November 9th, 2008

alone

Hmm, I haven't updated in awhile.

Word Count: 32723 words/50000 words

I haven't really felt like updating in a few days. Or rather, I've felt like updating, but I haven't wanted to make a deep, long philosophical update.

First, election. I voted absentee for Obama. Obama won. Woo.

Second, thanks for the well-wishes on the last post. I just haven't been on LJ in the past few days and haven't really replied. For those who don't know, I do have seizures. This was not the big deal. The big deal was that I'm on medication for them and was off said medication for several days thanks to the postal service. Those were exciting times. I now have my pills, and all is well.

This and this are quite possibly two of the best things ever. Except the second is on white.

I've been feeling very bleh lately. It's quite strange, actually. Maybe I'll write about it one day. Yeah, maybe. All I know is that I have to present my special problem for senior seminar next week, along with a rewrite of my first French paper and a presentation, and I haven't started either of those yet. I have, however, solved the senior seminar problem. Whoo.

Maybe it was because this weekend was family weekend, and it made me wish I got along with my family better and actually wanted to be around them for more than five minutes at a time. Or maybe it's just kicking in that everything I know and love is falling apart. Maybe there will be an inflection point, and I shall be concave up again.

So much for an intelligent post.
guilty bookie

Senior quote, anyone?

So here's the deal. By tomorrow (I think), we seniors have to send in our senior information to the yearbook editor. Most of the information is basic. Name, major and minor, stuff we did while we were here... yeah. But then there's this senior quote thing, in which we sum up our entire life philosophy in 25 words or fewer of someone else's words. There are several quotes that I swear about a fourth of the class uses every year, like "Not all that wander are lost" and "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken" and "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." I really wanted to put in a line from J.K. Rowling's Harvard commencement address, where she said "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all--in which case, you fail by default", but damnit, that quote is 31 words. I might as well just choose a quote out of a hat and go out with a bang, just like I do for everything else.

Or I can let you choose. Here, have a poll. You can even suggest stuff if you want.

Poll #1294233 Senior Quote Time!
This poll is closed.

Choose my senior quote.

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. -Douglas Adams
4(18.2%)
Un bon mot ne prouve rien. (A witty saying proves nothing.) -Voltaire
3(13.6%)
It takes an awful long time to not write a book. -Douglas Adams
3(13.6%)
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. -Richard Dawkins
0(0.0%)
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. -Isaac Asimov
1(4.5%)
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow
0(0.0%)
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison
3(13.6%)
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~André Gide
1(4.5%)
Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw
1(4.5%)
It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. -Sofia Kovalevskaya
3(13.6%)
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. -Henry David Thoreau
2(9.1%)
There’s something deep inside of you that still wants out/And shame on you if you don’t set it free. -Jonathan Coulton "A Talk With George"
1(4.5%)

Hate all of the above? Suggest one. (25 words or fewer)



Also, Galois theory is innately sexy. Why yes, that's what I've been doing this afternoon. Mmm, fields and groups. :D *listens to echo chamber*