Thursday, October 18, 2007

knowing what you want

I have great admiration for individuals who know what they want in life, who set goals, and who plan to achieve them. I wonder how they can be so sure of themselves -- how, exactly, do they know that they know? The impending end of this recognizable unit of time in my life (schooling) requires some decision-making. Specifically, I need to figure out what I really want to do.

The only trouble is, I think that I have spent too much of my life concerned about what it is that others want me to do. You would think that I'd be able to tell the difference by now, having reached adulthood. I should know what my preferences are, and the types of work that make me tick. Unfortunately (?), I think that my habitually denying between what I want and what others want of me has caused the difference to become blurred.

I keep saying that I wish I had a robot (computer program?) to which I could give all sorts of information about myself -- my likes and dislikes, my habits, my preferred lifestyle, and things that I think I enjoy. It would take all of the appropriate data and variables and tell me what I should do. Or what is the next best thing?

Saturday, October 13, 2007


In my inbox:

S. Alex says that you two are married on Facebook. We need you to confirm that you are, in fact, married to S. Alex.

To confirm this relationship request, follow the link below:

The Facebook Team

Thursday, October 11, 2007

katamari sampling

I'm thinking that another name for snowball sampling (sometimes referred to as network sampling) should be Katamari sampling.

Friday, October 5, 2007


I became very awake this morning at 5 for no apparent reason. Around 5:30 I decided to get up. Now what?

Monday, October 1, 2007

thai fortune cookie

Got Thai last night at Thai Taste, a restaurant down the street, probably a mile from here. At the end of dinner we received our bill with two fortune cookies. Have Thai places always been able to distribute fortune cookies, or is this a recent happening? Are all Asian restaurants allowed to do this now?

My fortune came with nice sentiment if not grammar:
"You and your love [sic] one will be happy in your life together."