Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to be an Amazing Conversationalist…Probably

Everybody knows that some people and talking don’t mix. Maybe that person fidgets, maybe they are super boring, or maybe they’re me! I’m proud to say that my conversational skills are a unhappy blend between weird topics, speed talking, interrupting, bad timing, stupid questions, and answers that reveal just how stupid I can be when put on the spot. (Such as, “Where do you live?” *I blush furiously* “Ummm…I know exactly where it is but I’m not sure exactly what it’s called. Near Blah Blah Blah…probably”.) The point is, some people need a little advice and I’m here to give it to them. But first bear with me here while I explain a little something about my own particular brand of conversational skills.

A lot of people can hopefully relate to what I like to call “The Two Filter System”. How the 2 Filter System works is where I reveal that I have only two settings on my mouth. The first one is where I am constantly stumbling up with my words, can never thing of anything to say, and basically don’t talk at all. The second is where the filter has been removed. Completely. This is how I speak to my friends. And very rarely–usually when I am tired or very happy–this is how I speak to a randomly chosen person who does not move away when I get near. They usually act polite and never speak to me again. Continue reading

Texting for People Without a Phone

Yes, it happens. Some people don’t actually own their own phone. What I (used to) use to “text” people is a google app called hangouts. It’s built off of my email. Consequently I can use it when checking my emails, but for any cellular device, you have to install the app. It’s not all that hard to figure out how to use but for a quick learn, here’s some visual aid. So here you go: Hangouts Demo

Hope everyone can read my pink writing!

Western Civilization lesson 80

What was the significance of St. Augustine in Christian history?

Perhaps the most famous autobiography ever written in Western civilization was “the Confessions”, written by St. Augustine of Hippo. The manuscript demonstrated how God followed and helped the Saint throughout his entire life. Its pages tell the story of how Augustine began his Christian career not as a Christian at all but as a constantly changing member of many different Ancient Roman philosophies. After transitioning no less than four times to a different belief system, he finally realized that no philosophy but one would ever be able to answer his questions—and thus he became a Christian. Finally satisfied, he began to preach about the faults within other religions and philosophies until his audiences converted as well. He became one of the greatest theologians of the Roman Empire. One of his most famous recorded sayings is that “Evil is merely the absence of good.” Though the autobiography itself was not the cause of St. Augustine’s fame—what it recorded was his legacy—without his writings we would never know quite the significance of his place in Christian history.

Western Civilization lesson 55

Why do historians tend to look with favor on the period of the five good emperors? What differences do you observe between that period and the period from the death of Augustus through the death of Domitian?

During the Empire of Ancient Rome, the system referred to as “The Period of the Five Good Emperors” was a virtual country-saver. Emperors until then were determined by blood succession or by the brutal murder of the previous tyrant. However, in 98 AD the Roman Emperor Nerva chose, not his own son to rule after himself, but the fairly bright and non-tyrannical Trajan. When Trajan gave up the throne, he passed it not to his own son, but mirrored Nerva in this respect and gave it to Hadrian. The succession continued this way with the previous emperor adopting a boy as his own son to continue ruling based on their smarts and care of the people. The emperors were not nearly as cordial as they were presented as in our history books today, but compared to the previous tyrants, they appeared sent by the gods. Finally in 180 AD Marcus Aurelius chose his own son Commodus to be emperor. Commodus was cruel and violent and the chain of the Five Good Emperors finally broke apart.