Mikhail Bakhtin’s “Theory of Socialization”


Mikhail Bakhtin

“I am conscious of myself and become myself only while revealing myself for another, through another, and with the help of another. The most important acts constituting self-consciousness are determined by a relationship toward another consciousness (toward a “thou”)… The very being of man (both external and internal) is the deepest communion. To be means to communicate… To be means to be for another, and through the other, for oneself. A person has no internal sovereign territory, he is wholly and always on the boundary: looking inside himself, he looks into the eyes of another or with the eyes of another… I cannot manage without another, I cannot become myself without another; I must find myself in another by finding another in myself (in mutual reflection and mutual acceptance)…”

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“Audio File Formats”


File formats most definitely play an important role in their use. For me personally, I prefer to use the lossy MP3 file format only when storage issues are a concern. For instance, if a person owns an 8 Gig IPod, then the 128Kbps MP3 file format would be suitable for allowing more music to be added to the device. I have a 32Gig IPod Touch and prefer the MP3 file format at 320Kbps. I can personally hear the difference when MP3 files are compressed any lower than 320Kbps. I also prefer the MP3 file format when encoding for Internet usage. This allows for faster downloads and/or streams to multicast end users. Continue reading

Tender Steak & Seafood, Luxor, Las Vegas, NV

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One of my must eats while in Las Vegas!

Tender Steak & Seafood’s “Filet Mignon” is among my top two steaks that I had ever eaten. The Filet is amazingly tender, so the name is quite fitting! Everything is served a la carte with the main, side dishes, and desserts ordered separately. The host greeted us pleasantly at the door and we were promptly seated, party of four.

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Life on the Greens


I’m not a golfer and I don’t know much about golfing. Not having the ability to play golf and not having the knowledge for the terminology used to communicate between golfers is what will inhibit my ability to study this group from an insider perspective. I will have to spend time with the golfing community to have a better understanding of their purpose and to become familiar with what the boundaries of this group are.

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Cafes and the Coffee Drinking Culture


This study will revolve around the culture associated with drinking coffee. What exactly is it that attracts people to the coffee shops and in many cases, repeatedly as regulars. I chose to perform my studies at the local Peet’s coffee shop located inside of the Raley’s supermarket. This Raley’s supermarket is a place that I frequent quite often to do my own grocery shopping. The Peet’s coffee shop is a new addition to the grocery store and serves as an added convenience to the shoppers there.

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