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09 July 2003 @ 12:06 pm
Finding stuff to do...  
...is hard these days. I only work part-time, so most of the time I'm bumming around the house wanting to do something but not wanting to do anything... know what I mean? The novelty of just sitting around has begun to wear off, I'm afraid. Plus I've got terrible writer's block and am desperately trying to get around it.

I did have a car today, so I was out at K-Mart for a little while, then the library, my favorite rediscovery of the summer (free books!!!). After being at college for so long and getting used to forking out $100+ for textbooks I'd leaf through twice, I'd almost forgotten the joy of borrowing, hehe. I've been reading a lot of Carl Sagan lately (his "The Demon-Haunted World" is an absolute must-read- it seriously changed my whole outlook on life), so I brought home his "Dragons of Eden," along with Cerevantes' "Don Quixote." It's quite a hefty-looking book, but I hear it's great.

Other books I think everyone should read (some are funny, some profound, some a little of both):

"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain
"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas (much better than the movie)
"Contact" by Carl Sagan (again, leaps and bounds better than the movie)
"The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine
"We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin
"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

On a random note, Nick's been looking at Latin signatures for posts and e-mails. Here's the one he picked out:

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.

I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.

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Current Music: Everclear - So Much For The Afterglow
(Anonymous) on July 9th, 2003 03:59 pm (UTC)
I wrote out a bunch of smarmy crap about Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Carl Sagan but I lost it.

I do have to say that my favorite find from the digs of Pompeii and Herculaneum was the mosaic of a chained dog barking. It has the caption "Cave Canum" or..beware of the dog. The North Carolina Museum Of Art has a nice collection of Roman glass, sculpture, and tiles from the heyday and decline of Rome. There's also a beautiful bust of Nut, a sarcaphagus, and several alabaster canopic jars. Above those, you can see one of Stella's tacky paintings. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however.

The not so anonymous Meowum Monkinium
(Anonymous) on July 11th, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)
More Latin
my favorite has always been "iligitimi non carborundum", or "don't let the bastards break you down."

i think i got that right.