Monthly Archives: August 2005

Dosa shame

I changed brands for my dosa mix and it seems that this brand behaves a bit differently than the previous brand I used… My dosas tonight were pitiful to look at. I thought of posting a picture but I don’t think I could bear the shame of displaying the barely recognizable mass of stuff I ended up with.

If only dosa mixes were regulated by an ISO standard… If only…

Of course it doesn’t help that I’ve never been properly instructed in the art of cooking dosas. Might as well ask a monkey.

Caveat emptor: Cavalier Computers’ prices are high!

It seems to me Cavalier Computers is taking advantage of its position within the UVA community. Look at the BEFW11S4 (the Linksys wireless router) here. They sell it for $89. At MWave, the same device sells for $50.96. That’s a $40 dollar difference (yes, I’m rounding up). Also, at the time I’m composing this post (Aug 21st 2005), Linksys has a mail in rebate offer of $30, which MWave announces very clearly. On Cavalier Computers’ site, there is no indication of such rebate. So a student going to Cavalier Computers would pay $89 dollars, whereas one going to MWave would, after rebate, pay about $20. Yes, there is a shipping cost involved with buying at MWave but that would be in the $5-10 range. (I’m assuming the student lives near UVA and thus does not need shipping when buying from Cavalier Computers.)

Looking quickly at other wireless devices, I see the same pattern: Cavalier Computers’ prices are almost twice that of MWave. (Heck, Cavalier Computers is even pricier than Staples and Amazon, places *not* recognized for offering the best prices.) I will mention that when I looked at the price of Windows XP Home Edition, Cavalier Computers’ price was about the same as the others. (MWave was not carrying it at the time I checked.)

Check elsewhere before going to Cavalier Computers.

Furniture waltz…

It doesn’t matter how one organizes a room for the first time: the first stab at stetting up the room intelligently is never the final one. I’ve been in my room in C’ville only one day and a half and I already know that tomorrow I’ll have to do some major reorganization. Let the furniture waltz begin!


I took possession of my room in Charlottesville today. I’d take pictures and upload them but the lighting is not good right now and my Zire 72 does not take good pictures in low lighting. So there…

One night in C’ville and the world’s your oyster… or something…

$275 for jeans… I must be hallucinating…

Yeah, you read that right. $275 for one pair of jeans… I stumbled upon that from the Student Advantage site after I renewed my card. Whatever kiddo pays $275 for one pair of jeans better not come to me complaining that life is hard on a student’s stipend.

Since I’ve used Amtrak heavily during the past two years, during my M.A. at Penn, I’ve saved a good deal of money with the SA card (15% off the regular fare). I’m still going to use Amtrak and Greyhound during my Ph.D. at UVA so renewing makes sense for me. For people who don’t have a need like mine, I wonder just how useful the SA card is… given offerings like $275 jeans. Good grief!!

Michaëlle Jean: de journaliste à politicienne…

Michaëlle Jean a été nommée gouverneure générale du Canada, un poste de fantoche s’il en est un. Il ne fait aucun doute que cette femme est très intelligente et compétente. Ce qui m’attriste, par contre, c’est de voir sa transformation de journaliste, de femme intègre, à politicienne. Cette transformation a commencé dès sa première sortie publique suite à l’annonce de sa nomination. Appelée à se prononcer sur la pertinence de la monarchie au Canada, elle a évité la question. J’ai senti dans sa réponse un conflit entre ses convictions réelles et ce qu’elle se devait de dire pour ne pas miner la valeur de son nouveau poste et froisser sa patronne, Queen Elizabeth. S’il n’y avait pas conflit, pourquoi n’aurait-elle pas clairement annoncé que la monarchie n’est pas une institution désuette plutôt que de dire qu’elle la respecte comme institution?

Récemment, elle a déclaré qu’elle n’a jamais été indépendantiste, tout comme son mari Jean-Daniel Lafond ne l’a jamais été. Qu’elle n’ait jamais été indépendantiste, je l’accepte. Que son mari n’ait jamais été indépendantiste est difficile à croire étant donné ses prises de position dans le passé. Cette déclaration, tout comme son défilement devant une question sur la pertinence de la monarchie, démontre que son intégrité est disparue. Elle est maintenant politicienne. En politique, il n’y a de vérité que celle qui nous avantage.

C’est bien dommage, car il me semble qu’il y aurait eu d’autres endroits où elle aurait pu utiliser ses talents sans qu’elle ne doive sacrifier son intégrité.


I have a problem with the verb “to matriculate”, which is often found in sentences like “the student must submit form I99Z before matriculating.” For whatever reason (insanity?), I would expect the verb to be used in a variety of other contexts.

“Honey, the dog has matriculated all over the carpet again!”

“Set phasers to ‘matriculate’.”

“This species reproduces by matriculation.”