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    Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
    5:34 pm
    Ha ha!! Now I know what it is like to fail someone!!

    And give out a bunch of A's.

    Current Mood: drunk with power!
    Monday, March 6th, 2006
    11:51 pm
    Der Kommandant
    Achtung! You are 23% brainwashworthy, 86% antitolerant, and 90% blindly patriotic
    Opportunistic, patriotic to a fault, and not so fond of people who aren't just like you, you are like a Nazi General. Back in Germany in the 1940's, you would have been at the top of the asshole list. Not for Nazism, necessarily, but for your own sick, twisted values. Then, out of superior intelligence (relative to other Nazis, that is), you would've climbed to the top.

    Conclusion: you would have been a Nazi, and most likely would have served them well.

    - new test, it rules, take it -
    The Terrorism Test

    My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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    You scored higher than 14% on brainwashworthy

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    You scored higher than 97% on antitolerant

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    You scored higher than 97% on patriotic
    Link: The Would You Have Been a Nazi Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
    Saturday, January 21st, 2006
    7:22 pm
    Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
    11:27 pm

    Oh Great Cthulhu!

    I have been an extremely assiduous devotee this year.

    In August, I exposed [info]the_hawk to soul-rending horrors (250 points). In June, I legally changed my name to Randolph Carter (-40 points). In November, I recruited [info]zephyr082 as a new cultist (30 points). In July, I defiled the grave of that traitor, Lovecraft (90 points). Yesterday, I made a burnt offering to the Dead Dreamer (100 points). Last week, I rammed a ship into you (sorry Cthulhu!) (-1000 points).

    In short, I have been very bad (-570 points) and deserve to be left to whimper as my mind shatters before the vision of your greatness.

    Your humble and obedient servant,

    Submit your own plea to Cthulhu!

    Name some friends or leave them blank and let me look them up myself:
    Thursday, August 4th, 2005
    12:48 am
    So, pretty soon I need to write a syllabus for the class I'm going to teach. Now, the class (world history part 2) has an uncertain curricula, since they told me to start wherever I felt like. So, I've got to decide what to do there, but here, I'm curious if anyone has suggestions/comments/thoughts regarding the structure of the class, i.e., how many tests, midterm/final only, type of tests (multiple choice, short answer, what have you.

    I'm leaning towards, say several tests vs. the simple midterm/final, simply because of the amount of material. I was also considering an essay, like, 5 pages, due before the end of the class. As for tests, obviously multiple choice has to be there at least some of the time, but what else do people like?

    If you were in my class, and you were looking at taking a series of tests of world history from, 1500-1700 to the present, what type of questions would you like to have to answer? Multiple choice, id, short answer, maps?
    Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
    7:03 pm
    So, about Doom 3.
    I got it a few days ago, and I was rather enjoying it....until 5 minutes ago.

    It's immersive in a big way, with very little music, except in specific places, and great sound fx. The level design is very real, with the majority of the areas being laid out like a lab complex, and not fps levels.

    And, I wasn't even bothered by the flashlight issue. For those of you not in the know, the setting of Doom 3 is a Martian research facility that (predictably) has a catastrophe, and monsters attack, etc. Well, the lighting was a serious part of the design of the game, and it's intermittent, and blinking, and dark. Allowing monsters to get the jump on you, and scare you. Well, you get a flashlight, and to navigate the game, you basically need to be using it all of the time, and when something attacks, you have to whip out your weapons and attack, in the dark. Kinda annoying, but I think it's really well done. Plus, you can usually track enemies by their attacks, so, whatever.

    This brings me to the ...problem I have with the game.

    So, here I was, crawling through a ventilation duct, in Alpha Lab section 2, on my way to link up with Bravo team, some of the last remaining UAC Marines in the facility. I turn a corner, and see the shadow of something scuttling up ahead of me and whip out the pistol, and wait. Nothing. So, on I go, to some kind of lab room with a lower and upper level, the lower being where I am, and the upper being reached by a retractable ladder. So, I head over to the ladder console, and before I can hit the button, I hear a scuffling clicking noise behind, and when I turn around, THERE IS A HUGE ALBINO SPIDER WITH BONY CLAW LEGS JUMPING AT MY FACE. After screaming and killing it, and hit the switch, AND THEN A SWARM OF THEM RAPE ME while I try to get the to ladder.

    Ok, so, zombies, demonic marines, ok, imps (just like the oldschool doom!) and even like, crawly jumpy imps are ok. BUT NOT ALBINO BONE SPIDERS.

    I mean, why?
    Thursday, June 16th, 2005
    10:38 pm
    So, as is typical when I am at home, my mother recommended me another bizarre and interesting book. It seems that in her free time she uses this ability she has to find, acquire and read books on completely random and disparate subjects.

    Anyway, she lent me Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven." Some of you may know him as the author of "Into Thin Air."

    This book, however, is about Mormons, not mountains. It seems that living in the American West gave Krakauer a lot of opportunity to interact with Mormons, without ever really answering any of the questions he had about them. So, off he went to research them and write about them. The end result is a book not really about mainstream Mormons, but about the Fundamentalist wing of the Mormon Church.

    Of course, a substantial part of the book deals with the 'regular' Mormon Church, as it seeks to trace the lineage of the more extreme fringe groups that the religion has spawned.

    My conclusion is that Mormonism is a deeply disturbing, highly suspect cult that reasonable people have little business dealing with. In part I come to this conclusion by reading the afterword of Krakauer's book, in which he reprints a scathing book review that a Mormon owned newspaper published about his book before it was ever in print. In the afterword, Krakauer breaks down the Mormon reviewer's attacks on his book, and defends himself from what amount to basically editorial mistakes (which is no surprise, considering the Mormon writing the review was reading an advance preview copy of the book, since it had not yet appeared in bookstores). When not attacking the work of Krakauer's editors, he basically disagrees with Krakauer's opinions, and then assumes that doing so makes him right and Krakauer wrong. Real good reviewing here, let me tell you.

    But, perhaps the most disturbing part of the book was the last few lines, where Krakauer observes that a major point of the review's argument was that the sources for his narrative of Mormon history are all books written by non-Mormons, or ex-Mormons who were excommunicated or apostatized from the church. There are no Mormon sources for the book Krakauer rejoinders, because Mormon approved historians don't write factual history, they allow the church to censor their work. As an example, he cites the newest Church of Latter Day Saints approved biography of Brigham Young, which concludes that Brigham was A MONOGOMIST HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND ONLY MARRIED ONE WOMAN.


    No one NOT EVEN DEVOUT MORMONS BELIEVE THAT. It's documented proof that Brigham actually married more than twenty, and perhaps as many as thirty women. Yet, the OFFICIAL church approved biography insists that he was a monogamist. That's perhaps the most profoundly disturbing thing about the whole book. And it was described by the Times Review of Books as "the creepiest book of the year."

    Anyway, if you're into religion, or American history, or fundamentalist crazies who kill people in the name of God, or just need something good to read, check it out.

    Jon Krakauer, “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.”

    Current Mood: thoughtful
    1:46 am
    Anyone that didn't like Batman Begins is probably the kind of person that thinks Bob Dole is cool.
    Friday, April 29th, 2005
    1:26 am
    So much for school .
    I took out a massive James Mitchner novel yesterday, because, well, I don't have a stack of history books and articles waiting to be read for next week's seminar. In fact NEXT WEEK DOES NOT HAVE A SEMINAR.

    Current Mood: done with that shit, man
    Saturday, April 9th, 2005
    4:06 pm
    Book Sale!!!!
    Today was the first round of book sale, where I took home much book-ly goodness:

    "Churchill on the Home Front: 1900-1945"
    Norman Cantor's "The Civilization of the Middle Ages"
    Henry Kamen "The Past Before Us"
    "The German High Command at War: Hindenberg and Ludendorff conduct World War I"
    "Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII"
    "THe Penguin History of Europe" by J.M. Roberts
    "The Great Shame and the Triumph of the Irish in the English Speaking World"
    E.H. Carr's 3-volume history of the Russian Revolution
    "Venice: A History"
    "A History of London"

    And in fiction:
    Doris Egan's "The Complete Ivory"
    David Weber's "The Shiva Option"
    Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age"
    2 books of Peter F. Hamilton's 6 part trilogy
    A Clive Barker novel, about who knows what
    Robert Harris's "Fatherland"
    a book of short stories called, "Future War"
    4 books by Alan Furs: "The World At Night" "Dark Star" "Red Gold" "Blood of Victory"

    And 8 fantasy books for Dara.

    Total cost: approx. 1.80/ book.

    Victory is mine.
    Thursday, April 7th, 2005
    9:45 pm
    Having finished my month of trial and tribulation, I'd like to take a moment and thank those of you who aided in the celebration of my birthday:

    My mother and father, for the 100$ gift card to Barnes and Noble, a new sport coat.
    Dara for the excellent Orc-manned Dracolich powered Mega Blocks ship, and the magnetic Mega Blocks, and plastic army men
    Hawk, for his unique gift of MW:AoD units, and a new unique LE.
    Sherry for her highly refreshing gift of Dr.Pepper
    Dan for Rock-em-sock-em robots.
    Marty and Christine for 2 Transformers, (Starscream, and some dump truck, who while evil, is no Starscream.)
    Shap and Caroline, for the latest book about the Great Flu Epidemic (makes for some excellent beach reading)

    Finally, I'd like to thank Dara for an excellent party, which was quite a bit of fun. Also, thanks to all those who came, who were:

    Dara, Arn, Bahr, Shap, Caroline, Dan, Marty, Christine, Hawk, Hali, Cavin,

    So, while this post is a bit late, I'd like to thank everyone for their gifts none the less.

    Current Mood: worn out
    5:53 pm
    Well, so much for that.
    Looks like I passed my orals today.
    Saturday, March 12th, 2005
    1:53 pm
    This is kinda sad.
    I'm done with Stargate. Done. There are no more episodes for me to watch. I've seen all 7 DVD sets. And all of Season 8, which is running now, downloaded from the internet. Oh, and the season 8 ender, which hasn't been aired in the US yet.

    Let me go over that again. The season 8 ender, which hasn't been aired in the us yet.

    So, 176 episodes, and no more until the start of season 9. Whenver that is.

    Jal'Kak Nem'Ran.

    EDIT: credit to Dara for finding not only all of season 8 while it is being aired, but also the last 2 episodes, which, of course, you can see next week and the week after. Or at any time, on my computer.

    Current Mood: gateless
    Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
    7:30 pm
    My unbridled hatred for the UF library system is matched only by my equally unbridled love for Stargate SG-1 (exemplified in the person of Col. Jack O'Niell).

    Current Mood: irritated
    Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
    5:14 pm
    Never Mind.
    Teal'c just dominated the Space Ninjas in like, 3 seconds.
    5:06 pm
    Oh My GOD!!!
    This episode of Stargate SG-1 has SPACE NINJAS!!!!!

    Current Mood: amazed
    Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
    11:00 am
    I don't know what to name this thing.
    Post a comment and I'll reply with my fondest memory of you but you must post this in your journal so other people can do the same.

    Yeah, it's a run-on sentence, but apparently that is how it's supposed to go.
    Friday, November 19th, 2004
    7:27 pm
    Look, an update.
    So, this semester is closing in on the bad times, which is to say the end, where I have absurd amounts of work. I'm not looking forward to that, nor am I looking forward to the break as much as I usually do, since this time, I'll be working on my master's paper instead of vacationing.

    For those of you that might wonder, my master's paper is going to look at the newspaper coverage of Adolf Hitler's putsch trial in 1923/24. There's also a bunch of other documents I'm going to look at, but newspapers are the main thing.

    On a related note, I requested a bunch of books from the library today, only to discover that there is another person here who is not only interested in the Putsch trial, but also mitteleuropa which is what I happen to be writing a term paper on this semester. I hate the library.

    So, that's about all I have to say. School is lots of reading and writing, and it doesn't go away. Nothing else really new.

    Current Mood: tired
    Monday, October 25th, 2004
    12:13 am
    Son of a bitch
    This week is gonna suck.

    Current Mood: fricken' awesome
    Monday, September 27th, 2004
    6:57 pm
    This has basically been a wasted day. Thanks to the storm canceling my favorite class, I've done essentially nothing this whole weekend.

    Except read.

    And not the kind where I read for my classes, or anything. The Kind where I sit at my desk and read paperback novels as fast as I possibly can.

    For anyone who is interested, Neal Stephenson's first novel (The Big U) was really good. Anyone who is in college probably would appreciate it, although, the dorkier you are the more you'll get out of it.

    Current Mood: hungry
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