August 17th, 2003

beartato phd

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Yeah, so, finished "Contact".

I would have never guessed that a passably good science fiction movie would be connected to once of the most meaningful and forcefully moving books that I have ever read, Collapse )

But despite the whining about plot holes, (and maybe even my liking of the book is a stronger claim for existing despite them) Sagan's yearning, for the numinous, for the contemplation of the central mystery of the fact that we are here in the universe at all, for the resolution for the deep loneliness of humankind is so present every chapter and page and passage. It is the thing which religion is about, but his point, I think, is that it is a thing unto itself, properly apart from religion. It is to be alive, to fear, to love, to think, to doubt, to look, curious and thirsty, at the sky and stars, to stare until your eyes unfocus and fill with tears, and to fall on your knees in awe.
beartato phd

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Had a really good time on the piano today. I guess I just felt spontaneously crappy the last time me and dave played. Nothing so much to do with playing with other people vs. by myself, I think.

Anyway, so there's this girl Erica from harvey mudd who is at cmu just for the summer working with Frank, adding focussing to Tutch somehow. I just only met her wednesday by coincidence because I was sitting on the eighth-floor couch hacking for a bit before the meeting, which is a apparently where she always works, and Frank came by and greeted the both of us and introduced her to me.

Today out of the blue she called me and asked if I was interested in food, so we got dinner at Max & Erma's and chatted a while after. Social activity is fun, whee! Also, she found my cell phone number given only my first name and advisor, which, though it isn't terribly hard, represents at least a little smidgen of stalking-skill and -effort. So... go her! Because, contrarily, even armed with all the information above, I can't find a damn further bit of information on the web. And I know she muttered something about having a blog somewheres. So sad.
beartato phd

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Wow, I actually won at chess against pete. There was this wacky rook-and-a-bishop for two-rooks trade I set up that let me promote not one but two pawns.

And mrhappypizza is here. He seems like a cool guy. Ellen and carol have swept him off to some movie-watching not-sleeping-yet fate. Me, I think I will now indulge in the luxury of elective unconsciousness that my SO-less state affords me. I still want my Ellie Arroway, don't get me wrong.