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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...
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 12:51 am
A. He always finds some way to disappoint me. As much as I loved him--LOVE him (though in a different way now)--there's always something he does or says that kills me a little bit. I'm sure it wouldn't be as disappointing if I hated him, or if he weren't such a good friend and good person (most of the time).

B. I ended up sending that message, of course to no acknowledgment or reply. You may now laugh and say, "I told you so."

C. Narcotic opiates help.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:53 am
Sorry, sweetie. But... those aren't pants.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
It's Matt's birthday today.

I am considering sending him a message, but what's the point? He'll probably ignore it anyway. Not in a spiteful, mean way. It's just... that's the way he is, I think.

Will it weird him out if I wished him a happy birthday?

Not that it matters anymore. Whatever friendship we had died long ago... it didn't burn in a firestorm of vehement anger or freeze in a blizzard of callous rage. It just... withered. Out of neglect.

I don't know.

I think I will.

If for nothing else than to make my heart shut up.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @ 9:57 am
Alex: so I woke up this morning from my alarm, but instead of reaching for my phone, I reached for my penis
Alex: fail
Ranor: LOL, if anyone other than you said that to me, it would probably be an overshare.
Ranor: Did you try to shut your penis off?
Alex: yeah, unfortunately with morning wood that's tough to do
Ranor: Yeah, for sure.
Ranor: Well, as far as things you naturally reach for in that hazy moment of semi-consciousness right when you wake up, I guess your penis is a natural choice.

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Monday, February 8, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
Well, that was a too-conveniently-placed "I'm pregnant" phonecall.

Lying sack of shit!

And a nutter to boot: "I could get rid of it... but I could also go through with it just so I could have a piece of you with me always."

Don't get fooled, kid. Fucking shenanigans from a psycho bitch who's desperately trying to keep her claws in you.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
Just got off the phone with mom.

She probably thinks more than ever that I'm part of a gay three-person "couple."

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Saturday, February 6, 2010 @ 9:44 pm
I love the boys to death, but when I get caught in the middle of one of their stupid disagreements, I get annoyed.

And when Nick asks me where we disappeared to for "a long time," and then says in a very childish voice, "What, did you have a heart-to-heart with Alex?", I get pissed off.

And when all of this asinine shit happens between them and ends up in Alex leaving the party without telling anyone and driving home in the rain while possibly not-quite-sober-enough, I get worried.

And I feel (partially) culpable... because I betrayed Nick's trust in me and told Alex what was going on in his twin's head.


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Nine [and a half {EDIT}].
Thursday, February 4, 2010 @ 8:40 pm
Hannah pleaded: "Make Ranor happy."

Alex and I stood there silently, in defiance of her request.

Alex didn't quite know how to do that.

And I knew that he couldn't. Not in the way that alleviated the type of sadness I felt tonight.

The love he has for me isn't the kind of love that would. Not at that moment, at least.

EDIT: Someone else in my program today asked me (in all seriousness): "Why does everyone aim to get published? I just want my degree!" This is a girl who wants her Ph.D. after she gets done with the MS. How the fuck does she expect to make a living as a Ph.D. if she doesn't even understand the importance of publishing? Fuck, I even doubt her ability to survive a doctoral program if she doesn't even have the right mindset going into it. Do us all a favor and don't let your application take away review time from serious applicants who know what the hell this is all about. Idiot.

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