miraje: (fire!)
I'll do one of those "post the first line from your first entry of the month" things...

January: "I'm too pissed off to sleep for the first time in my entire life which royally sucks (I'm typing this from the confines of a hotel room's bathroom)" (oy that was a really bad day.)

February: "I had a discussion yesterday with someone about what people think about when they see people of the opposite sex in day-to-day life (or same sex I guess if you are homosexual/bisexual)."

March: "Aww, Brett Favre retired. :(" (HAHAHAHAHA)

April: "Stormy loves thunderstorms. Go figure."

May: "I'm so ready for classes to be over, not just for this semester but for my entire life."

June: "Oh come on...somebody give Obama four more delegates so that we as a country can move on. Please?"

July: "I thought yesterday completely sucked, but today was worse. I went to bed last night feeling perfectly fine, but by 3:30 am I was puking."

August: No text...just this:


September: "You know what's cool? We can see the edge of the hurricane from here in central Oklahoma."

October: "I scored a 10, which is apparently exactly as liberal-leaning as Hillary Clinton."

November: "God I am nervous about giving this talk tomorrow."

December: "I've been meaning to respond to the comments on the bailout post, but I haven't done it yet. I will eventually, I promise!" (Yikes, still haven't done that...)

Ha.

Jun. 8th, 2008 10:28 am
miraje: (feet)

-44

As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!



And Jeremy is (at least according to what I think)...

40

As a 1930s husband, Jeremy is
Poor

Take the test!

miraje: (butt lick)
90% Barack Obama
89% Hillary Clinton
88% John Edwards
86% Chris Dodd
80% Bill Richardson
79% Joe Biden
74% Dennis Kucinich
72% Mike Gravel
54% Rudy Giuliani
43% John McCain
36% Mitt Romney
33% Tom Tancredo
32% Mike Huckabee
22% Fred Thompson
14% Ron Paul
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Meme...

Dec. 7th, 2007 11:19 am
miraje: (Lakitu 1-up)
Go to your journal's calendar view, click on the first post you made in each month and post the first line of it. That's your year in review.

January
I still feel like shit.

February
After giving Suzanne a bit of a nudge yesterday about my research assistantship funding for next fall and spring, she contacted all the necessary people and I now have $30K of funding with NSSL for my thesis research starting June 1st and lasting until I don't need it anymore (it's renewable, so I essentially could continue my work with them even after I get my degree). (Whoa, long sentence)

March
I'm picking up my new car today!

April
Stupid question: It is almost 3pm, right?

May
Today was such a long and draining day.

June
I'm HOME!!

July
In Wilson County, a county hit very hard by flooding, the city of Neodesha is reportedly surrounded by water with boat and air as the only access into the city.

August
Two interesting developments occurred on the research/future of my career front.

September
Some traits of my worst hotel experience ever:

October
I studied dynamics for eight straight hours today with no breaks.

November
My fantasy football team is now 3-5 after last week's win over a 6-1 team that had LaDainian Tomlinson.

December
There is something fundamentally wrong with what we are being required to do for this exam.
miraje: (books)
www.careercruising.com
Username: nycareers
Password: landmark
Go to Career Matchmaker

1. Model Maker
2. Air Traffic Controller
3. GIS Specialist
4. Planner
5. Drafter
6. Cartographer
7. Survey Tech
8. Archaeologist
9. Computer Support Person
10. Technical Writer
11. Industrial Machinery Mechanic
12. Millwright
13. Industrial Designer
14. Interior Designer
15. Curator
16. Office Machine Repairer
17. ESL Teacher
18. Historian
19. Website Designer
20. Film Processor

Notice that meteorologist/hydrologist/etc. is NOT on that list. That is because in my time as a student I have become very sick of deriving equations and thinking with the physics side of my brain. I have never had a natural talent for either, and while I performed decently in classes I struggled with working through the mathy side of meteorology. I can explain processes in words easily, but that doesn't get you credit on exams. So...when the questions came up about working with physics and using mathematics to solve problems, I rated them relatively low because I don't think they would be aspects of my perfect career. Why force yourself to be in a career that doesn't highlight your strengths? Thus I come to the point where I have to think about my future as a meteorologist.

I still love working with maps and computers, so I'm not surprised at all that "GIS Specialist" was ranked high. In fact, I feel like that is the direction my career is headed. I had a short discussion with my co-advisor about what I should do after my masters. To put it bluntly, I do not need a PhD in meteorology, nor do I want one. My interests have been interdisciplinary for some time now, and having three degrees in one field will not benefit me at all.

There is an idea floating around the School of Meteorology to create a PhD in interdisciplinary studies here at OU. I need to look into my options more, but I think either that or possibly even Geography would be good PhD fits for me if I want to focus more on GIS applications. I would MUCH rather take advanced courses in GIS and computer science than the Meteorology courses left over that I haven't taken already (crap like Boundary Layer Met., Turbulence, and Computational Fluid Dynamics...yuck). The Interdisciplinary thing would be especially cool because I could branch out even more and take courses in things like statistics, environmental science, and maybe graphic design or something.

Here's the deal: I could totally see myself as a professor or researcher if I love the subject enough. I enjoy teaching at the college level, and I've been told several times that I have a definite talent for explaining new concepts in a way that is easy to understand. I'm a communicator, not a physicist. Plus, GIS applies to EVERY field, likely in many ways that haven't even been considered yet. Imagine the career opportunities.
miraje: (kick me)




You're the Massachusetts Institute of Technology!

People have often said about you that the odds are good, but
the goods are odd. You're definitely good at knowing what the odds are in
any situation, even if you might have trouble expressing what they are to
a crowd of people. You see the whole world in numbers and have even argued
that it might be beneficial to replace peoples' names with numbers in all
situations. It would seem that you are odd after all. But brilliant. You
make a serious effort to never go outside.



Take the University Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.



Mememememe

Jun. 20th, 2007 10:23 pm
miraje: (cow says mu)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


Ok, the nearest bookish thing to me is a scientific journal that happens to start at page 612, so..hmm..it doesn't have a page 23. I guess I'll go to page 635 since it's 23 pages in. Anyway, the "book" is the May 2007 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS for short).

"Laws are written without a good understanding of forecasting products and their reliability. For example, if manure may not be applied when there is a 40% chance of rain in the next 2-3 days, who provides the official prediction -- the National Weather Service, a private forecasting company, etc.? Not only are accurate forecasts needed, but forecasts that are downscaled to specific sites or areas are also needed."

Of all the things in the universe that depend on weather, why are they using manure as the example? I guess livestock is big business in Wisconsin.
miraje: (Lakitu 1-up)
How smart are you?

Only a B+? Pshh, whatever. I know I'm the smartest person in the world.

BTW, if I had cheated and googled the ones I wasn't sure about, I'd have 100%.
miraje: (badger badger)
If you've had LJ for over a year, look back to one year ago today and link back to and quote from your entries of that day.

If you have more than one year, go back for the same day for each past year and quote for them as well.

If you've had LJ for under a year, quote from the first month you had LJ and then halfway through the time you've had it.


January 28, 2006:

-no entry

January 28, 2005:

Entry 1: "Most normal people don't give a shit what the liquid water content of a cloud is down to the hundredth of a gram per cubic meter. Only meteorologists and physicists are that damn crazy."

January 28, 2004:

Entry 1: "The temp outside right now is -1 fahrenheit. The high is supposed to be 3."

Entry 2: "I'm really overly careful about attachments in emails...so much so that I actually called my Mom once before I opened a message from her to make sure that it was legit."

January 28, 2003:

Entry 1: "I ordered a large pizza and there's two pieces left."

January 28, 2002:

Entry 1: "I wanted to get some Lucky's or Silvers, but they were 70 fucking bucks each! I got TWO nice pairs of jeans (one Tommy Hilfiger, the other LEI) and a tank of gas for that much."

Friday Five

Jan. 5th, 2007 03:40 pm
miraje: (phoebe)
1. Do you have any pets? If so, how many, and what are their names?
One cat, a grey and white domestic shorthair named Phoebe.

2. What was your very first pet? Do you remember its name?
The earliest pet I can remember was a white dog named Lobo. I don't remember what breed she was, but she looked kind of like a yellow labrador retriever...but white and with pointy ears. My mom adopted her from a family after she had given birth to puppies, and we kept her for several years. Eventually we had to give her to my grandparents when we moved into a tiny apartment that didn't allow pets, and she lived with them until she died of some kind of mouth cancer when I was about 12 years old. She was a good dog, and that's a lot coming from a cat person.

3. Is there an animal you would never have as a pet?
I like animals that you can pet or cuddle, so although I've had them before I'm not terribly fond of aquarium pets.

4. What common pet have you always wanted but never had? Why not?
I wanted a horse really badly when I was young, but I never got one. I've also wanted to try keeping rabbits, but that never worked out either.

5. What wild animal (extinct or not) would you own if you didn't have to worry about its adjustment or the cost of captivity?
For some reason I went through a phase where I wanted foxes and raccoons. Any kind of wild canine or feline species would be fun. I had a wolf when I was 13, and he was the best pet I've ever had.

PS: KAYLA!! Thank you for the Christmas card!! I got it a few days ago, but I suck at remembering to thank people for things. :)
miraje: (cow says mu)
Mememememe... )

No, I'm not from a major city. I had a weak southern accent most of my life (living in rural KS and OK will do that to you), and then I moved to Iowa and picked up just enough Minnesoooota northy accent to balance it out. If you get me started in a conversation with an individual with a thick southern accent, though, my original drawl comes back.
miraje: (badger badger)
1. Where were you 1 hour ago? Here in the house...I haven't gone anywhere all day.
2. Who will be your next kiss? Jeremy. I don't kiss anyone else except for maybe the cat.
3. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? My comfy pajama pants have a pink waistband, there's a pink pencil on my desk, my black squishy bean-bag pillow on the floor has pink trim, my cloud physics book has a pink tab sticker thing in it, and my eraser is pink. That sounds like a lot, but I actually have a history of hating the color pink. I really had to search around for these things.
4. When is the last time you went to the mall? Oh wow....uh...earlier this summer Jeremy and I went to the mall to look at the digital tvs at Sears. I don't think I actually bought anything for myself though. I can't shop with him and still get the things I want. He either says it's ugly or that it costs too much. :/
5. Are you wearing socks right now? nope
6. When was the last time you went out of the state? I went to Minnesota for the first few weeks of August, but I'm going to Kansas tomorrow.
7. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? Nah.
8. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee this morning. I really don't drink much water.
9. What are you wearing right now? tight white tank top, dark gray pajama pants, light blue bra, light blueish underwear, black elastic hairtie
10. What was your last purchase? Sonic for dinner last night.
11. Last food you ate? ham, mashed potatoes, and corn with white country gravy. Mmm mm good, yet so so bad for me.
12. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Dad
13. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? Don't think so. I have an itch to go shopping soon, though.
14. Do you have a pet? PHOEBE!
15. What's the last sporting event you watched? I just caught the end of the Twins game since Jeremy was watching it. They got pummeled, unfortunately.
16. What is your favorite class? Ehhhh...I'm doing the best in Cloud Physics, but I find Weather Radar Theory much more interesting. It's all in the instructor.
17. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? Either back up in Ames or off on some outstanding vacation somewhere far more interesting than Oklahoma.
18. What is the last thing you purchased online? I renewed my American Meteorological Society membership and renewed my journal subscriptions. God this survey is making my life sound so uninteresting.
19. How old are your parents? Not that old relative to other parents of kids my age. Mom is 41. Dad is 46.
20. What's your favorite soup? I love anything creamy/cheesy with veggies in it. Potato soup is nummy too.
21. Do you miss anyone? I definitely miss all my buddies at Iowa State. It's taking me awhile to get to know people here at Oklahoma.
22. Last play you saw? Oh wow, I so do not watch plays. You mean live? Ummm, this is going to sound horrible, but the last play I saw live was probably some high school thing that my sister was in back in my sophomore or junior year of high school. I have movies of big plays/musicals like Chicago and Moulin Rouge if that counts.
23. What are your plans for the day? The day's almost over, but I still need to grade a mountain of papers and finish some homework before I go to Kansas.
24. Who is the last person you messaged on myspace? I think it was Lisa.
25. Ever go to camp? There was a strange camp sort of overnight thing I had to do when I was in the Freshman Honors Program. "Camp" is different from camping, which I have done a lot more of.
26. Were you an honor roll student in school? High school, definitely. College, about half the time I made the dean's list.
27.What do you know about the future? I know that I will have some control over where mine takes me, but there will inevitably be things that are out of my control. I could crash into a cow on my way up to Pratt tomorrow...not much I can do 'bout that.
28. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? God no. Who would I be trying to impress if I haven't left the house all day?
29. had to step out for a moment. Um..
30. Where is your best friend located? Well, I had to confirm it first, but I live with one. I have several very close friends from Iowa State that are kind of scattered now (many are still around Iowa though). My buddy from high school is in the west Texas town of El Paso. And then I have all of you wonderful people online who are scattered all over the world and yet I can still find you all in one place. Pretty awesome, isn't it?
31. Do you have a tan? Shit, if you can call it a tan. This is as dark as I get, which isn't very dark.
32. How old do you want to be when you have kids? Uhh, aiming for around 30 I guess, but the plan is to have them when I'm just at the right place in my life to support other human beings and give them a happy environment. I reserve the right to get out and see things and travel first before I commit to children. I gotta be selfish now to make up for all the selfless time I'll have as a parent. But of course, this is The Plan. "The best laid plans of mice and men....."
33. Do you collect anything? Being a geology freak I like interesting rocks (many of which are on my desk right now). I have a drawer full of keepsakes from various places I've been and things I've done (paper things like event programs, ticket stubs, name tags, national park brochures, and all the cool freebie stuff you can pick up at fairs and conferences). I have a budding music collection on my computer that I'm adding to all the time as well.
34. Any piercings or tattoos? Just a hole in each ear.
35. How do you like your soda? I like vanilla, rum, or vanilla vodka in coke, and I like Pepsi for ice cream floats. Other than that...well...I like them cold...
36. Do you like hot sauce? only the stuff they have at IHOP with the wooden cap that's not really hot but still really, really, tasty.
37. Last time you took a shower? This morning.
38. Who do you like? You should ask me who I don't like. That's an easier question.
39. What is your mood? Sort of sleepy and craving coffee.
40. Are you someone's best friend? I had to confirm it first, but yes. :)
41. What's the last TV show you watched? Other than the baseball game tonight, I saw Grey's Anatomy and Smallville last night.
miraje: (books)
The basic idea is to go to a random quotation list generator and pick out the five that resonate best with you. Here are mine:

1. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ---Henry David Thoreau

2. The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. ---John Kenneth Galbraith

3. Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. ---Nathaniel Branden

4. The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. ---Arthur C. Clarke

5. Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them? ---Rose Kennedy

I don't know if I was supposed to be allowed to get more random quotes, but I just grabbed the five I liked from the first page. It's kind of limiting, though.
miraje: (music)
1.) Put your music player on shuffle
2.) Press forward for each question.
3.) Use the song title as the answer to the question.
4.) NO CHEATING!!!

1.) How am I feeling today?
Existentialism on Prom Night--Straylight Run

2.) How will i feel about getting married?
Life is Short--Butterfly Boucher (oddly appropriate)

3.) What is my best friend's theme song?
Cold Cold Heart--Norah Jones

4.) Highschool is?
The Best Deceptions--Dashboard Confessional

5.) I am...
Still Frame--Trapt

6.) How is today?
Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx

7.) What is in store for this week?
In My Head--Anna Nalick

8.) What song describes my parents?
Freshmen--The Verve Pipe (yeah...ok)

9.) How is my life going?
Imagine--Dave Matthews and Blues Traveler

10.) What song will they play at my funeral?
Open Arms--Journey

11.) How does the world see me?
Time is Running Out--Muse

12.) My friends think...
The Ghost of You--My Chemical Romance

13) my life is lived...
Stand Up--Trapt

14.) This makes me happy...
Let it Be--The Beatles

15.) What should I do with my life?
She Talks to Angels--The Black Crowes

16.) I will be happy when...
Give it Up--The Format

17.) What is some good advice?
Breathe--Anna Nalick

18.) What do I think my current theme song is?
Roll Me Away--Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

19.) What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
At Last--Etta James (ha..I bet so)

20.) The type of men/women i like are...
Motorcycle Drive By--Third Eye Blind (probably kind of true actually)

21.) How will you feel on your wedding day?
Screaming Infidelities--Dashboard Confessional (oh great...)

22.) What should I do with my love life?
Nothing Could Come Between Us--Theory of a Dead Man

23.) What will your neighborhood be like?
The Outsider--A Perfect Circle

24.) What will your dying words be?
Get Stoned--Hinder (it's a good way to end it I suppose)
miraje: (music)
You are a dog
Or maybe you are a mosquito, you certainly can't be human.

The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 21.1kHz
Test your own hearing at Ultrasonic ringtones


Apparently I'm not supposed to hear those. One of my ears hurts now after playing those. The high pitches must have been rattling the hell out of one of my ear drums. Eh well, it's still something different to do.


Also, check out the forecast for here for the next several days. )

I hate Oklahoma summers, but it's not just Oklahoma seeing triple digits. The 100-degree temps extend all the way from southern Texas to North Dakota. And if you think that's bad, check out the desert southwest.
miraje: (Default)
Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three facts, three births and three deaths in your journal, including the year.

March 21

Events:
1963 - Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
1980 - On the season finale of the soap opera Dallas, the infamous character J.R. Ewing is shot by an unseen assailant, leading to the catchphrase "Who Shot JR?"

Births:
1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer
1958 - Gary Oldman, English actor
1959 - Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
1978 - Kevin Federline, Dancer/Hip Hop Artist (I can't believe he's actually considered noteworthy in Wikipedia..I had to do four just because of him)

Deaths:
1843 - Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico
1987 - Dean Paul Martin, American musician
1991 - Leo Fender, American guitar manufacturer (I'm related to him!)
miraje: (beach)
If you've had LJ for over a year, look back to one year ago today and link back to and quote from your entries of that day.

If you have more than one year, go back for the same day for each past year and quote for them as well.

If you've had LJ for under a year, quote from the first month you had LJ and then halfway through the time you've had it.


December 14, 2004:

-Entry 1: "I'm just in a general FUCK YOU mood today."
-Entry 2: "The rest of the time it feels like my head is swimming around in some kind of fog where I have no bearing whatsoever on what is going on around me or what I'm supposed to be doing. I stare off into space for ungodly amounts of time and find myself not thinking about a single, god damned thing."

December 14, 2003:

-Entry 1: "Eeeeexcellent."
-Entry 2: "Apparently the whole idea is that Santa's getting his man-breasts removed."

December 14, 2002:

-no entry

December 14, 2001:

-Entry 1: "Well...that and I broke the school record in Jenga."
-Entry 2: "Crowds scare the shit out of me sometimes."
-Entry 3: "Damn, I'm good."

I decided to do December 14th because I apparently have a stigma against the 13th. I went back through all four years and found only one entry. Weird.

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