Aquabotany at 3am

July 21, 2007

Learning aquatic plant species, genus, variations, and all sorts of stuff. Trying to figure out what is in my aquarium.

Right now, what I have figured out:

  • Anachris (egeria densa)
  • Rotala sp mini
  • Vallisneria rubra
  • Elocharis acicularis
  • Hornwort (ceratophyllum submersum)

I have three other plants I need to take a closer look at.

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This is just bizarre: MySpace has started to filter out the letter “i” on MySpace blogs – all of them. No matter where the letter “i” appears in a word or sentence, it gets replaced with “..”. The only place where an “i” can be used is in the title of a post.

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July 20, 2007

Shifting from email to forums! Yikes!

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To Summarize:

July 20, 2007

To summarize the post below, I’m more than nervous about the future and the only way to get my mind off of this is to say “Screw it, I’m playing Animal Crossing DS!”

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Xanga-ly Post

July 20, 2007

I feel a bit like I’m screwed. Lemme explain.

Right now I am at 105.5 hours (college credit). To graduate, I need 127 (technically, grandfathered in at 124). Unfortunately, I am not sure what I need to take to get out of here this coming spring. I have a good idea of what I need, but because of how things are constantly changing, I might not get a class required for graduation. This scares me to no end.

My spring semester was horrid. I had a mental and emotional breakdown and became paralyzed. As a result, I ended up going on academic probation because my semester GPA was below a 2.0 (YIKES!). This brought my total GPA way down (obviously removing me from the dean’s list). Luckily, I will retake (at least) one of the classes to get my GPA back to pre-breakdown levels. My goal is to get my cumulative to 3.1 or above. This semester (summer) averages out to be a “meh” semester (did great in two classes, poor in two, awesome in one), which is a far cry from the 4.0 I was hoping for.

So what happens if I can’t get all the classes in? What if I don’t graduate on time? Will I still be able to get married next summer? How will I get a job?

What happens after the spring semester? If (and I wish I didn’t have to use the word “if”) I graduate, I get a job. I become a working citizen, running through the maze of tubes that is the rat race. I’m not ready for that.

On top of all this, I am limited in the first half year of married life to possibilities for employment, as Jill has to finish her schooling and graduate in the winter. At the same time we have to start in to a path I would like to take for the first bit of our lives.

I want to attend seminary at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. There are many parts of this so-called plan that seem to fall in to place nicely.

First, Chicago is a good distance between Jill’s family and mine. Secondly, Chicago is an amazing city (my kind of town, it is). There are tons of construction firms based in the city that I would love to work for, and Chicago has a wonderful green construction movement that has been growing steadily. Third, and perhaps one of the biggest points, is that there are wonderful, prestigious medical facilities that Jill could begin her professional career at. Not only that, but I am sure that the situations faced in a big-city hospital would be far cooler (perhaps) than a sleepy town clinic.

At fourth, MBI is very well known, and on top of that, essentially tuition free.

Fifth, Lew and Jess are planning on being in the city as well, and having familiar faces to do things with is awesome. Jess is all excited about being able to “go to the theatre with people we know.”

I have to get the application information figured out, and I have to get my head on straight once more.

I feel a bit like Colin Hay’s song, Overkill:

I can’t get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications

Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know I’ll be alright
Perhaps it’s just imagination

Day after day it reappears
Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear
Ghosts appear and fade away

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Hallway Joosting

July 18, 2007

“Do you know how pathetic it is to be solar powered?
 All the other guys got their strength from real stuff,
 y’know- radiation, chemical spill, coal.”
Who got their power from coal?
Industrial Lathe Man!”

Been relaxing to some documentaries, as well as some Harvey Birdman. Don’t have cable. Watched them on Joost. I’ve been a user since it was renamed from The Venice Project to Joost, and it has grown leaps and bounds better in that time. There are vast amounts of channels with tremendous selections of programming.

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“I think the PS3 is the Surf ‘n Turf. You want the lobster and steak and you’re going to give yourself the treat of getting the best thing on the menu. The PS2 is your favorite burger restaurant — you go there for comfort food and it’s just always good and is a good value.

[As for the other two consoles], one [Wii] is a lollipop, and I’m too old for lollipops. The other one [XBox 360] I get sick from once in a while because the cook isn’t always reliable.” -Jack Tretton [SCEA President]

OK, there are some things you should say about competition, and some you should not. This falls under the “Not” category.

You had such a good E3 presentation too. Couldn’t you just shut your trap?

Folks in glass houses…

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