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Spring Semester 2010:

* Teaching: Fundamentals of Microbiology - MW 12:00-2:40p
Medical Microbiology - TR 2:00-3:15p
Colloquium in Cell and Molecular Biology - R 3:30-4:30p
Thesis Research - Identification of T Cell Subsets and Immune Response in Colon Cancer Using Immunofluorescence - FOREVER AND EVER
Old Journal Entries
Or rather, entries from the old journal, as it were...

- An open letter to the College. (August 27, 2006)
- Untitled. (July 16, 2006)
- Haunted (Part One) (May 29, 2006)
- Are we growing up, or just going down? (May 3, 2006)
- I had a dream... (March 19, 2006)
- ... (March 14, 2006)
- Enjoy it while it lasts. (September 12, 2005)
- Scene: 3:27 AM. (September 3, 2005)
- Untitled. (July 26, 2005)

Psst... if you're looking for the academic writings I used to have here, head to my Reading Room.
Rented DVDs

- The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)
- Son of Rambow (2007)
- 大紅燈籠高高掛 / D� H�ng Dēngl�ng Gāogāo Gu� [Raise the Red Lantern] (1991)
- Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
- Chalk (2006)
- Le Samoura� (1967)
- Empire Records (1995)
- The Bank Job (2008)
- Le Quatre cents coups [The 400 Blows] (1959)
- Love and Other Disasters (2006)
- Friends and Family (2001)
- Sugar [unrated] (2004)
- The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
- Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
- Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
- Death Note [anime] (2006)
- Battle Royale (2000)
- Le scaphandre et le papillon [The Diving Bell and the Butterfly] (2007)
- Extras, Series 2 (2005)
- Extras, Series 1 (2005)
- Shelter (2007)
- Metropolis (1927)
- Cashback (2006)
- Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay [Unrated] (2008)
- The Catherine Tate Show, Series 2 (2005)
- The Catherine Tate Show, Series 1 (2004)


- Tokyo monogatari [Tokyo Story] (1953)
- Akira (1988)
- Habuah [The Bubble] (2006)
- Prime Suspect 4, including:
    - The Lost Child (1995)
    - Inner Circles (1995)
    - Scent of Darkness (1995)
- Like Minds [USA: Murderous Intent] (2006)
- La Strada (1954)
- Black Orpheus (1959)
- Le Notti di Cabiria [Nights of Cabiria] (1957)
- Cleo de cinq a sept [Cleo from 5 to 7] (1962)
- Det Sjunde Inseglet [The Seventh Seal] (1957)
- Prime Suspect 3 (1994)
- Funny Face (1957)
- Lalechet Al Ha'mayim [Walk on Water] (2004)
- Charade (1963)
- Yossi & Jagger (2002)
- Mists of Avalon (2001)
- Blow Up (1966)
The *New* Reading List
Since June 2006...

- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
- Travesties by Tom Stoppard
- The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner
- The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
- The History Boys by Alan Bennett
- The Dark Child by Camara Laye
- Movie-Made America by Robert Sklar
- Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
- Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
- Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Dead Emcee Scrolls by Saul Williams [61.3%]
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Junk Science: An Overdue Indictment of Government, Industry, and Faith Groups that Twist Science for Their Own Gain by Dan Agin, Ph.D. [64.4%]
- So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield
- Lucky Wander Boy by D.B. Weiss
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
- Doctor Who: The Key to Time: A Year-by-Year Record by Peter Haining
- Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Rhonda Wilcox
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- 1984 by George Orwell [18.8%]
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Intuition by Allegra Goodman
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Yes, I realize it's a graphic novel but it still fucking counts!)
So THAT'S where all the people reading this come from...
It's not that I don't want to go...
Monday, October 22, 2007 @ 10:14 pm
...but how do you politely refuse to go to a planned event for your ex-roommate's birthday party when you don't think you can afford it?

So his birthday's on 11/9, a Friday before a long 3-day weekend. The plan is to go out to dinner/drinks on Saturday night in San Francisco, which would be fine, but all of us supposedly going to this party had already made plans to go to a Sondre Lerche concert the following night and have fun during the day leading up to it. So now we're tacking on an extra day which would cost extra money to do and it would require me to spend the night in SF, which wouldn't be such a big deal if I never had any work to do during the weekends anyway. But being that I am taking classes, I do. And I NEVER work even if I bring work with me because there's always something better to do.

Another option would be to drive to SF, drive back down after dinner, and drive back up the following day, which is just silly, and also pretty expensive gas-wise.


I don't want to flat out say "No" because that makes it seem like I don't WANT to go which is the farthest thing from the truth. And I don't want to say "No" and then proceed to explain why because that makes it seem like I'm making excuses, and they'll probably try to shame me into it anyway and say they'll pay for me and whatever. But I don't want to be that guy either--the one who owes everyone money because he can't pay his own fucking way.

Well, I'm sorry I don't have the time or money to do things all the time. I know I'm young and supposed to be enjoying my life, but it's very hard to actually enjoy things when you know that the money you're using could be used to help pay off your student loans or your credit card or pay for graduate school (if you ever get in) or help go towards a new, less gas-guzzling automobile.... I think I had enough fun in college to screw me over for the rest of my life last me for a while so if I don't go out nearly as much as I "should" then I sincerely apologize. I just want to do something right for a change and get on with my life instead of lamenting that I fucked everything up and am continuing to do so because I'd rather spend $80 on a night of drinking myself silly than on gas for a week to get me to class and to work and to the other places I need to go to...

It's tiresome, yes. Soul-crushing, indeed. But I think it's something I need to do. Besides, I'm falling behind on my pleasure-reading... I think my weekends would be just as well spent doing that in the comfort of my own room (gas = $0!) than driving about 100 miles roundtrip just to buy a few $7 beers that should cost a buck-fifty...

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The weekend of the sick twins.
Sunday, October 21, 2007 @ 6:42 pm
This weekend only served to reinforce the notion that I will never have babies.

At least, that's how it stands now. In the future, my stance may change, but I don't see that as being in the cards.

OH MY GOD, babies.

They make my head hurt.

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I don't feel so well...
Thursday, October 18, 2007 @ 9:44 pm
I've been thinking about my current situation with the GRE and also about how far behind I am on applications and how I don't seem all that competitive on paper and I don't know if I should be applying this semester. Maybe missing the deadline was the best thing that could have happened to me.

After reading up on the grad school application process, I've realized that I seriously need to clear up some more deficiencies on my academic record (namely, get an in-major GPA to a much more competitive level), I need to do more research, and I need to get my act together and set a DEFINITE timeline (and this time think everything out incredibly in advance).

I don't know. I just feel like... I'm not at all very confident anymore. And I think it's because it all just built up and crashed down all around me in a relatively short period of time. And maybe I'm overreacting, and maybe I'm totally competitive as is... but it's too late now. I don't feel it anymore.

I just need some time to obsessively organize everything I need to do because that's the only way I'll do it.

Deep fucking breath...

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See you next Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 @ fuck I do not care
I am so fucking tired. I spent quite a bit of last night studying for my virology exam. Second test in a row that was not at all as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe my time would be better spent NOT studying so much. Because now I am dead tired.

I want to call into work today and tell them I am going to sleep. Maybe I will. I worked for the first half of my schedule, which was fine, but now that it is later in the day there is no way I want to work for the second half. I should take a nap. It seems like the right move. I have a short paper due tomorrow and I need to actually sound conscious when I write it. So sleep: ever the more attractive option.

Someone is taping an interview outside of the cafe I am sitting at. The camera is pointed in my general direction. I may be in the background of the shot, but it still makes me nervous. I hate the way I look on film.

I have gotten over how I look in pictures--that is okay with me now. But when I am being videotaped? Ew. Fucking ew. I really cannot deal with it.

This is a particularly hard (and awkward-sounding) entry to write because I cannot type apostrophes. For some reason, typing an apostrophe brings up the Quick Find dialog box in Firefox. (I tried to type out "Firefox[apostrophe]s Quick Find dialogue box", but I was foiled once again.)

Oh, hello! The camera guy is pretty cute. I did not notice that before because I was so preoccupied with how I look on film. How self-involved. I make myself sick.

I quit this bitch. Later, folks.

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I am such a fucking moron.
Sunday, October 14, 2007 @ 8:09 pm
So the deadline to register for the Biochem GRE has already passed. I kept waiting until I had enough money to register for it, and now that I do, it's too fucking late.

The only hope I have now is to show up early on test day and try to do standby testing... which will cost an extra $50... assuming they have space.

If I don't get to take the test until April, I won't be able to apply to a lot of the schools I was planning to apply to: CSULB, SJSU, maybe CSULA... At least SDSU and SFSU don't require the test, but I figure it couldn't hurt to submit the scores.

In the event that I don't take the test until April, I will have to apply for Spring 2009 admission instead. That means I have to stick around here for an extra half a year doing... something. I really dread trying to figure that out.

God, I'm such a fucktard. Why didn't I fucking register?!

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I guess I was so busy...
Friday, October 12, 2007 @ 4:26 pm
...that I neglected to mention that I am now a co-author of a scientific publication.

The article is "in preparation" so it still has a loooooong way to go before actually being published, but hey, I can still put that I co-authored "Energy Transduction Inside of Amphiphilic Vesicles: Encapsulation of Photochemically Active Semiconducting Particles"!

I might have one more paper coming out of this internship. I'm so excited!

THINGS TO NOT BE EXCITED ABOUT: Actually filling out my applications to graduate school.

I hope to get the actual apps done by two weeks from Sunday. I won't worry too much about the support documents (rec letters, transcripts, score reports, etc.) until then. Though I should make some headway into contacting those potential advisors...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 @ 10:46 pm
So I started tutoring today.

I like the job. I had three students come in an ask for help, and when I wasn't helping anyone, I was free to do homework.

So basically, I got paid for sitting around and doing my homework.

Completely awesome.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 @ 9:31 am
That is all.

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