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IMPORTANT QUESTION!

Hello everyone! 
I'm still on my hiatus, but I have a very important question to ask you all! 

I'm currently writing an essay on Livejournal, and how it effects me and society as a whole, if that makes any sense? The idea that I'm trying to venture into and talk about is Livejournal's anonymous community setting. It's actually a really interesting dynamic to look into, mainly because we all know each other relatively well at this point because we've read each others' entries, and kept up with each other for a very long time. I could say that some of the people who've read this blog know a TON more about me then any of my real life friends! But at the same time, most of us have never met face to face, and we're almost always talking behind just our usernames. 

So here are some questions I want to ask of you all: 
  1. Why are you on Livejournal? 
  2. Before livejournal, did you ever do any other type of journaling?
  3. Would you consider your Livejournal to be a journal or a blog? 
  4. What has your experience been like on this site? How does it parallel real life?
  5. Compared to other social media sites, how safe do you feel divulging personal information here? 
  6. A follow up to the last question: do you think this sense of security is harmful in anyway?
If you can answer any of these questions, that would be fantastic! I would really appreciate it! And of course, I will cite you in my works cited (just let me know if you want your username or real name or anonymous or whatever!) 

As for other news:
I think I will be on hiatus til the end of this week. Mainly because I have two more HUGE tests, and an essay to write, and computer homework stuff... and a German essay to write. (Ick.) But I'll be back! <3

I hope everyone's having a marvelous week! <3 
Butterflies and Hurricanes

Wikipeda

Originally posted by mountain_hiker at Wikipeda
Please share and reshare all over the social networks! Encourage Wikipedia to go dark next week!

Wikipedia Blackout: Urge Wikipedia To Protest Censorship
Quick request: Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, the Internet censorship bills.

It'd be huge news, jar rank-and-file Internet users out of complacency, and serve as a turning point in the effort to beat these bills.

Several sites are considering going dark next week -- Reddit's already pledged to do so, but to have the impact it'll take to kill SOPA and PIPA, we need much broader support. A blackout by Wikipedia could be what finally kills these bills.

Will sign you on at right to urge Wikipedia to go on strike to protest censorship? (You'll also generate an email to your lawmakers, with the language at right.)
PETITION TO WIKIPEDIA: We encourage Wikipedia to "go dark" to proest the Internet censorship bills pending before Congress. Millions of Americans would take notice, and it could be what finally turns the corner in the fight against SOPA and PIPA.
Please sign at right to urge Wikipedia to go dark, and to generate an anti-SOPA/PIPA letter to your lawmakers.


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Monthly Music Post

November was all about going home finally. I got past the homesick phase. I was way past the "THANK GOD I'M OUT OF NH" phase months ago. This month was dedicated to that four hour drive up to NH. My family isn't the Thanksgiving type. We don't do it. So, this mix isn't going to be about that. It will however be cheesy driving songs, that get will probably make your week much more happy! (and may give you a flashback to the 80's!)
And without further ado: let the fist pumping and cheesy air guitar solos begin!
... You've been warned!

November 2011

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Dalmatians

Ultra Cheesy Biscuit Balls

Alright, so this is most definitely a first for me, BUT I am going to share a recipe! (Woo!)

I call them *Ultra* Cheesy Biscuit Balls.

So, ephemeralize posted a recipe today for Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Although her recipe came from a VERY different source than you'd probably imagine, they turned out ridiculously scrumptious! I guess I'll continue this under a cut:
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Anyway, I hope you guys try it, and like it! :)
And if I find any other recipes that I may have tweaked or just really liked, I will definitely do this again! (It was actually kind of fun to write up! :D
Little Mermaid

Monthly Music Post

So this October just wasn't very Halloween-y for me. It just didn't feel right at all, and frankly I'm okay with this, because I knew I couldn't do anything for Halloween, because I had to study for midterms.
And I know better than to look forward to celebrating something, even though I know I really shouldn't and won't be able to.
So without further ado, I give you the songs I've been digging in the month of October. None of which are really Halloween-ish.
October 2011

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20 Things I'll do before I'm 20.

So you know that moment where you get a HORRIFIC- and I do mean HORRIFIC in capital letters- reality check?
Like... when you realize you're only a teenager for another 2 months?
Yeah.
Yeah.
Well. That happened.

So I've decided.
I want to do these 20 things before I'm 20.None of which will mean: finding the right man (ack), falling in love (ack), dating a hot boy (ack), or anything that just seems improbable. I wasn't much a teenager, nor do I think I ever would have been one, but I want to be able to say I did do some usual teen things before I'm no longer a teenager. (And maybe some unusual ones too.) 
  1. Watch all of John Hugh's 80's teen movies in one weekend. (Four movies. Three days? I could do this. Easily.)
  2. Deactivate my Facebook for maybe a good week, and do something really productive. Like, read a good book.
  3. Finish Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- the whole series!
  4. Talk to people more on Skype-- specifically my Twinnie.
  5. Go to a college party and actually stay for more than five minutes.
  6. Actually grow out my nails?
  7. Eat a whole batch of cookies-- and I do mean WHOLE. ALL 24 cookies.
  8. Create a new playlist that would include all the songs if a movie were made about you. Yes.
  9. Beat my brother at MarioKart.
  10. Get a new phone that actually works.
  11. Create a new tumblr that does not have excessive amounts of Matt Smith pictures and ridiculous things.
  12. Watch Winnie the Pooh- the new one.
  13. A proper all-nighter.
  14. Actually look up what it would take to be a pastafarian.
  15. Walk into Victoria's Secret and not be awkwarded out. (Well. This may be a tad improbable... but not really.)
  16. Register to vote in NY. 
  17. Actually do something picture worthy but stupid. Like go to a store and wear ridiculous outfits and be a gangsta or something.
  18. Buy a denim mini skirt. A proper one.
  19. Do karaoke and make fun of people.
  20. Actually learn how to draw something. Anything. Just something that doesn't look like a stick person.
So, will I be able to do this? Maybe. Possibly. Probably not.
Well..
We'll see.
Ah. 20. That is a TERRIFYING number.

Dalmatians

Monthly Music Post!


September 2011
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I don't know if I'm going to actually keep doing this or not. I wanted to since I love listening to music, and I always like sharing new bands with people... so I'll see how this goes. I don't know how to do zips and stuff, and uploading the songs individually was kind of a bitch... so until I figure that stuff out, I'll stick with doing youtube links!


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Woo!

I've succesfully survived the first two weeks of sophomore year-- of college? Whoa, time goes fast.
Unfortunately, it seems that the internet problem in my room, from last year, is still there. Which sucks when you're trying to update your livejournal. :(
BUT!
I got a wire-- a fourteen foot purple ethernet wire! So I'll definitely try to post once a week!
Moving on....

Classes are going great- I've made some academic changes and am taking a lot more classes that I acutally enjoy.
For starters, on the very first day of classes I changed my major, rather declared my major actually. Last year I was an AOI in Biomedical Engineering-- which is essentially "let's make you take an insane amount of math and science classes, and watch you fail, and the shatter your dreams" kind of undeclared. Obviously, I didn't really like the route that I was on and decided that it wasn't for me. I didn't want to spend four years doing a program that I wasn't even too intereted in and not take those fun interesting weird classes you're supposed to take when you're in college.
So I ended up decideding to become a Biology major, with a double minor in both Bioengineering and German. It was a compromise because I do find BME interesting. But I don't want to spend four years just studying that and not studying Physics and calculus all day long. It just wasn't me. So I get the best out of everything. I loved biology, and I'm going to be a bio major, which I think is super exciting. I love love love being a German minor, but I'll get into that in a bit. And Bioengineering is the PERFECT minor for me.
I think to explain this better, I should explain what classes I'm currently taking.
(I guess I'll start in alphabetical order?)
  1. BME 100- Introduction to Biomedical Engineering.
    What I like about it: SUPER FASCINATING CLASS. This is the reason why I wanted to do BME, the major, at first. It's such an interesting field, and there's so many things to learn and understand! This class is essentially any intro to whatever topic... on crack. Meaning, take AP Psych for example. It would be like taking every topic in Psych, going into insane detail, getting tested every class, and somehow being able to do this in one semester. But it's so worth it. It's a mix of Bio, medical stuff, history, physics, engineering, and math. And although this doesn't sound like a lot of fun, the class is just so interesting that the insane amount of work you have to do for it is nothing compared to how much I know I will love this class.
    What I don't like about it: The people. I dont mind the work or anything, but give me a class with a group of people who are not all striving to be number one. If there's anything I hate, it's competitiveness. I feel like it's completely unnecessary in this field, since a lot of this will be working TOGETHER in the future. And if you act nicely now, then when will you? Also: most of this class is freshmen. 'Nuff said.
  2. CHE 133- Introductory Chem Lab
    What I like about it: It'll be my blow off class. I'm telling you now. Also, I would have taken this earlier had I not been a AOI student, but Stony Brook likes to screw people over. Bastards.
    What I don't like about it: The lectures are boring. The labs look simple enough- especially since most of them will take like an hour at most to do, and yet we have to stay for three hours.
  3. GER 211- Second Level German
    Oh German, let me count the ways I love you. This is second level German, so it is super easy. And I  probably won't have to work very hard for that A, but I will forever love going to this class. It has a very good professor, and the students in the class are nice enough. I talked to the professor, and starting next semester, I may be a TA for the first level German class. I also got an on campus "job" as a German tutor, which is essentially like a whole semester long test drive for whether I'll be a good TA. I hope I do well! :)
  4. HUM 121- Death and Afterlife in Literature
    This class is great! Lots of reading, and it's surprisingly not a depressing class. The professor is amazing. He's a new professor this semester, but he really has a good personality. He's fresh out of Africa and he is fluent in French, so he has this really cool African French accent, and he's such a jolly guy. Like if you weren't listening to what he was saying, you'd think he was talking about Christmas or something. But apart from that, the material-- so far, is quite interesting. We're reading a lot of different genres, like nonfiction to fiction, philosophical pieces to scientific articles. And what I'm enjoyin most oabout this class is that it isn't purely about the books or articles we're reading. He brings in his own thoughts and ideas into the lecture. Sometimes he even brings up random things like paintings and pairs them with what we're reading, so that we analyze the paintings in contrast to what we read.
    Also? No final for this class. AWESOME.
  5. PHY 126- Classical Physics B
    It's Physics. I don't like it. But it's the last part.
As you've noticed, no math classes. (YAY!) And no doubling up on sciences. Well, Chem lab doesn't count.
Overall , this semester? Happy me! (So far!) Let's see how far I go. :D