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April 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 2:02 am

Oh my darlings, how I’ve missed you. What with Spring Break and midterm exams, it’s been a long few weeks. I can’t say I haven’t learned anything, because everyone learns something new every day, but I have to admit that most of it wasn’t exactly committed to my short term memory. It’s there, somewhere, in my head, and it will come out when I need it, though, and that’s what’s important.

I recall a few things of note, however:

  • Do not get drunk enough to pass out whilst you have food on the stove or in the oven. (This was our neighbor’s mistake, not mine)
  • Never, ever assume you know what your reaction to a hallucinogenic is going to be, based on a past experience.
  • If you know it is going to rain, do not wait until the last possible minute to do your laundry.
  • Do your research before you purchase a car.
 

March 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 3:24 am

Last night I realized what I want to focus on in my major (anthropology)- the field of medical anthropology. The things I spend most of my time thinking about seem to fall under that category:

  • People’s diets in other parts of the world and application in American society
  • Farming/hunting methods or methods of getting food/nutrition
  • Folk medicine and possible applications in “western” society
  • The role of psychology and (in) religion/spirituality in healing practices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle

The only problem is that I don’t know what I have to study in order to do this, so I’ll be seeing my Professor-who-knows-everything and my TA-who-knows-everything tomorrow and maybe they can give me a few pointers.

Of course, at the same time I really want to study the role and function of religion in society, which isn’t quite related. Or maybe it is. Depends on the culture, I suppose. I was just having a conversation about religion with my roommate and I was trying to defend the position she was opposing. But after a while, as I always do, I just couldn’t. I’m not really interested in conveying my point of view in these cases. All I could think was, “If you lived five hundred years ago in Europe instead of Now, in America, you would completely understand the opposing view, and the points you are trying to defend now would not even come to mind. And this is why…. (*mind goes on a tangent*)”

 

Noam Chomsky on the Financial Crisis March 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 3:30 pm

Today I learned something… disturbing.

Form a recent interview with Noam Chomsky:

It is a worldwide crisis and it is very serious. It is striking that the ways that Western countries are approaching the crisis [entirely contradict] the model that they enforce on the Third World when there is a crisis. So when Indonesia has a crisis, [or] Argentina and everyone else, they are supposed to raise interest rates very high and privatize the economy, and cut down on public spending, measures like that. In the West, it is the exact opposite: lower interest rates to zero, move towards nationalization if necessary, pour money into the economy, have huge debts. That is exactly the opposite of how the Third World is supposed to pay off its debts.  That this seems to pass without comment is remarkable.

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March 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 10:29 pm

Today I learned that it’s a good thing I never liked soda much. I have seen other articles on this, although this one was the most recent. I’ve also read something along the lines of coca cola having properties that allow it to be used as a chemical cleaner, such as to remove rust from cars. Nasty. That’s not something I want in my tummy.

I also learned how to “recycle” a shirt. I took one of my roommate’s oversized t-shirts, cut it up, and re-sewed it into a nice, pretty new one. It took me 7 hours, by hand. I’m pretty damn proud of it, and I think I’d like to do this again.

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February 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 11:04 pm

Today I learned that I prefer people who I can learn from. I believe one reason I like my boyfriend so much is that I am always learning new things from him. Same for my two other best friends. When I lose interest in friends, it seems to be because I haven’t learned anything from them in a while, or because what they are teaching me seems to be negative, useless, or counterproductive in some way.

I learned the value of a scarf, even when you have a warm coat with a high collar.

I learned to always, always make sure I have water with me before I go to class.

And I learned a few things- fun sounding things- that I can do with an Anthropology degree.

 

February 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 12:33 am

Today I learned that the Kennel Cough that’s been spreading through our club might cause us not to have a meeting for the next two weeks.

I learned that I can entertain myself for two hours in the campus center- if I have a computer.

And I learned that my mom is still full of surprises. I asked her to bring me some pizza (world’s most amazing pizza) from home when she comes to visit tomorrow, and she said yes 🙂

 

Rules for Tripping February 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — eni @ 4:18 pm
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Not that I do- or plan to do- shrooms or LSD any time in the near future, but a friend of mine stumbled upon some rules to keep in mind when tripping. I wanted to share some of the ones I found most true and potentially valuable.

  • if someone/something upsets you, get the hell away.
  • don’t ever trip on a whim; plan it out first.
  • don’t trip alone unless you’re positive you can handle it.
  • always remain calm. it will all be over soon. you’re not going crazy.
  • don’t try to fight the effects. drugs are stronger than you, and they will kick you right in the teeth if you upset them.
  • never, ever, ever eat spaghetti.
  • Cars can hurt you.
  • You cannot fly.
  • It’s never a good time to die.
  • Although you may see things that are not there, you’ll still be able to see real things. In other words, cars that are present in the street will not become invisible.
  • only carry a house-key, some loose change, and your address in your shoe
  • be careful around mirrors
  • giant toasters the size of cars are cars and can hurt you as such
  • respect the drug
  • clean your house or the room you will be tripping in before you trip.

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