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Journal: Medic 2

Journal by Profane Motherfucker

I'm going to paramedic school. I'm being serious, too. I really am going to paramedic school. So about 14 months from now, the good people of a particular medium- to large-sized city will have the incredible joy of seeing me pump their veins full of fluids and odd elixers, then taking them to the hospital.

It could be a city near you! Eat hearty portions this holiday! Lots of egg nog and gristle! Have another three or five tom and jerry's drinks. 1000s of lucky winners each day!

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Journal: Meth 3

Journal by Profane Motherfucker

This post raises a few curious questions. Since you fuckers are lazy, I presume, I will cut and paste it here to save a few clicks. Jesus you people are slothful bitches.

I wonder, if crack was legalized, would we be having a simular discussion over how best to prepare it? (not saying any of you here would do crack, just that if it was socially acceptable and all that)

Well, my man, I will tell you the answer is yes. In the case of meth, there are a variety of ways its manufactured. The hardcore fiends, I'm talking about the toothless fucking junkies, all have their own particular flavor they like. There's more flavors to this shit than Baskin' Fucking Robbins. The count I heard was 48. It's just like coffee. Generally, just like coffee, there are some flavors that most snobs like. In the case of meth junkies, they like the stuff made from lithium batteries.

I asked one junkie why he was so fond of the lithium battery method. In all honesty, consuming anything that has a principal ingredient of a battery seems like some seriously flawed fucking paradigm, but not to the toothless cunt he was.

"It's smooth, man. Like the other shit [method unknown] just burns your throat like you snorted fire. This shit is a lot smoother and it don't burn as much."

So, there you have it.

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Journal: IANAL, but I am a law student.... 11

Journal by Fiver-rah
I started law school this last week. I've got classes, and reading--oh my head, the reading. It's not as bad as the movies make it out to be, really. So far, I'm actually enjoying it, don't tell anyone.

In other news, I wrote my first cease-and-desist letter today. I use unique e-mails for every commercial entity I interact with. One of them sold my address to another company. So I contacted them, quoted the statute they violated, explained how I could prove it was them as sold my address, and told them to cut out the spam or I'd file a civil suit to collect damages as allowed by Texas law.

Nah, I don't think I'd really do it. But I do hope someone somewhere reads my letter and says "Oh shit, people take this spam stuff seriously."

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Journal: Grounding outlets? 10

Journal by Fiver-rah
I have a question. I'm in Ann Arbor, visiting friends and the law school. I found a place to live for next year. It's relatively nice. There's only one problem. It's an older house, and none of the outlets are grounded. Now I have issues plugging my beloved computer in somewhere that doesn't have grounded outlets. There should be a way to safely and effectively ground these thingies. Anyone here know how to do it? Or have any nice references for me?

Thanks!

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Journal: Baffling need-based aid! 6

Journal by Fiver-rah
So my Lessig Challenge stuff will be on http://tjp.qiken.org from here on out.

I'm sure nobody really cares about my law school search, but here's the skinny. So far, I've gotten into Michigan, Duke, Columbia and NYU. And I've jumped through all the financial aid hoops. I'm just waiting to get offers from places. I've discovered that need-based aid for law school is exceptionally confusing.

Witness: Michigan gave me a reasonably generous (for a law school--they do expect you to take out a certain amount in loans, even above the Federally allowed amounts) need-based aid package. It was five figures, which made me happy.

NYU just told me that I didn't qualify for need-based aid. Get this: the Federal government says my EFC is zero. The sum total of aid that I've gotten from my parents in the last eight years, including my undergraduate career, and throughout my master's program, is a couple of plane tickets to visit home. My parents aren't particularly rich, and they're retiring next year.

Apparently, NYU thinks that between my expected contribution of zero dollars, and my parent's minimal retirement income, I can come up with $54,955 per year for their stupid law school, which I didn't really want to go to anyways.

At any rate, it looks like I'm going to Michigan. I'm pretty happy with that result. They have a strong public interest office that helps people get positions in places other than corporate law (blech!). I'm doing a visit weekend.

Wish me luck. I'd hate to sell out before I even start. :)

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Journal: Trackback Trolling 1

Journal by Profane Motherfucker

You're familiar with MoveableType, yes? Well they have this little thing called a trackback. I propose, and it's most likely been well worn by now:
Trackback Trolling.

Let's say I write a highly inflamatory post: like this. Note that I did not write this. But I see its potential for highly inflamed responses.

With my highly inflamatory post, I go on a trackback finding spree, looking for exactly the type of people with blogs likely to be offended by my writings. So I go to Daypop.com and search for something, find a few blogs.

I craft an offensive excerpt for my post that will ensure 100% offense to the readers and author.

Then, I grab their trackback pings for specific posts, paste them into my MT post and send off a shitload of trackbacks, along with my coarse excerpt. You can also just link to other MT blogs and have the TB generated automagically too.

Trackback trolling. What an idea. Few use trackbacks regularly, except the A-list bloggers that are party to selfsuck sessions with each other. In the general blog world, they're not too common -- hence the massive impact this has.

Folks, you heard it here first.

Due note, careful reader, that deleting a trackback is not particularly easy to do. If I sent a profane fucking spew in the form of a trackback to another blog, it's not easy for victim of said profane fucking spew to remove that trackback.

It's possible to delete them, but rather a pain. One must enter the database and manually delete that trackback from the table.

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Journal: Feb. Lessig, and thoughts about money 1

Journal by Fiver-rah
Total for the bad guys: $15 for Cable modem.

Total for TJP:

  • $10 to rockbox, a really cool opensource firm ware for the Archos jukebox.
  • $5 for a slashdot subscription.

For those of you who are curious how it is that I've gone two months without buying CDs, seeing movies, renting videos, or otherwise propping up the entertainment megapoly, it's really quite simple. Law school is expensive; the poorer I appear to be, the more grant aid I get. Since I had to fill out all the forms in January, I deliberately made myself as poor as possible. This means I made a few large (but necessary) purchases ahead of time (for instance, I bought a laptop). My machinations were effective; according to the federal government, my EFC is $0. Hell yeah, baby! Unfortunately, my machinations were effective, and I really am lacking in ready cash at the moment. Plus I'm probably going to have to move across the country in about six months. So there's a good reason I'm not spending money. First of all, I don't have any. And secondly, any money that I might make between now and when I have to move is getting saved so I can afford to move.

This whole financial aid thing is screwy. When I was an undergraduate student, my parents wouldn't help with college. But the government and any schools I attended assumed they'd be helping me, and since my parents are upper-middle class, I got nothing. Result: I worked multiple jobs throughout undergrad and went to a state school, since I couldn't afford anything else.

But now it turns out that since the government was nice enough to give me a fellowship to get a graduate degree in Chemistry, and since they don't count fellowship income for financial aid purposes, I both get paid more than my fellow students (in chemistry) and can simultaneously expect a nicer financial aid package from law schools. And since my parents shafted me as an undergrad, I've been independent from them for eight years, which means almost everywhere I'm applying won't expect them to contribute to my law school education.

I've never been happier about not getting money from my parents before. :)

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Journal: I must spend more time on slashdot.... 2

Journal by Fiver-rah
I'm ashamed to admit it. I used to be completely addicted to slashdot. Then I started applying to law school. Unfortunately, there's a message board for students applying to law school that I started to frequent because occasionally it contains useful information, like when certain schools are beginning to make decisions and all that stuff.

In actuality, it's Yet Another way to get sucked into an online forum. The good bit is that I've met a couple of people who love Linux and want to go to law school because they care about travesties like the DMCA, et cetera. The bad bit is that this message board is addictive like slashdot. Except there are no news stories, no moderation, no "friends" system. In short, it's addictive like slashdot but has no real redeeming value. And it's populated by elitists who want to go to law school. The ugly bits? Well, no real moderation. And there's a couple people who post this really ugly racist, sexist drivel. You know that you've been spending too much time when you get so inured to seeing shit like this that a thread entitled "I want to pluck out some Arab's eyeball" just makes you think, "Gross, General Lee outdid himself." Once the trolls get you to lose your sense of moral outrage, it's time to quit. Yes, occasionally semi-valuable information surfaces. But it's really not worth it.

For those of you who are morbidly curious, you can see the Princeton Review law school board in all its glory here.

I hereby resolve to start posting on slashdot more. After all, my time is finite, and if I waste it here, I can't waste it there.

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Journal: German-style beef brisket recipe? 11

Journal by Profane Motherfucker

Anyone have one? I'm quite fond of beef brisket. And I've never had a German dish I disliked.

And, by the way, Lent is my favorite time of the year. Not because I'm Catholic, Lutheran or anything even remotely close. Presbyterian, in name only, to be exact. But the stores all go apeshit marking down the various fish products to appease the pious.

That means for those who have a disgusting lust for tinned fish, like kipper snacks, and sardines, these things are on sale. I now own more tinned fish at this moment, than at any other point in my adult life.

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Journal: Who got my money

Journal by Fiver-rah
I decided to give $25 to EFF for a budget membership. That works. I do want to give them more money. I'll probably do so in a later month, and maybe send it for a specific project....
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Journal: Who to give money? 11

Journal by Fiver-rah
This month, I have approximately no money. This is good. It means I'm going to see no movies and buy no CDs. It means that I owe TJP (truth, justice, and the penguin) $15, my share of the cable modem service.

I'm not a member of EFF, but I will be eventually. But I wanted to give in a month when I owed substantially more. So who do I send the $15 too?

Here are the people I eventually want to give money:
EFF
FSF
EarthFirst!
Heifer International

Anyone think I should add anything to that list? Where's a good cause I can give fifteen bucks? Of course, I can give *more* than $15, but like I said, I have approximately no money this month....

* * * * * *

In other news, I appear to have been admitted to Duke Law School. How strange. ;)

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Journal: December: Lessig Challenge 3

Journal by Fiver-rah
I've e-mailed Luke Francl and I'm on the list! Woohoo! Least important person on the Lessig challenge! This is worth something, I bet.

Ahem. Now on to the serious biz. The money. The dough. All that stuff. For December:

IN THE ENTERTAINMENT GIANT CORNER we have:

  • Bill for shitty cable modem service: $15 (split 3 ways).
  • Star Trek: Nemesis tickets. Matinee. $6
  • The Two Towers tickets. $10 (I haven't bought 'em yet but that sounds right).

Total: $31

On the side of truth, justice, and the penguin we have:

  • Gentoo Linux, $31

For this month, I'm even Steven. I'm going to shoot to beat or equal my industry payments, but don't expect me to overshoot *too* much. I'm not that rich. :)

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Journal: Lessig and Other Thoughts 4

Journal by Fiver-rah
Hi Slashdot. I haven't written in my journal in approximately three eons. I've been busy--fighting with my graduate advisor, taking the LSAT, applying to law school, et cetera et cetera and so forth.

The personal statement I sent to law schools ended up looking nothing like the ones I posted here. I talked to some people who have No Geek Background and they were thoroughly confused by words like "public domain" and "Linux" and all that stuff. They just Didn't Get It. Since they're the types that are going to be reading my application, I figured they were right. I ended up writing something that had some happy fun analogies but that's pretty much it. :)

I took the LSAT in October and ended up getting a 173. This is pretty decent, I guess. Higher would have been nicer, but it's sufficient. And I finished all my applications a while back. I applied to Michigan, Harvard, Duke, and Berkeley. Then I started freaking out because everyone's saying that this is a huge year for law school applications, they're up something like 40% from two years ago. So I also sent applications to Columbia and NYU (who sent me fee waivers because they liked my LSAT). About two days after freaking out and sending the extra apps, I got a letter admitting me to Michigan's JD class of 2006. Yay!

So I'm in at least one place. I'm going to be a lawyer. I'm going to accrue lots of debt, and I hope that I end up being able to make a difference in some way.

Scary statistic of the day: 80% of entering law students say they don't want to do corporate work. 80% of newly minted JDs end up doing so. I've been spending some time thinking about this. How do I stop myself from selling out? How do I stay true to my principles? How do I avoid the thrill and burden of a six figure salary?

I think my first step was to recognize that being a poor student is no excuse. I'm taking the Lessig Challenge. So I don't make a lot of money. It'll be even worse when I'm in law school. Big Deal. If I can find the cash to hand over to the RIAA/MPAA/cable modem people, I can double it and give it away to people I really care about. I think this is really the best answer to the old slashdot question: "How can you love these movies and hate the RIAA?" Answer: "By giving more to the people I love than I do the RIAA."

Every month, I'll be posting my payments either way. If you feel the same way I do, try and do the same thing! :) See The Original Lessig Challenger.

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Journal: More seriously 7

Journal by Fiver-rah
Enough of this personal statement stuff. Now I have a real question, of extraordinary seriousness. Imagine that we're going to remove one of two people from human history. Our choices are Newton or Gauss. Which one do you think we could most do without, and why?
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Journal: Personal Statement, Part II 6

Journal by Fiver-rah
I posted my last version of my personal statement a while back. After posting it, I decided it was total crap and didn't convey half of what needed to be conveyed. It got across a little of my sense of humor and a little of my sense of purpose, but generally was total crap. So I thought and thought and thought and thought. Finally I decided on a two-pronged attack. I'm submitting a specialized individualized essay to all the schools I'm applying to saying "This is why I want to go to YOUR school". I'm going to talk a little bit more about specifics in that. My personal statement is going to be just that. Personal. I made a list of all the reasons why a law school should accept me. It looks like this:
  • Brilliant
  • Hard working
  • Really, really strong
  • Eloquent
  • Sense of humor
  • Capable
  • Very cool.
  • Different background
  • Thoughtful
  • Modest! Humble! Oh so humble!

Okay, that last is a joke. Still, I figured that my personal statement should really give them an idea of how amazing I truly am (and this is really arrogant on my part--but I am cool, and dammit, I should get into law school because of it). So here is my personal statement. You might recognize one or two sentences, but the form, content, and theme have morphed almost entirely. There are going to be some edits after this (particularly the first paragraph, which I assert is "not gripping enough" and the last sentence, which doesn't quite say what I want it to say), but this is essentially it, people. Tell me what you think. Criticisms away. And thanks to everyone!

... I'm deleting this 'cause (a) It's not what I sent and (b) I don't think I want this up here anymore.

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