Thursday, September 30, 2004

First Debate

Well, I'm obviously not a neutral observer here, but I think that went reasonably well for Kerry. Though I was surprised he didn't hammer away at what is unquestionably Bush's most glaring failure: trading Sammy Sosa.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Paul Dollins

Hello all, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you about a very nice artist I met today while he was selling prints of his work outside the UCSB bookstore. As you may have figured out from the title of my post, his name is Paul Dollins, and I found his paintings to be quite interesting. Anyway, if you're interested check out his website at


I'm sure you've all been avidly watching the Rundle C standings, so you're probably aware that this chick Santonas just WILL NOT LOSE! Why won't she just lay down and let me pass?! I'm out by 1 friggin' point.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Conan the Destroyer

To whom it may concern, a bit of glorious news has just trickled down from NBC: as of this morning, Conan O'Brien has officially been appointed Jay Leno's successor for the Tonight Show, effective when Leno's contract runs out in 2009. So we'll have a bit of waiting to do since Leno took an extension only last year, but all the same, he's the right man for the job.

I hear banana pancakes calling my name.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Blow Your Mind

Mike Wolin sent me this:

I'm back in LA until further notice, for those of you who are here and looking for a good time. Party in my pants.

Monday, September 20, 2004


Would any of you be willing to look at one or some of my quizzes? I need opinions about their difficulty from people who are not my students or mathematicians and not my girlfriend (after that i don't know any people in berkeley, except lou the homeless guy who with tattoos on his face, who knows the pythagorean theorem). I can send you a pdf. Thanks.

Hey Greg, why don't you send Meri an invite for SAEO?

Saturday, September 18, 2004

It has begun!

I have not only managed to survive my first week of orientation, I have also managed to get my phone and DSL working. Overall it seems that the next two years will be very tiring. Classes don't start until Thursday, but I've already had to do two hundred pages of reading, write three short papers, and take a test. I've also had to memorize half a dozen new passwords, most of which are totally random and can't be changed, that will let me do all sorts of fun things like access the UCSB network from off campus and use the fingerprint scanners that let people into the ESM building after hours.

On the plus side the ESM building looks out over the ocean, there are lots of interesting people on campus, and I can ride my bike to class (not that I have much of a choice since I live too close to campus to qualify for a parking permit.)

Also, I've found out that it may be possible for me to get dual citizenship after all, so depending on how long the paperwork and approval process take I might be able to vote soon, though probably not by November.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Ancient Scripts

Hey Everybody!

I write to you from Orlando, Florida, the city whither my Dad, Kathy & Sean moved only months ago so as to make it for hurricane season. Having a grand time here hanging out with family, taking care of business etc.

In other news, my new favorite website:


It seems that Will has unleashed an unstoppable killing machine.


Saturday, September 11, 2004


I forgot to mention yesterday one of the odder things of I've ever woken up to: Vice President Cheney, after a stop for morning coffee, will be campaigning today in an Ohio sausage factory...


Hi everyone. Just letting you know, that I'm back in the blogging business.

Thursday, September 09, 2004


This template seems to attach the poster's name -- I thought they all did that.

Your wish is my command.


Hey everybody,
If we had to start an underground revolutionary organization, we could communicate in the open using SAEO and any number of encryption schemes! It could be fun except for the constant threat of death or capture/torture.

Also, I liked it better when the author's name came up on the screen with the message he wrote. What's up with blogger?

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Moving day

Well, it seems the time has come. As of tomorrow I'll be living in Santa Barbara and spending my last few hours of free time doing some required reading to prepare for orientation and playing Silent Hill 4, assuming I can actually find a store up there that sells it. Unfortunately I'll be out of touch for a few days after I move since I've been having trouble getting my phone and DSL activated up there.


From the New York Times headlines:

Vice President Dick Cheney said that the country would be at risk of a terror attack if it made "the wrong choice" in November.

Somebody please do something about this. This is, as far as I can recall, the most outrageous thing this turd has said.

Incidentally, I know that MoveOn is doing more swing state volunteer calls on Thur. with their adopt-a-swing-state program. You guys should do it. Go sign up at .