Monthly Archives: September 2010

OU/TX Weekend

Today my friends and I are driving down to Dallas for a weekend of fun and football. Well, there is definitely going to be a lot of football, and I can only hope that it will be fun. The last two times I have gone down there, I haven’t enjoyed myself. But hopefully, being older and “wiser,” it will be a more enjoyable experience.

At the very least, it’ll be a chance to spend time with my friends… and heaven knows I could use a vacation right now. Can’t wait for ignoring responsibilities for a while.

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Progress Review 1 – Complete!

Last night was the first of two progress reviews for my business internship with CCEW (Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth). It was the chance for my team to make a super-elaborate slideshow, talk about our project in front of all the other teams (and a few alumni of the program, etc), and get feedback. Overall, I think it went pretty well– though there was still a lot of confusion as to exactly what we are making, so that’s not good at all. We’ll have to work on that.

I’m just glad it’s over. The time I spent preparing for the slideshow (with research and practice) was basically the same amount of time that I’d spend studying for a mid-term. But then add in a bunch more stress because I was talking in front of a large group of people, not just filling in bubbles and writing short paragraph answers.

For me, one of the things about the slideshow that took so long was getting familiar with “business speak.” I’ve come to realize that there is this whole other language required of business people in order to sound intelligent, and without it, you really don’t seem like you know what you’re talking about. You have to be able to throw around words like “value proposition,” “differentiate,” “market segmentation,” and “early adapters” like they’re in your colloquial vocabulary.

In fact, that’ll probably be one of the most valuable things to come out of my internship with CCEW. Over the course of the semester, I guess the goal is to acquire a business vocabulary (and basic business smarts) so I can appear competent to potential future employers or, if I go into film production, impress potential investors.

And large stressful presentations aside, I’m really enjoying the internship so far. Our team has an awesome idea for a software company, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it (once it’s ready for market– I guess I can’t spill the beans about our secret operation just yet). So stay tuned!

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. . .

“The unexamined life 
is not worth living.”

— Socrates

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Power Week Commence!

It’s one of those whopper weeks. You know, the “plan everything down to the half hour, lunch on the go, never see your roommates” kind of weeks. When I think about it, the whole month of September has been a whopper month. I look forward to things settling down a bit after applications and all those extras are no longer due.

At least there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel… The OU/TX football game (aka The Red River Rivalry) is this upcoming weekend, and my girlfriends and I are headed down to Dallas to enjoy the game. Well, I’m not going to the game, since I didn’t get a ticket. But a few of us plan on finding a local establishment during which we plan to appreciate all the tackles and tight pants on a wide-screen television. And since the weekend is really just all one big event, I definitely don’t feel like I’m missing out by not standing in the packed stadium fighting the potential elements for hours on end. I’m happy with a glass of ice water and a seat at the bar, thank you!

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A Beautiful Weekend

I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to live in a house with my four best friends this year. Nothing compares to living with people you love. It’s comfortable and comforting.

In the mornings, we’ll brew coffee for each other and call out, “Have a good day, dear!” as we leave, just like good fifties housewives. We cook for each other once a week-ish, so that we’ll all have at least one real meal a week (with plenty of leftovers for later). On Friday afternoons we clean together, as our kitchen is always a disaster after a long week of piling the dishes high (since we’re too busy to pick up after ourselves in the midst of classes), and on weekends we lounge around together, like a real family on Sunday mornings.

Yesterday morning was one of those mornings. Good for your soul. I woke up early (as did the rest of the house), and we lounged around all morning in the living room, each of us doing something pleasant, like reading or chatting (a.ka. anything unrelated to school). The weather has been glorious, so we opened both doors to the house and let the cross breeze cool the room, to the soundtrack of birds chirping in a nearby tree. 
My leisure activity was setting up my easel by one of the doors and painting for a few hours. I am trying this new art technique called impasto, where you spread paint on the canvas really thick with a palette knife, and I love it. Probably because it combines two of my favorite things — creating pretty things and playing with textured goop. Seriously. Playing with paint (or flour or icing or whatever) is one of my favorite parts of painting (and baking and everything else). So. much. fun.

So far I’m pretty happy with the way the painting looks. It needs just one afternoon or morning more and it should be done. And then it’s on to my next painting…

My plan is to paint tons and tons more paintings and fill the house with them. I want to paint a three-panel spread for my bathroom, a three-panel spread for over the living room couch, and a few more paintings to spice up my bedroom. After that, I’m taking requests.

And since I can work quickly with impasto, there’s a chance that I’ll at least finish both three-panel pictures by the end of this semester– if I complete at least one painting every two weeks. I think I can do it, since Saturday mornings have already been designated as my painting days and so far I’ve done a pretty good job sticking with it. I’m excited to have a house full of paintings again– just one more reason getting a house is one of the best decisions my friends and I have ever made.

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The Height of Selfishness

This morning, after blitzing out of the house half “done-up” to make it to a meeting, I stopped by one of the public restrooms to make sure my hair wasn’t sticking straight out of my head and to apply that much-needed mascara. 

That’s the backstory to this post. However, the real story is that when I entered the restroom, the first thing I noticed was the water running full blast in one of the sinks. 

That’s irresponsible, I grumbled to myself, thinking someone had just forgotten to turn off the water when they left.
As I moved to turn the water off, however, I remembered that sometimes people have what they like to call a “nervous bladder,” and they “need” running water in order to be able to use public restrooms (I assume to mask the sound?). Maybe that was this situation? I checked beneath the stalls, and sure enough, there was a pair of feet. 
So now I’m faced with a dilemma. On the one hand, I want to be a considerate person. This girl obviously thinks she needs to turn on water to use the bathroom, even when she is in there all alone, and I should probably respect that. I also didn’t want to turn off the water right away and then stand there doing my make-up, because inevitably she’d come out and be pissed that I’d turned off the water on her. 
But on the other hand — COME ON, LADY!!! 
It is incredibly selfish to “need” to unnecessarily waste gallons of water just to go to the bathroom (?!?!). There are people in the world that have to walk 2 or 3 miles every day to reach a source of drinkable water. Water is a non-renewable resource, and just because you have always been able to turn on your faucet and see water doesn’t mean you will always be able to do so in the future. 
FACT: A running tap can waste up to six liters (1.5 gallons) per minute.*
I was fuming as I put on my make-up. In retrospect, I should have just turned off the water and made her deal with it. But that’s rude. I don’t want to be rude. And chances are, she’d come out of the stall and I’d end up knowing her (since I was in my department building). 
So I put on my make-up and left — and I am still angry about it forty-five minutes later. 
I guess I’m not angry at her, per se. But I am so so so frustrated at her attitude– one of privilege and self-involvement and a complete lack of disregard for other people.
Okay. So her four or five gallons of wasted water hasn’t drained the Pacific Ocean. And when I run the dishwasher or wash my delicates, I’ll use more water than that (and it can definitely be argued that that’s wasteful as well). 
But what if everyone in the world (blessed enough to have running water) just decided one day to waste a couple extra gallons of water going to the bathroom, just because they had a “nervous bladder”?
People think that the impending shortage of fresh water isn’t their problem. Using up the world’s resources is not their problem. But they’re wrong. Water is important to everyone. 
According to the second UN World Water Development Report** (“Water, A Shared Responsibility”), if present levels of consumption continue, two-thirds of the global population will live in areas of water stress by 2025.* 
That’s nothing to thumb your nose at.
I believe we all have a responsibility to do our part (no matter how small). The beginning of responsible energy usage is to eliminate your waste and increase your efficiency. Recycle. Change your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. Unplug your appliances when not in use (including your TV).
The same applies to water. Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth. Put something large (like a brick) in the toilet cistern to displace water so not as much water is used to flush. Take short showers instead of baths.
We all share Earth. And just because we’ve been lucky enough to grow up in an area of the world where fresh water feels unlimited does not mean we can wrap ourselves up in our bubble of privilege and care only for ourselves. It’s not going to kill you to let others hear you tinkle. Please grow up.
*Article on Water Efficiency —
** United Nations World Water Development Report 2: Water, A Shared Responsibility — 


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Love Is Where It’s At

I have officially found THE best way to procrastinate online. It’s called Odosketch, and it’s amazing.

Basically it’s a giant sketchpad, but the drawings look a lot like watercolors or ink on parchment paper. 
I’m in love. And to celebrate this love, I spent twenty minutes on that darn thing making all sorts of fun pictures and designs.
For example, the masterpiece below is the product of my hard work and determination to spend as little time as possible on researching the advertising methods and promotional strategies of Facebook and Gowalla. 

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