Don’t assume — it just makes an ass out of u and me.

So today I’m in Econ section and the GSI was explaining “utility” and said something that always makes me cringe and reinforces my hatred of economics as an academic discipline — it makes non-sensical statements like:

“We assume that your happiness can be measured by some equations.”

ARGH! I can’t even articulate how annoying this type of reasoning makes me.

In other news, I ran into my brother at a talk today being given by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran — just when I was impressed that he was taking some interest in worldly things, he informed me that he was there to get English extra credit (his prof I guess was organizing it), but he then qualified that with: “Well, I would have gone anyway.” Sure.

I’ve gotten more books for my thesis and have to carry them around the rest of the day, and now that it’s stopped raining I’m wearing shoes and an extra jacket. I hate unecessary excess — wait a sec, is there such a thing as necessary excess?

I’m also annoyed when my emails don’t go out because the SMTP server doesn’t feel like working — and then I reboot my mail client and it works magically.

And because I invited Paul Boutin as my Orkut — we’re going to have coffee in Berkeley next week. Cool.

I am now immortalized on the OCF site.

John Kerry

With all the excitement surrounding John Kerry, I thought I’d link to my post right after Garett and I heard him at Stanfurd in December. Also check out Garett’s post.

Now that we’re entering round three of primaries, who are you all going to vote for?

TURKEY EXPLODES IN MORGAN HILL

Pulitzer nomination for this one? 😉

A wild turkey was found exploded after running into a power line this morning in Morgan Hill, fire officials said.

The power line could not withstand the impact of the turkey and was found snapped at the intersection of Sycamore Drive and Oakland Avenue.

The line has since been repaired.

Other than the dead turkey, no injuries or damage were reported.

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CONTACT: Morgan Hill FD (408)-7790-0930

Copyright © 2004 by Bay City News, Inc.

Feng shui this!

First BART is on this whole feng shui kick — and now the California State Assembly too?

Associated Press:

Calif. lawmaker wants building officials to consider feng shui

TAMI MIN, Associated Press Writer
Saturday, January 31, 2004

(01-31) 00:16 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —

More hippy, dippy jokes about California might be on the way, thanks to a state lawmaker who wants building codes to consider feng shui.

State Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has introduced a resolution that urges public building officials to accommodate feng shui — the ancient Chinese art of designing structures and arranging objects to create harmonious energy flow.

Activity Heats Up as U.S. and Iran Flirt With Closer Ties

From today’s Washington Post — here’s to hoping for the best:

The two U.S. interventions in countries that share long borders with Iran have galvanized a rethinking of policy in Washington and Tehran, officials and analysts say. Iran’s agreement in December to allow surprise inspections by U.N. arms experts to verify that Tehran is not producing nuclear weapons also changed the atmospherics.

“Iran’s acceptance of the terms was important, because it indicated a willingness to engage with the international community and a flexibility on controversial issues that we’ve not seen before,” said Shaul Bakhash of the Brookings Institution.

Since then, Washington provided rescue personnel and aid after an earthquake leveled the historic city of Bam, killing 40,000, and offered to send a high-level humanitarian delegation led by Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and including a Bush family member. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) last month at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, while last week Specter and Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) co-hosted Iranian U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif at a Capitol Hill dinner, a visit approved by the Bush administration. Also in the works is a visit by Iran’s soccer team for games against D.C. United and the L.A. Galaxy in April.

“New York and California / I was born on Jupiter.”

So if you’ve come from the cfarivar.org domain name, you’ve probably noticed the new format. I’d love to hear what people think — particularly you random readers who visit me from the UK, Australia, Israel, Poland, Romania, and all those other random places that I find in my referral logs.

Works now!

Ok, I got my Moveable Type to work on my OCF account. It was pretty easy to install. I’ll probably write instructions on how to do it soon.

Check it, yo.

Anyway, time to tackle the Econ homework.

Migration

So I’ve decided that I’m going to give Moveable Type a try, considering that it is the best of the blogging type softwares. I’ve used LiveJournal and enjoyed its ease-of-use, but now that they’ve moved to S2, I find that the configurations and flexibility are much more difficult — I’m comfortable in HTML. So for now, I’m going to try to play with Moveable Type.

Of course, I probably should be working on my thesis and Econ homework, which is what I will be tackling once this is over, but so it goes.