Sunday, April 30, 2006

most dysfunctional and incorrect quiz ever. i mean...i'm clearly not the most *unhappy* person ever, but happier than normal? maybe it's just an average between my histrionic, hypersocial, and sometimes just plain avoidant personality.

*shrug*












Your Social Dysfunction:
Happy



You're a happy person - you have a good amount of self-esteem, and are socially healthy. While this isn't a social dysfunction per se, you're definitely not normal. Consider yourself lucky: you walk that fine line between 'normal' and being outright narcissistic. You're rare - which is something else to be happy about.
















Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com


Please note that we aren't, nor do we claim to be, psychologists. This quiz is for fun and entertainment only. Try not to freak out about your results.

it's official...after what he did last night, i love Stephen Colbert to the depths of my being.

that took some serious balls.
so, i've dug up a few bizarre things having to do with adultery.

first off, i can understand that married people looking on a dating website geared toward serious relationships is undesirable.

but, turning married users in for federal wire fraud??? that's disturbing, but that's exactly what true.com threatens to do. yes, being married is against the user agreement. yes, i'm cool with them terminating your account on the dating site if they find out that you're married--that's their prerogative, and that serves the purpose of taking would-be adulterers out of the website's mate pool. i'm not even bothered by them doing a background check, if they tell you in advance, before signing up with the site, that they're doing a background check. but--turning you in for federal wire fraud as well as dinging you from the site? that's just overkill.

secondly...i know this court decision is about 2 1/2 years old, but i just found out about it yesterday thanks to a posting on fark. in new hampshire, it's not adultery if you're cheating on your spouse with a member of the same sex.

let that sink in for a second.

the rationale? it's based on webster's dictionary definitions--from 1961. (which was not when the court decision was handed down, or *even* when the law was written, for all you originalists out there.) adultery means sexual intercourse, sexual intercourse means coitus, coitus means a guy sticking his penis in a woman's vagina. q.e.d., homosexual acts can't be adultery.

i'm not a believer in adultery statutes in the first place. i'm really not a believer in sex statutes in the first place, except for MPC-style statutory rape statutes and anti-bestiality statutes, since there is an issue of impossibility of consent there. (i think anything else, be it adultery, multiple spouses, incest, or anything else, is fair game and should be dealt with on a personal scene and not a government scene, since it's sexual behaviour between adults.) still, i don't have a problem with adultery being used to disqualify a spouse from no-fault divorce--adultery as something that can be proven to protect the wronged spouse's rights in a civil matter. and, saying that a spouse cheating on the other with a member of the same sex is not adultery undeservedly hurts the wronged spouse's position in the specific divorce proceedings--as well as its obvious consequence of delegitimizing homosexuality and homosexual sex in the eyes of the law.
5 REM THIS IS A PUFFIN
10 SEE WOOD
20 EAT WOOD
30 DROP WOOD IN FRUSTRATION
40 GOTO 10

[in response to a few weeks ago, at the zoo, when we saw a confused puffin keep picking up wood, trying to eat it, dropping it, and repeating this procedure endlessly. chris and i were discussing that this morning, chris suggested you could write a puffin in BASIC, and this is what we came up with. we're special.]

Saturday, April 29, 2006

super soaker has jumped the shark, or whatever the toymaking equivalent of jumping the shark may be.

they have a watergun called the oozinator. it can shoot water, or it can shoot a substance they call "bio-ooze." bio-ooze is white, sticky, and comes out in spurts, like a certain, shall we say, biologically produced substance.

that's probably disturbing enough, but the ad just takes the cake. the concept is bad, the concept in action--especially with kids shooting each other with the gun, makes me want to keel over and die.
nicky, nicky, the midwest/midatlantic whore...



create your own personalized map of the USA
why my crim law study aid rocks, part 2

one of the examples that it gives in the quiz on attempts reads:

"Irving Brilliant fancies himself as a legal scholar. While lacking formal training, he watches "People's Court" faithfully, and buys every alcoholic beverage endorsed by famous trial lawyers."

amusing: fancying oneself a legal scholar by watching people's court.

even more amusing: trial lawyers endorsing alcoholic beverages. maybe i'll endorse some yummy drink when i'm a famous trial lawyer...boulevard wheat or jagermeister or something.

the real coup de grace: naming the guy after the harvard-educated son-in-law in Surowitz v. Hilton Hotels.
wow.

so, not only does no one care about pennies anymore, but now pennies cost more than a penny apiece to make.

the stupid. it burns. even if the price of zinc goes back down, it's destined to fluctuate again...and people still won't care much about pennies. nostalgia is not a legitimate reason to keep a coin in circulation.

Friday, April 28, 2006

mientkiewicz sucks! mientkiewicz sucks!

(although, the *real* question is what adds the most to his suckitude, what he does now or what he did then. back then he was slinging mud about south siders and their diminished capacity to refrain from beating the crap out of all-stars, and now he's a member of the red sox. i'd say then, but it's a close one.)
why i'm a moron: i was signing up to play a $5 two table turbo sit-and-go poker tournament. being stupid, i clicked a two table turbo sit-and-go thinking that it said it was a $5 tournament...but, oopsy daisy, when the window loaded up to start the game--to my horror, it was a $50 tournament.

my poker bankroll, of course, is not such that i can afford to play a $50 tournament. $50 is a substantial bite of my online poker bankroll.

why it doesn't matter so much in the end: somehow, despite getting no cards (such as a sequence of getting trey-five for three straight blinds), i managed to finish fourth--and net a $100 prize. this resulted in much joyous yelling and cackling on my part.

still, though, i'm going to double, triple, and quadruple check the entry fees before signing up for a sit-and-go. i got lucky this time, but i'm not going to tempt fate by being dumb enough to do it again. once is enough.
dear megabus,

not only are your bus tickets way, way, way cheaper than greyhound, but your bus station in st. louis is union station, which is not in a sketchy neighbourhood a mile off the bus line, but rather in a good neighbourhood right along the bus line.

in other words, i have a funny feeling that you're going to make possible many cheap, easy, and convenient trips to chicago.

sweet.

love,
me
my crim law study aid has the best example ever.

it's discussing the insanity defense. one of the tests is the irresistible impulse test, where you can be found not guilty by reason of insanity if you can prove that you can't actually control your conduct.

the example that it gives: someone who is attracted to shiny things getting off for stealing jewelry because it's shiny.

don't worry, i won't start stealing shiny things and pleading insanity, because it would kind of suck to get thrown into a mental hospital for being obsessed with the shiny...but i'd be a liar to say that, when i'm a lawyer, i wouldn't relish the opportunity to argue the "OMG SHINY!!!!!111!!!!" defense and get my client off.

in other words, that example made my day.
one final down, two to go.

we won't talk about the civpro final, beyond the fact that it was somewhere between not-so-good and completely sucktastic.

although today, after a really fun night last night, it's back to the grindstone. i swear, i have spent more time in the CWE prepping for these finals than i have all year...but it's easy to get to on the shuttle or metrobus, there are so many good places to study there, and i'm not tempted to go home and sleep since it's so far away. (although, now that i have my st. louis library card, i'll never be productive at the public library again. oopsie.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

holy flying teledu.

one of the con law outlines that a student posted on the sample outlines page is ninety-three pages long.

how they gleaned that much from that class, i have no idea. i only have sixty pages of coherent notes from the entire semester...strike that, i have sixty pages of notes, maybe twenty of which are coherent.

who's up the creek without a paddle for next week's conlaw final? that's right, me.

now, back to my regularly scheduled civ pro--a final that i may have a snowball's chance in hell of passing.
--sweet. i just finished my civpro outline. i have a strange way of studying that involves starting by reading through notes, cases, study aids, et cetera and then condensing it to outline form, and not the other way around...and i made it all the way from personal jurisdiction all the way to intersystem preclusion today. go me. no more civ pro

--the onion a/v club wins this week. first of all, it has an article with a compendium of simpson-isms that have weasled their way into real life. since both "boo-urns" and "best. _______. ever." are on the list, it really amused me. secondly, in this week's savage love, one of the people who wrote in referred to a guy she was having sex with as "amazingly shiny." i thought only i would do that.

--finally...memery, ganked from squelch84. two times memery, because i don't feel like going to bed quite yet.

Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.
NO CHEATING.


• How does the world see me?
"bela lugosi" by pocket rockets (dracula? one who meets a brooklyn gorilla? wonderful.)

• Will I have a happy life?
"forgive" by feeder (i'm just a man. i'm still trying to see.)

• What do my friends really think of me?
"burn" by alkaline trio (well duh, they all know i'm a whiny kid who listens to depressing, self-deprecating music...)

• Do people secretly lust after me?
"fireballs of freedom" by wesley willis (so am i a concert whore, or am i just hot like fire?)

• How can I make myself happy?
"drive away" by gratitude (so if i see someone in distress on the street, rescuing her will make me happy. check.)

• What should I do with my life?
"pilla" by perfect red (i saw perfect red once...the only thing i really remember was in the middle of the set when the lead singer grabbed my hand for an entire verse of the song...i don't even know him. theme and variation on concert whoring?)

• Will I ever have children?
"don't fuck with this" by grundig (damn straight, iTunes.)

• What is some good advice for me?
"why are we fighting" by onelinedrawing (i'm trying to think of someone i'm fighting with. can't think of anyone.)

• How will I be remembered?
"for evangeline" by the juliana theory (i am but a silhouette down there...a silhouette of a memory of a solitary night...nothing more)

• What is my signature dancing song?
"submarine dream" by seven channels (oooh, too bad, so sad...my signature dancing song is "i've suffered a head injury" by the verve pipe...i guess iTunes can't nail all of them like it nailed the Grundig one.)

• What do I think my current theme song is?
"my abyss" by no fate (i'm on this ugly path again...)

• What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"just like you" by athenaeum (so who do they think i want to be like?)

• What song will play at my funeral?
"make my joyplane crash and burn" by wesley willis (i'd make a comment, but all the good ones just write themselves, don't they?)

• What type of men/women do you like?
"motorhome" by wesley willis (yes, i like my women curvy, and i don't care if my man is a little on the larger side, but neither motorhome sized! you really bonked this one, iTunes.)

• What is your day going to be like?
"state of the union" by rise against (so the end of life as i know it is going to culminate tomorrow? sweet! at least i won't have to take finals!)


Ten years ago, it was early 1996. Take this survey, post the results, and see how many things have changed since then.

Q1) How old were you? 13
Q2) What grade were you in? i was just finishing up eighth grade
Q3) Where did you go to school? east millbrook...shudder...i hated that place
Q4) Where did you work? work? you couldn't work 'til you were 14.
Q5) Where did you live? raleigh, north cackalacky
Q6) How was your hair style? it was long...down to my boobs...i can't believe i ever let my hair grow that long
Q7) Did you wear braces? nope, they were taken off a year before
Q8) Did you wear contacts? yeah
Q9) Did you wear glasses? when my contacts weren't in
Q10) Who was your best friend? christina and julia
Q11) Who was your girlfriend/boyfriend? significant other? heck, my first kiss was still three and a half years away.
Q12) Who was your celebrity crush? i think i was still into chris o'donnell at that point
Q13) Who was your regular-person crush? ugh, i think i still had a crush on asshat football player josh
Q14) Were you a virgin? yep, i'd be a virgin for another...ummm...six and a half years...*hides face in embarrassment*
Q15) How many piercings did you have? one in each ear
Q16) How many tattoos did you have? zip
Q17) What was your favorite band/singer? do i really have to admit that? okay, fine, it was hootie and the blowfish.
Q18) Had you smoked a cigarette yet? never had, and still never have.
Q19) Had you gotten drunk or high yet? not yet, i'd had one sip of beer when i was seven and that was it.
Q20) Had you driven yet? haha...nooo...
Q21) If so which car? well, i drove my ten-speed...it was a ten-speed...
Q22) Which of your pets were still alive? koko the mini schnauzer
Q23) Looking back, are you where you thought you would be in 1996? i don't think i had a clue where i'd be in '96. my lawyer dream was on its way out, and my physics dream hadn't yet surfaced. then again, my lawyer plans are becoming reality...but that was more a 1989 thing that resurfaced in 2002.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

12(b)(6): ('twelv-'bE-'siks) (transitive verb) 1. to dismiss a pleading for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. 2. to file a motion to dismiss a pleading for failure to state a claim. [the defense lawyer should have 12(b)(6)ed that lawsuit as soon as it was filed]


(in other words, i started using and conjugating 12(b)(6) as a verb while working on my civ pro outline today. i'm a loser.)
fun fact of the day, for all you law students:

City Museum was built in the International Shoe Company warehouse.

yes, THAT International Shoe.

all i have to say is, shiny things to climb on > the theory of minimum contacts.
i have m2 on in the background, for noise, since the rest of television sucks. their rock countdown is on.

i had a realisation while "watching" it: i have outgrown the music video.

i haven't been wowed, or even intrigued, by a music video in years. maybe it's because all music videos suck now, but i don't think that's it. i would think that i'd run into some video that tripped my attention, or that at least didn't completely bore me, if i had any interest whatsoever in the medium anymore. there are some decent songs that they play, but i can't force myself to pay attention to an entire music video to save my life. they're not engaging. they're not fun. i'd rather listen to the song and either let it fade into the background if i don't care about it all that much, or scrutinize the lyrics and insert scenes from my own life if i do care about it.

maybe it makes me a megalomaniac. maybe i'm so self-centered that i can't let the bands (or their record companies, ha) supply images for me, i have to supply my own images, one that mean something to me, to get the whole experience.

or, maybe it just means that stupid scenes from my boring life are better than the pabulum that everyone just unilaterally decided to put on television to accompany their songs, but i don't really want to believe that absolutely everyone is that boring.
while i was studying yesterday in the outdoor seating at a cafe, this family shows up. they have a giant poodle in tow. the mother is telling the little kid (maybe about eight or nine years old) that they can't bring the dog inside. the kid responds:

"but, he's good!"

that made me giggle. i almost never find things that children say to be cute, but i found that to be awesome...'cause i'm a dog person. they should allow good dogs everywhere.

Monday, April 24, 2006

the bad news: i'm so sick of civpro that my brain is melting and i can't see straight.

the good news: i was more productive than i thought i'd be today, i got further along in my studying than i thought i would. i don't think civpro is a lost cause...i feel good about passing it, and there's an outside chance that i'll do objectively well at it. i won't do that much tonight, i may read a little more after dinner, but i'm not feeling so pressured for the rest of the night.

more good news: i have a second job this summer! i'll be working part-time as a research assistant, reading about interesting things like tort damages and employment accommodation schemes. not starving or being able to pay the bills this summer = good. not having to work retail or waitressing to make ends meet = better. getting more legal experience to accomplish this goal = positively shiny.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

scientology weirds me out. it bothers me. it was devised by a bad science fiction writer, and the documents i've seen read like scenes from a bad science fiction novel.

well, either that, or they're just disturbing, as is the case with these "L-Rundowns" that i found on operation clambake. they're lists of questions that the auditor (the scientology "counselor" type) reads during auditing (where you're asked questions and the auditor reads your responses through an "e-meter", these little hand-held electrodes hooked up to a dial that measure skin conductivity, and nothing else according to scientists who have looked at them.) i'm not even clear what these lists of questions are supposed to do, maybe get you to "work" through your "hidden mental problems" until the e-meter doesn't read anymore?

bunk science aside, though, just read the first two questions on this rundown, the final "analysis" after one of the series:

1. Did we slide over something you didn't want mentioned?

2. Would we kill you if we found out?


congratulations, scientology. you've gone from creepy to scary.
grumble. so lazy. haven't started studying. i suck, i'm going to fail my finals, and i cannot bring myself to care.

i have had a really laid-back weekend, though, spending lots of time with my friends. i'd feel less guilty about enjoying it so much if finals weren't right on my heels.

i have a loaf of potato bread. i haven't had potato bread in forever. i love, love, love potato bread.

finally, if being gay were a drug... (or, a rather funny mocking of the oblivious.)

Friday, April 21, 2006

40 minutes until civ pro. finished up the reading. (squee!) last class of the semester. (what? you mean classes don't end in june? i am confused by the concept.)

time to kill some time with some memery, ganked from joelle.

[A is for age:] 23

[B is for booze of choice:] i'm a vodka girlie

[C is for career:] career? i don't have a stinkin' career yet...although, when i get out of law school in two years, the plan is to be a trial attorney

[D is for your dog’s name:] i don't have a doggie...but i grew up with a schnauzer named koko...

[E is for essential item you use everyday:] my laptop! my head a splode without my computer.

[F is for favorite song at the moment:] at the moment...i've been pretty darn obsessed with "cold (but i'm still here)" by evans blue

[G is for favorite games:] munchkin, settlers of catan, scrabble, trivial pursuit, monopoly, guillotine...i could go on all day, i'm a board game freak!

[H is for Home town:] chicago. (i was born in kettering, ohio and grew up in raleigh, north carolina...but the place where i truly feel that i have the most roots, the place that i'd call home if everything came crashing down at my feet, would be chicago.)

[I is for instruments you play:] i sing. (i can tinker a bit with piano and guitar, but the only "instrument" that i can "play" well is voice.)

[J is for jeans] boy jeans with boot cuts. sometimes if i'm feeling extra girlie i'll buy a pair of women's boot cut jeans, but i prefer boy jeans.

[K is for kids?:] annoy the crap out of me, piss me off, and i prefer to stay far, far away from them.

[L is for last hug?:] when i bugged chris in the library about an hour and a half ago. *grin*

[M is for marriage:] sign a contract saying i'll tie myself to someone else for the rest of my life? no thanks, that thought is almost as scary and repulsive as having kids.

[N is for name of your crush:] i can't quite say chris qualifies as a crush, now, can i... *halo*

[O is for overnight hospital stays:] once, when i was a baby...so i don't actually remember it.

[P is for phobias:] spiders. spiders scare me a lot. and then death...the one thing that scares me even more than spiders do.

[Q is for quote:] "and will you never say that you love me just to put it in my face...and will you never try to reach me...it is i that wanted this"--"Hate Me" by Blue October

[R is for biggest regret:] the closest thing that i have to a regret is quitting piano class when i was nine.

[S is for status:] the day i have status is the day that i've broken my vow to be sludge.

[T is for time you wake up:] 7:41 on days when i have class at 9, 8:41 when i have class at 10, and whenever i feel like it on days that i don't have class.

[U is for underwear:] i'm wearing a cute little red pair right now...most of my underwear is pretty boring, but i'm amassing more and more cute pairs the more shopping trips i take with kat and laura.

[V is for vegetable you love:] asparagus is pretty awesome.

[W is for worst habit:] i'm lazy. i don't know if that qualifies as a habit...but i'm often too lazy to clean, study, cook, or do much of anything. yep, i'm pretty much a drain.

[X is for x-rays you’ve had:] i've had dental x-rays a few times...and i think they x-rayed my ankle when i sprained it, to make sure i didn't break it.

[Y is for yummy food you make:] i'm quite partial to my homemade flour tortillas.

[Z is for zodiac sign:] scorpio.

and finally, even though it doesn't have anything to do with school, or the survey, or anything else...more gentoo penguins!!

confuzzled penguins...


swimming penguins!
note to self: go to more graduate-professional council events. they had an end-of-year party at blue hill earlier this week, and there was an open bar. it was an open bar with good liquor...like, if you ordered just a screwdriver, they'd make it with grey goose. sweet. i also had some johnnie walker black...that's some smooooooooth whisky right there. i have a new favourite whisky, and it's that stuff. it has the whisky taste without any whisky burn. it's awesome.

although, another note to self: eat dinner before you go out drinking. it's never good when you don't. and by you, i mean i.

yesterday i went to the zoo in the afternoon. i'd been clamoring all semester to go to the zoo to look at the penguins, and we finally went. it was so awesome to giggle at the penguins...they were so funny, i was mesmerized! they have king penguins, rockhopper penguins, and gentoo penguins in the penguin house, and it's open so you can see them really well, and sometimes they splash you. the rockhopper penguins like to hop around and yell a lot, the king penguins are rather aloof (but look really funny when they swim), and the gentoo penguins are just silly. they're my favourite penguins. they swim...sometimes they flip around in the water, sometimes they try to swim like a duck. when they're on the ground, they flap their wings and try to fly...and it's really funny because, of course, they can't fly. if one of them is amused by something and starts walking, they all start waddling over in a big pack. penguins in general are extremely funny creatures, but the gentoo penguins are extra funny.

and here, just because they're funny, are some pictures of gentoo penguins.





sigh. finals start next week. i'm not ready for them at all. methinks i'll turn into a penguin at the zoo, where my biggest problem would be waiting for the zookeeper to come with my fish.
wow. most bizarre episode of cheaters ever.

one word: incest.

the confrontation is about to begin, and it's going to be a real doozy.

i love bad tv.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

"wasted"
by stabbing westward

i have spent my life
running from the emptiness that haunts me
i have spent my whole life
trying to fuck the loneliness away
and i die inside
when i think of all the people i have damaged
and i'm tired
i'm so tired
and there's no one else except myself to blame

my life's been wasted
everything is gone
my life's been wasted
and i am all alone
my life's been wasted
there is no one else
my life's been wasted
it's time i face myself

i've spent my life
trapped inside a cycle of self destruction
and i've spent my whole life
trying to numb the pain inside my soul
and you know i cry
when i realized i fought this war with no one
i'm tired
i'm so fucking tired
gotta find a way
to keep myself alive

my life's been wasted
everything is gone
my life's been wasted
and i am all alone
my life's been wasted
there is no one else
my life's been wasted
it's time i face myself

when i reach the end
will anything I've done mean anything
when i reach the end
will anything I've done mean anything
will anything I've done mean anything
will anything I've done mean anything
will anything I've done mean anything

my life's been wasted
everything is gone
my life's been wasted
and i am all alone
my life's been wasted
there is no one else
my life's been wasted
it's time i face myself

my life's been wasted
everything is gone
my life's been wasted
and i am all alone
my life's been wasted
there is no one else
my life's been wasted
it's time i face myself

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

i want to be a Friend of Big Bone!!!

and not only is Big Bone Lick in Beaver Lick, but it's on Beaver Road as well.

*snicker*

i have the mind of a twelve year old. i heard of this place almost three years ago. i made my pilgrimage there last year. i still think it's way, way, way too amusing.

on a completely unrelated note, i'm watching south park. it's disturbing me profoundly. i don't want to see oprah's beaver talking (and yes, i mean *that* kind of beaver), not even in a cartoon.

*pukes*
so people magazine does the sexiest man alive thing, every year...

well, some magazine called The Phoenix did them one better: the 100 unsexiest men alive.

i read through the list, and i've really gotta hand it to them. i would not sleep with, or even remotely consider sleeping with, a single person on that list. they did well. (i think the clever pick on the list has to be tom from myspace (no. 79). what a tool.)

gilbert gottfried was named number 1 on the list...it's a noble choice, although i think that if i were putting it together, the skeeve and/or asshat factors would have played a little more of a role, and i'd have put guys like michael jackson (no. 11), john ashcroft (no. 68), and kevin federline (no. 99) higher on the list.

i think my winner (loser?!), though, would definitely have to be scott stapp (no. 48). he has so much going against him.

i mean, when creed hit the music scene back in '97, '98, he had it going for him. my own prison was out, and it was awesome! he wasn't making an ass of himself in public on a routine basis, and he had the role down of being the frontman of a marginally thoughtful rock band. i'll admit...i'd have slept with him, at least if i had failed in seducing mark tremonti, his even-hotter-circa-1998 guitarist.

what is he doing now? getting drunk and picking fights with 311? making sex tapes with kid rock? claiming that kids come from his sack? his band released two more crappy albums, and now he's doing solo stuff that sounds exactly like that awful late creed music? idiot...he's most definitely not a STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUD nowadays.
really funny quote ganked from overheard in new york...

Girl #1: Oh my god! I just heard that Katie Holmes had her baby! Katie Holmes had her baby, everyone!
Girl #2: Xenu commands you to shut the fuck up while I'm on the phone with my dealer.

--6th Avenue & West 4th Street



that made me giggle.

in other news, i had a wonderfully lazy night last night. i should have done more reading, but i spent the early part of the evening lazing around in various corners of the internet. lately i've been dipping my toes into virtual society...i've been doing lambdaMOO for about a week and a half, and i really enjoy it so far. there aren't a whole lot of people on there anymore (guess i missed its heyday...), but the people i've met so far on there have been quite friendly. i also like the fact that it's text-based...it's a little strange sometimes trying to figure out how the objects work, but i've found lots of fun shiny things on there to see and play with as i wander around. i found a game of darts yesterday, which was way more amusing than it should have been.

at the recommendation of one of the people i met on lambda, i got an account on second life, although i don't know how much i like it. the graphics are shiny, and there are a lot more people on there, but the client gobbles up my RAM and the program runs really, really slowly. i may try it another time or two, but if it keeps running so awfully on my computer, i think i'm going to just say screw it and stick with the MOO. that would probably be better for me anyway--it's bad enough to have spent an hour or so a night as that particular online persona this close to finals. oopsy daisy.

went out for dinner last night as well... chris played a witness in a trial for trial class, and then i went out with all of them afterward. i didn't actually go to the trial, although i probably should have since it would have been amusing. chris, amiel, dara, and i all ate at dewey's pizza...i had never heard of it until yesterday, but it was really, really tasty. i had a calzone. i should go back there, eat there more often, because they did have really good food.

tonight's the GPC end of year party at blue hill...i may or may not go, but i've RSVP'ed anyway. i wonder if any other law students are going...i assume at least some will, so it would be fun to give it a whirl. hey, i can't lose...they have food and drinks and stuff there, and going out is always more fun than studying, right? (be quiet--i know i won't actually be studying at 8pm tonight, but we can pretend, right? right?)

i also found out this morning that i'm on the orientation steering committee. that makes me happy. hopefully i'll have some good ideas and input for it...and i like the fact that i'll be involved with orientation. i always liked doing orientations in college, so it'll be fun to do another one.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

i was talking in crim today, and i referred to some kids going up to burgle a house.

the entire class laughed at me, and i even laughed at myself for a bit.

but, i was sure it was a word.

so, i consulted my good friend merriam-webster after class--and she vindicated me.

burgle is, in fact, a synonym for burglarize.

and it's a lot more fun to say.

Monday, April 17, 2006

as of tonight, adult swim is running reruns of saved by the bell.

i don't know what to say.
procrastinate. i dare you.
so, i finally got my ding letter from the public defender's office in the mail this past weekend.

that is inexcusable, in that i had that interview a full two and a half months ago. it's not as if it was lost in the mail--the letter in the envelope was dated April 13, 2006. they just didn't bother to send me a ding letter for two and a half months.

i assumed i wasn't going to be hired. i assumed that from the scared looks on my interviewers' faces the day i went in. but, they could have told me sooner that i was not going to be hired. i think i'm going to send their human resources department a stern letter...i wouldn't have begrudged them a month, or even a month and a half (since i was told i'd hear back by early march, and my interview was right at the beginning of february)...but two and a half months is just un-called-for.
well, finally got a human voice at Leona's.

they never sent it to my new address, they kept sending it to my old and it got returned.

*headdesk*

at least they're sending it my way so i can finally do the tax thing.

thank God for extensions.
i saw this column online this morning. it supports the idea of chivalry. and, i think it's total bunk.

the article defines:

"Chivalry. The idea that part of being a man (and certainly part of being a gentleman) is to sacrifice willingly to protect those who are more vulnerable."

part of being a man? i'm suspicious of any code or practice that refers to something as part of being a man, or part of being a woman. the people who try to support chivalry nowadays say it's a matter of respect, respect that men should have for the more vulnerable.

that presupposes the idea that women are, by nature, more vulnerable than men, and i refuse to buy into a code or custom that presupposes this. yes, i do understand that on a physiological level, men are generally stronger than women. but, i don't think that translates to vulnerability, vulnerability of the type that makes a man a bad man for not opening a door or giving up his seat. men who offer these gestures are either consciously or unconsciously buying into the idea of woman as weak, woman as in need of the chivalrous gestures--and women who accept them are buying into it as well. i refuse.

do i get offended whenever a man opens a door for me? if a man happens to be ahead of me, about to walk through a door, it's cool if he holds it open for me. just like, i'd hold it open for him if i happen to be ahead of him. that's not chivalry. that's common decency, that's happenstance, that's being human.

but, if a man rushes from behind me to open the door for me, i'm inclined to either laugh a bit at his unnecessary gesture of overtaking me, or be insulted if i let myself think back to the institution of chivalry. if a man offers to get up from a chair to let me sit down, i decline. first politely, then more forcefully. if a man offers me his jacket so i'll be warm at his expense, i decline as well. i don't need anyone to do that kind of stuff for me.

is it nice? maybe they intend it to be that way. but, it's not necessary. i don't need it. i don't need someone overtaking me so i don't have to pull open a door. i don't need a chair or a coat or anything any more than the guy who happens to have the chair or the coat in the first place. i don't want to perpetuate the pressure that men may feel under chivalry to give them up. a man is no less of a human if he's in the chair and i'm standing. i am less of a human for taking it.

i refuse to be a victim of chivalry.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

other than friday i've had an amazingly lazy weekend. friday was awesome...i went to happy hour, and then a bunch of us went out for mexican food, and then to this pool hall called sharky's, out in collinsville. i'm awful at pool, and i get worse if i've been drinking, but it was still an awesomely fun time.

yesterday was pretty lazy...i spent most of the day sleeping. i went out to the delmar loop for a while in the evening, went for some sushi with chris. that was quite tasty...i love sushi. we were going to shoot some darts at blue hill afterwards, but it was so slammed that we decided against it.

today has been pretty lazy as well. had to run a few errands...although best buy was closed for easter. that was bad, since my computer charger cord decided to fray and break during civ pro on friday. that was strange. that was bad. the mall was closed, too, so we couldn't meander and i couldn't go there to troll for any sales that may be going on on summer clothing. this ninety degree weather is pissing me off.

and, courtesy of hilary, memery.

Dating StrengthsDating Weaknesses
1. Flirtiness - 100%
2. Adventurousness - 91.7%
3. Open-Mindedness - 63.6%
4. Independence - 57.1%
5. Varied Interests - 57.1%
1. Pessimism - 66.7%
2. Negative Reputation - 66.7%
3. Selfishness - 63.6%
4. Appearance - 55.6%
5. Humorlessness - 50%


Dating Strengths Explained
Flirtiness - Flirting is a good way to break the ice, and you are a pro at it. Being flirtatious will open up many dating opportunities.
Adventurousness - You are willing to try new things and be spontaneous. You want to get out there and really live, and you will attract people with a similar love of life.
Open-Mindedness - You are open to trying new things and entertaining new ideas, and this widens your pool of available guys.
Independence - Your strong sense of independence comes in handy while dating. You are not held back or tied down; you are free to pursue your interests.
Varied Interests - You don't limit yourself, and that's a dating asset. Your varied interests make you available and interesting to a wider range of guys.

Dating Weaknesses Explained
Pessimism - Too much cynicism can be a turn-off. Try to see the brighter side of things and people will be attracted to your positive outlook.
Negative Reputation - Your reputation may be working against you. Sometimes this is impossible to control, but try to counter-act it by presenting yourself in positive ways.
Selfishness - You think too much of yourself and your needs. You must learn to put your partner first and tend to his needs.
Appearance - Devoting a greater effort at making good first impressions is a must. Try to be fit and develop a style if you want to catch a guy's attention.
Humorlessness - You need to learn how to take a joke, or better yet how to tell a good one. A well-developed sense of humor is high on the list of desired traits for daters.

Dating Strengths and Weaknesses Quiz by Dating Diversions


anyway...think i'm going to call it a day on this. there seem to actually be people on lambdaMOO tonight.

Friday, April 14, 2006

things are looking up. it's amazing how much better i feel after just trying to finish all the stuff i've been getting stressed out all week about.

still no W2 from Leona's, though. i keep calling their accounting department, at corporate, still no answer. i'm going to have to file a tax extension and keep calling, keep begging, and possibly go to chicago at some point to kick some accountants in the gonads.

last night was amazing. i had been stressed all day...but chris and i went to the loop. we originally went there just for dinner, and to stroll, but i noticed that thank you for smoking was showing at the tivoli. we both really wanted to see it, so see it we did.

if you haven't seen thank you for smoking yet, i want you to stop whatever you are doing, get on the nearest bus/train/car, and go to the closest movie theatre that is showing it. i promise, you won't be disappointed. it's absolutely hysterical. neither chris nor i can think of a single joke in the movie that fell flat. the characters were...caricatures that somehow managed not to be overblown. it was unapologetic. it was interesting. and, most importantly, it had me in stitches.

and...i didn't fall asleep during the movie, or even come close.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

why?

because i'm the worst person ever.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

because pirates are awesome.



My pirate name is:


Mad Jack Flint



Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.
well, i did my registration for next year, and it turned out decently enough, i guess.

i already knew i was in my environmental and land use litigation seminar. i got into the afternoon evidence section (hurray! no 9am class!), my antitrust class, and the wiley rutledge moot court.

i got waitlisted in two classes, but my waitlist positions are pretty plum. i'm first on the waitlist in jury instructions, and second on the waitlist for pretrial. i'm signed up for estate and gift tax if i don't get pretrial, and practical ethics for civil litigation if i don't get jury instructions. i'm pretty sure i'll get off the waitlist for jury instructions, although pretrial is notoriously hard to get off of.

in other words, not such a bad go of things for a rising 2L.

*update...as of 1pm, i'm up to #1 on the waitlist for pretrial! ::dancedancedance::*

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

hey! look! it's a shiny internet toy!

and this one lets you make a picture showing album art for CDs you like. :)

at that...marvel at the amazing music.

Create your own Music List here.