Thursday, September 18, 2008


I've been meaning to update for quite some time but only today forced myself to take a break and sit down to do this. I'll get into a routine pretty soon.

A lot of people have been asking, "So what's new?" This has been a pretty difficult question to respond to recently considering just about everything is new. Now finishing up the 3rd week of classes, I'm pretty much settled in. Cal Lu has been pretty much what I expected. The orientation was pretty touchy-feely which isn't really my thing but it was probably good for me. Dorm life is going well (the food's pretty decent), and no major complaints about classes yet. I've been told I'm slightly suicidal with my 19 units but we'll see.
  • Physics: Mechanics & Thermodynamics (a great way to start off almost every day)
  • Humanities Tutorial (aka HumTut, fun to say. It's basically a yearlong English+Philosophy course)
  • Intro to Christianity (pretty interesting stuff)
  • Music & Culture (mostly review but also good)
  • Freshman Seminar (aka "Intro to College." Yes, it's all that fun stuff)
  • Wind Ensemble
  • University Symphony
  • Clarinet lessons
So far it's been really good. The people are great and all is going well.

As part of our orientation we did a service project cleaning out abandoned homeless camps in the Ventura river basin. It was actually pretty fun and the Ventura County Star had a nice article on it.

Karl, Jon, my dad, and I made our annual Dodger game trip two weekends ago. It was really fun and we got to see them pull ahead of Arizona into 1st. They're still there and hopefully will stay for a little while.

The Large Hadron Collider is up and running as of early September. The 17 mile (and $8 billion) particle collider is supposed eventually recreate conditions following the Big Bang. A few are worried that we're all going to be sucked into space but the brains who made it claim it's safe.

Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton made a rare appearance together last Saturday. The video is definitely worth a watch.

That's it for now...I should probably try to stay awake and read another hundred pages of the Iliad. Fun stuff.