Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pants on the Ground!

…or are they? Apparently, not anymore! At least, they won’t be in the sunny state of Florida between 8 AM and 3 PM. State Senator Gary Siplin won approval on April 14th, 2010 from the Senate committee for his bill that requires school districts to adopt a new “revolutionary” dress code. The text of the bill describes the Senator’s intention to ban students from wearing clothing that “exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner.” Failure to adhere to this law the first time would result in a verbal warning and a phone call from the principal to the parent. After the second offense, the student is banned from participating in extra-curricular activities or sports. However, after the third offense, things start getting a little more serious – the student would be given a three-day in-school suspension and up to 30-day ban on extra-curricular events. All of this – just over pants.

Some of you may be wondering if such extreme measures are needed. According to Siplin, “it hurts their ability to get jobs and is generally offensive to decent fashion sense,” as he was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel. He wishes to clean up the society and wants kids to “play by society’s standards and rules.”

Personally, I believe that such a law is possibly one of the most ridiculous things in existence. When I heard about the issue, I could not stop laughing, nor could any of the other people that I told. People are not going to change if they have to pull up their pants for only 6 hours every day; they will just pull them back down at 3 o’clock.

Additionally, low pants also serve as a very effective crime fighting technique. Last year, in North Babylon, NY, Robert Pittman tried to rob a convenience store. As he was running out, he tripped on his low-pants and was arrested. If such legislation is passed in New York, our crime rate can potentially skyrocket.

Edgemont students also almost unanimously agree that it is a ridiculous idea for a law. However, some believe that it may not be so bad, as long as it is not in the hands of the government. Junior Michael Meyerson remarked, “I don’t think it should be illegal to sag your pants, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a few less buttcracks. That’d be cool.”

Some others just see this as an absolute waste of time. In the midst of one of the worst recessions in history, legislators are wasting their time discussing laws about pants. Junior Saaket Mehta agrees, and says, “With the many cracks that are in America today, Florida seems to be focusing on the least important one. Pun definitely intended.” The Florida State Senate needs to learn what their priorities are. Rather than focusing on kids and their pants, “they should focus on improving education within the schools,” according to Junior Sara Eiferman. Florida is also struggling in its economy because almost a million jobs have been lost. Siplin should focus on more pressing issues like those.

However, at the same time, Eiferman comments on the unfair nature of the dress code system. She believes that “as ridiculous as it sounds, its nice to see guys getting dress codes because girls always have them; I know if a girl ever had her underwear hanging out, it would be a huge controversy.” Eiferman just thinks that this is a matter for school districts, not state senates.

Sophomore Anik Chaudhry knows that this bill will be utterly ineffective in raising the morals of society because “kids will continue to wear the pants low after school.” He also takes on a more Constitutional stance and believes that it impedes upon the individual’s right to express him or herself in any way that he or she wants.

On the other end, Junior Marshall Donner is concerned about the many Edgemont grandparents living in Florida. While he does believe that people should be able to wear their pants as low as they want, as long as they are covered up, he does see how “Florida’s growing old population could find people whose pants are low offensive.”

In any case, it is still not the place of the government to tell America’s youth how to wear their pants. Let kids decide for themselves.

*This was an article I had written for my school newspaper a few months ago – I still find it hilarious =D

Blackberry vs. iPhone

So before I go on, I do realize that this is a very generic topic – almost every blog on the internet has some article or another comparing the two devices. Okay fine, maybe I’m exaggerating, but still – its a pretty big topic, right? So here I go…

Honestly, after using both devices extensively (my Blackberry Bold and my mom’s iPhone), I have come to a conclusion: both devices are really, really good. Before you all start yelling and call this a cop-out, just hear me out! Both phones are meant for people with different interests – so before people go out and buy either, they really should figure out what their priorities are.

These are the people who should get a Blackberry: people who want a tactile keyboard, people who want the free and fast Blackberry Messenger, people who don’t really care about browsing, and people who don’t really care about the butt-load of applications that Apple offers.

These are the people who should get an iPhone: people who really need a beautiful looking browser, people who need the ridiculous amounts of apps from Apple, people who wanna play really good games, and people who don’t care about losing a tactile keyboard.

Face it, the Blackberry is a work phone and the iPhone is a fun phone. The iPhone CAN be used as a work phone, but the Blackberry does not have too much fun involved with it – the only thing, once again, is BBM. The iPhone has begun to release some apps that allow free iPhone to iPhone messaging – however, its going to take too long before this takes off, since most people looking for messaging have already hooked onto Blackberry Messenger.

Plus, who really uses the iPhone upto its full capacity? Many people don’t have time to fiddle around with the thousands of apps, and others may not want to spend money, even if only a few dollars, behind their phone (the data services alone are way too expensive). My suggestion is to actually get a Blackberry and then an iPod Touch – you get the advantage of a full keyboard and BBM and get all of the iPhone’s apps too! It’s a win-win situation – also, trusting an iPhone now, with the abhorrent state of the iPhone 4, is a very risky move.

However, the Blackberry DEFINITELY has its shortcomings – for one, RIM really needs to update its browsers. Why is it so difficult for them? This is where the iPhone wins HANDS DOWN – its browser is superb, and is pretty much just like browsing on a computer.

So here we go – my final verdict. Blackberry wins – the keyboard and BBM outweighs the ridiculous amount of useless iPhone apps anyday. The iPhone does come close because of the beautiful browser, but for me, BBM and the keyboard win.

Everybody who’s undecided, just go out and get a Blackberry and an iPod Touch (if you can afford it, obviously).

So yeah —– go Blackberry!

I am neurotic

Not really.

But…

This is a great new website – whoever reads my blog (which I’m pretty sure is a grand total of 1) should check it out. Especially all the neurotic people. You will really relate =P

http://iamneurotic.com/

This is as good of a time waster as Texts From Last Night or F-My Life

Back to Reality

Roger Federer’s fans aren’t too worried — at least, they shouldn’t be. Who cares that Tommy Berdych has a match point against him — who really cares? Federer has often been in tough situations like these, and he has always managed to escape……right? Especially because this is Wimbledon, Federer’s favorite tournament…….right?

Wrong.

Federer has lost. The match is over, and the king has left Wimbledon for the first time in 7 years without reaching the finals. In fact, he hasn’t even reached the semifinals — arguably the greatest tennis player of all time left in just the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-5 Czech has triumphed in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

As Federer was hitting ball after ball into the net, many of the commentators exclaimed “What’s happening?” Well, to answer their question, I believe that this signals a return to REALITY and REAL TENNIS. Truth be told, the fans (myself included), the commentators, the owners, the coaches, and the players themselves,  expected WAY too much out of Federer. Even though he is an incredible player, nobody is perfect. However, whenever Federer does not walk away with the giant trophy, it feels like something is wrong with him, with the sport, and with the universe! Federer has failed himself, and the rest of us too.

Anybody who thinks like this is a bit overzealous. Fans need to realize that everyone goes past their prime – players grow old, players have injuries, players  run out of steam, players are just outplayed by younger, fresher people. It happens. Nobody, especially in sports, is great forever. The only exception is perhaps Andre Agassi, who reached a US Open final even at the age of 35 — other than that, not much more can be expected of Federer. Maybe a Slam or two, I believe. He is only human.

Moreover, we should also not sell Berdych short. He  played incredibly, and was able to exploit all of Federer’s weaknesses. This is the second Slam in a row that Federer has been sent packing by a tall player, the other being at the French Open earlier this year when he lost to the 6-foot-4 tall Robin Soderling. Federer clearly has some problem playing these big servers, and needs to step his game up – nonetheless, Berdych did play fantastically, sailing in flat shots that were full of power. Of course, Federer’s numerous unforced errors did not push him towards victory…

In any case, let me get back to the point of this article: this loss should not be seen as a decline of a great, but should be seen as a trip back to reality. The crowd will soon realize that tennis is not a game where the winner is always guaranteed and it really is anybody’s game. No sport is interesting when the winner is always guaranteed. However, in the last few years, every time either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer have stepped onto the court, the public knew who was going to win – the only interesting matches  left were the ones between the two of them. Now the game has a sense of uncertainty, especially with Federer’s drop to #3 in the rankings, his lowest in 6 years.

At the same time, this should not be considered an end to Federer’s so-called “era”. He is in no way in “decline” and easily has a few solid years left in him. All this means is that tennis is no more just in control of one or two players, but anybody who wishes to step up and take the glory.

However, I am almost certain that people will not be willing to believe that Federer “lost” the match. During the post-match presser, he blamed his loss on his knee and back injuries. Therefore, his fans will not believe that Federer lost because Berdych played well, but instead because Federer was hurt. In some fans’ minds, this is not a return to reality, but only a small break from Federer’s glory. They will keep saying to themselves, “Don’t worry! The king will be back on top soon. It will all be okay, he was JUST hurt.” True, he was hurt — but that’s not all. Federer can lose guys, he is not Superman.

So now, all we can do is wait and see – will he win again? Or has his decline begun? Time will only tell.