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Friday, July 27th, 2007
11:36 pm
the end.
this journal has officially ended.

thanks for everyone who ever commented, read, or cared about anything i've had to say in my LJ (and my UJ) in the past. this journal, along with my old UJ (link at bottom of page), chronicles a long and exciting period of my life, from forming band after band to girlfriends and breakups and frustration and happiness and hope and everything in between. i feel like i've grown from this and slightly out of this, so this will be the end of it. feel free to browse my life whenever you'd like, and if you want new information, i may occasionally post new things on myspace and/or facebook, so find me there.


Current Mood: complete.
Monday, March 26th, 2007
3:37 am
i finally joined the world of netflix. i figured it was only a matter of time. i rarely watch movies, but $4.99/month is a nominal amount to see 2 movies/month that i've been wanting to see but can't get anywhere else. i considered blockbuster, but their's is $5.99/month and includes a coupon/store-returning feature that i would never use because there isn't a blockbuster anywhere around here. that, and blockbuster edits movies and eats souls, and netflix is friendlier to independent filmmakers.

be my friend, if you dare:

i've also started posting daily links to cool live/rare music vids on facebook. if you're not part of the FB scene or if you just like RSS better, here's a link to my feed:

also note that my webcam is currently broken until i can get the server working again...hopefully i can take care of it sometime this week.  i'll keep you posted.


Monday, March 19th, 2007
5:08 pm
webcam is back up.

spring break in london was pretty awesome. ask about it, if you want to know.
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
3:44 pm
off to london i go.
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
12:07 am
backing up
my webcam is back up again. and is working right.
Friday, February 16th, 2007
12:26 pm
newness is sometimes good
i really like silversun pickups...they're one of the best new bands that i've heard in awhile. the singer has a pretty cool kind of high toned voice, which keeps me interested. big overdriven fuzz matched with his warm tone on slower than average songs makes for an awesome combination, apparently. i am addicted to the riff on their new single, "lazy eye". it's so organic. there's no trickery or fanciness...just a very natural sounding guitar part.

i approve and recommend.
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
2:10 am
how to vistafy your xp
tired of looking at crappy XP themes and layouts? like the look of vista, but don't want to spend the money or upgrade specs? it's pretty easy to emulate the vista look by using free software from the net.

1. main components = http://www.thoosje.com/vista-transformation-pack.html
the vista transformation pack...all-in-one contains system mods for logon screen, cursors, sounds, visual styles, fonts, themes, icons, etc. includes customizable vista sidebar!

2. 3d alt+tab switcher: http://www.otakusoftware.com/topdesk/index.html
probably the coolest feature of vista...you can make all open windows go 3d isometric and flip through them...very cool.

3. window transparency: http://www.chime.tv/products/glass2k.shtml
lets you set different windows to different transparencies with a simple hotkey.

4. wallpaper = http://img185.imageshack.us/my.php?image=officialvista2yq.jpg
(basically) official vista desktop wallpaper.

5. screensavers = http://www.vistaultimate.com/downloads.htm
unofficial (but pretty close) vista screensavers.

everything above is freeware (except topdesk, which is shareware). i can't be held responsible for anything that messes up your computer, as it's always risky modding and overwriting system files. if you choose to do it, make backups first, eh?

just something interesting to mess with.

ps - my life is going too well right now. i don't want to jinx it by talking about it.
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
11:39 am
i don't feel like that i need to post anything.

i just realized that almost all of my last 5 posts are about how i want to disappear off the grid and make my shanty home in the mountains or whatnot.

my life really isn't that bad. i just like to fantasize.

i had a superb time over break. i'm glad that i got to see everyone again, as usual. i always wonder if the chemistry will disappear everytime i see them, but it never really seems to. that's a good thing, i think.

i'm taking 20 credits this semester. one class online, and one 2 credit night class about resource sustainability. that should be fun. (ps - that sounded sarcastic, but it's not.)

the first 15 minutes of my archaeology class consisted of us watching "raiders of the lost ark". i approve.

i'm going to london for a week on march 9 with two of my anthro professors. i am looking forward to it, as it will be my first foray into the european union.

everything on most other fronts is excellent as well. i still think disappearing with certain people would be appealing, but i'm pretty content with the world at the moment.

that's right, i'm posting on LJ, and i don't want to die or deliver a massive list of complaints. imagine that.
Friday, December 15th, 2006
3:45 pm
the exodus
exams are finally over. i've tied up all of the many varying loose ends that i've been procrastinating about. i owe nothing to anybody, and now i'm leaving. that is correct, i will be back in my homeland until january 17th, starting tonight. i am expecting to see all of you, and by you, i mean you know who you are.

i'll probably be asleep for the next week straight. i have accumulated many sleepless hours that i want back. but still, give me a call on your own whim, and we can socialize. or play music. or eat babies. whichever is your preference.
Monday, December 4th, 2006
6:38 am
PV ≠ negative
as always, i've continued to remain breathing. and alive. in some capacity. though what an existence i lead. 6:30am...doing finance.

i can make it until winter break, i think. the days are seeming longer when i don't sleep. i start to lose focus at nights, on schoolwork and such, and mainly realign my focus to where i wish i was. i will be where i wish i am on friday in reality, and it's a day that could never arrive too soon.

i'm starting to think that phones and electronics and monitors and keyboards can sometimes convolute the essence of communication. there are so many human nuances and ideas that can't travel along digital lines and fiberoptic cabling. sometimes the only way to convey what is needed is being close enough to breathe each others' air...creating that real connection. mind to mind, one to one, and saying what can't really be said.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
4:29 am
going distance
i feel like i should post something here?

i've been overwhelmed with sensational feelings lately...more specifically, love. everytime i see her, i just fall further and further, and i wouldn't have it any other way.

the universe, however, attempts to separate us. what's really so great about jobs and degrees? i often feel like just leaving, purging myself of burdens. going to get her, then just drive away...just us, until my car sputters to a stop and we can finally lay still together.
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
4:21 am
i'm dropping off the face of the earth (essentially) until next monday. i'm going home, relaxing, and spending time with the person(s) that i care about. i'm going to try to detach myself as much as possible from the interweb, and recharge my mind and body to endure the rest of this horribly long semester.

i'm expecting to have an amazing time, so watch for another post in about a week.

Monday, November 20th, 2006
3:52 pm
two techie things to report on...

1. visa and mastercard have boycotted allofmp3. they will no longer accept payments from the site, probably under pressure from the WTO and RIAA. credit card being (essentially) the only way to pay, that site is currently crippled for americans. however, the day after this happened, they released a new program called Music For Masses. it's a proprietary music player that let's you log into your allofmp3 account and download songs for free. (if you've never put $$ in your account, then you are limited to 100 downloads. if you have put money into your account before, you get 10 free downloads for every dollar you have ever used to refill your account.) the songs do have DRM, meaning you can only play them with the Music For Masses player. although, the file format is mp3x, just a 128kbit mp3 slightly altered to not work with normal mp3 players. as you can probably guess, the protection was quickly and easily cracked, and can easily be found with a google search. the other big russian download site, mp3search.ru, has become gomusic.ru, basically a nicer version of the old site.

2. i finally got tired of that stupid auto-restart nagging box after you do a windows update. so, i found out how to fix it. check it out here:
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
3:39 am
my classes are going by. i really like my anthropology minor, and i am good at my cims major. i'm currently scouting grad schools. i'm almost done with gen ed and honors classes. the end is impending, sort of. i only have to register for classes 2 more times before i graduate. 3 more semesters to go...

i've started playing guitar more frequently, and i feel many new songs starting to brew in my brain. they will exist when they fight their way out, at the appropriate times.

most importantly, i am in love. there's not much more to say about that. she makes me infinitely happy. i only get to see her every 2 weeks or so, but the wait always seems so insignificant when i do get to see her. i can't say enough good things about her, so why even try. she is just amazing.

"i will follow you into the dark" is probably the sweetest song ever written in the name of love.

i'm learning to perform tarot readings with the major arcana. hit me up sometime.

i may be going to london during spring break with my favorite professor for a leisure trip, along with another professor and some other students. i am still considering the option. i've never been to europe...but i'd like to.

i'm trying to eat more and more raw vegetables. the health benefits are amazing, and it just makes me feel good. celery and carrots are now high on my snack food list.

the elections were pretty crazy. i am happy that webb won, and unhappy that someone on cnn said that it was gail parker's fault that webb almost lost. in any event, i'm looking forward to a congress which i don't have to write a letter to once every two weeks because they keep trying to drill in alaska (hopefully). however, if enough money is thrown into the picture, i'm sure they'll all fold just as simply and easily as the republicans.

my campus greens group has enough people to be a real organization, so i'm doing the paperwork for that now.

i'm going back home the night before thanksgiving and will be around until that sunday. so, if you're also around, give me a call.

by the way, did i mention that i'm in love? ok, i lied, i know i did, but it needed another mention.

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
3:32 am
happy rainbows
so, we don't have a ps2 here, and the only game that i got addicted to playing on it last year was katamari damacy. if you've played it, you know how awesome it is.

luckily, i found a freeware KD clone. it's basically just like KD, if KD was in 2d. very addictive.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
3:14 am
i now have a del.icio.us account.

for those unaware, it's just an evergrowing list of random links that i think are interesting.


also, if you're into that kind of thing:

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
11:43 pm

an awesome new article by Wired about Darren Aronofsky and his new movie, The Fountain, which opens novemeber 22!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, October 23rd, 2006
4:53 am
life support
things that have recently been keeping me alive, in daily chronological order.

oh, and also, i think i've decided to officially join the green party. many reasons, and i've been considering it for awhile. i think i'm finally at a stage/place where i want to really get into it instead of just talking about it. so, we'll see how it goes. at the moment i'm hoping to start a (needless to say) small chapter of Campus Greens here, and at least get some booths at events here and hand out information and stuff. we'll see how it goes.

finally, i've recently gotten to spend a large deal of time with my significant other, and i'm still baffled at how amazing she is.
Friday, October 20th, 2006
4:17 am
saturday saturday saturday!

i was planning to goto the MD renaissance faire this saturday, but my partner in crime can't make it, unfortunately. so, if anyone else wants to go with me, drop a comment. i'll probably leave rapp @ 11am or so, and getting back @ 7pm? times are adjustable, of course. if nobody else wants to go with me, i'll most likely just go by myself, which is also fine. just thought i'd extend the offer.

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
5:33 pm
i have too many personal things to even begin to post about, so i won't. i will merely say that i am doing spectacularly.

if you have never tried kava, do so. kava kava is a root that grows in the pacific islands, as it's well suited for growth on coral atolls. you can buy it in powder form and just add a few tablespoons to a drink and consume it as such. natively, almost everyone drinks it as a social activity, as it has effects similar to many relaxing drugs, though not as harmful and extreme. it calms you out a great deal. i had my first cup the other night, and i just felt very chilled out and relaxed. so much so, in fact, that i took about an hour long nap shortly thereafter. i made the mistake of just mixing it with water, as it didn't taste all that amazing. i got the berry flavored kind, so it's meant to be mixed with fruit juices. the kava has a slight peppery kind of taste, but just a hint, so you can mask it with additional sweeteners. nobody else wanted to try it, so i drank it alone. it doesn't feel quite like being drunk, but it definitely delivers a little light-headedness and sense of unconditional contentment. i learned about it in my Peoples of the Pacfic class, in which i learned the Nanumean saying, "You can't be mad with kava." i think i believe it.

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