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sweet sabbath

Things that make Kevin happy:

  • the drone of distant lawnmowers
  • shadow-mottled trees
  • chipmunks
  • crickets
  • sparrows darting from a reed
  • light-spears
  • waterfowl
  • an unexpectedly colorful shrub
  • large fruit
  • skipping stones
  • highschoolers in love

    on an uncoincidental note, the arb was very pretty today.
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    朋友一生一起走 ( 這些日子不再有)

    It feels so good to be back in Oberlin again--back with my friends, back with my campus, back with my fellowship--and that joy has absolutely nothing to do with my summer. In a vacuum, this experience would still be perfect.

    I've never been happier in my entire life than I am this very moment, and I owe it all to God.
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      Graham Ord - The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate
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    ruminations by starlight

    This has probably been the most social ten days of my life. Met a group of freshmen, hung out and talked shop with a cabal of writers (I was right! Half my workshop is a secret society!), sang prayer songs with OCF, took pictures of Lisa and Jenna making costumes, was interviewed about marriage beliefs by Stephanie and Charlotte, went to a rambunctious but generally dull party (mostly people drinking until it was fun), paid Anna a surprise visit, discussed religion outside Stevie with Tom Gorlin, stayed up all night heckling bad TV with Eric...fuck, that was a long sentence, and a long week. Oh, and Will McCraw came by unexpectedly last night, and I had dinner with him at Lorenzo's. That was...random.

    Feels like college, for the first time in never. It's strange hanging out with a bunch of Pabst-wielding students lounging on a couch in an orange-lit house on Union Street, and discussing trendy books and indie music and obscure celebrities in that gently condescending hipster voice, and realizing that these are the same weird and unexcitable and unnervingly relaxed big college people you were terrified of when you were little, while also realizing that you are one of them, and that maybe they feel the same way about you. This is the only time in my life I'll be able to feel this way, too--ten years down the line I'll be intimidated by their youth and their hipness, and feel old, even if I don't deserve to. But will I really be all that different a person by then?

    Guy whose name I don't remember: I don't like music that you can put on a pedestal.
    Me: So you're a hipster, then?
    Guy: (pauses for three seconds) ...Fuck you.

    The stars are out for the first time in ages--tonight I saw my old buddy Orion high above Mudd, sprawled across the western sky with all the other April constellations. Hi, Orion. I missed you.

    Satellites, too--they twinkle a certain way that lets you know they aren't stars, but the glint of solar panels. And they're so big, creeping across the sky like beetles, that I half expect one to plunge to the earth in a trail of fire. And Venus--you wish you could see the stormclouds if you squinted hard enough, even though you know you can't. It just feels like they should be there.
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      Final Fantasy (the band) - This is the Dream of Win & Reg
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    Kevin Chen [stuvol_0286]

    Congratulations! The 2006 SIGGRAPH Student Volunteers Committee is pleased to accept your application for the 2006 Student Volunteers Program. This is your official acceptance letter.

    The process for selecting volunteers has finally come to an end after much review. Your application was among the 880 applications reviewed this year with only around 400 of those selected to participate at the SIGGRAPH 2006 conference. Unfortunately, we could not accept all applicants thus even some very good applications were not accepted this year. However, we are pleased that you are among the group selected to be a Student Volunteer at SIGGRAPH 2006!

    Another email will be forthcoming within the next several weeks that will contain your unique login and password to the SV system, which will give you access to the official acceptance/confirmation form as well as other important information that you will need to prepare. Information on housing and Travel Assistance Awards is _not_ available at this time, however those eligible applicants will receive the proper notifications before the confirmation process ends.

    Congratulations again on being accepted. Myself and the Student Volunteers Committee look forward to working with you over the next several months.

    Jaime E. Radwan
    SIGGRAPH 2006 Student Volunteers Chair

    Now I just have to figure out what to do with the other nine weeks of summer.
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      Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
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    it's a miracle


      In order to complete a crwr major you'd have to earn 18 crwr credits over the next 3 semester-but that wouldn't be impossible.

       The literature credits DON'T  have to be in English--they can be in any class in which you read literary texts.    In this case,   the two religion classes you took (Hebrew Bible,  New Testament)  appear to me to be primarily "text focused."   Right?    Which means you have actually 9/12 (or 10/12,   if the ENG 236 was 4CR)   of your lit requirement finished.

    So you have 9/12 of the lit requirement; plus 7/25 of the crwr requirement
    (120, 3 cr;  201, 4cr =7cr)

    To finish a creative writing major,   you would need to take:  1 more 3 cr. lit class,  PLUS,  in CRWR:   3 upper division workshops;  1 4 cr independent project;   the senior colloquium;   and 1  section of Reading for Writing.    The only thing would be that 2 of the 3 workshops would have to be 4 credit workshops.

    Your schedule might look something like this:

    SPR. 05:
    Fiction workshop                         4

    FALL 05
    Senior Colloquium                        1
    Screenwriting                                4
    1 literature class                            3

    SPR 06
    Poetry                                           3
    Advanced Writing Project I           4
    Reading for Writing                        2

    (You could also switch this around,  and take Poetry/Advanced Project I  in fall,   and Playwriting in spring)

    IN ANY CASE,   unless you have other issues involving 9-9-9 credits or something the major is definitely do-able for you.   I'm not sure why you were advised otherwise--maybe they didn't realize that you had the religion courses and the 120 class?     It WILL require one very writing-intensive (9 crwr hrs) semester next year,  but it sounds to me as if you are very committed and Angie says that you are a hard worker--so why not?     (you actually might probably be able to complete both CRWR and CS majors, if you wanted and juggled things right, though I'm not absolutely sure about that.)

    If this seems workable to you,   please let me know ASAP and we could get you signed into the major this semester.

    Yours truly,

    Dan Chaon



    At OCF prayer meetings, Kendall sometimes breaks into random mutterings of "Praise God. Praise Him. Hallelujah." I feel that way right now.

    But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
    Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
    For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

    -Matthew 6:30-33
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