Friday, December 31, 2010

winter break #3 (gaming)

what has taken up a good chunk of my time these past two weeks? three little discs named final fantasy 13. i've been meaning to beat this game for a few months now (i actually started last april) and now seem liked the perfect time to invest time into it.

people usually give video games a hard time, but RPGs (role playing games) are very similar to books in the sense that you're having a story unravel, but with upgradeable characters. more engaging.

anyway, good game, sad ending, people die. would play again. in ten years.

time for a movie?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

winter break #2 (reading)

so, after watching the third Narnia film, i decided i wanted to read the series over Christmas break. granted, this is not the most stimulating material for a third year social science major to read, i feel like it is a classic and great for light LIGHT reading. besides, who wants to be reading naomi klein's 'the shock doctrine' after taking six classes [ecology anyone?]?

finished the first one a few days ago, hope to finish the second one soon.
i'll probably read these to my kids are something.

anyway, i'm gonna go play some video games...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

winter break #1 (eating)

okay okay, i realize KD is not quickly associated with typical Christmas eating, BUT i haven't been able to stick to my list of not eating garbage.
i just downed a whole box of the stuff (in two sittings. used to have one box all at once).
also, yesterday i made myself a platter of nachos.
they were delicious.

in my defense, it hasn't been all crap. i've been having omelet's in the morning.

anyway, back to eating...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

the totem pole of class importance.

so it seems every semester i subconsciously rank my classes in order of most important and interesting to least. over the course of the semester, the rank becomes more and more apparent as time devoted to readings and assignments is alloted. and yes, this semester has definitely been no different.
i have learned a great deal from every one of my classes this semester, so let's take a quick look over at each one and what i'm taking away
so now, in no particular order...

research methods - understanding terms for measures of central tendency, learning about threats to internal validity, analyzing research methodologies... all good things. has to be taught and learned about. i am walking away with a new appreciation for 'stats canada'.

intro to soc -intro classes are always a bit on the boring side. while they're great when trying to understand the discipline as a whole, they're lame in the sense that you do not get to dive deeper into each topic, but only skim the surface. soc was good; read an interesting and thought-stimulating book, read a few good articles... would take again.

ecology, technology, and culture - now this course, i'll be honest with you, i took mainly because i needed a science credit. BUT! i also wanted to be challenged and i wanted to learn new things on a topic i knew little about. i could have taken the easy way out and registered for computer usage, but i did the hard thing and took a course i knew little on. anyway, i learned a lot about nature and humankind's relationship with it. my definition for nature had been broadened and my scope of understanding to the outside world has been widened [did you notice that i just said the same thing twice?]. hard class, lots of reading, but overall worth the time.

self and society - i am walking away with a lot from this class. i find that most of my sociology class i end up walking away feeling more aware of the world and, in this case, my self. it would be hard to for me to sum up everything i learned for this course, but i think what i am taking away is a better understanding of the formation of the self and how that impacts personal development. i'll probably be reviewing my notes for months to come.

worldview studies - i have always been fascinating with belief systems. looking to history, we can see how what a person believes to be true can cause such division among people and destruction of property. looking objectively at my own tradition has been something that i have had to do in a number of my courses now, and this one has been no different. this class has been great in helping me understand the worldviews around me and look at them with a critical eye. i definitely walk away with a great respect and understanding for other belief systems.

men, women, and society - no course has challenged me or left a lasting impression on me in my whole time at Prov than this course right here. i'll write more on it later, but this course has taught me a lot regarding the use and abuse of gender in the past, in the workplace, in advertising, and in Christianity. i have a greater understanding of sexuality, reasoning behind using gender inclusive language [take note to my use of 'humankind'?], and the radical man Jesus Christ really was. if any class has shaped my view of life, this class has definitely been the one. i have publicly recommended it on numerous occasions and will probably continue to do so.

so i said these came in no particular order. that was a lie.
i love Providence and i love learning. i'm sad this is my last year, because there are so many more classes that i want to take!

feel free to talk about this with me, i love talking about what i'm learning. haha i think my one regret is not hanging out with anyone in my major...
anyway, on that note.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

one month bucket list?

goals for december:
1. do not eat garbage (food)
2. push-ups in the morning
3. read Narnia series.
4. clean up around house
5. do not get a head injury

the last saturday.

yesterday i woke up unusually late (1030) with the sun shining on my face. it was actually kind of annoying, but because it is such a rare occurrence it was actually kind of nice. nature's way of getting me up, i guess.
spending the morning and earlier afternoon taking down the christmas banquet, spending the afternoon actually studying for an exam, and spending the evening watching the new Narnia film.

best way to spend my final weekend here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

stranger in a strange land pt 2

yesterday, i spent the day in north dakota with sarah and hayley. we woke up before 7am, were on the road by around 730 and drove for a few hours south. our goal: find new (and hopefully cheap!) formal attire for the winter formal.
something i like to do when i go to the states is do things that are un-canadian, so with that in mind...

our first stop was in grand forks (population 51,216), where we had breakfast at denny's (just like in the commercials!). the food was good enough, but it was freezing. everyone was wearing their jackets. not impressed grand forks...
after breakfast, we left for target, which is basically like wal-mart, except less evil. i bought new socks.

after that, we left for fargo (population 95, 551), which is actually also somehow apart of minnesota. anyway, they had better shopping and indoor heating, which was a major plus. picked up a pokemon tshirt, some new plugs, and more socks.
after checking out another, smaller (lamer) mall, we left.
lesson learned: bring someone who knows the city and can show you around. it will save you on gas.

back in grand forks we had supper at place called 'space aliens', which is basically a chuckie cheeze that serves alcohol.

back at the border, i told customs i spent $40. which, okay, is a bit of stretch of the truth, but i'm not really down with paying more. i'm sorry workers of canada.
we arrived back at prov around 10pm.

so, all-in-all, day trips are fun, but staying the night is probably the thing to do. except not so much in fargo.

anyway, pce.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

social life committee.

steve, james, aylicia, kel, jon, lesley, spencer