February 25th, 2002



saturday was a suckified fencing tournament - i felt sick, only got an hour sleep (as a general rule, when we're leaving in the morning about the time i usually go to bed, i'm in trouble), it was ridiculously hot in the brown gym [1], and just general blah.. so i fenced 3 bouts. the first one i lost, but performed fairly well in all the same. the second one i was getting too tired to hold up my sword after the 1st touch (which iirc was the only one i scored against him. there mightve been a double too, i forget), adn hte 3rd i coudlnt concentrate at all and got bageled (lost 5-0). andy said i'd have 1 more bout than evan would be subbed in for me. i said just sub him in now, went and laid down for 4 hours or so. overall the team did pretty well - women's foil got 3rd place, adn beth got the women's sabre team to 7th place all on her own (she was supposed to be in the C slot but the A and B fencers were both out sick[2] so she got moved up to A), so yay beth!
today i have wasted. entirely. it's pretty fuckin sad.

[1] apparently they dont have ac, they have some air exchange thingamabob. since it was fairly warm outside, the doohicky was not performing very well (it wasnt as hot outside as inside, mind you, just enough to confuse it). so it was, i would guess, high 90s in there. not the best temp for athletic performances in heavy outfits. a couple people on the team almost fainted, and i'm sure i would have if i'd kept going.
[2] the way this tourny worked was each team gets 3 fencers, ranked in order of ability (by their coach, it's not official). and each letter group is pooled against itself. so she was against people 2 orders of skill higher than herself, adn ended up being 1 touch short of going on to the finals
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music nerd

why do people give their mp3s ridiculous names? yes granted, sometimes - often - it is an honest mistake, but i seriously doubt anyone mistook chad & jeremy - a summer song for GODSMACK RAMMSTEIN STATIC-X - LIVE RARE!!, as the file was called. esp since the id tag had the correct name. that's just pointless confusion.
of course, i like both so i cant complain too much. it's just irritating, is all

ashi, i got this song from you didnt i? what the hell is this??
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so in linguistics today, we were discussing whether or not the klingon language followed human grammatical rules.

we're too cool for school

(o yeah, and apparently klingon was designed by a linguist, and was made specifically to be unlike any human languages. no real languages have the word order start with object, for example. but there are rules how the object gets there: it's a transformation rule in the same way a noun gets its theta role[1]. so in a twisty way, it actually does follow human grammar. i want to make a language which truly doesn't. perhaps replace verbs with adjectives? i'm not sure where the tense would go tho, among other things)

[1] verbs tell nouns what sort of action they perform in each sentence, but they can only do it to noun phrases next to them, so if a noun is far from the verb, like "he may walk to the store" (where walk is the main verb), it actually begins like "may he walk to the store" and does not move to the front of hte sentence until later in the process.
i swear this class gets more confusing every day. i understand most of it individually, but she tosses out so many ideas in each class it's impossible to keep up
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