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fyi [22 Jul 2011|09:41am]
spotify is basically the best thing ever.
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on good taste [07 Jul 2011|01:11pm]
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can you hear me? [19 Feb 2010|11:08pm]
is anyone still here?

i do my complaining here now, but i'm considering a move back to lj out of nostalgia. i don't know.
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i did a horrible thing to that girl [03 Apr 2006|09:43pm]
spinning class hurt my butt bones.

and i gained like two or maybe even three pounds over the past two weeks.

i hate it.
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moi, toi et tous les autres [12 Feb 2006|01:18pm]
trapped. by snow.
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christmas carrolls [24 Dec 2005|07:25pm]



incidentally, one of my cousins is wearing skin tight wranglers and the other one is a mexican skinhead.
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because everyone else is doing it: [12 Dec 2005|12:07am]
my amazon.com wishlist.
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delicious food [30 Nov 2005|09:04pm]
what is up with my intense japanese food cravings? and the fact that there are no japanese restaurants by my office, gym or apartment? tonight i broke down and bought some veg sushi at whole foods. i think i just needed a good dose of wasabi.
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wee [24 Nov 2005|03:41pm]

my pet!

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all my favorites [02 Nov 2005|04:00pm]
the 13 most corrupt members of congress
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right now [24 Oct 2005|07:18pm]
margaret cho is at a bookstore like three blocks away from my house.
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another reason to be depressed [21 Oct 2005|11:07am]
Rain Forest Jekyll And Heyde?
By Bob Herbert

PLEASE WELCOME the latest entry to the Chutzpah Hall of Fame: the mighty Chevron Corp.

On Oct. 28, during a gala ceremony at its headquarters in San Ramon, the company, which until May was known as ChevronTexaco, will honor the latest recipients of the annual Chevron Conservation Awards. The awards are meant to recognize the achievements of men and women who have "helped to protect wildlife, restore wilderness, create natural preserves and parks, and institute educational programs to heighten environmental awareness."

Meanwhile, Chevron's lawyers are in Ecuador defending the company against charges that it contributed to one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. The company is accused of dumping more than 18 billion gallons of toxic waste, over a period of 20 years, into the soil and water of a previously pristine section of the Amazon rain forest.

According to a class-action lawsuit, brought on behalf of some 30,000 impoverished residents of the rain forest, this massive, long-term pollution has ruined portions of the jungle, contaminated drinking water, sickened livestock, driven off wildlife and threatened the very survival of the indigenous tribes, which have been plagued with serious illnesses, including a variety of cancers.

Chevron, which likes to promote itself as a champion of the environment, contends that no such catastrophe occurred. A spokesman told me Wednesday that the billions of gallons of waste that was dumped "wasn't necessarily toxic."

"We've done inspections," the spokesman said. "We've done a deep scientific analysis, and that analysis has shown no harmful impacts from the operations. There just aren't any."

You would have a very difficult time selling that story to the people in the rain forest who have been drinking and bathing in water fouled with the byproducts of oil-drilling processes. Parents have watched their children play and their livestock feed in areas contaminated with oily substances. Pits that perpetually ooze gunk and oil are ubiquitous.

Two years ago, a reporter from The Times interviewed a man named Rene Arevalo who lived near a separation plant that was once operated by a Texaco subsidiary. The house in which Arevalo and his five children lived had been built on a mound of dirt that covered a pit where wastewater had been dumped.

The family got its water from a well. "If you dig here just a meter deep," said Arevalo, "you hit oil. The water is contaminated, very contaminated. But we drink it. What else can we do?"

Texaco merged with Chevron in 2001. From the early 1970s to 1992, the Texaco subsidiary was part of a consortium that ran the oil-drilling operations in an area of virgin rain forest known simply as the Oriente — the East. Texaco discovered oil there in the late '60s.

According to nearly all accounts, neither Texaco nor its primary partner in the consortium, Ecuador's state oil company — Petroecuador — paid much attention to the effects of the venture on the surrounding environment and its people. Tremendous amounts of waste generated from the drilling, extraction, processing and transportation operations — billions upon billions of gallons — were dumped into unlined pits in the ground or poured into freshwater streams.

"The systematic way that they disposed of toxic waste in Ecuador was to dump it into open-air pits that they dug out of the jungle soil, or directly into rivers, streams and swamps in one of the most delicate ecosystems on the planet," said Steven Donziger, who is part of a team of American and Ecuadorean lawyers handling the lawsuit.

Crude oil was also spilled in the jungle, millions of gallons of it. Disasters of this kind, involving poor people in remote areas of foreign countries, tend to stay low on the level of awareness of the American news media. The suffering tends to go unnoticed by the outside world.

The families in the vicinity of the Ecuadorean oil-drilling operations have had to drink from contaminated rivers and streams because they had such limited access to running water.

Officials at Chevron do not see any of this as their problem. They will tell you that they've cleaned up any mess they might have made, and then some. And they will deny to their dying breath that they have harmed anyone.

After all, they're champions of the environment.
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i am dripping sweat all over the couch [01 Oct 2005|08:15pm]
thank jebus for this crisp fall weather that makes running outdoors possible.
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and i thought i was cool... [01 Oct 2005|05:06pm]
Pure Nerd

91 % Nerd, 34% Geek, 43% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.


My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on nerdiness
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You scored higher than 46% on geekosity
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You scored higher than 73% on dork points

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating
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carroll children in san francisco! [01 Oct 2005|12:39pm]
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some velvet morning [24 Sep 2005|05:19pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

today is the first day it feels like fall. i guess it's only a couple days late, but it seems like autumn should have showed up weeks ago. and it will probably be summer again tomorrow; maybe it's just the scent of coffee i've been inhaling all day that makes me feel like mild weather is on its way. i have high expectations, even though the high holidays are late this year, and the dc heat is neverending. last year fall was concrete, but winter comes early in basel. i'm looking forward to crunching leaves on my walk to work.

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why are these things always so true? [24 Sep 2005|05:07pm]
it's magic!

Your Existing Situation
Acts in an orderly, methodical, and self-contained manner. Needs the sympathetic understanding of someone who will give her recognition and approval.

Your Stress Sources
Has an unsatisfied need to ally herself with others whose standards are as high as her own, and to stand out from the herd. Her control of her sensual instincts restricts her ability to give herself, but the resulting isolation leads to the urge to surrender and allow herself to merge with another. This disturbs her, as such instincts are regarded as weaknesses to be overcome; she feels that only by continued self-restraint can she hope to maintain her attitude of individual superiority. Wants to be loved or admired for herself alone; needs attention, recognition, and the esteem of others.

Your Restrained Characteristics
Unhappy at the resistance she feels whenever she tries to assert herself. Indignant and resentful because of these setbacks, but gives way apathetically and makes whatever adjustments are necessary so that she can have peace and quiet.

Wants to broaden her fields of activity and insists that her hopes and ideas are realistic. Distressed by the fear that she may be prevented from doing what she wants; needs both peaceful conditions and quiet reassurance to restore her confidence.

Insists that her goals and realistic and sticks obstinately to them, even though circumstances are forcing her to compromise. Very exacting in the standards she applies to her choice of a partner.

Circumstances force her to compromise and to forgo some pleasures for the time being. Capable of achieving physical satisfaction through sexual activity.

Your Desired Objective
Longs for a tender and sympathetic bond and for a situation of idealized harmony. Has an imperative need for tenderness and affection. Susceptible to anything esthetic.

Your Actual Problem
Has a fear that she might be prevented from achieving the things she wants. This leads her to employ great personal charm in her dealings with others, hoping that this will make it easier for her to reach her objectives.

Your Actual Problem #2
Greatly impressed by the unique, by originality, and by individuals of outstanding characteristics. Tries to emulate the characteristics she admires and to display originality in her own personality.
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but, [21 Sep 2005|12:40am]
i am already kind of tired of having long hair.
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bedtime reflections [21 Sep 2005|12:36am]
a year ago i had a boy's haircut, smoked a lot of cigarettes, was about to quit my job, had no idea what i was doing with my life and weighed 15 lbs more than i do now. so at least things have improved, you know.
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advice to the graduate [20 Sep 2005|09:48pm]
holy shit, i just found a random cd from last summer, featuring "heat of the moment" by asia, "your love" by the outfield, "kiss on my list" by hall & oates.... and who knows what else. it makes me want to go running before work tomorrow, and it reminds me of drinking pastis until i had to vomit at the bottom of françois' stairs when i lived above the cheese shop and the cake shop.

good news: i have a photo credit in the new niman ranch cookbook, and a poster i edited aired on c-span this afternoon. and the anti-horse slaughter amendment passed in the senate!!!

update: this cd also contains several rare luna songs and a talking heads track. weird. this is the best cd ever.
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