Stuff from April, 2003

This is the archive of tumbledry happenings that occurred on April, 2003.

Discovered the Brush Tool


A larger version is here.

Random Music Notes

Simple Plan - “I’d Do Anything”
Sum 41
New Found Glory
Good Charlotte
Blink 182

Massive Attack “Mezzanine”
t.A.T.u. “Show Me Love”
Sarina Paris
Pet Shop Boys
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
George Acosta
DJ Tiesto
Ferry Corsten
blink 182
sum 41
Utah Phillips
jewel’s newest
“little bits”
bon jovi
india arie
dj sammy
beachboys - i wanna go home
beck? - i’ve seen better days
cranberries dreams
Afro Celt Sound System
Daft Punk
miss jane - its a fine day

nickd classic quote #1

ยป 2001.04.18.3
I got into a conversation with a friend of mine today, and it came up that I haven’t drank anything since I got here. Most people have been wondering why I live a substance-free life around here (I mean, it’s freaking college, of all places), so yeah. Here’s your long-waiting explanation.

During high school, I formulated my own reasons as to why I didn’t drink or smoke either form of plant life. It essentially boiled down to the explanation that I didn’t want to do things to make myself stupider: that my intelligence is all I really have to myself, that it’s what identifies me, it’s what makes me unique. To dull or to stunt myself would be to deny what makes me myself, if that makes any sense.

During college, I read Ayn Rand (You saw this coming. Shut up.). I think she put it rather nicely in The Virtue of Selfishness, so I’ll repeat her words here:

“The pleasure of being drunk is obviously the pleasure of escaping from the responsibility of consciousness. And so are the kind of social gatherings, held for no other purpose than the expression of hysterical chaos, where the guests wander around around in an alcoholic stupor, prattling noisily and senselessly, and enjoying the illusion of a universe in which one is not burdened with purpose, logic, reality, or awareness.”

Road Trip, anyone? Scary Movie? Any frat party?

(Also, don’t go complaining to me that shows like the Paul Oakenfold one I attended last week are the same thing: I wasn’t on anything at Oakenfold and had such a great time regardless, so there. It’s easy to avoid the ingesting of such substances at those places, if you know what you’re doing.)

EA quiz tomorrow: studying time is go!


I think I have turned a corner. For the past two months, nothing has really appealed to me; and by nothing I mean no activities, no free time stuff, no designing. High school has shifted out of the front of my goals and this is why; for all practical purposes high school is wrapped up and ready to be done with. We’re just pounding away at some pointless school days, doing some pointless things. Probably the only useful thing I am learning right now is the fundamental theorem of calculus. Everything else is useless; we waste so much time its incredible. Although I sound bitter, I have finally escaped that problem. Finally, I’m looking ahead and examining myself, clarifying what adjustments in attitude and ambition I need to make in order to thrive in the changing atmosphere. I am in the most critical time of my life, during which I make decisions that will echo throughout the corridors of my future years. At the same time, this is the most fun time. Think about it, i’m young, I have my health, my eyesight, my peers; I am in a most comfortable situation. College, of course, will dramatically change that - things are going to be rearranged. But whatever, I am rambling. I wish to enhance my witticism concentration and thus I will strive to be concise and humorous in these postings, which reminds me….


Vario Sonnar

I still think this quote this is funny:

Hi, my name is Richard and I’m not just a “nice guy”.

But anyways, regardless of my opinion on random things that I do not know if I am at liberty to share, the following is the color pallete for the upcoming redesign of this very site.


Bow Bow

I’ve been doing more brainstorming here. I realized that I should make some big decisions about what I want the upcoming site to have and what I don’t want it to have before I start designing. I’m closing in on “that certain” site that I have always wanted. It would be great to see it work out. Then again, the term “work out” to me is different than to others. First off, “work out” means going to Lifetime. Secondary definition is for things to work perfectly. So, I guess I don’t really want things to work perfectly - in order for that to happen, webdesigning would have to be my job, which it isn’t. Although, I have had this passing thought itching interest burning desire to try to show Justin that it is possible to make this look good. Who knows! I sure don’t! And to tell you the truth, that’s the fun in life. For tonight: Hamlet study guide/Crime and Punishment review/Calc section 4.4/St. Thomas Honors Program Essay/German ‘Das Bin Ich’ project/Accompaniment practicing/Website designing. And yes they are in that order. Now that the schedule is outlined -> onward!

Beatles et al.

The following is the list of songs that my sister and I converted to mp3 using a small patchcord and tapeplayer for the tapes, and a 25 foot patchcord and Dual 1245 record player running through the ol’ SX-850 for vinyl. The patchcords were converted from RCA by two adpators, one routing the left and right signals to a 6mm standard plug and the next cutting the signal down to a standard 3.5mm stereo miniplug so the sound card would accept the signal. Thus, recordings were made in StereophonicTM sound using Lame Encoder (version 1.32, engine 3.93 MMX) at 44.1 KHz with a 192kps average bitrate set to extreme bitrates of 160 and 320kbps. There is The Beatles - The White Album and some christmas records left on the agenda for conversion to mp3.


For an Angel

I decided to write about three things I have been thinking about today. Near death experiences are crazy. I overheard a couple of months ago this guy talking about what he called his “spiderman” experience in which he, while on the op table, leaped to a wall and saw himself and his room there, and then was back in his body. Seriously, I think that really interesting. I also think we can learn a lot from cancer survivors - I don’t think they are on medicine for stress or anything - they understand life and its amazingness. Secondly, Matt and I decided that we were not hot. This realization is an important one to make. Thus, I now fully understand that I should not rely on my looks for anything and should not assume that a woman is ever attracted to anything other than my personality. On the positive side, I will never attract shallow women who want me for my looks - because as Matt and I positively concluded - we are not hot! I feel as though a weight has been lifted - like I expected myself to appear a certain way but never did and wondered why. Either way, working out and personal hygene still remain high priorities - I just understand it all better now. Thirdly, Paul Van Dyk’s song “For An Angel” - (original not remix) - is great. Go buy his cd with that song on it today. Combined with his “Tell Me Why”, Paul Van Dyk is really a cool music artist. Oh, and my wishlist for music has expanded to include at least one Happy Hardcore 2B record - Volume 2 I believe it is. Ho hum.