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Reposted from Bassim's journal

Feb. 18th, 2006 | 02:41 pm

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Like a Moist Snack Cake.

Nov. 28th, 2005 | 12:02 am

I should be writing a paper right now. Instead, I made myself a pot of coffee and am sitting, mug in hand, in front of the computer in a sweater and underwear. The underwear is pink. The sweater is brown. The coffee is delicious. And I have clean laundry, which is lovely.

edit: Are these not the sexiest shoes in existence? Holy shit.

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from 'stepping out: life and sexuality in rural india'

Oct. 31st, 2005 | 12:13 am
mood: annoyedbothered
music: that king song by bonnie 'prince' billy

"A woman sits quietly and looks at the floor. She seems to be in no hurry. 'What ails you?' we ask. 'I have this headache', she says demurely, all curled up wih anxieties that signal her despair. 'Sit, sit,' our workers say, 'let us have some tea. Where did you say you hurt?' Then slowly she begins to talk.

'Why did you not mention this earlier?' Dr. Rani Bang asks the woman in her clinic, while I watch. 'I speak with fear,' she says. 'Why?' 'Because you might think I am unchaste. News spreads fast in the village and brings disgrace to us and our families.'

More devastating than malaria or tuberculosis or festering carbuncles you realize is the disease of loneliness ringed with a helpless fear of losing your dignity, of losing control over your body, of having strange hands probe and cut and remove that which makes you a woman.

And loneliness is more endemic than we would like to believe.'

-Mrinal Pande

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thesis topic?

Apr. 8th, 2005 | 05:35 pm
mood: accomplished
music: black star by radiohead

while reading my book, lords of poverty: the power, prestige and corruption of the international aid business, yesterday on the metro, i was particularly struck by this passage:

"the tendency for those who are not poor to become mere sightseers in the world of those who are is one of the central problems of international development. it is at its most noticeable during famines and other catastophes when the distinction between the haves and the have-nots of this world ceases to be merely a matter of relative wealth and poverty and becomes instead a matter of live and death. whether we are aid workers, journalists, or priests our ability to make excursions to these places, see, smell, touch, interview and possibly feed the dying, and then return to our own comfortable homes and hotels, must surely rank amongst the most bizarre paradoxes of modern times."

how right you are, graham hancock.

that being said, i am inspired to write the following:

CAFTA-DR opinionCollapse )

sources are available on request. don't be shy. with any luck, the more you know, the more you can form an opinion and act on it.

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ladies and gentlemen...

Dec. 21st, 2004 | 02:46 am
mood: drunkdrunk
music: what i got by sublime

wear sunscreenCollapse )
post coming tomorrow about sal's christmas party.

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Dec. 16th, 2004 | 02:45 am
music: because by elliott smith

stealing this idea from mike--all those songs on the list that you all failed to recognise are listed below. :)
4. whole lotta trouble by cracker (from the empire records soundtrack)
8. relief by denali
13. silence by the beautiful mistake
14. NYC by interpol (i should have sent EVERYONE this song--it's amazing!)
16. playing for keeps by matchbook romance (christopher--you sent me this song, i'm surprised you didn't recognise it)
17. the professional by sleater-kinney
19. cherub rock by the smashing pumpkins
20. pictures, stars and dreams by the juliana theory
22. chelsea girls by nico
23. jurass finish first by jurassic five
24. the night i lost the will to fight by cursive

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stolen from piobaireachd

Dec. 10th, 2004 | 02:10 pm
mood: happyhappy
music: santoria by sublime

I QUOTED THE WRONG SONG--in my head i was thinking of one of this person's other songs. correct lyrics for #3 are below--if that helps anyone.

Step 1: Get your playlist together, put it on random, and play.
Step 2: Pick your favorite lines from the first 25 songs that play.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from.
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly

1. hope dangles on a string like slow spinning redemption vindicated--dashboard confessional
2. and so it is, just like you said it would be the blower's daughter--damien rice
3. i'll fake it through the day with some help from johnnie walker red miss misery--elliott smith
4. there's no happy ever after, here we're just trying to survive
5. i met god on the edge of town where the wind meets the stillness/where the darkness meets the light god said no--dan bern
6. gotta rush away she said, i've been to boston before and anyway this change i've been feeling doesn't make the rain fall walkaways--counting crows
7. was it you who spoke the words that things would happen but not to me? you and i both--jason mraz
8. mark out any thing that takes no time/failure fails when nice is one more lie
9. here come old flattop/he come grooving up slowly come together--the beatles
10. there's a long line of cars and they're trying to get through long line of cars--cake
11. they all said she's just another groupie slut/and i said i thought you anything but sugarhigh--coyote shivers
12. ten minutes to downtown is ten minutes too far/when my friends all say i'm crazy ten minutes--get up kids
13. wait a while for me/for i am just not ready
14. i have seven faces and i knew which one to wear/i'm sick of spending these lonely nights training myself not to care
15. moving forwards using all my breath/making love to you was never second best i melt with you--modern english
16. it's so simple and complicated the way you can crush me
17. there is a sound they don't want you to own/arrest every word that escapes from your throat
18. don't know what i was looking for when i went home i found me alone back home--yellowcard
19. freak out and give in/doesn't matter what you believe in
20. i picture you as i saw you only in my dreams/whispered kisses only in my dreams
21. tom, get your place on time/i know your part'll go fine the only living boy in new york--simon and garfunkel
22. here's room 506, it's enough to make you sick
23. because of cash in the purse guns blast in the hearse/a vast universe where the last is the first
24. i need a catalyst to rekindle the flame that once burned within this fist where defeat remains
25. and so you think you can hold the world up by a string with all that you have brace yourself--howie day

ok--gauntlet has been thrown, challenge has been issued. post comments with answers and i'll try and figure out how to do strike tags in the meantime.

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