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March 9th, 2009

02:57 pm - Woo Hoo!
I just got accepted into the PhD program at the University of Kansas! I'm moving out of Michigan!

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January 13th, 2009

12:49 am - Traditional Japanese Music - Smoke on the Water

I really can't comment. Just watch.

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April 9th, 2008

10:43 pm - In my effort to pay bills while writing my thesis...
I work at Radio Shack!

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December 19th, 2007

09:18 am - Two more A's
My graduate GPA is now 1.6 points higher than my undergraduate GPA. That's kind of strange.

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December 4th, 2007

08:14 pm - Parakeet babies.
We have finally named the parakeet babies (we now have 19 total...damn)

In order of birth

1. Ishmael (my dad suggested this without a reason...but we went with it)
2. Coco (after Cara's dog that died in the last year...it was 19)
3. Pippin
4. Julius Sumner Miller (duh! Physics is this bird's business).
5. Maui (after my cat that died in the last year...it was 19).

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September 19th, 2007

08:09 am - Robert Jordan (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007)
This sucks beyond imagining. He died from complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (cardiac amyloidosis). He had been rumored to have died in the past few weeks, but he told everyone that it was just a rumor. In the past week or two, he had shared all the plot details of his last book with his wife and other family members.

From AP:

Best selling fantasy author Robert Jordan has died of a rare blood disease aged 58, it has been reported.

Jordan - whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr - wrote the "Wheel of Time" series, which sold millions of books since the first - "The Eye of the World" - was published in 1990.

Associated Press (AP) news agency reported that Jordan died at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston on Sunday local time.

He was working on the 12th book of his "Wheel of Time" series at the time of his death.

The books follow Rand al'Thor on his journey to battle ultimate evil.

Jordan had spent most of his life in Charleston, telling AP in 2003: "What I write is certainly not set in South Carolina, but I have had a number of reviewers comment on the fact that I write with a distinctly Southern voice.

"It goes beyond more than simply where the story is set. I believe it is something we take in in the air and the water. It's a matter of word choices - of the rhythms of sentences and the rhythm of speech in particular."

Jordan had worked as a nuclear engineer before becoming a full time writer in 1977, AP said. He is survived by his wife, Harriet McDougal Rigney.

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September 15th, 2007

09:15 am - Oh my god...i'm doing a meme
1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results [i did 15 so that you could see 13, which was my original career choice]

Wow this is interesting. My current career choices that I'm working on are at #14 and #23. The thing that I started college for is at #7 (kinda). My lifelong ambition is at #36. The thing I would never consider is at #21. My thesis is currently related to #2 (again, kinda).

1. Paleontologist
2. Sport Psychology Consultant
3. Genetic Counselor
4. Taxidermist
5. Actor
6. Veterinarian
7. Special Effects Technician
8. Computer Trainer
9. Occupational Therapist
10. Dental Assistant
11. Naturopath
12. Public Health Nurse
13. Physician Assistant
14. Anthropologist
15. Psychiatrist

Here's the rest of the listCollapse )

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September 2nd, 2007

09:02 am - I haven't posted since May?
Damn, that's a long time.

Uh new stuff with me...

1) I am now writing my thesis proposal and should be done with my Master's in April.
2) I've lost 20 pounds and am the lightest I have been since high school.
3) I live with my girlfriend and we have a ton of parakeets. They poo.
4) I'm probably moving back down south for my PhD next year (Florida)


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May 23rd, 2007

09:27 am - Weird morning.
There are some Starlings that have made a nest inside one of the dryer vents on the second story wall of my building. This is background information.

Cara and I noticed something sticking out of the vent yesterday morning and were wondering what it could be. Cara suggested it might be a dead baby bird. I thought so too. As we stood there, the mother bird kicked it out of the vent and it fell on the ground. It was indeed dead. We buried it under a leaf under a tree.

Later that day, I went to get food while Cara went to my house to await said food. She happened to notice another baby bird, which I named Poseidon and was perhaps 4 or 5 days old, lying in the same spot as the old. This bird was very much not dead. After some deliberation, we took it inside and tried to call animal rescue. However, every place was closed.

As the phone calls continued, I went to look and see if there was a way to return it to the nest. This was not possible, however, it was possible that there was another baby bird in the same spot. In this case, possible means that there indeed was another baby bird. I named him Odysseus. We took him in with his brother/sister. We then went on a field trip to get bird formula having already purchased a bird cozy and a syringe earlier.

We are now taking care of two baby Starlings...they poop a lot. However, we will give them to a care provider later today. I'm going to miss them though.

The End.

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April 11th, 2007

08:34 pm - Okay.
We have just purchased our seventh parakeet.

For those following at home...we now have..

1. Navi
2. Tat'l
3. Ta'l
4. Chuthulu, the Lord of Chaos and Death (he's mine).
5. Giles
6. Majory Stuart Baxter (from salad fingers)
7. Cloud

Some have their wings clipped...and one or two will even climb on me. Needless to say, our apartment next year will be kinda loud.

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