Friday, March 20, 2009
Such as, when will I be able to buy my first flying car! Teenagers are going to love those things, they combine two of their favorite things: flying and cars!
Sorry about the tangent, I plan to have a legitimate point to this post. So I'm in the middle of finishing grad school and trying to get a job in a strange job market. I've been lucky to have had some good interviews and I think we'll have a couple of options but I really don't have much of a clue of where we'll be a year from now. So I think about the future sometimes. In addition to the unknown nature of my own future I also wonder about where we'll be as a society in one, five, ten years.
I don't mean this in any type of gloom and doom way, I'm not writing this from some bunker in Northern Idaho, but I'm just acknowledging the fact that we're living in a pretty interesting time in terms of globalization, economic crisis, amazing scientific advancements, wars, information revolutions, etc., etc. There's a lot of stuff going on and there are a lot of opinions out there about what's down the road. You've got some people saying the economic crisis is about over and others like that Russian Economic Professor who's predicted the end of the United States will happen sometime in the next year or so. You've got the Chinese Premier questioning the financial security of US treasury bonds. The US govt. is racking up debt, another trillon this week, at an unprecedented rate. BYU continues to lose first round NCAA tournament games, etc., etc.
All this can seem pretty bleak but at the same time we often forget that instability is an inherent aspect of human existence. Just look at any period of human history, smooth sailing is not necessarily the status quo. I also think about the optimism of Pres. Hinkley. Elder Bednar recently said one in of the last meetings he attended with Pres. Hinkley that the prophet leaned over, patted him on the hand and said "David this is a great time to be alive."
So, I figure we have a lot of smart people who contribute to this blog, at least that's what I've been told by the people who contribute to this blog, and I was curious to hear some opinions on where you see yourself, the world, Hannah Montana's career, etc. in the next couple of years. I look forward to your wise prognostications.
Post script: It looks like someone else has the same idea.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sorry, I passed out after realizing how along ago we were in high school. I'm better now...Here's the bio:
To know Jon Duerden is to know a young man who loves animals, children, serving the elderly, giving money to charities, laughing and crying, eating and drinking, speaking French, singing to sad people, dancing for angry people, and donating non-essential organs. Once when asked about his grandest goal in life he replied, “penmanship”. He is a world renowned expert on roast beef and receives frequent invitations from universities across the country to lecture on the topic. The modern dance troupe he founded, Dancetastic!, has won numerous awards and is the topic of an upcoming documentary entitled Watch Out! Jon Can Dance. He also plays a lot of instruments, too numerous to mention here, but let’s just say it’s way more than one. Jon especially loves white water rafting, a sport he invented, on the Main Salmon River in Idaho, which he built for his Eagle Project. If he has the honor of being chosen as the next Mr. PHS, he plans to accept.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This one is for Lep-dawg. These boys take the biology rap to a whole new level. During the nadir of my PhD writing I would put this bad boy on whenever it got after midnight and I needed something upbeat but still relaxing--and the science would just flow . . .
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I want to throw something out there. Just a term. A word. And see what everyone who reads this blog (yes, everyone, even you, the person who has no intention on reacting) thinks.
I just want reactions. Honest reactions.
Are you ready? Here it is.