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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 312

I have made a discovery!

Picture: Whatchu lookin' at?

Background: And that discover is that I cannot look badass with glasses on. I barely do without them on. This is a somewhat personal little thing: I always thought that cargo pants make kids like me look twice as badass as normal. I don't know why, but now that I actually have two pair, I'll be wearing them and feeling a bit more awesome. The fingerless Apocalypitca gloves kind of help, too. Now that it's actually getting cold, I finally have an excuse to wear all this stuff I've got. Maybe I might get contacts in the long run, but I don't really want to bother with them at this point in life.

Say what you want, I don't care! It's who I am.

To pretty much everyone,

If you want to hang out with me, then give me something to do. If you invite me to a party, have something there to do (that isn't Guitar Hero). Ask me to grab lunch. Talk about coming over and beating up bad guys with you. But don't ask me to just "hang out" because I'm terrible at it. I have to be doing something, I have to be engaged. I never make excuses that aren't true unless I'm being asked to just hang out.

And watching movies or TV doesn't count, because that's not engaging at all. Sitting in front of a box of colorful, moving pictures doesn't interest me in the slightest unless I'm the one moving the pictures.

From Tech with Love,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 311

Isn't that the name of a band?

Picture: Starships!

Background: I was asked by a friend to have a box wrapped up in my room. He didn't have space in his room to wrap it up. In the box was a game to do with Star Trek. I took out a pair of ships and took a couple pictures. Only a couple turned out to be any good, unfortunately. I was trying to hurry so he could wrap it up.

Nothing else to report, other than the fact that it was a cold and rainy day today. I also finished editing/fixing the chapters I had left of my little story. Hopefully I'll get more done soon. I guess I have another letter to vague people.

To someone who will probably never see this,

I can honestly say that I would not be disappointed if I never saw you again. I don't hate you (at least, not now), but I don't like you. I do hate what you put me through, but I'm over it as much as I can be. I can't even figure out how much of it was me and how much of it was you, but I'm okay with not knowing. Life goes on. I hope you change, though. You were self-destructive no matter what I did to help, and put me through hell for trying.

I don't hate you. But I don't like you.



Well that was kind of a morbid letter. Here's another starship to cheer you up!

pew pew

Day 309, 310

Ah! Missed a day and late on day 2, but it's here!

Firstly, I got some editing done tonight. This is the quote on top of the first page of my "novel" or whatever you want to call it. I thought it would be appropriate considering the content of the first chapter (and the second, come to think about it).

Most of the editing was done while my laundry was being washed and dried. All of chapter four and most of chapter five are now out of the way, just the rest of chapter five and what I have done of chapter six. This is getting a little painful to print out, since there's so much paper and I only have so much free printing. I might start using that central print station that allows for free printing, who knows. I just hope they don't read it, since I twinge a little when I think about someone looking at this unfinished writing. I've got such a long way to go, too!

Speaking of writing, I feel another letter coming on!

Dear person who has a chance to see this, but probably won't,

Thank you. Your work of writing is literary gold. I, for one, am so glad to have obtained it through friends. I have combed through it several times, and I find joy in the many ways you have worded such things. I had no idea that something for a project could turn out so amazing! Your speak of "Norman teeth" and "clitching" is fantastic. You, sir, have come out with the best line I have ever heard from any literary piece: "Once a rapist, always a rapist." It is my pleasure to introduce my narration of this story, one chapter at a time. I hope, if you ever read this, that you know I have been thrilled to ever lay my eyes on your work. Masterwork!


Finally, the other picture I owe you. Enjoy.

That's what she said!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 307, 308

At least these pictures were taken on the correct date!

First, the pergola (again)!

Thanksgiving was yesterday. Only 3/5 siblings showed up; one was up north and the other was sick (with a sick kid), so it was forgivable. I took time after the big dinner to grab some pictures of the pergola that I had forgotten when I was home last. A few of the guys decided to start talking about the OWS protests and the government and what was wrong with the world, so I decided that it was the best time to jet out of there. I sometimes feel like the only one who wants to listen to the entire story of both sides before making decisions on what I believe, or try to understand both viewpoints before saying that I think one is right and the other is wrong. Maybe some people in Washington could try that...

Anyway, to get off the pedastal, I thought a picture of the shaft at night was pretty cool. It was on my way to grab my uniform, which actually has to do with this next letter...

Dear Building that will never read this (guaranteed!),

You're great. I love you. You let me inside you whenever I want to play piano whenever I want. No, that wasn't an attempt at a dirty joke like so many that have passed through your doors have made. But yet, you listen to them and just keep sitting there like a friend. My only complaint is that you're so far away! Walking across a campus at night is no fun matter in the middle of a city, especially when I really didn't want to leave the comfort of my apartment to do something I could've done tomorrow morning. As it is, I can forgive you for being so far away because of the fun times that have happened because of you, like piano practice, band camp, even a Super Bowl party. Thanks for being there.

cool view, no?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 306

Dang, I have less than two months to go. I'm in the final stretch, baby!

Picture: All-in

Background: The lighting in my room is horrible. I had to back away and use flash for this one; my finger covered half of the flash so it wasn't too brightly lit (a trick the Photo Club taught me). It turned out okay, but I've done better.

I would like to try something different today. I want to write a letter. So, here it goes...

To someone who will probably never see this,

You're a good guy. I probably could've tried to take out more time to get to know you, but I'm pretty shy around people I don't know or have any ties to. I know almost nothing about you, and you probably know almost nothing about me. The one thing I do know is that you enjoy the cold. You seem to bask in the weather meant for the Arctic. I fully understand and respect this, don't get me wrong. But I am a warm weather creature. When I have to wear a jacket in my own room so I don't shiver, I get mad. That A/C doesn't need to be on in November, no matter what the weather is. I can't cope with cold (though I've never told you that). And that little bit of madness created by waking up to a freezing room gets tucked away, to be hidden with the rest of my anger from other sources. However, this is probably one of the more major sources I have.

I'm just writing to inform you that, when I finally snap and have that one single eruption of my fury, that you have contributed. It probably won't be against you, that blast of hatred that I will be spewing out. In fact, soon I may never see you again. But if you do read this, and I do explode, just know that a little bit of it was because of you.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 305


Picture: Cherry Street from the library

Background: There's not much to the picture itself. I was leaving the library after class-that-was-meant-for-group-project. It was a cool view, so I took a few pictures.

Else, I tried my hand at playing piano in front of people. I failed miserably, and wasn't quite happy on my way back home. But I got to see my parents, at least, so that was a plus. Life goes on.

Also, I hate being forced to wear a jacket in my own apartment. They're great guys, not bad random picks, but I don't want to live in a freezer. I know it was probably near 70F today, but it's not like that's hot! It's barely comfortable, if you ask me! Ridiculous.

today's video is very relevant to this week...

(I've probably already posted it, but it'll never stop being relevant)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 303, 304


Some crazy HvZ people got hold of my camera and took some shots during the mini games over this past weekend. Some of them didn't turn out all that good, while others turned out pretty cool. Here's one of the resulting pictures. In the foreground is my roommate from last year, and I'm to the right in the background. I believe this was one of my winning rounds as a human.

The minigames were fun. Today I was able to make it to the escort mission type as well as the Zombie Circle of Death. The latter got my knees scraped, as I normally dive after humans when trying to nom them. 1 on 1 usually has the human winning thanks to humans being able to have a range stun while zombies can only tag. Irregardless, it was tons of fun. I shouldn't have worn a long sleeve shirt; I got really hot underneath it, and it was in the 60s all day (in NOVEMBER?!)(INTEROBANG?!).

As for today, it was rather uneventful. Nothing of note happened in life, save for the last regular season marching band practice.

Until tomorrow, hopefully.

If only they were a bit more badass in the background...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 301, 302


It's 2:30am Sunday. I spent my morning reliving HvZ in a quick mission and spent the afternoon worrying. Part of it was about a team project that'll have to be done soon, and the other part about money that I don't have. Then the million other things that bug me. Bah! Instead of reading my ranting, here's some pictures.

I mean, who doesn't love a manhole with sperm all around it? Seriously. Anyway, that's all for this weekend. I'm still going to have a post for tomorrow to, I just wanted to put both manhole pictures up because they're pretty funny. When I first saw this (because all I do when I walk is look at the ground) I had to laugh. There are some vandals (or pandals?) with great senses of humor.

And if you don't recognize those two in the first picture, well, it's not from a lack of me mentioning them.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 300

Happy 11/17!

Picture: Squirrel!

Background: There is no lack of squirrels here in the heart of the city. My roommate from last year is partially obsessed with them. Then again, he does have a thing about using puppies and an atomic bomb to get a girl. He can explain it better than I can.

He was burying something in the leaves as squirrels do, and I was taking pictures of him as I do, and all was right with the world. Nothing much else notable about today, save for D&D tonight as well as the last exam before finals. Midnight WaHo after D&D. Then sleep.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 299

Hurray! On time like "normal". Ahem.

Picture: Berries!

Background: I definitely could've done better. The focus on 6 of the other pictures I took was off, so I couldn't use them. The last one wasn't as pretty as this one, though it was a cluster just like this. The little blurry part bugs me, too. Maybe I'll try again later, but I really wanted some pictures right after rain. These were the closest things to flowers that I could find on my way to where I was going. It was either these or the leaves that I took pictures of last week.

Nothing else to say. Yeah. Have a good night!

Day 298

I want to write this one quick so I can get some sleep

Picture: Worship the headphone jack!

Background: My most fun "photoshoots" are of me at 1am. This one was pretty simple: my room light, my desk lamp, a box and a binder. My camera sat on top of the box and binder, that is. I was just screwing around because I knew I needed a picture for today. Then this came out - I might use it for my Photography Club submission for "Madness". Because what is madness, but a lack of music?

(that's pretty deep, isn't it?)

Speaking of which, I don't understand why I stopped listening to Pandora. I jumped back on it the other day and, with rainymood going, turned on an instrumental/post-rock channel. There's some good ambient music that I've gotten the chance to leak into my ears.

That's all, folks.

It got rather silly.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 296, 297

Just over two months left going here! I'm pretty happy I got at least this far.

Picture: 24

Background: This is probably the most surprising grade I have ever gotten. I thought I failed. I thought I at least got under the class average of 19.5 out of 25. When I got my test back, I double checked to see who it belonged to, because I seriously doubted that it was mine. Then I got back my homework which was the highest I ever received on homework in that class (45/50). This week just started out amazing, and damn it all if it doesn't end that way.

Picture: Trees (again)!

Background: Lots and lots of trees are turning into this beautiful shade of red around campus. These are two of them, over near West Campus. Not much else to say about...trees.

My sleeping schedule is out of whack after two all nighters and spending the day sleeping. But gaming all night for charity will do that to you! Except, y'know, they hit the quota for how much was going to be donated, and there was no more money for food. I promptly left at around 7am on Sunday for sleep. I think I had about another ten hours of stuff before I went to bed last night.


today's video is the new four chords song...

A very happy birthday shout out to the local flower namer, as well. Without your help I don't know how far my nomenclature skills would lead me away from the light.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 295

My sleep schedule is messed up

Picture: Deodorant

Background: This was a "request" for today's picture. Some people at the gaming marathon asked me to take this picture. There's a bunch of people (around 40-50 or more) playing games for charity in one of the school buildings. I'm going to go back there after a hockey game for another 8 hours or so of gaming. It's a total of 40 hours of gaming being done, so I knew I wasn't going to be there for the whole thing. I do know someone who is, and I wish him luck.

So yeah. Hockey, gaming, sleep. Dunno if I'll get a chance to update tomorrow just because of sleep. We'll see.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 294

I'm not talking about yesterday.

Picture: GT

Background: But it was still fun. I was pretty exhausted from yelling during the game yesterday and was glad to get back to my room. I tried getting a drum picture already, but you could see my reflection in it. This time, I was far away and zoomed in while he was playing. I honestly don't know the battery too well (though I know some of the cymbals pretty well).

Other that that, I'm updating on time because I won't have much of a chance to later today. Tonight is a gaming marathon for charity here on campus from 8pm until noon on Sunday. I'm going to be there as much as possible, but I do like my sleep. We'll see how that turns out. I might fall asleep playing Sins, who knows.

today's video is nsfw for language...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 292, 293

Day late, but extra picture!

Pictures this time are about the fall colors! I got to practice about 15 minutes early, so I snapped a few of the surrounding area. Later, a cymbal player walked up and we talked cameras for a bit. He knows more than I do. Most photography people do. Then practice and unloading was underway, and I ran over there to do stuff. But the trees were great colors, and I had to grab a few before starting.

Also, it's GAMEDAY! I'm leaving pretty soon, and was just writing this post before heading out. It'll be a cold night. I hate the cold. We'll see how this turns out.

today's video is memtastic...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 291

Yesterday was 11/7, and I completely forgot to mention it in my post! Oh well.

I have a treat - three pictures! There's this connection of two sidewalks that has some pansies in it. I took a couple shots of them, and got a few nice ones. I probably got a few looks from the one or two people walking by, but that's why I waited until later in the day to take them...well, actually, I had just finished with what I had to do today and it was right there, so that's actually why. I would at other times, but taking pictures of flowers with 200 people walking by feels a little awkward to me.

I'm also trying to 1up Zach Weiner and his triple update on Monday! Except, not really. I'm not as funny as him. But I have pictures of things that actually exist!

The bottom one is the one I'm most proud of, and the middle one turned out really nice too.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 290

Bam! On time today.

Picture: Butterfly!

Background: This poor thing was in the volleyball sand all during Pit practice, and I was hoping it would stay there so I could snap a few pictures of it before we headed over to full band practice. I did get that chance, although I didn't get nearly as many as I wanted since we were a tad late moving over.

And now, I feel like a jerk because I didn't help it. I was being pushed into hurrying up and moving over (along with the other 3 that were taking pictures) so I didn't give it a second thought. Hopefully someone did something, as the poor creature looked like it was stuck in the sand or something. It wasn't moving very far from where it was :(

Ah, well. In other news, absolutely nothing of note happened to me today. Just like Good Friday, 1930.

today's video is an smbc comic, except moving...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 287-289

Hey, I only missed two days, okay? Not too bad.

So my room's ceiling got plastered again. The popcorn stuff isn't falling off anymore, although it did smell a little funny in here for a day or so after the workers left. It was looking at it and it seemed rather dull, so I stuck/taped a sticky note up there. It says "This is the only interesting thing that's on this ceiling". Fitting, don't you think? The whole thing is otherwise plain, boring white. Obviously I'm going to take it down when I leave this place, as long as I remember. Come to think of it, I feel like I stuck a sticky note somewhere else in this room that I completely forgot about. Hopefully, if I did, I'll find it before I move out. Hopefully...

This is my new pen! Well, it's not really "new", but it's my new writing pen. The one I had been using ran out of ink after over a year's worth of service. I saluted it, said goodbye, and fished this one out. I went ahead and snapped a picture of it on one of the pages of my writing notebook. If you could kindly not read the background, then that's great.

I'm kind of a stickler of how pens write for me. I like them runny, but not to where they run through the page. Like, if you set it down, there might be a smudge where you left it, but it would be faint on the other side of the paper.

Finally, I've been meaning to take this picture for a long time. I found this screw somewhere and kept it, wanting to take a picture of it later. I think it's been at least four or five days that I've had it and waited. I thought the rustiness of the screw would be kind of cool. My camera really didn't want to focus on it through most of the pictures, which was a bit frustrating. It makes me really want to get a new camera, for the umpteenth time.

Also, Firefox apparently has "umpteenth" in their dictionary. Coolio.

today's video is about nutters...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 286

This string of on-time updates is so strange and confusing, yet so pleasant.

Picture: Dreary day

Background: Not really much "background" to this picture. I walked out of the Student Center and thought this view looked really cool, so I snapped a few shots. Thank God for post-processing, otherwise this picture would've turned out horribly. Not saying it's amazing, but it's nice.

Not much else to report for today. Trying to get myself to write more, since it's been awhile since I've had a good hour of writing to do. On that subject, this month is NaNoWriMo. I'm thinking about doing that next year, since I'm having fun writing my two stories.

Those two stories might turn into three soon, if I'm not careful. I had a sudden inspiration for yet another story, all thanks to a single song. I'd link to it here, but it's not on youtube. I downloaded it thanks to a video that just happened to have the song in the description, and fell in love with it. It makes me love Post Rock even more.

today's video is a piñata party...(nsfw, ish)...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 285

Oh man, three singular updates in a row! How crazily on-time.

Picture: Freeman Residence Hall

Background: I was walking to band super early today, and finally got around to taking this picture. The SUV that drove up behind me was probably wondering why in the world I was taking this picture, but I don't really mind. I snapped a couple shots and was on my way.

I signed up for Night of Musicianship for this semester. I've been wanting to, but I didn't have a practice room or anything last year like I do now. So, I'm using it so I can play for an audience! Should be plenty of fun.

I attempted to get pictures of a ladybug that landed on my RAT and crawled onto my finger, but they all either focused on my hand or were completely out of any focus. I do already have some pictures of a ladybug somewhere, though, so I'm okay with that.

Also, I began moving all my blog pictures from their individual folders to a new one. I might upload them all to Flickr at some point, except because of my lack of funds and Flickr's abundance of lame, you'll only be able to see the last 200 photos I upload. Maybe that will change at some point, but that point is a long way away.

today's video is gay, in both meanings of the term...

Day 284


Picture: Wheel! Of! Fortune!

Background: I went to a very, very nice hotel today. At that hotel, I went up a couple floors and tried out for Wheel of Fortune. I actually solved a puzzle once and won this hat! ("Shaggy & Scooby Doo" was the puzzle). Then took a quiz. Then got into the second round. And within the next two weeks I'll find out if I got accepted to play on the show itself! I'll have to find a way to Los Angeles, but that shouldn't be all that bad. But that's if I get accepted, which I won't know for sure until around the 18th of this month.

Hey, there's a chance. Which is *awesome*

today's video is some fun bloopers that i hope doesn't happen to me...