No I In Threesome

Posted in Life, Nerd, Random, School on October 22nd, 2007 by Tom

So the week from hell is over. I do not think I’ve ever had a more intense mid-term! I must say I’m pretty pleased with myself though. I tend to kinda fumble big test situations, and my only saving grace is my tenacity on multiple but minor things, like homework. Not this week. I prepped as best I could, and I think it went alright. That’s not to say for sure that I did awesome, but I certainly felt a lot better about this week’s exams than I have in a long time.

As mentioned previously, I had to say at Truman for mid-term break in order to make some real progress on my exams I had to take home. Almost everyone else was gone though… campus was virtually deserted. Ian and I capitalized on this situation, and did all the crazy things that we never could do when other people were here:

Like buy Fable from WalMart (Ian had been lusting after it for many weeks, and there was only a single copy left, so we got it), and play it excessively. Or rather, Ian played it a lot, I watched and made quippy comments when I saw fit:

Dude. That barmaid is hot. Use the ‘flirt’ command. Seriously. Do it. *pause* Awwwwwwwwwww yeah! You dog!

Fable is like “The Sims” meets “Final Fantasy”. You can go around and have all these quasi-realistic interactions with people, but then you also go on quests and just kill stuff. It’s neat.

We also left our door open a lot… despite the fact that there was no one around. And hung out in the lounge. We basically acted like we owned the building, which was fun. One night some dude gave us the rest of his boneless buffalo wings. It was random, but quite delicious. Another night we had Zach over and played “Settlers of Catan”. That game is like Sim City meets C-Span. Sim City in that you’re trying to build a little collection of interconnected towns. C-Span in that it takes forever.

[By the way, Ethan says I uses italics too much. I don’t think I do. They imply emphasis, which I think is important in writing. In other words: Shut the hell up, Struby.]

While we played Settlers, we also watched Mission: Impossible 3, which I got from WalMart (during the fabled Fable run) for less than 4 dollars. I thought it was worth it to see Tom Cruise get smashed into that car whenever I feel like it:

(It happens in the last like… 10 seconds of that video, but it’s my favorite part of the entire movie probably.)

Also, while we’re talking about videos I like on YouTube:This just makes me laugh really hard because it’s a whole lot of nerd-pop-culture crammed into one video.

Anyways, I think that about sums up the past few days.
We had such a good time that it’s a little tempting to stick around during breaks more often.

EDIT: Also, anyone send me mail? You were 17 cents short on postage, and but the time I could make it to the post office, they’d returned the letter. So send it again? Please? Thanks.

1.19.2008 EDIT:
I closed comments becuase this entry, undoubtedly due to the title, was getting spammed like crazy.
Sorry!

Jigsaw Falling Into Place

Posted in Music, School on October 13th, 2007 by Tom

The new Radiohead album came out just this past week. I like it a lot. Better than I liked Hail to the Thief, anyway. It’s growing on me really quickly, so if you’re into that, you should check it out. You can actually download a modest-quality version of the entire album from Radiohead’s website. I hope they release an actual “real” CD version soon though.

It was also parents’ weekend, which was really, really fun! They took me out for nice meals, and in exchange I complained about how hard my cushy academic life is. In truth though, things have been kinda stressful lately. On top of all those tests mentioned earlier, I’ve also been fretting big time about what I’m going to do over the summer (apparently, while I wasn’t looking, “nothing” ceased to be an acceptable answer): work, school, internship, what?! I don’t know.

Also: My future housing situation is up in the air. We might get a big house for us to all live in. We might divvy up apartments. Maybe no one will take any initiative and we’ll just squat our rooms and stay exactly where we are. I don’t know, and that’s what’s killing me.

I went out to the observatory the other day. Hopefully I will be able to make it out there a few times a week and start being useful to Angela Postma and here astronomy research. I really enjoyed myself, despite the fact that I was wearing sandals in forty-degree, windy night-time weather… But it was so cool. Something about being on that deserted little farm and looking at all those stars up there just gets you thinking in a different state.

Or maybe it’s the fact that I had no feeling in my feet. I dunno.

Working for the Weekend

Posted in Life, School on October 8th, 2007 by Tom

So today in and of itself went just fine. In fact, I might even wager so far as to say that it went “well”. However, some issues came to my attention. I checked my planner at the end of the day, and next week is as follows:


Monday
(Nothing)

Tuesday
Test in Political Methodology

Wednesday
Test (In Class Portion) in Vibrations and Waves
Test in Intermediate German
Test in Linear Algebra at 7 PM

Thursday
Work on Test (Take Home) in Modern Physics
Work on Test (Take Home Portion) in Vibrations and Waves
(Go Home for Break?)

Friday
(Home?!)

So like… what the hell?
I can’t believe the nerve of my professors, collectively conspiring to ruin fall break. No clue how I’m going to manage all this. As sickening as the thought is, I have little option: I guess I’ll just start studying this week.
It reminds me of that one episode of The Office:

…time cards, he [Michael] has to sign these every Friday. Purchase orders have to be approved at the end of every month and expense reports: all he has to do is initial these, at the end of every quarter… but once a year it all falls on the same Friday. That’s today. I call it the perfect storm.

-Pam Beasly

On account of said ‘perfect storm’, I might not be coming home for Mid-Term (Fall) Break (Oct. 20-21) as was previously advertised, which is terrible, but it may end up being necessary. We’ll see; I’ll keep you posted.

Set Yourself on Fire

Posted in Life, Random, School on October 7th, 2007 by Tom

I went home last weekend. It was superb.
Got to see Laura and Nancy, which was great. I’m realizing more and more that I don’t miss high school so much as I really miss the people I knew then. We talked at length on the topic of how college is really different, which is kindof a “duh” thing, but even still, it was just nice. My problem right now is that, on the whole, I only feel really tangently connected to the majority of my friends at college, and that sort of loose association scares me.

As a result, I find myself wanting to go home more and more. I feel like I understand a lot better now why people get more excited about family stuff as they get older.¬† It reminds me of this one line from that stupid song that was popular a while ago. Remember the Sunscreen Song? On its own merit, it’s a little trite. I don’t deny that. One part of it really resonated with me though:

…understand that friends come and go / but with a precious few you should hold on / Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get / the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

I guess I’ve just been feeling like that a lot lately.

Another rather emotive episode this week was when I saw Das Leben der Anderen (German: The Lives of Others). It was a really spectacular movie about the the crazy degree to which people were under surveillance in Germany in the 1980’s. It’s very sad at parts, but others were really funny. If you really are in the mood for something different, give it a shot. It just came out on video in August, and won an Academy award, so most rental places should have it.

I was also in the school newspaper for the aforementioned Board of Governors interview process. I get to go meet the governor some time at the end of the year, which is pretty exciting, but also a little nerve wracking. I’ll keep you posted.

A rather fun tid-bit, Centennial Hall Room 354 now has an online virtual tour!
And by that I mean I took some pictures with Lizz’s digital camera.

  • Our Door – I took these at such a resolution that I believe you can read most of the Cat Macros and some of the comics. [I get people walking by randomly at like… 2 AM who will stop and read the entire door]
  • “The Stack” – I like to call this “the stack” because it sounds technical and impressive. It’s just the stand that the TV and video games live on.
  • My Half of the Room
  • My Desk – That’s the new Eva that came in the mail. He’s pretty badass.
  • Where the Magic Happens – Need I say More?

So I think that’s what’s up. I’m going to resolve myself to blog more. Especially because I just got the bill for the site. Heh. Yeah. I think that’s it.

Oh! For the interested:
I’ll be home Oct. 20-21, 27-28 as well as Nov. 24-25 and my Christmas Break starts Dec. 14.