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belated yay

I turned in my dissertation last week! I'll officially be a doctor on 9/1/2008. Woot! :)

Now on to writing the journal version...and then maybe my academic obligations will be fully discharged. I expect that this won't be quite as taxing, since it's mostly going to involve cutting stuff and refining it so that it flows smoothly.

In other news, I signed up for a pencil drawing & sketching class at my local tech school, so I'll be happily sketching away this fall! I've been self-taught up to this point, but it's long been a dream of mine to get some official training, maybe move on to learning how to use color (oooh!)

jcobleigh and I have started watching the first season of Stargate: Atlantis on DVD. It's fun watching the characters in their earlier years. First few eps are surprisingly good. The show doesn't reach the heights of the new Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5, but it's roughly equivalent to the generic sci-fi fun, refreshingly non-soap-operatic, occasionally interesting thoughts of Stargate: SG-1, so I'm satisfied.

God (and life) is good.

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Thwap if you must, but my wife's mother's name is Gutierrez. So every time my wife had to register at school, they would just automatically stick her in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. This for someone who was reading Jane Austen in elementary school, who was like #4 in her senior class, right?

So they'd put her in ESL, and her mother would freak out and go down the school and present herself -- a white-as-a-sheet, blonde, Very Obviously of Swedish Ancestry woman -- and say, "You have fifteen minutes to get her schedule right or I'm going straight to the Board with a discrimination complaint."

Having the same name as your children can be very, very useful. It can stop the freight train of thoughtless racism.
yeah but why pander to silly thoughtless racists...
(ok ok use whatever name you want)