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Getting it over with [22 Oct 2006|03:36am]
[ mood | groggy ]

It's been several months since anyone has read as much as a peep from me.

Why? Well, it's simple. I was already petering off on reading and writing on lj, my life was getting more hectic and I needed to concentrate on it.

Now, whenever I'm on an emotional rollercoaster, I cut things out of my life completely and pick up new ones. All-or-nothing kind of gal. So, lj was just one of my victims. Sorry to the people I was/am friends with, depending on their current view.

Will I come back? Maybe and if I do it won't be for a while. Feel free to unfriend me and I'll return the favor so as not to clutter your friend of list.

Will I delete this journal? No. There's some good memories, funny stories and bad moments I'd like to keep a record around.

Will I be reading other lj's? Not likely. Nothing personal.

Have a nice life to whoever reads this.

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Lj comment about labels [23 Dec 2005|05:02pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Commented on a friend's lj and wanted to post it in my own.

Identity reminds me of water. It can so fluid sometimes and rock-solid other times.

I remember a conversation on a latino community where people were talking about stupid questions they get asked and how'd they respond. Things like: "Are you a mexican?" "No." Then, what are you?" "A person, idiot."

While I can understand why someone would like to know details about a person, there is a certain tone and manner of asking that shows more of a desire to label than to learn. It's hard to express via written word. But if you have ever experienced it, you would recognize it. Like if someone asks: Are you gay? Are you christian? Are you a democrat? Are you a republican? All those questions are meant to label and then treat that person diferently than if they were something else.

Same with gender. Are you a girl? Is it okay for me to hold open doors for you? Hug you freely? Ask you for advice about sensitive issues? Are you a guy? Can I say dirty jokes to you? Can I rough-house with you? Brag about sexual conquests? Have you open this jar?

There's a sense of security with knowing what you can and cannot say, do or express in front of someone. Dictated by society and how you were raised.

But labels lead to discrimination, segregation and mass-misrepresentation. They limit, enclose and control. Try to break free from a label, and you'll be labeled a rebel, an outcast. The problem with them is that other people give them. You can call yourself whatever you want, but they'll call you whatever they want and they outnumber you.

So in the end, what can you do? There's options, always has been, always will be. Accept it, learn to live with it. Deny it, reinvent oneself. Ignore it, continue to exist despite of it and don't change.

That's my 2 dollars.

Oh, also some terms I've read recently that make plenty of sense.

Homosocial = likes socializing with same gender.
Heterosocial = likes socializing with opposite gender.
Bisocial = likes socializing with both gender.
Asocial = likes socializing with neither gender.

I'm heterosexual, but mostly homosocial.

Yes, after my long-ass comment about labels, I write this. You see, I choose option number one.

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*pokes head up* [19 Dec 2005|10:30am]
[ mood | Getting reaccostumed ]


Inane chatter...really.Collapse )

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Hey, I'm still alive [14 Oct 2005|06:36pm]
[ mood | awake ]

As the subject line says, that's basically it. Because of 5 classes and 3 labs I've had a test every so often and three lab reports to hand in every week.

So I've been busy and haven't been on lj for a loooooong time.

Take care of yourselves.

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About hurricanes [01 Sep 2005|06:57pm]
This was a comment I made to another post. I decided to post it here.Collapse )
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*coughsneeze*...ouch. [30 Aug 2005|09:31pm]
[ mood | sick ]

I live. I'm sick as well, but no matter.

My classes/labs are taking up a whole lot of my time during the week. I just took my first exam of the semester earlier this afternoon: Physics 2. I was able to do everything, but it's too early to celebrate since my prof can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to grading.

AGH! I can't stop sneezing, my throat is painfully sore and I have quite a headache. I'm going to cut this post short. I had interesting/funny/entertaining things to say, but I can't organize them in my head right now. Wow, that sounds like a really pathetic excuse. *shrugs*

If littlestclouds should see this entry, I'll finish the epic this weekend. I can't wait to read the rest of it, but I'd much rather do so with a clear head and not feeling rushed.

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*sigh of contentment* [02 Aug 2005|05:36am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Writing every little thing that has bugged you, every moment of angst, every drop of melodrama, every self-centered complaint, for nearly an hour and then deleting the entire thing rather than posting it on lj can be quite relieving.

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Misconceptions. [31 Jul 2005|04:09pm]
[ mood | awake ]

Sometimes I like to go into google, write something up about Puerto Rico and see what turns up.

And every single time I find weird and completely erroneous 'facts' about us.

Cut to shorten length of post.Collapse )

EDIT: Added another link under the cut.

Some entertainment. Matrix Ping Pong. Yeah, you read that right.

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Salsa meets Streetfighter. [30 Jul 2005|08:20pm]
[ mood | amused ]

A korean Salsa competition. Watch and enjoy.

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Instaslash [28 Jul 2005|08:14pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Go to this link: http://pokeslash.tvheaven.com/files/instantslash2.html and fill in the boxes with what they ask for and in less than 1 MINUTE!! you'll have a slash fic.

WARNING: SLASH is male on male. Gay ficcage. Homosexual story. You get the point.

My result. It's freaky. My extra comments in bold.Collapse )

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Today I turn 21. *throws confetti* [26 Jul 2005|06:39pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I'm now a legal adult. *runs around in circles* Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. This changes very little of my life. *skips a bit* I am a mature person. *tries to keep straight face and fails too.*

Seriously though,...I have no idea what I was going to say here.
Have a piece of cake and some vanilla ice cream.

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Back once again! [23 Jul 2005|11:27pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Okay, for nearly two weeks, I've been without internet access. I have several comments to answer which I'll get to in due time.

Anyway, the reason for my absence is that I've actually been enjoying my summer, hanging out with friends and doing fun things.

Everyone must have heard even a snippet that the latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released a week ago. Well I was busy helping out making my Ravenclaw uniform/costume for a book release party at Borders in Mayagüez. In our group there were Griffindors, Slytherins and a Snape. We went there, got our pictures taken dozens of time and had a great time.

After that I read the entire book, discussed with other avid fans, made predictions, stated possibilities, etc. etc. etc. I hung around till the 21st, when I accompanied a friend to the airport, said our goodbyes and finally went home to Fajardo.

I slept through the 22nd without realizing it.

And I still have two and a half weeks of vacation time. *squee*

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The feeling I get [09 Jul 2005|09:03am]
[ mood | weird ]

You ever get that feeling that whatever you choose to say/write, and how you phrase it, is coming out all wrong to the point that people politely (and in a restrained manner)* disagree with you? As if you're being aggravating/annoying/pointless and it would have been better not to have said/written anything in the first place? And that this is happening with several completely separate persons at once, hence you can deduce that the problem lies with you?

If this has happened to you, I'd like to join your club.

*It's hard to express what I mean to say by polite and restrained manner of disagreeing. It's the type of tone that one uses for the slow. When one holds back one's temper because the aggravation isn't malicious or on purpose, yet it's still bothersome nonetheless. I admit that reading that tone in others' writing is a bit presumptuous and entirely subjective. However, it's the feeling I get and that's what this post is about.

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*pokes head up* [07 Jul 2005|05:27pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

I'm done. Summer class is over! Got an A in evolution. Very happy. This coupled with last semester's grades will really boost up my GPA.

I'm going to browse over your ljs, see what's up. It's been a month since I've done that.

That's it for this update. Later.

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I'm alive! [20 Jun 2005|01:43pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Hello, how've you been?

Me? I've been busy. A little too busy, but nothing that I can't handle.

I'm taking Evolution as a summer class. Very interesting. Learning lots of new and odd things. Busy.

Also, joined a gym. Out of shape. Better pick up the habit of doing regular exercise. Busy.

I've been reading a lot, specially at night. Borders owns my soul and wallet. Busy (but enjoying it).

I haven't been online much (more like not at all), so I don't know what's up with you guys. If you care to, leave a comment.

Later on, I'll check up on you, see what's new.

Take care. *waves*

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Show and tell [12 Jun 2005|09:23pm]
I draw a lot in class. Mostly monsters. I'll show you my best ones. The first ones are of last semester.

It's a saurtaur (a reptilian centaur, of which you can't see the rest of the body.)

A winged robot. (Lets mix religion with technology. *winkwink nudgenugde*)

Cute critters From left to right: Dumb, Annoyed and Scared. (I am terrible at naming things. Leave me alone. :( )

A bunch of monsters There's a fairy in there as well.

A floating woman with her pet. (Warning: Frontal female nudity. Nothing crude!)

Old ones:

Another reptilian monster A snakelike being with arms and wings. Also emaciated. I do that a lot.

Possible other race (dragon/human). Likes to be pretty. Has no arms.

Innocent looking robotic children. Can be extremely creepy, helpful or useless, depending on what you use them for.

Poor bishi. (tecnical nudity but you can't see a thing.) Backstory: the guy is being taken to be eternally punished in hell. The big moster is making sure he gets there.

Water creatures. Self-explanatory.

monster that likes to pounce He pounces! Also looks like a weird monkey with a freaky tail that ends in a second head.

Um, a ghost/dragonoid. I actually never finished it, but that's what it looks like.

An emaciated alien. You can get hungry out there in vast emptiness of space.

A bird (possibly griffin) head. It's not a floating head. I just didn't draw the rest of the body.
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Yay, glasses! [03 Jun 2005|08:59pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

*jumps for joy*
*dances for delight*
*cheers for...cheese?*

I have my new glasses. Good bye headaches and eye-strain. *checks herself out in a mirror* I do say, I look fabulous!

I really enjoy wearing glasses, in case you couldn't tell by everything above. They're like the best facial accessory there is. There's not that many, but still. A couple of years back, an acquaintance of mine got that laser eye surgery and she mentioned it to me. I vehemently said that it was not for me. Not because of the cost, or any fear of having lasers shined into my pupils. Simply because glasses = roxxors.

They're so cute and versatile...(Imagine a long and detailed rant on why glasses are so cool. We'll save each other the time.)

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The joy of learning [01 Jun 2005|02:17pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

In my first semester, I took General Biology and during the first week of classes we (my classmates and I) had to take a diagnostic test with questions about genetics, mitosis, taxonomy, botany, zoology, microbiology, etc. A little bit of everything. Just the basics. Needless to say we came out of that test thankful that it didn't count as a grade, because we guessed most of it. Classes were given, notes were taken, the semester passed. At the end, when we were going to take the final exam, we were handed that same diagnostic test along with it.

I find it hard to put into words how I felt when I answered that test. Nobody knew that it was coming, so nobody prepared for it, however, I was able to competently answer every single thing. A little voice in my head said "Look, you didn't know any of this 5 months ago, but now it's common knowledge to you. You have mastered the material. Isn't that incredible? You're smarter now. Doesn't it feel great?"

It did feel great and it still does. If it were within my capabilities, then I would have liked to become one of the eternal students. You know the type. Those that study several fields, get MS's and PhD's just for the hell of it. To study Biology and several of it's branches. Then to take on some Art and History, learn a bit of the Humanities. Find out if I'm good enough at languages to learn a 3rd, 4th or 5th one.

*sigh* Sadly, it isn't within my reach. I'll get my BS, then a MS and find work. Maybe I'll be able to obtain a degree of my dream. That's for later consideration. I shouldn't belittle what I do have. Not many have the resources or the opportunity as I have. I'm grateful, very much so. However, it's part of human nature to always desire more than what one has.

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Look, ma! There's a girl digging for trouble. [31 May 2005|03:07am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Source of the annoyance

In the post that I linked above, that was written more than a month ago, caritasoleada decided to reply to something linxy wrote.

It's mostly in Spanish so I'll translate:

Suddenly I have the urge to say...

Before, Now and Always...COLEGIO!
(My Uni's cheer)

Even if you don't believe it, Rio Piedras has students in livejournal. I want to ask you: who are you to say that the students of Upi are stupid? I have friends in colegio and we don't need to insult each other. You shouldn't be saying ignorant gibberish (?). (If anyone can tell me how to better translate babosadas, then please do.)

I'm not sure if your commenting directly to linxy or to me. But since you commented on my lj, I'll respond.

Yes, I believe it. I even have a friend, ti_ana, that takes classes in the Upi. With all due respect, when has linxy or I called those of the Upi stupid?

I don't like how they do things, neither do I like how they disrespect those that desire to study in peace, as it should be, however, that's only a fraction of the student body and I haven't called them stupid. '
(Added now: To be perfectly honest, in prior posts I had referred to the strikers' actions as stupid and to themselves as "selfish idiots" and "Goddamn ungrateful asshats", but even then I meant any reactionary striker from any campus. It just happen that most of them were in La Upi.) And in Linxzy's comment nothing appears that they're idiots. She doesn't even mention them.

The only ignorant one here is you. I don't know how you found this specific post and I care even less. Read more carefully before commenting, because right now you ended up looking like an idiot.

Then when I go to see what miss sunny face is all about, I find this:

This is my first journal update in a long long time. I'd only logged in to practically insult a girl. My life has change for good, I'm happy with myself and transparent as water.


Agh! Morons. Why do they come out of the woodwork when I've done nothing to provoke them?

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[29 May 2005|05:41pm]

I've been seeing this abbreviation a lot recently and I had absolutely no clue what it meant. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't decipher it and even google wasn't any help (amazing, I know). So I checked out http://www.urbandictionary.com, which I'll be using more often, and there it was.

I can understand not wanting to trudge through a long single paragraphed entry, but even the abbreviation tl;dr is a bit short, and if you don't read what's written how can you comment on it? At least, skim the damn thing.
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