I'm not sure what to think about this... I'm only six days away from the beginning of my comprehensive examinations and I'm not really all that stressed out about it. Is that weird? I'll admit I'm a bit worried but I'm not jumping off the walls like I thought I would be. Am I underreacting here? Anybody else who's gone through comps felt like this before?
10 posts from March 2000
Not bad. If you look at my predicted winners for the Oscars last night (the top 6 awards, at least), I'm sitting pretty at 100% correct. Although I wish I was wrong and that there would have been a few upsets especially in the Supporting categories and the director arena. C'est la vie. Can't be perfect, can it?
Tonight, as you know (unless you live under a rock), is Oscar night. Time to test my Hollywood mettle and see who wins the metal. Well, here's my picks in the major categories. The names listed are those I think will win, the names in parentheses are those I think should win. Here goes...
- Best Actor - Kevin Spacey, American Beauty (same)
- Best Actress - Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry (Annette Bening, American Beauty)
- Best Supporting Actor - Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules (Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense)
- Best Supporting Actress - Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted (Catherine Keener, Being John Malkovich)
- Best Director - Sam Mendes, American Beauty (M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense)
- Best Picture - American Beauty (same)
You wanna know somehing that dissapoints me? It's how bad the state of the presidential election looks right now. Yesterday was the Illinois Primary and it had a record low turnout. Most of the people that voted were only voting for local candidates and local referendums ("referenda"?). Nobody cared about the presidential primary. What's the point of having a primary after Super Tuesday. Super Tuesday is considered to be the deciding day in any presidential hopeful's run for their party's nomination. I voted in the primary over two weeks ago when McCain still had a chance. However, as a result of Super Tuesday, both he and Bill Bradley dropped out of the race. What's the point? Both Katie and I are bummed about how things are looking. Neither Bush nor Gore appeals to either of us. At this point in time, neither of us wanna vote. The only thing that could change that is who each candidate names as their V.P. running mate. Time will tell, eh? Then again... if McCain were to announce that he's running as a third party candidate...
I know I was apologizing yesterday for having been away so long. However, it'll probably be a while before your's truly types too much more on this page. I may include a brief update here or there, but, I've got to go into minor seclusion to study for my comprehensive examinations which are coming up the first week of April. I'm scared to death about them. Katie seems to think that I'll do fine yet I cannot figure out where she came up with that one. We shall see. If I write on this page sometime after April 6th, then I'm alive. If I don't, I'm probably in an asylum restricted from Internet usage. Go fig, eh?
So what if it's been a while? I've been on vacation! So deal with it! Anyway, this past Spring Break was spent in San Francisco with Katie as well as the rest of my family. I truly do love that city. There's so much to do there with so little time in which to do it all. I think I can truly say that, if not for the money needed, Katie and I would be living there in a second flat. Speaking of money, that town is so expensive! An apartment that would cost about $800/month here in Illinois would cost about $2-3000/month out there. But, these apartments are so-o-o cool! If you haven't been there yet, I highly recommend you take advantage of your first available opportunity. You'll thank me!
I'm kinda freaked out about this one. I was watching Dateline NBC last night and they had a story on it about the discovery of a complete Wooly Mammoth body frozen in ice. The strange thing is that scientists are thinking about cloning it and bringing it back from the dead. Okay, people, let's think about this one. Some people think that we should bring them back to life since our ancestors may or may not have been responsible for their extinction. Prove that one before you argue it! Think about what a creature like that could do to today's ecosystem as well as urban areas. Do you really think that a mammoth is gonna give a damn about anything in its way? I don't think so. Science is going a bit overboard this time around.
As anybody who is going on vacation would do, Katie and I have been watching the weather out in San Francisco to see what kinds of clothes we will need for the trip. The sad thing is that it's actually been warmer here in Chicago than it's been out there by the ocean. What is that?!? What should happen is that it'll be nice and warm out in San Fran and it should snow here. Just like last year at this time. Well, I guess I shouldn't worry too much about it, the Weather Channel said that we may be getting some snow on Friday night and Saturday morning. Freeze suckas!!!
I was starting to get a little worried here. Like I told you almost a month ago, I finally handed out rough copies of my thesis paper to my committee. Well, I hadn't heard jack about the paper from any of them. I was starting to sweat a little bit especially when you consider that I wanted to do the oral defense of my thesis this week before I go on Spring Break. Well, today, I finally got back one copy of the rough draft and started making revisions on it. I should be done tomorrow and I hope to make that the absolute final copy of my thesis so I have no more to do on it whatsoever. Let's hope...
You know something? This year is already flying by way too fast. We just had our new year's celebration like yesterday or something and now it's March!?!? I'm having a bit o' trouble with this one. The only good thing about it is that I will be in San Francisco next Saturday. Yee-haa. Katie! We're going!