Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's a Great Ruler!


Working on my Digital Systems project. I am very proud of myself for coming up with this design. It took me a few days to think of it. I kept going to my professor to try to clarify things. She was really stingy on what she gave away but kept telling me that I was close and I could do it. I TOTALLY DID! The left picture is 3 of my 8 logic gate systems and 1 7-bit multiplexor (MUX!). Those are just pieces of my final hierarchical design. It's pretty cool.

I bet papa is proud of my neat THIN lines. He better be.

***UPDATE***
Well, look at who's ahead of the game. Papa has politely informed me that those diagrams should really be done in AutoCAD. Bad news: I have a Mac. No AutoCAD for the most awesome operating system on the planet. Good news: I have JY! CHECK IT.
Awesome? Yes, awesome.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Too Much Wisdom

Upon waking up yesterday morning I realized my left ear hurt when swallowing. I dismissed it as beginnings of a cold. (All of my roommates have been coughing and sneezing for a couple of weeks now. They still are. That's what cold medication does to you.) I went about my day and by the evening it was really starting to bother me. I gargled salt water which didn't seem to help.

So, this morning when taking my Invisalign out I realized I had had similar symptoms about 15 months ago just before getting my wisdom teeth out. I got all four of them out last year. (I have them in a ziplock to prove it.) I'm really confused. I counted my teeth today. I have all 28. Is it possible that I have an extra molar coming in? I'm worried because I don't think I can handle anesthesia again after what happened last time.

ON A HAPPIER NOTE! JZ (Jay-Z, hahahaha!), JM and I made a trip to World Market a few days ago. I love World Market because they have candy that I remember and love from my trips to various countries. I picked up Milka and this Israeli chocolate called Flake. I don't actually know if it originated in Israel. I just remember eating it every day there.
JZ also surprised me with these really, really cute gloves. I will take pictures when it actually gets colder. (UGH, I'm really not likin' this close to 90 degree weather. Fall needs to hurry up already.)

Off to ULTIMATE!

update:
I love, love, love playing ultimate. Flick has gotten pretty solid. My defense was good today. In fact, today I D-ed the disc and then cut to score right after. My feet are hurting so much in cleats right now. Every step hurts the tops of my arches, but when I play it totally ceases to matter. I may be limping when I'm just trying to casually walk/run somewhere but when I run for the disc, it is MINE and nobody is getting to it faster.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's Lalalalalala Love!

I got to hang out with these two the Sunday after the Joshua Tree trip. AND I got to see JY again last weekend. Weeee!

I miss both of these goons like CRAZY.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anthro Paper

I am currently working on my Anthropology paper that is due on Wednesday. It is kind of interesting but still a pain in the butt. IT IS SO HARD TO CONCENTRATE! My thoughts keep drifting.

I just wanted to share my favorite quote from one of the articles. "The rectum was approachable straightforwardly..." I don't know how somebody could write that with a straight face.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

sed is great

This morning I got jacked up on delicious coffee (thanks, J!) and put together a presentation on probably the coolest unix command I know of.
While making this I realized two things:
1) Using Unix is frustrating.
2) It makes me feel like a badass.

Off to school/work I go.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mud + Ultimate = HAPPINESS

Ultimate practice on the field was cancelled today because of the rain. Pshhhh. Little do they know that playing ultimate in the rain is actually the best. We did a long run around campus and then practiced layouts. (This is a perfect example of a layout, in case you were wondering.)
This is what I looked like when I got back from practice tonight. SO MUCH FUN!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Flash Circuit: 4 Olga: 0

So, I was working on my engineering homework this morning (after 1 am). The assignment was to analyze a disposable camera and write a memo to our pretend company's disposable camera development team.

I was actually kind of excited to do this project because I had heard about how flash circuits work but I had never seen or played with one. So, I start tearing this thing up; plastic parts are flying everywhere, camera film is rolling
around the desk, then I finally get to the flash circuit.

First thing I do is close the charge switch. I listen as the current is pulled from the battery through resistors into the capacitor hidden in the back. The charge-ready bulb lights up and I'm ready to witness Bremsstrahlung radiation in action. As I reach to close flash contact I accidentally make contact with the leaf metal charging contact and capacitor discharges through me.

Ahhhhhh. "Ouch" and "shit" were the only two words out of my mouth for a while after that. It hurt a surprising amount. And that's not even the end of this story. Still cursing I took the battery out and was determined to get the damn circuit free from the plastic casing. I managed to shock myself 3(!!!) MORE times doing that. I'm not talking rub-your-feet-on-the-carpet-in-a-Vegas-hotel-and-touch-a-metal-door-handle shock either. This was painful enough for me to yell obscenities at the circuit for a few minutes, while I was alone in the room, mind you. All 4 of those shocks were through the same finger. I'm wondering if there was a blood vessel that popped because I now see a thin red line under my skin.
Ta daaaa!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Loving Life, Loving YOU

We just got back from our trip to Joshua Tree. It was short (only one night and one day), but so good. The weather was perfect. It was over 60 degrees at night and wasn't too hot during the day. We rock-climbed all day today. JT also helped me practice throwing (the frisbee). I learned how to thumb flick and other useless (but cool) throws. My flick was so wobbly today, it was horrible.

Climbing was so much fun. I will likely post more pictures later. There were no injuries except JT's ear and finger getting attacked by a bush, other scratches and my scabbed pinky.
The pinky didn't really hurt, what hurt and still hurts now are the pads of my fingers. I feel like somebody took a layer of skin off each one. It hurts to type. There were many times, while climbing, I was about to quit because my fingers were not happy. It wasn't that my arms or legs were giving out, it's that I could not feel my fingers. (Oh, but the satisfaction of getting to the top...)

These pictures are a better representative of how I'm feeling right now. I never want to forget this feeling. I enjoyed every second of this weekend and I am so happy.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Feel Shitty

I can't stop thinking about what happened at UCLA today and it is making me nauseous.

Carla Bruni has a beautiful singing voice and is helping me not throw up.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Shed Some Light

I am back in A-town today. It's nice. Today we drove around looking at cars people posted for sale on craigslist.


The first car we looked at was a 2-door hatchback Ford Focus. What a piece of shit that was. I was kind of excited because it was a 2000 and my original goal was to get a car that wasn't older than me (1990). It was priced within my price range (sort of), and well, I REALLY wanted to love it. During the test drive I noticed there was some trouble with the clutch, the interior was shitty, and, most importantly, the guy gave me the creeps.

We did all go to In-and-Out on the way back, so the trip wasn't a complete loss.

Next we looked at 2003 Saturn Ion. (2003! Woo!) I loved, loved, loved, loved this car. This also was under $3,000 and the person selling it was much less questionable. It was a 4-door with a really roomy trunk. It's nothing fancy, no power windows or locks, the air-conditioning needs fixing, but it felt and looked fantastic.

After all this I took grandpa to IHOP and we had a good time. On the way home I noticed the full moon. It made me think of the Sunday two weeks ago as JY and I were coming down the mountain, scared shitless. It was a new moon and we kept losing the trail because it was hard to see even with our headlamps on.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cartwheels in the Kitchen

Tomatoes and cucumbers drowned in mayo
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Spinach and cheese ravioli with kasha
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Hungry and excited (for the weekend and Ultimate practice) Olga
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This is for you, Jessica.

(Today concludes my first week back at school. Although I am already buried in homework, things are going swimingly. I had my first quiz in digital systems today and I totally gave it the spanking it deserved.)

Homework Day = Food Fest

Thursday was spent predominately on homework. It is week 1 of school, friends, and I am already swamped with work. Professors are warning us that it's only going to get harder and I am wondering if I can, indeed, take 4 classes this quarter. Unfortunately I really like all of my classes, so there isn't an obvious drop candidate. We shall see.

So, whenever I spend the day doing homework, or studying in general, I end up eating 2-3 times more than I would normally eat. I find myself wolfing down Nilla wafers, whole bars of milk chocolate, bread, cheese and anything else I happen to have on hand.

See, when I'm a little hungry and I am just lounging around I will most likely be too lazy to get up and get something to eat. When I'm actively solving problems at the slightest feeling of hunger I get a box of cereal out and eat half of it while thinking about whatever it is I'm working on. I can't seem to concentrate on work if I'm even a little hungry. I just end up thinking about food and what I could be eating instead of the problem at hand.

ONE of today's snacks was totally stolen from Mrs. Y. We had a pre-dinner snack (my favorite kind of snack) very similar to this in her home. I loved it then so I decided to try to imitate it with what I had on hand. This is what I did:


1. Cut and toast bread. (Bread is the most important ingredient, so it better be good. I happened to have super awesome Gelson's french baguette that I had bought while it was still warm. Remember it, Sue?)
2. Warm up some tomato based something. (I had a can of tomato soup. Mrs. Y had delicious-delicious bruschetta.)
3. Cut THICK slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. (Mmm.)
4. Steal some fresh basil from your roommate.
5. Soak the bread in tomato-based-thing, put basil and cheese on it, (put some more of the tomato-based thing on top) and you're ready for elves and singing and dancing sprites to dance around in your mouth as you hum an indistinguishable tune.
Enjoy!

(You better make and eat this thing. I didn't write all this for nothing. That means you, mama.)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sweet Kicks, Cool Flicks

I am in love with Ultimate. It is, by far, the coolest game you can play on a field. We've had two practices and I can't wait for the next one on Friday. I am definitely planning on sticking with it this quarter as well as the next one.

Today we did a ton a drills (so much fun!) and scrimmaged. I was so involved in the game that I didn't notice I sprained my neck. It hurts a lot right now.

So, I joined the Ultimate Frisbee team and J, my roommate, joined the Taekwondo Team. We are enjoying showing each other our respective skills. We were laughing so hard jumping around the living room that I decided to record this awesomeness so I can watch it when I'm not feeling so great.
video
Hope everybody is having a great week!