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that’s the sound of your brain on grad school, kids.

i am so fried. and i’m inadvertently neglecting my indep study on databasing, which sucks. although once all the grading is done that’s 12+ hours per week.

due this week:

– 80+ pages of reading for L564 wednesday
– 100+ pages of reading for L697 thursday
– 9-12 page paper due for L527 thursday
– tab delimited text placed into a table using php due friday?
– grading for L401 due friday

due soon:

– gender studies web site from this summer (end of october)
– actual involvement w/PostgrSQL and MySQL (asap)
– 4 summary papers for L564 (the next 3 weeks)
– discussion questions for L697 (next week)

need to think about:

– final papers and projects in each class
jackie’s new website

music: at the moment the yeah yeah yeah’s are making me really happy.

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three great articles in the NY Times today illustrating how the hubris of the world’s superpowers have affected (and still affect) other, less powerful cultures:

*all articles are from the NY Times – if you don’t have a passwd:
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An Old Journey Forged in Pain; A Remembrance Born to Heal

“For the past decade at his church, St. Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York, Brooklyn, Dr. Youngblood has held a commemoration, the Maafa, to express the grief of the catastrophe that befell his ancestors: the horrific journey of millions of black people from freedom in Africa to bondage in the New World. Churches around the nation now hold similar ceremonies.”

A Continuing Shame

“Native Americans came in great numbers to Washington last week, partly to celebrate, partly to correct a historic injustice. The occasion was the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall – a vivid reminder of the profound cultural and symbolic legacy of America’s indigenous peoples. In the background, however, was a continuing lawsuit, whose purpose is to restore to the Indians assets and revenues that are rightfully theirs.”

Shuttling Between Nations, Latino Gangs Confound the Law

“The authorities estimate there are 70,000 to 100,000 gang members across Central America and Mexico. In the last decade, gangs have killed thousands of people, sowing new fear in a region still struggling to overcome civil wars that ended just a decade ago. Gangs have replaced guerrillas as public enemy No. 1.

The presidents of Honduras and El Salvador have called the gangs as big a threat to national security as terrorism is to the United States. They have revived old counterinsurgency strategies and adopted zero-tolerance laws known as Mano Dura, which loosely translates as “firm hand,” that bypass basic rules of due process and allow them to send young men to prison for nothing more than a gang tattoo.

Instead of offering reassurance, official campaigns inflame public fear. And in the last year, human rights investigators have begun to report alarming increases in the numbers of young men killed by the police and vigilantes.”

so the much coveted and deliberated ipod has arrived. as i was about to take my bike out the door this morning, there was a loud knock @ the door, and there was Ms. FedEx with 2 beautiful boxes.

they weren’t supposed to arrive until monday. and they were shipped FedEx ground:

Sep 23, 2004 8:50 AM

Delivered

BLOOMINGTON, IN

8:10 AM

On FedEx vehicle for delivery

BLOOMINGTON, IN

7:33 AM

At local FedEx facility

BLOOMINGTON, IN

6:21 AM

In transit

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Departed location

1:33 AM

Int’l shipment release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

12:49 AM

In transit

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Sep 22, 2004 5:06 PM

In transit

ANCHORAGE, AK

Departed location

1:29 PM

In transit

ANCHORAGE, AK

3:32 PM

Left origin

SHANGHAI CN

12:49 PM

Picked up

SHANGHAI CN

Future delivery requested

9:24 AM

Package data transmitted to FedEx; package not in FedEx possession

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