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Not my thing

Last night I went with Rebecca to the PRISM dance in Kirksville. I went fully expecting to have a good time and dance with my friends.

Well, I danced. Some.

I am just going to make it official. Clubbing is not my thing. I find no appeal in spending hours in a room lit only by strobe lights, bombarded by bass from songs I have never heard before, surrounded by drunken people of varying sexualities who seem to have forgotten the concept of personal space. I spent the entire time wanting to leave or just sit down. But again, these people were drunk and had no inhibitions to sit next to me and try to start a conversation. I usually am not intentionally standoffish, but last night I made an exception.

I could tell that Rebecca was unhappy with me, and I tried to have a good time. But I honestly do not understand the enjoyment people get from this. I mean, seriously, two guys were practically fucking on the dance floor. I tend to shy away from situations where that is socially acceptable. I like dancing and I like spending time with my friends, but when they all want to go onto the dance floor when there is a vast amount of space around it, then the fun starts decreasing. If you have been to one of Jen’s dance parties, you know full well that I spend the majority of the time dancing. But when you add strangers in close quarters, and combine that with the bass and sporadic lighting, I start stressing out and my introversion screams at me to get out as fast as possible.

I think one of the problems is that I really do not dance to songs I do not know or like. Mainly because if I do not know it, I am not sure of when the bass starts, when the chorus ends, those kinds of things. And if I do not like it, then of course I am not going to dance to it. If there was a club that played artists that I actually listened to, then I would be all over that. However, regardless of their dance potential, the artists I listen to are not found on Z107.7 and therefore are not found in clubs.

So next semester I may give it another go, or I may just stay at home and watch a movie instead. I love my friends and I love spending time with them, but at the end of the day I have to look after myself first. If that means offending or disappointing them, then oh well.

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Satisfied.

There is something inherently satisfying about getting a paper done almost a week before it is due.

That is all.

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Jack’s Mannequin and Relient K

Yesterday Laura came up to visit and to see a Jack’s Mannequin and Relient K concert, which was our Fall 2010 concert. At first, I was excited about this concert because I liked Relient K, but upon listening to some of their music in preparation, I realised that I did not like them as much as I had originally thought. So I went to this concert not expecting much simply because it is much more enjoyable when you actually recognise songs.

But I have to say, I had fun. And I have a bone to pick with Truman. If you are going to buy a ticket for a concert, wait in line for about an hour, and then fight your way into the mob of people in front of the stage, what the hell is the point if you are going to just stand there for two hours? Seriously, a handful of friends and I were some of the few people getting into the music. Most of the crowd was singing along, but refused to actually show their interest. It just seemed like a waste of time.

And at first I thought, “It is the beginning of the concert, maybe people will get more lively as it goes on.” WRONG! There were maybe two songs in which the majority of the group started dancing. I just do not understand. If you really like the band enough to be there, then why not get into their music? And if you are only there because it was cheap and you had nothing better to do, then how about you go sit down in the stands? Or, like me, you could still enjoy yourself. I mean come on. I recognised two songs, and one of them was ‘Africa’ by Toto. IT IS NOT EVEN ONE OF THE BANDS’ SONGS!

All in all, I had fun; even if I spent the last half of the concert drifting into sleep. I find it reassuring that I can fall asleep in a concert. It means that I can probably fall asleep just about anywhere.

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Slightly Ridiculous

I understand that I am in university now, and that my professor are going to expect more from me than my teachers in high school did. I have been here for a year, that has been made abundantly clear to me. But at times it seems like my professor lose sight of the big picture. Namely, life outside their classroom.

I bring this up because my HIST 201 (US History and Historiography to 1877) professor assigned 100 pages of reading and note taking to be due Wednesday. This is on top of the ninety pages of philosophy I have for HIST 366 (Sappho and the Greek Archaic Period) and the ten pages for ENG 245 (British Literature: Romanticism to Modernism). I have all of the reading done by this point but that is not, as it happens, the point.

While the reading was all interesting, if I had more than one class today, there is no way that I would have gotten it done without staying up until four in the morning (something I have avoided thus far and would like to continue to avoid). While I do not mind a heavy workload, in reality it keeps me on track, I legitimately think that my History professor believes that his class is the only class that I am enrolled in. This week has been particularly bad, but he routinely assigns about eighty pages of reading from the book and between forty and one hundred pages of articles each week. This would not irk me as much as it does if it was the practice of all of the teachers of HIST 201. But no. The rest of the sections have some book reading each week, and that is all.

I am all for teachers preparing us for the real world and I understand that as much as I wish it was, the world has not reached the stage where everything is universal yet. But as I want to be an archivist, I am not really planning on writing many historiographic essays in my career.

In other news, my other classes are going just fine. I am considering trying to squeeze a Linguistics minor in because I love the intro class so much, Zoology is interesting and we have gotten to the dissections (this week is fish!), my Greek Archaic Period professor is hilarious, and the only thing I am not looking forward to in BritLit is MRs. Dalloway. Because I hate Mrs. Dalloway.

So there you go. A brief update on my life and a much longer post than I was intending. Maybe next year I will have enough self-discipline to participate in NaNoWriMo. But do not hold your breath.

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Always Look on the Bright Side.

… Aaaaand now I am better. Literally as soon as I turned off the light and climbed into bed I was fine. I was back to my usual upbeat self. I guess that writing it here and getting it off my chest did me some good. Expect more such posts if I start getting down again.

I am currently watching The Return of the King with a bunch of my friends, although I am not paying much attention. I have already seem this movie once, and I do not think I can sit through another four hours without something else to distract myself. And as I have finished the Sim house I have been working on, there is not much else for me to do.

Today was pretty uneventful. In Spanish we just reviewed, and I was prepared so it was nothing new to me. I think I may have overreacted when it came to Spanish. I still dislike my teacher, but I think as long as I am prepared with the homework she expects done, then I will be fine. Statistics was boring, as per usual, but at least I managed to stay awake this time. As far as Calculus, we are starting conic functions, which I remember from Calc last year. So at least a little oasis of class will be review.

Tomorrow is University Conference Day, and thus there are no classes. This is both good and bad. It is good because we have no other days off in the month of February, and this is a much needed breath of fresh air. But it is bad because I have lots of work to do, and I doubt I will do any of it tomorrow. I will try, but I cannot make any promises.

Well, an epic battle is about to begin, so I should probably pay attention. I will see you guys later.

-Ryujin

Songs Listened To: 126/8255

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University: An Update

So it’s been three weeks since school started for Truman students, and I’m starting to get a feel of how my semester is going to pan out. Allow me to shed some light on the subject.

Spanish 202: Intermediate Spanish 2- This is my least favourite class this semester. I actually enjoy learning Spanish (not enough to become fluent, but still), but this class is trying my patience. Spanish 202 is basically a review class. We have learned every verb tense, now we are getting used to when we use each and other fine points of grammar. But my teacher is not the greatest. She always tells us to follow the syllabus, but the syllabus does not have the homework assignments on it. But what homework we do she never collects, and she also never tells us what we are expected to know. I understand that it is a review class, but you should still go over what is expected of us. Especially when you assign work that involves grammar that we haven’t learned yet. If I wanted to review Spanish myself, I would not have wasted my time signing up for a class.

Statistics 190: Basic Statistics- This is by far my most boring class. To be fair, the material being covered now is stuff I have been able to do for the past seven years. Hopefully it will get more challenging with time. The great thing about this class is the fact that there is a pillar between our teacher and myself. This means that when I zone out, he can’t see me. This also means that I could sneak out of the class whenever I wanted. I haven’t done so yet, but it is only a matter of time.

Math 263: Analytical Geometry and Calculus II- Since graduating high school, I had forgotten how much I actually enjoy calculus. This is my one class where we are doing this the entire time, so zoning out is not an option. I can’t really explain it, but math is one of those things that I really like doing. I don’t even care that calculus has few real life applications.

Chemistry 121: General Chemical Principles II- My most challenging class, and also my most interesting. Not only am I in one of the most intense chemistry departments in the state (or so everyone keeps telling me) but I also am being taught by the most difficult teacher. This is nothing against Dr. McCormick, I really like him. It only means that I have to work my butt of to get a B. An A is basically out of the question. And the precipitate on top of the solution is lab. Labs may be a pain to prepare, and lab reports may be a pain to write, but they are totally worth it to be able to do something with my hands.

Well, I have taken up enough of both our time, so I shall leave you to your internets now.

-Ryujin

Link of the Day: http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/gws.html Girls with Slingshots. Pretty inappropriate at times, but generally a very good and enjoyable webcomic.

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Accomplished

I have just spent the last two hours working on a single project. I think that is the longest that I have focused on one thing in a long time. It’s not that I get bored easily, it is just that I think of other things that I want to do, and so I flit from one activity to the next, never spending much time on anything. But at the same time, I don’t feel like I have a short attention span; I just am interested in a lot of different things.

Here is the set up. I won’t go into the why, but I wanted to find some stationary. When I went to the only store in Kirksville, Wal-Mart, there was no stationary to be found. Thus I decided to make my own.

This required some serious software, software that I did not possess. So the obvious solution was to torrent Photoshop. This I did yesterday, and today I figured out how to get it working. And then the games began.

This project worked out better than I had ever anticipated. I was worried that I would get frustrated with my computer and stop, or that I would not be able to do what I wanted and thus would have to settle for something I was not happy with.

Basically, I made myself personalised steampunk stationary.

First Attempt at Photoshop (Pretty good, I think)

And all of this was accomplished during Asian Movie Day. With so many distractions, I can say that I am pleasantly surprised that I finished.

Unfortunately, school starts up once again. My only consolation is that this weekend I will hopefully be going to Columbia to celebrate one of my friend’s birthdays. So I just have to hold out until Friday.

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