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Friday, October 31st, 2008
11:24 am
The Horror! The Horror!
So apparently the last post I made was also about Halloween music... oh well. Here are some good Halloween / Fall / good scary mood music, and all from the 20th century (and no repeats from last year!)!

1) Debussy - "Voiles," (Sails / Veils), "Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest" (What the West Wind Saw) from Preludes Book I (1909-1910), and "Brouillards," (Mists), "Feuilles Mortes" (Dead Leaves) from Preludes Book II (1911-1913)
2) Bartok - "Allegro Barbaro" (1911)
3) Scriabin - "Poeme Satanique" (1904), "Poeme-Nocturne (1912), "Vers la Flamme" (1914)
4) De Falla - "Dance of Terror" from El Amor Brujo (1915)
5) Stravinsky - "The Devil's Song" from Histoire du Soldat (1918)
6) Ravel - Piano Concerto in D for Left Hand (1929-1930)
7) Shostakovich - String Quartet no. 8 in C minor (1960)
8) Penderecki - "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" (1960)
9) Ligeti - "Lux Aeterna" (1966)
10) Crumb - "Black Angels" (1970), most pieces from Makrokosmos (1972)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
7:36 pm
Halloween Music!
Suggested Classical Halloween Music! Search youtube or myspace for any of these!
(Most are not Halloween themed but fit the atmosphere and mood of Halloween!)

Mussorgsky - "Night on Bald Mountain"
- "Gnomus," "The Old Castle," and "Baba Yaga" from Pictures at an Exhibition
Saint-Saens - "Danse Macabre"
Liszt - Totentanz
Scriabin - Piano Sonata No. 9 "The Black Mass"
Holst - "Mars, Bringer of War"
Ravel - "Le Gibet" and "Scarbo" from Gaspard de la Nuit
Beethoven - "Moonlight Sonata"
Rachmaninoff - "Prelude in C Sharp Minor"
Bach - "Tocatta and Fugue in D"
Sebalius - "The Swan of Tuonela"
Manker - "Nocturne in C Sharp Minor," "The Gates of Hell" (go to myspace.com/jonathanmanker)
Monday, June 18th, 2007
3:04 pm
Vacation
So I promised an update about our vacation... yeah, I know I said I would do it like a week ago but I have been really busy.

Vacation Pictures, etc.Collapse )
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
1:54 pm
GRE Completed... Much More Work Ahead
So I'm definitely glad to get the GRE out of the way, it was taking up a lot of time having to study for. I actually got my scores on the Verbal and Math sections at the end of the test but the Writing section score I'll get later. So I feel I did ok... In one respect I did about how I had been doing recently on the Verbal part, though I probably did just slightly lower than I had hoped. On the Math though I did a lot better than I had done on the practice parts, so that is good. The scores are pretty much irrelevant, but I looked up my percentiles on Wikipedia and it seems I was about 80%ile on verbal and 74% or so on math. The interesting thing was that my math score was WAY higher than the verbal, but the verbal scores are much lower in general. I miss the days of being in the 99%ile range on the ACT but I do realize it's a more advanced group of people taking it in the first place. I really don't want to take it again, but I'll have to ask my advisor to see if those scores would be good enough for what I'm wanting.

Unfortunately I have gobs of work to do on question writing, and I'm falling behind. I actually preferred studying for the GRE to writing questions. The last few days I've had like no free time at all, but hopefully now the GRE is over I will.

We'll be going on vacation on June 2nd I think so I'll be out of town for about a week and a half, just to let you know in advance.
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
11:59 am
Busy and Reclusive...
So I felt I should give everyone an excuse for my even worse than normal summer reclusion, so here it is.

Essentially I just can't stand to be on this computer for very long at all. It's slow enough that it just drives me insane and I think of how at school I could do everything 5 times as quickly. Coupled with the fact that I really don't get much mail anyway, I don't even bother to check my e-mail some days.

Furthermore, I feel actually a bit stressed already, like I have one too many things to do. Of course, this is in part because I demand a certain amount of free time on any summer day, but still, I feel like I have a little too much. In particular, I have been studying for the GRE a lot, which I think I'll be taking on May 22. I didn't do too well on the diagnostic test so I have a lot of studying to do. Apparently my vocab sucks, for one. But I've done a LOT better on the exercises recently which is good (Thanks again to Jessica and James for getting me that book!).

I also have yet to really unpack and most of my stuff is just dumped all over my bedroom floor. I want to clean it up but I don't have quite enough will to do so. And finally, I have about 1200+ questions to write which I have not yet begun. It's making me really nervous, because I felt like with about 900 last year I was at my maximum. It's just so hard to actually get into such a big project like that.

Oh and my computer sucks enough that I can't seem to load myUK which means I had to go to the library to get my grades. Somewhat stupidly, I went at like 3:00 on Monday so my Hebrew grade hadn't come in... all A's besides that one, which I will hopefully find out today when I go to the library.

So anyway, if you do wish for me to get on AIM some time just let me know, and in particular at what time. :)
Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
2:52 pm
Another Year Complete
So I just turned in my last final to end my Junior year. Finals week was not bad at all compared to some I've had, but it's still nice to get it out of the way.

It was insane though, at like 6:15 this morning the fire alarm went off... so everyone was outside in their pajamas and it was raining a little. I had only been asleep for a couple hours, and then it took a while to get back to bed. So I'm a little tired today.

So tonight I face the evil pack-a-thon. I have waaay too much to do, my room is currently a mess. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow as it'll be hectic having to move out everything and get it all into a single car.

But anyway it'll be nice to be on break... Despite lots of stuff I have to do, such as over 1200 questions I have to write, and taking the GRE at the end of this month. I want to do well so I don't have to take it again, so hopefully I can find some time to study.

Current Mood: tired but happy
Monday, April 9th, 2007
11:52 pm
Immortality
An interesting topic was discussed among some of my friends, and many of them held an opinion that I found to be very surprising. I thought I'd give an overview of this discussion and my opinion. I'd really like some feedback too.

The discussion was centered around whether someone would choose immortality if given the choice. Now I was under the assumption that no sane individual would choose immortality and would also make this choice for the right reasons. Although most said that they would not choose immortality under most circumstances, most also said that they would choose immortality if it included always being healthy, free from long term pain, free from physical deterioration, and included some loved ones also having immortality. In my opinion, no one should desire physical immortality under any conditions. I believe this belief is spiritually essential.

Now countless works of literature and movies have taught us that immortality is a bad thing, that is, being permanent beings in a non-permanent world, where we undergo loss and pain. However being permanent beings in a permanent world should also not be desired.

To put it short, absolutely no one can say with certainty what will happen when we die. Various possibilities include complete unconsciousness, reincarnation (into this world again or some other), heaven, hell, or a neutral underworld. If one feels he is virtuous and believes eternal damnation is not a possibility, none of these options is particularly bad. Socrates sums this up superbly:

"Let us reflect in another way, and we shall see that there is great reason to hope that death is a good, for one of two things: - either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if you suppose that there is no consciousness, but a sleep like the sleep of him who is undisturbed even by the sight of dreams, death will be an unspeakable gain.... Now if death is like this, I say that to die is gain; for eternity is then only a single night. But if death is the journey to another place, and there, as men say, all the dead are, what good, O my friends and judges, can be greater than this?"

From popular fiction, Dumbledore tells us that, "To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." Will we be awakened into a new existence, or fall into a peaceful slumber? Either of these are adventures on which we will all embark one day.

Now why in particular is a desire for permanence a bad thing? Buddha, in particular, teaches us that desire for permanence is the cause of suffering. There is no permanence in this world, and even a want for permanence can trick us into believing that permanence is a possibility, even if we say we believe otherwise. In the Judeo-Christian perspective, the Bible shows the innateness of the desire of humans for permanence, as we were created into a world of permanence, or metaphorically, the state of all humans from birth. The Garden of Eden was a place of permanent happiness and immortality. Satan offered wisdom at the price of human immortality, chosen by the free will of mankind. Likewise we can, by our own free will, transform our desire for permanence into a love for the impermanent. We can appreciate the change in our world and in ourself.

No matter how much we may be able to do if we were immortal, there would come a time when we would want to move on. Existing in this world may simply become tiring--- while even this mode of existence will become like having to endure an eternity of the same activity over and over. The fact is, we truly only live because death awaits us--- there is no living without dying. Although there is purpose and learning here, we must one day move on, and embrace the next great adventure.
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
11:24 pm
At last! Another post!
I haven't posted in more than a month, but what can I say... I sometimes find it boring to merely list the details of my day to day life and the exciting (but only to me, and others who already know them) details of my weekends. However I do not wish to abandon my efforts in documenting my life, which will ultimately be much to my enjoyment to read in the future.

First of all, my classes are going well, I suppose. I rather enjoy my schedule as I only have four classes to attend, with breaks in between. Greek is too early in the morning and seems to include a lot of work, but at least I'm learning. My Latin teacher is very good but difficult, but I have not had too many problems. Grammatical Analysis is fun--- we've been studying the rare Shughni language of Tajikistan with a native speaker. Hebrew is also interesting and I learn a lot beyond just the language.

My independent study is going well, and I am going to start writing my final paper soon. I feel I have pieced together a pretty solid theory of the background of the Germanic family, and I hope it can be a good piece of work to use for when applying to grad school. I'm actually looking forward to starting what should be a short book or long essay (50 pages?) on my project. I'm not really looking forward to all the sourcing work though.

I recently have put together a possible schedule for next semester. The worst part about it is that it will be so early in the morning, all five days. The thing is, for most of the grad programs I want to apply to, they want knowledge of German and French at least by some time, and I figure I could at least start now, on one of them. However both of the reading knowledge courses would fit into my schedule. So tentatively I have:

MWF
9:00 French (for Reading Knowledge)
10:00 Greek Literature (Studying the works of Lucian)
11:00 Modern English Grammar (a linguistics course)
12:00 Latin Literature (Studying the works of Cicero)

TR
8:00 German (for Reading Knowledge)
11:00 Hebrew III

This has to be the most insane schedule ever, since it includes six languages (counting the 'English' in 'Modern English Grammar.') But oh well, I can handle it :)

I am currently working on a three piece symphony over the tragedy of Paolo and Francesca (from Dante's Inferno). I haven't had much time to work on it but the first piece so far is absolutely beautiful. Hopefully I will get a lot of work done on this over spring break.

I am thinking about doing some LJ discussions about various religious and philosophical passages. I'm actually thinking biblical quotations, where I give my view of the interpretation. More for myself than anything, if I ever get around to it.

The Squid and the Whale is a good movie. We saw it last night.

I bought an 1871 Bible last weekend for 10$.

I want to buy a cabin deep in the snowy pine-filled taiga of Alaska.

I realize this is random.

The end.
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
1:07 pm
New Songs!
I have posted all new songs on my myspace music page. Check them out and comment! Two of them are new and two are remasterings. These are made with the new program I got for Christmas and they sound more orchestral. "Symphony Majestique" for example uses a full symphony.

Thanks!
9:50 am
Weird Semester?
I have a feeling this is shaping up to be a very weird semester.

The other Greek student and I got to class this morning at 9 o'clock to find that our teacher was not there. He was late sometimes last year, so we waited a half an hour. Then we decided to go to his office.

Another professor told us he was sick, but we stopped by the office to see if he left anything. Eventually some of the other professors told us that he was diagnosed with cancer and was starting chemotherapy, and wouldn't be here this semester.

I don't think I even mentioned that my Archaeological Decipherment class got cancelled, and I believe it is due to the professor being sick in some way. However my Greek class will continue in some fashion; another classics professor is going to e-mail us soon to talk about what we will do.

Let's hope and pray my professor(s) will overcome their illnesses.
12:01 am
Pet for the Room?
I was thinking of bringing my old aquarium from home, especially if I don't end up with a roommate. I could have someone else in here to keep me company, in particular...

An octopus! I thought an octopus would make a cool pet. You can actually purchase them online some places for 30-50$, although shipping is usually also 30 to 50. I'll have to research now and get everything I need, and see if I can buy one locally!
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
5:49 pm
Christmas Break
I feel I should make some post outlining my Christmas break, no matter how reluctant I might be to do so. I've been even more hermitly than normal this Christmas, but it's been a nice break.

Today was wonderful outside. I realized I hadn't been outdoors for a couple days--- not entirely my fault, due to a strange cold-like virus I seem to have contracted. The last few days I'm not so sure I've improved but I've generally had trouble sleeping to do nasty drainage and such. This did end up in me declaring a New Year's Resolution, something I don't recall ever having done. Specifically I hope to adopt a more regular sleeping schedule. I've gotten to where I go to bed later and later so long as I can, meaning I've gotten up at 10, then 11, then 12, until this year 1 has become common, with going to bed around 2 or 3 but having trouble getting asleep. So I made myself get up at 11 today, and I hope to improve that further.

But anyway, like I was saying, it was a nice day. One of those 35 to 40 degree days when the whole earth is gripped in a cold, calming silence. It's a really peaceful feeling, there's that low rumble (probably traffic) that I like to misinterpret as the earth gently quaking in silence. Every now and then a bird cries out a random tweet or chirp, and crow caws. The only thing to make it better would be a nice blanket of fresh white snow. Curse you global warming!

As far as activities, I've been mostly reading and writing music. I've actually managed to get into a slump as far as writing new stuff, so I've been focusing on re-writing older songs with a new program I got for Christmas. It's Finale Allegro, which is a step down from the crazy expensive full blown version. Some of the new remasterings I've done are pretty impressive, I think, and I will probably add an entire new list of songs to my myspace page as soon as I return to UK.

On a final note, I just got involved in something rather exciting. It seems the Language Arts writer for Governor's Cup wasn't able to write for this year, so Chris Girard recommended me to write the three language arts Governor's Cup tests! I've got to start right away though since the district tournament is just around the corner.
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
7:33 pm
8:24 am
Rgrahbgah
Man I didn't get any sleep at all last night... well maybe a half an hour? I gave up around 4:50 and just got on my computer. Hopefully I won't die during my exam, or worse, get a B.
Sunday, December 10th, 2006
2:57 am
Christmas
Meh... I should be going to bed but I really feel like expressing a bit of joy I have found.

It seems like Christmas brings more stress than feelings of joy and happiness like it should. In many ways the idea of gift-giving seems to be at the core of it. People often worry so much about the gifts they give and think too much about the gifts they will receive they can be blinded by the purpose of this holiday.

But I can honestly say I've enjoyed getting gifts for people this year. Maybe it's because I didn't come short and not find something for someone, but things didn't go completely perfect, but that's ok. I feel I want nothing in return. In giving gifts I am hoping to spread the joy of the season and expressing my thanks for my friends who have giving me so much.

It just reminds me that the act of giving is as much, if not more important, for ourselves than for others, in teaching us lessons of selflessness and generosity. In the same way doing good helps not only others but ourselves.

So I hope my gifts this year are not symbols of consumerism or monetary worth of my relationships with others, but tokens of gratitude for the time and generosity my friends have selflessly given to me. I look forward to Monday!
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
10:22 pm
Graduate School?
So I've been searching online through a few different graduate programs trying to decide where I'll end up in a few years. I'm hoping to get an M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics or Historical Linguistics. I'm kind of trying to list out all the factors I will need to consider:

1) Cost - this is ABSOLUTELY the most important. I basically have to go somewhere that gives me full tuition and living expensives, which would probably be done through a sort of fellowship possibly being a T.A. of some sort. I basically will have no money to pay for tuition unless I would decide to work at the same time, which advisors of mine have said I shouldn't (have to) do.

2) Distance - ranks pretty highly in importance, but will not make the decision on its own. I really like the Indo-European program at UCLA for example, however, I have no idea how I would get all my stuff out there and adjusted to life so far away, knowing I may not be able to come home during some breaks. I've therefore been looking more into closer schools like Indiana, Ohio State, and Chicago, and schools on the east coast.

3) Prestige - Obviously this comes lower than cost, but this is actually rather important. It seems typically a university will only hire professors from schools with a higher prestige. So even if I want to be hired at somewhere like UK I'll probably want to get my degree elsewhere.

4) Difficulty - Honestly I'm not so ambitious that I have to be in the most prestigious, most difficult program in the country. As difficulty and prestige often go hand in hand, I also don't want to go somewhere too easy.

5) Program / Courses - this is just about what the program offers. Specifically I'd like to go into Historical Linguistics and for now stick to mainly Indo-European linguistics. I also want a good course selection with lots of old Germanic and Celtic languages, along with some stuff like Tocharian and Hittite. While in an ideal world this should be my main concern, it sadly ranks of lesser importance (probably not last, but probably less important than cost and distance).

Anyway I think that's about all I can think of that I need to consider. It seems like Ohio State, being pretty close, has a program that will suit my needs, although U of Chicago has a wider variety of classes. The east coast ivy league schools offer prestige and difficulty, but with mid-level distance problems and probably cost issues. UCLA probably has the program most suited to what I want, but I probably will not highly consider it unless I'm completely funded.
Sunday, November 19th, 2006
9:41 pm
The End is Near...
So I skipped a week or so without updating. Two weekends ago Howard, Emma, Patrick, Nancy, and I went to the arboretum which was fun... I posted pictures on facebook. We also went to the Chinese restaurant again that night. Last weekend was Nancy's birthday, during which we watched Princess Bride and played lots of Soul Calibur. I could only really beat anyone with Link with the Megaton Hammer, especially on Sunday. Saturday we watched the Neverending Story at Nancy's with Patrick.

So this weekend was rather boring... Emma left and went to the beach and Emily was gone. We watched Time Bandits in Patrick's room last night.

So the semester is almost over... My Indian class is about the only one in which I have reasonable worry about not getting an A. I keep going up and down between 87/88 and 95/97 on tests and assignments.

I picked out what I want for Christmas, being Finale Allegro. It's a simpler version than the full blown Finale but I'll hopefully upgrade that sometime afterwards. I messed around with the demo of Finale Songwriter (an even cheaper version) and liked the results. I've also been picking out Christmas presents for people so hopefully I'll get that worked out over Thanksgiving break. I'll be leaving this Tuesday for Thanksgiving. Then we just have two weeks and the exams and we'll be done.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
1:39 pm
Howard and I are Learning Morse Code...
And you should too!

Kaiser Xerxes: .. - .... .. -. .-. .. -- . -. - .. --- -. . -.. .. -
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TeardropMushroom: .-- .... .- - ...- .-- --- .-. -.. ...
Kaiser Xerxes: ...- . .-. -.--
Kaiser Xerxes: .- -. -.. ...- .- -
Kaiser Xerxes: .- -. -.. ...- . --. . - .- -... .-.. .
TeardropMushroom: ...- .- -. -.-. --- ..- ...- . .-.
TeardropMushroom: ...- .- -- .--. .. .-. . ...
Kaiser Xerxes: -.-- .- -.-- -.-. .- -. .- -.. .-
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TeardropMushroom: -.-. .- -. .- -.. .- .. ... - .... . ..-. .. ..-. - -.-- ..-. .. .-. ... - ... - .- - .
1:50 am
Halloween!
I had a very entertaining last week, beginning about Wednesday. Actually as early as Monday I had begun to study for my horrible day of three tests and a quiz. But on Wednesday I studied straight from six until midnight, although with a one hour break at seven, when I attended a talk by a UK professor on abortion.

I probably should not have gone, or shouldn't have said anything, but of course I had to. Being that this was a philosophy professor it logically entails with little doubt he was pro-choice. He had some interesting things to say, though I'd heard most of his argument before, so I pointed out the problems. Of course I ended up slipping up and using the wrong word at one point, which he used basically to make me look stupid. I could have furthered my opinion but I didn't want to ruin the presentation by bogging it down with never-ending debate, so I dropped the argument. If you care to hear the argument and what my slip up was just ask. I just hope that someone in the audience came to realize not everyone, even in Keeneland, is pro-choice.

Anyway that got me all unbalanced so I had trouble studying the rest of the night but I got it all done. I got the usual less than ideal amount of sleep and awoke tired the next morning.

The India test was a LOT of writing but it went pretty well. I got a little confused on one part of the Semantics exam but it was not bad at all. My Greek professor had cancelled class Tuesday so he had actually forgot we would have a quiz then on Thursday, and we probably could have gotten out of it but we did it anyway. The Hebrew test was also a lot of writing and recalling a lot of memorized facts, but there was lots of bonus. Today I got back the India exam and was happy to have received a 97 which is an improvement on the 87 I had gotten last time.

That evening Jessica, Emma and I went to Pink Jacket Girl's fancy apartment for her 22nd birthday. We just hung out and ate some food, watched her new rabbit get situated and then watched a movie. The movie was called The Last House on the Left and was a silly horror film from the 70's. It was REALLY ridiculous and violent. That night we saw the free student center movie "Blue Velvet" which I enjoyed.

The following day Patrick wanted to show Braveheart so we all watched that. It was a very good movie, although very violent. It was just a week of violent movies, I guess. That night Howard and I saw Mulholland Drive at the student center and after the second viewing I pretty much figured out what it was about, although Howard didn't so he didn't care for it too much.

Saturday we got up and ate and then got ready for the Halloween party at Jessica's in Louisville. Howard was busy with studying for a Physics exam on Monday so he couldn't go; thus it was Jessica and James, Patrick, Nancy, Emma and I. We packed our stuff in the car and headed down around 2. Jessica and James were in separate cars and left us directions so I had to navigate. We actually made it there pretty much smoothly until the end since the directions were missing a street. Patrick who was dressed as a medieval bard had to get out and ask for directions at a gas station. We then arrived at Ivanhoe Court which was a very unique place: The houses were not separated by a road but by a sidewalk. It made for a really neat private area for the houses away from traffic and everything. The whole neighborhood was really neat and we got to see the beautiful fall leaves. Upon arriving Jessica took us around the town and we went to an international food store, a music store and Louisville's version of Sqecial. All in all Louisville seemed like a pretty neat city, as I had never been to that part.

Anyway we went back to the house and started to get ready. I was dressing up as Mad-Eye Moody. For the most part the costume did not take much time except I had to glue some scars to my face. I didn't get them on too well but it worked. Go to my facebook page to see pictures of me and everyone else! Anyway that evening we went to a dinner and hung out and ate, and then we came back and went to sleep. I managed to sleep pretty well despite being on a little couch. We awoke and laid around lazily and chatted, which was very enjoyable. Jessica's family is fun to talk to :)

Anyway all this craziness made me a bit tired, but good tired. Tomorrow I have to sign up for classes so here's my proposed schedule:

MWF 9-9:30 - CLA 252 - Greek
MWF 2-2:50 - CLA 202 - Latin
MW 4-5:15 - LIN 317 - Archaeological Decipherment (sounds fun!)
TR 11-12:15 - LIN 516 - Grammatical Analysis
TR 1:30 - 3:20 - HJS 102 - Hebrew
TBA - LIN 395 - Independent Study

(I have a very turn-of-the-century sounding assortment of classes, don't I?)

Together that's 19 hours, but the independent study is just out of class. I really like the sound of that group of classes. It's crazy though this semester all my classes are lumped together but next semester I have breaks between all of them. It would be a great schedule if only Greek wasn't so early :( Nevertheless, I don't need a time-turner and I can actually get to Hebrew on time.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
1:52 am
Preparation for the Halloween Party, Chinese (x2), etc...
First of all though I'll mention that you should go to My Myspace Music Page to listen to the newest song ("Il Sol Tace") I have uploaded. It's awesome.

Anyway last weekend it was coldly and such so we watched movies, namely Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. It was Hitchcock weekend at the free movies so those were enjoyed by all of course. Sunday Christopher and Jenna visited and we ate at the Panda Garden Restaurant. I got one of the cool appetizer platters with the flaming goblet of fire. It was freezing cold in the dorm also since the Nazis hadn't turned on the heat, so Christopher had to bring me more blankets. It took four blankets, pants, a sweatshirt and two pairs of socks to keep me warm :/

Anyway this weekend started off awesomely. Thursday night included going to the Spirit of Ramadan which included a speaker who was an Imam as well as free Middle Eastern food and a free Q'uran. It was very delicious... Emma got there late and then Howard left and then we met up with Jessica at Memorial Hall to see a free talk on vampires. It was hosted by this woman who was a "psychic vampire" meaning she fed off the spiritual energy of others. She talked about the history of the concepts and myths behind vampires as well as the modern day subculture. Following that we saw the film noir masterpiece Chinatown, which I enjoyed more in watching it for a second time.

Yesterday Emma, Jessica, Howard, and I went to Halloween Express to search for costume stuffs for next week. We're having a Halloween Party at Jessica's house in Louisville. It should be pretty fun... I'm going as Mad-Eye Moody. I had real problems working around the whole eye thing but I think I've got it down. I got a cheapo ping pong ball eye and the one of those cool spinny eyes. The spinny eye would have been perfect except the stupid thing stared stared up instead of out. I proceeded to crack it open by crushing it under my bed to find that it was filled with oil (in the hopes to rectify the direction of pointage). After retrieving the Inner Eye I decided it would be awkward anyway to place on my real eye, so I chopped open the ping pong ball eye and decided to use half of it. It actually fits really nicely in my socket, like a monocle would. Today I bought some paints and such and painted an even cooler eye on it. I also have a coat, a hat, and some fake scars and I'm hoping to obtain a hip flask, a wand, and a staff. I will certainly post some pictures afterwards. Then yesterday evening we saw the film noir movie "The Killers."

Anyway today was a bit slow... Emma went to Louisville for some unknown reason, and Nancy was sick and I think Patrick had to do something with her, and Jessica was more than likely with James. Nevertheless Howard and I decided to go to a Chinese restaurant called the Panda Buffet (not the Panda Garden, lol...) It was really good. For only 8$ I got all-I-could-eat crab legs and sushi and crab claws and fried donuts and chicken on a stick and fancy zebra cakes and sweet and sour chicken and general tsao's chicken and cheese mussels (aka alien life pods) and salmon and deviled eggs and fried rice and wontons and egg drop soup and egg rolls and spring rolls and crab rangoon and blah blah blah it was so tasty too bad no one else was there to enjoy! Lol... Anyway I should be getting to bed. Good night!
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