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Print Story the list of crap I need to get better at.
By gzt (Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 11:06:17 AM EST) gzt, programming, chess, blitz, pascha, meat, mexican, carne asada (all tags)
So I was thinking about what my current station in life seems to demand I get better at, in terms of programming (which I'm not all that good at or experienced with, anyway).

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Print Story that was terrible
By gzt (Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 10:56:03 AM EST) gzt, matlab, nap, chess, waiting (all tags)
I just lost it all at the chess game yesterday.

The rest of the content is much like all the other content I have been producing lately.

Executive summary: tired, doing work for classes, played chess poorly, waiting for responses. Very quotidian.

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Star Wars
By gzt (Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:41:05 AM EST) gzt, chess, repair, burritos, games (all tags)
We started watching Sherlock. Really enjoyed it.

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Puzzles & Riddles
By gzt (Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 11:14:00 AM EST) gzt, winner, chess, hobbit, numerical analysis, phd, grad student, notre dame (all tags)
Heard back from Notre Dame's program, got in, have the first year off from teaching duties, decent support package. Though, frankly, the more I looked at the program during the applications, the more "only okay" it seemed. I'll see if it looks better on the visit, because it still looks like a good program. However, it's small and it's relatively new.

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Religion & Philosophy
By gzt (Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 10:17:25 AM EST) gzt, chess, statistics, hahvahd, hobbit (all tags)
less nervous energy today, which is good.

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Logic & Maths
By gzt (Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 10:45:21 AM EST) gzt, super bowl, math, chess, waiting (all tags)
I accidentally navigated away.

Still no word from people. Whatevs. Not going to go too crazy. Mid-Feb is the rule for most of them, esp. the state schools, as some of them have a school-wide fellowship competition that gets results in mid-Feb, so they only get back to the very top of the pile who they would fund regardless of how many people get funding from outside the department. At least, that's what I presume based on discussions and what I read on their sites, and I infer that based on the trickle of results as well. My credentials are good, but my relatively low GPA doesn't put me in competition for that level of funding.

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Print Story The days are turning nerve-wracking
By gzt (Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 02:23:24 PM EST) gzt, sigh, chess, bs, escape (all tags)
A trickle is coming out of the schools I applied to, but no word yet. It seems they work through the submissions, perhaps, before sending out all the acceptances, and my record, though good, isn't good enough to be in the very first pile of unconditional admits.

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Print Story go, ye heroes, go to glory
By gzt (Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 12:40:58 PM EST) gzt, chess, lunch chess, dune, ender's game, elbow, pirates of penzance, sas, tippecanoe (all tags)
Though you die in combat gory,
Ye shall live in song and story.
Go to immortality!
Go to death, and go to slaughter;
Die, and every Cornish daughter
With her tears your grave shall water.
Go, ye heroes, go and die!

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Print Story Television involving time travel.
Star Wars
By gzt (Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 12:49:58 PM EST) gzt, lunch, chess, winning, zoidberg, time travel, time travel is lonely (all tags)
Time travel comes up a lot in science fiction, I suppose, but it seems to me that there aren't many good shows that use it regularly as a part of their plot. Star Trek, for instance, doesn't count, it's an occasional odd anomaly. Doctor Who does, it's an integral part.

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Print Story I am more likely to vote for a Communist than any Republican
By gzt (Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 01:00:58 PM EST) gzt, chess, early retirement, today, gmt (all tags)
Had a little fun playing with this tool: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/candidate-match-game

Not terribly surprised that Obama was my top choice. Hunstman and Romney were the next two, but they were far behind. The calculator has its flaws, of course. There were several where there were a couple options that were okay and a couple that were terrible, the issue isn't terribly important, except that it's important not to choose the terrible options.

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