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2008-02-08 13:53:57
all casual-like

if you're using firefox or safari, highlight the chunk of text below. pretty badass, right? it's generated by this, using this old entry. i got it from metafilter, of course.

also, ask beverly cleary a question. you know you want to.


when i was in seventh grade, on the first day of class, my u.s. history teacher
gave us a blank map of the usa to fill out. that was our first quiz. we had to f
ill in all the state names and their capitals, and if we didn't get them all rig
ht, she said we'd have to take the quiz again and again every week until we fina
lly got them all right. the whole year passed; i NEVER got that quiz right. i to
ok that quiz every single week, and every single week i got the thirteen colonie
s right (we'd driven through those on family trips), though never all the capito
ls, and sometimes california and texas. once, i pointed out montana correctly on
a fluke. at the end of the year, my teacher just gave up and i became convinced
that i was/am just a bad student. it took me a while to finally realize that i
was particularly wretched with geography (yes, i was also kinda' slow). i never
really understood why; i always thought us foreign kids were supposed to be bett
er at it or something. fast forward to this afternoon: my mother comes home fro
m walmart, beaming and proud of her new purchases. we've been needing new plasti
c placemats for a while (we're a messy family), and she managed to procure some
of those kiddie ones with interesting facts on them. at first, i was obviously m
ost pleased with the solar system placemats, with their cutesy planets and size/
weight information. later at dinner, we discovered the u.s. presidents placemat,
and the u.s. map placemat. this was the source of much debate and amusement. up
on an impromptu quizzing from my brother, my mother revealed to us where she bel
ieved canada was. apparently, it's a small maryland-sized area off the east coas
t of massachusetts (i guess where boston harbor is?). my father pointed out mexi
co for us; it runs along the west coast of california. oh, and guess what? there
's a washington STATE, too. and it's all the way over there by california. what'
s up with that? (we have a cousin who lives in seattle, washington -- and we alw
ays wondered why it took him so long to get to our parties) so, yah. at least n
ow i know where i get it from. when i was in seventh grade, on the first day of
class, my u.s. history teacher gave us a blank map of the usa to fill out. that
was our first quiz. we had to fill in all the state names and their capitals, an
d if we didn't get them all right, she said we'd have to take the quiz again and
again every week until we finally got them all right. the whole year passed; i
NEVER got that quiz right. i took that quiz every single week, and every single
week i got the thirteen colonies right (we'd driven through those on family trip
s), though never all the capitols, and sometimes california and texas. once, i p
ointed out montana correctly on a fluke. at the end of the year, my teacher just
gave up and i became convinced that i was/am just a bad student. it took me a w
hile to finally realize that i was particularly wretched with geography (yes, i
was also kinda' slow). i never really understood why; i always thought us foreig
n kids were supposed to be better at it or something. fast forward to this afte

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2007-06-12 11:53:12
quiescent

Word of the Day for Monday, June 11, 2007

quiescent \kwy-ES-uhnt; kwee-\, adjective:

Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; inactive.

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2007-05-21 11:22:35
sleeping with the fishes

I can barely swim, but I still find the prospect of this exciting: Jules Underwater Hotel. Maybe I'll add "learn to scuba dive" to my to-do list after all. Also, a request: if anyone knows of any boats/dinghies/yachts/sailboats that need an inexperienced and clumsy employee for a long-term trip around the world (or at least from Asia to South America)... I might know someone.

Jules Underwater Hotel

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2007-04-12 13:00:58
Kurt is up in heaven now.

So it goes.

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2007-02-01 18:53:22
Yes, I'm still sitting here in Virginia

Sachin's Buenos Aires Photos

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      do you really want more?

"it is (to describe it figuratively) as if an author were to make a slip of the pen, and as if this clerical error became conscious of being such. perhaps this was no error but in a far higher sense was an essential part of the whole exposition. it is, then, as if this clerical error were to revolt against the author, out of hatred for him, were to forbid him to correct it, and were to say, 'no, i will not be erased, i will stand as a witness against thee, that thou art a very poor writer'."
- søren kierkegaard
(passage gleaned from "seymour, an introduction" by j.d. salinger)



   
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
 

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