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.