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January 17th, 2003

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nothing much happened

Not much of anything happened today. Sirens and flashing lights disrupted my morning class. We relocated to a sort-of hallway so that we could complete the lecture. Every so often, the professor would stop and encourage people to use the hallway without worry of interrupting him.

Instead of running, I talked to my sister on the phone tonight while I prepared dinner. At her school, they don't cancel classes for MLK Jr. day, which I think is kind of amazing. My amazement, however, left me feeling a guilty for not signing up to volunteer this year.
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All week, McSweeney's has been running essays by authors about favorite songs. In the first installment of the series, Nick Hornby wrote about Ryan Adams' "Oh My Sweet Carolina". In his essay, he asks, "how can you be happy, really, if you are only ordinary in your happiness, but extraordinary in your grief?"

Anyway. Good stuff, right? The other essays are equally excellent. I really like the project, for the great questions, lovely sentences, and last paragraphs.
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If you've got an hour to kill and want to hear about government secrecy, listen to Secret Government, the 10 January edition of This American Life. The three acts include stories about Jose Padilla, Secret Trials and Deportations, and the FISA court and zealous wiretapping.