Saturday, June 30, 2007

Literary Abominations

Yesterday at Borders I learned of a whole new subset of literary garbage - Pride and Prejudice: the sequels. Yes, my female friends, there are actually authors (I suppose we can call them that) who would presume to take Austen's beloved tale and mess with Darcy and Elizabeth's fate. Really, who do these people think they are? My favorite defiler is a woman named Linda Berdoll. Apparently she didn't find enough heaving breasts in the original and has taken it upon herself to add some sexy to Pemberley. Out of macabre fascination, I picked up Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley (I know, come on) and read the blurb on the back of the book, but out of respect for you and Ms. Austen I will not repeat the slander; I think the book covers say it all.

Monday, June 25, 2007


I made it to math camp. It was a long haul full of nothing but large trucks (which tried to kill me twice!) and Local NPR stations from Utah to Michigan. I think my favorite NPR provider was Chicago Public Radio.

So far Math Camp has been interesting and a bit intimidating. Graduate students from all over the country are here. A lot of them are from Harvard, Yale, Berkley and the like. That either means that they are smarter than I am, or they were more motivated in high school and take standardized tests better than I do. You decide.

I was amazed to find that some of my classmates look just like this guy. They could have stared in Revenge of the Nerds. I guess there is some truth behind every stereotype.

I ain't afraid of no ghost!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

He made it

Derek made it to Math, ahem, Stats Camp last night and is nicely settled in some random hotel until he finds a place to live. For those of you who still aren't sure what he is doing (it is true, I don't know that anyone is actually reading this, but it is easier for me to pretend "you" are) he is taking a couple of courses through a program called ICPSR, which stands for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Yeah, whatever. Derek assures me he is not the only *diligent* student who has chosen to spend his summer this way. I'm still skeptical. He begins class on Monday and will be in Ann Arbor until the 20th of July. This leaves me all alone for a month but with plenty of time to dedicate to this blog and my summer program, OSFSU (Online Scrapbooking for the Scrapbook Un-inclined), I like to call it Scrap Camp. I, however, already have a place to live.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Check it off the list

Today we went to the Spiral Jetty. Kinda cool but kinda gross.

What's next ?