Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WoW

On a random impulse, I downloaded WoW yesterday and I'm playing on a private server. Confused...lost...I don't have too many thoughts on it yet. I made a human warrior (yeah, very creative, I know XD). Let's see how it turns out.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Bubble Spinner

So, about two or three weeks ago, I found this game. Bubble Spinner. Seems innocuous at first, until it sucks you in with its profound evilness. >.> So anyway, I got my highest score yet today! Yay! 2264...wow that took way too much time. I think I'm going to bed now. In other news, I watched Star Wars IV today. It's still good. xD

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Woot

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!! I'm finally finished with apps! There was a really scary moment, when I thought that my Brown application got screwed up. Let's just say, it got really complicated, trying to change the Common App between submissions. Now to prepare for AMC and AIME, practice violin, and write a peer rec. Hm.

Friday, December 26, 2008

In a rut...

Darn it. I only have 3 legit essays left, and I'm essentially done with two of them, but I'm in a rut. Stupid "why x college" essays are really getting me. These essays, when I write them, just sound so....ugh. Tips, anyone? ;_;

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Vitamin C

I opened my lunchbox the other day, and in it, I found this. Odwalla Strawberry C Monster. Looks harmless enough, right? So I decide to look at the back of the bottle, where Odwalla says why its beverages are so awesome. Then I read, "1370% percent of your RDI of Vitamin C." I recoil. 1370% percent??? Whoa. Even though Vitamin C is water-soluble, I wasn't sure that 1370% would be so good for you. So I began calculating. A bottle of this contains 1233 mg of vitamin C (upper intake limit before toxic effects: 2000 mg) and is equivalent to:
11.41666666 glasses of orange juice
2.466 kg of oranges
20.5 kg of apples
12.3 kg of pineapples
308 grams of baobab (o.O)
39.8 grams of Kakadu plum (?)
So what about the taste? It tasted quite acidic...yeah, to be expected, sort of like orange juice with hints of other flavor. Orange juice sort of overpowered the other juice flavors in here. But overall, it tasted fine, once I got over the fact that I was probably ODing on Vitamin C.
The next things I see in my lunch box are two clementines. Um. Not wanting to poison myself, I gave one of them away.

And a strange note: Whenever I type Odwalla, I accidentally type Odwaller, first. Ugh. I wonder why...

Ahhh, peculiar stories...

MSNBC always seems to be chock full with weird news stories. i.e. Paris being humble, angels, etc. I just found this today. Haha! I especially like the story about the parrot that kept on screaming like a woman, so the police knock the owners' door down because the neighbors thought there was a woman in distress. And more parrot stories? This one also makes me lol.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Random thought...on dog meat

First, a disclaimer! Yes, I am Korean, but I have lived in America since I was 2 and have never had dog meat and do not intend to. As such, I have tried to write from an unbiased viewpoint. Feel welcome to leave any comments, rebuttals, etc.

Animal rights activists and Western countries have been all riled up about Koreans eating dog meat. A dog show refused sponsorship from Samsung because of the issue, when the 1988 Olympics came, Korea was pressured into banning it, and FIFA had also pressured Korea about the issue. Read about it here. What had always confused me was what was so different about dog meat than other meat, besides the fact that it wasn't eaten in the West. Does India get angry and refuse to go to countries because they eat beef? It might be taboo in India, but not in other countries. Additionally, the animal rights activists cite 'excessive cruelty.' From what I've picked up based on PETA's propaganda machine, other animals aren't treated especially well, either. And about the whole livestock-versus-pet thing, I just don't get it. Example: fish. Goldfish and other types of fish are kept as pets, but we eat other kinds of fish. The dogs used for meat in Korea is different from the types of dog used for meat.

In conclusion, I just don't get what's so special about dog meat that makes slaughtering dogs cruel, while slaughtering chickens, cows, and pigs en masse is not. Hm. Sounds like cultural imperialism to me.

Edit: An opinion better written than my own.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

About the name...

Just a note about the name of the blog: I went to Senior Greenwood Music Camp in 2007 for five weeks in the summer, and every Sunday, we would go to the local church and sing. The pastor there had recently taken a trip to Africa and preached each Sunday about some random Swahili phrases...and she had tattoos and rode a motorcycle. WIN. haha
Near the end of the service, she would ask if anyone had any "joys, concerns, or spirit sightings," and that became a running joke by the end of camp.
The camp's in Cummington, Mass (Population: 978). And the main store was the Daily Creamery. Yeah, har har. Interestingly enough, Cummington has a mineral named after it. Behold.
Also, I just found out, Rachel Maddow, of MSNBC fame, lives in Cummington? Didn't know that...

College apps!


Having gotten deferred from MIT, I now have 9 apps to write, rather than 2. Woot. Along with 13 essays. Double woot. On the bright side, I got my Common App short essay done and all my non-essay parts of college apps done yesterday. English has always been my worst subject, both because most of my teachers were really hard and/or sucked and because I just fail at writing. Yes, even the SAT essay (I got a freakin 7 the first time and a 9 the second). So, college essays will really be the end of me...
So if anyone reads this, feel free to leave some tips for essay writing :)
I wish there was some machine that could hook up to your brain and automatically evaluate what college you get into. Maybe I could invent one XD

Which brings me to my next topic about college. When I saw percentage chances of getting into college, I never really thought that it really was a "percentage chance" - in other words, I thought that everyone was either qualified enough for a college or not. But, with the latest round of college admission results, it really makes me wonder. People with worse credentials getting in over people with better credentials, people getting deferred and rejected from colleges that I thought they would definitely get into...How much randomness goes into college admissions? Where does the randomness even come from? If, for example, the same person sends in five different applications, could the admissions officers had admitted 3 and rejected 2? Scary stuff to think how much the course of your life is up to chance.

And so it begins...

Okay, so I decided to join the bandwagon and start my own blog. Hm. It wasn't too long ago that I had thought of blogs and writing on the web to be some exclusive club that only a select few could do. Haha....yeah, I'm sort of dumb at times >_<