December 5th, 2007

Keira - Pretty hair

Muhammad is the most commonly used name on Earth. Read a fucking book for once.

I'm asked on occasion why I have an online journal (apparently people who aren't into blogging don't understand the appeal).

And I usually give the generic answer of "it gives me a place to put down my thoughts" or "to keep in touch with people" or "to help me remember when something occurred."

All of which are mostly true, but I think it's more because I amuse myself to no end.


No, it's true. I'll go back and read entries from weeks or months ago, and laugh at my own jokes. I personally find myself hilarious and often I try to put some of that hilarity into my journal not just so that my readers can enjoy it (because I honestly don't believe many people actually read this), but so that I can enjoy it.


Oh, it's true. Case in point: I was reading back my last 25 posts and came across this one. Seriously? I laughed out loud at the first part. In my room, by myself, reading my own words, and laughing out loud. (It was the clever and poignant use of "jerks" that did it.)


Clearly, I'm a winner.
TiVo - bloop

She's one of those Florida chicks who looks like an old Coach bag.

Another reason to love Kathy Griffin?

She's scared of Southerners too!


(Yes, I'm still watching her stand-up routines. There were like...5 in a row that I TiVo'ed and I can only watch one a day, because I'm supposedly studying for finals...)


PS - The 19th Century Art final was okay. Definitely not as easy as I was hoping, but if I manage an 86...I think I could get an A for the course. Which would be AMAZING and a grand improvement over my C in Italian Renaissance Art class.


And now...studying for my crazy ass Chemistry final. If you'll recall from earlier drama, my final will be counted twice (to make up for a lost exam three scantron). It's also cumulative (all 11 chapters we've covered), and 60 questions (instead of the usual 30).

Oy.
Bones - Brennan and Booth

It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she gets ideas and thinking...

So I'm not a huge fan of my Chemistry class.

Or, rather, I'm not a huge fan of chemistry (fuck you, sublimation...you don't even make any sense!).


However, I will say this...Conceptual Chemistry is kind of easy when you wrap your head around the concepts. (Ta-da!)


It's kinda like in Biology, when the answer to everything was "surface area to volume ratio" and at first it was just something to rattled off, but then it sunk in and you understood why and how the surface area to volume ratio was important? After that point, everything became a ton easier because you got answers right and actually knew what you were talking about.


Well, taking Conceptual Chemistry is exactly like that. Once you just memorize all the rules and whatever, you can start to understand why they work, and then they are 10 billion times easier to apply to actual test questions.

For example, knowing that atomic size grows as you move to the left and down the periodic table.

Or that heated objects have more energy. It's just sort of a given, but once you understand it, everything else is much easier. Like in the question: "Red-colored Kool-Aid crystals are added to a still glass of hot water. The same amount of crystals is added to a second still glass filled with the same amount of cold water. With no stirring, which would you expect to become uniform in color first: the hot water or the cold water?"

The answer is the hot water because it contains more energy in water with a high temperature and therefore the particles are moving faster.


So, now I just have to memorize the thousand other rules so that I can grasp the concepts
Travel - Luggage

She packed my bags last night, preflight. Zero hour, 9am. And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then...

I would like it noted that on a single flight from New York to Los Angeles, humans are exposed to as much radiation (in the form of gamma rays) as a chest X-ray*.

By this standard, I will partake in approximately two chest X-rays over the next 32 days. Do you think airport security will let me bring a lead blanket?


I'm beginning to rethink my frequent flyer status...



Also:
- The helium we use (for balloons or to make voices sound funny) is a product of alpha particle radioactive decay.
- Hot springs are a product of radioactive decay at the Earth's core.
- And coal power plants give off more radiation than nuclear power plants because we shield the nuclear plants so well, but don't worry about the side effects from the coal plants.

Radioactivity totally creeps me out.


*Source: Conceptual Chemistry textbook.