Archive | April, 2011

Finals week

25 Apr

Happy Finals Week


Women and Computer Science

17 Apr

I just found this article: SCIENCE: Women Don’t Like Male Dominated Computer Geek Stuff and it was really interesting to me. Basically, a study was performed where they put men and women in different rooms, one furnished with stereotypical geek stuff, and the other with art and nature stuff. They were then asked to fill out a questionnaire about  computer science. The women’s opinions were significantly higher in the room with art and nature stuff than the room with stereotypical geek stuff.

Maybe it’s just me, but who were these women?? I love computers and computery stuff… not to mention Star Trek and computer games (Portal whaaaat??) I even took a JAVA programming class when I was in high school. Not that I remember any of it, but I still took it! In my defense, the class wasn’t that great and totally turned me off to ITT Tech. I just don’t understand why more women aren’t more interested in science. Maybe I just like to know things, but knowing how the world works is probably one of the most interesting things to me.

I wish more women liked math and science (I’m not saying I like math!)

Get excited!

13 Apr

Ok, maybe you shouldn’t but I am! I’ve spent the past few days trying to write meal plans for this summer. I’m almost done with one week. I’m starting Weight Watchers (again) this summer, and the plan is to stick with it in the fall when I finally get my apartment and don’t have to eat cafeteria food (which is incredibly bad for you, FYI.) I’ve fallen in love with Skinny Taste, which has a TON a recipes that I’m going to try this summer.

Anyway, the reason why I’m getting so excited is because this weekend, I found out that I can paint my apartment as long as I paint it back at the end of the semester! I’m also excited because an apartment means I need plates and silverware, which means I get to shop for housewares, which is one of my favorite hobbies.

Of course, shopping for housewares makes me do things like try to rationalize buying things like this $60 ($40 on sale!) 10 piece punch bowl set… which I know is completely ridiculous because why do I need a glass punch bowl in college, but it’s SO CUTEEEEEEEE!!

I really do love these dishes, though, and they’re on sale for $50 at the moment, so they might get a buy from me. I just wish the JCPenney website worked a little better.

I also really really like the simplicity of this flatware. It has this satin finish that I just can’t get over, and the way the spoons are shaped is beautiful. I can get obsessive over shapes. I just wish the forks were three pronged instead of four. That would just make everything feel a little bit more classy.

Wall Mount Rabbit Bottle Opener | PLASTICLAND

7 Apr


Wall Mount Rabbit Bottle Opener | PLASTICLAND.

This might be the cutest, coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I want it!!


5 Apr
There’s something in my portfolio.

Sonic Electronix

4 Apr

My day so far has been pretty sweet, and there’s not much to it. I checked facebook when I first woke up and saw that Sonic Electronix was going to be posting their Easter Egg Hunt hint within the next half hour. So I stayed in instead of going to eat and waited 40 minutes for them to post their hint (I almost gave up). The hint was “international radio”, so I looked in the CB radio section and after a few minutes, I found the egg!

I sent them my name and email address, hoping that maybe I was one of the first, and I waited. And waited. And then I got an email. I WON!!!

I won these:

They’re American Audio HP 700 professional DJ headphones. Here’s what Sonic Electronix has to say about them:

  • Sturdy High Powered Professional DJ Headphones
  • Ultra dynamic range with great sounding high and lows
  • Flexible housing design allows for double or single ear monitoring; folds up for easy transport
  • Input: Mini plug with two screw-on 1/4” stereo adapters
  • Includes Headphone bag, right angle 1/4” adapter & straight 1/4” adapter
  • Speaker Driver Unit: 57 mm diameter
  • Max Power: 3500mW
  • Impedance: 64 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 5-30,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 107dB
  • Cord Length: 9 feet
  • 1-year Manufacturer’s warranty

Best day ever!!!

To-do lists

3 Apr

I don’t make to-do lists. To me, a to-do list is a list of things that you could get done at some point in time. There are no “to-do by” dates, it’s just a list of tasks, that you need to do, at some point. I tried to keep a to-do list last year. It was one page, with a number of tasks written on it – things I needed to buy, places I needed to go, and assignments I needed to get done. As I finished each task, I crossed it off the list. Things would be crossed off as time progressed, and eventually, I moved on to a second page.

The problem was, there were a few things on my list that just sat there, waiting to be crossed off. By the time I stopped writing the list, I still had “write a chapter” at the third spot on the list, along with a smattering of other to-dos that never got to-done. At a loss for what to do, I spent some time without a list, forgetting assignments and spending a lot of time running back and forth to the store, getting things that I forgot to get. I realized that I needed something, but a to-do list wasn’t it.

My self-motivating solution was goal lists. “You have to do this” sounds a lot like an order to me, but a goal is just that – a goal. It’s something that I want to do by a certain time in order to not feel like a failure. I have a daily goal list, a weekly goal list, yearly goals, life goals, and a bucket list.

I almost always put my daily goal list on my facebook (I should probably start using my twitter for more than just Foursquare updates). Right now it says “writing a blog and working in Indesign.” Those are my daily goals. I’m going to finish this blog, and I’m going to work on some of the things for my portfolio (so I can actually get something up here). This usually includes assignments that are due the next day, or things that I just want to do.

My weekly goals are mostly just things that I want to finish by the end of the week. When I was working on getting this blog set up, I was in the middle of a busy week, so I decided that if I was ever going to finish it, I would need to put all of the trivial things out of my mind – like playing games and going out – buckle down, and get it done. I was done with it two days early because of my goal list. This week, I made it a goal to finish my resume before Sunday. At 2 AM, I finished my resume. Two versions, actually. It gives me a sense of pride to accomplish my goals.

Yearly goals are things more like “get this internship” or “graduate in December” or “move out by March of next year”. Obviously, yearly goals are dependent on what happens to be going on at the moment they are happening. Obviously I won’t be able to move out in March if I don’t have a full-time job by January, but that’s part of the goal. Yearly goals are also obviously different because they aren’t hinged on December 31st like weekly goals are hinged on Sunday, they’re more abstract.

But not as abstract as life goals. Life goals are things like “get married by 26” and “have kids by 30” and “work in this position at this company”. These are completely different from my bucket list goals, which have nothing to do with a time limit, other than my life. My bucket list is more like a to-do list than anything else. It’s things like “go to Paris” and “write a book”. It’s things I want to do eventually, but I’m not going to put a time limit on it.

That’s how I reach my goals. I know a to-do list works for a lot of people, but if you’re not one of them, try a goals list. It really is a complete change.