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March 31, 2008


March 30, 2008


So I'm looking through a randomized listing of quotes, and I see this one:
"An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger."
-Dan Rather

So when I listen to the William Tell Overture, I think of a marching drill where a bow and arrow is formed and then shot off into an apple of flags... or I think of one of the the few songs in the pep band folder that I have 100% (ok 95%) memorized.

...does that mean I'm an 'intellectual snob'?


haha...another good one:
"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."
-Jef Raskin


On a more serious, thought provoking note, some quotes from my Zen page-a-day calendar:
"Chasing after fantasies is always a bad idea. Stick with reality. Reality’s all you’ve got. But here’s the real secret, the real miracle: It’s enough."
-Brad Warner

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away."
-Philip K. Dick

"Lose your mind and come to your senses."
-Fritz Perls

"Seeing into one’s own nature."
Hui-Neng's definition of Zen.

"In a dark time, the eye begins to see."
-Theodore Roethke

"We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love."
-Salman Rushdie


As Homer said:
"There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep."
...and now it's time to stop the words and time to start the sleep.
Good Night!

New Layout

So I decided that the last layout wasn't bright enough, and it was to curly-que/soft colored. So I changed it. And Rachel, if you look at this, scroll down to the very bottom...you'll like it. :)

Quotes from a Calc Prof

Over the last semester, my calc prof (prof al mardon) has said quite a few funny/strange/odd things. I have kept track of most of these in the top margins of my notebook, and now I'm putting them here.

-You're at target, and you know how much stuff you put in your...in your...wheeler thing.
-If you really wanted to get an A Star on this problem...
-and the graph looks something like this...it goes to heaven over here and and it goes to hell over here...
-This is the lesson for you to forget today...
-I want you to be comfortable. That's how the Giants won, they were comfortable.
-(this one's from my TA) Everybody should do this, this is the first step. If you don't do this, I will get mad.
-It's positive when x is huge. It's negative when x is minus huge.
-Well, you know what a tree is, your mama told you what a tree is.
-Why didn't you tell me I made a mistake? It's all your fault if I make a mistake!
-And this is your answer and you'd give it to your assistant to simplify if you want it simplified.
-Well, what the hell does x to the pi mean?
-You're supposed to know trig already, but no one really does.
-It would be bad, well it wouldn't be bad, it would be ugly.
-"...I did something wrong...I have done something terribly wrong. You shouldn't let me get away with this." student: "we love you."
-I blame the whole thing entirely on you for letting me write down the wrong thing.
-It's call...um, what the hell is it called?
-You may think this is complicated, but we're from Minnesota, we can do things like this.
-...this isn't what I wanted.
-Something's wrong in the stated of Denmark.
-Some people like their math teachers. I had Mr. Humpkey and I liked Mr. Humpkey and now his son is teaching at St. Olaf...isn't that interesting?
-Natural logs are like natural foods, they're grown in nature without any artificial ingredients.
-One more item I want to push in your face...
-The whole enchilada
-well what the hell does this mean?
-well, that was sort of fun, they're all sort of fun, it was sort of fun
-no on is growling at you
-this is car number b and car number a
-adjacent over hypot ... ... enuse
-(student in the class) don't you have to derivitize it?
-now we have all the x's on the ground floor
-because I'm not concentrating on the problem...never mind what I'm thinking about
-I'm not a word person, i like geometry better
-the whole point of mathematics is to decrease the verb-e-idge
-you know, I think there's some vodka called absolute vodka
-(30 min into lecture) Any questions about this? there really shouldn't be any questions because I haven't said anything.
-These word problems are troublesome and kind of hateful...
-well, this is the first step. the second step is to read the problem again.
-O Shoots! we say to ourselves, we don't know the formula.
-I didn't really go over this, I hope its not on the final so I don't have to explain it to you.
-Wait a minute, what am I doing here? Why are you letting me do this? It's your fault!
-Somethings wrong. Somebody find my mistake.
-Why didn't you tell me? I'm sitting here struggling, and your embarrassing me.
-Suppose you're climbing the mountains in Switzerland because it's nice to climb mountains in Switzerland.
-You may think this is horrible, but it's in the book, so it's not horrible.
-...but we're tough, we're from Minnesota, we can differentiate this.
-Ok? ... please say ok ...
-Student: "can you say how you got that again?" prof: "well, I sorta did it in my head..."
-but we say O my God, we don't want to take the derivative of the secant squared!
-being naturally lazy, we don't like to do more work than necessary, so does anyone know what to do?
-huge + huge is huger
-I wish you wouldn't assume I'm right
-Well now we have a different kettle of fish!
-Somewhere between zero and this, it's changing...let's ignore that.
-You're not going to be a great tennis star if you don't practice. You can't learn to play tennis by reading a book.
-A volume of -4? What does that mean? The weather this morning is green...green weather? What does that mean?
-We're from Minnesota, we're used to shoveling snow, let's do this.
-You know I feel badly for those of you who don't know trigonometry very well ... anyway...
-And f of 7pi/6 I don't want to do this ... lets ignore it.
-Are you totally snowed? How many of you are totally snowed?

March 7, 2008

Teetering on the edge

pulpit rock by lapsklous.jpgWorld on Fire
By Sarah McLachlan
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Hearts are worn in these dark ages
You're not alone in this story's pages
The light has fallen amongst the living and the dying
And I'll try to hold it in, yeah I'll try to hold it in

The world's on fire
It's more than I can handle
I'll tap into the water
(Try and bring my share)
I try to bring more
More than I can handle
(Bring it to the table)
Bring what I am able

I watch the heavens but I find no calling
Something I can do to change what's coming
Stay close to me while the sky is falling
Don't wanna be left alone, don't wanna be alone


Hearts break, hearts mend
Love still hurts
Visions clash, planes crash
Still there's talk of
Saving souls, still the cold
Is closing in on us

We part the veil on our killer sun
Stray from the straight line on this short run
The more we take, the less we become
The fortune of one that means less for some

[Chorus X2]