Monday, August 31, 2009

This weekend sucked. I spent the whole weekend doing work, and I still didn't finish until this morning. This is mainly because for every question asked on any assignment, I had to do some form of external research. A lot of the stuff I was doing also took a lot of experimenting/tooling about/trial and error. It's just frustrating to spend your whole weekend working and then still have to rush to finish homework during class just like the party kid who spent the entire weekend in an alcohol-induced coma.

Also, I was apparently bitten by some sort of vile creature this morning on my way to class. I noticed in my circuits class that two red, swollen bumps had appeared on my arm. It really scared the crap out of me, as I naturally immediately assumed that it was some sort of disease, but I was soon able to narrow down the source of the bumps as some sort of bug bite. They seem to me to be most like really bad fire ant bites. I've been bitten by fire ants before, and it's never been this bad, but I also used to eat shellfish until I was 16, so I guess developing an allergy would not be unheard of.

I know one thing for sure, though.

I need some anti-itch ointment.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ah, engineering...

I'm pretty much fully into my classes already. I've already been assigned a ton of work that's due next week. I don't know how to do any of it, either. There's been this trend in all of my classes so far this semester of professors assigning homework covering material that they have not taught yet.

It's hard. This semester is looking really tough already.

In other news, there's another Professor Layton game out for the DS. As soon as I can secure enough money to be comfortable parting with thirty dollars of it, I will be buying it. I really loved the first one. I still need to go back and beat all of the extra puzzles in the first one.

I've also been working on my Marvel vs. Capcom 2 skills lately. If this means anything to anyone, I think I've decided on an Iceman/Cyclops/Cable team. Iceman may be switched out for someone else later on, as I'd like to have some more variety. Three X-Men seems like a waste of the brand colaboration (although it is funny that the four characters in the god tier are all X-Men).


Monday, August 24, 2009

So I've decided to scrap the pictures. I don't really feel like taking them, and the room is a mess. It's a nice apartment, though.

I've had all of my classes now, and they're already moving really quickly. Solids is moving along at quite a brisk pace. It seems like it's going to be rough. But I also think that it's going to be very interesting, and I like how the teacher is handling the class so far, so hopefully things will work out.

Also, I finally have a working printer! I know a lot of people would laugh at that decleration, but once you go for a year having to walk down to the engineering computer labs to print everything, it is really quite a commodity.

Anyway, here's a new picture:



Friday, August 21, 2009

Call your shot or we take a finger.

Okay, so I haven't had much time to take pictures lately. I've been running around a lot doing stuff with people and enjoying being back in Columbia.

But classes started yesterday, and now everything is over. I had Differential Equations and Chemistry yesterday. They both seem difficult but manageable. Today I had Circuits, Mechanics of Solids, and Thermodynamics. Mechanics of Solids sounds like it's going to be hard. Our teacher moves really quickly. Today was the first day and we've already had an entire lesson. Solids and Thermo are both packed full, too. It feels weird and makes me anxious to be totally surrounded by people in rooms that are not lecture halls. There's not even enough places to sit. I hope that they move us somewhere else.

Anyway, for those of you who care, I'll try to get pictures up soon. In the meantime, here's another product picture to keep you busy:


(Photo taken in Cherokee, NC)

Monday, August 17, 2009

School school school

I moved into my new apartment yesterday. It's really nice. I think that it's going to be a wonderful place to live this year. I'll post some pictures later once my roommate and I get everything situated.

Classes start on Thursday, and I'm actually super excited. I have Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Solids, and Circuits on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I have Chemistry 112 (that's General Chemistry II at USC) and Differential Equations. I have my Chem lab on Thursday afternoon. It's going to be a very busy and challenging semester. Thermodynamics and Differential Equations are supposed to be particularly difficult. But I'm ready for it. This stuff really interests me, anyway, so I think that I'm going to enjoy my classes a good bit this time around.

I just hope I can keep up with the work.

All right, pictures of the room later.


Friday, August 14, 2009

You must go.

I just saw District 9. I really do think that it is the best movie that I've seen in a long time.

It is so good.

If you have ten dollars to spare, I can see how one would perhaps become conflicted about whether to go buy, say, a delicious cheeseburger, or utilize the money to go experience District 9.

Let me make it easy for those who are wrought with decisive anxiety.

Do not buy that fucking cheeseburger.

DO NOT BUY that fucking cheeseburger.

It is a social imperative that everybody see this film. This caliber of art needs not go unappreciated.

I also saw an interesting film last night called House. It was a haunted house/psychological thriller. Typically I don't really like the horror genre, but this one was really good. I recommend it.




Oh my shit!

These horrible billboards are all over Greenwood!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I had a dream last night that Einstein was still alive, and I was attending the university at which he was residing. However, the university was also a hospital, for which I was a resident. So I was a physics/medical student. It was interesting. The university was also built in a gigantic, medival style castle, and our level of technology was from about the 1850's. When I actually encountered Einstein in person in the dream, he was lambasting a student of his for making a stupid mistake during an important project. As Einstein stormed off, he yelled at me (furiously) and told me to stop staring at him and get back to work. So I did.

Apparently, my subconcious thinks that Einstein is kind of a jerk.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Halucinations and dentistry

Last night I woke up at about four in the morning under the impression that I was a long, rusty piece of rebar. I've never had a drowsy halucination like that before. I spent the next few hours rolling around in bed trying to get comfortable, but seeing as I thought that I was made of carbon steel, the task ahead of me proved to be quite difficult.

I came to grips with reality at about six and realized that I was, in fact, not a long and rusty piece of rebar, at which point I just sat in bed staring at the ceiling and reflecting on how out of control my life has begun to spin as of late. I managed to fall back asleep at about seven, but I then had to wake up at eight to go to the dentist and get a cavity filled. You know, with all the drills and clamps and needles and picks and pastes and suction tubes and radiation emitters. But you know what the worst part was? Katy Perry was playing on the radio.

I've never had the aversion to the dentist that the majority of people seem to have. I am oddly okay with a man who I hardly know inserting mechanical grinding implements into my open maw and gnashing away at my bone. A lot of people hate the sensation of the drill or the pick. A lot of people hate the sensation of powerlessness and hate feeling defenseless. A lot of people feel like it's an invasion of privacy. But belive me, once you have to have a rectal exam (or, even worse, a flexible stigmoid endoscopy), going to the dentist seems as private and comfortable as examining the contents of a safety deposit box inside of a sealed bank vault.

I dunno. I just don't have a problem with the dentist. I never have. Even as a kid I was okay with it. Of course, as a kid, going to the dentist meant that I got to play Sega Genesis in the waiting room. I was not allowed to have game consoles until the N64, so playing the Genesis at the dentist's office was like magic to me growing up. Now that I am older and I understand how game systems operate, video games have lost most of their magical properties. But walking through those glass doors and hearing music from Sonic the Hedgehog blaring from the recesses of my pediatric dentist's office is a memory that I will cherish for years to come.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Har Har! Genitalia!


Also, cream bleach?

My search for toothpaste clearly put me in the wrong aisle.

I have no idea why Blogger is writing my text in hyperlink form. These are clearly not hyperlinks.


Friday, August 7, 2009



What a savings!

And look!

Will the savings ever end?!?!

(Photos taken at a CVS Pharmacy in Greenwood, SC. Taken with a camera phone, so I apologize for the poor quality.)


I am really, truly scared that my parents have doomed me to live in South Carolina for the rest of my life. I hate hate hate this state. The weather makes me feel sick and gross all the time. I really need to get out of here.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I really want this watch.

It's about time for me to get a new one. I've been wearing the same watch every day for the past seven years. I really like the design of this one. I've never seen anything quite like it. The price point is also pretty reasonable. The only thing I don't like is the leather band. I think that that would take some getting used to. I know it's necessary for the vintage look, though.

Check this watch out, too.

Look at the price point. That's just one of their higher end watches. Believe it or not, there are more expensive watches on the site.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Accuracy required.


This was taken in Aiken, SC.

Nor spice

Can anyone explain this one?

I, for one, would like to know why antiseptic neitles are involved in the creation of tasty and healthy rice and bean snacks...

Monday, August 3, 2009

I have never been so sore

I went whitewater rafting with my girlfriend and her family this past weekend. I had never been whitewater rafting, and let me tell you, I was mortified. Once I got out there and actually did it, though, it really wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was a lot of fun. I may be able to get some of the pictures sometime within the next few days and possibly post them up here, so keep an eye out.

We stayed in Cherokee when we went up on Thursday. Cherokee, NC made me feel really...uncomfortable. For those who don't know, Cherokee is an Indian reservation for some of the Cherokee band of Native Americans. The only attractions in Cherokee, however, are a gigantic fucking casino in the middle of town, and ten thousand of those tourist trap, t-shirt and keychain with your name on it stores. It just made me feel weird. The reservation was intended to allow them to preserve their ancient religious and cultural customs without government interference, but instead a giant casino is built and a bunch of people move in and set up shops to take advantage of tourists with loose wallets. The Cherokees' ancestors must be spinning like power drills in their graves. It just felt odd. I felt kind of embarrassed for everybody involved.

We did, however, see an Indian couple on the Indian reservation. Like, a couple from India. The country. Oh, the irony.

Anyway, the day after we stayed in Cherokee, we stayed in Maggie Valley right outside of Cherokee. I found a copy of The Promise of Space by Arthur C. Clarke at a used book store down there for a dollar. That was exciting. I'm really looking forward to reading that.

then the next day we went rafting, and I am so sore today. Every muscle in my body hurts. Especially my back muscles. I was guiding the two person raft that my girlfriend and I were on, so I did a lot of twisting and straining. It was fun, though.

This is getting long. Here's a crazy picture of another Greenwood sign! This one's from around Christmas time last year.