Archive for February, 2008

Cell Phone, Part 2

After a way long IM conversation with Ben, I think I’m going to try to get the same phone he has. It’s quite a bit more expensive than the motofone, but the Sony Ericsson W810i has bluetooth (for wireless sync with my computer), a decent digital camera, and plays music (for leaving my ipod at home). Oh, and I’ll be able to use it in other parts of the world, too, since it’s quad-band. I’m hoping to score one on ebay for something less than the $200 that Amazon wants.

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My Cell Phone

The battery on my phone used to have little prongs sticking out the bottom to hold it onto the back. Note the past tense — they broke off today, which means I need a new phone. I’m thinking of getting the motofone (for $40 or so) but as a temporary measure I super-glued the battery in, which may not have been the best idea I’ve ever had.

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Wait a second…

I’ve started studying for the GRE, sort of. I’m tentatively planning on applying for grad school (a phd in economics) next year, though I’m getting nervous as I wonder things like, “why do I want to do this again?” Then I noticed this comic I had posted on my wall at work, and it really brought the question into focus. Click for the full cartoon.

Economics - First panel

Fortunately, application due dates aren’t until the winter, so I’ve got some time to think about it.

There’s a bit of a story behind this cartoon: a very yellow copy of it is (was?) posted on the bulletin board of my old boss’ University of Oregon office with no attribution whatsoever. I though it was funny when I was his TA. I tried to figure out what it was after I moved to DC, and it turns out it’s from a great book called More Washingtoons by Mark Alan Stamaty, which is a compilation of cartoons originally published in the Washington Post. Incidentally, approximately 3 copies of this book exist in the world today. I eventually tracked one down at the Georgetown University Library and managed to photocopy and then scan this page.

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On Valentine’s Day

I thought Valentine’s day was mostly worthless, but then I saw this graphic that dorothy of very small array made.

It’s sweet and funny and touching and interesting and great.

I like it!

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