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reemergence [Aug. 10th, 2007|03:24 pm]
Here I am, slinking back to livejournal mostly because my lil sis is in bern and this way I can keep track of her. 
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oh bill. [Jan. 7th, 2007|02:39 pm]

Using the most recent data available, a Times tally showed that hundreds of Gates Foundation investments — totaling at least $8.7 billion, or 41% of its assets, not including U.S. and foreign government securities — have been in companies that countered the foundation's charitable goals or socially concerned philosophy.

This is "the dirty secret" of many large philanthropies, said Paul Hawken, an expert on socially beneficial investing who directs the Natural Capital Institute, an investment research group. "Foundations donate to groups trying to heal the future," Hawken said in an interview, "but with their investments, they steal from the future."

Moreover, investing in destructive or unethical companies is not what is most harmful, said Hawken and other experts, including Douglas Bauer, senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit group that assists foundations on policy and ethical issues. Worse, they said, is investing purely for profit, without attempting to improve a company's way of operating.

Such blind-eye investing, they noted, rewards bad behavior.

At the Gates Foundation, blind-eye investing has been enforced by a firewall it has erected between its grant-making side and its investing side. The goals of the former are not allowed to interfere with the investments of the latter.

The foundation recently announced a plan to institutionalize that firewall by moving its assets into a separate organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. Its two trustees will be Bill and Melinda Gates. The trust will invest to increase the endowment, while the foundation gives grants.

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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2006|06:58 pm]
Attention Choral Nerds:
Did you know there was a Choral Wiki???!?!?!!


so fucking cool.
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(no subject) [Oct. 15th, 2006|03:38 pm]
It has been the most ridiculously quintessential fall that I can remember.  Perhaps it's this way every year but this fall has seemed overtly, archetypically beautiful.  Coldly sunny, cloudless days full of shockingly vibrant leaves and then, finally rain and wind and those shocking leaves flying around in the air, dancing with the rain.  Its so damn adorable.  Yay for fall. 
And a heads up: I will be working up an extreme holiday film festival with a fairly intense schedule so if anyone has any recommendations for Thanksgiving and Christmas/winter films,  tell me about them.  When the list and schedule are finalized, I'll let you know!
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(no subject) [Sep. 27th, 2006|10:41 pm]
It's interesting to be so busy that I forget to care about things like doing the dishes and fixing the pillows on the couch.  Though, now that I write it, I'm compelled to fix them.  Anyway.  School started on monday which feels like it was about three weeks ago and although I'm not overwhelmed I think this is easily the busiest I've been in recent memory.  Its a little nuts.

A few general observations:
1- there has been a bizarre surge in public singing and I'm not talking buskers or anything.  Just random people, usually young dudes, singing.  I don't like it.  Keep singing inside.
2- those vintage canvas totes (like the kind you get at trader joes for your groceries only old with quaint screen printing on them) are NOT COOL.  I don't care how awesome you think you look, little hipster, you actually look like you're going to the bookmobile and then to a PTA meeting.  Or a trumpet lesson.  Or the YMCA in San Francisco in 1983.  Although I like Noora's canvas tote.  She is the exception that proves the rule.
3- There is a much higher concentration of crazy/cracked out/homeless people in downtown olympia than there is in downtown Tacoma.  downtown olympia, particularly the transit center, is totally creepy.  Some wierd, dwarfy asian lady with a mullet tried to sell me a dirty fanny pack yesterday afternoon.  I watched the most disarmingly beautiful, extremely mentally disabled girl steal a sweatshirt from someone on the bus the other day.  She played this really really really uncomfortable grabby game of tug of war with this poor girl who was just trying to keep a hold on her sweatshirt and lost.  I didn't see what happened because I got off the bus.   I sat on the bus for 10 minutes while a really old guy tried to park his scooter on the bus.  NUTs.

Many of you may not see or hear from me in many months.  Do not think this is because I do not care for you.  I  do, I am just reading feverishly in a corner somewhere and cannot answer my phone.
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(no subject) [Sep. 20th, 2006|11:23 pm]
I usually don't have a problem maintaining friendships and understanding those that I consider friends.  When I suddenly do have a problem and it becomes alarmingly clear that I have been totally misinterpreting another's actions and friendship level, I get upset.  And then when I realize that I've been totally wrong about a person for YEARS, its even more fucked up. 
I have hit a point with someone that I used to consider a friend and care about where its obviously time to neither consider or care any longer because they certianly do not care for me.
Although this (this being me completely misunderstanding someone and my role in their life) is nearly inconcievable to me, I guess we all have to learn sometime.  I don't think I'm the best friend or person in the world, and my behavior this last week has proved that I have a painfully bad memory when it comes to my friends but I still truly love my friends and I don't harbor any sort of underlying plot to utterly manipulate and control everyone I surround myself with.  I just like to help and learn and enjoy quality human company.
I think anyone who knows me knows that I am bossy and opinionated and a big know it all but I am also alright with people telling me to butt out and let them work things out themselves.
so.  I guess its time to let someone drop off the friend list and it seems like they're totally ok with that so I suppose I should just let it happen.
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salt+pepper [Sep. 10th, 2006|10:15 pm]
While in NYC I bought a set of salr and pepper shakers at the moma design store.  I love them- they are highly anthropomorphosized and adorable - they look a little like ghosts and they hug eachother, but now, whenever I seperate them, I feel bad that they can't continue hugging each other.   Sometimes, I got to have my salt seperate from my pepper.

On another note - why do I love the semi-awful comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels so much?  Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma!!!!!!
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2006|11:06 pm]
Who loves movies?  Who thinks they can run an art-house movie theater?  Well I have a job for you!  The Grand Cinema is looking for an executive director and I think it might be a pretty sweet job.  You!  Yes you, make movies happen in t town.
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2006|08:41 pm]
I really really want this.

1930 "Guldan Special" Violin - $550
Reply to: sale-196847981@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-08-21, 8:28AM PDT

Professionally restored top-of-the-line Guldan-Jackson violin. Full size (4/4). New bridge and sound post, neck angle adjusted, tuning pegs adjusted, cracks repaired (there was only one). Ready to play with no other repairs needed. The violin is one of the best examples of this vintage. It has excellent volume with very good bass response. Comes with original case.

Better case available, possibly bow as well (not included in price).
Phone: 425-391-3628

* this is in or around Issaquah
* no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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(no subject) [Jul. 10th, 2006|01:15 pm]
Proto-Indo-European dorsals

The Centum-Satem isogloss explains the evolution of the three dorsal rows reconstructed for PIE, *kʷ, *gʷ, *gʷʰ (labiovelars), *k, *g, *gʰ (velars), and *ḱ, *ǵ, *ǵʰ; (palatovelars) in the daughter languages. A division into a Centum and a Satem group does only make sense with a view to the parent language with the full inventory of dorsals. Later sound changes within a specific branch of Indo-European that are similar to one of the changes, such as the palatalization of Latin k to s in some Romance languages or the merger of *kʷ with *k in the Goidelic languages, have no effect on the grouping.

I think I need to know more about this shit. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is pretty inspiring, expecially when you're reading next to wikipedia.

Things I need to look up: dorsal rows, PIE, labiovelars, velars, palatovelars, daughter languages...
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