Thursday, June 30, 2005

I'm on a Mac!

One of the people my dad works with has an iBook, or is borrowing it from his uncle. This computer is so awesome. I think I've decided this is what I want. Now I have to drive out to Oakbrook if I want it from an Apple Store.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Tom Cruise Annoys Me

A lot of people have an idea of why I don't like Tom Cruise. They guess it's because he's into Scientology and I don't believe in that stuff. Well, it's not. There are many people with different religious beliefs that I still respect and admire. However, Cruise is not one of them.

This is what he told a German reporter last week after being asked if he believed in aliens, the subject of his new movie:

"Yes, of course. Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?" ... "Millions of stars, and we're supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there, we just don't know,"

Who really is the arrogant one here? Does Tom Cruise have to be right and know everything about everything? This is his opinion, he thinks there are aliens. Wait, no, he's 100% positive of it. No one else's opinion matters to him. He could have said "I think" or "I strongly believe," but no, he said "there are."

I loved his little fit-of-rage on the Today Show. If he thinks that made him look good, he is sadly mistaken. I think most people just sat there going "Woa, calm down psycho." I know my whole family was and many writers on the internet did. Did he think that Matt Lauer didn't do any homework or research at all? He wasn't even promoting anything, he asked a normal question ,that Cruise should have known was coming, and had a real chance to show his stance and make it clear why he doesn't approve of Ritalin. Instead, he went crazy. Matt Lauer knew nothing. He is an idiot. Tom Cruise knew everything. Plus a little.

Who's the arrogant one here?

Monday, June 27, 2005

Purdue Registration

Tomorrow is Day on Campus at Purdue to register and get everything set-up for August. Wow. I guess this means I really am going to college.

Things Should Work

I hate it when you get something and it doesn't work like it's supposed to. Take this for example:

Direct Access to this location is not allowed.Direct Access to this location is not allowed.
Fatal error: Call to undefined function: array_change_key_case() in /includes/mambo.php on line 20

Seriouslly, who knows what this means, and how to even start fixing it?!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

I just took the Humanmetrics test and that's what I am. Here are the full results:

Introverted 44%
Intuitive 38%
Feeling 25%
Judging 56%

"Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists -- INFJs gravitate toward such a role -- are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power."

Well, we all knew I have no feelings, so that shouldn't be surprising. I never thought about judging before though. When I thought about it for a few minutes, I realized I am very judgmental. I judge by appearances all the time, but everybody does that, whether they will admit to it or not. I expect a person to act a certain way because of how they dress or how they do their hair. However, I don't let that get in the way of me getting to know them and, usually, those people are the exact opposite of what I "thought" they should be like.

Other famous INFJ's:
President Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, MLK Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt. Not bad company.

Find out what you are. Take the test.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Top 100 Movie Quotes

I thought this was interesting. The most recent movie to make it in the list with a quote? Ironically, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from 2002.

Monday, June 20, 2005

I Graduated

There is finally proof that I graduated!

diploma getting diploma

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Know Your Customer

Granted I am going into business so I tend to notice these things, but I believe there is a lesson here for everyday life. You have to know who your customer is. Where are they from, what do they do, how do they act, how do they talk, etc. For example, I normally hate it when I leave a purchase counter and the clerk says anything other than "Have a nice day" with a big smile on his/her face (even if it is fake and forced, at least they are trying).

However, out at the store my dad manages in Portage, it's not anything like that. Most of the people who come in are roofer guys who are ultra-manly (whatever that means). They don't say "thank you" (thanks) or "have a nice day" (take care). So, when I ring them up, I don't say thank you or have a nice day either. What do I say? "Take care." I know, I hate it, but that is the type of people we have out here. However, when a woman comes in, I always say "Have a nice day" with that big smile. They always say "You too" with that same smile. Completely opposites yet coming in the same store and we have to cater equally to both of them. And if you ask me, we pull; it off quite well.

It's taken me some time to realize all of this. I have been working out here Saturdays for the past month. Once I realized it though, the change happened immediately. That's how it needs to happen, you can't wait or you'll loose the customer forever and that is not what we want in the middle of a store remodel/restocking.

Harry Potter 5

So I (finally) finished the 5th Harry Potter book today. A little disappointing after all the hype. Maybe I'll talk about it later.

Monday, June 13, 2005

I Hate Windows!

Today, I am trying to troubleshoot my sister's computer. First of all, it says there are no DirectX9.0c (whatever the hell that means) compatible display adapters on her computer. Well, since the last time she played Sims 2, nothing has changed. I go into Device Manager and, for some odd reason, there are two display adapters. That hasn't been fixed yet because I soon ran into even bigger problems.

This annoying little balloon kept popping up in the lower right-hand corner by the clock. After the third or fourth time I clicked it to see what it was. I saw it was Windows Update wanting to install Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. Well, according to Microsoft, this is a must have patch that your computer cannot survive without. What happens when I install this must have patch that your computer cannot live without?! It stops working. We restarted it after it got done installing and now the computer boots up but before it gets to the login screen, it restarts. It does this over and over again. Safe Mode won't help it, Last Known Good Configuration won't help it.

I don't want to reformat because we just got her iPod working and she downloaded like 200+ songs today.

This is why I'm getting a Mac for college. I don't have time to follow all of Microsoft's directions just to get my computer all screwed up when I have a paper due in one or two days. The people I've been talking to on the internet have never had problems with their mac and I never hear anything bad about Apple; stuff just works. Right now, I'd give anything to have a mac sitting on my sister's computer desk.


Yesterday I got my iPod, but didn't have any time to get anything on it. Today I got mine on my computer and fixed my sister's. This is such a cool little thing.

iTunes is a little confusing but I think that's because I am so used to windows and Apple made it. I'm kind of starting to get the hang of it. I find it so cool that when I plug in my iPod it automatically does everything. I just sit back and watch. The iPod interface and the little wheel thing are so cool and easy to use.

So far, I have only downloaded one CD, Michael Tolcher's I Am. Great CD. Anyway, I have many other things to do today so I am going to get working on stuff. Adios!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

It's a Bad, Bad World Out There

If I can't leave a spoon at work and trust my coworkers not to take it, what can I trust anymore?!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I am such a nerd...

I am sitting here watching Steve Job's keynote from Apple's World Wide Developers Conference and how they are switching from PowerPC chips to Intel chips and how to make the software work with both types during the transition period and I find it interesting. God help me.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Student Council Teacher Awards

And the winners are...

Most Control of Class
Mr. Smith
Mrs. Miller
Mrs. Nicholson

Most Challenging Academically
Mr. Smith
Mr. Lettiere
Mr. Moore

Class that will Help You Most after High School
(4-way tie)
Mr. Elston
Mr. Holden
Mr. Lettiere
Mr. Sherman

Most Involved/Seen at After School Functions
Mr. Sherman
Mrs. Iwema
Mr. Clark / Mrs. Crooks (2-way tie)

Most Knowledgeable about Subject
Mrs. Loden
Mr. Fredrick
Mrs. Randolph

Most Creative Teacher
Mr. Holden
Mr. Angel
Miss Helmer

Teacher You Will Remember most After High School
Mr. Holden
Miss Caudle
Mrs. Miller

There you go. After counting over 850 returned ballots, this is what the student body of Lake Central voted. It was a blast doing this for the past two years and I will, sadly, miss it next year.

Monday, June 06, 2005

DVD Yearbook & Teacher Awards

This morning, I went into school at 8am to work on the DVD yearbook. Dan and I made the opening and, if I do say so myself, it is awesome! It took a long time but was well worth the effort since it will be everybody's first impression of the DVD. I think we're only waiting for graduation (which was rendering when we left) to be done with and then we finally burn one and hope it all works perfectly. If it does, I am done going to LC for the summer.

Also, tomorrow is the teacher's end-of-the-year breakfast which Student Council gives out the awards from the Excellence in Teaching surveys everybody filled out about a month ago. Kate and I finally finished counting them this afternoon and I am printing certificates now. I'll be sure to post the winners of the survey tomorrow so you can actually know the winners this year.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Graduation and so forth

As of yesterday evening, I am no longer a senior. That's right... after never-ending traffic, getting to the staging area late, and not knowing I had to check in with a lady I had never seen before, I graduated. I am officially out of high school but not yet in college. It's a weird feeling to be in-between schools now. I know between 8th grade and freshman year we were between schools, but they were all still Lake Central, so it never felt like this big of a gap. Am I the only one that feels this? Anyway, graduation was very cool (not literally, the star plaza was very hot). Lots of talking and Christina's speech was very funny. All the speeches were very good and memorable, especially Mrs. Platt, who I am convinced was wasted or on some major drugs.

Summer official started today, in my mind at least, with Movie in the Park. It was my first one ever and it was very cool. I came home afterwards because I am going to work with my dad tomorrow. Oh yeah, my boss got her hands on the awesome schedule Jen & I put together. I went from 18 hours next week to 8. That isn't good news but I'll get over it... it is summer after all so I shouldn't be complaining.

I also got my first cleaning kick today (usually those don't start until the second month of summer). I cleaned all my dressers and floor of my closet. Next it's the rest of the closet and all the stuff on the floor/under my bed.

Tomorrow starts all the graduation parties that last steadily for the next month and then sporadically for the month after that. I am really looking forward to those. I'm going to head to bed so I can wake up tomorrow morning. Adios!