Matt's opinion

Monday, August 28, 2006


Can we move on now? please.

Monday, August 21, 2006

The daily news

With all that's going on in the world it's nice to sit back and enjoy the little things in life. This is one of those stories. Imagine you are sitting at home late at night watching the news and then this happens:

SCHA-WING!!!! (thank you Garth, and thank you Wayne)

I think if the regular nightly news broadcasts want to steal back viewers from the likes of the Daily show and cable news networks then they should try some of what happened in that story. Come on Brian Williams, do you have any ball? How about you Couric (sp?), how big a set do you have?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Jon Benn....who the hell cares

Seriously. A 10 year old high flying circus acrobat murder investigation has completely gripped the media coverage. I turned between all the major networks and CNN this morning and that was the lead story on every frickin channel. The second, or sometimes third, story on those same channels was the follow-up to the wars in Lebanon and Iraq. I thought we were at war!!

Excuse me but why on earth would this nation think a 6 year old girl who's been dead for 10 years be more important than thousands of people trying to start their lives over again in conditions that hardly seem adequate for animals, much less human beings? I understand that the girls death was tragic, and that's sad, but it pales in comparison to what is happening right now on the other side of the world. What this nation needs now is focus, not random and otherwise useless information that hypnotizes us as if we were a retard staring at a disco ball. Give me a break!!!!!!

Other than my obvious frustration at what I saw this morning things are going well. I'm about to run ~80 samples on a machine that, once set up properly, allows me do sit and do nothing for about 6 hours. What fun. I'll probably end up bringing my computer but we'll see. The coolest thing is now I'm starting to work with some pretty strong acids and taking my revenge on rocks that have wronged me over the years. Damn you carbonates!!!!!!!! DIE!!!!!!! It's a real stress reliever let me tell ya. That's all for now.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Mike Wallace is a douche bag

So I was watching 60 minutes last night and saw Mike Wallace's interview of Iranian President Blah Blahnijad (his name is too long, and it's not really relevant to the story) and he can't stop himself from cutting the guy off in mid-sentence every two seconds and waiving his arms and saying how the President doesn't get it. Mike, you don't get it.....your a douche. The man is the President of a nation, not the cable guy who didn't give you free HBO. Even if his views don't jive with those of the US the man still deserves dignity and respect. Talk about a model of the cocky American who shows no respect to any foreigners and looks down needlessly on people from the middle east simply because their Muslim. Sheesh. Be a model citizen for cryin out loud, at least in the presence of foreign leaders.

I was actually surprised at the way the Iranian Pres answered all of Wallace's questions: with poise and thought provoking answers. He really did seem since in wanting to open a dialogue between the US and Iran and showed ample concern for the innocent people being killed in Lebanon.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a tree huggin hippie liberal yuppie here. I'm in the big ten, not the ivy league. I think the US should still be tough on Iran in terms of it's nuclear weapons program and not letting it have the bomb, but maybe trying to isolate it completely from the rest of the world isn't the best way to do it. Perhaps treating that nation like a country full of adults capable of contributing to the global well-being rather than a 5 year old child on time-out would be a first step in motivating Iranians to think of themselves as part of that world community rather than the underdog in a cage match fight against the west. Just a thought though.

That's my deep thought for the day. Now to watch South Park until the Daily Show comes on.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

What did I get myself into?

Well, as some may have noticed immediately after my last post I went and started a MySpace page. Yes, I am ashamed of myself, but at least it will help me keep in touch with people. That was the idea behind this blog but since I only have a readership of ~2 it isn't as effective as I might like. Oh well. I'll probably only check my myspace page for a day or two and then let it sit for a month, like this site, until I can drag myself away from my office and waste some time.

The funniest thing is that for a while I couldn't figure out how to work the damn site I created. I felt like such an idiot. I've got a master's degree and this website is kicking my butt. I figured it out though, about 3 hours later.

I have no idea what to do with myself. Melissa's at a friend's baby shower and I'm at home with the kittens. I already watched Finding Nemo, which was pretty good I have to admit. The other Netflix movie I have is The Terminal, but I don't know if I want to watch that or not. I probably will, and probably within the next 20 minutes or so. At least that seems to be the trend lately when I say I won't do something.

That's all I can think of for now.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Dejavoo trip

Wow. It seems like I've been away from Chicago for so long, but then I come back and everything's the same except for one thing: everyone has their own frickin page but me. I don't get it. I guess every time I see or hear of that website I think of those Dateline NBC stories on internet pedafiles who seduce kids online based off of their MySpace profiles. So yeah, I won't be signing up anytime soon.

It's been really weird being back. It's like one giant dejavoo trip. What makes things worse is that all of my friends now have 'real jobs' and I'm still in school. Not like I'm still trying to get my BS after six years but you know what I mean. It's scary to think about what we all said we wanted to do back in high school and what we're actually doing now, myself included. I can only think of one guy that said exactly what he was going to do and then did it.

School is going alright. Really all I'm doing right now is getting started with some research. I didn't realize how meticulous you have to be when you're doing the type of chemical analyses I'm doing. Of course the process becomes more complex when you add in the fact I have no idea what I'm doing in a clean lab. The funniest thing was today when my advisor had to take me and his other student around the lab and show us all the safety features like the eye washing station, fire extinguishers, exits, etc. Yes, I said exits. It was a part of this mandatory safety training that Northwestern requires of every lab with chemicals in it to go through so it's not that bad. Knowing what to do when a giant bottle of acid breaks all over the place is a good thing.

I'll refrain from getting into politics or anything else tonight. That's about it for now. Feel free to shoot me an email anytime.