Thursday, April 29

Tigers above, tigers below

Ellis' new album. The title song relates this Buddhist story of a woman running away from tigers:

The woman runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some tree branches below, so she climbs down, holding on to the branches. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is chewing on the tree branch she is clinging to. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she simply takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.

Maybe this is the subconscious reason for me liking strawberries.


"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," sang Mr Rogers.

And right he was, the dear man. The weather of late has been quite beautiful ... it's a small burst of summer in these tricky days of spring. I love it.

B just gave me her CD from her recital. I am so pumped to go up to my room and listen to it. First, though, I'm going to try to fix the Biddy's code so that her archives don't go all whacked out.

Pax vobiscum.

Tuesday, April 27


It's been one helluva day so far. I shouldn't have had that mocha last night ... because I woke up at 6.30 this morning and couldn't for the life of me get back to sleep. Ack. At least I look moderately cute today. I decided to pull the girly move and wear a skirt that everyone compliments. Sometimes you just gotta do that.

Choir concert tonight ... nothing nearly exciting as Ellis, but it'll still be good. Mom's making the 4-hour trip up with one of my brothers.

Monday, April 26

Folk musicians are cute.

Especially if they happen to be Ellis. She was here for the grand finale of Peace Week and she made me extremely happy. She joked pleasantly while on stage, told a couple of stories, played and sang wonderfully. Her drummer is hot, too. After the show A, D, B&S and I went to her merchandise table and quickly purchased CDs. I got her first album, Soft Day, D got Blueprint Live, and S got the new Tigers Above, Tigers Below ... and then, of course, we got them signed. D was a little shy, but I pushed him into it.

After chatting Ellis up for a little bit [and holding up the line in the process], we went outside in the pouring rain and ... well, we had a very nice night.

It was a beautiful Saturday.

Friday, April 23

People who clap at concerts are tools.

Okay, that was unfair. Let me rephrase that.

People who clap rhythmically at concerts are tools.

That still may be unfair, but tough shit. This band named Goran opened for Ben Folds. They were decent. They played seven songs ... but it only felt like 3.5 songs. Not that they were short - on the contrary. They were the standard song length, I suspect. Most of them, however, sounded extremely similar [whether it was the melody or the guitar line or what have you]. One was a solo with the lead on keyboard instead of guitar. One had a completely different melody. One had a somewhat different melody. All the rest were about the same as the first. They were good enough that each song got one "Woo!" from me.

As for BF, I recognised a few of the songs from last summer when I heard him open for Tori Amos. Now that was a rockin' good time. [The improv Rock Out with Your Cock Out frightened me a bit, but that's to be expected, I guess.


In other happenings, a girl passed out today in Greek about ten minutes before the class ended. She knew she was going out, so that was good, but it was still scary. She was very pale. I hope she went back to bed and that she got some much-needed time out. As Byron alluded to this morning, I guess the imperative was too much for her.

Thursday, April 22

Electrical shutdown

Facilities Services is planning an electrical shutdown at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, April 23. The purpose of the shutdown is to connect Loyalty Hall permanently to the electrical system on campus. The buildings that will be affected are Loyalty, Larsen, Olson, Campus House, Koren, Brandt and Jenson. The approximate length of the outage will be one hour. Please have computers shut off until after the power has been restored. Residents living on campus should take appropriate precautions when setting alarm clocks for waking up on Friday morning.

Please let those people in your area know. Contact Facilities with any questions or comments.

Thank you,
Facilities Services Secretary

This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard - 5a on a Friday morning. How can one take an appropriate precaution when most alarms* are plugged into the wall? And why wouldn't you do it after most people were awake? This affects more than half of the campus, and I'm dumber for it. The last time they did this was on a weekend over a break. Couldn't they wait?

*Note: not that I will be particularly affected, because I have a battery-powered travel alarm that I use. Be that as it may, I usually glance at my regular clock to see how much longer I can sleep in, because I have to squint sometimes to be able to read the alarm.

Tuesday, April 20


It seems as though I've been on a mini-hiatus. [A slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive, according to]

I have been well. It is now Peace Week, and I'm feeling very content and peaceful. Except where certain first-years are concerned. It seems as though FY women have the most annoying voices in the world. It's terribly distracting, and it makes me want to squeeze them. But I need to be peaceful, so I will stomp my agression through painting boxes.

Friday, April 16

Beatus dies

A while back, I wrote about the copy-and-paste phenomenon. I don't mind when people glance at my code for an idea ... usually. But when someone blatantly copies my ideas without asking, I am not pleased. Not pleased at all. It not only shows laziness, but also a lack of creativity. I'm not very impressed at all. But I will take this up with him at a later date.*

Today was a beautiful day.

*Note to said copier: Also, I do not recal writing that code, dear, and I don't like the colors. If I actually did write the code, then I was not in my right mind and it shan't be used. I'll still write you new code if you want, but not that code. Never that code.

Thursday, April 15

Happy death

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death," said Leonardo da Vinci.

I do agree with Sig. da Vinci, and I hope that this is the case for me. Today has been a well-spent one thus far, though it hasn't been particularly spectacular.

I can hear Nordic from where I am sitting, and the sopranos are in the rafters. It is a wonderful place to be if done well. From here, all is well.

Tuesday, April 13

Virides res

"Beata vita est, oooh," said Ace of Base.

It really is. Ioco non. [No joke.]

He says, murder, he says

I've got two burned copies of the Mona Lisa Smile soundtrack. It's just that good and I'm just that loved, I guess.

Break was good until Sunday night. My dad definitely brought me down with a bit of money guilt - like I don't have enough as it is. Yuck. But I did my best to brush him off. It didn't work so well, but at least the dog got a nice walk around our neighborhood. I was halfway expecting an apology when I got back and he was sitting on the couch in the front room, but I guess I shouldn't have such high expectations. ["Murder," she says, and almost wants to act on it.]

But all is well, otherwise. The green layout is for spring, Peace Week, Earth Day, and all things growing. Maybe I'll put a picture up of a willow tree or something.

Peace. Pax vobiscum.

Thursday, April 8

Another break

"What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now," said Buddha.

An interesting article that I got from a friend.

We're leaving today for a short break. [Easter, but who's counting?] I'm a bit excited, though the snoring relative will still be there, and I don't know if I can handle that. It's only a few days, so I should be fine. I think that it will be good to see the whole family one last time before summer.

Wednesday, April 7

Simply beautiful

It looks gorgeous outside. Weather is supposed to be a brilliant 67 degrees. Yay!

And Dorian is SO going to rock my face off.

Monday, April 5

Just keep swimming

Hello. I'm still here. I just haven't written. Nothing fantastical to say, really. D and I skipped Latin and soc on Friday, only to find that Latin migrated to Marty's b/c only three people were there and soc didn't even happen. Craziness.

Still swimming, at any rate.

And I've been a little restless of late. D knows what I'm talking about. Latin's like a broken record. We've been doing the same fecking thing pretty much all year. Know why German is so much more fun? Because we actually form sentences and not analyze readings. Hmph. This goes for Greek, too. Byron, dude, gotta throw in some spice, a little red pepper or something. Merda.