To life, to life, la’chaim.

Wow, I was super busy these past weeks and weekends.

It was Parents’ Weekend sans my parents last weekend, but it works out to where I can get a lot of work done instead of feeling guilty for not hanging out with my parents. However, I will miss them, eating well, and shopping in Charlottesville.

I stumbled on this interactive thing from the Economist (via Wonkette): would the rest of the world elect Obama or McCain? It’s a no brainer, but isn’t it odd that McCain would carry unstable nations (Iraq, Moldova, Macedonia, Sudan, Dem. Republic of the Congo). Overwhelmingly, the world wants Obama.

Being a J-major is a little rough stuff. It’s getting to the point where I’m still feeling overwhelmed, but it’s a different type of overwhelmed. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed because I didn’t remember how to do anything reporting related. Now that I’m back in the groove, the bar has been raised, along with the papers and projects in my other classes. So yay.

I had a couple stories run last week (since they held my story on the financial crisis until last week) and I also did my newsmaker last week, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The biggest challenge actually was finding someone to interview, rather than the interview itself.

I only have one this week, and then it’s election coverage time. I’m actually glad I’m working on RR this term and year because I get to be a part of the coverage of the most important election of my life, up until now. Okay, so maybe I’m just covering the mayor race in a very small town, but still. My working title for my mayor race coverage is “E-Lex-tion 2008.” Pretty sweet!

One of the things I’ve been overcoming from my reporting class is my hatred for talking to strangers. Now, I hate it a little less.

PS: This might have made my 2 Sundays ago…MCHammer is now following me on Twitter. Now I feel like my Twittexistence has been truly justified.

PSS: One of my friends said was I was mysterious…if journalism doesn’t work out I guess I could be a spy..

PSSS: This post was originally started October 15, and then life decided to ambush me.

I’m not sure how I feel about the “juice.”

Speaking of gossip, my school finally got on Juicy Campus literally last night, and already there are 7 pages of “hottest frat lords ever,” “who is the most hated person on campus” and “Richard Clayton Payne IV is a douche” and other topics of that nature.

For those of those of you who aren’t aware, Juicy Campus (hereafter JC) is a website where people from different universities can post unmoderated and unrestricted statements about anyone. The catch? It’s also completely anonymous. 

As this one guy in my art history class described it, ” [Juicy Campus is] like Mean Girls but online. It’s like mean Facebook.” 

What kind of legal issues does this raise? Libel? Defamation? Hurt feelers? Communications Decency Act protects them from liability for user generated content, but what if the site is essentially UGC? Doesn’t JC have some sort of responsibility since we can’t trust ourselves not to defame each other?

My guess is most of the posts have been written by the same group of people (I’m putting my money on sophomores and/or KDs). But theoretically, what if they talk smack, an employer sees that and doesn’t hire me, and I want to sue their sorry rich asses?  Will I get an IP address from either JC or university?  

My source says that if you use campus Internet (this includes campus computers, wireless, etc) to post some libelous comment on JC, university is prepared to hand over your IP address should a libel suit require it. Le source also tells me that it a letter would be going out tomorrow. 

ETA: I checked my mail and that cautionary email is indeed out, as of 4:31 pm. But right before a two-day break? Convenient timing, no?

I’m doing what a maverick would do in this situation.

OH EM GEE. I am super busy. I’m not sure how I’m finding time to blog about how much I don’t have time to blog, but whatevs. 

First of all, I would like to declare my undying love for Twitter (for my microblogging needs). The 2nd Presidential Debates were tonight, which were in Nashville, Tenn. at Belmont University (which I’ve never heard of until last month, and apparently it’s right next door to Vandy).

Alas, I could not witness this momentous event because I was at equally important event: my intramural flag football game against Kappa Delta (and actually knowing what was going on). I play a mean tight end  (cue the “that’s what she said” comments) even though I think I’m too small to be on the offensive line. KD didn’t even show up, so we automatically win, and we spent like 45 minutes practicing our plays.

An hour and a half later, filled with hellfire and domination and happy endorphins from running around and being with my friends, I tuned into the live debate stream on CNN.com (God bless them) and just caught Dan Rather’s “..and that concludes tonight’s debates.” But all was not lost, since I logged into my Twitter and read up on my friends’ inspiring tweets while they were livetweeting the debates. How awesome is that? Anyone with a Twitter account and a TV can watch, offer their commentary, and other random people like me can read that and be edified, thanks to Twitter’s live tweet-ticker. I absolutely love it. Along with shoes, M.I.A. (pre-Pineapple Express), Cold War Kids, and cheap sweaters from Zara. 

I have my beat reporting class tomorrow. Even though it’s so demanding, I enjoy the part where I get out of the university bubble and get to know people in the community. It’s taught by 2 professors, and one of them is pretty chill, but that automatically means the other professor is a hardass. Yup. We have like 40 pages of reading on top of following a beat. Outrageous. I’m betting 2/3 of my class will show up drunk like they did last Friday, and at least class will be entertaining. Loves it! I also love how the J-School is 99.9999% female and maybe an hour in the J-Lab will catch you up on whatever gossip happened over the weekend. It’s pretty much the way I stay informed.