Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DCON 2010

Well, it's been a long time coming - but Circle K's Ohio District Convention (DCON) has finally come and gone. And once again, this year was hugely successful for the University of Akron Circle K! We came away with no less than 10 awards, including Outstanding Secretary, Outstanding Treasurer, 2nd Place Outstanding Vice-President, and Outstanding President (for myself, woohoo!)

We also got first place in service hours with over 2,000, thanks hugely to Melissa's biking across the country this past summer. But even without her project, we'd still have been a hundred or so over our nearest competitor.

But Circle K is not all about awards. Lets look back: Friday, I packed my stuff and cleaned out my car so that I, Divya and Vince could drive the 4 hour drive to Dayton. For some, this was a 3 hour drive - but we had to stop in Wooster to drive the Woosterites and that pulled us off course a bit. The drive was not too exciting, glad I did not get a ticket for speeding (by a little) most of the way there. Listened to my music basically since no one had any objection. Oh, at one point we talked about our Lent things (I was the only one observing it, granted, I am not catholic - I just wanted to test my resolve to not buy Starbucks for like a month.) The Woosterite I drove, noted he was a Deist -- that's sort of the religion I settled on so it was weird hearing that! Especially since no one is really deists anymore, that was the religion of Ben Franklin and George Washington and was most popular in that era.

Got to DCON, which had an international theme - played some games, and got settled into our rooms. The first night was not much - round one of caucusing, and though I was armed with some particularly tough questions for Natalie and Angela I decided to save them for tomorrow as that night was for more fun questions like "If you were a rose, what would be your thorn?" and "Which pokemon best describes your leadership style?"

Angela delightfully answered, "Charmander, because I'm FIERCE!" haha, also she was on fire: she and Natalie were the only two caucusing, because they were the only two running for office. Angela was worried to death but caucusing awesomely. Natalie's caucusing stumbled a bit, and could use some polishing, but overall I thought it best to go easy on her. That night we got Taco Bell from a local place and went to bed. Oh! But before that, because we all determined we wanted to swim at some point over the weekend, Rob and Brit went off to Walmart to help Rob buy a new pair of Swim Trunks. Why Rob went and bought 20$ swim trunks just for the weekend escapes me, but alright.

Saturday was actually pretty fun if you bypass the awful feeling of waking up. I wore the tie Patsy got me for Christmas, but my red dress shirt is a size too small and uncomfortable to breathe in. But caucusing began, and though I was ready to ask the questions I wanted to know about her if she were to run for governor - it seemed other clubs had made their personal decisions of Natalie and I didn't want to just ask questions to be mean. Though let the record show, it was at some point my intention to be known as the guy at DCON who asked the cool or funny questions. I remember hearing Jason note, "I'm going to be in [this] caucus room, its going to be the most entertaining!" and I hope I in some way contributed to that decision. For lunch, we went to a nearby mall as we had last year - I really like that method - to discuss candidates and amendments. The new candidates, a Capital division LTG and a Secretary had emerged, and Sarah had still not decided to run for Treasurer or not.

Back, it was workshop time, then House of Delegates. Me and Sarah were Akron's delegates. And oh my god... I don't know when it happened, but I soon realized that I was one of the four people that actually approached the microphone multiple times. (Me, James of OSU, Toby, and LTG Jason R.) And then it hit me: omg, I'm one of the only people that really knows all about how this stupid house of delegates works. "I've become Melissa!" I noted, though really that encompasses Jen, Melissa, and that whole generation of Circle K'ers. But more on that later. Basically, I just wanted to appear in the minutes a handful of times - lol, and I think I succeeded by motioning and seconding a bunch of things. Also contributing to discussion. I even abstained to something.

Then it was time for the Awards Banquet! WOopWOOP! We got a bunch of awards, including but not limited to Honorable Mention for Patsy's Panty Party as Single Service, first place for Scrapbook, sponsering kiwanis club, second place for outstanding new member, oh man it was awesome. And Chad wanted to show how much he appreciated the Club Presidents, so they got to sit at the head table thingie - and while I appreciate the gesture, I think I was with the other Presidents in wanting to sit with my club. Luckily (perhaps), my club got the table in front of me.

Then came the dance, which also was a ton of fun. Brit and Sarah, as they always do, owned the dance floor. But Patsy, Sarah, and Brit owned the "Single Ladies" dance floor - if only they'd practiced more that would have been completely perfect and hilarious. But it was pretty hilarious none the less.

That night wasn't much more, and the next morning was brunch and closing session -- which featured a speaker who was totally high. He was all over the place about the scent of service and the call of adventure and what -- lol, we were all like "Ummm..." and he didn't seem to have too planned of a speech, kinda jumping topic to topic and relying alot on audience involvement. But then the new officers were installed, OH, I didn't tell you about elections!

In the H.O.D., Sarah (for treasurer) and another LTG were nominated off the floor. But when Governor election time came, the girl that ran for Capital LTG was nominated to run against Natalie for Governor. After a brief question/answer period, she received 73% of the vote and Natalie lost. Natalie then stepped down to run for Secretary against the other girl, but then the other girl won by 51%. Sarah on the other hand, after her two minute speech, it was motioned to give her 3 minutes of questioning time. The house actually voted against doing this pretty heavily! LoL. I thought that was funny. So the governor is now a freshman, first year Circle K'er who served for years in Key Club.

The next morning at Brunch, after packing up our cars; the governor actually pulled me aside and said "Are you a senior, are you being your club's President, or are you studying abroad for a semester?" I truthfully answered in the negative. "Well then you seem like someone who knows what's going on, and you should apply to be on the district board." Lolz!

As I said earlier, OH my GOd, I've become one of the ones that knows whats going on! What a frightening thought! I have not yet determined if I want to be on the district board again. Part of me does, because I like being involved with Circle K, and I do know whats going on - but on the other hand, I don't want to hold Sarah back from doing things on her own without me being there. I don't want us to be the two that always sit next to each other, and always work together, "the couple," which will detract from her making some valuable friendships on the board. I dunno, I'll see what I do.

Driving Award time: This time the driving award goes to ME. I drove 4 hours straight on two separate occasions this weekend. My legs hurt from doing this. And I had to put up with quite a bit of backseat driving. See the quotes section.

Quotes of the Weekend:
(Getting off at the Wolf Ledges exit...)
"!? I'm turning LEFT!" - Me

"Who Ever's Praying for Snow, Please Stop." - Awesome Church Sign.

District Admin Sarah R, during closing session: "...and during my time in Circle K, I've seen many Life Matches form..." (Aww, me and Sarah hold hands sitting in front row.) *Points to us* "Yes, I see you holding hands."

"To the window! To the wall! Till the sweat drops down my SERVICE! All them LEADERSHIP crawl! AWWW skeet skeet motha FELLOWSHIP..." - During the dance, the DJ bleeped out some swear words (because we're 10.) and me and Patsy decided to fix that.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

21st Birthday Party & Since

WooHOO! Well, I'm 21 now -- birthday weekend was awesome! Got to spend time with friends and Sarah of course, and finally got to order a blue drink at a restaurant! Went sledding, hung out with Amanda in Garfield, and got a few things on my to-do list done I suppose.

Awesome Birthday Present to Wake Up to on my Birthday:

Haha, if you're uninformed, this is a reference to the Ke$ha song "Tik Tok" which OMG I don't want to hear as much anymore X_X no more 96.5 for a while in my life I think. It's freaking everywhere! Well, I feel like I'm skimming over much of my 21st birthday, but I didn't really have a party - me and Brit drove out to Cleveland at like 10 at night to meet Sarah, Kellie and Danielle who were partying it up at R.J. Bollands. After a bit there, they started IDing people who were under 21 (I was not under 21! n.n but was not given a bracelet which also caused problems :( ) so we went back to Kellie's to party for a while, but I was dead tired from working til 4am the previous two nights with little sleep and went to bed after a game of Beer Pong and some cake and nachos.

Since then, went to the Asian market with Panda and Sarah, and haven't really done much else. OH, went to O'Charlie's for my birthday with Sarah, Kyuhun, Van der Kamp and a friend, and Patsy. That was kinda interesting.

Ugh, stresses from campaigning for ASG as College of Education Senator, College Democrats stuff, and getting a Circle K quorum together x_x. That's been taking up a bunch of my time lately. Who ever thinks that being president is no work is simply a dumb ass.

Now it's Akron's own President's day and so far I have not been successful about catching up on work. But I did shower, that's an improvement on an hour ago. Now it's 2:00, think I'll do some reading for E^3 class, then study some Japanese, and hopefully work out eventually.

Quote of the Day:
"Sorry I've been kind of an Adam-hermit." - Kat
"She spends all her time inside of an Adam?" - Me
"No, Adam spends all his time inside of her." - Patsy.

Video of the Day: "TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke - Key of Awe$ome #13" rofl. This video is Hilarious. It's about Ke$ha's family pulling an intervention.
"So I decide to stay, but my head is still reelin'...
then they all go down the line, talkin 'bout their feelins..."
Little Brother: "It makes me sad when I see you brush your teeth with jack,
also you borrowed by gold bike, and never gave it back..."

Song of the Day: "Radio" by Beyonce, from the album "I Am... Sasha Fierce." This song is kinda interesting, found it while trying to burn a mix CD: "Gaga Meets Sasha Fierce!" a combination of non-radio Lady Gaga songs and songs from I Am Sasha Fierce. Huh, the story behind the Sasha Fierce album is kinda interesting I suppose. But I like alot of the Beyonce songs on there, so expect to see more on here if I remember.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Phasers and PADDs, IRL!

*U* Hm, well - many may say that 2009 was the year that brought Star Trek out of it's descent into historic oblivion with the incredibly successful 11th film, Star Trek. But I hereby declare 2010 the year that Star Trek started coming to life! In the past month, the US has made two dramatic waves in the technological world: the iPad and this morning the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully fired a laser weapon that's in the testing stage. Star Trek had these things 40+ years ago!

Since the iPad was a couple weeks ago, lets take a minute to look at that first -- a "PADD", or the acronym "Personal Access Display Device" - is a small handheld computer on Star Trek usually used to pass on reports to your superior, a futuristic clipboard basically. They consisted pretty entirely of a large touch screen, or in some cases a touch screen with a few buttons beneath it.

A PADD on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (IRL time: c. 1997, ST time: c. 2374)

This PADD is from Star Trek: Voyager, shows mainly text. eBook anyone?

Having come full circle, you can now WATCH Star Trek on your OWN iPad!!! That's hilariously awesome. I want one.

But as for today's technological advancement?
"WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - A U.S. high-powered airborne laser weapon shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of a futuristic directed energy weapon, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Friday."
Um, AWESOME! We've got Phasers now!? Technically, in Star Trek, phasers and lasers are different -- lasers are depicted as significantly less powerful than phasers, though Phasers appear to move slower since we can see the beam move. Lasers move at the speed of light, and therefore should not be visible under normal circumstances. But I digress.

The Enterprise-D fires phasers and photon torpedoes, c. 2364.

The Enterprise-E fires phasers. (c. 2371)

To be specific, this site goes into more detail about how the laser works - but less than two minutes after launch a missile can be destroyed. How very Ronald Reagan's Star Wars. Once the missile is detected, the laser fires at it and the missile's structure is compromised in only seconds. Fascinating!

In conclusion, I miss Star Trek. Sometime in the near future I need to watch a few episodes.

Quote of the Day: Yesterday I was helping Van der Kamp with his TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) practice, and was recording my voice reading some questions and answers. The practice answers they are given are VERY badly worded, lol, me and Patsy had a heck of a time making fun of them. Sample question:
"Some students learn better alone, while others learn better studying in groups. Which do you prefer and why?" "(blah blah blah) To be specific, if I study at home I will be more tired because there is my bed right next to my desk."

Haha, also, all the sample answers were modeled in the exact same way. "To be specific," "More over," "Also," and things. And they used awkward phrasing that no one really uses - when was the last time you described something as spectacular in normal conversation?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Movie Quote's, How good are ya?

1. Pick 20 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them in a note for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDB search functions. That's cheating and it ruins the

1. They can sing, they can dance, after all miss, this is France! And a dinner 'ere is never second best!
2. Computer... Computer? Hello Computer? ...ah, Keyboard, how quaint.
3. Move your big toe.
4. Since my customary farewell would appear oddly self serving, I shall simply say Good Luck.
5. But Look What Happened to the COOK!
6. Sit grandma, bad grandma, don't eat the kitty!
7. No - I promised I wouldn't go *buy* Ouija board. I borrowed one.
8. It just be raining black people in New York.
9. I don't believe in suicide, but if you'd like to try it, it might cheer me up to watch.
10. I always wanted to do that.
11. They're not Chinese, they're not fighting, they're blueberry!
12. I woke up this morning and just *hated* everything...
13. You were the cock. I was the beaver!
14. When you're hurt and scared for so long, the fear and pain turn to hate and the hate starts to change the world.
15. Puppet wranglers? There weren't any puppets in this movie.
16. I don't believe in giving animals ridiculous names. I call him Cosmic Creepers, because that's the name he came with.
17. I've seen me a lot of weird shit in my day, but I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper. I seen me a stripper with one breast. And I seen me a stripper with twelve toes. I've even seen me a stripper with no brains at all, but I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper.
18. Well, look, I don't know what futuristic utopia you live in, but where I live, a bitch need a gun!
19. Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!
20. Are you saying cat's did this too you!?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Something I Want

Hear ye, Hear ye:

Those searching for something to get me for my birthday, I present you a book that I will be putting on my Amazon wishlist before I go to bed tonight:

"Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration"

This book is available at Amazon for as little as 11.00 - the cost of a Circle K T-Shirt! It appears to be written by the people of Infiltration.org, a defunct abandoned building website that used to produce a magazine. OMG-- How awesome it would be to get a magazine about abandoned buildings every month. I would totally pay outrageous amounts of money to do that *U*

I don't actually *NEED* this book of course, I know how to explore abandoned buildings and have been an urbanite for years - I just want to be able to say I have a book like this on my shelf. I could probably write a book like this, in fact, perhaps I will. Or, I could merge a novel with a book on exploring abandoned buildings and the characters ...OH! The ideas starting to form in my head!!! n.n

u.u with all that free time I have.

Well, I have some free time - due to inclement weather, the service project was canceled this morning as none of our members could get our car out of our driveways/street.

Website of the Day: Opacity.com! Here is a NON-Defunct abandoned building website that looks pretty darn awesome, but I haven't gotten around to exploring it completely just quite yet.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Jiang Shi for Dummies

Are you ready to learn everything you never thought you'd need to know about Chinese Vampires? Good.

The "Jiang Shi", written in Chinese as 僵尸or as 僵屍 in "Traditional Chinese," literally means "stiff corpse." Technically, Jiang Shi are closer to Chinese counterparts of a Westerner's image of a zombie than a vampire. How to identify them? Well, their most obvious feature is their mode of transportation - because of the rigor mortis in their legs, Chinese Vampires hop. It's almost comical, until they KILL YOU!

Some other interesting Chinese vampire traits: they are blind and have no knowledge, they track people by smelling their breath (this means holding your breath keeps them from seeing you - kinda like T-Rex's from Jurassic Park.) They chase people trying to steal their "po" or life force of some type. How to fight them you ask? Well Taoist monks can write spells on rice parchment, and stick them to their forehead with sticky rice - these paralyze them.

Final bit of advice? Every feung shui specialist in China knows to put a 15 centimeter threshold by their door, so as to keep jiang shi from entering. Some interesting resources to further research jiang shi: "New Moon Legend: Twilight of the Jiang Shi." Also, in the early 1980's Chineses vampire films were very popular. Movies such as "Mr. Vampire." Years ago, me and Amanda watched a movie or three from this series at A&A Comics, and thought it was interesting. I was actually a Chinese vampire for Halloween once I think. My fingers got swollen inside them from the cold, and I hard to cut them off - lol.

The last two kanji in the movie poster look familiar, but I don't off the top of my head know what they mean. Probably "Sensei", cause the movie's called Mr. Vampire.

Quote of the Day:
"You were one of us!" - Bad Guy
"No. I'm a Hero." - Sylar.

WOAHz! Sylar becoming a good guy?! I have to hand it to the guy that plays Sylar and Spock, he is an awesome actor -- I do not see the other character in them at all when they are playing the other character. Next week = Season Finale of Heroes I believe.

Song of the Day: "Blah, Blah, Blah" by Kesha (feat. 3Oh!3) Haha- this song has been stuck in my head since the other day for some reason. It reminds me of when I first heard it, this and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" at about the same time - I thought "god, these artists suck and have completley given up on even writing lyrics anymore... I mean, Blah blah blah? Oh ra, oh la la goo goo ga ga..." Now ironically I like both songs, lol.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Whats to Come

Phew, well THAT's over. Award forms are DONE, thank God. This morning I'll be taking them to the post office to mail them out in fact. Overnight = Reimbursement.

Next Years Position - In other news, after a hugely successful Circle K open house - I can rest assured Circle K will pass safely into new hands soon, and have at least another year after thats' security of members to draw board from. Whew, I love service leadership and fellowship but I will be glad to be a general member again. Or maybe I'll be scrapbook or MD&E Chair. Or even PR. Whatever I chose to be, if I do, it'll be secondary to (hopefully) ASG College of Education Senator - which I'm considering going for. I am also considering going for Judicial Hearing Board, but I tried that last year and lost out to someone else. We'll see what happens.

Return to Korea? - So Kyuhun suggested the other night that I should go back to Korea this summer and teach English to make some extra money. Hm, that's not a bad idea I'd never really thought of. I mean I thought about returning to Korea some day, and maybe teaching English there temporarily, but never really thought about the summer thing. I found this page from the State Department warning aspiring English teachers that contracts work differently in Korea, and that I should be wary and try to find a creditable college or school not some start-up business that often flop within a month. But I dunno, I kinda like the idea of going back to Korea. I miss bugogi, a steak dish that was like eight bucks. (When a miniature version of KFC was like 10+! Wtf!?) And half the cool Koreans will be back in Korea by then, most of them are in the U.S. (or Canada) right now. Hm, something to think about.

Housing - Monday (today!) I start looking into new housing, likely with Mike and his friend Jenny who seems cool. Callin our landlord people, and Sarah&Kayla's landlord people. Hopefully I can get that figured out this week actually, because contract signing season is practically here.

Work - American Eagle at Chapel Hill may be hiring. And I signed up to take a Thursday morning U.S. Census test. In fact I should print out the AE form today. I actually have alot I want to get done today, especially since I got up early because of Sarah going to work and my first class being canceled.

Spellman Manor - White, not Blue.

But for now, Yay! You may be wondering why there are Sabrina pictures on here, but no reference to her. Well, Media Player is working again, so I can watch Sabrina indiscriminately! Haha, this show is awesome for bad jokes. Man, when I have the money I am *Totally* buying computer software to add magic to videos. Also, an amateur radio - that would be cool. But I've always found it interesting how the different witches' magic manifested differently, like Sabrina's is gold/red sparks, Hildas is a puff of smoke, and Zeldas is purple/white sparks. Just thought I'd put those here to display that.

Quote of the Day: "What ever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paper boy, and evenin' TV..." - The opening to Full House. Patsy, of all people, did not know all the words!

Song of the Day: Bonafied Lovin by Chromeo. I think I found this on the American Eagle Pandora page, but then lost it and created a Chromeo pandora channel (which is primarily electronica-rock or whatever.) Then went about googling them, and I like this better than their more recent singles. Low and behold, based on the comments on this youtube page -- it was heard in a Hollister by many people apparently. Haha, but its a band of two Canadian guys, one of arab descent and one of jewish descent, and Wikipedia says they describe themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture." The chorus goes something like: "I'll give you bonafide lovin, the type that makes me feel old..."