02 Apr


27 Mar


Lots of things happened. From newest to oldest:

I graduated and got my diploma. Yay!

A happy and sad trip home, where:

I sprained my ankle FFFFFFFFF

3-day videogaming binge (reliving high school through old games)

Saw Cats

A fun class reunion

Before going home:

Last drinking party with the lab

And went skiing in Feb.! <3


19 Mar


…well, not really. There are some words that I misread a long time ago, and since then, always mentally substituted the incorrect version every time I saw the word, for years.
Then when I actually notice the correct spelling for some reason, it comes as a shock (cognitive dissonance), since I’ve been aware of a different incorrect spelling for such a long time.

Intrinsic: thought this was “intristic”, for years. Seriously.
Rohypnol: misread it as “rophynol” and it stuck
Ebisu Garden Place: thought it was Garden Palace for quite a while.


06 Feb


I submitted my thesis……


06 Feb


So I’ve been reading Atlas Shrugged, mostly out of pure masochism. Good god, is it horrible. About halfway through so far, on every page I feel like facepalming and make a mental list of everything wrong about it (apart from the atrocious and overly verbose storytelling, the inane preachy speeches, the shitty dialogue, the flawed and black-and-white worldview etc etc)

Rand is the master of the strawman.

A = A, my ass. More like A > B, where B is deliberately set up to be weak and indefensibly dumb. Note that A and B are both entirely disconnected from C, the real worldTM, to which all this preachy tripe is supposed to apply. Especially in light of the financial collapse of the last few months it’s hilariously wrong and disgusting.

The winner for the prize of most despicable sentence so far would have to be

But there’s nothing as wasted as an object in a public window.

Thanks for the insight.
:massive rolleyes emoticon vomiting smaller rolleyes emoticons etc:

20 Jan

mostly harmful

“Advice, eh,” said the old woman again. “Just sort of general advice, you say. On what? What to do with your life, that sort of thing?”

“Yes,” said Arthur. “That sort of thing. Bit of a problem I sometimes find if I’m being perfectly honest.’ He was trying desperately, with tiny darting movements, to stay upwind of her. She surprised him by suddenly turning sharply away from him and heading off towards her cave.

“You’ll have to help me with the photocopier, then,’ she said.

“What?” said Arthur.

“The photocopier,” she repeated, patiently. “You’ll have to help me drag it out. It’s solar-powered. I have to keep it in the cave, though, so the birds don’t shit on it.’


She handed the copies to Arthur.

“This is, er, this your advice then, is it?” said Arthur, leafing through them uncertainly.

“No,” said the old lady. “It’s the story of my life. You see, the quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead. Now, as you look through this document you’ll see that I’ve underlined all the major decisions I ever made to make them stand out. They’re all indexed and cross-referenced. See? All I can suggest is that if you take decisions that are exactly opposite to the sort of decisions that I’ve taken, then maybe you won’t finish up at the end of your life…’ she paused, and filled her lungs for a good shout, “… in a smelly old cave like this!”

She grabbed up her table tennis bat, rolled up her sleeve, stomped off to her pile of dead goat-like things, and started to set about the flies with vim and vigour.

02 Dec

gadget lust

I want got this phone:

Thinking of switching to softbank. Basically all the new AU phones are crap, there’s like two of them that work out of the country, the rest are all oversized and laden with useless features and horribly sluggish interfaces. Like, one-second lag times on browsing the main menu – absurd. Almost none of their flip phones have a proper clock on the outside anymore. The one that I liked a lot wrt form factor and looks (Urbano) had a shitty interface and no built-in dictionary. No thank you.

Now this one is pretty oversized too, but at least it has something to show for it, like the 1024×480 multitouch display and 1seg. There are buttons for typing normally (lack of tactile feedback kept me from even considering an iphone, since all I do is send emails)

Still not a smartphone, but at least there’s some programmability (html/js/flash widgets and MIDP apps, apparently)

Cons are the fact that the screen looks like a scratch/fingerprint magnet, the price, and that since softbank = yahoo, there’s a very tight integration to yahoo services, ie yahoo maps by default, kind of embarrassing with a google background 😉

05 Nov



16 Oct


lol deer caught in headlights


11 Oct

econ 101

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