Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Goodbye Ty

photo courtesy of espn.com
Originally uploaded by verretc.

The power of money never ceases to amaze me.

Maybe this is just the way college football is, but I have a very bad taste in my mouth right now. I love Notre Dame football as much as the next guy, and I am also dissappointed in the way they've been playing, but planning a student PROTEST over it, like losing is the biggest atrocity to ever occur, particularly while we're in the midst of war and the world is generally in chaos, well that's just makes me want to vomit.

Plus I have a hell of a lot of respect for Ty.

So...three coaches in the last 4 years...hmmm...let's see how high the numbers can go, since our trend is to hire and fire a new coach every 5 minutes if they don't produce a National Championship.

If the team does significantly better next year, I'll eat my words, but right now I've got enough indigestion on an empty stomach.

Monday, November 29, 2004

I am a horrible horrible (procrastinating) student...

So I've been sitting at my desk for an hour now, and have done NOTHING.

Well, nothing in the line of schoolwork my friends...

But, I CAN tell you that:

*Saint Mary's College is closing their underground tunnels.

*The NBC guy who was in that plane crash has a son who goes to ND.

*My cousin has some cute new pics of her baby.

*A cold front is coming to Austin.

*There have been no updates to any HP fan fiction sites that I like.

*There are no direct flights from Austin to Monroe.

*Flights are cheaper from Monroe to South Bend than from Austin to South Bend.

*There are no cheap flights available from either Monroe or Austin to South Bend
over the holidays.

*There are several direct flights from Austin to Chicago.

*There are also several direct flights from Austin to Minneapolis (ahem, OZ).

*Television Without Pity isn't commentating on any show I'm "really" interested

*There is no online news about Adam from the Real World/Paris coming to Austin
this weekend.

And I could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on.......

Maybe I'll make myself a latte...

Sunday, November 28, 2004

A brief observation about Texas drivers...

They insist on driving a million miles an hour and then decide to cut you off every chance they get. Seriously.

Ils me font chier!

Just got back from Thanksgiving at Marilyn's. Traffic was hell. Tired. Holiday was great...update tomorrow...hope everyone else's was good too...

Bonne nuit!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Unos, dos, tres, quatorze...Hola!

Just bought U2's new CD...Robyn and I made a pilgrimage this morning in the rain and tornadoes to get it.

We're dedicated fans.

Oh, yeah, and go buy this CD. It's awesome.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Knick Knack Paddywack...

Originally uploaded by verretc.

Give the band a bone!

For the love of God...

...enough rain already!!!!!


Friday, November 19, 2004

More photo fun

Originally uploaded by verretc.

Me and Brigid outside Bond Hall, after the traditional band concert.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

"Reach out and Touch Faith..."

So I'm working in the tutorial center and people are sitting down working at the computers and I'm listening to the radio online with headphones...I just want to rock out to Depeche Mode...but I think that might weird people out...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Just thought you'd all like to see...

...my Syntax homework...

[Archambaud] s’éloigna lasissant [derrière [lui]] [le bruit d’[une conversation [soudain animée]]]. [Il] marchait [rapidement] [afin de [n’être pas surpris]] [par [l’orage]] mais aussi [dans [la crainte] d’[être arrêté] [de nouveau] ].

[Archambaud] sujet - r.direct - N+
[derrière lui] objet oblique???? - r. direct- P-
[le bruit d’une conversation soudain animée] objet direct – r. direct – N+
[lui] objet - r. direct - N+
[une conversation soudain animée] objet - r. direct – N+
une conversation:
[soudain animée] Adj - r. direct – A
[Il] sujet - r. direct - N+
[rapidement] Adv - r. direct - Adv
[afin de n’être pas surpris] objet??? - r. direct - P+
[dans la crainte d’être arrêté de nouveau] compl - r. à distance - P+
[être surpris] ? – r. ?? - Vinf
être surpris:
[par l’orage] ?? – r. direct - P+
[l’orage] objet – r. direct – N+
[la crainte] objet - r direct – N+
[être arrêté] ? - r direct - Vinf
être arrêté:
[de nouveau] ?? - r direct - P+

For your viewing pleasure.

Originally uploaded by verretc.

Me and Oz freezing our asses off in Notre Dame stadium. Fortunately the scoreboard is no longer lit up.

Happy Birthday Marilyn

A big happy birthday shout-out to my mom today.

And also to Robyn, who shares my mom's birthday.

To celebrate these joyous occasions, I went to Málagas with everyone for tapas. Have I mentioned how much I love Austin?

Is it wrong to do a PhD for the sole reason of living here longer?

Monday, November 15, 2004

This is Notre Dame.

Originally uploaded by verretc.

Back from yet another little jaunt to Indiana. This visit featured a longer stay AND a football game. Bow chicka bow bow.

I arrived on Wed night, and was met at the airport by the lovely Drevs. She took me back to Irish Hills and we proceeded to obsess over my latest personal crisis rather than go to sleep at a decent hour.

Woke up Thurs morning incredibly tired, and I have to say that the cold air and dark midwest sky did not do much to remedy this. Fortunately, the coffee at Original Pancake House did.

Dropped off Drevs at work, ran some errands, met Nanci for lunch, chilled out for awhile, then headed to Kathie and Bill's for an amazing home-cooked dinner. Kathie is an amazing cook. We had pork tenderloin, butternut squash, salad, yellow rice, and cornbread. Mmmmmm...

Friday went to Highland to see Chris, got confused about the time change, and managed to meet everyone at Martins just as they were leaving. Boo!!

All was not lost, however, because Oz and Court were reunited again, the first time on the American continent in over a year. Whohoo!

Nance and I went to the pep rally Friday night and I got to watch her kick some major ass--stupid rude people who were blocking our view.

Back to the house then back out again to the seedy Club 23, except no one but Drevs and her family were there. Nonetheless we all managed to play drinking games (that Diet Coke is potent) for an hour.

Saturday dawned bright and beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. Drove to Brigid's to leave la voiture and we walked over to campus. After a few hours walking around the lakes, eating Subway, and watching the band, I headed out to the stadium to meet Oz and family, who were gracious enough to give me their extra ticket. How awesome is that? Especially since I was originally supposed to go with Drevs but she had to go to Chicago at the last minute. God bless the Osborns.

Unfortunately, the Irish had a heart breaking loss to Pitt, partially due to the stupid horrible referees and partially due to the defense. WTF??? My constant screaming rendered me with a sexy voice today.

Saturday night ended at Oscars where I attempted to play pool with Oz and CB. Thanks to her tutelage (sp??) I actually managed to knock some of the balls in the pocket. Go me.

Sunday was incredibly uneventful so I don't really have anything to say about it.

Back in Austin today, where it's raining but not too cold. I decided to sit in my pjs an extra hour and drive to school.

So there's the weekend in a nutshell. And this time, I managed to take lots o' pictures. Today's photo is of the Golden Dome, the main building on campus. I'll put up some new ones every few days or so. Maybe a series or some sort...

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, November 12, 2004

"The Name of the Game is Zoom, Schwartz, Profigliano and Bitterman...ZOOM!"

My head hurts.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

You suck.

And so do you. And you. And you. And you and you and you.

Monday, November 08, 2004


Did anyone see Oprah today?

They did a story on this woman who lost 300lbs doing that gastric bypass surgery. What's crazy is I remember this woman's story from years and years ago when she was just telling her story, and it was just heartbreaking. Well she looks AWESOME. Wow.

The weekend was muy bien. It is so beautiful here now. Nice and cool and SUNNY. YES, this is why I moved to the South. Friday I went to see the movie Sideways. Awesome, I highly recommend it.

Sunday I did "Race for the Cure" with Patty. We started out at the park and went around downtown by the capitol and back. It was fun, a lot of inspirational people all around and nice camraderie.

Trying to get my a$$ in gear and get all my work done this week. I'm heading to the Bend again on Wednesday. The highlight will be going to the Pitt game on Saturday. Yeehaw! I'm ready for a break.

Not to mention ND football!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Getting Over it by Getting Organized

by Molly Ivans, Creators Syndicate

AUSTIN, Texas -- Do you know how to cure a chicken-killin' dog? Now, you know you cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no matter how fine a dog it is otherwise.

Some people think you cannot break a dog that has got in the habit of killin' chickens, but my friend John Henry always claimed you could. He said the way to do it is to take one of the chickens the dog has killed and wire the thing around the dog's neck, good and strong. And leave it there until that dead chicken stinks so bad that no other dog or person will even go near that poor beast. Thing'll smell so bad the dog won't be able to stand himself. You leave it on there until the last little bit of flesh rots and falls off, and that dog won't kill chickens again.

The Bush administration is going to be wired around the neck of the American people for four more years, long enough for the stench to sicken everybody. It should cure the country of electing Republicans.

And at least Democrats won't have to clean up after him until it is real clear to everyone who made the mess.

In some circles, that will be seen as sour grapes. But in Texas, we've been losing elections to the demagogic triad of God, gays and guns long enough to be pretty cynical about how it works out. I'm sure millions of Americans voted for George W. under the honest impression that he stands for moral values -- family, patriotism, faith in God. I'm sure it's the Democrats' fault that such a silly ruse is allowed to stand. What Bush actually does stand for is nicely summed up by a rather common news story that got stuck on the business pages lately.

In September, Merck & Co., the huge drug manufacturer, pulled Vioxx off the market. Vioxx was a popular pain-killing, anti-arthritis drug, but Merck said it was putting patients' safety first. A new study from the Federal Drug Administration showed high doses of Vioxx triple the risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death.

From there, the story bifurcates -- it takes two directions. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa revealed that the FDA had tried to silence the author of the study, Dr. David Graham, associate director of science in the Office of Drug Safety. Grassley said the FDA first sat on Graham's study and that then he was "ostracized" and "subjected to veiled threats and intimidation."

The Wall Street Journal followed the other fork, finding internal memos from Merck showing that company officials may have been aware of the dangers of Vioxx as long ago as 1996, including a memo apparently instructing its sales reps to "dodge" the question when doctors asked about the cardiac record of Vioxx.

In short, we have a toothless regulatory agency in the pocket of the industry it is supposed to patrol. We have an administration-wide contempt for science and plain facts. And the allegation against the folks at Merck is that they were making such enormous profits on a drug that killed people that when they knew or suspected it was killing people, they kept right on selling it. When the information that Merck had known for a long time about Vioxx and heart attacks became public, the company's stock fell by 9.6 percent.

That's the system George W. Bush stands for: where a corporation can knowingly kill people for profit and, when it finally comes out, everyone knows the penalties will be so light the company doesn't even lose a tenth of its worth. Hey, just a little bump in the road.

We sure don't want any of that terrible, burdensome government regulation to control that kind of behavior, do we? We sure don't want an FDA that listens to its own scientists and acts promptly, do we? We sure don't want anyone to sue these monster corporations, do we? I bet if it were possible to compare the odds of an American getting killed by a negligent regulatory agency and rapacious corporate behavior versus an American getting killed by a terrorist, it would turn out we need to be a lot more scared of rank greed and its enablers than we do of terrorists. And that's not counting what the corps. (pronounced corpse) steal and mess up.

So, fellow progressives, stop thinking about suicide or moving abroad. Want to feel better? Eat a sour grape, then do something immediately, now, today. Figure out what you can do to help rescue the country -- join something, send a little money to some group, call somewhere and offer to volunteer, find a politician you like at the local level and start helping him or her to move up.

Think about how you can lend a hand to the amazing myriad efforts that will promptly break out to help the country recover from what it has done to itself. Now is the time. Don't mourn, organize.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

O Canada!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Judgement Day

Ok people, the time has come...GO VOTE!

I'll be spending the evening chez Robyn with the rest of the Frenchies, awaiting the results. Although maybe I should clarify, I'll only be there for the results we'll see this evening. I won't be camping out there for the month of November as we count the votes, then recount, then recount and contest again.