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we're back at the library, and the pile of books on the shelving cart included three on attracting love and romance and two about doing your own divorce filing in california.
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And [ profile] sweet_pickles gives me a hard time for keeping and making use of those pennies...

Coin shortage could turn pennies into nickels
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25 years of MTV. And Dad thought it wouldn't last. :)
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Hi from Millennium Park. We're on our way to Taste of Chicago. More later.
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just a quick note, before i go back to conducting swot analysis...

happy birthday [ profile] gympumpkin!
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Found this car parked outside the McCormick Theological Seminary a couple of days ago.

I thought the sticker was great.

it's all about the size of your... vehicle
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How does one summarize a document that's been summarized from summaries of several summarized interviews? This case write-up is getting on my nerves. I get the point of the case, and really couldn't summarize it better than the way it has been without spending a lot more time on it. It's like lossy compression. At some point, there's no point in going further. I think I'm going to call it done and move on to the next thing.

And on a completely unrelated note, this "type of American English" thing that's going around is amusing. Particularly since my American English is apparently 5% Dixie.
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I got up early this morning, and while psyching myself up for the first school day of the quarter, I came across the Petals Around The Rose puzzle on one of the communities I occasionally read here on LJ. I sent this message around to my classmates, and now I share it with you:

"I can tell you only three things: the name of the game, the fact that the answer is always even, and the answer for any particular throw..."

Just a little diversion for you on the first day of Spring Quarter. Play it, see if you can figure it out, and if you do let me know. (Please, keep the key to the puzzle to yourself! Just let me know if you figure it out.)

-- b.

P.S. Read what happened when Bill Gates encountered Petals Around The Rose, back in 1977:

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happy birthday to [ profile] arbus! would have posted this earlier but it's been a crazy day. laptop power issues.

hope you had a fantastic day! :)
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Saw the blurb on the cover of this morning's paper: 37-year 'Smile' beams - Brian Wilson's masterpiece released today.
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Happy birthday tomorrow to [ profile] tiredangel18! (I wish I could remember how to say "happy birthday" in Polish.)

Tomorrow is the start of fall quarter. I have my locker at school set up, and will be bringing more books and other school necessities in between now and next week. My jacket is hanging in the locker. There's enough room in there for some books and course packets, a pair of shoes, an interview suit and shirts. We've already started forming study groups. (My theory is that we're so far behind that we do things ahead of time just to close the gap by some minute amount.)
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It's interesting how certain scents bring back very strong memories. The smell of oranges, for example, always reminds me of the condo unit in Emeryville. The smell of coconuts brings back memories of beach trips from my childhood. Gruyere cheese reminds me of a summer's day in the Swiss Alps. And then there's chocolate.

This afternoon while I was waiting for [ profile] sweet_pickles to finish getting her hair cut at the Aveda Institute here in town, I was taking in all the smells of the classroom/salon (all the natural oils and spice extracts) when I accidentally stepped on my book bag. I crushed one of the roasted cocoa beans that I had taken home with me from the chocolate factory tour we took with [ profile] carrieb and [ profile] big_bubba. It just smelled divine, mixed in with all the hints of spice in the air. It brought me back to Berkeley, if only for a few minutes.

And I have 3 Gmail invites to give out, in case anyone's interested.
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So how long do you think this will take to make it into my journal?
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The dj on the radio said that the remaining members of INXS are teaming up with Survivor (the TV show, not the band that recorded "Eye Of The Tiger") producer Mark Burnett to do a reality TV show that will find the band a new lead singer. Michael Hutchence must be rolling in his grave.
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it's been a busy week. had dinner tonight in evanston, and here's the fortune i got:

i think this one arrived late, or something.

flying back to socal tomorrow, and going back to the bay area later in the week.
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Over on the BW forums there is a fairly recent thread called "Do you ever wish weren't intelligent?" I haven't read it yet, and may not ever get around to reading it, but I'm guessing the missing pronoun between "wish" and "weren't" is "you". And that, along with the recent backlash over Greg Mankiw's comments about sending U.S. jobs overseas being a positive thing and the U.S. population as a whole being too educated for the good of the economy, got me thinking about something I haven't really thought about since I graduated from college twelve years ago.

Where does intelligence get you in life? Is there a point at which others' expectations become so unrealistic as to counterbalance one's potential to the point of undermining it?

People point to Einstein as being an inspiration not just because he was a genius but because he was not recognized as being one early on. Because he "only" received so-so grades in school, they talk as if he possessed some sort of intelligence that is in all of us, and despite nobody encouraging or cultivating it he managed to run with it and develop general relativity, win the Nobel Prize, etc...

Examples like that are few and far between. But it seems like everybody knows somebody of whom they or someone they know says, "(so-and-so) is so smart/has so much potential... if only he/she would apply himself/herself." Maybe it's because they're so commonplace that we instead choose to worship at the altar of the Einsteins of the world.

If this genius is, in fact, inherent in all of us, are we guilty of nudging/kicking/throwing people over the fine line between genius and madness? Are the underachievers among us simply steering clear of that line to avoid crossing it, and if so is it some kind of natural defense mechanism -- avoiding disappointing a society, or a subset of society that might have come to expect more from them than they are aware they can deliver? Wouldn't that make them the truly smart ones?

And really, when you get right down to it, is life nothing more than a great big exercise in managing expectations?
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(That's probably going to be the title of my next short story collection. You read it here first.)

The other day I was at the Walnut Creek Starbucks and saw this boy who was maybe six or seven, his dad and some woman whom I assume was dad's girlfriend. She had just said something about not really believing in the observance of Valentine's Day because it's all just something that big corporations came up with to bolster sales of flowers, confectionery, paper products and reprocessed overpriced mineral deposits extracted from slave mines. Kid said something like, "but I like Valentine's Day." She replied with, "Just wait until you're expected to be the one who comes up with all that crap every year."

Kid sipped his caramel apple cider while processing this bit of information and then asked, "So why does Valentine's Day come after Friday the Thirteenth?"

It seemed like the kind of question I would have asked when I was his age. :-)

This year, no card. Just the best damn chocolate I can more-or-less afford.
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I'm amused by the discovery that Trader Joe's managed to negotiate a deal with Ben and Jerry's. Must be that depressed demand for ice cream in the Northeast.

(It's cold out there, you know...)
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The New York Times had an interesting piece about how Comcast's Disney bid indicates that the balance of power in media has shifted again, and content is no longer king. Remember a few years ago when everything was content, content, content?
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