:0.1:7030a0 when:0.2:7030a0 you:0.3:7030a0 your:0.7:7030a0 you’re:0.2:7030a0
Up with the Birds:2:548dd4 true:0.1:548dd4 a:0.6:548dd4 again:0.3:548dd4 all:0.3:548dd4 and:0.2:548dd4 any:0.1:548dd4 are:0.2:548dd4 armor:0.1:548dd4 arms:0.1:548dd4 at:0.1:548dd4 away:0.1:548dd4 back:0.1:548dd4 birds:0.3:548dd4 blue:0.1:548dd4 break:0.1:548dd4 but:0.2:548dd4 choir:0.1:548dd4 clumsy:0.1:548dd4 coming:0.2:548dd4 day:0.3:548dd4 don’t:0.1:548dd4 dreamed:0.1:548dd4 even:0.1:548dd4 fear:0.1:548dd4 float:0.1:548dd4 go:0.1:548dd4 good:0.2:548dd4 gray:0.1:548dd4 hard:0.1:548dd4 have:0.1:548dd4 hear:0.1:548dd4 her:0.1:548dd4 higher:0.1:548dd4 I:0.5:548dd4 I’m:0.1:548dd4 in:0.2:548dd4 is:0.1:548dd4 it’s:0.3:548dd4 just:0.2:548dd4 know:0.3:548dd4 lie:0.1:548dd4 little:0.1:548dd4 me:0.1:548dd4 might:0.2:548dd4 my:0.3:548dd4 name:0.1:548dd4 of:0.2:548dd4 oh:0.2:548dd4 one:0.2:548dd4 or:0.1:548dd4 our:0.2:548dd4 over:0.1:548dd4 pain:0.1:548dd4 plot:0.2:548dd4 punch:0.1:548dd4 rain:0.1:548dd4 rust:0.1:548dd4 sang:0.2:548dd4 say:0.1:548dd4 sea:0.2:548dd4 see:0.1:548dd4 send:0.1:548dd4 show:0.1:548dd4 simple:0.2:548dd4 sky:0.1:548dd4 so:0.1:548dd4 spark:0.1:548dd4 start:0.2:548dd4 taking:0.1:548dd4 that:0.2:548dd4 the:0.7:548dd4 them:0.1:548dd4 then:0.2:548dd4 they:0.3:548dd4 things:0.3:548dd4 those:0.1:548dd4 though:0.1:548dd4 threw:0.1:548dd4 'til:0.1:548dd4 to:0.4:548dd4 turn:0.1:548dd4 up:0.2:548dd4 walk:0.1:548dd4 way:0.2:548dd4 where:0.1:548dd4 wings:0.1:548dd4 with:0.1:548dd4 wonderful:0.1:548dd4 won’t:0.1:548dd4 world:0.2:548dd4 yeah:0.1:548dd4

This only took a little more time than a regular Wordle. I realized I needed to do a Wordle of pretty much every song on the album, so I thought it would be easier to combine them into one. The lyrics correspond by color to their respective song titles. I tried to mimic the shape of the album cover art, but there was no way I was going to try to match the colors. I like my colors better anyway.


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Country names are sized in proportion to their population. The colors are a color on the country’s flag, usually the most prominent. For example, though red is more prominent in its flag, Vietnam is yellow because there were too many other red countries, etc. Only the top 100 are colored appropriately; the rest are all blue because I’m lazy like that. If you click the image, you can zoom in and see Number 100,  Hong Kong, in red, below Nigeria and above Syria. I think the font, called Teelphoto, is supposed to be legible even when very small/zoomed-out.
Here is my source for the populations. Also check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_population_density for  densities and other statistics in a sortable table.

Country names are sized in proportion to their population. The colors are a color on the country’s flag, usually the most prominent. For example, though red is more prominent in its flag, Vietnam is yellow because there were too many other red countries, etc. Only the top 100 are colored appropriately; the rest are all blue because I’m lazy like that. If you click the image, you can zoom in and see Number 100,  Hong Kong, in red, below Nigeria and above Syria. I think the font, called Teelphoto, is supposed to be legible even when very small/zoomed-out.



Here is my source for the populations. Also check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_population_density for  densities and other statistics in a sortable table.

All the people, places and things mentioned in We Didn’t Start the Fire, because they’re really the more important part, and there’s only one of each.
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny RaySouth Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio 
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, TelevisionNorth Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe 
Rosenbergs, H Bomb, Sugar Ray, PanmunjomBrando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queenMarciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye 
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and ProkofievRockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, DancronDien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning teamDavy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, KhrushchevPrincess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, KerouacSputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseballStarkwether, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, MafiaHula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and KennedyChubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo
Hemingway, Eichman, Stranger in a Strange LandDylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion 
Lawrence of Arabia, British BeatlemaniaOle Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sexJ.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back againMoonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airlineAyatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan 
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicideForeign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial lawRock and Roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

All the people, places and things mentioned in We Didn’t Start the Fire, because they’re really the more important part, and there’s only one of each.


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A Wordle of We Didn’t Start the Fire, by Billy Joel. I like the fiery colors (and the word fiery) and the size/somewhat orderliness of the title.
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny RaySouth Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio 
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, TelevisionNorth Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe 
Rosenbergs, H Bomb, Sugar Ray, PanmunjomBrando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queenMarciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye 
We didn’t start the fireIt was always burningSince the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fireNo we didn’t light itBut we tried to fight it 
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and ProkofievRockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, DancronDien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning teamDavy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, KhrushchevPrincess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez
We didn’t start the fireIt was always burningSince the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fireNo we didn’t light itBut we tried to fight it
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, KerouacSputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseballStarkwether, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, MafiaHula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and KennedyChubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo
We didn’t start the fireIt was always burningSince the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fireNo we didn’t light itBut we tried to fight it
Hemingway, Eichman, Stranger in a Strange LandDylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion 
Lawrence of Arabia, British BeatlemaniaOle Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sexJ.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say
We didn’t start the fireIt was always burningSince the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fireNo we didn’t light itBut we tried to fight it
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back againMoonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airlineAyatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan 
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicideForeign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial lawRock and Roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore
We didn’t start the fireIt was always burningSince the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fireNo we didn’t light itBut we tried to fight it

A Wordle of We Didn’t Start the Fire, by Billy Joel. I like the fiery colors (and the word fiery) and the size/somewhat orderliness of the title.


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A short simple song by Coldplay, and one of my favorites, The Scientist.
I like the proximity of back and start, the prominence of ooh, and the color of science and nobody and the fact that they are close together.
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorryYou don’t know how lovely you areI had to find you, tell you I need youTell you I set you apartTell me your secrets, and ask me your questionsOh let’s go back to the startRunning in circles, coming up tailsHeads on a science apartNobody said it was easyIt’s such a shame for us to partNobody said it was easyNo one ever said it would be this hardOh, take me back to the start.I was just guessing at numbers and figuresPulling the puzzles apartQuestions of science, science and progressDo not speak as loud as my heartAnd tell me you love me, come back and haunt meOh and I rush to the startRunning in circles, chasing our tailsComing back as we areNobody said it was easyOh it’s such a shame for us to partNobody said it was easyNo one ever said it would be so hardI’m going back to the startOoooohhhhhhh [x4]

A short simple song by Coldplay, and one of my favorites, The Scientist.

I like the proximity of back and start, the prominence of ooh, and the color of science and nobody and the fact that they are close together.


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A month-long Skype conversation with some of my best friends.
The really long brown line to the left of one says “ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww” in reaction to one of them listening to Justin Bieber.
I like the proximity of thing and think and though and thought. Also: right back, just like, that’s life, actually don’t, much also, oh yeah, best people, cool wordles.
[1/23/2011 9:08:04 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3026536/Beowulf_Essay
[1/23/2011 9:08:14 PM] Dennis Smith: Ed MacMillan’s Beowulf Essay
[1/23/2011 9:09:08 PM] Carter Salz: Tacitus is freaking me out, I dont see the connection there
[1/23/2011 9:09:23 PM] Dennis Smith: me neither
[1/23/2011 9:09:49 PM] Dennis Smith: Do you have something to say Cinzia?
[1/23/2011 9:10:22 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: not really. I was thinking it was a reference thing, but he’s a roman statesman. idk.
[1/23/2011 9:10:33 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m so done with beowulf.
[1/23/2011 9:10:56 PM] Carter Salz: he was also one of Niccolo’s idols, if you care
[1/23/2011 9:11:03 PM | Edited 9:11:33 PM] Dennis Smith: do you know if there’s an Ed MacMillan in Reading
[1/23/2011 9:11:12 PM] Dennis Smith: I did not know that
[1/23/2011 9:13:13 PM] Dennis Smith: “Actually, Mongolia went Red in 1921, but nobody outside Ulan Bator noticed or cared.”  - Dr. Ryan
[1/23/2011 9:14:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: ed macmillan? as in the substitute?
[1/23/2011 9:14:17 PM] Maureen Baynes: and that is quite the wordle
[1/23/2011 9:14:41 PM] Carter Salz: “I might be old but I can still beat the shit out of a troll….y’know, fuck ‘em up.” - Dr. Ryan
[1/23/2011 9:15:01 PM] Dennis Smith: there is a sub named ed macmillan?
[1/23/2011 9:15:17 PM] Maureen Baynes: well there is a sub with the last name MacMillan
[1/23/2011 9:15:24 PM] Maureen Baynes: i dont know if his first name is Ed, though
[1/23/2011 9:15:34 PM] Dennis Smith: is he a long-term english sub?
[1/23/2011 9:15:35 PM] Maureen Baynes: or maybe its McQuillan…
[1/23/2011 9:15:40 PM] Maureen Baynes: i dont know….
[1/23/2011 9:15:46 PM] Carter Salz: oh i thought this was jeff ryan quote time…
[1/23/2011 9:16:01 PM | Edited 9:16:52 PM] Dennis Smith: Some days you just need an ostrich    - Dr. Ryan
[1/23/2011 9:16:30 PM] Carter Salz: “We’re gonna take over your fucking country and step on your neck.” - Dr. Ryan on the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere
[1/23/2011 9:17:18 PM] Maureen Baynes: i dont have any dr ryan quotes….
[1/23/2011 9:18:09 PM] Carter Salz: thats because you are lame
[1/23/2011 9:18:42 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: mine are much more worthwhile to be collected maureen. don’t feel bad.
[1/23/2011 9:18:43 PM] Maureen Baynes: but i have skehan quotes
[1/23/2011 9:18:45 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: gahhhh my words.
[1/23/2011 9:18:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: okay his too <3
[1/23/2011 9:30:12 PM] Dennis Smith: here’s a pretty cool one:
[1/23/2011 9:30:14 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3026737/bill_of_rights
[1/23/2011 9:31:00 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis I mostly just can’t believe that you’re spending your sunday nights looking at wordles
[1/23/2011 9:31:21 PM] Carter Salz: as opposed to whatever you are doing?
[1/23/2011 9:31:57 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: …watching glee.
[1/23/2011 9:32:01 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: okay but still.
[1/23/2011 9:32:48 PM] Dennis Smith: My Library!!!
[1/23/2011 9:32:50 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3026826/My_Library
[1/23/2011 9:33:49 PM] Carter Salz: itunes?
[1/23/2011 9:34:02 PM] Carter Salz: now, i dont wanna be a creep here, but ‘naked’ is standing out to me
[1/23/2011 9:34:20 PM] Dennis Smith: Let it Be (Naked) - THe Beatles
[1/23/2011 9:34:34 PM] Carter Salz: ha yeah i thought so
[1/23/2011 9:34:38 PM] Carter Salz: or something like that
[1/23/2011 9:34:44 PM] Carter Salz: i wasnt concerned or anything
[1/23/2011 9:36:35 PM] Dennis Smith: My Top Rated
[1/23/2011 9:36:37 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3026838/My_Top-Rated
[1/23/2011 9:38:50 PM] Carter Salz: pretty big Beatles fan, huh?
[1/23/2011 9:39:00 PM] Dennis Smith: How’d you guess?
[1/23/2011 9:39:23 PM] Dennis Smith: It does stick out just a little
[1/23/2011 9:39:26 PM | Edited 9:40:31 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh i was gonna guess barenaked ladies
[1/23/2011 9:39:31 PM] Maureen Baynes: (the band)
[1/23/2011 9:39:36 PM] Dennis Smith: I actually don’t have any
[1/23/2011 9:39:59 PM] Dennis Smith: I think we have CDs though so I should get on that
[1/23/2011 9:40:05 PM] Maureen Baynes: good music
[1/23/2011 9:40:13 PM] Carter Salz: close no cigar, its barenaked ladies
[1/23/2011 9:40:33 PM] Maureen Baynes: i knew that
[1/23/2011 9:40:35 PM] Dennis Smith: close no cigar; it’s “it’s”
[1/23/2011 9:40:49 PM] Carter Salz: i dont do apostrophes
[1/23/2011 9:41:00 PM] Maureen Baynes: did you intentionally put dont in that sentence?
[1/23/2011 9:41:03 PM] Carter Salz: excellent use of semicolon though
[1/23/2011 9:41:09 PM] Dennis Smith: maybe Maureen doesn’t do spaces
[1/23/2011 9:41:11 PM] Carter Salz: no i didnt, but it serves the purpose
[1/23/2011 9:41:21 PM] Carter Salz: maybeidonteither
[1/23/2011 9:41:45 PM] Dennis Smith: Semi-colons are like gold.   - Mr. Olivo
[1/23/2011 9:41:55 PM | Removed 9:42:19 PM] Dennis Smith: This message has been removed.
[1/23/2011 9:42:15 PM] Carter Salz: “All the cool kids drink out of sippy-cups” -Mr. Olivo
[1/23/2011 9:42:21 PM] Carter Salz: or my person favorite:
[1/23/2011 9:42:28 PM | Edited 9:42:30 PM] Carter Salz: “Phil, get out.” - Mr. Olivo
[1/23/2011 9:42:42 PM] Dennis Smith: good times…
[1/23/2011 9:44:49 PM] Dennis Smith: I saw ambiance in a wordle titled “rv” but it is apparently just some French vocab
[1/25/2011 6:49:57 PM | Edited 6:53:29 PM] Dennis Smith: Trying to remember questions from Emglish class today. So far:
[1/25/2011 6:50:08 PM] Dennis Smith: Is revenge justice?
[1/25/2011 6:50:31 PM] Dennis Smith: Do your parents have your best interests in mind?
[1/25/2011 6:51:20 PM] Dennis Smith: Can you truly understand life without death?
[1/25/2011 6:51:40 PM] Dennis Smith: Is a goal and ambition honorable?
[1/25/2011 6:53:46 PM | Edited 6:53:54 PM] Dennis Smith: Are you a thinker or a doer?
[1/25/2011 7:00:28 PM] Dennis Smith: Must one be willing to sacrifice one’s life for justice?
[1/25/2011 7:32:18 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis. why.
[1/25/2011 7:32:37 PM] Dennis Smith: why not?
[1/25/2011 8:18:32 PM] Maureen Baynes: OH I KNOW ALL OF THESE
[1/25/2011 8:18:58 PM | Removed 8:19:10 PM] Dennis Smith: This message has been removed.
[1/25/2011 8:18:59 PM] Maureen Baynes: well, i take that back. i know a fair deal of them as i incorporated everything i could remember into my page
[1/25/2011 8:19:06 PM] Maureen Baynes: nope, not sarcasm
[1/25/2011 8:19:09 PM] Maureen Baynes: hold on a sec
[1/25/2011 8:19:54 PM] Maureen Baynes: these arent word for word, but….
[1/25/2011 8:20:00 PM | Edited 8:20:02 PM] Maureen Baynes: (and im probably kind of late for this?)
[1/25/2011 8:20:05 PM] Dennis Smith: no
[1/25/2011 8:21:27 PM] Maureen Baynes: -thinker or doer?
-are people shaped by nature or nurture?
-parents have child’s best interest in mind?
-unchecked evil will inevitably take over?
-all families are dysfunctional?
-encounter death to fully appreciate life?
[1/25/2011 8:21:33 PM] Maureen Baynes: and thats actually all i can remember
[1/25/2011 8:22:00 PM] Maureen Baynes: aw darn, i missed a bunch…eh…hopefully audra will appreciate my effort
[1/25/2011 8:22:09 PM] Dennis Smith: Does power corrupt?
[1/25/2011 8:22:09 PM] Carter Salz: does power lead to corruption
[1/25/2011 8:22:15 PM] Carter Salz: dammit dennis
[1/25/2011 8:22:16 PM] Dennis Smith: wow
[1/25/2011 8:22:19 PM] Carter Salz: you beat me
[1/25/2011 8:22:22 PM] Maureen Baynes: OH i have that one in my page thing too
[1/25/2011 8:22:31 PM] Maureen Baynes: just neglected to include it in my list
[1/25/2011 8:22:46 PM] Carter Salz: i remember phil being especially obnoxious on that one
[1/25/2011 8:23:16 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: which one carter oh wait you mean all of them
[1/25/2011 8:23:25 PM] Dennis Smith: That was the one I was in the middle for
[1/25/2011 8:23:46 PM] Maureen Baynes: I STARTED SUCH A MIDDLE TREND IN MY CLASS.
[1/25/2011 8:23:53 PM] Carter Salz: did you?
[1/25/2011 8:23:56 PM] Carter Salz: WAY TO BE A LEADER
[1/25/2011 8:23:58 PM] Maureen Baynes: thats probably lies but i was the first one to decide middle was an acceptable response
[1/25/2011 8:24:05 PM] Maureen Baynes: haha I WAS SO PROUD OF ME
[1/25/2011 8:24:39 PM] Dennis Smith: I was surprised we didn’t have too many middlers, especially considering myself… and Cinzia
[1/25/2011 8:24:48 PM] Carter Salz: ha especially cinzia
[1/25/2011 8:25:03 PM] Carter Salz: ugh, phil was such an attention whore during that
[1/25/2011 8:25:26 PM | Edited 8:25:34 PM] Dennis Smith: Although she can really stick to her point if she puts her mind to it
[1/25/2011 8:26:02 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: awww thanks dennis
[1/25/2011 8:26:06 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I tried my best
[1/25/2011 8:26:26 PM] Carter Salz: BAND SECOND QUARTER GRADES ARE UP!!!!!!!
[1/25/2011 8:26:45 PM] Maureen Baynes: I KNOW! i am ranked 1st in the independent bunch…..i dont know what to think of this.
[1/25/2011 8:26:57 PM] Carter Salz: are you surprised?
[1/25/2011 8:27:11 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I am ranked 2nd!
[1/25/2011 8:27:41 PM] Carter Salz: 23rd bitches
[1/25/2011 8:27:48 PM] Maureen Baynes: yeah, i didnt think they posted rank. awk.
[1/25/2011 8:28:00 PM | Edited 8:29:31 PM] Dennis Smith: Is revenge justice?
 Do your parents have your best interests in mind?
Can you truly understand life without death?
Is a goal and ambition honorable?
Are you a thinker or a doer?
Must one be willing to sacrifice one’s life for justice?[8:21:27 PM] -are people shaped by nature or nurture?
unchecked evil will inevitably take over?
all families are dysfunctional?
Does power corrupt?
[1/25/2011 8:28:06 PM] Carter Salz: fucking 9 out of 10 for my dotbook? YOU KIDDING ME?!
[1/25/2011 8:28:06 PM] Maureen Baynes: hahahah where does he come up with this points system?!
[1/25/2011 8:28:11 PM] Maureen Baynes: (dont answer that.)
[1/25/2011 8:28:28 PM] Maureen Baynes: yeah dennis that sounds right
[1/25/2011 8:28:36 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh we didnt get asked the revenge/justice one
[1/25/2011 8:29:54 PM] Carter Salz: should i be starting that paper soon?
[1/25/2011 8:29:57 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I didn’t get a grade on my dotbook oh wait I don’t have one
[1/25/2011 8:30:00 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: OH GEEZ
[1/25/2011 8:30:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: THERE EXISTS HOMEWORK OF ENGLISH
[1/25/2011 8:30:18 PM] Carter Salz: its hamlet, you called it in class
[1/25/2011 8:30:27 PM] Dennis Smith: So obvious
[1/25/2011 8:30:47 PM] Dennis Smith: especially after revenge
[1/25/2011 8:30:50 PM] Maureen Baynes: i finished it then took a nap this afternoon
[1/25/2011 8:31:00 PM] Carter Salz: i took a nap and havent started
[1/25/2011 8:31:01 PM] Maureen Baynes: and yeah that was the point that it was hamlet, i thought?
[1/25/2011 8:31:09 PM] Dennis Smith: I wish I could take naps
[1/25/2011 8:31:38 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I took a nap too! then went to work.
[1/25/2011 8:31:50 PM] Dennis Smith: yes it was supposed to be very relevant to Hamlet
[1/25/2011 8:32:03 PM | Edited 8:32:06 PM] Maureen Baynes: naps are nice!
[1/25/2011 8:32:11 PM] Maureen Baynes: dennis do you still work at market basket?
[1/25/2011 8:32:16 PM] Dennis Smith: not really
[1/25/2011 8:32:21 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh
[1/25/2011 8:32:22 PM] Maureen Baynes: just wondering
[1/25/2011 8:32:39 PM] Carter Salz: not really?
[1/25/2011 8:32:53 PM] Dennis Smith: I tried to take a nap 30 minutes ago, but it only lasted 2
[1/25/2011 8:33:11 PM] Maureen Baynes: aw
[1/25/2011 8:33:20 PM] Dennis Smith: right now, no
[1/25/2011 8:33:24 PM] Maureen Baynes: hah once i lay down there is NO chance of me waking up again for at least an hour
[1/25/2011 8:33:28 PM] Dennis Smith: probably again in the summer
[1/25/2011 8:33:45 PM] Carter Salz: i dont plan naps
[1/25/2011 8:33:53 PM] Carter Salz: sometimes im tired and i happen to be on a couch
[1/25/2011 8:33:57 PM] Maureen Baynes: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1d7kLC/dustincurtis.com/sleep.html this will be me in college.
[1/25/2011 8:33:59 PM] Maureen Baynes: just so you guys know.
[1/25/2011 8:34:00 PM] Carter Salz: and i just tip over
[1/25/2011 8:34:08 PM] Dennis Smith: These crossed conversations remind me of Rhinoceros
[1/25/2011 8:34:16 PM] Maureen Baynes: que?
[1/25/2011 8:34:39 PM] Maureen Baynes: and hah i can really nap whenever i want, in addition to the whole unintentionally falling asleep thing
[1/25/2011 8:35:43 PM] Dennis Smith: stop rubbing it in
[1/25/2011 8:35:53 PM] Dennis Smith: Rhinoceros is a French play
[1/25/2011 8:36:01 PM | Edited 8:37:25 PM] Dennis Smith: BIZARRE/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ABSURDE
[1/25/2011 8:36:07 PM] Carter Salz: i happen to have a copy of it right here actually
[1/25/2011 8:36:22 PM] Maureen Baynes: i know its a french play =] thats all i know though
[1/25/2011 8:36:28 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I nap every tuesday for 20 minutes or so so I don’t die during work
[1/25/2011 8:36:37 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: <3333333 rhinoceros
[1/25/2011 8:36:40 PM] Dennis Smith: I think they are in acte II if I remember correctly
[1/25/2011 8:36:46 PM] Dennis Smith: wait, sarcasm?
[1/25/2011 8:37:24 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia is never sarcastic regarding french literature!
[1/25/2011 8:37:24 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: no not sarcasm
[1/25/2011 8:37:29 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: wait.
[1/25/2011 8:37:33 PM] Carter Salz: what an absurd idea!
[1/25/2011 8:37:47 PM] Dennis Smith: stop it
[1/25/2011 8:37:48 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I can never tell, so I generally don’t use it because nobody gets it when I’m sarcastic.
[1/25/2011 8:37:57 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: that felt sarcastic, carter.
[1/25/2011 8:38:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: maureen: that’s crazy. and scary.
[1/25/2011 8:39:38 PM] Maureen Baynes: i am mostly only sarcastic when im extremely frustrated or angry. so if i start spitting sarcasm at you guys…sorry….
[1/25/2011 8:39:59 PM] Carter Salz: so you are extrememly frustrated or angry right now?
[1/25/2011 8:40:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: no im not
[1/25/2011 8:40:28 PM] Maureen Baynes: but i thought i would add in my 5.5 cents about sarcasm
[1/25/2011 8:40:46 PM] Carter Salz: oh alright
[1/25/2011 8:41:02 PM] Dennis Smith: sarcasm has no place in online chats
[1/25/2011 8:41:46 PM | Edited 8:42:16 PM] Dennis Smith: Carter what’s your picture?
[1/25/2011 8:42:13 PM] Maureen Baynes: i think there are ways it can be incorporated.
[1/25/2011 8:42:24 PM] Carter Salz: its me standing up on katelins ledge thing
[1/25/2011 8:42:33 PM] Carter Salz: and im pretty sure toy story 3 was playing in the background
[1/25/2011 8:43:04 PM] Dennis Smith: If you want to be really mean to someone
[1/25/2011 8:43:34 PM] Dennis Smith: You have now contributed 10 cents
[1/25/2011 8:43:53 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis how would you say they let the nazis do whatever they wanted
[1/25/2011 8:44:17 PM] Carter Salz: wait what?
[1/25/2011 8:44:35 PM] Carter Salz: godwins law guys, lets try to be civil here
[1/25/2011 8:44:52 PM] Maureen Baynes: you know what i learned the other day? what “read them the riot act” means
[1/25/2011 8:45:04 PM] Dennis Smith: Ils laissaient faire les Nazis ce qu’ils voulaient?
[1/25/2011 8:45:30 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ohhhh okay. merccccccccccccci.
[1/25/2011 8:45:33 PM | Removed 8:46:00 PM] Dennis Smith: This message has been removed.
[1/25/2011 8:46:17 PM] Dennis Smith: [Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:44 PM] Carter Salz: 
«< godwins law guys, lets try to be civil hereexplain please
[1/25/2011 8:46:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis I had this huge thing typed out explaining my french question geez
[1/25/2011 8:46:54 PM] Carter Salz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin’s_law
[1/25/2011 8:47:08 PM] Carter Salz: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”
[1/25/2011 8:47:59 PM] Dennis Smith: it’s pretty hard not to
[1/25/2011 8:48:08 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: lololol oh man
[1/25/2011 8:48:30 PM] Carter Salz: you guys came pretty close, just warning you
[1/25/2011 8:48:35 PM] Maureen Baynes: hahahah what? where did you get that???
[1/25/2011 8:49:01 PM] Carter Salz: i knew it
[1/25/2011 8:49:05 PM] Carter Salz: but yesterday this reminded me
[1/25/2011 8:49:07 PM] Carter Salz: http://xkcd.com/261/
[1/25/2011 8:50:52 PM] Dennis Smith: [Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:44 PM] Maureen Baynes: 
«< you know what i learned the other day? what “read them the riot act” meansexplain?
[1/25/2011 8:51:47 PM] Maureen Baynes: it means like…shout at someone
[1/25/2011 8:51:50 PM] Maureen Baynes: its not an actual act
[1/25/2011 8:51:55 PM] Maureen Baynes: (i think)
[1/25/2011 8:52:05 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I GET IT THANK YOU CARTER
[1/25/2011 8:52:12 PM] Carter Salz: anytime, cinzia
[1/25/2011 8:52:14 PM] Dennis Smith: makes sense
[1/25/2011 8:52:39 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh haha
[1/25/2011 8:52:47 PM] Maureen Baynes: OH http://xkcd.com/851/ and
[1/25/2011 8:52:50 PM] Maureen Baynes: i enjoyed very much
[1/25/2011 8:53:26 PM] Carter Salz: oh yeah when i saw that i actually thought of hey jude
[1/25/2011 8:53:58 PM] Carter Salz: i think he has an extra ‘na’ on that one though
[1/25/2011 8:54:16 PM] Dennis Smith: nope
[1/25/2011 8:54:22 PM] Carter Salz: really?
[1/25/2011 8:54:26 PM] Carter Salz: i need to go listen again then
[1/25/2011 8:54:28 PM] Carter Salz: my bad
[1/25/2011 8:54:36 PM] Dennis Smith: definitely not
[1/25/2011 8:55:28 PM] Carter Salz: i better listen to you, mr-The-Beatles-own-my-wordle
[1/25/2011 8:56:02 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: okay all I could think of was rihanna’s S&M what is my life
[1/25/2011 8:56:06 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I just like that song okay
[1/25/2011 8:58:53 PM] Maureen Baynes: hah =]
[1/25/2011 8:59:09 PM] Maureen Baynes: cinz im still addicted to that part of the rihanna name song
[1/25/2011 8:59:28 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: rihanna with her na’s this is crazy
[1/25/2011 8:59:33 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: haha wow maureen
[1/25/2011 9:02:18 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3039758/Hey_Jude
[1/25/2011 9:02:21 PM] Dennis Smith: wordle of the day
[1/25/2011 9:02:23 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia, i need to feel good about myself
[1/25/2011 9:02:32 PM] Carter Salz: you start the english thing yet?
[1/25/2011 9:02:37 PM] Dennis Smith: no
[1/25/2011 9:02:41 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: LOL ARE YOU SERIOUS
[1/25/2011 9:02:54 PM] Carter Salz: just checking
[1/25/2011 9:02:59 PM] Carter Salz: dennis thats awesome
[1/25/2011 9:03:09 PM] Carter Salz: also, you just got me listening ot disturbia
[1/25/2011 9:03:11 PM] Carter Salz: to*
[1/25/2011 9:03:14 PM] Carter Salz: its such a catchy song
[1/25/2011 9:03:18 PM | Removed 9:03:28 PM] Dennis Smith: This message has been removed.
[1/25/2011 9:03:45 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: <3333 I’m in love with rihanna. so much.
[1/25/2011 9:03:51 PM] Dennis Smith: fine it’s catchy
[1/25/2011 9:04:04 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksFOtiJaJls
[1/25/2011 9:04:08 PM] Dennis Smith: rude boy is disgusting though
[1/25/2011 9:04:50 PM] Carter Salz: CINZIA WHY CANT I PAUSE THIS?!
[1/25/2011 9:04:53 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: not at all so much love
[1/25/2011 9:05:02 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: you have to actually press the pause button
[1/25/2011 9:05:10 PM] Carter Salz: ghey
[1/25/2011 9:05:15 PM] Carter Salz: i dont DO that
[1/25/2011 9:05:19 PM] Carter Salz: i dont roll that way
[1/25/2011 9:05:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: pssssh
[1/25/2011 9:05:37 PM] Carter Salz: my fine motor skills arent good enough
[1/25/2011 9:05:43 PM] Carter Salz: i lke clicking on the whole thing
[1/25/2011 9:06:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah same, but just cuz I’m lazy
[1/25/2011 9:06:21 PM] Carter Salz: pfft
[1/25/2011 9:06:26 PM] Carter Salz: alright i should start english now
[1/25/2011 9:06:36 PM] Carter Salz: ugh MR KENNEDY RESPOND TO MY EMAIL
[1/25/2011 9:06:59 PM] Carter Salz: I DONT WANT INTRO TO BUS TOMORROW
[1/25/2011 9:07:16 PM] Carter Salz: oh also, dennis i found out why i thought there was one too many
[1/25/2011 9:07:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ha sucks!
[1/25/2011 9:07:21 PM] Carter Salz: na’s in Hey Jude
[1/25/2011 9:07:30 PM] Carter Salz: i never caught the pick-up ‘na’
[1/25/2011 9:08:10 PM] Carter Salz: yeah really, i NEED adv. music theory
[1/25/2011 9:08:14 PM] Carter Salz: im gonna get so wrecked though
[1/25/2011 9:10:03 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3039805/All_You_Need_Is_Love
[1/25/2011 9:10:19 PM] Carter Salz: “informal 1-page journal response” can i write it as a letter to my diary?
[1/25/2011 9:10:37 PM] Dennis Smith: sure Carter whatever you feel comfortable with
[1/25/2011 9:10:47 PM] Carter Salz: word
[1/25/2011 9:10:56 PM] Carter Salz: also, dennis i think you have an addiction growing here
[1/25/2011 9:11:24 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: also I agree with carter there
[1/25/2011 9:12:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah so my mom’s bugging.
[1/25/2011 9:12:26 PM] Carter Salz: JUDY
[1/25/2011 9:12:29 PM] Carter Salz: GOOD MORNING
[1/25/2011 9:12:34 PM] Carter Salz: TELL HER I SAY GOOD MORNING
[1/25/2011 9:12:49 PM] Carter Salz: TELL JUDY I SAY GOOD MORNING
[1/25/2011 9:12:55 PM] Carter Salz: TELL HER NOW
[1/25/2011 9:13:03 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah now is not the time. its so scary. its like, every cumulative thing thats ever bothered her about reading is flowing out of her mouth and into our ears
[1/25/2011 9:13:18 PM] Carter Salz: oh thats not cool
[1/25/2011 9:14:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: also oh hey my cousins having a baby that’s nice
[1/25/2011 9:14:30 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: in case you guys were wondering
[1/25/2011 9:14:33 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: oh wait had* a baby
[1/25/2011 9:14:40 PM] Carter Salz: i was actually, she looked fat
[1/25/2011 9:15:04 PM] Carter Salz: congradulations to her
[1/25/2011 9:15:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ahahahahahaa oh man
[1/25/2011 9:15:22 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ooh she wants to move
[1/25/2011 9:15:26 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: this is cray cray
[1/25/2011 9:15:27 PM] Carter Salz: to canada?
[1/25/2011 9:15:32 PM] Carter Salz: please
[1/25/2011 9:15:32 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah, I think
[1/25/2011 9:15:39 PM] Carter Salz: never say ‘cray cray’ again
[1/25/2011 9:15:39 PM] Dennis Smith: Does it always come back to immoral people?
[1/25/2011 9:15:51 PM] Carter Salz: nah it always comes back to fat people
[1/25/2011 9:16:01 PM] Maureen Baynes: hahahahhaha “na” in the wordle
[1/25/2011 9:16:15 PM] Dennis Smith: that was one of the questions
[1/25/2011 9:16:16 PM] Carter Salz: day late dollar short, maureen
[1/25/2011 9:16:29 PM] Carter Salz: she didnt ask us that one
[1/25/2011 9:16:29 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: that’s my new thing carter. deal.
[1/25/2011 9:16:32 PM] Dennis Smith: only 90 cents
[1/25/2011 9:16:51 PM] Dennis Smith: yes she did
[1/25/2011 9:17:03 PM] Carter Salz: OH like do their actions always come back
[1/25/2011 9:17:04 PM] Carter Salz: ok
[1/25/2011 9:17:11 PM] Carter Salz: i thought you meant like
[1/25/2011 9:17:21 PM] Carter Salz: does every single issue in the world end up coming back to immoral people
[1/25/2011 9:17:26 PM] Carter Salz: i was like “uh….”
[1/25/2011 9:17:30 PM] Dennis Smith: gotcha
[1/25/2011 9:17:39 PM] Carter Salz: im gonna go do that thing
[1/25/2011 9:17:39 PM] Carter Salz: afk
[1/25/2011 9:17:58 PM] Maureen Baynes: AW THATS ADORABLE
[1/25/2011 9:18:03 PM] Maureen Baynes: (congrats to your cousin)
[1/25/2011 9:19:07 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: haha maureen catching up are we
[1/25/2011 9:22:15 PM] Dennis Smith: My cousin is a baby
[1/25/2011 9:22:26 PM] Carter Salz: congrats
[1/25/2011 9:22:30 PM] Dennis Smith: My mom just showed me the cutest pictures of him
[1/25/2011 9:22:47 PM] Dennis Smith: Is there a law about conversations heading towards babies
[1/25/2011 9:23:40 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: 1. tomorrow is wednesday!!!!!!! that’s so soon 2. half day right?
[1/25/2011 9:23:45 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis who?
[1/25/2011 9:23:56 PM] Carter Salz: doctor who*
[1/25/2011 9:24:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: also whenever random people like my status I’m just like -.- but I feel like I’m one of those people a lot
[1/25/2011 9:24:17 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: LOL OMG CARTER YOU’RE SO FUNNY
[1/25/2011 9:24:28 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I abuse the shift key so much
[1/25/2011 9:24:39 PM] Carter Salz: was that sarcasm? i believe it was
[1/25/2011 9:25:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: that one was! it was!
[1/25/2011 9:25:49 PM] Carter Salz: nailed it!
[1/25/2011 9:25:58 PM] Carter Salz: (coughcolorguardcough)
[1/25/2011 9:26:14 PM] Maureen Baynes: yeah i was/am catching up- i had to print like 25 pages of art material
[1/25/2011 9:26:21 PM] Maureen Baynes: 1. yes tomorrow is a half day
[1/25/2011 9:26:22 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: gross
[1/25/2011 9:26:36 PM] Maureen Baynes: OH MY GOSH DISGUSTING. CARTER I DONT KNOW YOU.
[1/25/2011 9:26:44 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: courier new-ing and double spacing this bitch probs I’m feel uninspired
[1/25/2011 9:27:03 PM] Maureen Baynes: times new roman 12 single spaced
[1/25/2011 9:27:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: but 4 pt between paragraphs
[1/25/2011 9:27:15 PM] Maureen Baynes: and 1.5 pt between lines
[1/25/2011 9:27:23 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its informal though
[1/25/2011 9:27:30 PM] Maureen Baynes: also i am TRAUMATIZED i cant find my graphics binder
[1/25/2011 9:27:40 PM] Maureen Baynes: yeah, so i used the word “I” a lot
[1/25/2011 9:28:18 PM] Carter Salz: im feeling comic sans or papyrus
[1/25/2011 9:28:23 PM] Carter Salz: which do you think, cinzia?
[1/25/2011 9:28:41 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: FUCK YOU
[1/25/2011 9:28:47 PM] Carter Salz: (h)
[1/25/2011 9:28:51 PM] Maureen Baynes: [Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:26 PM] Maureen Baynes: 
[1/25/2011 9:29:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m only using courier new because its wicked wide. and I’m having issues extrapolating because I’m so vague about everything
[1/25/2011 9:29:59 PM] Maureen Baynes: an interesting choice…
[1/25/2011 9:30:05 PM] Maureen Baynes: that was my first graphics project<3
[1/25/2011 9:30:07 PM] Carter Salz: thanks maween
[1/25/2011 9:30:18 PM] Maureen Baynes: actually 3rd just kidding
[1/25/2011 9:30:21 PM] Maureen Baynes: no problem.
[1/25/2011 9:30:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: haha yeah I was like hmmm
[1/25/2011 9:31:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I chose verdana <3
[1/25/2011 9:31:56 PM] Maureen Baynes: a nice typeface.
[1/25/2011 9:32:21 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia, i feel like i watched a typeface music video the other day
[1/25/2011 9:32:28 PM] Carter Salz: where the words go like that and whatnot
[1/25/2011 9:32:32 PM] Carter Salz: but i dont remember what it was
[1/25/2011 9:32:33 PM] Maureen Baynes: or you can always use times new roman and up the kerning and stuff
[1/25/2011 9:32:44 PM] Maureen Baynes: (WOWIE, look at me go with this graphics vocab!)
[1/25/2011 9:32:59 PM] Carter Salz: or you could use a print command
[1/25/2011 9:33:04 PM] Carter Salz: BAM vocab
[1/25/2011 9:33:09 PM] Carter Salz: or an if statement
[1/25/2011 9:33:13 PM] Carter Salz: or even a while loop
[1/25/2011 9:33:14 PM] Carter Salz: hahah
[1/25/2011 9:33:16 PM] Maureen Baynes: MRS NAJMI TALKED ABOUT BATLAB TODAY!
[1/25/2011 9:33:19 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: or you couldn’t carter though thats the thing
[1/25/2011 9:33:40 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: like a kinetic typography video? or a song about typeface?
[1/25/2011 9:33:41 PM | Edited 9:34:01 PM] Carter Salz: essay = 0
done = 100%
while essay != done:
essay = essay+1
[1/25/2011 9:33:42 PM] Maureen Baynes: in case you didnt see me freak out, i got to visit there the week i did programming camp with alison nagle in like…7th grade
[1/25/2011 9:34:17 PM] Carter Salz: kinetic typography
[1/25/2011 9:34:24 PM] Carter Salz: batlab?
[1/25/2011 9:34:44 PM] Maureen Baynes: yeah batlab
[1/25/2011 9:34:57 PM] Carter Salz: that is…?
[1/25/2011 9:35:04 PM] Maureen Baynes: they test baseball bats
[1/25/2011 9:35:10 PM] Maureen Baynes: and give out batman like tshirts
[1/25/2011 9:35:28 PM] Carter Salz: oh sounds cool
[1/25/2011 9:36:33 PM] Maureen Baynes: it is.
[1/25/2011 9:37:02 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia, my program keeps crashing
[1/25/2011 9:37:05 PM] Carter Salz: the counter isnt working
[1/25/2011 9:37:17 PM] Carter Salz: wanna look it over for me?
[1/25/2011 9:38:35 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah sure I guess
[1/25/2011 9:38:55 PM] Carter Salz: nvm its chill now
[1/25/2011 9:39:15 PM] Carter Salz: misspelled ‘variableawesomeenglishessay’ in the loop
[1/25/2011 9:39:52 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: oh its always a syntax issue
[1/25/2011 9:40:09 PM] Carter Salz: every single time
[1/25/2011 9:40:17 PM] Carter Salz: i kinda miss that class
[1/25/2011 9:40:21 PM] Carter Salz: mainly the actual python unit
[1/25/2011 9:40:27 PM] Carter Salz: i wanna keep going
[1/25/2011 9:40:37 PM] Carter Salz: i loved the thinking involved
[1/25/2011 9:40:42 PM] Carter Salz: it was so out of the box and wonderful
[1/25/2011 9:41:31 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: you’re so silly carter
[1/25/2011 9:41:56 PM | Edited 9:41:57 PM] Carter Salz: no it was awesome, like the hangman thing
[1/25/2011 9:42:01 PM] Carter Salz: that was the peak of the class
[1/25/2011 9:42:10 PM] Carter Salz: and jared and I’s attention spans
[1/25/2011 9:42:39 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeahno
[1/25/2011 9:43:17 PM] Carter Salz: you kidding me?
[1/25/2011 9:43:26 PM] Carter Salz: from that utter incredibleness
[1/25/2011 9:43:29 PM] Carter Salz: to lines.
[1/25/2011 9:43:32 PM] Carter Salz: fucking.
[1/25/2011 9:43:32 PM] Carter Salz: lines.
[1/25/2011 9:44:49 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: LINEZZZ<33
[1/25/2011 9:45:20 PM] Carter Salz: done
[1/25/2011 9:45:28 PM] Carter Salz: udadsifds that was so gross, are you kidding me?
[1/25/2011 9:45:40 PM] Carter Salz: then “point the arrow to the left circle, now….good!”
[1/25/2011 9:47:44 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: that part sucked yeah
[1/25/2011 9:50:14 PM] Carter Salz: the entire vpython unit sucked
[1/25/2011 10:02:54 PM] Dennis Smith:  Based on these questions, it seems that Hamlet would go as follows: In the aftermath of a death in the dysfunctional family, the protagonist questions if his family has his best interests in mind. In his despair at this, the protagonist soon makes the rash decision that someone who has been corrupted by power will never be punished if not by him and dedicates his life to the goal of avenging the injustices this person has committed.
[1/25/2011 10:03:06 PM] Dennis Smith: as vague as it gets
[1/25/2011 10:03:20 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3040095/Hamlet
[1/25/2011 10:03:24 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I haven’t even typed two sentences
[1/25/2011 10:03:36 PM] Dennis Smith: My name is Dennis Smith and I am addicted to Wordle
[1/25/2011 10:03:54 PM] Carter Salz: Based on that activity, I feel like Hamlet by William Shakespeare might possibly be about some act of injustice against the protagonist (who I for now assume to be Hamlet) who then struggles with ideas of self-sacrifice, revenge, and honor to seek justice.
[1/25/2011 10:03:54 PM] Dennis Smith: It so beautiful, so intense
[1/25/2011 10:04:11 PM] Dennis Smith: fine carter, you win this one
[1/25/2011 10:04:28 PM] Carter Salz: Dennis, you need help.
[1/25/2011 10:04:45 PM] Maureen Baynes: okay there is a major issue in her not asking us about revenge
[1/25/2011 10:04:53 PM] Dennis Smith: yeah
[1/25/2011 10:05:15 PM] Dennis Smith: I think we’re continuing this tomorrow
[1/25/2011 10:07:41 PM] Maureen Baynes: “I know that there are many deaths in the Hamlet, and I believe these matters life, how it is lived, and death to be major connections between the questions we were asked and the text which we are about to begin reading.”
[1/25/2011 10:07:46 PM] Maureen Baynes: that is what i got out of the questions.
[1/25/2011 10:08:11 PM] Carter Salz: oh yeah, it was so forced today
[1/25/2011 10:08:13 PM] Carter Salz: its like
[1/25/2011 10:08:28 PM] Carter Salz: Hamlet couldnt POSSIBLY have ANYTHING to do with these moral questions…. right?!?!
[1/25/2011 10:10:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: hah especially not the family one. i made the astute observation that hamlets family is more dysfunctional than any families our class is part of. it took some serious thinking.
[1/25/2011 10:11:13 PM] Dennis Smith: Acute.
[1/25/2011 10:11:24 PM] Maureen Baynes: ?
[1/25/2011 10:12:13 PM] Dennis Smith: Just watched this entire conversation in under a minute as it loaded in my Skype app
[1/25/2011 10:12:23 PM] Carter Salz: power reading at its finest
[1/25/2011 10:13:21 PM] Maureen Baynes: hahah nice
[1/30/2011 8:00:16 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3066406/Libiamo_Ne’_Lieti_Calici
[1/30/2011 8:01:48 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis. why.
[1/30/2011 8:04:04 PM] Dennis Smith: pourquoi pas?
[1/30/2011 8:04:22 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its sunday night. in awards show season.
[1/30/2011 8:04:39 PM] Dennis Smith: what’s on?
[1/30/2011 8:05:55 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: the sags
[1/30/2011 8:06:07 PM] Dennis Smith: what?
[1/30/2011 8:06:56 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: screen actors guild
[1/30/2011 8:25:35 PM] Maureen Baynes: where did you get this series of words?
[1/30/2011 8:26:00 PM] Dennis Smith: libiamo ne lieti calici
[1/30/2011 8:26:33 PM] Dennis Smith: the song alfredo sings when he makes the toast at the beginning
[1/30/2011 8:26:39 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh cool
[1/30/2011 8:29:24 PM] Carter Salz: hey
[1/30/2011 8:30:04 PM] Dennis Smith: what…… (wasntme)
[1/30/2011 8:30:41 PM] Carter Salz: alfredo digs violetta, huh?
[1/30/2011 8:31:02 PM] Dennis Smith: so much
[1/30/2011 8:33:23 PM] Dennis Smith: moltissimo
[1/30/2011 8:55:39 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3066917/Oscar_Nominees
[1/30/2011 8:56:27 PM] Carter Salz: kings speech is looking goof
[1/30/2011 8:56:29 PM] Carter Salz: good*
[1/30/2011 8:56:38 PM] Maureen Baynes: why is it shaped like that?
[1/30/2011 8:56:52 PM] Dennis Smith: why not?
[1/30/2011 8:57:06 PM] Dennis Smith: do you not like ovals?
[1/30/2011 8:57:12 PM] Maureen Baynes: no they are nice shapes
[1/30/2011 8:57:14 PM] Maureen Baynes: just wondering
[1/30/2011 8:57:17 PM] Carter Salz: ha, its a SAG
[1/30/2011 8:57:36 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3039758/Hey_Jude
[1/30/2011 8:57:39 PM] Dennis Smith: NA
[1/30/2011 8:57:57 PM] Carter Salz: dennis, you need help
[1/30/2011 8:58:45 PM] Dennis Smith: it isn’t interfering with other aspects of my life.
[1/30/2011 8:58:58 PM] Carter Salz: oh sure, now its not
[1/30/2011 8:59:48 PM] Dennis Smith: and never will
[1/30/2011 9:00:16 PM] Carter Salz: but its just a gateway drug
[1/30/2011 9:00:26 PM] Dennis Smith: to what?
[1/30/2011 9:00:32 PM] Carter Salz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaIGSOvjYec&feature=related
[1/30/2011 9:00:35 PM] Carter Salz: charts, dennis
[1/30/2011 9:00:36 PM] Carter Salz: charts
[1/30/2011 9:02:41 PM] Dennis Smith: that’s only a little creepy
[1/30/2011 9:03:00 PM] Dennis Smith: fortunately, I have no such resources at my disposal
[1/30/2011 9:03:08 PM] Carter Salz: not yet
[1/30/2011 9:03:16 PM] Carter Salz: we need to end this thing before it starts
[1/30/2011 9:03:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: is anybody else dying over the sag awards
[1/30/2011 9:03:29 PM] Dennis Smith: no one’s watching
[1/30/2011 9:03:42 PM] Carter Salz: i kinda wanna
[1/30/2011 9:03:48 PM] Maureen Baynes: no….what are they, again?
[1/30/2011 9:03:52 PM] Carter Salz: but you are here to give me the highlights
[1/30/2011 9:03:58 PM] Carter Salz: screen actors guild
[1/30/2011 9:04:03 PM] Carter Salz: award ceremony
[1/30/2011 9:06:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: modern family won best cast ensemble, betty white won best actress (in comedies)
[1/30/2011 9:06:26 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its sorta a boring show actually
[1/30/2011 9:06:33 PM] Carter Salz: i love modern family
[1/30/2011 9:06:36 PM] Carter Salz: but all the jokes are the same
[1/30/2011 9:06:37 PM] Dennis Smith: same
[1/30/2011 9:06:54 PM] Carter Salz: the ENTIRE SHOW is based on miscommunication
[1/30/2011 9:06:57 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I need to watch more of it. like, the three episodes I’ve seen were hilarious.
[1/30/2011 9:07:03 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I can relate to that thow
[1/30/2011 9:07:30 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: right now its the lifetime acheivment. If I was there, that would be my bathroom break/nap break.
[1/30/2011 9:07:30 PM] Dennis Smith: has any of you watched In the Middle?
[1/30/2011 9:07:35 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: nope
[1/30/2011 9:07:37 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: have*
[1/30/2011 9:07:45 PM] Dennis Smith: has
[1/30/2011 9:07:49 PM] Dennis Smith: any is singular
[1/30/2011 9:07:51 PM] Carter Salz: OH SHIT
[1/30/2011 9:08:15 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia how does that feel?
[1/30/2011 9:08:43 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: it is?! WHAT IS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW
[1/30/2011 9:08:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’M BREAKING DOWN
[1/30/2011 9:09:01 PM] Dennis Smith: you sound like eliza
[1/30/2011 9:09:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: now I’m going to have to stay awake for movie awards because my fangirl is unsatisfied
[1/30/2011 9:09:17 PM] Carter Salz: eliza thornberry? or eliza lee?
[1/30/2011 9:09:29 PM] Dennis Smith: lee
[1/30/2011 9:10:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: not even morgan freeman’s voice is comforting right now
[1/30/2011 9:11:19 PM] Carter Salz: dont worry
[1/30/2011 9:11:19 PM] Carter Salz: queuing
[1/30/2011 9:11:52 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: haha god bless you
[1/30/2011 9:12:08 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: afk drowning my feelings in food
[1/30/2011 9:12:31 PM] Carter Salz: always a smart move
[1/30/2011 9:13:00 PM] Dennis Smith: queuing?
[1/30/2011 9:13:48 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: backkkk
[1/30/2011 9:14:02 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I might as well start my homework now
[1/30/2011 9:14:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: http://www.xkcd.com/
[1/30/2011 9:14:23 PM] Carter Salz: thats so you, cinzia
[1/30/2011 9:14:25 PM] Carter Salz: (xkcd)
[1/30/2011 9:14:54 PM] Dennis Smith: wow
[1/30/2011 9:15:13 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: it is. can’t even deny it.
[1/30/2011 9:15:20 PM | Edited 9:16:01 PM] Dennis Smith: that was typed using the “hunt and peck” method btw
[1/30/2011 9:17:05 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ???
[1/30/2011 9:21:35 PM] Dennis Smith: Catchphrase
[1/30/2011 9:21:53 PM] Carter Salz: RUN OF THE MILL
[1/30/2011 9:21:59 PM] Maureen Baynes: hah
[1/30/2011 9:53:35 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia, i want some hilights, whats happening in the SAGs?
[1/30/2011 9:54:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: oh okay. umm. natalie portman won best actress
[1/30/2011 9:54:12 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: UGH what is my life
[1/30/2011 9:54:22 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: colin firth won best actor
[1/30/2011 9:54:42 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: not much happened since I last parlered
[1/30/2011 9:54:58 PM] Carter Salz: alright, thanks
[1/30/2011 9:55:05 PM] Carter Salz: i will check in again later for the big ones
[1/30/2011 9:55:08 PM] Carter Salz: wait doesnt it end soon?
[1/30/2011 9:55:44 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: umm yeah I think so. they’ve already done the supporting actors.
[1/30/2011 9:56:15 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m not sure the total number of awards there are
[1/30/2011 9:56:31 PM] Carter Salz: cant you see what time it ends, though?
[1/30/2011 9:56:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: WELL
[1/30/2011 9:56:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: this is a short one
[1/30/2011 9:56:58 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah it ends at ten
[1/30/2011 9:57:13 PM] Carter Salz: ok thought so
[1/30/2011 9:57:37 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I need to see the kings speech. I wouldn’t feel so sad right now.
[1/30/2011 9:57:42 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: they just won best cast.
[1/31/2011 4:54:26 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3071636/Sonnet_130
[1/31/2011 4:54:44 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3071604/To_Be,_or_Not_to_Be
[1/31/2011 4:57:18 PM | Edited 4:59:25 PM] Dennis Smith: 32 wordles were created in exactly 7 minutes
[1/31/2011 9:29:42 PM] Maureen Baynes: dennis….
[1/31/2011 9:40:24 PM] Dennis Smith: I’m okay
[1/31/2011 9:40:57 PM] Maureen Baynes: but you’re also making wordles at a rate of almost 5 per minute…
[1/31/2011 9:41:27 PM] Dennis Smith: those weren’t all mine
[1/31/2011 9:41:59 PM] Dennis Smith: I only did the two I posted today, seven minutes apart
[1/31/2011 9:42:51 PM] Maureen Baynes: OH
[1/31/2011 9:42:52 PM] Maureen Baynes: okay
[1/31/2011 9:42:53 PM] Dennis Smith: to be or not to be is #3071604 and sonnet 130 is #3071636
[1/31/2011 9:43:14 PM] Dennis Smith: so there are 31 others in between
[1/31/2011 9:43:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: so my cousin’s dog just jumped off a cliff
[1/31/2011 9:44:08 PM] Carter Salz: :O
[1/31/2011 9:44:25 PM] Carter Salz: lemming syndrome…
[1/31/2011 9:44:35 PM] Carter Salz: thats not cool, though =(
[1/31/2011 9:44:55 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: it didn’t know the cliff was there. and I was like horrified, but trying really hard not to laugh at the email.
[1/31/2011 9:45:12 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: and then my mom was like “I bet nellie would do that” and I’m bugging out now
[1/31/2011 9:45:23 PM] Carter Salz: there are no cliffs in reading
[1/31/2011 9:45:42 PM] Maureen Baynes: aw…thats really unfortunate
[1/31/2011 9:45:49 PM] Maureen Baynes: ..where does your cousin live?
[1/31/2011 9:46:12 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: um canada.
[1/31/2011 9:46:26 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: and she just had a baby. she must be so stressed right now.
[1/31/2011 9:47:40 PM] Maureen Baynes: awww
[1/31/2011 9:47:44 PM] Maureen Baynes: whats the baby’s name?
[1/31/2011 9:48:00 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: keira isabelle ganton
[1/31/2011 9:48:04 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its so classy I love it
[1/31/2011 9:48:32 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: anyways that was me being annoyed with wordles and changing the subject. continue on while I struggle through homework.
[1/31/2011 9:50:00 PM] Maureen Baynes: oo that’s pretty
[1/31/2011 9:50:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: ah i need to struggle through act one of grapes of wrath
[1/31/2011 9:50:25 PM] Maureen Baynes: and art project sketches. the first one is scarier
[2/1/2011 3:46:49 PM] Dennis Smith: I wonder how the weather is in Canada now
[2/1/2011 3:48:29 PM] Dennis Smith: If you don’t want to see them I won’t post anymore
[2/1/2011 8:26:39 PM] Maureen Baynes: haha i dont have anything against wordles
[2/1/2011 8:27:01 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: lol oh man sorry
[2/1/2011 8:27:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: my patience levels are not always high
[2/1/2011 8:27:29 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3079102/SNOW
[2/1/2011 8:28:06 PM] Maureen Baynes: that ones pretty
[2/1/2011 8:28:38 PM] Dennis Smith: wordles=beautiful word clouds
[2/2/2011 12:47:00 PM] Dennis Smith: Matt Brown’s birthday?
[2/2/2011 12:51:12 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45291991999
[2/2/2011 12:56:09 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1250313/Het_kind_bestaat_uit_honderd_talen
[2/2/2011 12:56:30 PM] Dennis Smith: Dutch for “The child is one hundred languages”
[2/2/2011 12:56:44 PM | Edited 12:57:16 PM] Dennis Smith: (not mine) (wasntme)
[2/2/2011 2:22:12 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: what about mattbrown’s birthday?
[2/2/2011 7:21:51 PM] Dennis Smith: It’s today
[2/13/2011 1:16:41 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3142126/The_Sources_of_Soviet_Conduct
[2/13/2011 2:47:24 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: must party…accurate
[2/13/2011 8:17:24 PM] Maureen Baynes: dennis this doesn’t make me look forward to reading that document….
[2/14/2011 5:20:38 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: OH GEEZ IS THAT ONE OF THE DOCS WE HAVE TO READ
[2/14/2011 5:20:43 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah not doing that
[2/14/2011 8:10:39 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3149375/Born_This_Way-Lady_Gaga dennis you are affecting my brain
[2/14/2011 8:11:37 PM] Dennis Smith: keep trying Cinzia
[2/14/2011 8:11:44 PM] Dennis Smith: that was okay for a first try
[2/14/2011 8:12:09 PM] Dennis Smith: If it makes you happier, comic sans and papyrus are not font options
[2/14/2011 8:12:29 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: it does actually
[2/14/2011 9:24:42 PM] Maureen Baynes: ….oh cinzia…..
[2/14/2011 9:24:49 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yep
[2/14/2011 9:25:03 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: oh thank you I was going to post this on my blog
[2/14/2011 9:56:10 PM] Maureen Baynes: whats your blog…http://cinzz.blogspot.com/ isnt it
[2/14/2011 9:56:31 PM] Carter Salz: cinzz.blog.com
[2/14/2011 9:56:46 PM] Maureen Baynes: i was close!
[2/14/2011 9:58:05 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah I don’t do blogspot
[2/14/2011 9:58:14 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: but I was talking about my tumblr blog soo
[2/14/2011 9:58:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: the more important one
[2/14/2011 9:58:23 PM] Carter Salz: martha does blogspot
[2/14/2011 9:58:52 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I know, but my url was already taken at blogspot
[2/14/2011 9:59:49 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh! mustve gotten you and marthas blogs confused
[2/14/2011 10:00:05 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh. in that case i wont be seeing it…sorry…anti tumblr…
[2/14/2011 10:00:26 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: how are you anti-tumblr?
[2/14/2011 10:00:38 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: is it the focus thing? because I can totally understand it.
[2/14/2011 10:00:48 PM] Maureen Baynes: yeah i guess it’s that
[2/15/2011 9:48:01 PM] Dennis Smith: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3157839/Demain,_d%C3%A8s_l’aube…
[2/15/2011 9:48:38 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I can’t get to it!
[2/15/2011 9:49:01 PM | Edited 9:49:19 PM] Dennis Smith: try adding an ellipsis to the end of the URL
[2/15/2011 9:49:09 PM] Dennis Smith: it isn’t included in the link
[2/15/2011 9:49:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: wait I don’t know what that is
[2/15/2011 9:49:57 PM] Dennis Smith: …
[2/15/2011 9:50:12 PM] Carter Salz: its like a circle
[2/15/2011 9:50:25 PM] Dennis Smith: notice the linked text in blue followed by …
[2/15/2011 9:50:33 PM] Dennis Smith: the … is part of the URL
[2/15/2011 9:50:38 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ohhh
[2/15/2011 9:52:16 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis. that font does not match.
[2/15/2011 9:52:55 PM] Carter Salz: Carter Salz likes your comment
[2/15/2011 9:53:45 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: as you should
[2/15/2011 9:58:54 PM] Carter Salz: i wish papyrus was an option on wordles
[2/15/2011 9:59:05 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: NO YOU DON’T
[2/15/2011 10:00:10 PM] Carter Salz: http://www.iheartpapyrus.com/
[2/15/2011 10:00:15 PM] Carter Salz: classic site
[2/15/2011 10:02:02 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: at first I thought it was legit and it was on tumblr and I was so deeply greivened then I remembered that its tumblr so people ROCK and this is hilarious
[2/15/2011 10:02:08 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: DENNIS WATCH AND LEARN
[2/16/2011 9:45:21 PM] Dennis Smith: it does too
[2/16/2011 9:45:31 PM] Dennis Smith: i challenge you to find a better one
[2/16/2011 9:46:15 PM] Carter Salz: my hands smell sterile…
[2/16/2011 9:46:26 PM] Dennis Smith: random
[2/16/2011 9:46:55 PM] Carter Salz: i just used hand-sanitizer
[2/16/2011 9:47:34 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m jamming to justin bieber and making a power point
[2/16/2011 9:47:41 PM] Carter Salz: fuck you.
[2/16/2011 9:47:51 PM] Carter Salz: i jamming to madonna
[2/16/2011 9:47:54 PM] Dennis Smith: ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
[2/16/2011 9:48:00 PM] Dennis Smith: (to JB)
[2/16/2011 9:48:00 PM] Carter Salz: well, itunes says gaga, but my ears say madonna
[2/16/2011 9:48:07 PM | Edited 9:48:42 PM] Dennis Smith: (both JBs)
[2/16/2011 9:48:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: DENNIS I HAVE THE BEST MUSIC TASTE OF ANYBODY I KNOW
[2/16/2011 9:48:28 PM] Dennis Smith: you must know precious few people
[2/16/2011 9:48:29 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: madonna?! she is a QUEEN don’t be hating on madonna
[2/16/2011 9:48:39 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: but I approve of the gaga carter VERY MUCH SO
[2/16/2011 9:48:44 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I like her music more than madonna
[2/16/2011 9:48:54 PM] Carter Salz: ….never mind, cinzia
[2/16/2011 9:48:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z5-P9v3F8w listen to this really loud
[2/16/2011 9:49:00 PM] Dennis Smith: hating JBs not madonna
[2/16/2011 9:49:20 PM] Carter Salz: jaden smith totally upstaged him at the emmys
[2/16/2011 9:49:35 PM] Dennis Smith: did not see
[2/16/2011 9:50:01 PM] Carter Salz: like so hard
[2/16/2011 9:50:01 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: grammys*
[2/16/2011 9:50:11 PM] Dennis Smith: twss
[2/16/2011 9:50:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: um I don’t really remember it but I wouldn’t be surprised
[2/16/2011 9:50:20 PM] Carter Salz: oh sure that one
[2/16/2011 9:50:25 PM] Carter Salz: yeah
[2/16/2011 9:50:29 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: that family is magnificent
[2/16/2011 9:50:29 PM] Carter Salz: i get them mixed up
[2/16/2011 9:50:35 PM] Carter Salz: the music one that just happened
[2/16/2011 9:50:45 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: emmys is tv
[2/16/2011 9:50:50 PM] Carter Salz: justin bieber was like “oeiauslkjdhwhateveryeahimgayhihowsitgoing”
[2/16/2011 9:50:57 PM] Dennis Smith: what was that?
[2/16/2011 9:51:01 PM] Carter Salz: the jaden smith was all “fuck. yeah.”
[2/16/2011 9:52:34 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: hey. I like justin bieber.
[2/16/2011 9:52:39 PM] Dennis Smith: Cinzia don’t give your children J names
[2/16/2011 9:52:55 PM | Edited 9:53:15 PM] Dennis Smith: just one more JB the world doesn’t need
[2/16/2011 9:53:16 PM] Carter Salz: i dunno
[2/16/2011 9:53:21 PM] Carter Salz: i think judy ballantyne is hot
[2/16/2011 9:53:26 PM] Carter Salz: hahaha
[2/16/2011 9:53:36 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ahahahahaha but I’m marrying an italian guy so that I have an italian last name
[2/16/2011 9:53:41 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: …thats not even her last name though soo
[2/16/2011 9:53:46 PM] Carter Salz: yeah i know
[2/16/2011 9:53:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: also, no.
[2/16/2011 9:53:50 PM] Carter Salz: it was a joke
[2/16/2011 9:53:56 PM] Carter Salz: certainly no
[2/16/2011 9:53:57 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I know.
[2/16/2011 9:54:01 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m still disturbed
[2/16/2011 9:54:22 PM] Dennis Smith: I never had a chance not to be disturbed
[2/16/2011 9:54:23 PM] Carter Salz: ha!
[2/16/2011 9:54:37 PM] Dennis Smith: ha
[2/16/2011 9:54:38 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia have you had history?
[2/16/2011 9:54:50 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ha.
[2/16/2011 9:54:55 PM] Dennis Smith: ha!
[2/16/2011 9:54:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I most certainly failed. it was bad.
[2/16/2011 9:55:05 PM] Carter Salz: oh ouch…. did you do any reading?
[2/16/2011 9:55:23 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: nope
[2/16/2011 9:55:26 PM] Carter Salz: cool
[2/16/2011 9:55:51 PM] Carter Salz: pretty rough though? for you?
[2/16/2011 9:55:52 PM] Carter Salz: blegh
[2/16/2011 9:57:11 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yep
[2/16/2011 9:57:25 PM] Dennis Smith: by the way
[2/16/2011 9:57:27 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 9:57:30 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 9:57:33 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 9:57:36 PM] Carter Salz: ever?
[2/16/2011 9:57:42 PM] Dennis Smith: just never
[2/16/2011 9:58:23 PM] Dennis Smith: how can that film have any redeeming qualities?
[2/16/2011 9:58:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: …?
[2/16/2011 9:59:10 PM] Dennis Smith: see your status
[2/16/2011 9:59:38 PM] Carter Salz: kill me now….but its kinda catchy
[2/16/2011 10:00:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I KNOW RIGHT
[2/16/2011 10:00:18 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: 2 HOURS STRONG ON REPEAT
[2/16/2011 10:00:25 PM] Dennis Smith: no
[2/16/2011 10:00:30 PM] Carter Salz: oh gross
[2/16/2011 10:00:38 PM] Carter Salz: i just listened once
[2/16/2011 10:00:38 PM] Dennis Smith: (doh) (puke)
[2/16/2011 10:00:47 PM] Carter Salz: saw several karate kid clips
[2/16/2011 10:00:50 PM] Carter Salz: a badass jaden smith
[2/16/2011 10:01:00 PM] Carter Salz: and some catchy, bad, pop chorus
[2/16/2011 10:01:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dennis just listen to it
[2/16/2011 10:01:10 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: loudly
[2/16/2011 10:01:16 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:01:17 PM] Carter Salz: dont
[2/16/2011 10:01:18 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:01:21 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:01:24 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:01:27 PM] Carter Salz: have you no decency?!
[2/16/2011 10:02:25 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: DO WHAT THE LORD COMMANDS, DENNIS.
[2/16/2011 10:02:38 PM] Carter Salz: ….what?
[2/16/2011 10:02:48 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: jaden is going to be so BAMF when his voice breaks
[2/16/2011 10:03:15 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:03:17 PM] Carter Salz: ha yeah, i cant wait
[2/16/2011 10:03:18 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:03:19 PM] Dennis Smith: never
[2/16/2011 10:03:26 PM] Carter Salz: I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH
[2/16/2011 10:04:18 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: SO WONDERFUL
[2/16/2011 10:04:26 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I would marry that whole family if I could
[2/16/2011 10:04:31 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: they’re so incredible
[2/16/2011 10:09:40 PM] Carter Salz: bleagdlkajdaskldjhglkajdsf drafting my history essay
[2/16/2011 10:09:44 PM] Carter Salz: gross
[2/16/2011 10:11:30 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: loloololol attempting physics BUT I CAN’T DO IT
[2/16/2011 10:12:09 PM] Carter Salz: you want help?
[2/16/2011 10:13:51 PM] Maureen Baynes: for a second i almost got defensive about J names (dont mind me catching up with conversation when i should be doing the physics lab) but then i remembered J is not T
[2/16/2011 10:14:11 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: actually I got this one question but just hang tight there
[2/16/2011 10:14:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: also now we’re back to names a. god bless you maureen b. I have all of my kids/dogs names picked out for my entire future and none of them have j
[2/16/2011 10:14:48 PM] Maureen Baynes: pulling out army/mccarthy trial quotes there carter?
[2/16/2011 10:15:01 PM] Maureen Baynes: CINZIA DO NOT TALK ABOUT THAT SOGNWEORFJLDM::IOEWKNLFDS (the willow smith one)
[2/16/2011 10:15:07 PM] Carter Salz: Welch is my hero
[2/16/2011 10:15:07 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh lies, not cinzia
[2/16/2011 10:15:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: carter
[2/16/2011 10:15:13 PM] Maureen Baynes: sorry both your names begin with C
[2/16/2011 10:15:25 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh hisotry essay
[2/16/2011 10:15:26 PM] Maureen Baynes: hah
[2/16/2011 10:15:49 PM] Carter Salz: whats wrong with that song?
[2/16/2011 10:16:35 PM] Carter Salz: i love how you say that and you really dont have the hair for it
[2/16/2011 10:16:40 PM] Maureen Baynes: b. i have like…4 T names picked out but i haven’t gotten around to animals yet. i think im gonna wait on that one cause allergies need to be taken into consideration and id rather not be devastated when i find out my husband is allergic to cats and i cant have a cat named Tofu or something
[2/16/2011 10:16:48 PM] Maureen Baynes: CINZIA i love you
[2/16/2011 10:17:06 PM] Maureen Baynes: it gets stuck in my head and doesnt leave
[2/16/2011 10:17:17 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: my husband cannot be allergic to dogs. its a parameter.
[2/16/2011 10:17:57 PM] Carter Salz: while husband != allergic_to_dogs:
[2/16/2011 10:17:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: also I don’t even care NO MATTER LONG SHORT DO IT DO IT WHIP YOUR HAIR
[2/16/2011 10:18:02 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: wow.
[2/16/2011 10:18:17 PM] Carter Salz: its totally a function
[2/16/2011 10:18:28 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: it is. I hate functions. I couldn’t do them.
[2/16/2011 10:18:41 PM] Carter Salz: they were iffy at most times
[2/16/2011 10:18:54 PM] Carter Salz: when you try using them within loops it gets funny
[2/16/2011 10:18:58 PM] Carter Salz: but on their own they work fine
[2/16/2011 10:20:13 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah but I couldn’t figure them out
[2/16/2011 10:20:24 PM] Carter Salz: thats because you talked to julia too much
[2/16/2011 10:20:32 PM] Carter Salz: you should have stayed with jared and I
[2/16/2011 10:21:14 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I could have, but you guys understood it too well and I was sorta lost. I was an in betweener.
[2/16/2011 10:21:54 PM] Carter Salz: such a nice class
[2/16/2011 10:22:53 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: sucks for you!
[2/16/2011 10:22:56 PM] Carter Salz: so much more than we did at that point
[2/16/2011 10:23:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: lol ben and connor naming me the “neat” person. what were they thinking.
[2/16/2011 10:23:26 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: well I should hope so
[2/16/2011 10:24:01 PM] Carter Salz: we have margaret, its awesome
[2/16/2011 10:24:15 PM] Carter Salz: her handwriting is great
[2/16/2011 10:25:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah! but like I messed up so I scribbled out two lines. and I’m all loopy. and probably getting stuff wrong.
[2/16/2011 10:25:24 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: at least its purple.
[2/16/2011 10:26:10 PM] Carter Salz: oh thank god, at least its purple
[2/16/2011 10:26:10 PM] Carter Salz: i was worried
[2/16/2011 10:28:25 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah. I have the colour going for me
[2/16/2011 10:28:25 PM] Maureen Baynes: you do though
[2/16/2011 10:28:25 PM] Carter Salz: color*
[2/16/2011 10:28:25 PM] Maureen Baynes: its the least harsh correcting color
[2/16/2011 10:28:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: true life
[2/16/2011 10:28:47 PM | Edited by Dennis Smith, 2/18/2011 3:37:24 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: color*
[2/16/2011 10:44:41 PM] Carter Salz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oioNZSPqRM
[2/16/2011 10:45:49 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: are you going to that concert?
[2/16/2011 10:46:00 PM] Carter Salz: yeah
[2/16/2011 10:46:05 PM] Carter Salz: probably, jared is getting me a ticket
[2/16/2011 10:46:09 PM] Carter Salz: want in?
[2/16/2011 10:46:09 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: jealous.
[2/16/2011 10:46:13 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ngl I’d be too scared
[2/16/2011 10:46:21 PM] Carter Salz: ngl?
[2/16/2011 10:46:30 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: not gonna lie
[2/16/2011 10:46:38 PM] Carter Salz: nah its gonna be awesome
[2/16/2011 10:47:04 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m going to the glee tour june 6th! highlight of my year
[2/16/2011 10:47:10 PM] Carter Salz: oh thats cool
[2/16/2011 10:47:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah. I feel safer.
[2/16/2011 10:47:35 PM] Carter Salz: hahaha oh yeah, there is a pretty big difference
[2/16/2011 10:48:25 PM] Carter Salz: you know this is where the party is though, right?
[2/16/2011 10:48:26 PM] Carter Salz: http://musicstreaker.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/hutz_big.jpg
[2/16/2011 10:50:35 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: actually I prefer this party http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgmvxvy7xD1qfx6wso1_400.jpg
[2/16/2011 10:51:08 PM] Maureen Baynes:  i will not click the tumblr link.i will not click the tumblr link.i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link. i will not click the tumblr link.
[2/16/2011 10:51:17 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its just the pic thouhg
[2/16/2011 10:51:20 PM] Carter Salz: its .jpg, chill
[2/16/2011 10:51:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: no actual link
[2/16/2011 10:51:28 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: CLICK IT
[2/16/2011 10:51:32 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: NO REGRETS
[2/16/2011 10:51:32 PM] Maureen Baynes: oh hey darren criss
[2/16/2011 10:51:38 PM] Carter Salz: http://www.ticketband.ru/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/gogol-bordello-concert.jpg
[2/16/2011 10:51:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: THAT PIC. ITS SO HQ.
[2/16/2011 10:52:12 PM] Carter Salz: isnt it so sick?
[2/16/2011 10:52:17 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: when I am actually attracted to really high quality pictures.
[2/16/2011 10:52:33 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: hes whipping his hair
[2/16/2011 10:52:40 PM] Carter Salz: back and forth, yes
[2/16/2011 10:52:47 PM] Carter Salz: the russian guy is just BA though
[2/16/2011 10:52:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: that was implied
[2/16/2011 10:52:56 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: it looks really fun
[2/16/2011 10:53:14 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: but also I may be potentially meeting people from tumblr at this concert soo thats tres exciting
[2/16/2011 10:53:51 PM] Carter Salz: nah, gogol bordello is gonna be so much better
[2/16/2011 10:54:35 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: but like real life dcriss and chris colfer and internet people
[2/16/2011 10:54:51 PM] Carter Salz: “Balkan Reggaeton” this song better be amazing
[2/16/2011 10:56:32 PM] Maureen Baynes: good practice for college cinz =P
[2/16/2011 10:56:58 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: !!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS SO TRUE
[2/16/2011 10:57:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I like using reverse exclamtions. thats cool. I just decided that.
[2/16/2011 10:57:25 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: dude but really though.
[2/16/2011 10:57:41 PM] Maureen Baynes: spanish.
[2/16/2011 10:57:56 PM] Carter Salz: thats upside down though
[2/16/2011 10:58:00 PM] Carter Salz: hers are just misplaced
[2/16/2011 10:58:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: they aren’t inverse. they are reverse.
[2/16/2011 10:59:08 PM] Carter Salz: cinzia why are you so good at math stuffs?
[2/16/2011 10:59:46 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I DON’T KNOW MAN.
[2/16/2011 10:59:58 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its because I learned how to do slope last semester.
[2/16/2011 11:00:17 PM] Carter Salz: ha thats right you did!
[2/16/2011 11:00:30 PM] Carter Salz: im so proud
[2/16/2011 11:00:52 PM] Carter Salz: looks like we reached that “how it did get to be 11?!” phase of the night
[2/16/2011 11:02:00 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: FUCKKKKK LOOKS LIKE I HAVEN’T STARTED MY HW
[2/16/2011 11:02:09 PM] Carter Salz: again*
[2/16/2011 11:02:17 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yes that!
[2/16/2011 11:02:32 PM] Carter Salz: what an H english 12 student….
[2/16/2011 11:02:46 PM] Carter Salz: ha BURN
[2/16/2011 11:02:56 PM] Carter Salz: i fully expect to see you in AP next year
[2/16/2011 11:03:14 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: yeah except I forgot to get an override thing from guidance
[2/16/2011 11:03:15 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ughhhh
[2/16/2011 11:04:08 PM] Maureen Baynes: edline!
[2/16/2011 11:06:36 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: wait where though
[2/16/2011 11:07:24 PM] Carter Salz: guidance page?
[2/16/2011 11:07:55 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: inexistant
[2/16/2011 11:08:03 PM] Carter Salz: nonexistent*
[2/16/2011 11:08:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: you know what
[2/16/2011 11:09:22 PM] Carter Salz: yes, yes i do
[2/16/2011 11:13:49 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: so on my course selection sheet should I write (if not VHS course) after the alternate thing? because we’re supposed to write what we want to take if we don’t get in
[2/16/2011 11:14:14 PM] Carter Salz: write “surprise me”
[2/16/2011 11:15:37 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: no because I want to do printing making then 3d design if not the web designs
[2/16/2011 11:17:32 PM] Carter Salz: oh i have no idea then
[2/16/2011 11:17:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I think I will
[2/16/2011 11:17:59 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: do we write gym on these things?
[2/16/2011 11:18:15 PM] Carter Salz: uh….probably
[2/16/2011 11:18:43 PM] Carter Salz: ha my course selection sheet looks so nice right now
[2/16/2011 11:19:12 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: mine is so full
[2/16/2011 11:19:18 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: and I still need another math
[2/16/2011 11:19:18 PM] Carter Salz: mine is so empty
[2/16/2011 11:19:20 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: SHIT
[2/16/2011 11:19:26 PM] Carter Salz: what?
[2/16/2011 11:19:30 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: THERE IS A SPACE FOR SEMEMSTER COURSES
[2/16/2011 11:19:33 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: thats why its so full
[2/16/2011 11:19:37 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I am so dumb
[2/16/2011 11:20:05 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’m like I don’t have room for my math course anymore! because I put my two art single semesters in the full semester thing
[2/16/2011 11:20:21 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: bring on the arrows
[2/16/2011 11:23:22 PM] Carter Salz: http://greatgatsbygame.com/
[2/16/2011 11:27:40 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I suck so much at these games
[2/16/2011 11:27:43 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: its so addictive
[2/16/2011 11:27:50 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: kay I need to finish this packet
[2/16/2011 11:27:51 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: then shave
[2/16/2011 11:27:55 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I’ll ppt in the morn
[2/16/2011 11:28:18 PM] Dennis Smith: Irish much
[2/16/2011 11:29:05 PM] Dennis Smith: Never Never Never Never Never mind
[2/16/2011 11:29:18 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ??
[2/16/2011 11:29:54 PM] Dennis Smith: Ignore it and do your homework I’m going to sleep
[2/16/2011 11:30:35 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: mmkay
[2/16/2011 11:30:38 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: have fun
[2/16/2011 11:33:40 PM] Maureen Baynes: bye dennis
[2/16/2011 11:33:56 PM] Maureen Baynes: ew pacer. you can just borrow my sweatpants if you want?
[2/16/2011 11:34:28 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: ??
[2/16/2011 11:35:39 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: okay how do I make this powerpoint.
[2/16/2011 11:36:01 PM] Carter Salz: oh shit pacer
[2/16/2011 11:36:03 PM] Carter Salz: i want 3
[2/16/2011 11:36:58 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: I bought athletic shorts today because some fucker stole mine! they’re way cute.
[2/16/2011 11:37:34 PM] Carter Salz: HAHAHAHAHAHA
[2/16/2011 11:37:37 PM] Carter Salz: the old ones are cute?
[2/16/2011 11:37:40 PM] Carter Salz: or the new ones?
[2/16/2011 11:38:15 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: the new ones are cuter. I got two pairs actually. one of them is yellow. the other is black.
[2/16/2011 11:40:00 PM] Carter Salz: lame
[2/16/2011 11:40:01 PM] Carter Salz: http://greatgatsbygame.com/
[2/16/2011 11:40:23 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: nooooo I need to do phys-x
[2/16/2011 11:40:42 PM] Carter Salz: physX*
[2/16/2011 11:41:08 PM] Cinzia Ballantyne: phy-sux
[2/16/2011 11:42:51 PM] Carter Salz: nah

A month-long Skype conversation with some of my best friends.

The really long brown line to the left of one says “ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww” in reaction to one of them listening to Justin Bieber.

I like the proximity of thing and think and though and thought. Also: right back, just like, that’s life, actually don’t, much also, oh yeah, best people, cool wordles.


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(slightly confused by non-Parks&Rec stuff, but that’s okay)


(slightly confused by non-Parks&Rec stuff, but that’s okay)

(Source: marissannb, via tormax)

From Victor Hugo’s “Demain, dès l’aube” (Tomorrow, at dawn). Shape and colors evoke sunrise. The title words are close together and in the same color.
Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.[[MORE]]J’irai par la forêt, j’irai par la montagne.Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.Je marcherai les yeux fixés sur mes pensées,Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun bruit,Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,Triste, et le jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.Je ne regarderai ni l’or du soir qui tombe,Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,Et quand j’arriverai, je mettrai sur ta tombeUn bouquet de houx vert et de bruyère en fleur.

From Victor Hugo’s “Demain, dès l’aube” (Tomorrow, at dawn). Shape and colors evoke sunrise. The title words are close together and in the same color.


Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.

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From a famous essay by American diplomat George Kennan under the pseudonym “X” about “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”. Soviet power is big and in red. Communist/Cold War colors. Lots of words so it has a smooth shape.
By X
Part I
The political personality of Soviet power as we know it today is the product of ideology and circumstances: ideology inherited by the present Soviet leaders from the movement in which they had their political origin, and circumstances of the power which they now have exercised for nearly three decades in Russia. There can be few tasks of psychological analysis more difficult than to try to trace the interaction of these two forces and the relative role of each in the determination of official Soviet conduct. yet the attempt must be made if that conduct is to be understood and effectively countered.
It is difficult to summarize the set of ideological concepts with which the Soviet leaders came into power. Marxian ideology, in its Russian-Communist projection, has always been in process of subtle evolution. The materials on which it bases itself are extensive and complex. But the outstanding features of Communist thought as it existed in 1916 may perhaps be summarized as follows: (a) that the central factor in the life of man, the factor which determines the character of public life and the “physiognomy of society,” is the system by which material goods are produced and exchanged; (b) that the capitalist system of production is a nefarious one which inevitable leads to the exploitation of the working class by the capital-owning class and is incapable of developing adequately the economic resources of society or of distributing fairly the material good produced by human labor; (c) that capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction and must, in view of the inability of the capital-owning class to adjust itself to economic change, result eventually and inescapably in a revolutionary transfer of power to the working class; and (d) that imperialism, the final phase of capitalism, leads directly to war and revolution.
The rest may be outlined in Lenin’s own words: “Unevenness of economic and political development is the inflexible law of capitalism. It follows from this that the victory of Socialism may come originally in a few capitalist countries or even in a single capitalist country. The victorious proletariat of that country, having expropriated the capitalists and having organized Socialist production at home, would rise against the remaining capitalist world, drawing to itself in the process the oppressed classes of other countries.” It must be noted that there was no assumption that capitalism would perish without proletarian revolution. A final push was needed from a revolutionary proletariat movement in order to tip over the tottering structure. But it was regarded as inevitable that sooner of later that push be given.
For 50 years prior to the outbreak of the Revolution, this pattern of thought had exercised great fascination for the members of the Russian revolutionary movement. Frustrated, discontented, hopeless of finding self-expression — or too impatient to seek it — in the confining limits of the Tsarist political system, yet lacking wide popular support or their choice of bloody revolution as a means of social betterment, these revolutionists found in Marxist theory a highly convenient rationalization for their own instinctive desires. It afforded pseudo-scientific justification for their impatience, for their categoric denial of all value in the Tsarist system, for their yearning for power and revenge and for their inclination to cut corners in the pursuit of it. It is therefore no wonder that they had come to believe implicitly in the truth and soundness of the Marxist-Leninist teachings, so congenial to their own impulses and emotions. Their sincerity need not be impugned. This is a phenomenon as old as human nature itself. It is has never been more aptly described than by Edward Gibbon, who wrote in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: “From enthusiasm to imposture the step is perilous and slippery; the demon of Socrates affords a memorable instance of how a wise man may deceive himself, how a good man may deceive others, how the conscience may slumber in a mixed and middle state between self-illusion and voluntary fraud.” And it was with this set of conceptions that the members of the Bolshevik Party entered into power.
Now it must be noted that through all the years of preparation for revolution, the attention of these men, as indeed of Marx himself, had been centered less on the future form which Socialism would take than on the necessary overthrow of rival power which, in their view, had to precede the introduction of Socialism. Their views, therefore, on the positive program to be put into effect, once power was attained, were for the most part nebulous, visionary and impractical. beyond the nationalization of industry and the expropriation of large private capital holdings there was no agreed program. The treatment of the peasantry, which, according to the Marxist formulation was not of the proletariat, had always been a vague spot in the pattern of Communist thought: and it remained an object of controversy and vacillation for the first ten years of Communist power.
The circumstances of the immediate post-revolution period — the existence in Russia of civil war and foreign intervention, together with the obvious fact that the Communists represented only a tiny minority of the Russian people — made the establishment of dictatorial power a necessity. The experiment with war Communism” and the abrupt attempt to eliminate private production and trade had unfortunate economic consequences and caused further bitterness against the new revolutionary regime. While the temporary relaxation of the effort to communize Russia, represented by the New Economic Policy, alleviated some of this economic distress and thereby served its purpose, it also made it evident that the “capitalistic sector of society” was still prepared to profit at once from any relaxation of governmental pressure, and would, if permitted to continue to exist, always constitute a powerful opposing element to the Soviet regime and a serious rival for influence in the country. Somewhat the same situation prevailed with respect to the individual peasant who, in his own small way, was also a private producer.
Lenin, had he lived, might have proved a great enough man to reconcile these conflicting forces to the ultimate benefit of Russian society, thought this is questionable. But be that as it may, Stalin, and those whom he led in the struggle for succession to Lenin’s position of leadership, were not the men to tolerate rival political forces in the sphere of power which they coveted. Their sense of insecurity was too great. Their particular brand of fanaticism, unmodified by any of the Anglo-Saxon traditions of compromise, was too fierce and too jealous to envisage any permanent sharing of power. From the Russian-Asiatic world out of which they had emerged they carried with them a skepticism as to the possibilities of permanent and peaceful coexistence of rival forces. Easily persuaded of their own doctrinaire “rightness,” they insisted on the submission or destruction of all competing power. Outside the Communist Party, Russian society was to have no rigidity. There were to be no forms of collective human activity or association which would not be dominated by the Party. No other force in Russian society was to be permitted to achieve vitality or integrity. Only the Party was to have structure. All else was to be an amorphous mass.
And within the Party the same principle was to apply. The mass of Party members might go through the motions of election, deliberation, decision and action; but in these motions they were to be animated not by their own individual wills but by the awesome breath of the Party leadership and the overbrooding presence of “the word.”
Let it be stressed again that subjectively these men probably did not seek absolutism for its own sake. They doubtless believed — and found it easy to believe — that they alone knew what was good for society and that they would accomplish that good once their power was secure and unchallengeable. But in seeking that security of their own rule they were prepared to recognize no restrictions, either of God or man, on the character of their methods. And until such time as that security might be achieved, they placed far down on their scale of operational priorities the comforts and happiness of the peoples entrusted to their care.
Now the outstanding circumstance concerning the Soviet regime is that down to the present day this process of political consolidation has never been completed and the men in the Kremlin have continued to be predominantly absorbed with the struggle to secure and make absolute the power which they seized in November 1917. They have endeavored to secure it primarily against forces at home, within Soviet society itself. But they have also endeavored to secure it against the outside world. For ideology, as we have seen, taught them that the outside world was hostile and that it was their duty eventually to overthrow the political forces beyond their borders. Then powerful hands of Russian history and tradition reached up to sustain them in this feeling. Finally, their own aggressive intransigence with respect to the outside world began to find its own reaction; and they were soon forced, to use another Gibbonesque phrase, “to chastise the contumacy” which they themselves had provoked. It is an undeniable privilege of every man to prove himself right in the thesis that the world is his enemy; for if he reiterates it frequently enough and makes it the background of his conduct he is bound eventually to be right.
Now it lies in the nature of the mental world of the Soviet leaders, as well as in the character of their ideology, that no opposition to them can be officially recognized as having any merit or justification whatsoever. Such opposition can flow, in theory, only from the hostile and incorrigible forces of dying capitalism. As long as remnants of capitalism were officially recognized as existing in Russia, it was possible to place on them, as an internal element, part of the blame for the maintenance of a dictatorial form of society. But as these remnants were liquidated, little by little, this justification fell away, and when it was indicated officially that they had been finally destroyed, it disappeared altogether. And this fact created one of the most basic of the compulsions which came to act upon the Soviet regime: since capitalism no longer existed in Russia and since it could not be admitted that there could be serious or widespread opposition to the Kremlin springing spontaneously from the liberated masses under its authority, it became necessary to justify the retention of the dictatorship by stressing the menace of capitalism abroad.
This began at an early date. In 1924 Stalin specifically defended the retention of the “organs of suppression,” meaning, among others, the army and the secret police, on the ground that “as long as there is a capitalistic encirclement there will be danger of intervention with all the consequences that flow from that danger.” In accordance with that theory, and from that time on, all internal opposition forces in Russia have consistently been portrayed as the agents of foreign forces of reaction antagonistic to Soviet power.
By the same token, tremendous emphasis has been placed on the original Communist thesis of a basic antagonism between the capitalist and Socialist worlds. It is clear, from many indications, that this emphasis is not founded in reality. The real facts concerning it have been confused by the existence abroad of genuine resentment provoked by Soviet philosophy and tactics and occasionally by the existence of great centers of military power, notably the Nazi regime in Germany and the Japanese Government of the late 1930s, which indeed have aggressive designs against the Soviet Union. But there is ample evidence that the stress laid in Moscow on the menace confronting Soviet society from the world outside its borders is founded not in the realities of foreign antagonism but in the necessity of explaining away the maintenance of dictatorial authority at home.
Now the maintenance of this pattern of Soviet power, namely, the pursuit of unlimited authority domestically, accompanied by the cultivation of the semi-myth of implacable foreign hostility, has gone far to shape the actual machinery of Soviet power as we know it today. Internal organs of administration which did not serve this purpose withered on the vine. Organs which did serve this purpose became vastly swollen. The security of Soviet power came to rest on the iron discipline of the Party, on the severity and ubiquity of the secret police, and on the uncompromising economic monopolism of the state. The “organs of suppression,” in which the Soviet leaders had sought security from rival forces, became in large measures the masters of those whom they were designed to serve. Today the major part of the structure of Soviet power is committed to the perfection of the dictatorship and to the maintenance of the concept of Russia as in a state of siege, with the enemy lowering beyond the walls. And the millions of human beings who form that part of the structure of power must defend at all costs this concept of Russia’s position, for without it they are themselves superfluous.
As things stand today, the rulers can no longer dream of parting with these organs of suppression. The quest for absolute power, pursued now for nearly three decades with a ruthlessness unparalleled (in scope at least) in modern times, has again produced internally, as it did externally, its own reaction. The excesses of the police apparatus have fanned the potential opposition to the regime into something far greater and more dangerous than it could have been before those excesses began.
But least of all can the rulers dispense with the fiction by which the maintenance of dictatorial power has been defended. For this fiction has been canonized in Soviet philosophy by the excesses already committed in its name; and it is now anchored in the Soviet structure of thought by bonds far greater than those of mere ideology.
Part II
So much for the historical background. What does it spell in terms of the political personality of Soviet power as we know it today?
Of the original ideology, nothing has been officially junked. Belief is maintained in the basic badness of capitalism, in the inevitability of its destruction, in the obligation of the proletariat to assist in that destruction and to take power into its own hands. But stress has come to be laid primarily on those concepts which relate most specifically to the Soviet regime itself: to its position as the sole truly Socialist regime in a dark and misguided world, and to the relationships of power within it.
The first of these concepts is that of the innate antagonism between capitalism and Socialism. We have seen how deeply that concept has become imbedded in foundations of Soviet power. It has profound implications for Russia’s conduct as a member of international society. It means that there can never be on Moscow’s side an sincere assumption of a community of aims between the Soviet Union and powers which are regarded as capitalist. It must inevitably be assumed in Moscow that the aims of the capitalist world are antagonistic to the Soviet regime, and therefore to the interests of the peoples it controls. If the Soviet government occasionally sets it signature to documents which would indicate the contrary, this is to regarded as a tactical maneuver permissible in dealing with the enemy (who is without honor) and should be taken in the spirit of caveat emptor. Basically, the antagonism remains. It is postulated. And from it flow many of the phenomena which we find disturbing in the Kremlin’s conduct of foreign policy: the secretiveness, the lack of frankness, the duplicity, the wary suspiciousness, and the basic unfriendliness of purpose. These phenomena are there to stay, for the foreseeable future. There can be variations of degree and of emphasis. When there is something the Russians want from us, one or the other of these features of their policy may be thrust temporarily into the background; and when that happens there will always be Americans who will leap forward with gleeful announcements that “the Russians have changed,” and some who will even try to take credit for having brought about such “changes.” But we should not be misled by tactical maneuvers. These characteristics of Soviet policy, like the postulate from which they flow, are basic to the internal nature of Soviet power, and will be with us, whether in the foreground or the background, until the internal nature of Soviet power is changed.
This means we are going to continue for long time to find the Russians difficult to deal with. It does not mean that they should be considered as embarked upon a do-or-die program to overthrow our society by a given date. The theory of the inevitability of the eventual fall of capitalism has the fortunate connotation that there is no hurry about it. The forces of progress can take their time in preparing the final coup de grâce. meanwhile, what is vital is that the “Socialist fatherland” — that oasis of power which has already been won for Socialism in the person of the Soviet Union — should be cherished and defended by all good Communists at home and abroad, its fortunes promoted, its enemies badgered and confounded. The promotion of premature, “adventuristic” revolutionary projects abroad which might embarrass Soviet power in any way would be an inexcusable, even a counter-revolutionary act. The cause of Socialism is the support and promotion of Soviet power, as defined in Moscow.
This brings us to the second of the concepts important to contemporary Soviet outlook. That is the infallibility of the Kremlin. The Soviet concept of power, which permits no focal points of organization outside the Party itself, requires that the Party leadership remain in theory the sole repository of truth. For if truth were to be found elsewhere, there would be justification for its expression in organized activity. But it is precisely that which the Kremlin cannot and will not permit.
The leadership of the Communist Party is therefore always right, and has been always right ever since in 1929 Stalin formalized his personal power by announcing that decisions of the Politburo were being taken unanimously.
On the principle of infallibility there rests the iron discipline of the Communist Party. In fact, the two concepts are mutually self-supporting. Perfect discipline requires recognition of infallibility. Infallibility requires the observance of discipline. And the two go far to determine the behaviorism of the entire Soviet apparatus of power. But their effect cannot be understood unless a third factor be taken into account: namely, the fact that the leadership is at liberty to put forward for tactical purposes any particular thesis which it finds useful to the cause at any particular moment and to require the faithful and unquestioning acceptance of that thesis by the members of the movement as a whole. This means that truth is not a constant but is actually created, for all intents and purposes, by the Soviet leaders themselves. It may vary from week to week, from month to month. It is nothing absolute and immutable — nothing which flows from objective reality. It is only the most recent manifestation of the wisdom of those in whom the ultimate wisdom is supposed to reside, because they represent the logic of history. The accumulative effect of these factors is to give to the whole subordinate apparatus of Soviet power an unshakable stubbornness and steadfastness in its orientation. This orientation can be changed at will by the Kremlin but by no other power. Once a given party line has been laid down on a given issue of current policy, the whole Soviet governmental machine, including the mechanism of diplomacy, moves inexorably along the prescribed path, like a persistent toy automobile wound up and headed in a given direction, stopping only when it meets with some unanswerable force. The individuals who are the components of this machine are unamenable to argument or reason, which comes to them from outside sources. Their whole training has taught them to mistrust and discount the glib persuasiveness of the outside world. Like the white dog before the phonograph, they hear only the “master’s voice.” And if they are to be called off from the purposes last dictated to them, it is the master who must call them off. Thus the foreign representative cannot hope that his words will make any impression on them. The most that he can hope is that they will be transmitted to those at the top, who are capable of changing the party line. But even those are not likely to be swayed by any normal logic in the words of the bourgeois representative. Since there can be no appeal to common purposes, there can be no appeal to common mental approaches. For this reason, facts speak louder than words to the ears of the Kremlin; and words carry the greatest weight when they have the ring of reflecting, or being backed up by, facts of unchallengeable validity.
But we have seen that the Kremlin is under no ideological compulsion to accomplish its purposes in a hurry. Like the Church, it is dealing in ideological concepts which are of long-term validity, and it can afford to be patient. It has no right to risk the existing achievements of the revolution for the sake of vain baubles of the future. The very teachings of Lenin himself require great caution and flexibility in the pursuit of Communist purposes. Again, these precepts are fortified by the lessons of Russian history: of centuries of obscure battles between nomadic forces over the stretches of a vast unfortified plain. Here caution, circumspection, flexibility and deception are the valuable qualities; and their value finds a natural appreciation in the Russian or the oriental mind. Thus the Kremlin has no compunction about retreating in the face of superior forces. And being under the compulsion of no timetable, it does not get panicky under the necessity for such retreat. Its political action is a fluid stream which moves constantly, wherever it is permitted to move, toward a given goal. Its main concern is to make sure that it has filled every nook and cranny available to it in the basin of world power. But if it finds unassailable barriers in its path, it accepts these philosophically and accommodates itself to them. The main thing is that there should always be pressure, unceasing constant pressure, toward the desired goal. There is no trace of any feeling in Soviet psychology that that goal must be reached at any given time.
These considerations make Soviet diplomacy at once easier and more difficult to deal with than the diplomacy of individual aggressive leaders like Napoleon and Hitler. On the one hand it is more sensitive to contrary force, more ready to yield on individual sectors of the diplomatic front when that force is felt to be too strong, and thus more rational in the logic and rhetoric of power. On the other hand it cannot be easily defeated or discouraged by a single victory on the part of its opponents. And the patient persistence by which it is animated means that it can be effectively countered not by sporadic acts which represent the momentary whims of democratic opinion but only be intelligent long-range policies on the part of Russia’s adversaries — policies no less steady in their purpose, and no less variegated and resourceful in their application, than those of the Soviet Union itself.
In these circumstances it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies. It is important to note, however, that such a policy has nothing to do with outward histrionics: with threats or blustering or superfluous gestures of outward “toughness.” While the Kremlin is basically flexible in its reaction to political realities, it is by no means unamenable to considerations of prestige. Like almost any other government, it can be placed by tactless and threatening gestures in a position where it cannot afford to yield even though this might be dictated by its sense of realism. The Russian leaders are keen judges of human psychology, and as such they are highly conscious that loss of temper and of self-control is never a source of strength in political affairs. They are quick to exploit such evidences of weakness. For these reasons it is a sine qua non of successful dealing with Russia that the foreign government in question should remain at all times cool and collected and that its demands on Russian policy should be put forward in such a manner as to leave the way open for a compliance not too detrimental to Russian prestige.
Part III
In the light of the above, it will be clearly seen that the Soviet pressure against the free institutions of the western world is something that can be contained by the adroit and vigilant application of counter-force at a series of constantly shifting geographical and political points, corresponding to the shifts and maneuvers of Soviet policy, but which cannot be charmed or talked out of existence. The Russians look forward to a duel of infinite duration, and they see that already they have scored great successes. It must be borne in mind that there was a time when the Communist Party represented far more of a minority in the sphere of Russian national life than Soviet power today represents in the world community.
But if the ideology convinces the rulers of Russia that truth is on their side and they they can therefore afford to wait, those of us on whom that ideology has no claim are free to examine objectively the validity of that premise. The Soviet thesis not only implies complete lack of control by the west over its own economic destiny, it likewise assumes Russian unity, discipline and patience over an infinite period. Let us bring this apocalyptic vision down to earth, and suppose that the western world finds the strength and resourcefulness to contain Soviet power over a period of ten to fifteen years. What does that spell for Russia itself?
The Soviet leaders, taking advantage of the contributions of modern techniques to the arts of despotism, have solved the question of obedience within the confines of their power. Few challenge their authority; and even those who do are unable to make that challenge valid as against the organs of suppression of the state.
The Kremlin has also proved able to accomplish its purpose of building up Russia, regardless of the interests of the inhabitants, and industrial foundation of heavy metallurgy, which is, to be sure, not yet complete but which is nevertheless continuing to grow and is approaching those of the other major industrial countries. All of this, however, both the maintenance of internal political security and the building of heavy industry, has been carried out at a terrible cost in human life and in human hopes and energies. It has necessitated the use of forced labor on a scale unprecedented in modern times under conditions of peace. It has involved the neglect or abuse of other phases of Soviet economic life, particularly agriculture, consumers’ goods production, housing and transportation.
To all that, the war has added its tremendous toll of destruction, death and human exhaustion. In consequence of this, we have in Russia today a population which is physically and spiritually tired. The mass of the people are disillusioned, skeptical and no longer as accessible as they once were to the magical attraction which Soviet power still radiates to its followers abroad. The avidity with which people seized upon the slight respite accorded to the Church for tactical reasons during the war was eloquent testimony to the fact that their capacity for faith and devotion found little expression in the purposes of the regime.
In these circumstances, there are limits to the physical and nervous strength of people themselves. These limits are absolute ones, and are binding even for the cruelest dictatorship, because beyond them people cannot be driven. The forced labor camps and the other agencies of constraint provide temporary means of compelling people to work longer hours than their own volition or mere economic pressure would dictate; but if people survive them at all they become old before their time and must be considered as human casualties to the demands of dictatorship. In either case their best powers are no longer available to society and can no longer be enlisted in the service of the state.
Here only the younger generations can help. The younger generation, despite all vicissitudes and sufferings, is numerous and vigorous; and the Russians are a talented people. But it still remains to be seen what will be the effects on mature performance of the abnormal emotional strains of childhood which Soviet dictatorship created and which were enormously increased by the war. Such things as normal security and placidity of home environment have practically ceased to exist in the Soviet Union outside of the most remote farms and villages. And observers are not yet sure whether that is not going to leave its mark on the over-all capacity of the generation now coming into maturity.
In addition to this, we have the fact that Soviet economic development, while it can list certain formidable achievements, has been precariously spotty and uneven. Russian Communists who speak of the “uneven development of capitalism” should blush at the contemplation of their own national economy. Here certain branches of economic life, such as the metallurgical and machine industries, have been pushed out of all proportion to other sectors of economy. Here is a nation striving to become in a short period one of the great industrial nations of the world while it still has no highway network worthy of the name and only a relatively primitive network of railways. Much has been done to increase efficiency of labor and to teach primitive peasants something about the operation of machines. But maintenance is still a crying deficiency of all Soviet economy. Construction is hasty and poor in quality. Depreciation must be enormous. And in vast sectors of economic life it has not yet been possible to instill into labor anything like that general culture of production and technical self-respect which characterizes the skilled worker of the west.
It is difficult to see how these deficiencies can be corrected at an early date by a tired and dispirited population working largely under the shadow of fear and compulsion. And as long as they are not overcome, Russia will remain economically as vulnerable, and in a certain sense an impotent, nation, capable of exporting its enthusiasms and of radiating the strange charm of its primitive political vitality but unable to back up those articles of export by the real evidences of material power and prosperity.
Meanwhile, a great uncertainty hangs over the political life of the Soviet Union. That is the uncertainty involved in the transfer of power from one individual or group of individuals to others.
This is, of course, outstandingly the problem of the personal position of Stalin. We must remember that his succession to Lenin’s pinnacle of pre-eminence in the Communist movement was the only such transfer of individual authority which the Soviet Union has experienced. That transfer took 12 years to consolidate. It cost the lives of millions of people and shook the state to its foundations. The attendant tremors were felt all through the international revolutionary movement, to the disadvantage of the Kremlin itself.
It is always possible that another transfer of pre-eminent power may take place quietly and inconspicuously, with no repercussions anywhere. But again, it is possible that the questions involved may unleash, to use some of Lenin’s words, one of those “incredibly swift transitions” from “delicate deceit” to “wild violence” which characterize Russian history, and may shake Soviet power to its foundations.
But this is not only a question of Stalin himself. There has been, since 1938, a dangerous congealment of political life in the higher circles of Soviet power. The All-Union Congress of Soviets, in theory the supreme body of the Party, is supposed to meet not less often than once in three years. It will soon be eight full years since its last meeting. During this period membership in the Party has numerically doubled. Party mortality during the war was enormous; and today well over half of the Party members are persons who have entered since the last Party congress was held. meanwhile, the same small group of men has carried on at the top through an amazing series of national vicissitudes. Surely there is some reason why the experiences of the war brought basic political changes to every one of the great governments of the west. Surely the causes of that phenomenon are basic enough to be present somewhere in the obscurity of Soviet political life, as well. And yet no recognition has been given to these causes in Russia.
It must be surmised from this that even within so highly disciplined an organization as the Communist Party there must be a growing divergence in age, outlook and interest between the great mass of Party members, only so recently recruited into the movement, and the little self-perpetuating clique of men at the top, whom most of these Party members have never met, with whom they have never conversed, and with whom they can have no political intimacy.
Who can say whether, in these circumstances, the eventual rejuvenation of the higher spheres of authority (which can only be a matter of time) can take place smoothly and peacefully, or whether rivals in the quest for higher power will not eventually reach down into these politically immature and inexperienced masses in order to find support for their respective claims? If this were ever to happen, strange consequences could flow for the Communist Party: for the membership at large has been exercised only in the practices of iron discipline and obedience and not in the arts of compromise and accommodation. And if disunity were ever to seize and paralyze the Party, the chaos and weakness of Russian society would be revealed in forms beyond description. For we have seen that Soviet power is only concealing an amorphous mass of human beings among whom no independent organizational structure is tolerated. In Russia there is not even such a thing as local government. The present generation of Russians have never known spontaneity of collective action. If, consequently, anything were ever to occur to disrupt the unity and efficacy of the Party as a political instrument, Soviet Russia might be changed overnight from one of the strongest to one of the weakest and most pitiable of national societies.
Thus the future of Soviet power may not be by any means as secure as Russian capacity for self-delusion would make it appear to the men of the Kremlin. That they can quietly and easily turn it over to others remains to be proved. Meanwhile, the hardships of their rule and the vicissitudes of international life have taken a heavy toll of the strength and hopes of the great people on whom their power rests. It is curious to note that the ideological power of Soviet authority is strongest today in areas beyond the frontiers of Russia, beyond the reach of its police power. This phenomenon brings to mind a comparison used by Thomas Mann in his great novel Buddenbrooks. Observing that human institutions often show the greatest outward brilliance at a moment when inner decay is in reality farthest advanced, he compared one of those stars whose light shines most brightly on this world when in reality it has long since ceased to exist. And who can say with assurance that the strong light still cast by the Kremlin on the dissatisfied peoples of the western world is not the powerful afterglow of a constellation which is in actuality on the wane? This cannot be proved. And it cannot be disproved. But the possibility remains (and in the opinion of this writer it is a strong one) that Soviet power, like the capitalist world of its conception, bears within it the seeds of its own decay, and that the sprouting of these seeds is well advanced.
Part IV
It is clear that the United States cannot expect in the foreseeable future to enjoy political intimacy with the Soviet regime. It must continue to regard the Soviet Union as a rival, not a partner, in the political arena. It must continue to expect that Soviet policies will reflect no abstract love of peace and stability, no real faith in the possibility of a permanent happy coexistence of the Socialist and capitalist worlds, but rather a cautious, persistent pressure toward the disruption and, weakening of all rival influence and rival power.
Balanced against this are the facts that Russia, as opposed to the western world in general, is still by far the weaker party, that Soviet policy is highly flexible, and that Soviet society may well contain deficiencies which will eventually weaken its own total potential. This would of itself warrant the United States entering with reasonable confidence upon a policy of firm containment, designed to confront the Russians with unalterable counter-force at every point where they show signs of encroaching upon he interests of a peaceful and stable world.
But in actuality the possibilities for American policy are by no means limited to holding the line and hoping for the best. It is entirely possible for the United States to influence by its actions the internal developments, both within Russia and throughout the international Communist movement, by which Russian policy is largely determined. This is not only a question of the modest measure of informational activity which this government can conduct in the Soviet Union and elsewhere, although that, too, is important. It is rather a question of the degree to which the United States can create among the peoples of the world generally the impression of a country which knows what it wants, which is coping successfully with the problem of its internal life and with the responsibilities of a World Power, and which has a spiritual vitality capable of holding its own among the major ideological currents of the time. To the extent that such an impression can be created and maintained, the aims of Russian Communism must appear sterile and quixotic, the hopes and enthusiasm of Moscow’s supporters must wane, and added strain must be imposed on the Kremlin’s foreign policies. For the palsied decrepitude of the capitalist world is the keystone of Communist philosophy. Even the failure of the United States to experience the early economic depression which the ravens of the Red Square have been predicting with such complacent confidence since hostilities ceased would have deep and important repercussions throughout the Communist world.
By the same token, exhibitions of indecision, disunity and internal disintegration within this country have an exhilarating effect on the whole Communist movement. At each evidence of these tendencies, a thrill of hope and excitement goes through the Communist world; a new jauntiness can be noted in the Moscow tread; new groups of foreign supporters climb on to what they can only view as the band wagon of international politics; and Russian pressure increases all along the line in international affairs.
It would be an exaggeration to say that American behavior unassisted and alone could exercise a power of life and death over the Communist movement and bring about the early fall of Soviet power in Russia. But the United States has it in its power to increase enormously the strains under which Soviet policy must operate, to force upon the Kremlin a far greater degree of moderation and circumspection than it has had to observe in recent years, and in this way to promote tendencies which must eventually find their outlet in either the breakup or the gradual mellowing of Soviet power. For no mystical, Messianic movement — and particularly not that of the Kremlin — can face frustration indefinitely without eventually adjusting itself in one way or another to the logic of that state of affairs.
Thus the decision will really fall in large measure in this country itself. The issue of Soviet-American relations is in essence a test of the overall worth of the United States as a nation among nations. To avoid destruction the United States need only measure up to its own best traditions and prove itself worthy of preservation as a great nation.
Surely, there was never a fairer test of national quality than this. In the light of these circumstances, the thoughtful observer of Russian-American relations will find no cause for complaint in the Kremlin’s challenge to American society. He will rather experience a certain gratitude to a Providence which, by providing the American people with this implacable challenge, has made their entire security as a nation dependent on their pulling themselves together and accepting the responsibilities of moral and political leadership that history plainly intended them to bear.

From a famous essay by American diplomat George Kennan under the pseudonym “X” about “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”. Soviet power is big and in red. Communist/Cold War colors. Lots of words so it has a smooth shape.


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I made these Wordles after going to see La Traviata, an opera by Verdi, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera is basically about Alfredo, a man from a well-to-do family, who falls in love with Violetta, a prostitute, and all the things that get in the way of their love. The colors are the dominant colors of the set and costumes.


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After the first snow of winter, 2010-11. There was quite a bit. Snowy/wintry colors. Asterisks are supposed to look like snowflakes.
Several “SNOW”s, “Snow”s, and “snow”s, and “*”s

After the first snow of winter, 2010-11. There was quite a bit. Snowy/wintry colors. Asterisks are supposed to look like snowflakes.


Several “SNOW”s, “Snow”s, and “snow”s, and “*”s

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. The red of “mistress”, “love”, “roses”, and “red”; the darkcolor of “black” and “wires”; the light gray of “white” and “snow”.
Here is a video of my favorite recitation (4:36).
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delightThan in the breath that from my mistress reeks.I love to hear her speak, yet well I knowThat music hath a far more pleasing sound;I grant I never saw a goddess go;My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare   As any she belied with false compare. 

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. The red of “mistress”, “love”, “roses”, and “red”; the darkcolor of “black” and “wires”; the light gray of “white” and “snow”.

Here is a video of my favorite recitation (4:36).


My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
   As any she belied with false compare. 

The “To be, or not to be” soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I like the proximity and dark colors of “sleep”, “death”, and “end”. The gray-scale colors match the depressing topic of the speech.
To be, or not to be—that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep—
No more—and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep—
To sleep—perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. — Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! — Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

The “To be, or not to be” soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I like the proximity and dark colors of “sleep”, “death”, and “end”. The gray-scale colors match the depressing topic of the speech.


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Oscar nominees, 2011. Red for the red carpet, gold for the Oscars. Alphabetized. 
Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”
Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
Animated Feature Film

“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
“Inception” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
“The King’s Speech” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
“True Grit” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins
Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres

“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Documentary (Feature)

“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Documentary (Short Subject)

“Killing in the Name” Jed Rothstein
“Poster Girl” Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Film Editing

“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin
“The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” Jon Harris
“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

“Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Music (Original Score)

“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Music (Original Song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Best Picture

“Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Short Film (Animated)

“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois
Short Film (Live Action)

“The Confession” Tanel Toom
“The Crush” Michael Creagh
“God of Love” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Sound Editing

“Inception” Richard King
“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger
Sound Mixing

“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Visual Effects

“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Oscar nominees, 2011. Red for the red carpet, gold for the Oscars. Alphabetized. 


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