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15 October 2011 @ 11:48 am
Because I've more or less abandoned my personal journal by now.  It seems that since I hopped onto Plurk (almost a year ago?), the personal LJ has become obsolete.  Weird.  I never expected it would take over my online life so easily.  If you're on my list here and don't have me added, I'm at www.plurk.com/Holsety.  It's strange even reading the last few entries in my journal and cringing at the way I used to type and express myself.  And only last year!  I don't feel like I've changed any at all, but my last-year-persona is kind of embarrassing.

I should probably talk about my graduate studies or something, but I spend so much time thinking about them during the weekday that I like to pretend I'm still in college on the weekends.  It's pretty intensive, but I feel like I'm adjusting as well as can be expected.  Every now and then, there's still a moment of complete panic and being overwhelmed, but that's leveled off a bit.  I am studying C. elegans!  I used to have dreams about writhing masses of worms, but they've stopped now, thankfully.  =P

I'll have to see about balancing out RP-land and graduate studies-land.  Not sure if I'm capable of taking more on or if I need to scale back; I haven't gotten into anything really time-consuming yet, after all.  Playing in Mayfield, Planeocracy, and Anemoi right now.

Well, not much point to this except to say that I'm still alive.  Hope everyone's doing fine.
12 April 2011 @ 10:11 pm
Well.  In 5 months, I will be beginning my PhD studies for a degree in Neuroscience at Yale.  I'm simultaneously terrified and excited.
02 January 2011 @ 05:02 pm
I've been sadly neglecting my personal LJ for quite some time now.  My last entry was a week before my birthday, which seems like centuries ago.  So!  Boring life update is a-go.  I'm not even going to make an attempt to be witty or interesting in this entry.

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As for the holidays, they passed pretty well.  I spent it with my cousins in New Jersey -- The snowstorm was ridiculous.  We got stranded on the highway about seven hours and we ended up walking home and leaving my uncle to stay with the car.  It was quite an adventure.  I didn't actually get anything for Christmas this year, but I haven't for the last few years, so I'm cool with it.  My headphones broke a few days ago, though, so I might ask for a cheap replacement.

And that's about it.  I could ramble on about RP, but I think I'll save that kind of stuff for Plurk.  Happy New Year, guys, and I hope it's off to a great start.
18 September 2010 @ 12:02 am
The How's My Driving? Meme

GRE Test Results:
Math/Quantitative: 800
Verbal: 630
Writing: I think I did well.
Overall satisfaction: Eh.  Alright.

The math is like almost exactly the same as the SAT.  If I didn't get at least around the same score, I probably would have had to kill myself.  The Verbal is ridiculous.  I am slightly disappointed in my Verbal score considering I took a practice test before I started studying and got a 590.  I got a 710 my last practice test and I thought I was pretty ready going in.

Ah, well.  I'm not retesting.  I've had enough of standardized exams.  Considering taking the Biology GREs, though.
01 September 2010 @ 11:01 pm
I have just spent an hour and a half trying to get my Internet working.  =\  This is ridiculous for a school and I have no idea who I need to call to get our WiFi wiring or whatever improved.  Well, rundown of how fall semester is looking.

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27 July 2010 @ 01:35 pm
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Anyway.  Taiwan is so cool and ahh it's awesome. And I actually have friends (fine two friends shut up it's better than none). I could ramble on about Taiwan all day but the four most important things are

1. Tea shops. Really good bubble tea sells for about a buck (500cc).
2. Bakeries. I can never eat plain white toast again.
3. Convenience stores.  They're actually convenient.  And the food they sell is good.  And they pretty much look just like this.
4. Night markets. Stinky tofu, 'rising spring' noodles, 'fried oysters', 'sweet but not spicy', 'flat dried green beans', ok translating stuff is too hard so I'm just gonna say that everything in Taiwan is delicious.  Even like walls and floors and stuff they're made out of gingerbread and people are like giant marshmallows and if you eat them it's OK they just come back when you have a bowel movement and they like urinate cotton candy and everything in Taiwan is delicious.

Notice how it's all food.
Does anyone want to hear more because Taiwanese culture is awesome. This is really just a random post because I haven't said anything in like a month.
21 July 2010 @ 09:19 am
The How's My Driving? Meme
15 July 2010 @ 04:24 pm
Unfinished story.  Explanation will be provided if requested, but the post is too long otherwise.

EDIT: OK, I figured out what was making the post too big and fixed it.  This is a part of what I hope will be a series of stories about mythological monsters in a modern setting with a slight undertone of horror.  If the project gets too intensive, I might restrict it to Chinese mogwai/yaogwai/yaojing and Japanese youkai but I'm hoping to encompass as many cultures as I can.  If anyone has any good resources for this kind of thing, I'd love to see it.  Thanks!

Comments and criticism are, as always, welcome.  Even "DL you suck you're such a hack" would be appreciated.

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14 June 2010 @ 08:09 pm
Leaving for Taiwan in a few days! 
Ah, I'm looking forward to it, but at the same time, dreading it.  Although dread is too strong of a word.  The experience could be a total toss-up at this point, but I really think it will go well!  Honestly, what I'm not looking forward to is the part where I go to training camp with a bunch of kids my age I don't know.  My Mandarin is good, but I only know how to speak to adults, if that makes sense.  My experience has shown me that it's hard for me to make friends because I can speak Mandarin well, so the kids expect me to be able to mesh with them, but I can't.  So I come off very formal and not too friendly. 

But anyway!  I won't worry about it, because honestly, if I make friends, I make friends, and if I don't, I don't.  All that matters is that I try.  As for the work itself, the professor has come off a little aloof, but that's probably just because he's busy.  It shouldn't be bad at all, since I do have a lot of lab experience by now.  Nothing like 20 hours of lab in a week to strengthen your technique.

I'll do my best to keep up with RP, but I can't promise too much.  Don't miss me too much, guys.  =)  And since I'm losing my Internet tomorrow, I'll be signing off until Saturday, at which time I will hopefully have landed safely in Taiwan.