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[23 Oct 2007|02:08am]
Right now I can see this out my window. It is a NEW fire on Mount St Miguel, which is about 8 miles away (not considering elevation), that was likely started from embers from the Harris Fire. Ryan is at work but has his sister's car. The winds are blowing in the opposite direction, I think, but I've packed stuff just in case. They've evacuated part of Spring Valley, the part of San Diego that is in between where I live and where this fire is. Scariness.
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poop [22 Oct 2007|03:24pm]
San Diego is being dominated by 8 fires.
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hee. [03 Oct 2007|12:03pm]
I went to my Python shell to start some work on my computational linguistics project and saw this:

>>> hoy!
SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>>> T_T

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<pyshell#13>", line 1, in
NameError: name 'T_T' is not defined

Oh, Ryans.
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Computational Linguistics, MA program [01 Oct 2007|01:24pm]
Congratulations, your application to San Diego State University Graduate was successfully submitted.
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This thing is pretty cool [06 Sep 2007|06:51pm]
Today's weather was beautiful especially when compared to the humid heat we've had for the past week or two. So, instead of going to the gym, I went for a nice walk with intermittent jogging/running at a park I found.

I am ready to go eat Thai food.
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Fall 2007 is GO! [28 Aug 2007|11:32pm]
I'm feeling a lot more social this semester. I saw a lot of familiar faces today--some of which I'd only not seen since the end of the spring semester and others I'd not seen for over a year! I've not made any new friends this semester and I'm not really one to force myself into a conversation; I'm perfectly content with sitting silently.

I think this semester will be a good albeit challenging one. I'm now majoring in linguistics as well as psychology, which means I have to take a LOT of upper-division linguistics all at once. Most of my linguistics classes are dominated by grad students and that's a little daunting, but I'm confident that I'll do wonderfully. Hopefully the hardest parts of this semester will be waking up at 9:30am for Infant and Early Childhood Development and staying up until 10pm for Mathematical Linguistics (which is really quite interesting, it's just a shame the class gets out so LATE.) I generally like to start my classes no earlier than 11am, but I think I'll try to normalize waking up earlier by working at Brasser's lab at around the same time on MWF.

As it turns out, I'm actually quite excited about my History of English course because it provides an excuse for talking in strange accents (e.g. those from the eras of Chaucer or Shakespeare.) I enjoy Eniko Csomay, my Linguistics & English teacher, but I'm weirded-out by the fact that 90% of the class are there for the Liberal Studies program and not for the Linguistics major (the class is a prerequisite for practically every other Linguistics course, after all.) I am also looking forward to another semester with Malouf in Computational Corpus Linguistics and learning to program in Python. His course in Language & Computers is probably the main reason why I'd decided to declare linguistics as a second major. I never knew language could be looked at so scientifically, but, I guess by definition linguistics is the science of language. I think it is my true major.
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0bone [08 Jul 2007|10:49am]
For our 07/07/07 party, Ryan and I rented a car and drove to LA. We spent a good part of the day walking around Little Tokyo and eating. I got to experience sushi from conveyor belts and sample drinks at markets offered by very enthusiastic grocersー”みなさん、どうぞ!”
The real reason we were in the area was to see The Decemberists play with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl that evening. We had really great garden box seats and it was really amazing and fun. I would have pictures, but unfortunately my camera refused to charge! I think the chargey slot on the camera is broken, because I plugged the power into the charging dock and set the camera on that rather than putting the power directly into the camera and now it works fine! I wish I'd known that before hand. Ah well. There will be other times. I definitely want to go to that venue again some day.
Here is a kind of blurry video taken by something else--doesn't serve the venue or musicians much justice.

Did I mention that they played The Tain?! Well, they did.

Oh, yes, and the encore was amazing (as was the entire show); it was The Chimbley Sweep (sans orchestra, and finally with some accordion action).

At one point Colin asked us all to hold up our cellphones and, oh man, it was the COSMOS.
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ghetto engineering 101 [05 Jul 2007|05:54pm]
I may as well start posting in this thing since Ryan has resurrected his livejournal, or "LiVEJOURNAL," as the logo exhibits. Some days ago, I, along with Ryan and our friend Holly decided to kill some time by patronizing a long-existing pottery painting shop (far longer than any person could expect such a place to survive) at Grossmont mall. You go there, pick out which blank piece of pottery you wish to decorate, and go to it with a lot of creative tools and paints at your disposal. While Holly chose a big mocha mug, and Ryan a tea cup and plate, I chose something destined for true deliciousness--an ice cream bowl!

Bigger pictures may be viewed at the album; I will add pictures of the other works of art there later!
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