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GUSTERRRRRR

I’m going to take a bit of time out of my busy schedule to praise the band Guster. I attended a concert of theirs in Bloomington, IN, and I was astounded by the performance. They aren’t just phenomenal musicians, but also truly entertaining performers. They joked with the crowd, and they also joked with themselves. The singer, for example, went through a bit of travel problems when he landed in the Bloomington Airport, only to learn that it was Bloomington, Illinois. Wrong state. It was the theme of the night.

Here’s an example of how they found humor in the drummer, and his complete lack of singing ability (I sympathize with this).

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This band doesn’t have the fame of, say, PSY, and yet they have been around since the early 90′s.  such extended if moderate success is truly an incredible feat compared to the brief explosions of fame that many artists come and go with every year.

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They also embody how bands operate in the 21st century. Tweets were sent out when the airport mix-up was realized. Ahead of time, they had asked that if anyone wanted to suggest a song, they would have to bring an interesting object for the band. “The Colonel Sanders Christmas” LP was particularly popular.

What To Expect After Voting

So I voted, took care of my civic and moral duty. I believe I was pretty informed about the whole situation. So now what? The results haven’t come in. Do I just sit here and wait? Here’s a list of some of the things to expect post-vote, pre-result.

1) Questions. “Have you voted?” “Have YOU voted?” “Why?” “Why NOT?!” One of those days where small talk is a given, as well as unerringly irritating.

2) Political rants on Twitter. Not that this is new from the past few months, but they’re realizing these are the last few moments they’ll be able to talk about a subject that, for 90% of the year, nobody acknowledges. Even now less people are responding to their jabs.

3) Independent voters watching the results on CNN. Coincidentally, they are finally being informed on the political landscape as well as the issues that they should have considered while voting.

4) Facebook statuses rejoicing at the end of election season. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are others of us equally relieved.

5) Those people who won’t tell you how they voted. Either because they honestly think it’s personal, but more likely because they’re waiting for the results to see if it’s okay to admit their decision. If it doesn’t go their way, who’s going to know but them?

6) Independent voters proclaiming their independent thought. Alright, we get it. Let’s all move on with our lives (while enjoying a classic SNL video).

7) Republicans following conservative media, Democrats following liberal media. Because what’s better than winning as the reporters rejoices with you, or losing with a news anchor that bemoans along with you how the election was stolen?

8 ) I miss all those political ads. Said no one ever.

9) Whatever happened to Ralph Nader? Somebody should really check up on that guy. Make sure he’s alright.

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Attaboy Atwood!

From the above photo, you’ll see a nice old lady having a conversation with an undergraduate Butler student. What is actually occurring is quite different. A Butler student is having a conversation with an author who is on the cutting edge of social media and marketing.

Margaret Atwood (who I recently met) is a published author. That doesn’t mean she’s stuck in the old way of doing things. She has a twitter account that she actively uses (Follow her @MargaretAtwood). This immediately places her ahead of millions of college age students, the supposed “Digital Natives.”

She also has a blog that she publishes regularly (this I hear is the coolest thing to be doing nowadays). And, like any well-to-do person these days, she has a website. The coolest bit of progress she is heading is the serial publishing of a novel online. I do not know yet where it is (or if it has been released yet), but if I do this blog will be the first to know. Authors are SO COOL!!! Alright…ahem…nerding finished.

Meeting a Legend

Are you still meeting a legend if you don’t technically know who she is or what she’s done? Well, yeah. It just means you’re ignorant.

Photos courtesy of President Danko! Follow him on Twitter @ButlerPrez

I found myself in this very situation last Wednesday on the arrival of Margaret Atwood, internationally recognized novelist, poet, scholar, feminist, and thinker. And she’s Canadian to boot. Part of the Visiting Writer’s Series here at Butler University, I found myself invited to President Danko‘s house for a dinner, a reception of Atwood by professors and students.

Prior to the dinner, I did a bit of research into this visiting writer, and quickly discovered that she was a voice I wanted to be familiar with. Then I got the incredibly rare chance to meet her. Now I’m reading one of her books (it seems like at Butler, we do things backwards).

She was a pretty rad lady: all of the students were more timid around her than she was around us. Many were familiar with her fantastic novels (such as  The Handmaids Tale and Oryx and Crake, which I am currently reading). Science fiction is only one arena she spends her time in. She also has worked extensively writing poetry and non-fiction. And does everything with the same ingredient: awesomeness.