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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Time:5:48 pm.
Mood: adventurous.
potential road trip....maybe summer? maybe spring break if i take a couple days off from school....




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Monday, February 2nd, 2009

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Time:4:54 pm.
The second half of the conference was also good. I went to a discussion on Political Islam, which was great. I learned a lot of history I hadn't been exposed to before, as well as a simplified explanation of the differences between Muslim sects. It was really good.

I finished off the conference with Myths of Male dominance, a discussion of the book by Eleanor Leacock. The discussion covered some of the history of male dominance in society, and how it stems from this myth that men were more important in ancient society because of their hunting skills. After the initial presentation we got into a bit of a discussion on identity politics, because on of the women there was a "Marxist Feminist" which is kind of repetitive, as all Marxists are feminists. The main difference is that Marxist Feminists feel it is necessary to play the identity politics game, which is ridiculous, as it only ostracizes allies to the community. Once that was out of the way, the discussion went in a much better direction. It was a good discussion. After that we packed back into the vans and made out way home.

Highlight of the conference: we found a KenTaco Hut on the way home....yes, KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut all in one place. Amazing, no?

Well, that was the conference, now it is time to do reading for tomorrow, and get ready for the papers due Thursday. Fun fun.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Subject:Northeast Socialist Conference Part 1
Time:10:53 pm.
Mood: chipper.
So this past November I went to NYC for the first time ever, and I went to the Northeast Socialist Conference 2008 run by the ISO (International Socialist Organization). It was a wicked good time, so onto Day 1:

Went to class, got out, went to catch the van down. I was wicked excited. Then we got to NYC, checked into the hostel, and decided we needed food. Man, NYC is pretty impressive. We were in Harlem, I guess the nicer part of it, a few blocks from the site of the conference, Columbia University. We came back from eating and went to bed...fun story, I should tell it at parties........if I'm invited.

Day 2:

Now it gets exciting. We were late leaving (surprised?) and got to the plenary late, but didn't miss anything but the chants. It was nice, then the first workshop I went to was "Demonization of the Youth". It was really good, but was more of a criminalization of minority youth. We talked about police harassment, as well as the scapegoating of young Latinos and young Arabs. We discussed the inherent racism of immigration and customs, and immigrant rights, especially concerning abortion rights.

There was discussion of gay youth issues as well, and we talked about how it is 5 times more likely for queer youth to be harassed in California schools, and that an estimated 1/3 of adolescent queer individuals attempt suicide. It was a really good discussion.

I then moved on to "Why Workers Can Change Society," which was actually not that great. Mostly a history of the Russian revolution. During discussion I brought up that unions should be targeted as systems for social change, but it really wasn't discussed well there.

The final workshop of the day was "What Ever Happened to the Gay Liberation Movement?" This was great. Sherry Wolf is awesome, and has a book coming out it March, and the discussion went really well. We started with a brief history of the queer liberation movement, then discussed what they could have done better (more ally friendly, etc...) and talked a bunch about Prop 8, and how the anti-Prop 8 campaigners needed to be more unapologetic. We also discussed many of the inequalities inherent to the capitalist system, and how the nuclear family needs to fall before capitalism can. It was lovely.

Finally, the closing plenary, which was amazing. There were a bunch of speakers, including a former death row inmate who had been pardoned by DNA evidence proving his innocence. He was especially powerful, and I wish I could remember his name right now...maybe I wrote it down somewhere......can't find it...blimey. Anyway, it was pretty sweet.

After closing plenary, we went to the party, which was sweet, and I won a shirt and a stack of books, then we went back to the hostel and went back to sleep. We had to get up early the next morning.




Anyway, that was fun. The final day, and trip back home to come soon. Now it is time to do my Russian homework (maybe) and go to bed. I am not too excited for Saturday, as I have a required workshop from 9am-12. It's gonna suck a lot. I hate mornings. I also have to go to a hardware store and get an 8" crescent wrench by then. Got a long walk ahead of me tomorrow. In the cold. Fun.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

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Time:12:45 pm.
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0241418020080802

Please get tested and be smart. Safe sex always.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

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Time:6:41 am.
A snapshot of life at Sappi:

So, when at Sappi, there's an incident, whenever the mill manager sees something she doesn't like, we get these things called "Communication Records." This is a little piece of paper that tells you something you already know, and then you have to sign your name, confirming that you know you can be fired if you don't comply with whatever is being said. For example, when someone spilled some coating, they sent around a "Communication Record" stating that any load on a fork truck must be backed down a ramp.

Now, at UltraCast, we wear uniforms. Really uncomfortable rough cotton pants and an equally uncomfortable shirt (I actually don't mind the shirt, usually, but I know most people can't stand it). Now, everyone wears the pants, but many people chose not to wear the shirt. Last night, the foreman came around with a "Communication Record" saying, essentially, "Wear your fucking shirt." They do this because they want to avoid conflict. Because they know that if the management team says "Put on your shirt," they're going to get a big old "Fuck you," from us. So they spend their time telling us to wear our uniforms when a machine has been down for a week. I guarantee that they had at least a 2 hour meeting to put out that piece of bullshit, too. Gotta love the mill.

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

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Time:7:47 am.
the tattoo is healing nicely, and work is alright...i've done 4 of my 7 overnights..then maybe a soccer game wednesday...then 7 2-10 shifts, then caitlin's bunganut party, then 7 days, then 2 weeks off at the end of summer.

i've discovered some hip-hop i actually like...atmosphere. i think it's cause their lyrics aren't about "bitches" being "hoes and tricks" or about getting low, or "riding dirty." but yeah...

also, been listening to more beastie boys. which is good.

not much else going on...i guess maybe the cabin times might not happen...ah well, i figured i was getting my hopes up....

Friday, July 25th, 2008

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Time:6:59 am.
got the tattoo done...here it is:
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Tattooed by Mitchell Atkinson at BlndSght in Portland, ME.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

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Time:12:33 pm.
This week took forever. Sunday I worked a 16 hour shift, 2pm-6am, then M-W 2p-10p, and another 2-6 double Thursday, and a regular shift yesterday. One one hand, I'm glad they didn't post for the weekend, but on the other hand, it would have made for a massive check.

I filled out a consultation form for BlndSght in Portland, right above Bull Moose. It seems like a sweet place, but I'm a little nervous cause it's one room, so I'll be getting the tattoo done in front of anyone who comes in the shop.

Working the get-up next week, 10p-6a. It'll make for an early weekend, though if they post overtime, I'm definitely gonna have to work as much as I can. Even if that means working some 10pm-2pm doubles. I gotta make some money so I can afford school.

So if anyone wants to hang out in the morning/afternoon next week, just let me know, I have my days free.

This is what I'm thinking for my tattoo:


Saturday, July 5th, 2008

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Time:3:34 pm.
I'm getting closer to actually getting a tattoo...I'm thinking a literary quote, or some Salvador Dali, or a combo. I've got a list of quotes I'm thinking about, and also some Dali pictures bookmarked. I'm thinking it will probably be a leg tattoo, but a couple ideas wouldn't really fit there. I also need to find a font for the text...

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

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Time:7:40 pm.
http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/chernobyl

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

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Subject:Adding a little to the reading list....
Time:7:34 am.
I watched Everything is Illuminated this morning, which was pretty awesome. I also watched Clerks 2 which was not so good. Definitely different from Clerks. Now I have Ali, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, No Country for Old Men, Grindhouse, and Rushmore to watch. Along with a few others. This summer may be the summer of movies.

So yeah...that whole being tired thing? Nope. Finished Battle Royale, went to bed a little before midnight (so early), and then got no sleep at all. So I'm just gonna stay up til 7ish before passing out tonight. I should probably set my alarm before I forget.

Anyway, onto The List:
John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage
Neil Gaiman Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, and Sandman
William S. Burroughs Junkie and Queer, or Naked Lunch
Jack Kerouac On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Doctor Sax, The Big Sur, or The Subterraneans
Isaac Asimov Foundation and Empire
Dan Brown The DaVinci Code
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
James Baldwin Go Tell it on the Mountain
Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Xenophon Cyropaedia
James Joyce Ulysses
Gustav Ernst Grado. Süße Nacht
John Clellon Holmes Go
Joyce Johnson Minor Characters
Luo Guanzhong Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Wu Chengen Journey to the West
Voltaire Candide
Vladamir Nabokov Lolita

Aleksandr Pushkin Eugene Onegin
Aldous Huxley Brave New World
Koushun Takami Battle Royale
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
Stephen King Hearts in Atlantis, It, The Green Mile, or The Colorado Kid
Richard Bachman The Running Man
Thomas Nashe The Unfortunate Traveller
Matthew Gregory Lewis The Monk
Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment, Notes From the Underground, or The Gambler
Thomas Mann The Magic Mountain
Sir Richard R. Burton Vikram and the Vampire
Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf
Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto
Allen Ginsberg Howl (and hopefully a lot more)
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Tom Deitz Dreambuilder, and Wordwright

Eli Clare Exile and Pride
Morgan Llywellan Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas
Melanie Rawn The Ruins of Ambrai and The Mageborn Traitor
Mark Helprin A Soldier of the Great War

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Jailbird, Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan or Mother Night
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
E.M. Forster A Passage to India
Edgar Allen Poe The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Robert Ludlum The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum
Serj Tankian Cool Gardens
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina and War and Peace
Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita
Nikolai Gogol Dead Souls
Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner
David Gemmell Lion of Macedon, Dark Prince, and The King Beyond the Gate
Constantin Stanislavsky My Life in Art, An Actor Prepares, Creating a Role, and Building a Character
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Ian Stewart Does God Play Dice?
Marcus Aurelius Meditations
Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

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Time:8:53 pm.
I've decided not to go in for overtime tonight. I'm absolutely exhausted, even though I slept 9 hours at Ben's, then came home and went right to bed for another 6.5 hours. So I'm just gonna watch some soccer, then finish Battle Royale and go to bed. I only have like 70 pages left in BR, so it won't take too long. I'll probably read it during half time for Chicago vs DC, and into the 2nd half.

I'm watching San Jose at Columbus cause Columbus is tied for 2nd with Chicago behind New England by 4 points. So I'm just seeing what the competition is like. They're playing the 2 worst teams in MLS, so I can really see how they're doing. Columbus is down to San Jose, and they really haven't played as well in their last few matches, so I'm thinking the Crew may begin to fizzle out for the remainder of the season.

But yeah, other than that, not too much is going on. I keep thinking it's Sunday, but it is indeed Saturday, so I have another day before I have to start waking up at 4ish. I'm gonna try to get up around 6/7ish to get myself a little bit ready for going to days. Next week won't be fun. Oh well.

I found a Russian Federation soccer jersey on eBay for $10, so I placed a bid. If I win it'll be pretty sweet. That's pretty much the max I'd pay for a RUS jersey, so I'm glad I found it. It would be $70 most places, so this is a great deal.

So yeah, to soccer and Battle Royale.

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

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Subject:Movies
Time:8:40 pm.
So, I watched a few moves last night to stay up, cause I kept dozing while reading (at like 10:30, ridiculous), and a question has come to mind:

What are your top 5 movies of each decade? (include your favorites from 2000 to now)
What are your top 10 all time?

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I recently watched Dog Day Afternoon which was pretty good, Point Break, which I had seen before, but was still terrible. I hadn't remembered most of it, Trainspotting, which you can probably tell, is pretty awesome and Superbad, which, as the title implies, was terrible.

I'm planning on watching Being John Malkovitch tonight, along with Death at a Funeral, City of God, or Mulholand Drive. I will hopefully be going to the Old Port Festival tomorrow, too, with Caitlin, Ben, and possibly others. I'll have to be up earlier than expected to do that though. I may just get there late.

Anyway, there's a soccer game starting soon, so I'm gonna go watch that.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

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Time:9:10 pm.
Mood: annoyed with sappi.
So I found out that I'll be working 3/4ths of all weekends this summer. Probably. UltraCast is switching to a swing-shift schedule for the summer, so instead of doing normal shift work, where between weeks I change the times I work, now I changes shifts during the week, working 5 days easch work week. This will start in June at some point. An example schedule, actual Tours may change:

Week 1: MTWTF 6am-2pm (Tour 2), SS off
Week 2: MT off, WTFSS 10pm-6am (Tour 1)
Week 3: M off, TW 10pm-6am (Tour 1), T off FSS 2pm-10pm (Tour 3)
Week 4: M off, TWT 2pm-10pm (Tour 3), F off SS 6am-2pm (Tour 1)
Week 1

As you can see, in each Mon-Sun period I work 5 days. But, between week for and week 1, I work 7 days in a row. I do not get overtime for that. Every permanent mill employee gets 2x time for Sundays, but summer employees get straight time. It's not a good system. I am pissed. If they don't change their minds when the union leader talks to them onthe behalf of the summer kids, I'm going to find a different job. I'm not going to burn myself out over summer vacation. The reason we have vacation is so we don't burnout (and cause profs like making 80k+ and getting almost 4 months off). I will also probably burn out on this schedule. It is not at all easy to shift sleeping patterns in one day. If I start on Tour 1, I'll end one day at 2pm, and have to be in the next day at 10pm.

But yeah, in other news, I am home alone for the weekend. Let's hope I don't loose a few years of mty life, wake up, and freak the fuck out. Otherwise that could turn into a bad 1990's trilogy. Although, I have cats here to keep me company. They're currently locked out of my room. They prove to be very bad company, as they are shedding right now, and Scratch Fury, Destroyer of worlds is a long-haired cat, so his hair gets everywhere: food, clothes, keyboard, monitor, mouth, everywhere. Just from existing.


The Dresden Dolls' new CD, No, Virginia... is very disappointing. Low quality mastering, and the songs just aren't very interesting. Seems like they tried to hard to push out an album, and when they took forever writing lyrics that seem very forced, they had no time to record, so slapped it together quickly. The weird thing is that that is not the case. Most of the songs are recycled cast-offs from the sessions for Yes, Virginia..., which came out a while ago, so they've had time to go back and touch the songs up. Make new recordings, work with the mixing, etc. before the release. The new album just isn't there. It seems unfinished.

So yeah, next week I work Tour 1, "The Get-Up," 10pm-6am, so I get to get used to staying up all night. Starting tonight. I get to stay up as late as I can, probably sometime around 3:30 I'll crash, and then wake up in time if people are coming up/down. Should be good times. I better make sure there's enough food to eat, cause Hannaford closes in an hour-ish.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

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Time:12:31 am.
I have to send in my laptop for some fixing. The wireless card or motherboard is shit in my model, and now the wireless stops working randomly. So hopefully they'll fix it up. I have to hang around the house until they deliver the packaging...I have to sign for it, I guess. Which is kind of stupid, but whatever. It probably just means I'll have to wait til Friday to go up to CJ's before MSSM Grad. Kinda sucks, but what can you do?

Then I'll be without a laptop for a week-ish, which won't be bad. It may even give me time to read some stuff, and it's not like I'll be completely cut off, I'll just have to use my mom's computer.

But yeah...I need to start doing Russian summer work and reading The Cherry Orchard. I think I'll do a little of that now. McKenna probably expected my first recording by now, but he can wait.

Monday, May 19th, 2008

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Subject:So yeah...
Time:10:48 am.
Mood: tired.
So I didn't make borshch, yet, but I plan on it. FC Zenit did win UEFA Cup, beating Rangers FC 2-0. I bought kvass for the game, but I bought honey kvass to try it out. Definitely not as good. Good enough for me to drink it, but when I'm next in Westbrook, I'm gonna pick up some regular kvass. They didn't have the brand I got last time, so I had to improvise, and got that instead. Also, their candy isn't as good a selection, IMO, as the shop in Winooski. It's still a nice place, and they have lots of tea, some of which I will likely buy when I return there.

We got another cat, Marshall, who is not adjusting well so far. He's been hiding since he got here, with two very brief excursions where as soon as Sherman (alias Scratch Fury) went to meet him, he ran back into hiding after hissing. He's currently under my mom's bed, so I brought in some water for him and closed the door. Hopefully he'll come back out soonish.

I couldn't sleep last night, so I tried to watch a movie to fall asleep. Didn't work, but I did watch Eastern Promises finally. It's really good.

So yeah, even though I didn't get to sleep until around 5, I got up at 10. I guess my body just wanted me to be awake. Hopefully tonight I'll get to sleep at a reasonable hour. Next week I have to start waking up at 5. It'll be rough if I don't start getting up earlier than 10 this week.

But whatever, it'll come eventually.

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

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Time:12:39 am.
So I pretty much just found song lyrics in the OpenOffice files...oh well...at least now I know...and I have OpenOffice.

Today I got an S-Video cable and an audio Y-Cable, 3.5mm to Component Audio...now I can watch soccer on the TV! It'll be really nice for the UEFA Cup Final. I'm making borshch in honor of FC Zenit being in the final.

Hopefully there will also be some Dalmuti and such...possibly a ride up to Raymond to the little lookout thing up behind Blacksmith Winery. Should be some good times had by all.

Anyway, it's about time for sleep. Maybe I won't sleep as late tomorrow as I did today.

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

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Time:12:42 am.
I've decided to recover the documents on my computer written in OpenOffice...so I am downloading the program as I type...we will see what I find...updates to come.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

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Time:4:58 pm.
Mood: hungry.
I need to get cheese and bread. All I have left to eat until Friday: 5 cans tomato soup, 3 sleeves saltine crackers, 1 box granola bars. And the granola bars certainly do not make a meal.

I have 2 finals left on Thursday, Math 173 at 8am and Math 255 at 3:30pm. Not gonna be a good day for me. I need to get an A on both of them for an A in either class, and I think I need a B+ in Math 255, so I definitely gotta get an A on that final.

Going home Friday...at some point. I need to pack shit up so it can go into storage Friday morning. I don't think I'm gonna bring my desktop back to school next year, so that'll have to fit in the car...and the monitor. Hopefully a 5x5 space is gonna be big enough for all the stuff we wanna put there.

But yeah...I should go find someone to go to Hannaford with...I need food.

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

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Subject:Ugh....
Time:4:38 pm.
Mood: blah.
So that 10 page paper I was gonna start Friday...yeah right.

I started it today...I have 9 pages left to write....I really don't know what to write, especially cause I can't find my notes on Yeltsin's "Loans for Shares" scheme.

I guess I'll have to ask Christine or Lara for their notes or whatever. Maybe I'll find something online, but I doubt it. I need to find some shit in the books to write about, too. And soon....cause I have to write this paper and study for my Russian final which is tomorrow at 8am.

That's pretty much it, I need to focus on my paper some more...

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