SNOW!

It’s snowed about 3 inches since early this morning. It’s a lot of fun to know it’s cold and snowy, but I’m sad it came on a Tuesday because that’s my day I go up to Boulder, dangit! :stress: I was all ready to go and decided I’d drive home to see if the drive was that bad. On my way home, I slipped enough to safely decide it wasn’t best for me to go to Boulder being that I wouldn’t be leaving until at least 9:30pm. And the roads would all be frozen by that time. Not worth the risk and I wanna live another day! Besides, I gotta make it to D.C. safe and sound. Don’t wanna miss out on an awesome trip.

But, I’m sure I’ll be able to enjoy it tomorrow. Maybe I’ll take some pics of what it looks like because it’s gorgeous!

~ ~ ~ ~ THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER ~ ~ ~ ~

My friend Jackie sent this to me, pretty funny and very true. And this doesn’t mean I’m one way or another.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

THE CLASSIC VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs, and dances, and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. Grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

THE MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing…”It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film Jesse’s group singing…”We shall overcome.” Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

Al Gore exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his “fair share.”

Finally, the EEOC drafts the EEAGA, “Economic Equity and Anti- Grasshopper Act,” retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs, and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant. The case is tried, before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food, while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

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********VOTE REPUBLICAN *************

i *thought* i was gonna get some sleep tonight

For some reason, I was ready and set to go to sleep around 10:30 tonight. I laid there for about an hour, I think I dosed a few times, but then woke back up at 11:30 to Todd playing his computer games. The bass is so loud it goes through the floor. Usually, it wouldn’t bother me because I’m up until the morning anyway but it would have been nice to get a little more sleep tonight.

So now I’m still a little tired but shall be awake for the Drew Carey Show and Whose Line is it Anyway?. Awesome shows!

It’s definitely gonna be a rough day tomorrow because I have to drive to Boulder as usual. But not as usual it’ll be snowing on my way up and down, and hopefully the roads won’t get so slick I wreck or something. I think I’ll leave as soon as I’m able to so I can get back before the roads are pure ice. Although it should be warm enough still that the roads are fine. I just don’t wanna be stuck in Boulder for the night if I don’t have to be.

Have you seen this new Starburst commercial? It’s one of my favorite ones right now. It’s this guy who is really dressed up in a nice tuxedo. He goes to his lady’s house to pick her up for the big night. Her family lets him in and they’re all standing below the stairs when she appears and starts walking down the stairs to their smiles and comments. She’s so happy and radiant from her family. You then see her date as he’s giving her this look of disgust. She is mortified by his disgust and quickly runs back upstairs upset. Her family turns to him and his look of disgust makes them mad and they start chewing him out. The twist of the commercial is he’s eating some new sour Starbursts which are the cause of his face of disgust! It’s hilarious!!

it suddenly got colder

It’s about 30 degrees or lower outside! It’s a welcome change just as long as no heavy snows come too soon. I’m all about snow, but not driving when the roads are iced over.

I’ve been listening to Norah Jones recently and love her jazzy stuff. She’s a low key jazz pianist, mostly softer tunes but they are very relaxing and great to listen to on a Saturday when you’re reading a book or cleaning the house. She’s from the DFW area; I think she went to UNT and played in an ensemble with Andrea’s fiancee Shane. Pretty cool stuff.

So glad they caught that darn sniper. My trip to the east will be so much easier with everyone not being on their highest alert. I’ll be visiting Lois in Baltimore and Teri in Richmond, and hopefully swinging by Annapolis to see Justin Curran. And it’ll be so nice because the foliage is in the middle of turning! I just wish I could extend my trip to a week.

I just added a few links on the right side. Over there ——->
Two of them are pro mp3 links, great resources and arguments for the format. I’m in full support of them within boundaries.

My other link, and you gotta go check it out, is a President Bush speech maker!! It’s so hilarious because you use recorded words and arrange them how you want to make him sound so funny. I think you’ll enjoy it.

changes

I just recently purchased some domain space from another web host. I’ll now be paying $3 less a month for 30x’s the space that I have right now. Basically, 1500MB of space to work with, 7GB bandwidth per month, and a million features that everyone loves. So I’ll be doing some transferring on Wednesday hopefully getting everything done by the end of the week. If you want to know about web design or are interested in what I’m talking about, let me know and I’ll fill you in!

It’s about 2:30 in the morning and I’m still awake. This seems like it’s more and more a norm. Yup, college life is great.

I’ll be in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, and hopefully Annapolis the weekend after this one. It’s my 2nd of 2 breaks I’m giving myself to visit friends. And I’ll be in the East at the perfect time because their foliage is just beginning! Woo-hoo! Here’s to hoping that I don’t get caught by the sniper.

These past 10 days have been wonderful weather wise. It’s been a nice 60 degrees during the day and in the 30-40’s at night. Probably when I wake up tomorrow morning it’ll be freezing cold all day. Well, not that bad but much cooler than it is now. I have been wearing shorts during the day when I’m not at school and am very much enjoying it.

It’s amazing how much money I’ve spent but am getting back on my computer. I’ve upgraded so many things in the past few months and am waiting for about $400 worth of rebates. But after all is said and done, I think I’ll have upgraded my computer for less than $100. Very nice investment I’d say. I can now burn CDs at 48x, I have 220GB of hard drive space, my CPU runs at 1.6GHz and will be pushed higher as temperatures drop outside. I love bargain shopping.

So do you come check the website often? If not, why? I wanna have more people visit more often. What could I do to make people want to visit on a regular basis? I find this web journaling really fun and a nice way to announce mass messages but a little more personally than a mass e-mail. Anywho, tell your friends to visit! Give me websites I should link from my website, help me improve the page. As soon as I get ahold of a scanner, I’ll have some nice pictures to post. I’ve been lazy about that. :o) And maybe I’ll eventually post some of my music on here. I haven’t really composed much but have one song that I’m slowly trying to perfect.

week gone bad

I don’t know what it is about this week, but I woke up at 11am feeling so dead tired. Usually, I can wake up feeling refreshed from at least 8 hours of sleep, but this morning I felt so tired… and that was after probably 9-10 hours of sleep! How can that be? I think this weekend is going to be a lazy fest for me (how unusual-NOT) so I can prepare for a semi-busy week next week. I actually will have class next Friday for a seminar. I have to turn in projects, write papers, study and more study between now and the end of the semester. D’oh!

This afternoon after my classes ended, I went to visit with my professor of Audio Production. I talked to him about flying out to Los Angeles between now and graduation. I am going to do whatever it takes to shadow an engineer out there, sit in on a recording session when a composer conducts the orchestra, and see some post production work. We called an alumni that works in this field so something will probably happen in the next few weeks hopefully. I’m excited!! I want to get a feel for what I’d have to expect in that side of the industry in case I decide to work there. I’ve always had a little dream about working in the movie industry with the music!

I watched High Fidelity tonight and I enjoyed the movie! Go rent it sometime.

shout out for screaming infidelities

I’ve never really had a bad Tuesday, or at least recently I can’t say I have. But today was definitely a Monday disguised as Tuesday. I woke up earlier than usual to study for a midterm, but I ended up spending an extra hour getting gas, going to the post office and wrapping up a package to send out for an eBay auction winner. What a bummer because I could have knocked up my grade at least a letter grade.

My midterm was in Audio Production, and I had to define such terms as AC3, Haas Effect, and SMPTE time code. I think I did well enough to get at least a C, but it’s sorta a bummer that I didn’t get more answers. In fact, I went into the class assuming I’d fail badly because this professor is extremely difficult in the sense that he’s so technical. He knows exactly what he’s talking about when he teaches us; we have exactly no idea what he’s talking about when he teaches us. Is that a bad thing?

I then went to UCF and had so many sound problems once again: Feedback, losing a channel of audio meaning I had to convert stereo to mono (that’s a bad thing), running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Check out dashboard confessional if you haven’t heard of them. Led by singer/guitarist Chris, they have a very unique sound (as all bands seem to do). Screaming Infidelities is the breakout hit. I shan’t give my opinions and leave that up to you. This is probably my first public music review, but I’ll have better reviews later. It’s late at night and I wanna end this day already!

digital era upon us

I was browsing the web tonight and came across an article from the San Francisco Gate, a sponsor of the SF Chronicle. Click here

Basically, it states that radio stations will eventually send digital signals to radios; not anytime soon most likely except for the well funded radio stations. An example of a current digital radio station is XM Satellite Radio. So let’s hypothetically speak here.

What if radios sent digital, CD-quality music to your radio. Many stations play the song in its entirety. And so you decide to record the songs from the radio and onto a tape (or your computer) to convert to an mp3. You basically did the exact same thing as downloading the mp3 except it was offered free from the radio.

So what’s my point? I like the mp3 revolution that has taken place. Consumers are starting to realize that they’ve been suckered for the past 10 years. They were buying extremely expensive CDs which the artist sees barely a buck from the CD, and less of this money is even profit until they break even from their insanely high production costs.

Has 5 years of school paid off for me? I couldn’t have stated myself very well here if I hadn’t learned something. :D

i’m still getting used to this as well

So here’s a new website. :D Lots of changes are probably in store as I get feedback. Right now, I have my bulletin board permissions set for registered users only. I’m doing this so that I know who’s been visiting, I don’t get bad messages from people, and I can maintain some stability and functionality for everyone who posts. It’s not to invade anyone’s privacy because I won’t stand for that. Everyone who registers won’t be subjected to any unwanted e-mails. And remember, you can hide your e-mail address from everyone. So go ahead and register and post whatchu want. It’ll be fun and I can’t wait until more people sign up

By the way, remember to register your birthday when you sign up! It’ll help me remember because I’m so bad at it.

Welcome

This is my new website and hopefully, assuming I’m not too lazy about it, I’ll have lots of cool updates, random pictures, bulletin boards to write on, whatever I can think of. I finally got ahold of my domain asuh.com after about 5 years of desiring it. What you’re reading now is a web journal type feature and I can update this whenever I want. To your right, you should see many links to different websites. The list is progressive so please feel free to give me your personal website for me to link to. I hope you enjoy your stay!