Name: neener
School: USC Marshall School of Business
Status: Employed...finally
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Reason for blogging: I'm incredibly self-absorbed.
I'm listening to...
::"Stay Beautiful," The Last Goodnight
::"Spaceman," The Killers
::"Green Light," John Legend
::"Superstar," Lupe Fiasco

I'm watching...
::The Office

I'm reading...
::Taiwan, A Political History, by Denny Roy
::The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coehlo

I've just seen...
::Slumdog Millionaire
::I Love You, Man
::The Reader
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Friday, July 29, 2005
A Language Lesson  
A college pal sent me this link. It will help you learn a very important Japanese word. I will not tell you what it is because you will be able to figure out what the word is and what it means very easily. A few words of warning: You will need sound. You should not open this at work...or any public place, for that matter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Enrich your life with some poetry  
Changer suggested this great site of computer haikus:

The first haiku hits very close to home. Damn Windows.

Monday, July 25, 2005
The Hunt Continues..  
Explorer's Log, July 25, 2005:

For weeks now, I have been hacking my way through this jungle in pursuit of the ever elusive "job." Alas! I have grown weary of this life. As my resources, pecuniary and otherwise, have dwindled, my quality of life has similarly been on the decline. Last night, hunger beset me, and I used celery, peanut butter, and raisins to concoct a culinary mish-mash I call "Frogs on a Log." One of my fellow explorers suggested that I call it "Ants on a Log." Although it hurt me to disagree with the amiable man, I had to tell him, "My good sir, have you gone mad? Have you not eyes? Were this celery stalk a log, the only sort of ant that this raisin could represent (proportionally speaking) would be a mutant giant ant! 'Tis unthinkable! Were the raisins frogs, it would make much more sense. If you must call these raisins 'ants,' then you must call the dish 'Ants on a Branch' or 'Ants on a Twig.' Nay! 'Frogs on a Log' sounds infinitely better (due to the consonance of the first and last words) while making more sense (again, proportionally speaking). Ergo, 'Frogs on a Log' is more appropriate."

I say, my thoughts seem to have taken a surprising turn. Let us go back to the subject that is at the forefront of my mind. The jobs. Yes, they are sneaky, elusive creatures, indeed. They are all unique, and they are abundant. However, some varieties are deadly and can suck the life out of a man. One must be careful, for they have the ability to confound. For example, jobs have "requirements," in which some claim to need "5-10 years of experience" or "a Master's degree," whilst perusals of "job descriptions" would suggest that any person with an ounce of common sense and organization would do. Oh, 'tis difficult to discern which ones to target. I have tried many things to lure these jobs...talking to colleagues, introducing myself to people at various companies, uploading resumes to company websites, uploading resumes to job sites. I admit that I do suffer from bouts of despondency during which I fear that all my efforts are in vain. But I must not give up hope. I must sally forth!

Friday, July 22, 2005
Finally! Someone Wants to Talk to Me  
Of course, it's for a contract position I know nothing about for a company that wasn't even in my consideration set, but at this point, I think the phrase "beggars can't be choosers" comes to mind. Oh well, I need a practice interview anyway. And rent money. I desperately need rent money. Selling my body has been a topic of discussion recently.

Thursday, July 21, 2005
Getting reacquainted  
I just got back in touch with an old college friend and discovered her photo site. I remember hanging out with her senior year as she went around taking photos for her photography class. She's done some pretty interesting stuff, such as working for the Eco-Challenge, and she has some really awesome photos. Check it out!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Hot Town, Summer in the City  
One of the reasons I love Los Angeles:

A View of the Getty Center Gardens

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
My Mailman..  
Delivered my Harry Potter book!

Monday, July 18, 2005
Job Hunting Is..  
Not fun. Demoralizing, in fact.

Hiking, on the other hand, is fun. Here's a shot of a waterfall in Temescal Canyon.

Monday, July 11, 2005
I Feel So Alone  
A child of the 80s, I was reminiscing with some friends about the TV shows we used to watch as kids. They included Voltron, Thundercats, Inspector Gadget, He-Man, the Dukes of Hazzard, the A-Team, Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider, etc. When anyone mentions these shows, the response is usually one of nostalgia: "Oh yeah! I remember that one!"

However, there are two cartoons I used to watch that consistently garner a "What are you talking about?" response. I find it slightly worrying. How is it possible that I do not know anyone else who watched these shows? Did I hallucinate part of my childhood? Was I the sole audience of Danger Mouse and Belle and Sebastian?

Sunday, July 10, 2005
Happy Birthday, Dad  
Since everyone in my family (except me) is on a strict diet, I have been placed under the mighty burden of figuring out how to get rid of three-quarters of a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake from Fosselman's. I'm such a trooper.

What $7 and a little serendipity will get you  
Yesterday, on a whim, I decided to go to the Getty Center for the sole purpose of viewing the Los Angeles sunset in a different setting. Although admission to the museum is free, parking is $7, which I willing paid. What I didn't know was that the Getty was holding a Rembrandt exhibit (I really like Rembrandt) and was having one of its "summer sessions," which is an evening of live music performed on stages at various locations on the grounds. So, in return for my $7, I ended up getting (1) a beautiful sunset, (2) a leisurely stroll through the gardens, (3) an exhibit featuring Rembrandt's later works, and (4) a concert featuring great music from Los Mocosos and the B-Side Players. Not bad for an afternoon's work.

Thursday, July 07, 2005
Bad News  
I don't know why I have such peculiar timing when it comes to turning on the television. When I turned on the TV this morning at 3 AM, it was at the very moment that the story about the explosions in London broke. Just awful.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005
I May Have a Problem  
I've been watching a lot of DVDs lately. Perhaps a bit too many. I say this because I just tried to "rewind" TV, which would make sense if I had TiVo. But I don't.

Saturday, July 02, 2005
I Love Chocolate Souffle  
Had some last night. Heaven.

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