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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
1:01 pm
Help from Bostonians (and former Bostonians) needed!
I know that many of you live in the Boston area. I have a friend who is being interviewed for a job at Harvard and needs information about where he would be able to afford to live. The work will be at Harvard Medical School and at the Applied Math department (which I understand are in different parts of town), and he'll need to use public transportation to get there. Also, he'll be moving with his wife and two kids.

Does anyone know of a suburb of Boston where he could get into work via public transport in 30 min or less and get a three-bedroom place for $1500 a month or so? Or if that's impossible, the nearest approximate option?

Thanks very much! Greetings from Israel.
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
11:21 pm
Bostonians, help!!!
So, I've just been informed that on Monday, when I am landing in Boston at 11pm, that the trains will not be running at night because of Patriots day. I didn't realize this because I've never heard of the holiday. So now it looks like I'll be stuck.

If you have a couch in the area, could I please crash on this Monday night. I'll be out of there early and taking the commuter rail back home, and would be extremely grateful. I'll buy you breakfast!

I just don't trust myself driving a rental car that late, on a holiday (lots of drunks on the road), after a stressful day and lots of travel.

And just on the off chance any Providentials will be coming back from festivities after 11pm, can I hitch a ride?

Anyone who can help, I'd be super appreciative.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
10:46 am
Can you recommend a dentist?
Hi All,

Can anyone here recommend a dentist? I need a biyearly cleaning, and my old one no longer takes Brown's insurance. I'd rather not go blind, as a bad dentist can be very painful.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
9:16 am
WARNING: If you like your data intact
Don't use "Espresso" external hard drives. Not only are they defective, but when the mysteriously lose power during the backup process, they take the contents of your computer with them.

Yes, last night, after attempting to backup to my new hard drive, I discovered that my laptop had no documents, no pictures, no music, even my preferences and desktop features were changed.

Never buy them. Tell others. Irony is not something I like in my consumer electronics.
Friday, March 27th, 2009
2:51 pm
Looking for web designer
Shoutout to everyone:

Are any of you a webdesigner?
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
11:59 pm
Happy New Year!

Happy 2009 everyone!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
2:25 am
Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a nation that now has reason to hope.

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
1:41 pm
My roommate is singing really loudly and badly in the kitchen right now.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
12:18 am
Bad Israeli accents
I'm watching Kill Ari Part 1 and Ziva and Ari are speaking hebrew.

I thought their accents sucked when they spoke English, but Hebrew ... woah. It sounds more like french. And Ari sounds valley when he says Shalom.

Second syllable emphasis, people, second syllable emphasis.

Also, there is no upward inflection in the word ken (yes) unless you are asking a question.

Sheesh. Is it so hard to get a language coach for your stars and recurring guests?

Also, she can't pronounce "goodnight". I'm not talking accent, I'm talking wrong vowels. It's Laila Tov, not Leyla tov.

Oh, I love this show. I'm just seriously dissapointed they couldn't give them a Berlitz tape or something.
Saturday, April 12th, 2008
10:50 pm
Who has my comics?
Specifically, stuff like all my run of Impulse, the first book of Aria, and my 9-11 books?
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
10:38 pm
Crying for the second time in a week
I never thought I'd have to fear terrorism here at Brown.

I was wrong.

ETA: From an email sent out by the President of Brown:
Early Saturday, Providence Police notified our Public Safety
Department that two incendiary devices were thrown at the off-campus
residence of an employee of Brown/RISD Hillel. While the motivation
for this incident is unclear at this time, I am concerned about any
acts of violence affecting members of our community. I want you to
know what we are doing to assist Hillel and the employee in this

Russell Carey and his staff are working with the director of Hillel to
address any safety concerns at the Brown/RISD building as well as to
secure alternative housing for the employee. I have assured the
director that we will do anything possible to assist students and
staff who may fear similar acts. At the same time, although this took
place off-campus, we are trying to determine if there is more that we
can do to prevent this kind of activity from recurring.

There is nothing more unsettling on a campus than to have acts that
might seek to spread fear, intimidate, or harm individuals. Swift
action to condemn such behavior and strongly restate our values of
openness and mutual respect is an essential step at such moments. I
ask each member of the community to join me in doing that.

Ruth J. Simmons

ETA: Here is the Jerusalem Post article: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1205420700049&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

The Haaretz article was taken down Sunday morning, presumably at the request of the FBI.
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
9:50 pm
Fucking Pissed OFF!!!!!
I'm so mad I'm having trouble typing.

I am sick and tired of people who equate eating meat with the Holocaust!

I get it, many places treat animals cruelly. We need to reform parts of the livestock industry, it's true. But there is no way in hell that anyone is going to convince me that farming practices in America are equal to the ruthless torture and extermination of my ancestors!!

As a child my maternal grandmother had to sneak past nazi troops to shove food through the windows of the temple in her Romanian village, because they had locked up all the men in the synagogue to starve to death. Every day she risked her life in order to try and keep her father alive.

My maternal grandfather had to flee from his childhood home, the only place he'd ever been in his entire life, at age 12. Alone. He never saw a single member of his immediate family again. There is no proof that anybody but a couple of cousins survived. He spent the next five years in Kazakhstan under an assumed name, hiding under a false identity for fear of his life. And when the holocaust was finally over, he got placed in one french and two british DP camps for the crime of being Jewish and inconvenient. The last of which is only miles from where he lives now, near Haifa.

My paternal grandfather's family had a lovely luxurious home in Warsaw. Until said home was turned into part of the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto. His family had been wealthy and well-respected, full of artists and scholars and successful businessmen. They became prisoners. He was ripped away from them by the Polish army and spent many years languishing in a Russian POW camp. He only survived because of the diamond, the size of a baby's fist, hidden in a bar of soap that his parents gave him when he left. Breaking of pieces of that diamond got him food and turned away beatings. And when the Russians decided to use their POWs against Germany, it was his brave squad leader who saved his mens lives by setting them free in Palestine and facing the retribution himself. Unlike my maternal grandparents, he did not survive.

He stayed in Palestine, met my grandmother, had my dad and aunt. But he could not bear to face what had happened. He avoided reading or hearing or seeing anything about the Holocaust. He couldn't ber to learn what had happened to his parents, his little sister, his brothers, his aunts and uncles and cousins in Brest-Litovsk. Finally, when my dad was 21, my grandfather thought he could perhaps finally start to face the horrors. He started to watch a television program about the Holocaust. The emotion and anguish caused a heart attack and he died that night.

I will never, NEVER be able to consider the life of a pig or a cow or a chicken to be equal to my great grandparents, my great aunt and uncles and cousins. The calfs that might have been born are not the same as the many aunts and uncles and cousins I should have known, the family spread the world over, the great minds that might have contributed to art and science.

I am horrified that anyone would think I could.

This commercial was subtler than most. Many people might not have realized the connection, as it does not once mention the Holocaust. But any Jew will recognize the music they played over the entire thing, recall it from sunday school lessons and Israeli movies and a lifetime steeped in a culture which lost so much. The fact that these people would do such a thing to pull at my heartstrings sickens me.
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
7:12 pm
I thought we were supposed to control Hollywood?!?
So why does the show Numb3rs, half of whose stars are Jewish, get something so basic as the difference between Temple Mount and Temple of the Mount wrong. Admittedly, the line was said by an actor who was not Jewish, so he probably wouldn't have noticed himself, but still.

Charlie, Larry, and Alex are looking at a satellite view of the Via Dolorosa and Larry says "Charles, that's the Temple of the Mount!". Yeah, I know it takes light some time to travel, but I really don't think you're looking at satellite imagery of a place that hasn't existed for over 1900 years!

The Temple Mount is the mountain on which the Old City of Jerusalem, HaKotel (aka The Wailing Wall), the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre all stand. This is the location of the city of David, the resting place of Jesus, and one of the three holiest sites in all of Islam.

The Temple of the Mount is the Temple that stood upon this mountain, the holiest place in Judaism. There has not been a Temple of the Mount since 70 CE.

So please, get this simple fact right. I mean, it's pretty prominent in all three Abrahamic religions, someone must have known the proper name. Hell, it should have been obvious. Temple Mount=Mountain, Temple of the Mount=Temple. There's a mountain there, there's no temple there.

Friday, February 15th, 2008
7:22 pm
Petition, People!!!
All of you who are going to Comic Con this year, next year, or someday in the future, please get in on this.

Here's the problem: The Comic-Con is drawing in more than 100,000 people these days, but they can only get about 6,100 rooms allocated at con rates. And the hotels downtown know how desperate devoted fans are and charge upwards of $400 per room per night for the non-earmarked rooms. Staying at a hotel outside of downtown leads to a minimum of an hour travel time, usually, and the trains stop running before the con ends each night, but they don't announce this anywhere, so sometimes you end up getting kicked off the train, literally in the middle of nowhere.

Well, someone had a great solution: Charter cruiseships. Jacksonville, Florida did this when they hosted the 2005 Superbowl and it was a rousing success. And even better, the San Diego Convention Center is right on the bay, meaning the ships cooked be docked within sight of the con (probably, I don't know the depth). Also, when these ships are at a destination, they send shuttle boats out every 10-20 minutes normally. Thus you would have a constant stream of frequent shuttles between the con and the boat which would completely bypass the road traffic. And San Diego is already a major cruiseship port, so the boats are already there all the damn time anyway.

I looked up an example ship. A Four Night Cruise on the Navigator of the Seas out of San Diego starts at $379, with no deals, no mass booking discounts, nothing. This includes all meals, unlimited basic drinks (not soda, not alcohol), unlimited snacks, and constant entertainment onship. And we're completelly ignoring the part that taking you to destinations and paying for fuel plays in. The Navigator has a capacity of 3100 passengers, but I highly suspect this number would be quite higher if they did not have to feed them all.

Think about that. With only two ships, you more than double the number of "downtown" hotel rooms available to the con. In addition you get a hefty supply of restaurants and events exclusive to con attendees, and an extra fleet of shuttle vehicles.

The cruiselines love this because it costs them less than an actual cruise, and they're guaranteed to sell out.

This could really save ComicCon in regards to the housing. Arguing about wether the con has outgrown the Convention Center is a whole nother question, but I think this is a great plan, and I think we should all push to get this in the minds and eyes of the people in charge.

Please go to the con blog and leave a comment supporting this idea. If you feel up to it, call the hotline:619-491-2475, or email them at cci-info@comic-con.org.
1:29 am
miriad will be happy
I finally watched Die Hard. Just finished it by the way.

And miriad was right. It is a kick-ass movie. Great action, and very, very smart. Funny, too, which seems lacking in today's action movies. I love the "Yippy kiyay motherfucker" line, both renditions in fact. I was surprised to note that Bruce Willis' movements are very balletic. I wonder if this is a naturally tendency of someone barefoot attempting to be surreptitious, or if he has some former dance training. Also, he was quite hot when he was younger.

I'm kind of wanting to see Supernatural 2.18 again, just to see if there was more than one Die Hard reference, and see how good Jensen Ackles' impersonation is :)

Tommorrow I'll be checking out the special features, maybe, if I have time before I have to return it to the library. Hurray for free movie rentals :D.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
2:10 am
Dude, someone in my building is snoring so loud I can hear them in my living room. That is just wrong.

And no, the walls and floor are not thin.
1:38 am
Seriously people, what the shit?
Can you hurt yourselves in your sleep? Cause I admit, I gave my right arm a good solid workout last night (baked red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting without an electric mixer or even a hand beater, just a whisk) but it hasn't hurt this bad since I sprained it in the car accident. And my right ankle still hasn't fully healed from my trip down the stairs.

I swear I do not try. But just today I slammed my forearm into a doorknob as I walked past it and walked partly into a door. I really really do not try, but I just keep getting hurt, and it's really getting on my nerves. My arm HURTS. My wrist FUCKING HURTS. And my ankle and shin still hurt when I walk. It's a pain in the ass (except that's the one thing that doesn't hurt).

Do you know how hard it is to write up solution sets when your wrist hurts that much. What is this? Is this karmic balance for all the good things in my life. Cause if that's the price I have to pay, okay, but if that's not it, I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

I'm thinking of popping into health services tomorrow for the wrist. At least I already have a right wrist brace. But I was going to make raspberry swirl brownies and the cupcakes again on Friday for this weekend's shindig, and I can't do that without a working wrist. Methinks I'll borrow someone's mixers this weekend. Or maybe just buy my own finally.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
4:38 pm
Graphic Novel Recs Requested
Hi y'all,

The children's librarian has been given funds to increase their Graphic Novel selection, and has asked me to weigh in. I would like to hear all y'all's input. He's aiming at a young adult crowd, 12-17 ish.

So far my list includes:
The Sandman
Maus (duh)
The Adventures of Barry Ween
Pedro and Me
Ex Machina
Superman: Secret Identity
Young Justice
Anything by Jim Ottaviani (Dignifying Science, Suspended in Language, Two Fisted Science)
The 9-11 books
Rising Stars

Also, what do people think of The Escapist? It was already on his list.

Also, rankings are good.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
8:12 am
One word to describe me ... just one single word. Leave it in my comments. Then post this message on your journal and see how many strange and interesting things people say about you...
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
5:33 pm
Calling all experienced dancers
Would you say "The Bird ad The Worm" by The Used is a waltz or a Viennese waltz?
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