Don't Shake the Flask

Because you don't know if it'll explode

I didn’t get very much done today except for finishing up a spiral bound notebook full of my scribblings. No, I’m not going to let anyone read it (let alone get any of it published). Most of it is for my own benefit. Writing is a skill to be practiced, not full fledged instinct that can be simply called upon. So I do practice. It’s horrible. And it will never see the light of day.

More links:
Rabbits and Pointers. Neat little flash time waster.
Law Limiting Internet in Libraries Challenged. The internet definitely should not be censored by self-righteous moralists. It’s the parents and educators who should teach the kids to be responsible.
The Death Clock. This is a little too morbid for me. And a little too much like fortune telling. As I’ve ranted in a previous post, I hate the notion of a predetermined fate.

Address Incompetence

Generally students have post office boxes for snail mail. The address consists of the box number and the name of the university. It gets annoying when you have to call up someone to have something delivered and they absolutely insist on a street address. What street address? Whatchamacallit University can take up several hundred acres. The mail boxes are inside the campus where the sidewalks are just nameless blocks of concrete. Look on a map. Most universities are a splotch the size of a small national park. You don’t see people asking for the street address of Yellowstone, do you?

Okay, so maybe I don’t have any cause to complain since my school is about two to three blocks (squared) and it’s pretty well known (except for the people who mistake it for Cal Poly), but I guess it’s the principle of the thing. I figure if the student mail boxes have their own zip code, I don’t have to waste more ink writing out a street address.

And I keep on getting phone calls asking for people I’ve never heard of. I’m thinking of disconnecting it.

Enneagram Personality Test. I am a 4: Fours are all about being unique and creating their own distinct culture. They experience the highs and lows of life more intensely than other types. This makes them great creative forces (artists, writers, filmmakers). Fours often feel like misplaced children, and they long for a sense of real family.
A Way with Words. The way people think is probably more influenced by culture than language (because language itself is shaped by culture). But really, I don’t know. Let the sociologists figure this one out.
Electric fish. I do not work at this lab. I was assigned to do a presentation on the subject matter for a neuroethology seminar.

I usually don’t do these questionnaire things, but what the heck, I’m a sucker for memes. Here’s the Tuesday Too:

1. New evidence suggests expansion of the universe is speeding up. Your time is now limited. What unfinished personal business would be your highest priority?

I assume you mean that the world is going to end. Well, I’ll take the first flight out of Los Angeles to be with my family and wait for it to be over. Otherwise, the earth will still be spinning around the sun (which will not be burning out in my lifetime) as the galaxies are flying further apart. I’ll go about my own business and let the physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists solve the problem.

2. Because you are an expert, you are asked to give a lecture at Harvard. What is your field of expertise (real or imagined)?

In fact, I just gave a seminar talk on electric fish two weeks ago. I still have the powerpoint presentation on my computer. I’m not an expert on electric fish (or anything in particular) but if you give me at least two weeks warning in advance, I can whip up something to fill up an hour.

3. This is your midnight or midday confession. Do you have an embarrassing vice to share?

I like karaoke.