Archive for June 2005

End of First Session

June 30, 2005

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ell, that time of the year is here again. The first session is over and my students will take there final later today. You know what that means: Grading! But I have a small class so I will not be gone long.

Procrastinator with a capital “P”

I am–once again–in crunch-time mode regarding a paper I need to submit to an editor. Why, oh why, do I do this to myself? I wrote a comment on someone else’s site once about procrastination and I think it applies to me perfectly: I am not focused on my future goals. If I sat down and thought about them as I should–and took them seriously–I would do what I need to do now, NOW. I think I lack discipline. I used to have tons of it–how else can you get a Ph.D.? Have I perhaps used up my lifetime quota? Ugh…

Anyway, with that in mind, I will focus on work for the next few days. If I end up getting buried with work, an unable to be on Xanga–as unlikely as THAT sounds–I’d like to tell everyone: Crank up your BBQs and have a great 4th of July Weekend!

And maybe I’ll work on the senryu before whonose kills me.

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End of First Session

June 30, 2005

W

ell, that time of the year is here again. The first session is over and my students will take there final later today. You know what that means: Grading! But I have a small class so I will not be gone long.

Procrastinator with a capital “P”

I am–once again–in crunch-time mode regarding a paper I need to submit to an editor. Why, oh why, do I do this to myself? I wrote a comment on someone else’s site once about procrastination and I think it applies to me perfectly: I am not focused on my future goals. If I sat down and thought about them as I should–and took them seriously–I would do what I need to do now, NOW. I think I lack discipline. I used to have tons of it–how else can you get a Ph.D.? Have I perhaps used up my lifetime quota? Ugh…

Anyway, with that in mind, I will focus on work for the next few days. If I end up getting buried with work, an unable to be on Xanga–as unlikely as THAT sounds–I’d like to tell everyone: Crank up your BBQs and have a great 4th of July Weekend!

And maybe I’ll work on the senryu before whonose kills me.

Madagascar

June 29, 2005

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es, I saw two movies–count ’em, TWO–last weekend. Okay, vor most of you whipper snappers,, two on a weekend is no biggy. Thirty years ago, I woulda been right with you guys. But today, in my old and pennilessly decrepit state, two movies in one weekend is somewhat of a marvel. So besides Batman, I also saw Madagascar. And it was pretty funny.

Warning! Spoilers Approaching: The voices of Chris Rock as Marty the Zebra and Ben Stiller as Alex the Lion was pretty good. But it was the writing that was funny. The puns and the double entendres tickled me quite a bit as I watched four domesticated animals living in a New York zoo discover their true nature when they get stranded on Madagascar. The dialog included references to old movies–Alex screaming like Charleton Heston at the end of the Planet of the Apes in front of the destroyed Statue of Liberty had to have been over the head of most of the kids in the audience as I think I was the only one laughing. There were a few others such as the volleyball in Castaways and of course Marty strutting to the BeeGees a la Saturday Night Fever.

But I did have a few issues. The transformation of Alex’s mane was indicative of his own transformation into a wild animal, but why didn’t any of the other characters become wild either? The ending was kinda wierd, too. Why sushi? You can’t kill mammals, but fish are okay? They shoulda had them eat insects like Simba and his buddies did in The Lion King. But then again, I’m partial to fish.

I’m glad the movie turned out to be a good one, otherwise I would have been totally bummed out. Before the movie started, I bought some popcorn and sodas, bumped into a chair, spilled the sodas and lost most of the popcorn. Ugh! I am such a klutz. I hit my right elbow and for those of you who know me, know that my right eye is suspect–scar on the cornea. So that’s my excuse for bumping into it, but I was still rather embarrassed by the incident. In a movie auditorium filled with little kids, it’s the adult who spills the drink.

Correction:

A few of you were kind enough to point out my typo in the previous entry. Instead of “After this meal, I am usually in a very good meal,” it should be “After this meal, I am usually in a very good mood.”

Madagascar

June 29, 2005

Y

es, I saw two movies–count ’em, TWO–last weekend. Okay, vor most of you whipper snappers,, two on a weekend is no biggy. Thirty years ago, I woulda been right with you guys. But today, in my old and pennilessly decrepit state, two movies in one weekend is somewhat of a marvel. So besides Batman, I also saw Madagascar. And it was pretty funny.

Warning! Spoilers Approaching: The voices of Chris Rock as Marty the Zebra and Ben Stiller as Alex the Lion was pretty good. But it was the writing that was funny. The puns and the double entendres tickled me quite a bit as I watched four domesticated animals living in a New York zoo discover their true nature when they get stranded on Madagascar. The dialog included references to old movies–Alex screaming like Charleton Heston at the end of the Planet of the Apes in front of the destroyed Statue of Liberty had to have been over the head of most of the kids in the audience as I think I was the only one laughing. There were a few others such as the volleyball in Castaways and of course Marty strutting to the BeeGees a la Saturday Night Fever.

But I did have a few issues. The transformation of Alex’s mane was indicative of his own transformation into a wild animal, but why didn’t any of the other characters become wild either? The ending was kinda wierd, too. Why sushi? You can’t kill mammals, but fish are okay? They shoulda had them eat insects like Simba and his buddies did in The Lion King. But then again, I’m partial to fish.

I’m glad the movie turned out to be a good one, otherwise I would have been totally bummed out. Before the movie started, I bought some popcorn and sodas, bumped into a chair, spilled the sodas and lost most of the popcorn. Ugh! I am such a klutz. I hit my right elbow and for those of you who know me, know that my right eye is suspect–scar on the cornea. So that’s my excuse for bumping into it, but I was still rather embarrassed by the incident. In a movie auditorium filled with little kids, it’s the adult who spills the drink.

Correction:

A few of you were kind enough to point out my typo in the previous entry. Instead of “After this meal, I am usually in a very good meal,” it should be “After this meal, I am usually in a very good mood.”

Body Mass Index

June 28, 2005

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need to get serious about losing weight. Work has gotten so hectic that I have become physically sedentary and the pounds just keep on adding on. If I was careful with my eating habits, this would not be an issue, of course. But I am not. I love potato chips, cookies, chocolate, et al.

Of course, the most essential component of my personal diet regimen for a healthy mind is a bacon swiss cheese burger with fries and a couple of beers. Protein from 100% ground beef; vegtables from the lettuce, onion and tomato; cereal/grain from the the bread and beer; and in modest aomunts, fats from the fries. After this meal, I am usually in a very good meal.

Unfortunately, this meal healthy for the mind and not the body. I am considered overweight and I need to lose a significant number of poundage. Like 20. At least. So I decided to calculate my Body Mass Index (BMI).

(Weight / Height [in inches]² ) x 704.5 = BMI

My current BMI is 27.8, which is considered overweight. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal, but personally, a BMI of 18.5 is ridiculous. If my BMI was 19, I’d weigh a scrawny 114 pounds. But a BMI of about 23 to 24 would suit me fine. I’d be in the 140-50 range. By reversing the calculation, I getbare with me, can barely add and subtractthe following.

704.5X / Height² = 23.5 BMI704.5X / 4356 = 23.5X = 145 lbs.

So to reach a BMI of 23.5 I gotta lose… Cripes! That’s over twenty pounds… I better get moving.

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June 28, 2005

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You know, they should at least tell us in advance…

June 28, 2005

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oogle, in all its infinite wisdom, decided to include the above div marker to every post. By adding this, it forces all entries to appear beneath any “floating div”. Since my previous layout was designed so my posts would appear between two floating tables, the above div tag “clear:both” forced the post below the shorter of the two floaters. Ack. It made for a very ugly page. So I was forced to redesign.

You know, they should at least tell us in advance…