Reason #289 Not To Have Strict Facebook Privacy Settings

October 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm (Facebook, Friends, Happy)

Because then your friends have to wait 4 days for you to actually tell them that you have a boyfriend instead of discovering it on their Newsfeed! Seriously!

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There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom!

October 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm (UR)

(Thank you, Louis Sacher)

In the last month or so, I have noticed a strange yet persistent phenomenon: each weekend, NoCo morphs from an all-girls dorm to a coed one.  Come Monday, there is no longer any trace of this, yet come Friday night, it persists.  There are boys leaving our toilet seats up, brushing their teeth in our sinks, coming out of our showers, and, ahem, being heard in the hallways.

This has been a public service announcement for those returning to NoCo next semester.

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Computer Woes

October 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm (Rants, School) (, , )

Yesterday morning, I start up my computer as usual and a message pops up saying I need to update my Windows Anti-virus software to the 2009 version.  Accustomed to update messages popping up every single time I turn on my computer, I click to install it, all the while mocking Windows for having a typo in their update message.  As it installs and comes up, I start to feel like there may be something wrong, so I hop onto the internet, type in the name of the program to my Google search bar, and check out the results.

Every. Single. Result. Is how to remove this thing from your computer.

Uh-oh

Immediately, I go into overdrive, cursing myself for being so stupid as to install a virus on my computer.  I click on the first website, but it brings me to some random site with lots of ads.  So I go to the next search result.  And the next.  And the next.  All are links to spam/porn sites!  I know that this can’t be right, so I go back to the Google search results, actually copy the actual URL, and paste that into my address bar.  Finally, I go to a legitimate site.  With lots of instructions.  Which I attempt to follow.  But can’t.  Oh, and when I went to the Control Panel, and then “Add/Remove Programs” and then tried to remove it, all it told me was that I had already installed it.  Lovely.

Since the instructions I had found on the site didn’t work, I finally realized that I actually have real anti-virus software on my computer (thank you UR!), so I run both Sophos and Windows Defender while I head off to class.  And when I return from my first two classes of the day, it looks like everything is fine.

Until…

I get the blue screen of death.

Which restarts my computer.

Which gives me the blue screen of death again.

Which restarts my computer.

Oh, and did I mention that I had planned to use this time to study for a huge art history test that afternoon that I knew I wasn’t going to do very well on?

Finally, I just have to go to my test, so I go, it’s not as bad as I feared, and then I return to my room, and head off to the Help Desk.

I am at the Help Desk for about an hour and a half.  And they discover that the reason I had been getting the blue screen of death is because my computer doesn’t think it has enough space to perform any operations.  Now, this has been a bit of an issue for about 2 years now.  As I told them, I had tried everything I knew of to try to correct this problem, including defragging, removing all large files from my hard drive, not allotting much space to temporary files, etc.  They discovered, however, that all that space that should be free was being taken up by back-up files of my computer.  Which were being stored on the same hard-drive as the rest of my stuff.  Which meant that if my hard drive crashed, and I needed those files, they would be lost along with everything else.  And thus were completely useless.

So, they went ahead and deleted all the backups (which, by the way, were all from 2007, since my computer hadn’t had enough room to create a new backup since then).  And they turned off the program that would have kept creating new backups, thus reversing all our hard work.

Eureka!  Suddenly, I had 40% free space on my hard drive, where I had been living with about 2% for months now!  Fabulous!

And, they installed an extra anti-spyware program on my computer to catch all the other little pieces of that virus that Sophos and Windows Defender may have missed.

And they gave me a little screw to stop a certain piece of my computer from falling out since the cover to it had fallen off ages ago!

I was so happy that all of my problems had been fixed!

…Until today, of course.

Today, I am enjoying some quality downtime with my computer when the screen goes black.  So I turn it off and restart it, and all seems fine.  Until it goes black again.  So I restart again.  And it goes black again.  I discover that it goes black about a minute after I start it up.  And I can still see some shapes of my background, so it’s not like it’s dead or anything.  I mean, it’s still on, but the back light or something is going wacky.  So now I can’t use my computer.  Unless (hopefully) I hook it up to another monitor, which I’m going to try tonight, though I’m not sure where or how (el boyo suggested this, so I’m leaving it up to him to figure out logistics).

So now, I am stuck with using library computers for at least the rest of the weekend.  And did I mention that I was planning on finishing my education research paper this weekend?  Which is still on my computer.  Which I can’t access.

And this is only a small portion of why my life sucks right now.  Cheers!

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Why I Need a Car Next Semester

October 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm (School, The Future)

So I went to talk to my academic advisor today since registration is next week and all.  Looking at all the classes I want to take and the classes that I need for my major, we came up with this schedule (plus an independant study that will be a lot of work!):

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  I really do not have class on Monday or Friday.  And yet this is still 5 units, which is more than the recommended amount.  And way more than I need to take to graduate.  Thus the reason for the title of this post.  I think I will go crazy if I do not have a car and thus cannot get like an internship or maybe a volunteering job at an animal shelter or something to fill those hours.  And I may drop that music class on Sunday nights if I discover it’s too much music, and not enough society and history.  So that would mean a 4 day weekend.  Every weekend.  I would go crazy!  I need to find something to fill that time!  Suggestions?

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Halloween: A Chance for Girls to Finally Dress Like the Sluts They Truly Are

October 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm (Rants, School) (, )

So apparently one of the girls on my hall shall be dressed up as the Queen of Hearts on Halloween.  And if this dowdy costume

is the image that comes to mind, think again.

No, Halloween is the time to take the classics and slutticize them:

I am so proud of the upstanding young men and women that attend this school.  I don’t know how I ever got to be so fortunate that I was able to be in the same place as these fabulous people!

Oh, and did I mention that I saw “Halloeen” doodled in big letters in the assignment book of a girl in my education class the other day?  She had obviously put a lot of time and effort into it.  Again, my chest swells with pride that I get to be in class with these people every day.

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Today’s To-Do List

October 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm (Friends, Homework, School, Work)

  • Go to Latin class
  • Celebrate that I did not fail my Latin midterm
  • Work at the DSL for a few hours
  • Create new playlist on iTunes
  • Read half of The Princess and the Goblin for Victorian Fantasy tomorrow
  • Finish education journal
  • Get the lowdown from a certain girl about a certain guy…
  • Avoid a certain person…
  • Clean my room
  • Borrow vacuum
  • Unpack package from home
  • Get more chocolate from ETC so I don’t go crazy from all this!

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Love Letter to Virginian Weather

October 14, 2008 at 11:03 am (Happy)

Dear Mother Nature,

I love you.  You are wonderful.  And amazing.  Here it is, half-way through the month of October, and the forecast for today is in the 80s.  It was the same yesterday.  And the day before.  And it will be the same tomorrow.  I simply cannot thank you enough for completely justifying my move to the south!

Much love,

Kathleen

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Very Strange.

October 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm (Movies)

I’m watching Spiderman 2 on FX right now, and it’s the Spiderman-Doc Oc fight scene on the train, and there is some “dramatic” music in the background that I could have sworn was not there the last time I watched the movie (on DVD).  The music is completely wrong for the scene!  It totally ruins and cheapens it!  I may have to pop in my DVD and check later tonight.  I’ll keep you updated.

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The Education Journal Saga

October 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm (Homework, School, Writing)

My goal for this October break was to catch up on my journal for my Foundations of Education class. We are supposed to do a journal entry for every single article or portion of a book that we read, ergo we have one or two journal entries per class period. Of course, this is in addition to the actual material that we have to read and a notecard that we have to bring to class to hand in that has a question, a quote, and a fact from the reading to start discussion. Because of all of this (not to mention my other homework), I have put off doing the journal until now, since the first installment is due on Friday.

Having spent all day yesterday vegging out on my makeshift couch, I knew I needed to at least start doing some entries today.  Based on the list I had made (in order that I might have the pleasure of physically crossing them off when finished), I knew I had about 20 entries to do.  I figured that each entry would take me about 15 or 20 minutes to do, since I had my notcards and all the highlighting I had done when reading them initially.

What I did not take into account, however, was me.

I have just now finished the first two journal entries.  For the first one, I held myself back and only wrote 420 words.  For the second one, I wrote 702 words.  I even incorporated quotes into each of them!  This took me over an hour, easy.  And now I still have how many more to do?  I am seriously not looking forward to doing the rest.

Except that I am.  Except that I’m not.

I mean, I really enjoy discussing these topics.  And that’s part of the problem.  I have so much to say, especially because these are sensitive issues we are discussing, and thus everyone has an opinion.  And I’m a good student.  And I think too much.  Why oh why can’t I be a slacker?  I want to be able to dash off something in ten minutes and be satisfied with it.  I have numerous examples of projects in the past when I have done an adequate job in my eyes, and gotten an A for my troubles, and then seen classmates’ A projects, which have half the effort.  Why can’t I be like that?  Not over-achieving, not under-achieving, just achieving.  Kinda like being whelmed.

Can anyone help me?  Please?

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More Quiz Fun!

October 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz…

You Are a Jackie!

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You are a Jackie. “I do everything the right way.”

Jackies are realistic, conscientious, and principled. They strive to live up to their high ideals.

How to Get Along with Me

* Take your share of the responsibility so I don’t end up with all the work.

* Acknowledge my achievements.

* I’m hard on myself. Reassure me that I’m fine the way I am.

* Tell me that you value my advice.

* Be fair and considerate, as I am.

* Apologize if you have been unthoughtful. It will help me to forgive.

* Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get uptight, but hear my worries first.

What I Like About Being a Jackie

* Being self-disciplined and able to accomplish a great deal

* Working hard to make the world a better place

* Having high standards and ethics; not compromising myself

* Being reasonable, responsible, and dedicated in everything I do

* Being able to put facts together, coming to good understandings, and figuring out wise solutions

* Being the best I can be and bringing out the best in other people

What’s Hard About Being a Jackie

* Being disappointed with myself or others when my expectations are not met

* Feeling burdened by too much responsibility

* Thinking that what I do is never good enough

* Not being appreciated for what I do for people

* Being upset because others aren’t trying as hard as I am

* Obsessing about what I did or what I should do

* Being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously

Jackies as Children Often

* Criticize themselves in anticipation of criticism from others

* Refrain from doing things that they think might not come out perfect

* Focus on living up to the expectations of their parents and teachers

* Are very responsible; may assume the role of parent

* Hold back negative emotions (“good children aren’t angry”)

Jackies as Parents

* Teach their children responsibility and strong moral values

* Are consistent and fair

* Discipline firmly

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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