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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
9:12 pm - conservatism vs. liberalism
According to a culmination of research on the subject, one distinguishing personality trait between conservatives and liberals is the ability to accept ambiguity. As you might expect, liberals tend to be tolerant and conservatives much less so. So this made me think about my childhood (since I've been a liberal for as long as I can remember), and I recall on multiple occasions recognizing the difference between what is "supposed to be true" and "what actually is true" (e.g., that I, as a girl, was not "supposed to" like sports like football; but I did).  Maybe this realization led to a sense of uncertainty, which led to a more general liberal philosophy of not accepting "the accepted truth".  So, I wonder if other people who are self-described liberals OR who are self-described conservatives have had similar childhood (or more recent) experiences.  OR, what other peoples' theories about the origins of political beliefs are.
 

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Saturday, September 29th, 2007
7:10 pm - Light the Night Walk

Next Thursday (Oct 4), my family and I are doing the Light The Night Walk, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We’re doing this walk in honor of my brother, Paul, who died from leukemia at age 17, and to raise money so that others can be helped. This is the number one disease killer of children.    

You can find more information and donate by going to this website:

http://www.active.com/donate/ltnPittsb/2058_stephsiler 

THANKS SO MUCH to all you awesome people who have already donated!  My faith in humanity has rebounded :).



current mood: calm

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Saturday, August 12th, 2006
2:23 pm - hiking pic

yellow mushroom
Originally uploaded by GreatestStephi.
Ran across this little guy hiking at Allegheny National Forest yesterday. I'd never seen so many different kinds of mushrooms in one forest before, but this one was my favorite. Thanks to chrismaverick for help with the close-up!

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
12:10 pm - Steelers on the Brain
This morning I had a dream where the Steelers were playing in the Superbowl in the church parking lot next to my parents' house. Palamaulu intercepted a pass and kept running with it down the street (click click click...) in front of their house, where my van was parked. He was so happy that he shook my van hard enough for the back window to shatter. But he was so nice that he didn't go back to the game, but stayed to fix it himself. I tried to convince him to go back, believe me, I didn't want to be responsible for us losing. (For those of a more superstitious nature, I will not reveal the outcome of the game.)

As is my usual morning routine, I was listening to David Lee Roth incoherently ramble. This time it was about the Super Bowl and he claimed that women aren't interested in football. Which made me 1) angry at his stupidity and tempted to call in, and 2) wonder if Pittsburgh women are unique.

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Monday, December 19th, 2005
3:18 pm - Two things put on notice:
1) Beers. You're sneaky. Anyone who finds it lurking around our house, please take it away. Kill it.
2) Bears. Also sneaky. I haven't seen you around, but I know you're out there.

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Monday, August 1st, 2005
10:06 am - Mav's Birthday TODAY
Come help Mav celebrate his birthday tonight at Sushi Two (the one on the South Side). We're meeting at 8:00. Let me or Mav know if you can make it.

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Monday, June 20th, 2005
9:04 pm - Cuteness
This Saturday was largely spent building a thousand-part lego motorcycle at the behest of my nephew during his birthday party. By 9pm I finished the motorcycle, then started its launcher, which my brother finished building the next day.

Sunday night we met my parents at Damon's at the Waterfront. "Happy Father's Day"s were said to the appropriate people, and my nephew wished Mav a happy father's day. (Mav denied.) Then my nephew claimed he was "almost a father", and that "he had practice yesterday".

Apparently celebrating your birthday on Father's Day makes you a father.

current mood: mellow

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
11:02 am
OK, I HAD to say something in this discussion on race...

http://www.livejournal.com/community/psychology/496432.html?view=4780080#t4780080

(forgive the ugly link, I'm not on my computer)

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
10:48 am - weekend
Very nice, fun weekend, with the Hawaiian Jam/housewarming party. Thanks to everyone who came--I hope you all had fun! I have to add that I was impressed at how little post-party clean-up there was.

But the highlight of my weekend was earlier on Saturday, when my parents and brother and his family came over for a barbeque. My niece was so cute; she's so girly (unlike me--I was a total tomboy). She found our box of accesories for HJ, and put on a flowery head band and lei and stood in front of a mirror, saying she looked beautiful. She put the headband on Mav, and told him he looked beautiful. She also managed to track down Otto, who was nice enough to let her pet him for some time before slinking off to hide in the closet. (My cats are terrified of small kids.) Later, I taught my nephew to play pool. He managed to knock a few balls in, and seemed really proud of himself, which made me very happy.

current mood: calm

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
12:58 pm - Race and Schooling
Just read this article and wondered what people (esp. Black people) think about it:

http://www.nubiannews.com/nubia/csteele.htm

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
12:38 pm
ok, I'm going to go on record and say that if I ever get some brain injury rendering me unable to communicate, at the VERY LEAST, I want an MRI. Apparently, Terri Schiavo never had one. This is just outrageous.

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
10:46 am - House update
Since last post, we've (my parents, mav and I) torn out the walls (i.e., wood paneling, wood frames, plaster, and wood planks) in all 3 second-floor rooms (7,000 lbs. of materials taken to the dump--no wonder my back hurts). Tore down and removed the plaster in the ceilings of the master bedroom and tore down the ceiling of what will be Mav's office. In the next two days, should have all ceilings down and cleaned up for the electrician, who's coming Friday morning and should finish up around mid-nextweek.

After that we'll install insulation, drywall, and paint, which should be cake in comparison.

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Sunday, February 27th, 2005
2:59 pm - House work
Done yesterday:
-removed ugly green curtains in all bedrooms
-removed ugly flowery paper on closet doors
-removed very, very ugly drop panel ceiling in master bedroom (2 rooms to go)
-removed 3/4 very, very ugly wood panel walls in master bedroom (2 rooms to go)
-removed wood "frames" for ugly, ugly wood panel walls in one wall of master bedroom
-transported tiny bookshelf, some of my books for bookshelf, 2 bags of coats, very pretty (now framed) stitching Mike brought back from Vietnam.

Plan for today:
-remove rest of wood frames

Plan for tonight:
-Academy Awards (Go, Johnny!); beer.

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Friday, February 25th, 2005
6:49 pm
We have a house!!!!!!!!

current mood: every

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
7:23 pm
Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Hungarian born
composer, Liszt was an incomparable pianist. He
performed the piano at numerous concerts, and
was famous for making the women wild, which
coined the word "Lisztomania." Liszt
composed some of the most difficult piano
music, and invented the symphonic poem for
orchestral work that didn't conform to
traditional strict symphonic format. Liszt
lived until the age of 74, and died of
pneumonia.


Which Classical Music Composer Are You?
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current mood: annoyed

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Thursday, January 20th, 2005
1:36 pm - Parenting
Today for my lunch break I ended up going to Wendy's. As I ate my cheeseburger (no fries), a woman and her two kids (one about 5, the other about 2, though he was in a baby carrier) came into the dining area. The woman asked her 5-year-old (I'll call him Fred) where he wanted to sit, and he chose a seat across from me and behind an old man. The woman told him that there might not be room for Joe (the two-year-old) there, but sat there anyway, putting Joe on the floor, where if the old man had pushed his seat back he would have backed into Joe. The woman asked Fred which seat he wanted to sit in, Fred sat there. The boy demanded his toy, which the woman pulled out of the bag and gave to him, explaining what it was. After losing interest in the toy, the woman took out Fred's burger, and asked him if he wanted it cut or not. The boy said no.

What's with parents today? Don't they realize that their permissiveness with their first-born, who's going to expect the world to cater to him, is going to have a negative effect on their other kids? I wonder how kids treated like this will turn out; did anyone have parents like this?

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004
9:17 pm - Someone had to say it.
OK, it's just a travesty for Barry Manilow to do back-up for Clay Aiken.

current mood: annoyed

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Sunday, August 1st, 2004
2:19 pm - Mav's 30 today!
Everyone go wish Mav a happy 30th birthday. NOW!!

We'll have a birthday dinner for him tonight; call him or me for details.

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Sunday, July 25th, 2004
1:29 pm - Cool thing I learned yesterday...
...and don't want to forget.

If you have X items, and have to put them in a given sequential order (e.g., the chronological order of presidents), and if you're guessing, your expected number of correct responses is always one (regardless of the value of X).

Also watched Y Tu Mama Tambien. If you're into naked young hot men, highly recommended. Also a good story, eventually.

current mood: content

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Monday, July 12th, 2004
8:23 pm - in fairness to Jessica Simpson...
on tonight's Hollywood Squares, George Hamilton was asked if rocks grow. Response: "sure rocks grow; they're alive."

current mood: confused

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