Sunday, December 27, 2009

Avatar

Also, today, I went and saw Avatar. Hmmmm. Apparently, the critics liked the first two hours better, but I actually liked the fight scene a lot more than the rest of the movie. The thing is that I could see most of the movie appearing on MST3K...all this obnoxious/snarky commentary kept on popping up in my head, and the dialogue kind of sucked. Some parts of the fight scenes actually really reminded me of Starcraft...ZvT? Especially the scene where those elephant things overran the marines (Ultralisks...?) and the scene where all those giant bird things attacked the planes (Scourge...?). Overall, I had pretty mixed feelings about this movie. Hm. I guess it was worth seeing, though.

Somewhere in the South

Finals went OK. I'm pretty sure I passed all my classes, and that's what matters, I guess. Well, on Monday the 21st, my family and I left Lexington for Florida. By car. It took three days, but at least we escaped from all the cold and snow. The worst part was definitely Northern Virginia...suffice to say that Virginia FAILS at plowing snow. It seemed kind of like they cleared up the absolute minimum and were just waiting for all the snow to melt. Lanes were just covered over by snow, exits were blocked...it wasn't pretty.

Well, after an otherwise uneventful trip, we arrived in Florida. See, we used to live in Florida, so my parents know a lot of places to visit. We visited St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, EPCOT, and SeaWorld. It was nice to go back to these places, since I hadn't visited most of these places since I was about 5. We're sleeping over at a friend's house in Tallahassee right now (the same people who were over at our house in the summer). Right now they're worried because the high tomorrow's going to be only 51 degrees! Gasp?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Finals Week

This week is finals at MIT!
Pros:
No class
Next House serves breakfast :D
Shorter day
Almost winter break!

Cons:
35-45% of your semester grade
GAH 4 finals
Spent all of my time studying for 8.022 because it's so hard, then failed the final anyway
Attendance is mandatory (Well, I guess not...but you know what I mean)
Not winter break

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sugar chemistry is awesome.

I was helping somebody with their Media Lab project, which was building Building 10 with gingerbread. Also, for the project, we needed to make sugar glass. Sugar glass is made from mixing water, sugar, corn syrup, and cream of tartar, then bringing that to a boil. At certain different temperatures, the sugar water has different properties, based on the amount of water left. For sugar glass, we needed it to be hard, so we had to bring it up to 300 degrees F. That's the "hard crack" stage (a ball of the sugar water, when dropped in cold water, crystallizes and becomes brittle, used for toffee and lollipops). And. It. Is. Awesome. Behold.
Sharp as hell, too. Apparently, it's used in theater/cinema, since it breaks more readily than glass and is less sharp than broken glass, so the actors don't get hurt.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

UNCE UNCE UNCE UNCE UNCE UNCE UNCE UNCE

The guy in the room next to us is blasting music non-stop and having a freaking dance party in his room every night. MAKE IT STOP. (Though when he did stop, it was for non-stop "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, which I don't think is a preferable fate.)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's that time of the week again...

Guess what class I'm in right now? That's right, chem recitation! Woo...
Thanksgiving break was pretty good, except I didn't get nearly as much work done as I had hoped. Also, note to self: DON'T go to lunch at a mall on Black Friday. Uh-uh. Bad idea. Lan, her brother, Jason, Stephen, Enoch, and I went to Old Country Buffet in Watertown on Black Friday, and the drivers are vicious. Well, it was a good deal, though :D

I managed to get sick twice in the past two weeks. Yay. Mad skillz. ...yeah, I should probably be getting more sleep. Yawn. zzz
Also....
Starcraft!
That's right, the Korean has gotten himself addicted to Starcraft, yeah yeah, make all those stereotypical jokes (that might be true >_>)...hm. I like Protoss (a.k.a. I started as Protoss and am too lazy to learn another race). Zealots ftw. My Starcraft "mentor" here really likes playing defensively (mass cannons/mass sunkens/terran block), and I think I might be absorbing some bad ideas from him. And at least according to Welkin's blog, people in Lexington have taken to Starcraft...maybe I should play some of you guys sometime. Except I still suck. Tips, anyone?

Monday, November 9, 2009

32 days later...

Well, dang. I haven't posted in over a month. Let's see what happened since then...
Classes have been going pretty well, though my attendance for bio and linguistics may or may not have dropped dramatically... >.> Bio has video lectures online, and linguistics is just boring and at 9:30 AM. For both, I'm kind of subsisting off of recitations and p-sets. Well, apparently, it's working for bio, since I got an A on the last test, and...we'll see about linguistics after tomorrow.

I think I'm really settling into the routine/starting to lose the whole freshman high after two and a half months here...making new friends, absorbing MIT/Next House/3W culture, starting to skip classes...

Speaking of 3W culture, 3W has a lot of video games going on. A lot. Starcraft, Tales games (Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Vesperia, etc. etc. etc.) (if you don't know what that is, don't worry, I had no clue, either), Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Melee, Magic (fine, that isn't a video game)...And I've started absorbing those traits. I got Dolphin (a GC emulator) to work on my computer and started playing Tales of Symphonia, played more Starcraft, and made some annoying Magic decks out of my old cards. Another thing that 3W does a lot of is TV. (Yeah, doesn't it sound like the most productive place ever?) Especially popular shows: How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, and sometimes NCIS. So, I downloaded some episodes of How I Met Your Mother, which leads to my second point...

One more thing to check off my MIT checklist: I stayed up for fun Saturday night. I was up until 5:40 playing Magic and watching my loungemates finally succeed at this Symphonia boss that they've been stuck at for a month (they deliberately make the game incredibly hard for themselves by not leveling and playing on the hardest difficulty). Then, I realized that if I went to bed, I'd wake up at about 2 PM, screwing up my sleep schedule even further. So, I did the rational thing and...watched 16 consecutive episodes of How I Met Your Mother. ...yeah. Go me. I'm smart. After milling about and being unproductive, I passed out in my bed at about 6:30 PM, and woke up at 8:30 AM today. Woot. Well, at least it's a good show.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Why do people take friendship for granted?
Why do people expect for others to listen to them, but don't listen in return?
Why do people forget that friendship isn't a one-way relationship, to be used and discarded at will?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Non-class stuff

I got an 86.5 on my bio test (Approximate curve: 75-86 is a B, 87-100 is an A, hm). 11.5 of the 13.5 points lost was on one of the five problems. Whoops. Hmmm. A lot of stuff has been going on besides classes, as well.

First, rooming? My lottery number was 31/170, so pretty good. There were 26 triples this year (MASSIVE jump from last year, when there were 6). So even with a good number, I was lucky to get a double - I got the last double in the west side of Next House. Wow. I'm in the west wing of the 3rd floor (3rd West or 3W for short). There's a lot of Rock Band, TV, musicals, Starcraft...interesting stuff going on. It's nice. My roommate is also cool, but I feel bad because I sleep through my alarm so often... >.>

I fell off my bike and slammed my face on the sidewalk three weeks ago (9/10). That was interesting...I got taken by ambulance to Mass General, where I spent hours just so that they could tell me that I had a chipped tooth. But then I went to the dentist the next day and got a filling. The dentist says that I need a crown at some point, though.
Before:
(that's in the 3W lounge by the way)
After:
(another view of the lounge)
It's pretty much unnoticeable unless you look closely enough. From the trauma, I also got a couple of bad scrapes, which you can see (putting a band-aid on the scrape above my upper lip elicited lots of stares...I swear I wasn't in a bar fight! D:) and two canker sores. Yuk.

I got a sore throat, mild fever, fatigue, dizziness, and chills exactly a week after that. I went to MIT Medical, but they said that my temperature wasn't high enough for it to be swine flu...I still suspect that it was.

I'm attempting Starcraft once again..I decided to focus on protoss. Um, I can beat a computer fairly consistently, but I still pretty much fail.
Hm. I guess there's not much else, and I really should be p-setting right now.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's been a while... (Class reviews)

Wow, it's really been a while since I last posted...
I've been very busy these past couple of weeks, trying to adjust to my new semi-masochistic schedule. Especially 8.022. So far, thoughts on courses:
7.012 (bio)
There are two lecturers, Lander and Weinberg. Lander is a very distinguished biologist, having been a key member of the Human Genome Project and is on some health panel in the government. He's an awesome lecturer, but he doesn't seem to be around all that much. Most of the time, we have Weinberg, the discoverer of the first oncogene. He's undoubtedly a brilliant researcher as well, but not so much as a teacher. We've done mostly biochemistry/macromolecules, but just also started genetics. The first test was last Friday...scores are supposed to come out today.
The p-sets and tests are very "thinking"-intensive, with some memorization as well. Good luck trying to Google answers to these questions.
Example: In one step of glycolysis, one molecule is split into two, then an enzyme converts one into the other, because only one of them can proceed to the next step of glycolysis. If that enzyme is lacking, then why can the cell only survive in aerobic environments? (Answer: 2 ATP required to start glycolysis, then only 2 ATP will be produced through glycolysis, so no net gain, but under aerobic conditions, oxidative phosphorylation means that a net gain can still be achieved.)
Another: The proteins of organisms living in Yellowstone's hot springs are high in cysteine. Why is this so? (Answer: cysteine creates covalent disulfide bonds with other cysteines (-SH HS- becomes -S-S-), which are stronger than the hydrogen bonds and van der Waals interactions that usually hold proteins together, so the proteins can withstand higher temperatures)
...yeah. But it's kind of fun?
The recitation...well, I think the recitation leader has good intentions, but she's not a native speaker of English, and I think...misunderstandings arise a lot.

5.112 (chem)
There's one lecturer so far, Professor Bawendi. I...think there's another lecturer (some Nobel laureate) who comes near the end of the course. The professor tried to be intimidating the first class, then eased up. He tries to make the subject approachable, but the stuff we're covering is really hard/confusing (whee Schrodinger's equation/wave functions)...so yeah. Well, I'm doing well on the p-sets...
The p-sets are more "standard" than 7.012's, but they still often require multiple steps of thinking and approaches, and the test is...next Wednesday. Kind of worried for that...yeah.
The recitation isn't particularly helpful, I feel, but maybe that's because I'm writing this post during it.

8.022 (physics E&M)
There's one lecturer, Professor Rappaport. Kind of like 5.112, the professor tries to make hard stuff more approachable...? It goes much more in-depth and much more multivariable-y than high school physics. It's awesome how 18.02 (multivariable) is technically a prerequisite...because unless you learn all of multivariable in the first week, it ain't going to happen.
The p-sets are also f-ing hard. Oh geez. Wow. Very math-heavy, and thinking-heavy, and stuff like that. Definitely the most time-consuming of my four p-sets.
The recitation is pretty awesome. I probably learn more from the recitation than I do from the actual class...the recitation leaders for 8.022 are actual professors who have taught the class before (as opposed to grad students), and they have no qualms about helping students with the homework (desperately needed in the case of 8.022).
Also kind of unique: the textbook is really useful. The book (Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism) is somewhat of a legend at MIT.

24.900 (linguistics)
There's one lecturer, Professor Steriade. Hm. Well, so far, the class has been really, really boring and confusing. Argh. We've been doing "syntax," which is basically English grammar split up into trees...on crack. I'm trying to switch out, but my advisor says that it's probably not going to happen. :( Well, hopefully, the other units in linguistics will be more interesting, since apparently our professor is a phonologist, not a syntactician.
The p-set is odd. Usually only "two questions" with like 7 parts each. Usually very confusing, often with material not covered in class.
The recitation hasn't been all too helpful as of now...and the leader keeps on complaining about the textbook and marking us wrong for following the textbook.
The textbook is extremely verbose and unclear. :( I guess they'll never change it since the professor's one of the authors...

Chamber music
I'm in a piano quartet, coached by (the very famous) John Harbison. We're playing Mendelssohn Piano Quartet No. 2, which Mendelssohn wrote when he was 13. It's still a very good piece of music...that crazy kid. Mendelssohn wrote his piano quartets to show off his piano skillz, though...so most of the coaching goes towards the piano.

Advising seminar
Cooking. It's good. Last week was butter, biscuits, and applesauce, and this week was...curried butternut squash and apple soup. Last week's was excellent, and this week's was very good as well, though I think we put too many sour apples, because the soup ended up a bit sour. Curried butternut squash and apple soup sounds very dubious, I know, but it tasted pretty good.

Look for a post on non-class stuff...soon. Maybe during the next chem recitation.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Courses

8.022
7.012
5.112
24.900
Masochistic, or smart choice? I really don't know.
...
Fine, you're not in MIT, dear reader? Let me translate that into English.
Physics Electricity and Magnetism (the harder version)
Biology
Chemistry (the one that assumes that you know elementary chem)
Introduction to Linguistics
My schedule's coming out...sometime. Also, the rooming lottery's tonight...hopefully I get a good room.
AND LAN THOUGHT I WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. >:(

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Update?

Wow, I haven't posted in a while. Mostly because there wasn't much to post about. Well, I guess there might have been, but...I don't know. Well, anyway.
1. Got a MacBook Pro, iPod touch, and scanner/copier/printer for $1099 after rebate
The MBP is pretty awesome, actually. I had been having major issues with my Dell (although I did fix the constant lag...my fan was clogged with dust), so I decided to switch to the other evil monopoly. (Wait, isn't that Google? Three monopolies in one market = ???) It starts up rather quickly, shuts down REALLY quickly, and takes up less memory. Also, I think Snow Leopard came out yesterday? I get the upgrade for $10. Hm. I should get that soon. I also installed Vista, but it makes my computer really hot, for some reason.
Maybe everyone else knew, but I didn't. Since when did iPods have internet??? I downloaded nifty apps and...stuff, and copied my music from my Nano to my Touch. One gripe: music on iPods are stored as hidden files, and it's very hard to access hidden files on Mac.
2. MIT!
I arrived yesterday (8/28). Woot, finally here. I'm in a temporary room right now, and I lucked outtt <3
But absolutely no guarantees for my permanent room to be a single. :( Oh well.
So far I haven't really done much at all...watched a movie, took a math test, took a "library tour," and just came back from some crazy party downstairs. I can still hear the music. Oh joy of joys. There probably isn't all that much to do yet since Orientation sort of hasn't started yet. It starts tomorrow with a convocation from the president of MIT, so I guess we'll see then.

Friday, August 14, 2009

DC, again.

So I'm going to be in DC (I know, again) with my family for about a week, so don't be expectin' any updates...yeah. I might get some pictures up later, you never know. So anyway, byeee

Monday, August 10, 2009

Spoof #3

The SSTT: Day 13985
SHI BAI. I woke up at 10 AM today then I went on the MRT to go to Ximending with Vicki! And then we had bubble tea and then SHI BAI'd at the stationery store and then we got hungry and went to a restaurant and then we had bubble tea and then we went to the stationery store and then we got hungry and went to a restaurant and then we went to the Taipei 101 with Chris! Then we had bubble tea and then we went to Ximending again and then I went home on the MRT.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Movies I've watched recently

*After I realized that my QWERTY typing was dying, I switched back. Hm. Dvorak is definitely, in my opinion, objectively better, though. You move your fingers around so much more in QWERTY.
So this summer, I've been watching a lot more movies than normal (then again, "normal" is like one a year).
First off,
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Going into it, I had very high expectations based on FB and early reviews of the movie. It was pretty good, but, as usual, they overemphasized love triangles and underemphasized action. =/ I like the actor playing Bellatrix Lestrange. Quite convincing. Though I liked the scene in the book when the Minister of Magic pays a visit to the Prime Minister. I thought that was a really cool part of the book, but eh. They had to shrink it somehow.

Star Wars IV, V, VI
My brother's obsessed with Star Wars Legos (yet cried when he saw Wall-E...) so this was a mandatory watch. In my opinion, IV was the best, but, all three of them being rather old, the special effects obviously seem dated. V was pretty good as well, fairly interesting and definitely darker than IV. But VI, hm. First off, I was confused as to when exactly Luke became a "fully-trained Jedi" or whatever...whut? The Jabba the Hutt part was realllly awkward to watch with my brother, especially when Leia...yeah, you know what. The random musical number was just like lol whut. And the Ewoks, and...just in general, I didn't like VI as I did the other two.

No Country For Old Men
Hmmm. I had heard a lot of positive reviews and acclaim for this movie, so I watched it. As previously stated, I don't watch a lot of movies, so this was also my first Coen brothers movie. (Incidentally, one of my friends is in their next movie, A Serious Man.) My first impression was that of OMG CAN'T UNDERSTAND TEXAN ACCENTS x.X I think the bloodshed shown in this film was a bit...excessive. Although Dark Knight was more bloody, I guess, all the killing in this movie was a lot more disturbing for me. Maybe because I was watching it alone past midnight. =/ I spent most of the film...confused. Why did Chigurh have this burning grudge against Llewelyn? Why does the wife look young enough to be Llewelyn's daughter? Why is Llewelyn so fixated on the money, anyway? I had to read the Wikipedia article later to really understand what was going on. I don't know...it just seemed a bit too...pretentious? artsy? ironic? for my taste.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I watched this just today, actually. I was at Greenwood when Order of the Phoenix came out, so I never got to see it. I thought it was okay/pretty good. Standard Harry Potter. It did the job, and carried out what it set out to do. I liked Dolores Umbridge. xD

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fairy Tail

As per Enoch's recommendation, I started reading Fairy Tail two days ago, and I read all the chapters published to this date. Fairy Tail's a shonen manga (a la Bleach/Naruto) involving mages and a guild called...Fairy Tail. Well, it's pretty interesting, but sometimes annoyingly stereotypically shonen-y - like the rash main character who fights by charging up his emotions, fanservice, etc. Some scenes I thought were funny:

lawl whut...too many gigantic anime blades

holy crap it's like dragonball Z but with girls (two girls also do some fusion thing later)


















The one scene that actually made me lol. This manga is rather over the top. I mean, seriously? "Super Mage Giant Phantom MK II"? It's a building, if you couldn't tell. Except it casts spells and stuff. ...yeeaaah.

Friday, July 31, 2009

1337 Hits!


:D
Thanks, folks!
I tried Wonderking and MS Knights of Cygnus this week. Wonderking is OK but rather unoriginal. MS is still MS. =x
Sorry, I'm still trying to learn Dvorak, so my posts won't be very long.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dvorak

So I'm trying Dvorak right now. What's Dvorak, you ask? See below.
It's supposed to be faster than QWERTY and easier on the hands. Well, it sure isn't faster for me right now...but we shall see.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dorm and ASEs

My dorm assignment came out! Next House '09-'10! That's where I stayed at CPW, the farthest dorm from campus...
Well, this is exciting. However, the worries remain...should I pay the $325 for getting half off dinner on weekdays? (That's how MIT dining halls work, only dinner, and only on weekdays, apparently. =/) Should I somehow learn how to cook and do so? Blarglefargle.

Another pressing issue: Advanced Standing Exams. Basically, if you take it and pass, you get to skip the first required course in the subject, i.e. if I take the chemistry ASE, then I fulfill my freshman year chemistry requirement. I could take mechanics, E&M, chemistry, biology, and math.
Mechanics: don't need to take (AP)
E&M: lawl...I'd rather just take E&M again during the pass/no record period
Chemistry: Planning on taking this one, but it apparently has an 8% pass rate
Biology: Um. Yeah. I don't really know any bio whatsoever. It'd be better to just take it....
Math: I fulfilled this requirement by virtue of BC Calc + Multivariable
So I started studying for chemistry yesterday, after much procrastination. I...obtained the textbook...electronically, and took a look. Oh snap. D: Either I forgot a lot more chemistry than I thought I had, or...it's damn hard.

In other news, I've been going to lots of museums and using lots of library passes. I think I went to the Museum of Fine Arts (free!), Museum of Science ($5), the Freedom Trail (fine, doesn't count), the Harvard Museum of Natural History/the Peabody Museum ($2), and the Liberty Ride ($10, $25 for adults, yowch). The Harvard Museum of Natural History was actually really cool. They had thousands of glass models of flowers that were incredibly accurate, amazing rocks and minerals, and room upon room of animal displays. Great fun. The Liberty Ride was really fun as well to see what had happened in places that we now consider everyday, but....I don't think I would pay $25 to see it. $10 was a pretty good deal though.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

AP Scores

Microeconomics 5
Macroeconomics 5
French Lang 5
Physics C Mechanics 5
Physics C E&M 5
Comp Sci AB 4 <= lawl fail
SQUEEE!!!!
Well, except for the comp sci =_= fail
That means...I think I get to skip the introductory physics course.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

[Untitled]

Hm. Well, I went to the MFA and MOS with the family friends from Florida...MFA was...free for people under 17, and we had gotten a pass just for that, too >.< korea =""> BCG vaccine for TB => positive Mantoux tests => chest X-ray). Turns out I don't have TB (O RLY?) but I might have mild rightward curvature in my spine or something. =/
Oh yes, I meant for this to be a Ted-style post, just posting a YouTube video...so I guess I'll do that now.

Suggestion to Ted: get a Twitter.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

FEE

I passed the MIT Freshman Essay Evaluation! That means that I can take any CI (communication-intensive) course. If I had failed, it would've been ESL, if I got a mediocre score (essentially a fail), I could only take CI-HW courses, which are more basic (i.e. "Analytical Writing," "Creative Writing" as opposed to "Race and Politics" or something).
I downloaded RocketDock the other day, and it's great fun (especially combined with a couple of add-ons). Behold.
:D

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Not a spoof

So...family friends from Florida are over for a month...it's...interesting. I showed one of them around PROMYS, MIT, Harvard, Freedom Trail, etc.
In other news, I cut my index finger on my e string and it hurts like a mofo to type and play violin...and it's already been like three days :(
And I just burned my middle finger on the toaster oven.
...
The strange thing is that the exact same thing happened to me four years ago (like exact same finger, same circumstances). Ew...well, last time was a 2nd-degree burn, but this time, it doesn't seem that severe. Meh.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spoof #2

So today was more of the usual grind...playing Magic, playing calculator games, and pretending to pay attention in class. I said Seongcheol 17 times today! I'm proud. Tomorrow I have a math test, which I'm going to own, not gonna lie. I also have a Spanish test, not going to study for that (like a pro), but it's going to be really hard, Mike says. After school was Magic time with Ian.
Round 1:
I was trucking him, playing a forest on turn 1 like a pro, until he played this menace:
So broken. He destroyed me, 15-0. I have to watch out for that card in FNM.
Ian 1 - Me 0

Round 2:
Ian started out strong, playing the public enemy #1 card again, but this time I could respond with another forest. What a truck. So I started beating him down with Grizzly Bears to save the day.
Oh, and I have a history project that I need to BS tonight, which I'm going to do after making a deck with Ian for FNM.

Spoof #1


I'm tired.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

1000!

Thanks for 1000 hits everyone! :)
I'm thinking of making a series of blog posts impersonating other bloggers I know...so be looking forward to that?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Where have I been?

Last week was practice week, great fun. Aka practice 4-6 hours every day. And my recital still wasn't very good. =/
Well, at least I netted me some moniez.
Then was graduation, which was long and arduous, but worth it, I guess? Now I have completed my basic mandatory education...or something. ANGP was pretty fun, and the hypnotist was funny - though John C and Terry C were fuming and insisting that it was fake. So what else have I been doing....playing lots of Pokemon (nerd crack)...but I overwrote my save files by accident, and...yeah. Fail. As usual.
I filled out my housing lottery yesterday! 1. Next - RBA 2. Burton-Conner 3. New 4. Baker...and I forget the rest xD
So what now...I need to figure out a way to conjure up $2000+ for MIT student contribution. Regular minimum-wage job or tutoring? The internal debate continues. And I'm thinking of getting a MacBook, since they're offering a free iPod touch for college students (and, apparently, NEC students) for people who buy a Mac. $949 with the student discount for a MacBook (the white version) and an iPod touch sounds pretty reasonable to me. Grr. I'm mad at Dell. My keyboard broke and I had to get it replaced, my battery broke a month after the warranty expired, and apparently I have another virus. >(

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

DONE with high school!

Finally. Done with finals, final projects, everything. Yayyyy! :)
However, the MIT Freshman Essay Evaluation is currently ongoing. It's 2 essays, and I have ...very little time to work on it, because of my joyous schedule of joyful joy. We'll see how this goes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Concerts, concerts, and more concerts.

May 27th Studio recital
May 29th Violin lesson + rehearsal with pianist
May 30th Piano lesson + Vivaldi rehearsal + YPO rehearsal + NEC graduation
May 31st Possible meeting with New England String Ensemble conductor
June 1st Rehearsal with pianist
June 2nd NESE dress rehearsal #1
June 3rd NESE dress rehearsal #2, then graduation rehearsal, then NESE concert
June 4th Solo recital
June 5th YPO dress rehearsal
June 6th YPO concert
FML.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

And now for something completely different...

EDIT: Oh yes, and senior countdown: 1 day of school, 1 block of finals on Wednesday, 1 block on Thursday.
My brother and Lan's brother singing. (my brother's the better one :P...*jk) Try to tell them apart? My brother laughs in the middle, so you can use that as a guideline. :) Lan gots mad skillz....she merged two recordings together to make this. She made this in January, btw.

Roh Moo-hyun, 1946-2009

*serious post alert*
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30894701/
Wow. My parents told me yesterday morning, and I thought they were kidding. Living in the US, I don't really hear (or to be honest, care) that much about Korean politics. I do remember that when he was elected, he was really popular, but then people started blaming him for everything. (Hm. Sounds suspiciously like what Koreans think of the new president, Lee Myung-bak.) The largest issue highlighted by the article is that he was accused of receiving bribes from businesses. $6 million, was it? Of course, accepting bribes is inexcusable, but he also defended student dissidents during South Korea's military rule. Should all his good deeds be nullified because of that bribery scandal? One person interviewed by the article even criticized him for committing suicide...

Although this man obviously made mistakes during his life, he also did good...like anyone else. No matter what we may think of him, he deserves some respect. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

THINGS GET BETTAH....

A must-watch.
...Well, not really. But it is interesting to see how the different singers match up against each other. In my opinion, Leona Lewis and Beyonce sounded the best, while Miley Cyrus sounded the worst (Is she for real? How the heck is she a professional singer?) followed by Fergie (okay, time to give up trying to sound...ahem...African-American). We got a kick out of this at Nationals, watching Miley Cyrus' epic-fail solo.

Oh, and by the way, is there a way to put YouTube stuff directly onto my blog without downloading anything? Ted? Stephen?

EDIT: Oh yes, and SENIOR COUNTDOWN: 2 days of regular school/3 days of school + finals.

DONE with APs, "like a pro"


....finally. Although my incompetent French Lang proctor lost my AP Student Pack, so I'll be getting two grade reports. Comp Sci...I thought the MC was hard, but the open response was easy. Seriously, now? 75 minutes for 40 MC questions, then 105 for 4 open response? Haha.

And linear algebra final, fun fun. I actually think I did pretty well, thanks to a last-minute cram session on exactly the right topic (thanks Jaeyoon :))

My econ project has now morphed from a card game to Jeopardy. Le sigh, so unoriginal...but I guess it'll work out better now.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Being a rebel

SENIOR COUNTDOWN: 4/7 :)
Well, somebody (not mentioning any names...) told me that Econ was canceled today, when in fact it was just a class in the computer lab. Wunderful. So basically, today was my first true "skip." :O I'm such a rebel. Grrrrrrr if something bad happens because of this, a certain person is going down.
YPO rehearsal was tonight, and it took Yehna and I 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Boston =x so we were 35 minutes late to rehearsal. ...well, at least we didn't get the famous Zander glare. Tomorrow I get to go to school at 10:50 (yeah MCAS + free! happened today, too) to take a physics "quest" or "quizzam" on magnetism. I know the stuff in my AP review book, but, apparently, not everything in the Halliday. I hate the Halliday; it's so cluttered and the information doesn't seem to be readily accessible. After the physics "quest" is AP French Language make-up. Hm, I'm not really studying that hard for it, since MIT doesn't count it, but apparently it's really long and difficult. Hmm. Oh yes, and YPO concert tomorrow :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

666 Hits

Anti-kudos to whoever was that 666th hit. You get...a free anti-car? Idk.

To the right, to the right.

I took this FB personality test and the results are to the right... =>
If I interpreted everything correctly, then I'm a Sensory Logical Introvert? Hm. Okay...
My best fit college majors were: 1. Mathematics 2. History 3. Chemistry...interesting. I actually like all 3 subjects, though history's probably not really a feasible option at MIT...
My best fit states were 1. Vermont 2. Maine 3. Massachusetts. Again, a pretty good fit, considering that I live here?
This stuff is sort of interesting? Then again, it might be another example of this. The Forer effect was named after when a psychologist gave a personality analysis to his students after they took a personality test. He asked the students to rate the accuracy of the analysis on the scale of 0 to 5, and the average was 4.26? What's the catch?
They all got the same analysis. Below is the text:
"You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic."

Thoughts on AP Econ, NEC

Both AP Econs were very easy...
Macro was a joke for both sections. I think 48 hours has passed now? One of them dealt with a fictional country called Tara, so I wrote "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (but then crossed it out) and called its currency the Scarlett, represented by $. >_> I was bored and I had like 35 minutes left in the open response section when I finished.
Micro....MC was harder than I thought it would be, but I can't discuss the questions, lest the AP Secret Police come after me. But the open response was even easier than Macro...wow. I finished 30 minutes early, and I asked the proctor if I could leave early if I turned in all my stuff. He said yes, so I did so. But apparently, he threatened others who tried to leave that their score would get canceled if they left? ... So I panicked and asked him later, but he said it was fine... o.O

NEC
Yesterday was the last official day of NEC. Thus concludes my tenth and final year there...wow. 10 years...
However, all my activities are continuing for ~3 more weeks at least, so nothing actually ended...
Oh yes, and evaluation results. Piano was like...oh, you did really well, but you didn't get that one piece memorized so we can't give you the certificate. Therefore, they gave me the highest possible grade that you can't get a certificate for. Violin....the teachers grade off a rubric, where they circle ovals for each aspect of playing (sort of like Senior Districts/All-state). Hm. All of the ovals that they circled were in the Pass with Honors zone, but I ended up with a High Pass++. Um. My hunch is that, since my teacher didn't give me a Pass with Honors in her teacher eval or w/e, they couldn't give me a Pass with Honors overall. Waah, I could have gotten a Level IV Pass with Honors... :(
Oh, yes. And COME TO THE YPO CONCERT WEDNESDAY! :) Our program is:
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune by Debussy
Ravel Piano Concerto by... Ravel (who do you think -_-)
Petrushka by Stravinsky
The pianist is amazing, and the other pieces sound good as well. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Click here for directions. I think there are a couple of people who already want to go, so contact me by Gtalk if you want to go as well.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nationals, and other stuff

In exchange for a super-long post, I posted my pictures on Facebook. :)
APs: 2 down, 4 to go. Mechanics was death. x.X Suffice to say, I should have reviewed my SHM. However, I pretty much eschewed studying for mechanics in favor of an all-day cramming session in E&M on Sunday. It really helped, actually; the E&M struck me as...okay. Oh well. I probably failed both of them. Grr, MIT requires Mechanics and E&M to be a 5 in order to skip...Mechanics. Oh well?

Macro/microeconomics on Thursday! Yay! I get to miss out on the last half day of my high school career and probably the last half day EVAR for me.

Oh, and evaluations? Violin went fine, and I only had to play (parts of) 2 out of the...8 things I had to prepare. Yum. Piano...why the heck did I have to memorize the music???? Yeah, didn't exactly have it memorized...thus I got owned.

Friday, May 8, 2009

We apologize for the inconvenience...

Sorry, but no nationals post until next week, suffice to say that it was awesome. Be on the lookout for a photo journal, starring Jaeyoon the 40-year-old Korean Ajumma.
Ahem.
I have piano and violin evaluations at NEC on Saturday, which is one of the chief reasons why I can't really post anything that's too time-consuming. The violin evaluation's PLE Level IV (NEC's toughest evaluation or something) with lots of fun requirements and stuff like that. Yuck. AP's are also coming up very soon, and I just failed my linear algebra midterm. Yum. Basically, I didn't know how to do one of the problems, but then the rest were completely retarded mistakes (like apparently giving a justification when I didn't have to, and getting 0 credit). So yeah. Waking up at 5 AM to practice violin...byes.
P.S.
Sneak preview:
Seductive Ajumma is him.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Will Huang clone + Nationals


Lol whut. I was reading a news article when I noticed the image next to it. Whoaaa. I thought it looked exactly like Will Huang, and I'm wondering what you guys think? Anyway.
Noah, Chris, Josh, Jaeyoon, Mr. Gould, Mr. Grams and I are leaving for Washington, DC tomorrow for the National Science Bowl! Woot. Right now, I'm packing...stupid United charging for checked luggage...
Well, at least I don't have any homework. But I probably should be practicing violin (5-6 day lack of practicing = fail). I'll probably put up a way-too-long blog post on Tuesday. Oh well. We shall see.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CPW


CPW. Was. Awesome. "Brief" itinerary:
Thursday:
Meet up with CPW host, play Brawl (Welkin would be jealous) and Mario Kart Wii, then have dinner - Cuban sandwich! Yum! My host was really nice, and he lived in Next House. Next House is the farthest dorm from the 'main campus,' but still not really that far. Note self: if I want to live there, bring a bike. It's in the lower left hand corner of this map, right to the lower right of that big orangeish rectangle thing. But it has its own dining hall, workout room, game room, etc.
Next was the opening ceremony, which got hacked by the MIT Logarhythms, a male a cappella group, who sang, among other things, "Low" by Flo Rida. Interesting stuff. After that was this festival, with free boba and...Vietnamese sandwiches that Noah found to be especially delicious.

Friday
I went to Linear Algebra and Macroeconomics in the morning. The Linear Algebra class was actually really interesting, and the professor actually sounded really into the material, whoa. It was about complex bases...interesting stuff. Macroeconomics was apparently a recitation, and consisted of this TA or grad student or somebody who couldn't speak English very well lecture the class on stuff I didn't know. Stocks or something. Lunch at Anna's (Chipotle's > Anna's), then this academics/arts fair. Peter and I got free stuff like candy and pens and stuff. :) I then went to Physics...ooh pretty technology and projectors and cameras and it was really cool.
Then was a cappella...some groups were awesome, others, not so much.
I then went to a barbecue at Burton Conner and met Stephen (Steven?) Cheng and Mark Fu...who had decided to drop by. Then saw Next Act, an annual musical, where I got to see my host as a pimp. Interesting.

Saturday
Waah. Music school...needed to wake up early. Nothing that interesting happened....and I needed to pay for food! T_T (MIT gave us free food). Then I walked back to MIT (damn evil bridge), and watched the closing ceremony...lots of dancing and singing and loud noises. Later, I went to a frat party. That was interesting.

Sunday
Overslepttttt... I woke up at 12:15, and my parents had been waiting outside/calling me since 11:45. Yum. Checked out, had a delicious lunch at KOREA GARDEN (in Allston, I highly recommend it) and then...not much.

So overall, I'm glad that I'm set on MIT, and I'm looking forward to going there next year :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fun fact?

Lindsey can be a guy's name as well? Didn't know that, until a guy called Lindsey said that he would be my CPW (Campus Preview Weekend for MIT) host. o.O
Let's see...what's new...uh...
...
Oh yes. DOE nationals are coming up really soon! We're leaving for Washington DC on April 30th. The itinerary has...lots of free time in it, to say the least. Basically:
April 30th do nothing/tour
May 1st do nothing/tour
May 2nd do nothing/tour
May 3rd competition
May 4th finals/do nothing
May 5th do nothing/leave
...Wonderful. And I learned that Clarke won middle school NSB! Yay (even though it is Clarke and not Diamond)! They said that they want to practice against us...I think we could, but the rest of the team wants to send our D team against them or something.
Also, my homework load has been decreasing somewhat. Probably for AP season...which reminds me, I still need to figure out how to make up French Language and Computer Science, which I'm missing for DOE....wow...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

7.5/10

So, here's my full college breakup.
Rejected:
Harvard (well, I figured, since I got deferred from MIT at first)
Yale (same)

Waitlisted:
Brown (lol, I was actually surprised about this one)

Accepted:
MIT
Williams
Duke
Cornell
Northwestern
Carnegie Mellon
URochester (my 10th choice out of 10, and gave me the worst financial aid to boot...)

7.5/10! C! ...or not. So in any case, that means I'm essentially set on MIT. Yay!
In a way, I'm sort of relieved that I didn't get into Harvard and Yale. Although I had said that Harvard was my top choice, I'd been having doubts about this for a while...and now I don't even have to decide.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

All-States

3/26-3/28, I'm gone for All-States. We're playing Respighi's Pines of Rome, which apparently Noah really likes? All I know is that it includes the recording of a chirping bird. This is bound to be a treat...especially after having been spoiled at All-Easterns...well, at least the hotel changed. Maybe the new people aren't as nasty towards us. Seaport Hotel...we might even get an ocean view! Haha, but I think it's still 4 people to 2 beds, so I'm packing my sleeping bag.
Things I'm missing:
4 college decisions (parents checking....=/)
New Naruto and Bleach (omg, will Ulquiorra finally die or will this fight just drag on?)
'Valuable' class time (riiiiiight)
NEC (sigh...teachers shall kill me)
Hm. Duke, Williams, CMU, and Northwestern are supposed to come out this week. We'll see how that works out....

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hit counter mystery solved!

First: the hit counter measured unique users daily, which makes sense, and would explain why I have 170+ views right now.
Second: putting the link in my Gmail status makes a difference - for example, this afternoon, I conducted an experiment. I put Lan's blog in my status and saw what happened to her view counter (which had been at 40 for quite a while). Now, her view count's at 71! Interesting.
I just finished a mini-project for English, where we had to take three cells from a graphic novel and turn them into a different story. My images were taken from Barefoot Gen, a story about Hiroshima (excellent graphic novel, btw). I turned it into a zombie story! ^^
It was a bit of a pain to color the zombies, through.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Engineering

Finally, the end of the engineering project saga. All 10 of the marbles went through the box, but one bounced out at the end and didn't go into the high-scoring area. Bah. The time was pretty good (either 2.16 or 2.19 seconds), though it doesn't matter, since we didn't get 10 for 10. Mr. Gould said it was...pretty? Or something along those lines. We ended up using my old poster board from my science project last year.
In other news, I got an acceptance letter from URochester today. Interestingly enough, they 'personalized' the acceptance letter - it included comments on my essay and said something about music. It's probably just some template that they use, but still, it's interesting.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

MIT and All-Easterns and such

Wednesday, March 11.
I realize that Shostakovich 5th symphony 4th movement is really hard. DAMNDAMNDAMN....I start cram-practicing. Bad me.

Thursday, March 12.
Cram-practicing during orchestra! Yay! ...I actually got the passages down, somehow. The Lexington kids and a couple of others left for All-Easterns on a school bus (that came 30 minutes late). The orchestra was in the Providence Marriott. We were immediately rushed to the warm-up room, where I essentially unpacked and then got dragged out to the audition room....where I died (I need mah warm-up time).
Rehearsal (7:00 - 10:00)
I got 6th stand inside (1st violin). Eh. Relearning all the passages (for the inside part) was great fun. And my roommate was John C.! And, best of all, we got our own beds. All-States is really sketchy because we have to share beds...yeah.
The orchestra is...amazing. From the first downbeat, the string section played together, played all the dynamics...just awesome. YPO might have better players, but as an orchestra, in my opinion, All-Easterns ran miles around them.
When the time came to sleep, I faced a dilemma. Two pillows were really hard and bouncy! One was like a tube-like thing that I don't think you're supposed to sleep on! And two were really squishy! ...yeah.

Friday, March 13.
Grr, wake up calls. The shower shoots multiple sets of jets in different directions! Very cool. But the shampoo was orange ginger scented.
Rehearsal 8:30 - 12:00, 1:00-4:30
Yes, it was really long. However, it was still really fun. Shostakovich 5 is a sick symphony. The conductor spent a lot of time ripping on the title of our other piece (Frenergy). And I met three friends from Greenwood!
Cantus concert 6:30-10:30
Yuck. I swear, the management just tries to waste our time because they're lazy. Anyway, the concert was by some touring group from Minnesota. I mean, they were good, but....frankly, I hate chorus concerts. Blech.
We watched Mission Impossible III until 1 am. Probably not a good decision.

Saturday, March 14.
Rehearsal 9:15 (!) - 12:00, 1:00-2:00
Okay, the 1-2 rehearsal was nerve-wracking. I couldn't concentrate at all, my heart was pounding...ugh. The trumpet player from YPO walked up to the podium and conducted Shostakovich spontaneously! And it was really good, actually. I called home at 1:58 PM, and waited as my parents checked...and then the news came. I got in!!! We then went to some lame music exhibit, followed by a trip to the mall, Providence Place. Haha, the jazz, orchestra, and band kids got to go to the mall, but they forced the chorus kids to stay at the convention center. Dinner was funny. All four ensembles ate together in this huge, ritzy room in the Westin (far fancier than the Marriott, the band kids stayed there). Our waiter was a pedophile and kept on touching us and giving us sass. His best line: When somebody asked for more iced tea, he bellowed, "IT'S OVAH!" or something along those lines. We then saw the jazz band (they were pretty good, the drummer was crazy, in more ways than one) and the Boston Brass. The Boston Brass people are beasts. The tuba player played the double bass part in this jazz piece....it was amazing to see him breathing in between beats and play a continuous, seamless line of quarter notes. The French horn player...oh my god. He was ridiculous as well.
When we finally got back, John and I watched the end of Saving Private Ryan. It was confusing. We just saw lots of fighting and some Up-something guy shoot another dude and start speaking German. ...whut?

Sunday, March 15.
After much time wastage, et cetera, it finally came to be time for the concert. The concert was awesome, except for when my shoulder rest fell right when we started the third movement of Shosty and I didn't come in. Then me and my parents left and had Sichuan food at Sichuan Gourmet. Yum.

And here I am, working on this all-too-long blog post, procrastinating and not studying for my physics test. All-Easterns is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - they don't let people go to it twice by making it for juniors and seniors only. To see this pure passion for music over four days was a refreshingly different experience, much different from school orchestra (nobody cares) and YPO (people text, slack off). I feel as if I'm at a crossroads right now. MIT? Music? Or should I do what I always seem to do and try and do both?
Bleh. And I have English homework, apparently.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Engineering Project: Slight Success!

Yeah, after getting our brains fried by the NACLO Round 2 (Green Hmong and Cretan hieroglyphs are my enemy), Dan and I worked on our engineering project! And...it's not a complete failure anymore! See, Dan finally came up with the really simple thing that probably everyone else in the whole freaking world thought of before we did....sigh...
The engineering project is to move 10 marbles in a cup over an 8 cm barrier (which has to be at least 17 cm from the...apparatus) 83 cm down a table into a 5 cm box. Our project is basically a modded catapult...and I don't think I should say anymore. I might post some pictures after next Thursday, when the first half of the engineering fair takes place. March 19, 4:20 PM.
Haha, MIT decisions come out March 14 at 1:59 PM (just the tacky thing that you would expect MIT to do, you know?). Unfortunately, I'll be in Providence for All-Easterns, and my parents will know before me...and no, Lan, you can't access my account for me. All-Easterns...the level of orchestra above All-States, incorporating the states from Maine to DC (Okay, I know that DC's not a state, but whatever). I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon and coming back Sunday evening. Tomorrow's the seating audition day, and I started practicing the music...yesterday. Not good.
Anyway, now's econ packet time! The econ packet is about...money, but it's strange and subjective and...just weird. I missed class today, and class was canceled yesterday, and I guess I have a quiz tomorrow....? I wonder how that'll turn out.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hit counter

I edited my previous post, but I don't think everyone saw. I changed it to unique users. But still, 80 visitors? Wha? Bug? Spambots? Virus? I don't really know, but I have a feeling that 80 people don' t read my blog. Probably people had accessed it from different computers or did something else. Hm.
And I finished my linear algebra homework! Yay! But now's annotation time.

YPO Recordings!

Yay! I actually got to go to NEC yesterday, so I picked up the YPO recordings I ordered! I have the ones from last May and this January. The May recording has the Bartok Dance Suite, Schumann Cello Concerto, Brahms 4, and Nimrod, and the January one has Glazunov Violin Concerto and Mahler 5. I'm listening to the Mahler 5 right now, and I already listened to the Glazunov. Haha, I could hear the massive second violin choke in the third movement that I was proudly a part of. Overall, it sounded okay, but...the horn section....oh well. The Adagietto's awesome. Maybe I should listen to Nimrod and "compare and contrast" with the Honors Orchestra's own interpretation last year.
In other news, I actually started my Harvard Extension homework before the day before! Oh. My. God.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Competition...month?

So yeah. I did well on the NACLO, which means that I'll have to study for Round 2, which is next Wednesday. I might have a shot at the international linguistics olympiad, apparently... o_O wtf
Then there's this violin chamber music competition coming up this Monday....
And that Harvard Extension test on Thursday....
And All-Easterns next week (and MIT decisions >.<)
All-States two weeks after that....
Just took the MAML level 2 competition, and AIME coming up...
Engineering fair...
IDJFKJPOQIJT#**%(OIJFOAIJQPOIJFPO!I#JR!!!!!! too much work to do....sigh
Well, it's 11 pm and I'm already knocked out. Logging off now.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The site counter

As you can see, I've installed a site counter onto the site. Right now, it measures hits, not unique users (so I can inflate view counts, muahahahaha) but I'm thinking of changing it. In other news,
SNOW DAY!!!! Yay! But we didn't get as much snow as was forecast, methinks. Also, NACLO (linguistics olympiad) results come out at 3 PM. I'm really excited!

UPDATE: Yay! Now it measures unique users.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

DOE!!

Yay! Our DOE team won the regional competition! DOE, for people who don't know, stands for Department of Energy, who sponsors the National Science Bowl. The format is 2 rounds of 8 minutes apiece of buzzer rounds. The questions test many different fields: biology, astronomy, earth science, chemistry, physics, and math, and can be either short answer or multiple choice. First, a toss-up question is read, and if a team gets it right, they get 4 points and a bonus question is read to them, worth 10 points. We've been preparing for this essentially all year, with teams having been chosen in November. From September to November, the practices were on Tuesdays from 3 to 5, then afterwards, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5. The other teams (B, C, D) were all there, too, made me pretty damn angry when our B team was barred from competing. There were 24 slots for teams, but only 23 of them came (Grr. Our B team could have competed.). After 6 round robin matches, the 16 top teams move on to single-elimination rounds. The round robins were against: Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Braintree, Bedford, Phillips Andover, Andover, and North Andover. And over, and over, and over.... *jk
The...octofinals? The first single-elimination was against North Andover, then quarterfinals against Belmont, then semifinals against Chelmsford. Or was it octofinals against Belmont and quarterfinals against North Andover? I'm not exactly sure. The final round, against Lincoln-Sudbury, was interesting. They had taken an early lead, but by the end of the first half, we were up 50-26. They seemed to start to panic after that, and we ended up winning 88-58 or something like that. So thus it ended...it seemed almost disconnected for me. I didn't exactly realize the implications of what had happened until later. Maybe I was just spacey from being sick and sitting out for the first round. I'm not really sure. Now, we're going to prepare until early May, when we go to Washington, DC for the national competition. Yay!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma sent me a letter, offering an $87,000 scholarship, $1,500 laptop computer allowance, and $1,500 travel-study stipend. Hm. It's a pretty good deal, but I'm too lazy to apply. >.< I wonder if I should apply...eh...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recommencement

Yeah, I sort of stopped for a while, January was a stressful month, what with end of first semester and all.
So I was reading a news article, and I don't get it. Here it is. Basically somebody stole a missing person's identity and used it to apply to colleges. What I don't get is, why? From what it sounds like, the identity thief was smart and took the SATs legitly, and basically did all the work to get into college, just under a different name. So was it just for the sake of stealing their identity? If somebody could clarify, that might be helpful...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Interviews!

I guess it's interview season now! Sunday was Harvard, today was Yale, tomorrow's Cornell, next Sunday is Brown, and February 1st is Duke. Hm. Harvard and Yale were really fun, actually. The interviewers so far were really nice and friendly, very friendly and approachable even though they're all very smart, successful, etc. It's interesting...I guess the colleges deliberately use interviewers who would relate best to the interviewee? Like the MIT and Harvard people liked YPO and Benjamin Zander, the MIT and Yale people were young for their grade, etc. o.O

Saturday, January 17, 2009

NEC

So here I am in the computer lounge at NEC, the New England Conservatory in Music. My second home. I spend 8 AM to 6 PM here every Saturday during the school year. This is my schedule this year. It makes me sad.
8-9:30 piano/composition/theory (3 for 1! Yay!)
9:30-10 free (a.k.a. cram practice for violin time)
10-11 violin
11-3 free (Gah. 4 hours of free = too much of a good thing. Yeah, I'm getting good at wasting time. Really good. Today, I went to the Pru at 11, and got back at 2, by stopping by B&N, eating, origami, getting tea at Starbucks...)
3:10-6 YPO (Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, awesome orchestra, conducted by the illustrious/slightly crazy Benjamin Zander.)
Eh. Rehearsal's soon, I should go.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Firefox Add-ons

So I use Firefox, after I realized how slow and horrid IE was in comparison (Incidentally, I tried to run IE today and it doesn't work. Hm.). I also added a fair amount of add-ons, to say the least. You can get all of these add-ons from here.
Here are the add-ons I have:
1. WOT (Web of Trust) - AWESOME. Users rate websites as excellent, good, unsatisfactory, dangerous, etc., and submit it to the WOT website. So, if you're entering a potentially dangerous website, it stops you from entering. Very good. 10/10
2. Adblock plus - Blocks all banner ads. Very useful, I forgot about the existence of banner ads until I tried using some other computer to play games. >.< 10/10
3. NoScript - Blocks all scripts, and you allow individual sites to run scripts or just allow individual scripts. It also blocks clickjacking. However, it can be annoying to configure, since it starts out blocking everything, so YouTube and stuff is blocked as well. However, once you get used to it, it's pretty good. Something I'm noticing right now: Blogger also runs Google Analytics, which tracks the users coming to certain sites to analyze visitor info. Hm. 9/10
4. Text-to-Image - Text links come with image thumbnails. It screws up Wikipedia pictures; you have to double click the images, and just in general not that useful. 7/10
5. ColorfulTabs - Now your tabs are in funky pastel colors, and you can set tab backgrounds, as well! It's pretty good, nothing bad to say about it. 9/10
6. FireGestures - Like Opera mouse gestures. Hm. There are too many, and I'm too lazy to memorize them, but I suppose they'd be convenient. 8.5/10
7. 1-ClickWeather - On the status bar, it has links to the national and local forecast, along with current weather, tonight's weather, and tomorrow's weather. Oh, and severe weather alerts. Nifty! 10/10
8. All-in-One Sidebar - Bookmarks, history, downloads, page info, and add-ons, all in one handy sidebar! It can be annoying, though, because it pops up when you bring your mouse to the side of a window. 9/10

I also have Opera, Chrome, and Safari. Opera is...nondescript, Chrome's pretty cool, and iTunes sniped me to add Safari (I accidentally downloaded along with an iTunes update). But mostly I don't use them because I like my Firefox add-ons. >)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

TEA

So, I realized recently, I'm a complete tea addict. Let's see, I like:
1. Bubble tea <3 (like the actual tea stuff, like milk tea and TARO TEA)
2. English Breakfast tea, black or w/milk and/or sugar
3. Earl Grey tea
Ooh! Over at PROMYS, our end-of-camp party had Toscanini's ice cream, and one of the flavors there was Earl Grey. Sooo good.
4. Iced tea, sweetened and unsweetened
Actually, I made some on Monday without boiling anything. Really easy! Just put six packets of tea in a pitcher of water and stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Apparently if you brew it using sunlight, it's unhealthy because it becomes the perfect temperature for germs.
5. Barley tea <= does this count? We drink it like water at home, and it doesn't have caffeine.
6. Green tea (Yes, very azn.)
a. Roasted brown rice green tea (Korean stuff)
b. Jasmine green tea (parents got some over vacation, and it's <3333)
c. Green tea ice cream
7. Fruit tea
We have this instant stuff called "English Fruits" that somebody gave us. Also, we have a set of four boxes of fruit-flavored black tea: Peach & Passionfruit, Blackcurrant, Lemon & Lime, and...Strawberry? They're pretty good.
8. Ginger tea - My mom makes this for me sometimes, especially when I'm sick. Spicy!
9. Arizona tea, ish. Eh. It's cheap.
10. Half-and-half lemonade and iced tea.
11. White tea? Idk, I've had the bottled stuff, and they always add fruit flavoring, and I could never taste the tea flavor. Except for sort of with Honest Tea.

Teas I don't like:
1. Chamomile tea. Seriously? With that smell? I almost barfed just smelling it.
2. Yujacha - tea made from a mixture of some citrus fruit and honey. Yuk, too sweet AND too bitter, somehow.
3. Nestea - yuk.
4. Americanized green tea - Green tea with sugar? Ew?

Bleh, school

Back from vacation. Bleh. Not that I was all too productive over vacation, but neither is school. Example: Econ. Um. My opinion: everyone in my table (myself included) has either attitude problems, ADD, or both. ...yeah. And Senior District tomorrow!
So there's supposed to be some pleasant ice/snow combo punch tomorrow! Yay! So I thought of the possibilities.
IF BOTH SCHOOLS ARE OPEN
...school...work... => x.x
IF LHS IS OPEN BUT LOWELL ISN'T
Then we only have 1 day of rehearsal for Senior District and we will 1. Die during rehearsal and 2. Die during the concert. => x.x
IF LOWELL IS OPEN BUT LHS ISN'T
Har har.
LHS HAS A DELAY
I don't have class until 10:25, thus see possibility 1. => x.x
IF BOTH SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED
See possibility 2. => x.x
VERDICT: x.x

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year everyone!
To the left is tteokguk, the soup that Koreans traditionally have every New Year's. It's sooo good <3. It's supposed to mean that you get 1 year older. In Korea, people get 1 year older every New Year's, and start out at age 1. I.e. Since I'm turning 16 this year, my Korean age is 16 + 1 = 17. Whoa. 17. So on Tuesday, vacation ends, and it's back to school. Yayyyy. -_-