Monday, March 24, 2008

So I did two remarkable things over break, amongst the many unremarkable things (like finishing a book).

#1: I refurbished a hand-me-down pair of sparkly jeans. :-)

My refurbished pants!


#2: I finished another journal (my eighth, to be exact). And I finally photographed some maps I drew awhile ago....

Land in Lagoda

Old Alcana

Pereland


For the maps, your best bet is to click on them and find a larger size, especially for that last one (which is my best I'm sure).

Saturday, March 22, 2008

BOOKs!

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge (BOOK) device!

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere, even sitting in an armchair by the fire, yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.

Here is how it works: BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of recyclable paper, each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder, which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of your finger takes you to the next sheet. BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by simply opening it.

BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting. The Browse feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an Index feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval. An optional "BOOKMARK" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session, even if the BOOK is closed. BOOKMARKS fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKMARK can be used in BOOKS by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKMARKS can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, named: "Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus"-or-"PENCILS."

Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as the precursor of a huge entertainment wave. BOOK'S appeal seems so certain that thousands of content-creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to the new phenomenon. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

(Nope, I certainly didn't write it... it's been circulating on the Internet for years.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Home on break

You know, it's nice to be home after awhile.

I get to keep my sister up telling her all sorts of stuff about college... mostly stories about the events and people there. I daresay most of the people at college have little idea how much I tell stories about them! But I believe I have told the principal characters , and I don't think they mind much. And of course the stories are purely for enjoyment; I don't think they reflect badly upon anyone.

I also get to look around for summer jobs... am trying again to get involved with the local paper, and I signed up with a temp agency earlier this week. I liked the lady at the temp place--she was very nice and intrigued by my journalism/Spanish combination of interests.

And lastly, I get to fool around on my mother's sewing machine (which actually functions, as opposed to my broken one) and refurbish pairs of hand-me-down jeans... pics coming soon. You won't believe what I've done. :-)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Names I like....

For the past week I've been trying to remember the three C names for boys that I really liked... and I could only remember the first two! You know how trying it is to be unable to recall that which you specifically desired to remember?

But, in the middle of a class (of all places), I remembered!

The names are...

Cedric

Cyrus

and (drumroll please)....

Cecil!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Whose idea was this...

Come on now, what insane interior designer decided to furnish all the library's women's bathrooms in BLUE?

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Comment card... and 200th post!

In honor of this blog's 200th post, I hereby post the most hilarious cafeteria comment card you've ever seen...

Comment card....

Snow photos!!

On my Flickr! Including snowdrifts, stuck bikes, and an IGLOO!


"Live Humans Inside" igloo!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

SNOW!

You would not believe what I saw out the window this morning....

Out my dorm window

The local tree

The hall window

More photos forthcoming when I venture out at noon for lunch!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Cafeteria conversations

My friends and I occasionally have the weirdest conversations at meals.

Exhibit A:
Today I was debating the definition of "normal" with a guy I know through a friend (whom I know through a couple other friends). Basically, he was being the devil's advocate and arguing from the normal=majority definition that the majority are abnormal and thus the word becomes meaningless because that means abnormality is normal and logically impossible. Think about it... if what's normal is what constitutes the majority, ok. But a lot of people do not fit into the majority, right? Perhaps a majority don't? Then, it's in the majority to be abnormal... and thus, to be abnormal is to be normal, and vice versa. He admitted the logical flaw at the end and we all started laughing.

Exhibit B:
Immediately succeeding aforesaid debate about normality, another friend and I picked up a previous conversation.... regarding the question of what superpower one would choose if one could have it for the asking. He had chosen immortality, and thus the conversation turned to the possibilities latent in an unending life (like in Tuck Everlasting, where one would not even age). One could be mayor of Washington, D.C., for example, and work for however long it took to gain control over the electrical supply to Congress or something (you've got all the time in the world, so there would be no trouble about waiting for the "opportune moment"). Of course, there's also the question of whether such an immortal being would be able to feel pain, and whether it would be possible for him to be hurt since he could not die. Consider, if one could get hurt, then perhaps one could get hurt so much, so quickly, that one would die! Right?

Exhibit C:
Immediately succeeding Exhibit B, there was a quick discussion of whether a zombie would go for a baked potato, smothered in sour cream, bacon bits, and other such toppings, if brains were not available and he had the choice of any food in the caf. The guy from Exhibit A postulated that the potato on the girl's plate opposite resembled brains.... don't ask me how!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Intriguing... an all-boys or all-girls public school.

Found an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine today about single-sex public education! Apparently the idea is gaining traction. Makes sense.