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Jul. 3rd, 2010

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You know what's surprisingly difficult?  Having a gchat conversation with your PI about a two step synthesis.

Feb. 4th, 2010

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The semester seems to be going ok.  I'm enjoying this not taking particularly time intensive and demanding classes thing and getting totally immersed in my thesis.  Right now I'm working ~6 hours a week (4 hours as a lab TA and 2 hours at the tutoring center) and I'm thinking that this is a good amount--any more and shit might start to get hectic when I fly out for grad school interviews and I'm trying to get my thesis done.

I need to get more done on the writing part of my thesis, but otherwise things are good.

Jan. 18th, 2010

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This song came out in 1989...

Which is a little bit eerie, considering the internet didn't exist yet.




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Dec. 6th, 2009

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I don't think I've ever loathed a class as much as a-chem. Not stat therm, not physics 100...I just don't want to be doing this right now.
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endorphins are awesome!

Today I went to the gym and went on a four mile run. I was listening to some loud, angry music, which was pretty motivating and I guess I pushed myself harder than I am normally inclined to. When I stepped off the treadmill I felt like I was floating.

So this is what they mean by runner's high.

I like this.

Nov. 24th, 2009

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Estro-den

My office is a total estrogen fest. Ian even drew an estrogen molecule on our door because it was that appropriate. This week we've all been ridiculously stressed out so:

Becky has been wearing her thesis shoes. They are bright red, gold-studded five inch heels.

Bonnie looks up pictures of cute baby animals on the internet.

Megan buys copious amounts of chocolate.

I started vibrator shopping online.

This is ridiculous.

Nov. 10th, 2009

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found during some choice internet procrastination time

this amazon review of the Velvet Underground & Nico is awesome:

15 of 96 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Why this album sucks so hard., August 20, 2004
I bought this album because this smart guy in school is always talking about it and I thought, "Hey, bet he likes cool bands like Incubus and Hoobastank, I should check this out." I mean, "Velvet Underground" sounds like "Velvet Revolver", right? So I was expecting some sweet licks and solos like Slash might pull out, or maybe some awesomely screaming vocals that ROCK the paint off the walls!

Well let me tell you, none of that is to be found.

The album starts off with a little toy xylophone. A TOY XYLOPHONE! Come on! How the hell can your name sound like "Velvet Revolver" and you put little tinkly xylophones in there? It made me want to turn it off immediately, but I pushed through. After some songs, one of them was bluesy and stuff, I get to this song with a viola. I mean, do any of these guys know how to rock? The lead singer just mumbles his way through things, Lou Reed, lead talker! As for the instrumentation, the guitars are sloppy and the drummer is so simplistic, I mean, I bet these guys can't dance AT ALL, and certainly not to the decidedly UN-phat beats on this crap CD.

My other problem is that this CD is just not from the streets. I mean, they claim to be "Underground" but come on, Nico? She's not Beyonce, she's not even Ashanti. Ja Rule wouldn't be caught dead dueting with her, so why the hell is she on this album if it's so great? And Lou Reed would never stand up to 50 Cent. OK, so they hung out with Andy Warhol who survived getting shot, but he got shot by some lady, it's not the same as when a Gangsta shoots you.

In conclusion, this album is decidedly poor. Sloppy instruments, a tired lead singer, and a lack of rockitude force me to recommend New Found Glory or Dave Matthews Band if you want to get down. G-Unit if you want something street. Velvet Underground if you want to waste money.

Oct. 30th, 2009

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After religion class

Me: Why aren't there any punk or metal songs written about Simeon?  It seems like he's such a badass, and his gangrenous sores and shit totally has workable material...
Zuzu: I don't know.  That's a good question.  When we drop out of Reed and start our punk band we should write a song about him.

Oct. 24th, 2009

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Over this fall break, my sleep schedule has gone to shit.  I basically stay up until 3-4 am and sleep until 12-1 pm.

This needs to be rectified before Monday.

Aug. 23rd, 2009

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In Portland.  Crashing at my friends' place until the RCAs open.

It just occurred to me that most of my friends now are graduated.  Everyone in this house has, at least.  Strange.

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