Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where I am living now.

I’m taking two online classes this semester. One seems pretty awesome and one seems like it will be kind of weird. In that almost every person in it (except for myself) has mentioned that they are married and have kids (seriously, around 5 of them have mentioned they’re pregnant) and are going for a degree that they stopped offering this year and I haven’t heard of. Also whenever I make a joke they don’t realize I’m joking, which is a bit frustrating for such a ridiculous person as myself. And they say things like "I look forward to interacting with you in the future," and honestly, who talks like that?
But the awesome class looks fairly interesting. Perhaps a tad dry at times, as it is about social legislation and the like, but overall fascinating. I was just working on it now. I have a 20-page research paper due in a few months about the Social Security Act of 1935, so I was reading the Social Security Act of 1935. But then that started giving me a headache, so I decided that it would be less headachy to read the summary on Wikipedia. But then I decided it would be much less headachy to update my blog.

I will now proceed to take you on a photographic tour of my dorm room. That sounds exciting, doesn’t it? I’m in the same dorm as last year, but this particular room we’re in is laid out differently than my previous one. Flipped, like  mirror. It also seems a bit larger, but I think that’s just because we have yet to put in any comfortable chairs/coach/futon/what have you.

Here is my desk, where I am currently writing this.

It is messy, yes. I was doing homework just before I decided to take the picture, which tends to clutter things up a great deal.
In this picture you can see both my roommates’ desks. And even catch a glimpse of Loren’s arm.
The piece(s) of paper taped to the wall (which may be too faint to make out) contain everything that will be due this semester in my online classes.

Now we move to the dressers. One thing I love about Gillenwater is the amount of space we’re given to store things. Yes, it’s a two-person dorm with three people living in it, but we each get four huge drawers. This is my side of it:

I share a closet with Christie. This is part of my side:

Ok, now check out these lights. I’m incredibly proud:

I made those! (Well, not the lights themselves; that takes advanced electrical training that I do not possess.) But check out the egg carton flowers. Nice.

Here’s our tiny kichen:

I decided against taking a picture of my bathroom because there's not much more than a toilet, which I'm sure you've seen before.

And here’s my bed. I made it just for you.

I’m also in the picture, because I’m having a pretty good hair day that would be a shame to waste. (Although the goodness of my hair doesn’t translate to Photo Booth very well.)

Finally, here’s our view from the bedroom. It will be much more attractive when the construction is done.


And one more side note: I’m going to read the entire New Testament by my 21st birthday. I’m reading it in the Message version because I haven’t done so before. And I’m announcing it here because I’m generally awful at following through with plans that involve any sort of discipline.

As we’re (I’m) in a picture mood, here’s a partial screenshot of the schedule I created for myself. (It’s basically just a Read-The-New-Testament-In-Six-Months plan, partially tweaked because my birthday is around 9 days short of 6 months.)

(The "J" stands for "January.")

On a partially related note, we learned how to make screenshots on PCs during my last computer class. We also learned how to make folders and save files in them. Seriously. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mad Mix

I have two true loves in this world: post-apocalyptic scenarios and making compilation CDs. (That claim is not exactly true, but let's not ruin this post by being correct.) So it only stand to reason that I would make a post-apocalyptic mix CD. I thought this was an incredibly clever/cool idea until I looked it up and found that these sort of things are very common. But I decided to press on. Most of the apocalyptic-type music out there is either experimental post-rock or late 60s/early 70s protest-y kinds of songs, so I stay away from these for the most part.

Before I get into what's actually on the compilation, let's discuss titles. I originally was thinking "Apocalypse Wow." Yes, Apocalypse Now isn't an apocalyptic movie. I mostly just chose it because of the word "apocalypse." But apparently there's a band called Apocalypse WOW! (including the capitalization and punctuation) so that's out. Also, since I'm kind of avoiding the protest-hippie vibe, naming my mix after a Vietnam movie might ruin that for me.

My previous roommate Chelsea suggested "Mad Mix," after (of course) Mad Max. (I say previous roommate instead of ex-roommate, as the ex- suggests that we parted on bad terms, while I actually still quite like her.) I love Mad Mix. I think it's brilliant. But many of the songs I chose are more futuristic than apocalyptic and I kept thinking of the different styles as parts, so I ended up going with the rather long winded title that first crossed my mind when I started compiling this CD:

In the Future We Will All Be Dead: A Mix CD in Seven Parts
Part I: Death By Robot
1. Citizens of Tomorrow by Tokyo Police Club
2. Robots by Flight of the Conchords
(This song is about humans all dying by the year 2000. The previous song is about the humans race enslaved by machines in the year 2009.)
3. The Robots by KRAFTWERK
(Good old fashioned 1970s electronica from the point of view of Robots.)

Part II: Death By Zombie
4. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhhh! by Sufjan Stevens.
(There is a lot of overlap between this CD and the one I made for halloween. The halloween one had way more songs about ghosts.)

Part III: Death By Dystopia 
(Yeah, you don't die from dystopia so much as live under some kind of futuristic totalitarian regime. I was going for, you know, repetition or whatever.)
5. Clones (We're All) by Alice Cooper
(I went through a long and thorough Alice Cooper phase in high school. This song was my favorite for several months, mostly because I love when bands put out songs that have little in common their usual style.)
6. 1984 by David Bowie

Part IV: Intermission
7. Tapestry from an Asteroid by Sun Ra
(This is a futuristic-style instrumental jazz piece from 1961 by an eccentric guy who is convinced that - among other fascinating worldviews - he was abducted by aliens and taken to Saturn. Not post-apocalyptic, really, but rather interesting.)

Part V: Death By Unspecified Disaster
8. London Calling by the Clash
9. Panic by the Smiths
10. 1999 by Prince
11. Wave of Mutilation

Part VI: Survival
12. We Will Become Silhouettes by the Shins
(This is actually a cover of a song by the Postal Service. The only other Postal Service song I know is "Such Great Heights." Which I only know because my freshman roommate introduced me to the Iron and Wine cover of it. Both these songs are actually B-sides to the original Such Great Heights single. According to Wikipedia, at least.)

Part VII: Aftermath
13. Nothing But Flowers by Talking Heads

You like? Thoughts? 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I kind of want one.

As I've mentioned before, my greatest and best ideas happen in the shower. Now I have proof that I really am not alone in this. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you AquaNotes:

The website notes that "the shower has long been held as the best place to spark ideas and creative inspiration, but it's always been a challenge to remember shower ideas." Until now, that is.

That is so true, AquaNotes. Good for you.

So it's a waterproof notepad that even works underwater. It is recyclable, soy-based, and environmentally friendly.

I feel like I should be paid to write this. If anyone from AquaNotes reads this, I accept cash, checks and direct deposits. Though I have a readership of approximately 8 people, so I understand if that doesn't work out.

Also, I would like to point out to those approximately 8 people that it's almost my birthday. (As much as the first half of August is almost the last part of February.) And this would be an appropriate gift.

That's all.