I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
-Bertrand Russell

What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell

2003-01-16 - 12:46 a.m.

Maximizing Leah's Pleasure

Things aren't boding well for this entry, I had a pretty boring day and I have negative thoughts. Let's see where this goes.

I went to school to tutor Alma today. She goes to Stuy, The alma mater of Gella and many more of my friends. We were able to download and old final from there website and go over it. That wasn't as easy as it sounds. The computer needed adobe to read the file and my computer doesn't have it. Not only doesn't it have it, only and someone with administrations privileges can download. I put in a request to IT for it to be installed months ago but they didn't do it. I was hoping they'd take advantage of the intersession to do it. That meant I had to log onto Ana's computer in the department office. Security is lax so they all have the same password. There was something really odd going on with the printer though. Nothing happened when I tried to print it. I had to change printers to the one that my computer uses. After it started printing the first printed started printing too. I guess it got jealous. At least that gave us two copies of the test to work from. There was one good question of the type I would give on the test. It defined a pleasure function for a person based on pizza and CDS and the problem was to see how much money she should spend on each to maximize her pleasure. It sounds like a calculus problem but you can solve it using algebra. What the hell I'll give the problem. I'm doing this from memory. The numbers are right but the name and the wording have been changed to protect the innocent.

Leah's pleasure can be defined by the equation, E=0.5CP, where C is the number of CDs she buys and P the number of slices of pizza. If she has $2000 to spend and CDs cost $8 and a slice of pizza $2, how many CDs and how many slices should she buy to maximize her pleasure?

After tutoring I actually prepared my first couple of lessons for my class next week. I'm going to be giving those memory tests every week so I really need to have proper notes.

After I left the office I went down to the Bottom Line to pick up the tickets to see Christine Lavin. I'm going with Gella and Leah. I've been wanting to take both of them to see Christine for years. I'm glad I'm finally getting a chance to.

When I got home Leah called. She found she can call me on her cell phone after 9PM practically for free so I should be getting more calls from her J

Leah wants me to rewrite what I said about her on my Cast page. First of all she wants me to make it funny. Secondly she said I shouldn't say that she was a future singer and actress because she isn't good enough. That is just wrong. I hear as many singers as anyone I know so I think I have a good idea of the standard quality of singers. Leah is better than many professional singers right now. She'll only get better. I shouldn't be surprised that she feels this way though. My friends have a way of undervaluing themselves. Joy is one of the most beautiful women I know and she thinks she unattractive. Carey is one of the smartest people I know and she thinks she's stupid. I'm not going to even start on what Jaci thinks.

There was another paragraph here in the first edition of this entry but I decided to delete it because it was both whiny and a repetition of something I whined about not that long ago. I should replace it with something but I dont' really have anything more to write. A picture is worth 10,000 words so I'm going to just put in one of my favorite pictures.

I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge:
please hold me accountable.

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