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Monday, April 30th, 2007
12:59 am
Cold, blue fluid splashed out from my windshield
It was supposed to clarify
It was supposed to sharpen
It was supposed to enlighten

But it obscured
It abstracted
Like the prism, it send light into a million directions

I'm still following the light
Trying to find direction
Trying to see through my windshield
Avoiding collision

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Monday, April 23rd, 2007
9:39 pm
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1754070

It's pretty sweet. Starring Will Ferrell.

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Sunday, March 18th, 2007
3:44 pm
Wearing a little thin from school/social responsibilities, a persistent cold, and Oberlin claustrophobia, but break is almost here, so I'm holding on to that. I'm heading down to Mississippi for hurricane related stuff which should be interesting, plus I'm going with a really chill, fun group of Oberlin kids. I've never been to the deep south, so this should be a cool introduction. Pascagoula, MS bound. One more week.

Beyond that, my klezmer group the Klezmah Gangstas is coming along nicely. We played a party last night and people showed up and danced and that was mucho fun. We ended up playing a lot of funk/klezmer hybrid music -- a little goofy, but it got the younguns (and ourselves) dancin'. Hopefully, we'll do some more parties soon.

Gah, I should do some homework. Thankfully, I've got a pretty relaxed midterms season as these things go, but it's still a pain. Here's to more green tea and reading.

current mood: tired

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Saturday, March 10th, 2007
5:23 pm
Don’t seek a Buddha, don’t seek a teaching, don’t seek a community. Don’t seek virtue, knowledge, intellectual understanding, and so on. When feelings of defilement and purity are ended, still don’t hold to this nonseeking and consider it right. Don’t dwell at the point of ending, and don’t long for heavens or fear hells. When you are unhindered by bondage or freedom, then this is called liberation of mind and body in all places.

- Pai-chang (720-814)

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
11:57 pm
Your Hillbilly Name Is...

Goober West

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Monday, March 5th, 2007
9:13 pm
Anyone read the Book of Numbers? We've been studying it in my Jewish Secular Thought and I'm finding it pretty enjoyable. I mean, that Korah's a pretty likable guy; sure he's a little sassy, but he didn't mean any harm. In summary, Korah = nice fella with egalitarian intentions.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
3:46 am - Catch Phrases
In politics, it seems catch phrases are of top importance. You know, saying important-sounding things like "bring 'em on," "mission[s] accomplished," "I did.not.have.sexual.relations.with.that.woman." Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with catch phrases; certainly they cut to the point. But, how bout "I didn't think about that." Or maybe "I didn't think about it from that angle." These are phrases that I don't think get used a lot in Washington.

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Sunday, February 18th, 2007
7:57 pm - I should live somewhere next semester...
But where?

Perhaps Russia House. Perhaps Tank. Perhaps Elm Street. Perhaps J-house. Perhaps village housing.

So much lies in the hands of a silly lottery system. Where are you thinking about living?

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Sunday, February 11th, 2007
2:39 pm
"With or Without You" by U2 is hillarious and super over the top, but also kind of awesome.

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Friday, February 9th, 2007
9:17 am - Clizasses
Colloquim: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Environmental Political Theory
Beyond the Heavens: Jewish Secular Thought (mini-course)
Environment and Society
History of Life (BS geology class)
Secondary jazz mandolin lessons (probably...)

Woo! They're lookin' good this semester.

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
9:04 am
Back in Oberlin! It definitely feels like as much of a home as Madison now, though it's still and quiet right now because most people haven't come back from winter term yet.

current mood: Imma gonna go back to sleep

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
1:27 am
I just got an Australian import CD of John Hartford's currently unavailable catalog of music recorded from 1967-1970. It's a beautiful collection of songs and the floridy and intensity of description almost rivals Dylan. The surprising thing is that the music is not bluegrass. At all. Sometimes John plays banjo, but mostly it's pop music. Before he found his way back to his bluegrass roots with 1971's Aereo-Plain, Hartford flirted with being a pop musician. And he was pretty damn good at it. He's a fascinating fellow that John Hartford. Banjo player, fiddler, lover, riverboat captain, folktale philosopher, and whatever else his wild imagination led him to.

I should go pack up for my travels. I leave Madison tomorrow afternoon. I'm looking forward to being back in Oberlin and Harkness.

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Sunday, January 28th, 2007
1:23 pm
Swimming in the ocean.
The octupus grasps with many arms.

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12:20 pm
Feeling better after a civil talk. Will attempt napping now. Love.

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Saturday, January 27th, 2007
7:57 pm - A Silly Poem
Fiddlefiddlefiddle!
You are so expressive when it suits you.
If only I could make you sing!

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7:50 pm - I Like This One
From the Daily Zen group:

When most people hear
That the Buddhas transmit the
Teaching of the One Mind,
They suppose that there
Is something to be attained
Or realized apart from mind,
And they use mind to seek the teaching,
Not realizing that mind and
The object of their search are one.
Mind can’t be used to seek mind;
If it is, even after millions of eons
Have gone by, the search will still not be over.

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Friday, January 26th, 2007
9:30 pm
I like incense and smiles. (I looked over my recent posts and found them a little overly pretentious)

current mood: tired

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2:27 am
Locate and obtain "Things Fall Apart." I liked it sophomore year of high school, and I'd probably like it again, though perhaps with a bit more feeling.

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
5:00 pm
I smoked completely legal tobacco product and then made abstract art today. It was pretty damn fun.

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, January 22nd, 2007
5:43 pm - Musing
A good friend asked me the other day if I had any thoughts about how a person can remain both outspoken and humble. It came to me at an interesting time, because I had been thinking about the very same thing. Bottom line is, I think it's a challenging issue. As I see it, there are two approaches one can take in being a humble person. You can be an introvertedly humble person and quietly try to maintain your humility, while reserving judgments of others. This works for many. I gave it a good try myself. The problem is that I'm more of an extroverted person and when I let myself, I can be pretty opinionated. That said, many extroverted or even introverted people who enjoy thinking and having opinions often get themselves in trouble because they view their opinions as overly universal and begin getting overly preachy (am I doing it myself right now?). The important thing in maintaining humility while being outspoken is to try to cultivate one's openness and listening. If you are to challenge the way that other people behave, you must be equally willing to have them criticize the way you behave, and must do whatever possible to quell the ego and defensiveness. If any of you notice my ego getting a little large for my own good, don't be afraid to politely call me on it.

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