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pimpage [Apr. 21st, 2008|07:29 pm]
For the last two years and likely for the rest of my life, Unicamp has meant the world to me. It is a great organization that sends underserved youth from Los Angeles to a fun-filled week of camping, bonding and leadership learning. I've met wonderful kids, seen amazing done by my fellow counselors and overall, I can honestly say it's changed my life and outlook.

I need all your help with encouraging words and the form of donations. Please donate what you can, however big or little, I will be eternally grateful for your kindness. So please click, donate and know you're a part of a spectacular change. This is one of those "a little goes a long way and when everyone donates something, it amounts to a lot" situations, so do what you can and know I appreciate it.


Thanks and well wishes to all,
Ben/Uber from Unicamp.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2007|08:38 am]
AMAZING Unicamp Retreat! Seriously, I was skeptical about lightning striking twice, but it has and I'm in love with my new session. We've all bonded so much, had so much random fun and deep talks. So many names and people to call friends now.

If you'd like to help me send an underprivileged child to camp for one week and help them build positive leadership skills, then please click on the following link:


Seriously, even a dollar would help, anything would help! I'm a volunteer this summer for a nonprofit organization called Unicamp, UCLA's official charity, and we need all the support we can get. I did it last year and came out of it with countless memories and life changing experiences.


And wow, when did this entry turn into such an advertisement?
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There's Still Bigfoot... [Jul. 30th, 2003|01:02 am]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[music |Natalie Merchant]

"Hi-Tech Study Fails to Find Nessie

By SUE LEEMAN, Associated Press Writer

LONDON - The Loch Ness monster is a Loch Ness myth.

At least according to the British Broadcasting Corp., which says a team which trawled the loch for any signs of the famous monster came up with nothing more than a buoy moored several yards below the surface.

The team used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch, but found no trace of any monster, the BBC said in a television program broadcast Sunday.

Previous reported sightings of a large beast in the gray waters of the lake led to speculation that the loch may contain a plesiosaur, a marine reptile which died out with the dinosaurs.

The BBC researchers said they looked at the habits of modern marine reptiles, such as crocodiles and leatherback turtles, to try to work out how a plesiosaur might have behaved.

They hoped the air in Nessie's lungs would reflect a distorted signal back to their sonar sensors.

"We went from shoreline to shoreline, top to bottom on this one, we have covered everything in this loch and we saw no signs of any large living animal in the loch," said Ian Florence, one of the specialists who carried out the survey for the BBC.

His colleague Hugh MacKay added: "We got some good clear data of the loch, steep sided, flat bottomed — nothing unusual I'm afraid. There was an anticipation that we would come up with a large sonar anomaly that could have been a monster, but it wasn't to be."

The BBC team said the only explanation for the persistence of the monster myth — and regular "sightings" — is that people see what they want to see.

To test this, the researchers hid a fence post beneath the surface of the loch and raised it in view of coach full of tourists.

Interviewed afterward, most said they had observed a square object but when asked to sketch what they had seen, several drew monster-shaped heads, the BBC said.

There have been reports of sightings of a "monster" in the loch since the time of St. Columba in the 6th century.

Many who have reported sightings have described a beast similar to a plesiosaur, but experts say it is 65 million years since the last fossil record of plesiosaurs. Loch Ness is only 10,000 years old, so anything living there must be much younger.

BBC TV plans to broadcast a documentary on the investigation, "Searching For The Loch Ness Monster."

Awww.....kill the fun, why don't ya? See, now there's no need for me to go to Scotland.

Well, except for men in kilts.
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Passion [Jul. 20th, 2003|03:41 pm]
It lies in all of us.
and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir.
Open it's jaws, and howl.

It speaks to us, guides us.
Passion rules us all, and we obey.
What other choice do we have?

Passion is the source of our finest moments.
The joy of love
The clarity of hatred
and the ecstasy of grief.

It hurts sometimes more than we can bear.
If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace.
But we would be hollow.
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank.
Without passion,
We'd be truly dead."

-Angelus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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