Archive for March, 2011

Diehard Sports Fans Play Emotional Lottery

People who truly love teams in professional sports are intriguing.  I can  hardly wrap my mind around how much money people filter into watching  sports on TV or going to live sporting events.  I mean, maybe I approach sports  from too logical of a perspective, but I find it difficult to comprehend the cult-  like following that I observe in the United States.  I can’t picture myself being  significantly emotionally invested in the outcome of a game that is being played  by a group of guys who I don’t even know.

Don’t get me wrong, I like sports. I  play most sports recreationally and especially enjoy golf.  I like going to live  sporting events.  I even like watching the occasional football or basketball game  on TV.  I do not, however, like sports enough to fork out thousands of dollars  for season tickets or spend countless hours memorizing player statistics.  I don’t enjoy spending most of my day talking to anyone who will listen about new  coaching staff members or a player’s possible injury. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Technology an Entirely Positive Thing?

Based on my experience, it seems to me that many people  have a very positive view of technology, seeing it as an  avenue to less work and more fun. I feel that much of  technology today is made with the intention of helping  people, and succeeds in many ways, but also has negative side  effects or potential future consequences that are easy to  overlook or not consider.

The nuclear bomb development “helped” the United States win an arms race but also killed hundreds of thousands of people in Japan and has put very deadly weapons in the hands of unpredictable dictators. Televisions, gaming  consoles, and other home entertainment equipment have helped people to not be bored for decades but have also increased obesity and sedentary lifestyles, cut down on appreciation for nature, reduced actual human interaction, and most distressingly planted some very distorted world views in the minds of millions of American youth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Please Take This Poll. I Could Use a Little Feedback. Thanks!

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

John Lubbock

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The Epiphany

As an avid rap and hip-hop fan and a huge music enthusiast, I take pride in trying to expand my favorite genre beyond the stereotypical subject matter and predominantly black influences that give many people a distaste for rap.  To integrate some of my firmly held beliefs with my favorite music and try to reach a larger audience, I decided to make this video for a class last semester.   Read the rest of this entry »

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The Love My Parents Give Me

This is a poem I wrote to my parents for my gift to them last Christmas.

The Love My Parents Give Me
By Jordan Bates

The love my parents give me is sunlight,
Streaming through a window into my life.
Even when the window is ignored and gathers dust,
The light shines through. Read the rest of this entry »

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My All-Time Favorite Quotations

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
Albert Einstein

“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
-Albert Einstein

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I Love Animals

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mahatma Gandhi

I really do love animals.  As I go about my daily life, I always keep an eye out for a curious squirrel or innocent rabbit.  I think  an appreciation for the wonders of this planet can truly brighten your life.  Animal life is one of the most wondrous phenomena on this planet.

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Ranting About Technology and the Modern Public Education System

Reflecting on the role of phones in society, I’m appalled at the importance this little device has in all aspects of life for the typical American.

In fact, it’s even reasonable to consider that in most cases
No phone=No friends
No phone=No job
No phone=Alienation

What are the consequences of wanting to “unplug” per se? Read the rest of this entry »

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Lost

Lost
By Jordan Bates

When will I find the words that seem to be so lost,
Drifting aimlessly amidst the others
In the well of my consciousness,
A well that runs deep, beyond the point
To where I am capable of withdrawing them. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Pursuit of Perfection

This is an essay I wrote last year about my State Golf Tournament experience with a team I’ll never forget.

The Pursuit of Perfection
By Jordan Bates

An Iowa State Golf tournament is a remarkably overwhelming stage. The nerves and pressure that come with competition seem to be amplified tenfold in this exclusive arena. A surplus of ingredients combines to generate an atmosphere of the utmost intensity. When I stepped up to the first tee, the announcer bellowed, “Jordan Bates! Spencer!” As I grabbed my driver and paced to the designated teeing ground, I tried to look and feel composed, despite the noticeable trembling of my hands. As I gazed at the fairway stretched in front of me, I attempted to envision the ideal shot. When I began to take the club back, it felt as though it were made of cast iron. I managed to muster enough power to complete the swing and hit the ball. I heaved a sigh of relief and began my march down the fairway, already wondering what the day would bring and how my other teammates were faring. Read the rest of this entry »

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