Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Vacay

Went to SC for Memorial Day weekend. Ate pizza, went to Chili's and Panera Bread, saw X-Men 3, played Uno Attack and computer games, hung around the house. I didn't take a bazillion vacation pictures - I only needed one.



UPDATE: I know it's not a totally accurate assessment anymore, but as a way of comparison, she's now a 12 on the Glasgow Coma Scale (last July she was a 10).

Monday, May 29, 2006

Note to self

Some days the what-ifs will drive you mad.

I was sure by now that You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen" and it's still raining


As the thunder rolls

I barely hear Your whisper through the rain "I'm with you"

And as Your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away


I'll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands

For You are who You are no matter where I am

Every tear I've cried you hold in Your hand

You never left my side and though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm

- Casting Crowns

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Saturday morning, coming down

Today I woke up early, today I woke up sad
It's funny how it hits me, the life I never had
- Bebo Norman

Friday, May 26, 2006

Your miracle dollars at work

A heart surgeon takes a break from the surgery to donate blood to his patient, who was also a rare B-negative type.

A baby with a rare heart defect recovers spontaneously without needing the transplant that saved his twin.

The guy sitting next to me at the haircut place was chitchatting with his stylist, and he told her that he had six kids. Apparantly he and his wife had three sons, each two years apart. The wife wanted to try one more time for a girl...and ended up with triplets. Luckily one was a girl. At one point they had 5 kids under age 5 (the kids are apparantly 18, 16, 14, and 12-12-12 now). The funniest thing I overheard him say was "I was okay with two. Going from two to three was the biggest challenge...we had to switch from man-to-man to zone defense."

Addictive

Infinite picture

Who broke the weather? It was 60s and perfect yesterday. Today it's 80s and humid as all get-out. Ugh.

Got a haircut. Matt approves.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Strongbad knows the answer

What would you do if you were invis-able for one daaaaaaaaaaaaay?
Scientists ponder invisibility cloak.

"I don't think being visible prevents me from doing the things I want to do. Like, steal stuff, and eat stuff..."

I'm sthuper

Thanks for asking.

Yay for new phone. Except my hand hurts from transferring all my phone numbers over last night. And I somehow managed to spread my minute patch of poison-whatever from my arm to my face. Which is totally unrelated to the phone. But whatever.

Two interesting links for today:

Why the minimum wage should really be $9/hour - I agree with the spirit of this idea of a "living wage" but also see how it could be difficult for small businesses.

Why the Jews don't believe Jesus was the Messiah - I don't buy their reasoning (obviously) but there are things listed here that I didn't know before.

I blame Canada.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Had a bad day again

1. Even though it's not listed as being so, the summer class I tried to register for is full and no interdivisional registrations were taken. Nice of them to let me know in a timely fashion - the day after the online orientation started and only after two e-mails and a phone call on my part.

2. Megan's first committee meeting is on Friday. My first committee meeting is...nowhere in the forseeable future.

3. Daniel is leaving for Iraq on June 6th.

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces every time
And I don't need no carrying on
-Daniel Powter

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Public Confusion

This article about the abrupt end of an AIDS drug trial is absolutely crazy.

If your workplace uses any of these buzzwords, perhaps you should consider a career change.

Monday, May 22, 2006

PSA

To All:
Matt Green is not dead. He just internet-transferred me $31, and as much as some companies and the IRS would like to believe, dead people do not pay bills.

That is all.

I'm way up downtown

The VaCo lyrics I submitted to the lyrics site the other day have been posted. Go me!

OK to Go is my current favorite album. I don't think there's a bad song on there (and per Matt's tastes, I can say that there is minimal cowbell). My favorites are Pick your Poison, Places People, Walk to Work, Meteor, and Voyager 2:

I hear you clearly, though you’re hardly in my view
For I’ll listen in the way in which you told me
I hold them dearly, all these murmurs of the earth
Pushing forth like waves when something hits the water
And all directions, they point inside of you
And all connections, to life beholding
The pebble in the puddle made the ripple in the water
Made the tree casting shadows on the river
Through the swaying limbs I see Voyager 2
You leaving together...send help soon
And I’ve seen spirits and children all waiting, waiting for you

As you draw closer now, hear the message held within
From all who gazed into the sky in silent wonder
What a number, the living and departed
People all alone forever searching for an answer
Almost screaming to be heard
Modern words confusing their own need to listen
Spirit foresee endless course of aboriginal direction
Answer prism, resurrection, the earth, the child, the sun
And the stars we see Voyager 2
You leading the rescue...send help soon
Well I’ve seen spirits and children all waiting, waiting for you
They’re all waiting for you

And so with patience, and the deepest fascination
I greet the day we’ll somehow be together
There’s time forever, in all the miracle believer
Well, I traveled all this way to finally see you
And all directions, they move inside of you
And all connections, to life beholding
The pebble in the puddle made the ripple in the water
Made the child sleeping soundly by the river

Voyager 2, you leading us home now...send help soon
I’ve seen spirits and children all waiting, waiting for you
They’re all waiting for you, they're all waiting for you
They're all waiting, all waiting, all waiting, they're all waiting for you

Voyager 2, you leading the rescue...send help soon
I’ve seen spirits and children all waiting, waiting for you
They're all waiting for you, they're all waiting for you
Voyager 2...we're leaving together

If you write pulp fiction murder mysteries, the U of Florida Police want your fingerprints and DNA.

24 season finale tonight!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

She's coming in, 12:30 flight

Rocked the class presentation, as expected. With a title like "Serotonin Regulation Disorders - Who took the bomp from my bomp-she-bomp-she-bomp?" how could we go wrong? Exactly.

We got up early for the second weekend in a row to help with the church cleanup day today. We worked outside again, same as last year, although this year was MUCH nicer and less hot. There were about 12 of us that undertook the campaign to take back the jungle that is our parking lot. Amazingly, with the help of several power tools, we actually cleared the entire perimeter back to the fence. It looks great. And we'll all be feeling it tomorrow, I'm sure.

Matt and I went out to lunch after showering, to The American Cafe. It wasn't bad, but I was mildly underwhelmed. Then we ended up crashing for like 3 hours when we got home. We're going to get ice cream at Carvel in about 15 minutes because he flaked on going out last night, and then proceeded to eat the last ice cream cone from the freezer in front of me!

Oh, and although I was unable to convince him for over a year that we should get new phones (he said he didn't want to commit to another 2-year contract), somehow Matt Green managed to do it in like the space of 20 minutes. So he did the online orders today and in 2-5 days we should each have one of these. I just don't understand men sometimes. But I am happy about the new phone!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Gasp

OMG, Marissa's dead...

Do people think about this stuff?

Would you rather be blind or deaf? I was thinking about this the other day, I'm not sure why, and I came to the conclusion that even though I think being blind is a more difficult disability in terms of lifestyle adjustments than being deaf, if I couldn't hear music or voices or anything else ever again I'd probably go stark raving mad. So my vote would be on blind. I'm already halfway there anyways, ha.

In lab we've started to make some preliminary plans for the conference in September. The general idea is that we'll fly to Paris on the 10th. We're going to spend Monday and Tuesday in Paris and then take a train to Brussels and spend Wednesday there before going to Amsterdam for the melanoma conference Thursday-Saturday. We'll fly back Saturday night. Matt has plans to move in with Ryan and Phil for the week.

In other news, God has spoken to Pat Robertson again, this time in the form of a warning - a tsunami is going to strike the US sometime in 2006. Get your rafts here, only $15. Act now and we'll throw in a copy of the Old Testament.

In other other news, a Senate advisory panel has approved an amendment banning gay marriage. Some have said this is purely a political move to appeal to a sagging GOP's conservative christian base prior to the November elections. All I have to say is "Not in my constitution." Go states rights!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Today's stupidity and anger

Further information on the NSA phone records collection - it seems that the government is "mining" and "trolling" through Americans' personal data after all.

XM radio is sued by the RIAA for selling a satellite radio receiver that can record and store up to 50 hours of broadcast. I can't believe that the lawyers thought this was a good idea, given that they lost 20 years ago when they tried the same thing with tape decks that could record from analog radio.

Internet filters suck. So does the Baltimore Police.

But lest you think that it's all bad in the world, I give you this little guy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

You gotta know what you're looking for

Boy, this is gonna be a long post.

So, back at the VaCo concert I went to in January, I heard one of their newer songs that I really liked. I looked for it when I got home, but unfortunately the only part I could remember was something about "paper airplanes." I checked the lyrics site that I often go to, but it wasn't listed there. I assumed that they had done a cover of someone else's song. Well, last night I finally got around to downloading the rest of their songs from their album OK to Go. Sure enough, the one song that wasn't listed on the lyrics site was the song I had been looking for:

And now you've seen silver wings
And so much faster things
Oh, oh, oh they lift you up at night
You need a dream to fly
And not some paper airplane

This past weekend we were in Philadelphia with our church youth group for the Battlecry youth rally (previously Acquire the Fire). I thought that the music was better this year than the last two years, but that the speakers and the focus of the sessions were better before. The music included TobyMac, Delirious, Pillar, Jeremy Camp and Michael Gungor, plus a dance group called the Groovaloos (you've seen them in the iPod commercials) that was crazy awesome.

We got back from Philly around 2pm on Sunday, and had a message waiting for us from Matt's aunt about a cookout for mother's day. So we ended up going over there that evening for grilled shish kabobs and tons of desserts.

Yesterday was lab bonding day #1. We just got our new lab technician from England last week, and so apparantly the "American" thing to do is go to a baseball game. So we went to the Orioles-Red Sox game last night. The Os scored the first homerun, but unfortunately it was the only one they scored.

Lab photo 2006: Byungwoo, Rhoda, Nick, Jason, Megan, Staci, Leslie, Ali, Me


Nick enjoying his first American pasttime


Jason is disappointed at the Os first homerun


The girls weren't as interested in the game


The Os on the field


The oriole bird during the 7th inning stretch

Today is lab bonding day #2 - lunch at The Bay Cafe for Nick and Ali's birthdays/celebrating Byungwoo's grant funding and greencard.

iPod stats: 2819 items (66 purchased), 9.1 days, 11.51GB, 21 genres.

More pictures up at the photoblog.

Meteor, calypso, you find it everywhere you go
I've seen it all, 'cause I've been so
You gotta know what you're looking for
And every little way you go, it's all you know
Oh, woah, your meteor
Oh, why don't you ride on
-VaCo, Meteor

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Can you hear me now?

If your phone carrier is Verizon, AT&T or BellSouth, then the NSA has a record of every call you've made in the almost the past five years.

Super.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Latte, we barely knew ye

So last week, I went into Starbucks and ordered a cinnamon dolce latte like I typically do once or twice a week. They told me "I'm sorry, that was a seasonal drink...we don't have it anymore." They suggested that I have a gingerbread latte instead (which apparantly is NOT a seasonal drink??) It just wasn't the same. If only I had known that Wednesday's CDL would be my last...I might have sipped it a little more slowly, savored it a bit more. I might have even ordered a grande. I guess it's true what they say, you don't know what you got til it's gone.

But they better not pave paradise and put up a parking lot now.

The evolution of dance, in six minutes.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

We sink slowly, darling

If you have a login to the NYT online, you should read this article about the politics, science, and religion of contraception. And if you don't have a login, get one, lamer! I think I owe Matt five cents for using the word lamer.

We had a good weekend. Went to see M:I:3 on Saturday afternoon; went to Seneca Creek State Park after lunch today and hiked 5.8 miles of trail.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Finally on iTunes

I should understand by now
How the healing and the growing comes around
It's just a simple fact that every tree needs cutting back
The tearing down and growing builds a heart that always lasts

And as the rain that I've prayed for
Brings flooding all around
I will climb to higher ground

I've learned to read the weather in this town
The wind starts blowing, change is coming around
Sometimes the breeze is quiet, sometimes it cries all night
Sometimes it shakes and tells this house
We've got to hold on tight

And as the wind that I've prayed for
Blows to dust what once was sound
I will climb to higher ground

And I'm still learning how to just let go
When I try to hold it in, I always overflow
Because this restless mind is just too full to hold anymore
So I'm letting some of it go

And as the wind I have prayed for
Blows to dust what once was sound
I will climb to higher ground
And as the rain that I've prayed for
Brings flooding all around
I will climb to higher ground
-Chris Joyner

Friday, May 05, 2006

Memories...

I was looking at my old Diaryland account today because I had forgotten what I got on the GREs. I came across some funny stuff from senior year of college. I decided to repost a few tidbits for my newer readers. The page looks like crap but feel free to read all about my summer o' fun, my crazy senior year and my grad school application woes here (prior to January, if there were 2+ posts on the same day, only the last one shows).

December 04, 2002
This is the conversation that just took place between me and Seth.
Me: My stomach is saying french bread pizza, but my head is saying sleeeeeeeep. I'm confused!
Seth: I think that means you should run around in circles.
Me: No, because my legs hurt.
Seth: Run on your hands. Or get a wheelchair.
Me: My hands are popsicles.
Seth: Woah, you're messed up!
Okay, well I thought it was funny anyways. Of course, out of the last 38 hours, I have slept for 2. Maybe I'm delerious. But hey, my R-squared equaled 0.9996 so it's all good.

December 10, 2002
Airheads. I don't get it. There's no air, they're not head-shaped. Are they making a comment about the people who eat them? "Man, let's call them airheads, only an airhead would be dumb enough to eat a floppy strip of pure sugar!" I sure hope that's not the case.

January 27, 2003
This conversation took place between me and Charlotte at dinner tonight:
Charlotte: I just don't get this Odyessy of the Mind stuff.
Me: Well, I think the point is to develop creative problem-solving techniques.
Charlotte: Yeah, but I mean, how often in life are you going to need to build a paper tower?
Me: What if you got captured by cannibals and the only way they'd spare your life was for you to build a paper tower?
Charlotte: That's when I'd say, "Barbeque sauce, anyone?"
Allison: I think what I would do is fold the paper into an airplane and throw it at them, and when they all turned and went "Ooooohhhhh" I'd run the other direction.

February 05, 2003
Words of wisdom from Anna's dad:
1. Some people are like Slinkies . . . not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
2. Terrorists--most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10-15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster; you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration.
3. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
And finally, Anna's comment that made me smile:
"Courtney, I don't think you have anything to worry about with these interviews. You're like, a graduate school's wet dream." I love Anna :-)

March 15, 2003
We also had a ton of laughs, especially when our team was eating ice cream at 2:30 in the morning. Example:
Me: Let's go get the space heater out of the office.
Sarah: Yes, let's put it in the tent!
Me: I think that's a fire hazard.
Sarah: But if we put it outside, then we'd be heating the entire quad!

March 25, 2003
I was feeling a little down earlier today...but I threw marshmallows at Brentz and it made me feel a little better.

April 01, 2003
Still nothing on the grad school front. In other news, if nothing else works out apparantly I have a future career as a paperweight, as Julia discovered in the library today.

Oh, and I got a 590-V 710-Q 730-A for a 2030 total.