The Grape Candies of Wrath

26 04 2011

PopcornI don’t consider myself a free-loving hippy from the 70’s, but I know I get the munchies whenever I’m watching a movie.  There’s just something about a talking donkey and his ogre friend, or a vertically-challenged teen and his precious ring, that makes me crave a snack. Read the rest of this entry »





Weapons of Mass Distraction

26 04 2011

A grenade crashes through a window.  Avatars scatter, profanity saturates the voice chat lines, and some kid hundreds of miles away is watching the mass hysteria through a sniper lens, chuckling as he methodically picks off those who won’t be killed by the blast.  Suddenly, the grenade goes off and carefully modeled bodies ragdoll[1] through the air—perhaps a few of which have been dismembered, and some even blasted to fragments.  The kid playing as a sniper receives several rewards: a multi-kill bonus, headshot bonuses (for each one he picked off before the blast), and a point for each person who he killed during the frenzy.

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MacArthur – Duty, Honor, Country

26 04 2011

Where bombs and bullets pierce the air, General Douglas MacArthur’s spirit is alive and well.  According to Francis Miller, his name was so renowned that he was a common American household name.  Everyone knew of his tales from Asia (Miller 1).  Douglas MacArthur was born the youngest on January 26, 1880 as an army brat.  His father, Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur, Jr., was a soldier at the time of Douglas’ birth.  When he attended his first military academy, he was valedictorian.  When he graduated from West Point, he was ranked at the top of his class.  Not only was MacArthur the youngest major general at that point in history, he was also the youngest Chief of Staff at 50 years of age.  His most famous speech was in 1962 with his acceptance of the Sylvanus Thayer Award, awarded to “… a citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature in the civilian community draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: ‘Duty, Honor, Country'” (The Sylvanus Thayer Award).  Clearly, the award is not given to just any person.

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Engineering at NU Unwise

26 04 2011

Many students today are having a hard time deciding what degree to invest their college education in.  With so many options, it’s often difficult to choose which degree would be best suited for the student’s skills, and which will pay off in the future.  Luckily, PayScale.com has compiled a list of the top 10 degrees that currently offer the highest benefits and median salaries immediately following graduation.  There’s both good news and bad news for NU.

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