Monthly Archives: September 2004

Banned Books

Stolen from Beth, who stole it from someone else.

These books have all been banned somewhere. Bold indicates books I’ve read; bold italic indicates books I read, with teachers and classmates, in school.

1984 . George Orwell.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens].
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll.
Analects. Confucius.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank
Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights. Anonymous.
Beloved. Toni Morrison.
The Bible.
Brave New World. Aldous Huxley.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Dee Brown.
The Call of the Wild. Jack London.
Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer.
Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger.
The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies. Vito Russo.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl.
Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Auel.
The Color Purple. Alice Walker.
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm K. Grimm.
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Galilei Galileo.
Different Seasons. Stephen King.
A Doll’s House. Henrik Ibsen.
Don Quixote. Saavedra Miguel de Cervantes.
Earth Science. American Book.
The Egypt Game. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.
The Figure in the Shadows. John Bellairs.
Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell.
Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck.
The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher. M.C. Escher.
Grendel. John C. Gardner.
Gulliver’s Travels. Jonathan Swift.
Hamlet. William Shakespeare.
The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Oscar Wilde.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou.
It. Stephen King.
James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl.
King Lear. William Shakespeare.
The Koran.
Le Morte D’Arthur. Sir Thomas Malory.
The Life and Times of Renoir. Janice Anderson.
A Light in the Attic. Shel Silverstein.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis.
Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The Lorax. Dr. Seuss.
The Lords of Discipline. Pat Conroy.
The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury.
My Friend Flicka. Mary O’Hara.
The Odyssey. Homer.
On the Origin of Species. Charles B. Darwin.
Paradise Lost. John Milton.
Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry.
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll. Jim Miller, ed.
The Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie.
Slaughterhouse-Five. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Song of Solomon. Toni Morrison.
The Stand. Stephen King.
The Talmud. Soncino Pr.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee.
Tom Jones. Henry Fielding.
Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Vasilissa the Beautiful: Russian Fairy Tales.
Welcome to the Monkey House. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Where the Sidewalk Ends. Shel Silverstein.
Where’s Waldo? Martin Handford.
The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L’Engle.
Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings. D.T. Suzuki.

Zombie Log: Day Two

I had a fever today – 99.9°F.

And it was getting hard to think, my thoughts are/were disorganized.

I spent much of the day curled in a blanket in front of the TV (as it was the only passtime that requires zero thought- I can’t stomach books or video games at the moment), dozing while Battlestar Galactica played on Sci-Fi. I only rose from my barrow to prepare food, and take a hot shower (probably a bad idea with a fever).

But most of all, I’m lonely. Soon I must go out on a quest for the mail, and hopefully later tonight Beth would like to come over and watch Dawn of the Dead or Logan’s Run.

Itchy^H^H^H^H^ sneezy, tastey.

(p.s. Peter, that http:… thing is called a URL, and thanks [both of you]. Apparently spamassassin is working too well, as I never even got notified of that comment, or even Beth‘s…)


Bleargh….. so sick. Sneezy, ouchy, doubleplusungood.

I need soup, and someone to bring it to me :(

And if you have trouble remembering names, like me, than you may not enjoy A Game of Thrones. I’m not sure whether I do or not… it seems kinda like wasted potential for a perfectly good fantasy but hey- I’ll give it some more time.

Fun fact: dire wolves are real.

Unfun fact: I’m not even delirious. At least I don’t think I am. But I should probably go to bed now anyway.


I’ve actually been kinda productive today, for a Sunday. Especially so since I went to bed at like 0430 and work up aroung 0930.

This morning (around 1045) I had to drive Chris to the airport so he can start off his weeklong California adventure. Predictably, I had forgotten all about this, but since I was awake anyway it was no big deal :)

Once I got rid of him, I finished my laundry, read some more of the book I’m currently on (I’m not quite sure how much I like it yet, but it seems to be a good read), finished waking up, cleaned the apartment (taking out the past 2 months worth of waste cardboard, vacuuming, tidying, etc. – I do this every time he leaves and pretty much only then), went grocery shopping (a bit), changed the kitty litter, and cooked up some baked ziti for some work shindig that’s going on tomorrow (I bet Beth forgot, even though I reminded her about it on Friday).

I was done with all of this by 1600, at which point I commenced with the gaming, which seems to be winding up (and I may have been done already if it weren’t for those damn corrupted dragons and their paralysis crap). Maybe soon I’ll finish, and then I can have my liffe back (If by life I mean starting to read that pile of comics Peter lent me, which I do).

Sometime during the gaming I made dinner, in which I tried something new (and liked it!).

Today at the grocery store I made a concerted effort to buy some ‘fancy’ food so that I could make a meal that consists of things other than eggs, pasta, butter and salt. I ended up getting some faux chicken chicken patties. Surprisingly, these things are better than any real chicken patties I’ve ever had (and as anyone who knew me in college should know, I am a bit of a chix patty connoisseur). If all vegetarian food were this good, I would give up all meat in a heartbeat, not just mammals – I mean, if it’s less cruel, more environmentally sound, healthier, and tastier, then there’s really no reason not to!

Despite all that, it’s been a nice, relaxing day. For some weird reason, even more relaxing that yesterday, when all I did was play Neverwinter Nights all day. Go fig.

Unfortunately, I’ve started getting sniffly as the day has worn on….. I really hope I’m not coming down with what Beth and/or Chris had, ‘cuz my sick day usage is a little to rhythmical (unintentionally). At the very worst, at least, sick days would give me time to pop some more books/games off of the queue (or stack, which is more appropriate), but getting behind on work-work just as I’m starting to trim down my todo list would be decidedly suboptimal.

Que sera, sera.


I just completed my first exam in over 2 years. I don’t think I did too badly. In fact, I had thought I’d done pretty good until I talked to my co-worker who took the same exam… Now I’m not so sure.

From what he says, I may have done better than him, but we’ll see. I don’t feel too horribly about this, so I think I got at least a C.


All of my triops died last night :(

Sure the tank needed to be cleaned, but I doubt that would kill all of them at the same time. I’m betting temperature was the culprit, as te tank was right next to the window,but I don’t know… it would make sense that it got too cold (it was 46°F in Ithaca last night), but this morning the temperature was 84°F from the sunlight.

I just don’t know.

I’m so bad.

I have an exam tomorrow, and really should spend the night tonight studying, but I forsee myself doing very little of that.

What will I most likely be doing? Probably taking the practice exam, saying “hell with it” and spending the rest of the night playing Neverwinter Nights. Yeah, i’m so predictable. But hey, it got me through Rutgers alright (different game of course, but you know what I mean).

Stupid unix tricks

I’ve been playing a bit with vim, my editor of choice, and mutt, the mailreader of every smart person’s choice :)

Vim scripts/tweaks worth mentioning:

  • taglist – quite possibly the coolest plugin for any program, ever – it opens a new window on the left which lists subroutines and other programming constructs in the current file for easy navigation:
    Vim - taglist
  • fluxbox-syntax – makes vim open fluxbox files using folding:
    Vim - fluxbox-syntax
  • closetag – close the most recent open HTML/XML tag simply by pressing <CTRL>-_
  • vimspell – I’ve been using this spellchecker for a while, but it’s cool so I’m mentioning it here anyway
  • unbreakable encryption, with one simple keypress

As for mutt, I’ve just been adding configuration tweaks, mostly, such as setting colors for certain message types to make my folders more easily scannable:

# mailing list messages
color index cyan default “~l !~F”
# flagged messages are important!
color index brightyellow default “~F”
# deleted messages
color index brightred default “~D”

And making certain things in actual message bodies stand out more:

# make URIs and emails look spiffy
color body brightblue default “(ftp|http|https|mailto)://[-a-z_0-9./?&=%@~#]+”
color body brightblue default “mailto:[-a-z_0-9.]+@[-a-z_0-9.]+”
color body brightblue default “[-a-z_0-9.]+@[-a-z_0-9.]+”
# make perl script (e.g. from SGN bug mailings) stand out
color body brightred default “/(soldb|usr|cgi-bin)[-a-z_0-9./~]+(pl|pm)[-a-z_0-9.?&=%@#]*”
color body white default ” line [0-9]+”

Edit (20040922): Some new tweaks and stuff (also, above), largely inspired by this, which apparently I had seen before only forgotten about.

# make IP addresses stand out
color body white default “[1-2]?[1-9]?[0-9]{1}[.][1-2]?[1-9]?[0-9]{1}[.][1-2]?[1-9]?[0-9]{1}[.][1-2]?[1-9]?[0-9]{1}”
# emphasized words and phrases
color body brightgreen default ” [*][- [:print:]]+[*] ” # bold
color body brightgreen default ” _[- [:print:]]+_ ” # underline
color body black brightgreen ” /[- [:print:]]+/ ” # italic
# GPG stuff
color body brightwhite red “^gpg: BAD signature.*”
color body yellow default “key ID [[:xdigit:]]+”
# phone numbers
color body brightblue default “(1-)?(\\()?[0-9]{3}(\\))?-?[0-9]{3}-[0-9]{4}( +ext.? [0-9]+)?” # probably only works with U.S. numbers
# make some other random nifty things stand out
color body red default “\\^H” # fake backspaces
color body blue default “\\$[a-zA-Z][-_a-zA-Z]+” # variables
color body cyan default ” [;:]-?[)/(|pPDXoO0]” # traditional smilies
color body cyan default ” [-^;oO0<>][-_][-^;oO0<>]” # japanese smileys
color body cyan default ” [-^;oO0<>]{2})” # shortened japanese smilies
color body yellow default “</?[[:alpha:]]+>” # simple HTML
color body brightyellow default ” (Teri|teri|tekniklr|tek) ” # highlighting, just like in IRC

Enjoy, if you enjoy that kind of thing.


Today Beth, Nick, and I got out of real work by going up to Geneva to watch a Powerpoint presentation. It was more fun and interesting than it sounds, really!

Sure, we got lost on the way there, and I had not one, but two allergic reactions to substances I ingested, but overall it was a fun day. I have some pictures of the apple orchard we toured.

Oh, and each of us bought some hard cider on the route back. Finally, some alcohol I don’t hate! (Give it time, let it grow off me.)

FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus

Well, there have been rumors about this happening back since FFXII was announced, but I’m simply ecstatic that they picked my favorite FFVII character to get his very own game. IMHO, chances are slim that it won’t be released in the U.S. :)

Now I guess I have to officially start pining for Advent Children to be released…

Chris, hurry up and beat FFVII already! If you’ve miraculously gone this far without having things spoiled for you then there’s not much hope of that continuing after Advent Children comes out!