I bought an album by a band called Sigur Rós. They play crazy weird music with lots of vocals that aren't English.

The album is called (). "Wait, what?", I hear you say. "()", I respond, though non-verbally. I'm not sure how to pronounce this particular album title. "Empty set of parentheses"? "Open-paren close-paren"? "Parenthesis Parenthesis"? I believe that, just as their songs are unintelligible for their lack of language, so too is this title. "Lack of language" is a bit of a harsh statement - the truth is, the lyrics are in a language; however, this language was invented by the band for purposes of singing the album.

The names of the tracks are phenomenal. Nowhere on the entire physical medium - disc, case, booklet - is there is a single letter other than the band's name, which is written in a cursive hand roughly reminiscent of a skateboard company logo. Thus the names must be discovered by checking the CDDB, which lists not just one, not two, but three different CDs named () by Sigur Rós. This presents a problem. Is track seven, for example, called "Untitled 7", "Dauðalagið", or "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong"? I'm inclined to think it's the second, if only because that seems most realistic given the rest of the Sigur Rós Experience: say the following aloud: "I just listened to "Dauðalagið", which is a song by Sigur Rós on their album ()". Keep in mind during your reading that even the band's name is pronounced differently than you'd be inclined to say it, and not because of the accent on the o either. Wikipedia has a recording of a native Icelandic speaker saying it if that's your thing (

The Experience doesn't end there; not nearly. The case that the CD comes in isn't the standard matte black with clear cover, nor is it clear all through with an attractive background behind the CD; rather, the case is translucent, and not only translucent but translucent with blurred silver outlines of wintry trees, so that the light softly diffuses through in transcendent patterns. And this jewel case has its own case, a slipcover also of translucent design and with two large parentheses-shaped holes cut in the front and, clashing with the entire Experience yet somehow oddly affirming it at the same time, a small icon of a boy in the classic zombie pose on the back, arms forward and eyes glazed.

The disc itself is white. On the white background are rough outlines of white parentheses, as if from a stamp that was not properly inked. No matter; these parentheses are invisible anyway unless the light comes from the correct angle because they're white on white. That they can be seen at all is only thanks to the fact that the base ink is matte whereas the parentheses are glossy.

The booklet quite possibly takes the cake with respect to the aforementioned experience. Twelve pages long (three sheets stapled and folded), it is made of a pseudo-paper that feels a bit plasticky but is nicely textured - and, so as to fit with the theme, translucent. The cover features a stylized black-and-white picture of what could perhaps be grasses at the edge of a lake. The inside is made up of silver ink tracing the outlines of what are presumably more scenes of zen-like flora. Interestingly enough, in the same vein as the disc's white-on-white printing, the pages are greyish while the ink is silverish, so the best way to see the images is to put light behind the pages - the ink is a bit less translucent than the paper itself so the image becomes apparent. The booklet's only text is the band's name in small font on the bottom of the back cover.

Maybe someday I'll actually write about the music. But I'd say this CD has been worth it already.
  • Current Music
    Sigur Rós - () - Samskeyti


I so totally passed circuits!!
ENGR2420 01 Intro Microelectronic Circuits 4.00 B-

That is all.

Thanks to David, for helping me get through that class.


Just thought I'd post cause I haven't in a while.
Or whatever.
Comment if you want.

Oh actually I should copy and paste this thing that Nikki did into here otherwise she'll probably get mad or something. If she even reads this.
Sure, why not...
Comment and I'll:

1 - Tell you why I friended you.
2 - Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, a sexual position, etc.
3 - Tell you something I like about you.
4 - Tell you a memory I have of you.
5 - Associate you with a character/pairing. - What does that even mean?
6 - Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7 - Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
8 - In return, you must post this in your LJ. - Actually, whatever. Post whatever you want.

Dvorak vs. QWERTY

Knowing two keyboard layouts is kinda cool. The best part, though, is that if I'm switching back and forth, I can type a sentence and then not know which layout the keyboard is in right now. It's sort of... odd.

This was in Dvorak, though.

Thanks Paul

I had a chat with Paul last night about something completely different than what I thought the chat was going to be about.
But I guess it worked. For the first time this semester, I am in possession of enduring, non-conditional happiness. It's quite nice to have it back.
  • Current Mood
    happy Happy, actually.

LiveJournal Time

I talked to a lady from The MathWorks at the internship fair last week, and she told me to e-mail this one dude and CC her about the position we talked about. I e-mailed her a week after the fair (Wednesday) and haven't heard back.

Oh wait. I checked my Skype messages and a week ago I got a call from the dude I e-mailed (I e-mailed him Wednesday, remember, which is five days after Saturday). Fuck. He probably thinks I'm a total dipshit because I didn't return his call and e-mailed him and crap and who the fuck knows.
EDIT!!:!::!:!:!::: He actually called on the 8th, not the third. For some reason the skype date showed up as 2007/8/3, which makes sense to no one, let me tell you. I just saw the three at the end and felt sad.

Well, maybe it'll work out still.

For those interested, the message said, in part, "I wanted to follow up on the career fair from last week. ... Susan Murdock, among others, was there, and I think had a very specific interest in you for her internship opportunity."

I wonder what she thinks now. Ouch.

Well, at least today was pretty fun. Went with the SIBBs to Wellesley for some ice cream. Stephen Westwood was there too. I enjoyed myself.
  • Current Mood
    frustrated arggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh

Design Build

I'm not going to design build tomorrow (today). I'm just too tired. I'm already up like two hours later than I'd hoped to be.
It kinda sucks, because design build is pretty much the most exciting thing at Olin. But I guess sometimes things just don't work out. Too bad. Hopefully I'll get enough sleep to stop being sick, though.


When I get really nervous about something, I get sort of nauseous and generally feel like crap.

I have that feeling right now, but I don't know why. I turned in my paper, classes are OK, we've already done the play a couple times so I know it works, etc. But something's going on. Who knows?

Free time!?!

I have... free time? It's weird. Tech week's over and I just finished my 12-page essay for MatSci and Stuff, and now I have nothing to do...

Oh wait, I have AI reading. Never mind. I'm going to see if I can't find me some food first, though.

Enjoy yourselves!
  • Current Music
    Dancing queen in my head. Damn you tim!


I installed a cracked version of Acrobat 7 because I needed to make PDFs for class and the Acrobat installer (every student gets a copy of acrobat) isn't on the network like most installers are.

It still opened PDFs, but after about 10 seconds of being usable complained that it was broken and shut itself down, telling me to uninstall. I uninstalled, then installed Adobe Reader 8, because if I can't even read PDFs then I'm pretty much just fucked right there. Adobe Reader installer said something very odd: it needed to "reverse the uninstall operation" or some crap like that. Well, I needed to open PDFs real bad at this point so I just hit OK. Now I have Adobe Reader 8 and a broken copy of Acrobat 7 that won't even open anymore and just complains about how I need to locate the MSI to uninstall it all the time. Uh... ok.

Then my display driver broke. No fanfare or anything. It just didn't work anymore. Naturally I tried to reinstall. Neither the Dell installer or the ATI installer works. They both complain about something or other. The standard Windows driver installer doesn't work either, complaining about threads ending and stupid crap like that. So now my CPU is used to refresh the screen, making everything painfully slow. And I can't open things that need graphics or anything. And somehow through all of this, my computer can't stand by or hibernate anymore (is that connected to the display driver? Who knows?)

When the system logs were checked with regards to the display, it turned out that my hard drive is reporting bad blocks everywhere, so I need a new one.

Computer == fucked.

I wish I had a Mac...