Friday, July 22, 2005


Okay, so it's been over a month since I went on my trip and I haven't written. This is mainly because I've been trying to give my brain a rest. I seem to write better during the school year when my brain is in high gear rather then when I'm trying to catch up on sleep and other such stuff.

Not much really going on at the moment. I've got the pharmacy gig on Saturdays; lights at church on 2-3 Sundays a month. Otherwise I've been taking it easy. Working for my dad some to help make some supplimental income.

Today it reached 101 degrees with a heat index of 105 degrees (that's Fahrenheit not Celsius or Kelvin). Today was an excellent day to stay indoors with the A/C running and let my sheets dry on the line (didn't take very long :-P )..

So, tomorrow is supposed to be hotter then today; and guess what. The pharmacy owner(s) don't seem to like setting the A/C to under 85degrees at night, so it takes like 2 hours on a normal day to cool down. Since it's supposed to be in the upper 70's tonight and 101-102 tomorrow I'm afraid to think of what the temps will be like in there. Thankfully I don't have to run lights at church on Sunday as I will probably end up with heat rash, or heat exaustion, I'm not really sure which is worse. (Antartica seems like a loverly place to move to).

Okay, later folks, that is if anyone still reads this after I've left it alone for over a month.


Wednesday, June 08, 2005


I'm taking a trip this weekend to Chicago. I'm planning on leaving either Saturday evening or Sunday morning.. then I'll come back Friday in time to get to work on Saturday. So.. Wish me luck, a safe trip, and a good time.


Sunday, June 05, 2005

Posting Again

This will be brief as I'm headed out to church to run lights for the services.

So, I finished Organic Chem II with a C. Not the B or even A that I wanted. But, I DID pass the class and am able to move on. Other classmates have said the next few classes will be like going back to college algebra after getting through Calc II. So it "should" be easier.

I've been working for my dad some earning money to take a trip up to Chicago to visit old friends. I'll leave for that next Sunday morning.. (Kwann if you read this before then, call me I wanna see if I am able to stop by and say hi either on my way up or my way back.)

I've also applied to a local printshop for a job in their bindery; I'm not sure if that job will work out as they only have one shift and most of my classes are during that shift. I do, however, I have the name of another printshop in town that might be hiring, and they run more then one shift. We'll see how that goes. I want out of the pharmacy and back into a job I know/like.

Speaking of the pharmacy. Yesterday was insanely busy. Between 8:30-10:30 we filled over 100 scripts. Between 8:30-3:00 we filled 220-230 scripts... Notice when almost half of them had been filled by? Then don't forget to take into account that the Medicaid computers were down till like 11:30 so that any scripts called in that needed to be run through Medicaid couldn't be filled till after 11:30. I would say that we got 70% of the calls for the day by 11:00AM. And it was hot; that made the people coming in really mean... Either that or it was the fact that they all came in at once (very rarely did only a single person enter the store... usually it was 3-6 at a time), but the customers were VERY mean/angry yesterday.. Great way to make the day go faster.

Finally, I've been spending quite a bit of time playing World of Warcraft... I played it in Beta... I knew I'd like it.. But, due to how much you can end up playing I realized it would be best to not even think of picking it up till AFTER school was out.. And boy was I right.... :-)

I'll post more later..


(And I'll have to find out if my family has the picture they took when they said I looked like a person from the 70's.....)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


I will not be posting much of anything here till the 11th or 12th. My last 3 finals are on Wednesday the 11th and so I will be vewy vewy busy till then.. Check back after then and I might have some cool new rant up (or at least a rant that I think is cool


Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sucky Day

Okay, today officially sucked.

My knee started acting up yesterday morning. Long story, basically I fall into a catagory of something like "Hypermobility." This basically means that my ligiments and tendons are really... loose. It's caused carpel tunnel in my wrists, and makes it where my kneecaps "float" around and start getting inflamed. This however was worse then just an inflamed kneecap. One moment it was fine.. The next I could barely put any weight on it. So, I limped around the rest of the day. This morning? Still couldn't put much weight on it. So, I wrap one of the knee braces I have around it and set out to goto school. On the way to my car I feel a nail start to pierce the bottom of my right shoe.. Problem, the nail in a board, that has another nail sticking up farther down, this eliminates any sort of throwing myself into a roll to avoid puncturing my foot. I also cannot put enough weight onto my left leg to shift my balance quick enough. So.. YOUCH.. The nail punctured my shoe, and went into the bottom of my right foot. So, I go back inside (making myself late for class) and take off my boot and sock and clean the wound and put a band-aid on it so that I can at least just get to class. So now I'm really limping.. puncture wound in one foot, some sort of weakness in the knee of the other leg..

So, that was pretty crappy... Then it almost got worse.. I'm in my Organic Chem II lab.. I've got this conconction sitting on a hot plate cooking away. On the hot plate I have a 5mL vial and that's hooked up to a "refluxer" The refluxer has two ports that you attach a water-in line and a water-out line to. Cold water is circulated through the refluxer allowing a solution to be heated to above it's boiling point without loss of solution. (The cooler refluxing tower causes the vapor to recondense and flow back into the vial). Pretty cool stuff.. So I've been watching this thing cook for about 35 minutes or so.. And my phone rings.. It's my dad so I pick it up and walk out into the hall. This mixture is supposed to cook for another 25 minutes or so and the temp is really stable so "no worries." I wasn't in the hall for more then 45 seconds when someone in the lab yells "JOHN your experiment blew up!!!" I hung up with my dad and raced into the lab to see what'd happened.. Thankfully, my lab hadn't blow up.. Instead the water in hose had decided that it didn't want to put the water into the refluxer anymore, and instead wanted to allow it to dribble (at a high rate of flow) all over the electric hot-plate, top of the vial with my solution, etc.. So, got that cleaned up and was able to get a different hose and continute the process. It would have really sucked to have had to start over on the experiment.... Especially since I finished the lab with 25 minutes to spare. (get it? I wouldn't have had enough time to actually FINISH the lab if I'd had to start over)

Okay... I've got an Organic Chem II test at 9AM.. so I've GOT to get back to studying for it.



Thursday, April 21, 2005

I'm sorry Dave.

Newscientist reports about a contraption named "HAL" or "hybrid assistive limb". A sort of electro-mechanical suit designed to give the wearer extra strength. Promoted in said article as a possible way to give the elderly a method of transportation or mobility. I think it would be.. ironic, and the universe seems to enjoy irony, if said suits suddently decided that they didn't want to work any more. Or allow their wearers to enter certain locals. Equipping them with voice boxes so that they might be able to more readily quote to their wearers. "I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that"

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of technology used in really cool creative ways. But, sheesh people. Pick a better name then "HAL" for your suit.

Oh well.. I'm probably grumpy cause I had to goto the dentist today and get three cavities filled on the left side.. I wanted to kill the dentist at one point.. But he was a really nice guy and tried to make me as comfortable as he could. Seems my body likes to "reject" normal numbing mecications. He had to "reapply" some lidocaine during the 30 minutes or so he was drilling the cavity out cause the numbness was already wearing off. Reapplication is done via a big-a$$ needle that they jab into your mouth.. No thanks. And yet.. I made an appointment to get the OTHER side done in 3 weeks. (seems I have one more cavity over there). I'm an idiot.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

music, music all around

... And nothing to listen to.

I have my entire CD collection ripped to *.mp3 or *.ogg files. As well as a portion of my folks (set up to allow them to get it over the network so that they don't distroy any more disks). 27.7 GB of music/audio books.. (I also like really high quality so I usually rip at VBR/High Quality). If you said 1 min = very roughly 2 megabytes (less I know but rounding up). Then I've got about 96 HOURS of music/audio books on my computer (audio books are closer to 30 minutes per 5 MB so that skews the whole equation but we'll keep the 96 hour number right now.

So... I went through the ENTIRE "*:\music\*" directory to find SOMETHING to listen to that was new. However, I figured out why I can't do any more memorization for chemistry class... It's all filled up with music.. I couldn't remember anything in my 96 hours of music that I could listen to and think was.... "fresh"

I admit it.. I am an... super geek.. And with no money that 96 hours worth of music isn't looking to expand anytime soon much to my dismay.. A person can only listen to a song so many times over before it gets really... boring..

Okay.. I found a few things.. maybe.. an hours worth or so.. lets see how much of it "feels" new enough to stand listening to..



Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Da Bleedin' Days

Okay.. So a couple weeks ago I woke up with what I thought was a toothache.. Then since it moved on to hitting multiple teeth I figured it was a sinus infection. Then it seemed to settle in one tooth.. So I went to the dentist. I normally NEVER take anything stronger then an ibuprofren but I was hurting so bad that I dug around my mom's medicine chest where she keeps any left-over meds.. I found a Darvocet. This is 300mg of Codine along with like 325mg of aspirin or something. I took that and it "helped" for a few hours.. long enough I could actually get some sleep. Dentist took lots (4-5) of x-rays and said that he couldn't find any cavities or splits in the tooth that might cause the pain but that my sinuses looked kinda inflamed. So he gave me a script for cephalexin (Keflex) and I started taking that. So I took that for like.. a week or so.. And I thought everything was clearing up. Meantime I'd "passed" (through my nasel cavity) a chunk of.... "something." What it was I'm still not sure but after it was gone my sinuses seemed to be much better, and I thought I was on the road to recovery.. Then last Saturday.. I realized that if I blew my nose.. I got blood.. Just plain blood.. No muscus.. Just blood.. Then I realized that I kept doing this thing with my throat like I had something stuck back there.. when I spit it out I realized that my sinuses must be bleeding or something as I had blood draining down the back of my throat as well.

So.. Monday afternoon I "finally" went to the doctors.. Turns out I also had a fever (which I almost never do so I didn't even check) and he said he thought it was just a sinus infection turned really bad so he gave me a more specific antibiotic.. It seems to be helping as I'm not getting as much blood showing up.. But it was DEFINATLY a very WEIRD experience...

Anyways... I'm going back to Organic Chem II homework that's due in the AM.. Lata


Monday, March 28, 2005

Just when you thought you'd seen it all.

Questions about what to do when your loved one passes away?

More money then you possibly know what to do with?

Here is the answer. Lifegems. This Bold, New, Up-and coming company will take the remains of your loved one and extract the elemental carbon from their corpse. Then they will turn that carbon into up to fifty 1ct diamonds. The only real limit on how many they make is up to you. How much do you want to spend??

Wow.. While I made up most of the advertising the essential parts are from their page. Wild stuff. Never know "what" you'll find next on the web.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Okay, so.. "again" I'm watching my classical myth lectures. I have a test in it tonight so I'm watching and re-watching it to make sure that I do good in it.

When talking about the Delphic Oracle of Apollo in Delphi the prof made an interesting comment.
"As you are leaving the Delphic... if you drove to the Delphic Oracle of Apollo. To consult the Oracle, see the sights, bask in the Bellybutton of the Universe. And were they to slap a bumper sticker on your car as you drove out. Or your chariot, or your horse. It would say one of these things. "Curb thy spirit" "Observe thy limit" "Hate Hubris" "Keep a reverent Tongue" "Fear Authority" "Do not glory in Strength" "Bow down before the Divine" "Keep woman under rule" "

Appearently these are all pieces of grafiti that have been found in the ruins of Delphi.
But more importantly. You could almost sware that you were reading bumper stickers that had been slapped on the back of vans leaving the ATI Conference in Knoxville (or wherever they hold it now). That last line especially. "Keep Woman under Rule".. That sounds like a LOT of modern ultra-neo-conservative groups. Now, I don't consider myself liberal.. But these groups IBLP and one which I can't remember the name but is run by a guy named uh.. Doug Philips I think. These groups seem to me to be more out to promote a patriarchial society based on the suppression of women then to actually promate anything spiritually beneficial.

Food for Thought

**Edit: 2/18/07:   I'd have to modify this a bit, and say that I now consider myself fairly liberal as compared to how I used to think.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Classical Mythology

So, I'm watching one of my classical mythology class videos. There was a guest lecturer talking and the subject was Aphrodite. Greek goddess of love. The lecturer was a 60+ year old woman, maybe 5'6" high.. Close to 160-180 lbs. Talk about the eppitomy of the oppsite of Aphrodite..

That was a hidious hour of class..

It'd have been nice if the guest lecturer had looked a little closer to Aphrodite. :-P


Sunday, February 27, 2005

Mystery Religions and IBLP

Well, knowing that I think that IBLP is a performace based religion I was quite amused when I came across this gem in my Classical Mythology class.

"Mystery Religions:
A Mystery Religion is an organized or semi-organized form of worship promising immortality in return for following a ritual or lifestyle".

Sounds like someone just pegged IBLP center mass with a .50 caliber bullet.

My Classical Myth professor was using this to describe three "mystery religions" of the ancient greeks. the Eleusinian, Bacchic and Orphic mystery religions. Might as well add a fourth huh?


Is IBLP the foundation to Mystery Babylon? :-P I'm kidding here.. But... Seriously folks. From the outside, after having been inside. If you are still trapped in IBLP you need to get help from someone not trapped in it to help you get out of it.

LOL... I'm watching my Classical Myth class (video) and the professor was just talking about the "Greek" organizations and called one of them.. "Tapa Kega Day" (Tap a Keg a Day).. Sorry that was a side note but it was humorous.


Thursday, February 17, 2005


I do rightly apologize. As I was sitting here working on a paper for my Creative Writing class I remembered that I'd left out another of my favorite comics.

A Miracle of Science deals with Mad Scientist disease. So throughout the story you have maniacal laughter from mad scientists who build guns capable of blowing up lots of stuff. Main character is a recovering mad scientist.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Favorite Webcomics

Okay, I'm too tired tonight to think of a good rant. Unless it's against excesses of homework.
I spent 7 or 8 hours last night working on an Organic Chem II take home test. Thankfully that's done.

So, instead of ranting I'm gonna do a post on my favorite web-comics And maybe a quick liner about why I like said comic.

First and foremost. Schlock Mercenary Written by a gent by the name of Howard Taylor this strip has been around since June of 2000. The author now draws this strip full time so there's rarely a day that he doesn't update. The story line takes place in the far future. It is chock full of mercenarys out for the bottom line. Big guns and the grunts who carry them.

Another would be Sluggy Freelance. This author isn't full time but gets a comic up most every day anyhow. On-line since August of 1997 this is a long running strip. Big guns, demons, ghosts, vampires and robotic chicks. Then of course the fuzzy cute talking animals.... AHAHH!! No... No... Bun-Bun I WASN'T talking about you.. ugh.. give me a second to pick pieces of me up.. Bun-Bun is the killer lop rabbit of the story. Fear the Rabbit.

I also enjoy GPF. General Protection Fault. It's been around since 1998; interesting storyline and twists and turns. Terminator rip-offs. It's a geek thing.

Well, I've got a ton of homework left so I'll have to call it quits for the night now. Watch this space for more rants once I get some sleep


Monday, February 14, 2005

Probably the worst day in the world.

Today, "St. Valentines Day" has got to be one of the worst days of the year. Like it's not bad enough during the rest of the year seeing couples together. Then they have to go have a day that celebrates the fact that they got lucky and us singles haven't yet.

So.. Here's my propsition. (hehe.)
Have a day where instead of leaving the single people out the couples (or at least just one of them) takes a friend or group of friends who are single out.

Either that or parents of the world need to loosen up their grip on their kids or have more daughters instead of sons.

Asking girls out is a new realm for me after being so brainwashed in the whole "can't even make eye-contact with a female" way that IBLP has. I was so brainwashed in that idea that I even attempted to once participate in their "proper" way to ask a girl out.

This basically consisted of saying nothing to the young lady at all tell I'd so bottled up the emotions that had no simple outlet that I couldn't help but ask her dad if I could "court" her in an attempt to marry her. d'oh. THAT was a bad move.. Being so engrained in "their" mindset though that it took 3 years of wondering "what I did wrong" before I realized that the only thing wrong that I did was to not just ask her out and get to know her better before becoming actually serious about any kind of relationship.

So.. 3+ years later, learning that I need to get over my deeply engrained brainwashing that was IBLP I started just hunting around for a nice girl to ask out..

Know what? I think that they are all taken.
Here's my thoughts on the idea.

"Girls are like parking spots.
All the good ones are taken, or are in a different lot.
All the ones that are left are way out there of handycapped."

So... Here I go facing another Valentines day with no close female friend (I actually have female friends now which is a major step) to treat nicely and show off to other singles.. :-P

Boy.. This was a rambling pointless post. But I had to rant about something. I needed the break from application essays.


Friday, February 11, 2005

REU's and You

REU... The National Science Foundation's "Research Experience for Undergraduates" is a cool concept. Give grants/funding to universities who are carrying on a varity of research programs. Chemistry, Astronomy Physics etc. Each school has a professor (with a doctorate in his/her field) ,who has an area of interest, and oversees at least one or more students for a 8-12 week period. During this time each student, sophmore or juniors usually, learns how to: create a research concept, plan the concept/idea out, use lab equipment, write coherent reports on information learned, and present said information.

Why'd I give this overview? Cause I've spent the last 4 hours working on my own applications. I'm sending out 5 applications to schools who look like they've got some interesting research directions that they are going. Loyola University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, South Dakota State University, and two to two different departments at Stony Brook State University on Long Island New York.

I'm really hoping to be able to get a research internship this summer as well as maybe next summer also. Said internships would do several things for me. Help with my grasp of concepts, always helpful to keep up and even ahead of my learning. It will also look really good on a resume after I graduate to have said internships, along with research done at my own university (which I hope to start next semester) . Since I hope/plan to be a research chemist having lots of research experience will greatly increase both my starting salary (always helpful) and my ability to procure a job.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Friends' Blogs

Till I figure out how to link to friend's blogs in a more perminant fashion this will have to do.

Here is Bakemono Senpai's Site.
This is Semirrahge's site

I'll get other's up late.

Here is a link for my school's main web-site.