Yearly Archives 2006

Another year older

First of all, thank you to everyone who sent me birthday cards and wishes. It means a lot to me to have friends who care. Overall, my birthday was quite happy, though with bitersweet undertones. I had a delicious dinner and desert at Il Fornaio, courtesy of David, a movie with friends, and cards and […]


Interesting article from Wired magazine: You Play World of Warcraft? You’re Hired! [Stephen Gillett] accepted Yahoo!’s offer and now works there as senior director of engineering operations. “I used to worry about not having what I needed to get a job done,” he says. “Now I think of it like a quest; by being willing […]

Does “serendipity” have an antonym? (edited)

I am not inherently an unhappy person – but I have lived through unhappy experiences and seen other people suffering. I want to make that distinction, because I realise that I may not come across as a happy person. Rather than unhappy, I’d say I’m serious. I take life seriously, and just because I recognise […]


As some of you may know, I have a younger sister named Esther who is a senior in high school this year. I love her dearly, though we don’t always see eye to eye, and lately I have been extremely worried about her. She has been depressed for the past year or two, and tends […]


Well boys and girls, welcome to tax-season update number one and only. This week has been overwhelmingly devoted to my taxes, which were unecessarily, frustratingly, distressing complicated this year. I won’t go into details. It’s not entirely clear whether everything worked out peachily in the end, but at the very least I feel quite accomplished […]

Help: Tax question

I have a tax-related question for anyone who might know. I did an SRC internship last summer for which I received a stipend. However, I didn’t get a W-2 for that money, and I don’t know how research stipend type money is treated tax wise. It seems pretty likely to me that I should pay […]

This made me laugh out loud

“It [a juggling routine] was… designed for an audience of late 80’s pop fans who thought Michael Jackson was the Second Coming of Christ. Too bad there is no God, and Michael Jackson is just a pedophile with bad plastic surgery.”


I think I need a change of scenery – perhaps a few days home over break will suffice. I reach this point by the last day of every quarter; after spending weeks pouring my energy into academics, I feel drained and aimless. Much as I appreciate the rain, it also doesn’t do much to lighten […]

Spring study list

OH 52: Asking questions, getting answers (2 units) Course Description: Continuation of OH 51. Topics include how to prepare for office hours with your professor, what sorts of questions get the best answers, and strategies for overcoming fear of sounding stupid. Prerequisite: ability and willingness to go to office hours. AM 101: Introduction to compulsive […]

bad mood blues

Disclaimer: I’m venting; I’m not physically violent or suicidal; this too shall pass. So I’m feeling angry right now, and this is something that happens much more frequently than I’d like. Small things too easily make me upset and angry, and my method of “dealing” with them seems to consist largely of 1. Overreacting 2. […]