April 13th, 2001

victory!

oldskool sarcasm

here's a quote from the iliad (5:672-678):

antilochus sprang, he plunged a sword in his temple
and mydon, gasping, hurling from his bolted car facefirst,
head and shoulders stuck in a dune a good long time
for the sand was soft and deep - his lucky day -
till his own horses trampled him down, down flat

yep, his lucky day all right..

anyway, so today was friendly. that's the best word for it i think. i didn't do a whole helluva lot but dick around and read and study and aegis and eat, but everyone was cool today. people rock. thank you all for rocking.
i could go into more detail of my boring day, but why bother? i'm going to be up frikkin late tonite, getting stuff done, i think. when do we hafta go get our advisors to sign off on our classes? i know monday is something, it's either that or registration day. i'm hoping that, so i have more time to deal with that, cuz i'm still not entirely sure what i wanna do. bar bar bar[1].

[1] yeah, so y'all don't think i'm a lush, 'bar bar' aside from being a place of happy beverage dispursal, is apparently the ancient greek equivalent of "blah blah". hence bar-bar-ians.[2] [3]

[2] it was about time a footnote got into my journal, i think. viva la footnote!

[3] your learnin' for the day. thank me later.

oh yeah, i've decided a truly good french fry really does need to be at least 70% grease. mmm artery clogging joy.

why do people assume that when i'm in my room, i'm required to answer IMs even if i have an away msg up? i reserve the right to be doing other things when i so choose, thanks.
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wisdom and stuff

2 quotes for y'all....

1st, from claire's profile, awhile back (and reminded to me by laur).. "and though i walk home alone, my faith in love is still DeVoUT" (the caps, she says, are not significant)
i won't bother responding to this too indepth just now, but yeah.. something i really need to keep in mind more often, i think. i'm tryin, anyway.. hmm..

2nd, "always remember, two wrongs don't make a nice." that's pretty self explanatory, but i like it. it's smart and it's cute. which makes sense, it's from shannon's profile, and she is too. she's a girl in my dorm.. seems kinda odd, withdrawn, but a nice cute person. tho i get the feeling she doesn't like me, somehow. i dunno. she could just be shy. i dunno, not a big deal, just that she seems a really cool person cept for the whole seeming to dislike me thing (no, that's not quite right.. not dislike so much as disinterested), so that kinda bothers me. i don't like when i don't register for people. meh. also, i see her every day, seeing as she's right down the hall. she also could be reading this, now that i think about it - i've talked to her on aim once or twice and the link to here is in my away msg.. hm, hi shannon!
crazy hippie dorm.. dorm relations are odd.. just from proximity and seeing someone 19 times a day, you're friends, but i get the feeling that if i wasn't living here, there aren't a lot of people i'd have any contact with. of course, i spose i could say that for most of my friends here. i believe the current count is that 4 people have come to visit my room (and angie doesn't really count for this, seeing as she doesn't go to unh.. so that's 3).. and 2 of them cuz i was gonna be driving back to manch with them and forgot my keys, so they came with me to get them. so, the grand total of unh people who have come to my room to see Dan's Dorm Room is: heron. hmm. (what was it, 8 hours ago i insisted i wasn't emo? haha, o well. k, steph, you win, i'm emo. but i'm still not an emo kid, cuz there's a difference. for instance, i don't eat oatmeal :-p) i don't mean this to say i think any of the rest of you are not really friends cuz of that, or whatever. just.. i dunno, i wonder sometimes what people would do if i stopped going to find them. tho this is all partially my fault, i've distanced myself to an extent. but know what? i have way too much homework to be talking on here now (friggin addictive journaly thing), so i'll finish emoing another time
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blasted floating head

now why is the smiley for contemplative so sad-looking? i'm not sad, dammit, i'm thinking. contemplating, if you will. that's not necasarily (egads i've forgotten how to spell this word) a sad activity. so yeah, ignore that mood, i'll try to find a better one from the huuuge list (yes britt, quixotic is a wonderful word) of available moods. speaking of which, why is 'moody' always considered a bad thing? like, if you're bitchy or depressed, you could say moody. is happy not a mood? could that not qualify as moody? silliness
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ACK!!

i just noticed - tomorrow is friday the 13th! it's funny, i'm not superstitious, but my 1st thought when i saw that (after, "hey, it's friday the 13th") was 'uh oh'.. my mind gets its own opinions when i'm not looking, sometimes

oh yeah, thought i'd mention.. my dad said something to me in an email today about maybe the stuff i'm saying in here is a lil personal to be posting to the world (tho i really don't know what he was referring to.. i don't think i'd said anythign particularly personal when he wrote that.. lol i didnt get emo til later).. my response (which i will say in here but haven't gotten around to emailing yet cuz i'm weird) is that that's the point of this thing. i write what i want, how i feel, what i'm thinking. should peopel so choose, htey can read it and learn more about me (or just waste some free time, whatever), but i'm writing it for me. tho actually, people reading it is a large part of the appeal. in teh same way it's easier sometimes to say certain things on IM than in person, i can ramble on in here in a way i really coudln't with someone sitting right in front of me (tho a large part of that also is that it's just easier to ramble when you're not actually conversing and being expected to respond to what the other person is saying). tho also, the only people i know have actually read this thing so far are john, laur, and rob~, and i've ranted to them all previous, so this won't be much new, other than in amount. o wait, and my dad, he read this too.. lol that's what started me babbling here in teh 1st place. yay me. and i've kinda lost track of my point, haven't i? yeah.. so anyway, yes, dad, this will be personal. i spose i coudl just cutpaste this out and email it to him, no? i believe i will do so.

(the mood is from the 1st para, obvoiusly.... hmm, you can type into the 'mood' box after you select one from the list.. let's see what happens when you edit.. ok, so the 1st mood is for the 1st para. yes)
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wahhhhh! sayeth the slacker

ok, it's late. i can accept that. i calmly peacefully accept the vast lateness of the hour. i am up late because i slack, vast sums of slacking are mine. so i was up reading things i should have read days ago. because i slack. i should finish reading 'love medicine' but i won't bother. brian didn't finish for last week, so nuts to that. i'll do it over the weekend or something. umm i was going to say something else, but i started writing an email and now i've forgotten. amusing fact of the night: two of my friends who do not know each other or live within state's reach of each other both IMed me tonite at about 3am, within a minute or two of each other, both drunk. anyway, off to bed with me. so my plan is to read some of love medicine in calc tomorrw unless we're doing something worth paying attention to, read about argonauts before lunch.. do class things variusly over the weekend, and i'll be all good. whoo. yeah. ok. goodnight.

why is 'tired' and 'sleepy' both options for hte mood? are they different things?
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here comes the sun, and i say, it's all right

hmph! 'amazed' isn't a mood.. you'd think with all the options, that would be in there..
anyway.. so, get up today at 7:40am.. 3+ hours sleep. yay. read thru calc, the class was pretty useless anyway. we're doing max/min problems. the teacher got the last one wrong somehow, and couldn't find the error. haha. then crit analysis, useless as usual. we get our papers back, and once again she proves that she has no idea how to grade papers. she'd written some really worthless comments on mine.. o well, i got a B, so that's cool.
coming back to my dorm.. walking past all the apartments, and rob is behind me. so we're walkin back together, greg comes running up to us. tells me "go away so i can kill rob" now i'm rather suspicious at this point, seeing as rob didn't look too concerned at what was claimed to be his assassination (by woodruff rules, no one else can witness a kill), but i didn't put much thought into it and just kept walking. a few seconds later, i think maybe i should assess the situation. i turn around, just in time to see greg start barrelling towards me with a tennis ball. zounds! i run around the building, yelling for rob, but get nailed. then rob comes out from behind where he was hiding. and it's revealed that greg got him yesterday! why would you help someone who killed you? silly boy. so anyway, the Sock Of Doom has been retired, after a short and useless career. until next time, my dear Sock Of Doom..
so yeah. get back to my room. email from my dad, forwarding an article from cnn.com.. it read as follows:

Ship carrying 250 child slaves roams African
coast

April 12, 2001
Web posted at: 6:17 PM EDT (2217 GMT)

COTONOU, Benin (Reuters) -- A ship carrying 250 African children thought to
have been sold into slavery is on its way back to Benin after two countries
turned it away, police sources in Benin said Thursday.

The children, from Benin and neighboring Togo, were believed to be caught up
in a lucrative trade in minors sold by poor families and forced to work abroad on
plantations or as domestic servants.

After being turned away from Libreville in Gabon, the ship had made for
Cameroon's main port of Douala, where authorities also refused to let it dock,
the sources said.

The craft was expected back in Cotonou late Friday -- but only after Benin's
consul in Douala had paid for extra fuel to complete the round trip of over 1,250
miles.

Estelle Guluman, of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Cotonou,
said the children were likely to have been taken from their families with false
promises of cash.

"People come and offer the families money and say their children will work in
plantations and send money home. These people give the families a little money
and then they never see their children again," she said.

Despite international efforts to curb the trade, child slavery persists in West and
Central Africa, where children are taken from their families in countries like
Benin, Togo and Mali for as little as $14 to $28.

Farmers with plantations of cocoa and other cash crops pay modern-day slave
traders as much as $340 per child worker in countries such as Gabon and Ivory
Coast, where thousands of children between nine and 12 are thought to work on
plantations.

Life there is hard. Anti-child labor campaigners say youngsters are often forced
to work for up to 12 hours a day and sometimes abused physically and sexually.
Every year border officials in Benin stop scores of children being transported to
work abroad. The police sources said 86 children had been stopped from leaving
Benin already this year.

fuck!! it's hard to imagine things like that still happening, in the present.. as my dad said, it's just unbelievable.
anyway, then had my myth test, on which i am predicting a grade of approximately 90. i forgot a pencil, as per usual, but luckily nastassia knew i would cuz she rules and brought an extra for me. trzaskoma's best E answer in my opinion was "the land of magical cheese" but "andrew dice clay" was also a good option. heron, as usual, finished 10 minutes before anyone else. anyway, i'm going to pick classes now, then going with lauri and whichever of her friends she duped into joining us to see what i'm counting on being amusingly bad jesus movies (i don't think you can go wrong with "the adventures of bibleman"). and hey, they're free, so why not. viva la free jesus.
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