An experiment in literature, philosophy, and the wonders of the internet

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Horoscope for April 5

You Rams are the pioneers of the zodiac and can be enthusiastic about any path of discovery. Your current long-term plans may include enrolling in a new course of study or traveling to someplace you've never been. Now, however, you may need to reconsider your options and take someone else's feelings into consideration too. Don't fret; things will work out for the best.
This has an interesting, glaring error today. I do have some long term plans, but they are to go to Japan by the end of the year - neither a new course of study nor a place I've never been. This does not bode well for the rest of the prediction.

Events of April 4

Yesterday, for one reason or another, was not a very good day. It was raining and hailing when I left the house for work, and I'd lent out my umbrella the day before. I smoked before I went up to the library, which was probably a bad idea and affected my mood towards the mopey. Almost finished Night Watch at work. All day long I felt like I had to really make an effort to talk to people; felt a little paranoid all day. Called Gabe when I got home, and he didn't pick up. Called again, and he called back after a couple of minutes. He got on my computer and messed around with it to make it run better. I didn't say much. He went home, and I went to sleep, not feeling very well.

Horoscope for April 4

Okay, so I'm falling behind. Got to remember to stay on this.
You may be a bit confused by your own desires today and would be wise to use some self-imposed discretion. Your key planet Mars receives a power boost from Pluto, intensifying your feelings and encouraging you to express them. Unfortunately, this can make you too much for people to handle. Seal your lips; you'd better keep some things to yourself unless you want to scare others away.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Events of April 3

It was my birthday yesterday! Unfortunately I didn't sleep too well so the night before so I slept in and was groggy anyways. I had work at one. Thanks to Facebook, I think, I got a lot of birthday greetings in the real world, as well as cyberspace. I finished Men At Arms and started Night Watch. Over the course of the day I solidified my plans for American Flatbread. We went, and two extra people showed up, making six, and the food was awesome as always. What a fantastic restaurant. I ate too much, and we went to the Needs afterwards. Losing two companions, we played one round of doubles on the pool table, then we lost one more and made it back to my place. General feel of birthday: good, but I had a feel of a lack of control all day.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Horoscope for April 3

Friends and coworkers seem to be going out of their way to be extra nice to you today. As much as you appreciate their concern and their actions, you don't necessarily trust their motives -- and this makes it difficult for you to receive their gifts. Keep in mind that your fears may be more of a statement about yourself than anyone else.
Some of these predictions do seem well timed. It's my birthday today, and I have indeed been receiving birthday wishes to be "extra nice." However, it is easy to get into reading deeper into things than they merit. This particular one is rather fitting, however, since I do have a tendency to mistrust overtures of friendship. Well, I'm not sure how this one will pan out, it seems to have been pretty well fulfilled already. I'll probably post today's events tomorrow, since I'm not sure how able I will be to chronicle my birthday party once it's all said and done. Until then!

Events of April 2

Okay, so I'm a little late already. Anyway, here's what happened yesterday:

I woke up at the usual time, and checked my horoscope first thing. As I was doing that, Gabe called me to ask about my birthday plans; there were some tentative plans do go down to Montpelior but it seemed best to nix them and stay in town. I was talking about the change in plans with my horoscope on my mind, and I have to admit that it made me take my time in deciding what exactly to do. My first instinct was the Vermont Pub and Brewery, which is always a solid, reliable choice, but in the end I decided to celebrate at American Flatbread instead. Not sure if a decision like that fits in with "following my instincts" like the stars prescribed, but it was the only major decision I made yesterday with my fate and astrological profile in mind. It didn't hurt that I was still groggy from waking up when I was mulling it over. Besides that, yesterday was pretty uneventful. Finished one Pratchett book and started another. The weather was crappy, so I spent most of my day indoors. Went out a couple of times to get food for the day, and once to visit Gabe at the Red Onion. Gabe came over after work too, and that was pretty much the last social call of the night. Had a hard time falling asleep, that is, even harder than usual, and it was around four in the morning that I finally got to bed. Anticipated my birthday today. Stay tuned!

Monday, April 02, 2007

April 2 horoscope

Today's Full Moon opposite your Sun sign begins your work week with strong ambivalence. You are ready to jump in with both feet, while the voice of restraint reminds you of the price you often pay when you dive in before testing the depth and temperature of the water. Something isn't right and you are correct to trust your instincts. It's okay to pull back a bit to find a healthy balance before you say "yes" without thinking.

Events of April 1st

Today I woke up at noon, like I often do, a habit I would to like break. The first thing I did was smoke a cigarette, another habit I would like to break. I took a much needed shower, which I haven’t done in a couple of days. While I was in the shower I remembered a conversation I’d had last night about the legitimacy of astrology, and decided to conduct this experiment. My plan put me in a really good mood, and it stuck with me practically all day. I wondered though how much focusing on the horoscope itself would effect the events of my day, and of course realized that it would be crucial not to pay too much attention to it, since this is an experiment to determine the stars’ effect on my natural personality. It was also interesting to consider in relation to this particular horoscope, which implied that my “plans” for today might fall through, but that this would not effect my good mood. However, my real plan for today was to test my horoscope. It seemed to be something of a paradox, because for my plan to fail I would have to be unable test my horoscope, but this seemed unlikely if the horoscope did in fact have any legitimacy. I decided it was best not to think too hard about it and focus on merely living my life. It also occurred to me that I might get different results from reading my horoscope at the end of the day instead of the beginning, so perhaps I will alternate weeks. The first thing I did when I left the house was seek out coffee, which I found at Muddy Waters, though I usually go to RadioBean. I got a large coffee and a bagel, which is practically all I ever eat for breakfast, but had some bad luck. The person behind me ordered four milkshakes, so the clerk went to make them, my bagel popped up, and I just had to wait. I began to feel very impatient, but as it turned out with no good cause, since the bagel was still hot when I got it. I read my book, Thud!, a Terry Pratchett book I have found to be very reliable, while I had my breakfast. My friend DJ called me when I was finishing up, and I met up with him at his house. I almost left my tobacco pouch at Muddy Waters, but discovered it was missing in time. However, I did have to walk all the way back down Church Street to get it. I was not significantly perturbed, just worried it wouldn’t be there when I got back. It was. DJ reminded me that another friend, Reid, was moving back to Burlington today, and I was glad he did so. DJ and I played Perfect Dark for an hour or so, and he won more often, though I didn’t do too bad. When I left I went back downtown to enjoy the spring weather more and get some groceries. I made dinner at my house and hung out with my neighbor Brian for awhile. Finally I called Gabe at around 10 and he told me Reid was back in town, so I went over to his girlfriend Emily’s place where they all were, and spent a few hours. I felt rather gregarious, which is notable if not extraordinary, and told them about my experiment. Talked to mostly everybody there. Left around midnight, came back home, and typed up the day’s events. Hey, I never said it would be interesting to read.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Horoscope for April 1, 2007

You Rams love a day like this, even if your plans fall apart. You don't care what happens, for action abounds and you are up for anything. Nevertheless, you might consider a slightly gentler approach as your overbearing style could scare others away. You can still get what you want without offending or alienating anyone along the way.
Sounds pretty promising! It's good to know I'm going to have a good day before I've even left the house yet.

A New Project

Hello Internet! I sincerely doubt anyone is still reading this thing, but it's all for my own benefit anyway. I've decided to embark on a new project. Here's the idea.

Every morning, when I wake up, I will post in this space my horoscope for today. I will also carry around a copy of it written down, so that, if the opportunity arises to follow its instructions I will be able to do so. The horoscope I will be using can be found at

Every evening, before I go to bed, I will post the events of the day for comparison.

I freely admit that I am a diehard skeptic towards astrology, but this seems like an interesting experiment to undertake. I will attempt to be just as generous in interpretation as the horoscope allows, that is, if it says "Stuff will happen today," I will have to be very generous (albeit a lot more skeptical), while if it says "You will be defecated on by seven pigeons," there's a lot less room for interpretation, but boy, would I be convinced if it happened. So - here we go!