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2012, stop trying to be 2011.

Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But this year’s still kind of sucky.

This week in particular has been one long string of bad news. I know you’re all probably sick of me complaining here, but I need someplace to vent before I start stabbing peoples. You all know how I like plans, right? Well so far this year it’s been very, very tricky to make any sort of concrete plans. That’s very difficult for me.

On a positive note, I (accidentally) sliced the hell out of my ankle with my razor while I was shaving my legs and didn’t even really bleed. Vitamin K, people. It makes you a god.

That is all.

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2012: Year of the Restart

2011 decided to give me one final blow and reared its ugly, bad-luck-and-crappy-experience-ridden head today, so I’ve decided that because we’re already one day long for the year (February 29th will be making it’s quadrennial appearance), New Year’s Day will actually occur tomorrow.

Alright?
Alright.

We’re back to the year of the Dragon, which is my Chinese zodiac sign, so that’s at least something good. Right?

Also this:

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 2 – A Review

HEY DUDES, it’s year 2 coming to a close! Music review time.
Total songs: 365 (again, duh)
Total time: 23 hours, 3 minutes, and 37 seconds
Total size: 2.29 GB
Mean song length: 3:59.35 (last year’s? 3:59.412. CREEPY.)
First song: Ecstasy by zZz
Last song: United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) by DJ Earworm

Time for the bests!

Top 10 Favorite Music Videos/Regular Videos Featuring the Artist(s)

  1. Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot
  2. Judas – Lady GaGa
  3. The Cello Song – Steven Sharp Nelson
  4. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
  5. Jupiter – Gustav Holst
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Shoes – Tiga
  8. Check It Out – will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
  9. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
  10. Last Friday Night – Katy Perry

 

The Five Stars
The final list for the year, listed from January to December acquisition.
Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot
Check It Out – will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
Corrente – Karl Jenkins
Good Life – OneRepublic
Paradise – Coldplay
Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher

 

The Overall Top Five
Paradise – Coldplay
This song is phenomenal. It’s not Sleepyhead by any stretch of the imagination (for any of you just tuning into my blog, Sleepyhead is the greatest song in existence in my opinion), but I really, really, like this one. I can’t explain why, I just do.

Good Life – OneRepublic
This song is very closely tied with my moving to Ontario to start a new beginning. We all saw how well that worked out, but Good Life is still tied into that part of my brain that houses the little ounce of hope I have left.

Corrente – Karl Jenkins
I can’t remember what led to my finding this song…all I know is that within five hours of downloading it I had played it the maximum number of times it could be replayed in five hours. It’s very uplifting and makes me want to do art.

Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher
The fact that it is impossible not to get up and dance/jump/groove to the chorus makes this song a winning one in my eyes.

Check It Out – will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
I DO NOT KNOW why I like this song so much; it’s totally not my usually preferred style of music. I think I might like it ’cause of its awesome bass during the chorus.

And now some tasty, tasty pie charts. First is the breakdown of the total 365 songs by genre, second is the percent of total plays by genre.

So looking at my numbers, it appears that I listened to songs purchased in 2011 a total of 7,977 times. The mean length of song is almost exactly 4:00, so that means I listened to a total of 1,914,480 seconds of music (31,908 minutes, 532 hours, or about 22 days).

 

ALSO: I realized I promised y’all some comparative stats with this year’s and last year’s music. I ultimately decided to save that data and use it for one (or more) of the tests I’ll be featuring on my new secondary blog StatsWeekly. Did I mention a secondary blog ever? Well, now I did, so there. I’ll probably use the data on here sometime, too. Can’t let it go to waste, you know. Reduce, Reuse, Regression.

Go to the “365 Songs” tab and check out the bottom for this year’s list.

Go &*#! Yourself, 2011.

I think 2012 could end up a horrible, fire-and-brimstone, world-ending, apocalyptic chaos of death and destruction…and it would STILL be better than 2011.

Mother of GOD this year sucked. Most of the things on the “bad” list are way more bad than the things on the “good” list are good. If that makes sense.

The GOOD:

  1. The Master’s. I honestly did not think this would happen. Getting a super high grade on it and being told it was PhD level work made it that much more of a big deal to me.
  2. Skydiving. Probably the most peaceful thing I’ve ever experienced, believe it or not. I mean, after you’re airborne out of the plane, at least. Getting up there was loud and bumpy.
  3. 10K. I never thought I’d run for pleasure, let alone voluntarily sign up for a 10k. I totally would have finished in under an hour, too, if I didn’t have to stop and use the bathrooms.
  4. Getting into UWO. Disregard my leaving prematurely (see “bad” list item #8), UWO was fantastic. It was a super-needed ego boost, too, to know I’d gotten accepted into one of the highest rated philosophy of science grad programs in the world (according to The Philosophical Gourmet Report).
  5. Being with my mom. Crappy circumstances brought us together, but our togetherness is keeping us sane through the crappiness. Love you, mom!
  6. Conquering Vancouver via walking. I spent many, many hours walking the streets of Vancouver. I could probably draw an accurate map of the city, still.
  7. Mount Rushmore. DUDE, presidents! This was a fantastic and last-minute road trip on our road trip to London, ON this summer and it was totally worth it. Everyone should see it, it’s spectacular.

The BAD:

  1. The Master’s. March, April, May, June: the four worst months of my life. I am not exaggerating one little bit. Looking back, I cannot understand how I kept getting out of bed every morning and doing the stuff I needed to do (except for that one atypical day where I said “screw this noise” and played Fallout all day). Seriously. Bad. Times.
  2. UBC/grad school/Vancouver. Vancouver and I, we did not get along. Ever. From the second I stepped into that city, things began to suck. Ask my mom, man, she’s a witness.
  3. Loneliness. I’m a solitary person by nature, but I do enjoy the occasional Rock Band orgy with my friends. Never happened up here.
  4. The potpourri of “issues.” The less said about these, the better. Related are “bad” items #1, #5, #6, #7, and #8. Party in the USA.
  5. Panic attacks. To say I’m an anxious person is probably the understatement of the century, but as stressed out as I’ve always gotten over EVERYTHING, I’ve never had a panic attack issue. Until this year. Merry Christmas.
  6. Hospitalization #1. At least Vancouver General has good muffins.
  7. Hospitalization #2. Claudia’s conscious brain:  “okay, let’s settle down and concentrate. Thesis is due in less than 24 hours!” Claudia’s unconscious brain: “you’d best locate your ctrl + alt + delete keys, as your brain’s about to do a hard reset. Happy thesis writing!”
  8. Having to leave UWO. Related to #4. I really, really, really, really, REALLY wanted to stay there. Circumstances did not allow for this (quite literally—there was no way I could remain in Canada due to what’s been going on). Sometimes things suck, but the universe knows what it’s doing.

Okay, I HOPE the universe knows what it’s doing. Hey universe, if you’re listening, I’d like a job as a statistical analyst somewhere, please. And I’d like my mom to be happy. And I’d like my friends to be happy.

(And I’d like Leibniz. Just for, like, five minutes. …Please?)

Bring it on, 2012. Bring it on.

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Mmm, it’s got that end-of-the-year survey smell!

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Skydived (skydove? What the hell is the past tense of that?).

2. Where did you begin 2011?
In my apartment in Vancouver. Nothing special.

3. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept a few of them. I was a massive failure at pretty much everything this year.

4. What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Do you have to ask that, really?

5. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

6. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandpa on my dad’s side.

7. Were you in school?
For most of the year, yes.

8. What countries did you visit?
Well, I LIVED in both Canada and the US.

9. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Sanity.

10. What moments from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory?
Skydiving, hospital visits 1 and 2, the MA defense, seeing Mount Rushmore.

11. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my Master’s.

12. What was your biggest failure?
Everything else.

13. Did you have to go to the hospital?
Twice.

14. What was the best thing you bought?
I’m not really sure, actually. I’ve had very little money this year.

15. Where did most of your money go?
We’re not going to discuss that.

16. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Statistics, as usual. Grad school at UWO.

17. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Coldplay’s Paradise. Or OneRepublic’s Good Life. Ironically, neither of those song titles describes 2011 for me in the slightest.

18. What concerts/shows did you go to?
None. SAD DAY.

19. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Happier, I suppose.
II. thinner or fatter? A bit thinner.
III. richer or poorer? HA, poorer.

20. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Worked (haha, I hate not having a job).

21. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spazzed.

22. What trips did you go on?
I guess you can count our one-day excursion to Mount Rushmore a trip on our way to London, ON.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I’m still digging Metalocalypse.

24. What was the best book you read?
Lolita was absolutely fantastic. READ IT.

25. What were your greatest musical discoveries?
Guns N’ Roses, OneRepublic…everything else is pretty much by individual song.

26. What did you want and get?
Please refer to question 11.

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Haha, I don’t remember what I did on my birthday. I was 23.

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing my mind.

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
“Colorful.”

30. What kept you sane?
What is this “sane?”

31. Who did you miss?
All my Moscow crazies. My mother.

32. Who was the best new person you met?
George up in London! He’s awesome.

33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Sometimes it’s just not worth it.

34. Did you move anywhere?
I moved a total of five times. Vancouver to Moscow, Moscow to London, London to Moscow, Moscow to Marana, Marana to Tucson.

35. What’s something you thought you would never do but did in 2011?
Voluntarily ran a 10K.

36. What was your best month?
Such a thing did not exist this year.

37. Any regrets?
None that were necessarily new to this year, no.

38. Overall, how would you rate this year?
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being horrible and 10 being outstanding, 2011 ranks in at about a -463.

39. What did you like most about 2011?
That it’s ENDING.

40. Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
My office in Van.

41. Change your hairstyle?
Sawed a lot of it off in January.

42. Get a new job?
I got a new TA position at UBC and one (however briefly) at UWO. Still looking for a job currently, though.

43. Do anything embarrassing?
Probably.

44. Get married or divorced?
PFFT relationships.

45. Did you get sick this year?
Depends on how you define “sick.”

46. Start a new hobby?
Does having panic attacks count?

47. Are you happy to see 2011 go?
OH GOD YES.

48. What are you wishing for in 2012?
Better times.

High Resolution

So I suppose it’s that time of the year for reviewing old New Year’s Resolutions and defining new ones.

So let’s get to it!

OUT WITH THE OLD:

  • FAILED: Contribute substantially to a Wikipedia article. I actually have quite a bit I can say to add to Wiki’s already existing page on the CFI, but I’ve never actually added anything to a Wiki page (just corrected typos/grammatical errors), so the prospect of doing anything more makes me nervous.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. Haha, we all knew this one’d keep.
  • FAILED: Come up with a new recipe weekly. Haha. Yeah.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Go skydiving. This was AWEOSME and I totally want to do it again.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Get my MA degree. YAY.
  • FAILED: Learn conversational German. Haha, yeah right.
  • SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Complete the 5,000 question survey. I’m getting there. It’s not like I haven’t been inundating you all with the 100-question segments all year.
  • FAILED: Answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” survey question thingy. Totally forgot to do this.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Malls are both fascinating and scary; therefore I shall see Vancouver via walking by walking to a new mall every weekend. Search “Canadian Mall” and ye shall find what I’ve reviewed.
  • FAILED: Go a week without electricity. Couldn’t do it in Van ‘cause it was thesis crunch time, didn’t do it in London ‘cause I was busy spazzing, and by the time I got back to Moscow it was getting dark too early in the day and Claudia + candles = imminent disaster.
  • FAILED: Go a week without consuming any dairy products. I kept wanting to do this, but then kept automatically adding feta to my pasta/dairy product-containing dressing to my salad.
  • SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Do something with Prime. In progress.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Go back to St. Mary’s once. Saw the new band room. It kicks ass.
  • FAILED: Read Newton’s Principia (and hope Leibniz’ ghost doesn’t kill me in my sleep). I suck.
  • FAILED: Actually pay attention to how much money I spend. HAHA.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2011. Though I’m not proud of this year’s story.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Get better with R. You don’t have 100+ plots in your thesis and NOT get better with R.

Conclusion: I suck.

IN WITH THE NEW:

  • Fix the “issues.”
  • Get a job.
  • Return to acquiring knowledge in a formal setting.
  • Start and maintain a stats blog.
  • Improve with R.
  • Go without dairy for a week.
  • Go without electricity for a week.
  • Walk 1,200 miles Pfft, screw that mediocrity. Walk 2,500 miles.
  • Continue my 365 Days of Music project.
  • Blog daily.
  • Win NaNoWriMo 2012.
  • Continue “doing something” with Prime.
  • Complete the 5,000 question survey.
  • Probably other stuff I’m forgetting at the moment.

Wee!

Statistics in the Nude

HAHA, you wish, right?

Today (or yesterday, or some time recently) CNN.com put up a link to the 100 most popular boy and girl baby names of 2011. Said link is here.

My personal opinions:

  • Hate the name Aiden
  • Dig the name Sophia
  • Annabelle’s my kitty’s name!
  • Xavier? Really?
  • What’s with the excessive overuse of “y” as a replacement vowel for…well, pretty much every other vowel?
  • Half of these names I would never expect to be in the 100 most popular for this year.

Anyway.

Me being me, I decided to run a few quick little stats to see what’s what with these names. Consider this a delightful little romp through basic descriptive and inferencial stats.

  1. Test 1: Is there a difference between the mean number of syllables in the 100 most popular names for boys vs. the 100 most popular names for girls? (2-sample t-test)
  2. Test 2: Is there a difference between the mean syllable of emphasis in the 100 most popular names for boys vs. the 100 most popular names for girls? (2-sample t-test)
  3. Test 3: Do either the number of syllables or the mean syllable of emphasis statistically predict the rank of the names for either boys or girls? (Regressions! Regressions!)

Since these are small baby analyses I won’t go through the analyses in depth; I’ll just give you the results.

Test 1
I wanted to determine with this test if the top 100 male and 100 female names had a statistically different number of syllables. No names in either list had more than 4 syllables.

Mean number of syllables for male names: 2.45
Mean number of syllables for female names: 2.09
Results of the t-test: t(187.956) = 3.80, p < 0.001 (0.0001967)

This means that there is a statistically significant difference in the number of syllables in the 100 most popular male names and the 100 most popular female names (with male names having, on average, more syllables).

Test 2
I wanted to see if there was any difference between the two lists of names in terms of where the emphasis was placed in the name. Did one list contain more names where the emphasis was on the first syllable (e.g., “E-than,” “KA-thy”, “CA-ro-line”), or more names where the emphasis was later in the name (e.g. “a-LEX-a,” “nath-AN-iel,” “el-ISE”)? This was simplified somewhat by my coding; I just had “1,” “2,” “3,” and “4” as the codes for the emphasis falling on the first, second, third, or fourth syllable, respectively.

Mean syllable of emphasis for male names: 1.09
Mean syllable of emphasis for female names: 1.29
Results of the t-test: t(167.09) = 3.04, p = 0.0027

This means that there is a statistically significant difference between the location of the syllable of emphasis in the 100 post popular male names and the 100 most popular female names (with the emphasis being placed earlier in the name for males than females).

Test 3
I didn’t save the printout results of the regressions because afterward I realized how bad it was to attempt an inferential statistic with such a pittance of a data set, but I figured I’d let you know what I got anyway: performing a Poisson regression (y variable is a count variable, bitches!) revealed that neither the number of syllables nor the location of the emphasis in the  name were statistically significant predictors of the rank of the names.

Ta-da!

What is blogging?

I was living in the dank, dull doldrums of Vancouver when Watson debuted on Jeopardy! back in February of this year. However, tonight I was able to catch an old repeat show from when the IBM computer competed against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

All I have to say is this: how freaking insane is it that we have the technology to create AI computers that are able to not only compete but beat humans in a real time trivia situation? Some philosophers like John Searle argue that Watson can’t really “think,” but how much longer until computers become so sophisticated that the  line between computation and thought becomes totally blurred?

Crazy times, 2011, crazy times.

Sticks and Stones

Good lord, Vancouver, it’s just hockey. Smashing up Seymour St. and Robson St. will not get you the Stanley Cup back from the Bruins.

Because of several issues (not going into these at this time), my mom’s up here with me for a week or so. Tonight (around 10 PM) I took DA SKY TRAIN to the airport to pick her up. They had the rioting on the news at the airport, and we were all standing around watching the chaos unfold, shocked at what was going on just downtown. The majority of the people in the airport were disgusted with it all. One guy even commented, “I’m pretty embarrassed to be from Vancouver right now.”

By the time my mom’s plane got in, they’d shut down bus services to and from downtown, and SkyTrain service was limited to the southernmost stops (those not downtown). My mom and I were going to go to Denny’s, but that didn’t happen for such obvious reasons.

Edit: A gallery of pictures. The fact that I walk down these streets and past these stores quite frequently is scary.

Things that are Entirely Underrated

  • Chicago Hope
  • Half Life
  • Pink Energy
  • Pipsoh
  • Capitol Steps
  • Statistics done well
  • Ring Pops

Also, the last year of my life as summarized by the first sentences of the first blogs of each month:

May 2010: Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the fifth year of Claudia’s blogs
June 2010: I need to make a remix. Or a mashup. Something. I have the urge.
July 2010: GUESS WHOSE BIRTHDAY IT IS? (hint: it requires caps lock)
August 2010: Hahahaha, so my dad has gout in his foot.
September 2010: Well hi there ladies and gents, and welcome to my first blog on WordPress.
October 2010: So I impulse-bought an iPod Touch off of eBay this afternoon for no other reason than “hey look, this auction has 31 seconds left and I have money in my bank account!”
November 2010: What “F” word, you ask? Fat.
December 2010: So as I said yesterday, NaNoWriMo is over!
January 2011: Dear 2011, let’s be kind to each other, shall we?
February 2011: Fasting + blood draw = bruised up arm and desire to om-nom the ever living hell out of some noodles at 9 AM.
March 2011: Ha, cool, I’ve been on WordPress for 6 months now.
April 2011: What in the hell happened to March?
May 2011: Well, it’s that time of the year.

I miss my life. Hopefully I’ll be getting it back within a month or so.

Quiet Riot…In My Pants

Are you serious?

REALLY?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2011/02/liveability_ranking

As it has done for the past two years (WHY??), Vancouver holds the top spot as being the most livable city in the world.
“The ranking scores 140 cities from 0-100 on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. These numbers are then weighted and combined to produce an overall figure.”

Um…have any of the people in charge of creating the ranking actually been up here?
Hastings Sunrise is terrifying.
The rain! THE RAAAAAAAAAAAIN!
I pay $1,000 a month for my rent, and that’s like the lowest low end price for a 1 bedroom place.
People up here are cold, man. I’ve both experienced this and heard the same from a lot of others who are not from Vancouver but who live here now.
The Vancouver CTV website mentions an assault/rape/murder about once a day.

Yeah. Excellent place to live.

Here’s my favorite comment from the comments section, by the way:
“Vancouver also scored well in the following categories:
– 100 out of 100 in: “Does it ever stop raining here?”.
– 99 out of 100 in: “If I don’t get out of this rain, I swear to God I’m gonna lose it”.
– 98 out of 100 in: “So, when does summer arrive around here anyway?”
And –
– 97 out of 100 in: ‘Forget this crap, I’m movin’ to Arizona.'”

Unadulterated Blather

Okay, so my older list sucked because I wrote it in a hurry and didn’t really give it much thought. So here’s my ACTUAL list of resolutions/goals/miscellaneous crap. I know nobody really cares, but it’s fun to pretend.

  • Contribute substantially to a Wikipedia article
  • Blog daily
  • Come up with a new recipe weekly
  • Go skydiving
  • Get my MA degree
  • Learn conversational German
  • Complete the 5,000 question survey
  • Answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” survey question thingy
  • Malls are both fascinating and scary; therefore I shall see Vancouver via walking by walking to a new mall every weekend. Reviews will happen, ‘cause that’s just how I am
  • Go a week without electricity
  • Go a week without consuming any dairy products
  • Do something with Prime
  • Go back to St. Mary’s church once
  • Read Newton’s Principia (and hope Leibniz’ ghost doesn’t kill me in my sleep)
  • Actually pay attention to how much money I spend
  • Win NaNoWriMo 2011
  • Get better with R

 

WOO!

Well, here we go again…

Dear 2011,

Let’s be kind to each other, shall we? 2010 was average enough, but we don’t need another 2009.

So let’s make a deal.

You will provide me with 365 days, each day approximately 24 hours in length. These days will be blank slates with each an opportunity to get things right.

In turn, I will provide you with 365 attempts at not sucking at life. This includes but is not limited to:

  • keeping my mind focused on whatever task is at hand, regardless of how alluring drawing/writing/StumbleUpon/Wordpress/screwing around on the internet in general is.
  • trying not to lose my shit when it comes to anxiety-provoking social interactions.
  • mastering the art of self-deprivation to promote self-betterment.
  • attempts to dispel anger in more constructive ways.
  • trying to be kinder to everyone, even people who can’t seem to walk down a sidewalk properly.
  • appreciating the fact that I have control over my life (note: this does not exempt me from bitching about stuff).

 

So yeah. Take that, fate, I’m going to kick your ass.

 

Anyway, life is never complete without a year-end survey. Onward!

Name: Claudia
Screen name: LadyLeibniz. Or AntarcticaFreak, but that one’s ancient.
Current location: Vancouver
Birth date: February 2
Sign: Aquarius/Dragon

2010 In The Beginning……
Where did you ring in the New Year? On my butt in the snow outside my house after falling down the deck stairs. 2009 just couldn’t let go without giving me one more jab.
Who were you with? Myself.
Did you kiss anyone at midnight? Nope.
Did you make any resolutions? Quoted from last year: “Figure out what the hell I want, find a boyfriend, get better with R, etc., etc.”
If so did you keep them? The first and third ones, yeah.

2010 Your Love Life….
Single/Taken? Single
How many relationships did you have? Actual relationships? Zero.
How many break ups? None
How many people did you kiss? One

2010 Friends and Enemies……
Did you meet any new friends this year? I made at least one new friend every time I came back to Moscow, haha.
Did any of your friendships end? Nah.
Did you dislike anyone? Nope.
Did you get into any fights? No one to fight with.
Did you make any new enemies? I hope not.
Did you resolve any fights? I try to stay out of it.
Who was your closest friend? Didn’t really have one.

2010….The Holidays!
Did you have a Valentine? PFFT.
Did the Easter bunny visit you? He gave me a four day weekend.
Did you watch fireworks on the 4th of July? Yes!
Did you dress up for Halloween? No.
What did you do for Thanksgiving? Canadian Thanksgiving blows, so nothing.
Did you receive what you wanted? Partially.
Were you good this holiday season? I always try to be good.

2010 Your BIRTHDAY!!!
How old did you turn? 22
Did you have a cake? No
What did you do for your birthday? Went to class. Not much else.
Did you have a party? Nope.
Did you get any presents? A few

2010……The Memories and Accomplishments!
Funniest Memory? Driving around Moscow with my friends, blasting the Numa Numa song and waving our arms around like a bunch of idiots. And not realizing the back hatch on the car was open.
Saddest Memory? The time we all sat in my car late at night and bitched about how much our lives sucked.
Most Embarrassing Memory? Existing
Best Accomplishment? Presenting my poster in Boston.

2010…..FAVORITES!
Favorite TV shows? I’m still digging Futurama. And METALOCALYPSE.
Favorite songs? See yesterday’s blog.
Favorite bands? Muse rules.
Favorite food? Freaking broccoli, man.
Favorite stores? There aren’t really any stores I frequent up here.
Favorite restaurants? Shari’s is still the best place ever. And Cougar Country, man!
Favorite piece of clothing? I love my Alex Colman pants. SO LOUD.

2010…..All about YOU….
Did you change at all this year? Meh. In some ways, yes, but they’re subtle.
Did you dye your hair? I tried to put some blue in the tips, but you can’t really see it.
Did you get your hair cut? I got it evened out in the summer.
Did you change your style? NEVER!
Were you in school? Blah, yes.
Did you have a job? I was a TA.
Did you drive? Yup.
Did you own a car? Don’t need one up here.
Did you lose anyone this year? No.
Did anyone close to you give birth? No.
Did you move at all? Hahaha, yes.
Did you go on any vacations? I went back to Moscow for the summer.
Did you leave the country at all? Indeed.
Would you change anything about yourself now? Peh.

The Resolutions

Because it’s getting to be that time and the last blog of the year is reserved:

  • Try not to suck at life
  • Blog daily, as per usual
  • Edit the stuff I need to edit (a.k.a. Prime)
  • Go skydiving
  • THE THESIS, GET IT DONE
  • Get better at R
  • Analyze the living hell out of every data set I come across
  • Have at least one more sexy basement party
  • Finish a substantial number of my “101 in 1001” goals (assuming the website ever comes back up, haha)

There are many more, but it’s late and I need music.

Also this:

 

 

Today’s song: 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter (this made me bawl)