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September 26, 2004


One: The internet is down in our apartment. Again. Two: The job interview last week obviously didn't go as badly as I'd thought (or perhaps the competition wasn't very stiff) because I got the job. This is good, I think. Three: I frequently wish I lived in the mountains. Four: I watched “Chernobyl Heart” the other day on HBO and nearly cried. It's about a condition that's affecting kids in the “contaminated region” of Russia where they are born with holes in their hearts. The patch required to fix the holes costs $300 and most of them can't afford it so most of them die. Also, I learned that the “sarcophagus” built around the Chernobyl reactor to contain the radiation is leaking and in danger of collapsing, which might cause an even bigger disaster than the one in 1986. If the U.S. has billions of dollars to spend around the world, why not put some toward saving these children and securing that nuclear reactor? Talk about making the world a better (and safer) place... Five: I should probably start acting like a student or else I'm going to be in trouble. Six: Girlfriends who buy you cool jeans that make you look like not so much of a slob are cool. Seven: I don't have a seven, it's just lucky. It's never lucky for me, but I heard a rumor. Eight: Blawg Wisdom has been serving up tasty morsels recently. You should check it out. Or, do not pass go and proceed directly to the Legal Theory Lexicon. It kicks geek bootay. Nine: I do not believe I just wrote “bootay.” The accent is on the last syllable, you know. Ten: You know you're a geek when you want this for Christmas.

Posted September 26, 2004 03:52 PM | 2L

Hey AmbImb, have you ever seen this site about Chernobyl? I guess there were rumors about how factual the story is, but you might find it interesting:

Posted by: quasi in r.e.m. at September 26, 2004 06:15 PM

Congrats, your interviewing season seems to be going better than mine! Maybe if I visit more oftern the luck will rub off.


Posted by: Shara at September 26, 2004 07:21 PM

Congrats on the job! Tomorrow is my first day of school and I have been avoiding acting like a student all day only to find out at this late hour that I have actual MATH problems to do for Basic Income Tax. I think I might just drop it...don't the prof's know that people who go to law school don't do math??

Anyway, now I've rambled...congrats!

Posted by: energy spatula at September 26, 2004 09:54 PM

quasi, I remember seeing that last spring when it was hosted on Angelfire. I'd never heard people questioning its veracity. Whether Elena's story is real or not is inconsequential, I think. Everyone outside of the Ukraine has pretty much forgotten that a chunk of that country is uninhabitable and will be for hundreds of years.

Posted by: Steve at September 27, 2004 01:21 AM

Thanks everyone for the good wishes about the job. I should clarify that this isn't like a firm job or anything for next summer; it's basically a paid internship that I'm doing through the semester. Nothing fancy, but it's for a cool nonprofit and *it pays,* so I feel like I'm moving up in the world and the only way it could hurt future prospects for a "real" job is if I end up having too little time to actually apply for one. Eeek.

Chernobyl: Yeah, I saw that KidofSpeed thing and I absolutely loved it. I agree w/Steve -- it matters less if it's true than simply that so many people saw it and were reminded of that tragedy. Maybe it encouraged some of them to be more concerned about the dangers of nuclear energy and the need for greater multinational support and cooperation in preventing and cleaning up the Chernobyls of the world. Maybe. In a way, if Elena's story was made up, that makes it even better because it was freaking brilliant. I mean *brilliant.* She should get some kind of socially conscious prize for fiction if her story is not true.

Posted by: ambimb at September 27, 2004 10:30 AM

yeah, i was going to post that link, too, but then i thought that maybe i got it from you in the first place. i agree about the award. she deserves whichever - documentary/photo essay-type thing, or fiction.

and congrats on the job again! i'm all for things that pay.

energy spatula: some mathematicians do go to law school (like me). and my most progressive non-math friend loved basic income tax, because it was cool how you could encourage different behavior. it might help to keep that in mind. :)

Posted by: monica at September 27, 2004 08:38 PM

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