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Monday, September 4th, 2006
11:50 pm - Vision in a daydream........
She sits across his pelvis facing him as he reads, almost lying flat in bed. Her bare feet pointing down toward his. His book drops, their hands meet in the middle, each finger intertwined with the others. Her head turns to the left as she slowly leans forward to lie on his chest. With only the gentle hum of a fan and an echoed beating from his chest in her ears she whispers "Thank you." He glides his first few fingers through her dark hair, pushing her just long enough bangs behind her ear with each stroke. It falls every time. Her left hand casually removes her glasses as she glances up to make eye contact. With a glazed look over her dilated eyes she moves her lips closer toward his. He places one finger perpendicularly across her lips and with a sigh, "The time is not right. I dare not kiss so wonderful a lady, for I have but one heart to lose." She softly kisses his finger as she returns her head to his chest. They lie there content in each others silent presence for hours.

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
11:34 pm - So sheltered

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
11:12 pm - Update? Huh?
So I've been meaning to update regularly. That means, I make an update once a year or so, say that I'm gonna write more often and then leave you hanging for a year when the cycle repeats. Well, I guess the cycle is here.

I chose Michigan PhD Bioinformatics (which might switch to the Human Genetics department) by January. I made this decision over the decision to get science teacher certification. It was a tough decision, but ultimately PhD was chosen because I do want to teach, and with a PhD I could teach in moore places. That, and if I don't like the PhD, I could stop with a masters and I am that much closer to teaching in high school (need a masters anyway, and it doesn't have to be in education). Not to mention, with a masters in biology, I could teach biology at liberal arts schools and community colleges. More personal interaction there anyway.

The school part of school is fun. I am taking Genetics, Intro Bioinformatics and Biostats (and some 1 credit seminars). I had my first grad school exam today, it was in Genetics. It wasn't so bad. Only time will tell...

Needless to say (maybe?) I am not at all a fan of the research. It much rank high up there with counting stripes on sunflower seeds or watching a glass of water evaporate when it comes to entertainment value. Yeah, the lab I am working in is cool, and the people are cool too (We have a post-doc from Sweden, today we talked for an hour about the King of Sweden. Did you know that the King's only power is that he can not be arrested for anything? I digress.) So the research, it is awful. I am doing statistical population genetics. In other words, I use computers to analyze DNA from lots of people and try to figure out where we all came from and how closely we are related. While it may seem interesting on the surface, the day to day activities are dull at best.

After meeting a lot of professors and listening (sleeping at) many, many, many research seminars (that I don't understand) I have deterimined one thread about people with Ph.D's. They are quirky, no, downright wierd. Do I really want to be a memember of the elite quirkiness?

At this point, the plan is to stop as soon as possible with a masters degree, see if UB will retroactively accept my acceptance to the initial teacher certification program and get started down that path. I think that I could have a much greater impact on the world down that path. I will only have about 80 years to live here, I'd rather is not be in vain.

To switch from the (fully funded) PhD program to the (not at all funded) Masters program is a tricky task. Administrative people do not like this switch one bit. I will be looked down upon. The trick is to pretend to be a PhD student for as long as possible, and then magically be finished with a masters. Downfall? Lots of research. Hopefully this magic will come quickly. The masters only requires 6 specific classes and a total of 31 credits. This semester I am taking 4 of those 6, and a total of 16 credits. I think I could be finished by May.

That is all for now. Maybe I will update in a few days, maybe I will be in teacher school when I update again, maybe I will have a PhD by then. Who knows?

On another note: Carbon Leaf. I am absolutely addicted. Going to see them Oct. 20th. Can't wait.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
4:24 pm - For Sale: 1996 Jetta GL
-under 74,000 miles!
-5 speed manual transmission
-Brand New transmission and clutch installed 9 months ago!
-Power moonroof
-CD player with detachable faceplate
-All 4 Tires less than one year old
-New muffler purchased 6 months ago with lifetime warranty

-Minor scuffs and scratches will be pointed out.

Asking $4,000 OBO

Pictures here:

You see in number 26 that there are two plastic covers missing. There arent any lights behind them, the turn signals are only on the far ends. The two pieces missing are just place holders. They were stolen a few months ago. I was thinkin of taking the other side out to balance it out.

Comment here with questions


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Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
4:24 pm
So, the final pick is the Michigan option. Going to be moving out there sometime in August. Good news is that I already have my roommate lined up, so no worries there.

Got my cap and gown today...woot!

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
3:47 pm - Whats up UofM?
I am moving to Ann Arbor to start grad school at UofM in the fall. My roommate and I have been searching apartments and was hoping that some of your off campus-ers could help a bit with our cost estimator?

What do you pay (in an average month) for:


This would be of the greatest help.

Oh, and if you want to tell me why we should choose to live in the apartment complex that you live in...please do (I know some of them have resident referral programs)

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
1:28 pm - Help
Time to make decisions, and I can't do it myself.

After graduating this year, I have three options for the fall. Each have their own positives and negatives, I will try to give all the information here. Please share your opinion in this matter :)

My degree is in CS with a Biology minor, and I have been accepted for all of the following options.

Option 1: PhD in Bioinformatics at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
-It's a PhD
-Can stop with a masters if absolutely necessary.
-Need a masters anyway if I choose option #3
-Provided full tuition + 24,000 annual stipend.
-Eventually want to teach, PhD's often can get jobs teaching.
-I've visited, Ann Arbor is a cool city.
-I know someone else starting PhD there, so apartment hunting will be much easier.

-I really dont want to be in school for another 5-6 years.
-Not sure that I would want to teach Bioinformatics, would much prefer entry level courses.

Option 2: PhD in Bioinformatics at University of California - San Diego
-Same as Michigan plus:
-Amazing weather+location

-Same as michigan plus:
-Only give stipend of $21,000 plus tuition. Cost of living is MUCH higher in San Diego
so $21,000 will barely be enough to live off of. (as compared to 24,000 in michigan)
-Do not offer a Masters
-Really far away.

Option 3: Teacher certification at University of Buffalo
-Certification in one year, and can start working immediately after for about 35,000 a year to start in NY state as a Biology teacher.
-This is the type of material that I am interested in eventually teaching.
-Could always get PhD later in Science Education and teach new teachers in University setting.

-Costs 8,000+housing for the year. Only loans available (Though I could possibly get fuding at Evo Bio TA for the Fall)
-Need masters, probably part time while teaching for the first 2 years.
-Possibly have a later regret of not at least trying for the PhD. (See third positive)

Additional information:

I really do not want to do research, I would much rather teach. The PhD would require research and publications in orde rto keep my job if i taught as a research university. Also, I want to do many other things with my life such as travel, write a book, etc. Teacher would provide more free time, especially over summers for these kinds of things.

Really between 1 and 2, Michigan is the better choice. The decision to be made is between 2 and 3. If I can think of any more + or - for each, I'll add them.


current mood: confused

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
7:32 pm - Adventures in Boston
Some of my pictures (13) from last weekend in Boston.Collapse )
There are a lot more at http://www.vocabulate.com/images/boston

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Friday, May 21st, 2004
11:58 am
Does any one know if the UB Dental school does any emergency procedures? I thought I read on here a few months back that they did (and that they are cheap), if anyone has any info that would be great. Just broke a tooth in half and its not all that pleasant


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Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
4:10 pm

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Sunday, February 8th, 2004
5:01 pm - Looks like im one bad ass mofo, or just an asshole :)
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Moderate
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

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Saturday, January 31st, 2004
3:39 pm

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Thursday, December 11th, 2003
11:43 pm
Being a TA has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I know, finally, for sure what I will be doing with my life.

It's so great to be appreciated, even when its borderline overkill. This is why I choose to teach over medical school. To me, the ability to impact someone this strongly is worth more than the money. Here are some clips from the end of semester emails I got from my kids.

"Bio lab was definitely my favorite class this
semester; all the stuff we did was really interesting, and I couldn't
have asked for a better TA! See ya at the final!"

"Justin thanks again for everything!! I wish though that you were the professor
because it's amazing how much i have learned in lab versus the lecture. "

"You did a great job man, thanks. With three and a
half years of college under my belt, you were definitely my best TA.
I was a TA at my last college (PreCalc & Calc I), and I always gave
100% of myself to the class. It's nice for once to have that
reciprocated. Great Job."

That practial was impossible! Oh well. Thanks for a great
semester...you're an awesome TA!"

current mood: satisfied

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Sunday, November 30th, 2003
2:04 am
Aquarius horoscope (though i believe that horoscopes are rather silly) for today.....quite an ego boost, eh? (yes i can say eh, i live very close to canada)

There's only one word to describe you, and that word is 'brilliant.' You have amazing ideas about how to make positive changes, and everyone is willing to listen to what you have to say because you've proven yourself in the past. Your intelligence is likely to attract some pretty impressive people to your side of the room, but because you're so popular, you get to pick and choose the people you want to spend time with. Having the ability to be selective certainly has its advantages.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003
7:12 pm - The general proof for rags
claim: Similarly to how the first term of 1^3..n^3 was pulled out in the last proof, we can pull out any initiating consecutive set and they will cancel according to the original Nagarajan proof

n^3+(n+1)^3+...+m^3 = (n+(n+1)+...+m)^2 + 2(1+2+...+n-1)(n+(n+1)+...+m) for n>=2 and m>n

Take 1^3+2^3+...+m^3 = (1+2+...m)^2

((1^3+2^3+...+(n-1)^3) + n^3+(n+1)^3+...+m^3 = (1+2+...+n-1 + n+...+m)^2

Lets call (1+2+...+n-1) x and (n+...+m) y
((1^3+2^3+...+(n-1)^3) + n^3+(n+1)^3+...+m^3 = (x + y)^2
((1^3+2^3+...+(n-1)^3) + n^3+(n+1)^3+...+m^3 = x^2 + 2xy + y^2

x^2 = (1+...+n-1)^2

we know from the base case that
((1^3+2^3+...+(n-1)^3) = (1+...+n-1)^2

((1^3+2^3+...+(n-1)^3) + n^3+(n+1)^3+...+m^3 = ((1^3+2^3+...+(n-1)^3) + 2xy + y^2

n^3+(n+1)^3+...+m^3 = 2(1+2+...+n-1)(n+...+m) + (n+...+m)^2 (done)

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4:52 pm - the proof
With the assumption by the Nagarajan theory that

(1^3 + 2^3 +...+n^3) = (1+2+...+n)^2

For consecutive sets starting with 2:

(1^3 + 2^3 +...+n^3) = 1 + (2^3+...+n^3) because 1^3 = 1
(1+2+...+n)^2 = (1+(2+3+...+n))^2

we can say

1 + (2^3+...+n^3) = (1+(2+3+...+n))^2 by nagarajan theory
lets call (2+3+...+n) x for convience

1 + (2^3+...+n^3) = (1+x)^2
1 + (2^3+...+n^3) = 1 + 2x + x^2
1 + (2^3+...+n^3) = 1 + 2(2+3+...+n) + (2+3+...+n)^2

(2^3+...+n^3) = 2(2+3+...+n) + (2+3+...+n)^2

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Sunday, November 9th, 2003
7:36 pm - Anyone have $400 to spare?

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Friday, November 7th, 2003
12:37 pm - That bimonthly update
So, I dont update much. I know. Once every few months, I come here and say that I will start updating again. Do I? usually not. So heres your bimonthly update.

I'm TAing Bio. That is the greatest thing ever, theres nothing that I've done thats more fulfilling than teaching, im finally almost sure of what I want to do...
...that being get a PhD in something and teach, who needs the stress of being a doctor anyways?
PhD where? Columbia. If they take me (they accept 4-8 out of 65-70 each year in my program) Justin work hard and you'll get there. Recently, for some odd reason I feel this amazing urge to get back to NYC. Not to see family or anything, just that city, I really need to get myself back into that city. Next semester classes will be long and tough, but then its all downhill as an undergrad from there. Technically, I will need 2 classes to graduate after this spring. Score!

Maybe I'll write in here more....maybe that will be sooner than 2 months from now. Who knows....depends on the mood im in.

current mood: calm

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Monday, September 15th, 2003
9:28 am
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the
huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Fcuknig amzanig huh?

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003
7:23 am - Had to try it......
Closest 50 non-Friends for justinsain:

1: jessicakittie, 2: truereflections, 3: healthycurves, 4: summerangel54, 5: trackqueen2430, 6: gwallace, 7: amilalima, 8: cormega, 9: rose_raindrops, 10: aria_giovanni, 11: yukonzangel, 12: wallflower37, 13: alephomega, 14: heartlessbitch, 15: macphistou283, 16: murderdolls, 17: pipedream, 18: kowiak, 19: doozer1983, 20: shmoe4ever, 21: donbodine, 22: allthatidowell, 23: modernlifedem, 24: allana, 25: catholicism, 26: girlofthehour, 27: skifree, 28: allsininwood, 29: boylicious, 30: snowangel, 31: twimble, 32: kevygee, 33: mytwofeet, 34: putterpopple, 35: skylamis, 36: pyrop, 37: halfaperson, 38: tryingtoevolve, 39: indiedork, 40: revelations, 41: turkishpirate, 42: comic_getfuzzy, 43: pogonip, 44: thp, 45: tentaizu, 46: sasswagon, 47: superfreak814, 48: the_boyo, 49: brookie182, 50: humnutty

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