Bi-Polar Day

February 29, 2008 at 8:52 pm (Uncategorized)

I was fairly stressed all day about my application for this internship this summer, but once it was done, I felt relieved, though admittedly a bit worried that I had forgotten something…  Anyway, after I sent it in, I went out with P. to CVS to get a prescription filled for her.  There, I realized that I didn’t have my wallet, so I went to the car to search for it, but couldn’t find it, so figured it I had just forgotten it in my room.  Of course, returning to my room about an hour later, my wallet wasn’t there.  So I lost my wallet.  And this evening, that was going to be a nice, relaxing night after a stressful week had just turned into an extremely stressful night.  Lovely.

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Think The iPhone is Cool? Just Wait…

February 28, 2008 at 10:30 am (News articles, The Future, Videos)

This is a video of the concept for Nokia’s Morph nanotechnology. Trust me, this is amazing!!!

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Stairway to Heaven

February 24, 2008 at 8:41 pm (Uncategorized)

I want this staircase:

London-based Levitate Architects came up with this ingenious solution to a book storage problem and created a loft-like bedroom nestled under the roof of the top-floor apartment. Here’s what Levitate’s Tim Sloan had to say about the project:
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The flat occupies part of the shared top floor of an existing Victorian mansion block. Our proposal extended the flat into the unused loft space above, creating a new bedroom level and increasing the floor area of the flat by approximately one third. We created a ‘secret’ staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client’s desire for a library to form a ‘library staircase’ in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome. The stair structure was designed as an upside down ‘sedan chair’ structure (with Rodrigues Associates, Structural Engineers, London) that carries the whole weight of the stair and books back to the main structural walls of the building. It dangles from the upper floor thereby avoiding any complicated neighbour issues with the floors below.

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Wonderful Wednesday

February 21, 2008 at 11:30 am (Happy, Homework, School)

On Wednesday nights, I have my Built Environment class which lasts for 3 hours since it’s only once a week. I have found that I never want to go to class or do the homework, but once I get there, I love it and the time passes extremely quickly. This week was no different.

The homework was to finish the first book we had been reading, The Long Emergency, and read the first 3 chapters of another book, The Ecology of Commerce. Well, The Long Emergency is a bit of a downer book, and I hadn’t actually yet bought The Ecology of Commerce book. And class was only a few hours away. And we had to email a 500-word “think piece” to the professor before class. So I cracked open The Long Emergency, and lo-and-behold! at the bottom of one of the first pages that we had to read was a statement that I strongly disagreed with. So, under the influence of a few cold medications, I decided it would be a good idea for my “think piece” to be a “rant piece”. Thus, I opened up a Word document and started writing. Three hundred-plus words later, I had run out of steam, but still needed some more. So, figuring it would be a good idea to make it at least appear as if I had the other book, I searched on Amazon for it, and they fortunately had the first 10 pages in a preview, so I read those and found something else to disagree with. So back I go to my Word document and crank out another 400 or so words, bringing together both my rants in a lovely 700+ word document. Not wanting to extend the agony any longer, I quickly sent it off to my professor with a short disclaimer about my state of mind while writing it.

Later, in class, while taking roll, the professor looks up from his grade book when he comes to my name, and smiles, and comments on how my homework had some interesting ideas that we’ll definitely want to get into later. Success! I love this man. So class continues as usual, with me participating up the wazoo, as I tend to do in this class because I find it so interesting. And I had actually brought my computer to class, which is something I never do, but decided I should for this class for one reason or another and thank goodness I did! I adored having it with me and having the ability to look up topic of discussion/dissent during the class discussion and find the information and be able to figure out the truth, etc. It was such a fabulous resource to have! I’m always afraid to bring my laptop to class for fear that I won’t pay any attention to the professor and simply hide behind it for the entire class and thus miss out on a lot, but I found that it really enhanced the class for me, since I could both use it to contribute further to the conversations as well as look up interesting companies and websites and information that were mentioned in class. It was absolutely fantastic! Granted, by the end of the class, as conversation was lagging, I found myself checking my email a few times and talking to people online simply because I was bored, but for at least 2 hours of the class, I didn’t need to recourse to these distractions! At the moment, I can’t think of any other classes that it would be a good idea for me to bring my laptop with me, as I know that in the other classes, I will be much more easily bored/distracted by my computer, even though my other classes are plenty interesting (for the most part). Maybe I’ll experiment more with bringing my laptop to class next year. And yet, I know that to best utilize it, I’ll need to take notes in a notebook rather than on paper, meaning I’ll need plenty of desk space to spread myself out on, which isn’t exactly feasible in most of my classes since we have these tiny little one-person desks that are attached to the chair that I can barely balance my notebook and one textbook on, much less a notebook, a laptop, and one or two textbooks. Gah.

Anyway, that was not the end of my fantastic class. During the first break we had (we have a break every hour so that people don’t have to sit down in the same chair for 3 hours straight), I went to the water fountain to fill up my two water bottles. On the way back to the class room, I almost ran into the professor who was on his way to the water fountain. He stopped and said, “Hey, you know, I wanted to thank you for all of your participation and energy that you bring to the class. It really means a lot.” Not knowing how to respond, I just kind of grinned goofily and walked back to class on cloud nine. It was seriously the best compliment I think I have been paid in so long. And it totally validated my entire existence at this school. It was absolutely fantastic. I was simply euphoric. I mean, just thinking and writing about it makes be so happy right now.

And then, of course, something happened to make me not so happy, but I can’t remember what at the moment, so it’s all good!

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Today…

February 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm (School, Sleep)

Why today was a good day:

  • I finished my French test quite fast and felt really confident about it
  • Used the extra time that I would have been in French to finish my Classical Traditions paper
  • My Virtual Communities class was canceled
  • The first 3-4 pages of my Vienna paper that was due on Friday is now due on Monday
  • My Classical Traditions class was guest-taught by a really interesting professor from BU
  • I had yummy chocolate (re: So Many Reasons to Love Hershey’s)

Why today was a bad day:

  • Definitely did not get enough sleep last night
  • Even though I finished the Classical Traditions paper really fast, thus shortening the agony, I’m still not satisfied with it, considering I don’t think the last 2 pages had a single quote on them
  • Started getting strange pains in my stomach during lunch which turned almost unbearable in Classical Traditions, but has now subsided
  • Still have a 3 hour class tonight which I really don’t want to go to and still haven’t done the homework for (though I’m about to get on that – really!)
  • Am afraid the unbearable pain will come back during said 3-hour class, thus extending the agony infinitely

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Yey?

February 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm (Uncategorized)


You Are Cilantro
The bad news is that there are some people who can’t stand you.
The good news is that most people love you more than anything else in the world.
You are distinct, unusual, fresh, and very controversial. And you wouldn’t have it any other way.

What Spice Are You?

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So Many Reasons to Love Hershey’s

February 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm (Happy)

Yesterday, I was at CVS picking up some meds for myself, and since they were having a lovely sale on chocolate, I picked up a few bags, including two bags of Hershey’s Kisses.

Imagine my delight when I started munching on them today to discover that the little pieces of paper in the kisses now say something other than simply “Hershey’s Kisses”!  Thus far, Hershey has sent me love in the way of:

  •  “Feel Better!” – perfectly apt, as I have been sick and could barely make it through my last class, despite the fact that it was extremely interesting (for once!)
  • “Ouch!” – my turn to return the previous love…
  • “Knock ’em dead!” – With pleasure!
  • “Way to go!” – considering I finished a French test and completed a painful 5 page essay before 9:30 this morning, I would say so!

*Disclaimer: I added the exclamation points! 😀

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This Won’t Help Me In France…

February 18, 2008 at 4:35 pm (French, Rants, School)

Today in French class, we were all paired up randomly and given bingo-esque cards with pictures in half of the boxes. Your partner had pictures in the other half of the boxes. You were supposed to ask each other for the picture in specific boxes (i.e. what is in row 2, column 3), and they had to describe it to you so you could draw it in your blank box, thus eventually filling the whole sheet. Most of the pictures were of things that, while common objects, we didn’t necessarily have the vocab to simply label, thus forcing us to describe them. I think it’s a great exercise. If you have a good partner, that is…

I, of course, was paired with one of the quietest girls in the class, N, who is quiet for a reason: she cannot speak a full sentence in actual French. She apparently took Spanish at some point, but perhaps decided it was too hard or something, and figured French would be easier. So instead of actually speaking French, she speaks a mixture of French, Spanish, and English words spoken with an accent so as to appear French when they are actually far from the actual word. Or she just gives up and shakes her head. Oh, and all of this is spoken in a voice so low that I have to constantly lean towards her to even begin to try to comprehend what she is attempting to mutter at me.

I seriously do not understand how she passed French 121, the beginner’s level here. I would ask her what was in a certain box, and she would totally misunderstand which box I was asking for, and so give me a strange look as if to say, “Why are you asking me for that box, you idiot. I have it blank, so you should know what’s in it” when of course, she can’t understand the words for ‘first,’ ‘second,’ ‘third,’ and ‘fourth’ in French – or differentiate between a row and a column, apparently, even though they were both written, with visual aids, on the board in front of us!

Suffice to say, it was a very long 50 minute class that could have been a good deal of fun, not to mention a good deal of help as it was supposed to be.

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Pre-law List = Bad

February 18, 2008 at 4:19 pm (Rants, School)

A while ago, I signed up for a Pre-law school email list here at the university.  Since then, I haven’t received too many emails, but the ones I have received have irritated me for one major reason:  I can’t go to any of the events they advertise for!  Mostly, this is because they seem to schedule every single event for 7pm on Wednesday evenings, apparently figuring that absolutely everyone must be free on Wednesday evenings, and it wouldn’t even cross their tiny minds to even consider that some people might work then, or, God forbid, have a class!  I fall into the latter category of having a class every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9:40pm.  Which means I cannot attend any of their precious meetings or videos or anything of remote interest to me.  I had thought that, having been to law school, the professor who runs the mailing list, would recognize that sometimes people have previous commitments and perhaps a nice plethora of available options for program times would be useful.  But no, we can’t do that!  If you want to go to law school, then you must be free on Wednesday nights at 7pm.

…unless you’re a minority student of course.  Did I mention that I can’t go to any of these programs for either one or both of two reasons?  The first being stated above, and the second being the fact that many of these programs are only for minority students.  So I’m screwed because a) I actually attend class and b) I happen to be white.  Lovely.  Thank you for discriminating against me.  I can’t wait to go to law school and sue all of you for that and make you cry.  Oh, and did I mention that I keep getting reminders for the minority group outings?  Thank you so much for rubbing it in my face that there are special programs and trips with interesting topics and destinations that I am not allowed to go on thanks to the color of my skin.  I thought we were working towards getting rid of racism in this country?  Oh, sorry, I must have missed the part where discrimination is allowed against you as long as you’re white.  Thanks for clearing that up.  I certainly won’t make that mistake again.

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Sick

February 17, 2008 at 11:14 am (Uncategorized)

I hate being sick.  Especially when I did everything I could to avoid it, such as washing my hands all the time, and avoiding other sick people, and getting a flu shot way back in November, and trying to get enough sleep, and staying warm, and all that jazz.  At yet here I am, the sick one, absolutely miserable with a runny nose and stopped up ears.  A few days ago, I had a sore throat, which is no can of peaches, but I could deal with it with minimum interference in my life.  But once that turned into this full-fledged cold, I am ready to kill someone – if I had the energy.  At least I don’t have a fever.  So it’s just a cold, not the flu.  But still.  Seriously.  It is totally not cool getting sick.  And with my luck I’ll make my two roomies sick and then we’ll just all be in a lovely living hell.  Won’t that be fun?

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