Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gnihton hcum ot yas

I enjoy doing weird things in my free time. I like to make sudokus during Business Stats and resolve them in Art History the next day. Fun for, here's a link to online sudokus. Enjoy!

I also like counting things. For example, from the window of my secret lair in Memorial Library I enjoy counting the windows visible on the east side of Science Hall, and categorizing them. (In case you're curious, there are 12 large gumdrop-shaped windows, 1 medium gumdrop-shaped window, 2 small skinny rectangular windows, 6 small squarish windows, 6 4-paned rectangular windows, and 8 6-paned rectangular windows). I also like counting all the spires I can see: today I counted 6, but I know one was hidden by the blinds. Next time you walk around, see how many green shirts you see. I saw 24. That's not very many. But it might be because everyone is wearing coats and not many coats are green.

Ever play mindmaze on Encarta? You should, if you own the software. If you don't, see me and maybe I'll let you play mine....maybe.

I also enjoy making up stories. And choosing my own adventure. Here's a sweet online one that I found - you get to be a character from the Odyssey. Yay for Classics!

And who doesn't love Sonic? I was able to find several links to this fabulous old school game. I hope you all play it, and then appreciate Sega again. It is amazing, and pwns super nintendo.

I'll add more to this once Beth and I get back from Rocky's. Meow!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dolla Billz

I was surfin the net and came across this:

sexy ladies - madison, wi

haha if you clicked nice

my personal favorites are Emo Abe and Shoop Da Whoop


List of summer activities I would like to participate in

I never end up doing everything I want to during the summer, so I decided to make a checklist where I can cross things off. I remember making one in 8th grade - it included going to the drive in movie theater....but I never made it there before it got torn down. That's what I get for procrastinating!

Here it is:
  1. Go fishing at least three times
  2. Go camping
  3. Visit Caitlyn in Sparta
  4. Go canoing in Madison
  5. Go to Summerfest
  6. Go to Lollapalooza (or at least go to see Muse)
  7. Take the dogs to the beach
  8. Visit the Wind Point lighthouse and have a romantic date with Ronnie
  9. Go to Six Flags
  10. Go to the drive-up A&W
  11. Read my archeology book (at least three chapters)
  12. Go to the Dells
  13. Get super tan
  14. Ride bikes with Ronnie
  15. Do the Danskin Triathlon
  16. Watch the fireworks downtown
  17. Watch the fireworks in OC
  18. See Body Worlds
  19. Go to the art museum
  20. Go to the Majestic theater in Brookfield
  21. Get in shape
  22. See Amish people (maybe at Katie's?)
  23. Swim in Katie's pool at Hilldale Towers
  24. Go to Ikea
  25. Learn "Hard to Concentrate" on bass
  26. Complete the online assignments for the Leadership Certificate
  27. Get engaged
  28. Have a spa day with mom
  29. Go somewhere out of the state (like, idk, New Mexico or Oklahoma?)
  30. Finish off the Grisham books I haven't read
  31. Read/Begin the Count of Monte Cristo
If anyone can think of anything good to add, I would appreciate you telling me via comment so I can complete this list. Who's excited for summer?? I am! (I hope you like #27, Ronnie)

Just for fun, here is a excerpt from a sexy poem I found. Enjoy!
"Fondling," she saith, "since I have hemm'd thee here
Within the circuit of this ivory pale,
I'll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer;
Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale:
Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry,
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie."
-Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis

Raising an Eyebrow...

So, I googled "eyebrow" and got this, a news story about some kids in Oregon:
Some students at Centennial High School have shaved vertical lines into their eyebrows in a trend recently made popular by hip-hop star Soulja Boy. School officials say the mark looks like a gang symbol.
I mean come on, who wouldn't want to look like Souja Boy? Personally, I would like to superman some hos. I wonder if any girls have these strange eyebrow markings....maybe that means that they want to be supersoaked? Who knows. All I know is that this junior, Andy Gonzalez, was studying for a test when he was approached by a school security guard. Here's what he had to say:
Gonzalez, 17, says he isn't in a gang and shaved the lines to look cool and impress girls. But he says he'd be humiliated if he had to shave his brows off.
I think it would seem more of a gang symbol if everyone did start shaving their eyebrows off. Plus, haven't you ever heard of people shaving them off and not growing back? Maybe if shaving eyebrows became trendy, everyone would shave their head and look like this --->

I don't know about everyone else, but I've seen some pretty bad-looking eyebrows. I tend to forget about mine, given that they're blonde, but I feel like they aren't ugly. I especially like the kids you see on the street with drawn-on eyebrows. There are a lot of emo kids on myspace that do that. On a side note, wtf are scene kids? When my brother was in high school he used to talk about these kids all the time. Ridic. But anyway, eyebrows are usually hit or miss - they're either admirable or ugly. End of story.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My lucky day!

As many know already, 27 is my lucky number. I picked it in 4th grade when I figured out what squares and square roots were. I remember everyone liking the number 3. So, I decided to pick the third power of 3, because it seems way luckier than just a plain old 3.

Here are a few reasons why I feel so lucky:
  • Ronnie. He's incredible. I could fill up this blog with good things about him. I feel extremely lucky to have found someone who is as amazing and kind as he is. Having him up this weekend reminded me of how much fun he is to be around. I wish I could see him more during the school year. It'll be easier next year with a car. I can't wait for us to be together all summer.
  • My friends. I would go crazy without them. I'm lucky to have found people who care about me as much as they do and are willing to put up with me sometimes.
  • I figured out my major. I know a lot of students here who have no idea what they are doing. Knowing that I am practically done with my primary major makes me reflect on how lucky I was to find a course as a freshman that I really love (Civilization of Ancient Greece).
  • I am a KFC Scholar. Not having to think about loans after school means a lot less stress when thinking about what I might do once I graduate. I can't wait to get started on life after school.
All in all, I feel pretty lucky. I can't complain too much.

On a side note, everyone should check out their student center on MyUW. It's pretty sweet. You can now look at your placement scores. Good luck finding the cutoffs for english and math, though. The languages cutoff is posted (search around for it) and you can also review your ACT and SAT scores. Enjoy. And let me know if you took the SAT in 2006, since my scores seem irrelevant given the new SAT standards.


You know, that root thing that tastes like water and is crunchy? The other day I ate a $12 salad with this interesting root. According to wikipedia:

In contrast to the root, the remainder of the jícama plant is very poisonous; the seeds contain the toxin rotenone, which is used to poison insects and fish.

What I would like to know is, who is poisoning fish and insects? It sounds deliberate to me. The plant comes from Mexico and Central America. It's basically tasteless, but one cup does provide nearly 25% of ones daily allowance of dietary fiber (think: the diarrhea if you eat enough). I don't think that I would willingly eat this thing again. It's boring. If only it tasted like bacon....yum...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bats, Ms. Frizzle??

Yes, Ralphie, bats! But where, you ask? How about in Memorial Library - that's where I was hit in the arm by a bat today around 12:32 pm. After showing my ID and getting in, I had only walked a few feet before the attack began. A lonely bat, scared and baby was flying around by the main area past the check-in. Of course, I was on my way to my own secret bat cave, so I walked briskly toward the elevator as it swooped down for a tasty bug. Needless to say, we collided and I screamed. Loudly. So loudly that it caused an even greater commotion. The creature of the night decided this was hilarious, so it continued to glide around the room and nearly crash into other students. Finally, the elevator announced that it was ready for me to get inside of it, and I left the chaos behind.

Earlier today, I had a question for one of my sexy professors (well, my only sexy professor this semester). So I approached the hunky stud with my query and found that he was particularly interested in a region that is not my face. At first I didn't mind because those old biddies in the class engage in mutual flirtation with him on a daily basis, and I know I'm hotter than them (as evidenced by this event). After I was given nearly a 10 minute explanation that was very drawn-out, his gaze returned to where it should have been from the beginning. That isn't to say that he didn't look me in the face throughout the explanation, because there were occasional glances. He did mention that he likes that I know Greek. So I left feeling awkward, but still a little bit turned on...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Not everything online is true!

I'm so tired of seeing people quick to jump on the bandwagon before researching what is going on. So, in my boredom, I have decided to post those topics which seemed to generate the most controversy or support, despite being a hoax the whole time. Among my favorites are:

Bonsai Kittens
This site advertised kittens for sale which had been put into a container and made to grow into it. There was so much controversy that this site has been bounced around server to server, given all of the hate mail sent to each host. Basically, the site offered containers and supplies for "growing" bonsai kittens and explained the method. I remember it being really graphic, explaining that you needed to insert a tube into kitty's butt for waste removal while it was contained for months. You can see why animal rights advocates freaked out. Turns out MIT students created it and never harmed a kitten, never actually sold anything to anyone, and had facts on the site that were so false (like "the kitty's bones are soft so will grow into the shape of any container") that it was quickly identified as a hoax.

Bill Gates's Fortune up for Grabs
I thought this one was over a long time ago. Seriously, people? I understand that as a new generate grows up, they are susceptible to these kind of hoaxes. The facebook group "Bill Gates Sharing his Fortune. If you ignore this You will repent" now boasts 440,00+ members. Granted, a lot of them are saying it's a hoax. But they stay in the group! When it shows up on the news feed that "38 of your friends joined the group Bill Gates..." it makes it hard not to poke around and see what's going on. Of course, those who are naive do end up joining. I wonder if anyone else read the disclaimer:
The whole thing is that I have spiritual groups that people just pass by, but when you talk about money or talking down to god. people get fixated on it. I just wish that people had the same passion for all the wrong things, but for God instead.
People dont see GODS love anymore. AND IM NOT 19, IM 20 LOL, AND IM NOT A LAWYER, IM A BUSINESS MAN.
For the many people emailing me, because a lot of people do not understand why Im doing this. Its so much that I get out of this and many people that have joined this group also have gotten so much from this alone. I really cant explain what I get out of this, because the list goes on for miles
Once you get around the poor English, it turns out that this group was a double-hoax. The group was an experiment to see who would join and believe the Bill Gates thing was real, but it was also to get people talking about God. Plus, this guy sounds like he has a facebook fetish. Some people have wayyy to much time on their hands....(kind of like me right now)

Nasty Boobies

So by far this is the sickest thing yet. Basically, this hoax says that there is a parasite living in clothes that when you put a bra on, you risk getting a nasty infection that leads to a disgusting growth on your boobies. It apparently doesn't effect men in any way. Except for the South African parasite version. I remember seeing these pictures a few years ago and being grossed out. In fact, I'm not even including them on here because I don't want to look at nasty shriveled up boobs with creatures on them. But here's a link to the really gross ones if you're interested: Yuck. I don't know how old this hoax is, but I think by now everyone finally realized it's fake.

Maggot-Brained Guy
If you thought that picture above was gross, this one is worse. According to snopes, these pictures are real, but the story that accompanies them isn't. Here's the story: A guy gets an ingrown hair and it gets infected. Basically, they start eating his skull away. Another version says that a Japanese man ate too much sushi and so he got an infection in his brain. Either way, what's true is that the guy whose head is actually in these pictures had a rare form of cancer that starting eating away his scalp. He said it didn't bother him, so he didn't come in until he was in a car accident. Ridic. So people who enjoy sushi or get ingrown hairs freaked out because they thought they were going to get a brain infection and have their skulls melt away. Nice.

Point of this all: Investigate things before you decide to take a side. Before you stop eating sushi, or stop wearing your bra without washing it because the internet told you to, take a second. Think about it. Thanks.

Everyone has them!

Ever had one of those days where you feel like crap? I'm having one of those days. :(

Here's how it all started....*begin flashback music*

I'm not going to lie, elections yesterday didn't do much for my self-esteem. I'll be over it in a week or so, but right now, it sucks. Not being re-elected makes me think that everyone thought I did a bad job this semester. I know, I know, "let's get other people into office." But honestly, if I did a good job, wouldn't it be fair to let me keep doing it? Steph brought up the point I was thinking about almost all night: Very rarely does this club reward members for staying in it. Finally, at elections every officer elected was a Brother who had been in for more than a semester. The main problem with my exec board this year was that no one had any experience, and only three of them had been Brothers before - the others had no idea what to do. I'm just hurt that I basically had to wing it all semester, and I feel like it takes a semester to get good at it. I'll be over it eventually.

So, I got home and there were terrible-looking pictures of me up on facebook. I look huge and not cute. Awesome.

Then, today in stats, I sat next to my new friends (who I met through discussion). We had an in-class exercise where you work with up to three other people, and it just so happens that there are three of us that sit next to each other. Of course, though, when it comes time to start the groupwork, the other two turn to the two people next to them and form a group. So, I turned to my left and asked to be in their group. They only wanted to work in a group of three. So I turned behind me and I asked if I could be in their group. Finally, they said yes, but I ended up doing the whole thing myself while they talked. Another great self-esteem boost.

To top it all off, I came from class and had to walk home in the rain. I kept my sunglasses on so I didn't get rain in my face, but my feet were soaking wet because I wore flip-flops. It was just a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Monday, April 21, 2008

So Hungry....

It's official. I'm running out of food. My bank account does not permit me to purchase any more delicious things like macaroni and cheese or Lay's Natural potato chips. Here is what I do have left:
  • 10 pieces of bacon
  • 3/4 of a jar of spaghetti sauce
  • lots of spaghetti
  • velveeta
  • orange sherbert
  • scooby-doo mac and cheese (but no milk)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 pack of gushers
  • bottle of pizza sauce
  • a bunch of special k bars from winter
  • popcorn
  • popcorn oil
  • vegetable oil
  • kool aid
  • nasty old waffles
  • pancake mix
  • chocolate chips
  • pop tarts
I think I'll be okay for a while, but living off of pancakes and spaghetti will be tough. Thank god I have popcorn. Pretty sure I could live off of it. Anyone have any suggestions?

I could really use some hashbrowns right now. It sucks being poor. Except that I have a work check and a $300 check from playing bass for Humo. Katie just told me that Trent would be an exotic dancer if he were a girl. Maybe I could do that...I've always thought that selling candy bars would be a good idea. Or Jamba Juice. yum.

I did spend my last $6 on Wendy's the other day with Beth. It was sooo worth it though!

Outlet Faces

Sitting in my business statistics discussion today, I couldn't help but notice an electrical outlet giving me quite an evil glare. And as I looked around the room I also found that there were outlets that looked emo and surprised as well.

This right one is one that looks slightly surprised. It kind of reminds me of a washing machine going round and round and round.

This left one looks like a cyborg. With guns in the middle. And a second cyborg ready to fire them.

These other of things aren't outlets, but I liked them anyway. The one on the left looks like a blockhead. The one on the right looks like a uterus, if you ask me.

It's always fun making things into faces with your mind. I am also a big fan of "what animal does he/she look like." A lot of people look like frogs to me. And a lot of people have hair that reminds me of horses.

Who's your daddy?

Or big brother, rather. ASM has become increasing less "legitimate" on campus - as evidenced by the State of the ASM address on April 16th. The picture says it all.
A follow-up article published today continues this discussion of illegitimacy. Alex Gallagher was recently elected member of the SSFC and is an L&S representative.
“It’s hard to say whether it’s legitimate or illegitimate right now,” Gallagher said. “It’s illegitimate to a large portion of the student population...ASM overextends itself by taking on so many things."

Who really knows what ASM does? When logging onto the ASM homepage, one sees the groups' victories prominently displayed on the Victories page: making college library open 24-hours, getting bus passes for students, and it "moved Mifflin to an earlier weekend date." Let's break them down.
  • Making college library a 24-hour library: Just like the web timetable issue, if enough people are unhappy, UW sees that and will consider a change. Making this library open all the time is something students could have done on their own.
  • Getting bus passes for students: Really? They're nice enough to spend my segregated fees on bus passes? How kind.
  • Moving Mifflin to an earlier weekend date: Since a block must apply for a block party permit, it seems to me that maybe ASM talked to the residents and asked them to consider moving it. ASM does NOT run Mifflin.
These "victories" are not what they seem, and when one considers what ASM does in the meantime, it's hard to come up with anything meaningful. I know that they hold meetings. But what do they do? Who knows.

Do we need an organization like ASM? Of course. It isn't easy governing a body of 40,000+ students, but it needs to be done better. Most of us have heard about the controversy over UWM's candidates for its Student Association. Comments following that story urge UWM to get rid of its government all together. But I think it's necessary for there to be an organization that unites the leaders from each school and college together to make the whole better. Right now though, ASM isn't doing anything meaningful. I was surprised that they did nothing about the student outcry for the Web Timetable to return. Clearly, a small group of students writing a few letters to the Office of the Registrar was enough to put the Web Timetable back up.

In the end, ASM needs to be better tuned to what students actually want and needs to make its mission more clear.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Coincidence - I think so

I have always been a big fan of because it has so much useful (and useless) information. I spent a few hours on it the other night because I'm lame and stayed home, and came across a story about a detective who wins the lottery and splits the money with his favorite waitress who helped him pick the numbers. Apparently this urban legend is true.

That same night, my boyfriend, who is cutie, a term which from now on refers to someone or something that is cute and lovable, told me about a movie he was watching called "It Could Happen to You." Ironically, this movie is about the EXACT SAME situation. Crazy.

I love when things like that happen. Like for instance, I woke up this morning with a strong urge to hurry up and get in the shower. Within two minutes, my roommate came home and immediately proceeded to take a shower. It's like my spidey sense was tingling. I somehow knew that if I wanted to shower before noon, I needed to get up right then and there. Obviously, I snoozed and lost.

It also just so happened that the other day Liz needed a plant thing to bring to her botany class. Coincidentally, my poor little Grow-a-Head has not been doing very well. I have done everything I can to keep it happy, but it is still mad at me. The grass is almost a whiteish-yellow now and the string in the jar has a yucky jelly substance growing on it. The whole thing looks moldy and will probably be thrown away unless I can make it look not-gross. Plus, I can always put a tea light in the jar below :)

Encounters of the Random Kind

I love it when I run into random people. Here's a list of everyone I ran into and how. God this is so much better than writing for the Herald. haha.

Around 1:30 pm: Left the Brothel with Liz who had Psi Chi induction. We both looked hott.

Around 2 pm: I met with Exec Board in the Beefeater's room. So, it wasn't random, but whatev. I saw Maggie, Loryn, Liz P, Justin, Maggie, Kelsi, and Megan. Good times.

Around 2:45 pm: I ran into Hilary and Rene as I walked down the street in a very short dress without shoes. Look at this guy with shoes! Fuck shoes!

Around 2:47 pm: Saw Raj. Sort of. I thought it was him, but didn't know for sure so I continued to walk past him until he said hi. We talked about APO. It was nice. I was still not wearing shoes.

Around 2:49 pm: Saw Carly biking by. Said hi, and managed to step into mud, shoeless.

Around 2:54 pm: Saw Liz walking home. Very nice. We walked home together so I didn't have to get my key out. Amazing.

Around 5:56 pm: Went over to Lauren's to work on MHR. While there, Amanda came over. She is Dana's roommate and I went to high school with her. Highly random.

Around 6:43 pm: Tricked Beth into going to Wendy's. Delicious. Muahahah! Came back, watched Princess with April and Liz (see below).

What a nice day.

Yet another wondeful early night movie on ABC Family

Who knew that ABC Family was capable of manufacturing such an incredibly terrible movie? Not I, but then again, I never had cable growing up so it's hard to say. This ridic movie does make for great conversation with roommates, however. Here is just a smidgen of what we found ridic in this movie. Enjoy.

Come on guys, it's 2008. Let's have a Scylla that looks a little bit more realistic, k thanks. Let's also not have a crazy princess walking down the street in a purple velvet hooded cape. It's kind of awkward, as is her wearing prom dresses in public. I have to say though, I am a big fan of her sister with her plankton shakes for dinner. She's a mermaid that sits in a wheelchair because of her fins. Later in the movie we see that she lives in the backyard pond when she isn't in the house being wheeled around. wow.

This movie makes no sense once it's about halfway though. So I'm not even going to talk about it. Let's just say a pixie has a baby and lays on her full-size bed. It's only 234908235 times too big for her. Then, there's a girl who reminds me of Pocahontas with a tattoo that is crucial to the movie. She controls all of the poorly animated mythical creatures. And she's sooo homeless.

I like when the Princess yells at the guy who likes her for not being the one. And then when she's cursed, he kisses her seemingly dead body and she comes to life. And loves him. What a ho.

Also, Liz, April, and I agree that she wants it in her the entire movie. If I were a guy, I would never put it in a girl with such an annoying fake accent. No. Matter. What.

After some IMDBing, I found out that he's 32 and she's 27. She definitely looks 15 in this movie, which makes the fact that this older-looking guy is after her and her booty more than a little creepy.