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February 22nd, 2007

10:56 am - Yup...
Having Mono is the bee's knees!

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February 18th, 2007

03:45 pm - I enjoy selling things on ebay.
Cara has birds and I like to redecorate their homes. I move a perch every which way. I feed them peppers with my hands. I move water dishes, toys, and anything that is not nailed down. I enjoy the birds when they are let out to fly around the room. I do not enjoy when they poop.

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November 21st, 2006

10:36 am - Where am I? What have I been doing?
I forgot about this thing.

1) School is going well. I'm getting my thesis proposal together and should have it done by May. That means a few more months after that and I can graduate. Go team me.

2) Wednesday is the two month anniversary of Cara and I. If I was going to rate our relationship on a scale of cheese to genocide, I'd probably say "wicked sweet." I am leaving for Georgia on Wednesday for Thanksgiving and she is coming with me for that event. It's pretty awesome.

3) I was Jack Skellington and Cara was Sally for Halloween. Cara has some pictures up on facebook and I think Jeremy is going to send me more...eventually.

4) I played racquetball with Jeremy, Cara, and Nicole. I proceeded to hit the ball directly into Jeremy's jugular. It looked painful.

5) The Nintendo Wii looks awesome. There was a driving game. It was also awesome.

6) I want some fucking Super Popeyes over Christmas break. Is that possible?

7) I am also a giant dork.

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October 7th, 2006

09:39 am - Note to myself
Why are my books so fucking expensive? Cultural Anthropology books seem to be a lot cheaper. Jeremy, you are a bastard.

1. 2004 - Crews - Human Senescence - $99.60 Crew's book is pretty much my largest reference. I need to own this

2. 1997 - Schulz-Aellen - Aging and Human Longevity - $79.95 I'm not familiar with this one. It could be useful

3. 2003 - Overall - Aging, Death, and Human Longevity: A Philosophical Inquiry - $55.00 This might be crap. I do need to start looking at some things out of the biology perspective, however.

4. 2001 - Kirkwood - Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging - $25.00 Kirkwood's Disposable Soma - I need to study under this guy

5. xxxx - Ungar and Teaford - Human Diet: Its Origin and Evolution - $81.95 The University of Arkansas' own Peter Ungar...I need to get Fogel to introduce me to him. This may or may not be critical to my thesis as it begins to take shape.

6. 1994 - Finch - Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome - $48.00 This one is new to me. I need to find it


Articles to find...

Kirkwood, T.B.L. 2002. Evolution of Ageing. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 123: 737–745

Hawkes et al. 1998. Grandmothering, menopause, and the evolution of human life histories. [PNAS] 95(3): 1336-1339.

Williams. 1957. Pleiotropy, Natural Selection, and the Evolution of Senescence. Evolution 11:398-411.

This is on PubMed somewhere. Campisi, J. 2000. Cancer, aging and cellular senescence. In Vivo 14(1):183-8.


Lit Review for proposal..

1. Discuss antagonistic pleiotrophy, disposable soma, free radical wear and tear, telomeres.
2. Issues dealing with animal size, heartbeat, and lifespan
3. Nutrition and diet on longevity.
4. Do I really want to deal with Hawkes? Menopause?
5. Age-1 gene, clk genes?

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September 30th, 2006

10:01 am - Awww....
My journal looks so empty. It makes me sad. Waxi!

Cara left to work and go to some kind of festival...so let us have basketball!

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September 15th, 2006

05:09 am - Well...
my life just took a dramatic turn for the better.

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September 8th, 2006

04:00 pm - Ultimate frisbee makes you super smart...
ignoring that whole 'correlation does not imply causation' nonsense.


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September 4th, 2006

10:19 am - Steve Irwin died.
This just plain sucks.


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September 1st, 2006

07:29 pm - I can't think of a compelling reason to update...
...yet, the plot thickens.

The search for a thesis topic, a reason to actually be in school, is fast approaching an ending time. "The time is near." However, it is still quite fuzzy and does not fit into a box of any type of construction. It resists the bonding powers of even duct tape.

Life currently consists of running over zombies with a lawnmower in a game that has very small text, thus making progress impossible. This does not concern me. The simple act of running over zombies is much like a Pac-Man in the days of yore. It is a task that is entertaining and rewarding on its own and needs no complex motives, story structure, nor a beginning, a middle, or end. God bless my 360.

My car is entirely functional. A truth, for a second consecutive year. Distance is not an obstacle and time is irrelevant. If it exists, then probability suggest that I could reach there with sufficient motivation. Unfortunately, classes will begin next Tuesday which will keep me bound to this place.


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August 20th, 2006

11:06 am - Snakes on a plane.
No false advertising in this movie. There were snakes...and they were on a plane. Although, I wonder why they felt the need to explain how they got there.

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