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I'm in search of a catharsis, so I hope ranting here will help. Anyone with sage advice would be more than welcomed.

What, exactly, sucks? Intellectual piracy. There's a specific person in my life who constantly borrows my ideas/repeats things I've said/often even stoops to copying the way I dress.

Now, when this person is being her own person, I quite like and respect her as a friend. However, it's more than a bit disconcerting to hear my own phrases come out of her mouth, or worse (...)

This should probrably be in other topics or my journal, but it ruled far too much to not put in this forum.

Last Saturday I got back from my senior trip, which was a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, Roatan Bay, Honduras, somewhere (never new the name) in Belize, then back to Mexico to visit Cancun, and lastly dock back in Houston, Texas where we left from.

Right after getting on the boat one of the staff members lead the only other girl that went on the trip and myself to our "stateroom"--a (...)

Has anyone else read (or should I say "experienced?") Mark Z. Danielewski's "House of Leaves?"

I honestly don't think I've every been so literally trapped by a book before. Not only as in "couldn't leave the room or put it down," but also as in "had to turn the book left, right, upside down and in circles just to read it."

Having finished it, I felt a bit like Will Navidson when he was stranded in the middle of his own house slowly burning his last matches to read the book about the (...)

Moral Clarity

Isn't it interesting how right wing pundits and people like Satan--err, I mean, Dick Cheney--keep lauding Bush's "moral clarity?"

How can you claim that a man described in the doctrine of your religion as the biggest pacifist and self sacrificer in world history is your "favorite philosopher" while you bomb your enemies, whom he told you to love, under false pretenses?

Jesus' message was to give away all of your earthly possessions if you wanted to follow him. Instead Bush (...)

A random observation will follow. I think this must be what happens to me on the days my roommate and I don't make the commute to work together-- my mind whirls off into the strangest eddies and currents all on its own.

To give a bit of background information so this is grounded somewhat, in February I moved from the Tokyo 'burbs into the city proper-- to Shinjuku, for anyone who knows the city.

For those who don't, Shinjuku is the core of Tokyo, from seedy red light district to the (...)

*I wrote this story to a friend so forgive me for the characters you have never had the pleasure of meeting in this story.

A few days ago (sunday), my mom saw a baby pigeon that fell out of its nest in the bookstore garage. Don't worry, it wasn't hurt, probably because it fluttered its wings toward the bottom right before it hit the ground. My mom picked it up and put it in a basket. I observed thousands of small crawly things on the bird. With this my mom freaked out and checked her arm (...)


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