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Thursday, September 30, 2004
After a trip to Ikea with Dan last night I feel compelled to finish furnishing my apartment again. That craving had waned since I realized how little money I have, but being around all of the furniture options restored it to almost full strength. (Remembering my back account balance kept it from completely reaching that point.) Fortunately, browsing the Ikea, Pottery Barn, and La-Z-Boy websites is free. I have an entire folder of links to items I would like to purchase when I have the funds. My apartment is finally starting to feel like home and I want it to look that way too. But for now Iíll just have to be content with a mental picture of how I want it to look (and try to ignore the stuff piled in the corner because I donít have any other place to put it).

By the way, I have decided to start posting the same updates in my Livejournal as I do here so that people can read them there if they prefer. Also, until I can figure out how to add them to this page, comments can be written there. Iím not expecting many, but I wanted my readers to have that option and I am eager to see what they have to say.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
" 'Nice summer place, Malfoy. Whereíd you spend Christmas? Mordor?'
'Disneyworld, actually, but the resemblance is stronger than you might think.' "
Draco Veritas by Cassandra Claire


With the urgency of finishing my thesis weighing heavily on my mind the lure of escaping into a book is stronger than ever. Thatís probably why Iíve read ten books in the last three weeks. Some of them were really excellent too and I canít wait to read their respective sequels, some of which have yet to be published. Iím planning to go to one of the Orange County branch libraries tomorrow morning and see if I can check any of them out. Since I donít have enough money to purchase the books that I want I figured borrowing them from the library was the next logical choice. And if that doesnít work Iíll have to resort to theft. So until I get my hands on more books Iíll have to satisfy my need for reading material with a bit of the next chapter of my favorite Harry Potter fanfiction that was posted today. See above for a quote from the excerpt. This stuff cracks me up.
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Monday, September 27, 2004
While filling out some Boeing paperwork I realized that I didnít have any idea which apartments Iíd lived in at Oakwood during the summers of 2000, 2001, and 2002. And Oakwood didnít know either because their records are deleted every eighteen months, or so I was told over the phone. Then I discovered that Amazon has your complete order history available on their website. So all I had to do to find my old addresses was look up orders I placed while living at Oakwood during each of my internships and my apartment number was right there. Couldnít have been easier. Consequently, I found out that the first Amazon order I ever placed was for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on June 9, 2000 when I was living in Los Angeles for the first time. My roommates thought I was crazy for being so excited when the book arrived at our door on the day it was released. Ah, memories.
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Sunday, September 26, 2004
After a very uneventful weekend the only thing I have to report is that my couch arrived as planned on Saturday. However, the delivery was planned between 11 AM and 3 PM, but the couch arrived ahead of schedule at 10 AM. I was still asleep. So I had to quickly change into some presentable clothes, write a check for the balance on the couch, and tell the delivery guys where to put it while I was still in the process of waking up. I felt really foolish, but at least I have a couch now. And as soon as I remove the empty boxes from my living room it will look like someone actually lives here.
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Friday, September 24, 2004
"Babe, if there's anyone that can get their thesis done, and kick ass while doing it, it's you."
More wisdom from the webpage of Kathe Roper
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Thursday, September 23, 2004
In light of my dwindling checking account I shouldnít have bought a new book tonight, but I was going crazy without something to read. I have read almost all of the books I own and I am dying to add to my full to overflowing bookshelf. Fortunately I was only able to find one of the two books I was looking for (both sequels to books I read recently) or I would have depleted my funds even further. Last week I made the mistake of checking my account balance and nearly fainted. I needed to compare my checkbook with the correct amount in my account, but I instantly regretted finding out what it was. Moving into a new apartment with no furniture and being unemployed at the same time is not a good combination. At this point I canít make any frivolous purchases (books, CDs, DVDs, clothes, furniture, etc.) until I get a paycheck, either from UCLA or Boeing, so my Amazon wish list is rapidly expanding as a result. Iíve added eleven new items in the last three days. I seem to find more things I want to buy when I donít have the money to do so. The good news is that the couch that I ordered two months ago will be delivered on Saturday. Iím choosing not to think about having to pay the balance on it and concentrating on having a place to sit in my living room besides the floor instead.
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Thursday, September 16, 2004
"...maybe Ivan will alert everyone to the fact that Florida is more than just the area from Orlando on southward. It might not be much after Ivan however, but dammit, people are up here too."
From the webpage of the brilliant Kathe Roper
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Monday, September 13, 2004
So whatís the crisis of the day? The battery in my car is dead. Apparently I left the trunk popped open last night and the light inside drained the battery. But thatís just a guess at this point. Tomorrow Iíll have AAA tow the car to Sears and see what the problem is. Itís a good thing I didnít have anywhere I needed to go today.
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Sunday, September 12, 2004
When my lab computer was actually working I preferred to run my research experiments alone so I only had to worry about entertaining myself during the hours of boredom. But whenever Juliett was there to help me we always had a lot of fun. She was the one to discover that adding dry ice to leftover Pepsi created a great example of a turbulent jet (see first picture). I even used pictures of the original jet for a presentation in my Turbulence class last quarter. Then, when I needed to adapt an inline filter to the high pressure gas line, Juliett solved the problem by using just about every available piece of hardware (see second picture). It would have worked too if I could have kept it from leaking hydrogen at high pressures. And who took the picture that perfectly illustrates my feelings toward my research (see third picture)? Yes, it was Juliett. If I had known that the computer only had a few weeks left I might have let the pipe wrench fall that day. If you would like to see more humorous pictures from my lab, including more images of my dead computer, check out the ďLab Summer 2004Ē section of my photo album. Then come back tomorrow for an update about more recent stuff.

Pepsi jet Adapters all around Computer death threat
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Saturday, September 11, 2004
I've done a terrible job of keeping my webpage up to date recently. I didn't even explain the pictures of my inoperable lab computer. In short, on Tuesday I discovered that the hard drive of the machine I use to gather experimental data had completely died. This brought my research to an abrupt halt, which fortunately didn't make much difference. There will be no more tests and I can write my thesis is peace. So now that I've related that story I can get back to just that. I will try to post updates more often now that I am not spending the majority of my time in the lab. That might make it difficult for me to find interesting things to write about, though.
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Tuesday, September 07, 2004
'Primary master hard disk fail' tells it all Paying homage to the fallen computer
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Friday, September 03, 2004
When I walked out of my research group meeting this afternoon I was resolved to spend the rest of the day running tests in the lab. But here I am, more than five hours later, and the tests aren't even started. Instead I ate lunch, finished my book (The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud), and searched for furniture on the web. Being lazy this afternoon makes me feel guilty, but after the week that I've had I'm tired and I need a break. I did work for almost five hours before the meeting this morning. And I am already planning to be here at least one day over the holiday weekend, probably two with all the work I have ahead of me. That should more than make up for my lack of enthusiasm today. Besides, Iíve spent about twelve hours a day in the lab since last Sunday. At 8 PM I can probably leave campus and safely avoid the bulk of the traffic on my way back to Seal Beach. Then maybe I can get my first good nightís sleep of the week.
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Thursday, September 02, 2004
I've discovered that my favorite bottled water is Evian. This is unfortunate because it is one of the more expensive choices and not many places in Westwood carry it. However, while I was picking up my lunch today I purchased a liter bottle at CVS. I figure it's worth the expense since if I like it I'll drink more. And I certainly need to drink more water.
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