Sunday, May 14, 2006


President Gore

This is so going to be taken down from YouTube in about 10 seconds, but it's wonderful while it lasts...

President Gore

When the YouTube video is broken, you can download it in WMV or QT formats here:

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


It rained all day today...

...but at least I have a new computer to set up, which gave me plenty to do indoors.

Monday, May 08, 2006


Finals Day - Miscellaneous Mario

Watched this the other day...wicked cool:

Super Mario Bros. Live!

Watched this one last night...left me salivating:

New Super Mario Bros.

Fitness Update: Today was the fourth day in a row of taking my one mile walk.
GPA Update: I received a 91% on my fourth test in Nutrition, which by my calculation earns me an overall grade of 94.14% (solid A territory). I shan't be mourning the loss of my 4.0 this summer at least.

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Finals Tomorrow

Monday, May 8 marks the end of my first full year of college. So far, I've got a 4.0 (not that difficult considering that's cumulative over one semester), but I expect that I'll keep my 4.0 at least over the summer.

On Friday, I received an induction to an honor society and had occasion to speak with my Composition II professor. She told me that she doesn't really believe in the importance of a 4.0, because students tend to get so preoccupied with preserving that perfect score that they stop taking risks, and only give teachers what they want. She also said that it puts pressure on teachers to not ruin a student's GPA.

I tend to agree with her first point, and I will keep it in mind as I fiercely guard my so-far perfect GPA. As for the second, I'm not sure how many teachers would hesitate to give a student the deserved grade. I for one, do not want a grade that I didn't earn...even if it means getting a GPA of 3.9 or whatever.

I've only got one final tomorrow, in math. I took the final for my marketing class on Wednesday and will get my score tomorrow. I took the final exam for my online class in nutrition earlier today and am anxiously awaiting my score. For composition, I finished my portfolio today and expect to score well. I'm completely relaxed, which is contrary to what I would have predicted nine months ago when this all began. When I began, math was the one subject I expected to struggle with, but the harder I've worked on it, the more naturally it has come to me. I feel like a zen master of intermediate algebra.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


What's that Smell?

or "How I Became a Political Activist"

This is the tentative title of something that I was inspired and encouraged to write by the proprietor of a political blog to which I regularly contribute (though under a different pseudonym, and not anonymously).

My idea is to write about what got me so interested in politics, what I think is important about it, and exactly how to get involved. I may be able to offer a unique perspective, being that I myself only recently became active in politics after many years on the sidelines.

This of course, is a direct reaction to the sad fact that my Composition II course ends on Monday and there is no Composition III course to take! Now what will I do? I'll work on this and hopefully carry it through to completion...something I have a poor track record with when it comes to independent projects of mine. Hard work can be its own reward, but reading, work and homework can prove mighty distractions.

On an unrelated fitness front (I love alliteration), I went for my walk again today. That's two in a row!

Friday, May 05, 2006


Fitness Follow-up

I love alliteration.

I also overcame the first major obstacle to making a morning walk into an unbreakable habit: I left my house at 5:45am and walked the 1.2 mile route I mapped on the G-Maps Pedometer.

I planned on it taking me about 10 minutes, but it actually took about 15. My route includes a nice steep hill at about the halfway point, so when I ramp myself up to jogging and eventually running I should get quiet a work out. The mornings are quiet and beautiful, really, considering that all of the rest of the time my neighborhood is bustling with activity.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Fitness Forward

The demands on my time are decreasing, especially as my second semester of college winds down. It's really anti-climactic, in a way. I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't what I've got.

That said, I think it's time for me to start walking in the mornings...and eventually running. I once loved running, many years ago. I had the floppy hair and everything. I think that moving from one school (where I was part of a close knit track team) to another (where I was an outcast "faggot") probably had something to do with why I fell out of the running habit.

Tomorrow, I will wake up at 5:35AM--ten minutes early--and walk one mile. Then I'll go to work.

Saturday, I'll wake up whenever...and walk the same mile. Sunday... Monday... Tuesday...

Somewhere along the line, I hope this becomes habit forming. I wish to make this morning mile to be as much a part of my daily routine as a shower and 1/2 pot of coffee.

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