I'm a Bubblehead
You see them everywhere now. Stickers on cars, laptops, water bottles, and everywhere in between. You see people with awesome, yet random fandom t-shirts. You see what looks to be merch from your favorite show, but can’t find it on any official website. You see great retro art that imitates the styles of the 70s and 80s. And always wonder, why can I get that?
A Woman in Berlin
The book, A Woman in Berlin, is the diary of the German woman known as Anonymous. In her book, Anonymous recounts the final weeks of the Third Reich and later Russian occupation of Berlin. Writing from April until June 1945, she gives insight into being on the receiving end of the invasion. Here we will explore how did Anonymous change or confirm her opinion of Russians from the war to the end of the occupation of Berlin? In this, we will look at her relationship with Petka, Lieutenant Anatol, and Sergeant Andrei. How do these three confirm or change Anonymous’s views on Russians during the occupation? How does her attraction belie their “barbarism?” The war and occupation gave Anonymous an upfront and raw exposure to the Russians. And in this, they began to fill the power vacuum formerly occupied by the now decrepit and broken men of Germany.
Dear Tom, I miss you. A lot of people miss you. It seems like so much longer than seven months. I hope your family is doing well. I haven't heard any news about you in a long while. Nobody seems to really notice much that you’re gone. Or maybe they just don’t show it.
Putin's Mind and The War in Ukraine
Before I begin, I realize by chance of birth that I stand in a glass house as I write this. And yet, some things need to be said, as we stand on yet another fulcrum of history. In particular, we stand on a fulcrum that will determine the future of international politics and the understanding of diplomatic relations.
My Top Five Podcasts
We all have a limited amount of time in our day. And many of us like learning new information. However, not everyone has the time to sit and read every news story or book. For me, that is where podcasts come in. Many people deride the idea of listening to podcasts. I was one of those people at one point, especially because my dad subjected me to many hours of talk radio as a child. However, podcasts are a long way from what talk radio used to be. Gone are the days where your only real options are a show with dry, but factual information versus amped political rants( those still exist, you just have more options now). If you’re looking for some casual listening that is also interesting, I recommend trying one of these five podcasts. The order of the list carries no weight, as I found it only fair to list them in chronological order when I started listening to them.
I Have Become AFOL
Okay, okay, I know that the title is not grammatically correct. Well, not grammatically correct if you break apart the acronym of AFOL. But what or who is AFOL? Is it the Abstract Friends of Oscar Leonard? Or the Australian Federation of Onion Lovers? No, it is neither of these. AFOL is an acronym that stands for Adult Fans of LEGO, and is pronounced like the word awful.
Vocal By the Numbers
I am writing this on the first Vocal anniversary. I am writing this in the same vein as my other advice articles. Not because I am an expert on any of the technical skills that one could think of that would apply here. Rather, I am an amateur with a gift for trying harder. Or at times, willing to stick around long enough to see what happens. And seeing what happens, or rather, what was happening is what led me to start tracking my stats.