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11:04pm 22/02/2006
  1. Beauty Boys was fun. Thanks to those that came and participated.

2. Casino Night has been changed to some day in March. Sorry.
don't miss out! 
12:21am 20/02/2006
mood: the grapes of wrath
Beauty Boys

Casino Night




i forgot the times:

Beauty Boys: 5 in the p.m.

Casino Night: 7 at night.

questions? comments? ask chelsie, sarah chase, jasmine, or me!]
Check these bands out! 
05:06pm 17/02/2006
Koffin Kats on MySpace
Hot Rod Hearse on MySpace
Slag on MySpace

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ASMS Whines about Not Getting Enough Kids from the Bham Area 
07:42pm 14/02/2006

In a front page article in the Birmingham News, our neighbor school to the south, the Alabama School of Math and Science complained about their low enrollment numbers from the greater Birmingham and Huntsville areas and blamed it on schools withholding information and hostile principals.  For some reason, the author of the article overlooked the fact that there was another better state gifted school with an especially strong math/science program in Birmingham, and maybe a lot of the kids who might have gone to ASMS found a better alternative closer to home (early on too).  Thoughts, anyone?

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Art Underground 
03:05pm 04/02/2006
  So I finally got everything past Pat Taylor, she thinks its a really good idea and sees no reason's why we can't have it. She ran it past Briding Adams who said it would be fine if we held it in the bank building across the street. There is some other event thing that uses or will use the bank building at some point. So we're just gonna have to try and be flexible and wing it. So right now we need to start advertising that this WILL definantly happen. Once we get the word out we can begin other phases of planning. We need to start booking kids to do whatever it is that they're wanting to do. So once we get the word out we can start that. This won't happen for at least a month so everyone aught to have time to work on things.

Also if you want to make a flier or fliers or something just give them to me and I'll make sure their distributed.
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06:55am 27/01/2006


(thanks to charlie smith who took the photo. i stole his caption, too.)
07:23pm 17/01/2006

Here is my proposal which I'm gonna try and present tomorrow.  And if not tomorrow then later this week.  I'm almost certain I can get approval for it.  I'm also almost certain it can be gotten without having to compromise much.

Oh and I decided to call it Art Underground (even though its not really all that underground) for lack of a better name.


                                                                         Proposal for Art Underground

          There are many students who are multifaceted, when it comes to the types of skills they possess.  There needs to be a way for those students to display work that they don’t normally get to display in an artistic environment where they may gain input from other like-minded artists.  There are also many students who have artistic interests or styles are different from what their teachers would like to see from them. This serves as a way for them to express themselves and get input on work that their teachers may not be in support of.

          To create an Outlet for unfulfilled artists who desire an environment where they can express themselves in whatever medium they choose.

          Free admission
          Positive environment
          Limited censorship
          A relatively high level of seriousness
          Allow for constructive criticism
          Hold it frequently enough without demeaning it

          Open to grades 9-12
          Open to all departments
          There would be a gallery for the display of visual arts
          There would be a place for performing arts
          Attendance of certain teachers restricted
          Located in whatever space available

Reasons for the school to host it:
         All necessary facilities are present at the school
         Would help keep the first two objectives
         Would be a comfortable familiar environment
         Centralized location

Student-led Council:
          Elected by last years student-led council
          1 member from each department
          Chosen based on dedication, creativity and seniority; in that order
          The Council plans the event including, but not limited to: time, date, duration, order of events, etc.

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Here's the plan. 
06:33pm 07/01/2006
  I believe it is time to create something big. I think we should try and create an event that showcases the various artistic works of students to other students (and select teachers). I know that we have coffee house and we have performances etc, but I think we need something that allows students to show off their talents in any and all artistic media. I'm sick of teachers being the ones who get to say what is and what is not good art. I think that the artistically inclined of us should be able to chose what we think is art and display it in a comfortable and pressure-free zone.

Here are basically the major points of it:

-Welcome to all majors
-Welcome to grades 9-12
-As free of censureship as legally/slightly-illegaly possible
-No departmental teachers allowed(I just think it would be a good idea to keep the "art experts" out of it)
-Done as often as we could manage without it getting old
-All forms of art allowed; visual, spoken, written, musical, dance, theatrical, what-the-fuck-ever
-Keep it as uncommercial as possible, meaning no entrance fee, and no kids interupting so they can try and sell you pizza and shit you don't want.

If we did indeed do this thing I think that we need a council of at least 6 no more than 8 kids, the council would work out like this:

-Ideally consist of one creative and dedicated person from each department
-Generally seniority would come first unless the more senior people sucked
-The council from the year before would choose the council for the next year

Anyway, I think that this would be really good for us and the school if we could pull it off. I think that this year all of our majors have gotten really shitty and we are having to produce shit that we don't have our hearts into. I think that an event like this would be a good way to put what we think is art out there.

Alright so if anyone has any suggestions or ideas then please post. If we can drum up enough support for this then I'll personally propose this to Northrop, Lundstrom, departmental heads or whoever I have to, to get it to work.

Also if you want to be on the council or whatever for this project then post and leave your name, department and grade.


I'm still trying to give a shit about our school.
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03:50pm 07/01/2006
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11:29am 12/12/2005
  Achtung! This is the official livejournal of I Am Worf, Son of Mogue Productions. As many of you may know, I.A.W.S.O.M. is responsible for such fine films as GRADY LOVES GRAVY, PEACHES, and GRADY HATES GRAVY.

G.H.G was supposed to "premiere" at coffee house, but there WAS NO coffee house this semester. WTF, mate.

Anyway, we are currently starting production on our next feature: His Thirst was Legendary, a modern day action extravaganza in which the awesomeness of samurai meets the awesomeness of alcohol. This film will be slated to premiere at the spring coffee house, if there is one.

(On that note: if the theater department is too busy to do coffee house, which is understandable, then they should pass the duties on to a department that does absolutely nothing all the time. Say ... creative writing? Just an idea.)

Feel free to ask questions/make suggestions, et cetera. Feedback is also welcome, but only if it's lavish praise that borders on fellatio.

Also: DVD prices are as follows:

Grady Loves Gravy: $3
Peaches: $5
Grady Hates Gravy: $5

If you want a copy/several copies, you can submit orders here via comment, and we'll work something out. (All DVDs include sweet bonus features!)
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04:35pm 11/12/2005

Students let `Dear Diary' go public
Sunday, December 11, 2005
This must be another one of those generational things.

Imagine, for a moment, that you keep a diary of your deepest and most personal thoughts. You write, on this day, something like:

"I wish my life were simpler, but it isn't and it's never going to be. So for now I just have to bide the rest of my time in high school until I go to college, away from the ones who hate me."

A student at Birmingham's Alabama School of Fine Arts wrote that one. It's just the beginning. Now imagine pasting your picture and address on that diary and showing it to a friend.

That friend shows it to the whole school, but it doesn't stop there. People pass it on and on until it can be read by anyone who knows anyone who knows you.

It's sort of six degrees of separation from your innermost thoughts.

It sounds crazy when you look at it like that, but it's happening right now in massive numbers. High school and college kids across America and the Birmingham area regularly write down intimate thoughts - many far more personal than the one above - and post them on "friend" Web sites or personal publishing sites like MySpace, Facebook or Xanga. The one above came from Livejournal.com, a site frequented by students at ASFA, Vestavia Hills, Altamont and other schools across the region.

Thomas Wheelock, headmaster of the Altamont School, talked about the sites at a faculty meeting last week. He learned from a parent that students were using MySpace.com, and even submitting pictures and profiles and e-mail addresses. He wouldn't hesitate, he said, to demand to see what his kid had written. He outlined his concerns in a letter to Altamont families.

"The kids do not realize how vulnerable they are or how predators haunt sites such as this," he wrote.

There are other problems.

"People say things they would never say face to face," he wrote. "I have known children hurt badly by the sort of anonymous e-mails that are nasty and mean-spirited."

Some of the entries are school-related, but some describe parties and personal relationships in detail. Many parents would be shocked to read them. Many students would be shocked to know how easy it is to read them. Any parent smart enough to learn any student's user name can follow the links to almost any friend of a friend of a friend.

And if parents can do it, anyone can. I did. It felt creepy.

This is not to say that the sites are without merit. Some students use them to describe science experiments, to talk about school issues, politics, movie and music reviews, or to simply publish their own poetry. Others though, answer surveys with personal questions such as "Who was the last person you kissed?"

Used properly, they provide an amazing creative outlet.

But like anything new, it's easy to dive in too quickly, without knowing the consequences.

Wheelock's words can be a pretty effective warning shot. If only to make students realize they aren't as anonymous as they think. John Archibald's column appears Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Write him at jarchibald@bhamnews.com.

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10:03pm 27/11/2005
  I am selling a bunch of movie posters. These posters are going for about $25 or more online, and I'll let them go for $10-$15 depending on quality. I have a limited amount (check the number by the title), so get them fast. Here we go:


Serenity – 1 ($10)
Capote – 2 ($15)
War of the Worlds – 3 ($15)
All the King’s Men – 2 ($10, a bit crumpled, still cool)
Aeon Flux – 3 ($15, I expect this to go fast)
Hustle & Flow – 2 ($15, this movie ruled)
Zathura – 2 ($15, cool)
Land of the Dead – 1 ($15, badass)
Syriana – 3 ($15, this movie looks awesome)
Saraband – 1 ($15, the last Ingmar Bergman film. probably worth something)
3-iron – 1 ($10, good korean film that no one saw. cool poster, though)
Yes - 1 ($10)

Here are some posters that I was planning on keeping, but I might sell them for the best offer. They were hard to get, too, so they might not be in excellent condition.

V for Vendetta
Walk the Line

Mylars are the things that go above the theatres to show you where your movie is. I thought they were pretty cool so I got some. I've got two for each film, and I'll sell them for $2 apiece.

Devil’s Rejects

If you want to buy one just comment or talk to me at school (Mark, awesome senior with big hair).

EDIT: I can take credit/debit cards. Just give me your email address and I'll send you a PayPal invoice.
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08:41pm 25/11/2005

Korova on MySpace
Speed Shifter on MySpace
Six Figure Suicide on MySpace

09:13am 16/11/2005
  Any Theatre kids out there? I'm a former theatre student and I'm wondering if the program is going to hell like it appeared to be doing the last time I was there...

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07:04pm 02/11/2005
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Halloween Pictures 
10:51pm 31/10/2005
mood: tired
Mostly Juniors, but I'm biased like that.

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I'd also like to note that more people seemed to participate this year.
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10:37pm 18/10/2005
  Has anyone noticed how easily we all caved to everything new thats happened this year? I'm not saying its necessarily a bad thing, its just interesting. I can understand security cameras to a degree, but all the wierd ass policies that have just become routine, so much so that I can hardly remember what they were or why I was mad that they were being put into place. But I'm tired of having to be upstairs by 7:45 each morning. It just makes the hall about 1000000000% more difficult to get through because of all the stupid shit-for-brains kids blocking up the hall by standing around in a giant huddle. I could understand it more if they were by their classes, but their just in random fucking places. Well I felt like ranting and I have accomplished just that.
Oh and for the Seniors:
Have you noticed that most of our teachers seem to be as lazy as we are. Its kind of funny. I can hardly think of a teacher that isn't a lazy shit like us. But that doesn't mean I don't love them. (Although there are a few I don't love)
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12:30pm 07/10/2005
  okay, kids. here's the deal. a while back i rescued two stray cats from the books-a-million parking lot and they really need a home. i'd like to keep them, but we've already got a cat and a dog and we just don't have the money to pay for shots and spaying for two more animals.

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keep in mind that these are not kittens. they are pretty young, but probably close to full-grown. they're both really affectionate and playful, and they tend to occupy each other. i'm willing to seperate them if it means they'll both go to good homes, but keeping them together is preferable.

also keep in mind that, though i'm giving them away, they need to be spayed and get shots. this is not cheap, so make sure your parents know what you're getting into.

if you want to take them or know someone who will, see me at school (Mark, creative writing senior. big hair.), or call me at 370-4694. thanks.
Rate Your Teachers! 
02:05am 18/09/2005
mood: pensive

Rate Your Teacher

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05:33pm 14/09/2005
  We really have too many kids in this school.
Lunch is really short now because it takes forever for me to get through the lines.
And im late for classes because of all the stupid traffic of people in the hallways.
Is this happening to anyone else?
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