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First and foremost, for those of you who haven't heard via other means, I have passed all my requisite forms, tests, etc, for U.S. citizenship and am being sworn in tomorrow. For those of you in the Philly area who haven't heard yet, and who would be interested in coming, we're gathering at 1600 Callowhill St. at 10:30, swearing in is at 11, in the 4th floor ceremonial courtroom. After the swearing in, we'll head to lunch at New Harmony, a Chinese place on 9th st. in Chinatown (very American, I know). Further celebrations at Nocturne in the evening.

Second of all, I am currently hunting for a full time job with health benefits. The last part is not optional, as I need to continue getting my heart transplant meds. I'm happy to send my resume far and wide.

Third of all, SPARC is running this summer, so we're looking for both campers and more staff. If you have leads on either, let me know.

That's all for now!

Help needed

Apr. 6th, 2010 09:46 pm
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Does anyone know a good divorce/family lawyer in the Philly area who would be willing to take on a child custody case cheap/pro bono? It involves domestic violence, as well as physical/emotional/psychological child abuse. Responses screened, but feel free to e-mail me directly if you know someone.
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So I've been listening to the new Ego Likeness album, Breedless. It is amazing. It is so good that Stephen Hawking would get up and dance and sing along to it. It can be pre-ordered here:


I already have a copy, and am planning on doing a listening party at my place. I would provide, tea, cookies, etc, and folks would come by, and I would play the album through from beginning to end. Folks who like it are then asked to pre-order a copy.

Who would be up for this, and what dates/times are good?
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Hey all,

So again, Wicked needs volunteers/donations/etc.
Let me reiterate the previous stuff and then give the new stuff.
Volunteering: One shift=free admission and one staff meal. Every additional shift is an additional meal. Some shifts get two meals if they're longer. We need volunteers for just about everything, but current priorities are stage management, vendor liaising, security, and pre-show decor (starting on Thursday). Again, let me know of interest in any of these things.

New stuff!
Gateways. People like to go through them, and it's rather hard, given the layout and design of the hotel, for folks to know where we have stages/cool stuff to see. So we want to put up gates around the entrances to the hallways where the stuff is.

Signs. The bigger the better! Despite the fact that most people are dumb and don't read signs, they're good things to have.

Donations. We're doing this Wicked Gifts thing, and we need donations to give gifts to folks.

Any and all help is appreciated.


Jan. 25th, 2010 05:57 pm
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Hey all,

So I have a bunch of .pdf files that I'm trying to merge. I've been using PDFSAM for most things, but these files are all 5.5*8.5 inches, and when I merge them, I get white borders around them. Does anyone know of an option that removes this or of a free software that might do the job better?


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Rather than enter into the fray about whether or not current memes regarding bras and breast cancer are silly, sexist, or otherwise problematic, I'm going to address a completely different issue. This e-mail was forwarded by someone I implicitly trust, so I'm going to say that this is on the level.

Help some folks with immigration issues please. )


Jan. 2nd, 2010 02:22 am
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As I wrote in my last entry, 2009 was not a good year for me. I plan to make 2010 a better year. And part of it is due to my resolutions )

May you all have an amazing year.
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Goodbye 2009.

You were a shitty year that made me want to be back waiting for a heart, or maybe not to have gotten one at all, or maybe to be 13 years old again and in the midst of my parents' divorce. Regardless, I will happily bid this year good riddance to bad rubbish, and hope that 2010 is better.

May this past year die in a fire.
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Dear Friend,

If you're reading this letter, then you either are or have been a gifted student, a parent of a gifted student, or know or have known a gifted student at some point. No matter which of these categories you fall into, you probably know very well some of the trials and tribulations gifted students face, even in the best of schools. Many of you also probably know some of the extracurricular programs developed for gifted students within the schools, as well as some of the summer programs. Unfortunately, in this economy, many of these programs are drastically underfunded, many of the summer programs find themselves needing to cut corners wherever possible, and overall, the quality of education is not as high as we all might like it to be.

While we cannot fix everything at once, we would urge you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to SPARC, the Summer Project for Academic Reach and Creativity. As a 501(c)3 organization, SPARC is aiming to create a summer enrichment program to serve gifted students not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. Our goal is to use charitable contributions to help us attain the best faculty and staff, as well as campus rental, all without having to be so expensive that it becomes difficult for most families that currently have gifted children, i.e, the ones who need it most, to afford it. Any and all contributions to add up, and will have the effect of improving not only the academics of the students, but helping to enrich the lives of all involved.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Rebecca Robare, President

Gil Cnaan, Vice President

SPARC INC 501 (C)3
111 N. 9th St #300
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Dec. 18th, 2009 01:55 am
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So right now, life has entered a new level of craptastic. But this post is not about that. It's about two other things. One is a really important event this Sunday, one is about academics.

1. Event: Halloween In December! (Because Dec 25=Oct 31?) So Isaac Bonewits, who's an awesome and talented author, speaker, and creator of religion, is fighting cancer. There's going to be an event for him at the IHOP of Somerset, NJ. for details and the facebook event.

2. Academic: Forwarded from a good friend of mine:
For the last few years, I have been working at a research lab and I am now working on designing a learning experiment that will hopefully lead to helping people with aphasia (a language disorder people usually get as the result of a stroke or traumatic brain injury).

For this to happen, I need native English speakers between the ages of 30-80 to read the attached stories (Gil's note, please e-mail me or her for the stories, I'd be happy to share them) and rate them in terms of their emotionality. The specific instructions are in the attached document and please feel free to ask me any questions. If you could please take a few moments to complete it, it would be a tremendous help. If you don't meet the criteria but could pass it along to your friends and family who do, that would also be wonderful.

Again, the attached file has all of the instructions and the form to complete. You can fill it out on the computer and e-mail it back to me (my email is


Dec. 15th, 2009 11:23 pm
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Hey all,

If anyone is able to get to the Borders in Bryn Mawr tomorrow between 11 am and 3 pm, we're doing some wrapping for SPARC, trying to raise money and spread the word.


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Hey all,

So as many of you know, I've got this project known as SPARC (If you don't know what it is, I'll attach a brief synopsis at the bottom). However, this has been going much more slowly than we'd like. The problems have been many, but we're through the worst of it. However, there's still a lot to do, and we can't do it all ourselves. Our problems in the past have been that we'd either farm out a specific task, and it would probably not get done, or not be done on time, or we'd get fed up with waiting and try to do it ourselves, on top of our already crazy lives. However, Google has given us our answer! We are setting up a big to-do list for SPARC on Google Wave. If you'd like to be involved, or even just watch as things are going along, leave a comment with your Google Wave ID and we'll add you. If you want to be involved but don't have Google Wave, let us know, and we'll try to get you an invite.

For those of you who don't know about SPARC, it's a non-profit academic residential summer camp started by Rebecca Robare and myself. The idea behind it is that it will be a camp aimed at doing its best for the students, and non-profit so that we can focus on the students, and attain funding beyond just admission. For more details, feel free to contact us.
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Last minute repost of an e-mail sent to me


A friend of mine is in a jam; Grazina is in a choir performing Handel's Judas Maccabeus tomorrow night in Highland Park, and they need someone to record it or they lose their grant! Do you know anyone who has the ability (and equipment) to record a 2-3 hour concert? They're a non-profit group, so the money is, of course, minimal.

I know this is short notice, and I appreciate anything you might be able to think of. Apologies for the imposition and the late notice!" if you can do something, tell him I sent you.
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Hey all,

I figure a number of folks who read my post are either a.) musically inclined or b.) raised Christian of some denomination or other. To that end,I seek help with Christmas music.

now the fun begins )
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Does anyone know how in either openoffice or MS office student edition, I could make a graph with axes going from 0 to 10, in which I could enter in 4 points that would make a shaded in square, and then several other points could be plotted to see if they fell in the square or not?

Thanks in advance.

Quick help?

Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm
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So somehow my library, my library's backup, the backup's backup, and the backup's backup's backup all died, and thus I am recreating my music library in advance of coming out of my DJ retirement tomorrow night. At some point several years ago, I was smart enough to make some data CDs. Now I need to use ITunes to rip the music back in, so here's my question. Is there a setting in ITunes (or another program that is free and does the same thing), that can take a data CD, import all the files into the library (skipping the ones already in there automatically), and eject the CD when finished? If so, how does one access this?

Thanks in advance,

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My yearly post )
May you all be inscribed for a good year.
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Hey all,

So the time for nominations is up again for the Great Teacher Awards, and we're looking for you to help! I will be hanging around campus with a copy of the petition nominating Dr. Masker for the award, and looking for people to sign. In addition, though, the thing that carries the most weight is letters. If you can take the time to write one page about your experience with The Great Scott (tm), I will collect them. I can be found on campus either in Gladfelter Hall or at the TUGSA Office (1515 Cecil B., 3rd floor, across from the Liacouras Parking Lot), or I can be mailed to Gil Cnaan/111 N 9th St. #300/Philadelphia, PA 19107 or e-mailed at I willl be collecting signatures and letters until November 1, at which point I will be attempting to file the new petition, and see if we can make it work this time. Please feel free to forward this to others, and e-mail or call me (610 306 8858) if you have any questions.


~Gil Cnaan
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