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14 Dec

Apparently some people still read this blog, but it seems to be mostly people searching for shamwows. But, if you do occasionally check in on me for an update, you might have noticed I’ve failed you. Be that as it is, I’m making a decision to post more regularly. It won’t be everyday, and it won’t always be interesting. It’s more an exercise for me to get in the habit of writing because it was something I enjoyed doing and was also a way for me to think and write creatively and differently from most of my thinking and writing.

So, I am an Ohioan now and loving it. Having just come through the amazing colors of Autumn and endured my very first minor snow storm (with delayed flights and all), I can say as of now that I really enjoy the weather. I’ve always been one for gray skies and colder weather than California offers, so I think this should be a good fit weather-wise.

I began a Ph.D. in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at The Ohio State University and have enjoyed it thus far. This program is strongly focused on languages so I ended up taking German, Arabic and Hebrew courses this quarter and will be adding Syriac to that mix the next quarter and probably Latin in the Summer.

I’ve moved in to a three-bedroom house that through providential circumstances is remarkably cheap and amazing. Thrift stores here in Ohio are incredible and they have enabled me to furnish it quite cheaply. There are still two empty rooms, for which I’m hoping to get roommates, but even if I don’t, it’s still a great deal.

I’ve found a Church, an Orthodox Presbyterian Church, in Columbus that I have been attending. Like a typical Reformed Church it appears to be cursed with a dearth of single females my age, but there is a sizable group of college age people who I have enjoyed getting to know. The church body itself is extremely hospitable and have made me feel very welcome. It’s not as liturgical as I would like (and I plan on posting something about my love of liturgy at some point in the near future), but it is a good church overall and I plan on staying there for my time in Columbus.

Now that we’re all caught up with the last 6 months of my life, I’ll see you around.

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California

17 Jul

After dropping a book off at the UCLA library so I don’t get fined up the wazoo, Ed and I took a the long way home to fulfill two of his California dreams. This included-

– Rolling through Inglewood and Compton, hoping to see some of the “ghetto”. Unfortunately there was much less ghetto than we hoped.

– Going to where Arrested Development was set (Balboa Island/Newport Beach) and having a ‘Bluth’ Frozen Banana.

Ed is going to be staying with us for about a month. He’s enjoying the heat a little too much, although he understood my dislike for it when he almost died of heat exhaustion/dehydration while playing Ultimate Frisbee. That’ll teach him.

Oh yeah-

10 Jul

Moby Dick is perhaps the worst book in the history of the world. I read an abridged version when i was younger that i thought was interesting. You know why i thought it was interesting? Because they took out everything that sucked. If i wanted to read a treatise on Cetology (the study of whales), i would have read a freakin textbook. If i want to waste my life and read a novel about a giant whale who eats people and a crazy man whose sole purpose is to catch and kill said whale, don’t ruin it with your intense love affair with the semi-scientific about whales. I’m pretty sure Melville was bordering on an inordinate passion towards these whales, but i can’t be sure.

I’m 392 pages into the book (having skipped large sections of drivel) and they’ve only fought two whales. I want to read the part where Moby Dick kicks ass, but i’m not sure it’s worth perservering. I could be doing better things with my life, like sitting lifeless or standing with my nose in a corner.

This being the only book i have ever tried to read by Herman Melville, I can quite readily say i plan to actively avoid anything else he’s ever written. If you liked this book, feel free to tell me why you are such a boring person. If you didn’t like this book, feel free to vent. If you’ve never read this book, open to a random page and prepare to waste whatever time your eyes spend on the page.

I am done ranting.

Important truths…I would be uninformed about had i spent more than 10 dollars on an entire set of kitchen cookware.

2 May

Pots and pans rust. Always.

Eating minute amounts of rust, in fact, does not have any negative short term side effects. Or at least google was unable to provide us with any.

Metal bends. Always.

‘Non-stick’ does not mean ‘non-stick’.

When the Non-stick bakeware sticks to the chicken you are cooking, your food is technically not sticking to the pan.

Ingestion of the Non-stick portion of Non-stick bakeware does not have any known negative short-term side effects.

Food sticks to and thus burns inside cooking pans. Always.