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what I need to do in the next two days:

  1. Prepare for my final two final exams (US history and French)
  2. Read Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
  3. Return a fiction book, a French textbook, an English textbook (opened once), and a US history textbook
  4. Finish a painting
  5. Go to work
  6. Pack for a trip to Chicago
  7. Memorize two piano pieces
  8. Sight read a Schubert string quartet; this also means I have to find a recording so I know what it’s supposed to sound like
  9. Clean my room
  10. Check out a biology textbook and a nonfiction book that I’m supposed to read over the summer; I’m assured nobody ever does this assignment and the teacher goes over the notes at the beginning of the next school year
  11. Find my Best Buy gift card (this follows naturally from #9) so I can get Narrow Stairs without spending my own money
  12. There is no #12

The end. (Actually, I should read Lies My Teacher Told Me and then return it to the person I borrowed it from. That’ll be my #12.)


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I love clothes.

Just to make that clear. I love clothes. Usually, as a high school student with a minimum wage job and no allowance, I can’t afford them. I have to save up for a couple months to buy some high-end items, so usually I just go to eBay and buy some scarves or something.

But this coat/jacket:

Has me disregarding the $195 price tag, simply because the back is too cool:

It’s hooded! A hooded trench coat! The idea blows my mind apart! (Not really.) But too cool.

Now I just have to choose between buying this, assuming it’s not sold out by the time I can save up enough money, and buying one of the other myriad of clothing items I really want, but obviously can’t afford.

Eventually I’m going to end up with more jackets than shirts. Which would be interesting.

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the problem with white jeans.


I just stained my new white jeans.

The culprit:


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Jack, Rose, Arthur, and Marilyn.

Families series, Part 1

So, most everyone knows that Arthur Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe. After their divorce and her death, he married Inge Morath and they had a daughter, Rebecca Miller, and a son (who has Downs Syndrome). Arthur Miller worked with Daniel Day-Lewis on a film version of The Crucible and Day-Lewis met Rebecca Miller. They eventually got married and now have two kids. R. Miller directed Day-Lewis in the film The Ballad of Jack and Rose, a film [spoiler!] about an incestuous relationship between the father and the daughter, among other relationships (trailer here).

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“That’s two answers!”

Today, at Quiz Bowl Districts:

“Find the y-intercept of the equation x^2 + 5x -15 = 0

Teammate buzzed in, is acknowledged: “(0, -15)”


Other team guessed wrong.

“The correct answer was negative 15.”

Obviously the team challenged the answer. The y-intercept of an equation is a point. A point can be expressed in coordinate form. The moderator was confused. She handed the answer guide over to the scorekeeper, who said:

“Oh, it’s been a while since I’ve done this [math]! Wait, but you guys said 0, -15. That’s two answers!”

We got our 5 points in the end, but not after a lot of convincing the moderator and the scorekeeper that “(0, -15)” and “the y-intercept is -15” is the same thing.

Even if it’d been a long time since they’d taken math, coordinate form shouldn’t be something that can be forgotten. I don’t know. But it’s not like points aren’t used in “real-world applications,” either. For instance, looking at and reading maps takes some knowledge of finding specific points.

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I’m on The Great College Tour (East Coast Edition) right now, that great (new) tradition that every high school junior/senior/sophomore/whatever partakes in. Now that wireless has completely taken over life, I’d like to share some system names with everyone.There are those names that seem to 1. utilize fear tactics or 2. defy reverse psychology:

  •  >:(>:(>:( – this person is really angry.
  • getoff – well, I wasn’t on your network in the first place, but if you say sooo.
Then there are those who try to be something else:
  • nonetwork – I guess if you name it so, it doesn’t really exist.
  • dan’s shit – maybe this is a really slow connection. I don’t know. 

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Materialism in America.

Christvertising, a fusion of two twin pillars of American identity: religion and materialism. “God Bless Your Brand.”

from Joe. My. God.

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