Monday, December 31, 2007
- My younger sister getting married, leaving me the last single child in our family. I'm not bitter. Shut up, no I'm not. Just kidding, I love my sister and have been so happy for all of my family this year, what a great blessing they are.
- "Don't tase me, bro" (you gotta love "Don't tase me, bro")
- new Mac, fully loaded with (a legit copy of) Adobe Creative Suite 3: Master Collection.
- choir ... stuff (spring semester)
- facebook (no, really, I mean that. It's changed the way I socialize).
- new shoes. I get new shoes periodically, but I really like these ones, normally I just get something that's comfortable and shodable.
- Forward campaign
- new job (resulting in a new mac and new shoes)
- My first concert (yes, I'm 25 and attended my first real concert this year) with Snow Patrol headlining and Silversun Pickups and OK GO as the intro bands.
- my new pad / roomies
- The Bourne Ultimatum (I mean, come on!)
Stuff that almost made the list:
- I almost got a 4.0 this last semester. I was THIS CLOSE ><.
- I almost bought a guitar this year. I told many people that I was going to buy a guitar. But the mac got precedence. Again, I was this close. Oh, well, maybe next year.
- The two meals that almost made me cry whilst I ate : The Penne Pasta that I had at the café on the Rue Cler in Paris, and the 8 oz. steak I had at Texas Roadhouse. I'm holding back the tears just remembering them.
- Comm 1010. Wow.
That aboot does it. I blogged just over half of what I did last year, but still maintained about 4 posts a month. This sight might be up for some work soon, we'll see.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
On a completely unrelated note, it's amazing how much nothing one can fit into so much time. It's like trying to cram a thumbtack into a refrigerator box.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
It's a small French island in the Carribean. I just spent two hours on Thursday reading about Martinique. Why? Class was boring, so while they were all spreading sheets or something, I dedicated my time to cramming as much information about this French anomaly into my head as possible. I wish I had time like this all the time. Wait, no, that would be boring. But visiting Martinique would be cool. Having this kind of time on a Martinique beach would be doubly cool.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
So let's talk environment.
I've grown rather fond of the world I live in. You won't catch me littering, dumping oil down storm drains, or leaving lights on around the house.
I recycle my newspapers, compost my lawnmower clippings, and take Trax as often as time allows.
Do I consider my life to be environmentally sound? No. I don't think I'm an environmentalist by any means. But I seem to remember a Trivial Pursuit question that claimed that 98% of a surveyed population considered themselves to be environmentally conservative. In other words, it's like being Christian - if I perceive that I'm better than 50% of my neighbors, I must be going to heaven.
Let's just lay out a few things: I don't think that not planning enough time to take Trax to school rather than driving makes me a 'environmentally unsound' person. I don't think that the difference between the carbon emissions of an SUV and a Corolla are going to persuade me that buying the Corolla is a better idea. Were I to buy a hybrid, it would be an economic decision, so until buying a fossil-fueled vehicle becomes much more expensive and inconvenient than replacing battery cells every few years, you'll see me in the former.
I believe that humans are having somewhat of an impact on the environment via their pollution, but that not all the blame of the rise in both atmospheric and oceanic temperatures can be assigned squarely to carbon emissions. Part of it is a catch-22 with the ocean - the ocean can retain larger amounts of CO2 the cooler it is. When the ocean warms, large amounts of CO2 are released. If CO2 is cause for the greenhouse effect as much as been hyped about, then that would cause further warming of the ocean, more CO2 released, and so forth. I'm getting off track, what I'm trying to say is that I don't think human carbon emissions are as responsible for global warming as some would like you to believe.
I think exempting China and India from Kyoto protocols because they classify as a different kind of nation is a little ridiculous. Especially the role China has played. It claims that while it is increasing greenhouse emissions at an exorbitant rate, it's ok because its' per capita emission is remaining relatively low. But I think to make a fair protocol, one would have to examine the per capita benefit of increased greenhouse gases, and determine the target carbon emission rate on a country's potential to increase the benefit per capita of its carbon emissions. Which I would argue are very low for China. I highly doubt that China will sign any binding policy toward the reduction of gas emissions at any time. I agree with the US Senate's reasoning behind not signing a policy that has no binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized countries, especially when such protocols have the potential of placing the US in economic peril. The selling and trading of carbon offsets is ridiculous and unfair to such countries as cannot afford to meet their assigned protocol reduction, but lack the resources to buy offsets - stated realizing that the US probably could afford to buy such offsets as it needed to exceed its' carbon emissions target. The idea of the protocol is great, I would like to work toward reducing such a hazard if it has such a potential as claimed, but this isn't the way to go about it.
In other words, I like to do what I can, but doubt that spreading hysteria is necessary.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Let me try this again:
Sometimes we stand to lose the most when we believe we've nothing to lose.
What do I have to lose? Nothing that wasn't heaven sent to begin with.
So what do I have to complain about? Well, my last post would have you believe there's a lot on my mind. But really, all my concerns were of something that was there, like my job, which I love (did I mention that I held the door open for Elder Uchtdorf and his wife today? Schweet). What concerns me most is all the nothing that I stand to lose. From wingtip to wingtip.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
2. Work, which mostly entails me thinking about:
A) a color scheme for the wedding show (I'm starting to see everything in color schemes now, like traffic)
B) A theme for the wedding show (I feel it lame to think that I'm spending more thought energy on this wedding show that I will be toward my own wedding, as far a schematics are concerned).
C) What I'm going to do with the website, and how much of it I'm going to do.
D) Am I being given too much at this point in time? Do I need to let my boss know that they need to step back a little.
3. School. Not so much the details, I'm just sweating the larger picture.
4. Church. I worry the most about my calling, and what we're going to be singing next. I've got nothing and only three days. I don't like to take recommendations, either, so I'm not soliciting for help here - it's something between me and The Spirit and the choir.
5. Moving - I'm moving into a new apartment with Michelle's brother this weekend. It's got me a little...beside myself.
Whoa - I'm not quite done here, but I'm going to be late for class.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1. Practice. I mean, dang, it takes a lot of practice to do anything these days, and I just haven't the time. Nor do I feel it important enough (due to the ensuing reasons) to make time for it. If it were as easy to pick up as 'Guitar Hero', I'd be there like shareware.
2. Cost. I would have to buy a guitar. I mean, if I were to get into this thing, I'd have to be serious about it, and I wouldn't feel like I was serious about it until I owned a guitar. Then I could use guilt as a motivating factor. But we're looking at, what, $300.00 here? I don't even know what a good guitar costs, but I'm pretty sure of this: I can't afford a guitar. I'm just moving into a place where I'll be paying rent, I'm looking at 2k in tuition next semester, and I'm still at least 2 paychecks away from my MacBook Pro.
3. I wouldn't be able to stand being one of 'those people'. You know the type, they own the guitar because, let's face it, put a guitar in someone of the opposite sexes' hands and, well, dang. They haul it around with them and play, like, 2 chords, or they know one crappy love song ("Oooo, swoon over me 'cause I can play 'Hey There, Delila'" - *wretch*). They're out to show off the fact that they have a guitar. Which, agreed, would be a motivating factor for myself, but who knows how much longer I'll be single, then what? I'm stuck with a guitar and 2 chords for life. This would kill me softly. Plus I couldn't take the pressure of hauling the guitar around and having everyone assume you're one of 'those people'.
4. The pressure to play. Face it, if there is a guitar present in the group you're hanging out with, you've got to have a chance to play it. There's no leaving until you do. Or there's external pressure for you to play if people know that you can ("Jeremy, don't you play the guitar? Play something for us!").
4.5 (a half reason) - Fear. It keeps me from doing a lot of things. Like dating, it's kept me from going on a date for...let's see... three months now? And I love girls, so I can recognize that fear is a POWERFUL force. (I don't want to hear about it, that's not the point). The point is that I'm afraid that I'll put a whole lot of time into guitar playing and get nothing out of it. Basically, that I'll suck at playing guitar. Then there's a whole lot of time wasted on something I'll never use, I've still no date, I'm poor, and now I'm just another underdeveloped guitar player. There's already too many people who 'kinda' play the guitar due to reason #3.
That said, there's props to be awarded to those who have overcome these demotivating factors:
2. owns a guitar
3. is not 'one of those people'
4. well, I'm not sure how you handle internal or external pressure
4.5. overcame the fear and made something of it.
Congrats, you're one of those people who keeps their guitar handy and has a reason to. My respects.
Michelle: I remembered that you mentioned that you took a semester of guitar, and how all the guys would overcome 4.5 because of reasons stated in 3. Good job, you overcame fear and practiced. Also respectable.
T.R.: Guitars are a step in the wrong direction for Tenor Sax players. Plus the imagery of a guitar-playing naturist is a bit overdone. Especially if you still have your beard. You've already earned my respect by being more T.R. than I thought that anyone could achieve.
Ash: Do you play guitar? I remember you not playing the guitar. In which case, I would have to congratulate you on fighting the same fight I do and not becoming 'one of those people'. Plus, it's hard enough for all of your male students to resist the urge to ask you out, putting a guitar in your hand could prove lethal.
Laverna: So, you've probably dabbled in just about every instrument there is. And you're a newlywed, so #3's easy to overcome. I suppose you'd have to fight the urge to not want to play guitar. Keep fighting, someday you'll want to play guitar.
Scott: Own ye a guitar? I think that might be the only place lacking since you've practiced, got the girl due directly to your ability to literally have the strings catch fire, and overcome drawbacks. If you don't own a guitar, you should get a 'guitarSTRONG' bracelet so that others will support your cause and feel your pain at not owning a guitar.
Wow, so, another long post. I'll end.....here->.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
as they're waving good-bye.
Oh, and you've got to try Blogger play, it's pretty cool.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
My name is ______________, and I am currently a nursing student at ___________ University . I am writing in hopes to make some kind of difference in the health of our nation.
I have taken several courses that explain the immense benefits that nutritious eating has on our bodies. Eating healthy is something that I like to strive for, and I try to make wise choices in the foods that I purchase for my husband and I. Lately I have been discouraged because of the higher prices for healthier foods compared to those foods with little nutritional value. Tostino's Pizzas and Top Ramen have stayed their usual dirt cheap price, but milk, yogurt, orange juice, various fruits, and cheese have recently had a spike in their price. Since my husband and I are both students, we live off of a tighter budget. It gets harder and harder to justify buying the more expensive food, even if it is healthier. In a nation where obesity, diabetes, and heart disease run rampant (all of which are undeniably correlated with nutrition) we seem to be focused so much on health care rather than preventative care. I know there are bills out there that are asking for the government to subsidize nutritious foods. As a citizen of Utah , I ask that you, my representative, do all that you can to help lower the cost of nutritious foods. I believe that this will help solve problems related to the health care crisis are nation is running into.
While I do not know much about politics and law, I do know that this is an important issue that can be resolved with our governments help. Thank you for your time.
Sometimes I'm proudest to be my sister's brother. I never would've thought of this. And we all know the problems with obesity I face (you've all been so kind not to mention it).
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is [name], call me back.
No, no reason as to why I called. Nor am I leaving a time that I'll be available for you to reach me. Rather, I'll let you play phone tag with no idea why you're calling me. I'm just leaving a message to tell you I called.
And that you need to call me back.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Drive with the windows rolled down AND the A/C on full. It's quite the indulgent rush. Oh, and the comfort - mmmmm.
It's especially nice at 11:30pm, when I got off work, because the air is nice and cool. The A/C adds just the perfect kick to top it off. Of course, I had to roll my windows back up when I saw the cop parked down the street. I wasn't out to cause trouble or nothin'. I know it's not on the lawbooks, but it's one of those taboo things like drinking sprinkler water or voting for a third-party candidate that just might get you slapped with a 'disturbing the peace' fine.
Aaah, livin' easy with money to burn, there's nothing quite like it. Now would be a good time to cash in on your friendship. Just don't bother me around tuition payment time.
Friday, July 27, 2007
That's it. A single question mark. I only use it in special occasion, or when I'm trying to see if someone's awake since it's too late to be calling.
I'm still awaiting the perfect response, and I'm not quite sure what it is.
I just know that I'll know it when I see it.
Now, upon reading her latest post, I was indeed impressed by how pretty the sunrise was, as seen here:
But the shot seemed somewhat familiar. It didn't occur to me where I had seen the photo before until I was 2/3 of the way through my weekly watching of the "Planet of the Apes" pentalogy. Whilst reviewing "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes", I realized that the above scenery was used heavily throughout the films. A sample shot is provided below, the ridgeline might look somewhat familiar:
But that still didn't explain the familiarity of the photo. Then I remembered the extended cut of the ending to the second movie, "Return to Planet of the Apes", where Dr. Zaius watched the bomb explode, destroying earth, as depicted below:
So, really, Michelle's last post revealed more about her than one would have thought:
1. She's become more proficient at using her MacBook to doctor photos, and
2. She's a rampant "Planet of the Apes" fan and is secretly trying to admit it.
Kudos, but remember: You can fool most of the people some of the time, but you can't fool some of the time most of the people.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
1. Any ball, after completing the standard 9-wicket game (having struck the beginning post), continues play by proceeding to go through the center wicket.
A. Players may go through any wicket or number of wickets before going through the center wicket with no penalty. No bonus stroke is given for passing through the wicket, but the player retains any previous bonus strokes given (i.e. you still get two strokes for the last two wickets passed through at the end of the game).
B. One (1) bonus stroke is awarded PER ball hit PER turn on the way to the center wicket. (No hitting the same ball twice for two extra hits).
C. Players may traverse the center wicket in any direction to gain 'poison'.
2. After passing through the center wicket, the players ball is declared to be a 'poison' ball.
3. Play for any poison rules is chronological (Example: If red, being a poison ball, passes through a wicket and then strikes blue on the other side, red is first eliminated then eliminates blue. Therefore blue is still in the game, as it was struck by an already eliminated ball).
4. Any number of poison balls may exist. Any player, after completing the 9-wicket course, is eligible to become poison by traversing the center wicket.
5. Any ball that is poison can eliminate any other ball from the game, including other poison balls, by striking it (Referred to as a 'death blow'). One (1) bonus stroke is awarded for any ball eliminated by a death blow. In a team game, penalties relating to 'friendly fire' must be declared before play begins, although it is normal not to adopt any special rules.
6. Any ball that is poison CANNOT traverse ANY wicket in any direction. Penalty of traversing a wicket is elimination. A poison ball is eliminated if it is struck by another ball causing it to traverse the wicket (a suicide attack if done by a ball that is not declared to be poison).
7. Any ball that is not declared to be poison cannot strike a poisoned ball, by penalty of elimination.
8. If a poison ball is struck and rolls causing it to strike another poison ball, the second poison ball is eliminated. No bonus stroke is given the first poison ball.
9. Play continues by elimination until only one player or team remains.
and my favorite, which has been an addition to most Milam family game rules:
*NO WHINING BY PENALTY OF ELIMINATION*. As long as we're on Milam family rules, I'll add my grandpa's phrase, which has become Milam family mantra:
"If you can play fair and win, play fair and win. If you can't, just win."
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Warning: This is a statue of Narcissus at the Musee d'Orsey, so you're seeing what he would have entranced him. Oh, wait, I should have warned you before the picture, shoot.
"Needs get" classic tourist shot.
I liked my beard. Everyone liked my beard. I wanted to keep my beard. Why can't I keep my beard? Oh, right... work. Someday... before my beard turns gray.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
But, seriously, just don't do it, and I know that it's quite tempting. Can't a guy get a decent break?
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Well, maybe later, this uploader on blogger is being buggy again. I forecast that I will have a slew of photos to publish once I get back home this Saturday. Sad to see it go so quickly.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
For the benefit of all, I have temporarily enabled importing from my blog to my facebook account. Normally I wouldn't do this, and just tell everybody to check out my blog at this link, but I want minimal effort in telling everybody what I'm up to while I'm in Europe, so I'll be updating my blog only for the next two weeks.
I want to make sure this works as well, so I'm going to post a picture to try it out:
Good. Now all that's left is to go on some kind of trip...
Friday, May 11, 2007
I am now taking my third job - not in place of or after - but IN CONJUNCTION WITH the two prior jobs that I've obtained - at the J.S.M.B. : Graphic Designer. Yay. It feels so weird, I got my first assignment and all I could think was, "Wait, this is for real. This isn't some institute slap-together job or ASUU work. Real graphic designers do this stuff, and somehow they want me to take a look at it and see what I can do. Crap, how'd I get here? Where am I? I'm not a graphic designer, I just do pretend stuff in my own play world. This isn't real." and so on and so forth. My managers for jobs 1 & 2 aren't going to be happy to learn about my new job acquisition from manager of job 3; but for $6 more per hour, I'm not out to please.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
is a lot like when you eat so many Mentos that you get sick and start puking Mentos. Puking anything is going to suck, but if you can take the time to savor the minty aftertaste between retching, it becomes not only a tolerable experience, but something to look back on.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Just scratch and sniff (not compatible with most monitors. Like yours, for example. Maybe your missing a plug-in or something).