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21 August 2008 @ 01:37 am
Hello, all - I'm back from two months in the lovely Pocono Mountains, working at Camp Ramah. I had a wonderful summer forcing kids to do the ropes course (it looks this:
 ). Now I'm back, hanging out until August 30, when I head back to California for school. If I think of anything interesting to say, I'll let you know.
21 May 2008 @ 11:10 pm
Hello, all - I haven't updated in a while because I haven't had that much to say. I'm back in Evanston for the summer after a pretty good year at Pomona College; home has been fantastic so far, what with all the fun that Chicago has to offer. Tonight I went to the Old Town School of Folk to see a blues band play. Sadly, attempts to see TJ & Dave at ImprovOlympic failed because they apparently ran out of tickets two days ago. Wow! What with being one of the Sonic Guys and all, I'm sure TJ is becoming pretty famous.

Whoa, upon searching for that photo, I found this one, which shows that the seat belts in the Sonic commercials are fake:


Anywho, I'm just chillin' and having a good time here. Here's some photos of exciting moments from the year:

Hiking above the clouds to Sunset Peak

Running into Martin Sheen while hitchhiking near Malibu

I think that's enough for now. When I get my hands on a scanner, I'll post the two Hourly Comics Days that I did (my contribution to the LJ webcomics world). I hope you're all enjoying your summers (unless you're from the Southern Hemisphere...I think I have one friend from Australia?) and that you have a lovely day!
02 March 2008 @ 02:47 am

Part of 100 Themes by MK Reed
14 February 2008 @ 01:08 am

Do yourself a favor and go read some stereotypist  immediately. Then head over and read some Pictures for Sad Children . Thank you.
31 January 2008 @ 11:31 pm
tedprior   started this game and I couldn't resist:


1. Put your iTunes on random.
2. Find photos of the first 25 artists/bands that come up (no repeats and no cheating).
3. Have people guess who the artists/bands are.

My formatting is waaay off, but I was too lazy to fix it after already spending a ridiculous amount of time doing this. First person to get all 25 correct wins my respect - and an on-air call-in to KSPC Claremont 88.7 FM, where I host  "Music for Primates" (Fridays, 2-4 pm; see www.kspc.org).

Have fun!

20 January 2008 @ 03:01 am

It's been a fantastic break, and I will certainly miss your buildings, your neighborhoods, your improv, your snow, your concerts, your lake, and, most of all, your people. See you in a few months!
07 January 2008 @ 04:56 pm
Hello, all.

This break has led me to do things I would not otherwise do. Actually, that's a lie, I would probably do them anyway - at least now I have plenty of time to waste doing them.

Thing #1:

My friend Rob found a funny picture of some odd animal, and decided it was perfect for a LOL____ (as in, LOLcat or LOLdog, two of the Internet's greatest creations). We collaborated on a suitable caption, and came up with this:

Anyone know what kind of animal it is?

Thing #2:

From tundraboy  , I learned about the "Album Cover Meme," posted on The Crown Commission forum:

The Meme Instructions
1. The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Page is the name of your band.

4. The last four words of the very last quotation on the Random Quotations Page page is the title of your album.

3. The third picture in Flickr's Interesting Photo's from the last 7 days will be your album cover.

Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result.


I thus spent an incredible amount of time making these. Here are the results - you tell me what you think the music is like:

03 January 2008 @ 06:13 am
Don't get the title of this post mixed up with the Steven Pinker book of a similar name:

No, I'm just referring to the new year and the promise that it holds. I will be a better person and do greater things; I will get more sleep and pre-judge people less; I will mean it when I hug and not worry so much about people judging me.
But really, this new year for me just meant seeing the park covered in snow, completely blank and ready to be played in. It reminded of the last Calvin and Hobbes strip:

So full of hope and possibility. Shouldn't every new year be like that?
Luckily for me, I got to start off 2008 with a midnight snowball fight with some of the most important people in my life. It was epic. I'm not sure who won, but I can't think of a better way to start a Chicago year.
17 December 2007 @ 11:04 pm
I can't stop listening to Animal Collective.

I know some people don't dig their experimental sound - long, meandering songs, often without a discernible melody - but I find their style to be just right. I feel as if their instruments are tuned exactly to my moods; when I turn on Sung Tongs or Feels, my emotions are already laid out in a pattern that fits the album perfectly. I only regret that I didn't come upon these superb albums sooner. Oddly, I went to an Animal Collective concert a few years ago, on a whim; I didn't enjoy their set nearly as much as I think I would now. If you'd like to take a listen, check out the FatCat Records site .

Also, I played some Animal Collective today when I did my aircheck for KSPC, the Claremont Colleges radio station (and best station ever). Hopefully, I'll be a DJ next semester!

On a completely different note, tonight I had a bad run-in with a quite unpleasant woman in the library. During finals week, various groups like to give out free food to students; the library decided to give out pizza in the Founder's Room. I was tutoring at that time, and thought it would be fun to get a slice of pizza at the end. My tutee was very excited at the prospect of free pizza! But as I led him into the room, the woman at the door told me you could only come in with a Claremont ID, and that my tutee would have to wait outside. Irritated but kind of expecting this, I decided to grab a few slices of pizza and bring them out to him - but no! As I turned to leave, the woman rose from her chair and almost shouted, "You can't bring that outside!" I was bewildered. "Can't I just bring it downstairs? I promise I won't eat it in the library." She shook her hood and pointed to a sign near the pizza that read, "YOU MAY NOT BRING THE PIZZA OUTSIDE THIS ROOM." "You'll have to eat that in here," she concluded. I looked down at the four slices on my plate, and at my tutee standing outside the door, and returned the pizza to the box. I tossed the plate and napkin in the garbage and apologized to my tutee. He summed it up nicely: "What a bitch!" Indeed.
11 December 2007 @ 01:12 pm
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I stole this bit from Pictures for Sad Children, a fantastic webcomic from stereotypist.