March 15, 2009

I keep a folder of bookmarks filled with pages I intend to mention at some point on this blog, because they’re just so funny or otherwise worthwhile to read. But the last time I ever drew from the “Blog About…” folder was over a year ago; since then, its growth has closely paralleled that of the National Debt. The 182 bookmarks stand as a rustic testament to my penchant for procrastination, and that’s just the ones I didn’t lose when switching to the Mac. Though many of those links are now dead, no longer interesting, or covered copiously elsewhere, I’m still going to post the interesting ones.

Well, maybe later. Instead, I thought it’d be fun to share a few of my oldest “good read” bookmarks. Here are some of the webpages I added to the “Humor” folder back in high school, sorted by date bookmarked. Seriously: it’s not every year you find this kind of brilliance on Digg or Reddit:

September 18, 2006

Not to be arrogant or anything, but this is how a St. X graduate treats a Wikipedia article about Moeller High School:

  • He rewrites its “History” section, removing text that plagiarizes Moeller’s website.
  • He improves the wording of its “Academics” section, citing sources where appropriate.

This is how Moeller fans treat a Wikipedia article about St. X:

  • They delete its content, filling the page with profanity and non-encyclopedic cheers for Moeller.
  • Just two minutes after an anonymous St. X fan replaces the profanity with non-encyclopedic, non-inflammatory cheers for St. X, an anonymous Moeller fan strikes back with more profanity.
  • Another anonymous Moeller fan, clearly a big fan of old jokes, sees fit to mock the school’s motto.

All this since Friday. What the fans are banned from shouting in the stands, they shout online. No surprise there. I should note that it’s not just Moeller fans: on Wednesday, a Regis Jesuit (Colorado) fan rambled on about how much better their team was, right in the middle of the St. X article. And I always see petty vandalism on high school articles, including when people from my graduating class libeled some of our classmates. But Moeller fans should know better than to deface an article on their athletic rival. This isn’t a Facebook wall; it’s an educational resource. And Moeller, with its “reputation for … academic and athletic excellence,” surely understands the implications of that.

March 31, 2006

I can’t believe it! St. X shut down Planet Xavier!

This morning, I got a letter in the mail from St. X, asking me in no uncertain terms to “cease and desist”. Who’da thunk that you would get a C&D letter without having violated copyright?

Here’s the cruxt of the letter:

The St. Xavier High School administration has determined that “Planet Xavier” (“the Web site”) has contributed to the continued misuse of school resources by encouraging students to use services such as Xanga, MySpace, Facebook, YTMND, the Encyclopædia Britannica, and Google.

Despite the IT Department’s valiant efforts to curtail the use of these Web sites, your Web site has served as a loophole, through which students have exchanged non-Jesuit-appropriate comments and, worse, non-curricular thoughts. Thus, we feel it is our duty as educators to ban the use of this Web site and thereby help students regain the immaculate grades they once received before they were introduced to the Internet.

We trust you agree with our belief that the constant abuse of computer time for “blogging” and related activities directly leads to rapidly declining grades. Persuant to this, we ask that you cease and desist, and furthermore ask that you not attempt to revive this Web site and instead devote his time and resources discouraging the practice of “blogging.” We are confident that you will respect our decision to close your Web site and obey our directions, considering the virtues of “Men, Women and Children with, about, above, across, amid, among, around, at, behind, below, beneath, beside, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, outside, over, to, toward, under, until, within and without Others,” AMDG and magis to which you swore under your breath as you were handed your diploma.

To which I say: you handed me my diploma in the mail.

Imagine my intense frustration once I realized what they had done next! Before bed, I happened to open up pX, only to find that exact same excerpt on my own website, with only a few minor changes in wording and a lot more boldfaced text.

I can’t believe they would go through such lengths to persue these “non-curricular activities”, and I especially can’t believe that they would trespass on the property of someone who’d already graduated!

Needless to say, I’m miffed.

  1. High school humor
  2. Rivalry
  3. Shut down
  4. Firefox 1.5
  5. Scooped
  6. Big whoop
  7. Đại Hội Thánh Mẫu 2005
  8. Scratch that
  9. Not alone
  10. Keeping up with the Panthers
  11. Going Out: Making a point
  12. On initiative and discipline
  13. Going out
  14. Limit of major weekly publication as logic approaches zero
  15. Thinkers’ Club
  16. Last Blueprint critique of my high school career
  17. School approves budget for 2005-06 school year
  18. Shooting the messenger
  19. Back to mundanity, part 1
  20. The buchery, the sheer buchery!
  21. Eating my own dogfood
  22. Sports update
  23. Extra help
  24. Blueprint delivers timely issue
  25. Tell me the truth
  26. Glaring omissions
  27. Word of mouth
  28. Acceptance
  29. Inversely proportional
  30. Long-term substitute hired in Mr. Hussong’s stead
  31. The facilitation of learning
  32. Quiz Team to participate in Northmont Tournament
  33. Top this: Weber 2005
  34. Even more complication
  35. Not a price hike
  36. Aggregate and exaggerate
  37. Walk for X 2004
  38. Minor issues with diveorsity
  39. Change
  40. Preparation
  41. More complication
  42. Complication
  43. In case you forgot
  44. Back… yet again
  45. Management class
  46. Pilsen photos
  47. Back
  48. Searching for overkill
  49. Parasitism?
  50. Speeding up
  51. Weber 2004
  52. BioFest 2004
  53. Prediction
  54. Disgusted
  55. Auf Wiedersehen
  56. Cahill’s Quotables
  57. Open House 2003
  58. Walk for X 2003
  59. I told you so
  60. Thank you
  61. Squawk!
  62. Spirit Day 2003
  63. Evil Java habits
  64. Catching Up
  65. Changes in the Atmosphere
  66. MusicFest 2003
  67. Piling it on
  68. Weekends
  69. One-Way Diversity
  70. Snow Day
  71. On Sports and Consequences
  72. Pep Prep
  73. Plans
  74. Blueprint Confiscated
  75. Sick Day
  76. Shameless Plug II
  77. Shameless Plug
  78. Pronunciation
  79. Bose-Einstein Condensate
  80. Another Long Weekend?
  81. A Halloween Carol
  82. Standardized Testing II
  83. School Pictures
  84. I’m back
  85. Standardized Testing
  86. Walk for X 2002
  87. Arrogance?
  88. Red Cards for the Blueprint
  89. Arrrrrrgh!
  90. Spirit Day 2002
  91. Gastronomía
  92. It’s that time of the year…
  93. Finally!
  94. MusicFest 2002