Friday, December 29, 2006

An "important milestone"?

Well, I wouldn't put it that way.


An important day though?

Indeed.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

If only I didn't have the nagging idea that fate does indeed exist...

Well, then I'd find decision-making much easier. :)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

...and as her last slimy choke spent itself and the final kick of her death throes twitched frantically before establishing itself firmly in the past, she managed to trace a few barely-legible letters in the dust beside her...

Fin...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

LSU STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VOICE

As you know Dr. Geraty is retiring.

There will be a search committee formed to elect a new LSU president.

According to the Faculty Handbook YOU as students have the right to be represented.

Let the school know that you want your rights. Sign the letter of concern in the cafeteria at lunch.

BE THERE!!!!!!!!

Ask anyone with a duct taped shirt for more info.

Get involved.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

I am so very, very tired of people.

That I would be good even if I did nothing
That I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
That I would be good if I got and stayed sick
That I would be good even if I gained ten pounds

That I would be fine even even if I went bankrupt
That I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
That I would be great if I was no longer queen
That I would be grand if I was not all knowing

That I would be loved even when I numb myself
That I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
That I would be loved even when I was fuming
That I would be good even if I was clingy

That I would be good even if I lost sanity
That I would be good
Whether with or without you

- "That I Would Be Good" by Alanis Morissette

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Barenaked Ladies rock. :)

(Hint: Particularly note the capitalization. It's significant.)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Q: What's the new subtitle for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock?

A: Finding Nimoy

Feel free to laugh along!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

oh heavens.
teel is like a plague.
i heard him start to come up the stairs.
i had to grab my tape.
and fumble with my keys.
but he was practically jogging up.
i fumbled some more.
he kept on coming.
thunk thunk thunk
finally, i managed to get the key in the lock...
but then it got stuck!
i wiggled and wiggled for what seemed like an eternity...
thunk thunk thunk
finally, it came loose.
and i scampered into the hall.
and hid behind the door, which was closing painfully slowly...
and then, click i was safe.

- an unintentional semi-poem, brought to you by Diana's subconscious

Saturday, November 04, 2006

I can't try to save humanity without holding onto what makes me human.
- Captain Archer, "Impulse"

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

We drive past a police checkpoint. The cops are checking cars for couples looking to neck on the deserted beaches. They wave me and the gangsters on.
- from Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

Monday, October 16, 2006

Too much to do. No money. No sleep. No time. No food. Losing mind. Help.

Monday, October 09, 2006

If you aren't reading Una Collezione... Well, then you're just unworthy.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Kropp on the other hand is a thinker. He proposes that a declaration of war should be a kind of popular festival with entrance-tickets and bands, like a bull fight. Then in the arena the ministers and generals of the two countries, dressed in bathing-drawers and armed with clubs, can have it out among themselves. Whoever survives, his country wins. That would be much simpler and more just than this arrangement, where the wrong people do the fighting.
- from All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Sad, Strange Tale of Don Astronaut
I'm pretty sure one shouldn't be forced to take a class that causes the creation of a specialized support group.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Monday, August 21, 2006

I think we all need a little more romance in life.

And a lot more spontaneity!

Friday, August 18, 2006




Your Eyes Should Be Brown



Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom

What's hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart

Nickelback is even more amazing live! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ah, Summer, couldn't you please be eternal? I'm doing my best over here to help you, so a greater attempt on your part would be nice.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I watched Napoleon Dynamite for the first time tonight. As scene after scene plodded by, my thoughts were: "Um..." And...yeah. That's pretty much all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I just celebrated my 22nd birthday.

And what surprises I have had today...

Monday, July 31, 2006

Apparently there's only one man who knows how to run the internet at Villa Aurora, and he's in Romania on vacation.

I think I'll convince Villa Aurora that they need an English teacher--and that that teacher should be me, next year. :)

***

You're Not From Here by Lara Fabian

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Perhaps Villa Aurora needs an English teacher...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I think I was just interviewed for the position of "wife."

Monday, July 10, 2006

I just watched The Butterfly Effect in Italian, with English subtitles.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be speaking fairly sub-par English by the time I get home.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Tonight we walked for several hours so that the campus chaplain could get a date with a girl in a gelatteria.
I just spent the afternoon driving through the hills of Tuscany, listening to "My Sharona" on the Christian radio station.

Friday, July 07, 2006

LOL!!
What historical figure are you?

You are George Orwell



Paranoid and Cynical.  You are able to understand society and the human psyche quickly and easily.  You are depressed a lot of the time, because you are clever enough to see what is really going on in the world.

Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

Oh. Well then.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I've just been bonding with other history majors. Yay!

Tomorrow I give a presentation on Socialist Republicanism. ;)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Today, one of the teachers took us to a museum. The three exceptionally useful words she stopped to teach us in Italian, as we walked through town, were "pistol," "rifle," and "scarecrow."

--

You know someone has it bad when they have a coffee ring on their pants.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006

Have you ever noticed that every single Adventist institution has somehow managed to dredge up a quirky foreign man (typically of Generation X and frequently single), whom it has presumably hired to prowl about the area being spiritual and youth-oriented? This type of man is utterly creepy to me.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I never thought I'd need to learn something in Italian like, "I'm sorry I'm breasting you in the back, but would you please stop breathing on my elbow?"

Sunday, June 18, 2006

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

So, the lyrics to Meatloaf's Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are used to be posted here. However, I will assume that you all know how to use Google (should you be dying to read them again), and instead of posting more Meatloaf lyrics, I will simply replace that song with only a portion of a different song. You're welcome.

[Girl:] Will you raise me up, will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this Godforsaken town?
Will you make it all a little less cold?

[Boy:] I can do that! I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you hold me sacred? Will you hold me tight?
Can you colorize my life, I'm so sick of black and white?
Can you make it all a little less old?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh, now I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you make me some magic, with your own two hands?
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
Will ya hose me down with holy water, if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I've never known?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

[Girl:] After a while you'll forget everything
It was a brief interlude and a midsummer night's fling
And you'll see that it's time to move on

[Boy:] I won't do that. No I won't do that...

[Girl:] I know the territory, I've been around
It'll all turn to dust and we'll all fall down
And sooner or later, you'll be screwing around

[Boy:] I won't do that. No I won't do that...

- from Meatloaf's I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)

The only thing that gets me through finals is 80s music (with a little from the 70s thrown in).

Friday, June 09, 2006

Indeed, he [former President Jimmy Carter] proposed that the U.S. spend a thousand billion dollars (a trillion dollars) in the next five years on its military forces. And the administration had just announced that the Department of Agriculture would save $25 million a year by no longer giving free second helpings of milk to 1.4 million needy schoolchildren who got free meals in school.
- from The Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Here are some things I've realized I must do before I die:

  • Name a girl child Tatiana.
  • Name a boy child Stanislav.
  • Learn Latin.
  • Smoke a pipe.
  • Write a fantasy novel extensively involving the ocean.
  • Visit Berlin.
  • Attend a Star Trek convention.
  • Read Homer.
  • Take jazz dance again.
  • Play at Carnegie Hall (even if breaking in is involved).
  • Read some Chekov.
  • Watch every episode of Star Trek ever made and released.
  • Faint at least once.
  • Live somewhere with a pool.
  • Own a cat that is not spayed and permit it to have kittens.
  • Correspond extensively with C. J. Cherryh.
  • Win something based on merit.
  • Visit NASA headquarters.
  • Learn to cook wonderful things with fresh herbs.
  • Travel across the Pacific by ship.
  • See that my mother gets a horse again.

    There are lots more somewhere else (tucked into the recesses of my brain, for example), but here are a few, for posterity and for you.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

    In any society with a recent past of genocide, one of the most important questions is: What are you going to teach schoolchildren about it?

    For thirty-five years after Stalin's death, the answer was, essentially, nothing. Nowhere was after-the-fact denial of reality more blatant. Every student across all eleven time zones of the Soviet Union used the same textbooks. Schools teach twentieth-century Russian and Soviet history in the final two years of high school. When the latest pre-
    glastnost edition of the textbook for the first of these courses (up through 1937) came off the presses in 1986, the print run was 3,890,000 copies. The book has exactly ten lines about Stalin. It praises the collectivization of agriculture, ignoring the 7 to 10 million people who starved to death as a result. It does not mention the Great Purge. This ignoring of history is as if the Holocaust did not appear in a German textbook. And, because the Soviets were the main victims of the Purge as well as its perpetrators, it is also as if the Holocaust did not appear in an Israeli textbook.
    - from The Unquiet Ghost by Adam Hochschild

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    Monday, May 15, 2006

    It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is the one who is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right. Right?
    - Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    Many young men find that they can do much better work if they get the girl out of their dreams and into their kitchen.
    - from a 1949 Ladies' Home Journal as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

    Now that Judith is sixteen and old enough to earn money and help herself in other ways to recover from her unfortunate childhood, she has taken on the additionally crippling circumstance of a steady boyfriend. How pathetic. . . . The love and attention of her steady boyfriend are a substitute for other more normal kinds of success. [...] A good deal of the time she spends going steady with Jim could be used to make herself more attractive so that other boys would ask her for dates.
    - from Joyce Jackson's Guide to Dating as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

    If you didn't have Freddy, you'd be spending a lot more time in front of the mirror--deciding how to bring out your best features. You'd be poring over fashion magazines and exploring shop windows to find out what the perfect style is for you. Without Freddy, you'd be putting your best foot forward and there wouldn't be an old sneaker on it.
    - from Datebook's Guide as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

    If your date is very good-looking, exploit it. Meet her at your dorm and take her to college places. If your date is not very good-looking, tell your friends you are having an affair with a married woman and take her to the movies.
    - from a 1962 Esquire as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

    Gender roles are bad!
    - Greg Crowder

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    When they head big offices, German women can be quite difficult, as their femininity somehow recedes into the background.
    - from Berlin Diaries: 1940-1945 by Marie Vassiltchikov

    LOL!

    Monday, May 01, 2006

    Just so you all know, your slacker tendencies are rubbing off on me. Now, instead of studying for my tests, I read or play video games or watch movies or TV on DVD. BAD residents, BAD! I invoke the curses of Nut and Ptah and Isis and Osiris and Horus and Hathor and Nephthys and Re, and Seth most of all! (Well, I would if I could. Or if that would give me a better grade on my Egypt test. Sigh.)

    Thursday, April 27, 2006

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006

    Maybe I have African sleeping sickness.

    Well, maybe not. But enough with the fatigue already! Geez!

    Sunday, April 23, 2006

    Could someone please inform Mike that he isn't Gwen Stefani? Thanks.

    ;)

    Monday, April 17, 2006

    So I just bought me a black GameCube with 13 games (and there are good ones too) and 4 controllers (3 of which are wireless)! And then I went wild and crazy and got Soul Calibur II as well. Yay for video games and eBay!

    Saturday, April 15, 2006

    I thought this (from December) deserved a re-post.

    Overheard in Bookstore

    Three(ish)-Year-Old Girl: Daddy, do you like Christmas?

    "Daddy": Sometimes. [pause] Only when you're with me.

    Monday, April 10, 2006

    On the morning that the bodies [the bodies of 66 men, women, and children who were killed for striking from their coal-mining jobs] were discovered in the tent pit at Ludlow [in Colorado], American warships were attacking Vera Cruz, a city on the coast of Mexico--bombarding it, occupying it, leaving a hundred Mexicans dead--because Mexico had arrested American sailors and refused to apologize to the United States with a twenty-one-gun salute.
    - from The Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn

    Oh my God.



    You Belong in Paris



    You enjoy all that life has to offer, and you can appreciate the fine tastes and sites of Paris.

    You're the perfect person to wander the streets of Paris aimlessly, enjoying architecture and a crepe.

    Wednesday, April 05, 2006

    Maybe sometimes we don't do the right thing because the wrong thing looks more dangerous, and we don't want to look scared, so we go and do the wrong thing just because it's dangerous. We're more concerned with not looking scared than with judging right.
    - Will, from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

    Wednesday, March 29, 2006

    If I start speakin' in a Southern drawl, it ain't mah fault!

    Monday, March 27, 2006

    I like my house. It's peaceful, for the most part. And when there are no outside responsibilities, such peace is doubly peaceful. :)

    Monday, March 20, 2006

    MacIsaac no longer just fiddling around

    The man in this article (Ashley MacIsaac) intends to run for Liberal leadership on April 7.

    I love my country. :)

    ---

    I Can't Tell You Why

    Sunday, March 19, 2006

    Gunshots. I heard gunshots. After 3am. In Southern California.

    Oh, wait, I shouldn't be surprised, should I? ;)

    Saturday, March 18, 2006

    Wow. I actually wouldn't have thought it.

    Buttercup

    Which Princess Bride Character are You?
    this quiz was made by mysti
    Jesus, Take the Wheel
    by Carrie Underwood

    She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
    On a snow white Christmas Eve
    Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat
    Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline
    It'd been a long hard year
    She had a lot on her mind and she didn't pay attention
    She was going way too fast
    Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
    She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
    She didn't even have time to cry
    She was so scared
    She threw her hands up in the air

    Jesus take the wheel
    Take it from my hands
    Cause I can't do this on my own
    I'm letting go
    So give me one more chance
    To save me from this road I'm on
    Jesus take the wheel

    It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
    And the car came to a stop
    She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock
    And for the first time in a long time
    She bowed her head to pray
    She said I'm sorry for the way
    I've been living my life
    I know I've got to change
    So from now on tonight

    Jesus take the wheel
    Take it from my hands
    Cause I can't do this on my own
    I'm letting go
    So give me one more chance
    To save me from this road I'm on

    Oh, Jesus take the wheel
    Oh, I'm letting go
    So give me one more chance
    Save me from this road I'm on
    From this road I'm on
    Jesus take the wheel
    Oh, take it, take it from me



    You Are Changing Leaves



    Pretty, but soon dead.


    Friday, March 17, 2006

    Perhaps you've seen these before, but they are definitely worth reading again, I assure you: Canadian Questions.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    Here's a little something for all you internety folks:

    The Information Superhighway

    is a sewer pipe from America

    it's staying home forever
    and falling in love with a computer.

    It's the story of Hardware Man & Software Girl
    setting off together on a kitchen adventure.

    It's staying home forever:
    push a button & a remote controlled custard pie
    flies in the video compere's eyes.
    "Interactive" is when you get
    to spit back.

    My house is a city state.
    Outdoors there's a weird fog
    I don't want to go out in.
    Forests are flattened to fuel
    computer factories,
    the trees are routed once & for all.

    When the last tiger in the wild died
    the tigers in the zoo just vanished

    - by S. K. Kelen
    Death Week is stressful.

    (Brought to you by Diana's Self-Evident Truth of the Day, Inc.)

    ---

    Love Will Always Win

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Saturday, March 11, 2006

    I Want To Live
    by Josh Gracin

    Sometimes I feel like I need to shake myself
    To wake myself
    I feel like I'm just sleep walkin' through my life
    Its like I'm swimmin' in an ocean of emotion
    But still somehow slowly goin' numb inside

    I don't like who I'm becomin'
    I know I've got to do somethin'
    Before my life passes right by

    I wanna cry like the rain
    Cry like the rain
    Shine like the sun on a beautiful mornin'
    Sing to the heavens like a church bell ringin'
    Fight with the devil and go down swingin'
    Fly like a bird
    Roll like a stone
    Love like I ain't afraid to be alone
    Take everything that this world has to give
    I wanna live

    Sometimes I wonder why I work so hard
    To guard my heart
    Well I hardly feel anything at all
    I've spent my whole life building up this ivory tower
    Now that I'm in it I keep wishin' it would fall

    So I could feel the ground beneath me
    Really taste this air I'm breathin'
    To know that I'm alive

    I wanna cry like the rain
    Cry like the rain
    Shine like the sun on a beautiful mornin'
    Sing to the heavens like a church bell ringin'
    Fight with the devil and go down swingin'
    Fly like a bird
    Roll like a stone
    Love like I aint afraid to be alone
    Take everything that this world has to give
    I wanna live
    I wanna live

    Something deep inside keeps saying life is like a vapor
    It's gone in just a twinklin' of an eye

    I wanna cry like the rain
    Cry like the rain
    Shine like the sun on a beautiful mornin'
    Sing to the heavens like a church bell ringin'
    Fight with the devil and go down swingin'
    Fly like a bird
    Roll like a stone
    Love like I aint afraid to be alone
    Take everything that this world has to give
    I wanna take any breath I can get
    I wanna live
    For when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don't try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.
    - James 1:3-4

    :)

    Thursday, March 09, 2006

    So, my tentative March break plans were impossible.

    However! I shall instead get a driver's licence that's valid in this country.

    I shall be AUTOnomous! ;)

    Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    Ha, this is fantastic!

    Dr. Miller says we are pessimistic because life seems like a very bad, very screwed-up film. If you ask "What the hell is wrong with the projector?" and go up to the control room, you find it's empty. You are the projectionist, and you should have been up there all the time.
    - Colin Wilson

    The Dance

    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    There is very little that is more therapeutic for one's soul than jumping in puddles at one in the morning.

    Monday, March 06, 2006

    Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
    - Orison Swett Marden

    The Lord is a good psychologist: he knows the way our minds run. Turmoil can be the Lord's way of tapping us on the shoulder and saying, 'Don't forget me.'
    - Eknath Easwaran

    Time
    Fallen
    by Sarah McLachlan

    Heaven bend to take my hand
    And lead me through the fire
    Be the long awaited answer
    To a long and painful fight
    Truth be told I tried my best
    But somewhere long the way
    I got caught up in all there was to offer
    But the cost was so much more than I could bear

    Though I've tried I've fallen
    I have sunk so low
    I messed up
    Better I should know
    So don't come round here and
    Tell me I told you so

    We all begin out with good intent
    When love is raw and young
    We believe that we can change ourselves
    The past can be undone
    But we carry on our back the burdens time always reveals
    In the lonely light of morning
    In the wound that would not heal
    It's the bitter taste of losing everything
    I've held so dear

    Though I've tried I've fallen
    I have sunk so low
    I messed up
    Better I should know
    So don't come round here and
    Tell me I told you so

    Heaven bend to take my hand
    I've nowhere left to turn
    I'm lost to these I thought were friends
    To everyone I know
    Oh they turn their heads embarrassed
    Pretend that they don't see
    That it's one wrong step one slip before you know it
    And there doesn't seem away to be redeemed

    Though I've tried I've fallen
    I have sunk so low
    I messed up
    Better I should know
    So don't come round here and
    Tell me I told you so
    I messed up
    Better I should know
    So don't come round here and
    Tell me I told you so


    Sarah is the soundtrack to my life sometimes.
    Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
    - Philippians 4:6-7

    Saturday, March 04, 2006

    You're the Only Place
    by Josh Groban

    Seems like our love is on a road to nowhere fast
    All my life I thought a love like this would last
    But every road can hide a corner we can't see
    I had a vision that I woke up by your side
    I felt you breathing and our souls were intertwined
    But who controls love's destiny? Not me.

    We had it all right in our hands,
    We had the space to fly and still a place to land

    So I'm calling out, I'm calling out to the only one
    Who can save us from what we've done
    Don't leave me hanging on
    I'm reaching out and praying you'll come back again
    It's just darkness I'm living in
    And you're the only place my heart has ever been.

    Maybe I'm young and in the ways of love naive
    Maybe I'm desperate for a reason to believe
    There wasn't any way I thought that we would fall.
    I've seen perfection in a rainbow in the sky
    I've seen a child make the coldest grown man cry
    But loving you I thought was greater than them all.

    We had it all, just you and me
    Now there's a doorway to my heart without a key

    So I'm calling out, I'm calling out to the only one
    Who can save us from what we've done
    Don't leave me hanging on
    I'm reaching out and praying you'll come back again
    It's just darkness I'm living in
    And you're the only place my heart has ever been.

    Wherever you are right now
    Come back and show me how you feel
    Becasue I'm lost without you here

    Calling out, I'm calling out to the only one
    Who can save us from what we've done
    Don't leave me hanging on
    And I'm reaching out and praying you'll coem back again
    It's just darkness I'm living in
    Cause you're the only place my heart has ever been.

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Thursday, March 02, 2006

    How can you do this? Don't you have a conscience? A sense of decency?

    But that's the way it is. It can't be avoided.

    Sometimes you simply have to deal with situations that seem unfair.

    But how? I don't think it will ever go away.

    Maybe not. But there are times when you just have to do what you have to do...

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    Yet everyone with any experience of life is aware of the extent to which the characters of people he has known have been given their particular forms by the sufferings through which they have passed. But it is not simply what has happened to them that has defined them; their responses to what has happened to them have been of even greater importance, and these responses have been shaped by their interpretations of what they suffered. [...] For it is part of the meaning of suffering that it is that which cuts athwart our purposive movements. It represents the denial from beyond ourselves of our movement toward pleasure; or it is the frustration of our movement toward self-realization or toward the actualization of our potentialities.
    - from The Responsible Self by H. Richard Niebuhr

    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Monday, February 27, 2006

    Sofia Coppola
    Your film will be 60% romantic, 23% comedy, 37% complex plot, and a $ 21 million budget.
    Relatively inexperienced (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation) as a director, but already highly respected and connected -- her dad, Francis, directed all The Godfather movies, Apocolypse Now. Also, at last word she's dating Quentin Tarantino, so I'm sure he'll have some input into the substance of your film. Sofia's good at making the romantic drama that is your life. Who didn't have at least a lump in the throat at the end of Lost In Translation? She's already won one Academy Award for her writing, now she'll be the first woman to receive one for directing -- YOUR FILM!

    Thursday, February 23, 2006

    Congratulations to every last one of the cast of American Sisters! It was poignant and wonderful. There were tears. I was thoroughly impressed, and I will absolutely come to see it again if I can get a ticket! :)
    Following Shimobe's example... :)

    Go here, please:

    http://kevan.org/johari?name=savagediana

    Tuesday, February 21, 2006

    Angel
    by Sarah McLachlan

    spend all your time waiting
    for that second chance
    for a break that would make it okay
    there's always one reason
    to feel not good enough
    and it's hard at the end of the day
    I need some distraction
    oh beautiful release
    memory seeps from my veins
    let me be empty
    and weightless and maybe
    I'll find some peace tonight

    in the arms of an angel
    fly away from here
    from this dark cold hotel room
    and the endlessness that you fear
    you are pulled from the wreckage
    of your silent reverie
    you're in the arms of the angel
    may you find some comfort there

    so tired of the straight line
    and everywhere you turn
    there's vultures and thieves at your back
    and the storm keeps on twisting
    you keep on building the lie
    that you make up for all that you lack
    it don't make no difference
    escaping one last time
    it's easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
    this glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

    in the arms of an angel
    fly away from here
    from this dark cold hotel room
    and the endlessness that you fear
    you are pulled from the wreckage
    of your silent reverie
    you're in the arms of the angel
    may you find some comfort there
    you're in the arms of the angel
    may you find some comfort here
    She looked at me! HURRAH! :)

    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    This will only be funny to you if you've actually watched Star Trek at some point. So if you haven't, stop reading now. Now. NOW, I SAID!

    ***

    Top 5 Phrases You're Not About To Hear on the Enterprise or Voyager

  • Captain's Log, Stardate... damn. What's the date? Number One, what's today? No, I know it's Tuesday, what's the date? The STARdate!

  • The... doohickey... has gone all... funny, making that gizmo light up... the one that means the warp engines are... ya know... all messed up.

  • Prime Directive? We don't need no steenkin' Prime Directive!

  • The aliens are locking their weapons on us... firing... a miss. Shall I open hailing frequencies so you can laugh in their faces?

  • Ah, hell, I'm bored. Screw the hailing frequencies, fire at will.
    - taken from here and edited slightly
  • Monday, February 13, 2006

    Eating plain Ruffles always takes me back to those long, depressing days after Halloween in elementary school, when my lunches were augmented with bizarre assortments of barely-identifiable candy and bags of greasy, unflavoured chips. (The teacher would sit innocently by and pretend not to notice...) These lunch additions would grow more and more stale as the months went by, and eventually I would bring large bags of the stuff to pawn off on my friends (the ones whose parents liked to pretend--like the teacher--that Halloween didn't exist, or else would force them to go can-collecting). They always fell for it, the sugar-deprived, desperate little suckers. *snicker*

    Saturday, February 11, 2006

    I just won my first chess game!

    And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
    - Luke 5:26
    Don't let life have this to mock
    Let go of this fake holy writ

    - something I found

    Thursday, February 09, 2006

    I laugh. :D

    Your love is... by ChibiMarronchan
    Your name is...
    Your kiss is...erotic
    Your hugs are...warm
    Your eyes...light up a day
    Your touch is...irresistable
    Your smell is...beautiful
    Your smile is...entrancing
    Your love is...unique
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    Sunday, February 05, 2006

    So, in case you haven't noticed, Buddhist and/or Hindu thought is actually based on some of the exact same ideas as Christianity.

    1) "God" is everywhere--inside us, outside us, around us.
    2) "God" sustains life.
    3) The ultimate goal is to unite with "God."

    And those are just a few off the top of my head.

    Doesn't that suggest a common deity in some way? If Eastern religions--on the surface appearing so opposite to Western ones--are actually based on some of the same fundamental ideas, isn't that more of a case for a single common deity, being expressed through different avenues and particulars?

    In turn, doesn't that help make a really, really good case for religious tolerance and freedom of worship? Perhaps even...pluralism?
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    Thank you, "Hollis Parsons," for such entertaining, profound, and nonsensical spam. Please tell your friend, "Krystal Granger," that I am grateful for her earlier note as well.

    Friday, February 03, 2006

    We Shall Be Free
    by Garth Brooks

    This ain't comin' from no prophet
    Just an ordinary man
    When I close my eyes I see
    The way this world shall be
    When we all walk hand in hand

    When the last child cries for a crust of bread
    When the last man dies for just words that he said
    When there's shelter over the poorest head
    We shall be free

    When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
    And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
    When the skies and the oceans are clean again
    Then we shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, walk proud
    'Cause we shall be free
    When we're free to love anyone we choose
    When this world's big enough for all different views
    When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
    Then we shall be free
    We shall be free

    We shall be free
    Have a little faith
    Hold out
    'Cause we shall be free

    And when money talks for the very last time
    And nobody walks a step behind
    When there's only one race and that's mankind
    Then we shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold out
    We shall be free
    Is Canada Boring?

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    In the departure lounge at Vancouver International Airport you can now pay $9 to take a thirty-minute Metronap in a reclining chair with your head and upper body inside a white metal bubble. The bubble is equipped with headphones for your choice of music or dead silence, and when it is time to wake up, the chair vibrates gently. An attendant is on hand to collect your money, give you a blanket, watch your luggage and make sure you wake up on time. If you pay $15 you can sleep for two hours.
    - P. Osborne, from Geist, Vol. 14 No. 59, Winter 2005/2006
    Language is for communication. Language, unfortunately, is just what prevents--or at least hampers--real communication so much of the time. It's supremely frustrating.

    In any case, do you think it's possible for something to be overtalked? I'm thinking it is.
    If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it. But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don't ask with faith, don't expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.
    - James 1:5

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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    God bless spam.

    Monday, January 30, 2006

    It's Your Song
    by Garth Brooks

    Standing in the spotlight
    On such a perfect night
    Knowing that you're out there listening
    I remember one time
    When I was so afraid
    Didn't think I had the courage
    To stand up on this stage
    Then you reached into my heart
    And you found the melody
    And if there ever was somebody
    Who made me believe in me
    It was you
    It was you

    It was your song that made me sing
    It was your voice that gave me wings
    And it was your light that shined
    Guiding my heart to find
    This place where I belong
    It was your song

    Every night I pray
    Before the music starts to play
    That I'll do my best and I won't let you down
    And for all the times I've stood here
    This feeling feels brand new
    And any time I doubt myself I think of you

    'Cause It was your song that made me sing
    It was your voice that gave me wings
    And it was your light that shined
    Guiding my heart to find
    This place where I belong
    It was your song

    Dreams can come true
    With God's great angels like you

    It was your song that made me sing
    It was your voice that gave me wings
    And it was your light that shined
    Guiding my heart to find
    This place where I belong
    It was your song
    It was your song
    It's always been your song

    Sunday, January 29, 2006

    The following was written to me by a friend of mine. I don't think it needs much more introduction than that. :D

    it is dark and late
    and I am intoxicated
    so I'm afraid
    our communication will be abbreviated

    just writing to say
    "hello, how do you do?"
    keeping up pleasantries
    so that I can one day marry you(?)

    I fear I've said too much
    that my feelings have been revealed
    so I'll have to make up some excuse
    to have the poem repealed

    it's been a long night
    and I think I'm done
    for this is getting quite bad
    and my constitution has clearly been overrun

    (we should mate)

    Friday, January 27, 2006

    Thursday, January 26, 2006

    I just won my first chess game!

    And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
    - Luke 5:26
    Don't let life have this to mock
    Let go of this fake holy writ

    - a part of something
    Don't let life have this to mock
    Let go of this fake holy writ

    - a part of something
    From someone's signature on TrekWeb.com:

    It's time to separate the weak from the chafed, the men from the boys, the awkwardly feminine from the possibly Canadian.

    Oh my. Just oh my.
    Here's lookin' at you, Frankie. ;)

    Love is a Wonderful Thing
    by Michael Bolton

    Birds fly, they don't think twice
    They simply spread their wings
    The sun shines, it don't ask why
    Or what the whole thing means
    The same applies to you and I
    We never question that
    So good, it's just understood
    Ain't no conjecture
    Just a matter of fact

    CHORUS
    Love is a wonderful thing
    Make ya smile through the pouring rain
    Love is a wonderful thing
    I'll say it again and again
    Turn your world into one sweet dream
    Take your heart and make it sing
    Love, love is a wonderful thing
    The only thing a river knows
    Is runnin' to the sea
    And every spring when a flower grows
    It happens naturally
    The same magic when you're in my arms
    No logic can define
    Don't know why, just feels so right
    I only know it happens every time

    CHORUS

    Oh when the cold wind blows
    I know you're gonna be there to warm me
    That's what keeps me goin'
    And our sweet love will keep on growin'

    CHORUS

    Love is a wonderful, wonderful thing
    Love is a wonderful, wonderful thing
    It's what makes honey taste sweet
    It's what makes your life complete

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006

    For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
    - Jeremiah 29:11

    Friday, January 20, 2006

    So Unsexy
    by Alanis Morissette

    Oh these little rejections how they add up quickly
    One small sideways look and I feel so ungood
    Somewhere along the way I think I gave you the power to make
    Me feel the way I thought only my father could

    Oh these little rejections how they seem so real to me
    One forgotten birthday I'm all but cooked
    How these little abandonments seem to sting so easily
    I'm 13 again am I 13 for good?

    I can feel so unsexy for someone so beautiful
    So unloved for someone so fine
    I can feel so boring for someone so interesting
    So ignorant for someone of sound mind

    Oh these little protections how they fail to serve me
    One forgotten phone call and I'm deflated
    Oh these little defenses how they fail to comfort me
    Your hand pulling away and I'm devastated

    When will you stop leaving baby?
    When will I stop deserting baby?
    When will I start staying with myself?

    Oh these little projections how they keep springing from me
    I jump my ship as I take it personally
    Oh these little rejections how they disappear quickly
    The moment I decide not to abandon me

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006

    The world is against me, and all the owls in it!



    Your Stripper Song Is



    Closer by Nine Inch Nails



    "You let me violate you, you let me desecrate you

    You let me penetrate you, you let me complicate you

    Help me I broke apart my insides, help me I've got no

    Soul to tell"



    When you dance, it's a little scary - and a lot sexy.



    Hmmm. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

    Monday, January 16, 2006

    Occasionally, I feel quite privileged to have some of the professors that I do.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    If only I were green and from Orion...

    Then I would be INVINCIBLE!

    Tuesday, January 03, 2006

    There hasn't been nearly enough snow in my life lately.

    ***

    Meanwhile, in Quebec, the Bloc--cruising along with more than 50 per cent support--unveiled some new ads showing Quebecers feeling good about themselves.

    Those ads will only run on French TV.

    - from an article at CTV.ca