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No-one is going to care about this or respond to it, and this is so totally not my style of LiveJournal post, but I simply must take this opportunity to say that

FALLOUT 3 IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF ALL THINGS

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It is time, once again, for everybody, to come aboard, the, GREAT BARGAINS TRAIN!

I have no idea what that meant, but I am going to try to sell a billion things again, starting on LiveJournal. Since nobody actually cared about the near-infinite work I put into my last post on the subject, I will just basically list what is for sale and how much it is. You, my best friends forever, get first dibs on all this excellent, high-quality material!!!

WANNA SEE WHAT I AM SELLING?!?! CLICK HERE! OH, SO MANY THINGS!!Collapse )

Finally, if for some reason you play Heroclix or Magic: The Gathering and want to buy some of my stuff I will be selling at Gen-Con, do let me know. I will likely give you a ridiculous discount just to be rid of it.

Hmm, why did I decrease the font size every time instead of shutting off the font tag? Who knows?

I HOPE YOU BUY SOMETHING! I AM EXTREMELY POOR AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MONEY TO GO VISIT ALL OF MY FRIENDS NOW THAT I AM BACK IN NORMAL THANK YOU :(

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Oh snap!

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/04/BA8V1137HS.DTL&type=gaylesbian

I was a little worried they were going to put a delay on the proceedings, and then in November California would somehow end up overturning the ruling. But instead, I will just beg any gay/lesbian/cyber-lesbian readers here in a happy long-term relationship to go to California and get married as soon as possible. I will go. I will totally go. Really, I should just fly out to California on the 17th and stand in the street somewhere holding a sign saying "please let me come be witness to this great American moment!"

It never would have seemed logical for me to think of a wedding as a tourist destination before, but such is life. It sure is exciting that in the last day, my Illinois BFF Obama finally took the great leap into white people not having a lock on major-party politics, just as straight people may be losing their lock on marriage. Woohoo! Goooooo progressivism2k!

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In response to the Democratic National Committee's decision to split the delegates only slightly in Hillary Clinton's favor, Clinton's spokesperson informed them that she has "reserved the right" to guarantee that John McCain wins the election.

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Imagine the worst Rice Krispy Treat you have ever had, a handful of fragments from years-old Jolly Ranchers found stuck in your couch, and a tiny bar of chocolate Produit de Equatorial Guinea bulk ChocoManufactureCo. This, friends, is the "Special K Bliss Bar." It is like a 5-year-old was given free reign over the entirety of General FoodllogMills, or whoever makes this abomination, and allowed to make up a snack based both on her idea of a great breakfast and a great room decoration. "Yaaaay! Shiny red pieces and choco!!! Ooookay now dip in mommy's cereal!!"

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS BULLSHIT?

AND WHY DO I STILL HAVE HALF A BOX TO FINISH :(

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I just accepted the spot at [Delaware]//[am] declin[ing] the ones at [George Mason, Rutgers, Connecticut, Illinois State, Arizona State, Kansas, North Texas].

That was tough.

Mandy and I will still be living together in the D.C. suburbs, as she is going to George Mason (I had the acceptance form for George Mason all filled out and ready to fax when I got the last-minute offer from Delaware, and learned we would have been on different campuses at George Mason anyway). I will probably be crashing on school nights in the spare room of a friend of mine who lives in Newark, DE. The best and worst of both worlds!

Finally, lishd can stop hearing about this! After this one last post!

I turned down top 5 and top 30 offers in two fields and two top 50 offers in another to go to a program that seems unranked, yet still looks like a better fit than any of my other acceptances. WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING?!?! Who knows? Other than, hopefully, "Dr. Quarex." Stay tuned!

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THERE ARE THREE ITEMS ON MY AGENDA! Can you count them all!?!?

Firstly, school: rejected from Northeastern (leaving only Brandeis and Delaware still to get back to me ... the informal deadline is tomorrow, schools, hellooooooo). Meanwhile, Mandy was finally rejected from Kansas, after they gave her the runaround for almost a month. That music department can choke on it. She did, however, get accepted to Arizona State. No matter what we end up deciding now, I am thrilled that our insane efforts totalling 47 graduate applications between us (27 for me, 20 for her) did ultimately give us multiple choices as to where to go to school while still living together. While that alone is not what it is all about, being able to stay together while getting what we want out of school IS what it is all about. That said, our calls and e-mails to our respective Arizona State departments since Friday have thus far been met with no particularly helpful responses as to arranging meetings, so they must not want us to come that badly.

Secondly, I have been reeling in the last few years as every Internet news source slowly but surely turns to "reporting" nothing but entertainment, sports, celebrity gossip loosely disguised as political commentary, and other items that have no right to be called "news*." To this end, is there one single place on the Internet today where you can get a constant fresh supply of actually important world events? Or is even the most diligently organized bastion of journalism now infested with the virus of banality that is continuing to absorb our entire society? I use Google News to try to get an interesting take on World events, but stories about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's latest fashion or drinking decisions end up being foisted off as issues of global importance, infuriating me.

Along these same lines, I was at least pleasantly surprised to come across this today: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/04/14/ramos.horta/index.html CNN, for the first time in what must be its entire history, has printed an article written by a non-American, about issues that most Americans likely do not care about, yet that is fantastic and interesting (even if, really, barely news in itself).

Thirdly, uhhh, uhhhh, well, it was something. There was definitely something I needed to talk about. Was it, perhaps, how much I love you? Yes. Yes, it was.



*Neil Postman's book "Amusing Ourselves to Death" would suggest that not even news is actually news, but I digress.

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George Mason's Public Policy program admitted me today. They are pretty well ranked, and located in the D.C. area, leaving me in excellent striking position to serve on President Obama's homeland security committee. Just as importantly, Mandy was accepted to their choral conducting program with much fanfare. In fact, they accepted her on the spot last August during what was supposed to be an informational interview. Was that a sign? No, because there is no such thing as a sign. But I have to say, it is pretty funny nonetheless.

So, am I going to George Mason? No guarantees. But it is a mighty tempting choice, even though I was increasingly thinking political science, not public policy, was right for me. But I have the feeling I can make whatever field I am in bend to the will of homeland security.

Still waiting to see if Kansas or Arizona accepts Mandy, though. Then, we can have TWO or THREE happy super-deluxe romance goodwill choices!

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el_ergo totally just made fun of me for not posting recently, so here I am.

Not too much news to report. A few more rejections again, including Harvard, Toronto, American, Georgetown (sorry, Ogre; no Hoyas for me), and surely a couple of others. An amusing trend developed, as I realized today that with only public schools left on the horizon, Mandy and I were both rejected from every private school on our list. Is there something about Midwesterners that just tells private schools to look the other way? Surely it has nothing to do with those schools often being super-competitive (but so is Mandy, so this theory clearly does not hold up).

No new acceptances, though I did receive encouraging? news from one school, in the form of a semi-schizophrenic message including both "[we] could admit you now - with enthusiasm" and "not everyone who reaches this round is admitted." Unless they were just trying to see if I was still interested (which I assured them I was), I have no idea why they would say something so hilariously nice-and-mean to me.

I really did not think I would get this close to the end of March before I knew what was happening. And now it looks like we may well make it to the beginning of April before we know for sure, particularly since two of my acceptances have not gotten back to Mandy and two of her acceptances have not gotten back to me.

THE OBVIOUS SOLUTION: A "DREAM TICKET" FEATURING MANDY AND ME AS CO-PRESIDENT

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Yes, I am behind in my harlequinfetus emulation. Perhaps I set my sights too high in the first place by trying to emulate someone as amazing and brilliant and actually possessed of a good background with which to apply.

I have now basically lost track of which reject[ions] came in when, or whatever, but I got a few more here and there, including the [University of Alberta], George Mason University's Conflict Analysis program, Princeton (sorry, dad; no cutesy father-son alma mater ... at least not this round), uh, probably another couple I am forgetting. Oh yeah, University of Minnesota and George Washington University, too. Though George Washington, like Colorado and Connecticut before it, at least has a graduate program polite enough to re-circulate my file for consideration for the M.A. leading to the Ph.D. I am not exactly expecting much, as I am already pleased enough that this tactic worked once. But it would be neat if it worked every time I tried it!

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, THOUGH THE BRIGHTNESS IS MUTED BY THE NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE IN THE BACKGROUND, I finally got my first bona-fide Ph.D. acceptance, to Rutgers' Global Affairs program. Unfortunately, it also does not seem likely that I would be funded. Which would mean like $100,000 in student loans for tuition alone in the span of my time there, to say nothing of additional living expenses. This does not sound appealing. That said, since I never accept bad news, I am now going to just try to debate them into at least waiving tuition or something so I could almost sort of kind of justify doing this. The program really does seem like a great fit, which will make it entirely too disappointing if it does not work out.

Also, as a random side note, Mandy and I have visited 17 states (and Washington D.C.!) since last July. This is clearly one of the best side effects of applying to entirely too many programs. You want to go see where you are applying.

[This process] is amazing. AMAZING.