August 26, 2009

Adventures of the Bed (not like that!)

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 11:30 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Stupid plastic mattress!

Stupid plastic mattress!

Today I learned that my bed does indeed come apart. I learned this when I was flipping it upside down and it nearly came apart ON MY FACE!!! It’s in pieces, now, and my mattress is on the floor, and I have a little cubby in the corner. OMG, I COULD MAKE A FORT!!! I think my life just morphed into an MLIA entry. 🙂 There are definitely worse things.

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August 25, 2009

Silly brother

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 11:17 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Mine's charcoal-colored, but it's similar.

Mine's charcoal-colored, but it's similar.

Today my brother indicated that he didn’t think I knew my way around a car. The inside of a car. Oh dear.

August 24, 2009

But I’m Hungry!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:21 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Not what I ate, but yeah.

Not what I ate, but yeah.

I learned today that going to the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. and expecting to eat in a timely fashion is just a ludicrous idea.

August 23, 2009

My Skeleton Hates Me

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 11:43 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Red=pain.  Ouchy!

Red=pain. Ouchy!

I didn’t technically learn this today, but this evening it was reinforced with a vengeance. When you pop or rotate your hips out of place, they don’t go back easily or quickly, and you can’t get comfortable for longer than thirty-seven-point-two seconds, not even to save your life. Stupid hips.

Edit: I also learned today that apparently I didn’t add a lesson for yesterday. Hmmm, that’s odd. I’ll see what I can do about that.

August 22, 2009

Of Whites And Whales (supposed to be from 08/22 – my bad!)

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:48 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

It's my peeps, yo!  ...kind of.

It's my peeps, yo! ...kind of.

Today (or rather, yesterday) I learned that there is a Pentecostal church in Warrensburg that consists almost entirely of black or half-black people. It was delightful. I saw two white people and one Chinese man. Good times, not being in the minority… with the minority.

I also saw a show on National Geographic about an exploding whale in Taiwan. It was yucky, and I’ll spare you the details and pics. You’re welcome, Margot. 😉

August 21, 2009

Ph.D. doesn’t *necessarily* mean “Phinally I’m an aDult”

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 8:35 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

We're grown-ups... right?

We're grown-ups... right?

Today I learned that even people with Ph.D.s are not always mature. I am looking for professors to work with here at UCM, and I am told that, although they are all good professors, some of them have some silly hang-ups. Now, I am not opposed to silly hang-ups, but it just seems so… high school. I guess I’ve always kind of placed my professors on a pedestal, and learning that they’re (very) human isn’t exactly surprising, but some of the things I was told don’t fill me with supreme confidence.

On the other hand, I got all this information from one professor, who undoubtedly has his short-comings as well. I have always been of the mindset that I want to find out for myself because people have biases or experiences which may differ from mine. I hate to say that I want my professors to be wrong, but about this… I don’t want to find out that my professors let petty issues interfere with the professional advancements possible. Life’s too short to get hung-up on nothings.

But we’ll see.

August 20, 2009

Muggle Quidditch

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:36 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Snitch=/=person

Snitch=/=person

I learned today that there is an adaptation of Quidditch made for ground play among muggles. Check it out here. This is way too entertaining to skip. Go about three-quarters of the way down the page and read the heading “Muggle Quidditch”. Here’s an excerpt:

While the Snitch is a magical object within the canon of the Harry Potter novels, in Muggle Quidditch the Snitch is most often a sort of neutral player, usually dressed in all yellow. The Snitch, after release, is usually allowed to roam an area beyond the playing field. When played on a college campus the range is often the entire campus.

This person apparently dresses entirely in yellow and does anything they can to avoid being caught by the Seekers. OMG, this is, like, the best!

August 19, 2009

Correcting a professor

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 11:46 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Don't hurt me!

Don't hurt me!

Apparently it is okay to correct a professor you’ve never met. I found a mistake in a professor’s vita, and I wasn’t sure if I should tell him. My other professors said that they would want to know if it was theirs, and I said yes, I would too, but I’m not sure if I would want it to be an upstart grad student to be the one to point out my error. But oh well, I guess it’s okay.

Edit: Here’s the e-mail response I got: “Jayne, that is indeed a typo. I’m impressed both that you found it and that you were actually looking at my vita! Thanks for letting me know. Let’s chat about your research interests sometime soon. See you in class tonight.” I win!

August 18, 2009

Recent Lessons

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 11:18 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Doh!Here are a few HUGE lessons I’ve learned over the last few weeks:
-I can indeed live without Facebook for a week or more (actually already knew this)
-When your computer AC adapter dies and then suddenly works again, don’t waste the interim time playing online and listening to music. It will inevitably not work again.
-Doing an occasional happy-dance in your college dorm room as a twenty-two-year-old graduate student is definitely okay.
-Knowing the definition of insanity (continually engaging in the same action and expecting a different result) does not necessarily prevent one from fulfilling that definition, even if only temporarily.
-Showing up late to the first class of your graduate career makes you feel like a total idiot, especially when the professor of said class is your adviser, who hugged you the day before upon seeing you again. Doh!
-Moving into the dorm is much faster when half a dozen football players help unload your car and carry things up two flights of stairs. (Where were they when I was packing my house? And I’m glad I moved the tampons out of the top of the open box!)
-Trying to move out of a place by a certain time of day rarely happens as you would expect.
-Living so far away from the cafeterias makes one disinclined to trek over there to eat three times a day.
-Comparing Truman to UCM will probably not make me happy at this point in time.
-Lit review! *is scared*
-Taking naps during the day will not allow me to go to bed at a normal time, keeping me from getting up as early as I would like.

I know this is a cop-out list of things I’ve learned recently, but there you go. One for every day I missed because my computer died. Let’s try again tomorrow, shall we?

Astroturf; or What Is That In My Shorts?

Posted in Submissions tagged , at 10:55 PM by ilearnsomethingnew

Submitted by cdean, 08/17/09

Mmmm, grass!Today I learned that if one lays down on an Astro turf covered football field after a rainstorm, one will be brushing tiny plastic green flakes off of one’s entire body for quite awhile. And those plastic grass blades sure can migrate….

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