October 31, 2007

Yep, I'm cool

I just walked through Campustown and saw the Halloween crowd out and about. I'm pretty sure that at least 90% of the girls were wearing a short skirt that showed off everything, or something low-cut, or really really tight. Yep, I've decided that they think its perfectly fine to slut-it-up one day a year. That said, I certainly didn't mind seeing what I saw, but I wouldn't exactly want to date a girl who dressed that scantily. More power to them, but no thanks. I also had a guy trying to solicit me ($20 for a BJ) which just made me laugh. He was the burliest woman I have ever seen.

I also felt like the complete opposite of cool, though I do not care. Imagine this: I'm walking through Campustown at 10 at night, after working late in a lab on campus. I'm going back to my dorm to work more, all while listening to a Harry Potter podcast.

Happy Halloween!

Part 1

Welcome to a new segment I like to call "People who piss me off". I like to think of myself as a tolerant person. I would never attack these people verbally. But sometimes they just get to me. So here's what happened today:

In my Econ class we are performing a regression analysis on a set of data to find which factors effect the wage of a teacher the most. It can all be done in Excel, which I don't know much about. So yesterday I sat down and learned a little about Excel functions. I learned all of the functions needed for the assignment and I started it. Yay for me.

Today I get to class and the teacher decides to explain everything that I learned to the class, because "people are confused". So basically they sat down at a computer for five minutes, didn't understand right away, and then complained to the teacher. I know for a fact that around 80% of the class are engineers, and a lot of engineering classes force you to be self-taught, so why can't they learn it themselves?! Maybe they are like the stereotypical engineer and they are waiting until the day before it is due to start. Whatever. It's just that right now my time is at a premium, so I don't need people complaining to the professor and getting things done for them (and wasting my time).

And that is why I think People are Stupid.

October 30, 2007

Chase This Light

Artist: Jimmy Eat World
Release Date: October 16, 2007
Stand Out Songs: Dizzy, Big Casino, Dizzy (Acoustic Version)

Fun Facts: Debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 (US). Six different tracks were released as "bonus tracks", in numerous countries.
Favorite Lyric(s):"If everything I meant to you / You can lick and seal then fold in two / Then I've been so blind."

Thoughts: I've loved Jimmy Eat World ever since I finally heard them two years ago. Both Clarity and Futures quickly became two of my favorite albums. Jimmy continues their reign with yet another great album. It's everything I have come to expect from them - great/catchy melodies, fast/driving guitars, and great lyrics. That said, I would have liked to hear more slow songs that go on forever; the ones Jimmy does so well. I gave it this score mostly because I felt like the majority of the songs were at the same tempo, same temperament, the same feeling. I wanted more variety, especially since those are the Jimmy Eat World songs that I gravitate to the most.

Bottom Line: 80 / 100

October 28, 2007

USA: Unkind Self-Serving A-Holes?

Now, I don't want to get into racism/sexism etc. in my blog, but I do think that Bill Cosby has a very good point. But why stop at just black people? I see things like this in every subculture, race, nationality and religion in America. Yes, some more than others, but that's not the point.

I've been noticing two things in the past few years. In my field (engineering), students need to go to more schooling more often than not. It used to be that not having a college degree was okay. Now it feels as though you might as well be on welfare if you didn't go to college, much less pass high school. On the other hand, I've been noticing more stupid people than I thought existed. I know that I'm not the most traveled person and that I lived a fairly sheltered life when I was young, but I thought that more people were smart. How did America become a super-power when we are still way behind other countries on things like tolerance. I notice a huge difference in racism between where I grew up and where I go to college. This doesn't make sense to me. I went to a 99% white high school, where at least half of the students came from a upper class family. We had students wrapping $60,000 cars around trees and getting a new one the next week. Yet, when I went to college, a place that should be more open to differences, I learned stereotypes that I didn't know even existed. I've heard more racist things come out of people's mouthes in college than I have anywhere else.

Sorry that turned into a rant. My poorly shown point is that I see the classes in America separating. I see the wealthy becoming more so, and the poor getting stuck where they are. This is not how America should be. Everyone should get a high school diploma. Everyone should at least tolorate each other. Otherwise, why would I want to live in the "greatest country in the world"? Most of the time I don't think I do.