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Procrastination and links

Today is the first day of spring quarter for me, and hence the end of my spring break. It was a good spring break, but, despite the fact that I doubled its length by coming home for most of my exam week, it was too short.

Or maybe I just wasn’t paying enough attention to what I needed to do. I was assigned a paper for my RA training class about two weeks before spring break started, 4-6 pages long, and I just started it last night. The entire spring break, I could have worked on it, and done it without much strain or difficulty. But because I am a master procrastinator (any other procrastinators out there?) I decided to put it off until the morning it was due. To make matters worse, instead of working on the paper right now (it is 1:15 AM) I am writing this entry.

I think its time for a Mt. Dew.

Anyways, I wanted to take a chance to share some links that I have found recently that I have found entertaining. Many of their discoveries were the product of procrastination and boredom, which makes them relevant to post at this time.

First, for those who have pets, especially small dogs or cats, watch your step. Apparently, 1% of all E.R. visits for fall related injuries come from pet owners tripping on their pets. I always said that my dog would be the death of me, I trip on one of the three of them (all Jack Russell Terriers) at least once a day. Have you ever tripped and hurt yourself on a pet?

As I was leaving my house to go back to school this evening, my little brother showed me a funny song on YouTube. My favorite line is in the chorus, “We’re not unreasonable, I mean no one’s gonna eat your eyes.” I couldn’t find the video by the original artist, Jonathon Coulton, but since I mentioned him its all good, right?

My third, and sadly, last link for this post is one of my favorite mood-boosters. I have it bookmarked as DudeFalling and that pretty much sums it up. I watch this every time I get stuck writing a paper or doing a project, and it always makes me laugh a little bit. The song gets stuck in my head so I usually have to watch it two or three times before moving on.

That’s all I have time for, let me know if you found any of those links to be cool or funny!

Currently Listening:
Steams of Woe At Acheron
Falling Up
Fangs!

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March 30, 2009 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

Offsrping touring America this summer!

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How awesome is this? My dad still owes my friend and I Offsrping tickets, so this summer, I hold him to it! I have been waiting three years for them to finally tour in America, so I am really excited for this.

Any Offspring fans out there? Let me know if they are hitting a city near you, and if you plan on going.

Currently Listening:
Stuff is Messed Up
The Offspring
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

March 28, 2009 at 3:44 am Leave a comment

This is (March) Madness!

Half the Elite Eight has been chosen, is your team still in?

If so, congrats! My team, the Bearcats, never even came close. So it was tough to get excited at first, but now I’m into it, and its exciting as ever! Last night was pretty exciting, and my bracket was 3-1 for the night. Do you have a bracket? Check mine out, and see how it compares to yours. So I’m not doing great, but its not bad either.

Quick note, the Big East already has one guaranteed Final Four bid! The East conference final is Pittsburgh vs. Villanova, both members of the Big East. So that makes me feel a little better about the Bearcats doing so poorly through the season, becuase we are in the toughest conference that there is!

That’s all for now, let me know how your bracket stacks to mine, and how your team is doing so far!

Aaron

Currently listening:
Sad Statue
System of a Down
Mezmerize

March 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Blast from the past!

Sometimes when I’m bored, I think of the most random things. Like the other day in English when I thought: If Fe is the chemical symbol for Iron, then does Female mean Ironman? (insert laugh track here)

Or earlier this year, when, like I often do, I was caught up in a memory of a video game I played as a child. Once I got over the fact that my most vivid childhood memories are video games, I thought about how awesome it would be to try out those old Super Nintendo games again. So I dove into Google and emerged with BSNES, an emulator for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It allows you to play Super Nintendo games on your computer for free, provided you have the ROM’s of the games you want to play. Fortunately, I found a good site for downloading ROM’s, EmuParadise. From there, I started playing Secret of Mana, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda all over again, all for the price of a few hours of research and downloading.

I saw they had a Nintendo 64 ROM section as well, so I looked into getting my hands on an N64 emulator. This was a little harder, mainly because I’m on a Mac. For Windows, there is Project64, which is totally free, and from what I’ve heard, works very well. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Mac version of Project64, so I had to look elsewhere. What I found was sixtyforce, written specifically for the Mac. It has a free version, which superimposes their logo over the bottom corner of the screen during emulation, and does not support game freeze saves. After playing for awhile, I noticed that I could not save my games on the free version either, prompting me to spend $16.00 to upgrade to the full version. Now I can save my games, and I don’t have a logo on my screen! As for the cost, if you are going to play through two or three games completely on your computer, it is totally worth it. $16 is about what an N64 costs these days anyways, but with this one, you can take it anywhere and the games are free! (I did have to buy a USB powered gamepad for N64 games, a GameStop brand Xbox 360 controller cost me less than $20 and will serve as a backup 360 controller in a pinch).

The concept of game emulation is nothing new for many people, but I recently discovered it and I love it! I just downloaded Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros., and Star Fox 64 tonight, and am looking forward to replaying through them.

Also, I love Pandora radio. I just started listening to it when I moved my iTunes library to my external hard drive to free up hard drive space, and it is amazing! I know its nothing too new either, but it is definitely worth trying out if you haven’t already!

I just discovered a warp at the bottom of my MacBook Pro’s screen… its not that big and doesn’t affect the view at all, but it depresses me all the same, because this computer is my baby.
I thought about upgrading her to have 6GB of RAM instead of the 4 she has right now, but after noticing that a 4GB stick costs around $200… I think I’ll wait.

Well, that’s all for now, I’ll check back later with something else interesting, maybe some links to stuff I’ve been doing recently? Comment please!

Aaron

Now Listening:
Pinball Wizard
The Who
Tommy

March 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

Third time’s a charm, right?

So, this is the third serious attempt I have made at keeping a blog, only this time I think I can do it faithfully and successfully, thanks much in part to my friend and mentor in all things blogging, Zachyounkin. He has hooked me up with tons of info, gadgets, and inspiration to keep this thing goin’ and before I begin I have to thank him for getting me back in.

Notice the title of this new blog: A rock in the stream of consciousness. This pretty much sums up what I like to talk about. In a weird, round-about sort of way.

Basically, I just like to shoot things out there, stream of consciousness style. And of course, the rock. Well, I like rock music. All music actually, but rock is my favorite style.

So what am I likely to talk about? Here are some things that I find interesting, hence making them prime targets to pop up sometime:
Music
Video games
Technology (Apple in particular)
College life
My life
People that I care about’s lives (when interesting/applicable)
And much more as I think of it

So if any of this sounds interesting to you, then subscribe, RSS, bookmark, follow my Twitter, write a sticky note – whatever it takes. Please. And if you do happen to follow me somehow, please write a comment, as short or long as you like, telling me what you think. It helps me to stay relevant, motivated, and interesting.

That’s it for now, I don’t like over doing it on the first post, it scares people off (including myself!). So check back soon, as early as the morning, for a new post!

Aaron

One last thing: I did this on my last blog and I liked it, so I’m going to try it again. At the end of every post I do, I’m going to put what I am currently listening to. Its a fun way for me to let you know more about my musical tastes, and it also keeps me from listening to the same three albums over and over. So for tonight:

I Kissed A Girl
Attack Attack!
Punk Goes Pop vol. 2

March 26, 2009 at 5:34 am Leave a comment


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