Tuesday, September 30, 2008
DELAYED RELEASE OF EXAMINATION RESULTS
July 2008 bar examinees PLEASE watch your individual emailboxes rather than the website for news from the Board. Contrary to all expectations, the website was crashed by your attention this afternoon. We are working furiously with our host server to quadruple band width and post your results. If we do not succeed within the next few hours, we will attempt to post applicant numbers of passing examinees before midnight. Promised email notification of posted result letters will surely follow tomorrow. We are so sorry for this totally frustrating delay.
contrary to your expectations? my ass.
they said late afternoon. i know it's not late afternoon yet.
i don't care. i just logged into the bar website to check, just in case it was out and they just hadn't emailed me.
of course, there was nothing.
i just want to know.
Monday, September 29, 2008
people are affirmatively hoping for a Bristol Palin wedding before the election? i was incensed enough when they stated in the abstract that "she will be marrying the father of the baby." it gave them an out...after the campaign, things could be reevaluated, and Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston wouldn't necessarily be pushed by the tide of public opinion into an ill-advised bond.
but, a highly-publicized wedding in the two or three weeks between Bristol's eighteenth birthday and the election? that's a publicity stunt, if i've ever seen one. and, i feel awful for Bristol and Levi. dealing with a teenage pregnancy is tough enough without the eyes of the nation scrutinizing their decisions. they should be left to talk to people they trust and then decide whether to keep the kid or give the kid up for adoption [or, had it been earlier, to consider abortion...although the beginning of the third trimester is definitely too late for that]. they can consider getting married, but they should have been left to do that on their own time--not as a face-saving element of mommy's campaign.
i'm not trying to disparage marriage per se. marriage is not always the wrong decision when two people end up having a kid. however, a pregnancy is no reason to immediately make people marry. the fact that his sperm collided with her egg in the right way doesn't make the two of them compatible for life, or even compatible for a few months or years. yes, it means they have some huge life decisions to make for the welfare of the kid. and, if they decide that they can be happy together for the long-term, then marriage is a legitimate consideration for them to make. but, marriage is not a legitimate response to the fact that mommy's closest political allies have a strict policy of forcing teenagers to marry the other teenagers they knocked up.
rushing into marriage only risks putting the kid in a situation borne of resent. no one wants that.
today, the new york times printed an article about an NPR show about the mortgage crisis. now, i don't regularly listen to NPR. i know this either makes me a bad liberal or a bad person in general, but i prefer music to talk. anyway, back in may, this american life did a show about the mortgage crisis, and the links between subprime mortgages and wall street.
for once, it's something that cuts past all of the financial jargon and actually explains the happenings in layman's terms--terms that make sense to all of us who aren't investment bankers. my brain often turns off when i read financial stuff, and a lot of it is because i don't understand what they're saying and i get frustrated having to google every other term, sift through the results, and find a half-decent explanation that doesn't explain the word in terms of six other pieces of financial jargon that i have to then look up and define all the terms in those definitions...ugh, it's recursive.
anyway, it's fascinating. you can listen to the show or read the transcript if you're like me and the speakers at your computer workstation suck. i highly recommend it.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
and now, we admire just how corrupt i am...thanks to this purity test that i shamelessly lifted from c4bl3fl4m3.
|Your Ultimate Purity Test 2.0 Score Is...|
|Your Score:||Average For All Users||Average For All Bisexual Liberal Pink-Skinned 22 to 28-Year old Females|
|Self-Lovin'||42.42%||60.81%||46.56%||When I think about you - or anyone - I touch myself|
|Shamelessness||54.84%||77.34%||60.57%||It takes a couple of drinks|
|Sex Drive||69.05%||75.04%||59.08%||A fool for love, but not always|
|Straightness||9.26%||39.23%||13.48%||Knows the other body type like a map|
|Gayness||27.78%||77.93%||38.06%||At least one weekend of ecstasy|
|Dominant||75%||86.59%||74.49%||Not afraid to tie the knot|
|Submissive||61.9%||86.92%||68.97%||Bound and gagged a few times|
|Fucking Sick||84.69%||89.77%||78.56%||Refreshingly normal|
|Take The Ultimate Purity Test 2.0|
and see how you match up!
(By The Ferrett)
1. If you read this, I want to know 35 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine ... you're on my list, so I want to know you better.
2. Comment here with your answers and repost the questionnaire on your own journal, for your friends to fill out. :)
01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
33) Favourite and least favourite food?
34) Do you believe in God?
35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
Friday, September 26, 2008
i didn't live-blog it...but Rob did. it's got his contemporaneous commentary as well as mine, since we spent the entire hour and a half snarking to each other about what was going on.
just days after saying that the debate needed to be halted because of the economy, we hear McCain saying this:
"My strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into some delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years."
oh, really? compare that to what Obama said when McCain offered that half-baked idea to cancel tonight's debate:
"I think there's no reason why we can't be constructive in helping to solve this problem and also tell the American people what we believe, and where we stand, and where we want to take the country."
gee, thanks for finally waking up and smelling the coffee, McCain. the suggestion that the debates should be postponed until the financial crisis was solved is completely absurd. however anyone feels about that ridiculous bailout, i don't think anyone can say with a straight face that the economic problems will be solved within the two hours it would take to do the debate, or even within the scope of days or weeks. years of bad decisions got us into this mire, and it's going to take months if not years to get even partially out of it. i could just maybe understand postponing the debate if there were some kind of crisis that required immediate response to move along from it within the scope of minutes or hours or days: something like another hurricane katrina or another september 11th, something that involved large-scale physical destruction. but, the economy? cancelling the debate is going to do nothing to solve the economy. only long-term, large-scale planning coordinated across many people will do anything to fix that problem, and hearing Obama's and McCain's response to this problem that one of them will doubtless inherit in a few months will do a lot more to help the situation than anything either of them could spend a few hours tonight in washington doing.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
there's a pretty funny story behind the wizard robe. there was a yard sale at a house around the block from Rob's place. we went there on Saturday when we were meandering about town trying to find lunch. the yard sale was run by three middle-aged women from the neighbourhood who had decided that Rob and i were the cutest couple they had ever seen. ^.^ at the sale, they had lots of fun, random stuff there that we poked through. i ended up getting a copy of Backyard Baseball...i want to see if i can run it over WINE, because i remember how funny it was when The Good Dr. C found a copy of that game in his cereal box, and the kids up to bat would say weird things like, "BRING ON THE MEAT!" when they came up to bat. Rob got some records and an awesome old typewriter.
Sunday we had some time to meander about after brunch before i had to go to the airport...so we went back to that yard sale. the ladies who ran it were very glad to see us again, and went right back to fawning about how adorable we were. Rob got some more old records, and i made off with a copy of guess who. [i hadn't played that game in YEARS, so it's awesome to have it now!] we were on the way out, and Rob noticed that purple robe hanging from the fence. we went over to look at it, and then started to walk away. suddenly, one of the women who was running the yard sale ran up to us, took that robe off the hanger, and handed it to us. so...fun wizard robe!
Your Urgent Help Needed
I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a
transfer of funds of great magnitude.
I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had
crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion
dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most
profitable to you.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my
replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may
know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the
1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds
as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the
names of our close friends because we are constantly under
surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a
reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the
funds can be transferred.
Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account
numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to
firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may transfer your commission
for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with
detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the
Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson
it's that kind of "entertaining" that leaves me wondering whether to laugh or cry.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
the conference went well. it involved me getting up very, very early for three days in a row, but at least i can navigate the bankruptcy code with some confidence now. thank goodness for small miracles.
otherwise, i've been spending lots of time with Rob, which makes me the happiest person on earth. <3
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
of course, since the workshop is in the big apple, this also means that i get to see my sweetheart this week. can we say epic win?
alright, it's about time to hop on the plane. later!!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
at least most of the people i started work with spent the summer getting up early, since they were in the morning bar review class. there was no way i was doing that, though. i'm not a morning person. i function better at night, and terribly in the mornings. i don't get up early unless i have to.
now i have to. sigh. at least i found my iPod when i was cleaning my bedroom today, so i'll have something interesting to listen to on the train. it kind of sucked commuting without it last week.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
i did, in fact, post this to blogger from the command line, from a program i am in the middle of writing!
i still have a lot of work to do on it, since i want there to be a way to enter a title and post text from the program, have the program plug that info into the xml in a template text file, and upload it from there. right now, i have to type the post text by hand into the xml template, and then the program uploads that file as the blogger post. it's not the most user-friendly way to go through it...but this program is still in "debugging" stage.
but, i have an idea of how to do that. that's a question of using the text processing skills i've been learning. the thing i was having the hardest time with was formatting the http requests to interact correctly with blogger's API--and i have done that!!!
this makes me happy. i've spent so much time puzzling through that interface, and my effort is officially not for naught!
this is a test of the emergency blogger-from-the-command-line system.
should this be a real attempt at posting to blogger from my command line, there would be actual content here. if this were a real attempt, i would also have finished coding a way to type the blog entries from within the program instead of just pulling this from the xml template file.
still...it's a start, right?
- being drunk and disorderly.
- operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
- spitting in a police officer's face.
- impersonating a sheriff's deputy.
- threatening to sue the arresting officers.
- claiming that judges were his friends, and would bail him out.
- demanding to go to county jail instead of municipal lock-up.
how tasteless. there's Bad TV, and there's TV That Should Never Have Been Made.
that's what "Women's Entertainment" is supposed to be now? ugh...give me one of those tearjerker Lifetime movies any day--and i hate those enough already.
i'm still not completely back to normal yet, since it's going to take my body a couple of weeks to get used to falling asleep earlier, getting up earlier, and working, but i'm feeling far better than i was wednesday and thursday. it's a start.
so far, i have no plans whatsoever this weekend. maybe i'll make plans to do something later, maybe i won't. i should clean my room, since i STILL haven't actually done that despite all of my hemming and hawing that i was going to get that done before i started work last week.
right now, i'm just pleased that i didn't have to get up early and go to work again today. sleeping in and sitting on the couch in my pajamas is full of win.
Friday, September 12, 2008
- i don't have to hang it all up and go back to the awfulness of law school in twelve weeks.
- no mandatory meetings at 9am every friday.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
i need to get used to the fact that i'm a stupid n00b, and a few stupid n00b mistakes are not the end of the world. i expect myself to be perfect right out...i know it's unrealistic, but still. i'm supposed to be be better than that.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
although, i have officially decided after two days of work that getting up at 7 every work day is full of fail. after a significant coffee infusion i can gain some semblance of an ability to function, but still. i am NOT a morning person.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
tomorrow i start my first day of work.
the idea that i'll be working as an attorney tomorrow is really, really funny for some reason. even though i've been through college and been through law school and taken the bar [although i'm still waiting on results, grr], i still haven't quite internalised that i've made it to where i can work as an attorney and not a legal intern. i've jumped through all these hoops, and it's hard to get in the mindset that i'm starting a real legal job, as opposed to one more hoop to jump through on the way to being a lawyer.
hopefully that will set in soon.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
anyway, i got a bunch of links for linux forums and linux documentation sites, which were of varying degrees of help for my programming problem. also, on the first page of google results, i got a link to thevistaforums.com. this was odd...bash is a *nix thing and not a windows thing, so i never get windows forum results when i search for help on my bash problems. of course, i was curious, and i had to click on the link. clicking rewarded me with the following highly entertaining tidbit:
"I have just started of learning some bash script. It makes life a LOT easyer when you are an programmer, want to automate stuff to make things less messy, or just want to do something cool. For those of you who do not know what bash script is, it is Ubuntus response to batch script in Windows."
*laugh some more*
*try to breathe*
*catch breath enough to rant in blog*
aside from the atrocious spelling and grammar, i love the fact that he refers to bash as "Ubuntu's response to batch script in Windows." first of all, it's not Ubuntu's response to anything--Ubuntu has only been around since 2004, and Ubuntu integrated bash, not the other way around! second of all, Windows has only been around since 1985, when it was a nascent graphical user interface to MS-DOS...and there was no DOS until 1980. this was, of course, six years AFTER the bourne shell, which formed the basis for bash, was first developed. thirdly, independent of time...it's not just Ubuntu that uses bash scripting, its a large range of *nix OSes that do.
in other words, it's really the words "Ubuntu's response" that make it so funny...if he had just referred to it as "Linux's analogue" or "UNIX's analogue", i probably would have just shaken my head at the terrible grammar and spelling, closed the tab, and moved on.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
on a lighter note, if playing the didgeridoo really did make you infertile, my time would be well spent learning how to play that. i have a funny feeling a didgeridoo is cheaper than getting my tubes tied, and will involve having to deal with less medical bureaucratic bullshit. :D
i could not stand her back in the nineties. however, twelve years after that album came out, i must admit it's pretty darn good. it's sultry. it's not the kind of stuff i could dig back in 1996, 1997...the older i get, the more i realise that back in high school, i needed music that fit one mood and one mood only: OMGTEENANGST. i needed music to which i could whine, cry, and feel sorry for myself. of course i still sometimes need music for that mood, even now. [back me up here...even if you're not a teenager anymore, teen angst still rears its ugly head more often than you'd like to admit!] but, it's not my only mood anymore. and, the combination of my more variant moods and the fact that i don't take the image of my music tastes quite so seriously anymore means that i can look back on the music of the nineties and appreciate a somewhat wider range of it.
- finish putting together my dresser
- finish unpacking all of my stuff
- organize my room
- go shopping for work clothes
- get my hair cut and coloured
i'm not looking forward to shopping for clothes. there are certain kinds of clothes i like shopping for, and certain kinds i don't. i love shopping for fun clothes, and i even don't mind shopping for suits. this is mainly because i think i look good in casual clothes, and i know i look good in suits. but now, i have to go shopping for business casual. this makes me less than happy. i look like an idiot in business casual. i'm going to try and find stuff that doesn't make me look like a frump, but doesn't make me look like a tramp either. but, that's hard. i have so much trouble figuring out what's appropriate for business casual, but even more trouble finding appropriate shirts that look good on me. button-down shirts are the easy pick, but they look uniformly awful on me. either they fit my lower half but they pop open at the boobs, or they fit my boobs and look like a tent on my lower half. neither result is tolerable.
as for getting my hair done...i'm looking forward to the cut, but not the colour. i always love getting my hair cut. i love having short hair, and the fact that there are wisps of hair brushing against the tops of my ears means that my hair is getting far too long. however, i'm really sad that i have to change my hair colour. i've had it all sorts of fun colours since january...blue, light blue, turquoise, purple, red...and i love having weird coloured hair. it's so much more fun than having any colour that occurs naturally. as for what i'm going to have it coloured for work, i'm still pretty sure i'm going to have it done black. i like having black hair, and it's the most fun hair colour that i know i can get away with at work. i'm hanging on to the blue as long as i can, though. i think i'm going to get my hair done on saturday: two days before work, just to make sure i have a day for damage control in case anything goes haywire with the colouring.
i've got a busy few days ahead of me.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
"i have a sudden urge to eat popcorn. i think it has something to do with the pillow fight all those women are having after the party. [long pause] you're gonna get some cunnilingus, or my name isn't Orville Redenbacher!!!"
even though he said this in real life, he wins at least five internets for saying that. he wins a real-life or two as well.
Monday, September 01, 2008
i don't get it. i don't get what's so great about looking bronzed, or what's so wrong with looking pale if you're just naturally that way.
that thought hit me earlier today, when i ran out to the drugstore. one of the cashiers had the worst fake tan i had ever seen. as in...take a look at the blogger logo. it was that kind of awful.
my thoughts jumped as follows:
- this looks ridiculous.
- it's absurd that she would do that to herself.
- as absurd as it is that she would slather such bad fake tanner on herself, it's still more absurd that people would spend time in the sun, or in a tanning bed, to do something similar to themselves. sure, that doesn't turn you orange, but it may give you cancer, and it makes your skin look wrinkled and tough by the time you're thirty-five.