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June 16th, 2009
03:53 pm


Rained in kitchen again. Second time in two years. Seriously, Jim, whatever you're doing with the plumbing up there, knock it off!

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May 19th, 2009
10:53 pm


Writer's Block: Space Wars
Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Serenity, Alien, 2001—there is a long list of movies and TV shows that take place in space. Which is your favorite?



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May 14th, 2009
03:23 pm


Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...

The Rarity (QTAF)

Quirky Traditional Alpha Female

You have an unusual and unbelievably precious combination of traits, especially in a woman. Not only are alpha females extremely rare, but traditional ones with nerdy/geeky interests are even more scarce. Unlike the other types, I can't give you a description because I'm not sure if you actually exists. I know this is not a compatibility test, but you are the girl of my dreams. Please, oh please message me! (Not to sound desperate or anything.)


You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.

You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.

You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.

When picking a date, consider: Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), or The Manga Geek (QLBM).

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January 11th, 2009
03:42 pm


Help me fight malaria in Africa!

Dear Friends,
I'm working with my epidemiology class on a major service project, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to help us.

Some months ago we were watching a documentary on malaria in Africa and the kids were really touched by it.  Malaria affects all ages, but children are disproportionately affected because their immune systems aren't fully functional.  Many adults can live with it as a chronic illness, some can recover.  But hundreds of children die every day.  The disease can be prevented if families sleep under insecticide treated bednets.  The bednets aren't expensive, but subsistence farmers can barely afford to feed their families.

So we started planning a project to raise money to buy bednets for families that need them.  We are working through the Nothing But Nets campaign, which in turn works with the United Nations Foundation.

To illustrate my commitment to this project, I will be sacrificing my face for malaria.  The students have planned event where they are selling opportunities for students to throw a pie at a teacher.  I'll be sure to post pics.

Anyway, if any of this appeals to you, please consider sponsoring our group on the Nothing But Nets website.  All it takes is $10 to buy a bed net, distribute it to a family, and explain its use.

You can help support me by making a secure online donation. Click on the link below to help prevent malaria:


Thanks for your support!


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December 23rd, 2008
07:41 pm


a happy rest
I managed to get my grading done before leaving for break, so I get the best Festivus present ever...I'm going to read a book!

In other news, I gave a genetics test to my biology class yesterday. Mid-test, one student asked me how I sleep at night.

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September 23rd, 2008
04:17 pm


Anybody interested in going to this?
Dear Rebecca,

We invite you to join us at this great event!

In conjunction with the Thornton Wilder International Conference, Shakespeare '70, a repertory theater company that has an on-going collaborative relationship with TCNJ, will perform Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy "The Skin Of Our Teeth" on the Main Stage of Kendall Hall on 9/26 and 27, and 10/2, 3, and 4 at 8:00 pm. A combination of area professionals, alumni, and current TCNJ students are included in the large cast. "The Skin Of Our Teeth" tells the story of the Antrobus family and their struggles to survive and thrive through all the travails in human history, including the Ice Age, a Great Flood, and World War. In keeping with Wilder's original aim to re-imagine the theatrical landscape, director Brian Bara of Levittown, PA, also an alum of TCNJ, has chosen to incorporate a steam punk sensibility in set design, costuming, etc. -- a unique artistic style that represents both the past and the present.

For details about the conference schedule and tickets for the "The Skin of Our Teeth," go to the conference website at www.tcnj.edu/~wilder/conference. For inquiries, please contact TCNJ Professor of English and Thornton Wilder Society Executive Director Lincoln Konkle at wilder@tcnj.edu.

We hope to see you there,

The Office of Alumni Affairs

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August 28th, 2008
12:03 am


This is a video by my friends and fellow Brookdale Arts Camp alumni Ben & Melissa Rauch. It's up on Funny or Die. It's funny, so watch it and vote Funny!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

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August 15th, 2008
02:56 pm


Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

NBPC - The Daydreamer

Nature, Background, Big Picture, and Color

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.

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July 4th, 2008
03:11 pm


Not your typical summer job
I like working at the aquarium because almost every day I do something that I've never done before.  Yesterday was my first day back.  A monkey I hadn't met before sat on my head and groomed me. 

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June 29th, 2008
06:55 pm


This meme does no justice to the reading I actually do...
...and who uses "reckons" in reference to a literary ideal?  Also, "The Big Read" isn't a publishing company.  It's a movement by the National Endowment for the Arts.   I think the originator of this meme started with the first 100 books he/she thought of.  Where's Huckleberry Finn?  Where's The Picture of Dorian Gray?
Just sayin.
Still participated.
From Becca.

 "The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullmam
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (isn't this one of The Chronicles of Narnia?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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