Sunday, April 30, 2006



I tried "Talk Bone" in Dungeonman 3 and got this response:

"I don't understand you. I cannot understand you. I don't understand the things you say. I can't understand a single word."

oh, you Brothers Chaps. You entertain me so. So much more than, say, my Law and Social Change outline...

it's oh so quiet

to echo ^k^'s post of a few days ago, somebody post something! please? I have a paper I don't want to write and a problem set I don't know how to do and three scary, scary finals coming up SOON and I *should* be working feverishly get all of this crap over with, but I think my ability to panic but still get everything done expired back in '03. so distract me, please: kat, how are you celebrating your mini-break from finals? dani, what non-CT state are you in today? matt, why on earth did you not sleep last week? have you slept yet?

look how far I'll go to amuse myself:

I have no idea who made this poster, but it's freaking hilarious.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Friday, April 28, 2006

you'll hate me

click me

I can't crack 6 seconds, and my average is about 8, but I haven't *really* applied myself--I have yet to go an entire round without making a mistake. Ask me in a few hours; maybe I'll have a tigher "personal best" by then.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Time to Quality Ratios

Premise 1:

It is the night before your paper is due

Premise 2:

Your paper is due at noon

Premise 3:

You are tired

Premise 4:

The paper is only 4 pages written; it is 9:30pm, and you are exhausted but still need to write another 8-11 pgs.


Go to sleep, wake up in the morning, eat rolos for breakfast, and proceed to write one of the best papers of your academic career.

Now explain to me why it is that the time to quality ratio varies in different disciplines. Could I have done this with a theology paper? No. But a history paper--yes! Why do I not study history? And by the way, if you ever want to know about Shaker worship....ask me.

Two additional points:
1. When do our posts start appearing on google if you google them? I googled the blog and it came up. But nothing on it came up, like if you google a phrase or something. Does that not happen? What's the deal?
2. I don't know about that tampon thing, Erica. I donated tampons in CT, CA, and NY and kept dragging the heart into the little house (which I found terribly challenging) and every time it just took me to a thank you page. So is there a limit? Or are tampons donated ad infinitum? And what if the women use pads instead? Is this pad discrimination?

Excuse my moment of total exhortation for which you can hate me until you too are in a similar situation but:


Behold, my gleeful joy:

Now behold my anticipated reaction from you:

Hey, Erica, it's THURSDAYEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

entertain me, damnit!

hey! hey, you! yeah, you! why aren't you blogging? I have to actually STUDY, for crying out loud! Matt, how was Ben Folds? Dani, how'd the paper turn out? Erica, how many tampons did you donate today? I'm returning to my practice test now, but I am *not* happy about it... *taps foot and twiddles thumbs*

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

okay, matt, cover your eyes...

or just adjust your tolerance for girl-related things for a few seconds: Seventh Generation, which makes chlorine-free paper products, will donate a package of (NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO STOP READING, MATT) pads or tampons to a women's homeless shelter every time someone goes to their website at I'm not sure what the limit is on how often you can donate -- I've gone through the little animation twice now and haven't gotten an error message -- but my guess is once a day or something like that. matt, you can do it too -- just tell yourself you're donating paper towels or something. very manly paper towels. *grunt*

Writing Etiquette

Say that I have a paper due tomorrow at noon.

Premise 1:
I have written 2.5 pages

Premise 2:
The paper must be 10-15 pages upon completion.

At issue:
How much do I have to write tonight before going to sleep?

Or conversely:
How much can I plan to write in the morning, given that I get up by 6 the latest?

yet another reason why Harvard sucks

from Reuters:

U.S. publisher Random House on Tuesday accused a Harvard student of "literary identity theft" in the debut novel that turned the teenage author into a literary sensation.

Indian-born Kaavya Viswanathan, 19, has acknowledged unintentionally imitating passages from two novels by author Megan McCafferty -- "Sloppy Firsts" and "Second Helpings." Viswanathan has promised to amend future editions of her novel, which is on The New York Times bestseller list.

McCafferty's publisher said more than 40 passages in Viswanathan's debut book, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," contain either identical language or common scene and dialogue structure to the two McCafferty works.

"This extensive taking from Ms McCafferty's books is nothing less than an act of literary theft," said Steve Ross, senior vice president of Crown Publishing Group, a unit of Random House which published McCafferty's works.

"Ms Viswanathan's claim that similarities in her phrasing were 'unconscious' or unintentional' is suspect," he said in a statement. Crown was seeking an "amicable and timely resolution to this situation.."

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In one example of similarities between Viswanathan's work and McCafferty's cited by Crown Publishing, Viswanathan writes of one of her characters, "Moneypenny was the brainy female character. Yet another example of how every girl had to be one or the other: smart or pretty."

This compares to a passage in "Sloppy Firsts" reading: "Sabrina was the brainy Angel. Yet another example of how every girl had to be one or the other: Pretty or smart."

freeeee coneeeeeee!

...or cup of ice cream, as the case may be. I got Oatmeal Cookie (would've gone with Dublin Mudslide, but I had some of that in pint form recently, and I think I got that last year, anyhow), and yummm. It tastes so much better when it's free. NO WAIT AT ALL, though that could possibly be because it's a balmy 40 (?!) degrees outside. Wha' happened? It was spring a day ago! Still, neither rain nor chill nor lactose intolerance will keep the TRUE ben & jerry's faithful from their quest. No Vermonty Python, though. A trip to the supermarket is definitely in order.

Now, back to property exam prep, which is decidedly less fun than free ice cream...

Bovinity Divinity Rests in Peace

Dear Friends:

Ryan and I visited the Ben and Jerry's factory last year, and do you know that there's a graveyard for all the flavors taken off the market? It's so wild! So you can amble around and see the mint-strawberry-coconut-pickle flavor that wasn't a huge grocery store success. I wonder if there are burial rituals written specifically for them....maybe that will have to be my summer mission, to compose the Ice Cream funeral. "Dear God, we gather together today to offer thanks for the ministry of Cherry Garcia (may she rest in peace) whose life brought sweetness and clogged arteries to many worldwide, fueling surges of positive endorphins as well as the cardiology industry...."

My particular favorite flavor does not involve fudge cows but does involve brownies--Chocolate Fudge Brownie wins the prize for me. Though I swear the brownie sizes (and ratio of brownie to ice cream) changes from pint to pint which is a massive pity because if the brownie pieces are too small, they don't have that wonderful frozen gooey-ness. Mmmm! CHOCOLATE!

Okay, here's the question of the day: would you prefer to work as an assembly line worker in
A. To work in the Hershey's chocolate factory (strategically located near HERSHEY PARK!!!!!!!)
B. The Godiva factory (or other high-chain chocolate factory)
C. The Ben and Jerry's factory on days when they were producing chocolate ice cream
D. You really are totally vanilla and would prefer none of the above options?


Monday, April 24, 2006


... Kat has post-exam burnout, whereas I have PRE-exam burnout. I think the former might be better for one's GPA... but I really just don't care about this class anymore. In fact, I think it is safe to say that I have spent at least twice as many hours in the last few days drooling over Jennifer Garner in Alias as I have spent studying the brain. And spinal cord. And peripheral nervous system. Bleah.

Aaaaaanyway... here are a couple of brand-new Chuck Norris facts of my own creation, for your education and enlightenment (see for the original list, if you have been living under a rock recently):

* Chuck Norris is ribbed for her pleasure.
* Chuck Norris does not have a stream of consciousness, but he does leave behind a river of unconsciousness.

PS, Thx(-1138*) for the Free Cone Day notice... I might have to go do that.

Matt, whose diet today consisted of Peanut M&Ms, frozen pizza, and Taco Bell... and some people think THEIR exam diets are unhealthy

* Bonus points for catching pop-culture reference. I am trying to eventually transform this into a new Interlingoism whereby "1138" means "thank you."

doing my part...

...because, technically, I haven't really posted a *new* post with any real content yet. I will say that a) it's great to be 1/4 done with exams, 2) it will be better when I'm 4/4 done with exams, 3) I had dry honey-nut shredded wheat with peanut butter for dinner. This is what happens when I take tests: nutrition goes out the window (I did have some celery, though), and 4) I have done NOTHING for the last seven hours. Stupid post-exam burnout. grr arrgh. Who wants to learn about property easements? Anyone? Anyone...?

I hate the nervous system

Neuroanatomy sux0rs in a major way. Discuss.

On the upside, Ben Folds at Spring Fling tomorrow! w00t, I saw, w00t.

-- guess who*

* hint: the person who has a neuroanatomy test tomorrow that he is WOEFULLY unprepared for

work on final project or toy with blogger? hm...

clearly I've chosen option b -- what do we think? I picked it because it's blue and I like blue, but some of the other templates were nice too. up to you guys.

btw, for those of you who helped out on my marketing survey (which was part of the project I'm "working on" now), the picture below looks NOTHING like what we were thinking of but I think it's pretty awesome (and on sale for $6.99!). informal survey: would *you* use it?

Sunday, April 23, 2006

phoning it in

okay, so we need to make this blog more homey -- links, anyone? I suppose it wouldn't be right not to include ^k^'s website, since she has one and all, but let's have some nominations for other links which are representative of our tastes and opinions. I, for one, would like to suggest GoFugYourself, which is excellently written and should serve as a model to all of us in the blogging world.

I would also like to point out that this blog is excellent preparation for our amusement-park book, as it is an opportunity to see how we interact in written form, although the now 34-"re:" email was awfully good preparation for the preparation.

I'm going to go back to my homework now.
Icky Helena Bonham Carter. Ick. She deserves to date the 26th unsexiest man alive after defaming the marriage of Emma Thompson by sleeping with sleezy Kenneth Branagh.

And TomKat doesn't even deserve my time.

Did this work? Am I in blog-land?

SocialTrinity (which, by the way, is a key concept in the world of theology, if you care to look it up!)

You know what's not cool? This is not cool

Read on a article about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's new alien love child:

"The highly publicized romance of Cruise and Holmes -- dubbed TomKat by the media -- began about a year ago."

Anything strike you as odd there? Perhaps the fact that CNN is talking about the media as if it is not, itself, a major player in said media?

This is the severalth time I have heard a media outlet talking smack about "the media" recently... and I disapprove.

In other news, I am loving this blog thing... it's like, all I have to do is think something, and it magically appears on the Internet! And then, other people have to think it too!

My worldwide dominion must be nigh.

Karma strikes icky Helena Bonham Carter

I don't follow the showbiz world that much, so apologies if this is old news -- but apparently icky Helena Bonham Carter has received her karmic come-uppance in the form of now having to date Tim Burton, whom The Phoenix has named the 26th unsexiest man alive.

I figured Danielle would be pleased.



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