The Gun Game


I am so pained to feel inspired to write another post about death, but after Monday’s events…I feel resigned to do so. Thoughts and prayers to VA Tech’s campus will not heal the wounds, but there is little else we, collectively as a populace, can immediately do. Stunned, shocked, lost, scared, worried, troubled…enraged. You name it, the emotion is provoked.

And out of all of this, an old debate keeps on brewing, bubbling a bit hotter: gun control and the right to bear arms. Continue reading ‘The Gun Game’


Last week I attended a panel discussion called: “I remember AU When… The Age of Protest.” The panelists were three graduates of American University from the 1960s and ’70s. After eating Swedish meatballs, checking out the slide show, and listening to The Grateful Dead’s “Casey Jones,” they gave a somewhat interesting presentation on the political activism at our school when they were students. Though they heavily romanticized the era as a time of freedom and open dialogue, the panelists wisely warned against doing exactly that.
Continue reading ‘Technology/Apathy’

As many of you are aware, this past weekend was Easter, and so for purposes of appeasement (appeasing my conscience mostly; I’m sure God has no tally on my church attendance- or lack thereof!) I attended services. Given my family-at-large’s current preclusion towards Orthodoxy, I went to the Pascha services at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In another investigative project I’ve been examining (what a cold, harsh word choice, by the way!) the Coptic Orthodox Church in relation to ethnic and national Egyptian identity- a far cry from the urban hipster world on my computer that I’ve simultaneously been inhabiting (much better word than “examining”!). Continue reading ‘A slight deviation from topic’

“Being so pitilessly prone toward the absolute, the ideal and knowing that lawyers and law courts are witnesses to the imperfect state of our civilization, temporizing adjusters of society’s ill-adjustment and yet whose occupation, largely viewed, though transient, tentative, unbeautiful, amid trouble and contention, is still noble in good offices and lavish of sacrifice in its long slow evolutionary process of justifying man’s ways till delay feels confined, compromised in the legal profession, and casting ahead, falters strenuously against steel barred gates, to be away and enjoy the wildest individual freedom and self-government.”

-From the journal of Edwin Manners

A lawyer’s Diary


“my pet butterfly”

Well now, that’s quite a muddled mouthful. I pretend not to decipher this mysterious writing but in parts; I’d encourage others to do the same, should the desire (and script) arise. Continue reading ‘A Crack in the Cage’

I have recently run into a young woman on American University’s quad, and she has offered to help me with my project. She overheard me discussing my project with another AU anthropology student, and she got excited at the word “Ethiopian”. In return, I got excited at her excitement. It turns out that she is a first generation American with Ethiopian parents, and she’s very involved in her Ethiopian heritage through the Ethiopian community, or at least enough to have a number of Ethiopian contacts.

In discussing my project with her, she initially confirmed my hypothesis that Ethiopians come to the DC area for social networking purposes. Continue reading ‘Finally! A Happy Coincidence’

Green and White Machine


Am I just going to far with my April stress-induced cynicism? A little optimism wouldn’t kill me. But then again I might just be right in thinking One Laptop Per Child is full of it.

The OLPC Foundation is a non-profit that has been around since January ’05. Their goal is to create a laptop that costs $100 for third/fourth world schoolchildren, the idea being that a computer is the best tool to increase quality in education for these children.
Continue reading ‘A Laptop for Every Kid’


“Hip is a culture of the young because they have the least investment in the status quo.” -John Leland in Hip: The History Continue reading ‘Questions of Method, pt. 2’