Android vs. Apple

I’m sort of a cell phone fanatic. I’ve always loves researching about them, comparing specs, reading about current, trending, and future phones. I was determined to personally evaluate phones to decide which was best for what sort of person. I’m not sure if it exists, but I’d like to make a “What phone are you?” quiz sometime with the things I’ve learned. I have come to the conclusion that Androids are for those who are more interested in customizing and personalizing their phones in every aspect. Androids are more open for manipulating. Apple, on the other hand, is more about ease. There’s no need to custom every feature down to what font your browser has. (Actually, that may be customizable for Apples, I haven’t had as much time to look at those.) But being that Apple has only one phone (the iPhone, of course), they can focus all their attention to it, instead of keeping up with all sort of phones.

So they both definitely have major advantages, and major disadvantages. This post won’t be about my complete research of the phone systems, since I’ve only had an iPhone for a few days. Yes, the package I oh so awaited was an iPhone I got off of eBay. Since the beginning of my smartphone life, I have been an Android girl. My background for a short while was an Android peeing on an Apple. (I actually still find it pretty funny.) But since my battery started its slow trek to death, I decided that I’d like to try an iPhone as my next phone. Months after purchasing my new Samsung Stratosphere, its quality sank. Before I did the switch,  my phone would turn off for long periods of time regularly, apps would crash more often than not, the speed of my phone could be described as slower than a turtle with it’s legs hog tied, and generally decreasing its usability. Maybe I should have waited for that new battery my dad ordered, or have done a hard reset, but with everything that was wrong with it, I figured it was too far gone to fix everything. My phone had technocancer, and I couldn’t save it. I did some research about its problems, and I found out that charging a phone all night every night can kill the battery. So I guess I kind of set this upon myself. It would die within a very short amount of hours, without even using it. The standby time was atrocious, so one could only imagine its usage time.

My months of browsing for a relatively cheap iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 had finally paid off. I saw one for a fantastic price with its given qualifications: it was unlocked, to be activated with Verizon, brand new besides a minor nick under the home button, white, 32 Gigs, etc. A trend I found, was that phones with its specs would go for $300 minimum, to $400 for the average. I’m really not sure why this one didn’t sky rocket…I read every detail, review of the seller, and any information I could get about it, and it seemed like the most pristinely conditioned iPhone for sale for its price. I followed it for a few days, along with a few more. The other’s prices would reach the numbers I stated, even though they were only 8-16 Gigs. So I set my heart on getting this one phone.

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Funny, I was going to check the time left when I put in my last bids, since my next few sentences were going to be about how lucky I was to win, an an 8 Gig was just sold for $187.18, so my phone was really a great deal.

 I put my bid in was 10:51:38 PDT. Two bids were actually placed after mine. The value they bid was the same as mine, but they each had been placed at 10:51:48 PDT. Yes, I won the phone by 10 milliseconds. I was so immensely lucky, that I probably had squealed a little bit when I noticed that I won. I’m very happy with my purchase, and the seller did a fantastic job at shipping and accurate descriptions.

Today, I was curious what the error message for going to Grooveshark on the web browser was. When I went to the website, there was no error. I even tried to play a song, and it let me! So is Apple no longer blocking the website? Or did someone jailbreak my phone…? Either way, no complaining here. Now I can listen to anything I want!

Song of the DayHi Hey Hello by The Chicharones (This song became popular due to it being a promotional song for the Samsung Galaxy S4)

Playlist of the Day: 1002 Queue (A playlist I made today of SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artists)

One app I love, is Shazam. It can find nearly any song that you play for it. If it has troubles, Soundhound if also a great up for those pesky songs that won’t show up. It’s like Shazam, but you can sing, hum, or whatever is necessary to get the job done, and it’ll find it. If anyone can answer a question I have about Shazam, that’d rock my socks and I’ll love you. Question: Is it possible to directly move Shazam tags from a device such as a phone, to somewhere else such as another phone, or online? I hope so, I have a tooon of tags on my old phone that I wouldn’t mind eventually making into a playlist.

That’s all for today! Tomorrow I’ll get to tell you of my lunch visit with a few of my boss’s coworkers she thinks will have good advise for me as an aspiring math and technology geek. Ciao for now!

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Food and Jesus

You know if someone sets their status as “Food and Jesus.”, they have their priorities straight. I, on the other hand, do not. Yesterday for my day off of work, I had a quite small to do list. How many of those things got done? Erm, well, only less than 1. We all need our lazy day! Or week. Or Summer…

Anyways, today’s the day my package will mooost likely show!! I’m so ready to go home, ready myself to open it, AND have it not be there. Nah, I’m pretty sure it should. I’ve been tracking it, and it arrives in Springboro either at 8 PM last night or 8 AM this morning, but it was sent out to be delivered (from Springboro, the city I call home at the moment) at 10 AM. If the mail service takes 24 hours to get it from the postal home base/office to my house, I’ll be disappointed. It’s only about a 4 minute drive maximum. I’d be glad to get it if I could. Anyways, it’s 2-day shipping, and today is the second day business day it’s been in transit.

To Whom This May Concern;

USPS gods, please be kind to me and have a present awaiting me.

Thanks,

Anxious Teenager

So I’ve decided that I really like to make avatars in GIMP. Maybe that’s what I’ll do when I grow up. Sierra Ritter: Professional GNU Avatar Illustrator. Or, maybe not…but it’d sure be fun.

Speaking of stuff for when I grow up, my parental folks said I should include in my blog the college research I’ve been doing. So, readers, now you get to know about my daily meals AND what I want to do when I’m all grown up! So here‘s a website I’ve not looked into too awful much other than filling out one scholarship requirement. I’m not sure how trustworthy a site I found by googling “scholarships” will be, but what the hay! Money’s money, as long as you don’t have to be honest as to where you got it. Using this website, I found some rankings of top colleges in the United States for mathematics. If you’ve recently starting reading my blog, yes, I am a math geek. ❤ statistics. You know, I feel like statistics can be the most honest thing, and that’s why I love them. Wouldn’t you rather someone say “he received 35% of the votes” than “yeh, he received a good ole chunk of votes”? Well, I sure know I would. I think humans like to stretch the truth/exaggerate too much to forgo numbers. I admit, I do too. If someone asks how much I made last week, I may round up a bit to make it sound slightly more prestigious.

Then again, statistics can be the most misleading thing.

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I accidently started browsing imgur, and I ran across this magnificent photo. Love it. 

Back to what I was saying…oh yes, statistics indeed CAN be the most misleading this. Given I’ve taken a year and a half (a semester coarse before the full year class was offered, and the full year AP class, giving a grand total of a year and a half of a statistics class), I can tell you all about how stats can manipulate data to actually mislead without lying. There are the obvious ‘duhs’ such as putting a break in a graph to make a difference in bars look gigantus when actually the difference is minute. (SIDENOTE: Since when is gigantus not a word…?) And also, to represent a histogram, pictures can represent bars to also make the data look misleading. But then there’s the more complicated form of manipulation…when a graph appears to have some form of pattern, but not that strong, you can take the log of a variable (for example). This makes all the data look nicer and fit into a neat little package you can tell all your friends has a perfect trend line.

Wow what a tangent…well anyways, some of the school that seem to be best for me in terms of notability, size, likelihood to be accepted, price, and programs are (in order of overall score *):

*score is determined by QS Top Universities

I only included those because the rest were either not in the United States, cost $20k+, or weren’t in the top 50 school. Other school that barely didn’t make the cut to be posted in my blog were mostly state schools like Penn State or OSU. I do think it’s kind of odd that three Universities in California took slots…but so it goes. I’ve done more research, but I’ll elaborate on that later.

MUSIC OF THE DAY TIME:

Song of the Day: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes (so I completely forget which I had ready to be the song of the day…so we’ll just go with my all-time favorite song)

Artist of the Day: Bon Iver

Playlist of the Day: Slowly, Slowly  I Am Drifting (a new playlist I made since I got into a Bon Iver kick today, it’s short but soon to expand!)

NEW! Music Blog of the Day: Soundtrack of the Youth (my most recent follower, who so far seems to have a delicious taste for music)

OHYES, something else…I made a Pinterest. I’m trying not to get into all of these social media sites since I go a little nuts with friends/followers, but it is a really good organizational website. Definitely a better idea than having over 30 tabs in 2-3 browsers at any given time. I’m slowly picking up speed, but if you have a desire to check out some of my favorite old Frederator podcasts or any other weird things I get into, check me out! My URL/link thing is: http://pinterest.com/rittersierra/boards/. I’ll update my About to have it there also.

NEW! Useful Nerd Site of the Day: R for Matlab Users

Well, I sure feel like I did a good job blogging today. Look at all this stuff! #goME

Thanks for reading!

you

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Planned Obsolescence

I really couldn’t believe in this more when it comes to phones…mine is coming up on its 2 year anniversary, and its 1 year crapaversary. It started to peter out 6 months to a year of having it. Now, it’ll turn off without the capability to turn back on for periods of time. It did this last night, so my alarm wouldn’t sound. Sucks since my actual alarm clock has been out of commission for quite a while… I woke at 9:40 this morning, and knew I couldn’t make that quite of a time recovery since I needed to shower. I am pretty proud of myself though, I leisurely showered, got ready, greeted my cat, etc. and got to work promptly at 10:30. For a girl, that’s some serious hauling. Bad thing is, I’m still an hour and a half passed when I would have like to have shown up to get some extra hours in this week.

Is Taco Bell always nuts when you walk in? Man, it sure seems to be whenever I walk in. Derek drove me, so it was easier to walk in. I got my usual Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze and churro, but I spiced things up with a quesadilla as opposed to a griller. I swear, it costs more but is less food.

Not been too fun lacking any and all Microsoft Office products…I tried to open PPTs I made to get the scripts I crafted; nope, no Powerpoint. I tried opening Word to read saved documents and lists; nope, “no Word for YOU.” I tried opening Excel to input my in and out time; NOPE. Computer’s acting like an almost 2-year-old that takes enjoyment of the word ‘no’. And now it thinks it’s too good to download GIMP T_T.

Dear Oh So Lovely Computer;

Could you be a doll and work for me? I’ve spent two days battling with you, today making a third. Mandy even left work to come in to wipe you clean of any malware. You couldn’t be more clean! Now, I know you were born with Windows 8. It’s not your fault, I don’t hate you for it. Lady Gaga even wrote a song for such matters. You were Born This Way. But if you could just let me work out my kinternship in peace, we can all get along!

Peace, Love, and Understanding

Sierra

Oh, I guess I still need to give a song of the day…well, I had been thinking…I can’t decide between two songs. But why discriminate? I dub today as bonus day.

Song of the day number 1: Oh La La Satan by Mustard Pimp

Song of the day number 2: White Trash Beautiful by Everlast

Pretty weird combo, but oh well. And actually…if I were to have an artist of the day, it’d be Kavinsky. He/she/it/they/Obama has a few songs I really like (i.e. Pacific Coast Highway and Nightcall). So if you’re in the mood for #rad songs, there are a few to start you off.

MAN I JUST FOUND OUT I CAN COLOR CODE MY WORDS! This is cool. Awhhh yeahhh. Forget that punctuation, that can stay black, no one likes periods. Sorry, I hope I’m not graded on offtopicness. This is not a good situation…needing to update my blog, and all GIMP/Microsoft programs unavailable to me. AND, another package I bought off eBay should be here Friday (though since it took the chick 3 business days to send it out, I don’t think it’ll arrive until Saturday). What’s in the box? Not what JT thinks, it’s something much better. To be discovered when it arrives…!

And tomorrow I have off work, yey.

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Profanity, Obscenity, and Vulgarity

Tuesday, July 30th:

Reading an article on Stubborn Mule, I realized I never really knew the different between profanity, obscenity, and vulgarity. Whenever searching for a synonym for ‘curse word’, I’d use whichever popped in my head first. But, I don’t think of my English as gloriously unscathed, I know I mess up frequently, as do we all. Hell, I still say admitively as opposed to admittedly sometimes. Anyways, I now know that profanity is swearing drawing on religion, obscenity is swearing drawing on body party and sexual activity, and vulgarity covers both definitions. So, thanks Stubborn Mule, for furthering my knowledge in the realm of swearing.

I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I was never meant to be a blogger. I may have mentioned this before, so I guess I truly mean it now. I’ve yet to update my post about camp, time in-between camp and my vacation, and my vacation. And well, now that tidbit of time after my vacation until now. Pretty big stuff happened, i.e.: I found a book that made me enjoy reading. If you know me, you’d know that I haven’t voluntarily started AND finished a book in quite awhile (let’s not get too detailed about how long, because that’d be quite embarrassing). By voluntarily, I’m disregarding required reading for English class and other various required material. ANYWAYS, I think to conserve my sanity, I’ll change my blog from being a daily/weekly posting, to when eventful things happen. Do you really want to read my posts that are very short and consist of mentioning what I ate for breakfast? I’ll assume not, unless you’re someone who’s invested in any detail, no matter how trivial, of my life. To that, I’d rather have you stay away from my life details.

I’m not sure if I’ll keep it up, but today’s song of the day is: Applejuice by Krazy Baldhead. I can’t find it on Youtube, so I’m hoping this Grooveshark link will work.

Well, back to work! I’ll update this later to tell of my ‘oh so mysterious’ package I received when I get home!

So my package was this iHome webcam I ordered not exactly on purpose. It was only $3 with shipping, and I do ❤ eBay. I also got a check from work in the mail, holla!

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Magnifique

strawberry

Got slightly bored for a minute, so here’s what happened. Last (last?) night I was eating strawberries, so I made it my steam name for a short while. Figured I’d make an avatar if I eat strawberries again(: (link: http://imgur.com/pbvIPYV) (and the original shape I stole: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/81734415/sn/1710271234/name/10768383-strawberry-cartoon-isolated-over-white-background-vector.jpg

Today I decided to work a full day of work since yesterday I found out that I can only work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. And why is that? Well Independence Day is Thursday! I completely forgot. And Friday it’s basically the weekend following the holiday, and no one will be in the office anyways. Pretty much all day I’ve been listening to this one Grooveshark radio. I didn’t know that it had the capability to listen to people’s own broadcast (such as Turntable) until yesterday. The host goes by Migmagnific. That’s where I derived my post title from, and you should definitely go listen to it if you’re into old and new rock, blues, etcetera. This is a weird/funny video short that he linked in the chat a few hours ago of a Lion King alternative ending. Just been working on Dayton Analytics templates, R graphing, and backing up everything on an external hard drive.

I also want to have like, a Song of the Day sort of thing and I feel that linking videos looks slightly messy, so I’ll let you clink on the link if you so choose. Today’s is Drift Away by the Doobie Brothers.  Honorable mentions: Men’s Needs by The Crib,  Still Counting by Volbeat, Mama by Coconut Records, Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve.

The style of my blog is still a work in progress, too. Trying to find a way to get a GIF I made to be the background or at least the header. Interested in seeing an interesting analysis on dialects in the United States? Well, probably not with how I worded it, but I definitely think you should check it out. For one map, it highlights which regions of the US say coke vs. pop vs. soda. Mandy ran by it and showed it to me last time we were both in the office.

Well, at this precise moment, it is 3:31 PM, an hour and a half until I get off work to meet my grandma at home! Since the dramatic move of hers, I haven’t seen her since. She’s coming over for dinner tonight. Boy I really hope we have noodles again…I had them for dinner last night and for lunch today at work, and I still want more! And today at work, Derek brought me a banana questionable shake when he was out getting lunch 😀 Pretty rad of him. So far that’s really all that has happened today. Happy July 2nd!

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My Week as an Emerging Woman Leader

So I planned on making posts daily, but my less than great phone (Samsung Stratosphere) insisted that I needed to log into my account in the app market for only some apps. It wouldn’t be a huge deal, if it let me either log out or type in my password somewhere for verification. I used to be all about Android and an iPhone hater, but having this phone for going on 2 years, I may change my mind. But that discussion is for later. Since I couldn’t make formal posts, I texted myself what I wanted to note on. With all the events that happened…this’ll probably be a work in progress post.

Sunday, June 23rd:

Arrival Day. After driving circles around UC’s campus, I figure out where I have to be. I walk into Turner Hall, and a bunch of girls are chatting ceaselessly amongst each other.

INSERT: I left nearly this entire post blank to finish it later. Now it’s later, so a lot of the details have been lost. My old phone with some notes I saved is dead, so I’m winging it with the itinerary from the camp. So sorry, each day with be pretty brief. And, I’m typing this on my paper then transferring it over to my blog, so there won’t be links or tags.

I sort of learn about a few girls around me, one ended up being a roommate. We do this one exercise to get to know each other where we all sit in a huge circle, and if you’ve ever done the thing mentioned by the person in the middle, you have to run to find a new seat. It was insane, but fun. Leah, one of the girls I befriend right off the bat, but not to be a lasting friendship. She’s just a little too…’do what I say’ for me. But we go to the bathroom together since neither of us knew where it is (which it ends up being right around the corner) and might as well go together. When we’re there, I mention that I don’t like bathrooms. I had to quickly correct and say that I just don’t like public bathrooms. The look she gave me seemed like she thought I was a loony. Steak and potatoes (MMM!) was for dinner. Whipped cream for some reason came up in conversation, so I make the comment: there are so many uses for whipped cream…but not all I can mention here of course. Lastly, we played Apples to Apples. One of the girls tried to pronounce Quinton Tarantino as “Tuh Rahn Tin Oh”. Everyone started cracking up. We soon go back to our rooms to end the night for tomorrow’s early beginning.

Monday, June 24th:

First full day of camp. We all have breakfast (there was no orange juice!) and have an overview of the camp, and soon after we’re broken into our groups for the week. Ironically the three Sarah’s in the camp are all put in the same group. I’m slightly discouraged that our group only has six members, whereas some groups have seven. 9:30 AM rolls around, and it’s time to visit GE Aviation.

The building inside is impressive. Models of engines cascade from the ceilings and appear to be floating. We work our way around our tour, eventually ending up in a room where I assume where the presentation would be. It goes on four roughly two hours. If you asked any of the girls there, they’d say it lasted for days. The first presenter who took up 90% of their time rambled on about the most boring aspects. The majority of us are teenage girls, not particularly interested in working there for the rest of our lives. Nothing personal, but our ambitions lead us elsewhere. So we’re not interested in the difference between the models currently used versus the models used twenty years ago, the personality traits of the man who began GE Aviation, the history of how the company went global, and so on. Yet we learned it all. I can’t vouch for anyone to say that a single detail was absorbed, but as sure as rain the presenter preached everything he knew. It was cool how he was so animated about his job that he obviously loved.

After two hours, Dean Lewis (aka the head of the camp) asked for a five minute break. She easily noticed everyone drifting off and our eyes pleading for an end. He agreed and everyone excitedly jumped up. While everyone went to group up to chat, I went for something I learned while at INTERalliance Careers Camps: to go talk to the speaker, get your name out there, and get their information to get ahold of them later. He asks me what I’ve been up to all summer. I take this opportunity to shine. I tell him of my internship with Dayton Analytics: a new contracting busy currently working in cahoots with the Air Force. He’s very impressed and asks for more details. I explain that I code in R and that I do data analyses. As I’m explaining, Dean Lewis and some of my peers walk by and catch part of it. They also seem impressed and inquire for more information.

The five minute break is over, so we all return back into the room. I feel slightly exposed as a compulsive bragger, but I guess it’s how to get noticed and remembered. Doug (the INTERalliance President) tried to encourage us to brag about ourselves in all situations. So I tried to hush my feelings of being exposed, and move on with the presentation. Luckily, more speakers come up, each taking only five to ten minutes to explain their position and role in the company, and how we may one day be involved with them. Sadly the speaker I wanted most to introduce myself to left before I could have the chance to talk to her. After our round robin group conversations with the speakers, I try to personally introduce myself to each of them. Fellow campers saw what I was doing, and decided to follow along this time, sure to not be left out on the opportunities. We leave to head back to UC. I had never been as scared for my life as I was driving back. The bus driver was speeding faster than I would in a little car! And he was speeding in a one lane portion of the highway, both sides walled in.

Lunch wasn’t too shabby. We didn’t get the promised meal, but Quizno’s didn’t kill us. If you’d ever look at my Instagram, I posted a photo of my sandwich box. I’m not sure why, but let’s just roll with it. So after, we had an exercise with Professor Elaine Hollensbe. Our task was to create a device with the given materials (20 straws, the container the straws came in, and a short strand of tape) for us to put an egg in and drop it from certain heights. We also had to design an advertising campaign, commercial, slogan, the works. Our slogan (solely devised by yours truly): “Launching eggs since before Chickens.” Our “company” was called GE Aviation, standing for General EGG Aviation. See what I did there? Cheesy, but since I got snuffed with helping create the container to keep our egg safe, I figured I’d just stick with the advertising campaign. Our logo was a shirken (I was sad that no group member knew what that was, oh nerdy me) shaped like an egg. They wanted to name it Gwen, and so it was named Gwen.

Gwen didn’t last long. The first drop I think was 15 feet, and those were her last 15 ever traveled. Two of her competitors made it passed the first marker, but cracked (literally) by the second marker that was twice the distance.

After, we had Project Time. We had to devise a presentation (expectedly in a PowerPoint format) to present at the end of the week to the Deans of the University of Cincinnati and our families. I’ll explain how ours ended up on Friday. For now, I’ll mention that it was hectic and our productivity was basically at zero on the first day.

At 4 PM we have a workshop on Leadership & Communication with Professor Suzanne Masterson. Not terribly memorable, we just talk a lot about college and leadership. I took pages and pages of notes, but nearly none with her.

We decide to explore a bit. Amber and I end up on the 3rd floor. We run into a couple of very hot looking guys that invite us for pizza. Oh if only…

Tuesday, June 25th:

This morning we go to dunnhumby. STILL no OJ for breakfast! Their company statistically analyzes sales and customers. They invented the Kroger Plus card, along with other cards similar to. Their building is beautiful. It’s so innovative and youthful and open. The CEO has his desk out in the open with no doors or walls, freely inviting employees for conversation. There was even a basketball court, a place to work out, a gaming room and more. If I had to work in a corporate office, I’d want it to look just like there. We played a few games trying to guess customer types. I took a LOT of notes here. I loved it. And man was my tour guide hot.

Next we travel to Vantiv. Another company there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of. They work a lot of with credit card security, to sum it up in a nutshell. I took a lot of notes here also. They served us Panera! That was pretty fantastic. But here they talked a lot about themselves as women in high positions. We received some rad swag there: they gave us a souvenir cup with headphones and hand sanitizer. I again talk with a lot of the women before we leave. One I find so motivating, I mention she should consider being on TedTalks Women. All of them could, they were so moving.

On the ride home, I’m not sure if I thought of it myself or what, but when a fellow camper and I were talking to my project coach, we gave her, Gika, the nickname Gikachu. I thought that was a fantastic nickname if I do say so myself. She taught us that hi in her native language (which I think was Edo (?)) is kedu.

After a short break, we have the alumni panel (aka “Exploring Career Paths Panel”). Sadly, it was nearly the most boring thing I’ve ever done. But during team time afterwards, we actually got a lot done. And after that, it was dinner time. No official dinner was planned, so we had to walk into the college town to get food. A good portion of us choose Five Guys (a burger joint). And MAN alive were there hot guys EVERYWHERE around UC. I may have said hey to a few of them. Maybe. Before bed, we go to a little movie room UC has, and watched Pitch Perfect. Maria knew how to do the cups song, so she taught all of us how. We snacked on gummy snacks during, well, all the time. All I’ll say is never get in the way of a pack of girls and gummy snacks. Nuff said.

Wednesday, June 26th:

After breakfast, we have an early start with the “Social Impact, Business & Non-Profits” with Margaret Swallow. We learn a lot about coffee, and about people making a life for themselves from nothing. It got pretty emotional. We have project time, then another workshop with LaDreka KariKari (very cool lady) dubbed “College Apps”. Funny, with all of these workshops, it really feels like college and taking classes. Only the classes are different each day. Then we have another “College/Majors Panel” with a few alumni. Directly after is a “Diversity” workshop with Kim McGinnis (another very cool lady). During the break before dinner, Amber and I walk around on the 3rd floor again. We run into some guys at the end of the hallway. I shout at them, and quickly dodge their sights, thus framing Amber. Then when we run away, we somehow run into them at the other end of the hallway. Pretty freaky. When we’re leaving to go back to the group, we pass a room with the door open. A guy (apparently named John) laughs at the way I was laughing hysterically, and starts to tell us about his sister Daniel. All this conversation happens while we’re passing, so we just keep walking, laughing, and chatting before the heavy door behind us closes.

Thursday, June 27th:

The second to last day! Everyone’s pretty sad that camp is going by so fast. Breakfast is quickly proceeded by our meeting with Fifth Third Bank. We did this cool exercise…they gave us a bucket of Legos and told us to build a house. Everyone at each table starts grabbing to do things. Some groups denoted tasks, and some took turns with the ‘final’ product. With my group, since I had a group of static leaders, I decided to start working on my own piece and add it to theirs. My goal was to get wheels attached to mine contraption. It proved very difficult, but I eventually got it, and with seconds left, asked to take theirs and add it. It somehow worked, but was extremely delicate. They were treating this as if it were a project that a group of workers were assigned. They told us that we should have asked questions about it such as when is it due, instead of just going for it. So it was sort of enlightening. I do have to say though; our groups’ was the most fly of them all. Guess what time it is? Another student panel time! Woo. I wish they were more engaging. They are helpful, with their experiences of college and such. Then we had a workshop with Professor Elaine Hollensbe (egg drop lady) again. This time on Networking. Pretty interesting. Notes were taken. Then our next task was to assist United Way (a global volunteering company) with decorating and filling lunch bags to give to needy children. It was a blast! I took pictures of the scheme I had for my décor. Each bag was a new animal, sort of like a sock puppet. Everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves with the silly creations to be had. And everyone got a shirt! I love getting shirt souvenirs, hopefully one day I’d like to put most of my souvenir shirts together to make a quilt.

Then we had our last segment of team time. Our group hadn’t ever buckled down as much as we did then. We were quite productive, though I did feel slightly like a dictator. We had a lot to do in little time, and a few of the girls messed around. Maybe I was taking it too seriously, but I had high hopes for our idea. We had a few more things needing done, so we hoped that we’d have a sliver of time tomorrow before presentations to finalize things. At night, Priya, Amber, and I worked for a few hours on things to add, so we wouldn’t waste a second tomorrow.

Friday, June 28th:

Last day! The most stressful, yet it’ll be the most fun and exciting. Everyone’s packing up to have their stuff ready to grab and go. It’s the final reminder that this short week which felt like longer, that these few days to get to know a pack of girls almost as a family extension, will be gone in a few hours. My team executes our last touch ups, and begins to run through our presentation for the last time. We feel ready. The camp makes our way to a certain building on-campus that will be where the banquet occurs.

Katie arrives alone. My father has work so he stays at home. I tell her about the friends I’ve made, how camp’s been, and that our project will be the funniest (so we hope). The first group presents. Theirs is a nice informational presentation, as are the next two. A budget on one or two seems quite unreasonable. It’s my turn to go. My nerves are about to shake out of my body. I walk up to the front, keeping focused on Gika’s easy gaze. She gives us our last kind words before we go. The flash drive has a few issues starting up, which I actually am thankful for. It gave me a minute to collect myself. When it begins, I start my lines. I’m at the podium while the other girls are sitting in chairs aligned next to me. I ask who’s interested in college, who isn’t, and who doesn’t know. Certain girls raise their hands at their planned cues. I ask why each girl who said no and that they weren’t sure didn’t choose yes. At each problem a girl mentioned, I paused as if frozen in time, while one girl explain statistics (boo yah) on the likelihood of that being a problem. We added humor, as Amber had to explain that she was pregnant and told a silly story. Also Lauren said that her “GPO” (fake ignorance instead of GPA) was “like a 2 *maybe*. These occurrences are funny to us, but not too unrealistic. Girls really do get pregnant in high school, and many students really don’t know what they do in high school amounts to. After we present, the judges have to talk over who gets first and second. Everyone is on edge. I’m extremely proud of what we did. Even if we didn’t win, we knew we were the most creative and appealing. Though this isn’t just about that, it’s mostly about the probability and capability to go through with our projects and make them a reality. Mrs. KariKari goes up front to spill the places. She gives a small speech on how they were all fantastic, and it was very hard to choose. She says second place. They don’t seem incredibly happy, but still happy to place. The room falls completely silent in anticipation of first. A needle falling would have reverberated throughout the room. “First place…Team Vantiv!” My team jumped up in excitement. KariKari coaxed us to come up to the front to take our bag of prizes. For me, it wasn’t about the winnings (a lot of UC swag, which would probably cost a good chunk), but it was about knowing that our idea was the best.

That is how I ended my week becoming an emerging woman leader.

Saturday, June 29th:

Today I have my interview for INTERalliance Leadership Council (ILC) for the next year, and Sydney’s party.

The interview was impossible to find, and 5 minutes before my scheduled time, they moved it a mile down the street. When I got there, it were all kids that I knew and participated in ILC with the past year, yet they all acted as if I were a stranger with their “nice to meet you” shpeals. It wasn’t too bad, but the faux meeting made things incredibly awkward. Within 15 minutes I they let me know I’m done and can return home. Later I get an email saying I made it to the second stage of the process: an interview with Doug, arguably the easiest part that is if you can get a scheduled time. I watched the slots, waiting for more to open. Since I had work and camp and planned activities, I couldn’t make a lot of the available times for the first interview round, so I took one on the last day. By the time I received the approval email, all 16 slots were full, never to open or expand. This was the end of my seat on the council, at least for now.

When I got home, I had to quickly get ready in order to go over to Sydney’s. It started at noon, but I didn’t get home until roughly 2:00 PM. When we got there, their air was stagnant with awkward feelings. Sydney and I still haven’t gotten over fully our bout we had during the school year. We signed off on ever being friends, but at an Interact Club meeting at Carol’s, we decided to try to sort out our differences and eventually return to being friends. We swam and such, mostly Andrea and I messing around with Manon (Sydney’s little sister) and Sydney talking to Andrew (the only other party attender at the moment). Andrew got there around 2:00 PM and was the first guest to show. Andrea and I were the next to show between 3:30 and 4:00 PM. Tori (one of her closest friends now) made a cameo later on with some others I don’t recall, but none that stayed long.

Sunday, June 30th:

Planned to be a more lazy day, but Katie coaxed me to clean out her car for as my IOU for her picking me up from King’s Island. I swear I need to either drive or find a new source of transportation…

Monday, July 1st:

One, two, skip a few…Sunday and Monday! Well by the time this is first posted, I’ll have a lot of empty spaces for the rest of the days, but I figured it to be best to not get even more behind. First day back to work, and I chose to take a half day in the afternoon.

Camp!

Camp this week! It’s called the Lindner Summer Institute for Emerging Women Leaders at the University of Cincinnati. I kind of didn’t give myself any time to work on this post, or even finish my last one, so I’ll get to that as soon as I can. Regular posts will resume Friday!

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Ketch Up

Okay, so I’ve done poorly posting on time again. I need to cover Friday and today. Time to do some ketching up. Get it? ;D

Friday, June 21st:

Early morning work. Here’s a link of a presentation I made in a day: Climatology Database. I do have to say, since my work is going to further research for the Wright Patt Air Force Base, I need to cease disclosing things in what I post, sadly. This PowerPoint is just notes about climatology, but can’t leak anything. Mandy and I took a trip to Chipotle after a few hours of work and presenting. Jealous? I’d be. By the time I got home, it was only roughly 12:30 PM.

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Katie lost her keys for awhile as I was writing this (Saturday). She looked eeeverywhere, even called the movies and Steak n Shake to check their lost and found. Luckily she found them, but where were they? In a pocket she said she never knew existed. She gave my dad and I permission to call her a Key Noob all weekend, so that’s what she’ll be addressed as for a short while! No guarantees that the nickname will end when Sunday night does, though. Anyways, back to storytelling now.

Had to do laundry and such, but nothing too extravagant.

Today!:

Btw I’m taking a trip to King’s Island, so it’ll be abruptly cut off and to be continued soon! This song just came on also, and it’d be the perfect car ride montage song.

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Right now it’s actually the first of July, and I have no idea what I planned to elaborate on. I remember we met some junior high girl since she was lonely. Oh wait! Also something that happened…Andrea and I had time for one more big ride and to get a snack before the park was to close. We sat near the Eiffel Tower and decided to rate passing guys. After awhile of low average numbers, a few guys pass by. We didn’t exactly have time to choose our rating before they came up to us. Surprised and not in the mood to make anything of it, I just sit back wondering what they think they’ll get out of this. The two guys ask generic questions about our age, where we live, etcetera. One starts telling me of how he and this girl were texting, and she asked him to send a picture. He complains in jest that she didn’t think he was that cute. He asks me what I think, and what I’d rate him. I ironically mention that I don’t rate guys, and exchange a glance with Andrea. They ask for our numbers. I give one a number or two off from mine, and Andrea apparently gives hers. Funny, all the next week he texts her and she’s not enthused. We end the night forgoing food, and making our way to The Beast.

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Rice Cakes

So uh, I expected not to get to writing about yesterday on time, since part of what I wanted to talk about happened very very late. So here goes~ Also, the title of Rice Cakes came from when I was talking to a friend of Skype. He was telling me of all the play on words people create for his last name (which is Rice). I thought that was a fantastic nickname, so thus my title was created!

Wednesday, June 19th:

Today is my only day off work this week, since tomorrow and Friday I’m taking half days instead of one full day. I woke up pretty late to a baby being loud (no he’s not mine, worry not). Besides going out to the movies, I have no other plans. About that…I don’t consider it a date. Would you with a guy from your school you’ve met via Facebook? I’m more into meeting in person before considering anything a date or dating. Anywho, his name’s Sam. It was cool to meet someone who’s as into video games as I am, and doesn’t seem awkwardly dorky. Though if you know me, I’m not into being catered or treating as a princess. I’m not going to diss at all, but that just isn’t my style. I like being treated as an equal, and I’m alright with being asked to make a sandwich for you. So our schedules mutually agree that tonight we’re both free. He comes to pick me up in his pretty snazzy car. He and my dad wait semi awkwardly at the door until it dawns on me an introduction would probably be nice. After, we make our way to the movies. We begin to learn a bit more about each other. We both adore cheesecake!

Oh, I forgot to mention, we’re going to see The Purge. We get in line and I notice a few people that I know. They’re kind of acquaintances so that I have the awkward decision on whether to pretend that I don’t notice them, or to say hey. I decide to go with pretending that I don’t notice them. When I get to paying for my ticket (made sure to so it wasn’t too obviously date-ish, but that didn’t take any effort since he didn’t offer either) and I get carded! Guess that’s to be expected for a rated R movie anyways. Luckily he is a guy that can keep a conversation going, until the movie starts of course. So movies start and ends. No awkward instances (yay). I kind of like it, I think it’s different from the usual thriller. He on the other hand, absolutely hated it. He’s not a guy that likes thriller/scary really at all. I was not aware of this. I was raised on horror, so this isn’t good. And after, he becomes really opinionated and talks about his interests, which is cool, but they just don’t align as I thought they would. He’s very much into Looney Toons, older cartoon, Christian dark metal or whatever that sort of metal is called, animated movies, and seemed nearly appalled at the fact that I’ve seen no Star Wars, Star Trek, or Lord of the Rings. Then again, a lot of people gasp at that. “You call yourself a nerd and/or a geek and you’ve never seen any of those?!?!?” No. I got into Caprica and Battlestar Galactica, what more could you want from me! Anyways to put this nicely, there was no clicking. He’s definitely a cool guy, just not for me.  Also, we for some reason got on the topic of rape. He thought for a second that the leader of the students who wanted to purge was going to rape the daughter. His opinion on the matter was that rape is much worse than death. So I make this kind of face. Am I weird for thinking committing death is worse? I know they’re both horrible things, but to me there’s no comparison. I don’t want to make it a would you rather sort of thing, but to me that was an awkward opinion. Welp, that’s how today went. Got home around midnight, did the usual Skyping, then slept away.

Today! (as in Thursday, the blog posted day is acting weird and saying it’s Friday):

So today. I had work, but it was only a half day, and it didn’t start until 1. The presentation I was working on at work isn’t finished, so I’ll have to link that later. It’s a presentation on Upper Air Climatology. I’m still working on finding a relationship between relative humidity and altitude. I’m sure going to want that Nobel Prize when I figure this out. During work, the community I game with was going absolutely nuts. There was some drama and the whole clan is splitting a lot are leaving. Also (as a little note to myself for later), I need to finish that presentation of course, create a template for Dayton Analytics, and uhh check email for whatever that last thing was.

So anyways, I got home, played with Baby Tyler until his poppy came to pick him up. At dinner, my dad said the greatest thing. “I almost went gay today, over ice cream.” He said it seemed so tasty that he almost cried. It was pistachio and honey flavored. Also, when I told him our cat was eating dog food, the response I was was, “+20 Dexterity”. So #rad.

Oh, and here’s a link to a video someone posted on the forums I thought was funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kSOD6EsEUs

Personal Stars

It seems like every so often I become obsessed about songs. I actually compile playlists of them in Grooveshark. I’ve linked my account before, but if you’re into indie/alternative with a dash of pop, rock, and other awesome genres, you should check it out. And this video is one I’m currently looping into everything I’m listening to. It’s called Personal by Stars, ergo the title for this post. It’s a slow song, so if you’re in the mood for screamo, I recommend not listening to it.

Want to see a mind boggling graph I just created in R? Well here it is anyways: http://imgur.com/OvVpG9v. I don’t even know…

As much as I enjoy Piada (like an Italian version of Chipotle if you know what that is), I don’t think it’s as good the day after. Yesterday for dinner I went there for my first time, and it was epic. So man choices of meats, sauces, vegetables, and other various toppings. Oh I’m testing an html code, and it looks broken for me since flash isn’t working…but hopefully that yellow box could play music. Posting this so I can test it, but the post is TBC~

Well never mind, WordPress doesn’t approve of that. Well another good song to listen to which is more calm alternative: Stars by The XX

Excuse all the videos, meant for this to be more of a text and link sort of blog, but I like the dimension that other mediums add. Oh, also! Eventually I plan to have another blog. Well it’ll be more of a vlog, but its premise will be me recording when I go on a new server for a video game, the reactions I get. I have so many guys say to me, “Oh I wish I could be a girl gamer, all the attention and free stuff would be 1337.” They never get to see the hate that we get too. There was one time (of many) where I entered a server, used my microphone, and I was muted since they thought I was a little boy for a second. I said I was a girl so they hastily unmuted me. The harassment and drama involved really sucks. But, overall it’s more of an entertainment. What I plan to record first is hopping servers in Garry’s Mod. Want to be in a video? Message me on Steam after I get some extra cash to buy Fraps for $37. I know it’s not that expensive, but I did just start my job last week and I have a lot of summer plans that involve money. I’ve played with the settings for maybe five recording programs, and it’s definitely the easiest to use for its price. Gosh if only I could have recorded myself when I first started playing online games. I was only twelve playing Team Fortress 2 and usually with my dad. Here‘s a video someone else recorded of a Traitor round I had a few years ago. I used to go by LaDy as my sort of gamer tag. I hope to be able to record my own videos soon!

Have you ever heard of something called Humble Bundle? Well it’s a way to get games safely and cheaply AND to support charities. I just bought another package of games and soundtracks for $5. They happen every now and then. Most definitely recommended.

Well, that’s all I have for now. Finished with work, and nothing exciting really happened. I did some research on the Speed and Direction of Upper Air, played with a few coding programs, and etcetera. Ta ta for now!

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