Daily Archives : June 19, 2014

Russia, Ukraine, and the West – The Ambiguity of War and Peace

In an interview with the French media earlier this month, Vladimir Putin nonchalantly hoped that “we [were] not on the verge of any war,” referring to Russia’s ongoing crisis with Ukraine and the consequent condemnation from the European Union and…

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Review of In Cold Blood

One sentence to describe the book:  An investigative account of a mass-murder—examined in different perspectives—that left my mouth wide open even after I closed the book. My friend and mentor Evan recommended In Cold Blood last April, saying that it is one of…

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It Gets Better…But Only After High School

As a part of Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project,” figures like Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, and even Barack Obama have made YouTube videos telling LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning) youth that the bullying they experience now will…

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Ramblings of A Teenage Artist: On the Terror of Inspiration

Have you ever walked down a street, seen a certain color in the sky, heard a certain note in a song, or just watched a moment in time pass by so deliberately that you are struck violently by an inspiration…

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BlackFish: A Look into How Our Society Works

Amusement parks are no novelty to human culture. Before places like Disneyland, Six Flags, and SeaWorld became popular, circus shows were all the rage, and zoos were a perfect family destination. Today, we empty our purses to spend a day…

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Artificial Humanity—The State of AI

Meet Eugene Goostman. He’s a 13-year-old boy living in the Ukraine with a pet guinea pig and a father who is a gynecologist. He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2001. He’s equally charming and disarming; his sense of…

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