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Thesis proposal is not optional (15 Dec 2005 at 05:39)
You know it's going to be, or already is, a long night when...
  • You start on your third double Americano at 4:30am
  • You're on page 24 but then you realize that something on page 24 invalidates the work from pages 19–23
  • You start thinking that ♥ would make a really good modal operator, and incorporate this modality as a solution the problem discovered in the previous bullet point
It doesn't look like I'm going to actually finish tonight, but I guess I already knew that, and already told my advisors that it would happen. Oh, well. Man, this stuff always takes so much longer than I think it will! I made a lot of progress on this thing, though, and I can probably finish it before heading home for break.

I did get a nice encouraging spam mail earlier, whose subject line was "your almost there." Thanks, I appreciate that, Account Supervisor for Mortgage Refinance! (Also, thanks to my actual friends for their encouragement, too. ;))
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Cort-dawg (pool-70-17-169-97.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 12.15.05 08:05:24
You can do it! (I mean, of course you can)

I am highly amused by the fortune cookie aspect of your spam. The best I get is "top news" or "breaking headline."
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Sridhar (cmu-155125.res.cmu.edu) – 12.15.05 21:10:56
Once, rather recently, in the middle of fretting pretty heavily about the various aspects of the graduate admissions process and related work, I got an e-mail from one of the schools I was applying to entitled "Is Grad School for You?", and found my confidence utterly shot. "I... I thought so?" was my weak reply.

Of course, the actual content of the e-mail was a GRE-triggered automatic invitation to apply to the school, rather than a questioning of my desire to do so, but the fortune cookie aspect would have been lost if I hadn't interpreted the subject line entirely backwards.
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FARINA00 (host226-98.pool8536.interbusiness.it) – 12.16.05 04:38:30
"Americano"?
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-60.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 12.16.05 10:28:37
An Americano is espresso in hot water. Stays warm longer that way.
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FARINA00 (host226-98.pool8536.interbusiness.it) – 12.16.05 12:54:30
No, I mean, I wonder that you call your default coffee "Americano", which is the *italian* word for "american coffee". Sounds dangerously recursive
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 12.16.05 14:31:32
Nope, just confusing. We have
* coffee = drip coffee, or "american coffee" in europe
* espresso = "caffe" etc. in europe
* americano = espresso in hot water to make it more the strength/volume of american coffee (don't know if you do this at all)
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Max (pcp0010478666pcs.hamden01.ct.comcast.net) – 12.17.05 00:38:52
It's probably called an Americano Italiano.
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