Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Box o' Morons"

I have this comic set as my desktop background because it makes me smile despite all my work. I also find it rather appropriate after some of the stupid things I saw people do yesterday. If you have two rectangular boxes, one approximately half the size of the other, how would you combine them? I was looking for something in the smaller box and noticed that it had been put inside the larger one. Instead of placing them inside each other lengthwise, the smaller one had been placed sideways in the larger box so that its longest side was parallel to the larger box's shortest side. If this makes sense, you can see that this caused the sides of the larger box to be pushed out because the smaller box was too wide to fit that way. What goes through people's minds when they do such things?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grad School

So I am seriously worried about getting everything done this semester. My last one. Ever. I just cannot make myself work. I've already compiled my list of things I do every day and I add to it all the time. I find new things to explore online and new books to read. Or I just reread old books and replay the same games (My win streak in freecell is up to 134). Really, I have three books checked out of the library (the public one) and I have reread all of them at least four times. Have I moved the stack of seven books that I checked out in February for my tourism class paper? Nope. They are all still sitting on top of my printer where I stuck them two months ago so they wouldn't be sitting in my floor anymore. I epitomize procrastination when it comes to school work. If I was paid to do this, it would be done. I hate people who do nothing at work and complain about their jobs. If I'm working, I'm working and things get done promptly. It just doesn't work that way for school related items. Hence I am posting to my blog, which if you notice, I started at the end of last semester when I needed something new to extend my procrastination. The wedding also helps with procrastination because even though everything is pretty much done, there are details to discuss. Kyle and I spent about an hour debating how we would display the seating cards for the reception. I think we figured them out so now I'll have to come up with something else to discuss in order to avoid my work. Only three papers, two presentations, one workshop, and my last final ever to complete. And 32 days to do it in.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What I'm Doing in Grad School

My big internship was with the Hampden Community Archaeology Project and I'm just wrapping it up now. Visit the blog listed below for info and if you live in the Baltimore area, come check out the workshop April 22nd to see a little of Hampden's heritage in person (I'm bringing artifacts to show everyone). You can also learn a little about actual archaeology.


So I have a little thing on my desktop that flashes random pictures from my files and I noticed this one just a minute ago. I always smile when I see it because it was just so funny when it happened. Even better was despite the large red letters and exclamation point, it kept saying "Off Route" as well. Sorry about the blurriness, but this was back in 2006 with my old camera and we were in a moving vehicle. If you can't tell, the GPS thought we were in the middle of the Sound. We were in the Outer Banks and drove up to Roanoke Island. Kenan accidentally missed a turn and we ended up crossing a fairly new bridge back over to the mainland. It was so new the GPS didn't know it was there. :)
This is one of those reasons I will never personally own a GPS unit. I like technology, but I hate the little voice saying "turn left in 200 ft." I like maps and I still look up my directions and write them out by hand before I go somewhere new. Anyway, just thought I would share the memory. Plus, posting is a great way to procrastinate. I've been getting stuff done though, I promise.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Current Thoughts on School

*In truth, I would say that my college lectures taught me a lot, but practically nothing of value has been added to my knowledge during my two years of grad school.

I don't really want anyone to get hit by a bus, but still, I understand the sentiment right now.

If only it was really that simple.

42 days and counting.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dead Rats

Yesterday I was covering the lab while some undergrads were labeling. It was April 1st so some interesting things happened. We have been rather low on the labeling fluid and the one guy went to check the cupboard for some more. I knew there wasn't any left, but he pulled one out. He couldn't open it so I tried and of course I couldn't either. There was something weird about it and after doing my trick to attempt to open it and failing, he told me it was just water. Here he had taken an empty bottle, filled it with water and glued it shut. This explained the gunk in the bottom as he had used an empty white bottle and switched it to the clear, which we use the most. I guess they planned it on Monday when I'm not in the lab. I think he spent a lot of time planning for April Fool's Day because it sounds like he got all of his friends.
The interesting joke of the day was when one of the girls was labeling a bag of faunal bones. There was a large number of rat bones and she started laying them out in anatomical order on this brown paper. There were actually parts of most of the skeleton including the skull, limbs, and vertebrae. She took a picture of it with her phone so she could show some friends. I made the comment that she should tell them she found it in the back of a cupboard in her apartment. She ended up doing this and sending it to her mom who called back just before they left. She actually believed her. She ended the conversation by saying that she had to go because the exterminator was there. It will be interesting to see how far she took it when I see her next week. I think this was one joke that was actually interesting and a little less common than most that I see.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Going Back

Europe has been on my mind a lot lately and I'm very excited to be honeymooning on the Mediterranean. In honor of this, here is a picture of one of my favorite places from my semester in France: Antibes. I am going to try and take Kyle here on one of our excursions though the other options are all great places too. 193 days til the wedding, which means 195 days until we're in Rome. :)