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A Very Asselmeier Festivus

December 23, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

Festivus is a magical time of year when we gather as people to air our grievances about each other, eat lots of food, tell stories ‘round the Festivus pole, and celebrate fitness by performing feats of strength. For those of you who don’t know, Festivusweb.com can enlighten you on the origins of the holiday: “Festivus was made popular by the Seinfeld episode "The Strike", written by Seinfeld writer Dan O'Keefe. However, Dan based the Seinfeld story on a "Festivus" holiday that his own father invented back in the 1960s/1970s.” The traditions include putting up a Festivus pole, not buying presents, telling everyone how much they’ve disappointed you all year, and performing “feats of strength,” like wrestling or ripping phonebooks in half, in order to signify the end of the holiday. It is glorious.

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What to do over winter break?

December 21, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was still in college, I used to create projects for myself to accomplish between semesters. Once, I wrote a novel. You’ll never read it because it is horrible, but I did it! Usually I would buy a book or two, download some podcasts, or get together art supplies to make a quilt or other time-consuming activity that was not possible to do while working and going to school. If that is something that you do, or that you want to try this year, here are a few suggestions.

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Medicine: Where Real Miracles Happen Every Day

December 20, 2011 Dave Muscato

As many of you know, I’ve been off the radar the past few days due to a kidney stone. Note: Some of the following will contain some explicit medical descriptions, just to let you know. I’m also still on pain meds, so I apologize in advance if this post is a bit rambling!

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Music Monday: Tilly and the Wall - “Nights of the Living Dead”

December 19, 2011 Cody Hashman

I hope everyone is enjoying their break! I suppose that assumes you are on break. I am, and it feels good, man. Either way, today's Music Monday features a band I heard first when seeing Bright Eyes in concert during the fall of 2004, Tilly and the Wall. I fell in love with the band immediately when their percussion section features three tap dancing women. It was something I had never seen before and absolutely loved it. To seal the deal, and obligate me to purchase their album Wild Like Children they played today's Music Monday song "Nights of the Living Dead."

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Death of a Horseman

December 17, 2011 Chris Burke

We all have those moments, the ones in which we find ourselves unsurprised by the news we have just received, but are shocked and saddened nonetheless. I speak, of course, about the death of Christopher Hitchens. Everyone knew it was coming, that it was only a matter of time. Still, you could feel the sadness flowing in the words that were coming up on my Facebook news-feed.

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