Thursday, January 31, 2008
Im going to eat breakfast!!!! (song to my roommate)
Holding hands & we all shine on
the Aquarian Age propagandists
holding hands as they drop the bomb
Who the fuck do you think you are?
Stabbed in the back
Slipped through the cracks
Dated philosophy for New World Disorder
Free form blogging is fun. The song this is from "Aquarian Age Propaganda" is one of those subtle social revolution songs. I like it because I suppose it's what I do, though in my own unusual way, a kind of self stylized rebellion. I do basically whatever I want as long as it doesn't hurt other people I should be allowed such a right. This is where a normal social consciousness tries to oppress me. I believe it is morally reprehensible to stagnate a society by taking care of those who have no ability to contribute to that society. Taking care isn't the right word but it's close enough. I have these things in my head which I am forced to contain due to what can only be considered a tyrannical constraint. I figure this is a good point to point out that I'm a Political Science and Philosophy major, it's helps explain some of the balmy thoughts in my head. I bet that's not a way anyone's seen the word used before.
p.s. Tomorrow night is pack the the house nite for our games, lots of free stuff gets handed out, if u not into just watching the game, Just come for the free stuff!!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
P.S. We went to the north and came back 2-0!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
P.S. We had a game tonite vs Michigan Tech, and they have never lost on the their home floor, and were ranked 19th in the NATION, and well WE BEAT THEM!!!! Just in case you were all wondering how we did! :) Now hopefully we can go down to Lake Superior State and beat them too, and come back to Atown with 2 W's!!!
We're all followers. Mirroring each other everyday. Crazy.
ps. Racecar is the same forwards and is its backwards...like a mirror.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
For the watching assignment, I chose to watch people in the Rec Center. I sat in the lobby downstairs by the pool tables, and the ping pong tables. There were a lot of people playing basketball, and a lot of people working out. There were a few playing pool or ping pong, and there was a family there that was playing Wii. There were a small group of people scattered throughout the pool and hottub, and then some people alone just watching tv in different locations.
I am rather upset that I will be missing class this Thursday due to basketball. I will probably blog if there is computers that I will have access to on the road. I want to stay updated with what we are doing in class. Im sure it will be interesting.
p.s. if you guys think its cold here in Ashland, just imagine how cold I'm going to be in the Upper Pennisula in MICHIGAN!
Monday, January 21, 2008
It was about 3am in the morning when I decided to listen to events conspiring at the house. I heard people walking around above me in the hallway with music playing the whole while. Then someone stumbling in the front door and pounding/knocking on the first door and then yelling some nonsensical things. I heard the whirring of the computer room fan; I have no idea why it’s on in this frigid weather. Someone took a shower. A few more inebriated people came back laughing until someone yelled at them to shut up. Someone yelled repeatedly above me for no reason. Then they stomped on the floor for some reason.
I woke up this morning... partly because i was so groggy and partly because my roommate was gone for the weekend and i had nothing else to do, I decided to do the listening activity. As i sat on my bed I could hear cars going by Kem. Quickly at first but then slowing down as they approached the lights. I could hear cars driving through the Burger King drivethru. I heard the girls next door opening and closing their doors. The volume of their laughter increased and suddenly decreased as the doors closed. My friend was in my room working on an art project and i could hear him scraping away at the linoleum block breathing steadily in and out while concentrating on the piece. I could also hear the constant hum of my fan and the whistle that it made if something got stuck on the blades. It was actually quite calming.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I really enjoyed the first class and look forward to the class today!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
My excitement for this class cannot fit into a couple of sentences. I have this thing where i need to be the center of attention so acting has always been a favorite of mine... as good or bad as i may be.
Unlike most people i didnt sit in convo and watch people. Im one of those who eat and leave without hanging out. However i did come to class early to see how people interact on the first day of class. Slowly people wandered in, searching for familiar faces without appearing to eager or nervous. For a while it was just one other person and myself... the most awkward moment of the year thus far. We just sat trying not to make eye contact but see if we knew one another. Little by little more people came and did the same thing. Heads down. Eyes on their shoes. Then acquaintances and friends would join their peers and would leave a sad few by themselves. It was funny how the ones left kinda formed an instant friendship. Anyway, im getting to detailed. First day survival skills are a must.
For my observation, I sat in the lobby of my dorm. I chose right around dinner to sit there because I knew there would be a lot of traffic in and out of the front door. For some reason I noticed that coats by the North Face were popular and frequent. People came inside in groups more than they did individually. Most were going to and from Convo.
As far as the assignment I decided to sit in Tuffy's Bar and observe the people down on the athletic courts. It was interesting just to watch everyone on the basketball courts. You could tell those people who were just shooting around for fun and not keeping score, and then you could tell those people who were actually playing a game. Those who were playing a serious game tended to be sweating and out of breath more than those just playing for fun. I found that when it comes to watching people that you can easily tell the intent that they have on the basketball court just by observing them for a few minutes.
For the ten minute observation I sat in convo. I noticed many different emotions and body language with each person that I watched. Some people seemed to be there only to eat and leave while others used it as a time to socialize. The people who just wanted to eat seemed quiet and focused on their food and ignored others around them. Other people who were socializing and eating were talking with the people at their table, laughing, and moving around in their chairs. They also seemed to ignore the behaviors of other people around them because their attention was focused on the people that they were sitting with. Observing different people in the same setting can tell you a lot about them!
Last night i sat in convo and watched a group of girls eating dinner and talking. They were very animated and loud. They laughed with their entire body and gestured vigorously when they talked. I realized that i could identify the general topic of the conversation whether it was funny or serious by watching facial expressions and body language.
As for the assignment, I wandered aimlessly (which was still fun hah) around Walmart for awhile. It was interesting to see, of the people that 'look up' while walking, they still seem oblivious to you, and the rest are looking down...and, yeah, they're oblivious too. Maybe its just to typical that we ignonre the lives and backgrounds of everyone around us unless something drastic is occurring on one side or another. hmmm
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
For the first assignment I watched my classmates in my adolescent psychology class. Since it was the first class only a few people had their books. This showed me that they were on top of things and that the other people were just waiting to see if they really needed the book or not. Then as the class went on there were a lot of people txting and even some guy was reading a book and he wasn’t even in the back of the class he was in the front row. A few other people looked as if they were listening to every word that the prof was saying and it seemed as though those were the people she kept looking at when she was talking. Then there were people that were sleeping while she was talking. Then when it was time to take notes hardly anyone had a notebook, so they were scrambling around trying to find paper to take notes on.
For my observation, I watched people while I waited in a line at Walmart. I always find it interesting to observe people's facial expressions and body language. People are more likely to react nonverbally to a given situation than they are to actually speak up about it. So as the line in Walmart grew, and the cashier moved slower with each customer, it was interesting to view how people's expressions quickly changed from simple disinterest to clear annoyance.
I was at work and I was observing everything that everyone does, I work at East of Chicago and its interesting to watch people while they make pizza. People are washing dishes, eating, making pizzas and subs. The manager was training a new employee and the new employee continued to shake his head as if he really understood what he was learning. There is a lot of goofing off due to the fact of a slow night. The job is repititious in the sense that you do the same thing every night.
Anyways, for the assignment I went and sat in the Rec Center on the downstairs stretching area cubbies. I'm kind of used to what I saw since I work there and see it all the time. I noticed that there were several kinds of people down there. Some were with friends and seemed like it was time to socialize and release stress becuase of their carefree and talkitive actions. Others listened to headphones, did not socialize, and seemed there were there for a purpose driven reason. For the short amount of time that I was there you could tell alot about why the person was there and what they wanted to get done. Sometimes you could tell how they were feeling by their demenor about the workout. Like someone who is sad or mad might put in extra intensity and not be looking around, others were happy, talkitive, and curious about those surrounding them. It was nice to sit back and observe people that I might not have otherwise.
Assignment: For about 10 min, I sat in convo and just observed my surroundings, as if i wern't even there. I was sitting at the Track/XC table which is located beside the windows in the back. As I took a gander around the room, there were many lips/mouths moving which appeared to me a number of coversations all going on in the same moment of time. It was kind of interesting looking at the many people, whom may not realize me looking at them or knew i was there, or even knew I exist.