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I have changed this journal to a friends only one - many of my posts are about personal matters I perhaps wouldn't want the whole wide world to have knowledge of. If you wish to be friended, just leave a comment on this entry and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.



In case anyone's still checking for updates: I've started a new journal over at Blogspot. It's more likely that I'll post there than start making entries here again. Just... fyi.

Quick heads-up on the state of my life.

Third year of uni. Still studying English in Oulu, even though I fell a bit behind since I kind of screwed up my freshman year. These things happen. I'm catching up, though, and should be able to start working on my candidate's thesis next autumn. Planning to take information studies as a subsidiary subject. I'm also on the board of Verba, the guild for students of foreign languages, as the person responsible for cultural events like movie nights, gallery visits and such. Another part of the job is working on our magazine, Reema. It's nice. I like being active, although my freshman year I swore up and down I'd never. But life surprises you.

I'm also in a relationship with someone. It's been about four months now and we seem to be doing pretty well. I'm spending most of my weekends at his place. I was in love with a girl last year and kind of still am (as evidenced by the fact that I'm a bit jealous of her girlfriend), but that train has passed. We're still good friends so it's okay. :)

Uh. All kinds of great plans and aspirations and whatnot. Can't really be arsed to start talking about everything right now. But, yeah. It's still kind of hard being so far away from Helsinki, but I've managed to settle. Make a place for myself. Being here has done me good.

If you want to continue to follow my wholly uninteresting life, do bookmark that Blogspot link. If not... well, I wish you all the luck in the world. Don't de-friend me, though. I still like to check up every now and then, even if I don't leave comments.

Peace, out.

Word of the Day: exacerbate

ex·ac·er·bate /ɪgˈzæsərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-/ [ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas-]
–verb (used with object), -bat·ed, -bat·ing.
1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
2. to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate

 [Origin: 1650–60; < L exacerbātus (ptp. of exacerbāre to exasperate, provoke), equiv. to ex- ex-1 + acerbātus acerbate]

—Related forms

ex·ac·er·bat·ing·ly, adverb
ex·ac·er·ba·tion, noun

—Synonyms 1. intensify, inflame, worsen.
—Antonyms 1. relieve, soothe, alleviate.

Word of the Day: nefarious

ne·far·i·ous /nɪˈfɛərəs/ ni-fair-ee-uhs
extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.

[Origin: 1595–1605; < L nefārius wicked, vile, equiv. to nefās offense against divine or moral law (ne- negative prefix + fās law, right) + -ius-ious, with intervocalic s > r

—Related forms
ne·far·i·ous·ly, adverb
ne·far·i·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms flagitious, heinous, infamous; vile, atrocious, execrable.
—Antonyms good, honest.

Word of the Day: cascade

cas·cade /kæsˈkeɪd/ [kas-keyd] noun, verb, -cad·ed, -cad·ing.
1. a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
2. a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.
3. anything that resembles a waterfall, esp. in seeming to flow or fall in abundance: a cascade of roses covering the wall.
4. (in a drain or sewer) a chain of steps for dissipating the momentum of falling water in a steep place in order to maintain a steady rate of flow.
5. an arrangement of a lightweight fabric in folds falling one over another in random or zigzag fashion.
6. a type of firework resembling a waterfall in effect.
7. Chemistry. a series of vessels, from each of which a fluid successively overflows to the next, thus presenting a large absorbing surface, as to a gas.
8. Electricity. an arrangement of component devices, as electrolytic cells, each of which feeds into the next in succession.
9. Biochemistry. a series of reactions catalyzed by enzymes that are activated sequentially by successive products of the reactions, resulting in an amplification of the initial response.
–verb (used without object)
10. to fall in or like a cascade.
–verb (used with object)
11. to cause to fall in a cascade.
12. Electricity. to arrange (components) in a cascade.

[Origin: 1635–45; < F < It cascata, equiv. to casc(are) to fall (< VL *cāsicāre, equiv. to cās(us) fallen (ptp. of cadere) + -icā- formative v. suffix + -re inf. ending) + -ata -ade1]

—Related forms
cas·cad·er, noun

Word of the Day: eradicate

e·rad·i·cate /ɪˈrædɪˌkeɪt/ [i-rad-i-keyt]
–verb (used with object), -cat·ed, -cat·ing.
1. to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate: to eradicate smallpox throughout the world.
2. to erase by rubbing or by means of a chemical solvent: to eradicate a spot.
3. to pull up by the roots: to eradicate weeds.

[Origin: 1555–65; < L érādīcātus rooted out (ptp. of érādīcāre), equiv. to é- e- + rādīc- (s. of rādīx) root1 + -ātus -ate1]

—Related forms
e·rad·i·cant /ɪˈrædɪkənt/ [i-rad-i-kuhnt], adjective, noun
e·rad·i·ca·tion, noun
e·rad·i·ca·tive, adjective
e·rad·i·ca·tor, noun

—Synonyms 1. obliterate, uproot, exterminate, annihilate. See abolish.

Word of the Day: persnickety

per·snick·et·y /pərˈsnɪkɪti/ [per-snik-i-tee]
–adjective Informal.
1. overparticular; fussy.
2. snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
3. requiring painstaking care.

Also, pernickety.

[Origin: 1885–90; orig. Scots, var. of pernickety]

—Related forms
per·snick·et·i·ness, noun

—Synonyms 1. nitpicking, finicky.

Word of the Day: perfunctory

per·func·to·ry /pərˈfʌŋktəri/ [per-fuhngk-tuh-ree]
1. performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy.
2. lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic: In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.

[Origin: 1575–85; < LL perfūnctōrius negligent, superficial, deriv. of perfungī to do one's job, be done, equiv. to per- + fung-, base of fungī to perform, function + -tōrius -tory1]

—Related forms
per·func·to·ri·ly, adverb
per·func·to·ri·ness, noun

—Synonyms 1, 2. negligent, heedless, thoughtless, uninterested.
—Antonyms 1, 2. careful, diligent.

Word of the Day: dilapidate

di·lap·i·date /dɪˈlæpɪˌdeɪt/ [di-lap-i-deyt] verb -dat·ed, -dat·ing.
–verb (used with object)
1. to cause or allow (a building, automobile, etc.) to fall into a state of disrepair, as by misuse or neglect (often used passively): The house had been dilapidated by neglect.
2. Archaic. to squander; waste.
–verb (used without object)
3. to fall into ruin or decay.

[Origin: 1560–70; < ML dīlapidātus, ptp. of dīlapidāre to squander (cf. dīlapidātiō disrepair), L: to pelt with stones; see di-2, lapidate]

—Related forms
di·lap·i·da·tion, noun
di·lap·i·da·tor, noun

Word of the Day: niche

niche /nɪtʃ/ [nich] noun, adjective, verb, niched, nich·ing.
1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the business world.
3. a distinct segment of a market.
4. Ecology. the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
5. pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.
–verb (used with object)
6. to place (something) in a niche.

[Origin: 1605–15; < F, MF, back formation from nicher to make a nest < VL *nīdiculāre, deriv. of L nīdus nest]

—Synonyms 2. calling, vocation, slot, berth.


deep wounds from the stars
to reach out a hand
for Venus, Jupiter,

only come up with
naught but scars
This is how you chase
a dream;
by stumbling time and again

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