Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Finals, More Stressful than Not

You know, usually finals aren't so bad. It usually results in a completely expected mixture of B's and A's. I've really only ever gotten 2 C's in the entire time I've been at college, I've only Withdrawn a class once, and I've never failed a class. So in general, finals isn't full of any surprises. However, this finals is different. This finals has meaning behind it because I have to establish my GPA all over again. Last semester, I ended up with the second C of my college career; seeing as how I had just transferred to ASU, this means that I had a whole new GPA, and it wasn't looking good. 3.15. Never-the-less, I didn't really actually care until I found out that I need a 3.5 to get $4000/year up until I basically graduate from ASU. That is, of course, on top of the $7,500 I get now. Really, it won't make that much of a difference in my life as a whole if I qualify for that this semester or next, but I'm seriously hoping it happens sooner than later.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Calculus, Volleyball, and Research... Living the College Life

Hey everyone,

It's been a good while since I've dedicated any time to updating. So allow me to go ahead and fill you in briefly.

The end of the semester is drawing near. As such, the time to get ready for next semester has officially begun. Along with finishing up my course work for this semester and doing my absolute best to secure good grades in all of my classes, I'm also plagued with adviser visits, registering for classes and planning out my major. After meeting with my political science adviser, it's been determined that I should finish the requirements for my political science degree by next fall. In fact, other than a Literacy class (next semester), another upper division pos class (next semester), another French class (next semester), and 24 upper division credits, I'm good to go. After that, I will finally be the proud recipient of the American standard: the Bachelor's degree!

However, I also learned some things that I wasn't immediately pleased with. In furthering my studies, I've come to decide that I would like to pursue a degree in economics, particularly of the Masters or PhD level. However, due to the structure of the program, I'm required to take a series of classes that will effectively prolong my stay at ASU until the Spring of 2013. This is due to the sequential nature of these classes, my lack of a focus on math courses, and due to the fact that graduate schools have requirements for grad students in economics beyond the basic Econ classes required to get a Bachelors degree (most particularly the math!).

Essentially, I was told that I have to take MAT117 (college algebra) and my friend Isaac recommended I take MAT170 (precalculus) before getting into MAT270 (calculus I). However, due to the fact that I already need to take 270, 271, and 274 (I believe) in order to get where I'm going, I see this as potentially being problematic. Furthermore, according to the description of MAT117, I'm not at all convinced that it's something that I need.

As such, I've been vigorously studying up on Pre-calc and Calculus to pass the ALEKS exam with a high enough score to test into 270. I'm not entirely sure what is covered on the ALEKS, but even if I could manage with a vague understanding of the principle ideas, and despite the fact that I get 2 attempts to place well, I would much rather rest assured that I do well and just learn all these concepts before hand. Besides, if I take all the time now to learn these things, that means that when I do actually take 270, it'll be a breeze!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

From Campus Hobo to College Slacker

Hello, everyone. It's been a while since I last updated you guys on what is going on. As I believe I mentioned in my last entry, my parents have persuaded me to come back home. However, you guys don't know what has happened since I've moved back home.

Well, suddenly, I find myself unable to make it to class on time. The most time spent on homework is during the hour long light rail trip. Although food is much more readily available, I think I actually eat about the same amount, and somedays, I'm so tired I can barely keep my head up.

Welcome to ASU!
So then, was it really better to move back in with my parents? Other than having to constantly play tetris with my things in a locker in order to keep dirty laundry from contaminating everything, and although I was constantly starving for food, at least I felt rested and aware every single day. In fact, I had all the time int he world to do what I wanted and also what I needed to do.

Since moving back with my parents *AGAIN* I just feel tired and worn out all the time.

What I really need to do is figure out how to make some money and rent my own place close to school (or at school). That would be the best for sure.

What now?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

No Hobo

Yea, it's kind of like "No Homo" or at least that's where I got the title from.

Well, I've been found out. I got a text from my dad today asking if I was living out of my car again, and I fessed up that no, I wasn't; I'm actually living on campus. I know that's not the sort of life my dad wants me to lead. As much as my dad wants me to be independent and doesn't want to have to pay my way through college, he's still my father and wants me to be safe and happy. So when he said to me, "come home," I was in no position to argue. It would have been shear idiocy to say, "No, dad. I'm going to keep being homeless;" not to mention, it would have also been very inconsiderate (like pushing away someone's hand when they're saving you from falling off a cliff).

I can tell when I'm defeated, and this is one of those times. But this just furthers my commitment to making some money over the Summer. I can't honestly say I can really handle a job right now, but if I can make a decent amount of money over the break and save up, it would take a lot of pressure off my dad.

Furthermore, I've already began making plans with my friends to get the hell out of this state after graduation. I'm going after my Master's degree next, but I can't honestly say I'm a huge fan of the weather. It's awful! It's hot, and unpleasant. There is hardly any change in the seasons. And although I like this city just fine, I need to branch out and experience more of this world while I'm still young. Plus it'll give me an opportunity to really prove myself and step up my responsibility.

So thus is the end of the Campus Hobo. I was honestly thinking to myself tonight, too, that it's sort of depressing to think that everybody but me has somewhere they need to be. For me, I could have spent all night playing volleyball or doing whatever, and it would have never really mattered since I would end up sleeping here anyway.

Now my thoughts have began shifting from "how can I survive this life style?" (or more specifically about how to acquire decent food regularly) to "what can I do to make some money to be more independent?"

Every college student needs some sort of income. "Where do you want to eat?" "Want to go to a bar tonight?" and other related questions are all very common in campus life. It's very hard to get the full college experience when you can't even solve the most basic questions of food and gas for your car, and with that, even just gas for the weekends when you actually plan on leaving school.

I've also been thinking about what would happen if I were to actually do something that I was talking about? What would happen if I did get really heavily into reform for education? What would happen if I led an entire movement? More specifically, what would happen to my education? Could I go to school and be a prophet for the exploited worker, or to become a revolutionary in the battle against poor education? Could I honestly handle balancing two main courses, in other words?

I would never want to quite my education, but isn't my education all leading up to that point? Isn't that not the reason that I go to school, so that one day I can make the world a better place?

Well, my ride is calling.

Ja ne,.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Reporting In

It's been a couple days since I've written to you guys; so I figured it's about time for me to report in.

I believe the last time you heard from me was right after Octoberfest, which was pretty cool except that it was kind of small. Never-the-less, there was beer and there was brauts, a good combination for any self-loving German like myself. Of course, I can't honestly say anyone should dislike that dynamic duo!

Unfortunately, everything was ridiculously expensive, and as a result, I wasn't able to try both. Fortunately, I went with my instincts and decided that tasting good food was more important than tasting good beer since I can always get drunk later. After stuffing my face with a sandwich consisting of a giant braut, saurkraut, a potato salad and a tangy mustard, we wandered around a bit enjoying the festivities.

After a while, we resorted to hacky sack and walking around trying to whore Travis off to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, nobody took. Then again, I'm sure Corina would have had my nuts after I told her that we no longer legally own Travis because I sold him into slavery to a 92 year old woman.

Sunday was largely uneventful except for me stuffing my face at Golden Corral, still one of my favorite buffet destinations. For anyone who hasn't been there, I highly recommend you check it out because GC is one of the only buffets with all-you-can-eat STEAK! Plus, they commonly have other good eats like shrimp, ham, and even nachos.

Anyway, Monday comes, another week of hobo-ness. Yesterday wasn't so bad. It was a little hot when I got to school, and I didn't get any free food, but since I was able to have a quick breakfast (slim fast lol) before school, I wasn't horribly hungry throughout the day.

Today, I spent a long time in the gym. In fact, in total, I think I did about 45min of running, which is a bit much for me. Of course, I took breaks in between (for 2-4 minutes at a time), but that's besides the point. If I could run for 45 straight minutes without feeling like a piece of crap when I was done, I'd probably do it, but until then, I've gotta pace myself.

I keep wondering if I can run a 10-min mile, yet, but I'm not quite willing to try.

I've also been working on my chest area a lot by doing that machine that reminds me of a row boat. It seems to be doing a good job at building my upper shoulder muscles and flattening out my chest area, which is exactly what I want. In fact, my chest area is the part of my body I'm most self conscious about, even more so than my stomach pudge. I guess it just seems unnatural for a guy to have a little extra weight up there.

Anyway, I've adopted a new project, helping a friend with a critical analysis of a book "Bridget Jones's Diary." Has anyone heard of it? If so, feel free to leave some comments at the bottom of this page.... no, seriously... leave some comments, dude. Just go ahead and click the "previous entry button" a couple of times and look to see how long its been since I've had a comment. I can tell you right now that I haven't had a single comment since May... MAY! And if you don't count my own comments, I've gotten a total of 6 comments. Seriously, guys... step it up!

Anyway, I got some free pizza today. 5 slices of vegie pizza (although the pineapple sounded tempting too) and I even got half a cup of free Dr. Pepper, which is another thing I don't get to have very often.

Well, hopefully, I'll get some food stamps or figure out some money soon, at least to survive me until next semester. Being starving all the time is by-far the hardest part of this whole campus life. I seriously need to figure out some grub! There's gotta at least be something I can take with me.

The other hard part is dealing with dirty laundry... bleh! I mean, sure its sectioned off from the rest of my laundry, but it smells horrid! It almost (but not quite) makes me think I just ought to travel back and forth to my car every day just to store the laundry in there. Idk... it'd be a lot easier to manage locker space, but as of now, I definitely have enough room.

Okay, guys. Now it's your turn. Leave me some comments below. Tell me what you think of "Bridget Jones's Diary" or let me know what it would take to get you guys to actually leave comments.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Octoberfest... College Student Rejoice!

Okay, today is Saturday, perfect time for a celebration of German culture!

As a German myself (50%+ pure blood), I'm totally syked about Octoberfest. However, as a broke college student, it's kind of depressing. Hahaha. But I have some really great friends who are willing to show me a good time now and then, and thanks to them, I was able to go to Octoberfest and have myself a fantastic brat with some sourcraut and potato salad on top with some tangy mustard on a delicious roll.

It was a little disappointing as far as German festivals go. I was expecting a lot more live events, a lot more things to do, but at least there was beer and food, and that's the most important part.

As far as everything else goes, finals are next week and I haven't really studied at all. Hahaha. But I keep up so it shouldn't be too difficult.

Anyway, weekends are amazing, and I'm having a great time with my friends Travis, Corina, and Kara. We're about to take off to a park. So I'll write more later.

Tata, amigos.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Vendredi (Day 5)

The title is French for "Friday." This is because I have just finished my homework for today (Friday), and it was really hard. The concept itself didn't seem absurdly hard: it's imparfait and passe compose which are both past tense in french (one is used to describe scenes and continuous actions, while the other is used for interrupting actions and completed actions). However, for some reason, this was ridiculously hard! What was really difficult is just picking the right word to use for the blank, even when you understood both the sentence and the words you were supposed to use to fill in the blanks. This just leads me to believe that there are a lot of idiomatic phrases in it. At least I feel sure that I got "Tu te souviens qu' il pleuvait a verse?"  correct.

This has nothing to do with anything....
Anyway, today has been a rather non-surprising day so far. After rushing from my MUN meeting to the gym to work out and shower right before they closed, I headed here to the library where I did some things on the internet (including some homework for class) and went to sleep. I woke up plenty early but instead of being cautious and setting my alarm as I closed my eyes for a little more sleep, I ended up waking up just about the time class was starting. As a result, I ended up being just a bit late. However, were I still living at Thunder's, failure to wake up on time would almost certainly lead to me missing classes altogether.

Also, I've decided to forgo the MU After Dark tonight, despite how awesome it can be just because my mom extended a rather sincere invitation to me to come home and eat with them tonight, and since I have been lacking in "real" food all week, I am certainly eager to bite into something hot and freshly cooked.

I wonder if there is some way around this whole food issue...


Campus Hobo Community (Day 4)

I haven't posted all day, but given that I've been really good at posting consistently lately, I figured you guys would forgive me. Well, today is Thursday, which means I had a Model United Nations meeting again. It's always very exciting and I absolutely love it. In fact, if I could, I would go there every single day... except weekends. ;P

Okay, I don't know if I ever really explained anything going on in these meetings; so I will do so briefly. Basically, there are two conferences. We have one coming up in November that we're going to host for local high schools with about 100 students total. Then, there will be another conference in April we're going to called the Model United Nations Far West Conference held in San Fransisco. It seems like we have a few sizable constraints on us, mostly in concern with travel arrangements and lodging. In total, inflation included, we predict we'll need as much as $25,000 by December. We've made some good head-way, but at this rate, we may need to provide for our own plane tickets.

We're also representing 3 countries due largely to the fairly impressive turnout. As it is, we consistently have about 20 members attending, and although we probably have about twice that registered, that's fairly substantial, especially for a new organization, especially for one that requires actual research and such. We're going to be representing DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea... North Korea or The "Best" Korea, depending upon who you ask), the UK, and Serbia. So this should be very interesting, especially since we have unofficial ties with MCC who is also attending.

I'm definitely looking forward to it.

Well, you're probably wondering how things are going for me as far as being on campus and all that goes. Well, I slept in relatively the same spot last night as I did the night before. It seems to work out well. Tonight, I'm going to try and utilize some towels, partly for a pillow and partly to give it an extra opportunity to kind of dry out because lately my shower towel hasn't dried completely even when I hold it under the hand drier. So getting it out of the locker and then using it might help with that, where as in the locker it can't hang properly due to the pile of clothes (in bags) underneath it. That should be interesting.

Students Sleeping On Couches and Chairs
I've also noticed a lot more people sleeping there as well. There was probably six or seven of them last night, and it makes me wonder if they were there the other night as well but that I didn't notice them because they left before I woke up or something. But as before, I woke up with little to no difficulty. It's fairly easy to wake up on your own in the library, and the only real grievance I'm having is that I'm having difficulty keeping my phone charged because I can't very well set it and forget it here (without it getting stolen) and the lack of fresh food.

I did get some money from my dad for food, which lasted about two days since food is rather expensive here at ASU, although I have had plenty of granola bars which usually do the trick, even though sometimes you're just left feeling rather starving. I don't really know fully how to deal with this, although I do feel like if I did have food stamps, it would work very well in my favor. Meh... it's a work in progress.

That's all for now, I suppose.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Living Dead (Day 3)

So any of you who read this are probably wondering about how my night was in the library. Well....... it was amazing! I mean, I guess amazing isn't the right word. It was rather satisfying though. I just went up to the 2nd floor (which seems like the 3rd floor due to the fact that the main level is on the "C" level) and just found a comfortable-looking chair and slept. Afterward, I realized that the wooden arm rests weren't horribly comfortable and just slept on the soft-padded bench things with my backpack as a pillow.

I got a good night's rest, feeling refreshed. I had some dreams, none of which I can remember (regretfully). But most importantly, I didn't even need an alarm clock to wake up. As expected, the surge of early-morning students in the library broke my unconscious slumber and woke me up a respectable time before my first class began. And since I had showered the night before and didn't have to make any plans for any other school preparations like travel, I was already there and already ready to go.

Between classes, I hit the gym, thinking I was going to go to my parents' later for some pizza (because I really haven't had a lot of good foods lately, mostly just granola), but I realized that I had already invited Jonathan to volleyball today and that I didn't particularly want to miss out on it either. It is really fun playing volleyball every week and getting to know new people. In fact, I'm also thinking about joining the fencing club and doing that every Tuesday. As a result, I would end up having a schedule that looked like this:
  • Classes: Monday-Friday from 930 or 1030a-2 or 3p.
  • Evenings... Monday: Nothing; Tuesday: Fencing; Wednesday: Volleyball; Thursday: Model United Nations; Friday: MU After Dark.
With something going on just about every single day, all of which are diverse and either mentally, socially or physically stimulating, all of which, except MUN, falling under all three categories (because it is not physically stimulating), how could I ever possibly want to leave this place?

For sure, this place is magical. And after I get my bachelor's degree and go on to get my master's degree, moving out of state to escape this awful weather, I will sincerely miss it. But at least I can live somewhere relatively cold, where hot weather is only somewhat uncomfortable rather than smoldering hot, where it rains frequently enough that just as I begin to miss it, it's there again, and in a place with a much wider diversity of new culture that I haven't been exposed to. However, I'm sure whatever university I transfer to will have its own magic. And seeing as how it would be a completely new experience to me (which is something I thoroughly enjoy), I will probably be too caught up in being exposed to such a new environment, community and surrounding to find anything bad with it.

(not an actual picture of what I ate)
Well, again, today was one of those glorious days where there was free food on campus. I would have to say that with all the organizations, the ASA especially, people and events going on, there is probably free food here more than 1 out of every 3 school days. Today was special though because it was something out of the ordinary. Usually, free food comes in the form of pizza. About 50% of the time that's what it is. However, sometimes, they have burritos, or sandwhiches, or some other awesome free food, but today, it was pita bread, pasta, and two really delicious kinds of hummus including cilantro jalapeno hummus.... omg it was delicious! LOVED IT!

Well, I decided I'd come here and give you guys the whats-new, especially since I've been so active on keeping you guys up to date ever since this whole thing went down. Later, I'm going to go get America's Taco Shop's carne asada burrito and endless tortilla chips with their delicious fresh salsa... omg... I can't wait!


Night 2: The Sleep Over

Okay, so tonight will be the first night that I actually spend at ASU completely. I mean, I had nearly did that during finals last semester, but I would drive home between endlessly working on essays and other homework assignments, and I would change and shower there. Now, I am actually showering here (and smelling great btw... now that all of my clean clothes are here and I gotten over being naked in the men's locker room, I actually stay cleaner and better smelling than I would have continuing to stay probably anywhere else).

I think the most important thing is that in being here Monday-Friday, not only am I able to alleviate any living expenses or drama that might happen between whom-so-ever I would be living with (in this case, my parents), given that my parents do actually provide me with free oat-bars and laundry services, as well as a place to stay over the weekend, making it incredibly plausible for me to be doing this, but there are also lots of other great benefits as well.

Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to: not having to go home at 11p just because the light rail would stop running, while at the same time, not having to pay ridiculous parking fees to try to avoid that problem. Also, I can participate and enjoy the myriad of events going on at ASU on campus. For instance, today, I ended up going to an innovation challenge meeting just because I had the time to do so. Since I was already here, I had the smallest transaction cost for attending, and therefore, I did.

Full-Body Bag
Furthermore, I can sleep basically whenever I feel like. I don't have to worry about getting anywhere later so if I go to sleep I'm already exactly where I need to be. Also, most of my friends live within a mile of a light rail stop, meaning that I can visit them anytime before midnight (given that I would get on the light rail as late as 11p to go visit) and still wouldn't have to worry too much because I could crash on one of their couches or just go to my parents' house, or even just sleep in my car, or not... I could stay awake until the light rail ran again and then go to classes and fall asleep afterwards. So many options!

Basically, there are a lot of perks to just being here. Sure, it would be magnificent if I had a dorm and I could store probably 300x as much stuff in it as I do in my gym locker, and I could have my own shower, and my own bed instead of sleeping in weird places like on chairs and stuff.......... but you know what? I just don't have $2000 to spend on that sort of thing, and I'd really like to get a scholarship next semester, but so long as that's not a possibility, this is definitely the next best thing. For sure!

Never be late again!
So anyway, this is quite exciting, and although I'm not feeling horribly exhausted right now, I actually am thinking that I will be going to sleep relatively soon, especially since I am tired enough to not want to study, and after this post, I will have basically run out of things to do on the internet (like check email... and... well, I guess other than this and perhaps watching funny videos the internet really isn't very useful at all... =/ oh well...)

Sweet Dreams!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day 2: Rainy Days Are a Good Thing

I would like to first start off by saying that I didn't actually sleep at ASU last night. As I was preparing for an over-night slumber, my friend Travis called me up and said, "Let's celebrate Kara's birthday a little early," and so, like that, without any socks on and in my gym shorts, I went and hung out with them. It was lots of fun.

So I ended up sleeping on Kara's couch and missing my first two classes. I also didn't remember we had our second exam in Economics today; so I missed the study session, and I didn't study. Regardless of that, Professor Happel is an excellent teacher, and I was able to pass the test with a perfect score.

Also, it rained really hard again today! \o/  (for those of you who are not 1337, that's a guy with his hands up in celebration).

I was hanging out with a bunch of the catholic club students and it just came down and rained everywhere. It was magnificent... except for all the many people who were out there tabling who had to quickly pack up and leave so their signs or products would not get destroyed.

I also appear to be losing weight I noticed (today as I examined myself at a sideways angle in the mirror). So yay! That's awesome. I guess eating nothing but granolla bars and free pizza while working out nearly every day will do that to you. Though I do have to say that I would kill for a Klondike bar right now...... nah, I'm just kidding... am I? >=3

On other news, things are going fantastically. Even when I am unprepared, I seem to be doing very well in my classes. I think that is due largely to how much I studied before the semester began and further. I think it has really set a good base of knowledge for me to build on.

Quizlet has helped tramendously for French as well. I believe that if I had known about it when I did 101 or even 102, I would have been remarkably more efficient at French.

Bomb Scare
There was also a bomb scare today at the light rail at Veterans Way and College Ave. So we all had to get off and take a bus past the area of the bomb scare, and those seeking to go even further on the light rail then had to get back on. Man, how inconvenient, right? Yea...

Oh well, it works for me... Just seriously... of all things to blow up, why would you even want to blow up the light rail? It provides tons of cost-effective transportation particularly to lower-class citizens. More so, it took them like half a century to build the damn thing.... =/


(That's right... I would kill someone for a chocolate-covered ice cream bar, the one that you can buy the generic brand of for like $1... yep....)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 1: That Night!

It is now night time, as you can probably observe from looking out your window.... wait, what? You mean you don't just sit at your computer all day hoping that I'll post something?

Okay, well just trust me, it's night okay? Okay.

So this will be my first night being a real campus bum. I'm excited! Yeeees... very much so... okay, well, I honestly haven't staked out a place to crash yet, but you know? I had a really great work out, and given that I haven't slept at all since I woke up yesterday and that the coffee seems to finally be wearing off, I am feeling increasingly tired by the zzzzzzzzz.....

Most significantly, today.... I showered with a bunch of MEN! Yea, that's right... I was naked, and so were lots of guys around me. And we were touching ourselves (in an attempt to be clean!). So that was definitely different; I've never really done the whole locker room thing, and any time I've ever taken a shower in a gym, they've always had individual shower units. But ASU is OLDSCHOOL! They don't believe that men should be segregated in the shower for a small investment in putting subdividers between shower units--NO! instead, the would prefer for us to stand there as ol' Buba has his way..... oh.... hey buba.... (Just be quiet and he'll go away!)

But yea, seriously tired. I actually didn't do any studying today; I was too excited about this new adventure. But wow! I feel soooo clean right now. How odd. And I blow dried my hair with the hand dryer thing, and now it has way way way more body than it ever has... ever! I never knew.... I just never knew.

AND I got an ASU pen today. AND I have a cool video for you.... (OMG A VIDEO? THAT HASNT HAPPENED IN LYKE....) gosh... how long has it been? Idk... just watch it!!!

So basically, here are some videos of the effects on a fountain after the rain from the huge wind gusts. It was quite extraodinary. In one of these videos, not honestly sure which of these it is, but I'm sure you can tell, I am actually getting sprayed by the water streams as though I were in some cool water park... which I was.... dun dun DUN!!!


Day 1: The College Hobo

Oh my god! Three blogs in one day? Is it my Birthday?

If that's what you're asking yourself, the answer is "no." I just wanted to create a completely separate post separate from my rant about Thunder. In fact, this only mildly has to do with him. Here's how my day went:

Well after receiving those texts from Thunder and him saying get your shit and move out, I took his advice quite vigorously. At the time I had written the initial rant, I was actually conceiving how plausible it would be to be like.. a college hobo! That's the best way I can describe it!

I mean, clearly I still have a home with my parents, but I honestly don't plan on going back there all week and wasting a bunch of gas I can't afford and all of my time. Nope! Instead, I'm going to finally do what I wanted to do all along: get a college dorm, except my dorm is the whole damn campus.

I thought to myself: if everyone is sleeping all around campus anyway, what the hell is the point of spending $2000 to have a tiny little dorm. (Well, actually, I still think it'd be pretty rad! =D ) So now, I'm stuffing my locker with clean clothes, bathing supplies, and some non-perishables, and I am just basically living here: the productive center of college learning. There is just so much to do here and so much to learn, even outside of classes, as well as so many people to meet; there is really no reason to leave unless its a weekend. So I'm just not going to.

I am literally going to sleep in the library, on the grass, on the tables and basically where-so-ever I damn-well please! It's going to be fantastic. Annnnd.... lucky you, it gives me something to blog about. So you can follow me and watch my life vicariously! Holy SHIT!

Ok, don't get too excited.

So this morning, after talking with my friend Travis for a rather long time, mostly about a social movement we want to begin to reform education, I ended up going over to Thunder's and stalking his house until he left. It was late enough that I knew it would only be a short matter of time. So I waited in a place where I'd see him and he wouldn't see me, and the moment he left, I ran for the door, unlocked it with my key, went in and grabbed all of my remaining shit that didn't go with me to my parents' house over the weekend and ran the fuck out as fast as I could in very little time at all. In fact, I was rather proud at how efficiently I had gotten the fuck out of there. I knew exactly what I was looking for and where to find it, and I got it without any unnecessary hesitation. I mean, I could have gone over the night before, but I really don't have a huge desire to confront Thunder now or any time in the near future.

Sleeping on Campus is Rad!
After that, my car was actually out of battery. Apparently, it can only sustain the radio and fan for about an hour before it shits on me. Right, right, right... this is the part where Thunder comes in and calls me a dumbass.... moving on... so I got a jump and left.

I got to school after receiving no sleep but somehow still being very energetic from coffee I had consumed many hours ago... in fact, it's been nearly an entire day and I still feel very energetic.... how much freakin coffee did I drink?

So anyway, I went to the library to work on my oral exam answers. I mean, it wouldn't be completely necessary for class, but I like to do absolutely everything the teacher tells me to do with hopes that they have a very good educational reason for assigning it.

In coming out of the library, I saw a table set up, and they were given away free pizza. SCORE! So I got a slice. Then I asked them how long they would be there because what they were doing seemed kind of interesting (sending letters to troops), and for some reason they gave me a whole box of pizza without answering the question. So I ate my slice and thought to just horde it all because for the next week I'm eating nut-bars and other non-perishables. But no... instead I decided it would be a much better idea to share with my classmates, and it was, and at least the teacher was really appreciative.

After that, I found a bench and it rained.... and it rained.... and it RAINED! OMFG it rained!!! It was magnificent. I sang for a while, bellowing my voice as loud as it would carry in the echoing area without losing the quality of sound too much, and I just sat there and sang for like two hours for no apparent reason while it was pouring outside. And it was glorious!

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Some people passed by with odd looks, but a lot of people seemed to appreciate the free serenade. And here I am!

All my crap is stuff into a locker: a whole week's worth of clothes and resources including soaps and food to last me until Friday night / Saturday. This shall be very exciting and very interesting, and I hope nobody shanks me in my sleep like Isaac suggested someone might. >=3


(yea, that's an actual picture of my locker right now.)

Thunder, Thunder, Thunder... Oh, Look! It's Raining.

Okay, so I guess I ought to give some back story to start out. Nearly a month ago, I posted a rant on my blog about my roommate Thunder. After given some time to cool off, I decided it was a bit uncalled for; so I deleted it.

Well as it turns out, he somehow came to hear about this rant (most likely through those signed up to receive email updates!--you should sign up... I mean, what are YOU missing out on ;] ). And Saturday, he called me like four times (which isn't unusual, but due to the fact that I had other plans already and didn't particularly feel like talking to him, I just ignored it all four times. Then, when I woke up Sunday morning, I received several texts saying don't talk shit about people on the internet and that he was a way better musician and what-have-you.

And initially, I thought it was a lot worse than it was. I thought Oh my god, what did I say in that thing? I must have really just let go and said some horrible things. So today, I decided to go searching for it in an email account that receives updates through email, and I read it; and as I did so, I just kept thinking, Oh my god! This is hilarious! And I didn't really say anything untruthful or that was too much of a personal attack through the majority of the whole thing. The most I did was point out how he was demonstrating ass-a-holic behavior through being a frugal, self-serving opportunist; I didn't go out of my way to distort the truth at all. Sure I used harsh language to demonstrate how I felt, but fuck! who cares?

In fact, the only thing I could really find that was out of line was this one line somewhere near the very end:
Even despite all of his recent musical training, I've still got way more training, talent, and knowledge than he does.
And to be honest, I actually think that is true... well, mostly. I definitely have more training. THAT is and indisputable fact. Let's face it: I've taken choir nearly my entire life up until the end of Freshman year, I've studied several instruments in one of the top AZ schools, including 4 years of piano, 3 years of violin, and a year of saxophone elsewhere. I continued to study music at PC, going through all 4 stages of both guitar and piano, as well as taking a semester of private lessons for violin. And most importantly, by the time I had even met Thunder I had more musical training in that time prior than he has accumulated in his entire musical pursuit.

So that part is true. Talent... well, that is very subjective. That is such an overwhelmingly normative statement that would vary from observer to observer. However, I can honestly say with a high degree of certainty that I do I believe I perform better than him in many areas of music.

The one I definitely can say I don't whole-heartedly believe is that I have more knowledge. I could argue one way or the other. I mean, I have had nearly a lifetime of experience, but he has been taking some pretty pro-baller theory classes. So just for a lack of knowing for certain, I'll take that one back. I guess a list of three just sounds better than a list of two.

But honestly, that was unnecessary. I didn't need to go there. I could have just left that out and left it to a discourse of how he acts like an utter prick to me, and especially me for no apparent reason what-so-ever. I feel completely justified in calling him out and saying he's a dick, or even just sitting here behind a computer screen and ranting on to a seemingly anonymous, but apparently not completely, but at least there is someone out there actually reading this nonsense, audience.

I mean, let's be fucking honest here! I can name a million things that Thunder has done that was asshole-ish toward me, and although at times I've probably done things to him from time to time, I'm just not the sort of person who likes to exchange assholes with another man. It just doesn't seem right. So like the passive-neutral person I tend to be (but apparently not always), I just kind of sat back and took it until I had definitely decided in my mind that yes, Thunder is the biggest asshole I have ever met.

Here is just a short list which captures only brief moments of how he is a total douchebag to me:
  1. Ass-facing: when I would sleep sometimes, and even after explicitly expressing my displeasure to being subjected to that, or any for that matter, ass-a-holic behavior while I am asleep, he had continued to pull down his pants and stick his asshole directly in my face while I was asleep. Of course, I did have an opportunity to get back at him once when we were drinking and he tried to pull down my pants (which were pajama bottoms), and I just kind of sat down where he was and smothered his face between my two meaty butt-cheeks. Mmm... delicious!
  2. Another case in point is that he always uses harsh language with me, despite the fact that I've tried to express on several occasions that I don't particularly like to be called dumbass, or other such things.
  3. On multiple occasions, he has directly said or suggested things like: you got to take what girls you can get because of your physical shape or because he thinks I can't get women. Granted, I am out of shape (working very hard on that) and I really have had only two relationships, only one of which was sexual. However, I realize my limitations just in being me. And honestly, I think I'm a pretty good catch other than my slight pudge and the fact that I don't keep a job or have income. He didn't really say it in a gentle way either, and I honestly felt on these occasions that he was saying to be a dick.
  4. His self-righteous claim to his money as a means of manipulation, as touched on by the previous rant. He honestly walks around as though he deserves to have $3000 of government money handed to him for free, as though he had honestly done something to earn it, despite the fact that he is in all respects a very average student, with meager grades, few academic course, most of which he seems to fail or drop out of, and not redeeming academic achievements. Where as I have maintained a near-4.0 (that is, upper 3. range), have participated in many extra-curricular academic programs, including honor's, and am actively pursuing more academic involvement. What the fuck are you doing Uncle Sam? Don't waste your time with these average students! Give me some fucking money!
Again, I can go on, and on, and fucking on... but what the fuck is the point? I'm just pointing out here that I'm not total bullshit! I have actually events that occurred to back this up. I don't think anyone would deny that things things are true, if of course you hold the personal insults.

I haven't really said anything too bad about him that wasn't true, other than that one fucking thing (which he's got to bitch and moan about), and here I am having to explain myself all over again.

So that's it! He's a douche and I don't want to be friends with him because he's a douche. He said something to the effect of I can't talk to him in person and that I have to slander him on the internet, but no... not really. In fact, I deleted it. I just don't want to talk to him because he's a douche, and I've given him many years of indicators that I don't like being treated like that way, and if he honesty believes or believed that all his asshole-ness wouldn't eventually lead to me not wanting to be friends with him... well, then I guess he's just dumber than I thought.

And if he reads this: I'm glad! It's fun being a dick for once.

Ta ta!


Shut Your Fucking Face, Fucker!

Is so much vulgarity necessary for a blog title? Perhaps not. But you know, it sure makes me feel a lot better. In fact, it makes me so much better, I'm going to give you pictures this time! Remember that? When I used to give you pictures?

Ok.... now what the hell did that have to do with anything? It's just some random picture about vaginas and it has absolutely nothing to do with--- OMG! SHUT YOUR FUCKING FACE, FUCKER!

No, but on a serious note... I just feel like saying that to people. Perhaps, a particular person..... Who knows. I guess, I'm tired of taking shit from my new roomy, and since I doubt anyone keeps up with this thing anyway, and because anyone who does doesn't really give a fuck, I guess I'll just come out and say it: my roommate is a fucking asshole. Yea, Thunder. That roommate. In fact, laying in the grass and enjoying the essence of my youth, I was contemplating that perhaps instead of being a passive neutral party like I am with everybody else's conflicts and like I am whenever anyone does anything wrong to me... instead of that, maybe *I* want to be an asshole for once. Maybe I just want to sock him in the face sometimes (perhaps suffocate him after he pushes me off the bed with his ass) and just point my finger assertively in his general direction, and while performing some homo-sexual captain planet bullshit, pull out my best deep manly voice and declare: "SHUT YOUR FUCKING FACE, YOU STUPID FUCK!" Yea, that needed bolds. It's like how Louis C. K. needs to stop to hate people with his entire body, I need to bold my letters to get my point across.

I guess I'm just tired of his shit. For instance, when we'd go to a bar, Thunder would ask everybody for drinks. In fact, he would practically demand it. He would be like, "Dude, buy me a drink." And what ends up happening is that they do. But when he has money or he has booze or anything, or even just food, he says fucked up shit like, "Dude, let's see you pay for something for once." We're talking about a guy who gets the majority of his money from his mom, and the rest from FAFSA which is free money given to him for no apparent reason just because his mom makes little enough annually that he can qualify for that; meanwhile, I have to pay four times the amount of tuition, get less generous help from my parents, absolutely no FAFSA and can't even qualify for a Pell Grant. Thunder is just an arrogant, stuck up, selfish piece of shit sometimes, and I think the more and more I think about it, the more I begin to realize that.

But what really ticked me off today was that he assumed I would go pick him up after school (nothing unusual) and then after I told him I couldn't make it (because he wanted to be picked up at 8:30 and I had other plans), he decided to say:

Okay thats fine i will just wait. you know i let you sleep on my bed and my mom is letting you live rent free.
Followed by my reply:
Dude, if I can't make it, I can't make it. It has nothing to do with if I feel like it.
And him:

Yeah and i was just letting you know. . .

It has never been my responsibility to pick him up every day. I said I would do so when I could, and definitely not until I have done everything that I need to do (homework, meetings, et cetera). Despite the fact that Thunder thinks that his full schedule of music classes are hard work (hahahaha! Please!), I'm at a real university now, taking 16 ACADEMIC courses, complete with socializing, school events, and student organizations. I'm sure he's busy and whatever, but he's total bullshit if he thinks I can just be available to him whenever he needs me to.

And I have always been cool towards him, but I am seriously getting tired of him always calling me a dumbass, asserting his asshole perspective of the world (like telling you that you wanted to have some of his food when you didn't just because he offered), and pretending like he's some kind of virtuoso just because he's a music major now. Even despite all of his recent musical training, I've still got way more training, talent, and knowledge than he does.

UGH! I'm just fed up.... and so, I think I'm just done with Isidro Thunder Lightning Gali. From now on, I think I'm just going to live actually on campus through the week and at my parents' house on the weekends. Its not like I ever do anything besides study during the week anyway... why not just live ON campus? I've got a locker in the gym, and I can just take a shower in there and keep some clean close. All I would need is some soaps and things and some food from my folks.

This will definitely be an interesting semester. And if it's not, I will be damned.



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Take As Much As You Please, But Give Back What You Take!

College is a very giving process. Although it *feels* like we're the one's doing all the giving (especially with those high tuition rates, sheash!), in reality, our schools and our government is actually the one being the most generous.

Every semester you attend college, the government is actually providing the school with a lot of that money. In fact, the government supplies millions of dollars a year. According to a statistic I quickly looked up just now, ASU can receive as much as $104 million per academic year from the state alone. To put this in perspective, with approximately 100,000+ students attending ASU state-wide, that is about $500 per semester per student.

That may not sound like a lot when you are paying $4,000 per semester, but you also have to consider how many federal grants, scholarships, loans, and other federal aid goes out every year to students. All-in-all, I would wager a good deal of money that any student picked at random was receiving government aid in one or more of these forms; I know I am!

Furthermore, just consider how much all your teachers put into their classes. Certainly there is always one or two professors that have probably been doing this for a few too many years, by which I mean they just honestly don't give a shit, but even a lot of the worst teachers still try really hard to give you a good education. I would say with a great deal of certainty that at least 90% of the teachers I have had since starting college 3+ years ago have all been very enthusiastic to help my classmates and me understand their subjects.

Where am I getting at with all this?

Well, I'm just saying, given that so much effort has gone in to helping us get where we need/want to be, shouldn't we do the right thing by giving back a little? I think that every student who graduates from any college or university should feel some personal obligation to either volunteer, teach, or at least donate to their school to show their appreciation. Every graduate who has found their niche and made it big should try to give back to the society that gave them so much so that other people might be happy and successful too someday. And most importantly, everyone who has the propensity to do so ought to create new jobs with fair wages and a strong commitment to being a community and not just a business. As recipients of greater knowledge, we should find ourselves to have a greater responsibility to enrich the lives of everyone around us and not to further just our own means. We should freely give that knowledge that we worked so hard to obtain to those who have not yet tried to obtain it so that they may be enlightened and inspired to pursue greater things. It is time to own up to the responsibility of being in the top percentile of society.

It's time to make the world a better place to live!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Arizona State University: The New American Univerisity

Arizona State University has been a unique college since I have known. ASU refers to itself as "The New American University." But what does this actual mean?

As one of the leaders in college innovation, ASU constantly searches for new ways to improve its education. While it makes some poor decisions, especially when it comes to budget--like cutting teachers instead of downsizing administration--ASU has adopted some attitudes that most universities wouldn't dream of. One of these is that ASU has a huge acceptance rate. In fact, I don't know anybody who has actually been turned away! But is this a good thing?

With four campuses and 70,000 students on the main campus alone, ASU is easily one of the nation's largest schools. However, with open doors and filled-up seats, can ASU really hope to sustain such expansion?

One major problem that arises is campus housing. As a requirement, all Freshmen must live on campus unless given a special pardon. With increasing numbers in each of the Freshmen classes, this is only one of the many problems which may create some difficulty. And what about land? After a while, ASU will run out of room to expand into.

Another problem is that as the enrollment increases, there is a growing demand for new technology. As it is, on a busy day, it can be very difficult to find a computer. And due to a strict budget, updates can only come so fast. So computers are left slow, and as they are loaded up with new technology and new programs, they seem to get slower and slower.

This isn't necessarily all-bad, though. There are a lot of good aspects of being in such a rapidly expanding campus. One of those aspects is that you get a huge diversity of cultures. I'm not sure if other campuses tend to have a lot of students from so many parts of the world, but I am confident that on any given day, I can meet 3 different people from 3 different countries. In my opinion, this adds much-needed diversity that helps to improve people's experiences and to learn about other cultures. It also gives me more hope for Arizona. With more educated and skilled workers, Arizona is bound to make up for its economic failures in the past with growing markets, so long as AZ can retain them.

I don't necessarily know what it means to be a New American University, but from my experience, whatever that means is working.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Farce Side Comedy Show of Arizona State University

One day, walking around the Memorial Union at ASU, I heard a commotion coming from downstairs. "Get down here for a free comedy show!" someone announced over a microphone. How can you pass up an invitation like that? I went down stairs and saw my very first Farce Side Comedy show.

Ever since then, I have been a huge fan. These guys are absolutely hilarious! It's like Saturday Night Live when it was still funny. hahaha.

This semester, I actually have class during their day-time performance, but every friday at the MU AfterDark, they have both stand-up comedy and improv.

Check it out!


Friday, September 24, 2010

All Nighter Because I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane

Ok, so I just had a bunch of QT's high-octane energy drink. I don't know what high-octane means, but I can assure you that it is pretty potent stuff. I feel all cracked out like I've had 3 shots of espresso!!!

But seriously, I'm actually thinking of staying up all night because tomorrow, my brother is leaving back to Washington because he's only here temporarily on leave from the Army. But it's not so bad; he works on helicopters and tends not to get shot at, unless you count his sergeants occasionally shooting evil stares at him for not being absolutely perfect in every way. It seems they have a way of being nit-picky.

Anyway, I do have a test tomorrow, and since I don't have French tomorrow due to my teacher taking a trip of her own to a family reunion, and thereby I was left with only one class tomorrow, I was thinking of just skipping school and hanging out with Joe until he has to go. However, as it turns out, the one class that I was considering not going to I actually have an exam in. That is all fine seeing as how I would end up going there later anyway for the gym and for the MU AfterDark.

All in all, pretty awesome stuff. I'll let you know what's going on...


Monday, September 20, 2010

Model United Nations Fire Alarm in the MU at ASU

Last Thursday was yet another amazing meeting for the Model United Nations of Arizona State University. Despite starting late, due to a fire alarm, we ended up getting a lot done.

We've almost sold all of our Jamba Juice cards, we have a tabling event tomorrow (which I regretfully cannot make it to due to family arrangements), and we've got a restaurant event coming up. It's pretty cool.

So far, Russell (AKA NuNu) and Isaac haven't shown very much interest in the organization. NuNu was going to participate, but after realizing that there is in fact actual work involved, he opted not to. Jonathan, however, whom I like to call Jonathan Masters (due to the fact that he got his Master's degree at age twenty), he said that he was still very interested in helping out the organization even if he's not allowed to participate. I sincerely hope that he is able to come with us. He's quite well versed in the art of Model United Nations, and this is definitely one of his passions; however, unfortunately, due to the fact that he's currently a student, it's kind of up in the air. However, if in the case that he were to take even one class (regardless of what it was) for next semester, he could most certainly come with us. Unfortunately, he's been too busy with work to attend the meetings.

That is just one of the many things going on at ASU currently, and for the sake of completeness, I will simply end this now and talk about other things at a later date. I am highly considering writing here every day like I used to (last semester), but it can be a huge commitment sometimes; so we'll see.



Saturday, September 11, 2010

MU Afterdark at Arizona State University

Yesterday, I had an awesome night!
I went to ASU's MU Afterdark, which is a weekly even that happens every Friday on campus at around eight. It started off with a huge tv where they showed Toy Story 3; then, I went to a poetry reading where they read some poetry that was really great. I don't think I've ever heard such good poetry readings before.

After that, they had a comedy show, which was absolutely hilarious, and I ended up heading down to the game area. There, they have arcade machines, billiards, ping pong, bowling, and other such things. There were so many people, and it was lots of fun. I met a really cool group of people in particular, an Egyptian, a Brazilian, and a Columbian. We played ping pong for a while, and after they left, I went and played a game of bowling, getting a 111!

It was awesome. If you're ever at ASU or in Tempe, you should definitely check it out.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Quit Turning Off on Me!

Damn phone!
I don't know why, but it seems like my battery for my phone has completely given out on me. Lately, I haven't been able to hold conversations for more than a few minutes (sometimes seconds), send long text messages or even take pictures. If I am able to do any of these things, it is still very limited. It's not that the battery doesn't hold charge, it does! It seems to simply be that my battery is unable to transmit that charge into my actual phone. This sucks especially when you have to call up the court house for information or try to locate a community service place, and it definitely doesn't help that a lot of places on ASU campus are complete dead zones, using up extra amounts of battery. Even to send my friend, Isaac, a simple text like "Are you going to the gym?" or like today: "Gym?" can be a difficult and long battle with my phone. Fortunately, I'm getting a new battery tomorrow.

In other news, it's Friday! Sunday is my 22nd birthday. Oh boy! The first of my non-significant birthdays. What do I have to look forward to now? Oh... I can rent a car at 25! Woohoo! Wait... no... i'm poor. Oh, I could get FAFSA when I'm 24! Oh wait... I probably won't even need it anymore by that point... crap.... well, I guess there really isn't anything special about being older than 21. Lame!

On the flip side, my brother is coming back from the Army on the 13th (that's Monday), and I can at least have an awesome time celebrating the next pointless year of my existence. We're planning on going to George and Dragon (an English pub), and then Lazar Quest later (Woot! Drunken LQ!).

Model United Nations is also going very excellent. We recently had a club meeting (which was somewhat more productive than the first) yesterday at the MU, and now we've just got to start working towards the MUNFW, including raising a whopping $25,000 (assuming that we aren't getting any funding from the school, which we might, but we have to make sure we have the funds).

Speaking of the MU, tonight, at ASU, like on every Friday, they are holding their weekly MU Afterdark, which is an event to... I guess help us relax and have fun? Idk... they have comedy shows and bowling and even dance lessons; so it's pretty awesome. It'll definitely be fun.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Searching for More ASU Wonders on the Temp Campus

Along with lot 59, there are several other places on campus that are worth noting. For one, the fountains over by the business building. This is one of the more well-known areas. But some places that ASU students don't always know about are the secret garden and the secret green house.

The secret garden is a place located inside of McClintock Hall, which is a former residence hall made into classrooms. In order to get there, you have to actually go under the building. It's full of shade and lots of flowers and greenery. It's absolutely beautiful and very tranquil and even has a fire place.

The other place is the Secret Green House, which I haven't had a chance to experience yet (but tried rather hard). It's located on top of the life sciences building. The marvel of the Green House is that you can get an amazing view of the entire campus. Unfortunately, the green house is a tool of biology students which they use for research. Thus, it's not a place you can just get to. You have to find someone with a key. I have yet to see this place personally, but I hope to experience it soon.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

What is in a "Running Naked" Mixed Alcoholic Drink?

The elusive Running Naked.

I have been to several bars, a good many more than ever  before in the past couple months (due to some of my friends recently turning 21). I found one drink in particular that has me baffled. It is called a "Running Naked." What is this drink? What is in it?

Edit: Well, the recipe has been found! Click here to get the Running Naked Mixed Drink Recipe!

From observation, it looks like a series of liquors and perhaps other beverages are put into a glass and topped off with a dark beer. It is absolutely delicious and totally worth paying $10 in tempe to get it. However, I can't find it on any list of known mixed drinks. Is this a new drink exclusive to Tempe? If so, this is definitely worth exploring further. Next time I'm at a bar that I know serves one, I will make sure to get that drink first so that I am sober enough to observe as many ingredients as possible.

As it is, I can't find it on my friends phone, several websites, and other bars around the Maricopa area haven't seemed to heard of it at all. Comparatively, if you want an interesting drink with a strong alcohol content and a good flavor, I have discovered that a 5-Star General is a good 2.5 shot mixture consisting of:
  • Minze (no idea what this is... help?)
  • Jagermeister
  • Bacardi 151
  • Goldschlager and
  • Tequila
If anyone finds out more about the "Running Naked," please let me know. I absolutely must know what goes into this drink. I know that the bar on the second-story balcony of Mill Avenue serves them, but I'm not sure where else they are available.


Liberal Arts vs. Hard Sciences: Descrimination and Pregidous

As a Political Science major, some of my friends of other majors have poked fun at the "soft" nature of social sciences, political science included. My one friend, Isaac, he is an engineering major. He deals with math and physics, chemistry and thermal dynamics, the like and more. All of my friends that poke fun at soft sciences do so in a playful manner; even so, it got me thinking...

After reading one book in one of my political science classes that compared social science to genetics, as well as other practices of the "hard" sciences, I began to think of social sciences as a probability science. Social sciences that study the whole in particular are, much like hard sciences, empirical and rational. The difference is that when you drop a ball, you will never expect it to go up unless forces other than gravity are acting upon it. For social sciences, we can assume the same thing about certain principles of society. There are some things in society (like birth rates) that tend to remain uncannily steady throughout decades, and other things can allow us to know the empirical probability of one scenario occurring.

The most important thing to remember is that, as a political science major, I might very well end up in office one day. There, I would be in charge of many administrative powers, including but not limited to, the facilitation and regulation of, about and in dealing with new innovations. Those innovations are the products of the hard sciences; regulations and implementation of those innovations is the product of social science. In a sense, any person who is in the position of administrative political authority is indirectly the supervisor of those people who are in the "hard sciences" field.


Friday, August 27, 2010

I Got Cited on Mill Avenue for Urinating in Public and Proceeded to Get a Traffic Violation

The semester is rolling forward quite nicely. My classes aren't much harder this semester; the knowledge gained from previous semesters contributes to my ability to understand new concepts in my higher level classes. However, I am still a good deal busier this semester than in previous ones. This is mostly do to a personal ambition which is driving me to work hard and understand my materials, even before the class arrives at that point. This, in turn, will undoubtedly make the latter part of the semester much easier, so much so that I may end up just taking a breather for a week or two when that time comes around.

On top of school and other problematic responsibilities, I'm still feeling the heat from my traffic violation and my citation for... er... urinating in public! Yea, that's right. I was drunk up on Mill and got slammed with the consequences of not holding it in. Oh well! That makes for a more interesting and colorful college experience. After all, if everything was always fine and dandy, I'd most likely have to create chaos just to appease my excitement-hungry attention span. Of course other things could make life more interesting in positive ways, but as of so far, it's mostly just bad.

However, I'm already signed up for my defensive driving course, and I'm scheduled to do some community service tomorrow. That all in sight, I might have this whole issue out of my hair in just a matter of days. The last piece to the puzzle would be to get my dad to help me out on the "failure to wear a seat belt" charge which is utter crap anyway.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Computers in the Library Are All Full! Dammit ASU! Get Your Shit Together!

Its another glorious day with triple digit temperatures. Just about everyone here, including myself, is crossing their fingers that it will soon stop being so smoldering hot here.

Everything in my classes is going fine, and so far, I love ASU just as much as I did last semester. I'm still waiting around for the first official Model United Nations of Arizona State University meeting; however, as of now, there is no word on it.

I suppose the only thing I can really complain about is how awful the computers are at ASU. Today, I went into the library to go and do some studying and related things and went to the new computer overflow area, but for reasons unexplained, they decided that today was a good reason to close it. I'm fine with them closing it; it's probably for a good reason like cleaning or something related. However, shouldn't they specify a bit so that it's a little less frustrating that my favorite computer hotspot is unavailable.

Looking at the other options, I quickly realized that all the bottom-level computers were taken up and was forced to go find some random computer on higher floors (of which there aren't many). Alternatively, I could have gone out in the heat and searched around for another computer place (like the COOR building or the computer commons), but all-in-all, I would probably have rather forgone the computer entirely and just stuck to doing work I can do without one.

For as many students as ASU has and for how much it costs to go here, you think they could at least try doing us the favor of figuring out how to make the computers start up in less than 10 minutes or instead of spending thousands of dollars on uprgading all the systems to Windows 7 trying to make computers more available on campus.

It's not really a big deal, to be honest. Despite how few computers there actually are per student, there typically tends to be at least one or two computers available at all times, despite all the random idiots sitting their on facebook for 2 hours straight hogging up the interwebs for themselves while people that actually have something they would like to get done, like myself, have to sit and wait for their dumb ass to stop commenting on people's status, which probably could be just as easily done over text messages. (fuckers!)


Saturday, August 21, 2010

10 Easy Tips for Surviving ASU and Getting Good Grades in College

  1. Buy Your Books Early: For most people, I imagine that by the time that you are reading this, it's probably already too late, but it's never too late to plan for the next semester. I got my books early over the Summer and I am already quite some ways ahead of the class. This will give me some free time to just relax and not have to worry about falling behind. This, of course, can be problematic if you aren't sure if you're class is going to keep/use the text or if you anticipate that you might want to change classes later.
  2. Pace Your Reading: Assuming you're anything like me, despite having, perhaps, buying your books early, you haven't actually completed the reading. Perhaps, also like me, some of your classes told you your books later rather than earlier. Either way, it's good to pace your reading. In particular, try and spend some time after all your classes are done every day to do a bit of studying before you head home. This might be something you might want to also plan for in your schedule.
  3. Take Notes in Class: This is really obvious, but the honest truth is that people simply don't do it, especially if they don't like the class. However, you wouldn't believe how much it helps! The act of taking notes helps to utilize more and varied parts of your brain and to help retain information later.
  4. Type Your Notes and Share Them: It also helps to take your written notes and type them up. This will give you an extra opportunity to review them while, once again, utilizing more of your brain, and it will give you the opportunity to share them with classmates in hope they will reciprocate in case you need it.
  5. Add Classmates / Get Contacts: Being able to get a hold of classmates can really help. It will make it easier to go to class because you know more people there and you will always have someone to rely on if you miss something or need help understanding something.
  6. E-Mail Your Teachers: Whether you need help or whether you're just getting to know them better, emailing your teacher can be really helpful. If you don't talk to your teacher, you're not going to get any sympathy if you have trouble completing an assignment.
  7. Stay Hydrated: Ugh! Being dehydrated at ASU just makes you tired and lazy. If you want to stay productive and on top of things, it's essential to drink water basically every chance you get.
  8. Gather Research Before You Write Your Thesis: Many people start with a thesis and try to find supporting evidence for it; instead, you should take the subject of your paper, turn it into a question, and find information about it. Then, write your thesis. It makes so much more sense and actually ends up being a lot easier.
  9. Know Your Campus: Free food! Nothing is better than free food. But there is also great entertainment and other exciting things going on all the time; and if you ever want to make the best of your college experience, you got to do some exploring.
  10. Relax: Take a break every now and then. You want to find a definite stopping point in your studying, but once you get to those stopping points, you really need to find something you like to do or just relax.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Second Day of School

Here we are again. It's the second day of school, and once again, I arrived on campus late. I was up partying with friends the night before, and I didn't even wake up to my alarm on my phone, or perhaps it could be the case that I didn't set it at all. However, I was awoken to the sounds of my new roommate's brother knocking on the door looking for a lint roller. That's not usually the way that one would like to be woken up, nor the kind of reasons that one might think justifiable for such a disturbance, but I was glad. I rushed into the shower and out the door and managed to make it to class a mere 15 minutes late, which is fine seeing as that was the first time that I had that class.

Next, I have French. There is a significant gap in between this class and the next, or at least there is today because we got out early. I don't know how I'll like Emperical Political Inquiry, but at least my teacher is nice.

So far, my other teachers from today, Professor Happel and Professor Espino (you have to at least show them the respect of putting their title before their name, common!), they are actually pretty cool. I really look forward to having them for this next semester. They seem to really know their stuff--Professor Espino, for instance, even though he seems kind of young, taught at Michigan (or some state with an "M") State and was teaching advanced grad students (those seeking their doctorate)--and they both seem very enthusiastic about their class, which should make it very interesting and fun.

My other teacher Professor Okechukwu Iheduru for my Tuesday and Thursday International Political Economy class, which is a 400 level class, apparently is a dr. I haven't had a chance to meet him yet because of our tardiness yesterday, but I look forward to checking out his class next Tuesday, even though he seems to have received only average ratings on the rate my professor thing.

Well, before I get in trouble, as if it weren't already too late, I'm gonna cut this short and maybe head to the gym.

Oh! One more thing: yesterday, next to the MU which is a huge building consisting of food, recreation, and conference rooms (all in one!), they were playing this really awesome music over the speakers that was made from chiming bells. It was rather reminiscent of  Final Fantasy, particularly Final Fantasy VIII (debate-ably the best of the series) which totally made my day kick ass, as I sat there and day dreamed I was some amazing video game character. Hahaha! Dude.... I'm so lame...


Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day of Fall 2010 Classes

Alright, we're back! It's been a long Summer, and I left you guys high and dry, but other than my own crazy stunts, I didn't have much to tell you guys about.

It's August 19th, the first day of Fall classes, and it is really hot. It rained like two days ago and that combined with the sprinklers that ASU needs to keep their plants hydrated, it was also very humid.

On the plus side, I woke up today (after 2 hours of sleep) and got a ride from Russell and a carne asada burrito. So I don't really see how this could be a bad day.

The ticket for the urinating in public has already been set up for me to pay my dues with 5 hours community service and $90. Not the worst thing that could have happened, but for a poor, unemployed college student such as myself, it can be a little bit taxing... especially when I've got school to worry about on top of it.

I figure I'm probably going to have to come clean with my parents... or at least my dad... about the other ticket--failure to stop at a red light (common! I didn't know that I had to make a complete stop before making a right turn; cut me some fuckin' slack!).

But other than that, I've moved in with my friend Thunder, we're living up the college life, and life is smooth sailing at the moment.

The first day of classes went really well, too. Russell and I actually missed our first class, due to some traffic and parking issues, as well as general lateness; so I'm kind of left in the dark as to how that teacher is until Tuesday of next week, but I also got to go to my Congress class that I was very excited about and my Economics class that I was also highly anticipating, which is also my first auditorium class with 300+ students.

On top of that, I've got a list of 2 other POS (political science) classes and French. Good stuff, or at least I hope it will be.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Just Can't Get a Break

School is starting in little over a week; I'm moving out of my parent's house and in with a friend; and I've got some time to serve!

It seems that tuition really is getting out of hand. Not only do I not have money left over after my loan, I am actually short on how much I need, which means that I have to stay in the fetal position at my parents' feet to hope that they are generous enough to throw a little money my way so I can pay off the rest of my tuition, buy a bus card, and even just to get a $30 locker to put my crap in while I'm at school. This would have all been a beautiful, easy-going, happy experience if the government weren't so damn stingy. Don't they know that, if nothing else, I'm at least SUPPOSED to pay back my student loans at some point? So why are they getting me a limit to how much I can take out?

To make matters worse, as if it were any kind of surprise or anything new, I haven't heard back from a single scholarship I applied for. It's like that long job-application process where you spent the entire day wandering around a shopping center needlessly filling out the same information over and over again, in approximately the same order, but for some reason, they all believe that they actually need a separate form. Then, after a hard day's worth of work, you go home watch some cartoons on the tele and never hear back from them again. And, in the off chance that you do, it's usually just to let you know that the position is already filled.

At the same time, I suppose it will be, if nothing else, a decent experience living with friends again. Although my previous adventures of living with other people has gone horribly wrong, including 3 of my friends from Phoenix College and an ex girlfriend, I can at least rest assured knowing that ASU will practically be my private get-away, as not many of my friends go there, and the ones that do don't ever really get on my bad side, scold me, or make me wish that I had a vortex in some space-time continuum that I could hide away my soul and play dead.

I look forward to the next semester, but it seems every year about this time, it's the same thing--how the fucking hell am I suppose to pay for everything? As it is, I am short two books that I don't have and might not ever get a chance to get, which is alright because this early in the game, it's three books more than I'm used to having, but it can be very difficult to make it through a semester when you don't even know what it was you were supposed to have read.

To make things all the more interesting, on top of the fact that I probably don't have the time or the gas to do so, I was up in Tempe having a good time, when seemingly out of nowhere, a cop came upon Thunder and myself enjoying a little tinkle behind some closed-down parking garage. Luckily, we only got "urinating in public," but that means that I'm probably going to be doing some community service in the near-future to wipe this seemingly insignificant charge off my record. This is almost as ridiculous as that time that I got a ticket for having my headlights off and had to spend the entire day waiting in line at the courthouse just so I could tell the judge that my headlights were in fact in a working condition and she could spend a whole 20 seconds telling me that she'll take it clean off my record.

I expect that this Fall will be full of excitement and perhaps the occasional headache. Wish me luck!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Alright, School is Almost Here

And I still don't know how I'm going to pay for it! Yeep!

So almost all of my tuition (minus $83) will be covered by my student loans, while my dorm room simply won't be. I signed up for it some time back, and I figured I would get the loans to cover it. That was back before I knew that it has a maximum on it, which just so happens to be... well... my whole tuition. Which means, I'm left to pay for room and board on my own.

So now, I've gone and canceled the $2,000 food plan (fuck eating anyway!), and I've even looked into canceling the room reservation, but it so happens that I will be out $600-700 just by doing that, and if I'm gonna be forking out that kind of money, I might as well just fork out the whole $2000 and at least have my own place to stay!

Either way, I'm gonna have an extra $83 not covered by my loans, gas and car insurance payments I can't make (which won't be so necessary if I have a dorm, but either way I'll need a public transportation pass and/or a parking pass which is way expensive!), a $125 non-refundable housing confirmation fee, and two more classes to buy books for, not to mention I'm going to probably perpetually owe my dad money for the rest of my life! And that's just the basics of it all.

I'm not even sure if I have a dorm, though! They might have filled up, and I haven't received any information at all. I will soon though. They'll either tell me, hey, you're living here now. Or they'll tell me, yea... we don't got shit for you. Either way, it's gonna suck for me because on the one hand, I get to live on campus, live out the semester, and even if I can't afford to eat anything, will at least have a jolly good time; but on the other hand, I'll only have to pay the $125 of that $2000 fee but may not be able to attend school again for a long time because of a lack of being able to pay that off.

I think if it really came down to it, I'd probably just take out a private loan with the intention of never paying it off, and then I'd just have bad credit and collectors after me for the rest of my life, and I'd be like, "kiss my ass!" because I've got goals in live, and I'm not gonna let those butt-sniffers stand in my way!

Either way... no matter what happens... I sure hope my parents are nice enough to bail me out... or anyone for that matte. And there's always the chance one of those scholarships will come through for me! =D But then again....

Let's just wait and see. I'll let you guys know as soon as I do.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

How It All Began

Okay, so I realized the other day, this is actually my second near-death experience. The first wasn't as traumatic though. The first time was when I had stayed awake for several days and then attempted to drive home, but what ended up happening is that I fell asleep on the freeway at 65mph and woke up to a wall of stopped cars!--(Damned Arizona freeways!) With that one, I woke up just in time to slam on my breaks and avoid a "major" accident, but still managed to screech into the back of someone's bumper. Dang!

This new one is just as much my fault as the last one. It was caused by a lack of regard for safe situations and and underestimating of my own tolerance. It all began when my friend Travis turned 21 last Friday. It was a time to celebrate, of course. There was Everclear in the fridge from who knows when, and everyone seemed to be encouraging me to drink more, especially Thunder who was already getting pretty drunk on his ice tea. I didn't really seem to mind because I figured I'd be trashed by the end of the night anyway. I just had completely seem to forgot how unbelievably potent Everclear actually is. Instead of drinking it like someone ought to drink Everclear, I drank it like it was normal vodka, and after finishing the portable bottle I brought along for the walk and throwing it to the ground, everything went black.

Apparently, during the rest of that time, I suddenly, not gradually, began to stumble about and fall over, followed by chasing some polar bears in need of saving, drooling on people, passing out, and falling into things really hard. Needless to say, after being pushed around, slapped around, thrown into a car like a rag doll, and even handled by few Turkish people that stopped to help, I woke up in the hospital beaten, battered and horribly confused.

I thought I was only ought since the night before. It was 9am, and so I figured I had slept it off, but apparently I had a blood/alcohol level of .34 (4x the legal limit), and was on the verge of death had they not brought me in. So they kept me out until that following Sunday, and then I had to stay a whole extra day, complete with mind numbing drugs, embarrassing bed service, and quite possibly the most traumatic experience of my life. No joke!--They actually gave me a medicine to prevent stomach ulcers specifically because of the trauma that is caused from hospital experiences.

Well, I learned to walk again, I've driven a few times since which hasn't been the same again, and I really was able to see the world more beautifully for at least a few days. But now, I suppose, everything seems kind of back to normal, and except for the fact that I'm still in a lot of pain in a few places and that I have felt extremely dizzy and tired for the past couple days, life seems pretty much the same. I've definitely learned my lesson about drinking hard liquors. I will probably never drink to get drunk again. And most importantly, this whole experience, as horrible and traumatic as it was, has definitely at least brought some excitement to my otherwise dull summer vacation. And that's important.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 2: Waking Up For The First Time

Everything beautiful. Everything new. I walk through this place and recognize all of it, but everything, down to the water on my hands from my shower, is worth observing and is beautiful. Every man ought to feel some ounce of happiness when he observes the beauty of a flower. But even a flower, as naturally beautiful as it is and free to the world which wishes it, has a cost. The time to stop and admire the flower is never spent. There are much better things for a man to spend his time on, he thinks.

At this point, I feel as though I have lived for an eternity. In the literal sense, I have not. Physically speaking, I have only been alive for 21 years and some. Mentally speaking, I probably have the maturity of a child. However, in these last few days alone, I have experienced time in a manner in which I would swear that it wasn't moving at all. I would be constantly astonished at how little time had passed after I had made such an exorbitant effort to have patients, only to discover that time was not on my side.

And even now, and before even, time has always been horribly skewed for me. The phrase "time flies by" rarely has ever made sense to me because to my perception of things, time moves rather slowly in all situations.

Still woozy and sore from my ordeal, I have to have my arm in a weird place to sleep. I'm fairly certain the muscle tissue is damaged and will take a while to heal. Other than that, I am having weird dreams of color-coded go boards and playing go to save my life. Then finding myself in some crazy warehouse over and over again. It's like some kind of perverted torment where I try as hard as I can to get out, but run into yet another puzzle, except the latter is an empty room and I must create something from it.