Archive for September, 2002

One day down

Monday, September 30th, 2002

Does everyone remember the really basic search function I wrote a while ago? Yeah, I’d forgotten about it too. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Today was the first day of classes for those of us on the quarter system. Those of you on the semester system can just hold your boos and hisses as we whine about it until early MAY when you get out for the summer. At any rate, the three classes I had today seem to be pretty good and not that hard. I had linear algebra this morning which I’ve already taken, so that should be cake, and then I had databases which I also know a few things about, so that also should be cake. Cake or death? I’ll take the cake. I’m also taking fencing, which should be entertaining if nothing else. Chris voluntarily taking a PE class? I know. I’m scared too! Thought I’d never see the day… I remember rejoicing back in high school saying “This is the last PE class I’ll EVER have to take for the rest of my life! BWAAA HAA HAA HAAAA!!!” And then everyone backed away and didn’t talk to me for the rest of the period for laughing like a madman. Seriously, this should be a good term, provided I survive my OTHER CIS class, networks. That’s tomorrow, so I’ll let y’all know ’bout that when I can. It’s supposed to be really hard; a friend of mine failed it last year, so we’ll see.

Not really sure why, but I felt the need for a new paragraph there. New paragraphs make the page look more friendly, see? I don’t really have a new subject, and I still got more to say on classes and stuff, so I’m gonna go ahead and do that now. In addition to the classes I’m taking, I’m also still an RA (duh), and I’m working at the library again. Work is slow here, hence the randomly long article I’m writing. I’d pimp Kimi’s page some more, but she hasn’t written anything in a while. Kelly even longer! Get to it, you two! Oh, but I will mention that the address for Kimi’s rant has moved. It’s now on her account and not on mine. Please adjust any bookmarks accordingly. The old address will forward you there, but after I graduate, it will cease to function. Did I mention I’m graduating this summer. Oh the chills….

Anyways, I gotta work now. Ta ta!

More news? Sure. Why not?

Saturday, September 28th, 2002

In an effort to show how much better of a person I am compared to my sister, I’m going to keep posting more news rants, so HA! Laugh at me, will she? They all laughed… but I’ll show them… I’LL SHOW THEM ALL!!!

World conquest aside, things are going pretty well for me. I FINALLY got to sleep in today, thank God! Five hours per night just isn’t the life for me. Ten is much better. ^_^

Some new stuff, I’ve posted some new pictures of both my trip out to Waldo Lake and our RA fall retreat to Camp Lane. Some people have been asking when I was going to get around to doing that so there you are.

Not much else to report quite yet. I’ve got most of my residents here and things are going well. I’m working on learning everyone’s names still. It’s gonna be a good year.

It’s Go Time, people!

Thursday, September 26th, 2002

Well, well, here we go! The residents are moving in, and they’re not going to stop! At least, not ’til this weekend. Most are moving in tomorrow (Thursday), so that’ll get us pretty full up. It’s time for another year of school, and another year of RA’ing. I’ve already got a few residents here, and they’re pretty cool so far, so I’m optimistic. As usual, I’ll post all the interesting stuff here so y’all can read about my exploits and write of your own in the comments section.

Some quick news: first off, I’ve posted both a new funny survey and a new ChrisCam shot for your enjoyment. Also, I’ve received word that out of all of you soon-to-be-freshmen out there, the only one to move into UO Housing is Laura Johnson, so kudos to you, Laura! I’ll be seeing you around here. The rest of you I’m sure all have you reasons for being where you are, but I still encourage everyone to try Housing for at least one year. It’s key to getting involved in the UO community at large. OK, I’ve done my pimping for now. Moving on…

Training was cool and groovy, and I hope those who both attended it with me and also read my webpage had a good time. I think our staff is totally kick ass, and we’re all geared up to tackle a new year. We’ve been well-prepared by our Glorious Leader, Drew, so we’re as ready as we’re going to be. Rock on, everyone!

I’m constantly amazed at how many people I know–and even some I don’t–check out this site of mine. I think it’s wonderful and I also think it’s especially wonderful how you all are using it to keep communications up amongst yourselves, despite totally ignoring me. Seriously, I think it’s great, and I’m glad I can help in keeping Annie and ‘Lainie in contact with one another despite varying phone availability. I guess what I’m getting at is that it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that people are using software I wrote to build a better community with each other, so thank you for all your patronage here. I’ll try to keep up the same or even better level of service than I have for you, and maybe even insert a bit of humor here or there, who knows?

I’ll end with a quick stupid non-pirate joke (sorry folks): You know you’re an RA when…

  • Your morning wakeup call is at 4am and it’s from a drunk, locked-out student.
  • Seemingly benign words like “community” and “respect” make you cringe with LSD-like flashbacks.
  • Someone’s pager goes off in the room and you scream and pass out on the floor.

That was more for my benefit than any of you, but trust me, it’s quite humorous. Take care, y’all. I’ll write again soon.

Tired Chris

Tuesday, September 17th, 2002

Ack. I’m tired. And sore; I’m sore too. It’s a been busy past few days, especially compared with the lazy summer I’d been having up until this past week. RA training has begun, and it’s been going very well. We had our fall retreat to Camp Lane and that was a blast as I knew it would be. We all had a great time when it wasn’t raining. We played football, basketball, and volleyball. We did some teambuilders. We ate halfway decent food. We talked a lot. We had a campfire. I made many, many inappropriate (buy very funny) comments in the yurt as we were going to sleep. In case you don’t know, a yurt is a kind of cabin with canvas walls and ceiling and a wooden frame. So, as I said, we all had a great time. Today we left camp and came back here to town and did some more informative activities. We also had an introductory skit thing called Role Call tonight followed by a dance with a DJ and food. Good times. Now I’m back and I’m tired, but still being productive.

I can finally do my laundry now, so I’m doing that. For a while I was unable to wash my clothes because all the machines in my building were unplugged and/or disabled. Then the old machines were replaced with newer ones, ones so new that they didn’t understand quarters. I’m like, “Hey, machine, here’s some quarters! You liked these before, so clean my clothes now, goddamnit!” and the machine was like, “What the–? We know nothing of these ‘KWAR-TERRS’ of which you speak. We now only worship THE GREAT CARD! ALL HAIL THE GREAT CARD!!!” So I was screwed, because as misfortune would have it, I had no Great Card to sacrafice in order to get my garments cleaned. I was sad, however, tonight Drew gave all of us a Card of our own, so I say “HAA!”, to the machine, “I can now prove that I am worthy of washing, so as I said before, clean my clothes now, goddamnit!” The machine now obeys me as it should. Soon I meet up with The Dryer, so we’ll see how that fares…

Hope that was fun. I think it was a funny paragraph, but I may be subjective. I need more tunes. La la la. I should go now.

And so it begins…

Saturday, September 14th, 2002

Tomorrow begins the infamous RA fall training here in Housing, and I’m actually looking forward to it. Monday/Tuesday is the retreat, and unlike last year, no one had better blow up any major landmarks this time. Seriously though, it’ll be good to get back into the swing of things here. Summer’s been interesting, relaxing, crazy, fun, confusing, and cluttered, but it was good times. Much like last year, I’ll be variably unavailable this next week and a half due to RA training. I’ll try to post here and respond to email, but I won’t really be able to go out and have a good time off-campus for a while. Just so y’all know.

Last night I watched the classic 1990 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Kimi and Megs. Kimi wanted an old stupid movie to watch and after looking through our movie collection at the house, we decided on this. We cooked up some pizza and had a good time making fun of this little bit of our childhood. Yay! I just had to mention that.

Today I drove with Kimi down to Klamath Falls to go get Dude-Man and bring him here. A vastly boring drive to an even-more-vastly boring town in the middle of nowhere. I’m glad it’s over. Matt will be staying at dad & Estelle’s place for a while until he can move into the dorms on OSU campus. I’m sure he’ll be available through the usual e-methods.

Don’t forget to check out the survey and vote for what kind of critter I seem to be. Enjoy!

Home again

Thursday, September 12th, 2002

Although the timestamp on this news entry says it’s September 12th, it’s still the night of September 11th from my point of view. I wasn’t really going to write anything special about this anniversary, but I feel that I should at least mention it and give my input. This time last year I was still in fall RA training and we had been rushed back to campus from our retreat as soon as we heard the news. It was a weird hard time to say the least, and a few days later I voiced my worries here about the possibility of being drafted to engage in a land war in Asia, which I’ve heard is a bad idea in general. A year later things feel much more mellow, and aside from the huzzah on every single channel on television, it hasn’t affected me a whole lot this year. On the whole I feel much more optimistic that things will get better in the world, and we’re all going to be all right. I’m not sure I approve of all the big shows and specials on TV today, but what I’ve seen has been tasteful enough, so I guess it’s all right. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, right?

At any rate, this is shaping up to be a good academic year and I guess my move back to Carson sort of symbolizes to me that the summer is over and it’s time for a new school year. That’s right, once again I’ve returned home to Carson, and it’s good to be back. The room may be about half the size of my summer room, but it’s home. I’ve got a new ChrisCam pic up regarding this, if you care. It’s just me in a chair, but I’m in my new room! Woo hoo! Coincidentally, this was Carl’s room two years ago. I can still make out the spackle on the wall where they had to repair the damage done… =)

Oh, and before I forget, I also put up a new survey, thanks to little sister Kimi for the idea. She’s my newest special cool person, so kudos to her for the idea. For the record, I’ll listen to and most-likely post any survey ideas y’all can give me, so keep ’em coming!

Not much else to write about at the moment, and I should probably go to bed here pretty soon cuz I got a consulting gig in the morning at 10:00. Sleep well, Chris! ^_^

Ugh and stuff

Tuesday, September 10th, 2002

I’ve received many requests for more updates here, but for a variety of reasons, I have been slow in responding to this. The most recent is that I have a headache for some reason tonight. Perhaps Mike’s doesn’t keep as long as I thought, but I never have had a problem before. Eh. I took some Tylenol and stuff and I think I can manage to write something for a bit.

Another reason I haven’t written here for the past few days is that I’ve been out camping for the weekend with a bunch of friends. Yes, we all had a grand old time freezing our asses off gathered around the biggest campfire we could make to keep from dying of exposure. You know, there’s quite a difference in climate when you climb a mile in altitude. The camp site at Waldo Lake we stayed at was at 5430 ft. according to Bill’s GPS device, so yeah… cold. Very cold. But we all had a good time nonetheless.

My last reason for not updating is that my ancient keyboard finally died last night. A week ago I decided to clean it out, so I pried all the keys off and gave them a good wash. Problem is that when I pried the spacebar off, it had this guide bar thing cuz it’s so long, and when it came out, it broke off this little plastic bit. I repaired it with some tape, but it wasn’t as sturdy as before. Now, last night I tried to repair it more permanently with a bent paperclip, but I managed to scratch through some of the traces on the keyboard’s circuit board so the spacebar and the left shift key were permanently cut off. Oh, and did I mention that the period key on the numeric keypad was also broken? Anyways, it was time to get a new keyboard, so I was the big spender today and purchased a brand new $5.88 Micron keyboard from Virtual Office Systems. w00t! It works great, and it has a bigger backspace key, which I like, cuz I use it a lot. =)

OK, enough excuses! Time for some news! Kimi’s site has now been expanded t become the Kimi and Kelly site. Kelly now has her own rant space there in a second column. I’ve also set it up so it’s not quite as long of a page as before. It now only shows the most current rant and all the others can be viewed by month from a drop-down list at the bottom of each column. The comments and such should still work as expected, but as usual if you find any bugs, please let me know.

I’ve been spending some of my free time lately watching some episodes of Invader Zim that I have acquired. If you haven’t seen this show, it’s a cartoon on Nickelodeon that I find strangely very, very funny and can’t seem to get enough of. The premise is that this small alien is bent on conquering the Earth and he tries to blend in as he forms his dastardly schemes. The characters and voices are great and the line delivery is totally over the top. It cracks me up, so check Nick at 16:30 on Sundays. Where else can you find a show with lines like “Invader’s blood marches through my veins like GIANT RADIOACTIVE RUBBER PANTS! The pants command me! Do not ignore my veins!!!” Except with more exclamation marks. It’s great.

This week, I should be moving back into Carson Hall, cuz this weekend we begin the infamous RA training! Oh the thrill of it all. I just hope I don’t get claustrophobic in my Carson room. It’s going to seem quite small. Also, I hate moving, so BLAH!!

I need to think of a new survey to put up here. Remember the surveys? Yeah, I forgot too. The Simpsons one is getting old, and I think we have a Sea Captain fan stacking the vote out there, so it’s time for a new one! Whoever thinks up a winner will be voted My Favorite Person by me and will have the wondrous joy of… something great. Sorry, I’m making this up as I go along as usual. You’ll be oh-so-cool and stuff. Yeah. Oh, and also, there’s probably a new ChrisCam shot up there. At least it’s new since the last time I mentioned it here. Oh yeah! It’s a picture of my old keyboard! Wheeee! It’s clean, see? Now it’s in my trashcan. Kind of makes me sad in a very odd way. I should take it to the dumpster.

Wow, this is quite long. uhhh.. if you haven’t read the rest of the comments and stuff from August. That better be all from me. Hope everyone’s all set for another school year. This will be my last one, so wish me luck–I hope it’s a good one!