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06 January 2011 @ 10:46 pm
It's not one of the five grains. On the other hand, there's no way injera should be kosher for passover. On the gripping hand, it would be awesome if it were.
26 November 2010 @ 03:21 pm
Richard the Lionhearted didn't die of an arrow wound; instead he recovered and presided over the discovery of the laws of magic. We know there were rabbis at the magicians' convention in Too Many Magicians. How does magic affect the laws of kashrus? Can they use the Laws of Similarity and Contagion to detect pork in food, or essence of trayf on their dishes? Do they use magical dishwashers to purify their dishes instead of keeping two sets of dishes (four, counting the passover dishes)?
30 August 2010 @ 01:35 pm
Someone stole my bike from my office. Sometimes I hate people. This has officially been a shitty two weeks.
14 August 2010 @ 05:07 am
A one-hit shutout, with the one hit being an infield single a soft single by the opposing pitcher? Really? That's just obnoxious.

B returned a couple of nights ago and says the cat has never peed on anything before. I remain skeptical.

...When did the ADL turn into an actively disgusting organization, as opposed to merely laughable?
09 August 2010 @ 07:17 am
So, I just moved into a new apartment a week ago. When I looked at it, I talked to roommate B, who's a 30ish guy with a cat. The place looked clean and he seemed like a pleasant enough person. He said he was looking for someone who planned to stay long-term, and I said that I wanted to stay put for at least a year.

- The first night in the place, there was an empty roll of toilet paper; not seeing where the extras were kept, I asked B, who said we were out of toilet paper. He gave me some money and I bought more (since he was already in his pajamas)
- B left for New York for about a week Monday morning. He told me roommate C had agreed to feed the cat while he was gone. When the cat seemed constantly hungry, I started feeding him (not seeing any signs of C). When C showed up (on Friday), she said she had no idea B wanted her to feed the cat (C is deaf but reads lips, so I guess I could believe he asked and she didn't know. Still) or where he was or for how long.
- The cat's peed on the bathmat and on the bathroom floor at least once. I moved the bathmat and put down a spare towel, which he hasn't peed on. When he's jumped into my lap, he smells like urine.
- C told me cheerfully that B never cleans up spills or washes his dishes, but she doesn't mind because "he's a boy". She also advised me to keep the extra toilet paper in my room, because B would never buy more. When she moved in (Edit: a month ago), the freezer was apparently terrifying. When I moved in, the milk in the fridge was a month expired. C is friends with the roommates who moved out recently, and seems perfectly happy.
- C says that B is very nice and leaves you alone, but that she thinks he does some (unknown) drugs (no idea whether it's nothing, pot, or something harder). His room doesn't smell like pot, though.
- A friend and a couple of her friends (who I know slightly) are leasing an apartment (in the same part of San Francisco) starting on September 1, and they'll have an extra bedroom they'll need to fill.
- My feeling is that if I'm muttering this much after a week, a year won't be pleasant or relaxing.

So: Try to move out or not? On the one hand, the piece of paper (probably not legally binding anyway) I signed just said I'm month-to-month and need to give 30 days notice to move out. So I'd probably end up paying September rent here, which is not much of a problem. On the other hand, it seems kind of dickish to give notice right after moving in, especially since C seems like a reasonable roommate and human being. On the gripping hand, it's jump now or not at all, so waiting to see isn't really an option.

And if I decide to move out, do I explain the issues or just say that some friends unexpectedly needed a roommate?
25 May 2010 @ 02:27 am
The 110th street station has "time until the next few trains" displays. They're apparently testing them.
10 July 2009 @ 09:57 am
I have two full days before my flight back to California. Not sure what to do with myself (things involving sunlight or bicycles are out). Maybe sit in the wonderful dessert place nearby (thank you, coppelius !) and drink coffee and eat mochi ice cream and read? I would probably end up reading math, since I've finished most of my sci-fi and I only have about 3 hours to go on Anathem. The hike to Manoa Falls is supposed to be shady. There are vague plans to sit in the sports bar across the street and drink beer for several hours tomorrow afternoon. coppelius , are you free? I suppose I should make a first attempt at packing, since my bags were full to begin with and I've acquired a fair amount of paper and various random items here.
06 July 2009 @ 04:14 am
Seriously, ow. I understand why Tour de France riders get massages every day. I understand the appeal of bike shorts (they have padding in the seat). And I understand that multiple coats of sunscreen are no match for the Hawaii sun. Ow.

It was a great trip, though. We (me, two other grad students, and one postdoc) rode around the coast clockwise, starting from the dorm in Honolulu. The initial navigation was tricky, until we got on the freeway (most of the trip we were riding on the shoulder, following the routes recommended by the Hawaii department of transportation, and the cars were surprisingly nice about our existence there). We were initially planning to ride counterclockwise, just because that's what the guy who did it last weekend did, but the people at the bike store recommended the opposite direction, so that's what we did. We were also initially planning to start Friday afternoon after lecture and spend two nights on the road, but the only reasonable place to stay Friday night was Kailua, where everything is apparently booked a month in advance (and is probably correspondingly expensive).

One of the other grad students was taking videos and pictures and posting them to Facebook. There was much reference made to this comic.

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Overall, it was entirely worthwhile. But right now I'm pretty badly sunburned, muscles I didn't know I had are sore, and I don't want to get on a bike again for a while (I'll probably need to get on my bike on Sunday, when I'm back in California). So it's time for painkillers and bed.
04 July 2009 @ 05:59 am
The math gets steadily more incomprehensible. I really want to sit down in a quiet room for a couple of weeks and go over everything.

They gave me a new, roach-free room. I haven't seen any in days.

Tomorrow at the crack of dawn: Setting off on a bike ride around the island. Four of us rented road bikes for the weekend (and since the bike shop is closed tomorrow, we only have to pay for one day) and we're going to try to ride the ~130 miles over the next two days, staying at a bed and breakfast on the north shore tomorrow night. Hopefully I'll still be able to sit down by this time Sunday night...

ETA: Someone pointed out to us that we're planning to outpace the initial stages of the Tour de France. AT least there are buses if we collapse and die.
24 June 2009 @ 08:45 am
Have not yet burst into flames. But I think the roaches are eating my laundry detergent. I'm not sure how I'm going to manage to make sure none of them decide to hang out in my luggage when I'm packing to leave.