I set up my computer and my room still needs some more decorating/cleaning
classes are good classes are great
EDIT: I replaced my face with a dot in this picture because I look really stressed out but I promise that’s not the case, there’s just a lot going on but in a good way I promise
I’ve started my college applications and there are some pretty promising prospects for a job in my near future. So, you know, good news all around. That’s pretty much it. Pretty much all I wanted to mention. Just happy about that.
This upcoming month shall be a month of work work work. I’m planning on starting on actually beginning to write my Extended Essay this week. I have a lot of great stuff to go on now, and I just want to share this excerpt about the origins of suburbia from a 1999 article by Kristina Zarlengo called Civilian Threat, the Suburban Citadel, and Atomic Age American Women:
A 1950 Life feature article provided a map of the ideal city for the atomic age (fig. 3). The city in this model, designed by cyberneticist Norbert Wiener, is immediately surrounded by green belts, which the editors label “life belts”; they are meant to serve as fire walls between the city and suburbia in case of atom bombings. The function of the atomic age city was double: In war, it “would bolster the nation’s civilian defenses. IN peace, it would expand and accelerate the current trend of many city dwellers toward the suburbs and help relieve the traffic congestion which plagues the US cities” (Life 1950, 79). If civilians’ adaptation to the atomic city was advantageous for them, it was also advantageous for the larger city and the nation. While atomic age city planners did not go so far as to suggest that already existing industries and businesses relocate to suburbia, they did insist that development take place outside urban centers. Given their druthers, it seems, they would have arranged urban areas with altogether vacant centers. As Life had it, “the indirect effects of the burst could well be more disastrous than its initial destruction, for the great city would act as a great explosive, triggered by the lesser explosion of the bomb itself” (Life 1950, 77; emphasis added). In the logic of civilian defense, downtown was ground zero.
Here is “fig. 3”:
So, yeah, I don’t know if you care or not, but that is fascinating to me and completely perfect for my essay. I think it’s especially interesting for my friend Kenden, who is probably in China right now, but who would be interested in learning more about the Cold War themes central to the creation of suburbs.
The other big thing I’m working on this month is college applications. I’m doing an interview in Santa Monica this Thursday for Reed College. I hope it goes well. Lots of academic stuff going on this month, lots of stuff for my future. I’m kind of terrified, you guys, but really excited too.
Man, this ad annoys me so hard. Is this one of those for-profit colleges? Fuck those guys. Bunch of douchebags.
I’m getting mail from really good and awesome universities, but this insecurity always creeps in about me not being able to get accepted. I mean, some of these schools allegedly get kids with grades over 4.0. I think I’m a smart kid, but it’s pretty much impossible for me to compete with that. I’m not the kind of person who gets those grades.
Also, I’m in a high school with a really difficult program (honor classes, IB diplomas, etc.). Maybe that’s a factor, and I’m worrying too much? I don’t know. It just seems like every school I want to go to is kind of a guaranteed no in my mind. But maybe I’m just paranoid. Hopefully.
Meanwhile, I’ll work as hard as I can at this whole school thing. I want to go places.
Today, my English teacher gave a speech about how hard it’s going to be for us to get into and pay for college. It made me want to shoot myself.
Here’s the body of the message:
What’s it like to be so popular? You have every university chasing you like prepubescent girls going after Justin Bieber (it’s okay, we don’t get the appeal either).
But we aren’t just another university. We actually want to know about you before we tell you anything about us: JamesCurry.youandau.com
This isn’t such a bad position to be in. You worked hard, you earned it. And hey, being pursued can be nice, sometimes.
I have to admit, it’s pretty charming. And it makes me feel good about myself.