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13th January 2010
Good intentions vs. procrastination
I had every intention of being an active member of Livejournal when I joined this site. Unfortunately, I am a chronic procrastinator. I have been very busy over the last couple of years, but despite my many responsibilities, when I look at the things I've put off over the years, I feel lazy.
In any case, I am on the verge of finishing my thesis. I completed a statistical analysis (design of experiments) on a computational multi-body knee model in order to optimize the ligament parameters and minimize the model's errors. The experiment has been fairly successful. There have been a number of problems over the last couple of years, and there still are some problems in the model, but my adviser has officially said I've done enough. You would think this is good news, but now comes the part that I dread: writing.
In any case, I must get back to it. Here's hoping I can find a job when this is all over...
21st September 2006
Politics in a nutshell
You scored 63% Personal Liberty and 77% Economic Liberty!
|A libertarian believes in little to moderate government intervention on both personal and economic matters. They generally believe in a government that is small and limited to the extent of protecting people's liberty. They tend to be opposed to war, police powers, victimless crimes, foreign intervention and what they consider to be a welfare state. They support both property rights and self-ownership. More moderate libertarians may use a more utilitarian or gradualist approach, while the more minarchist libertarians allow less room for compromise in a direction that they consider to be away from liberty. Libertarians generally support capitalism as an economic system. Libertarian thought tends to be individualist in nature. |
|My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
||You scored higher than 99% on Personal|
||You scored higher than 99% on Economic|
7th September 2006
Well, life is as busy as ever. Oddly enough, I haven't failed at any of my responsibilities yet! I am hosting a conference a week from tomorrow, that is supposed to be fairly prestigious, and I'm organizing initiations, and I'm managing to get all of my homework done! On the other side, I rarely see my house, but that's to be expected. Well, I have more homework to do now! Yay! I'll try to give more little updates here and there. We'll see how that goes.
18th August 2006
For anyone looking for a laugh, check this out: :
At gizoogle, you can search the internet, like normal, only the results will come up in snoop dogg talk! It is usually really funny. I found it especially amusing to look up bible verses. Below is an example of one I found particulary funny, but I must warn you, it contains extensive use of the F-word. If you've ever heard George Carlin's rant on the F-word, you know what I mean.( snoop dogg version of the F-wordCollapse )
16th August 2006
Really funny link... try this out
Have you ever wondered what it looks like when 12 y/o AOL'ers type? No? Well check this out anyway! : http://ssshotaru.homestead.com/files/aolertranslator.html
It's really funny.
Here's an example:
What I typed: I'm a total wanker. I went to bed at 3 am, and now I'm at work, pretending that I'm not hung over and half asleep.
What I got back: IMM A 2TAL WANKAR!!111!!!! WTF LOL I WENT 2 BD AT 3 M AND NOW IMM AT WORK PRAT3NDNG TAHT IMM NOT HUNG OVER AND HALF ASLEP!1!!!!!1 OMG WTF
3rd August 2006
From www.venganza.org: :
You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.
I'm going to have to start dressing as a pirate more often!!
28th July 2006
|Cute & Small Boobs|
Raw score: 25% Big Breasts, 45% Big Ass, and 68% Cute!
Thanks for taking the T and A and C test! Based on your selections, the results are clear: you show an attraction to smaller breasts, larger asses, and sexier composure than others who've taken the test.
Note that because you scored small on breasts but large on ass size, it might appear you like girls bottom heavy. That's probably not the case. What's more likely is that you notice curvy, voluptuous butts, and you don't like big, fake boobs. Big real boobs are even worse because of the sag.
Anyway, my third variable, "cuteness" is a mostly objective measure of how innocent a given model looked. It's determined by a combination of a lot of factors: lack of dark eye makeup, facial expression, posture, etc. If you scored high on that variable, you are either really nice OR you're into deflowering teens. If you scored low, you are attracted to raunchier, sexier, women. In your case, your higher than average score suggests you appreciate a cuter, nicer look. Kudos!
Recommended Celebrity: Hilary Duff, because she is the ultimate in cute! Especially since she lost that baby fat!
|My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
||You scored higher than 7% on tit-size|
||You scored higher than 45% on ass-size|
||You scored higher than 71% on cuteness|
19th July 2006
Life, and all that stuff
Time for another sporadic entry. I would update more often, but I wouldn't want to overload anyone with my exciting life! :
To bring everyone up to date, I've been having a pretty relaxing summer. I work 40 hours a week at my internship, spending a majority of my time in the sun. When I'm not walking city streets or counting traffic, I go to school. Fortunately, the class I'm taking is a senior level design class, and is interesting to me. We are focused on building a Human Powered Vehicle (aka a bicycle) to take to the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) HPV Challenge. With all of that going on, you may wonder how my summer has been relaxing. For me, the summer break means that I don't have to work on weekends, so the summer is a very relaxing time for me.
For example, I have been able to spend the last 3 weekends at my dad's lake house in the Ozarks. While there I have made remarkable progress in curing myself of a farmer's tan, added some wear and tear to my step-mom's new jet ski, and met a very cool girl.
Well, I will write more later. I must try to act productive for now.
13th July 2006
Your results: : You are Iron Man
||Inventor. Businessman. Genius.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz
26th May 2006
Almost time for bed...
I haven't said anything on my own journal lately, so I am long overdue. Since I just went to see X-Men III I'll give my opinions. :
I am usually pretty picky about movies that come from books (or comic books, they count too) but I have to give more artistic liscence to this series of movies, simply because the comic books span more than 30 years. That and the comic books are not really very consistent themselves. Keeping in mind that I am a big comic nerd myself, I have to say that I rather enjoyed the movie. I do wish they would have stuck to some of the little details better (some of the mutants got improved powers and I'm not sure who some of them were supposed to be). As far as the plot, I was actually surprised how well they pulled it off. It started a little slow, but once it got going it was pretty good. Most of the characters were well developed and the acting was not bad. The worst part about the movie is that I think it left more questions unanswered than answered, so I think an X-Men 4 is possible, though I don't know if that is what they were going for.
I'll close with this. I know for a fact that Need for Speed 3: Tokyo Drift is going to be a horrible movie, but I am still going to go see it. I'm sad, I know.
19th May 2006
Stupid Things People Do
Lately I've been sitting and watching traffic a lot. I'm getting paid to do it, so no complaints here. I have noticed, though, that people in general are horrible drivers. In fact, many of the things that normally annoy me when I'm driving are much more common practice than I thought. For instance, I don't think anyone realizes what the large white stripe in front of an intersection is for. It is interesting to see people pull so far forward that they are completely blocking the cross-walk. What annoys me more though, is the people that stop a full car length behind the white line. I have no idea why people think this is necessary, but it is comical to see people do it over and over again. Then there are the people that are making a right turn when the light is red. I have noticed that many people will sit and stare left, but not move, or they will creep up a little at a time until they finally make a turn. It's as if they expect a car to jump out from behind a bush just as they are taking the turn. I would understand this more if the intersection I was sitting at included a blind turn, but it is a fairly flat intersection with good sight in all directions. Many people just sit there and wait to turn right till the light turns green. There is really nothing wrong with that in the end, but it is fairly comical to watch them. You can see how indecisive they are with every little movement. Another thing that I have noticed are people that will stare at me while they are driving by. Now I'm sure that I look a little odd, sitting by the side of the road in an orange vest staring at traffic, but the people that annoy me are usually taking a right or left turn, and will stare at me through the entire turn. Maybe they have perfected the art of driving without looking, but personally I like to see where I'm going. It is creepy to watch them, watch me, while cruising through a left turn. Most people just give a little double take when they pass me, just a curious glance really, but these people seem like they are studying me. I would really just prefer them to stop and ask me what I'm doing. Well, I think that does it for today. Maybe later I'll come up with more stupid things people do.
3rd March 2006
Life of a Middle Class White Male
I know, I don't ever update... that's just life, I guess. I've had 4 tests in the last 3 weeks, so that pretty much eats up all my time. Spring break starts today, so that should be a nice break, but I know that it won't be. I have 2 homework assignments due after the break, a test the week after the break, a formal lab due after the break, and a poject due after the break, as well as a test two weeks after break, and an Instrumentation project that I need to start working on. Sounds like fun huh? I sometimes wonder if it is all really worth it. I've never been this busy in my entire life. I've lost a lot of time learning how to study and work hard. In public school, I never had to do homework at home, and I never had to study for a test. I could walk into a test completely unprepared and pull an A on it. In college I learned very quickly that things would not be that way. I've had to turn in tests almost completely blank before, because I just had absolutely no idea what they were asking for. It is one of the most embarassing things I have ever had to do. Sometimes I think it would have been nice to pick a degree that doesn't require so much effort. I could have graduated with two liberal arts degrees by now! I just have to keep telling myself that it will all be worth it. One more year and I'll have that fancy piece of paper to hang on my wall. Well, enough bitching for one day. I've got homework to do. :
I know I don't call anyone anymore, so I hope everyone is doing ok. For all the peoples out there that have not seen my house yet, you need to give me a call sometime! I'd love an excuse to fire up the grill!
And for those of you that don't know yet, Iggy (my iguana) is dead. He finally bit the big one. I came home to find him looking sick in the cold corner of his cage, he hadn't touched his food, and so I tried to warm him up and get him to eat, but alas, the next day he had died. RIP Iggy...
19th January 2006
I have no life...
I know, I am horrible about posting. Between work, school and school organizations, I'm surprised that I get anything done at all. I'm heading to Chicago this weekend with ASHRAE, for a national conference. It should be interesting, but I'm missing a week of work for it, so I'm going to pay for it when I get back. Well, I must continue packing so that I am prepared to leave in the mourning... I'll try to update a little more often! PS I'll start working on the website... I honestly haven't thought about it in a while, but I just remodeled the kitchen, so I need to get some photo's up!
5th October 2005
Yes, I'm still alive, no, I have not forgot about my blog, and no, I have not been able to set up my web page yet. Haha. I spend most of my week at school and almost all of my weekend at work. When I was a freshman and sophmore Mechanical Engineering student, all my professors used to warn us that we would have to study around 40 hours a week for our engineering classes. I never took them very seriously. I never had to study before, and I wasn't going to let a little thing like college mess that trend up. Now I wish I had taken them more seriously. I do study about 40 hours a week now. A 10 hour day at school is not uncommon. In fact, I have had two 13 hour days this semester and one 14 hour day. I can't ever remember dreaming of doing homework all day when I was a kid. People say that your college years are the best of your life. While I'm not having a terrible time, this is not what I would call the culmination of my life. If this is the best it gets, I'm in for a really boring life. :
I'm not complaining or anything. I just never thought I would have to stoop to doing homework all day! Such is life. I am starting to wonder why I need a whole house to live in when a single room with a bed would be just fine. It's not like I'm ever home to use the house.
On a lighter note, I just finished watching the DVD "Without a Paddle." It was an ok movie. It was funny in parts, but it tried to be too serious some times. I'm getting tired of funny movies that try to have a message. When I pick up a comedy, I just want to laugh. I could care less about the moral. I don't need a movie with poop jokes to try and tell me to live life to the fullest.
Well, that's all I have for now. I might check out write away, and see if I want to contribute my insight and creativity to something.
10th September 2005
My pirate name...
My pirate name is:
Captain Sam Kidd
Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.
Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!
Ok, so I was going to bed, then I started reading other people's posts. I'm getting there, really!
I'll never drink again...
Ok, so I have said that to myself a time or two over the few years I've been drinking, but I think I mean it this time... (well for this semester anyway, not forever). Some advice to anyone who cares: If a friend offers to pay for your drinks if you can take a shot of Bacardi 151 with out making a face, don't do it, just pay for your own drinks. Especially if you have only had one beer since you arrived at the second bar. :
I guess I should stop airing my dirty laundry for all to see. I keep meaning to get my web site up, but I realized that I don't remember my Comcast username and password. As soon as I can motivate myself, I'll call them and get the information. Then I can put pictures of the house up. I guess that means I should cut the grass and clean so I don't look like a slob in my pictures.
Also, I think I should warn anyone that doesn't know. If you want to get an engineering degree, you should know that it's hard! I have already spend 13 hours in one day at school. That's way too much. I feel like my degree is a 40 - 60 hour a week job and the rest of my life is part time. I feel really lazy when I'm at home, and I just sit around and read a book or play video games, but then I think back to what I do at school, and I realize that I'm just tired. Unfortunately, I enjoy it all in a neurotic sort of way. Well, my head hurts and I have to work in the mourning, so I think I will go to bed.
5th September 2005
I don't wanna...
Here is a list of things I should be doing that I don't want to do: :
Cut the grass
Work at Applebees
Write my lab
Pay the bills
Clean the house
Well, now that I have got that off my chest, I'm going to go play some video games. I'm way too lazy for my own good.
23rd July 2005
Yesterday was busy. I was planning on doing homework after work and nothing else, but that was not to be. I had to make a detour before homework, which was fine. I had time to kill anyway while I waited for Nick to get off of work. Nick is my study buddy. Then I met my cousin so that he could borrow Harry Potter from me. He's too cheap to buy it himself, and I don't blame him. At this point I was wondering if I even wanted to do homework, go figure, but Nick called and I went to do my homework anyway. If it wasn't for studying with Nick, I don't think I'd ever get anything done. After that, I went and played some video games with my brother. If anyone else had wanted to hang out I would have said no, but I hadn't seen Phillip in a week and a half. So I got home and to bed at about 1 am. The problem is that I can no longer sleep in till noon. I am so conditioned to getting up in the mourning that I woke up around 7:30 this mourning. What a drag. Now I think I'm gonna have to mow my lawn. Life is rough: So much to do, to lazy to do it. Maybe someday I'll find my motivation... maybe not. :
Well, I guess I'll try to find it today. It would be nice to FINALLY get the lawn mowed, and I really should clean the house. Hope everyone else's weekend seems great compared to mine... haha, but I'm sure everyone else has cleaning that could be done. Weekends like this remind me how great it was to live with the parents.
22nd July 2005
Ok, so I now have a live journal... let the fun begin!