Feb. 13th, 2011 @ 01:42 am
Malaysia releases 6000 GM mosquitoes into the wild|
This is a thing that I'm not sure I'm okay with! At all! I mean uh it might in theory save a bundle of lives and who the hell am I to make that call? but it could also lead to way worse things like worse strains of the disease or ecological disasters! Or maybe an ecological disaster is less bad than people dying, because people are the most important things on earth, right??? Maybe we are! I kind of think so, mostly? I am pretty sure that when when you get down to it, most people care more about their continued life than they do about the preserving the environment! I don't blame them, I probably do, too. Or I would if I actually held determinate opinions instead of flopping all over the place.
Wow this whole thing is so hysterical. I should have majored in knitting or something, since apparently all biology does is paralyze me with conflicted moral values and make me hate everyone terribly. I'm becoming obnoxious in entire new ways. Grumpy ways. I made a sign in the shared kitchen out of cardboard that someone threw away.
( Pretty much exactly this: )
aaagh I don't like me so much any more. There was a time when I was kind of pleasant sometimes! It's like suddenly I grew up and developed standards and now secretly hate myself and everyone else for not meeting them. On the bright side, I get to call people numbnuts via pseudo-passive-aggressive signs.
Dec. 4th, 2009 @ 05:38 pm
Such a pain. This whole week I've felt like I've been reliving the same day over and over. Same chores: French flashcards, however many chapters of Genetics, Stats readings, et cetera every day ad infinitum.*|
I crave novelty so badly, but don't have time for it. I cannot afford to risk being unprepared for these tests. At least things will change a little now that classes have finished.
*I'll resist the temptation to post the same thing again this time tomorrow,
annoying amusing though it would be.
Feb. 6th, 2009 @ 09:29 pm
egahoaegw okay, a letter from me to the head of the religious studies department at the university, to be delivered on Monday. Any opinions on it? Should I remove my ragetalics? Am I going too far with my suggestion about why she lists her own book as a required text?|
( i have never had less respect for an authority figure more. even counting mrs. fishface of grade five. )
grahgrahgrah she is awful.
I'm also including a copy of the syllabus as released at the beginning of the course and of her version as released at the beginning of the semester.
really, I just want advice on how to make this letter more effective; this woman should not be in control of a class and I wish I had been less willing to give her a chance when I began to suspect how preachy and terrible she was on the first day.
Aaaaaugh. After tonight, I will have gone outside once in three days. I can practically feel my muscles atrophying. Finals are going to be the death of me, I know it. |o|
I've got a list of things that I want to write about, but I am not allowing myself to waste any
more time. |o I've only studied for about sixish hours total today because I slept in until really really late. Not good enough. Rrrrgh.
But! Here is my list to excite and titillate you until I can justify taking a break long enough to write about it. Actually I'm writing it here so I won't forget, but shh.
Kojima (and you thought MGS was ...off. Also: awesome links to a parody comic)
Furries (and why I wish to throw poo at one of liquidbiohazard's friends)
Studying graaaaaaaahg (come to think of it, this pretty much summarizes it)
Mewtwo (re why is he interesting? JEN, SCOTT: YOU THOUGHT I WAS DONE, DIDN'T YOU?)
Morality (and why mine makes no freaking sense)
AWESOME. NOW TO TRY TO WORK OUT HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN GAMMARUS LACUSTRIS AND HYALELLA AZTECA. THEY ARE BOTH SMALL SHRIMP THINGS. THEY ARE PRACTICALLY IDENTICAL.
( CUT FOR OBNOXIOUS CAPS. I TRY TO BE CONSIDERATE WHEN I AM CRACKED HALF OUT OF MY MIND. )|
Current Location: BED. BUT IF I SLEEP I MAY NEVER WAKE UP
Current Music: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. IN THAT RAIDEN 'TRIBUTE' VIDEO, HAH.
IIIIIII dropped math. |o I just wish I had done it sooner, but some idiot drilled the idea that 'winners never quit, quitters never win' into my head at a young age and it has ruined my life ever since. |fffff what surely my latin grade will improve by the end of the semester derp
But! Because I dropped math, I no longer have a lab on Tuesdays, which leave me with almost an entire day in which I can
walk watch anime play French Horn look at pretty pictures study! =D This is great! And yes, I have done all of that today, and it is only 3:00. I played horn for almost an hour and man I hurt so much now and I probably still have a circle on my lips because I am so very out of shape but I do not regret it at all.
As for those pretty pictures? I think that pokemonathon is a fantastic idea! Here, a few of my favourites:
( Come one, come all! )
Um, a quiz that I took a while back and thought that I could actually talk about the answer. I found it interesting, you know?
( *bubble* )
I had a weird, surprisingly brutal dream last night, so I |made myself late for class took the time to write it down as soon as I woke up.
Basically, three characters- two friends (we'll call them X and Y) and an enemy of X, who they come across wounded. Let's call him Z.
( Wooo, violence )
( 'Let us then walk around the heavenly pillar and meet and have conjugal intercourse.' )
( Okami )
( Hallowe'en )
( Things to watch, play, and read )
( Religious Studies (applying to anime, derpderp) )
( What art and exercise have in common )
Hah, this has been a really long, dorky entry, hasn't it? IF YOU SKIPPED IT, I DON'T BLAME YOU IN THE LEAST!
Oh my god, you guys, I never want to study again. It's a good thing that I don't have four midterms coming up right away that I've hardly studied for. Oh, hey, wait. |
If I do not do well on my math midterm tomorrow, I am going to fling myself off of the bridge or something. D| I have devoted so much time to it and neglected everything else, and I still don't feel confident about it.
I didn't even go outside today. Left my room three times in total. aaaaaaaaagh.
...Well, this weekend was awesome, at least. It was great to see all of my friends back at home! Sorry, Adam, about my phone dieing. I'll see you... next time! Probably Christmas, whenever I make it up to PA.
Uh, I should say, 'mostly awesome.' I was the worst friend ever, too, so that wasn't too great. I AM SORRY AMBER I CAN'T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY LET THAT HAPPEN.
In nicer news, now there are now two Mewtwos (other than mine) out there in the world of LJ RP using icons I made. I AM SO VERY TALENTED
OR MAYBE THERE ARE JUST NO OTHER ICONS OF MEWTWO IN PAIN, WHICH COULD IT BE? :B
Oh yeah, and I guess there's an election or something going on and I am not going to vote. How socially irresponsible! But studying for my midterms is more important to me than researching the candidates is, so. Also, many more excuses for something that I am uncomfortable about but doing anyway.
So, today I felt a bit down, so you know what I did at around four o'clock? Had myself a nice angstea time.|
I'm feeling really unmotivated for my work still, although I am trying to improve. I've finished my readings at least for World Religions, which has been fascinating as always.
Here, check this out:
Because the eye gazes but can catch no glimpse of it,
It is called elusive.
Because the ear listens but cannot hear it,
It is called the rarefied.
Because the hand feels for it but cannot find it,
It is called the infinitesimal.
These three, because they cannot be further scrutinized,
Blend into one.
Its rising rings no light;
Its sinking, no darkness.
Endless the series of things without name
On the way back to where there is nothing.
They are called shapeless shapes;
Forms without form;
Are called vague semblances.
Go toward them, and you can see no front;
Go after them, and you see no rear.
Yet by seizing on the Way that was
You can ride the things that are now.
For to know what once there was in the Beginning,
This is called the essence of the Way.
This is from the Tao Te Ching, ostensibly written by Lao tzu. Fascinating, isn't it? I am going to buy a translation simply for the poetry of it. I don't suppose that it would hurt me as a person, either, to incorporate a bit of Daoist philosophy into my life.
Ah, woah, Katherine just about literally dragged me out to see a movie with a few people from the res and a few others from without. It seems that she's made it her job to be the person who opens up opportunities for me to actually get out among people. It's interesting, and not unwelcome. It is good to have a more social person to do that to me every now and again.
The movie was not bad. ( Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist spoilers, I guess. )
It left me thinking about the people I was with. A few of them were extremely interesting people to watch! A pair from my res- Steph and Adam, are a classic duo. Adam is not unlike how I was a few years ago, actually- extremely annoying to people who he is comfortable with. He is quite cruel to her with his teasing and his jokes, but the one day she wasn't around he wasn't himself at all. He was lost without her to play with! Likewise, I think, there's a reason that she puts up with it, despite her griping. They're good friends and nothing will change that.
Mitch, I only met tonight, but he's certainly left an impression! He is a Women's Studies major who aspires to be a reverend for the United Church. He is awkward to speak to, but he seems to be driven by causes. Within a few minutes of speaking to him, he declared that he was going to make sure that he changed the church for the better with his training because it is a field that is ultimately patriarchal. I wish him luck!
Jun. 30th, 2008 @ 07:45 am
Registered for classes. |Haha, I only picked them last night. Gogo procrastination.
Now, I'm going back to bed. x|
...I'm pretty sure I just registered for a computer science class while in the grip of panic after one of my Biology classes filled up. Huh. I... may need to talk to someone about shifting my second semester classes around.
Oh, right! I've got a new e-mail, although I'll be using my hotmail more. Still, if it explodes or something I'll start using eibborn @ yahoo.ca. Original as always! :B
This is pretty accurate, actually. Not entirely, but pretty close.|
EDIT X1000: Oh! If you want to find out what's pretty accurate, you have to click 'Read my VisualDNA,' I guess.
Wow, I just received an e-mail from my Bio professor that looks like it was written with his face. Okay, Professor! Whatever you say!|
Had my organic chem test today, as I mentioned. It... could go either way. It wasn't as awful as I expected, but it was certainly no cakewalk either. Aggh what the heck I can never remember what catalyst goes with which reaction. D: We'll see how that went, but chances are good that I passed! That's something! Right?
I've got a little break before my last three, so I took a few hours today to do NOTHING AT ALL which was very enjoyable after constant studying.
Now, back to it!
Oh, by the way! Beth, if you read this, the CD came in today! ...Actually, come to think of this, why on earth was someone working at CD Plus at sevenish tonight? So anyway I'm going to go pick it up the weekend because I'll be around Center Mall when I drop Sarah off at work.
By the way, "-n". I ran out of room.
Eyebrows wiggle for some reaso
Apr. 10th, 2008 @ 02:02 pm
agoin4oik final time!|
My Bio lab final went well on Friday. I was expecting much harder, so I kicked its butt around the block! Score one for team me.
English was at nine this morning. Liiittle more worried, but not deathly so. I knew the stuff even though I was awful for studying. I could not focus at all and eventually gave up on Wordsworth's irritatingly purple poetry and switched to Organic Chem, which I am a lot more worried about and is tomorrow at 2 p.m.
After that, I've got finals on the 16th, 17th, and 19th; Physics, Bio, and Anthropology respectively.
I've got a lot of reading to do for Anthro and Bio, and oh lordy I cannot afford to get a poor mark on my Physics final.
har lj instead of stuying
So today was interesting! I might have mercury poisoning! :D|
Okay, I'm going to shorten this after my test audience stared blankly at me while I explained the boring mechanics of the machine involved, but basically, someone left a thermometer in a machine that gets to 300+ degrees, with the machine turned on. It exploded, releasing gaseous MERCURY into the room! :D Everyone dies
or becomes an evil villain wonderfully!
We suspect, though, that the lab previous to ours in the same room with the same equipment actually did the exploding. No one in our lab would confess to using the machine in question, which made sense because the interior was covered in condensed Mercury! Not exactly ideal for precise measurements, no sireebob.
Of course, our TA, upon discovering what's happened, tells us:
"This is very bad. Very dangerous." D:<
He continues on to tell us a story about a Professor at the University of Dartmouth who was exposed to Mercury and died 30 days later.
A pregnant pause, then a girl asks, "Are we going to die?"
Laughter, of the 'hahaha probably not ha ha please say no' variety.
Aaaand Li is off helping someone across the room already. No answer.
BUT PROBABLY NOT, WE THINK!
In other news, I ran into Sarah King on the bus today! I guess she lives in Saskatoon! I know some of you guys didn't like her, and she was silly sometimes, but I've never had anything against her. We talked and stuff. :> It was really pleasant, because
I have no friends I practically never see anyone who isn't my sister, her boyfriend, or my girlfriend.
Uhm, aaand I think that's it for interesting things that happened today.
Oh! I changed the cat's litter and oh my god the smell I nearly threw up everywhere whyyyy is there all this poop adgiewgogre
Huh, I'm going to become notorious for my stunningly DULL Journal Subjects.|
So! I've been meaning to update for forever, to talk about labs and life and school and Victoria and all sorts of stuff, but I just haven't had the itch to write.
I'll start with the labs, because it's the one that's been on my mind the longest.
My Physics labs are continuing as usual- booooooring. It's harder this term, because we have equations we have to derive before going. This is not a thing that I am good at, because it's essentially math. Math is the absolute worst thing for me ever. ):
I lucked out with Organic Chemistry, though! My lab partner has already taken half of the course, so she knows exactly what needs to be done. We even got bonus points the other week for being done first! So that's awesome.
My favourite lab is my Bio, though! It is not only easy, but I love ogling little thingies. :D Amoebas are all sorts of cool. Man, am I voyeur or what?
Okay, labs dealt with. Uhh.
I just spent zillions of hours studying. Okay, not that long. But it sucked.
OH YEAH! :B
I've got Adult ADHD! SURPRISE! :DDD
Well, not really :DDD but hey, I've got medicine and stuff now. It's supposed to help me focus or something. I only tried it out today while studying. It works, I guess. And before anyone asks, it's Inattentive ADHD, meaning I don't pay attention or organize or something lalala.
No, but really, check out this list (from the Wikipedia article) and tell me whether it describes me at all:
1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
5. Often has trouble organizing activities.
6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
8. Is often easily distracted.
9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.
On another topic, Victoria! I was there! And it was really, really nice. I walked there for longer than I have in a long time. The grass there is green and there are actually flowers. In February! Wild. I threw fish to seals, which was awesome, and peacocks and black squirrels and ducks ate peanuts and bread out of my hand. It was just beautiful there, all oceany and warm. :) But there were people wandering around in toques and winter coats when it was infinity degrees out.
If I was going to write anything else, I forgot it. Yaaaay!
So hey I've been doing alright. Organic Chem lab totally blindsided me on Tuesday, but I think that it's just a one time thing. It was just a matter of "Augh I don't know half of this stuff!" combined with "Augh I'm running out of time!" that did it. Fortunately, the given assignment was open book, although really the book wasn't all that helpful. Needs more examples, please.|
Uh, had a lot of fun roleplaying with Adam, Sarah and Amber on Wednesday night via MSN. It started off awkwardly (but then, doesn't it always?) but swiftly transformed into all sorts of awesome. Regardless, I was forced to rethink my character's alignment by the end of it. Good? ...no, I don't think so. Neutral verging evil, I think. It's not like he'll go out of his way to harm anyone, but not a chance is he going to do something for nothing and he'll drain as much profit out of you as he can.
Oh yeah, and for the first time in my life, I am not going to be the sort to loot corpses I am not I am not I am not! Honest.
Moving on, I'm currently waiting for my Bio lab to open up. Killing time, you know.
Nearly fell asleep in Bio this morning, and half-dozed through anthropology. Should've gone to be earlier, but I guess I knew this would happen last night. Well done, self, for your EXCELLENT JUDGEMENT AS ALWAYS.
Current Location: Bio/Geology building, U of S
Oh yeah, and I failed Latin. D:|
I'm not shocked out of my mind, but I had hopes of at least passing it. Bah. Bah. Bah. Time to pick another class for second semester, seeing as Latin for Beginners II is out.
I am in a fabulous mood. It's amazing what finals can do to you without you realizing! Now that they're done, I feel positively buoyant!|
:D It doesn't hurt that the sun is shining, and I've got a cup of tea ready to drink and a cat purring on me.
And five days to do almost all of my Christmas shopping but LA LA LA LA LIFE IS EXCELLENT!
Huh. Wrote my Chem final today. I hope it was okay. Multiple choice went well, but the short answer was less than encouraging. |
But, no matter how badly it went, it could be worse.
I could be my room-mate, Koel.
He slept right through it. I woke him up going into my room when I was done. :o
Also, Latin test in two days. And we learned the Perfect conjugations on the LAST DAY and I still need to study them up really well. It's just straight memorization for those.