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06:46pm 19/06/2005
mood: cynical
in chronological order-
1- new orleans with, of all people, a certain former superintendent
2- reading, a lot
3- i sold my soul to the Evil Empire for a paycheck and something to complain about or possibly make fun of (like the guy with the XXX tattoo on the back of his neck or the way that meat packages are never actually sealed)
Working at the bottom of a large corporation is scary, especially the way they manipulate language to form the ideas and opinions of employees and customers, it makes me sick because it works so well
Ive been thinking about Fight Club a lot, especially at work

so, justin, we must watch fight club
10:34am 20/05/2005
mood: anxious
summer reading list:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Penguin History of the World
Penguin History of Europe (Both by my favorite Anglo-centric historian, Dr J.M. Roberts)
The Renaissance in Europe
The Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance (by the infamous Dr. Hans Baron)
The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance
A Distant Mirror
Will and World
Shakespeare: A Life
the tragedies of Shakespeare
"Bibamus, moriendum est." - Death's unavoidable, let's have a drink.   
03:37pm 18/05/2005
  justin sent this to me...

Brenda O'Malley is home making dinner, as usual, when Tim Finnegan
at her door.
"Brenda, may I come in?" he asks. "I've somethin' to tell ya".
"Of course you can come in, you're always welcome, Tim. But where's my
"That's what I'm here to be telling ya, Brenda."
There was an accident down at the Guinness brewery..."
"Oh, God no!" cries Brenda. "Please don't tell me."
"I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I'm sorry.
Finally, she looked up at Tim. "How did it happen, Tim?"
"It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat of Guinness Stout and
"Oh my dear Jesus! But you must tell me true, Tim. Did he at least go
"Well, Brenda... no. In fact, he got out three times to pee."

and if i may brag, i made A's in both of my history classes

"Pulchra edepol dos pecuniast. Quae quidem pol non maritast." Plautus, Epidicud, 180
and that is why i love the Romans
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this is D-Day   
12:51pm 29/04/2005
mood: ecstatic
six hours till the beginning of my last shift ever for papa johns
fourteen hours till the end of that shift
one reason why i will miss papa johns   
02:08am 22/04/2005
mood: pleased
...were nights like tonight; we listened to tejano music and drank mexican beer while closing- it was great
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10:41pm 12/04/2005
ten pages of machiavelli and republics done
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I <3 machiavelli   
03:15pm 06/04/2005
mood: virtu
and we have a thesis!

there is no conflict in machiavelli's theory!
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01:13am 21/02/2005
  while i cant say that he was my favorite, i am still sad to hear of hunter s thompson's death

heres to you, gonzo
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can this be a coincidence?   
12:41am 17/02/2005
mood: exhausted
at school today
1- rough draft of a french essay due
2- first history test
3- second history test
and the next day...
4- french test!
01:17am 13/01/2005
  what was neat about today?
i went to a real irish pub and had a real guinness stout with a real drinking buddy

that might bore some, but the novelty of alcohol still hasnt worn off
12:28am 12/01/2005
  so i feel the need to update, here goes...
-I went to the tavern for the first time last friday for my first beer at a tavern and no sooner did the bar tender take the top off did work call and make me come in...and on the bright side, work was a lot less stressful after the beer
-school starts soon and I havent even started reading my textbooks
-i have to get a new job
-thats it
07:47am 15/12/2004
mood: blank
imagine my surprise when I walked into work yesterday morning and saw my schedule for the week...55 hours, thats a bit much, that must be a mistake right? Hardly, one of the managers decided to take a vacation before christmas and no one bothered to tell me anything at all. I mean, I was hoping to take a break on my christmas break, but apparently that wont happen this year. And we cant forget that this will repeat next week when another gm goes on vacation, hell, i didnt know that indentured servitude was part of the deal

on the plus side, i can drink, which seems to bring an end to things that can't come quickly enough
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01:55pm 08/11/2004
  "I had at last become a true child of the modern world, completely tangled up in the petty and useless concerns with myself, and almost incapable of even considering or understanding anything that was really important to my own interests." The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton

"Is not man's life upon earth trial without intermission?" The Confessions, St. Augustine

"All living creatures are led astray as soon as they are born, by the delusion that this relative world is real. This delusion arises from their own desire and hatred. Bhagavad Gita, Bk VII- Knowledge and Experience
Pour le semestre prochaine...   
11:51am 04/11/2004
mood: satisfied
next semester-
french 1020- mwrf 8am
lab- t 830am
hist 4220- the renaissance tr-1230-150
hist 4290- culture of medieval europe- 11-1220

and ive been thinking, with signor bush in office for another four years, that the world might not end and, on the plus side, his tenancy of the white house will give certain people four more years of distinctly non-productive righteous complaining

many people now believe that this election signals the possible beginning of republican hegemony of american politics on all levels

not declaring that to be good or bad, i can say that my french (see above) will become useful before to long
12:51am 30/10/2004
  i have just had the opporntunity to watch lightning and listen to carmina burana---if only i didnt have to focus on driving  
Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, Morieris.   
03:13pm 29/10/2004
mood: contemplative
i guess that i should update, i mean, its only been a few months...

but in that light, what could i possibly say that has not already been said?

the semester is half over, which is good
i do not have a thesis for my literature paper, which is bad
beowulf (germanic code), john donne (holy sonnets), or shakespeare (sonnets)?
this was an interesting conversation   
05:38pm 11/08/2004
  ZolaOnAOL: an all-star programming team programmed me for it.
banquo1303: What can you tell me about your "all-star programming team" ?
ZolaOnAOL: I am an artificial linguistic entity. I was activated in Mountain View, California, USA, in 2002. I was instructed by an all-star programming team. They taught me to sing a song. Would you like me to sing it for you?
banquo1303: Yes, please do.
ZolaOnAOL: I see.
banquo1303: Sing your song please.
ZolaOnAOL: Your polite style is very nice. Daisy Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage,
But you'll look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two!
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this scares me   
12:43am 05/08/2004
mood: creative
great scott, only three more working days till i get certified and promoted
im gonna be in charge of people and money and a store
a list of things to talk about   
09:42pm 20/07/2004
  Skylar Nicolini Bertsch
The Provokies
Pipe-Smoking Crackpots
The Postmodern Tower
Unwieldy Plural Nouns
World War Three
Bionic Arms
Medieval Ukrainian Folk Ballads
Cadillac Escalades
Fattened-Up Journal Articles
Joe Millionaire
Queer Theory
Judith Butler
Academic Freedom
Eyebrow Dandruff
The PAC-10
Paul de Man
Scott McLemee
The Aloofness We All Prize
12:46pm 16/07/2004
  in celebration of being reinstated at UNT, ive hidden something dead in andrews room

it should smell good in a few days