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8 August 2001
Twenty-one “pretty much the same”

23 June 2001
Internet Grammar Lady “bad” and “wrong”

30 May 2001
Teeth “constant source of infection”—doctor

18 May 2001
Powell denies he has “great abs”

17 May 2001
Mordeno: Check yourself out!
“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
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When it comes to self-introductions, there's a fine line between informativeness (if there is such a word), and blatant hedonism, so I hope you'll excuse my somewhat narcissistic outpourings in the name of public education. After all, if you don't want to read it, you don't have to.

I'm currently in my fourth year at the University of Canterbury, studying towards my BSc(Hons) in Computer Science. I love academic life, and especially my job as a tutor, and I'm giving serious thought to the idea of staying on to do my PhD, and then I'll never have to leave (maniacal laughter). So far they like me, and they've let me help them out with stuff like the Canterbury Compression Corpus and Computer Science Unplugged.

I'm also the secretary of the University Comedy Club. We do all sorts of comedy, including skits, improv, stand-up and songs. Planning is underway for our major show of the year, the Comedy Revue, which will happen in late May, and there'll be an improv show later on in the year, which won't be a lot like last year's improv show.

In my spare time (an in my not-so-spare time), I draw cartoons, which have appeared in all manner of places, including Canta (the student newspaper), various Departmental publications, lecturers' doors, flat walls, toilet doors, notice boards, and South Africa. Oh, and in issue 14 of Funtime Comics, available at a couple of good comics stores near me.

I love studying language, and I took French and Japanese at high school, and even took a Stage 1 Japanese course at University in my first year, when I was young and stupid. I still know enough French to read Le Petit Prince without a dictionary. But the language I'd really love to learn is Spanish. So if you know a way I can learn Spanish without spending any time doing it, let me know. I got a Spanish phrasebook for Valentine's Day this year, so if you ever feel like having a conversation about nightclubs, movies or weather in a crazy foreign language, let me know. Puedo comer vidrio, no me duele.

All in all, I love my life. Sure, I'm busy (at the moment I'm out up to six nights a week doing various things, and I'm almost never home during the day), but I'm busy doing stuff I love doing, and it's cool. And besides, I know that no matter what I do, and no matter what happens to me in the future, that everything will work out in accordance with God's plan for my life (Romans 8:28). Because Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin, I know that there is no longer any way that I can be separated from God's inexhaustible love (Romans 8:37–39). What an awesome thought!

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