And in other news, I started playing guitar hero and no, I am not obsessed with it! …Okay, well maybe a little.
Just a quick blerb: I got into the Cornell Student Blogging Project! This means that this blog will be neglected and will degrade, but I will still have random fun stuff that I will post every now and then. I knew I got in for a while now but today the new blog went up and have been fooling around with images, themes, ect. I will release the link once it launches in about late August or so. (If you are really tricky you could guess what my URL is, it isn’t surprising hah).
In other news, I made a cool lego creation during my break. I also put up little video of it on Google Video. It was my first time uploading a video for public viewing and it was rather easy but I was disappointed by the poor video quality. I will post something more about it later.
The second semester is now over and it has almost been a year since I came to Cornell University last summer. A lot has happened, so I felt like sharing some random thoughts I have about my experiences so far. Afterwards, I was surprised how much I could write about Cornell; I could have written a long post on every one of my random thoughts. Read on if you dare, I warn you it is very long.
I get a lot of emails at Cornell that I hardly ever bother to read. There are a lot of cool events going on all the time, but I very rarely ever go to one. But for this event someone personally asked me to go. I could not think of anything better to do that day other than work so I thought “Why not?” and decided to go.
The hike was in Robert H. Treman State Park, which is right near the better known Buttermilk Falls. It was a beautiful Hike and although I took some pictures that you can see in my Treman Park Photo Set, I couldn’t capture the scene very well. The sounds, the sunlight, the wind, and the atmosphere are all too difficult to describe, one has to actually experience it to properly understand. If you are curious about the area I suggest you also look at other people’s pictures of it on Flickr.
The Hike was for only my dorm, Mary Donlon, and best of all completely free. There were about fifteen people that went, most of who I did not know. After the Hike we had a nice barbecue (free of course) and hung out. I realized that there are a lot of cool and interesting people in my dorm that I haven’t even met; Mary Donlon does house near 500 students, it’s near impossible to know everyone. I really should have gone a trip like this earlier in the school year, but oh well, I still have plenty of time left in my college career to meet new people.
I got a nice digital camera in the fall and since then I have taken many pictures, mostly around Cornell. There is almost always something strange going on around campus so I thought it prudent to start carrying around my camera everywhere. At first I was often reluctant to take pictures as it would make people look at me and think, “Who is that weirdo taking bizarre pictures?” and sometimes people will wait for me to take a picture as if my picture taking is of extreme importance. But now I do not mind as much since many of my pictures were well worth the awkwardness endured.
I got a free flickr account to as to share my photos with the world, but a free flickr account will allow you to put up only so many pictures, so recently I sprung for the $25 to get a flickr pro account. I now have almost all of my photos up (the decent ones at least). There are also some pictures of my Lego creations up there. Please check out my pictures; I think some of them are actually quite good for an armature like myself. Oh, and if you also have a flickr account feel free to add me to your contacts. You can find my flickr photos here.
The snow did come. I woke up to about one foot of snow and the snow would continue for 10 more hours. Getting to class wasn’t actually that difficult; main paths were mostly cleared and the snow made it feel warmer than single digit temperatures. This was this first day I have had to wear my boots so far at Cornell; if I hadn’t, my feet would have gotten very wet and then frozen off. A surprisingly large number of people skied to class and managed it well.
My classes in the morning were at about 80% the usual attendance and things were going according to schedule when at 12:15 I was walking through Duffield and heard that the University was going to close soon. This gave me an excellent opportunity to go and take lots of pictures. I have them up on my flickr account and I plan to take more today. Overall, I was little affected by the snow. Roads and Paths were well maintained and the large dinning halls stayed open. Read more about it on the Chronicle Online. A fellow freshman Matt Hintsa also has some good photos of the snow yesterday.
Finaly looks like the first snow storm is on its way. I got an email through Cornell about the coming storm titled, “City of Ithaca Snow Emergency”
“In anticipation of a heavy snowfall as predicted by the National Weather Service, Mayor Carolyn K. Peterson declared a snow emergency effective 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 that will remain in effect until further notice.”
According to National Weather Service, tonight there will be 8-12 inches of snow, tomorrow there will be 12-16 inches, and on Wednesday, 4-6. All with temp lows in the single digits. It looks like I am in for a lot of fun and torment especially since tomorrow I have 6 classes to attend. I will post updates later, but until then you can enjoy the view from my room right now.