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Date:2009-09-11 00:42

Scavhunt this year was the best scavhunt I have ever been in! My team is excellent and impresses me all the time, and the team of the dorm I live in is an absolute beast with a friendyly and rocking victory party.
I have been awake since 10:30 Saturday morning, which makes this... 38 hours of consciousness?

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Date:2009-04-23 16:33

Hey, so I just replaced my keyboard and I feel like such a badass! Even though some nice Dell employee was basically just telling me what to do. I used tools, bitches! Two screwdrivers, to be precise. Yea, two of them.

Also, this weekend is going to be the Gamelan concert I'm playing in, and it's going to ROCK. I need to write a bio for it. and I keep being too busy or confused to sit down and write one out. It'll be the second concert I'm in this week, and probably the last one all year, since Middle Eastern Music Ensemble's final concert is during scav.

But in 'goddammit' news I am sick again. The orange I failed to eat yesterday is looming ironically on my desk.
I'm so cold all the time.

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Date:2009-04-17 17:38


Life has been working out pretty rockingly for me, but also pretty crazy. For example, this past week, I got sick.
I get sick at least two times a quarter, and I'm so tired of being ill all the time. If anyone knows how to magically not be sick, that would be awesome. Science is still out on whether I'm so unlucky is based on a weak immune system somehow connected with food allergies, the low stored-iron level I have which  means I am always this week's hamburger away from anemic, or the fact that I am a huge wuss. And by "science" I mean, "people guessing about it in the tea room. "

Meanwhile there are some victories:

1. I GOT A SUMMER INTERNSHIP I AM THE COOLEST. It's a metcalf, which means they give me a $4000 check at the end of the school year. Delicious. Then I work at the Newberry Library, reading dead people's letters about the civil war, the gold rush, the oregon trail, and barbary pirates. I met some of my coworkers when I interviewed, was offered, and accepted the job (all on April Fool's day, good times) and they seem really awesome. There are mardi gras beads hanging from the lights and a picture of one koala punching another on the wall--and there was a stereo playing music, which is always a good sign.

2. I'm going to be an English and History double major. How about that? My BA is most likely going to be on literary representations of criminals in Britain, because that seems fascinating.

3. SCAV IS COMING UP! I ended up as my scav team's hero of time! MacPierce has never had this position before--I'll keep track of all the timed items, and I guess organizing the th/f quad thing falls to me too. I need a name that's as awesome as the hero of time but not stolen from snitchcock. so scav we all.

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Date:2009-02-07 10:48
Subject:To Follow Up on Marley's Hilarious Hamlet Post

A few weeks ago, the entire tea room was so taken by "Shakespeare in the Bush" that we waited for Hastie to finish reading it aloud to us before we went to get free borscht. True fact. So in case you haven't run across it yet, it's the story of someone trying to relate the plot of the play to an isolated West African tribe.  There's a bit of an intro, but the fun really begins here, if you want to skip down to it:

'I began in the proper style, "Not yesterday, not yesterday, but long ago, a thing occurred.  One night three men were keeping watch outside the homestead of the great chief, when suddenly they saw the former chief approach them."

     "Why was he no longer their chief?"

     "He was dead," I explained.  "That is why they were troubled and afraid when the saw him."

     "Impossible," began one of the elders, handing his pipe on to his neighbor, who interrupted, "Of course it wasn't the dead chief.  It was an omen sent by a witch.  Go on." '

What drives men mad? Who killed Ophelia and why? Can omens talk!? All the questions you never thought to ask about Hamlet are explained by wise elders in

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Date:2009-01-21 14:35
Subject:The Forces of Creative Mind

From  the awesome people I've shamelessly made to give me things:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1) I make no guarantees that you will like what I make;
2) It'll be done this year;
3) You have no clue what it's going to be. It could be anything. Jewelry, a poem, a contract, a mix CD, a photograph... anything, really; and
4) I reserve the right to make something extremely odd.

The catch? The catch is that you incur a moral obligation to repost and follow through. Creativity is awesome.

This is a pretty rocking idea.

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Date:2008-09-28 13:50
Subject:hello hello

so, as you can see by the fact that I'm on the internet, I am back in Gotham!

When I got here, I celebrated with cookies and House and then unpacking and Dr. Horrible and decorating and submarines and midnight book store raids, but today I'm celebrating by being sick. It is not that good of a time, actually. (Also in the bad news department, my cell phone is broken.) So instead of doing things, I am sitting in my room sniffling and thinking idly about doing things, in theory.
One of the biggest things that I've got to theoretically do is buy foods so I can cook meals for myself. This is pretty much a huge new adventure and I'd like to know:
1. what basic food stuff should I always have on hand (i.e. olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, butter...)
2. do you have recipes you cook which are super delicious
3. how much this whole thing is likely to cost me per week and
4. oh god oh god am i going to die.
Any answers to these questions would be super amazing.

In closing, I would like to say that my room (Fort Awesome) is up four flights of stairs and damn that is a lot of stairs.

Nice view, though.

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Date:2008-09-25 23:10


ps: livejournal EMOTIONS

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Date:2008-05-04 14:29
Subject:SCAVHUNT what.

Article I—Name

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be The Official University of Chicago Official Scavenger Hunt Organisation Committee, also to be known as The Great Hunt, The Scavenger Hunt, ScavHunt, Scav Hunt, the Hunt, That Thing That Left All Those Cans in the Maroon Office, ScavCore, The Fucking Scavenger Hunt, The Scavenger Fucking Hunt, The Fuckinger Hunt, Jar Jar Binks, ScavCom, Scav Com, ScavComm, Scav Comm, Scavcabal, the Cabal, Cable from X-Factor, Solipsistic Bastards, Ratanna, ScandalCom, El Sindicato, or Ethel.

Article II—Purpose

Section 1.The Scavenger Hunt exists as a group of individuals who subscribe to the philosophy that true enlightenment can only be attained through freedom, and further, that true freedom can only be realized through utter chaos.

-Scavcorp bylaws

Instead of doing work, I'm poking around the scavhunt website. That place is absolute poison to work because it has all the scavlists since 1987.  The first item on the 1987 list is:
A Richard Nixon for President Pin -5pts
"Oh man! I HAVE THAT RIGHT HERE" I said to Nathaniel last night, when I should have been writing about Shakespeare.
"Yea, in the beginning, the items for Scavhunt were actually possible things that you could find. It was like a normal scavenger-"
"90. A nude person. -50pts."

After Item 90 there was also
91. A dean -30pts
92. A gagged and bound person -30pts
93. A nude, gagged and bound, dean -500pts

Another item on that list was the complete lyrics for American Pie.

On the site is also the joke 'list' for this year, past theme songs (including "it's raining men" and "I get around" by the Beach Boys aaaaaah), the results of past scavhunts (hey like eighteen years ago, ALL THE HOUSES OF PIERCE came before Hitchcock. It was like opposite universe back then!), and the rules. Other than the threats of deportation from the country for cheating and the ever-present section about props  (All props must continue to be mad props), the thing in the rules that most caught my eye was:

Judgment Day. Last year, Judgment Day only took 45 minutes. Let's aim for that again.

In conclusion,  you know it's a good game when the first rule ends with the words "If you end up in the clink, it's your fault."

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Date:2008-04-30 23:57

Scavhunt starts exactly one week from this moment.

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Date:2007-09-28 14:58
Subject:Hello Everyone I Am Still In Another Country

To my constant surprise, I keep waking up 

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Date:2007-09-23 21:22
Subject:First post... from FRANCE

Hey guess what? I AM IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. This is so exciting, I am going to write a terribly long entry about it. I hope this is alright with everybody.

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Date:2007-09-17 16:58
Subject:Okay, That Pause Was More Dramatic Than I Would Have Liked

Two things!

1. My entries this summer have been notable only in their utter nonexistence. This is because my soul was set on finishing the Scavhunt entries, but the flesh was weak. And by "flesh," what I mean is "dial-up internets."  The dial-up internets were weak. Because of this, I have hidden myself away from the liejournals for a Long Time. However! with the successful theft of my neighbors' wireless, scav documenting is once again possible. Better late than never, as I always say after stopping mid-story for an entire summer!

2. This Thursday, I am leaving for FRANCE! I think this is rocking and am really looking forward to it =) Other people think this is confusing. To prevent confusion, I will present some Frequently Asked Questions about my study-abroad quarter:

Wait, you're going to France?
Yes! From September 20th to December 9th!

Why didn't I know this?
Sometimes I am silly and forget that you aren't telepathic. IT WAS NOT INTENTIONAL!

Can you speak French?
Only classroom French, so that is to say, Non. But! I do know how to say "he is a beast on his instrument!" This a very important sentence for me and the coolest thing I have learned in a long while.

How can I get in touch with you?
You can't! Until October, when I will be in Paris with internets. Then you should get SKYPE and contact me that way! You need a microphone and speakers and such and then it is like you are calling me in another country... for FREE! Find me under my name. That is to say, my first and last name which i am not going to give to the entire interweb. Anyway, if you do this I can tell you personally about exciting Frenchventures =)

So why are you doing this?
FRANCE! Also, European history. Also, my entire civ requirement in one quarter. Also, awesomeness.

You're sure you're not trying to flee the country without informing any of your friends?
Reasonably sure, yea =)

Are you going to bring me back the Eiffel Tower?
I would, but they make you pay extra for suitcases that weigh over fifty pounds.

Okay Jane, I am now TOTALLY INFORMED about your trip abroad! Thank you!
                That's not a question.

Whatever. When are you going to finish putting up your entry about Scavhunt?
When I uh... look over there! A strandbeest!

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Date:2007-06-08 17:07

there will be a dramatic pause now because i am leaving for plane

see y'all in the shire.

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Date:2007-06-08 02:06
Subject:SCAVHUNT: Return of the Entry

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Date:2007-06-08 02:00
Subject:SCAVHUNT: The Entry Strikes Back

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Date:2007-06-08 01:18
Subject:SCAVHUNT: The Entry Begins
Mood:ah, those were the days

I heard a rumour once that when people are shut in a room without any means to tell time, some of them double the length of their days so that they spend twenty four hours awake and twenty four asleep.
I am one hundred percent convinced that this is utter bullshit.
I know it's bullshit because about a month ago I spent Thursday through Sunday on a 34 hour awake- 17 hour asleep- 28 hour awake sleep-schedule, and doing this required more caffeine than non-Downey humans should ever be able to consume in their lifetimes.

And the reason I pulled off this superhuman stunt?

It begins in S-, is absolutely ROCKING AWESOME, and ends in -CAVHUNT.

To prevent the explosions of brains, I have divided this up into Chapters. The surgeon general would probably suggest that you should just read one chapter, comment if you would like, stretch, walk around, and generally take a break before continuing on. Of course, if you want to be RECKLESS WITH YOUR HEALTH, go for it! I experienced it continuously as well =) ....Of course, now I'm insane. There is that.

I'll be getting them up as quickly as I can, seeing as right now I am also packing everything I use to define myself here at THE University of Chicago into dull brown boxes.


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Date:2007-06-07 23:18
Subject:COMING SOON to a livejournal near you.

ITEM 96: Get Don LaFontaine to narrate your official trailer of Scavenger Hunt 2007. [45 points]

 yah, it's really Don Lafontaine! Rock.

The long awaited entry will be posted in sections. It'll be posted like that for two reasons--1. IT'S TOO BIG TO BE POSTED ALL AT ONCE and 2--i repeat: I TRIED TO POST IT AND LIVEJOURNAL SAID NO. It was the saddest day of my life. But I'll finally get it on the interwebs tonight, over a month after I've written it,!  IT'LL BE SO AWESOME!

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Date:2007-06-04 12:08

this will only be funny to about two people... one of whom is probably me =)

PERHAPS one of the nerdiest things I have ever done. Now back to my ten page paper on castles. mmmmm castles =)

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Date:2007-06-03 03:48
Subject:Well, okay, that explains everything.

While the pleasure principle dictates that I direct the sublimation of my libidinal instinct into playing Katamari Damacy or drawing comics (since artistic work is non-repressive) or finally getting the scav post together, the production principle—or should I say,the historical form of the reality principle—requires that I finish this essay regardless of the absence of scarcity of Sosc papers about Freud and Marcuse. How I long for the day when I can shake off this surplus-repression of a civilization of arranged domination and end the conflict between Eros and the aggressive death-instinct, preventing the destructiveness of the latter by removing all tensions, thus combining it with the Nirvana principle in life! It will be so glorious to overcome the myth of Ananke, made obsolete by labour-reducing technology, and finally live in a civilization propped up by non-desexualized instinctual energy.


In other words:  AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH. Finals.

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Date:2007-04-20 04:13
Mood:paranoid =)

We are playing assassins and I have just gotten the most applauded, the most intense agent from last year--the figurehead, or mascot if you shall--and now my days are numbered like the days of a dodo bird. The entire house is sort of mad at/in awe of me and

As Morrissey says

Friday Mo(u)rning
Comes a time
A fall that breaks
This very smug mug of mine

Wish me luck--

UPDATE: Aaaaand I'm already dead! Betrayed by a friend on the way to class. SADNESS, but I survived longer than I thought I would (ie longer than the first night) and I took Sergey down, so mine was a brief but glorious run =)
...Besides, I then got rocking homework help from my assassin, which I understand does not happen in real life too often!

Now I get to sit back and watch everyone else's paranoia for the next couple days.
This game is awesome.

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