mio angolo dell'universo

Jun 16, 2005 at 05:06 o\clock

on a variety of subjects

by: Loofah

My washing machine sounds like a space ship taking off.

I am amused when boys make sound effects when they are trying to explain something. It's quite funny - they all do it, even the teachers. I wonder why? I suppose it's the way they're wired. Did you know that at the age of 3, when most girls are learning to speak in complete sentences, 75% of the sounds boys make are not words but noises and sound effects?

I am supposed to be sleeping right now, seeing as I have a chemistry exam tomorrow. But it's hard to sleep or study when

you have a Zorro book calling your name
and muffins in the kitchen

Gaaah! Why must they do this to us? I already WROTE a freaking huge chemistry exam, and I DON'T want to write another one. Especially since I used up all my motivation on the first one.

But I'm whining again.
"Enough, no more! 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before."

Should I dye my hair purple? Not all of it, just a piece. Near the front, or maybe underneath. Vibrant purple, like my semi dress. That dress was freaking AWESOME. I want to wear it again sometime.

So, purple? y/n

Jun 16, 2005 at 05:05 o\clock

Doc's song

by: Loofah


There's Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, jolly old Communists


With Lenin and Trotsky and Stalin and Khrushchev


No fascists, no Nazis, no dirty old capitalists


Who needs democracy when you've got Stalin?


Jun 9, 2005 at 01:33 o\clock


by: Loofah

You know what's fun? Kindred spirits! Or at least really good friends who you can chat with for hours and never accomplish anything productive ...

I'm going to Straaaaaatford tomorrow! To see As You Like It, with my beloved Triple Math Entente. It will be super-fantastical! I love Stratford. If I was a millionare, I would go see ALL the plays. As is, I can only afford one, and I'm using up my birthday present quota to get it. Haha, I love how we're skipping school to go see a play, of all things! Cultural experience and whatnot. How sad is that? We are the IB borg, and we are awesome!

If I was a millionaire...
                                  I would go back to the art gallery and buy every single painting. Exept the ones with the naked woman. But all the other ones. And Jessica and Cordelia and I would all have to live in the same house so we wouldn't fight over who got to keep which one.
                                  I would buy my mom a red motorcycle.
                                  I would travel EVERYWHERE. See the world! Maybe live in Europe for a year. Paris, maybe? I hear it's nice this time of year.
                                  I would send Sarah to Harvard without mortgaging her house!
                                  I would buy Victoria an awesome digital camera.
                                  I would ...

Jun 8, 2005 at 02:58 o\clock


by: Loofah

Today I found out
that I can't be a little girl forever
that sometimes, the people that love you the most can still let you down
that things never work out the way you think they will
that I don't want to grow up

 I'm working my butt off so I can get good enough marks to get into a university where I will work my butt off to learn how to work my butt off more effectively for some large corporation, where I will work my butt off for most of my adult life so that I can spend my retirement years not working at all.
Seem pointless? y/n

why couldn't I be twelve forever

May 29, 2005 at 22:25 o\clock

fun with cameras

by: Loofah

Mood: cheerful
Listening to: red winged blackbird

May 23, 2005 at 00:27 o\clock

36 Methods of Mathematical Proof

by: Loofah

Mood: jeez, i am SUCH a math geek.

If the proof of a theorem is not immediately apparent, it may be because you are trying the wrong approach. Below are some effective methods of proof that might aim you in the right direction.

  • Proof by obviousness: "The proof is so clear that it need not be mentioned."
  • Proof by general agreement: "All in favor?..."
  • Proof by imagination: "Well, we'll pretend it's true..."
  • Proof by convenience: "It would be very nice if it were true, so..."
  • Proof by necessity: "It had better be true, or the entire structure of mathematics would crumble to the ground."
  • Proof by plausibility: "It sounds good, so it must be true."
  • Proof by intimidation: "Don't be stupid; of course it's true!"
  • Proof by lack of sufficient time: "Because of the time constrait, I'll leave the proof to you."
  • Proof by postponement: "The proof for this is long and arduous, so it is given to you in the appendix."
  • Proof by accident: "Hey, what have we here?!"
  • Proof by insignificance: "Who really cares anyway?"
  • Proof by mumbo-jumbo: Mumbo-Jumbo
  • Proof by profanity: (example omitted)
  • Proof by definition: "We define it to be true."
  • Proof by tautology: "It's true because it's true."
  • Proof by plagarism: "As we see on page 289,..."
  • Proof by lost reference: "I know I saw it somewhere...."
  • Proof by calculus: "This proof requires calculus, so we'll skip it."
  • Proof by terror: When intimidation fails...
  • Proof by lack of interest: "Does anyone really want to see this?"
  • Proof by illegibility: Illegibility
  • Proof by logic: "If it is on the problem sheet, it must be true!"
  • Proof by majority rule: Only to be used if general agreement is impossible.
  • Proof by clever variable choice: "Let A be the number such that this proof works..."
  • Proof by tessellation: "This proof is the same as the last."
  • Proof by divine word: "...And the Lord said, 'Let it be true,' and it was true."
  • Proof by stubbornness: "I don't care what you say- it is true."
  • Proof by simplification: "This proof reduced to the statement 1 + 1 = 2."
  • Proof by hasty generalization: "Well, it works for 17, so it works for all reals."
  • Proof by deception: "Now everyone turn their backs..."
  • Proof by supplication: "Oh please, let it be true."
  • Proof by poor analogy: "Well, it's just like..."
  • Proof by avoidance: Limit of proof by postponement as it approaches infinity
  • Proof by design: If it's not true in today's math, invent a new system in which it is.
  • Proof by authority: "Well, Don Knuth says it's true, so it must be!"
  • Proof by intuition: "I have this gut feeling."
  • May 6, 2005 at 04:14 o\clock


    by: Loofah

    Mood: euphoric


    May 4, 2005 at 00:26 o\clock

    freak-out time

    by: Loofah

    Mood: uber-stressed
    Listening to: the gears in my head clanking furiously

    19 hours, 46 minutes, and 36 seconds until the Apocalypse. Also known as the IB chemistry exam. The exam which covers the entire grade 11 and 12 chemistry curriculum. The exam which counts for 80% of my final grade 12 chemistry mark. And since I'm going into science, the mark that's going to get me into university! This is nuts! How was I crazy enough to get myself into this in the first place?! I could've kept my mouth shut and toughed it out in the academic mainstream instead of hopping aboard the runaway train of IB madness.
    But instead, here I am. Here we ALL are, packing our brains full of formulas and principles, trying to ward off the sense of impending doom. But do not lose hope, fellow IB chemistry-ites! Just think... by Thursday at lunch this will all be over, for better or for worse. We'll be free! And then we can all commiserate together over our blank memories and screwed-up questions, bemoan our certain failure, and tell each other to "quit being so spastic, you'll do fine". So chin up, Little Red Book in hand and calculators at the ready. We will meet the bear and survive!
    (Of course, it couldn't hurt to hope that the American IB kids all suck at chemistry this year. So keep your fingers crossed.)
    19 hours, 33 minutes, and 41 seconds.
    Good luck all and happy studying!

    Apr 6, 2005 at 01:52 o\clock

    Attn: all pirates

    by: Loofah

    Mood: *snicker snicker*
    Listening to: Audio Adrenaline - Underdog

    ahoy! IB pirate wannabes: come join our pirate crew. we will sail the seven seas, wreaking havoc on evil-doers (and IB moderators) everywhere, astounding everyone with our bravery and derring-do, and kidnapping Dave from france. jessica is our Captain and i am either the navigator or the military advisor, i can't remember which. (if navigator, we could be in for a long and scenic trip!) if you would like to join our crew and swash-swash, buckle-buckle, then make sure you bring:
    - a sword/sabre/other sharp metallic object
    - an eyepatch, bandana, or other piratey paraphenalia
    - a parrot (*note*: does not have to be an actual parrot; lizards, Ernestos, or other strange creatures are also fine)
    - a name for our ship, which we sadly lack (although the jolly boat is named the Willy-Nilly)
    - GPS, in case i am in fact the navigator
    - your pirate vocabulary
    Good luck to all applicants! we hope to see you before we set sail for the open sea sometime before IB exams in may. arrrrrrr

    (gaaaah! there are no pirate smiley things! i guess this will have to do.)

    Mar 14, 2005 at 04:13 o\clock

    that lame survey

    by: Loofah

    Mood: perfectly content
    Listening to: the tv

    Name: Lindsay  Birthday: July 13 1988
    Birthplace: kw hospital (Or so they tell me. My memories of the event are a little fuzzy.)
    Current Location: the dark prison known as my basement
    Eye Color: green/blue/grey depending on the day, but usually green
    Hair Color: brown
    Height: 5'8" (and a half)
    Right Handed or Left Handed: right
    Your Heritage: mennonite/scottish (interesting combination)
    The Shoes You Wore Today: my boots (not terribly stylish, but too bad, i like them)
    Your Weakness: oooh. i'm a sucker for chocolate and companionship
    Your Fears: going blind. living a life of boredom.
    Your Perfect Pizza: everything except pepperoni and seafood
    Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: having the best year of my life so far
    Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: excellent!
    Thoughts First Waking Up:  aaarugh! stupid a) band
                                                                       b) choir
                                                                       c) alarm clock
    Your Best Physical Feature: don't know, don't care! although the changing-colour-eyes and the perfectly random red highlights are a lot of fun
    Your Bedtime: far too late for my own good
    Your Most Missed Memory: how can you miss a memory? if you have it, how can you miss it, and if you don't have it, it's not your memory anymore ...
    Pepsi or Coke: milk
    MacDonalds or Burger King: milk
    Single or Group Dates: wouldn't know
    Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: is there a difference?
    Chocolate or Vanilla: chocolate! (but you all knew that.)
    Cappuccino or Coffee: the less actual coffee, the better
    Do you Smoke: eeeeewwwww!
    Do you Swear: never
    Do you Sing: every day!
    Do you Shower Daily: what the ...?
    Have you Been in Love: ummmm ... no. not really.
    Do you want to go to College: if by college you mean university, then of course
    Do you want to get Married: yes, someday
    Do you belive in yourself: what does that MEAN, anyway?!
    Do you get Motion Sickness: not usually (i have highly developed reading-in-a-moving-vehicle skills ...)
    Do you think you are Attractive: who cares?
    Are you a Health Freak: not really
    Do you get along with your Parents: freakishly well
    Do you like Thunderstorms: i ADORE them
    Do you play an Instrument: just the flute, and (as of last tuesday) the piccolo!
    In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: probably
    In the past month have you Smoked: no!
    In the past month have you been on Drugs: NO!
    In the past month have you gone on a Date: ha! No
    In the past month have you gone to a Mall: today, in fact
    In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: nope
    In the past month have you eaten Sushi: nada
    In the past month have you been on Stage: nope ... just lighting up the people on the stage
    In the past month have you been Dumped: that would be extremely difficult, as i haven't gone out with anyone
    In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: yes, i am immune to hypothermia...
    In the past month have you Stolen Anything: sneak peeks. chocolate chips from the cupboard. my sister's shirt to wear to school. knowing glances across classrooms.
    Ever been Drunk: no way
    Ever been called a Tease: does that mean something i'm not aware of?
    Ever been Beaten up: fortunately not
    Ever Shoplifted: no!
    How do you want to Die: peacefully, or without being aware of it. or both.
    What do you want to be when you Grow Up: a geneticist. a doctor. a quantum physicist. a mom. creative. beautiful. loved.
    What country would you most like to Visit: 
    France, Germany, Italy especially, India ... Europe! Asia! Everywhere!
    In a Boy/Girl..
    Favourite Eye Color: don't care ... green is nice though
    Favourite Hair Color: anything
    Short or Long Hair: longish
    Height: doesn't matter
    Weight: healthy
    Best Clothing Style: whatever works for them
    Number of Drugs I have taken: pharmaceuticals...
    Number of CDs I own: not nearly enough
    Number of Piercings: two! one for each ear
    Number of Tattoos: none
    Number of things in my Past I Regret: only one, really

    Feb 26, 2005 at 22:07 o\clock

    Awesome Stuff

    by: Loofah

    Mood: extremely cheerful
    Listening to: the music inside my head

    1. daydreaming
    2. old forgotten diaries
    3. the smell of christmas
    4. pottery
    5. colourful silk scarves
    6. dress-up
    7. Mozart
    8. comfy pyjamas
    9. spontaneity
    10. sales
    11. sails
    12. diving in Georgian Bay
    13. the smell of books/ink
    14. libraries
    15. my reading chair
    16. grandma quilts
    17. climbing-trees
    18. snow drifts in crazy shapes
    19. forts. snow forts, pillow forts, tree forts ...
    20. slender volumes of poetry
    21. road trips
    22. good quotations
    23. words
    24. leaf piles
    25. tree swings
    26. dandelions
    27. the first day of summer
    28. thunderstorms
    29. the smell of spring
    30. fat juicy markers
    31. milk
    32. giggling
    33. secrets with friends
    34. fire (especially campfires)
    35. singing along to favourite songs
    36. home clothes
    37. long conversations with friends
    38. cinnamon
    39. spiderwebs
    40. attics
    41. treasures from attics
    42. secret passages
    43. spectacular sunsets
    44. constellations and stargazing
    45. the feeling of grass under bare feet
    46. dreaming of Europe
    47. shiny things
    48. textured fabrics
    49. swing music
    50. elegant gowns
    51. accents (particularly english ones)
    52. rainy days
    53. summer-sky-blue
    54. birds in flight
    55. cozy sweaters
    56. saturday morning comics
    57. that new-clothes feeling
    58. wishing wells
    59. front porches
    60. delicious smelling shower gel
    61. marbles
    62. beach glass
    63. beach combing
    64. postcards from friends far away
    65. sleepovers
    66. gardens
    67. stained glass windows
    68. choirs in cathedrals
    69. myths & legends
    70. kaleidoscopes
    71. crickets
    72. warm summer rain showers
    73. mahogany
    74. bright nail polish
    75. frost patterns on windows
    76. climbing on roofs and rafters
    77. dragons
    78. moonlights
    79. pineapple
    80. inside jokes
    81. turrets
    82. tickling fights
    83. poke-a-friend day
    84. toasting marshmallows
    85. chocolate
    86. Shakespeare
    87. percussive maintainance
    89. techies
    90. favourite family stories
    91. exam study parties
    92. warm chocolate chip cookies
    93. trench coats
    94. chemistry
    95. letters in the mail
    96. characters from books
    97. crisp winter days
    98. hot chocolate
    99. the butterfly feeling when somebody likes you
    100. nostalgia

    Feb 25, 2005 at 01:18 o\clock

    10 things you don't know about me

    by: Loofah

    Mood: rather cheerful
    Listening to: bohemian rhapsody

    1. I've eaten three live goldfish.
    2. Ever since seeing "Life is Beautiful", I've wanted someone to say "Bongiorno Principessa!" to me.
    3. I can be obsessively organized. (Just ask Bob.)
    4. When I grow up, I will travel in Europe for a year.
    5. I can't draw a digestive system to save my life!
    6. I used to be a master of the high jump.
    7. Sometimes I cry during movies or books (but only if they're really sad!).
    8. I'm reading through the whole Bible (currently I'm halfway through Exodus ...).
    9. Someday, I will invent the cure for cancer, quantum computing, and nuclear cold fusion.
    10. My three favourite things are love, life, and chocolate.

    Feb 9, 2005 at 02:56 o\clock

    Valentine's Day

    by: Loofah

    Mood: slightly cynical, but very content
    Listening to: t.v.

    Valentines Day:

    Val-en-tines Day (n.) ~ 1. The 14th of February, a holiday on which tokens of affection are exchanged. 2. The day on which those who are single get it rubbed in their faces.

    See also: Prom

    Feb 7, 2005 at 04:15 o\clock

    Oh, wait! I have an idea!

    by: Loofah

    Mood: disgusted and righteously indignant
    Listening to: Super Bowl

    Well, it's more of a rant, really ...

    So here's the story. I was shopping the other day and I got this t-shirt that I really liked - great fit, great colour, blah blah blah. The best part was that it was practically the first one that I had come across that didn't have some sort of sexual double entendre on the front. (I refuse to buy t-shirts like that. "Make-Out World Tour"? "Nut Cracker"? Come on!) Everything was good, or so I thought, so I wore it to school. Well. Turns out it wasn't as innocuous after all. After having about 5 different people tell me "that shirt's DIRTY!" I was starting to get a little ticked.

    My issue is with the clothing companies. Guess what? Not every girl WANTS to look like a slut! I'm sure there are some girls out there who don't mind walking around with advertisements for free sex plastered across their chests, but I am not one of them. Is it too much to ask, to be able to buy clothes without having to worry about sending the wrong kind of message? And is it fair that now I'm stuck with a shirt that I can no longer in good conscience wear, just because my mind wasn't dirty enough to figure out what the message on the front really meant?

    Feb 7, 2005 at 03:49 o\clock

    Out of Ideas

    by: Loofah

    Mood: recovering from regret
    Listening to: Super Bowl XXXIX (go patriots!)

    Hmmm. This whole blog thing is a little tougher than I thought it would be. I mean, it's one thing to start a blog, but thinking of remotely intelligent things to write in it ... that's an entirely different proposition. Well, next time I think of any scathing observations or deep and profound bits of wisdom, I imagine they'll find their way here eventually. In the meantime, just be grateful I'm not posting loads of angst-ridden emo poetry.


    Jan 26, 2005 at 00:42 o\clock

    Fun With Words

    by: Loofah

    Mood: ridiculously amused
    Listening to: Relient K - Life After Death and Taxes

    Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. The winners are: 

    1.   Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
    2.    Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
    3.   Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach
    4.   Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
    5.   Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
    6.   Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
    7.   Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
    8.   Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
    9.   Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
    10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
    11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
    12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
    13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
    14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
    15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
    16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men

    Jan 22, 2005 at 22:05 o\clock

    This is me

    by: Loofah

    Mood: cozy
    Listening to: the fireplace

    Jan 22, 2005 at 01:16 o\clock

    High Flight

    by: Loofah

    Mood: nostalgic
    Listening to: the tv

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    -John Gillespie Magee

    Jan 18, 2005 at 00:38 o\clock


    by: Loofah

    Mood: melancholy
    Listening to: the whirring of my computer

    Okay, so here's the deal. Exams start in 9 days (4, if you include the in-class chemistry exam) and I haven't even STARTED studying. This fact did not bother me until I encountered several people with varying degrees of motivation not only studying (for the past week, no less!), but also making ... study notes! I kid you not!

    AAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHHHH! I am such a slacker.

    In fact, that is the main purpose of this blog: to give me something to waste my time on when I'm supposed to be working productively. Somewhat related quote:

    "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
    -Douglas Adams

    Right. Now I think I'll go calculate the likelihood of having two consecutive snow days, beginning on the day of the english exam.

    Jan 15, 2005 at 18:55 o\clock

    A bit about me

    by: Loofah

    I am an explorer
            a writer
            a would-be scientist
            and a very very amateur photographer.

    I climb trees.

    I love winter
              the company of friends
              rainy days
              the smell of spring
              a good book
              hot soup
              and laughter.

    I have the best friends in the world.

    I think that snowboarding is for the clinically insane
               that chocolate is nature's perfect food
               that politicians deserve to be satirized
               that nothing spices things up like a good argument or two
               and that the world would be a better place with more
    and fewer strip malls.

    I hate rap music
              dirty slush
              bare concrete
              and noisy eaters.

    I wonder about ...