A Pain That I’m Used To

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2007 by Tom

Making it through this is going to be a challenge.

Last night I was up until 3 AM (which is pretty late, even for me) working on Chem stuff and listening to Death Cab for Cutie. The smell of over-cooked Ramen hung in the air; I was alone in my thoughts. It reminded me a lot of high school.

I’ve divvied up the week’s homework by day, and it’s looking to be another Herculean effort. I kinda hate how every week is an escalation of the previous one. Spring break is less than four days away, but I’ve still got 3 days of Physics, a Post-Lab, a Pre-Lab, a German Mid-term, Chemistry Homework, a Government Final, and a Chemistry Quiz to go.

I’ll soldier on though. I’ve got some things to look forward to.

  • Home for hardly a day, then it’s off to Grinnell this Saturday with Laura to go see Ethan.
  • Over the week of break I’ll be building an electric motor for Physics class. I’ve been browsing RadioShack’s website for magnets, and saddly they don’t even rate them by how many Teslas (unit of the strength of a magnetic field) they produce. How entirely tragic.
  • I also get to see my family soon, which will be awesome.
  • And the weekend just before I have to go home, Miege has its forensics tournament.

So break is going to be really good, I just need to get there first.

She Loves You

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2007 by Tom

I really don’t understand people who dislike Valentine’s day. Everyone who’s all bitter about it goes around calling it “Singles Awareness Day”. Seriously, quit complaining.

My strong stance on this issue is not, though you might think, derived from the fact that I’m currently in a stable, long term relationship. Granted, that’s an inseparable part of it, but it is far from the primary reason.

Most of my Valentine’s day cards/candy came from my mom/family, and my grandmas.

There, I said it.
My grandmas

There’s too much focus on the romantic aspect of Valentine’s day, which is a total shame. Why would you limit the scope of a holiday that combines the giving of presents and chocolate on one day to such a narrow populous?

Let me repeat: presents, and chocolate.
It’s like Christmas and Easter had an illegitimate child-holiday.

I don’t understand how you can not like that.

Single? Bitter?
No one cares.

Get off your butt and send your mom a card, or do something nice for one of your close friends.
If enough people do that, then maybe Valentine’s day could really reach its true potential as the secular holiday to end all secular holidays.

New Slang

Posted in Random on February 1st, 2007 by Tom

I’m supposed to be studying for a Chemistry quiz I have tomorrow.
I needed to find out about the ‘d-block’ of elements. Wikipedia was a bad choice.
I then learned that D-Block is a group of rappers, who happen to be ‘beefing’ (as homoerotic as that may sound, it’s a real term) with adversarial rapper ‘Lloyd Banks’. In the process of aforementioned ‘beefing’, Banks’s new album was leaked on the internet.

“The Big Withdraw” has several humorous tracks listed, my favorite of which is:

Track No. 14: “You’s a Hoe (Interlude)”
The clash of a thug culture and a Latin term circa 1303 made me literally laugh out loud.

Another fun one-

Track No. 10: “Turnin’ U into a Customer”
I can only imagine this is a sortof ballad/anthem about 7/11. and/or prostitution. It could be either.

For the complete (albeit profane) tracklisting, [head here].
For a definition of ‘beefing’, if you insist… [look no further].