austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Who made me the genius I am today

On the twelfth hour of the twelfth day of the eleventh month two years ago, I moved from the life of a perpetual graduate student to being a Ph.D. I'd love to do something particularly special for it, but just haven't the time; I expect I'll just finish watching my SCTV set. Yes, odd things happened during my thesis defense; the strangest not involving any squirrels being that nobody had any substantial questions or requests for revisions.

Tigers used to be reasonably common in Singapore, and one of the minor threats of life. There's now a new batch of tiger-hunters -- animal-rights activists trying to find a tiger being kept (illegally) as a pet by someone around Sixth Avenue, and a Malayan Sun Bear similarly being kept in Mandai. Nobody has reported specifically seeing either yet, despite rewards being offered.

This was on Voice of America's Newswire. One can agree with ``urgent'' but still question making it a worldwide alert.

There is a white VW, Virginia tag: JKX 8096, that needs to be moved from its spot in the parking lot ASAP.

Trivia: Approximately 1,735 United States vessels were involved in the international ice trade in 1880. Source: The Frozen-Water Trade, Gavin Weightman. (Note that Dean, in the comic strip Heart of the City, who wants to to ship snow to Florida, is just a few centuries late to be an ice entrepreneur.)

Currently Reading: The Struggle For Mastery In Europe, 1848-1918, A.J.P. Taylor.


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