.... The Messy Mind of J'rod: October 2009
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Update... October 2009

What I've learned so far...

If a person encodes new information into memory by looking at an advertisement with pictures, that person is using two separate parts of the brain to encode it. The picture stimulates a visual pathway, while the words on the ad stimulate a verbal pathway. We therefore learn better when more than one pathway is activated, so if you watch the news and listen to it, it is more memorable than just listening to it. A shanay is a type of ballet turn that apparently gets used a lot in West Side Story... that's right, I learned BALLET!!! Around 1.9 million years ago (not according to creationists) Homo erectus spread out of Africa. It was Eve's fault that man fell, but it was also Adam's, and Satan's, and God's... who hasn't contributed to the fall, Milton? A Midsummer Night's Dream tends to parody Romeo and Juliet at times, while West Side Story is a modern day Romeo and Juliet. The story of Narcissus in Ovid's Metamorphosis came up in my Shakespeare class during Titus Andronicus, my Milton class during our session of book 4 of Paradise Lost when Eve looks in the water and sees a beautiful image, and in my Psychology of Mass Media class... though I'm still trying to figure out why that was on the test. I'm waiting for it to come up in Archaeology.

I've learned a lot more than that, but at least it gives you a glimpse into this year's teachings.


Yes, yes... I'm 30. Thank you to everyone who participated in reminding me of that fact; at least I was well compensated with steaks, wine, dessert, movies, money, alcohol, brunch, cards, candy, sushi... I feel fat. Ha ha! I was pretty adamant about being low-key, and for the most part I got my wish. Most of my birthday was actually spent celebrating Brianne and Bryan's engagement. About friggin' time! I even got to see some friends I haven't seen in a good while.

Extra Curriculars

West Side Story is going well, though there is a heckofalot to learn -- even for someone like me, who has a relatively minor role. Not so minor, I suppose. I'm playing Chino the Puerto Rican, but unlike the movie version, I'm involved in all of the dances. At least I have the best scenes (I won't spoil it for you).

My guitar strummin' is going well. Got some new strings today, and they sound great. I love the twangy feel of new strings. I'm on a Beatles/Barenaked Ladies kick right now. I learned like, ten of each of their songs. As far as creation goes... meh. Not doing anything new. At least, not good stuff. I did learn a song on piano though; and I don't play piano. It's an easy one, you just have to keep at it. It's called "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice.

Work is slow and money is tight, but I've learned some crazy flair moves with the help of Zack Prohaska (ultimate world competitor champ chump superstar flair wizard guy). He has me doing a double shaker-tin + one bottle routine, plus I'm working on my 2 bottle + 1 tin juggling. Even I'm amazed at the stuff he's teaching me!!!

Apple

My Macbook is great (it'd better be... they replaced my 3-month-old one because it had a faulty part). But I'm rather upset with Apple for the way they treated me after the refit. You see, I purchased their new operating system called "Snow Leopard" for $35, because when I bought the Macbook in July-August, they hadn't come out with it yet. When I put the disk in, it wouldn't read. I tried a regular DVD, and it wouldn't read. This wasn't the first time I had that problem, so I called Applecare and they told me to take it in for a fix-up. They said they just had to replace the optical drive (where you put the CD), and after a week they called me up and said they had to give me a whole new computer. The problem was, when they gave me the new computer it already had Snow Leopard on it (by then it had become standard). So I thought, if my computer was going to break down anyway, and I hadn't purchased the disk, I still would have had Snow Leopard installed, and since I never got it on to the old computer I thought I'd just return it.

They wouldn't give me my money back, because they have a policy that states that opened software cannot be returned. But I had a unique case, where they messed up by selling me a faulty computer, and I was without it for a week. You think that they would accommodate me (a new customer) by reimbursing my measly $35 when clearly I never would have needed the disk anyway. But they wouldn't do it.

So I called Applecare, and they were very courteous. But they still said they wouldn't refund my money. The best they could do was give me a $35 coupon that I could use at the online store. Sound's fair right? But here's the kicker... I have to spend $120 before I can even use the coupon, and I have to spend it by December 31 of this year. WTF!?! I told the guy I'm pretty much set now, and have no intention of buying anything else for the next while, especially for $120. He said that he could extend it to March, but that was the absolute best he could do. I dunno. Apple can be so great, but in the end they're just like every other company.