The Long Day

16 03 2005

Long day today. Actually, its weird. It seems like such a long month. No, I know March is only half done, I meant beginning halfway through February, everything is has become longer. For example, the Literary Magazine work seems like ages ago and so does the Three’s A Crowd debut. Not that I can’t remember them, but my perception of time seems to have changed. Anyways, about today…

In philosophy, we discussed punishment for first time DUI offenders. It was a question taken out of the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (1994?) about how DUI’s in New Jersey cost roughly $9,000 overall for a first DUI, including classes, possible jail time (up to 30 days), liscense points (possible removal), fines in the thousands of dollars, and 9 points on your insurance (which lasts for 3 years). Anyways, the class decided 3:1 that it was too much. However, I disagreed. Perhaps a little too extremely, but I’d like to clarify. What I said was: Because a DUI is deliberate choice to put other’s lives into abnormally hazardous levels of risk, the DUI offender is making an attack on multiple people’s fundamental right to exist. Thus, the offender should as well put his life on the line such that anything under capital punishment is justifiable. Harsh, ya. On an absolute moral scale this works. However, we must factor in that (1) no one died [if so, I think the DUI offender should be as liable as if he were not intoxicated], (2) intent – the DUI offender does not want to hurt other people. Thus #1 puts the punishment at the level of attempted manslaughter and not as a murder. #2 places the punishment below attempted manslaughter because there is no intent to commit murder. However, working backwards from an absolute moral scale, we can acknowledge that harsh punishment deservedly goes to those who drink and drive. Nine thousand dollars is a bargain for the choices made. Notes: Even though this is a first time offense, it is something that we as a collective society must equate with killing so as never to do it. 50% of all automobile-related fatalites are DUI. And to answer your question, yes I would feel that it is right to pay the $9,000 and do the classes, etc. because I did something that should not ever be done because it infringes upon others’ rights to exist and I must repay my debt to society as a whole.

In biology, we had an extended block. Now I know what your thinking, your like whoa look how much he wrote for philosophy, and this is an extended block (1hr. 10 min) plus an early start (meaning we had to come in at 7:30 – 20 minutes early)! I’ll keep it as short as possible. Funny class though I don’t remember all of the jokes. I think I’m enjoying that class as my grades in it improve. Anyways, in the words of Marlin (Nemo’s dad in Finding Nemo),: “Well I do know one joke”. We were discussing the effects of HGH (human growth horomone) where too much can give you giantism (which means you live to be about 20 years old and over 8 feet tall and then die). We discussed it ad nauseum and while Mrs. Ingalls wasn’t watching, Samar turned to Andrew and asked, “Are there really giants?” Samar, to be noted is very intelligent, which made this ever so much more comical. To which Andrew replied in the best straight-faced flat tone ever, “Samar, we’ve been discussing giants for fifteen minutes”. … Anyways, I just remembered another joke. Mrs. Ingalls was discussing how she uses salt (we got off topic about how you need iodine in your thyroid, which you get in salt, which she uses …) to kill snails. Essentially, the snails dissolve. She talked about her *sadistic* side that she commented “had never shown you before”. She then said, “Well apparently Kevin disagrees, I guess I show that side of me everytime I make you take a test”.

Irene made me wonder what was going on in Samar’s head when she said “So there’s *real* giants” …

Like nice Harry Potter giants?

Or mean Harry Potter giants? Yea I know its a troll

In pre-calculus, we learned about using differentiation to solve relative rate problems. Way cooler than it sounds, trust me. Notice how everything in calculus sounds cool: integration, optimization, differentiation, limits, normals, derivatives, even the name calculus itself. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks they’re cool, but so what.

In spanish, Sra. Jacobson was late to class. Very late. So late, that the entire class decided to grab our books and go sit out at the lunch tables (we left a note). Needless to say, we didn’t study. But man, when Sra. Jacobson first turned the corner from the gym, we went into action. We pulled out our books and started reading out the homework. We started on #4 Section 2, you know, we’re not that stupid. Anyways, we thought Sra. fell for it lock, stock, and barrel. Shecame by said good job, and went to her room and we stayed out there sort of indefinitely hoping she’d come outside or something. Everyone thought Shunsuke would go back first (which he did). Anyways, she came out and was waving her arm up and down probably indicating that she wanted us to come there right now. As she turned and returned to her classroom we eventually decided to go back. We all knew how she’d be like. Seríamente! Seríamente clase! (Seriously, Seriously!) … Everyone had said it at least once before we got back and when she said it repeatedly we all laughed. Wasted half the class …

Somos como viajeros sin guías,
En el camino sólo nuestro luz nos lumina.

>> We are like travelers without guides,
>> On the road, only our own light shines.




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