Today as I was listening to Natalie Merchant I realised that it was possibly Carnival, the second song on the album, that I really like. Jealousy does catch my attention as I said though.
My nose is terrible. It has been running really badly, it must be trying to escape my face, I don’t know if it’s getting tired but it’s certainly tiring me out. Nearly the second I sat down at bible study tonight I had to get out the hanky. Very shortly after that I had to ask for tissues because my handkerchief was all snotted out. I forgot to buy tissues when we went to the supermarket on Sunday night.
I have recently (yesterday I think) created a Bloglines account. I did this on Genuine’s recommendation. He said he reads 1200 blogs! That to me is crazy but having started using bloglines, it is alot easier to catch up on your favourite blogs. I’ve been a little bummed lately with uni back on I can’t post or read nearly as much as I did in the holidays and not as much as I’d like. Bloglines is a syndication tool where you can subscribe to the RSS feed of a blog and you can see when it’s updated and the entries are automatically retrieved. I don’t actually understand that last sentence that I wrote but I’m pretty sure it’s essentially correct. Pretty much you have an account and a “My Blogs” tab which lists the blogs you are subscribed to and shows when they are updated. You can also have a blog on there and make “clippings” of blog entries that really grab you – as you would with a newspaper or something like that. At the moment nearly all of my subscribed blogs have new entries, partly because I haven’t been able to read as much and I subscribed to them all yesterday so I haven’t been through them all yet. Once I’m caught up it will be alot easier because it’ll be an average of one new post on each per day, if that.
Downsides of Bloglines is that you don’t read the posts in the aesthetic environment created by the blogger, i.e. only the text and images are retrieved not the whole template; you can’t comment directly from Bloglines to the posts on the blog host site; and I was going to say that you can’t resize the sections of the screen but I just discovered that you can. Upsides are that you can immediately see when there’s a new post to read; you can easily click on a hyperlink directly to the blog homepage or the post archive page from bloglines; and there’s the clipping thing I already mentioned. Since I’ve only been using this for a short time I don’t know what the other pros and cons are but so far I’m a fan of this technology.
I really want a spell checker for wordpress. I should look up the plugins.
I have a really good tutor for Biochemistry. He is quite high up on the academic and organisational side of the BABS (Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences) department at uni. He is very good at organising things and very good at understanding issues such as a lot of people finding it really difficult to calculate concentrations and that the trains sometimes run horribly late and it’s not my fault that I didn’t make it to class. He has two flaws. One is that he seems to burp alot – he never does it when he’s near you and speaking to you and it’s always very discreet and it may not even be burping but he does often need to take a short pause when speaking up the front and make some kind of swallowing motion that i find a little disconcerting. The second is that he is far too polite – he has some kind of philosophy about not talking over people and that includes when he’s starting a lecture or introducing a laboratory practical; today I got so frustrated in the lab when people wouldn’t stop talking and he was trying to speak that I called out in a slightly raised voice “stop talking!” It was quite effective, it’s much better than “Ahem,” or “Quiet please.” “Stop talking.” Is so direct and to the point, you can’t confuse it with being quiet and lowering your voice.
Tonight at bible study we were doing Romans 2 and we read a passage in relation to it, Isaiah 52. In Isaiah it spoke about Assyria and also about returning from Exile and Jerusalem no longer being occupied by the uncircumcised. I was a little confused because I thought that the Israelites who were exiled to Assyria were not promised return and that only those in the second exile to Babylon had that promise. Even then it would only be a remnant of Israel that would receive the new covenant. There’s a bunch of jargon words there that may not make sense to anyone but I’m writing this as a reminder to myself as much as anything that I want to look into that idea and see what that part of the bible actually means and when Isaiah was written and for what purpose.
I’m getting into the habit of writing really long sentences again. It’s not good. I just don’t know where it is appropriate to break up my thoughts with a full stop.
One last thing. I can’t seem to get to Newfie Girl’s blog. Is anyone familiar with her? Did she move? Has she deleted her blog?