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I moved my writing journal elsewhere, it's sekrit, but this is still in use for various things.

Books I Have Read/Other lists for mostly my own reference

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Mar. 9th, 2006

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The Face of Tomorrow
"The composite face is strikingly handsome – much better looking than any of the individuals. It’s like there is an underlying beauty in each of us that has the potential to come through. In fact in every instance this seems to be the case – in each city the composite face is more beautiful than almost any of the individuals that make it up."

Feb. 15th, 2006

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I think it should be a crime for textbooks to talk about a graph that is on another page, which makes poor students have to flip between the blah blah talking and the evil graph.

Feb. 8th, 2006

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Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

Jan. 13th, 2006

Summary of winter break:

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Whhhhhy do I need a whole month all at once? Can't I have a couple of little breaks during "doldrum months"?

School: No

Jan. 8th, 2006


Even Swedish women need digital plastic surgery

Jan. 7th, 2006

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Besides the T.S. Eliot introduction, the Dover edition of Pascal's Pensees is wholly evil. Why? Well the translation is bad enough that is draws all Bible verses from the Vulgate without translating them even in the appendix. Even four years of Latin can't save me.

Moral of the story: Cheap books sometimes are cheap for a reason.

Dec. 22nd, 2005

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Yesterday I made a wonderful trip to Evanston, where I wish I lived. I will confess to sometimes saying I do live there, not just because I live slightly on the border and it's way cooler than where I live, but also because it has less of the "North Shore" stigma.

Back to why it's cooler, it has my mecca, The Spice House, home of basically any spice you could ever want. Yesterday I bought some of their za'atar, which is quite good. It's an Israeli blend that is quite bit different from the Lebanese and Assyrian blends I have tasted. I think the difference is that the Israeli blend contains hyssop, which I guess makes it slightly less savory. I was also entranced by an African Spice titled "grains of paradise" with a rather tantalizing description. The lady working there let me try a few grains and biting into them revealed a peppery spiciness with undertones of ginger- black pepper 2.0. I didn't buy any, but I think next time I will. Supposedly you use it like pepper.

Next I stopped by TAGs bakery, which is right across the street. TAGs has the usual bakery fare, but I especially love their fresh baked golden croissants. Unfortunately it was late and they were sold out, so I bought a delicious mincemeat pie. Like Turkish delight and other maligned British foods, I firmly stand by the goodness of mincemeat pies. Really, if you don't like mincemeat perhaps you haven't tasted good mincemeat that is a nice blend of British fruits imbibed with a touch of alcohol.

Finally I made a stop at Wild Oats grocery store, home of the finest pretentious foods. I picked up a horrifically expensive slice of Old Amsterdam Aged Gouda, knowing only that I like gouda. It was worth it. When I got home, I cut myself a piece and enjoyed its rich, creamy, yet crisp flavor that was robust without being sharp. It's my new favorite.

Dec. 21st, 2005

Recently aquired tastes:

I'm afraid that college has made me pickier than ever. I think that is because I've acquired a lot of "new" tastes and that dorm food has turned me off from certain foods forever. I can barely walk by the dorm entrees without gagging. That and the fact that I basically live in the library and walk a lot means that I've lost lots of weight. Oh, it also seems that my lactose intolerance has gotten, well...more intolerant. Previously cheese was one of my favorite foods, but now I don't eat it much, which really isn't terrible since I think Americans eat way too much of it though it's not terribly good for you. I've food more than enough good foods to replace it with:

-Açaí Juice: made from Brazilian rain forest berries. It is loaded with antioxidants, tastes like sweet blueberries, and it's sufficiently pretentious.

-Fresh pomegranates: Another food loaded with antioxidants and the fresh seeds are absolutely beautiful.

-Za'tar: I kept tasting this on Middle Eastern flatbreads and at fresh I thought it was the name of the flatbread. I was confused when my friend Fauzia kept taking about putting za'tar on other foods, but finally I realized that it's a blend of spices. I hunted them down and now I can add it to my own flatbread and other foods at home. It's a blend of sesame seeds and various other Middle Eastern spices that has a distinctive savory taste. Douse flatbread with olive oil, spirinkle with za'tar, toast, and you have a delicious snack.

-Naan and masala: I swear, I can't get enough of this. Unfortunately I don't know how to make naan or masala, so I have to buy them, but it's worth it. Naan is delicious puffy Indian bread and when dipped in spicy masala (or just about anything), it is especially delicious.

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