Tuesday, March 29, 2005

First day of the seal hunt!

Rob's parents are coming this evening and I think I have everything ready. I just need to pick up their apartment key from the mailroom.

Was talking to Mom this morning. There's been a weird occurence on the ice this year; there are seals in as far as the shore, clearly visible from land. Who knows why, they don't usually come in together like that. We see an occasional lost one but nothing like this. And today is the first day of the seal hunt. For more information on the Canadian seal hunt, click here.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Funny quips ...

Came across these while looking for my printer receipt. Stuff I printed from a "Catma cannon" website which I can't find anymore. Don't even know who wrote the stuff. I hate to tote these scraps of paper all over the world so I'll just put them up here for everyone's enjoyment. Then I can throw the papers blissfully away.

  • Did you ever find it ironic that Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address that "They will not remember what we say here"?
  • Let anyone tell you that you're wrong. Don't ever believe it.
  • Remember what you've said and done because others will.
  • The "secret" service is more publically known than the NSA. Why is that?
  • All the world is a stage and some people just can't act.
  • Nothing suits people better than a well-fit suit.
  • No one on this earth knows me better than ________.
  • Have you ever considered that everything you know was given to you by someone else? Have you ever discovered anything purely on your own? Isn't that humbling?
  • Simulations and simulacrums are different. Barely.
  • If at first you don't succeed, change the rules.
  • If life gives you lemons, throw them back, yell, scream and demand money.
  • Sometimes you make mistakes. We all do. Well, all of you do.
  • A friend is someone you can call to help you move. A real friend is someone you can call to help you move a body.
  • Revolutions are always legal in the first person, such as our revolution. They are only illegal in the third person, such as their revolution.
  • Humankind is human. The kind part is disputable.
  • If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?
  • It is not money but momentum that makes the world go around. Money just makes the revolutions more fun.
  • The Conspiracy is like an onion; peel away the layers and there are just more layers. It also smells and makes you cry.
  • Pain would be better if it didn't hurt so much.
  • Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat.
  • The only thing sweeter than revenge is revenge on a paranoid.
  • If you don't like it, don't do it. If you don't do it, don't complain about it.
  • Make the world a better place by the time you leave it. [that's right, think about that one ...]
  • Everyone has their own opinion. They're entitled to have it. You're entitled to mock that opinion, and convince them that it's wrong. They're entitled to the same.
  • It's all in your backyard if you just take over the rest of reality and call it your "backyard".
  • If stars are just burning balls of gas and planets are just cooled balls of gas, shouldn't the universe change its diet?
  • The analogy that people are like sheep is one of the oldest humanity has. Do humans just like being compared to incredibly stupid animals or have they missed that part of the analogy?
  • People could learn a lot from cats: especially about how to sit around doing nothing.
  • Circular definition: see circular definition

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Life without class

Sorry about the title ... couldn't resist [giggle].

I've been home alone since Tuesday, when Rob went back to class and I began catching up on things I didn't get done while I was in class myself. Some of my adventures include:
  • trying to track down a receipt for the printer that broke in December so insurance will cover it. We had it before the move but it seems to be well hidden right now. I've got to go through every box ...
  • looking at summer Greek study options at Lutheran seminaries for myself. Currently investigating a 6 week summer program in Columbia, SC.
  • finding out about summer ethnomusicology courses at GIAL.
  • 5 loads of laundry.
  • creating a new webpage on our site to share some online shopping sites that I like.
  • getting back to the gym after the virus thing that had me wiped for about 1.5 weeks went far, far away, never to return.
  • calling USCIS (formerly known as the INS, prior to September 11) to see what the status is on my permanent residency. Basically, the application I filed June 2004 is not scheduled to be processed until after my temporary green card expires in August. Which means making an appointment in June for a meeting in July to get another temporary extension.
  • figuring out our health insurance information so I can get my teeth looked at and new glasses/contacts. I think I warped my eyeglasses frame by washing it in too-hot water one time too often.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

On the mend

Well, I didn't make it to class on Monday but I was back at it on Tuesday. Good thing; Dianne Palmer-Quay was presenting on ethnomusicology. Good class, lots of visuals/audio.

Got a vernacular media program plan due on Friday (to present, oral and written form), a group project. We're getting along pretty well. Gotta synthesize our plans. I'm writing up the audio cassette plan portion. "Audio cassettes?", you may well ask. Yeah, a people group on a string of islands in the Solomon Islands chain. Not into cds yet, not exactly flush with disposable income. But they've mostly got cassette players by now so that's what we'll produce. Or, for the purposes of this project, pretend to plan to produce. We have been consulting with a real live translator though, one who has helped produce their New Testament and is now working on Genesis with them. She likes our plans so far, may implement some elements when they go back to the Solomons.

Didn't make it to Lenten "soup supper" tonight. Too much homework. And Rob shaved himself a goatee thing. Didn't tell me he did it either; I just turned around from the computer to see him sitting on the couch with his laptop, looking all goatee-y. Impetuous man. I like, though.

Monday, March 14, 2005


Yes, the time of posting is correct. I kind of woke up coughing and now I'm fully awake so I thought I'd do a little posting. I seem to be not recovering as quickly as I usually do. I was out of school Wednesday but went back on Thursday with just a sore throat and some minor spaciness. Friday was OK but I began to feel worse later that evening. I missed the introduction to bee-keeping course on Saturday and church yesterday. I got no homework done whatsoever. Hence, the title of this posting.

I was supposed to be doing my student teaching portion of the course tomorrow, talking for 15 minutes about the Analysis of Non-Western Music course that I took last summer at GIAL. I'm not seeing that happening though, unless they're OK with me winging it.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Sick day

Yeah, I was out sick yesterday. I knew something was wrong when I woke up Wednesday morning just before 7:00AM and realized that I had slept through the whole night without waking once! Then, I felt the achy fuzzies from head to back. Ugh. So, I slogged about the apartment all day rather than infest my classmates.

I was productivesque though. I made a pot of chicken soup with the leftovers from our Sunday chicken. I did people group info comparisons from the Joshua Project website on the countries we're looking at working in (Cameroon and Namibia) and the people groups we're looking at working with (the list is longer). I read an entire book, "More than a skeleton" by Paul L. Maier. It's sort of the Lutheran (LCMS) version of the Left Behind series. Good read. I lay around alot. I irrigated my sinuses. And today I was able to go back to class. Yay!

Our group project today was to develop and script an 8 minute radio program based on a parable of our choosing. Maybe I'll toss the script up here when the project's done so you can see the kind of thing we're learning to do.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Web Trekking


Our new permanentish website, for photos, official info on what we're doing and current contact information. Bookmark and keep checking back to it; a work in progress.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Hilary Swank

OK, I had someone approach me in the cafeteria yesterday and tell me "how much" I look like Hilary Swank. Here's the freaky thing; I've been casually observing her hair for a few years now and we seem to have had the same length of hair, cutting and growing at the same time, for as long as I've been aware of her. I don't know. Here are a few pictures with dates. Those who have known me a while and remember the stages of my hair ... what do you think? Uncanny coincidence?

sometime in 1999

March 17, 2000

Spring/Summer 2001

March 2004

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