I absolutely adore iTunes. In some ways, that is. Sure, it's rife with commercial pop, but if you stick with it, you can actually find some great music on it. So far, I've found tracks from Frank Black, Stereophonics, and Cake. And the Cake track I stumbled on by checking out those 'Celebrity' lists. Ben Folds, you've got great taste in music. Same goes for you, Moby. And, I'm totally cool with the dollar a pop for a track. This saves me the headache of buying a $12.99-$16.99 CD when I'm only looking for a song or two from it.
Although, any database lacking Radiohead is of the bad. Here, I was thinking I'd be able to find some of their much hallowed B-sides from the OK Computer sessions. Alas, Radiohead's not on iTunes. Likewise are the Wrens. Here's hoping that this matter is rectified sooner than later.
Another drawback is the severe lack of indie music. But, I guess that's going to be the case since I'm sure there's a fee to place music on iTunes. Oh well. Guess this gives me a reason to still visit the record store for those treasured gems. Although, trying to find the new Clearlake CD has been nigh impossible.
So, in conclusion, if you're like me and ache to hear Where is Your Mind from the Pixies, you'll find it on iTunes. You just have to be patient with it. However, if you're into whatever's on the radio nowadays, say hello to your new life partner. S/he'll be your bestest friend in the whole wide world. And then some.
Just got back from class and decided to check some sites before starting up with the work again. And, lo and behold, look at what I found. I heart Dark Horizons if this is indeed true.
Farscape (TV): The cancelled but highly acclaimed Sci-Fi Channel series which had its plug pulled earlier this year may be making a comeback. Last week an insider sent along this rumour: "Farscape is back in production - the series is to be wrapped up in 4-6 new episodes with the usual crew, cast and producers. The props and sets are being dusted off and are being assembled in preparation for filming in Sydney. The new mini-season will complete the story arc and bring closure". An interesting story and a solid source but still it sounded almost like wishful thinking and as there still hasn't been any official announcement about it I held off. After all, you would've thought Sci-Fi would have shouted it from the rooftops that its coming back to appease the ravenous fans of the show (incl. me). Then some people I know connected with the show started mentioning it's coming back and its confirmed that the Sydney production office is open again. I placed three separate calls to them on Tuesday to confirm/deny the rumours and all three calls were not only summarily cut off at their end but the secretary hurled nasty insults (courtesy is a dying art) - I've never had problems with these guys before so best guess would be they've been advised not to speak to press at all (which would explain the lack of coverage locally). That would also explain that when I got in contact with a US publicity rep for Sci-Fi, they said they couldn't comment on it at this time but will be releasing details when they're available soon. Something IS stirring, I guess we'll have to wait to find out what exactly.
So, for all three of the Farscapers on my FL, rejoice. We might finally get some much needed closure. Huzzah!!!
Seems my health doesn't want to play nice with me. I can honestly feel myself getting weaker and weaker by the moment. But, it's almost two weeks down, so I'm halfway there. But, this isn't about me. It's about...me, actually.
Came home yesterday to find out it was my roommate's birthday. His girlfriend organized the whole thing. She even got him a pool table. Which now resides in our living room. Definitely cool. Hung out at the apt. for a while but the throbbing in my head dictated that I go somewhere else. So, I ended up crashing at Jamie's place last night.
While that's all well and good, spending time with one of my favorite people, I was thrown a huuuuugeeee curveball. We were just sitting on the couch watching Scrubs, when all of a sudden, she asks me what I thought about the idea of us having sex. No lead up to it. No warning. Just out of the blue. Like it was a reflex, or what have you. Needless to say, I was tongue-tied. After the way I treated her, I was just happy to be friends with her again. But, now it looks like she wants to move things to the next level.
Luckily, I can't have sex (Luckily. What the hell is wrong with me?). Not until Ramadan's over. But, I know this conversation's not over. And, the scary part is, I don't know if I'm worthy enough to be with her. I have feelings for her. That I do know. But, with my mindset to move away from Orlando and put all the bad stuff behind me, I keep on thinking that it's not right for us to do this if there's no hope of a future. But, I can tell that she cares for me. I saw it when she made dinner for me last night without any complaints. I saw it when she let me have the good pillow from her bedroom (I slept on the couch because I didn't want to get her sick). I see it when she just looks at me and smiles for no particular reason at all.
I don't know what I'm feeling for her is love. But, I do know one thing. I've never felt this comforted, this cared for, with anyone else since Martha. I just wish I could think straight. I just wish I could get my head around this situation without the hunger pangs, nagging cold, and tumultuous headache. I wish I could stop thinking of leaving this Godforsaken town and never looking back. Because, for once in my life, I might have something to stay for. Why do things always get complicated when I think I know where I'm going? Maybe it's a perpetual joke life plays on you. Once you think you've figured out the game, the rules up and change on you, always keeping you off balance.
For once in my life, I just want to feel safe. That isn't too much to ask for. Is it?
Well, it's coming up to the end. Almost done with my thesis. Although, not in time to graduate this semester. Which still has me depressed beyond belief. But, I take the good with the bad. I may be stuck in Orlando for another semester, but at least it gives me more time to fine tune my data and look into more schools for my doctorate. Right now, I'm looking at the following schools. In no particular order, mind you.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Penn State University-University Park
Ohio State University
North Carolina State University
University of Colorado-Boulder
Apparently, these schools have some of the better combustion research in the nation. That's all well and good, but the question that's going through my mind right now is how well will I fit in at these places? The only other school I've been to is Ohio State, and that was four years ago when I was deciding where to go for my Masters. I'm sure things have changed in the four years since I've been there. So, if any of you on my FL live near these areas or are from these institutions, how about laying out the dirt for me. Pretty please?
Still fasting. Gotta admit, even though I'm in a perpetual stupor nowadays, my body's getting used to the not having of food when the sun's up. I'm just glad the sun's setting before six because there's no way I'd be able to hold out any longer. Good thing, though. The fasting should be over before Thanksgiving. Muy bueno, si?
But, with the fasting comes some drawbacks. Like the fact that it's impossible for me to work out anymore since I can't replenish any liquids and sustenance until the evening. And working out in the evening's a bust since I'm so tired after getting home from the lab. God, my metabolism's gonna be shot after this month. Oh well. At least I'm not eating that much since my stomach's the size of a raisin when the sun goes down. But, with lack of nourishment, my health has been taking a hit as well. I haven't felt this bad in a while. But, I'm hoping it'll get back on track once I'm done fasting. Well, that's the hope anyway.
So, in conclusion. If you live in the areas of the aforementioned schools, hook me up with some info. It's always nice to get a third party's point of view instead of the song and dance these schools put out.
How ironic is it that Daylight Savings Time happens on the same day as Ramadan? It's an elaborate scheme for the man to keep me in bed for an extra hour while Mr. Sun comes out and prevents me from eating until he goes away. Oh man, it's gonna be a long month. Must...train...body. Must...train...body. Soooo...thirsty. Oh well. It could be worse. I could be a Yankees fan right about now. Bwahahahaha!!!!!
No Yankee fans were harmed in the production of this LiveJournal post.
Should I be offended that LiveJournal doesn't recognize the word Ramadan, but is okay with LiveJournal? Huh.
Leaving the lab early in the morning for the third day in a row. I love my life. Really I do. *Sigh*. Does anyone know how the Marlins did tonight? Last night? You know what I mean. Off I go to get some much needed sleep. Well, more of a nap, but I'll take what I can get right about now. Now, to somehow get home without falling asleep behind the wheel. This oughta be fun.
But a vast majority of engineering students lack a strong grasp of the English language. Example. I was sitting in my weekly seminar course, listening to these two people presenting their research up to this point. And the thing that grabbed me wasn't their research, since they were material people and I don't know the difference between a body centered cubic-2 and a body centered cubic-4. Instead, it was the way they got their ideas across. They didn't even try to explain the research.
Instead, they tore through the presentation, reading their slides badly, flubbing the most innocuous of words. I can understand mispronouncing aliphatic, but phase? Seriously, the guy pronounced it fast without the t. I think I was the only one cringing at this point. Makes me wonder if I chose the wrong profession since little quibbles like this irk me something fierce. I just wanted to jump up on the table after the fourth 'phase' and scream out, 'It's pronounced 'faze'!!! Read a book!!!' But, I'm sure the rest of the room would look at me as though I were the idiot. Sure, maybe. But I'm not wrong. I fear for the future if this is what's coming out of our graduate program.