Live from Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, here comes the year-ender post!
Judging by the lack of posts this 2010, I can safely say that my will to write has been far overshadowed by my immense desire to just get through the year with the minimum amount of discomfort, which has proved disastrous, considering the year 2010 wasn't exactly my year. so hence, the traditional look back on the year that was starts now.( The tenth year of the twenty-first centuryCollapse )
It's been quite a long time since I've visited my blog. Partly because my will to write is essentially nonexistent when I'm at home. So now, I'm blogging because my head is brimming with the will to write mainly because I'm at school and such. Apart from that, my head is suffering from a weird case of migrane which me and my labmates suspect might be hexane poisoning.
Hexane, C6H14 is a hydrocarbon, an organic molecule consisting of Carbon and Hydrogen. It is volatile, and highly flammable. The university, in all its glory, has a lab without exhaust. And I was weighing hexane samples, not in fume hood as protocol dictates, since the analytical balanced can't be disturbed, let alone moved to the fume hood. Furthermore, I was working with a shroud that covers the balance, myself and the immediate area since my sample, retinol, is light-sensitive. So yeah. Dark lab, shroud... I'll let you use your imagination.
So, why retinol? It's part of my thesis. I won't go into the details on my thesis at the moment, as I have a really bad headache and I choose not to dwell in the complexities of microwave chem (O RLY BERNARD? Vitamin+microwave isn't simple enough for you?). The good news is, that the sample preparation part of my thesis is 1/4 done. So that means I've done a quarter of a third of what I have to do. So that's 1/12. I could probably be done by the week after next. It's a pretty short protocol compared to the other theses.
And so, that's why my current acad-related theme song would be Cruel Angel's Thesis from the Neon genesis Evangelion OST. LOL. Seriously. You can find me singing/humming it while working at the lab.
My other theme song at the moment is Moonlight Densetsu, from bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon. Don't ask me why. Long story.
Ah well... That's it for now.
I feel that I truly am stuck in some sot of limbo. I can't concentrate, I'm only getting by, I'm being such a wreck. And I can't seem to figure out why. It's been a rollercoater of sorts, this semester... And it's really having such a profound negative effect on my ego. I'm disoriented, confused, wanting to escape everything for just a few moments to catch my breath... Heck, even my sentences have lost all coherence. Geez, I'm such a mess.
Let me explain: this semester, I was confronted with the truth that is I'm a fourth year college student. I'm graduating. That fact seems to hit me in every single way imaginable, from the thesis methodology taped to my closet door, to the graduation pictures pending photoshop in the studio. Gah. I don't want to graduate, and yet at the same time, I do. This semester, I officially became president of for the only organization I ever stuck with, OMAKE. Sure, I've been acting as proxy-to-most-other-officers as a senior member and head of the events division last year, but well... It's kinda weird thinking about it. Back then, I was some horizontally-challenged (and in some respects, still am, I'm afraid) kid wearing a bucket hat and a polo that made him look more horizaontally challenged than he really was, having bad posture running around campus trying to locate the damned examiners who decided throwing dice and designing rollercoasters and picking guitar picks with chopsticks were good ideas. Then those aforementioned examiners became the greatest friends I ever had. Lost a lot of weight, gained a lot of experience, cosplayed, taught japanese, served coffee, all with them. Now All but one of them's gone, and I've inherited the org. Nice going, Bernard. This semester also saw the rise of the OMG-This-subject-is-too-big-for-one-prof craze in our curriculum. SERIOUSLY. Why are the subjects team-teached beyond reason? For some reason, a subject changing profs was kinda like changing semesters already. My reference being Biochem 124 which was like pure mathematical mindcrap for three-fourths of it, while the next was proteins proteins proteins OMG more proteins in the next. Not that I'm complaining... It just made the sem shorter for me. I need longer semesters... That way the profs don't need to cram lessons, and exams wouldn't be piling up every other week, and I don't have to write papers until 5AM. Not that I'm complaining, though. Most of the past four years has been like this... But, I miss Second Year for some reason (ah, the days when I had Physics 71, Chem 18, and Chem 31 in rapid succession in one day AT THE SAME ROOM). Amusing that it took me weeks to figure out that I never switched rooms during Mondays and Thursdays. Oh, and crap... the realization that I'm graduating suddenly hit me again.
Ah well... It's the middle of the night and I'm writing this asinine nonsense while my head replays what it remembers of James Cameron's Avatar for some reason. I need to get some sleep... I have Inorganic Chemistry later. XD
As many of you might already know, The Philippine Presidential elections are closing in. I'm pretty sure many of us have our own favorites in the race, and I myself am pretty much getting sick of being asked who I'm voting for. But then again, other than just blurting out the person in question, I'd like to explain how I arrived to such a conclusion. Just to shake things up.
The following tl;dr post, should you choose to read it, contains detailed analyses of each of the nine candidates. My choice was based on personal opinion, campaign style, track record, and the perception of each candidate from the University of the Philippines. The methodology of the selection was a process of elimination, looking through each of the candidates' "stats", eliminating those who score low and choosing those who score high. Here is the analysis:
Note: Not in this is Vetallano Acosta. My source has nothing on him. He didn't even receive any votes in the UP systemwide mock elections. Not that I'll be voting for him anyway.( Long, Political Drabble aheadCollapse )
Now, I may not be a master at defending my position against attacks. I might receive comments about my erroneous arguments. That's fine with me. With the polls just days away, It will take a lot to shake off what I've completed right here.
Now for the question whether my candidate is sure to do the job of fixing this godforsaken land, let's just hope and pray.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE ON THE 10th OF MAY!
Event: OzineFest 2010 (DAY 2)
Venue: SM Megamall Megatrade Hall
Went as: Nozomu Itohiki from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Status: ZETSUBOUSHITA~~~ XD
I was actually supposed to cosplay Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss, but I was yet to finish constructing some of his props, and I didn't want to rush it, fearing total and epic failure if I did. So I opted to go with plan B and do Nozomu Itoshiki again.( brb, making self tallerCollapse )
I'm pretty much done doing a reviewer for my Biochem 121 exam tomorrow. It's 3-and-a-half pages long, which is relatively short for my standards (my reviewers are known to reach up to eight pages long). Maybe I'm just lazy... But I think I'm being more studious than ever. I'm replacing some of my counter-productive habits with more productive ones... So I guess I should blog more again.( watch me ramble!~Collapse )
- Music:Bana- Half Pain (Witch Hunter Robin OST)
Kinda pathetic if you think about me posting 45 days into the year when so much must have happened over that time. But meh. It's become my curse... To really, really want to write something while on the train/walking to the train station/on the bus/at school, et cetera. But by the time I get home to my computer, it doesn't seem worth it to even write, if I remember what I wanted to talk about in the first place.
Anyway, it's February 14th. For a country with so much foreign influence, it means two things are big today: Valentine's Day, and Chinese New Year. I never really cared for both. I don't celebrate Chinese new year just because I don't have Chinese Blood in me (well do have some Spanish blood, if I'm not mistaken, but the Spanish don't have their own new year, so LOL). Then there's Valentine's, which, for the past four years now, I've spent reciting "Love? Love? You want Love? There was no love! Love is just a myth!"... Not that I'm bitter or anything. It started out as a joke back in highschool, and I'd probably do it for the rest of my life, even if I do get in a relationship of some sort.
Oh, and by the way.... ( cut for CLAMP spazzingCollapse )
The Ninth year of the Second Millenium AD: The nineteenth year of my life. As the year ends tonight, I look back at what happened, and give a chance to LOL and to learn at my mistakes, and to count my blessings. I do this because I can... Not that I feel obliged to, but I guess it's just rewarding to look back at the past 365 days, and revel into what happened. So here goes...
WARNING: monstrously huge post ahead.
( Goals MetCollapse )( domestic affairsCollapse )( schoolCollapse )( Otaku-nessCollapse )
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I know it's a tad too late for writing Santa Claus anything (not that I beleive in a fat old red burglar in the first place)... But I was so amused when I found this at meicdon13
's journal that I just HAD to try it myself... LOL.
This year I've been busy!
Last Thursday I signed my organ donor card (28 points). In May I pushed lexvill in the mud (-17 points). In November I helped meicdon13 across the street (6 points). Last Tuesday I helped austere_flare hide a body (-173 points). In February I gave herra_89 a kidney (1000 points).
Overall, I've been nice (844 points). For Christmas I deserve a toy train!
My first reaction to this is... Wait, what's with this and freaking ORGANS, huh? I mean, what the hell? I get, what? 1028 points for handing over my kidneys and stuff... What's the deal with that? And that's practically the only GOOD thing I did this year. Helping a former classmate across the road didn't really put a dent on my score compared to DONATING ORGANS. I mean, WTF.
So I pushed my own Algebra Teacher
into a pile of mud, and became an accomplice to a crime committed by a girl who I haven't met in real life yet. Man, that's twisted.
IN OTHER NEWS...
since it's new year's eve tomorrow, I'd like to get all my paperwork done today, and I'll start on my biochem 198 report after the first but before the fifth. I'm guessing I'll probably need it done two weeks after the term starts this January... but there is so much to do. Just looking at my report is daunting already. I have to make a presentation and defense for a journal written in Nigeria
about Haemoglobin (they misspell it, for some reason) phenotypes, their proton uptakes, and the effect on this on cyclic voltammetry studies done on blood samples. So fun~
by the way, the news says it will be a blue moon this new year's eve... Although it's kinda lame I can't be with her that night... *sigh*
I'd also like to plug something... I have a formspring.me account. For the uninitiated, you get to make your own little site where people ask you questions, and you answer them. Pointless, I know... But it's actually real fun... People don't ask me a lot of questions, though XD. Anyway, ask me anything here
Oh, and before I forget, < --multiply:no_crosspost-- > I'm pretty much freer to talk about stuff here at LJ, but my main blog is at my multiply site. :3