Sunday, October 26, 2008

Public Transit and Wayne Root

Yes, I know. It's been a couple weeks. I'm still trying to get the routine thing situated here.

School is going big complaints. There are a few papers due this week and some fairly big upcoming tests. I'm definitely keeping busy. There's a lot more reading and writing than I've ever dealt with before, but to be honest I don't mind it that much.

We had our "fall holiday" last Friday so I decided to go on a little adventure and see the folks down in Long Beach. The ride thing got really weird so I ended up taking three different buses (with So Cal's finest) to CSUN to meet up with Casey. It took about 2 hours to go 30 miles. It was definitely a good "experience" that I think all people should tackle at one point in their lives. Kemper and Jamie picked us up and we went down to hear Julian play with the Long Beach State Wind Symphony (not a bad performance...maybe more along the lines of amazing) and hang out for a while afterwards. We spent the night and headed home the next day. Pretty fun little trip.

For some strange reason, the Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate, Wayne Root came to speak at CLU earlier this week. I sat in just for kicks and have to say that guy is pretty out there with some of his ideas. He expects to be in the White House in 16 years. No comment. I was definitely a minority in the crowd so keeping control of my facial expressions was fun. I picked up a pamphlet and button if anybody wants them.

Next time you buy some broccoli be sure to check for dirt and those pesky little human heads that seem to pop up everywhere.

A single freak lightening strike killed 52 cows in Uruguay last week. I now understand why you don't grasp onto metal fences during a lightening storm.

I can't leave you without posting some stupid political video, so here's the top 10 worst political ads of the season. You gotta wonder how a candidate scooping up dog poop in her backyard translates to political experience.

That's it for now, have a happy Halloween.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Think Big Thoughts

But relish small pleasures.

Every week I receive a postcard from my mom containing one of "life's little lessons." I just got back from the mailbox so it was on my mind.

The last two weeks have been pretty brutal. I've had a total of 4 papers due, 1 test, and 2 midterms. What I've gotten back so far is looking promising. It's always nice to get the first test out of the way so I can know whether or I'm on the right track. I felt pretty good with the two midterms, but we'll see how they turn out.

This weekend is homecoming so my family will be visiting and many returning "home." There's a whole bunch of stuff (carnival, football game, free food, other activities) so it should be pretty fun.

Dodgers took the National League West and are currently competing for the NL title. They swept the cubs (which was awesome), so as long as they don't screw up this series there'll be a lot of excited people around.

Watching the presidential debate the other night was quite frustrating. I'm not a huge fan of the "town hall" setting but what really got to me was how both candidates completely blew off the idea of a time limit. What made it worse is how they took all that extra time to say the same amount of nothing. 25 days and it's all over.

If you haven't been keeping up with SNL's election/debate skits, you definitely must. I know everyone agrees, but I'll just say it again: Tina Fey makes an insanely amazing Palin.

Keeping with the election theme, it appears that over 4000 Harris County, Texas registered voters are deceased. I've always been curious of what the ideological makeup of the dead would be.

I'm in a Bioengineering club here and at a meeting the other day, we watched a video of the Boston Dynamics "Big Dog," which is basically a headless robotic pony that is programed to walk and maintain balance under essentially any circumstance. It's hard to describe how cool this thing is...just watch the video.

That's it for now...I think I'll go take a much needed nap.