Wednesday, May 31, 2006[Beagle Brigade]! So cute. Beagles sniff out contraband fruits and meats at customs in airports.
My allergies are kicking my ass again. I guess I'm giving up and heading back to the doctor to see if there's any hope of finding some miracle medicine for me.
>> 6:22 PM
I also asked Parick if I could just submit a bibliography as my dissertation. He said no. Then I asked him if I could submit an annotated bibliography as my dissertation. And he said no. Then I asked him if I could submit a video of Giles as my dissertation. And he said no. What kind of friend is he?
>> 1:35 PM
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
It took me a while, but after some web searching, I read a bit about the post-credits scene. And it revealed something that I expected was the case anyways. It's such a stupid ploy to leave things open for future movies but without guaranteeing them (the way the first two movies did) -- as some people pointed out on various message boards, it's all about leaving room for making more X-Men movies if this one does well and fans demand more. But if fans hate it, and more importantly if X3 is a box office flop (which apparently it isn't), then they can leave the three films as a trilogy.
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>> 11:51 AM
Monday, May 29, 2006[DOES EVERYONE LOVE DOGS???]
>> 8:40 PM
Giles and I partook of the sun today.
>> 8:36 PM
Sunday, May 28, 2006
That's MY lion!
Mine mine mine!
Well, I guess you could play with it a little.
Ok. Enough. I said MINE.
What part of MINE don't you understand??!!!!
>> 8:06 PM
For the first time in the history of humankind, Giles lies down at the dog park!
Ah, summer heat. Defeater of all.
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>> 1:59 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2006
One passed out doggy.
Two passed out doggy.
>> 7:30 PM
That's MY squirrel!
>> 4:36 PM
Dog sitting Dora, or, Giles vs. Dora, Round Two.
Now that we're at our place, the tables seem to be turned.
Dora wants to play constantly, to the point of being bully-ish.
>> 11:17 AM
Friday, May 26, 2006[If it quacks like an alien...]
>> 9:37 PM
Itchies! The biting bugs and ticks have returned with a vengeance.
What's that behind you?
>> 6:33 PM
It's hot out already! Ah, summery weather, how we've longed for your arrival this year. (Not.)
Finally went to the grocery store. Total bill: $96.29. This food better last us at least a couple weeks.
Off to see the new X-Men movie in a bit. Hope it's not too crowded (or sold out).
>> 9:24 AM
Thursday, May 25, 2006
My, what delicious roots you have!
>> 4:28 PM
Wednesday, May 24, 2006[Mercury scare closes elementary school, UNC-CH library.] Oh no! I have some of the symptoms of mercury exposure (respiratory irritation, headache, nausea)! I'm going to get brain damaged and spinal problems! :( See, going to write in the library is dangerous to your health! Parick and I heard an announcement over the PA system sometime while we were up on the seventh floor saying that the entrances/exits were open again. We were confused because we did not know that they had been closed.
If I die of mercury exposure, I'm totally blaming it on my dissertation.
>> 8:20 PM
The grass is always greener....
Time for some [Doggles®].
Sittin' at the gate, waitin' to go through.
>> 6:30 PM
1,794 / 7,500
Man, this writing this is painful. Only about half of the "new" words in this count are actually words I wrote today. The rest is from stuff I wrote before. Maybe some more writing this evening. Am feeling a bit woozy at the moment.
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>> 3:01 PM
[Dinosaur Comics bread rolls.]
>> 2:42 PM
Because writing is hard, here is a screenshot of my computer desktop.
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>> 9:24 AM
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
It was very pleasant in the shade today.
Giles stands on some fallen trees.
Giles faces off against 97-pound Chewie.
Giles likes being at the park.
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>> 12:16 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2006[Crazy Utahraptor] (animated short of Dinosaur Comics).
>> 8:09 AM
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Why can't I have some coffee?
At the coffee shop, a passerby asked if Giles is part beagle. As far as anyone knows, he looks and acts muchly like a beagle. This passerby explained that beagles tend to be very sweet with people but a bit wary of other dogs when I said that Giles is kinda mean to other dogs sometimes. I guess after Giles got over his puppy love of everything that moves (including other dogs), he's settled into a general wariness of other dogs.
I'm currently working on the first chapter of my dissertation that provides some sort of explanation for the project's focus on sounds. I'm aiming for about thirty pages, or seven thousand five hundred words. I'm copying other academic bloggers with this word count bar:
1,003 / 7,500
>> 6:20 PM
Friday, May 19, 2006
Post-bath picture 1: The nose knows.
Post-bath picture 2: Tough dog pose.
Post-bath picture 3: Chameleon dog, able to blend into bookshelves.
Post-bath picture 4: Still damp. Stealth puppy!
Post-bath picture 5: Fluffy neck without collar.
>> 10:39 PM
Under my desk.
Ghost dog! Eep!
>> 7:57 PM
A well-behaved dog at the park today.
>> 6:16 PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Giles came when I called for him and sat down.
>> 6:44 PM
Stop fooling around and write yourself already!
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>> 4:33 PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2006[Pass and Cross] thinks that I'm too nice to my allergies and that I should threaten them. Here's my revised letter:
Bite my shiny metal ass.
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I would very much like to have my life back now. Constantly sneezing or almost-sneezing makes it difficult for me to do anything besides moan on the couch in front of the television.
>> 1:00 PM
Monday, May 15, 2006
Now I'm in a bit of a cleaning mood. I'm starting to think about minimizing my belongings to make the move easier in a couple of months. I really should try to sell off or give away a big chunk of my book collection. It's just so hard!
In other news, my allergies are still being a pain in the ass. I wonder if I should bother going to the health services to get a different prescription medicine. The awful part is that I just bought two months' worth of the two medicines I'm on.
My life is so boring.
>> 9:37 PM
The Chino Latino truck pulled up beside me at a stoplight today.
>> 6:07 PM
Coffee and scone for elevenses.
>> 11:45 AM
Saturday, May 13, 2006
I'm afraid we will have to cut back on our trips to the dog park -- at least shorten our stays outdoors. See, my allergies are making me a sneezy, clammy mess. I feel miserable.
This doesn't mean I love you any less.
>> 4:03 PM
For lunch, sauteed garlic green beans and a block of baked cheese.
I want to try to make it to the departmental end-of-year, graduation celebration. But it's already started, and by the time I get myself dressed and out the door, it'll be 3. Why can't I make it to anything on time these days?
My allergies are killing me, despite the two prescription medicines I'm on.
>> 1:39 PM
It's gettin' hot in here.
>> 10:42 AM
How much vanilla extract do I put in here?
>> 7:58 AM
Friday, May 12, 2006
I stopped by the coffee place with the delicious mochas, though. (I love that it opens until midnight.) And as I expected, I ran into someone I know there -- the assistant to undergraduate studies in my department. It's such a small town. Now I'm home playing hide and seek with the dog. He's not very good at finding me, even in this small, two-bedroom apartment.
Rob's playing his game. He's installed this mod(ification) that is essentially a voice chat program linked to World of Warcraft, allowing members of a raid party to hear each other. It's funny listening to the other players chatting as they play. I haven't heard Rob turn on his mic to participate (though maybe he does when I'm asleep), but I'm sure it's very cute.
>> 9:22 PM
Now I'm off to make a cameo at a friend's 30th birthday get-together at the local wine bar.
>> 8:22 PM
Today at the dog park, this annoying woman was babbling about how much she thinks Cesar is the best. She also made this remark that she's so impressed he was an illegal alien who firmly established himself as an authority on dog psychology. Which all leads me to wonder (again), why do people continually make such a big deal about "illegal aliens"? Seriously. Like, every study I've seen actually shows that undocumented workers contribute way more to local/national economies than they supposedly take out through social services. So what's the recent furor over illegal immigration? Totally a distraction technique, I say, by politicians creating a scare about a non-issue so that people won't think about the awful things that are actually happening.
>> 6:08 PM
Hooray for the return of the sun.
Blue skies in my head.
Giles got a boo-boo on his belly. I didn't notice it until we were leaving the park. I suspect he got scratched by Champ, the dog he was molesting earlier. Giles had Champ on his back frequently, and Champ flailed away with his legs, kicking at Giles's overexuberant wrestling. I wish I had a dog who believed in non-contact play.
Giles naps with his dragon.
Here Giles naps with his head over the edge of the bed.
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>> 11:52 AM
Thursday, May 11, 2006
[We spent our short visit to the dog park today stalking squirrels.
The rains came shortly after we arrived.]
>> 1:47 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Mr. Moody at the dog park.
Rob says Giles gets his moodiness from me. Perhaps. Today at the dog park, Giles was doing pretty well. After an initial bit of his usual over-exuberance, he settled down a bit and played well with the few dogs in the small dog area. Later, we went into the big dog area a couple times. The first time he was entirely fine with the two dogs there. The second time, he picked fights with two of the dogs. I ended up picking him up and walking back over to the small dog area. Then we came home.
It appears that the camera on my phone doesn't do color very well. Also, the last few days have been so overcast and dreary. Everything's looked rather lifeless outside. Sigh.
Let's Photoshop® some color into this picture.
>> 3:49 PM
Also, for future reference:
[Noted Asian American Creators Discuss Comics]
>> 7:36 AM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
"Let's go for a ride!"
Here's Giles getting in the car for our morning constitutional.
Fish in the student center on campus.
>> 9:57 AM
As I get older, I find that I fixate more and more on things from my past as moments of pleasure. In this particular instance, I recalled often lying in bed upon first waking during my high school years (and even into college when I returned to my parents' house for vacations). I would just relax, unhurriedly letting both my mind and my body warm up to the day's tasks. I loved hearing my mom opening cabinets, moving pots, and running water in the kitchen while she prepared breakfast for us. There is something I find pleasing about the sounds of someone else getting a day started while I am still easing myself out of sleep, as if it makes my inevitable rising less difficult -- I am joining someone in a day already begun rather that creating one anew by myself.
>> 7:24 AM
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sometimes I wonder if I wouldn't be utterly content being a homemaker. Let Rob find a job that can support us all. I'll make house, keeping it cleaner than I do now, and just spend time otherwise reading and thinking.
Of course, the pleasure I get from cooking for myself and tidying up around the apartment is in part because things get so horribly messy during the semester. Being able to feed myself without resorting to take-out every meal makes me feel competent and responsible. Cleaning up the clutter in my physical space helps me feel more sane, more pulled-together mentally. I'm trying to get into the habit of washing the dishes in the sink at the end of every day instead of leaving dishes to sit for weeks at a time, creating little mold and bacteria breeding pools. I'm also trying to vacuum more frequently, especially with Giles's hair shedding at an alarming rate.
If only I could get a handle on things so that my career work isn't in this total inverse relationship with house work.
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Despite the cold, overcast weather, I read on a bench outside on campus today with the dog.
Giles hates sitting around.
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>> 8:00 AM
Sunday, May 07, 2006
New header image and color scheme.
Hooray for the end of the semester!
>> 5:53 PM
Still got the essay portion of about a dozen students' final exams left to grade. I should be able to finish up in a couple hours -- none too soon, either, since grades are due at 5 pm today. I'll probably slightly miss the deadline, but I doubt that'll be much of a concern (will anyone even be at the registrar's office to record grades today?).
I spent the morning at the coffee shopping grinding away at the exams. Grading the essay part takes longer than I had hoped. Anyways, the coffee place near where I live is frequented on Sunday mornings by hordes of young parents with their babies. It's a bit scary. The worst part is how they gossip the whole time. And since they're all white, there's just a total lack of consciousness about how things they say are way racist. Like, at one point, they were talking about an "Indian" man and his child in kindergarten. They kept talking about how "dark" he was. It was like an epithet -- every time they mentioned him, that mention had to be accompanied by some permutation of "his skin is so dark." I take it they were talking about "Indian" meaning South Asian because they also mentioned how he came from "over there." But at one point, one of the women said something about "Kemo Sabe" in reference to him. Sigh.
>> 1:00 PM
From [Parents sue over book about gay family].
>> 6:54 AM
Friday, May 05, 2006[Evolution of Dance] (YouTube).
>> 1:06 PM
Thursday, May 04, 2006
You'll never guess where we went this afternoon.
I really don't seem to notice high temperatures as much when there isn't much humidity. I knew it was on the warm side today, but I didn't think it was all that bad. At the dog park, though, everyone was lethargic and huddled in the shade (dogs and people alike). I was going to say Giles was very well-behaved today but really it was probably just that it was too hot to misbehave. Mostly the dogs just stood or lay around. A few spurts of running. A couple of tiffs (of course, Giles was in one of them). One woman hit another woman's dog, and there was a minor confrontation between people because it is such a no-no to hit other people's dogs even if the dog is molesting yours. This one guy who's always at the large dog area in the late afternoons was like NO WAY YOU DO NOT EVER HIT SOMEONE'S DOG YOU WILL BE KICKED OUT OF THE PARK FOR THAT. It was funny because he's usually the friendliest person and knows all the dogs that come in by name (and they all run up to greet him). The woman was initially very hostile. I think she yelled something like, "That fucking dog was biting my dog!" (And seriously, it wasn't even aggressive though there was some dominance posturing going on.) But after the dog's owner and the guy berated her, she kind of backed off and apologized. And then five minutes later, she left the park with her dog.
We drove home with the sun's rays shining right through the windshield.
Post park pup.
Seriously, though, it's so weird to me that people hit dogs at all -- especially other people's dogs, but any at all. Doesn't hitting dogs only teach them to be aggressive to humans, leading them down the path of biting people and all that?
I also really need to start wearing bug repellant when I go to the park. The biting bugs are starting to swarm. I have three or four bites from today. Someone told me lavender oil works well....
I gave my contemporary literature class their final today. I need to start grading them tonight so I have a chance of finishing tomorrow. After finishing the exams, I need to calculate the students' participation grades, and then I will be completely done with teaching for the semester!
>> 5:55 PM
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Giles isn't sure what to do with the big dogs.
Giles is much better at paying attention to me at the dog park now. Yay!
>> 6:26 PM
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Giles is busy barking out the window after being cooped up in the bedroom most of today.
>> 6:04 PM
Now off to see Stick It!
>> 3:26 PM
Monday, May 01, 2006
Giles of the Woods.
Giles says hello to the dogs. (Click for movie.)
>> 6:41 PM
This is the view outside my apartment.
Cardinals, squirrels, and other fauna frolick outside the window, taunting Giles.
(I wish I had a telephoto lens on my camera.)
This morning, Giles and I went to turn in some observation reports at the Writing Program. Giles got some lovin' from all the staff in the English department who told me I must bring him back again for a visit soon. The brief visit we made to the department offices reminded me how much I'll miss all the wonderful people there. They really have looked out for me. Both the Writing Program administrative assistant and the graduate studies administrative assistant had e-mailed me in the past few weeks to check that I had meant not to submit an application to teach next year. And today, the Writing Program director asked me what my plans were for next year, and when I told him I was off to a job in Minnesota, he said they'd miss me and the good work I've done for the department. Awwww.
I left Giles in my office briefly to run to the restroom across the hallway. He barked. We spent the next few hours at our usual coffee shop grading some papers.
I went to the gym for a bit and ate a late late lunch just now (I know, it's pretty much dinner time). My goal now that the school year has ended, aside from finishing this dissertation, is to work out more. My cardiovascular endurance has dropped back down to very little. I can barely jog a mile on the treadmill.
Now Giles and I are going to dog park. And then tonight, more grading.
Tomorrow is a dissertation writing day and possibly a viewing of [Stick It] with my friend who is also totally excited about the movie.
>> 4:10 PM
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