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God Help the Outcasts [Jul. 25th, 2007|04:51 pm]
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zen_hitchhiker
[mood |distresseddistressed]

I actually really like this song, but the lyrics make sad. Especially this verse:
"God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don't find on earth
God help my people
We look to You still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody will"

No one should have no one to turn to except God. Let's not just pray for God to help people - let's try to help them ourselves.
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School Frustration [May. 5th, 2007|04:04 pm]
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zen_hitchhiker
Why don't colleges focus more on learning instead of earning degrees?
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What is it good for? [May. 1st, 2007|07:23 pm]
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zen_hitchhiker
Your girlfriend's job is to protect you from yourself.
It's your friends' job to protect you from your girlfriend.
Who protects you from your friends? Your parents!
Who protects you from your parents? Your siblings.
Who protects you from your siblings? . . . Nobody.
You have to do that yourself.
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Bikes [Sep. 16th, 2006|02:58 am]
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hackingthejimmy
I feel much less worried about the likelihood of my bike being stolen now. After getting a little frustrated that someone had swiped my usual spot to lock up my bike in the Unit 2 bike shed I found myself examining other peoples bike locks and realizing that even I could steal a lot of them. The way people tried to lock their bikes up was ridiculous. Many of the bikes could have their front wheel stolen by simply using the quick release to remove it, and a surprising number of the bikes could be entirely stolen by just popping off that wheel. Then there were a few bikes that weren't actually attached to anything and could be just carried off. Some people just had their U-bar locks hanging decoratively around the frame. And for the bikes that were actually locked, about 80% of the bikes in there could be completely stolen by cutting one(sometimes thick) cord. Apparently there's a lot of bike theft at Berkeley. People seem to think that just having a bike-lock makes you safe. The funny thing is you actually have to lock it.
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Oddities [Sep. 16th, 2006|02:55 am]
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hackingthejimmy
There's plenty of peculiar things to see at Cal. Twice this week I saw a guy at Sather Gate staring at a picture of a triangle, with a mouth and nose drawn on it, which he held against the wall while he bobbed up and down holding a portable DVD player on top of his head . The odd thing is that everyone just passes him by without paying him much attention. Then there's the guy wearing the American Flag Pants who rants all day against fratboys and the Bush Administration, quote(ish) " I love our country I just hate our leaders". And of course the dude who stands on a chair(or bucket?) in front of Sproul Plaza holding a large sign which explains how Bush and Israel are the devil, all the while repeating the words "happy happy happy." Then the night before last I saw a group of students smoking a large Bong smack dab in the middle of the Unit 2 courtyard, not exactly discreet. And some of the people you meet in People's Park are a little interesting to say the least.

But despite being more liberal than the average student, in general Berkeley students themselves aren't really all that crazy. With increasing difficulty at getting accepted to the school, I think the place is actually getting a little more conservative since most of the counterculture hippies don't mantain the grades to get in. Most students know how to use some restraint to avoid dropping out of classes. Although if you happen to visit Cal on a football game day, forget everything I just said. Football games are insane, and the one I witnessed wasn't even an important game, I'm a little scared of the Stanford game. On game days the frats are overflowing with empty beer cans and huge masses of people fill the streets streaming towards the stadium. Alums come back to party their hearts out at massive frat parties and people wasted in broad daylight do whatever pops into their drunken heads. Everyone is wearing yellow and blue Cal Gear, and the dorms have been completely emptied because everyone is at the game. I think the city pretty much shuts down on game days.
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On seeing the Campanille shrouded in fog [Sep. 7th, 2006|09:49 am]
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hackingthejimmy
I think I've been reading to much Japanese poetry lately (Japanese 7A), because on the way to class today I made up a little poem. It's short and doesn't follow any set rules, just kinda a thing that popped into my head.

On morns when fog
has lost familiar landmarks
We wander awry
and find things new.
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Speed [Aug. 27th, 2006|12:21 am]
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hackingthejimmy
I think that a lot of websites are hosted right here in California, and that gave me a thought. It occured to me that internet on the East Coast or in other countries could be somewhat slower because of the distance the data has to travel. I didn't think it would make much of a difference, but when I messed around at http://www.Speedtest.net I would get 28 MB/s downloading from San Francisco, while only getting 4.7 MB/s from New York, and 1.2 Mb/s from Moscow. That's a huge difference, and a big freaking deal. It's still a lot faster than dial-up but if you were downloading some sort of large file, that would really slow you down trying to download accross the country. I guess distance does matter. A lot.
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He's got it packing [Aug. 16th, 2006|07:42 pm]
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hackingthejimmy
Move in is in a week or so. Wow. I guess I'm a little freaked out so I haven't started trying to pack or anything. I'm basically ignoring it.
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Vegan food [Aug. 14th, 2006|07:41 pm]
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hackingthejimmy
On my trip we spent a bit of time in Vegas, which is a bit odd, since we didn't shop, watch any shows, or gamble. It wasn't exactly how I expected it. What I was surprised about was the lights. I'd expected the whole place to be covered wall to wall in flashing neon lights in every color. That's how I've always seen Vegas portrayed, and I was dissapointed. Vegas does have its bright spots, but in general it's barely brighter than any other big city I've seen. What I realized is that the whole place is a disneyland for grownups, except that the buildings are about 20 times bigger, gambling is legal, and Mickey Mouse and the other mascots are replaced by strippers. The whole place is fueled completely by tourists, and it really is little more than an amusement park for couples to come and waste away all of their money. The only parts that resemble a normal city are the residential areas were the people who work the casinos and shows live. Vegas sickened me in a way, because of how fake it is, but at the same time I guess it's a place were people can go from rags to riches. But mostly it's just casinos going from riches to excessive riches.
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Do you believe in ghosts? [Aug. 3rd, 2006|07:40 pm]
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hackingthejimmy
I discovered today that I have become unnaturally white. I guess that's proof that the majority of this summer has been pretty uneventful. Usually I go to quite a few swim parties, take vacations to sunny beaches and go to some camp were I spend a full week outside. This summer I've barely seen the light of day, since I spend almost all of my time indoors. It also doesn't help that I've been staying up till 4AM and sleeping till 2PM. Oh well, at least I have a 2-week trip coming up. I'll have to gain some color then.
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