Weekend in Ithaca

I spent this past weekend in Ithaca, NY visiting Liz at Cornell. Ellen and I drove out late Friday and came back mid-Sunday. It was very chill and we didn't do much but it was a good change of scenery and company, which pleased me. I'm pretty sure that a good time was had by all. And I'm being lazy, so that's all the blog updating that you get for now.

200th and Classes

Well, today is the first day of classes of my last semester as an undergraduate and this is also my 200th post.

This leaves two things to discuss and I'll start with the 200th post bit. 200 posts, hooray! Ok, that'll do for that.

So, first day of classes, I guess that I might as well give a bit of a preview of what this term is going to look like for me. I've got my schedule narrowed down to only having classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I intend to use this fact to work on my thesis on Mondays and Wednesdays and get three day weekends as well. I've also got a pretty nice class loadout to go with my beautiful schedule. I am taking 3.063: Polymer Physics, 11.125: Exploring K-12 Classroom Teaching, and 21M.600: Introduction to Acting. This term is going to be totally sweet.

Day Trip: Skiing

Max and I have been meaning to go skiing this IAP and we finally got around to it today. So, this morning at about 7a, Max, Bryan, Gus and I set out for points north. By 10:30a, we had rented skis and were getting on the ski lift at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire. It's worth noting the costs associated with getting to this point: $34 for a lift ticket (with college ID) and $32 for equipment rental; totally $66. We then proceeded to ski, with a brief lunch break, clear through about 4p. The drive is not that bad, the price is pretty good and, overall, it's totally worth it for 5 hours of decent skiing with my friends.

photos are up now

Since my sidekick can operate as a digital camera, it only makes sense that I take pictures of things every so often. Now, taking pictures is one thing, sharing them with other people is a slightly different thing and as such I have set up a photo gallery/photoblog/whatever called gwax's sitings (now I can rumble and site). There aren't any comments or names for the existing photos (I might add some later) but from now on I'll be adding them.

Enjoy

Update: I have culled a lot of the photos to eliminate redundancy and low quality pictures. Also, I have added descriptions for all of the old photos. Some of the earlier photos are in a funny order because the time stamps were a little messed up.

The Greatness of the Melting Pot

I am an American, from my mongrel blood to my world views (I'm talking ideal American, not the modern political majority). Being American puts me in the unique position of being able to enjoy the benefits of the so-called melting pot that is my country. The melting pot involves the mixing and exchange of various bits of various cultures; one such bit is fusion foods, foods that borrow from different cultures. Right now I am eating fried kielbasa (Polish) and sipping good scotch whisky (Scottish). The scotch and kielbasa combination isn't terribly multicultural but it reminds me of my favorite food, kielbasa fried rice. Kielbasa fried rice is a wonderful Polish/Asian fusion food. I was too lazy too make kielbasa fried rice but that doesn't change my love of fusion foods.

No Sleep for the Wicked

Well, in theory I'm leaving very early to go skiing on Thursday and I kind of want to see Ian and Ben's robot for 6.270 at 10a tomorrow so I don't think that I'm going to sleep tonight. I'm pretty sure that I've got enough Mountain Dew and Cherry Coke in my appartment to help me stay up through the night as long as I can find ways to keep myself entertained.

I don't expect many people to be awake, so AIM isn't going to serve as an adequate passtime. I haven't got DSL to my appartment yet, so I can't waste away on the internet or do much with my computer other than watch movies or tv shows that I already downloaded. I'll make food at some point but that will occupy a little bit of my time. I might try reading this book that I found in an Athena cluster (more details likely later). Maybe I'll steal some Athena paper and do some art. I might even build a Whitewing.

It may be a little after 5a right now but this night still has a long time until it's over.

AuthImage for WordPress

Having become annoyed with comment-spam, I have chosen to implement Gudlyf's AuthImage plugin for WordPress. The plugin makes one of those pictures with funny text that's hard for computers to parse. The plugin also demands that you type in the contents of the image or you don't get to post a comment. I don't really like forcing something like this on people but the spam was pissing me off and this seems less obtrusive than sending peoples' comments to moderation and then accepting them later. If this is really unpleasant for people, let me know and I'll consider other options.

Blizzard Reanalyis

My previous analysis of this blizzard was insufficient. Having walked back to my appartment late last night and now having been outside once the blizzard has stopped dropping snow, I can give a better explanation of things. I need only one adjective to describe this blizzard.

This blizzard is ludicrous.

Blizzarding, like a whole bunch.

Oh holy crap, it's blizzarding outside right now, like a whole bunch. We've probably got about half a foot of snow and some drifts up to two or more feet; that's not to mention the snow-plow piles that are like 6 feet high. Also, there's like a whole bunch of wind and it's making the snow fly all over the place and into your face and crap. It's really cold too. Oh and it's supposed to keep snowing until tomorrow evening. Also, they declared a state of emergency. I love this kind of weather so much. Blizzards are the like the bestest things of all.

Also, my sentance constructs are stupid in this post.