• Oct. 16th, 2009 at 8:10 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (stardust (on the road again))
Wow. I told people "I don't think I did terribly, I don't think I did great. I'd guess 168."

And it turns out that's actually what I got.

I'm not thrilled (actually, I'm a little disappointed), but I'm not unhappy enough to retake the test.


skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (lion king (zazuuuuuuu))
One morning the Prime Minister wanted to dictate while he was in his bath… Eventually he got out of the bath when his devoted valet, Sawyers, draped an enormous bath-towel around him. He walked into his adjoining bedroom, followed by me, notebook in hand, and continued to dictate … Eventually the towel fell to the ground but, quite unconcerned, he continued pacing the room dictating all the time.

Suddenly President Roosevelt entered the bedroom and saw the British Prime Minister completely naked walking around the room dictating to me. WSC never being lost for words said ‘You see, Mr. President, I have nothing to conceal from you.’

-- Danchev, On Specialness



  • Sep. 28th, 2009 at 8:18 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (dollhouse (agent victor fbi!!1!))
Tomorrow will find me shamelessly begging my thesis adviser to see if he can get me a reserved spot to see Tony Blair speak.

If not, I will be getting up at five in the morning to camp outside the auditorium.



  • Sep. 26th, 2009 at 4:36 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (Default)
Grand Master List Of Pre-Test Habits I Have Had Over The Years:

- Eat a banana
- Chew peppermint gum
- Drink lemon water
- Roll on the floor
- Wear a specific piece of jewelery
- Slack off

Haha, that said, the LSAT went okay! It wasn't stressful at all. No gauge on how I did, though.



  • Sep. 24th, 2009 at 4:58 PM
skywalker: (space cake (don't nami nami me!))
Holy shit.

My name is spelled wrong on all my university documentation.

I'm a senior.

How did I never notice this before.


Prince Ali.

  • Sep. 21st, 2009 at 10:25 AM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (aladdin (this looks like what?))
My quantitative methods professor sounds so much like Aladdin that I find it excruciatingly difficult to pay attention to anything he says.


About last night.

  • Sep. 19th, 2009 at 12:34 AM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (Default)
Last night I went to a debate party and got blackout drunk. A guy from the party called the taking-drunk-people-home van for me then left, but the van passed me, idk why. Then a boy showed up while I was sitting against a street sign and supported me ten blocks home. Then my roommates got me a bowl (turned out to be necessary...) and water and paper towels and put me in bed.

It was a stupid and unnecessary experience, but also, in the end, a GMH one.


  • Sep. 9th, 2009 at 8:27 PM
skywalker: (new groove (high five))
I had pizza with my congressman today.

He is a bro.

I will vote for him again next year.

Major Clerks vibes.

  • Sep. 7th, 2009 at 6:16 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (sw (bespin duel))
[personal profile] schiarire keeps emailing me links about Star Wars and military strategy (ie Star Wars and counterinsurgency, Star Wars and private military contractors) and now I really want to do a research paper on Star Wars.


Maybe the Politics and the Military professor will let me write the 25-pager about the Clone Wars?!

"Where is the box?"

  • Aug. 29th, 2009 at 5:17 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (sw (padme bad timing))
I hate this house as much as I remember!

I want to go home. I'm definitely a loony. I can't handle going back to my senior year of college. can't handle anything. I already had my dream of working for the foreign service crushed. Now it looks like I won't be able to handle going to law school anywhere away from home.

Fifteen years of working to get the best grades and be the best at everything -- all for nothing. I've stumbled at the finish line.

I'm a wreck.

Also, my taxi from the airport got stuck behind Ted Kennedy's funeral processioncade. Holla at my dead Kennedy!

Metro car.

  • Aug. 25th, 2009 at 7:08 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (sw (solo))
I really want to bring my mini-van to DC despite the fact that I would only use it to go to:

1. The grocery store.
2. The mall.
3. Northern Virginia?
4. Baltimore for the LSAT?
5. ... Long Island for Easter?

But. But.

Ode To Driving A Car.

Cars are convenient and easy and wonderful. You don't have to sit next to smelly hobos. You can tell the people in the back to shut the fuck up if they start raving like the crazy people on busses. You can eat in your car.

A car is always on time, and that time is "whenever I'm ready to leave." You never miss your car. When you're planning a trip, you say "It takes X amount of time to get there," not "it takes ten minutes to get from my place to the bus, then twenty minutes on the bus to the metro, then five minutes on the metro, then another ten minutes on a different metro, and then five minutes to walk to where I'm going -- and I'd better pad in at least ten minutes on each leg of the trip in case something goes wrong!" No! You just go "It takes X amount of time to drive there"!

A car doesn't run on a limited schedule on the weekend. A car doesn't stop running at three in the morning. A car doesn't drop you off two blocks from where you live, so you never have to trudge back with all your groceries, or freak out because it's the middle of the night and you're heading home alone.

And you can listen to NPR in the car.

Driving my car to DC would probably cost as much in gas as a plane ticket would. Insurance would probably be more expensive than paying delivery fees from the grocery store and taking public transit. Parking places costs money. I drive a big Honda Odyssey, and the streets in DC seem small to me... but still...

I wanna bring my car to school.

Boo, you whore.

  • Aug. 23rd, 2009 at 10:35 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (Default)
Went to register for the September LSAT only to find that the closest non-full test center was...................................... University of Maryland. Because the stress of getting all the way across the city is exactly what I want the morning before a huge test.

I can get to College Park by bus+red line+green line+bus, but I, uh, have decided to call a cab that morning.


Help me Eff-List Kenobi.

  • Aug. 19th, 2009 at 4:59 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (star wars (The Trio))
I can't decide whether or not to do the school's honors thesis program.

If I do, I need to write an eighty page thesis on whether or not the War on Terror has led to a decline in the international benefits traditionally associated with the Anglo-American "special relationship."

If I don't, I'll graduate in December and start looking for a job.

- Looks good on resume? But how good? Any better than having a 3.9? Don't law schools only care about LSAT and GPA?

- Pain in the ass.
- Blah on the seminar teacher.
- Didn't pick a good adviser.
- Not terribly interested in the subject.

Your thoughts? When I applied for the program, I thought I'd go to grad school. Then I realized that if I'm this unwilling to write an eighty page paper, I shouldn't be going to grad school anyway.


Legally Blonde.

  • Aug. 1st, 2009 at 6:38 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (Default)
My life is magical!

I took a practice LSAT today for the first time and did much worse than I hoped for, and that made me sad! But when I went downstairs, Legally Blonde was on, just at the scene where Elle is doing practice LSATs!

No joke, that made me resolve to study harder.

If I improve my LSAT score based on this movie, I won't be able to give my little sister shit about wanting to be a doctor because of Elliot on Scrubs ever again.


I see what you did there.

  • Jul. 30th, 2009 at 2:19 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (lion king (kings don't need advice))
Dear Princeton Review:

Perhaps I have used too many of your products in the last few years,* but I recognize this LSAT prep passage from the GRE prep book. What is your obsession with global warming, anyway?



* Old SAT, SAT II Writing, SAT II US History, SAT II World History, SAT II Math II, new SAT, ACT, AP US, AP Calc BC, AP US Gov, AP Language, GRE, and now the LSAT. In retrospect, that's about $400, but it was $400 totally well spent. Except the new SAT book because I decided I'd rather sleep in and had to use the SAT scores I got at 14, but hey, I still got in to college.


Wow good thing I realized that.

  • Jul. 30th, 2009 at 6:44 AM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (msg (CLAMPMURO))
Whoops, can't go to NYAF, gotta take the LSAT that Saturday.

Curses? CLAMPmuro related.
skywalker: (bsg (cabin in the woods))
I'm going to use the interest in Iran on my flist to pimp a book to American readers. It's Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael Oren.

There are a shitload of books on Britain in the Middle East or of America in specific Middle Eastern events, but Power, Faith, and Fantasy is unique in the fact that it's an attempt at undertaking a complete look at how America and the Middle East have shaped each other (did you know that the most common fiction book in colonial America was 1001 Arabian Nights? That the Statue of Liberty was originally a veiled Muslim woman?), in military/economic, religious, and social terms. I'm not saying the book is a perfect account (off the top of my head, I don't think it does the U.S.S. Liberty affair full justice... and it doesn't explain Said well enough because my knowledge about Orientalism is still fuzzy), but it's actually a delight to read (it's written very lightly, almost like storytelling, with lots of interesting asides and stories of really cool people) and a great intro to American foreign policy or Middle Eastern history.

The author was on the Daily Show, if that intrigues you.

If you watch the two parts of that interview, you will have watched a ten-minute summary of the first lesson of my "America in the Middle East" class from fall semester. That's right! I had this guy for class. The reason I actually went to write this post was that, thinking about Iran, I thought of his "power, faith, and fantasy" approach, then went to see if he'd written anything about it ... ... ... ... ... only to discover that he hasn't written anything recently because he was appointed Israel's ambassador to the U.S. CURSE YOU, PROFESSOR OREN, DOES THIS MEAN YOU WON'T REALLY BE USING MY TERM PAPER AS AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE CLASSES? Sob, I wanted to take his military history class, too. Don't let that put you off, though; Oren has a fabulous and balanced-enough approach to things, to the point where my hyper-pro-Palestinian global conflict TA in London praised Oren in a review session.

As a security studies major who loads up on history classes, I cannot stress how important I think history is to have some understanding where we are today, and I believe that America's historical interaction with the Middle East is exceptionally valuable to understanding the present. History is important. You should not engage in Iranian activism without knowing at least a little bit about the American women and men, missionaries and politicians, and many others whose decades- and centuries-old footsteps you are following in. While there may be better books for specific topics or time periods, and you won't learn everything about the subject from one book, you won't find a more engaging overview of American involvement in the Middle East than Power, Faith, and Fantasy.


Did you know that /b/ is responsible for kicking off the DDoS attacks on Iranian government websites?

Fire alarm, hangover, pharmaceuticals.

  • May. 5th, 2009 at 1:55 PM
skywalker: barack obama (2)
We had four fire alarms between five and eleven. Congratulations, Great Dover Street. You’ve beat out Village C West for Most False Alarms In One Night.

Also, I had my first hangover!

I’d downed two shots of vodka a few hours before bed so I’d sleep through the whole night without waking up. At five, the fire alarm went off. Without time to sleep the vodka off, I was out in the cold, sleepy, with a pounding headache. Then I sort of... wandered in and out of consciousness irritably between five and eleven.

I do feel decently well rested, though.