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College Life And Girlfriend

Yeah, so college is pretty excellent.   My last two months, in sound bite version: I went hiking in the Appalachians for two weeks with other freshmen who are entering Gordon. Some of them are already my new best friends. I'm in an Old Testament History, Theology and Literature class with Dr. Wilson, a world-famous Biblical scholar who was the most prominent translator for two books of the NIV Bible, the largest translation project in the history of the world. He's a friggin' genius, and

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MFI 4 Admin

chillin' in the airport with whiskas. HE IS AWESOME AND ENGLISH

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A Lack Of Closure

Since this is my last week on Sals (I effectively leave for college at 8am Sunday), I want to bring some closure to a few things. One of them is the DM+ Mafia game, the storyline of which I plan to post in the Story Mat (staff permission permitting, of course. (Personal closure won't be happening, hopefully, as I'll be pretty liberal with leaving contact details. When your hoped-for future career depends upon publicity, Internet anonymity seems a little less important.) Others, a little more uni

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Question

Hey, I want to ask everyone who reads this a question: When did you stop feeling as if you had a home that was unequivocally safe?   I leave for college in eighteen days. I have no "normal" days left. I no longer trust anyone's opinion as being totally reliable. I've discovered "flaws" in everyone that I know offline, and while I haven't burned any bridges, I no longer feel that I "belong" to anyone on an emotional level. Everyone keeps telling me to be an individual - well, I suppose I am, b

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The Play's The Thing

So I guess I should probably blog about the show I was in. Lilshu, if you read this, tell me if your friend ended up going to see us. :)   Since I doubt anyone remembers what I blogged about like seven weeks ago, my comedy troupe - Aspergers Are Us - performed at a 900-seat theater in Boston a few weeks ago. We only sold about 150 tickets, and since we sold each for about $10 and had to fork over about two grand to book the theater and boondoggle the local sound tech union into working for us

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The Graduate

Yep, that's me now. In the past two weeks I've been through a senior class trip to Disney World, the school awards ceremony, Vespers, Ivy Day, more awards, the senior banquet, an official senior comedy club night, prom, Senior Singout, graduation, and an all-night Senior Celebration. If any school in the world makes more fuss over seniors graduating, I don't know what it is and I'm glad I didn't go to it. ^_^   Since I obviously don't have the time or space to write about everything, I'm in d

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Help Help

Just look at the above post. I'm slowly turning into an Internet hipster, language-wise, without even trying. Don't know what I'm going to do about this.   Life is great right now. I'm in the middle of Senior Week; I graduate in five days. More on everything later.

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Comedy Troupe

So for the past year, several friends and I have been in a comedy troupe called Aspergers Are Us. We all have Asperger's Syndrome, so it's rather appropriate. :P Our name is also extremely fortunate because it gets all of the guilt-ridden "Autism Speaks" establishment members on board to see our show, so our shows attract a much larger audience than we deserve.   Because we found a fantastic niche in the comedy market to fill, we get tons of publicity. Our very first show, at a friend's seafo

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@ Debate Room

Please stop comparing European countries to the US and saying that "funnily enough, X works well in Europe/the US, thus the root of a problem must be your refusal to adopt this policy!"   There are so many key economic, structural, social, geographical and historical differences between the two regions that these arguments are invariably gross oversimplifications, and they're getting very tiresome to read. I gave up responding to them long ago, but I hope several of you read this and lessen y

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Aps, Man Status Etc.

Two more weeks left of high school! And a good thing, too - I'm getting extremely tired of doing work. I don't mind the non-work parts of school because I finally have a downright good social life, but my brain doesn't have much room left to learn anything knew, and I'm getting really apathetic. I barely care that I have my AP Government and Politics exam in two days; I already know that I'm going to get the top score. I don't even try in that class anymore; every practice exam I take, I inevita

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Galaxies

Have you ever watched yourself slowly going through a change that you didn't approve of and wanted to stop, but couldn't, or wouldn't, halt? Have you ever tried to prevent yourself from drifting in the wrong direction, but failed? It's like watching Pangea, isn't it? It's like watching continental drift. You watch from afar as, slightly faster than in reality, India crashes into Asia, and all hell breaks loose. The continents collide; cultures mix until you no longer know what belongs where, and

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Dartmouth Verdict And April Fools

So I've just had one of the craziest weeks of my life. For the second week in a row, I went 1 night-for-3 in terms of sleeping AT ALL (all nighter on Tuesday, passed out between midnight and two on Wednesday, another all nighter Thursday). The April Fools event didn't help, but at least I got nearly all of my scholarship applications in. Two of my three AP courses wrap up next week, so things should get easier soon.   April Fool's Day was awful, beyond a doubt the worst April 1 I've ever had.

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The Heck?

I don't go on Sals for ONE night and part of another, and come back and the DM group is gone all of a sudden, Adam? is a Respected Member, and apparently everyone else is a plebian?   Someone explain this to me, I'm logging off right now because I have absolutely no time for anything, but I am SO weirded out right now. I'm not even mad, although I probably will be when I find out what happened (there's a 45 page mass topic in the staff forums about the changes, but I'm obviously not going to

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Venom

I usually don't target blog entries at individual people, but I want you to know how freaking annoyed I am at you. Really? You seriously think you can talk that way about the DMs? I was in favor of getting rid of the group myself, but it'd be a joke to do that when they're behaving in a more distinguished way than some of the current mods. Hopefully the admins come to their senses and demote you and Yuan, because you're both way out of control and frankly you both deserve a long suspension. I al

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Why I'm Not That Active

Within the next seventeen days I have eleven scholarship essays due: four in eight days, two in twelve days, three the day after that, and two more the day after that. I'm unlikely to get any of them, of course (very possibly one), but it's worth a shot. A thousand dollars is nothing to sneeze at.   I have a 14-page outline due tomorrow, which I haven't started. Another one is due on Tuesday. A massive 10-page intensive research paper had to be started two days ago (a thesis and outline had t

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Hey There

So hi everyone. I have a second to post here again. (And by that, I mean "I waste 5 hours a day procrastinating and then complain that I have no time to do anything, including procrastinate through posting here," but hey, wording is everything.)   First semester is over. I feel dead on my feet, because a) I never get any sleep, b) I rarely hang out with school friends anymore, and c) I procrastinate so much. But the work I do do from time to time seems to be paying off. I'm now in the top ten

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Blizzards

These constant snowstorms are driving me mad. I'm trapped in an inhuman equation that is essentially meaningless, and yet the only option available to me is to take it completely seriously. Physics, literature, statistics, government and politics, photography, precalculus and impressing the vice president of the Dartmouth Lawyer's Association are all on my agenda, and it's really getting absurd. It doesn't help that I'm waging a losing battle against a longtime fetish of mine that I've traced so

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The Great Teenage Philosopher

This is going to be a short entry, because I'm tired and I need to sleep. I have my Photography "exam" in the morning, which will hopefully be a joke, and then the first part of my AP Gov and Politics test on the presidency and the bureaucracy. Fun stuff. The last two days have been snow days here, so I've been getting up at noon... it's going to be difficult getting used to a reasonable sleep cycle again.   Anyway, what's new? My Dartmouth interview has finally been scheduled. It'll be with

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2010

When you try your best but you don't succeed When you get what you want but not what you need When you feel so tired but you can't sleep Stuck in reverse And the tears come streaming down your face When you lose something you can't replace When you love someone but it goes to waste Could it be worse? Lights will guide you home And ignite your bones And I will try to fix you I still have that Coldplay song stuck in my head from a New Year's party I went to tonight. (Yeah, it was a week late.

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Colleges, Car Crashes And Beards

Well! November has been a loony month, full of hairy situations, especially the literal kind! If I'm not pulling all-nighters to finish projects on Fyodor Dostoevsky or flitting between makeshift study groups, trying to master physics concepts, I'm taking road trips to colleges and breaking cars on the way back! And all the time, my beard for No Shave November continues to grow, and my cheeks are glad in their respite from the razor blade.   I spent much of the month helping my class put toge

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Grandma Got Run Over By The Sats

My grandmother moved in! She's in my old room! At last, no long road trips to visit her, and no more wondering how she's hanging on in the hospital!   It's such a relief to have my mom's mom in the house with us, for a number of reasons. More than anything else, it's obviously nice to have her around so I don't worry about how she's doing in her nursing home. But it frees me from having to live in what's basically a hallway - although my room is (was!) decent-sized, walking through it is the

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That Deval, Patrick!

This is going to be a brief entry, because I'm tired as hell. Probably a lot tireder, actually, since sloth is one of the seven deadly sins and I bet a lot of hell's residents sleep 12 hours a day. Or try, anyway. But that's beside the point.   On Saturday I got up at 5:35 AM to do my paper route, after three and a half hours of delicious but entirely inadequate sleep, and did the job in utter darkness. There was ghostly, disembodied laughter echoing from a block down, which frightened me in

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