Saturday, 26 January 2008


Well, as promised, I have indeed compiled a list of my Top Ten YouTube videos of last year. Now I know that some are older than last year, but if I saw them last year, then they're considered. Simple as that. One main thing that was required, I had to find them through my own search, someone personally showing me, or some other form of viral method. To me, this does NOT count blogs. This means many of the videos seen on Snively's and other's blogs weren't considered unless they had been introduced at some time in any other method to me. They were ranked on lots of things, but it all came down to my own opinions. So, without further ado [sp.?], I give you, my Top Ten.

10. Chris Crocker's Classic, "LEAVE BRINEY ALONE!" [LANGUAGE WARNING]
Ahh, what can I say about Monsieur Crocker. Honestly, I could say a lot, but I'm not going to. I don't like him. period. He's...ugh...I guess it's like Grandma used to say, "If ye can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." So I'm shutting up, and just saying that this was a I guess ye could call popular video, but not popular like the good popular, more like the, "Ohhh, that's the guy who kicked Oprah," popular. [No, no one's kicked Oprah to my knowledge, but wouldn't we all know who did it and dislike them intensely for it if someone had?] It's been placed in movies, had spoofs coming out of the bum, and the rest of Monsieur Crocker's vids are also pretty insane. Oh well, He gets a 10 from me for his own doofiness.
Sigh. No, I have never played WoW, but I've heard that it's fun...If ye like MMORPGs, which are OK I guess. The sheer randomness of this is hilarious, and it has given rise to the catchphrase of "Leeroy Jenkins" to people everywhere. It's been on Jeopardy, and on Snively's Blog. A true classic.
8. Nutrigrain Ad
After watching this, I and many people at my school had only one thing to say. "I feel great." One of the greatest things about this video is the hilarious looks on the ladies face. Seriously she looks crazy, and the stuff that the people say is great. It's been remade with other people, my classmates and I, and even Naruto, and is still awesome.
7. The Stick Figures on Crack Trilogy [1, 1's remake, 2, & 3] [LANGUAGE WARNING on 3]
Coming in at number seven is probably one of the stupidest, most random, insane, and crazy videos that includes stick figure slapstick. [and that's saying something] Each has it's good parts, and it's bad parts, and it's WTF!? parts, but that's what makes it fun. There's a whole story behind PivotMasterDX, the creator of these videos, but I don't feel like telling it to you, but if ye want to find out about it, just YouTube search his name, and enjoy the drama. Ahh, the random, it's almost like eating too much cake. Cake is amazing, but too much makes you ugh. Enjoy.
6. Miss Teen South Carolina
Alas, I had to. I hate that she had to completely and utterly humiliate herself, but it was a definite "viral video." She did get a chance to redeem herself, but still kinda went roundabout. I just think she's a bit camera shy, and it comes out whoosh. She makes me want to make a "Leave Miss Teen South Carolina Alone!" video. She really seems nice, and I'm pretty sure everyone can agree she's not a ditz. It was just nerves. Oh well, it was also made into an admittedly funny spoof. Oh well, *raises glass of Welch's Sparkling Red Grape Juice* Cheers to you, Ms. South Carolina.
5. Spiders On Drugs [LANGUAGE WARNING {only two words near the end though}] [Also not good for arachnophobia sufferers]

What more can you say? I saw this early in 2007, and it's stuck with me throughout the year. Very nicely made, and actually looks like a real somewhat documentary. And if that's what happens in spiders, just imagine what it does to humans.
4. Kiwi!

No language, nothing bad, just a Kiwi bird. From what I hear about MIT, this might be how it is, but even if it is, I wouldn't care. Ahh, I love the Kiwi, it's just so [forgive me if this sounds odd] admittedly cute. How could you not like kiwi birds? A good watch from beginning to end, and a five star. Tell your friends of Kiwi! Wish I could give him a higher rating.
3. The Evolution Of Dance

My views on evolution may be meh, but my views on the Evolution of Dance are seriously something. I mean, the guy can dance, and being the most watched video on YouTube of all things, is DEFINITELY saying something. I mean, an average of 6-7 average human life spans have been wasted watching just this video? Oh yeah, that's something.
2. Dramatic Prairie Dog

The best five seconds on YouTube. period. Also, it was once a gift on Facebook. Very nice accomplishment.

1. Zombie Kid Likes Turtles

This is the best thing to cheer someone up. He's just so obliviously random that it's awesome. He gets brownie points for life for this.
Now, I also have some HM's, and some that were purposely left out, so I'll put them in an update later, cause I'm tired now. Jya' Ne, and enjoy.

P.S. Watch my politics blog, will have some more pics from a different event up soon, will be spotlighting the candidate of the week, my "dirty little secret," and will be giving some awards.

Saturday, 19 January 2008

That's MIT[T] With Two T's

Ahhh, well, in the spirit of the recent primary in my state, I figured I'd share with ya'll an experience that I had recently. Since good ole' South Carolina had their Republican, we had a lot of candidates coming through the states bli'ing and blahing about what they think and why we should vote for them. It's been a ride, in more ways than one, and I've been able to learn more now than I ever have about candidates. Even though I won't be able to go to the Democratic Debate in Myrtle Beach because I only have one ticket and dad said that he'd be taking it [BLAST!], I'm cool, it's fine, and I'll just stick to the internet for my information and I'll be able to watch it on CNN. [HE GETS TO GO TO THE BIG PARTY AFTERWARDS THOUGH!] Bah.

Well, I've rambled a bit [As usual, right?] but let me tell ye about my experience. I constantly look at the candidates' websites to see if they'll be in my areas so that I can go listen, talk, and see if I can get an autograph. Most came during school, so I was pretty well SOL for them, but luckily one candidate did show during an acceptable time at a place about 30 to 45 minutes away. So, I jumped in the car with dad, and we headed off to see.....Mitt Romney! As for the amount of people, it wasn't that big of a deal, but it was awesome because I snagged untold amounts of signs [I'll explain the importance of this later], two autographs, and pictures. He was interesting too, and all-in-all, I think that it was good. If you hear that a candidate is coming to your area, I really recommend that you go, because somehow, seeing them in person is different than seeing them on TV or YouTube.

One part that I enjoyed was the accidental MIT/Mitt references that I got all that day from people there who accidentally forgot that Monsieur Romney spells his name with two T's. Now I knew most people realised that it was just a coincidence, but some honestly thought my MIT hoodie was really something for the Romney campaign. [I brought them to the side to ask for sure, to give them the benifit of the doubt]. My favourite quote came from one of the ladies who was working for the Romney campaign in the area.
[To my dad] Well I was going to give him a Mitt sticker, but he already has a Mitt/MIT hoodie.
[To me] Where did you get that nice hoodie?
Aye, after talking to her and telling her that it was for the college I wanted to go to, she wiped her face, admitted that she thought that it was some kind of campaign and "actually wondered what the seal and colour was for." She wasn't alone though, so it was cool, and I had planned on taping another "T" just for the devil of it before going, but forgot the tape at home. Well, that's enough for now I guess, I'll post some pictures and be off.

Also, in the next post:
My top 10 YouTube Videos

Enjoy and Jya' Ne.

Not that big a crowd
[It wasn't Romney country, he got trounced]
[Ok, there's so a story to this guy, but I'm still miffed at him so I'm not gonna tell it]
[So many kids who could care less]
[Monsieur Romney and his grandson]
[Yup, he can talk]
[-_-' Dad can't take pictures with my camera for anything]
[Dude behind me was evil! No, not Romney, the bodyguard whatnot behind him]
[*Batman theme* THE MITT MOBILE]

Thursday, 17 January 2008

The Politics Roo [A bit of how I feel]

So, Aloha!

First of all, This post does include certain opinions that are maybe patriotic and if ye're already as sick of the election blah as most, don't read. Secondly, I haven't blogged much this year, so I figured I'd open with something I was shown this summer, The Geek Hierarchy.
[Click to see it completely]

Hmmm, but to regular viewers of my blog, ye've noticed the lovely little roo up at the top of my blog. It looks like the GOP Elephant and the Dem Donkey, I know, and it is indeed there to symbolise my avid interest in the obvious election this year. Being my first year, I'm pumped to vote, and with my ability to look up people, ask unknown people random questions, and question people I know on what they think, I'm ready to be an educated voter [even though it's a love/hate relationship, and I end up angry with the electoral college because Oh wait, I'll save that for my other blog]. Also, being the critical skeptic I am, I tend to look at things pretty closely and try my best to remain observant, understanding, and open-minded. So, I started a politics blog. [Also to anyone wondering, I'm Independent, will stay that way, and will not post who I vote for on this blog {maybe the other, but I'm not entirely sure} EVER].

But now for the roo. Why isn't it the stereotypical red and blue? Why is it a roo? And most of all, why the heck does it have a hurricane symbol on it's belly? Well for the first question, it is not bright red or bright blue. It is a maroon and teal colour, and it has a reason for this. I chose the maroon to symbolise the blood shed by our soldiers and veterans. It also is there for power, to represent that I'm wanting the leaders who will allow our nation to remain/become strong. The teal represents my beliefs for the nation, and since teal is a mixture of blue and green, my opinions on the environment. The white stripe in the middle is to represent unity, purity, how we all should attempt to come together for the good of man and all that blah blah blah [i do actually care about all that blah, blah, blah, it's just I'm probably losing you and blahing is easier than finding a vid of a dancing monkey to explain this]. The stars, merely patriotic stuff, and also a representation of my love for astronomy.

Now for question two. The roo. Why? Well, roos rock. Also, there's a story that made me consider the roo.
Mascot: The Beaver

MIT's mascot is the beaver - nature's engineer.

In 1913, a group of MIT alumni came together to brainstorm ideas for a sentimental mascot for the Institute. On January 14, 1914, the group formally presented the beaver mascot to MIT's President, Richard Maclaurin. This is what Lester Gardner 1897, chairman of the group, reported:

We first thought of the kangaroo, which like Tech goes forward by leaps and bounds and like you comes from Australia. Then we considered the elephant. He is wise, patient, strong, hard working and like all men who graduate from Tech [MIT], has a good tough hide.
But neither of these were American animals. We turned to Mr. Hornaday's book on the Animals of North America and instantly chose the Beaver. As you will see the Beaver not only typifies the Tech man but his habits are peculiarly our own. Mr. Hornaday say, "Of all the animals of the world, the beaver is noted for his engineering and mechanical skill and habits of industry. His habits are nocturnal, he does his best work in the dark."

The beaver has since been named TIM. TIM frequently will appear at important MIT events, posing for pictures and generally providing joy and mirth to all those who see him.

So, elephants have so been done before, and beavers [tasty though they may be{long story}] would be going to far into my lovable MIT obsession. So, loving the awesome nature of most Aussies, I chose the roo. For the reasons listed above as well.

Now, the hurricane. It's actually supposed to be a galaxy, but a simple picture of a galaxy that'd be quick enough to superimpose on a roos hide was hard to find. So it ends up symbolising my love for science as well as my Southern heritage.

But what's going on now, you ask? Well, MIT did their early admit telethon today which has me a tad down because it was kind of like someone saying not yet, and then hitting me with the world's largest wet noodle. But it was a bit worse than that because I'm not sure if the noodler was saying not yet or no. We'll all find out in March though, and I'm about to go insane. Also, school work. We have lots of it, see?
That's a comparison of the book we read and the work we have a week to accomplish. Also, no school on Monday, which rox, but still no ice or snow stickage as the thermometer tempts me like a stranger with candy or electronic goods. Also, though I'm bli'ing like a rabbit's nose in a paint shaker about the upcoming decisions for MIT, I'm also going crazy over the recent Apple Keynote from the awesome Steve Jobs [AND THE TOY STORY GUY AT THE END]! Three groups, companies, non-individuals [meaning one person here] that I support fully: MIT, Nintendo, and Apple. Apple released the announcement for its brand new laptop the other day, and it is AWESOME! The Macbook Air.
I would list everything awesome about it, but I'm tired, so I'll leave that to ya'll. Also, the next post may contain a rant, and I'm gonna ask a question for the heck of it. Are YOU ready for the presidential election, or just ready for it to be over? Also, what would your political animal be/look like? Have fun, and Jya' Ne.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

A Look To the Past, Present(s), and Future


Well, as I sit here watching the Allstate Sugar Bowl, pulling for my Hawai'i Warriors, I continue the first thought session of 2008. As I type, I have three college acceptance letters staring at me. All of which are nice, but while I look at them, directly to the right, I have my deferral letter, making every thought I have lose credibility because of what might happen. Though I've heard of, known, and considered each of the three schools that have said yes so far, it's a bit unnerving. I'm blessed to have these, but I don't particularly want any of them. It's kind of like asking for a specific item for Christmas, and though you know your family means the best of intentions, they get you the wrong thing every time. But I digress.

As I said, I've heard from all the universities on my tree, and at the moment, I'm somewhat honestly considering [*sigh* if MIT does say "no"] becoming a Warrior. It'd be better financially for my family, they have an amazing East Asian Studies program, and Hawai'i is a beautiful place from what I hear. I just don't know about their Engineering program, and can only look up information because I doubt I'll be able to see first hand about it. Also Hawai'i is the home of the infamous Keck Observatory. ALSO after being told an emphatic "NO" by my parents about applying to WUStL, Duke, and that liberal arts school in Cambridge, I only have three decisions to learn of this spring, one which I am looking forward to with a passion[73 - 80 days left], one which I could care less about because the school doesn't have my major [and am only doing because my father asked me to], and one that I just don't know about.

Now that I've updated ye on how my college experience is going [also, Hawai'i is currently losing horribly if ye're wondering 3-17], I'll tell you about my holidays. To those who don't know, I celebrate Christmas with my family, and other holidays with friends. This year was pretty quiet though, and I was only able to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends this year. [3-24 now] As for gifts, I did get an iPhone, which I have helped my parents pay for because I didn't want them to put that much into a gift, Wii Play, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, something to play my iPod in my truck, a Rubik's Revolution [not as fun as actual cube, but fun with family around], clothes, my annual Guinness World Record book, and four bottles of Welches' Sparkling Red Grape Juice [mmmm]. This was a great year, and I'm glad that I was able to spend a lot of it with my family.

I enjoy the holidays because of the spiritual aspects of them, the wonderful opportunity to bring family and friends together, and the fact that I get a small break. I always get happy around this time and usually enter Uber mode [kinda like a runner's high], but come 1 January, I'm pretty beat, I've got a headache, and from what I hear it's almost equivalent to a hangover [I don't drink, so I don't know]. Though I now have the aformentioned holiday hangover, I have enjoyed some things recently that have helped me to ease it. First of all, this news story made me happy. Nintendo Australia grants Christmas wish with Wii Nintendo is awesome, and this is why I love them. Period.

Also during the holidays, I found something at MIT that was interesting [OK I always find interesting things at MIT but this one stood out]. I watch the Science Channel on TV, and I love it [Yesterday they had a special marathon of a show called Mars Rising which was awesome, narrated by William Shatner and included MIT research]. On the Science Channel, there's a show called Beyond Tomorrow which displays how people are putting engineering knowledge into items that will benefit us in the future. On the show, they had a segment about the Australian Institute of Sport. I had never heard of this place, and it seemed interesting, so I checked it out. One thing led to another, and as usual, I found myself at a MIT related website. I was at the website of Sports Innovation @ MIT. This place intrigued me, but sadly the website hasn't answered enough for me, and I want to know more [any MIT student reading know anything more?]. One thing I did find out about them, however, was that you can do UROPs with them! Needless to say, I may be looking into this place if I get a good response from MIT this March.

In other news, the Patriots were awesome, as ye can tell from my previous post and I've downloaded something recently blogged about by Snively [and am loving it]. Also to answer a couple of questions, asked by some people who don't comment but read and still ask me questions *gives looks* [Ya'll know who ye are] I'm pulling for Ohio State in the BCS Championship, mainly because I've had better experiences with the people there. As for the Wii situation, I did not get a Wii for Christmas. It would have been redundant, because I stood in line the day it came out because I had planned for it like I've planned for MIT decisions dates [If there would be a way to stand in line for it, I would be doing it]. Hope that answers any questions, and next time, just comment >.> It makes posting answers easier for me, and who knows, others may be wondering.

Well, the game is in halftime and is still 3-24, -_-' Hawai'i is losing, and this year's definitely going to be eventful. Whatever happens I encourage all of you, let's make 2008 great, and remember others while we go through it. I hope you all had a great time this 2007 and wish you all the best in 2008. Jya' ne and mahalo.

P.S. For those who want visual stuff, I thought this was cool maybe ya'll will too...

UPDATE [1:20 AM]: Hawai'i lost 10 - 41 -_-' Oh well...