Saturday, December 26, 2009

eFootprint

Kinda like a carbon footprint, your eFootprint is the trail you leave on the internet just by interneting and doing whatever in modern times. If you're involved in really anything and not a hermit, you're name is probably on the internet somewhere. Well, I was googling my last name (as I often do, trying to find something interesting) and there's alot more about *ME* personally (googling my first and last name) than I have usually come up with!!!

Not so creepy: I'm in the University of Akron Honors College's magazine (or I was a while ago) regarding the Fred Eastman memorial scholarship. (LINK) I'm on page 2.

Not so creepy: An organization that promotes clean energy used a video they took of me asking why I support the Green Energy movement-y thing. I don't really say anything revealing or interesting. Visible below:



Pretty darn creepy: There are online flashcards to learn details about me. Not just me, but alot of Circle K members including Sarah, Mike, Patsy and Jen. (LINK to "All Flashcards") It's almost like someone's idea for an ice breaker gone public. Nothing too revealing I don't think, but googling my name and finding "Study up on ANDREW DeF. with our FLASHCARDS!" was kinda disconcerning. My tidbit is the harmless "I like Boys Like Girls and Fergie." In fact Mike's is the only one that begins to dwell more creepy than what you can find on the run-of-the-mill myspace in that he has type-O blood.

Everything else is stuff like pictures I've uploaded to Wikipedia of places I've gone (like the Zoo and Museums) and Mayors I've met, or my campaign contributions (which I believe amount to 219$ to Hillary Clinton.) Oh, here's the minutes from the Beachwood Board of Education voting to pay mom -- haha.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Loot

Morning boys and girls, Christmas in my house was not as bad as I'd worried! Mom got the presents right for Sure this year! (By actually shopping for the stuff on our list, surprising but its a method that works...) I made off with the list that follows!

1. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Book about Lincoln's cabinet that inspired Obama to select his cabinet. Number 1 New York Times best-seller!


2. "Rated R" CD by Rihanna. Woohoo! I've been hoping to buy a Rihanna CD, I don't have any yet. Listening to it now, looking for a song of the day.

3. "Star Trek" (new Movie) 2 disc special edition DVD. WOOHOO! Watched the special features already! Glad no one tried to get me the Star Trek movie without the special features, cause that puts me in an awkward position of "well, I want the special features, but I don't want to buy a second copy..." which is why if you're going to get me a DVD, try to be careful about Special Editions. Errr, DVDs, always come out with a special edition the day after ya buy it! I hope they don't have so many releases of Blu-Ray's, cause I'm gonna start buying those soon to stock up for when Blu-Ray players drop in price to affordable range. (As happened with DVD players between 2000 and 2006. Dropped from like 400$ to 70$.)

4. Veronica Mars complete first season! When the school year starts back up, totally watching that at CAing! I LOVE Veronica Mars, very entertaining, captivating, funny and intelligent show. Maybe I'll be able to get Sarah to watch the first episode with me...

5. "American Lion" by Jon Meacham. Another book, this one pretty widely praised about Andrew Jackson. The author was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last year. Glad to put this on my list of books to read!


6. "Contrary to Popular Belief: False Facts Revealed" - general useless information book, but still cool! Haha, I do love having these to go to when I have nothing to do and entertain me for a while.

7. "The Price of Freedom" by President Calvin Coolidge (published 1924). Antique book by a President *u* scoooore...

8. "Fear God and Take Your Own Part" by Theodore Roosevelt (©1916). Yay more antique books n.n

9. A snowbrush for my car! n.n it was the mysterious huge box one. They used like three phonebooks worth of filler paper o.o;; I told mom to promise me they'd recycle that.

Haha, at the end of the day -- what I really need is a new DVD rack and book shelf... Oh, also on the list was giftcards to Giant Eagle and American Eagle. And David liked his hat and game, mom got him more giftcards than me cause I got more stuff, and a bunch of books on learning Guitar. Mom seemed to like her pillow, but I'll believe it when I see her use it... and I've gotta take her to buy new clothes with the gift card I got her in a couple days. Between now and New Years I got a few more goals to get to:

Get some Circle K stuff done, get some College Dems stuff done, come back to Garf to clean the house some more, get David his license, and get Amanda her license already!!!

Ugh, well for the rest of the day I've gotta go write my rent check, and salvage mom's attempt at cooking chicken. She figured if she ignored a few ingrediants we didn't have it wouldn't be a problem. Hrrrmmmm.... :(

Site of the Day: Found this website, it's kinda interesting. A series of pictures by people who take record covers and mix them with real life, usually posing with it. (Link: Sleeveface)

Song of the Day:
Stupid in Love by Rihanna. That's right, got this off her "Rated R" CD. This one breaks my cardinal rule of music: DO NOT RHYME WORDS WITH THEMSELVES IN LYRICS! Top three pet peeves in the world, err. I almost picked "Hard", but I've heard that on the radio that'd be no fun. Awful lyrics: "This is stupid, I'm not stupid, Don't talk to me - like I'm stupid! ...I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid." ahhhh X_X Rihanna...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Twas the Blog Before Christmas

Okay, this one'll be brief. I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I'll blog again about what I got, and hopefully not complain about what mom got me and instead be thankful she got me anything. From what I know, she certainly put more thought into Christmas shopping this year than she has in the last few and I should be more thankful. I do love'r after all.

Hope everyone has a safe, and merry Christmas with their loved ones! I still have to update the past couple blogs, and get other stuff in my life in order this break, oh boy, so much to do...

A few quick stories: got to see the house in Garfield who's Christmas lights are tuned to music on a radio station, that was fun! Got to hang out with the Garfield gang at Mongolian BBQ from which Danielle stole me a cup, also fun! Today went to Grandma's for Christmas Eve - mom got her a snuggie, and despite my embarrassment Grandma and everyone thought it was an awesome super fantastic amazing gift.

Quote of the Day: "So, have a merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, kwazy Kwanza, a tip-top Tet, and a solemn, dignified Ramadan." - Krusty the Clown, The Simpsons.

Song of the Day: "It's Christmas (What's The Difference)" by The Films. Wow, that's a crappy music video. So this is one of my favorite songs of the American Eagle soundtrack we play in the store constantly, its also one of the few Christmas-y songs I feel. The other day, me and two friends that were working thought about it and determined the song has a few adult parts if you think about it. Stuff like: "and your mother got sad, and your daddy got mad, when I told your little brother you're the best I ever had..."

Video of the Day: Aw, sometimes I get the simple bell ringing of a salvation army volunteer stuck in my head and imagine this ad I once saw. It's kinda touching.



Image of the Day: Haha, while trying to find a good image of a gingerbread house I accidentally found this and thought it was awesome. This is the companion cube from "Portal."




Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's Good to be in D.C.

What a good day! Me and Sarah decided a random, not too planned-ahead road trip was in order the first opportunity we were both able to go over break. And after initially considering Chesapeake Bay, based on a book I once read and my recent taste for mussels - we decided on Washington D.C.! We originally hoped for a two-day trip :( but a bunch of things got in the way on Tuesday, so we ended up leaving pretty late and getting to DC at like 8.

The trip down was interesting, got to talk with my baby tons :D and explore different radio stations. And all through Pennsylvania, that Damned rock chased us!

By which, I mean to reference the fact that whenever I pass through PA I laugh at the fact that there's tons of signs that say "FALLING ROCK" (pictured), shouldn't it be falling rocks? Is there this one Rock that's falling they're warning us about? This funny thing was first noticed by me and Alex on our trip to Intercourse, PA back in... 07 I think? Anyway, moving on --

Finally got to DC, a creepy guy at a gas station led us to a cheap hotel (trustworthy source, I know - but he seemed like he'd know) and on the way we stopped at IKEA for the first time in my life!!! That place was AWESOME! I can't wait to decorate my first house so modern-ly. And I had to buy something, so I got a wok -- which actually turned out to be like my only souvenir on the whole trip, yay saving money!

The next morning we tried to leave early, FAIL. Thank you morning commuters to DC! Traffic was packed, and when we got out of it, the parking lots for the metrorail were packed. I finally got to the furthest one, and we got on. The D.C. Metro is so cool! Glad I got trained in how to use it when I went down to D.C. for inauguration. But the first thing we did was walk from the metro to the Washington Monument!!! Which we got to go up at like, 9:30am (to keep track of the day.) After going to D.C. twice, this is the first time I got to go up the Washington Monument!!! :D It was cool, beautiful views, and the elevator had foggy windows that could electronically turn clear so you could see the inside of the monument walls. The stairs are shut down for safety purposes, not security, and I considered one day working with a fund raising organization to get that kind of thing remodeled. [See Next Post]

Lets see, then I think we went to the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorials. (we ziggzagged alot) Then off to lunch inside the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. (Worst Chinese food I've ever had. Ever.) Next, we stopped at the National Archives - a source Revered by my Historical Methods teacher and class. (That was the class you learned how to research something in, I wrote a paper on Andrew Johnson.) And they were really awkward there. OH! And can I just say note to self, NEVER AGAIN wear a metal belt to DC!? NO METAL ANDREW! Must find a belt with no metal on it, cause I got really sick and tired of taking it off to get through security. But anyway, went in the national archives, and they awkwardly directed me how to look up my great-great-grandfather (a topic I happened to come up with off the top of my head, cause I just wanted to browse but they wanted me to have a REALLY specific subject.) I ended up searching for his military service record - he served in the Philipine Insurection of 1899. She said it'd get pulled later, but to get a researcher card. Okay, sounds simple. The crazy old people that worked there, that may have had mental handicaps of various kinds and if that's true I apologize, were vastly incompetent at their incredibly simple jobs. I bet they were all Library-of-Congress rejects! They screwed up my card several ways (one guy tried to tell the lady that made mine the picture was wrong, she kinda just kept going...) and they entered our drivers license numbers wrong because we are from Ohio - and they thought the huge number that means nothing was the license number. (Note to self, find out meaning of number) Anyway, we decided to come back later- but that was a huge waste of time.

And we were off to the Capitol Building! I figured, eh, we'll get the tour and see statuary hall and it'll be cool. Sarah encouraged me to ask how to get into the House of Representatives chamber itself, and I did - and it turned out to be fairly simple. We just went over to Dennis Kucinich's office and got tickets! (Which would've been incredibly simple, if we had not had to go back again later to get another because Sarah dropped hers. LoL!) We decided to try a New York congress person, because we didn't want to have to say to our rep that she lost the ticket. THAT FAILED!!!

Lol, the Dennis aid didn't really ask us for any proof of anything and just handed us the tickets with almost no words said. (Another awkward character, he had a certain Ray Romano characterism about him.) When we tried to the NY assistant, she asked our home address and we were like "Doyyyy......uuuuhhhm...."

Anyway, long story short: WE GOT TO GO INSIDE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Gallery! *U* it was soooo cool. I got to see Nancy Pelosi vote on something, and Minority Leader John Beohner spoke for a while at the stand thing. Didn't see any of the other reps I knew unfortunately. Well, we wanted to get alot done before 5:00, so we were off to the National Air and Space Museum briefly (I couldn't find the Enterprise, but I've seen it...) then back to the National Archives before they closed.

I got to actually look at my great-great-grandfather Eugene's service record! That was really cool, I made copies of a few pages to bring back. Maybe this year at Christmas I'll talk to my family about him. Well, after that we went over to the National Christmas tree (and Far Less impressive national menorah) and then off to the WHITE HOUSE!!! :D It was sooooo coooooool.

To Be Continued

Quote of the Day: X

Song of the Day: Tik Tok Parody by Midnight Beast feat. Stefan Abingdon. Hahahaha, this song is stuck in my head way more than the original ironically. One of my favorite parts is "Now let's copy Poker Face, woah, oh-oh-oh, ohh." because the first time I heard the original I thought "Is this a Lady Gaga reference?!" And then the end of the parody references Lady Gaga some more, lol. In place of the "but we kick'm to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger." -- note who they use in this LOL.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What the F*** is going on with Tiger Woods?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/12/11/notes121109.DTL

Quote of the Day: Hahahaha, for funny reasons that are a long story -- I found a guide to guys based on their astrological sign (something I know Brit is into) and wanted to see what they would say about me. This line in particular caught my attention.

"With him, you will never [have] to worry about money. It will somehow come into his hands."

Video of the Day: HAHAHA! This is AWESOME! On the Conan Tonight Show, he occasionally has William Shatner (Original Captain Kirk) come on to read Sarah Palin's speeches or Twitter Tweets as if they were interpretive poetry. Well, recently I guess Sarah Palin came on and read from his own Autobio. Hearing Palin say "Spock" and "Star Trek" -- mixure of my two favorite things, politics and Star Trek, rofl.

Song of the Day: "My Whole Family" by Bo Burnham. AHhhahahaha, this was pretty funny. It helps that this is set to Pokemon.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Day Norway Støød Still

Blah@the Norwegian alphabet, just trying to form a pun but it's being difficult. So, was takin a gander at the current events feed on Wikipedia when I came across this interesting tidbit...

"Strange Light Show over Norway"
Yeah, I know, it looks computer generated -- but it's not. There are many pictures like this taken from across the country of Norway (location pictured below) of an unidentified object in the night sky that produced a strange eerie blue tail, and then proceeded to create a spiral effect. I've since found some interesting European reports on it...


"The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely.

Onlookers describing it as 'like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it' and 'a shooting star that spun around and around'.


The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooded with telephone calls after the light storm."
- World News, The Daily Mail - UK


Last night seeing this, I thought: Aliens? Russians? Strange, new Aurora Borealis??? Scientifically, apparently aurora borealises are green while this is blue. Meteorites? A fallen piece of space junk? Tons of questions arose, but this is no hoax: tons of people in Norway saw it. To top that off, 'twas the Night before Obama came to pick up his Nobel prize. Some even called it a sign from the Nobel gods!

Luckily with the wonders of technology (and blogspot not letting me post last night) you don't have to wait long to find out what this mystery REALLY was! The New York Times reported this morning that it was in fact a failed Russian missile test. They are attempting to waste all their money on a replacement missile for a still fully functional remnant of Soviet Technology. The NYT article goes on to say this is a huge catastrophe for the Russian military, as they are investing a heck of alot of money on this working, and it's failed at least 5 times, but I'm sure never so beautifully as it did this time.

This site has an amazingly excellent explanation of what it was before it was even figured out. Kudos to them for hitting the nail on the head pretty perfectly.

Song of the Day: TiK ToK by Kesha. Haha, this was I think Angela's facebook status the other day and ever since everyone has admitted their obsession with this song! Even I like it, admittedly, it has alot of good rhymes that entertain me - one of my favorite aspects of a song. But watching the music video, she looks like a hobo Taylor Swift!

Haha, I love this review of the song by somebody:
"Jonah Weiner of Slate Magazine gave the song a negative review quoting "The song sets up ship on the fault line between charmingly daft and deeply irritating." He then continued, making comparisons regarding other artists stating "The rapped verses are sub-Fergie-grade, proudly stuffed with groaners and to-the-hell-with-the-expirating-date slang." Weiner also made comment that the plotline plays a sequel to 'Just Dance' by Lady Gaga: "girl wakes up drunk, stays drunk, finds a dance floor and (spoiler alert) gets even drunker."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2009 Year in Review

Well, it's December 1st - the first day of the last month of the year. To some, time goes by unnoticed except for the fact that we'll be celebrating Christmas break, Christmas, and New Years Eve soon. But I'm a historian, one interested in the past and the future - and how the future will look back at us. If November is any indication, December is gonna fly past faster than any of us are ready for!

A new day in America

First, lets look back at what happened in the year 2009: Barack Obama was inaugurated as
America's first Black President, Hillary became Secretary of State, and Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska so she can just fly around and bother the rest of us, the Swine Flu pandemic swept the globe and invaded the vocabulary of everyone on Earth, those American reporters were arrested in North Korea - and later released with Bill Clinton's help, the 2016 Olympics were decided for Rio de Janeiro, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize before his time, and the first Latina woman now sits on the Supreme Court. Republicans have gone off the deep end, and got even More conservative some how with teabaggers and the guy who yelled "You Lie!" to the President at the State of the Union! Some of the top earning movies for the year were Transformers II, Up, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Star Trek and The Hangover. In Music, it ushered in the worldwide appeal of Lady Gaga, and the Black Eyed Peas' new album "The E.N.D." with songs like "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling." The Simpson's turned 20, Sesame Street turns 40, and Gil Grissom left C.S.I., Jay Leno and Conan moved shows, and now Conan hosts the Tonight Show. We all transitioned to digital TV with either cable or a converter. There was the deaths of Willie Mays, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Walter Cronkite and Michael Jackson (who's funeral was watched by one billion people - that's 1/6 people on Earth!)

Fun at Cedar Point!

And in our personal lives? We all became juniors, Kayla's now a senior - having to work on her Honors Project of colochlear implants. I got my license, and mom got a new car which I use as mine. The lot of us were elected to Circle K offices, me being President, and Sarah being Treasurer. Me and Sarah broke up again, and later started dating, again. Brittany and Dan also started dating again. I road tripped to Youngstown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh twice, Birmingham for ICON, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York. Also went camping. Not to mention that month I spent studying abroad in Korea. Explored a bunch of abandoned buildings this summer; I got a new phone: the Blackberry Storm, which I hate. The lot of us moved off campus into houses, me with Patsy, Mike and Kat; and Sarah with Brittany and Angela P. Danielle and Alex are friends again, Amanda was the first of us to turn 21, and Brittany passed the Praxis! Whew!

So it's almost 2010 - "Twenty-Ten" - we're about to leave the 2000's decade, and finish our tenth year in a new century and millennium. What will the new year bring, and as I ask every December, why are we not living in the Jetson's age like we'd been led to believe this would be? Monday we watched a video on predictions about modern times from the 1950s, and it was pretty entertaining, but not entirely far off. They predicted GPS' basically, but oddly they predicted a lot of things cell phones do, but not the cell phone itself (Interesting note: The cell phone was inspired by the Communicator from Star Trek. Every Cellphone company will confirm this!)

So, for my New Years Eve Blog, I will try to come up with the best quote, song, etc. things of 2009 as we leave it. Ta Ta For Now!

Song of the Day: Somehow I've managed not to use this yet. But "Fireflies" by Owl City. This here is a song about a guy, and he's pretty happy, so happy in fact he's being hugged by 10,000 lightning bugs, and butterflies are doing the charleston above his head while he dreams, and he wishes he could bottle them all up in a jar of happy. No, surprisingly this song is not about drugs I don't believe!

But seriously, like everyone likes this song, and we just heard it in the car and were discussing how they're over playing it too much. But I do like their album cover, it's got a picture of the Burj al Arab hotel! I made a puzzle of that before!



Woah-MG! I just learned how to do something new, embed a video! This day will go down in the history of my blog :D

Quote of the Day:
Before the Circle K meeting, we were discussing the readability of Twilight.

"I hate that book. It's main following is like 12 year olds, and they talk about sex, and they have sex in the books! Patsy doesn't even have sex!" - Me.