Latest Happenings

January 28, 2008

I haven’t posted in a while, but things have been busy. Here are the highlights:

  • Zyrtec freaking rules. Once I got off of the prednisone the doctor put me on (which completely dried out my sinuses, making it impossible to sing), I took some Zyrtec and it worked like a charm. I went over to the den of cats and didn’t even sneeze once the entire night.
  • The Susquehanna Chorale had our Rodgers and Hammerstein concert this past weekend. It was hard work, but a lot of fun. Both performances sold out at the Forum (1800 seats).
  • Classes are going fairly well… busy busy busy!

Fucking Cats

January 18, 2008

Yeah, they look all cute and lovable. Until they make my sinuses explode. I’ve been heading over to a friend’s house once a week to play some games, and his cats are killing me. Hopefully not literally, but I have a severe allergic reaction every time that Claritin seems helpless against. I’m not exactly sure what to do, other than call my doctor and try to get a prescription for something stronger. Any suggestions?

Holidays Over

January 1, 2008

Well, it’s January 1st, 2008. Happy New Year! I’m pretty happy that the holiday season is over. Unlike my friend, I actually like winter (with the exception of ice storms that knock my power out). But the forced family interaction of the holidays just gets on my nerves. I suppose that ultimately I’m a misanthrope, even when it comes to people I love. This is probably the greatest contributing factor to my troubled relationship history; I’ve yet to find a woman who is OK with my not wanting to be around her half the time.

I’ve long wrestled with the conflict between this misanthropy and my propensity towards depression and loneliness. It’s only in recent years, with financial stability, a stable job I love doing, and a small but close group of friends that I’ve become really content. Sure, I’ll bitch about day-to-day things, but I really am happy. It’s kinda weird, actually. In a good way.

Benazir Bhutto assassinated

December 27, 2007

In case you hadn’t heard.

I’m certainly no expert on Middle East politics, but this seems like a pretty major setback for the region. Bleh.

Everybody loves bacon

December 21, 2007

Except maybe this guy. Some bacon links, via BoingBoing:

Blogs I read

December 19, 2007

Here’s a list of blogs I read regularly (using Google Reader, which I highly recommend)


Man Conquers Space

December 18, 2007

Via Bad Astronomy Blog:

The film Man Conquers Space looks like a documentary made today, and is peppered with archival footage from the dawn of the space age during WWII, through to today, narrated by the people who were there – the engineers, the astronauts, the scientists, the visionaries, the politicians. This film is based on an alternative timeline to the Mercury-Gemini-Apollo era of reality – it is based on the premise that all that had been proposed in the early 1950’s actually came to pass – and sooner than they expected.

Some of the video footage on the site is very pretty, and it makes me a little sad that things like this seem so distant and implausible in reality.