things of little relevance

oy vey
February 25, 2009, 1:49 pm
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In Tough Times, the Humanities Must Justify Their Worth
I mull over this every night.


unproductive creativity
February 24, 2009, 10:25 am
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This article made me feel a little better about being awake at 3 a.m., still tinkering with my paper. But I guess I’m not so much a procrastinator as I am a slow worker/bad thinker. Also, unlike Leonardo’s notes in his “commonplace notebook,” my methods of procrastination should never be made public.

“If there is one conclusion to be drawn from the life of Leonardo, it is that procrastination reveals the things at which we are most gifted — the things we truly want to do. Procrastination is a calling away from something that we do against our desires toward something that we do for pleasure, in that joyful state of self-forgetful inspiration that we call genius.”

Note: W.A. Pannapacker is an associate professor of English at Hope College.

February 23, 2009, 1:13 am
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Does noticing another’s staring problem logically entail a staring problem of your very own?

signs of old age
February 22, 2009, 11:06 am
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Alternative title: signs of declension

1. Bedtime on a Saturday is now 12:30

  • Though granted, was drunk at 9 pm.
  • Downtown—Alone—Paper-writing

2a. Pulled right shoulder muscle last night while making

2b. Pulled left shoulder muscle again this morning…making tea

3. Drinking tea that has a sleeping bear with a literal night cap as a mascot

too true
February 13, 2009, 2:24 pm
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This is a bit too telling.

My results:

The Queen of Spades:

Everyone knows you are intense. What they don’t know is whether you’re an eccentric genius on the verge of a huge discovery, or just plain nuts. Good thing you don’t have time to worry about what they think. After all, if Joan of Arc had ignored those voices in her head, the French would all be eating fish and chips today, right? Something tells us you’re going to appreciate Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades in a special way…

Daniel: i like when online quizzes try to stage interventions

we taste nothing pure
February 10, 2009, 2:43 am
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Current diet:

Pasta recipe co-opted from Caitie: tomatoes, onions, gorgonzola, spinach pasta. Easy and delicious. All my friendships should come with easy-to-make recipes (Perri, you’re exempt).

Jennie Rose recommended this sauce, it has (probably) the best tagline ever: “What do you name a sauce produced by a Chinese girl and a Jewish boy?” Good with rice, veggies, tofu, noodles, etc.

Variation on my favorite P&W sandwich, Diana’s Delight: whole wheat bread (one side honey mustard, one side chipotle mustard), brie, cracked pepper turkey, avocado (must be in middle, cannot touch condiment)

Breakfast of champions! And gluten-allergy victims!

Conspicuously absent:

I have scoured the Harlem and UWS Fairway and Westside Market for Brad’s Organic Strawberry Jam, but my search has been fruitless (ha ha/this is where my time goes—jam-hunting). I e-mailed the company tonight to see if it is discontinued. If so, I will be very sad. Nothing against Beth’s Farm Kitchen, but Brad’s strawberry jam is the jam!

one is the loneliest number
February 9, 2009, 1:12 am
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Things that should always come in two’s:

Apple cider donuts