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Thursday, June 1st, 2006
4:49 pm - I'm Going to Texas!
for a Masters in Interactive Technology in Digital Games Development starting July 5.

That is all for now.

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Sunday, February 12th, 2006
1:56 pm - Something to Brighten Your Day!
http://www.sfbayview.com/020106/tsunamisurvivors020106.shtml

I let out that animalistic sound "awwwwwww!" the moment I saw it :D

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Monday, January 30th, 2006
1:27 pm - Poughkeepsie Crime Peak!
TO: The Marist Community



The Town of Poughkeepsie Police have notified us that a subject has been
approaching females with long hair in the Dutchess County area stating that
he is working for a Cancer support organization called "WIGS FOR KIDS". He
then attempts to get the female alone and cuts her hair before letting her
go.

Subject is described as follows: White Male - 5'8" - 160 lbs
Bleach Blond Hair - short with spikes
30-35 years of age
May be using the name Jim Neighbors

Vehicle - (possible): Older, large, 4D, with round
headlights - may be a Mercedes


IF APPROACHED BY THIS SUBJECT USING THE ABOVE COVER STORY LEAVE THE AREA
IMMEDIATELY
DO NOT ENGAGE THIS INDIVIDUAL IN CONVERSATION OR GO ANYWHERE WITH HIM

If approached on-campus call Security at X 2282 or 845-471-1822. If
approached off-campus call 911.

Thank you,

John T. Gildard
Director of Safety and Security
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
9:55 pm - Which Horror Killer Are you?
I just had to.

You scored as Hannibal Lecter. You are Hannibal Lecter. You dont need to eat human flesh to live, but do so because it just taste good. You are very intelligent, and enjoy using it to your advantage to keep people guessing. You arent a killing machine, but when you do decide to let loose, watch out! Dinner is served, with some fava beans, and a nice chianti!

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Pinhead

75%

Hannibal Lecter

75%

Captain Spaulding

55%

Freddy Krueger

50%

Jigsaw

50%

Leatherface

35%

Michael Myers

35%

Buffalo Bill

25%

Jason Voorhees

25%

Candyman

20%

Which Horror Killer are You?
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
5:06 pm - Day 1 in Review
First day of classes so it's time for me to take stock of what I've put myself into.

Film & Literature:
I'm taking it with the same professor that team-taught my speculative fiction course. This one is also being team taught. Oi. I wanted a small class, not double the normal number. I am also the only English major senior in the class. However, the curriculum is very appealing. And by appealing I mean that I went to the bookstore and looked at the required texts and started grinning like a little kid.

Blade Runner!!!!

But, even better, Titus Andronicus. I can't wait for this one. I hazard to guess that I am the only one in the course who has read the play: it has too much sex, violence, rape, death (yes, I believe 4 people died in the first act, and the total maimings and deaths outnumber any of Shakespeare's other plays) to be used in most Shakespeare courses. Others we are doing are Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, an anime film (anime!), and The Color Purple (one of my favorite movies), as well as multiple other short films.

That class will be easy.

My other, however, does not appear to be the same.

Ethics is a required course by all seniors at Marist.
All honors students MUST take honors ethics.
There are two Ethics courses this term.
One has 30 students in it and half a dozen trying to get in.
One has five students and no one trying to get in.
Give you one guess which one I am in, and why there are so few students.

My professor, for some reason, reminds me of a British Samuel L. Jackson calmed down in his later years It's probably not an accurate depiction, but it came to mind while I was in class. He referred to himself as a "demon" no less than 3 times. He also stated that anyone actually enrolled in his class of their own volition must have chose him specifically for a reason. No one else would dare come willingly. I wonder if I should tell him I chose him only because my advisor/honors coordinator told me to.

It's going to be a hard term with him on my hands. With five students, I cannot afford to be slack. I do look forward to it though. Seeing as I'm taking a mathematics logic class, and ethics is all about looking at the logical reasoning behind moral systems, I think I'll see some definite improvement in my logical analysis, as opposed to all the literary 'interpretive' analyses I've always done.

Tonight I have capping, tomorrow math and computer science.

Capping is also going to be a lot of hard work. I read the syllabus: we will be making a short promotional film as our collaborative project. It will basically be a "come to Marist! Join the English department! This is why!" film, with interviews from faculty and students to explaint eh opportunities available. What I do not like about this is that it is almost guaranteed that I will be an interviewee. I'm the only one who went abroad to Oxford University, and that name has so much awe for literature people that.. well... I won't be getting around it. I do hope that, if there are no film people there, I will be allowed to try my hand at some of the editing, or at least be allowed to work on the credits and introduction. Or maybe the scripting. Anything if not in front of the camera >.

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
3:25 pm - X Degrees of Seperation
Nikki beat me too it but I have the master list.

I dont know how it came out, but somehow it started around the time we were talking about all the famous people that live in the Hudson Valley like Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Eddie Murphy, James Earl Jones, etc. So we came up with who we knew through people we know. The person had to have talked and exchanged some communication in order to be listed.

Actors
Liam Neeson
Hugh Jackman
Mel Brooks
Julia Roberts
Geen Davis
Penn & Teller
Adam Sandler

Artists
Andy Warhol
Annie Lebowitz

Musicians
John Lennon
Frank Zappa
Eric Idol
Barenaked Ladies
They Might Be Giants
P.Diddy/Britney Spears/Mariah Carey/insert-other-hip-hop-or-rap-musician (through my cousin Heather)
Radiohead

Writers
Peter Marber
Toni Morrison
Margaret Atwood
Seamus Heaney
L. Ron Hubbard

I am informed that JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis do not count even if I ate in their pub and studied in rooms where they taught :(

Serial Murderers
Son of Sam
Francois (Ok, so he's not that famous, but he was the middle school janitor and chopped up 9 bodies and hid them in his house)

Political Figures
Hilary Clinton
John Kerry
John Edwards
Al Gore
Bill O'Reilly
Abbie Hoffman

Sports People
Derek Jeeter
Lee Mazelli
Mario Andredi


Obviously, John Lennon wins (I met Annie Lebowitz since she helped fund the charity drive my play was performed as part of, and she in turn took the famous picture of Lennon and Yoko the morning he died).

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005
8:20 pm - Mwhaha!
Creative juices finally got going, and I couldn't stop until I finished it.

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
8:49 pm - You know you are tired when...
you start writing about mainstream Anglo-Saxon culture.

what?
mainstream??
Was there a mainstream culture in Britain in 800 AD???!


On that note, my thesis is done, two and a half hours late.

I managed to prove, beyond a doubt, that Grendel is definitly a monster. It only took me 19 pages.

Next on my agenda: I will prove that Shakespeare could speak English.
/blatant generalization of thesis topic

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Monday, December 5th, 2005
3:38 pm - New Study: Professor Shows Ph.D is no Correlation to Intelligence
I knew this for a long time, actually. Anyone who worked at the campus bookstore knows about 'those' professors, who I will leave unnamed, that call up yelling at whoever picks up the phone first. 4 times out of 5 it is a student. We remember these things.

So I read an OP-ED from a political science professor. Boy did he get me riled up. I thought I'd spend this precious time taking apart his argument point by point, just to get out the aggravation he caused me, preventing me from finishing Eliot's "Wasteland" in time for class.

>Huge rant<
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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
9:28 am - Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?
People are politically correct idiots.

My aunt works at a post office. Its not as strict as normal federal post offices since its located at a college, but it is federal.

They are in the middle of a debate as to whether to say Merry Christmas, or to say Happy Holidays in order to make it more politically correct and include people of different religions.

Marist is a very Catholic college, even if it shed that designation ten years ago. In fact, alumnus Bill O'Reilly wrote a scathing column against the Happy Holidays issue. We have an open debate on it on campus today in the theatre.

Supposedly, all secular atheists hate the idea of someone saying Merry Christmas to them, and all of the Christians in this country are very upset about the change to secular sayings.

Why are people making such a BIG deal about this??!
I just don't get it... OMG when my child buys something and they say Happy Holidays, he may actually have to think about tolerating other simultaneous religious ideas!

Yet again I get the urge to read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. If anything shows what "politically correct" and "trying not to offend anyone" does to a society its that book.

On a more pleasant note, The first night of Chanukah is Christmas evening. Very cool. Open your presents, then eat tons of turkey, then light the Manora and open more presents and gamble with the dradle. Well, not really. I don't remember the last time we had a Christmas tree, and our Manora is an electric one with screw in light bulbs.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005
4:13 pm - Repeat this
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo



Repeat that.
Murmur it.
Keep saying it.

If it doesn't make you smile for some silly reason, then maybe reading the entire poem, especially parts of the last stanza (I grow old... I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled) should do it.

In any case, we spent an hour today reading this poem in class, with about 15 different people carrying different voices (someone for this stanza, someone for the parantheses, someone for Lazarus, three people to constantly murmur "In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo" throughout the entire piece. I certainly have an even further appreciation of Eliot.

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question ...
Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"

Let us go and make our visit.
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
2:53 pm - Took my GREs
Ok so I studied until about 11pm last night, and then didn't go to bed until 1am. Woke up at 6am to yelling *rolleyes* and couldn't go back to sleep. With just five hours of sleep, I took my 3 hour GRE.

And I did fine :)

Its all on the computer, so all multiple choice gets scored automatically and I got to see them. The two writing sections (easy as could be and almost made me grunt in vexation of the stupidity of the argument I had to dissect and the statement I argued against) will be scored later and sent to me.

So... my scores are about the same as I got on my SATs, but I think they mean somewhat different strengths. I got a 600 on verbal and a 630 on quantatative (completelymind wracking). I can't figure out what my percentile is. The most bland explanation is that I am in the top 85% in verbal and top 90% in quantatative, but I know the math is wrong because people normally score higher on it, and I think the verbal works the opposite way (I actually have a higher percentile).

All I know is that when I had to fill in grad schools to get my reports, I filled out Columbia and Princeton, and I wasn't daydreaming. I would, though, pass both of them if I get into the school in Texas, but they don't require my GREs for another few months. Ideally, if I don't get into any of those three, I am going to Boston, living with Karissa, her boyfriend, and his best friend. The only bad part about that is I probably wouldn't be in a Ph.D program but just a Master's program, but I've looked at the schools and am generally content.

Quote of the Day:
"I've never hated someone enough to stick a stake through their heart."
"You are young yet."
-Modern English American Poetry class and FINALLY, interesting myself by playing games, I decided about 2 months ago to find out how many classes it took to not talk about sex for an entire class. That was the first time one of my lit classes didn't discuss sex. Time to start counting all over again. Beats the doodling.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
10:38 am - Political Test
I really dislike political tests because I dont think any of them catch my beliefs correctly. But this one (stolen from Miri) is so far the closest...


You scored as Anarchism. <'Imunimaginative's Deviantart Page'>

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Anarchism

92%

Green

75%

Democrat

58%

Socialist

50%

Republican

25%

Fascism

17%

Communism

8%

Nazi

0%

What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
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It all depends on how you look at the question being asked. I still didn't like a number of the questions because of impartiality on the author's part. I am not surprised I scored so low on Communism - I might have scored much higher if I hadn't turned into a pessimistic cynic in the last couple of years. I used to be an anarchist-by-way-of-communism (at the extremes - not as if I actually believed any of it to come through). Make a society in which people are perfectly cooperative and are their own government, and then it will eventually evolve into a society that is self-correcting lawless society. Who needs laws when you have morals?


On this note, I remember when the Republican National Convention was meeting in NYC before Bush was reelected. The news (both Fox and CNN) said that organized bands of anarchists were violently protesting and 'that' was the group of people being put down by riot squads and police and brought to jail.

Because, of course, Anarchists are organized.
Besides the point that all those protesting were mostly individuals upset with Bush, anti-war, or among the many poor or homeless who just think the government doesn't give a damn.
Still, the fact that they pointed at anarchists as the evil-doers made me tug my hair in indignation, and still remember it a year later.

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Saturday, October 29th, 2005
10:50 pm - Motion to Ban People from the Internet
There's a problem. I'm not exactly sure what to do about it, or even if there is anything to do about it.

I run a roleplay site, so my AIM and MSN contact information is open for everyone to see. I prefer it that way. More than once I've recieved an IM from someone I didn't recognize to have them be new or prospective members to the site. So, when someone suddenly IMs me, I should have that fleeting hope that I'm gaining a new member.

Nope.

Instead, the large majority of people who IM me out of the blue are looking for cyber sex.

Damn them. Enough of them are wheel of time roleplayers that I always have to step around them carefully, questioning them as to who they are. I've apologized many times to new members who talk to me when my answers are very abrupt "Who are you? Do I know you?". I always get such random lines from people as, "I'm a pilot, want me to take you for a ride?" *shudder*

The latest one:

"hi"
"who are you?"
"derick"
"that doesn't tell me much. I dont know any dericks"
"well you gone to"

ewe *shudder*

So more than once I've been tempted to lead them on for the purpose of having a fun conversation to post on my blog. But I really get writer's block with this sort of thing. I don't know why.. I'm just not that an perhaps? I should pretend to be an old man pretending to be a 13 year old girl just for fun sake.. but.. ewe.. I think the idea that there is some random guy on the other end of the internet sitting in his boxers and searching for screenames of women to message is really revolting. I don't want to play into their desire for attention.. but damn.. I'm so bored and tired of getting IMs asking me how I'm doing, where I'm from, and then sending out that 'line' without them telling me *who* they really are.


Some people should just not be allowed on the internet.
:tug

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12:17 am - Book List (stolen from Kiana :P)
Bold I've read. I added some interesting reads at the bottom.
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
11:47 am - Destruction!
So I was thinking earlier today about the fact that I liked my job at the bookstore much better than the library because I actually had to do stuff - things happen.

Yea. Things definitely happen.

As I was trying to set up the breast cancer awareness M&Ms and lemonade on them end of oneof our main fixtures, sitting with my legs crossed on the floor to get to the bottom shelf, Sara, the other girl working, said something incomprehensible and panicky. My first thought was "Shit, it's going to fall" and proceeding to lean to the side and cover my face.

It did fall.

About 40 mega-sized bags of M&Ms, 50 bottles of lemonade, countless coffee mugs, nalgene bottles, golf club coverings, bleacher seat pads, and, most importantly, plexiglasss and metal frame, fell down on me.

Broken plexiglass is NOT fun. We call it shatterglass, cause once it breaks it keeps on breaking into little pieces. Only one of the shelves broke: unfortunately it was about five feet long and 8 inches wide. So lots of glass.

Luckily, I dodged most of it, though I did have to climb out of the middle of the wreckage. My arm has a nice long red mark on it that will undoubtedly bruise or at least scab. I have a nice six-inch long red mark along my back that looks like I've been whipped, but beyond suspicians of S&M I'm doing good.

On the flip side, two of the huge bags of M&Ms broke open in the deluge, so they were zero-ed out as damaged and we ate them while we repaired as much damage as we could.

I give it another month before the thing collapses again. The metal frame was screwed into the wood bottom before, but after the fall the screw tore the 'fake' wood so it can't be stable like it used to be. And part of the metal frame just needs to be nudged and it can come apart.

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Stolen from Kiana

Gay Bear
Gay Bear


Which Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You?
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LMAO!

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Monday, October 17th, 2005
11:55 am - Work work work
I totally weedled a research internship out of my research methods professor for next term...

He runs the digital library at Marist and is always looking for people ot help him scan in books and stuff. Problem is, he's no longer allowed to run the program starting next term. HOWEVER.. I really didn't want to scan books into computer anyway. He's going to use me to edit files already up there... with photoshop and web design :D

I also did what is known as brown-nosing, though it was done in all honesty. I volunteered to do the main site index for our senior research methods class since everything we write is going to be put online indefinitely. In exchange I got an extension on my essay due tomorrow... and essay about a book I'm not yet halfway through. But its all good.

I don't understand this semester. I seem to have no free time. I planned to head over to RPI to visit Niki and now I really doubt I'll get the chance. My cousin Shawn called me and asked whether I was going to make it to California for Christmas... I really think I should, whihc means leaving Karissa in the dust with the idea of going to Florida. No matter how cheap that flight is in comparison.

I need to get my license. I need to get drivers ed lessons. I need to buy a car - which means I need a credit card and to start working on building credit. I need to send my laptop in for prepares, which means about a month of no computer. Then I need to sell my ptop on ebay and buy one with a better graphics card and more memory. I need to get my GREs taked before November. I need to get faculty recommendations for my application to these graduate schools: Stanford, CA; UC Berkeley; University of Texas @ Austin; Columbia; Princeton; U. Virginia; SMU, TX; SUNY Albany. As you can see, none of them are going to be easy - especially since all but one of them I am applying straight to the Ph.D program. And I need to get every last bit of that done before December starts. I have little over a month.

Countdown time.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2005
3:43 pm - Quizzyness (from Nikki)
You are a

Social Liberal
(61% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(56% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Centrist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test




Now.. I don't know about anyone else, but for the law I said I would pass if I could I wrote "Stupid people should have their vocal cords removed and be banned from the internet."

I hate stupid people.

And no, I wouldn't classify myself as a Centrist. I think I just empathize with all sides. That turned me Right, as did the fact that I voted "strongly agree" to the statement "People should be allowed to say the Holocaust did not exist if that is what they believe." Of course, if their vocal cords were removed then they wouldnt be able to say it.. would they...




Quote of the Day:
"You got the sex down alright, now we just need to work on getting more religion into your lives."
~Dr. Goldpaugh, Modern English/American Poets, to the whole class, on analyzing Emily Dickenson

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Sunday, September 25th, 2005
1:20 am - Guild Wars!
Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars! Guild Wars!


So I got it today. It works on my unsupported and slow video card (though not as smooth as one might want). Played it for a couple hours after watching Corpse Bride (bored to death.. maybe because I expected more humor), getting nowhere in the game but dead and lost and invited to strip and dance for some other players.

But... wow! Beautiful. Makes me want to change career paths. It's so much fun. I will be lost to the internet for the rest of the year. Well, every weekend at least.

Karissa! Leave me a message on AIM if I'm not around for when you want to play, or even if you want to play in the slow noobie zone or wait for me to get halfway decent. Warrior class, possibly second class in Monk. Deirdre - same deal!

My name: Gwendylyn Le Mange

And I definitely want to have an all female guild :P
/dork

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Friday, September 9th, 2005
2:06 am - :sleep:
Sooo tired.

I need sleep. You knwo that feeling.. your limbs just dont want to move. Your back aches. Your arms are just sore-tired. I closed my eyes in my night class yesterday and almost feel asleep. The day before i had to wait in the bank to pick up deposit slips for work and actually did fall asleep in the chair waiting. Tomorrow night is going to be a laaate night. Hear that Deir? LATE!

I had a headache today for the first time in months. I rarely ever get headaches, but I had one today. Yesterday I knew I was exhausted cause I started to cry for no reason. When I dont get my sleep I start to cry. When I get stressed I start to cry. Blah. Too little sleep + too much stress = a not very happy Gwen.

And I still have to get up by 7am tomorrow. And then off to class and work and then connecticut for Rob's wedding. And then two more nights of no sleep surrounded by family. And then back to school and waking up at 7am, getting home between 10-11pm.

I haven't even had time for my pre-sleep imagination trips. You know, wander through your mind to cool little places. Make up plots and characters and play out their actions in the lands of "what if?" I'm pretty sure that's where all my bizarre dreams come from: my habit of thinking of the odd before I sleep.

I just need an extra day of the week to spend simply sleeping. And another to get all my work done.

:tug And now I dont know if I can sleep. I get the strange feeling a prank call is coming and I have to snatch the phone before my uncle Marc decides to get to it. Dunno. It'll serve them right if they end up with my crazy uncle.

Or maybe I am just paranoid.

Probably paranoid.

current mood: sleepy

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