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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Burnout



So yeah, no more regular updates until I'm done with this semester.

4 more weeks to go.




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What pain do you want?

If you find my story boring just jump straight to the more valuable article at the bottom. You're welcome.

Today I reluctantly showed up in this 1-credit class conducted in a seminar form (which I found academically useless but have to take) and the instructor had us sit in a circle and talk about what made us choose to become scientists. The first person who shared her stories said that it's family influence and that passion for science occurred to her naturally since they were at very young age. All other people who shared their thoughts afterwards went by similar storyline (geez, why is it that everyone has at least one parent who is a scientist?!) and my attention started to shift from listening to doodling on my notebook while thinking about my own reasons for choosing the science path.

In the end I didn't give my two cents in class— in most cases, I'd rather sit in silence if I find it challenging to give truthful, meaningful, succinct responses. The last thing I wanna do is to go on and on and on and ee oh ee oh like one of my classmates always did... I cringe whenever she raises her hand and starts talking cuz she'll never keep it short and the instructor won't stop her either ಠ_ಠ I know it's her right to express her opinions etc la but isn't it common sense to stop before things get stale and boring.......... (btw, is it just me or ESL students with fairly good command of English generally cringe at poorly spoken English or heavy accents more than native speakers do?) (well, to be fair, I actually cringe at bad any language) (← not trying to be a snob here har, I cringe at myself too wtf) (lololol after I updated the "About Me" on the side bar, I don't care to minimize usage of brackets anymore) (eh where was I??? oh— )

Monday, November 11, 2013

Walt Disney World ⋅ Disney's Hollywood Studios

(March 2012)

It was the third and the last day at Walt Disney World, and we learned our lessons! The night before, I googled for tips to avoid long queue and planned our trip accordingly. So the next morning we arrived early and straightaway went to grab FASTPASS for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, then queued up for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. These two are the "big" rides at Hollywood Studios, FASTPASS usually runs out before noon and regular queue becomes super long pretty quick too so you gotta act fast if you hate waiting in line!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is based on the popular television series created, hosted and written by Rod Serling which originally aired from 1959 to 1964. 

The mystery of the tower goes like this: 
On a stormy Halloween night in 1939, 5 unlucky souls disappeared from the Hollywood Tower Hotel’s doomed elevator. Classic stars of the silver screen sought rest and relaxation at the Hollywood Tower Hotel during the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1939, during a gloomy Halloween night, 5 unfortunate hotel patrons were riding in the elevator when a violent storm struck the building… and they were never seen again. Whatever became of them and wherever they may have gone has remained a mystery to this day. The hotel closed down that night and has remained abandoned ever since...


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Walt Disney World ⋅ Duffy Bear

Duffy (and Shellie May too, the female version) is over-the-top popular in Japan, almost everyone who has been to Tokyo Disneysea owns one! When Kitty and I were in Tokyo, we visited Disneyland because it was nearer from the airport compared to Disneysea, and then I left without any Duffy or Shellie May :(

So can you imagine how happy I was when I spotted Duffys at Walt Disney World?! Can you?!!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bitstrips Comics!

For those of you who don't already know, Bitstrips is an app that turns you and your friends into a cast of cartoon characters, which can then be customized and put into crazy scenes. Users are asked to build their avatars by selecting all of the usual physical features, including skin color, hair style and body shape. You can then place your digital doppelgänger in any one of thousands of different, daily updated templates of scenes, choose whether to include some Facebook friends in the cartoon, add dialogues and captions, then share the image on various social networks. It's been around since 2008, but the reason Bitstrips is having its big moment right now is because it launched that iOS app just about a month ago!

I found it especially fun when I came across relevant templates I could use to illustrate what happened between WSK and I hehehehehe

Cat-lover versus Dog-lover

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Motorboating in the name of "charity"

(eww. I still feel disgusted looking at the thumbnail of this video even though his face is mostly blocked by the YouTube logo...)




Did your own research if you don't seem to know what's going on. I don't wanna be the one to brief you on it because it's impossible for me to do it objectively without loathing them and what they did in that earlier video (they deleted it from their channel, but you can still find it on the internet). Also, apparently these 3 guys involved make a living by teaching guys how to pick up then dump girls— some of you supporters of pick up artists might want to sugar coat it and call them relationship gurus in defense, well, this is not the main thing I want to address here so let's not argue about this *shrug*

Back to the topic. Don't bother leaving me comments if your arguments are gonna be somewhat along the lines of
"Who cares how they made the donation? Charity is charity!" 
"I don't get why the big fuss, the women involved are consenting adults."
"Will you all still be so against this had it been a video of three women doing similar act to raise awareness for prostate cancer?"

I've read many similar debates. Surprise me with something new.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween: Haunted House




Okay. Initially I was reluctant to make public the reason we ended up in Chicago on Halloween, but you know what, since this lesson costs me $64.60 I might as well paste the bill here.

I forgot whether I mentioned it before— so a few months ago I bought 2 tickets to Cocorosie's concert in Chicago, while WSK was still in Brazil. I didn't buy the bus tickets at once because I didn't know whether we would want to stay overnight in Chicago, which had to depend on our midterm schedule etc.

Last month I bought the bus tickets. WSK insisted not to skip any class hence

Departure time: Thursday, Oct 31 right after WSK's afternoon class
Return time: Friday, Nov 1 right before WSK's morning class

When WSK came home for lunch break a few hours before the departure time, I logged in to my hotmail, wanted to forward him the e-tickets so that he could print them out when he headed out. Then only I realized...