Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fighting on Behalf of High Fructose Corn Syrup?

We all know that HFCS is bad. Actually, we don't. There are a lot of people who don't know much about it. Enter the Corn Refiners of America, here to sway the vulnerable minds of millions. You can see their website here. To quote Jeanie Darcy, don't get me started... don't even get me started.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On Pop Music and Spring Break

I know I was supposed to post those journal entries from Mt. Washington. I'll post the first today. I promise. The past few weeks have been really busy. Anyway, this week is my spring break, and it's been dominated by a hiking camp of 5th graders that I've been helping out with. They are pretty annoying. Today, for example, there was a lot of drama (2 people cried) because someone was "walking too slow" on the trail. Please tell me I was never one of them. Anyway, they all demanded that on the bus we play the local pop station. I don't get the concept of pop music. Listening to stuff just for the sake of listening to what's popular is silly and just makes you look obsequious. It's kind of like when people try to be friends with the cool kids. Quick aside: I accidentally just turned on the iTunes visualizer. When did they update it to make it look cool? I also noticed that a lot of pop songs are using orchestral sounds. For example, Coldplay's Viva la Vida (links to Youtube) uses a string section. There was another one that includes a flautist (comment if you know what song I'm talking about). Anyway, comment if you've noticed this trend also.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mt. Washington

Yesterday, I got back from winterim on Mount Washington. I kept a journal, which I'll post here in real time, as it were (each day's entries will be posted one week after they were written). My entries from the mountain are far more succinct than those in airports/planes, but I had far more time to kill there. Return travel isn't included, because I wanted to end things on a high note.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


Tomorrow morning, I leave for Mount Washington. I'll be back late on Friday, and I'm going to try to keep a journal of the experience each day. I'll post those entries on Saturday or thereabouts. I'm also going to take a lot of photos (That's a definite.), which I'll post, again, on Saturday or Sunday. You can get the latest wind speed/temperature readings at the Mount Washington Observatory website. The daily avalanche reports are here, at the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. Enjoy your week and the rest of your weekend. I'll see you here on the interwebs soon.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wait... That Blog Still Exists?!

Yes, I know. It's been 2 weeks since my last post. These past 2 weeks have gone by at a breakneck pace. My final SCJAS paper was due, APEH papers and tests, Mount Washington prep., etc. Most of my blogging efforts have been directed toward Project 365, a link for which is in the sidebar. I also know that I missed February's 12 of 12. Mea culpa. Yesterday, I went on another photo walk, which was this time along the River Walk. Below is one picture from the walk. You can click it to get to Flickr, where you can access larger sizes, find others from the walk, comment, etc.

Vanishing Bridge

Monday, February 2, 2009

And So Begins the College Mail

I just got an email. I think it's the first directly from a college yet. Congratulations, Carleton College.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Neglect, as usual

Please forgive me, blog and reader (singular, on purpose). Anyway, over the past week, I posted at least one haiku per day as my Facebook status. I thought I'd spread the love to the blog, so here's a blog-exclusive haiku for your reading pleasure:

Haiku are critiqued
Too many, few syllables —
It is Facebook, guys.