Brandon's Notepad

August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014: SOPA, Scavenger Hunt, Another Heart, Palin & Warren

SOPA & PIPA
I do keep up with Internet legislation as best as I can. When the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA; H.R. 3261) was proposed in 2011, I printed a copy and read it cover-to-cover. I never read PIPA, but the intention was basically the same: extended measures to protect intellectual property online. The former was proposed by a Republican, whereas the latter was a largely a Democrat bill, but both enjoyed bipartisan support. The party affiliation of supporters leaned generally in the direction of the originating party with a ratio of about 2:1. That’s probably what interests me the most at this point, that the boundaries of censorship and free speech are not necessarily drawn along party lines. Well, that, and the elimination of yet another antiquated printout in my physical stack of papers. [Side note: I'm suddenly craving sopapillas.]

The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt
This is the scavenger hunt to end all scavenger hunts! The annual event is held by the Scavenger Hunt committee (a registered student organization), with the festivities culminating on Mother’s Day, also known to participants as Judgment Day. The 25th annual contest held in May 2011 holds the Guinness World Record as the largest. The event website has a FAQ page, as well as the lists from years past (linked in with the contest results). As one would expect, the lists always include things that must be acquired, but later lists are heavily laden with things that must be created, actions to be taken, etc. Break out these lists on a rainy day for a good laugh.

A Map of the Introvert’s Heart
On February 15, 2012, I added to my stack a link to Maps of the Human Heart, allegorical maps that describe ranges of human emotion. This map is obviously an artistic derivative of two of the maps from the 1830s drawn "By A Lady".

Sarah Palin Video Response
I’m not saying that Sarah Palin is the brightest bulb in the box, but she sure knows how to deliver a hardline, no-nonsense conservative message that comes across as good ol’ fashioned common sense. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has established what has become known as her 11 Commandments of Progressivism. Sarah Palin posted a video response (which can also be found on YouTube), wherein Palin (who I personally think would make a great sitcom mom) rebuts Warren point-by-point. It’s really fun to watch the clips of Warren who is obviously trying to rally her supporters. Her anger has a life of its own. As a Texan, I can say that the only thing lacking in Palin’s presentation is a resounding "Well bless your heart!"

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