Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hoof Hearted

Complements of Karl-

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Last Fair Parade!

Never again will I have to fumble down Lancaster Blvd with 500 loud and pain inducing band students from around the Valley! This is a wonderful feeling.

The school year is pretty much settling into a routine. AVC started last Monday (I'm taking Band and Clarinet Chior). The band literature looks pretty nice for this semester...should be fun. Other than that, school is school and life is life. Worked in the ER yesterday and experienced a dislocated wrist, the most intense vomiting I've ever seen/heard, and a few gnarly dog bites among numerous other highlights. Fun stuff.

Besides walking down Lancaster Blvd yesterday, I went with Karl and my dad to the Jethawk game that evening. They were very unjethawk like and got demolished fairly severely. Regarding that whole Los Angeles major league baseball team...well I'd rather not talk about it. We ran over to Matt's house this morning and...well that's about it (besides that whole "homework" and "studying" thing. But I'd rather not talk about that either).

A New Jersey teen cracked the iPhone network lock last week so it is now possible to use the iPhone on other wireless networks avoiding AT&T's $80 bucks a month (or whatever it is). I bet ol' Steve is happy about that one.

I came across a blog that has influential pictures images that "changed the world" along with a description of each. Many are well known photographs, and some very graphic, but it is an interesting and somewhat emotional experience to look through them and and read the stories behind them.

On a lighter note, you have to love English sign translations in foreign countries. Some are pretty funny.

This has to be, by far, the most idiotic response to a question I have ever heard. It speaks highly of our education system here...or is in South Africa...or Iraq? Well, whatever. My recommendation: just go for World Peace next time.

That's about it for now...I'm gonna go study a map and make sure I can locate the US.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My Politcal Compass

Economic Left/Right: -0.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.00Gotta love AP Government.
Check it out...pretty interesting stuff.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

6 Loaves of Bread

All for free. That's about 6 months worth of sandwiches.

Well, school started this week. I was trying to come up with an adjective to describe the week but could only come up with "long". Hey...only 35 more to go.

My schedule didn't change too much from last week. Instead of dealing with the parking fiasco with no first period, I decided to TA for anatomy instead. So far its been pretty fun.

My mom's work had some group thing at the Jethawks on Friday. It was a good game..they came from behind for a nice win. Apparently if they win on a Friday fans get a free loaf of bread at the end of the game. Somehow we ended up with six loaves (that really doesn't look like the right spelling but apperently it is), so that was kinda cool.

For Casey's birthday last week, a few of us went to see Superbad earlier today. The contents of the movie are pretty well described by the title. It was purtty dang horrible/vulgar/just plain dumb.

For our coffee connoisseurs out there, a new flavor has emerged. The rare type of coffee is made from the droppings of the civet cat. The droppings apperently "enhance" the coffee to provide a "superb" taste. No thanks.

It's comforting to know the emergency exit will lead to a safe environment.

Directions on a clothes tag: Machine wash warm, inside out with like colors. Use only non-chlorine bleach. Tumble dry medium, medium hot, iron. OR Give it to your wife.

This has to be one of the most amazing hands of poker ever dealt. One word: Wow.

That's about it for now...tomorrow's shaping up to be one of those wonderful Melancholy Mondays.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Back to School

I hate typing those words.

Well, it's back to it tomorrow. This summer seemed to go by especially fast. This coming year is shaping up to be slightly busy. My schedule (as of now):
  1. None
  2. AP English Lit & Comp.
  3. Calculus IB
  4. AP American Government
  5. AP Biology
  6. AP Physics
  7. Marching Band
The above is in addition to band at the college. I know, it's kinda suicidal...but hey, why not?

Band Camp went relatively successfully last week. Although we didn't learn as much of the drill as intended, I think we got very good M&M basics down. Kemper and The Asian are doing pretty well and our freshmen are catching on very quickly. Looks to be a fun year.

We went down to Luke's place on Saturday. The cousins bonded (i.e. stared at each other) while everybody else went swimming and I stayed in the shade highlighting charts after receiving a tad too much sun during the week. Today I got to chase Matt around Aven's. We got to stop and look at every balloon and that kid and I discovered parts of that store I never knew existed.

I love it when police have a sense of humor. It's even better when it turns an advantage of a drug dealer into an advantage for the cops.

A man was caught smuggling a small marmoset monkey to Florida on a flight from Peru last week. The best part: he was keeping it under his hat.

Finally, one of the more flavorful things I've seen this week. A list of 101 Frightening Ice Cream Flavors from Around the World. I have to say its a tie between Squid and Ox Tongue Ice Cream for my favorite.

That's about it for now...I must go mentally prepare myself for tomorrow.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Band Camp

Tomorrow it shall commence.

Freshmen band camp on Friday went pretty swell. I don't want to speak too soon (it is a tad early) but it looks like we may defy history here and have a good group of freshmen. As for the clarinets, there are four freshies that have made themselves known at this point. We could have another 2 or 3 come along, so final numbers for the section put us in the low 20s. The BBQ went well also; there was a really nice turn out. Matt came along and did a face plant in the band room but all is well. That reminds me...we need to start him on tuba lessons.

I spent the day with Weezie, Jon and Luke on Wednesday. Luke had an appointment down in LA, so I decided to tag along. I rode the metro down to their house which was somewhat of an enlightening experience. Apparently the prison releases the new ex-prisoners at the Palmdale metro station so they can ride down to see their buddies in LA (hey...at least there not sticking around here). That was a somewhat interesting ride. I'm alive and well so all is good. As for the appointment, we waited about three hours for a five minute visit. It was still fairly fun overall. Luke is a pretty happy little dude most of the time and ranks up at about a 10 out of 10 on the awesomeness meter.

There are many simple things people can do in life to make it easier. I won't get into them in great detail but this is a very good example of why people should always read the fine print.

When you have a complex device such as the iPhone, you would expect to receive a complex tool to troubleshoot a problem. Oh no...not when it comes to dealing with Apple.

As annoying as they can be sometimes, cell phones do hold many purposes. You can call somebody, check the time, take pictures and video, use them as a stop watch, and use them as a light sources during surgery. Gotta love improvisation.

Bumper sticker of the week:

That's about it for now...apperently I have to go make cookies.

Saturday, August 04, 2007