Yale Dining: Dying Vegan

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(This is (/was) my dining hall. At least I can suffer surrounded by beautiful symbols of an elitist intellectual old boy culture 🙂 )

In honor of being DONE WITH UNIVERSITY (AAAHHHHH) I’m going to focus for maybe a week or so on college-related topics.  So the first one is going to be the best food served at Yale dining halls.

Now anyone who’s read a few posts here may have noticed that I am kind of vegan (nothing “kind of” about it) and really struggle with Yale’s dining system because, while they make promises about having a vegan entree at every meal, that is frequently not the case. And their idea of a vegan entree is frequently something along the lines of ‘rice’.

But sometimes they actually have quite good and edible options (and when that happens I bring discreet tupperware and load the fuck up like a camel at an oasis in the middle of a hot arid desert). Continue reading “Yale Dining: Dying Vegan”

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Three “Inspirational” Quotes

The hiatus is almost over! Tomorrow is my last final so don’t expect a post from me then- but after that who can say? 😉

I don’t feel like I can study another minutes at the moment so I’ll put a short list together. The final (in music history from 1800 to the present) is at 7 pm (7 pm. On a Sunday. I hear you scream.) so I’ll have plenty of time to re-review tomorrow.

Given my state of mind (post-apocalyptic wasteland) and the current season (college finals, high school AP exams. All across the country), I thought I would give a list of my favorite faux-inspirational quotes. Continue reading “Three “Inspirational” Quotes”

Friday Links 5/5

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One final down and two to go. Again I apologize for the lack of content but I haven’t had the wherewithal to write anything between studying and collapsing from mental exhaustion- guys, I’ve been taking naps! It’s crazy and unheard of!

But I’m going to unload the links because there are some pretty fun ones and I don’t want to be buried in them.  But for now nothing else.  But regularly scheduled programming should resume after my last final on the 7th.  Really, I’ve been so busy I realized I haven’t even changed my desktop background for the month, so I have none to show you. Maybe next week, because picking the perfect background takes focus. You have to look at it for a month, after all. Continue reading “Friday Links 5/5”

My Favorite Arabic and Muslim Names

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I read this article from the New York Times today about how China is prohibiting certain traditionally Muslim names from being used in the western region of Xinjiang, home to more than 10 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group.

This list of banned named, straightforwardly entitled “List of Banned Ethnic Minority Names” is part of an effort to “curb religious fervor” and combat what officials describe as religious extremism.  Other efforts have included bans on long beards and veils in public places. Continue reading “My Favorite Arabic and Muslim Names”

Friday Fun Links 4/28

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A Friday off, it’s just like last semester! Except this time it’s because I’m essentially done with my classes (except for an optional Music History session on Monday (at which I will be) and a mini English conference on Wednesday).  It’s really just reading period and exams from here on out.
This is the first time I’m finishing up a year of classes with no guarantee of further classes ahead of me.  School has always been a kind of constant expectation, and it’s very weird to, for the first time, not necessarily expect it to continue.

In short, I can feel the encroaching existential dread.
But, with every new milestone (last ballroom show, last day of classes, etc.) I’ve been buying myself a little present, usually about $10 or under.  So now I have a new rosewater facial toner which is quite lovely, and a few mL of Tubereuse by Mona di Orio awaiting me at home.
And yes, I know that my rampant consumerism is just a distraction, a search for a false sense of security to stave off my anxiety about my future.  But hey, at least, when the breakdown comes, I will smell good and have glowing skin. 😛 Continue reading “Friday Fun Links 4/28”

Movie Pairing: The Best Worst Musicals

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BRIGADOOOON BRIGADOOOOO-OOON

I’m proud and humbled to announce that this is the first month that List Mimsy’s views have exceeded 600 (also the first month views have exceeded 500).  And now it is my greatest hope that you won’t all abandon me when
I suggest that these two musicals have some redeeming qualities.

Watching them together is a stretch, bordering on an exercise in masochism, but with what the movies could you possibly watch them?

So what movies am I actually talking about? Brigadoon (1954) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (also 1954).  Wow. Before writing this I had no idea both were from the same year.  What a horrible time that must
have been. Without Hitchcock’s Rear Window I feel like it might have ended up being the end of cinema completely.
But what’s actually wrong with these movies? They’re objectively terrible and overblown.  But so funny, I can’t even explain how funny. Continue reading “Movie Pairing: The Best Worst Musicals”

Save it for a Rainy Day

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Rain. It’s not my most favorite of weathers, but it’s a simple fact of life in the spring.

There’s a lot to love about rain- the way it throws people together (thank you random people who have gifted me clothes after I’ve been soaked), dramatically watching raindrops race down a window, memories of rain songs from childhood, and the sound and feeling of being cozied up and dry while there’s a storming happening.

But if you’re going out in it- because we all have to sometimes- there are some material things you can add to your life to ease the rainy day gloom. Continue reading “Save it for a Rainy Day”