August 2007

I’m officially a resident of the Kaneko Commons C-Wing. Our room is awesome, thanks to sound investments in expensive electronics by MB and EL, two of my three roommates. When we moved in yesterday the apartment was absolutely pristine. Now the entire common area is coated with a thin film of beer. I swear the architects deliberately designed our apartment with a built-in beer pong table.

Anyway, the room is awesome and I look forward to entertaining guests. If you’re reading this, you’re always welcome.


EEEK! My mother and aunt have discovered that they can create facebook accounts. This is terrible news. How the hell am I supposed to keep my family disconnected from my life if they can read my damn minifeed? My only hope is that they won’t figure out how to use it.

PS- Hi Mom, if you’re reading this. I’m just kidding 🙂

I took this quiz that promised to tell me how liberal or conservative I am, and this is what it told me:

***Your Political Profile:***

Overall: 30% Conservative, 70% Liberal

Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?

Obviously, this quiz is a load of crap. I’m practically a pinko, so anything that asks me a few limited questions and tells me I’m some kind of centrist doesn’t know what’s going on. The multiple choice  answers are too limited included left wing opinions. For example, one question asks how possessi0n of marijuana should be punished—it shouldn’t be punished at all!


Reed hosts the first tournament on our schedule in mid-September. It announces topic areas a few weeks in advance and this year’s are:

  • US Policy toward Pakistan
  • Increasing Monitoring to Reduce Crime
  • Supporting Kosovo Independence
  •  Impeachment of United States Executive Officials
  • Strengthening Animal Protection Laws

On the one hand, topic areas definitely tend increase the quality of debate since when you know what’s coming you prepare for it. The bad side is that when topic areas are vague, as these are, you end up doing a lot of useless research. For example, I could spend hours researching how and why the US should support independence for Kosovo, but the resolution might come down “the EU should support independence for Kosovo.”

These topic areas promise at least two debates that fit our style perfectly. The Pakistan and Kosovo debates both link easily to nuke war and genocide and global destruction, which is always fun. The other three are interesting topics, but the impact scenarios tend to be fluffy and intangible. This almost invariably favors the opposition, since well researched internal links can get you to almost any impact while the government is stuck crying out for “democracy.” To balance our government strategy I’m going to try to research a couple of politics advantages.

Anyway, debate season is on it’s way. I’m looking forward to finding a partner.

In Harry Potter there this tree called the Whomping Willow (it might be “womping”) that guards a secret passageway by beating the snot out of anyone who comes too close.

The giant pecan tree in my backyard isn’t guarding a secret passageway, but it does enjoy beating the snot out of lawn chairs, potted plants, cars, and anything else that sticks around too long. Every summer it goes on a three month spree, battering the house with limbs and branches. Since we’ve lived here the thing has probably done about 5k in damages, counting the branch that smashed my car back in the day.

But this summer has been particularly bad. It rained pretty much constantly for most of May and June, and my greedy whomping tree sucked up all that moisture and turned it zillions of big, fat pecans. The trouble is, the tree didn’t invest nearly enough energy to growing big enough to support that many nuts. So now, like a teenage smack addict, it’s turning it’s babies into some one else’s problem.

I’ve been really lazy about working out this summer, and I’ve been eating and drinking beer too much, so now I’m all squishy and out of shape. But I’m turning it around. I worked out four days this week, and instead of just lifting weights I’ve started riding the “exerbike”! The result: I’ve lost 4 pounds!

I should really write a self-help book. My best strategy so far is writing down in this little journal I have everything I eat, all the exercise I get, and what time I wake up. Just the act of writing down “breakfast: large rice crispy treat” inspires me to eat better and exercise more. I’m also replacing food, which has calories, with water, which does not. I have to pee all the time but other than that I feel much better.


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