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Uh, wow. [Nov. 16th, 2012|12:18 pm]
Ge Lishan
It's been since January since I've posted anything. I... I have been busy, ok!

To summarize: I've moved to Syracuse, NY for grad school: not an MBA program, like I'd thought, but a MS in Information Management. What that is, to plagiarize prettyarbitrary for the billionth time, is a program that teaches you to manage the people, systems, and technologies that move information around. So far I've taken three and a half classes. The first is Managing Change, which is basically the class that makes me want to jump up and down every time I step into the classroom-- it's teaching me how to effectively make change in organizations! One of the things that frustrated me most about my old job (not the thing that frustrated me the most, my old job was completely terrible) was the fact that when I would try to make change, no one would listen to me, and very little of it went through no matter how hard I pushed. I have an idea of how to do things better now-- in fact, maybe I'll explain some of this on LJ or something similar sometime to keep it fresh in my mind. :D Change management theory is awesome.

I'm also taking Information Policy with Prof. Milton Mueller (of The Internet Governance Project) which is amazing. Did you know that there are major international organizations to combat spam? NOW YOU DO. I'm taking an introductory course which I honestly kind of hate even though the professor is nice-- it's his first time teaching, and he does not know how to do it. Finally, at the beginning of the semester I took a 1-credit introductory course that lasted one weekend and was a good introduction to how to throw together last-minute presentations. (I guess not so much 'finally' as... 'principally' ?) I'm not looking forward to changing courses next semester because I like these so much. I want to learn mooore.

I love it here so far, though I haven't really found my community here yet-- there isn't much of a belly community, and I've been weirdly shy about approaching my classmates. (I guess not weirdly, if you've known me for a long time.) As such, I miss all of you. The people I have gotten to know here are awesome, and there are way too many delicious places to eat. And I have a job! Part-time faculty assistant. I hope to be worthy of the selection.

Almost all of you know this by now, since when I was regularly on Twitter I talked about him basically all the time, but I've been dating someone seriously since... Mayish (I say 'ish' because we officially started dating on my birthday, but we have a complicated romantic history that dates back two years), and basically the only thing that could make me even more deliriously happy with him is if we were both currently living in the same state. Seriously, you guys, he is the BEST. We have stupid amounts of stuff in common, and because of that, with him, everything has grown sentimental associations and/or inside jokes: at last count I had affectionate inside jokes for Korra, Psych, Star Trek TNG, pumpkin, turtles, vegetarianism, fire fardels, axe murder, Alot of cake, dark-colored wood, blue lamps, chicken butt, rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. He is also hilarious, and super pretty, and also [CENSORED].

I've... also become addicted to a reality TV show called The Voice. I blame you entirely, asimaiyat. And, even more shamefully, I bought the most recent Christina Aguilera CD despite my serious reservations about the first music video she put out for it-- seriously, it is a video that promotes: a. the conflation of female sexuality and serial murder, b. a dangerous kind of promiscuity that will spread disease (I am all for sexytimes, but I am not so much for sexytimes with anonymous strangers where you don't even ask their name or their previous sexual history!), c. psychics. Seriously. (Verdict: the CD is full of utterly stupid but catchy pop music. I like it a lot despite its questionable messaging and occasional unhinged ranting! And really, who didn't want to see Christina Aguilera do a song with Cee-Lo?)

Tell me how you've been! The three of you that are still on LJ!

[User Picture]From: templewulf
2012-11-16 07:33 pm (UTC)

Lurk, Lurk

You're clearly the prettiest, most hilarious and the one most in need of being [CENSORED]!

...but I am tickled pink at the mention anyway. <3
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[User Picture]From: gelishan
2012-11-16 07:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Lurk, Lurk

CREEPER. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I love you.
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[User Picture]From: carmarthen
2012-11-16 09:15 pm (UTC)
I am glad things are so awesome!
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[User Picture]From: gelishan
2012-11-17 05:09 pm (UTC)
I am glad you are so awesome! ♥
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[User Picture]From: debka_notion
2012-11-18 12:39 am (UTC)
How awesome- I'm thrilled to hear about the exciting classes, and the exciting boyfriend, and general happiness!

As for community in the Syracuse area- I have to push the international folkdance group there- they won't be your age, but they will be super-welcoming and very, very nice. If you're interested in Jewish-style community, I don't know the shuls there well, but I know several folks who vouch highly for a particular conservative one, if that brand speaks to you at all.

Forgetting all my random suggestions (what worked for me for a summer is, of course, utterly unrelated to what might work for you in the longer-term, especially since we haven't seen each other in person in some significant number of years)- I hope you find some groups of people to connect to soon.
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[User Picture]From: gelishan
2012-11-19 04:15 pm (UTC)
First of all, thank you!

You know what? Point me towards that folkdance group. I've always had friends of all ages, it certainly can't help to try. :) People at Syracuse University are super-welcoming, too! I just haven't managed to see them outside of class much. And it's very kind of you to make such an effort to reach out to me even though we *haven't* seen each other in so long!

Unfortunately, a conservative shul probably wouldn't work the best for me, but would you mind giving me the information on which one anyway? You never know when someone else could use information like that.

Thanks again!
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From: thegelf
2012-11-18 06:06 am (UTC)
It's good to hear from you. We'll have to see about meeting up sometime.
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[User Picture]From: gelishan
2012-11-19 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you. We will! I would love that: do you have any contact info for me other than LJ, which I clearly check shamefully little?
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From: thegelf
2012-11-20 02:13 am (UTC)
I don't think I have any contact info for you beyond LJ. My gmail address is lastname.firstname at gmail, parse that if you can, and send me some mail. :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2012-11-18 06:55 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that you like grad school so far, and that you're in a relationship that's making you deliriously happy. Long-distance sucks, though -- I did that for my first year of grad school, too, and it was tough.
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[User Picture]From: gelishan
2012-11-19 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you, both for the well-wishes and the sympathy! Long-distance really does suck a whole lot, but in this case, I think it's worth it.

PS, I thought I had actually mentioned you recently to Justin, and Google chat tells me I was sort of right:

Justin: Did you even see the railsgirls link I posted? WHO DO YOU THINK WAS THE FIRST FEMINIST I THOUGHT OF TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH!?

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[User Picture]From: gelishan
2012-11-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hey you! Happy to still be in touch with you! :) How are things going for you?
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[User Picture]From: lostrack621
2012-11-20 02:35 am (UTC)
I feel like you've written more of substance than I do several times a month. So glad to hear that things have been good!!!!

Not much to report here - finally set a wedding date, yay!, and trying desperately to finish my dissertation so I can escape the graduate student life. Oh, and being awesome, as always. :)
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