Thursday, September 16, 2010

Choose to Not Be Stupid

Have you ever seen the t-shirt that says “there are no stupid questions, only stupid people?” What it should say is “stupid people ask stupid questions." I came to this realization on a cold and blistery Tuesday. Strike that this is Texas and it is 100 degrees outside and the industrial size air conditioning at the school just can’t keep up.

In my genetics class the professor frequently stops class to answer questions of students who have raised their hands. Now, normally this would be a good thing because we all want to learn. That’s why we are spending thousands of dollars on our education, not simply to use up the air conditioning. However in many instances I find myself more than just a little frustrated with people who come to classes and then just sit there playing on facebook or disrupting class.

Last class one of said students who constantly asks the dumbest of questions raises his hand and I just put my pencil down because I know that nothing not worthy is about to be said. The question can barely get out of the students mouth before half the class (the half paying attention) will shoot said student a WTF look. I mean seriously dude where have you been? Were you dreaming off in your own personal fantasy and just decided you wanted to join the rest of us? Our professor is nice looking but not so provocative that you can’t pay attention for an hour and a half. Have your day dream fantasies on your own time because she answered your question five minutes ago. I’m sitting through class because I want to hear what she has to say otherwise I’d just read the book and show up for the test.

Another thing that really frustrates me about being on campus is that students age 18 to 54 will just jump out in front of cars as if the laws of physics don’t apply and more. There is a protected crosswalk about 50 to 100 feet from you are you that lazy that you can’t walk that far in order to help ensure your safety? I’m pretty sure that your high school, possibly even junior high teacher taught you Newton’s three laws, they are a science staple.

Law #1: Objects in motion will stay in motion and objects in rest will stay in rest unless acted upon my an external force.
Hmmm….. a moving car wants to continue moving and will an external force (the brakes) to stop its movement

Law #2: F=ma (Force equals mass times acceleration)
Do I really need to do the math for you to figure out that a car will exert way more force on you then you will on it? This will ensure injury to you but not necessarily to the car.

Law #3: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
Simply put if a one ton car going 35 mph hits you (150 lb person) going 3 mph then you are going to go flying.

In the scenario person versus car, car will win so don’t tempt fate. Just use your brain. This kind of stupidity is a choice. Choose to not be stupid!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Even when trying to waste time I find something interesting to do

The other day I needed to kill some time in a city that I'm pretty unfamiliar with and in which there seemed to be nothing to do. Naturally I decide to stop at a familiar place (CVS - luckily they are everywhere) to look around and just waste away my precious minutes. I like looking at the seasonal sections because they are different at every store so I head in that direction only to discover the stock being rearranged and thus in buggies and on the floor instead of the shelves. Looking at the mess and the people trying work, I just decide to leave them alone and go find something else interesting to look at. As I wander to the back I discover a discount book section. Deciding that this would be a far more enjoyable way to pass the time I take a look. One particular book catches my attention a book by Amy Tan called Saving Fish From Drowning. I've read Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club for school and I remembered it fondly so I opened it up to take a peak and I was hooked, I made a $5.99 commitment that I don't regret.

One of my favorite excerpts so far comes from the very beginning before the story even starts. It is profound yet humorous and also rather sad.
A pious man explained to his followers: “It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. ‘Don’t be scared,’ I tell those fishes. ‘I am saving you from drowning.’ Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.”

I love this because it can apply to almost anything. Hitler, the economy, the crusades and pretty much anything else that people are trying to mend or change all come to mind when I read these few sentences. History is riddled with "good intentions" that didn't turn out so good for someone.

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Cake was YUMMEY

So Yesterday was my birthday. Here's the cake! It was INSANELY yummey!

Yea! Thats how you do 23 on a small cake!

It was the same old birthday fun. We went out to eat, ate cake, etc etc. Then my sister and I played on skype while the boys watched the football game.

Aren't we Cute?!
Oooh!... Ahhh!
Perhaps the webcam should be taken away..... But it was fun. : )

Also somehow lots of extened family members got my cell phone number and either called or texted. Thanks guys! I saved your numbers so now we don't have to talk through the "grown ups."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Its raining it pouring..... DAMIT!!

So this was me today.....

I got dropped off at work today after panicking that I was going to be late only to discover that I in fact did not have to work today. Normally I would be glad, but not today. My dependence on technology is probably the most to blame for what happened.

So I walk in to work and go to clock in, but the time clock says that I'm not scheduled. Now I was pretty sure that I worked today, so I go to investigate. Long story short, the schedule was changed and I see my time whited out for today (I get to work Saturday instead, woo hoo). As I look at this piece of paper that determines when I belong here, I start to get excited. Hooray I have an afternoon off! I grab my phone to call my ride to come back. but no matter how many buttons I push it does nothing. Its just a big black screen. I walk outside and my heart sinks. Its raining! And not just raining, its raining those big Texas sized raindrops. So because I always have my phone with me and i almost always have it charged I never worry about memorizing phone numbers, there is no need. Well, unless I spent about an hour playing games on my phone between classes and ran the already low battery down.

So I'm stuck, I have no way to call someone to come get me because the only numbers I have memorized are my own and my parents but I think they're at work so no help there. So I wrap my phone and wallet up and start walking ... In the rain.

I made it to my folks house (which is closer then my house), but by the time I got there I was soaking wet. Fortunately of all the people that drove by me only a tow truck driver thought it would be fun to splash me, so I only got covered with street gunk once, well twice if you count the car he was towing.

Now I sit here on the computer, mostly dry, and having told whoever reads this about my awful experience I feel just that much better.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson was a pretty good book, though I had pretty high expectations after all the hype it recieved which it didn't exactly live up to. To quote Sheldon Cooper "once a mind is pre-blown, it cannot be re-blown!" Which I suppose was the case here. Larrson seemed to be a very good writer who wrote what I believe everyone will agree was a very provacative story. It is definately one worth reading and explores aspects of human nature and society that isn't usually touched upon. I suppose I'm more into the classics and science (fiction and non fiction) then possible murder mystery/thriller.

All in all, its was a pretty good book with alot of plot development and good writing. Just don't go into it with your mind preblown and you'll most likely enjoy the hell out it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Why don't you see?

My heart has stopped.
It will beat no more.
The blood that once flowed
now sits cold.

I've changed since I've met you.
I've lived since I've met you.
If living must kill me
then I'm not sure whats the point.

Your compassionate touch brings me ecstasy.
Your scolding glare rips me apart.
I've hurt you too,
but I just can't stop.

I am lost in your love,
but I drown in your anger.
I've become cold and desperate
Relishing the good and accepting the bad.

My fire used to burn bright
but I've lost the desire to shine.
I've lost my life, my way
and the love of all but you.

I've thought of leaving,
of leaving not just you.
The only thing keeping me
is the person I used to be.

I am sad and I am lonely.
I am happy and I am loved.
They all whorl around me
each emotion striking at will.

I've lost control of myself.
I've let myself go.
I've changed who I am.
I've given up my goals.

But I still hold on.
I still have hope.
Someday I'll speak.
For at last I will find peace.

I love you,
but I see you
better then you see yourself.
Just as you do me.

So why can't you see?
that I'm lost inside?
that I'm dying inside?
or do you see?

I stay because I care.
Can you say the same?
I know we're not perfect,
but why must I take the blame?

My blood pumps no more
and my fire has died?
I'm here because I love you,
but its hard to survive.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Silly Goats

My folks have some land down south where they have created a little farm. There are goats, donkeys, and lots and lots of squash.

Sophie & her Babies : )
Donkeys Dixie & Chloe

I love all the animals, they are pretty funny to watch and will follow you around if they think you'll give them a treat. So naturally when I saw goats on the news I had to share it with everyone. Goats are super sweet and social animals, but they aren't particularly bright. This is one reason why you have to have really good fences that they can't escape or get stuck in. Fortunately there was a happy ending.
Aren't they so cute! Poor Goats! : )