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Conversations with my 13 year old self…

Can you be a feminist without knowing what a feminist is? This is one question that I have been asking myself over the past few days. On one hand it seems so incredibly obvious that the answer is yes, people can have a belief without actually knowing what humans have decided to classify it as, and that thought made me think that, case closed, I was a feminist before I actually knew what the terminology was.

But, on the other hand, I have learned so much over the past year about many people’s ideas and beliefs about what feminism is, and what it means to them, that the thought of saying that people can be something without discovering what it truly means to them seems most untrue. Until this year, I didn’t really express my thoughts as much as I do now. I acknowledge them a lot more than I did before.

For some reason, giving something a name seems to clarify a lot of things for me, and most people alike. It is kind of like looking at one tiny part of a picture, trying to figure out what it means, and then one day looking up at the rest of the picture, and then it all makes sense.

Knowing that there are in fact people that think the same way as me was really important to me, not because I am afraid of being different, but because you have like minded people you can talk to, and you aren’t trying to make the whole world see things the way you do.

I haven’t been debating this in my head enough to come to a conclusion, so I’ll let you know when I’m done to the final round. In the mean time, thoughts? I would love to know what others think about the subject.

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History

It has been something that I have learned a lot more about since I started high school. At first I thought, okay, I’ll just sit though it, learn a bit, no harm no foul, but recently I have discovered that value of learning about the past.

The thing that a lot of people over look about learning about history is that it has very little to do with the past and a lot more to do with the present, than anything else. You learn why things are the way they are, how we as humans developed, how ideas developed, how religions developed, it helps you understand and form opinions about things.

I have also found it beneficial because I finally understand a lot more about what people talk about, when they refer to certain events in history. Learning about history makes me feel smart, and well rounded. Plus, it is really really interesting.

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How To Type Smileys

Some people love ’em, some people hate them, either way no-one wants to be insulted without knowing it. I’m talking about smileys, of course! I discovered that I have no idea how to type a smiley, and thought since some of you may be in the same boat, you might like to learn how.

After doing a bit of research [because I’m incredibly bored and a little bit intrigued by the concept of smileys] I discovered  that smileys were created in the 8o’s [along with a lot of other weird stuff] and that smileys in the 21 century, aren’t just smileys anymore. They display all kinds of emotions, as shown in this chart.

Also, smileys are now in colour! [because black and white was sooooo last year] In fact, I know that hotmail, along with many other e-mail services such as g-mail and yahoo provide a smileys tool bar, and will convert  black and white smileys like these  =)  into smileys with colour like these

I found this great website that shows you how to type about 100 different smileys and tells you what they mean. So if you want to take a look click here.

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How to make a paper crane

I recently tried to make a paper crane and believe me, it is not as easy as it looks. I thought, this would be a simple task that I could accomplish easily, but no. I happen to be incredibly uncoordinated in this area. As I became more frustrated with the thought that I could not seem to fold a piece of paper into

not my paper cranes!

something that looked even remotely like something another than a piece of crap, I wondered how this slightly insane idea came about. I did a little bit of research and apparently the Japanese invented the art of origami. Also, if you manage to make one thousand of these birds out of paper you get to make a wish. I guess I’ve got to come up with another way to make my wishes come true because there is no way in hell I will be able to make one thousand cranes out of paper. So that was my experience with making a crane. If I haven’t completely put you off the idea making a crane, I wish you luck, and if you can’t do it, don’t feel bad. I found a fabulous website if you want to learn how to make a paper crane among other things. http://www.origami-fun.com/index.html

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