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Little Gems
December 16, 2011

I’m still looking through old papers, and today I found a story I wrote when I was seven, about a man and his “time machene”. Spelling was clearly not my forte.

In my story, a man buys a time machine for $200 and travels back to see how the earth was formed. The gem? “He kept inspecting the ground. It looked like a very hot cloud rounded into a ball and hardened into Earth.”

Can you tell that I was the kid who read every astronomy book in the library?

Other gems from tonight’s readings.

–Second grade award for “excellent student”, “Miss Summer Sausage Queen” (had the same lunch every day) and “Most Fun to Tease”. The last one there seems like a cruel joke since I remember being bullied a lot in elementary school and having no friends that year.

I’m not nearly finished clearing out the old (and hopefully filing the stuff I’m keeping), but I did realize one thing – we, humans, are amazing for the capacity we have to learn and grow. I can’t believe who I’ve become today after looking back on those childhood and teenage memories. It reminds me that I need to be patient and more understanding when it comes to working with my students. They’re all growing too, at different rates in different areas and the best thing I can do is be there for them when they need someone and encourage them to work hard and enjoy what they’re doing. A lot of the things I’ve kept over the years have been notes from my teachers. I may not be able to tell you what I learned in their class, but I can remember their faces and the support they gave me in whatever I was doing. I hope I can do the same.

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Currently Watching: YouTube
October 16, 2010

It’s been a little while since my last update, so please enjoy some of my latest YouTube favourites. They can keep you company while I finish up my 2nd round of midterms 🙂

 

Time doesn’t wait for me, it keeps on rollin’
September 27, 2010

It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve posted on my own damn blog. It’s not that I don’t like writing, or that I don’t always have something to say. It’s that, well, life is kicking my ass right now. I don’t sleep more than five hours a night, I’m constantly doing work or procrastinating on something I should be doing, and I’ve been leaving most of my hobbies in the dust.

For those of you who aren’t aware, this is my last year as an undergraduate and everything is coming down to the wire. I’m finishing my major this semester, applying to graduate school, and still working hard as an RA. I have no less than three problem sets due on any given week, along with lab reports, night duty, programming expectations, and whatever else my job and school decide to throw at me.

I just want a chance to breathe.

I’ve gone from listening to high-octane dance music and alternative rock to enjoying soft, slow indie sounds, complete with piano accompaniment. Sleeping at four in the morning isn’t that abnormal this semester, and I’ve grown used to preparing my school bag and clothes the night before because there is no other way I’ll make it to class on time. Even that doesn’t happen every day.

Sure, I’ve been doing some other things. I watched an episode of Doctor Who the other night, and went into San Francisco on Sunday. I took a practice GRE last week. I went to the first football game of the season. But each and every one of those things has made another day just a bit more difficult because I’m a little behind.

I haven’t been able to start my painting of the Golden Gate Bridge, or learn the piano accompaniment for my latest favourite song, “The Freshman” (cover by Jay Brannan). I cleaned my room last week, but it’s back to it’s usual disasterous condition. My scrapbook is still missing anything from the last year or two.

So, I hope I can be back here a little more often. It’s going to take some serious planning on my part not to forget about some of the fun things that keep me sane. Luckily, I haven’t stopped reading. I’m currently finishing up Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, and it’s fantastic. That and the naps are really keeping me alive right now.

30 Day Project
August 4, 2010

One of my friends started this project on her own blog a few weeks ago, and I decided that this would be a great way to get my brain in action and my hands typing away on this blog again 🙂 Day 01 to be completed by tomorrow!

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your WordPress name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about WordPress and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have learnt
Day 30-  Who are you?

Avatar: The Last Airbender
July 13, 2010

No, not the movie. Sorry folks, I refuse to see “The Last Airbender” until it’s out on Netflix or something.

Also (and don’t kill me just yet) I hadn’t seen the series until two days ago. That’s right. Somehow in the busy bustle of life, I missed out on Avatar. The good news is, I’m working to redeem myself. I’ve seen….6 episodes or so in the last two days. I can’t get enough of this series. Why didn’t anyone tell me it was so good! Seriously. I’ve heard good things, seen my friends on DeviantArt practically mass-producing fanart for Avatar. But no one ever explained that this wasn’t just another anime series.

I’m loving everything about it. The characters are hilarious; I’m laughing every other scene. It’s great to have a laid back, enjoyable show to watch among the depressing material on primetime TV thesedays.

I can’t wait to see the rest.

Currently Amazed By: Simon Schubert
June 2, 2010

http://www.simonschubert.de/papierarbeiten.html

All of his work is done only by folding paper and using the right lighting. Superb!

Currently Listening: Hear You Me by Jimmy Eats World
June 1, 2010

Movie Review: Iron Man 1 & 2
May 31, 2010

Warning: Spoilers ahead:

This past Friday, I went to the local California Theatre to see “Iron Man 2”. Unfortunately, I had yet to see the first movie, but I had been given a brief synopsis (without spoilers) from a friend and decided ‘hey, what the hell’. Guess what? I really liked the movie. I thought Tony Stark had a very original type of character; humorous, full of himself, and definitely not the stereotypical ‘superhero type’. The creation of the villain Whiplash was a bit cliche, but “Iron Man” is, afterall, a superhero movie. There had to be something relatively unoriginal in all of that. Having not seen the first film, there were, of course, a lot of things that were brand new. I had no idea who the S.H.I.E.L.D. people were, or why Stark had the arc reactor in his chest, or why he was suddenly dying from Palladium poisoning (I assumed that he had the arc reactor in his chest most of the first movie as well). Many of these things, I assumed, would be filled in when I saw the first “Iron Man” film.

Boy, was I wrong.

I saw the first movie last night. Firstly, I was rather disappointed. While “Iron Man 2” was thoroughly kick ass and made me understand a bit why men love fast cars and sports games, the first one made me cringe. The torture scenes, Stark taking the giant medical tubing out of his nose, and terrorist activity almost made me want to stop the movie. Then there was the matter of the circumstances under which he built the original Iron Man suit, which were quite ridiculous to say the least. Also, why did the bad guy (Obadiah) have to be bald with a beard? Really, can we mix it up a bit with the villain look?

A lot of the questions I wanted filled in by the original were left unanswered. When did Stark change his arc reactor from a palladium ring to the little battery slivers? How did Pepper go from being a bit of a useless, scared-out-of-her-wits secretary in 1 to strong-willed CEO in 2? How did Stark know the black guy in S.H.I.E.L.D. and seem to have a rapport with him in 2, when we never even met the guy in the first one? After finishing “Iron Man”, I felt like I had somehow missed an entire movie between that and the second one. Another movie where Stark somehow develops world peace, builds another suit (notice there were three in the case, we only saw 2 built in the original), works more with S.H.I.E.L.D., and Pepper has some life-changing experience that makes her a rather admirable woman.

Interested in what others have to say? I rather liked this article on “Asylum”.

The 12 Biggest Plot Holes in ‘Iron Man 2’.

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