Thursday, November 30, 2000

Right now I am quite angry; so angry that I slammed the door to my room when I came back to the dorm. The problem is that I have trouble expressing my feelings. Thus if the person the ill feelings are directed towards is oblivious then whatever feelings I have simply get bottled up. So each time they piss me off all the original feelings come back at full force. Even now I'm going over little scenes in my head; I picture myself saying things I don't mean, crying for no reason, or just totally going nuts. {I have a Sudden urge to shoot clay pigeons, which is a feeting I haven't had since the original nintendo game}

posted by Alison 11/30/2000 09:11:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

One time I saw Rod Stewart in a McDonalds in Spain. I don't know why he was there, but there were a lot of teenagers hanging on his every word. That and the wild hair made me conclude that it was indeed Mr. Stewart himself. I didn't even know he liked McDonalds.

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Lately, I've been wearing my glasses because the air has been too dry for my contacts. The problem is that my glasses were made while I was in another state, so they don't exactly work like they should. It's like wearing two funhouse mirrors strapped to your face; everything is all distorted and curvy. Sometimes objects seem like they are farther off than they really are and so I run into doors and walls. The scariest thing to do is to try crossing H Street. There are these big dumpsters blocking your view so that you can't see oncoming traffic even if you have 20/20 vision. So, when I'm wearing my glasses my field of vision is narrowed and I risk getting run over even if I do look both ways. Thus, I stand there until someone else wants to cross the street (granted, if I can see them). So this is what's going through my brain:
Should I cross now? I can see the other person crossing, so it's probably safe. Wait, are they wearing glasses, too? Oh no! They left my field of vision! Now I'm half blind standing in the middle of the street. Is there a car coming? I can't see around the dumpsters. (and at this point the notion of certain death crosses my mind)

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Monday, November 27, 2000

I guess I'm not the only one whose had strange requests for robots.txt. Thanks to Glenn for the link.

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Sunday, November 26, 2000

To whoever keeps looking for robots.txt in prime-number:
There has never been anything of that name in this domain. Although I'm sure that I could use a robots.txt, currently it doesn't exist. Please stop looking for it for now.

posted by Alison 11/26/2000 09:37:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

On Thursday night I went to the Delta Jet base where my Dad works again. This time we went with two of my uncles who had never seen the inside of the main hangar. We looked at all sorts of machines, mainly engines. There were lots of engine blades sitting out by themselves like rows of teeth in a shark's mouth. While my uncles pretended to fly one of the incomplete jets (these are grown men, both married), I sat with my feet hanging out of one of the side doors. Usually they don't let you do that when they're actually trying to get passengers on the plane, so I enjoyed the feeling of actually relaxing casually while hanging halfway out of an MD-88. The best part was that I got a brand new shiny piece of aluminum, with grease pencil marks and everything.

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Thursday, November 23, 2000

Watching a NOVA special about code breaking, I heard one of the saddest things. Alan Turing is one of my personal heroes and one of the most important people in Decoding German transmissions during WWII. Apparently after Bletchley Park disbanded, he was persecuted by British Intellegence. They had classified him as a security risk due to his homosexuality. Eventually he killed himself by cyanide poisoning.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2000

I saw many interesting things as I traveled home for Thanksgiving.
· The Capitol Dome lit up like a lantern
· A man so angry for some reason that he slammed his cart against a pole and all of his luggage fell off
· Many, many people reading fashion magazines

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Monday, November 20, 2000

A nice useful link from Mister Pants (God bless his soul): 13 Myths about the Results of the 2000 Election

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Sunday, November 19, 2000

Yesterday I had my birthday party. We went to this really great all you can eat sushi place and stuffed ourselves silly. We then went to an Asian grocery store in China Town and did some sorely needed grocery shopping. I had been craving sweet rice for so long so I bought a big five pound bag of it. I also bought some seaweed and lots of yan-yan sticks. Just watching Tampopo had made me crave sticky rice and nori, so now I can at least watch that movie without going crazy from hunger.

posted by Alison 11/19/2000 11:45:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Friday, November 17, 2000

I'm experiencing what is known as Napster panic. Now that I know that I will some day actually be expected to pay for the privilege of accessing millions of mp3 songs, I'm grabbing whatever I can. I know it's silly. I don't even like the Smashing Pumpkins that much, but I downloaded their entire new album. I've been finding and downloading all sorts of crap: mediocre George Michael Songs, hits as sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks and every version of the James Bond theme that I can find. Hmmm… Do I really need download the soundtrack to Kingpin?

posted by Alison 11/17/2000 06:12:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Last night I didn't win a trip to Vegas. A student organization had a casino night, but only a handfull of people showed up. So everyone there felt that they had a pretty good chance of winning one of two trips to Sin City that were raffled off at the end of the night. A few people went out and bought $50 worth of tickets only to lose it all when they didn't win. Between the both of us, Clark and I lost about $4 including the money we spent on fake roulette and blackjack. I'm sure we made most of that up with the free soda we drank, so it wasn't a bad price for being entertained for two hours.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2000

I know that everyone is sick of this, but comparing this sample ballot to the real one does make a lot of the compliants make a lot more sense.

Maybe this or this would have made more sense. But this or this or this would have been more fun.

posted by Alison 11/15/2000 07:43:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Yahoo! News - Reuters Photo Sometimes it takes a headline from a foreign newspaper to sum up our domestic politics.

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Monday, November 13, 2000

I saw so many people who looked like dolls today. People with white ivory faces and eyes made out of glass, features barely protruding as if painted on. From the balcony I could see their artificially arched eyebrows, their porcelain hands reaching up to smooth stiffly coifed hair. From high up people seem to blend together to form an approximation of what they really are; they cease to move of their own will. They appear to be children's toys moved to and fro by hand.

Perhaps I should lay off of the Bunraku puppet plays.

posted by Alison 11/13/2000 11:45:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Wednesday, November 08, 2000

Oh yeah. ON Monday I turned 20 years old. In all of this election excitement I forgot to mention that. I had a nice dinner with my best friend, Clark. Dessert turned out to be twice the size that we expected; it was a mountain of ice cream, oreo, fresh brownie, and whipped cream. I also recieved many nice gifts including this domain. My birthday party is going to be this weekend. [Augh. I'm old.]

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Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Gore is for once up in the electoral count. It's been crazy here because whoever wins makes such a big impact here. It's a new neighbor and a slew of new internships. Everyone has been voting for someone who might be our new boss. I can see everyone counting on it. Ah, partisanship.

posted by Alison 11/07/2000 08:58:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

A lot has happened in the past couple of days. Right now I'm at the GW party celebrating Election day. It's quite a madhouse. I'll be a little bit sad if the Democrats lose, but I can just get a nice Senate internship and feel better.

posted by Alison 11/07/2000 07:46:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Saturday, November 04, 2000

Actually those aren't even the best reasons for my laziness. The true reason is that there is a play station 2 in my best firends room right now. It came with a firend who came down to visit for Princetion for his fall break (God bless him). So I've been spending most of my non-school work/non-sleeping time shooting zombies and and fighting bad guys in Tekken Tag Team and Timesplitters. Everything is so clear and beautiful. But tomorrow it will be going back to Princeton and I'll have no choice but to be productive.

posted by Alison 11/04/2000 11:27:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Ah, I know. It's been almost a week since I've written in this thing, but I have good excuses. I took another midterm yesterday, a Japanese one of course. Though the class it self was supposed to be only 50 minutes long, the test ended up taking me close to an hour and 50 minutes. It wasn't that it was hard, but there were two lengthy essays to write and those take forever. I've also been working on finishing tons of little assognments for various classes.

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