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Frank has about eighteen essays to write for his supplementary applications to medical school. This is because he's getting lots of requests for supplementary applications. Also because the medical schools' admissions people are bonkers. One of them wants him to tell them what a life in discovery means to him. Another wants to know how he will provide diversity to the medical school (hmm. 3rd generation communist, no that won't do). Some of them want him to write three essays. Apparently, every prompt is enough different that he can't reuse the essays from one school to the next.

Meanwhile, I want to change how images are displayed on my friends page and I can't find the place to do it. Again. I thought I may have tagged the place where several people told me how to do it last time but I can't find a tag that seems to say that. Why is it so hard? Why isn't there a FAQ entitled "how do I manage how images display on my friends page?" There is a FAQ for what makes the page display wrong so you have to scroll, and you'd think that would have instructions, or a link to instructions, but no.

Today I cut 4000 words out of Afterwar. I think I did the right thing. The way it was, Pablo kept returning places with these drawn-out passages with a lot of minor business in them whose only purpose was to illuminate bits of world or to establish small hints about the real action. I cut out the longest and most egregious of those and replaced it with two paragraphs about the displaced persons camp he's working in at the time of chapter 3. I also changed the conversation at the end of the chapter.

I wonder what the etymology of "punching up" is. When I think about it I don't like it, unless it's supposed to be a reference maybe to the practice of beating on a pillow to make it more fluffy. But even so, there's something not right about it.

There was a car alarm going off yesterday -- a really wildly annoying one, worse than I've heard in a long time -- after half an hour or so the nice fellow called the police (I was off testing water by then). A hald hour or so later the police came and did something to make it stop. I want people to stop having car alarms. Especially in my neighborhood.
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