April 20th, 2004

the only earth?

the universe speaks

o.k. so on the same day I find out that they're testing political ads my observing brain activity [nyt] and a Bush-Cheney '04 mesh hat is available [bc04] for the low price of $10.95.

On top of that. I listened to the "Ghosts of Elections Past" episode of This American Life last night. That episode features a story about Dan Savage wearing an Ellen Craswell hat at the 1996 King County Republican Convention.

Coincidence, I think not.
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For your morning viewing/reading pleasure, Slate presents a slide-show essay about Rem Koolhaas that features some good photos of the new Seattle public library, scheduled to open next month.
chair, apartment

summary judgements

All that I managed to accomplish this morning was laundry and making vegetarian chili (well, finishing what my mom started last week). During my productivity struggles I came to the sad realization that I'm increasingly dependent on caffeine to feel useful.

After lunch, I went to Victrola to read before going to campus for IMA yoga. The class has the feeling of mass hypnosis. But I suppose that a meditation element is to be expected. For now though, most of my effort is on trying to breathe properly and to do the positions correctly; so enlightenment is probably not on the near-term agenda. Not that I'm really sure if that's my goal. I think I like it though. The instructor is new-agey, but not distractingly.

I spent some time after class with a friendly neighborhood elliptical machine and met up with some Epi people at the GPSS social at the HUB. There was a good turnout and I ran into a few people that I knew. While I was talking to some non-Epi people, the group from my department departed for dinner at Chipotle. I finished my free beer and conversation and caught up with them on the Ave. Fast walker (or fast drinker, or both), I guess.

I don't really see why people love Chipotle (don't people?). It was O.K., vaguely like a Mexican Subway. The general consensus is that it isn't a bad addition to the Ave. After all, people can still get their greasy breakfast fix at the IHOP (Chipotle is located in the space formerly known as Denny's).

More reading and then home for 24. Surprisingly, the writers found a way for Kim to get into harm's way this season!