Defining Populations

History until this point has been a creation of and reach towards order in a world of chaos, and as such, requires a certain amount of organization for that order.

Wars between civilizations, religions, nation states, and the such were all attempts to create an order that reflected a world that was best for the subjective entity. If factions in China went to war, they did so against other factions, against the state (a separate entity), or against a group or faction of another state (by which I mean Nation-State) outside of China, or with the whole of other state altogether. China simply created a isolationist state and only created an order (I wanted to use peace but that might be a completely different conversation altogether) that limited their world involvement to dealings within those borders; they would then have their world-view being served through their actions. During World War II, the United States of America took control as the hegemon and began creating a world that would most benefit its view on how the world should be for U.S. interests, though not without objection from other entities.

That said, at this point, less wars occur on a general scale because most civilizations, as defined by Samuel Huntington, have been able to create domains that keep other actors in the world from trying to reshape the world through physical borders. Since the Russian Revolution there has been a different proliferated idea, that is as old as it is new, to changing the world through economic, political, and cultural systems. Nevertheless, civilizations as a whole are able to have a domineering nation-state that is able to protect the interests of the civilization, through a unified agreement, whether written or not, that calls for the protection of the people and associated cultural influencers from other civilizations. Those could be economic, political, religious, or other cultural influencers. 

Alfred Wegener was an astronomer, geophysicist, meteorologist, and climatologist, born in November of 1880. Wegener earned his Ph.D early in life and between researching polar air circulation and lecturing at university he wrote on other topics of interest. One such interest while at Marburg was that of identical fossils of fauna and animals found on opposite sides of the Atlantic, i.e. East United States and Western Africa. Wegener's theory of "continental drift” was supported by this simple placing of the pieces together, so to speak. The continents had formed a single mass, called Pangaea (Greek for "all the Earth"). Through shifting of what we now understand to be tectonic plates, the continents are moving away from each other. This was not a new theory, but given his wide array of specialties, Wegener was able to use multi-disciplinary study to prove these connections.  Years later, through Globalization, we have now seen a reversal of continental drift. 

 What we have as a result is a world that is smaller but still defined by "civilizations" that encompass large cultural identities. The archaic labels of American, Asian, African, and European will encompass those peoples of their respective continents. It will be interesting in the future to see how people define themselves, and whether traditional applications of identification will apply. 

**This was written half-asleep after dreaming of Pangea. Please pardon this mess I call writing.


Commercials at the Theater

Apparently when AMC says that a movie showtime is 10am, what they really mean is that the commercials begin at 10 and we are then expected to sit through 1 hour of commercials. I've decided that pirating movies is now acceptable. I'm sorry to all of my friends either in entertainment and/or law but this is completely unreasonable. 1 hour of commercials after the initial showtime begins means that I will not be attending another show at AMC, Loews in Boston or otherwise.

Irredeemable? Maybe, but I am paying for a movie, not accompanying commercials.

LSAT Preparation

The #BostonLawForum 
today ended the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) 2012 Law School Recruitment Forums, presenting over 160 representatives from American Bar Association recognized schools from around the United States of America.  

LSAC is the governing body and brain, truly the life-blood of Law, academically and professionally in the U.S.A. This is because they create the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), a major factor, possibly the largest deciding factor in an admissions application. Nevertheless, for those of us like myself, a great score on the LSAT might be the saving grace an application with a mediocre GPA needs.

LSAC, true to my aforementioned description controls, to a degree, recruitment for Law Schools by hosting forums and providing a setting for prospective students and schools to meet and providing LSAT Prep. During the Forum, there were also discussions and panels on Law School Diversity and Financing a Law Degree, giving a more complete approach to guiding prospective students through the process of deciding not only whether or not potential candidates for Law School are a good fit, but what rigors must be taken to make the dream a reality. Law students might scoff at this last comment, as law school has been described to me as being painstakingly difficult as it is rewarding.

Because of the importance that is placed on the LSAT score, it is a major source of possibly tumorous stress for students. Unfortunately, the only way to take such a mentally and physically exhausting exam is to take practice the exam as many times as possible, with and without time constraints and not only strengthening weak points in the exam but strengthening strong points as well. The most valuable piece of advice I have received is to not be surprised by any question that the test can provide. Advice? Absolutely. Every test since 2007 (yes, the year Souljaboy came out with the song Crank Dat) should have every component of the exam seen on current test.

The four parts of the five-35 minute quiz exam are Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Analytic Reasoning (also known as the terror inducing Logic Games). Reading Comprehension is just that. Delve into the author's pov to understand the purpose of the article. Logical reasoning, does not require previous training in logic, but does require that you understand certain terms and premises. Some of those terms are: argument, premise, inference, conclusion, and assumption. Look for quantifier and indicator words. Understand the purpose of the authors argument and the conclusion. Lastly, there is Analytic Reasoning. Logic Games as they are known are paramount to the Hunger Games. These require abbreviation of words, diagrams, and tables. They also tend to take the longest amount of time, at least for myself. Time is the biggest issue in this  category simply because while there is less reading to do, it is more taxing. If the ungraded  portion of the LSAT is Analytic Reasoning, I fully expect to see students crying before the writing section if not after the exam. Unfortunately one of the best tips for this portion is to know "know when to fold 'em, and know when to run" because time is not on your side and simply holding onto a question is not an option. Guess, bubble, and come back to it. There is no penalty for guessing, but I'm hoping that I am the only person that remembers that.

In a game where the rules are set out and there is only one way to win, all way can do is know the rules and play as best we can. While the debate to the value of Law School is contentious when considering post-graduation rates, Bar passage rates, and post-graduation loan amounts, such as Why Attending Law School is the Worst Decision You'll Ever Make by J. Maureen Henderson, the knowledge and experience you will gain can hardly be compared.



Gibberish for Doing More

I find myself constantly wishing I had done more. Worked harder, taken more difficult coursework, chosen a more challenging major for my undergraduate degree. The truth is, I was a "true" nerd through primary school and it allowed me to breeze through a liberal arts degree, although even that became difficult as I dealt with the in's and out's of life, love, and liberty.
filling in the picture of my life
Accomplishment and tragedy intertwined to make my life a roller coaster. Long days and long nights culminated in what I would think of as a five year bender in between classes. Now a new decision to make... I haven't had the bravery to apply to law school yet, although I have been studying for the LSAT and looking into Law schools that interest me. Those that have the classes and clinics that interest me and that will provide a financial package that will allow me to study without breaking the bank. I am constantly weighing the options of how to spend my time. A number of investments and business propositions against studying for the LSAT. And that is a benchmark that may determine my ability to attend Law School, considering my lackluster academic performance reflected by my likewise grade point average.

The conflict of being young and able to do anything. Maybe older than I was a day ago, but still aspiring. My actions of late have reflected a trend of moving towards what I want. Becoming more engrossed in social media marketing practices, tradings and investments, and LSAT testing. Filling in the picture of my life.