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(11 June 2006) Nineteen days, nineteen hours and less than nineteen minutes until the big day! Since I "graduated" on May 5 there have been plenty of doings. Here's the basic outline of what I remember doing between then and now: finished packing out of the school apartment, stopped by grandparents the weekend of Pella's Tulip Time, came home and scanned negatives for about a week, hung out with one old friend for an evening, went back to NW Iowa to take a Graphic Design class and downloaded basemaps for everywhere I think I've taken or might take pictures soon, hung out with Hannah more, drove back to IL, went to my sister's graduation, enjoyed my church's grad potluck, and then started working my mowing/landscape job as well as hanging out with more friends. I still have one more thing to finish up on my degree, which involves answering many questions in the direction of how cross-cultural experiences make me feel.
(3 May 2006) Motivation was shattered when my Greek prof told me not to worry about handing in more workbook pages. While I still hope to continue on in those studies, perhaps even tonight yet, I am otherwise fairly well squared away with school this week. Even provided my finals actually went as well as they seemed, I will still have some "post-graduate" undergraduate work to complete. But that's another day's story.
(24 April 2006) You heard it here last, probably, but last weekend Hannah accepted a teaching position in Washington. I'm pretty excited about the area, and for her opportunity. Still no definite job offers for me; I'm not too worried at this point. Right now the goal is passing all of my classes with reasonably good grades. Most of the work left looks to be interesting and healthy. I'm working on one fun project that actually involves computer programming! Still, if you are accredited and can give me an A or B for posting another set of pictures, let's get in touch! Soooon!!
(22 March 2006) It's that time of year again -- along with the snow, hundreds of exciting ideas are thawing out of winter. But assignments and obligations are springing up much faster than the grass, which is still on hold beneath what might be the last big snow of this winter. And it was big in this area: on Monday, after successfully taking two college-credit standardized tests, the ride home was greatly delayed by the heavy snow. Since I had stayed at the Hooyer's over break, I still had to move back to my apartment that night. By about 10pm, I had settled back in somewhat, all tense from the snowed-in late-night study sessions of so-called spring break.
(11 February 2006) Birthday score: ten of ten. Of the ten e-mails I got in the 24-hour period of February 8, ten were from people just to wish me a happy birthday. (Okay, one was from a computer...) Thanks to all who sent your well wishes and gifts!
(28 January 2006) Noise was streaming from a radio in one room, a television in another and my computer in mine. I was the only one around, and since this was a rare occasion that I didn't mind the spout of DJ's and the spew of TV advertisers.....I was tempted to put a CD on in the kitchen.
(17 January 2006) Time has been selling like butter on premium gasoline lately. I haven't been surfing the web quite as much so far this semester, but I figured there must be something fun that I've seen lately. After a quick look in my history, I didn't find much that wasn't already linked at my other website. So I looked around in my bookmarks and found a fun site with graphs and maps on it. Now back to the business of news...
(9 January 2006) Reviewing the vacation: on Monday afternoon after Christmas, we drove to my dad's folks in Pella and celebrated with several rounds of gifts, forever captured on the cards of about seven Canon digital cameras. Then, on the someteenth, Hannah, my family and I packed ourselves into a minivan and drove from Pella to Grand Rapids. There, Hannah got to meet a bunch of my relatives on my mom's side, although there are a few of the seven siblings that she has yet to meet. On the first Monday of the New Year, we backtracked a little, ending up in Illinois at my parents' house. While there, we opened still more presents. Also, I visited the eye doctor, the regular doctor and the dentist. The upper-wisdom-teeth-removing dentist. Actually, the first attempt at removal failed due to extreme lightheadedness. The next day I kept fully conscious until after he had removed the little buggers, which was nice. Except the nausea both times and the icky drool afterwards, it was a surprisingly painless process.
(24 December 2005) Wrapping presents in gift bags is an act of cunning and stewardship, I found this week. Cunning, because it means I don't end up with a lopsided scotch taped creation; stewardly because they are reusable with little effort. What you might not realize is that I am writing this on my Apple Newton eMate 300. Writing and typing, that is. Although the handwriting recognition is better than my former Pocket PC's, and pretty impressive for a computer made in 1997, it's still slower than typing, so I'm glad for the keyboard it has. Especially now that I reunstickified the spacebar and the 'B'. I'm very impressed with this eight year old design. Why can't Apple make a little iBook with a touch screen and some PDA-oriented software?
(13 December 2005) Finals are here, it was pretty cold for about a week and now it's warmer again. I've taken a few pictures, but not as many as I should have. I'm doing some homework, but not as much as I intended to. I'm hoping to have some time over Christmas break for some programming, which didn't happen much at all this semester. Speaking of Christams break, I've put up a list of things, in case you needed gift ideas still. Speaking of homework, I should go do some Greek and Music Theory.
(30 November 2005) For some strange reason, "What I am thankful for" seems to be all the rage lately. Of course, I just had a wonderful Thanksgiving myself. I am thankful for safe travels to and from Pella, to see family with my betrothed. I am very grateful for them, too. Even though I have a nasty buildup of phlegm in my throat, I am thankful that my nose is hardly more stuffed up than normal, and that now I have an excellent cause to smear Vick's Vapor Rub all over my chest and throat. I am also thankful for tons of new music. Yesterday morning, I found two Joy Electric records waiting for me in the mailroom. In the evening I found a bunch of songs on grassrootsmusic.com. I also earned a few iTunes songs from Ford's Driving Skills Quiz. Then today I came across a bunch of free songs on soundsfamilyre.com while researching some Christmas songs I found a bit earlier. These songs by Sufjan Stevens are the most wonderful Christmas music I have heard in a long time. Now I am listening to Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture and enjoying a cup of tea with Hannah.
(29 October 2005) Cabbage, potatoes, carrots, an onion and some sausage are becoming stew on the stove in the kitchen. The first time I did this, it turned out to be very good, considering I used the wrong kind of sausage and didn't have a clue what I was doing. It's a solid meal to have in the fridge for enjoyment through the week, although I can confirm that it is kind of gassy.
(24 October 2005) The last DVD of fifty just popped out of my little Mac mini. I'll try typing this news update while I'm printing the labels on. Homework hasn't been happening as much as it should, due to my push to get these Inspiration Hills DVD's made. Last week I was pretty tired as well, nearly falling asleep whenever I sat down to study Greek. My plan is to pick up more homework once I'm done with this video project.
(19 October 2005) Being explicit about homework time has helped me to study a bit more, as well as keep up with other tasks. On the advice of a college guidance counselor, I made a schedule that has specific coursework scheduled in around my class schedule. That, combined with dropping Real Analysis, has made my days a bit more symmetric. For the first half of the semester, every single day had a different schedule. Not good. Now I've been doing a bit more homework, and have found it easier to focus during other times of the day as well. Hooray for structure!
(17 October 2005) More of my posting effort has gone into the Extinguished Scholar site lately. But right now, all my rough drafts for that site are waiting upon more research. So it's a good chance to put some regular news up here. Tonight I make supper, but hopefully I can get some typing in as I wait for the bacon to cook. Long live BLT.
(8 October 2005) Well, I'm engaged. The highlight of today was Hannah saying "I love you, too"! We had beautiful weather to celebrate our year and seven months of dating, and now the word "girlfriend" can fall back out of my vocabulary.
(2 October 2005) Warm apple pie has started to fit in with the season. I'm glad to have one in the freezer, as hush-money from someone caught "stealing" apples that we were going to shovel up and throw away. It seems like I'm getting up earlier every morning, but I'm afraid the opposite is true. I got out my Parker today to play a bit, but sitting in a little cubbyhole of the apartment, trying to keep the volume down, wasn't very inspiring on this occasion. I did enjoy singing some hymns with Hannah earlier this afternoon.
(28 September 2005) Excitement abounds! I was looking through an old journal with Hannah and found something which I had lost forever. Last schoolyear I remembered for some reason a poem that I had written freshman year, and went to go pull it up. I thought I had composed it on my computer, but nothing came forth. So I looked through my folder of paper song ideas...nothing. I ran back to the computer, back to the boxes of scraps, back to the computer. Nothing. Then it hit me.
(26 September 2005) Stereophonic mulitimedia events abound in my room lately. I finished captioning the pictures that I took with my first digital camera. It's definitely a milestone, but I had only taken about 3000 pictures on that A70 before I replaced it on account of it's antics. I have been keeping up with all the pictures on my new camera for the most part, too. That said, I still have a long, long stretch of 10,000 pictures to go before I'm caught up on captioning due to my near obsessive-compulsive behaviour with my faithful S60 during the last year.
(24 September 2005) Wondering what a roll of film costs to develop these days? I'm kind of curious, because of the latest addition to my camera collection: the Canon EOS 650. Why did I buy an old film SLR? Well, because for 3/4 the going rate of a lens I wanted, I was able to get a camera, an outdated flash module and the lens itself. Not a bad deal. The film body has an excellent feel to it, not nearly as cramped as my digital. But that's not so much of an incentive to go back to film. My biggest memory of film was having the undeveloped rolls sit in my room for seasons at a time before I saved up enough change to get them developed. Especially for a beginner like me, the digital perks (convenient storage, instantiety and having a record of all camera settings attached to each file) make digital photography the perfect medium for this impatient and forgetful college refugee. Now I have a great zoom and a well-recommended prime to practice with for a good while. We'll see how it goes...
(17 September 2005) And today I broke a thousand pictures on my new camera, for 3GB on each of two hard disks. I haven't seen them all yet, but I'm starting to improve a bit. The first week, I just held my breath and hoped the expensive camera would make my icky compositions look good. The second week, I realized that was not the case and furthermore, I worried that I had already taken pictures of everything there was to see near Dordt's campus. The third week, gas prices have settled a teeny bit, my truck is out of the shop and I bet there's still plenty that will speak to me within walking distance. Even though the first week was a bit intimidating, my plan was to make a gallery of the first week's pictures. Look for that, as well as more catch-up from the last two cameras....after these messages.
(13 September 2005) Little bits of things got done today - a little Greek studying, a little work on the Inspiration Hills staff video, a little catching up on e-mail, a little work on the website, and a little thought towards homework. About a bagillion people are wishing me well in my studies. I even talked to Dordt's "Director of Career Development" about my missing motivation. Maybe someday, but for now: no immediate progress. You can put the boy in the study, but you can't put the study in the boy.
(10 September 2005) Returning to Dordt after a weekend, especially a weekend away, has been disheartening lately. An entire two and a half days to put as much distance between me and the week ahead - wasted. This weekend ended up being even longer, so I wonder how I'll feel by Monday afternoon. Probably so relieved to be out of class that I won't want to do the missing homework that makes class so hard to go to. I have all of tomorrow to unwind before then.
(7 September 2005) Let it be known that I started to work on a class-related project this evening. That's right, this evening. Not before class, not during class, but while sitting in front of my computer. When I caught myself, I got excited enough to write about it. Maybe I'll even get back to making my Greek flashcards after putting this online.
(3 September 2005) If I had been looking forward to this semester, and I think I was, almost, I look forward no longer. I forgot how much time homework takes. How much homework takes life. I'm still trying to catch up from last year. I'm still trying to figure out the next step after I get out of here. And I don't have time to figure out where I left my pencil when I was done fiddling with it. (If you're reading this, Hjon, I still owe you one for noticing it attached to the miniblind adjuster.)
So...classes are: Music Theory III, Physics III, Greek 101, Differential Equations, Real Analysis and Bowling. I'd like to visit some others, but I'd also like to get some summer (and previous) projects done and take some CLEP tests. Enough about school.
What else is cool and exciting? I haven't gotten sick from any of my roomates' cooking. Hjon shared the news that Adventures in Odyssey is now offered as a podcast, and Jungle Jam reruns are happening over-the-air. My work-study department will soon command a Dual-processor PowerMac G5, dv. At least a couple of the new profs at Dordt seem really quality. And Hannah is still rather stunning.
(as time passes) Posted on August 28, but I figured that I would fill in some summer details. I had an enjoyable summer, influenced by: getting to spend a grand amount of time with my lovely friend Hannah, getting to do fulfilling service among allies at summer camp, and getting to do fulfilling work on Dordt's grass and landscape. I even started reading Catch-22. But I had a rocky relationship with it from the start, and got sick of renewing it. I'm sure there are other critically-acclaimed books that I would enjoy more.
(12 March 2005) Spring break is here. I plan to work in Hannah's folks' wood shop's interior. I have been doing stuff. I just haven't been writing about doing stuff. Now I'm writing about wri -
(3 December 2004) Lesson of the week: college is a good place to learn. Profs (and some students) know their stuff, and can give recommendations of good books to read. Lesson number two, realized shortly after: I could easily flunk out next semester if I study even half of the books and articles on my to-read list. If I leave, I'll stop hearing about good books. If I stay, I can only afford to *hear* about good books. I would make some reference to Catch-22, but after three semesters, it's still on my list.
(17 June 2006) Impending doom! This site (and my college e-mail address) is policied to go offline on June 30. Hopefully by the end of this coming week, all material here will be succesfully merged with my Extinguished Scholar site.
(11 February 2006) Added "More people pictures" from many family gatherings. Took down individual pictures, hoping to include them within a collection sometime.
(31 January 2006) Another collection now in pictures: Bugs and Beasts.
(14 November 2005) Finally added the second half of a bunch of [mostly] black and white pictures. That's all.
(31 October 2005) Added another installment of pictures. Happy Reformation Day!
(10 October 2005) Hacked in some pictures to celebrate a special occasion. Might keep the individual pictures and collections if I can hone it a bit.
(8 October 2005) Added another collection, freshened main picture page with the latest camera; you never got to see me with the prolific S60 but that page needed to get up to speed. Also changed intro text alignment on each page.
(26 September 2005) Freshened the news page a bit, starting to use alpha channel transparency.
(24 September 2005) New camera, new collection: I'm putting up forty pictures from the first week with my DSLR.
(13 September 2005) There's a new set of pictures - people pictures. Hannah stayed up late to help me caption them; I never remember that there's a word for stacked up stones. I also fixed the previous images, which all had black lines down one side thanks to a flukey Automator action. Enjoy!
(3 September 2005) Recompiled the main image pages with my new utility. Most of the site now compiles under OS X, but no major changes on the surface yet.
(12 March 2005) Freshened some pages. Added projects page.
(24 October 2004) Finally added a mixed collection of pictures from the last months.