Saturday, January 23, 2010

Doppelganger

So, I was indirectly informed that this week was doppelganger week and, while I'm not sure that is true, decided I wanted to post some of the people I have been told I look like. There have been more than the two that are to follow, but I couldn't remember the names of the rest of them.

1.) In High School my Biology teacher asked me if I knew who Nora Jones was, to which I responded that I did. She then proceeded to tell me that I reminded her of Nora Jones. I'm not sure I can see it, but it was an interesting comment none the less.



2.) More recently I was told that I reminded a friend of mine of Helena Bonham Carter. I happen to be a fan of Helena Bonham Carter so I interpreted it as a compliment.




I don't know who I look like, other than myself, but I'd be very interested to get your opinions on who I look the most like, or who I don't look like. I'm happy with the way I look, but it is always interesting to consider, if they made a movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Depending on whether you base the part on the appearance of an actor or their personality, the possibilities, at the very least, are very intriguing.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bicycling will never be the same...

One word. Amazing.



(Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sulfur Hexafluoride

So, this is one of my favorite videos. I've never actually seen Sulfur Hexafluoride used in real life, but someday I'll get my hands on some...



(Jay Leno LNG talk with David Willey)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Attention Span

I've noticed recently that my attention span may not be as long as I would like it to. Over the past several years I've had classes that were normally about 50 minutes long. Occasionally there would be one or two that were closer to 90 or 100 minutes long. But those were usually fewer and farther between. And often they were dance classes so the time flew by anyway.

Somehow this semester is different. Of my six classes four of them are over an hour long. And they're all in a row on the same days. There are breaks between a few of them, but never substantial recovery time.

So, the first one usually goes alright and the second, only a little slow. Then I have an hour break (at which time I usually zip home to get something to eat (getting both exercise and food)) and am then back in the classroom. That third class usually feels about like the second, but my the time I make it to my forth class, it is all I can do to pay attention. I haven't fallen asleep in class yet and don't really expect that to happen, but I'll have to watch myself a little more carefully this semester to prevent it.

In the meantime I need to be practicing activities that last longer than an hour...need to boost that attention span and make it go a little bit farther...there has to be some way to boost the signal....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Apocalyptica

Romance Nothing Else Matters

Freshman year of college I went to musical performance including all of the music performance groups at BYU. This included all of the choirs/vocal groups as well as all instrumental groups. I just remember that my favorite piece of the whole evening was a cello choir that did a Metallica song. I tried to look it up right after the performance, but I seem to remember that I had a really difficult time finding the right song, especially a version performed by cellos.

Recently my parents were listening to Apocolptica and I couldn't help but remember that song from that performance years ago. I still don't know what song it was, and I'm still looking for it, but of the Apocalyptica songs which I've heard most recently, here are two of the best ones.



(Apocalyptica - Romance)



(Apocalyptica - Nothing else matters)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Did I mention that I love me roommates?

This last semester I had a parking spot under my building which I purchased at the beginning of the semester when I paid for first and last month rent. I got to pick out my parking spot and everything was pretty perfect as far as that was concerned. Come December we were told that they were going to be reselling all the parking spots on a first come, first serve basis. Basically, if you wanted to have a parking spot you needed to come and buy it again. They assigned a Saturday as the first opportunity for people to go buy them and said they would be selling them from 8:00 to 12:00 in the morning. That morning I woke up around 8:30 and checked my email only to discover that each and every parking spot had been sold by 8:00. As in, there had been a preformed lined and the girl who got there at 8:00 got the very very last spot.

I have several problems with this whole situation. The apartment complex where I live doesn't have enough parking spots for everyone (first problem), so I can understand the need to resell available parking spots. However, it seems a little ridiculous to resell all of the spots rather than just the available ones (which there were several of). It's not as if people who had parking spots the first semester are just going to get rid of their cars mid-school year and not need their spots anymore (second problem).

So, here I was, car in hand, trying to figure out what on earth I was going to do this semester. If this had happened last semester it wouldn't have been a big deal because I didn't need to drive my car very often. This semester though, I have two internships and so I knew I would be driving to those on a regular basis early in the morning.

My roommate Cami (in the same situation) and I decided that we wanted to move because this was just the culmination of a variety of complaints that we had with the apartment that semester. So we hunted for several weeks and found another place we really liked, but at the last minute decided it wasn't worth it to move. I resigned myself to trying to find parking on the streets around my apartment, knowing that early in the mornings I would have to trek to my car, clean the snow off, and then drive to my internships.

As this semester dawned I gave it a shot parking around on the street and it wasn't too bad, but still a little ridiculous. The other day though, another of my roommate (who had been lucky enough to get a parking spot on that infamous Saturday in December) told me that she was going to be selling her parking spot because she couldn't fit her SUV into the spot that she was given (I believe she may have been the last person in line that day). I immediately snatched the opportunity and now have a cozy little spot between the wall and a poll down below. This may not seem like a big deal (and it really isn't), but the release of stress that remained over the issue for me makes it one of the most significant events this semester.

So, if I ever complain about my roommates, just remind me of this situation and I'll remember that I really have so many reasons to be thankful for the ones I have!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Moving Sidewalks

So, as I was traveling back to school I had the opportunity to walk through two different airports. There are many steps to making your way through an airport including check-in, security, transportation, lots of waiting, concluding with the actual boarding process.

As I was walking through the airport today it occurred to me that one of my favorite things to do when at the airport is to use the moving sidewalks. It is amazing that you can be walking just normally but moving twice as fast since the ground beneath you is moving as well. And when you get off it often comes as a little shock how slowly you were going before you used the moving sidewalk.

In order to get the full effect out of using moving sidewalks I like to imagine that I'm traveling at a fast speed when walking, but that when I get on the moving sidewalk I've moved into warp speed. So that sudden stop when everything catches up to me (when I get off the moving sidewalk) makes sense.

Anyway, since traveling can sometimes be very draining I recommend enjoying the little details! Take advantage of that warp speed!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Palindrom Day: 01022010

Just wanted to remind everyone that today is a palindrome! Doesn't happen very often so be excited that it happened in your lifetime!

01/02/2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

On Techno Music...

For those of you who know me, or have known me for a somewhat extended period of time, you most likely are aware that I enjoy dancing. I enjoy most music, but particularly music with a strong beat. I'm addicted to the beat. It makes me smile. It makes me want to move. To be happy.

Since middle school (more commonly known as junior high (I suppose) for some of you) I've gone through several trance/techno phases (periods of time where that has been just about all I listened to). I don't know what it is about those types of music, but they somehow get to me. Anyway, one of my awesome roomies (Kirsten!) made a comment about me just listening to techno music because our freshman/sophomore years of college, I definitely did listen to a lot of techno when I was playing it out loud for us both to hear. I listened to other music, but if I was going to play it out loud, I wanted it to be strong and loud, so it was mostly techno or at least dance music.

This past year I've not been exposed to as much techno/trance music as I have before, for one reason or another. Over Christmas break though, one of my brothers has periodically been blaring awesome techno and I couldn't help but wonder why I didn't listen to all that crazy music anymore. And so I started listening to it all again, with a little wider variety, and I remember why I love it.

It isn't deep music, and it isn't mentally stimulating music (for the most part), but there is something about it that really makes me happy. I tend to apply the words awesome, amazing, fantastic, and other such words far too liberally, particularly with music, but this is just another occasion when I really feel the need to apply a synonym of those words to describe how techno makes me feel. What's better than moving to the beat, to music that makes your heart at least a little happier and more care free?

There really are too many amazing things in this world and it is sometimes difficult for me to fully appreciate them all, try as I might. So, in such an instance as this, where something I enjoyed was missing from my life for awhile, it is nice to have it back around, at least for a little bit...

2010: New Year's Resolutions?

There is always lots of talk this time of year (either the end of the previous year or the very beginning of the next (you choose)) of goals and resolutions for the coming (or recently present) year. I usually pay it no mind, since [insert some significant percentage] of New Year's resolutions are spoiled by [some time around the 17th of January or so]. However, since I've never really made any resolutions, I figure it may be time to try my hand at it and see how long I last.

With that in mind, here are a few things which I'd like to try and do this year (2010)(in case you were wondering)(which you probably weren't):

-Write more in my journal. I love writing in my journal. Some years I've done a great job writing every day, others not so much, so I'd like to try and write at least six out of seven days a week.
-Run more. I know, I know, how cliche is that? However, I'm training for a half marathon in May (and I didn't train very well for it this past year (a fact which I am determined to alter this go around)) and I'd like to run more in preparation for that. I'm thinking I'd like to run at least three days a week, though depending on how well that goes, maybe bump that up to four days a week.
-Not buy ice cream or licorice. The last one was cliche and this one is just bad, but I have this horrible problem that when I buy a few certain varieties of sweets they disappear remarkably fast. I'm not swearing off eating them, but I am going to avoid buying them for myself. I might add tootsie rolls to that list....
-Finish my undergraduate. There. Now there is at least one which I'll really have to try to mess up. As for graduate studies, well, let's not go there yet.
-Visit Oklahoma. Last one. No excuses.

I'm sure there are other things which I should be marking down in my little list, but I'm happy with this. We'll see what happens and what doesn't!