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Will be in school forever. Done trying to be a Wendy.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"your paws smell like cat litter"

I have had the best Spring Break ever. It started with strep, then the party moved to Florida with close friends, and I have been working the rest of the week and doing some deep cleaning and sleeping with the windows open. Tonight is supposed to be my final night, but decided to go up to visit my family and attend Joanna Newsom with Anne in DC.

Tonight we (Mattiebear, Libbyboo, Marinabee) had sloppy joes, coleslaw, Wheat Thins and dip, and coffee and peanut butter chocolate ice cream for dessert. All while watching THIN ICE and asst ABC television. Truly Amurican you guys, I gained 15 lbs tonight. I'm not even wearing pants. Gotta hit the sheets to wake up early.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I don't trust the things I like.


"Consider first prolonged international and intrastate war and the ultimate ability of asymmetric-information bargaining models to provide a compelling explanation of this outcome."

Paper writing Sunday-Monday. PhotoStory Monday-Tuesday. Work+class Tuesday-Thursday.

Wednesday night is:

Clean out my car
Borrow a tent
Buy snacks and groceries for my trip
Pack and load my trunk
Get my fan belt replaced?
Oil change

Sexy People Reading- Thanks Lianna! Feel free to send me your favorite images of people reading. When I'm working on school stuff like this, I prefer my distractions to cement my excitement on future scholarly pursuits, not drinking-dancing-hanging-with-friends lust that I'm already feelin'. Spring break could not come soon enough!

& Real impressed by the Verizon "Big Red" commercial.

Listening to: Dr. Dog, "The Rabbit, The Bat, and the Reindeer"

Friday, March 5, 2010

Just received this email:

"To the VCU and VCU Health System Communities:

Virginia Commonwealth University received a letter from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli requesting that the Commonwealth's public universities and colleges rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The University’s senior leadership team and I are examining the issue closely. Provost Gottfredson is planning forums to provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the implications of the Attorney General's request.

Michael Rao, Ph.D.
President, VCU and VCU Health System"

don't miss out on this keeper! he's a suitor!

"Look at all the poor, desperate, lonely women.' And then I saw ur ad and thought to myself..."Hey, here's a poor, desperate, lonaly woman who's actually cute"...So I thought I'd write and see if you're as interesting on the inside as you are in this picture."

wow, are you as big of a jerk in real life or is it an online act to get women to think you're desirable?

"chill woman..cant u handle a little humour in ur life..u need to lighten up..
jerk!!..hell no, i wouldnt call myself a jerk..u would wanna knw me first...and i dont need to be desirable with the ladies..i am who i am..i was just asking if u are as interesting on the inside as u are in these pictures"

I definitely have a profile on a dating site because I like reliving livejournal community bickering circa 1998. Having someone buy me pizza now and again has nothing to do with it!

This time next week I'll be hours away from dancing to this:

Listening to: Rogue Wave "Stars and Stripes"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

From Charles Maier's "Wargames: 1914-1919" (250-251)

"The non-deducive knowledge derived from history must depend upon history being understood as a process of complex development, not just as a warehouse of examples. It may thus offer insights akin to the mental enhancement provided by good literature or successful psychoanalysis. History provides awareness of layered complexity, warnings of pitfalls, and a fall for the contextual determinants of outcomes; it fills in a sense of human community. At its best, this knowledge can be emancipatory, but not pragmatic.

Does this limitation condemn history to uselessness for policymakers? Only if they approach it as engineers, seeking technological guidance; otherwise, it is indispensable. As Croce summarized history's contribution: "We are products of the past and we live immersed in the past which presses on us all around... Historical thought reduces the past to its own raw material, transforms it into its own object, and history writing liberates us from history."

...How does written history "liberate" us from being blindly caught up in a stream of events? Accept that it cannot deliver simple, straightforward lessons; how does it provide insight? It does so primarily by virtue of the historian's laying bare its counterfactual implications. The good historian is distinguished by an awareness, which is communicated to his or her readers, that what has come to pass is intensely problematic. Describing what has actually happened, wie es eigentlich gewesen, should be like walking on thin ice...it must explain why other outcomes did not prevail- not in the sense that they could not, but in the sense that they might well have...Exploring what conditions would have been needed for alternative outcomes to materialize, history can assume a heuristic role."