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Sunday, August 15, 2004


The view from atop Lombard Street.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Thesis Drinks:
From a Lovely Newstalk Exchange I thought I'd share with the group, especially since it was Kate's gift to me, my lovely Diet Coke mug, from which I was drinking at the time, and am drinking now. BTW, my chapter 2 is due tomorrow and I am in deep shit, so I may be up all night! Argh! Here's hoping Clodia is at least as inspiring as Sempronia! Next up, Lesbia in Chapter 3. Ah, president's day weekend, and the sound of the shit hitting the fan!

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 20:55:35 -0500 (EST)
> From: Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero
> To: Elizabeth F. Maher
> Subject: Re: [NEWSTALK] *important* news
>
>
> Your bravery in experimentation indebts us all to you. I once devoted a
> sincere and open-hearted effort to appreciating the Lemon, but ever since
> I could not give my soul to another beverage at the risk of enduring again
> the acidic sting of another such desecration of a truly ambrosic nectar.
>
> Currently sipping the 'with Bacardi Gold' variation while entering thesis
> corrections, I am yours in admiration,
>
> Rolo
>
> On Wed, 11 Feb 2004, Elizabeth F. Maher wrote:
>
> >
> > for all you new execs, thesis-writers, and other caffeine-addicted
freaks:
> > diet coke now comes in a delicious new flavor--lime!
> >
> > it hit store shelves on jan. 19, but CVS is still only carrying warm
20oz.
> > bottles. one worker promised me today that they'd start refridgerating
> > them soon, if they were selling.
> >
> > AND after a veeery scientific taste test, my roommates and i have decided
> > it is a million times better than diet coke with lemon (which tasted like
> > Pledge) and is especially tasty when mixed with stoli raz.
> >
> > seriously though, it is wicked awesome.
> >
> > for more info, including an amazing FAQs section, do visit:
> > http://www.dietcoke.com/dietcokelime.shtml
> >

PS. Sorry for the extraneous post earlier that was talking about something else random... the peril of having too many windows open at once.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

How is it that half of intersession has already gone by and I'm really no farther in writing my thesis? I just don't understand. It's like time has suddenly started to fast forward in a strange science fiction type world where I wake up and go to sleep an hour later. I think part of the problem is that I'm becoming increasingly desperate to distract myself from anything that has to do with the thesis. Like last night, I spent a significant amount of time contemplating this picture that really isn't worth contemplating. Stupid Picture It's just a photo of Roger Federer with his shirt billowing out, but I maintain he looks deformed in an oddly amusing way. And Katrina thinks he looks like he has short, stubbly arms. I know wasting this time will come back to bite me in the ass, but oh well. We still have half of intersession left, right?

In other news, I'm very much looking forward to the Superbowl tonight. I watched a special on superbowl commercials last night and it was great. Especially the ones from the 80s advertising monochrome tandy computers and cell phones the size of footballs. SUCKAS! I can't wait to see the ones tonight, even though I'm more than slightly annoyed about the whole MoveOn.org controversy.

That is all,
-Alex

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Kate, Kate, Kate. Clearly you have not seen the Lord of the Rings films (actually, I know you have not as we discussed it over lunch in Quincy today). Anyway Viggo is one very hot star of that movie. I'm not sure what the picture looks like on the web, but many happen to think he's very cute. I'll happily trade you both Ashton Kutcher and Elijah Wood :-)

carrie
AHHHHH! Who IS this dude? And why do I have to marry a man wearing a cape?!?

You are going to marry viggo mortensen.He is very
friendly and funny and has a lot of respect for
you and your friends. He is also very good with
kids and would be an ideal father. Congrats!!


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This was NOT a comforting procrastination tool.

kate

Friday, January 23, 2004

How come i got stuck with Ashton Kutcher?? I don't like him - he's a dope. And he's dating Demi Moore - so ridiculous. And the Butterfly Effect? C'mon buddy, we know you can't act. We only tolerate you because you're dumb and easy to make fun of! Don't make us sit through your pathetic attempt to be a serious ac-tor. Sheesh...

So I took fate into my own hands and took the test again, changing a few answers (after looking at the possible outcomes - hehe). And I got Elijah Wood! Not much better - although I did happen to enjoy his last three picture. But gosh, I can't even get me a movie star when I cheat...

Ok, back to studying - which at this point is even becoming an excuse not to work on my thesis :-)

You are going to marry Brad Pitt. He is always
friendly to anybody he ever meets and he is
very talented as an actor. He is also very
sincere and friendly. He will respect you until
the day he dies. Congrats!!


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boo ya! :) Thank you for sharing that. It was procrastination time well-spent.

Now if only Brad could help me revise my thesis chapter,
cat

You are going to Marry orlando Bloom. He will
always treat you right and is very romantic. He
will do anything for you. He is very polite and
has deep brown eyes and is very good looking
(which is another plus!). He can make anythind
cheesy look really good (like sliding down
stairs on a shield shooting arrows or wearing
pointy ears for example). Congrats!!


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yeah. oh yeah. that is all.

-aic

ps. i'm clearly watching my rome lectures right now.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

I'm in such a good mood because I JUST FINISHED AN ENTIRE CHAPTER! But before the hate starts to flow my way, you should know that I'm just calling it a chapter. It's actually just 4 pages written on the methodology of my study. But calling it a methodology section is just not as fulfilling as calling it a chapter. And it's complete crap since I have no idea how to actually go about writing a chapter on methodology. But I'm happy. Ah...that's the beauty of lowered expectations. The end.

-Alex
Hello Tribal Council-

I am making my inaugural post to the thesis blog. Yay! For your procrastination pleasure, here is a link to the Paul Simon interview I mentioned at lunch. It's really very interesting (and long, so it's good for procrastination). http://www.medialab.chalmers.se/guitar/simon.interview6.html

Also, I would like to point out that these are the lyrics to one of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs, Kathy's Song (for those of you who don't know, when I was little I went by Cathy, so it's very appropriate):

I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls.
And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies.


I am so excited that we're going to London!!! :) I promise to be a good little travel agent and find all the information we need and make it the best vacation any of us have ever taken!

Ok, I must go get some work accomplished and also try to figure out how the hell Mary Poppins was able to tidy up the nursery by just snapping her fingers...I can no longer see the floor of my room, which is covered with books, clothes, paper, old issues of the New Yorker, and a few Dunkin Donuts munchkin boxes (I didn't eat them all myself, I swear!)...

Catherine

Saturday, January 17, 2004

So it's the first day of finals, and I, as usual, have decided to be pretty blase about the entire affair. And yet, there seems to be something wrong with me. Take my exam this afternoon. It starts in an hour, and I should be studying, and yet I find that I don't care. And I shouldn't, given that it's for a pass/fail class. But on the other hand, I feel really guilty for not studying, and so I study. But then I realize I shouldn't care, so I stop. But then I feel guilty... well, you get the picture. In short, I'm feeling slightly schizophrenic at the moment. Which is not terribly bad, right? I mean, it could be worse...I could be hearing more than two voices in my head...

And speaking of guilt, I kind of almost somewhat feel a glimmer of remorse that I didn't run in primal scream last night. Yes, I know, I decided I would call anyone who did it a fool (which by the way includes Pete if he did it). But on the other hand, I've never done primal scream, and if I were going to do it this year, I might as well have done it last night because if you're going to do it, the winter is clearly the better option of the two. Less spectactors=less camaras, after all. And you can't really get away with wearing a ski mask in the spring. And although secretly nothing would please me more than to get naked shamelessly, I don't want people to actually know it's me. Oh well, I guess that's just one of those things that I won't do before I graduate.

In other news, last night I read an article about the Michael Jackson arraignment in which it talked about him pleading innocent "in a low voice." Now I don't know about anyone else, but I have never heard him utter a single sound that wasn't higher than I can sing. Well, okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. Just a little. Maybe. The point of which was that I had a very odd dream last night with Michael Jackson as a very low bass. Like one that would put even Patrick Charbonneau to shame. We were singing a Rachmaninoff Vespers piece that we did freshman year in Collegium where the basses go uber low, and in my dream Michael Jackson was the only one who could sing it. And that is the end of my strange and otherwise pointless anecdote.

And kudos to whoever added the muffinfilms link (I'm blaming Kate). In fact, I am about to watch it right now.

-Alex

Friday, January 16, 2004

Hello, all! After finally triumphing over the evil StartPage-W trojan virus, I have regained the ability to use Internet Explorer. Even more exciting, that means I can now join the thesis blog. Hurrah!

So I have some catching up to do in my posting.

1) I hear ya on the luddite quest, RRR. We have neither caller ID nor cable in my house back on the island of staten. Vive la resistance!

2) Rolo, thanks for the NYT article. That's good to know about... Think Lemann is more likely to grant me an interview b/c I'm a Crimed??

3) I think we all need to make a role that "Ye Old Alex" is not allowed to post to the blog when he's consumed "Ye Olde Spirits."

4) I ate too many tacos.

That's all for now. I promise a more inspired post later :-)
Things I expect to find before figuring out the signifiance of youth activities and community in 20th century America:

1) That dinosaurs were wiped out millions of years ago, almost. There is a small one that escaped the worst of the celestial impact by hiding under my bed, where he is currently the resident boogie man (for a small fee he has also offered to do my laundry).

2) That there were in fact gunmen on the grassy knoll. More significantly, they were armed with a supersoaker prototype that was literally decades ahead of its time.

-Chris

3) A good light beer.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

I'm not sure how you would go about getting something translated. i'm only paying someone to transcribe, not translate, but i'm paying them $10/hour. i think that it's a reasonable rate...but i don't know about transcription.

in other news, i find myself somewhat disturbed that i'm in such a good mood. i mean, when was the last time i was this happy that the nectar of the gods (otherwise known as ye olde spirits) was flowing through my veins. and did i just use "spirits" instead of "liquor?" something must be wrong with me. clearly, i'm in the wrong frame of mind. katrina, i blame you. why you ask? because you're in alaska and not here to defend myself. and i just realized i am in effect talking to myself as she is not a member of this blog to begin with...

-alex
hey all, another question: I need an article translated from Italian to English. How is that generally done? Do you pay a student or something? what is a reasonable rate? Does it go by hour or by page, etc?
Still filling out with less than 24 hours to go...
Thanks, Carrie. You always know what to say :) Okay, Also, Alex, do you know how I can get the video of whatever Tarrant said about Sempronia in Augustus Class? Was there a handout or notes I can see?

Also, Kate, I saw this in NYTimes and thought it might be something you might be interested for your thesis. Time to call up Nick Lemann '76.: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/15/politics/campaigns/15MEDI.html
what i meant was:
of course not, Rolo, you don't want to overwhelm your advisor!

yeah...good luck
carrie

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

the reason I ask is that I am woefully behind in researching anything not in chapter 1, so the answer I was looking for was "of course not, Rolo, you don't want to overwhelm your advisor!" Anyone out in thesis-land have the right answer for me? :)
Hey Rolo,
Congratulations of having a first chapter due - writing something at all will make you feel better (at least that's what my thesis advisor tells me...). Anyway, I'm sure whatever you do for the bibliography will be fine, but I gave my entire bibliography so far. So my advisor could see what sources I was planning on using to make my argument. Also doing part of that now will make doing the full bibliography much easier later on. Well, good luck on the chapter!! Back to my thesis book...

-Carrie
Hello all. Well I have my first chapter due on Friday, so I am little skittish. Quick question: do you have to submit your ENTIRE bibliography with Ch.1 or just the stuff you used for that chapter?? Ah, the dementia is starting to set in...

and thanks to alex for setting this up. I am a little sad to now be a 'blogger,' as my ludditte ways slowly chip alway. I think caller id. is the last thing I am holding out on...

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