Monday, 9 April 2007

A Birthday, An Answer, and A Break?

Well, it's the first day of spring break here for my school, and I am ready to do absolutely nothing! Sadly though, I won't. Sure enow, I have history honors. Basically, I will be writing seven to eight near one-page papers on seven to eight USA TODAY newspaper articles. Luckily, I only have seven to eight articles. It started at a good, healthy TWENTY-SEVEN articles. Then it kindly fell to twelve, and I was able to finish four and half of one already, so, now I only have seven >_> or eight left. I had the chance to go to the beach, and all sorts of other stuff, but sadly, my spring break is consisting solely of these bloody articles. More of that, "You see what I do for ye MIT!" stuff. I did get to enjoy my birthday so far though. So far, I got about $90, three shirts, a 2 GB memory card for my camera, and a 2 GB USB memory thing. Ahh, seventeen finally. I can legally drive anytime......yeah that's about it...hmm...well, there's only one and a half more years 'til college too. MIT seems to be playing games with me,

"The deadline to apply for freshman admission to MIT has passed for entry year 2007. The online application for entry year 2008 will be available in late summer."
Bah, I'm still kinda pulling for May 2 to see it come out, but I don't think I'll see that happening soon, so I'm posing a question to anyone from MIT to answer. When was the soonest you remember the online application being ready to fill in? Because as it is, I will most likely refresh every hour of every day starting on May 2 until it comes out. Arg. Now for an answer for MY FIRST RESPONDER [rofl, OK ya'll have to understand, I never thought anyone would care enow to read this] and they're from MIT too!!

Tuan writes:

"Hi there! I was reading the comments left on one of the MIT student blogs and I noticed that you found out about MIT through an anime. I sort of did too actually! Hahahahahaha. What a coincidence. The anime influenced me somewhat, and I ended applying to MIT during my senior year just because. Sort of like, "oh hey, let's just apply to MIT." I didn't even really intend to until two months before the application due date. And now, I'm a student here. Hahahahaha. Anyway, I just thought it was funny that you found out about MIT through an anime too. I hope you get in next year. If you have questions about anything concerning MIT, I'll be glad to answer them, or at least try to. Hahaha.

Btw, was the anime Gundam Seed?"
Actually I heard about MIT through the anime podcast known as The NinjaConsultants Podcast [linked to site on side]. Episode 22B was a discussion about some things at the AnimeBoston anime convention, and one of the hosts, Noah, discusses MIT, and some MIT anime club members for about five minutes from the 15th minute to the 20th. Even though it was five minutes, it really made me wonder about this awesome "MIT" that was referenced. I ended up searching for it, found the MIT/MIT Undergrad admissions site [the first version], and later ended up realizing that it was truly my perfect match. As for being exposed to MIT, I had actually been exposed early in my life. When I was younger, I used to watch a show called Tenchi Muyo! One of the characters was called Washu. Now Washu was one of these, not-so-evil, mad-scientist gals, and she was cool. Well after the show went into like its third or fourth spin-off, I didn't watch it as much and Cartoon Network soon dropped it. But on to the focus of this, Washu. Turns out, Washu [Reminder: Washu is a fictional character in an awesome anime] graduated from MIT when she was 11. Hmmm...if only.

As for the whole, "oh hey, let's just apply to MIT," all I can honestly say is O_O!!!!! I wish I could just go "Oh yeah, let's just do it for the fun of it," ROFL, I love your hmmm... spontaneousness [there could most likely be a better word here], but still, all I can say is WOW. Thanks for being my first response and for the well wishes on my road to Cambridge [mentioned in tonight's Jeopardy episode]. I wish everyone well, and my computer's still messing up. Hope I can post again soon. Jya' Ne.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Blessings From A Stranger, A Campus Tour, and Spanish MIT

Well guys, I just got back from my school's soccer game [we won! {bli bli bli, OK that's over}], and I decided to go ahead and finish the post from yesterday. OK, yesterday I forgot to tell ya'll this, but I received a stranger's blessing at the games Saturday from an awesome Ohio State fan. We were talking about a sign that I had been holding up during the game, and he said, "So you want to go there?" and I said, "Ohhhhh yeah." And for some random reason, he said, "Don't worry about it, I'm sure you'll get in." Then I go "O_O" and say thanks and bli on the inside. But enough about my wonderful well wishes from awesome OSU fans. Time for the real post. First, some pics I forgot to post yesterday though.
[Picture of me standing next to one of my other {less favorite} college choices]

[Zoomed picture of the court]

[Some Florida folk bringing in their team]

Now to the rest of my trip. Well, after all the fun at the Georgia Dome, my dad and I then went on to Georgia Tech [one of the colleges on my list, but MIT's still my number one]. Before we went on our way, we decided to walk around a bit, to simply enjoy the city, since we figured we wouldn't be back for a good long while. We saw some awesome sights, but my battery was dying. There was an awesome house near the place we walked, but I forgot to get a name or anything, nice looking though. We then passed what was some kind of art school, but I forgot to jot its name down.
[The nice house, actually in the city!]

[The man made out of men]

After we finally went off to Georgia Tech, we viewed the campus, and it was actually nicer than I had expected, even though I still like MIT better, I seriously think that I might consider Ga. Tech as a possible second or third choice. The campus is truly beautiful, and if you study by meditating in a peaceful, quiet place that's surrounded by nature in general, I seriously believe that this is a definite thing to consider here. We then went to the hotel, and took a good rest. The next day, however, was also awesome since Dad and I went to the huge mall at Lenox Square, and I got to go to my first ever APPLE STORE! We also ate at what is definitely one of the best food establishments in Atlanta.

But enow about the weekend, On To The NOW! As ya'll know, I'm now home, and at my good 'ole hard-headed constantly infuriating school. Ya'll also know, even from the last post, that I really, REALLY, REALLY want to go to MIT. Sure enow, guess what I found while I was searching through my Spanish II book. MIT! Right there near the middle of the book, like a sign! [pic is so included, I took like ten, lol] I guess all there is left is to wait until the admissions staff puts up the next application/MyMIT application. Well, night's falling so I'll post some quick pics, and send ye off. Jya Ne.

[Me next to a Georgia Tech sign, notice the poster {supposed to be pwns instead of rules}{Notice chalk message on sign(Written when I got there)}]

[A building with a funny sign, as seen below]

[Seriously, am I the only one who gets it? A French building?]

[Georgia Tech]

[Centennial Olympic Park, ya'll will soon learn I'm an uber Olympics fan]

[MIT!!! IN MY SPANISH BOOK!!! OH THE BLI'ING!!! {Reminder to self: Don't bli in Spanish class}]

Monday, 2 April 2007

A Trip To Atlanta, My First Subway, and the Picture Test

Well guys, I'm writing this post as I sit in my sleeping bag, watching The National Championship for college basketball [Division 1] on CBS. As I sit, it all comes to me that...I SO COULD'VE GONE TO THAT!!! But no, I decided to go to school, not like it's a big event or anything. Do ye see what I'm doing for ye MIT? Oh well, it's too late now. But as I was saying, my father and I both had tickets, but due to the fact that my school has not yet gotten out for spring break yet, I'd have to miss at most a full day of school to go. Now even though I was blessed enow to be able to go to the Final Four this weekend, and enjoy this wonderful view, I'm still a bit disappointed that I missed the final game. I guess it's good anyway since I can't really decide who I'm pulling for. Now that I've told ye where I was this weekend, I'll go ahead and tell ye a bit more about my weekend trip to Atlanta. Well we left right after my school's soccer game [7-5 2OT+PK shootout...we lost -_-'], and I immediately died right in Dad's car as we hit the road, we stopped at a nice hotel which overlooked the roof of a Waffle House [Dad wouldn't let me jump on the roof] for the night, and in the morning began the trip to Atlanta. Upon reaching Atlanta, we soon saw this, and knew we were in the right spot.
Well, after we enjoyed the view we then realized that we needed to get to the hotel, because driving in Atlanta? Please be serious. Well, we got to the hotel fine and even though there wasn't a Waffle House under it, we did have an awesome view of a brick wall with some windows in it [sorry, no pics, too beautiful for cameras *cough*]. It did have a kitchen however, which is AWESOME considering I've never actually seen a hotel room with what seemed to be rooms in it. Amazingly comfortable bed also, even though I slept on the floor most of the time. After the hotel fun was over we left the hotel and searched for a mysterious Hyatt hotel [the likes of which Dad kept pronouncing the Height Hotel, darn you Southern accent] which we were told had tons of awesome free Final Four stuff, needless to say we walked a good few miles, but never found this hotel. We then decided to go check out the fun over at Hoop City, which was indeed awesome. I made a sign [included in later photo], drank some nasty Enviga, and then enjoyed all the swag that came with the visit.
To get to all the fun though, since we were going to protect our environment by not driving the car, we decided to use the subway. Now for those who constantly ride the subway, have always ridden the subway, etc. you might not understand my feelings. The only thing I knew of subways were rats [which I saw four of], the Hey Arnold! episode where Arnold and the gang get stuck in the subway, and that they make awesome subs, no matter what the Quizno's commercials say. As for the ride, I immediately got a headache, but got over it, and ended up usually enjoying the experience except for the wait, the crowds, and the crazy people who could possibly blow up on me at anytime for "F#*$&%*# looking at them." Kinda like waiting in line at an amusement park for a corny ride. I did, however, notice a large number of awesome carving into the walls and ceilings of the subway concourse.

I was later scolded by a security lady for taking pictures. *Insert corny photo analogy here* She then didn't accept the given apology which miffed me off, but hey, life goes on, and there's thousands of security ladies in America, I'm sure. Well, needless to say, we went to the game, of which I took no pictures due to my quickly dying battery. Well, it's getting a bit late, Florida's won, and I'm tired, so I'll tell ya'll about the more serious yet still fun side of my trip tomorrow, or whenever I get the chance... Later.

Sunday, 1 April 2007

A Beginning Of Chaos

"Η περιέργεια είναι η αρχή της σοφίας" -- Greek proverb meaning "Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

Well, since this will be the first "official" post of my new blog, I figured I'd start off with the quote from the first school post that I made. Since I'm assuming that anyone, except for my one school blog post reader have no clue who I am, I'll go ahead and introduce myself. My name is Walt, Jason, Art, De Petagma Saru, or even MIT. Whichever ye want to call me, don't worry, I've been called worse. I'm a junior in high school this year and currently to say that my college plans are high hopes would be less than an understatement. As you can tell from the fifth name I listed, I'm HOPING to go to MIT. lol Not much of anything, right? Just average college plans, correct? -_-' Yeah, sarcasm bites doesn't it? Other things about me are that I'm from the South, enow south to probably be called a redneck, but nerdy enow in the south to not be called a redneck. I'm just your average Southern nerd looking to get into MIT that has a demon Toshiba laptop which works like crap. I don't want this blog to become much of a place where I go just to bli over things, but either way, I'm sure it'll be a bit entertaining either way. Enjoy, and until next post, Jya Ne.