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January 28th, 2003

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10:23 am
colleen is the only one who noticed my exciting shirt yesterday. she's better than you.

i just spotted this on my fiction syllabus-- "students who violate university rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties. i don't think these include dismemberment or public lashings, but they will still suck."

In the book The Noonday Demon, author Andrew Solomon outlines a study that was made involving depressives, non-depressed people, and video games. It seems that when not shown their scores, but later asked to estimate them, depressed or formerly depressed people were most often right on the money. People who had never been depressed tended to overestimate their scores by as much as four times. Could it be that people who are optimistic are actually just being less realistic than the rest of us? Or that the buffer that holds happy people away from dire depression is self-delusion?
well that's comforting..
np: Del The Funky Homosapien - Both Sides Of The Brain - Phoney Phranchise

(6 shots upside the head | en garde!)


Date:January 28th, 2003 07:52 am (UTC)
that is the single best syllabus statement i have ever seen in my entire life.
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Date:January 28th, 2003 05:09 pm (UTC)
he is a hilarious human being. he was explaining stuff to us today and giving the most wonderful examples of everything: for static characters he starts talking about this guy.. "nothing affects him! love comes and just bounces off him. disease just bounces off him. meteors just bounce off him." me geoff and nastassia laugh at everything he says and the rest of the class just sits there blank, it's kinda weird
Date:January 28th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
i noticed your shirt, however i was too lazy to make comment. go steve forbes!
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Date:January 28th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
flat tax, yo! i hope he runs in '04
Date:January 28th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
speaking of depression/studies.

it's also been proven that if you're a depressive personality or you just think you're depressed, you're not likely at all to want to be happy. you won't choose activities that you know will make you happy and even if you DO choose these activities you'll make excuses as to why they aren't making you happy.

stuff like that.

i dunno, but that holds true for me.
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Date:January 28th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
i believe it

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