Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

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I saw an advertisement for an A Capella singing group on campus, and I'm tempted to join. I don't know if I actually have a nice singing voice, and I can't read music (well.. I can't read it at a reasonable speed), but I do enjoy singing. The group is described as the only secular co-ed group on campus, which sounds pretty neat. I'll probably give it a shot as soon as the Wikimedia Board elections are over, as I should probably not commit too much of my time without knowing that I can actually give that much. If I am elected to the board, I have a strong suspicion that it will eat my time more viciously than a Grue in a power outage, and it would be very unpleasant to need to drop cool stuff like this to meet that obligation. There are twelve days left.. hopefully the choir will still be open after that time.

I am incredibly jealous that I'm not able to go see Khatami's speech in Boston. As I mentioned to a friend in a recent conversation on politics, I view politicians in the context of the nations they would lead -- just as Saddam was far better for Iraq and civilisation in general than the mess we're seeing there, Khatami is far better (by our values) than Ahmadinejad as President of Iran, and while I would fight to prevent Khatami (or other Sharia supporters) from taking power in an already westernised country, he still represents something closer to what I'd like to see, and also he's an intellectual. One of the things I can respect about theocracies is that they do tend to put intellectuals in positions of power. Just as Chayefsky's quote, "Television is Democracy at its worst" suggests, we live in a broken system. I would live to hear what Khatami has to say.

Now, the guestblogging that I've been doing, now that the guestbloggitude is over:

Something I didn't know until recently -- apart from Austin, the Mexico border towns in Texas (e.g. El Paso) vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

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