Monday, September 29, 2008

Summing up September...

Well, there's but one day left in the tenth month of the 2008th year.

I'd bother putting pictures up, but as explained, I hardly take my camera to the school, and the transfer rate of this connection isn't good for my patience.

I've been reading Brisingr - the 3rd Eragonner. I finished Breaking Dawn and figured they're all a bunch of rubbish. Though I've been told to read The Host by several.

In two weeks, I'll switch jobs. I'll wrap up the tricks I've been doing at Autoliv's Brigham City plant - namely their Environmental Lab. (I've often thought to paint over the first 7 letters of that name.) It's been good. I'll begin working with a Chinese professor named Dr. Heng Ban, and Dr. Beth Nielson - she's an environmental engineer. I'll be working on rivers. Heat transfer from the bottom of the river to the streambed. The Blackfoot river (up here in Cache Valley), and the Virgin - yep! The Virgin. But don't get excited. I doubt there would be any point in me working on site until maybe next summer. Theoretical experiments first...

I'm not married. I know a lot of you have probably figured that I must be - but it's all a hoax. I've taken after the terrorists, and have created doubles. Who knows how many of them have gotten hitched - but the origin has yet to tie the knot.

I'm the ward clerk - which translates to a 7:30 am start to my meetings, and about a 3 pm finish - then a 5 pm start and 9 pm: making Sundays my longest day. But I actually enjoy it.

Dumbo has been seeing a lot of action - as I've been printing sheet music like mad. It's a good way to soothe. I bought a spiral bound hymnal as well - just so I can feel like I'm productive in my tickling of the ivories.

I'm planning to head to Marvin's for turkey day - provided Noah makes room. My rackets are being re-strung, but that's not to say I've been playing enough tennis. I was the 8-ball tournament champion in my billiards class, but am currently in the losers bracket for 9-ball.

I remain a general slacker in school. My reputation for "never going to class, and somehow sliding through by the seat of my pants" is holding up quite nicely. I may have to start attending math, though - I get the feeling like we should be having an exam soon. Crazy lady never posts when things are coming. It's rubbish.

I've also been attending a healthy dollup of shows/plays/exhibits/concerts/what-have-you. I have to acquire 20 performances this semester - as to earn 2 credits for a depth-humanity requirement. So I've seen everything from High School Musical to Portraits of the Book of Mormon to a rock-inspired opera to a spoof on Catholic humor entitled "Nunsense". Most are longwinded, but entertaining.

So that's the rundown. Last week I bowled a 172. If I keep at it, I get the feeling like I'll break 200 before the year is out.

That's about it - oh, and once Beth can get her greedy little paws on me... I think I'm due for some new fashion. Floods and suspenders apparently just went out...

Oh- and I may grow a mullet by the time we head for Cali. Just to fit in with the West Coast nonsense.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Black Mages

This video basically sums up my life:

This is a band that plays songs from the Final Fantasy series - hardcore Japanese rockers. Notice the bloke with the moustache on the organ - that's Nobuo Uematsu... the composer.

Mind you, this particular number comes from a game that I refuse to play because the company (Squaresoft at the time) started making games for Sony. I dust off myself of the evil of that decision.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The delights of sleeping through class...

So - I figured I'd drop a note or two. I'd upload pictures too, but at 40-70% connectivity on a 5dB antenna, I hardly have the patience.

Alas, you find yourself reading my blog instead of looking at the crazy pictures of bowling night where we found a drunk guy that wanted to bet against us.

So here's my schedule:

MWF - 8:30am: Math 5610, 10:30am: MAE 5300, 11:30am Religions of the World, 12:30pm Preparing for Celestial Marriage, 2:30pm Beginning Billiards
TR- 7:30am: ENGR 5500, whenever I get there am/pm Autoliv's Environmental Lab

The institute and billiards classes are only MW - not Friday. I've slept through each class that ranks 5000 or above. I've gone to billiards and institute each time, though.

The math one is "Computational Linear Algebra" - what happens when you google-search. The MAE one is "Mechanical Vibrations" - why your car shakes at 73mph and not 77mph. The ENGR 5500 one is "High Performance Computing for Engineers" - the meaning behind the stickers on your computer (or those ones at Costco) that say "quad-core: do more" or "Core-2 Duo"...

Tuesday night is Jamba Juice night. I've taken a couple of different girls there. Wednesday night is boomerang club - sometimes it's something else. Thursday night is bowling night. I bowled a 187 two weeks ago. And at least once a week, I have to attend a concert for my Art Symposium (USU 3330) class. I'm going to "Little Women" sometime this year.

I've just been called as the Ward Clerk - to make sure I don't get my nap in on Sunday.

My keyboard has a stand now - so I don't hurt my back when I play songs. (Before I had it on my bed, and I had to hunch.)

I go to Carl's Jr or Arby's or Wendy's at least once a week. And have started doing push-ups of a sort... My shower takes a while to warm up, so I've devised a work-out plan while I wait. I've also started reading the Book of Mormon backwards (chapter at a time).

I read that last vampire book, and have to say that most of the 2800 pages in that series were pure rubbish. I bought "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith" compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, and am searching for a quote concerning 2.2 billion years...

My latest ambition is to learn some songs from Michael Huang's Fantasy Reborn series. It's a spoof of Nobuo Uematsu's classics.

Speaking of people who's names you can't pronounce - I interviewed for 2 hours with Dr. Heng Ban. He has a project that I may end up working on. It deals with heat transfer from rivers to the stream beds below. The Blackfoot river - up here in Logan, and the Virgin river. So if I get to it properly - I may end up taking a trip down south to collect data. That won't be for quite some time, though.

I bump into Caitlyn up here every week or so. I've exposed her to some of Logan's low-lifes. She takes it all in swing, naturally.

My roommates are all pretty good. Each is distinct - like one raisin from another, but they're all decent (unlike raisins).

I haven't snogged a girl for a while... going on 4 1/2 months. <-- Which I take as a sign of my maturing. Or a general increase in apathy, but as I'm dating often, the former makes more sense.