Monthly Archives: September 2009

10 things to do instead of going to class…

Today I skipped class.  Was it the first time?  No.  Was it the last time?  No.  Did I mean to?  Yes.

I’ve skipped a lot of classes in my college days.  I think everyone should.  As I was skipping my class, I thought that there must be at least 10 things better than going to class.  I submit my views:

  1. Watch Hulu
    Did you not see the last episode of House or The Office?  Look no further.  Hulu is the answer to your qualms.  Only problem: you need sound, and headphones scream to your teacher, “I’m not paying attention.”
  2. Play
    You can actually do this in class (and I do), but not in my English class because we don’t have the internet (which is sad, because I would).
  3. Blog
    Again, you can do this is class (like I am now), but the teacher often makes it hard to keep track of your thoughts.
  4. Visit your girlfriend at work
    This is my favorite.
  5. Get something to eat
    School requires you to use your brain, and your brain needs fuel.  Taco Bell, here I come.  Or if I’m smarter: J*Dawgs.
  6. Take a nap
    I hear that there are a lot of nice places to sleep around campus, but I’ve never found one better than my classes.  Nothing like a soothing voice droning on about real-time operating systems to make you fall asleep.  But like headphones, sleeping kind of tells the teacher you aren’t paying attention.
  7. Work
    Why be bored in class when you could be somewhere making money?  I’ve done this in the past, and it’s been very rewarding.  (CS lectures aren’t necessary to passing the class.)
  8. Go home
    The great part about this one is that you can combine it with a lot of the above items.  Want a nap?  Sleep in your own bed!  Want food?  Go home and make a sandwich instead of paying the Cougareat to make you one.
  9. Play Farmville on Facebook
    This one is included for only one reason: if you play Farmville, you probably won’t pass your classes anyway.  You can read into that what you want.
  10. Email your classmates for notes
    Included because I think people really do this.  I just laugh when I get emails from people begging notes.  (1) I don’t take notes.  (2) Even if I did, I wouldn’t share them with people who don’t go to class and take notes themselves.

So there you have it.  Ten things you can do instead of going to class.  A lot of these can also be applied to doing homework.  Between you and me, any of these would be better than going to my English class in 30 minutes.

Not all iPods are created equal…

Hello world!  It’s been an eventful week.  AT&T finally let us iPhone users send MMS (which I think was much ado about nothing).  I realized that I can save photos from the web now on my iPhone.  And I saw Pan’s Labyrinth, among other things.

Pan’s Labyrinth wasn’t what I expected.  I read this on Wikipedia:

In 2007, del Toro noted the striking similarities between his film and Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: both films are set around the same time, have similar child-age principal characters, mythic creatures (particularly the fauns), and themes of “disobedience and choice.” Says del Toro: “This is my version of that universe, not only ‘Narnia,’ but that universe of children’s literature.”[48] In fact, del Toro was asked to direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but turned it down for Pan’s Labyrinth.[48]

In addition to Narnia, Pan’s Labyrinth has also been compared to films such as Gabor Csupo’s Bridge to Terabithia and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.[49][50] Del Toro himself has noted similarities with The Spirit of the Beehive.[51]

Ok, if you read that, wouldn’t you think, “Oh, Pan’s Labyrinth is a movie like The Chronicles of Narnia“?  That’s what I thought.  Couldn’t have been more wrong.  This was the movie that nightmares are made of.  The little girl dies!  I mean, in most kids’ books and movies, the main character never dies, even in Harry Potter, when we all were hoping Harry would die and instead J.K. killed off Dumbledore.  Anyway, not what I expected.  I think if it would have just said it was like Bridge to Terabithia, I wouldn’t have been so surprised.  Del Toro is a bit, um, twisted.  Still–a pretty good movie.

This week I’ve also fallen more in love with my iPod nano.  It’s red, and it always plays me the best music on shuffle.  It has Genius, and I love it.  I seriously think it is capable of picking better random songs than my old iPod or my iPhone.  Maybe it’s because I use Genius from a song I want to hear right then, but even when I just shuffle, I get better luck than my old 5th generation iPod.  Maybe I’m crazy.  We can’t dismiss that.  What I do know is that I’m very happy that I got it free with my new MacBook Pro.

Sav linked to this cool music video on her blog.  I downloaded the album.  Big let down.  Starts strong, ends weak.  It is super mellow music though, so if you’re into that, it’s for you: The Opposite of the Sea by Oren Lavie.

Oh, and I wanted to share this random photo with you all:

Looks like someone went to Macey's.  This one is going to be a bugger for the bag boy.
Looks like someone went to Macey's. This one is going to be a bugger for the bag boy.

Currently listening to: Our Time Now by Plain White T’s

Cut off from the rest of the world…

The following is an email I sent Savitrii whilst in my English class yesterday, posted here for your amusement:

I don’t like when I don’t have some sort of connection to the rest of the world, through internet or cell phone.  Everyone in the basement of the JFSB would be the last people to know of a natural disaster.  If BYU campus were to be hit by a flood, I’d be a goner.  Seriously.  Everyone on campus would get that Y-Alert text that we get emails about, but not my class.  The first knowledge we would get of a flood would be the water coming under the door.  And you just know that water is going to flow right down those stairs and into the basement here.  I don’t think Sexitonium would make it.  But then again, I might not either.

Anyway, I’m just playing around with Gmail, because it’s the only thing that works right now, because of offline mail.  Pretty cool aye?


P.S.  I adore you.

P.P.S.  The teacher just asked, “Who uses rhetoric?”  And the response in my head was, “Your mom uses rhetoric.”  I’m like 12.  LOVE ME!

Chris Merritt rocks…

This weekend has easily been the best weekend of my life.  Friday was date night.  Started off looking for sustenance.  Went to Jason’s Deli–always a winner.  Then Sav and I went out to the Riverwoods to see 9.  We were a bit early, so we stopped at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  The Apple Pie Apple is probably my favorite thing to eat.  (Though the southwest burrito from Jason’s was very good too–recommended.)  So after buying apples and some new clothes, we headed to the movie.  We liked it.  Very visually appealing, very good story telling.

We also saw the previews to the new Christmas Carol film coming out from Disney.  Looks amazing (credit I think goes to the company Disney has working with them).  Also, Surrogates looks pretty cool.  We’ve added these two to the Perpetual Movie List.

So after snogging Sav in the parking lot at the Riverwoods, we came back and hung out.  Awesome Friday.

Saturday–started with french toast breakfast.  I love my new griddle!  One of the best $20 ever spent.  Nicely fed, we went shopping.  Sav is a great sister (not mine–that would make the aforementioned snogging something that’s only permissible in Bancroft).  She bought groceries for her brother–best sister ever.

The day continued with a quest to fix Sav’s internet connection so that her apartment could be connected to the world.  She’s got Comcast, and she was using an old Linksys cable modem/router with built-in wireless.  The modem kept losing its connection, and a tech suggested that we get a new modem, preferably a dedicated modem and a dedicated router.  Well, being who I am, I have multiple routers.  So I bought a new Linksys dedicated modem.  Using a Linksys router with DD-WRT I already had, I setup a new modem and router configuration that works.  Night and day difference, so if you have similar problems, I recommend this solution.  (That was boring, but I thought it would be handy if you have similar problems.)

This is getting long, but it was a great weekend.  After that small period of nerdiness on my part, Sav and I headed to Cafe Rio to meet my parents.  It’s pretty great to have your three favorite people all in one room.  Even better when that room is the Cafe Rio dining room.  My parents left me with an electic scooter.

Then the game.  The only fun part of that was being with Sav.  That’s all.

Then we took a nice walk to Velour to see CHRIS MERRITT.  He was great.  Probably my favorite live performance I’ve seen.  I highly recommend checking him out.  It was the perfect rounding out of a weekend.  And the perfect ending to a great Saturday.

Sunday was pretty chill.  Just church and then hanging out with Sav all night.  And that, my friends, is how you have the perfect weekend.

Currently listening to: Your Call by Secondhand Serenade

Rite(s) of passage complete…

Yesterday I went on and on about my great morning.  Well, the whole day turned out to be great.  Sure, there was some class and homework in the middle that I didn’t care for, but the day as a whole was awesome.  Midori made curry and we started watching Om Shami Om, which I have still have to finish.  This is rite #1, because Sav told me I have to watch it.

The night did hit a hiccup when I went out to my car, a little past midnight, to find a half-sheet of paper taped to my window.  My car also had new bling–a nice boot.  Well, one phone call, 10 minutes, and $65 dollars later, my car was boot-free.  (Lesson to learn: don’t park in visitors parking for 7 hours and let that go past midnight–it was two-hour parking, no parking after 12am–oops.)  I don’t know if the booter noticed, but I was actually quite cheerful for just being booted.  Maybe it was because Sav is gorgeous? Definitely.  Maybe it was helped by the fact that I wasn’t the first one to call about getting a boot removed at the same complex? Probably.  (Don’t worry–he was also in a pretty good mood (thought not as good as me)–he was also visiting someone of the fairer sex.)  I just hope that the booter noticed my good mood–that’s all.

Well, I’ve been at BYU (gasp–not a chocolate factory?–no…) going on 4 years, and this is the first boot I have gotten.  Pretty long run of luck if you ask me (because this wasn’t the first time I could have gotten one).  It’s probably a rite (#2) of passage or something.  Hey, and on the bright side, I get points on my rewards card (double actually, because it’s in the first 90 days!).

The moral of the story: no matter how smoking hot your girlfriend is, you shouldn’t leave your car in 2-hour parking for 7 hours (or past midnight–even a few minutes).  Lesson learned.

Currently listening to: My Favorite Accident by Motion City Soundtrack

The best parking spots are found at 7:22…

When you crawl out of bed at 7 am, and you have no milk or other means of providing a breakfast, the only solution is to continue crawling your way to the vending machines on campus.  On my way, I was greeted by a wonderful sight: a complete lack of students between my car and an eligible parking spot.  I also hit every stop light green.  Allah be praised.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but it took me this long to find this analysis of Twilight.  Now I can speak one-to-one with the people who read these poorly-written books.  This definitely made my morning so much better.

Also counting toward my good morning, I finally can read Fraulein’s blag.  I’m very excited about it because she’s my roommate and cool.

And best of all, Savitrii is online, and I’m chatting with her whilst I work.

This is shaping up to be a pretty swell day.

Currently listening to: Where Does the Good Go? by Tegan and Sara

Learning blogging, liking WordPress…

Instead of doing homework like I should have, I have been changing categories to tags, adding pages, and re-tagging everything.  (I should mention at this point, for fellow WordPress bloggers, that if you want to change categories to tags, there is a tool to do just that.  Don’t do what I did and copy your descriptions into a new tag, because then you have to re-tag everything.)

The more I play with WordPress the more and more I like it.  So much nicer than Blogger.  And people can actually comment!  I’ve had the darnedest time commenting on Hartley’s blog lately.  🙁

I added the Perpetual Movie List to my list of pages.  It’s an ongoing project.

Oh, and in lesser news, I’ve named my car Falkor.  I’ve never seen that movie — it’s not on the PML either – never will be.

Edit: I’ve been overruled.

Currently listening to: Make Out Kids by Motion City Soundtrack

On locking doors…

Yesterday, I learned a great deal.  Let me share this newly acquired knowledge with you.

First, I learned that when sharing a quote in sacrament meeting, your options are wide open.  Three talks: three quotes.  Our first talk was talking about helping those in times of trial or need, and he shared this quote: “I may not be able to carry the ring, but I can carry you.”  Yes my friends, that’s a line from Lord of the Rings.  The next speaker misquoted Dumbledore, crediting Harry Potter instead.  (And as we all should know, Harry never has a single moment of insightfulness in any of the 7 books.)  Third speaker in church took the award for most questionable quote: “Fate seldom calls upon us in a moment of our choosing.”  I really didn’t know you could cite Optimus Prime from the pulpit.

Second lesson learned: if you’re making out with your girlfriend in her kitchen, you should lock the door.  (This reminds me of a previous post.)  Otherwise, someone you think is the General Relief Society President might walk in and catch you, and you might end up having awkward conversation with her husband.

The third thing that I learned: my girlfriend doesn’t embarrass.  She’s pretty much the coolest girl ever, and I’m not just saying that because she’s the only one who reads my blog. 🙂  But it’s safe to say that my girlfriend is cooler than your girlfriend.

So can nobody say that I don’t learn stuff on Sunday.

Currently listening to:  You and Me by Plain White T’s

What a week…

Wow, the first week of classes sure was an eventful one.  I’ve already completed an English assignment and two ECEn labs.  I have a group presentation on Wednesday.  This semester is going to keep me busy.

Of course, this week was made complete by yesterday’s awesomeness.  Can you say go Cougars?  Well, yesterday was a series of awesome: started with me working on a group lab for my Embedded Systems class.  We finished that in about 2 1/2 hours — really quickly from what I expected.  Then the game against Oklahoma.  One word: AMAZING!  (My favorite part of the game had to be when the announcer made fun of the backup quarterback’s “11-hair mustache”.  I had to return a movie after, so Sav, Midori, and I headed to the nearest RedBox with the horn honking in celebration.  Hit up Cold Stone, then finished off the night with a black light dance party.  I agree with Sav.  Best Day Ever.

A Monster saved my life…

Yesterday, I put my new hard drive in my new MacBook Pro and started the day long process of installing everything and moving my data over.  I was just about done last night when I found that Adobe CS3 didn’t like my case-sensitive choice of file system.  So when I got home last night, I decided that since I had already formatted my old MacBook I must have a working laptop, and since CS3 would help me complete my homework that was due the next day (today), I would restart the process.  And so until 5:30 in the morning, I reinstalled and recopied all of my data.  I got two hours of sleep.  Enter my life saver…

Allowed me to function today.
Allowed me to function today.

I had my first Monster today.  I stole it from my fridge (I was supposed to have a Red Bull in there, but a roommate had drank it).  Don’t worry, I bought a new one for my roommate (unlike with my Red Bull).  The Monster was delightful.  And when I went to the store to buy a replacement, I bought every flavor, so that I could find my favorite to keep on hand for days like today.  So far, M-80 is my favorite.  I had it tonight (the only drinks I had cold where the ones I bought today).  It’s 80% juice and very yummy for an energy drink.

So now I have a working laptop, I was able to finish my homework and labs, and I made it through the day without dying.  Oh, and I found out that a class I am taking is actually worth credit.  Yay!

Currently listening to: Craziness by Middi and Savvi