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2/16/08

4:50 PM My own take on the wonder of the world:

Taj Mahal

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2/15/08

12:41 PM Started watching Juno last night, but the girl was just…annoying. I stopped watching about a half hour into it. Plus the casual portrayal of pregnancy was…not disturbing, but just not something I’m used to. I’ll give it another shot later maybe.

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2/14/08

1:15 PM From India reports sharp decline in wild tigers:

India’s wild tiger population has dropped from nearly 3,600 five years ago to an estimated 1,411, the Indian government announced this week, along with a plan to create eight new tiger reserves.

Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, said the government may have overestimated the number of tigers in 2003, but that the falling numbers were still shocking.

“I think it’s a very serious wake-up call,” Wright told the Associated Press. The population of tigers in Asia is estimated at around 3,500 today, down from nearly 5,000 in 1997, she said.

Unless the government drastically improves enforcement steps against poachers and illegal wildlife traders, the number of tigers will continue to dwindle, she said, adding that India, Nepal, and China—where demand for tiger parts is strongest—should cooperate to prevent the trade.

Project Tiger plans to employ retired soldiers to patrol the reserves and hunt for poachers. It will also fill empty park ranger posts, establish ecotourism guidelines to benefit local populations, and speed up projects to relocate villages from inside the new tiger reserves.

Many impoverished villagers take on lucrative work for poaching gangs. Some 250 villages—an estimated 200,000 people—will be relocated under the plan, and each relocated family will be given a million rupees—about 25,600 U.S. dollars—the government said.

1:25 PM Now this is an artist.

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2/11/08

6:11 PM According to the book Gut Feelings, one third of Americans born as recently as the early 1970s married their first partner (pg. 54).

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2/09/08

9:44 AM Song I heard on the radio last night after a long time. It’s a beautiful tune with a great voice.

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[Verse 1]
I never felt nothing in the world like this before
Now I’m missing you
& I’m wishing that you would come back through my door
Why did you have to go? You could have let me know
So now I’m all alone,
Girl you could have stayed
but you wouldnt give me a chance
With you not around it’s a little bit more then i can stand
And all my tears they keep running down my face
Why did you turn away?

[Bridge]
So why does your pride make you run and hide?
Are you that afraid of me?
But I know it’s a lie what you keep inside
This is not how you wanted to be

[Chorus]
So baby I will wait for you
Cause I don”t know what else i can do
Don’t tell me I ran out of time
If it takes the rest of my life

Baby I will wait for you
If you think I’m fine it just aint true
I really need you in my life
No matter what i have to do I’ll wait for you

[Verse 2]
It’s been a long time since you called me
(How could you forget about me)
You got me feeling crazy (crazy)
How can you walk away,
Everything stays the same
I just can’t do it baby
What will it take to make you come back
Girl I told you what it is & it just ain’t like that
Why can’t you look at me, your still in love with me
Don’t leave me crying.

[Bridge]
Baby why can’t we just start over again
Get it back to the way it was
If you give me a chance I can love you right
But your telling me it wont be enough

[Chorus]
So baby I will wait for you
Cause I don”t know what else i can do
Don’t tell me I ran out of time
If it takes the rest of my life

Baby I will wait for you
If you think I’m fine it just aint true
I really need you in my life
No matter what i have to do I’ll wait for you

[Bridge]
So why does you pride make you run & hide
Are you that afriad of me?
But I know it’s a lie what your keeping inside
Thats not how you wanted to be

Baby I will wait for you
Baby I will wait for you
If it’s the last thing i do

[Chorus]
Baby I will wait for you
Cause I don’t know what else i can do
Don’t tell me I ran out of time
If it takes the rest of my life

Baby I will wait for you
you think I’m fine it just aint true
I really need you in my life
No matter what i have to do I’ll wait for you

I’ll Be Waiting.

10:39 AM Added an Essays/Documents page where I’ll publish some of my academic work, mainly to test out the ThinkFree viewer plugin that I’m using there. I’m also publishing interesting public-domain works I come across online.

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