First blog post: introduction

Hi all! This is my first post here, so it’s going to be a general introduction. I’m a 17 year-old high-school/college student. This blog is an assignment for one of my classes, but it may also prove something of a blessing; I’ve been trying to start writing out my thoughts and posting them somewhere (cough cough Tumblr) for a while, and haven’t had much success heretofore. Maybe this blog will change that. So, as a general introduction, here are ten more or less random things about me.

1) I was homeschooled until highschool, at which point I applied to enter a local magnet program, and was accepted.

2) Calvin and Hobbes was one of the first series of books that I really got into. It definitely had a pretty profound impact on me and how I speak and write.

3)  Calvin and Hobbes may have been the first series that I really got into, but it wasn’t my last. For most of my life I have read well above grade level. For example, I finished up Crime and Punishment for the first time during the summer before my freshman year of highschool.

4) Ironically, starting a formal English education actually slowed my overall level of progression in terms of reading ability. However, it did do wonderful things for my writing ability and breadth of reading, so I’m not complaining.

5)  I started with a political base of more or less libertarian, and I have been moving left ever since. And by moving left, I mean jumping straight over into quasi-socialism (or at least what passes for it in US politics). I’m still pretty confused about it. So if you want to know the political perspective of my writings, there you go.

6) I really suck at getting into simple relationships. This is not to say that my past relationships have been bad per-say, but they have been extremely difficult.

7) I am constantly in awe of the fact that somehow I got the room in my house that I got; it has the best view in the entire house.

8) For now, I have four mottoes, or at least sayings that function like mottoes. They are: “Always bring a book”, “Can do!”, “It’s not what you don’t know that gets you, its what you do know that’s wrong” (paraphrased from Mark Twain), and “Most of us can, as we choose, make of this world either a palace or a prison” (John Lubbock)

9) I am generally a nerd, for most definitions thereof. Anime/manga? Kind of yeah. Books? See facts #1-4. Computers? Yeah. Tech in general? Yup. Interest in miscellaneous academic topics? Yup; history, some science, Literature, and to a lesser extent, languages and linguistics.

10) I’m a martial arts nerd. It definitely tailed off some when I started highschool, due to a combination of less time and the main martial arts school I attended at the time moving, but I’m trying to get back into it seriously now. I have done a fair amount of Karate, a decent amount of Aikido, a very small amount of Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu (which I’m hoping to get back to), and I am currently a beginner in Iaido.



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