Marytown Chapel Ceiling Collapse

This is the local Franciscan Friary where we go to Mass.
Their chapel roof collapsed a few months ago, and they don't think it will be useable until summer.


Strange happening

Today I saw a man in a suit driving a forklift in the rain.

That is all.



There must be something about me that makes people think I'm very good at watching paint dry.
Because 2000 miles away, half-way across the country, here I am again, watching white paint dry.

At least this time I have a computer to do research on, so I'm doing *something* useful.


Board Room Classes (no, not "bored classes")

A few days ago when a structural engineer was on campus, he found a crack in one of the beams in the commons chapel, so for the past few days it's been closed, and probably will be for a few more weeks until they fix it.
Since they had to have Mass somewhere, they had it in room106 for the first day, so Mr. Shield's class moved from there to room 317, where my section has Theology with Mr. O'Rielly. Since he was using that room, we got to have class in the Board of Governor's council room in the library. That's the room ehind the railing above hte entrance in this picture, and the room that opens onto the balcony in this picture.
It was pretty cool having a class there, since the atmosphere is more refined and elegant thatn the usual classrooms, since the wall are lined with large bookcases of gold-gilded tomes, with nice statues, and the view, instead of some grass, looks out over all of campus and the mountains surrounding.

Anyways, the temprary chapel has been moved to the library, and Masses are now held in the main part thereof, so it looks like we won't be having class there anymore, but it was quite enjoyable the two times we were able too. (waving to people from the balcony before class was fun too :D )


The Property of Fixxedness

I finally fixed Chris Bissek's laptop after two weeks of working on it on and off. His windows installation was thoroughly corrupted and required reinstallation, but his CD-rom drive was broken, and connecting an external drive to his USB ports didn't work, and even performing a hard drive transplant to a donor laptop didn't solve the problem. Finally, I was able to open up his CD-ROM drive, fiddle with the cables and servos a bit, and coax it to work long enough for me to install windows.
It made him quite happy to have his soul back, as it had been lost due to his lack of music from his computer.

I also just heard from Josh Kens that Father Michael said Josh could quote him on the fact that "Going to TAC and loving it is a sign of predestination."



More fun with work study

So after having me make a list, "The Funky Boss" aka Steve, has told me that if I keep finiding things to add to it that I can just do stuff off that list for the rest of the semester, and possibly the year. So I pretty much get to make up my own jobs each day, which makes my job even better.
I do admit I have a tendency to choose either the fun or the extremely satisfying ones, like hosing down the ceilings (fun) or cleaning 5 years of dirt off of a fireplace (extremely satisfying).

Still have to paint that strip of wax down at the hacienda though, which will definitely involve watching more paint dry...


'Tis wondrous strange...

In philosophy this year, we've started out by studying the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. It's one of my favorite classes so far, and we've had many intense debates and discussions about virtue, it's meaning and form, how it is found and define, and particular virtues like courage, high-mindedness, temperance, and the like. Currently we've moved on to the fifth book, which mainly deals with justice. We examined the nature of justice, and different types of justice, such as distributive and reciprocal justice, for different things like transactions and interactions between mne, and finally we had reached to point where we were examining the difference between natural justice and political (or legal) justice. It occurred to me during our class that at most colleges in America, one would not only not be able to easily take up that abortion goes against the natural law unchangeably, but also that it was strange that we used that example since it was the easiest for us to agree on, since theft and murder are more easily equivocated or superceded by other natural laws.


Fun when wet

Today I decided my workstudy job was to wash the ceiling in front of St. Augustine's, and blast all the cobwebs off with a pressure-nozzle hose, since Steve left me a note saying I should do something from the list I made myself. Just another reason being on "random maintainence" is totally awesome. Besides tyhe fact that Chris Bisseks and I spent 3 hours last weekend on the clock sitting in a swing watching paint dry. Seriously, we had to make sure it was the right color (none of the buckets turned out to have the right color), and Steve told us we did an excellent job.

Anyways, washings ceilings was quite enjoyable, because I got to make it pour water from the ceilings, and since I had my iPod with me, I was singing and dancing in it when Sasha came along and asked me if I was "Singing in the rain." She was quite amused, and even joined in by skipping for a bit.

I love my new job. :D


Photos Updated

Sorry, I posted a bunch of new pictures a few days ago and forgot to tell people here that I had done so.



Have Pity on the Pathetic

To anyone who knows him, go comment on Piro's blog to snap him out of his little self-pity party. (Piro aka David Six)



I'm not dead, just very busy with Junior year. I'll try to find some time this weekend to post pictures and updates about the first month of college.


Site of Goodness

I hereby declare Farecast to be a site of goodness, because it added Chicago and LAX to it's list of city it issues airplane ticket price predictions for. W007.

[Update about college and classes coming later, but suffice it to say my section and tutors are awesome so far. Especially "Mad Molly" Gustin, my music tutor. :D ]


Update of coolness!

Looky on that side over there.


Many links of coolness and humor and interest and stuff.
I read lots of blog feeds on Google Reader, and now I've set it up so when I find something cool about a post and I put a nice little shiny star next to it, it pops up here on my blog. That way even when I don't update, like I haven't all summer (I should be getting better come school), you can still get new stuff and see what I find interesting in the world today, whether it be in politics, religion, gaming, technology, humor, or whatever.
Not that most people would care, but you're here reading this, so I thought you might, and I think it's very cool in a geeky sort of way.

Anyways, it's there, and it makes me happy.


The Tartan Wave: A History Of Scottish Surfing

Just a cool article, with such interesting facts like the one that the Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn was half-Scottish, as well as being the niece of Princess Lili'uokalani, and a talented surfer.

And I guess I could count myself as a Scottish surfer too, because I do have some Scottish blood (MacQueen clan), and I have been surfing. :D

Hmm, I actually just googled "MacQueen" to get a link to use, but I'm learning some rather interesting things.
"The McQueens probably originate from Vikings who settled on Skye in Scotland."
Vikings are cool, as is the island we named our puppy after. So is the clan motto, "Constant and faithful," and the clan badge, with a wolf rampant holding an arrow.
Also described elsewhere as "A wolf rampant ermine holding a pheon gules paint downward argent."
Judge for yourself.

I like it.

Or there's this version.

I think the first one looks nicer, but maybe that's just because it's cleaner. Perhaps I'll use a vector program to reproduce it so I can blow up the image.

Pictures from Rhinelander!

Taken by my mom.

All downloadable from Picasa Web Albums.


More Picasa Web Albums!

Pictures taken in 2000

Pictures from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
(we went on the Space Shot and G-force rides)

Comments here and on the web albums are welcome, and if anyone needs an invitiation to a Gmail account feel free to email me and I'll be happy to send one.

N. Korea Launches Attack Against Sea of Japan

(2006-07-05) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il today acknowledged that he had ordered yesterday’s missile strikes against the Sea of Japan in response to what he called “threatening and provocative movements” that the body of water had made against his nation’s coastline.

U.S. sources said that as many seven missiles, including one long-range, short-flight Taepodong 2, penetrated the surface of the sea in a terrifying display of North Korean ballistic technology prowess.

“This clearly demonstrates our status as a global superpower,” said Mr. Kim, “The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is quite capable of raining fire from the sky upon any body of water that approaches our shores, or even thinks about it.”

The North Korean leader said the attack should “put other seas on notice that our precision-guided munitions can strike you at any time.”

Meanwhile, China made a “goodwill gesture” aimed at gaining Mr. Kim’s trust and ending the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula by offering to provide replacements for the expended missiles.

“The people of North Korea can barely eat,” said an unnamed China spokesman, “So where would they get the money to buy new missiles? We consider this a humanitarian offer.”

This was the funniest take on the missle launch I've seen yet.


Escher's Kind of Town

I always thought Chicago was a cool city, but I didn't know parts were designed by M. C. Escher


Thank you!

I spent yesterday installing anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on Yorktown Mall's computer, and cleaning off all the tracking cookies and other malware they had. Fortunately, my Aunt pixie works there, and gave me a ticket to a free meal of teriyaki beef and shrimp on rice with green tea to drink at the Japanese restaurant in the food court (and it looked like the best place there), so I was able to have a nice lunch at my own little table next to a huge bank of windows looking at peaceful clouds floating across the sky, rather than the parking lot underneath.

Thank you Aunt Pixie!

NB: Those same innocent-looking clouds turned out to be very deceitful and wicked, because they later turned into rainclouds which made the traffic going home horrible.


See? This is what my Liberal Arts TAC Education is good for.

Antigone Quiz
"You answered 9 items out of 10 correctly.
Your score is 90%. Excellent job!"
I forgot that it was Tiresias, not Haemon, who made Creon see that he was wrong.

Jane Austen Quiz

"You answered 13 items out of 26 correctly.
Your score is 50%. You may want to practice more."
Not so hot. I've only read two of her books so far though.

Pride and Prejudice Quiz
"You answered 9 items out of 12 correctly.
Your score is 75%. Good job!"
Not bad. Didn't know the year it was published, the first 4 words of the book, or who paid ickham to marry Lydia.

Well, they were fun to take. More can be found here.


Really Cool Guardian Angel Prayer

O Holy Angel, attendant of my wretched soul and of mine afflicted life, forsake me not, a sinner, neither depart from me for mine inconstancy. Give no place to the evil demon to subdue me with the oppression of this mortal body; but take me by my wretched and outstretched hand, and lead me in the way of salvation.
Yea, O holy Angel of God, the guardian and protector of my hapless soul and body, forgive me all things whatsoever wherewith I have troubled thee, all the days of my life, and if I have sinned in anything this day.

Shelter me in this present night, and keep me from every affront of the enemy, lest I anger God by any sin; and intercede with the Lord in my behalf, that He might strengthen me in the fear of Him, and make me a worthy servant of His goodness. Amen.

Found in the comments on a Catholic blog.
Also, in an interesting twist, when I googled a phrase from it, the top hit was a Society of the Divine Word site, and I just delivered a computer to their International Headquarters in Techny, IL last week.


Pictures of My Frivolous Youth

Why do I love Logitech?

Because not only do they make awesome mice, like my MX1000,

but when it breaks, I call them, go through various test procedures for 10 minutes, and then they're like, "oh well, I guess it's broken. Here, how about we send you a brand-spanking new one? It comes complete with shiny box...

And don't worry about having to return the old one, we don't want it anyways."

That is why I love Logitech.


More Picasa Web Albums

Operation Bunny Rescue, which happened recently. (perhaps I can get Allison to type up a description of the events, as I missed to most exciting parts)

And The Battle of Belleau Wood, a diorama of a WWI battle I made for an eighth grade history project.

If you have GMail, feel free to log in and leave comments on the photos, or if not, just comment here, because I'm told that the little comments link right down there \/ is feeling lonely and depressed.

Pope + iPod = Rocking B16


Father David Vogel's Ordination

This is my first picture post using Google's Picasa Web Album's, and I highly reccomend the Picasa photo orgnatization software, along with the web album uploading, to anyone who wants an easy experience in organizing and posting their photos online.

Castles for sale!

It would be pretty awesome to live in a castle, but I think they're a bit out of my price range.

In the meantime...

Some cool and cute pictures of the Pope I've found.

"Pope Benedict doing his Goldfinger Oddjob imitation flicks off
his steel Zucchetto at a dissenting theologian heckling him."

"...did someone say, perogies?"

"[In a trip plagued with constant drenching rain...] A rainbow is seen in the sky as the Pope Benedict XVI pays his respect to the victims of the former Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland May 28, 2006."

Thanks to The Curt Jester and The American Papist

Much joy and happiness

Google just came out with Picasa Web Albums, which looks like it will make uploading pictures to this blog in a nice format much easier for me (because I'm picky about the format, each photo post has generally taken me a few hours instead of the few minutes it should take.

There are only two catches, 1, it's still in test, so I'm awaiting my invitation, but as soon as I get it I'll try it out; and 2, you'll have to click a link I post here to an album I create there, but it has a very nice, clean, smooth, and fast interface, (see here for a demo album of cute puppy pictures) so I hope you, my loyal readers, won't mind.

And I do have 3 batches of photos to post, so expect updates soon (provided my request for an invitation goes through, which it should)


May 31 Link Collection

(if anyone can think of a better description let me know)

It's so simple, why didn't we think of it before?

Those Iranian Satirists can be funny...although probably not as much as the original letter from their president.

It's got everything ... including the kitchen sink, the fridge, the dishwasher, the shelves, the microwave, etc.

And saving the best for last...

A very cute, humourous post by a homeschooling mom
Possibly because I like kissing, but who doesn't? (besides young kids :P )

My favorite quotes from the above,
"On one such recent occasion she ran screaming from the room with her fingers in her ears shouting, "Oh, Gross! I can still hear it! How can they stand it?! "She just doesn't know yet that the quiet ones are actually better," the Headmaster leaned over and whispered to me."


"And you see, now I have not only successfully embarrassed the youngest two children, I have completely grossed out and embarrassed the older Progeny who have read this blog entry and cannot believe that I am telling the entire internet world that their parents still kiss."
So Dark the Con of Mac

For all you members of "Apple Dei" out there.

Da Vinci Code boosts Opus Dei numbers

On a smiliar subject, God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.
via The American Papist

The Wanderer

Methinks this is one of Pete's better poems... at least, I like it.

"Don't tell me you take the Bible *literally*?"

How to respond to this oft-heard question, according to Mark Shea
via The Happy Catholic


Visit to the Milwaukee Public Museum

Last week my family and I drove up to Milwaukee to visit the exhibit St Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes.

Unfortunately, no photography was allowed inside that exhibit, so I have to rely on images culled from google.
However, the exhbit itself was amazing, and traced the architecture, art, religion, and politics of the Vatican and popes through the ages in a very informative respectful manner.

The sheer amount of articles in the exhibit was amazing, and I'll just list a few of the things that especially struck me.

For one thing, I didn't know we worshippped agiant pineapple.
No, just kidding,that was suposedly the sarcophagus of St. Peter in the Basilia of St. Peter built on the Vatican by the Emperor Constantine.

What I actually found really neat was the original stone carvings they had taken from the first basilica of St. Peter.

They also had a neat recreation of what it would have been like for Michaelangelo to work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Another exhibit had a letter written from Pope Pius IX to the Christians in China. It was written on red silk, which normally was accorded only to the Emperor, to show the pope's authority. I like it when the Catholic Church uses local symbols like that to signify things, kindof like Our Lady of Gaudalupe.

At the very end of the exhibit, there was a bronze cast of the hand of Pope John Paul II (put there at his own request), which seemed a very fitting note to end on.

I was able to take photographs in other parts of the museum though.

The Biggest Fabre Project Ever!

Must've been a freshman for a long time to collect all those.

Roll Out the Barrels

Part of the Nunnemacher Arms Collection at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


This one's for Will.


Crashing at the Beach after Finals

Group of Dead Sophomores

Will, Michelle, JB, Mary Steichen, and I drove to the beach after our philosophy final on Friday, and set the afternoon hanging out, sleeping, reading, and resting, before going to In 'n Out for dinner.

*squint* ... *grunt* ... "just lemme read."

We TACers are so pathetic, we go to the beach after finals week, and every one of us brings a book and reads it.

JB Dozing

Movie + Finals = Crazy Tired

Stones Set in Sand

Gull Guardian

Starfish hiding under a rock

Hello Mr. Crab

Gull Soaring over the saltwater

Ocean Spray

Will chowing down on a 4x4


Finals week

As he walks out of the coffee shop, the murmur of studious voices dies behind him, replaced by a ghastly silence. The moon shines brightly through the thick haze that hangs over campus, lending an appropriate surreal atmosphere to the tranquil night.
The pathways, usually traversed frequently at all times of day, lie empty, betraying the anxiety and stress of examinations that causes their abandonement.
Is it just coincidence that we read Dante this semester, and still have the quote "Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here" lingering in the recesses of our minds?

He continues his walk across campus, thoughts flickering through his head, when he realizes the mist is so thick he can't see any of the buildings, even though he stands in the middle of campus, under the solitary lamppost, the flourescent light illuminating the fog almost as brightly as the moon, and the jasmine bush overwhelming his sense of smell. He tries not to think about the relation of sense to potential and agent intellect as expounded upon by Aristotle in De Anima.

Suddenly, out of the fog, three freshman come skipping down from St. Bernard's, singing lustily, their crazed demeanor evident from their gait.

It is not surprising, dementia is one of the most common symptoms of finals week.
They pass by him, back into the haze whence they came.

As he continues his walk in the swirling mists, a theme starts in his head.

Finals week truly turns TAC into "The Twilight Zone."



The past month has been very rigorous scholastically, and there have been many others events, leaving me little time for blogging. Life in general has been pretty rough this semester, so accept my apologies for the lack of consistent posting.
However, finals are going well so far, and I'm half-way done.
Over the summer I'll be trying to post more than once a week, so watch this space when I get home next week.
God Bless,


My Birthday!

I had a pretty good birthday today, it was just an ordinary day until after classes. Happily I managed to dodge the obligatory "Happy Birthday" song by everyone in the commons at lunch by eating it in the coffee shop, and then for dinner, Will, Mary Rose, David Six, Tommy Duffy, and I went out for Sushi.
We went to a really good place called "Sumo Sushi" in Ventura, where the main attraction to college students is that if you eat there instead of getting take-out, all the sushi is half price. We ordered a very wide selection, with stuff like crab, California, Philadelphia, salmon, and tuna rolls, and then eel, octopus, crab, and other assorted sushi (not rolls).
We also ordered an quail egg shooter, but when it came, it was somewhat different from what Duffy, Mose and I (who thought we had seen it before) had expected.
Instead of being sushi or a roll, it was a small glass filed with some sort of liquid, with a bit of soy sauce and smelt eggs on the bottom, and a quail egg floating in it. It actually looked very pretty, the yellow of the quail egg nicely complimenting the blue tint of the glass, and mingling with the orange of the smelt eggs at the bottom.
So, though we had anticipated it to be a dish that could be shared, seeing as it wasn't, and it was my birthday, I shot it, and it actually tasted very good (yes, I was somewhat surprised at that).
Shortly after the rolls began to arrive, and after that the sushi, and we feasted on delicious raw and cooked fish, and the discussion was noticeably slowed for quite some time as everyone appreciated the fine cooking. David Six, who hadn't ever had sushi before, was somewhat hesitant at first, but soon was savoring the delicacies along with the rest of us. He was again a bit nervous when the second course, with the octopus (1st picture below, right side), smelt eggs (same picture, left side), and eel (3rd picture), arrived, but after trying the eels (which was perfectly, absolutely, heavenly stuff) he decided that contrary to his opinion after the 1st course ("It's good, but I wouldn't want to eat it forever"), that it definitely would be possible to live on sushi alone.

After we had finished all of the sushi (which actually took awhile, because unlike pizza, sushi is something to be enjoyed, not devoured), Will and I decided to fully enjoy the wasabi (the green stuff on our chopsticks in the bottom picture, btw, chopsticks are very fun to eat with, and I ought to get a pair), a very spicy hot paste used for seasoning the sushi (typically you stir a small amount of wasabi into the soy sauce into which you dip the sushi, because the wasabi is very potent.
So we each took a large hunk and ate it, letting it sit in our mouths for several seconds, spreading the flavor (it's actually a very unique, but good flavor, in spite of the intensity), and then breathing slowly and deeply, letting it clear out our sinuses. The sensation of slight burning in our nostrils actually felt pretty good, and I did it again with David afterwards. Our eyes smarted and watered a bit, but the taste lasted longer than the burning, and was definitely worth it. Mary Rose thought we were pretty crazy, but she already knew that.

Note: Upon reading the wikipedia articale, I came across these quotes, which make sense: "Wasabi (Japanese: 山葵) is a member of the cabbage family. Known as Japanese horseradish, its root is used as a spice and has an extremely strong flavor. Its hotness is more akin to that of a hot mustard than a chile pepper, producing vapors that burn the sinus cavity rather than the tongue."
"Fortunately for those who either through malice or unfamiliarity [or craziness] come into contact with too much of this condiment, the burning sensations it can induce are short-lived compared to the effects of chile peppers."

We then went to a local boba tea shop to get tea, except for the unfortunate fact that they were out of boba , so we had to settle for tea with jelly in it, which was still very good, although not as good as tea with boba in it.
Random bit of trivia from wikipedia: "In September 2004, while defending a US$18 billion weapon purchase plan, the ROC Ministry of National Defense used bubble tea as an example of the overall cost of the proposed purchase. The Ministry stated that the total cost of the weapons systems would be equivalent to the money saved if all Taiwanese drank one fewer pearl milk tea per week for a period of twenty years."
(!? Is that supposed to be alot or a little?)

We got back to campus at about 8, and Mary Rose, David, Tommy and I went up to the Owl to watch "Howl's Moving Castle" (Will had other obligations, such as watching a movie with Michelle). It was a really good, fun anime movie, although Mary Rose was traumatized at parts, since she had read the book, and apparently the movie didn't always hold true to the original idea or story line. We all enjoyed it though.

After that Duffy went down to campus to sleep, and David wandered off to sleep on another side of the watertower while Mary Rose and I watched the first two episodes of Fruits Basket, and cute little Japanese anime, involving a little girl who goes to lives with people who are really zodiac signs who turn into animals when hugged. (don't ask why, my only response will be "it's Japanese")

Finally I went to bed, very content and happy, with good friends, food, and movies.

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The Battle (or lack thereof) of Cuteness (or lack thereof)

We had a big long prop today, from Apollonius Conics, Book II, Prop 20. When we have one that's big and long, most people either don't study it much at all, because they don't get hard props and probably won't be called, or study it a ton, because they get hard props and will be called. And since they've studied it alot and know how to do it well it's nice to be called so that their hard work is worth something.

So Fiona and Will were arguing over the prop, because they both wanted it, when Bridget said, "I heard he took volunteers in the morning section."

Will shouted, "Good!"

And then Fiona said in her inimitable quiet fiesty cute Fiona-voice,
"Don't you dare!
...I'm cuter than you!"

Will shrugged and looked mildly flustered, everyone else laughed, and Fiona blushed.

The general concensus was that she was the winner hands-down.

I leave it to your judgement.

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Will, tossing around a hunk of pie dough for some reason, which gives him great joy.

Btw, Fiona got the prop, because when Mr. Clark said, "I'll take a volunteer, while Will half-heartedlyraised his hand, Fiona said (and Fiona speaking is a rarity in class) cheerfully, "I'll do it!"


Seminar Quotes over the past couple months

During Dante:

"You have to start with the big sins first, you have to say "I need to stop murdering people"" - James Berquist in Seminar

“It seems to present the idea that Evil if fun, Good is boring.” – Maria Cross

During The Fairie Queen:

“He’s a wimp! He doesn’t seem to be able to do anything on his own, he only survives because he falls against a tree, and then down a well, and then he almost accidentally cuts off the dragon’s head!” – Angela Nicolini

“It seems like he’s a wimp who can’t do it himself.” – Angela Nicolini
“So if I told you to do a hard job, and told you that everyone who had tried to do it before you had DIED, would you be a wimp for doing it and needing a little bit of help?” – Maria Cross

“So maybe it’s supposed to be a comedy” – Mr. Collins
“But it’s not funny” – James Berquist
“The Way Miss Nicolini described it it’s funny.” Mr. Collins

“She doesn’t do anything though, she just sits there and watches” - Angela
(very sweetly) “Maybe she’s praying for him.” - Michelle


I find this very very frightening.

But not all that surprising.
It's basically the plot of Tom Clancy's "Rainbow Six" where nutso evrionmental scientists decide to kill off 90% of humanity using ebola to "save the planet" Actually, methinks Tom Clancy ought to sue this guy for copyright violation. Anyways, the scary part is that he's able to speak like this at major universities and garner standing ovations from the impressionable young students there.
How wonderful. *rolls eyes*
(In case you're wondering, since I haven't used this feature before, just click on the title to go to the link)



Here are some picture I took during the big civilization game we had on campus. I lasted about 2 months, and we played usually 1-2 times a week for about 4 hours. The List of PLayers is as follows (and if someone could give me the final points total that would be cool)

1st - David Six - Babylon
2nd (by 2 points) - Joe Ferrier - Assyria

Nick Ruedig - ASIA
David Ferrier - Carthage
David Yanoshick - Egypt
Tommy Duffy - Rome
Ben Coughlin - Illyria
Pete Six - Iberia

It was a really awesome game, and fun for all (I think) even those who didn't win.
It kinda stuck that I got pwned by a Civil War on the next to last turn though, but I maintained a nice board position throughout most of the game,however, I think it was at the expense of my technology.
David Six suffered some minor calamities at the beginning, but he quickly recovered and maintained an awesome board position, because his closest neighbor was Joe, who was constantly being hit by David Ferrier and Yano, and too busy surviving to hurt David, until David had built up a huge defensive boarder. Egypt was to David's south, butt he vast expanse of desert served as a natural boundary, so David pretty much just sat there happy with his nine cities every turn.
Yano as Egypt started off the game well, but I'm not sure if he was aggressive enough, because Egypt doesn't need to be aggressive to survive, but they do to excel. He also kept rubbin up against David and Joe Ferrier, so by the end of the game he wasn't a top contender.

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Just doing my own little part...

In an attempt to better the world in some small way, I've gone on all five computers in the computer lab and changed the Internet Explorer Icon on the desktop and on the start menu to point to firefox.exe. :D


Sean, the Irish Penguin


It's an Irish Penguin!

(don't ask me how that makes sense)

my pet!

Yes, I'm bored.

And it's kindof like the green milk we had this morning.


Crazy times in Funkytown (Santa Paula)

Last saturday I had alot of fun. Dinner wasn't that great, so Will, Michelle, Clay, Tom, and I went out to Carl Jr.'s for dinner at about 10, and had a fun time, having crazy discussions, watching funny videos on my iPod, eating excellent juicy burgers, and singing and dancing to Numa Numa at full blast (Will was dancing too, which was kinda interesting, since he was driving, but Michelle wasn't dancing or singing, she was just kinda...looking either scared or amused by the rest of us crazy people).
It was very fun.

P.S. Will and I have a tradition of playing "Funkytown" from Shrek when we drive through Santa Paula, hence the post title. But we didn't play it this time in respect to Michelle's sensibilities and dislike of the song.


Happy Pi Day!

The day of

Here's a really cool equation I found last week the integreates the concepts of Pi, e, i, 1, and 0.

"Euler's identity is remarkable for its mathematical beauty. Three basic arithmetic functions are present exactly once: addition, multiplication, and exponentiation. As well, the identity links five fundamental mathematical constants:

* The number 0, the additive identity.
* The number 1, the multiplicative identity.
* The number π, the circular constant, which is ubiquitous in trigonometry, Euclidean geometry, and mathematical analysis.
* The number e, the base of natural logarithms, which occurs widely in mathematical analysis.
* The number i, the square root of -1, and the basis for the complex numbers, which contain the roots of all nonconstant polynomials and leads to deeper insights into many operators, such as integration."

Euler's Identity

I like this t-shirt:

Just in case you're wondering what it is exactly, here are the first ten thousand digits:

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Thought you might want to know.