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[21 Nov 2008|04:22pm]

Hot shit I love Paganini.
I remember Jascha Heifetz being referenced in old Dick van Dyke shows but that's the first I've seen video of him.
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[09 Oct 2008|12:22am]
I'm all moved in to Philadelphia and am puttering around during the day trying to find things to do and people to hang out with. Last night was pretty fun, book wrapping, irish music, and fresh pretzal fracas, but you know, missing folks and places and wishing folks here were a little more friendly.
I wouldn't mind the job search so much if there weren't fifty thousand other options that look horrible and soul sucking. Captialism is certainly good at replacing actual opportunities and options with the illusion of options and opportunities.
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What up Quake! [01 Sep 2008|02:05am]

a friend and former classmate of mine Monica was in those raids and was released due to public pressure. Keep it up guys!
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[09 Jun 2008|08:44pm]

This bitch swamped and destroyed my van and most of the things in it.
One of those two rural bridges that failed was about a quarter of a mile from where we were parked
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Day in My Life [02 Jun 2008|09:20pm]
9:00 wake up, mentally curse groundskeeping
9:30 wake up, take shower, release wild animals
10:00 ponder days activities
11:00 first beer of the day
12:00 lunch
1:00 possibly a meeting with professor who is supervising my "work"
2:00 call Koender's, see where the damn windmill is
3:00 call lucky friend of the day, mourn that I am still at Earlham.
4:00 attempt to clean kitchen
5:00 engage in first human interaction of the day with friends who've come to garden
6:00 realize I have left kitchen sink water running, possibly eat a peanut butter sandwich
7:00 hunt for the first black cap rasberry, end up inhaling nosefull of mustard pollen
8:00 put wild animals away, realize I have left garden hose running
9:00 realize the kitchen is still dirty and has way too much baking powder in its pantry (over 3 pounds so far)
10:00 huddle in locked room with lights on and machete handy with several novels. Ponder next day's activities
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[23 Apr 2008|03:42pm]
The past few days have been surprising. Discoveries and excitement abound. Here's a summary:

1. There exists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eee_pc which appears just as I'm shopping for a replacement computer that will hopefully not have the bugs of the last one (no internet, predilection for sudden unanticipated shutdown, etc.)

2.The Library in which I work got this http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-Sandman-Vol-1/dp/1401210821
Granted I'm not much of a comics fiend, but it will give me something nice and unacademic to reintroduce reading for pleasure into my life.

3. I am getting paid to learn how to install a windmill and solar panels. Banging

4. Earlham's Frisbee Team "A Moment of Violence" made it to Division III Nationals. I will be playing there in May. I just want to repeat this: Earlham's Frisbee Team "A Moment of Violence" made it to Division III Nationals. I will be playing there in May.
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[30 Mar 2008|08:12pm]
On Friday I went to Peter Cline's retirement party. Peter is one of the reasons I am graduating with a degree in European History, and is also such to a number of other students. Because Peter's very British Empire, we had tea and scones with retirement cake and sparkling grape juice (woohoo dry campus). We traded jokes and memories of Peter while a slideshow of pictures from his life were projected, and remembered the throwaway lines he would disarmingly throw in class such as "that's why the French wear crotchless panties." The joke of choice around the room soon came to be that the man himself wasn't there. He chose the date a year before and there had been a small display in the history wing complete with pictures and a bust of Churchill. After a while of trying to get in touch with him or his family, Randall was dispatched to see if he was alright. He found Peter delirious and took him to the hospital.
Yesterday at around 5:30 I got a call from Sandrine that Peter had passed on. His family and the history faculty were all with him, and it was peaceful.
This makes three Earlhamites, including another European history professor, to die in the past year and Austin the year before. Along with the departure of Sandrine, there will be no European history professors next year.
I am every kind of exhausted right now.
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[13 Mar 2008|08:52pm]

RIP Ludo

Miller Farm misses your jerkish ways. You will join Gramps, Yellowman, and the canon of character cats

Aside from this. Things have been very weird today. My brothers came up for a little visit so we spent time together which felt like being home, away from school. This was interesting. I didn't do shit. This is normal. In the meantime, apart from Ludo passing away, there was another apparent suicide at Earlham. I didn't know her by name, but it's cast a somber mood on all of campus. Meanwhile my tall bike got broken again, my entire extended family went out to dinner because my Grandma's still in the hospital, and my favorite professor announced today that she is leaving Earlham to teach at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi. I am not familiar with a song that encapsulates today's emotions.
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[09 Mar 2008|01:57pm]
There are lots of upsides to living without steady access to the internet. My life is overflowing with interaction with some amazing people, but I do miss having an actual journal where I can go back and see what exactly I was doing at such and such point.
This weekend has been one of the more surreal I've ever encountered. Friday the snow started to come down and my house hosted an acoustic music show that brought more people than there have ever been in Quaker House...well into Quaker House. Tom, Dan and I played a set of songs. It sounded really good, at least folks tell us so. We've not held up our end of the goal to put together a CD for benefit sale, but at least we've got a pretty tight sound and Tom has played enough in front of people to be able to sing and play his own songs. I had to split from the show to go see Henry Rollins perform who was predictably awful.
But fortunately we had the key to escape his patriarchy. It involved setting up a hardcore show outside in the blizzard and running power in through a window. Then we rocked. And rocked. And threw snow and tried to chase Henry to get him to perform with us, but no....he was off on his tour bus being lame.
Saturday was spent making breakfast until 1. Then there was another acoustic music party and frolic time in the snow with frisbees and housemates. Unfortunately I had to leave for my concert. I had been planning a Cincinnati music show for a good while and last night was when it happened, but along the way it was cancelled due to a level 3 snow emergency, then uncancelled an hour later when the snow cleared. Then one band got stuck and cancelled and me and my trainee ended up setting up the whole show, which started an hour and a half late, and then rocking out to some excellent music.
The downside was that due to the massive amounts of snow and bad timing, everyone was elsewhere, at one point the audience outnumbered the performers but I don't think that they ever outumbered the performers and the sound crew. But everyone had a blast dispite the disappointment. Then I went home.
This morning I've been grouchy and ||got a call from my mom that my grandma broke her shoulder. She's fine, she's tough and on a lot of drugs.
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In a return to High School [31 Jan 2008|10:15pm]
Sometimes I think I intentionally lead people on into thinking I'm a bigger jerk than I am.
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[25 Nov 2007|08:28pm]
Today I found out that I have joined the ranks of the bike bereft by theft.

it was returned without interesting story, comment, or anything. weird.
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when was the last time i did this? [14 Oct 2007|04:08pm]

If I were a Dead Russian Composer, I would be Sergei Rakhmaninov.

I lived in the early Twentieth Century and was well known for my compositional, conducting, and piano skills, yet I am melancholy despite this talent. My famous works include my nearly-impossible piano concerti.

Who would you be? Dead Russian Composer Personality Test

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[10 Oct 2007|05:53pm]
Home tomorrow evening until sunday

give me a call on me new celly (/handy/portable)
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[21 Sep 2007|04:06pm]
Our first training for sound board is supposed to happen tonight out of some confusion. There will be 3 paid people there and 3 trainees. Originally there were going to be two paid people, but the person who stood in last semester, who we didn't train, is supposedly also on the Student Activities Board. This is awkward, since he was asked to do the show by the person putting on the show, and I was asked to do the show by the person in charge of Student Activities. The third sound person is helping me to train the folks but probably not going to stick around for the show. So... it means we'll have two people, with different backgrounds but probably about the same experience, trying to train new people for a show with 4 bands, and shitty equipment that was pretty much ruined when Summer and I were away last semester.

What's odd is that I feel like I'm being the most dramatic one here.
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Things are stressy [18 Aug 2007|11:44pm]
I got back earlier tonight from dropping off my brother in North Carolina and hanging out with 3 friends from Jordan. It was great but I'm moving up to Richmond tomorrow, I need to get my driver's license renewed, I am wondering how I'm going to get through the semester finanically and I just spent 18 of the last 36 hours in a car. Needless to say, I'm a little anxious. Anybody know of a way to make 400 dollars with minimal time investment?
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guess who read harry potter 5-12 hours before you! [22 Jul 2007|08:03pm]
that's about it.
I'd write about it, but my day was more interesting.

I went fishing in the bay off the Cliffs of Moher (the cliffs of insanity, to those of you who can recite The Princess Bride from start to finish) in a rip-craft with my host and a German Thalydomide child who has cross eyes and a solitary finger on foot long arms. His name is Peter and he's not bad. He makes his living by busking with a specially made trumpet. He sometimes makes 600 euros a day. It's so he flies to the good busking places. In the cold months he imports campers from Germany and sells them at Irish prices, but not with the back axles falling off.
We caught several pollocks and mackeral. I gutted and filleted some, as that's what I could do many years ago. They weren't that delicious.

Now I am les exhausted.
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[17 Jul 2007|07:40pm]
regarding the notes comment on last post: fuck him with a teaspoon.

Ode to a lost camera:
well, shit.
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Things that suck [04 Jul 2007|08:02pm]
I'm wet.

Turns out the big reason for being denied entry to England was that they saw the car bomb attack coming and were detaining any suspiciousy people.

Got a B+ on my independent study for Jordan. This is the only time, the only time, I have been mad at not getting an A. Seriously dude, I think he gave everyone B+s. Grr, there goes my perfect record at Independent Study's being A's. I'm sure after reading his comments, if I ever do, that I'll feel a bit better about it (or maybe not).
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[27 Jun 2007|05:31pm]
anyone have a riseup invite?
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security alert [26 Jun 2007|03:54pm]
So yesterday I was denied entry to the UK. As a matter of procedure, they photocopied everything I had, private journal, notebook, and slingshot. So if I had your phone number, the British Home Office now has it as well. They know nothing else about you, just a name (a first name in most cases) and number (not all numbers had area codes).
Nearest I can tell they denied me entrance because I didn't have firm plans in England, and couldn't provide an address where I was staying, I had a Koran in my bag and had just come from studying in Jordan. They know a bit about my politics (like me being at g8 for example), but seemed more interested in religion.
Thought you all should know.

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