Friday, May 30, 2008

a beautiful night

barbri was terrible yesterday, but everything after was wonderful.

i discovered the coolest intersection ever when i was walking to dinner. i was meeting my friend up in river north...which is a nice walk from the southwest loop, where my barbri class is. instead of walking north up some street i knew well [wells, lasalle, one of the usual suspects], i decided to walk up north on clinton instead. it had normal urban office buildings for a couple of blocks and then started to become more and more industrial in character. finally, at fulton, you couldn't really walk north on it anymore...it became mostly train tracks. so, i turned down fulton and took canal instead.

just north of fulton and canal was an absolute gem of an intersection. it wasn't an intersection with a street...no, it was an intersection with three or four train tracks, cutting diagonally across the road. i've seen a million street-track intersections, obviously, but this one was breathtaking. on the southeast edge of the intersection, you could see the trains go up or down into what appeared to be oblivion. really, it was just lower level tracks for them to go down into Ogilvie, which is a few blocks south of that intersection. but, standing on Canal and watching the trains go by, it looked like the westbound trains were emerging from the ground, and the eastbound trains were disappearing into the ground. i need to go back there another day at rush hour and take some pictures of this...it made me so sad that i didn't have my camera with me yesterday.

afterwards, i met up with some friends for dinner...including one friend who i've known for almost eight years, but hadn't actually seen in person for about three. he's in town this summer, so i'll get to see him quite a bit...which makes me so happy. i missed him a lot. he's hilariously sarcastic, and a blast to hang out with. it was a great dinner: the three of us exchanging stories and jokes over fish, chips, smithwick's, and guinness.

after dinner we went for ice cream, and then met a bunch of people for karaoke at friar tuck. it was nice...far less busy than karaoke there usually is. this was fantastic, because it meant that i got to do four songs: goodbye earl, bohemian rhapsody, my heart will go on, and bring me to life. i got to see some people i hadn't seen since last summer, i got to meet some new people, and i got to drink in a bar that looks like a big old beer barrel from the outside.

i got home last night feeling just plain good...okay, a little drunk as well, but really good. there's really not a whole lot else to say about it, but it was one of those nights out that, despite the fact it was long, really invigorated me and made me feel really, really good to be alive.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

a bright idea.

this is fantastic.

it would probably not be the greatest idea to have an orgy with current and future attorneys in a single legal market, even one as big as new york city. but, still...i appreciate the sentiment. two days into barbri, it's already pretty clear that it'll be almost impossible to get through the next two months without regular infusions of vice, vice, and more vice.

i love this song.

radio wazee played "nobody knows" by addict this morning, and it made me think of another one of their songs.

i saw "monsterside" by addict premiere on 120 minutes about ten years ago. i loved this song so much..and have only met one person along the way who knew and loved this song as much as i do.



i need to get a new copy of this album, stones. it shattered into a million pieces several years ago, and i've never been able to find it again. they were so whiny and melodramatic, but they did it so well...listening to them, you believe they mean every word, and believe they know what you mean if you're having an awful time at things. that's a great thing to find.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

there is HOPE after all.

i don't know who other than the PLA folks would find this interesting...but it's final--i'm going to The Last HOPE on July 18-20. i've got my conference ticket, my plane ticket, and three nights in the Hotel Pennsylvania! i arrive in NYC just after noon on the 18th, and leave NYC around 7 on the 21st. :D

i'm so jazzed about the RFID game...apparently the first 1500 conference registrants [which includes me...squee!!!] will have RFID chips in their badges, and people will be able to track other attendees, see where they are, try to circumvent or fool the RFID tracking...clearly, i'm going to have to learn more about RFID between now and then so i can take full advantage of this game.

[side note--the conference ends on the 20th, so if you aren't interested in hanging around a bunch of hackers and technogeeks all weekend but still want to see me, we can meet for lunch or coffee or something on the 21st!]

Sunday, May 25, 2008

spelunking kitteh

i don't know how i missed this one last month, but i love it:



that about sums it up.

C:

i LOVE pearls before swine.

that is all.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

randomness

full of win:
  • being back in chicago: enough said. it's marvelous.
  • trevelyn: he gave me a shell on his server and installed an IRC program on it, so i can chat on IRC from there. therefore, i don't have to worry about Comcast being full of IRC-related fail anymore. thank you...you rock. :)
  • the new Indiana Jones movie: was it great cinema? of course not. but, was it a fun movie? you bet. Indiana Jones is a nerd superhero, and Marion is just plain feisty. sure, all that UFO crap was just stupid. but, most of the movie was awesome--chase scenes, fight scenes, and the best thing of all: dancing KGB agents! who doesn't love dancing KGB agents?
  • the national high school quiz bowl tournament: sure, i'm not in quiz bowl, and i'm not going to the tournament at all. but, it meant that two of my friends who don't live in chicago are in town for the weekend. i got to see one of them yesterday, and get to see the other one tomorrow. therefore...awesome.

full of fail:
  • starting my bar review class on tuesday: i just graduated from law school. the last thing i want to do is go to class. i'm not in the mood for more studying. at least it's not as bad as it could be: i'm in an afternoon section, not a morning one, so my classes meet from 1:30-5:00. i can sleep until a reasonable hour, do my reading, and get to class. but, still...it's class. it's law class. do not want.
  • my lack of blog updates: this problem should be rectified when my bar review class starts. it will give me something from which to procrastinate...and blogging is one of the best-ever ways of procrastinating, right?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

screw you, comcast

comcast, you suck. i can't stay on IRC to save my life. i can stay on the web, i can stay on AIM...just not IRC. since i'm addicted to chatting on IRC, this is a big problem.

hopefully i'll figure out how to tunnel through SSH, and hopefully this solution will work. if i don't figure out something soon, however, i'm going to be even angrier than i already am.

*fumes*

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

<3

all of my stuff is in boxes and suitcases. at 12:30, my friend is coming over and we are lugging the boxes to the post office to be mailed. at 4:30, my suitcases and i are getting on the megabus. at 9:30, the bus gets to union station in Chicago.

and i will be back in my city for the rest of my life.

it's kind of scary to say something like that at the tender age of twenty-five, but i know it's true. no city makes me as happy as Chicago does. i feel alive there in a way i don't anywhere else. everywhere else i've lived, it has felt temporary...like i'll be there, do what needs to be done [be it "finishing law school" or "getting out from under the parents' roof"], and bail out to somewhere better.

Chicago never felt like that. i never felt the need to finish up some phase of my life and go somewhere else. it broke my heart to leave it in 2005 to go to law school. even though i didn't yet have concrete plans to return then, it still never felt like goodbye for real. i knew i'd be visiting it a lot, and i still had in my heart the idea of moving back someday.

someday is may 21, 2008. someday is today. i'm coming home.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

idol rant part deux

Dear David Archuleta,

i didn't think you could be worse than David Cook, but your rendition of "imagine" by john lennon had me curled up in a ball on my floor, shaking, begging for it to end.

so much melisma.

such a boring little crooner voice.

my ears are bleeding.

--tpcs

idol rant

dear David Cook,

please to be not messing up one of my favourite songs ever. you took "the world i know" by collective soul and managed to sound like a cross between two of my least favourite Idol contestants from Season 5: Chris Daughtry's adult-contemporary-"rocker" style and Eliot Yamin's overuse of melismas.

screw you. you owe my eardrums big.

hate,
the persecuted crack smoker

smoke rock crack pig sex video

okay...i really want to know what was going through the mind of someone who googled the words:

smoke rock crack pig sex video

...and went 490 results in.

...and clicked on my blog.

i thought i had seen it all, but this is the weirdest search string i've ever seen that led to this place. congratulations, whoever you are.

Monday, May 19, 2008

an odd couple indeed

my friend and i saw this ad on TV yesterday, and were flabbergasted...really? these two? on the same couch? was this some clever cgi?



turns out...nope, no clever cgi. it's actually them. that's fantastic.

:(

i'm very excited about moving to chicago...but i hate packing. i hate packing with a passion. i hate packing so much that i stayed in st. louis my 1L summer just to avoid it. i hate packing so much that all i took to chicago with me last summer were two suitcases full of stuff, as much as i could drag on the bus.

sigh.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

fully poseable talking jesus!!

i saw an ad on TV for a talking jesus doll.

go to that webpage and watch the ad...and please tell me if it's actually as creepy as i think it is, or if i'm just crazy.

???

as of yesterday, i have a J.D.

this is scary.

Friday, May 16, 2008

shear panic

i bought some hair dye for graduation...it was supposed to be blood red.

i haven't washed it out yet, it's still sitting in my hair. but, it looks orange instead of blood red. this is disconcerting. i don't want orange hair. i want blood red hair. the sample at the store lied to me, and i'm mad.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

to boldly go where several star trek fangirls have gone before

this article cracks me up.

it's not unexpected that trekkie girls [at least of the type that would go to cons and try and screw star trek stars...] would do that, do all the weird sci-fi talk in bed. it's not unexpected that it would get old to william shatner.

but, i'm just wondering...how many fangirls did he sleep with? how long did it take him to realise that all the beam-me-up talk wasn't hot? and...exactly how hot would a fangirl have to be for him to look past the likelihood of bad sci-fi double entendres?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

kansas

thanks to eric, there is a fantastic slide show of videos and pictures of all the stuff i did for scavhunt in Kansas this weekend. enjoy! <3

part 1:


part 2:


and, for amusement, here's phil and eric fixing the CTA with duct tape.



i love scav so much.

Monday, May 12, 2008

scav! <3

...scav is over, and i've gotten a good night of sleep for the first time since last tuesday night.

the hunt went amazingly. as most of you know, i scavved for GASH--the shiny, new Graduate and Alumni ScavHunt team--this year. we were a small team this year...we had a core of twenty or so hardcore scavvies who did a bunch of the items, many of whom had graduated the u(c), and scavved for other teams. some people even brought their friends from other school...people who had never experienced the insanity of the Hunt, but were ready to give it a shot. we had the best headquarters ever: a storefront along 55th street that was rented to our team for the four days of the hunt.

i was on the roadtrip team this year. the roadtrip concentrated on items in towns throughout Kansas. some of the towns were fantastic.

Lucas, KS was my favourite, definitely. it was an artsy little town, with awesome things like the world's largest collection of the world's smallest versions of the world's largest things [which has the sweetest curator ever!], the Grassroots Art Center, and the garden of eden. i need to go back there and hang out for a while...it's absolutely adorable.

my least favourite place we went was Junction City, KS. it just felt like a really depressed military town. luckily we only had two items there so we weren't there for very long...but i'll be perfectly happy never going there again.

more road trip stuff will be up here soon...when i have more time.

we ended up finishing sixth...here were the final results:
1. Snitchcock
2. Palevsky
3. B-J
4. MacPierce
5. Shoreland
6. GASH <3
7. FIST
8. Broadview
9. Broover

fifth through seventh were very close. we beat the FIST [who had finished third in the last three hunts] by less than 100 points, and Shoreland only beat us by about 120.

i'm really proud of our team. we rocked the roadtrip, and the items that we had enough people and time to do we did WELL. i'm definitely taking vacation days next year right around scav weekend...i can't miss the hunt again, and i can't wait to scav again with GASH.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

SCAV!

alright...time to hop on the bus and go to Chicago for the weekend. there is scav to be hunted.

hunted where? i don't know. as of now i'm on road trip, so be prepared for some very strange stories from some very strange places, quite possibly tiny midwestern hamlets.

back Monday.

Monday, May 05, 2008

pretty nerd alert!!

wow.

the Caltech boy on Jeopardy today is really hot.

i feel kind of dirty, since it's the college tournament, and undergrads = cradle robbery...but still. yummy eye candy for the win!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

...at least i have my crack, i mean internet, back?!

dear Charter,

you suck. a lot.

the internet went down a few hours ago. it was clearly a problem with my cable, as my cable tv had gone down too. it was clearly a problem on your end. so, i called you to see what was up.

your automated system said it was a problem with my modem.

your tech-support guy said it was a problem with my modem, insisted that there was not a cable outage in my area, and told me the only thing he could do would be to set up an appointment with a dude to come fix my modem.

now, it's three hours later...and my internet and cable are back up. i didn't do anything to my modem. of course, the problem was on your end. i was right, and your tech support guys were wrong.

acid and vitriol,
the persecuted crack smoker

Friday, May 02, 2008

braaaaaaaaaaaains.

dear John Kovalic,

can you please ask next time before you go ahead and h4x0r my brain for the sake of Dork Tower? i can't think of any other way you could have tailored this comic so well to the aim of amusing me.

thanks,
the persecuted crack smoker.

:D

i finished my last law school final ever this morning, and turned it in.

law school didn't kill me. it's a wonder.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

are you kidding me?

wash u released a press release today, naming the six people to whom they plan to confer honourary degrees at commencement this year.

one of them is Phyllis Schlafly.

Phyllis Schlafly, of the Eagle Forum.

Phyllis Schlafly, who said of feminists that their first commandment was: "I am woman; thou shalt not tolerate strange gods who assert that women have capabilities or often choose roles that are different from men's."

Phyllis Schlafly, who said at a Senate hearing on sexual harassment: "Non-criminal sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women, except in the rarest of cases. Men hardly ever ask sexual favors of women from whom the certain answer is no. Virtuous women are seldom accosted."

Phyllis Schlafly, who remarked that "Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions."

Phyllis Schlafly, who is still convinced that:"By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape."

i'm embarrassed. i'm astounded that my institution thinks that this closed-minded, hot-button-pushing shrew is worthy of an honourary doctorate.