24 September 2009

GIDEONS and Vernal Pool Plants, OH MY!

















I have been slowly building a religious text library. While I have the one true religious book - The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - I have decided to show that the best way to show that Pastafarians are probably right is to have a ton of religious texts. Those religious texts must also be free (so that we can call them pillaged).

Earlier this week the Gideons came to campus, and I played the Gideon Bible game. I ended up with 21 of the Gideon Bibles. They are the New King James translation. I will probably end up bulk donating them to Purdue's Non-theist Society so I can make sure they go for something moral and secular (I will of course keep one).

The other texts in the collection include a New International Version Bible, which I got from the freebiblenow.org guys when Brother Jed (hate-preacher. See the counter-protest accounts here and here) was here. I also have a translated copy of the Quran, and a Book of Mormon. Nathan's interlinear Greek Bible is included, though he will take it back sooner or later.

All of these religious texts will go to good, moral, secular use.

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I have been helping Dr. Nancy Emery do some research here at Purdue. Today I measured the leaves of the vernal pool plants which are living in a glorified fridge. Thought people would like to see their cuteness :D One of the plants has a REALLY deep purple color, though the camera on my phone fails to capture it.

12 September 2009

First Ever Hair Dying!

Today Nathan colored my hair. It is the first time I have ever had my hair colored. I have to say I absolutely love the new color (Burgundy)! These pics aren't the best, so you will just have to see me in person, but this should give you somewhat of an idea :D

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I am super excited about it!

10 September 2009

Computer Conversion


Oh computers, and how much they change. I can remember my first computers. My Dad was into gaming on computers way back when, and so ever since I was little there have always been computers in the house. When I was in preschool I used to play on an old MS-DOS machine, and sometimes the Windows 3.0 machine. The first computer that was actually mine was the Windows 95, and it was great. Lasted FOREVER until I got an XP tower, which then became one of those computers that gets upgraded every year for Christmas (Sidenote, this desktop is in the process of dying. I am pretty sure the harddrive is going out, and it is just too old to be worth replacing the parts that would have to be replaced).

During my senior year, around April, I got an Acer TravelMate 5720 (running XP, a real OS) as an early graduation present. It has been a great computer. I have done some upgrading (Memory from 1 GB to 4 GB being the main one). It has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor that is 2.00 GHz, and it has treated me well.

Unfortunately, Microsoft produced this trash called Vista (I think it was too many big named software developers trying to outdo each other so much they made trash. And while you personally may not think it is trash, it undeniably flopped). Anyway, Microsoft stopped selling their best OS ever - XP. Now, Windows 7 has come(ing) out. While Windows 7 is not as clunky as Vista (What was it - twice the computer to do half as much with Vista), it is still clunky and Microsoft is going in the wrong direction. This is the same thing Apple did when Microsoft got big, and there is definitely a trend to Mac now (I think it is good that they pass back and forth though).

Anyway, I knew this Acer would be my last PC, but I did not realize that Microsoft would so actively try to kill XP (trying to kill a good thing? What is wrong with them! They should enhance their amazingness with XP and ditch this new direction). So, now I have decided that I finally need to take the plunge and buy a Mac. Honestly, the only thing stopping me is money. While Macs have become comparable to PCs in price (The only reason it doesn't seem so is that Mac does not produce a lower end computer, and there is a slight surcharge but I call that environmental protection), it still takes money, which I don't have. I am hoping that between Christmas, Scholarship/Loan money, and maybe a little savings from working for Dr. Emery I will be able to make the switch.

Currently I am thinking about a 13.3" MacBook Pro. I found one for $1299 that has a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, dedicated video card, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, etc. A picture of this gorgeous machine appears in this article.

Now, for all the doubters of Mac, I have to make some statements. 1) Walk around my department (Botany and Plant Pathology). Look at all of the computers, and tell me what you see. With Mac I can visualize Windows if necessary, and so compatibility is not an issue. In fact, my problem is comparability the other way around. I have run into cases where my PC (even with 3rd party software) can't do simple things (like show highlighted icons) that was done on a Mac. 2) With Windows 7, Microsoft is going to cut off compatibility for Windows XP, so I can't just go with XP again. 3) I have used Macs for years. I know how to run one, I know how they work, and I know how their owners love them.

Anyway, since I am talking about a PC-Mac switch, I felt it only appropriate to post the following. Really, both operating systems are viable:
We Didn't Start the Flame War (Note: May be offensive)
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Now on a random note, I have to post my Facebook friend analysis done by some third party software.

09 September 2009

BUSY!

Wow have the past three weeks been busy!

One less credit hour and yet I have more work to do. Really, that is no surprise, and the only one that bugs me is the ridiculous work for organic chem lab. The class is great, but the lab has been a bit of a drag. Honestly, all of my class classes are great (HONR 299 - Insects in art literature and music is obviously going to be fun, and the prof is awesome! CLCS 237 - Gender and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Antiquity is also a fantastic class, lots of reading but still great! CS 177 - Programming with Multiple Objects is not bad at all, and I like starting into the ways of thinking with programming. CHM 255 I have already discussed).

QSU is another place where A TON of time goes. Events to plan, a CRAZY number of emails (You would be AMAZED the number of emails I get for it - I was!), etc. I didn't know the work level jump it was going to be (Sec to VP). Not that it is a bad thing, I like doing it a lot. Honestly, my work in the Queer field is my most rewarding at the moment (research is, but since they are just sporadic pilot experiments the time investment isn't enough to feel the reward/sting). I have noticed my interest is more on the internal when it comes to QSU work. Running and managing the internal parts of the organization, but that is just a sidenote.

Nathan and I have had most of our time eaten by outside activities (He has ALLY, I have QSU. He has more credit hours, but I have Organic Chem Lab), and we have not necessarily done much beyond that. Hopefully Friday and Saturday (before the homework barrage that is Sunday comes).

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Btw, have to note the aeration poops. Purdue aerates its various lawns often, and it leaves a lot of funny looking soil plugs everwhere. Picture is to the left, taken with my LG Lotus (which is an awesome phone - full keyboard flip! - but it needs a battery life improvement! Hopefully in Gen II, or else I am thinking of the Reclaim.)

03 September 2009

In the Beginning

The first blog post is like the first page of a new journal. What in the world does one write on such a thing?

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So (Yes, I start a lot of sentences with so, deal with it), the day started off in what is probably a bad way - 7:30 Chem Lab (Why did I schedule that thing?!). Of course, I have to spill chemicals on me and fill out an accident form, but at least we finished (and it only took two and three quarters hours! /sarcasm).

After Chem Lab I got to see my boyfriend for a few hours :-DD! (This smiley is refereed to as the "Ultra-Happy Face of DOOM"). It was his birthday, which was great (I got him 700 Russian Rubles). I didn't have much time though as I had to print off a paper, and then run to my honors class - Insects in Art, Literature, and Music (which is fantastic by the way!).

Then, I got to play battleship - botanist style. My professor thought it would take two days, but it only took three hours (The plants are tres cute, I may have to post pictures). After which I went to FEELS (Food, Environmental, Engineering, and Life Science Fellowship by the National Science Foundation) class.

Then, it was time to put on my Vice President of the Queer Student Union hat. I did a lot of the coordination for the Big Gay Callout (Nicholas means "Chicken running around with its head cut off" in some language, I am certain!). It went great. We had almost one hundred fifty people, and the Coffee Night following blew our previous attendance figures out of the water (I still don't know a final count, but 71 was the last number I heard). I have to say that our officers this year are fantastic. I only have to ask them to do something and they will, which is excellent because VP is more work than it sounds!

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All of the above comes together to finally form this - the blog I have been saying I would start. You see, I was a little worn out, and after a shower I finally felt the urge to start. I knew that my blog would be named, "The Walls Line the Void," because I feel that is what I do. The world is chaotic, but out of the chaos we have found order (pseudo-order? culturated order?). We have built up our lives, our societies, our cultures, and our ideas. We have essentially lined the great void with walls (and don't take this in a negative sense. We humans have plenty of room to add on in the void!). This house that we have built in the void has plenty of work to be done, and we humans will have to get hopping, but that is why we are all on this ride (that we call life?).