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[Apr. 7th, 2004|09:52 am]
Jason
Dreams: making out in the drill deck. I've had worse!

Everyone around me is like, omg, daylight savings time be fuckin' all my shit up. I feel the opposite, like something in my circadian rhythm just suddenly clicked when I started doing everything an hour earlier. Woke up early and refreshed this morning.

The lunchtime reading queue has gone over to Murakami's "The Elephant Vanishes", a collection of short stories cdinwood lent me I don't know when. Quite a while ago. But I'm finally getting around to reading it and SO GOOD. "The Second Bakery Attack" was hilariously absurd, "The Kangaroo Communique" was brilliantly creepy, and "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning" completely overwhelmed any resistance to sentimentality I might have had - I could hardly breathe after.
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[User Picture]From: jra1279
2004-04-07 08:25 am (UTC)
making out with whom, huh?

i think have all your DST pain for you, brain buddy. blech.
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[User Picture]From: ssaiscps
2004-04-07 08:32 am (UTC)
yeah, blech.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-07 10:26 am (UTC)
making out with whom, huh?

I don't remember exactly.
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[User Picture]From: ssaiscps
2004-04-07 11:06 am (UTC)
the lambda calculus!
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[User Picture]From: r_transpose_p
2004-04-07 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thats code for "I do remember, but I don't want to say."

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From: mmia
2004-04-07 10:15 pm (UTC)
Keen.
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[User Picture]From: ssaiscps
2004-04-08 01:00 pm (UTC)
indeed.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-08 02:39 pm (UTC)
If your code is any good, it is injective. What is the code phrase to be used in the event that I actually don't remember?
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[User Picture]From: r_transpose_p
2004-04-08 02:54 pm (UTC)
Q:If your code is any good, it is injective. What is the code phrase to be used in the event that I actually don't remember?

A:Hi, my name is Jason, and I routinely have dreams about making out with the governator of the State of California on the CMU Drill Deck.
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[User Picture]From: cdinwood
2004-04-07 10:49 am (UTC)
So that's where that book went.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-07 11:32 am (UTC)
I had the same reaction finding it under a pile of other books in my room recently.
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From: rehana
2004-04-07 12:13 pm (UTC)
I've had the same reaction to daylight time the last few years, and I know Adam was having trouble sleeping enough before the change this year.
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[User Picture]From: mrhappypizza
2004-04-07 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yo, RTFM... martin's going to bitchslapp you.

Also, enjoy the fact that NIST uses what appears to be a netscape icon for its favicon. http://tf.nist.gov/favicon.ico
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From: mmia
2004-04-07 02:42 pm (UTC)
"On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning"

Terribly sad stories put me in a bad mood. The premise of "soul-mate" is mostly ridiculous. But assuming one could be so naive, I don't know why the woman should care about the destiny-displaced theme. I think the "so what" was missing in communication.

You're supposed to warn people: 'This story is rated S for sad', 'Rated V for very scary', etc.
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From: spillourguts
2004-04-08 09:54 am (UTC)
i hated that story
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-08 10:27 am (UTC)
christ. I'll be sure to piss all over your parade in the future, too, then.
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From: spillourguts
2004-04-08 12:03 pm (UTC)
parades are for pussies!
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[User Picture]From: ssaiscps
2004-04-08 12:59 pm (UTC)
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From: spillourguts
2004-04-08 01:09 pm (UTC)
yes of course
i meant "parades are for pussies and m&ms"
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-08 02:39 pm (UTC)
Do you have something against pussy? I don't.
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From: spillourguts
2004-04-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
note to self: do not make hyperbolic statement dependent on base slang for their meaning around jcreed

i just hate parades, ok!?!? parades and that dumb story.

mood: tired and frustrated
music: the steady grind of magnesium oxide undergoing polishing
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-08 03:59 pm (UTC)
yeah, you remember that!

I actually hate real parades, too.

but I really liked that story, goddammit! It was such a perfect depiction of idealistic romantic hope being dashed to bits. I'm going to regard you as a soulless shell of a person from now on.
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From: spillourguts
2004-04-08 04:21 pm (UTC)
i'm particularly soulless when i'm tired and or hungry

the reasons i didn't like this story:

1. it was just like the movie serendipity except with a sad ending
2. i outgrew idealistic romance over the course of the last 2 years and 1.5 months and have since replaced it with bitterness and disillusionment
3. "100% perfect" implies some sort of higher order at work creating people who fit together. it seems completely illogical that such a process would create such pairable people, and then let them resist pairing.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-08 04:33 pm (UTC)
well, yeah. It's completely illogical and ridiculous that this "100%" is at all reasonable in the first place. The fact that he mentions "75% or 85% love" drives it home. I'm not sympathetic to the character actually being, like, right about having just seen his One True Perfect Soulmate on the street: I love the story for being so exactly the feeling of desperately craving that kind of idealism, buying into whatever higher power would be required to create such perfect matches, going so far as to weave elaborate perfectly horrible little speeches that you would deliver to the object of this perfect-happy-ending-hunger, but then you just don't have the balls to.

I don't know. Maybe it is that I still haven't quite become bitter and disillusioned enough, and the irrationally wide-eyed hopeful bits in me are still alive and kicking, and reading the story was immensely satisfying because it's a huge bitch-slap to that hope. It doesn't fucking matter whether she's the 100% perfect girl for you, mr. narrator-fuck-up. You didn't say a word to her.
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From: spillourguts
2004-04-08 04:43 pm (UTC)
so what you're saying is that you aren't a full-fledged idealist due to previous bitterness-inducing experiences so instead you're choosing to buy into half-assed romanticism in the hopes that thwarted sentimentality will somehow kill off your remaining hope?
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2004-04-08 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's more like that I enjoy reading a story about a character that is tragically fucked-up in away that I feel like I understand his fucked-up-ness deep in my guts, even though I still think it's fucked up.

You know, though, I fucking hated Ethan Frome, even though it had bascially the same structure as this story. I guess there was just something about it I couldn't get into. So I'll stop calling you a soulless shell of a human being for not liking this one. I guess.
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