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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Away out here they've got a name for rain and wind and fire.
The rain is Tess, the fire's Jo. They call the wind Maria.
Maria blows the stars around and sets the clouds a-flyin'.
Maria makes the mountains sound like folks was out there diein'.

Maria. (Maria). Maria. (Maria).
They call the wind Maria.

Before I knew Maria's name and heard her wail and whinin',
I had a gal. She had me and the sun was always shinin'.
But then one day I left my gal. I left her far behind me
and now I'm lost, so gol darn lost not even God can find me.

Maria. (Maria.) Maria. (Maria.)
They call the wind Maria.

Out here they have a name for rain and wind and fire only.
When you're lost and all alone, there ain't no name for lonely.
And I'm a lost and lonely man without a star to guide me.
Maria blow my love to me. I need my gal beside me.

Maria. (Maria.) Maria. (Maria.)
They call the wind Maria.
Maria! Maria. (Maria.)
They call the wind Maria.

-Paint Your Wagon (1969)

You have to appreciate Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood singing together.

Friday, January 28, 2005

What he said about 42nd Street :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I sold one of my old textbooks.
One of the textbooks that no one wanted in Lafayette Indiana.
I paid 60 bucks for it, and then suddenly it was an unwanted book.
So frustrated I tried textbook websites.
No good.
So in one last desperate attempts I logged onto Amazon, and posted the book for sale at 25 bucks.
What do you know.
It sold.
In less than 12 hours.
I love Amazon.

Siggraph 2005

I'm getting excited. I'm going as a guest of the Web Program Chair.
This really is a pointless post actually, I just like the pictures.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

If you have ever been in an art class then you'll hear them talk about True colors, and Similar colors. Kind of like your monitor settings, sometimes there is a "True Color 32 bit" option. What does this mean? It means that instead of getting a picture that has generally put the right color in the right spot, you get the right color in every spot it is suppose to be in. You can see something for what it truely is, you can't deny any color because even at a pixel level you see the places that are suppose to be light and the places that are suppose to be dark.

Similar colors are much different. You get the general sense of what the object or person is suppose to look like. From far away you can tell definitely what it is. When you get closer, the colors get muttled and confused. You can't really tell what you are looking at close up because the color is so general so you can deny what you are looking at.

All my life I've looked for someone to fit me. True love as they put it. Someone that was a mirror image of me, but since I didn't know what I looked like close up, I could never match it. Yesterday I learned an important lesson. I suddenly realize that true love wasn't about a mirror copy. (I can't stand myself half the time, why would I want someone like me?) It was about finding that one person who knew you like a painting. Someone who could see exactally where you are dark and exactally where you are light. No denying what they saw, only accepting what they saw.
You can see many paintings, but one day you'll turn unexpectally and find the first painting that makes sense to you, the one painting you see for it's flaws and you'll see for it's strengths but still think it the most beautiful painting ever.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Glad I don't go to my own blog...

Head of Constantine.
This is for the people who REPEATEDLY hit my blog trying to find a picture of this statue. I had something similar on my blog awhile ago showing one of the things I was terrified of.. and now for some reason it is the cause of a lot of searches.
Anyway, here is the most terrifying statue known to man.. or the head of it anyway. The head itself is eight feet in height and you cannot put your arms around it(though why you'd want to do that is beyond me). His foot and hand and part of an arm rest with him in Italy. For more click here.

There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There's no knowing where we're rowing
Or which way the river's flowing
Is it raining?
Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of hell a-glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
Yes, the danger must be growing
'Cause the rowers keep on rowing
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!

Mrs. Gloop: He can't swim!
Willy Wonka: There's no better time to learn .......
Mrs. Gloop: Don't just stand there! Do something!
Willy Wonka: (in calm voice) Help. Police. Murder.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Today in my teaching class I was very bored.
Bored to the point that I didn't even care to listen, that I didn't care to comment at my teacher's questions, that all I wanted to do was a crossword puzzle.
So I did.
I was almost done with it when a guy sitting next to me (who is in all my IT classes) said, "Anna, for one of the most opinionated people I know, you sure aren't saying much." I just smiled and said, "I don't care, that's the problem."
I started thinking about it after a bit though.
Most of the time I take that as a negative.
I started thinking about it, and I am one of the most outspoken people in class, when I feel something should be said right.. I say it.
Is that bad?
I don't know. Maybe people secretly hate me for how outspoken and opinionated I am.
Sigh... what next...

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Neil: I went to a rush function
Neil: cause they offered free food and a buddy of mine needed to bring a prospective pledge
Neil: so I told them my name was John Hodges
Neil: and the food was excellent
Anna: that is awesome neil
Neil: yup, in fact "John Hodges" is now on the list for all of their parties..

I now have 6 tickets in my hands. 2 for 42nd street a musical, 2 for Fiddler on the Roof a Musical, and 2 for Verdi's Aida an Opera.
6 tickets.
All Musically enhanced.
One in a completely different language.
3 of these tickets are mine and 3 of these tickets are Nishant's.
This is a testament of his love for me by going to all these shows.
I'm glad I'm not going alone.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

HaloScan, Comments for everyone

(In case you didn't notice the ridiculously large title at the top of this post, I have now added HaloScan to my blog so that anyone, anywhere can post a comment if they feel the need, so please, feel free)

Today it is a wonderful 16 degrees Fahrenheit and a lovely -9 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday it was a peachy keen -5 degrees Fahrenheit and a neato -21 degrees Celsius.

I love Indiana weather.

Tonight they are calling for... *drum roll*


For the past 3 days Blogger hasn't let me into my blog.
I type in my password and it says it isn't valid.
Today however it works... go figure.

The past few days I've not done much, just relaxed. Saturday was my birthday so I went to see Heywood Banks (thank you my darling brother, Neil, for getting tickets for me!) and then Sunday I just did a movie marathon day with Nishant. Monday was suppose to be a working/getting books day, but it turned into a nap/moving Zack day. Zack is moving out to Seattle and then Nishant is flying there and then meeting Zack to help him unpack and to see Seattle with him. Nishant is moving out there at the end of this year so he's very happy he'll already have a friend out there.

Other than that, my life is boring.

I get a hair cut this weekend, I think I'm going to take off 4 inches. Won't that be a change. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Captain's Log: Star 5864

(just so you know, I hate that my blog has a title option)

Lazy day. It is raining and I just remembered my fantastic IKEA umbrella is in Nishant's trunk. I hope he remembers, at least someone will get use out of it. Okey, this post is here because I like the picture.... :)

Even though it is raining, I kind of feel zen-like. For some reason I feel more at peace today then I have in a long while. I have a steady job which I love, I have good relationships with all my family and friends, and most of my future looks bright.

A long time ago I got Tarot cards as a joke. They are fun to play with and read people's fortunes, so for a while I had them out a bit. They eventually got packed away. Over christmas break I found them and read my fortune. I got "The Lovers" card in my future area. I think it finally fits my life, because before it never fit.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

2005 has already proven to be an interesting year.
Saturday my roommate, who I had problems with, moved out.
So I have officially moved into my apartment now.
All my kitchen stuff that had to sit in my closet are now finding homes in cupboards.
Katie and I don't have to share one cabinet in the bathroom, we each have our own ("the roommate" had one to herself). Our bathroom in general doesn't look like something out of a children's horror film, with adults using rubber ducky toothbrush holders and balloon shower curtains. We got our counters cleared off and a new shower curtain.
The only thing that Katie and I really miss is a couch, but when my parents come up this weekend for my birthday, we will get one then.
All in all this could be a very good year.
Heywood Banks tickets were bought today. My birthday will be great because I've wanted to see him again for a very long time.
So for the first 15 days of January, life is good.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Americans.. sheesh

Well, today I had an interesting thing happen to me.

Someone completely ripped off one of my blog posts.
It was the one about Nicolas Flamel.
They copied and pasted it into their own post under Harry Potter's Rumors.
I guess I'm flattered that they found my post so interesting?
Thank goodness someone told them to credit me and my blog, so they didn't get full credit for a post that wasn't their own.


Monday, January 03, 2005

Sometimes I want to scream at Purdue.
I really believe somewhere deep down in that cold heart of Purdue they actually want students to get what they want and graduate, but on some days (like this one) I feel like they would rather toy with me like a puppet.

At the beginning of last semester I compared my situation with Purdue's student office with something along the lines of running in circles around purdue's engineering mall like a rat on a wheel. I had to go to Knoy Hall, then Hovde Hall, then Beering Hall.. then Knoy, then Hovde, then Beering... Knoy, Hovde, Beering... Kno..,Hov...,Beer...(yes, i get secret pleasure from calling it "Beer Hall").
Around and Around we go...
Now I'm in a similar situation.
Seems that the Teaching Degree I want has a bunch of idiots running the classes and paperwork.
At the end of the semester I had a worried Professor e-mail me asking if I have turned in my Student Teaching form for Spring 2006...
Spring 2006...?
Yes, seems at Purdue things like this have to be done a year and a half ahead of time. The great thing about it is they don't tell the student!
Thank goodness I have such wonderful Professors!
And now, I want to test out of one of the teaching classes that teaches Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. So I find out the date, Wednesday January 5th. No place, no time. So I e-mail the TA, he tells me the place and time, but then tells me it is January 10th, the first day of classes.
I found that odd, to say the least.
This test out takes place from 9 Am to 11 Am on the first day of classes, so that means that I miss TWO classes on the first day.
Odd, very odd.
So since I have gotten that e-mail I've been trying to get ahold of the TA and the Professor, but guess what?
I am a rat in a wheel once again.

To celebrate the new year, Nishant has finished his new site.
Might I say, I'm very impressed. I think this is his best one yet.

You can go to it here : Spoonerism!

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Welcome 2005

I just ended a long time hate for someone.
And this isn't a hate that I had ever wanted to begin with.
It was a hate that I was forced into because of my own petty differences.
When I finally stepped back from my narrow mind, I realized that we were the same.
Not same as in "we could be best friends" but same as in "why am I hating this person, she has done nothing to me and she should be admired"
I figured this part out about 2 weeks ago.
I sat for two weeks in thought on how to fix my wrongs.
I finally decided on e-mail and even though my e-mail was rough (at best) at first, she seemed to understand what I was getting at and made it easy on me.
Kind of like a truce.
It is nice to know that someone out there that could have very possibly hated you, now knows that you don't hate them, and vice versa.

And now to clarify for those who might think this is my roommate I'm talking about.
No.... this is by far nothing to do with my roommate.
In fact, I have new hate for her.
Imagine trying to brush your teeth next to two very,very smelly fish, who look as though they might die at any moment from the lack of fresh water in their bowls (I'm guessing chocolate brown is a nice way to put their water color) and you can't decide whether you are going to go nuts and spit your minty fresh toothpaste into the fish bowl to make it smell better, or just simply move the fish back into your roommate's room and hope they stay there.

I chose the second option after a very long thought process with toothpaste held in my mouth.