Sunday, July 25, 2004
posted by Sigmund Sunday, July 25, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
Well, indeed your post is more of a relief than an embarrassment. If you truly felt I harassed you for some internal, evil joy, then I would begin questioning your motivations to date me. Still, I am glad you got a laugh at it, and I am even more glad you don't think I am one of those heartless souls...
On another note, well, wait a sec. I'm still at work, maybe I shouldn't continue this. Imagine, I am getting paid *censored* an hour to sit here and post to my weblog. Feels good, but it can't last.
I'm outta here. Keep smiling, Marianna.
posted by Sigmund Monday, July 19, 2004
Sig--I couldn't help but laugh at reading you post. For you benefit, I'll say that my last post here had nothing to do with you at all. Actually I was quite frustrated at some of the people I dealt with at work. This girl I work with pointed out that the store tends to get extremes of the spectrum of pleasantness. Either people are really friendly and polite or they are simply wretched. So, my post was just a mixture of my frustration over some of my experiences, and sincere questioning as to why people treat others in such a way. So in light of my post intention and actual subject--you last post didn't make much sense =)
posted by Marianna Monday, July 19, 2004
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Marianna, I'll be short and sweet. It's called flirting. You have a boyfriend, get used to it :-P.
Besides, many people merely use such mean words for the sake to get another's attention. If the behavior increases or is kept consistent, then there must be some sort of positive reinforcement going on. It may not just be intrisic motivation. Sometimes, external factors, such as reactions of others and of the targeted party, are the cause for such repetitive, obnoxious behavior. (that sentence had too many commas, didn't it?) Well, just be fair to how you categorize this behavior. Some truly enjoy causing the pain to others, while many simply enjoy the attention that is brought along with such "torture". Now, you know which it is in my case, but if you refer to others in addition (which I'm sure you do) then I cannot use this argument.
So, I guess this was quite the defensive post, huh? Sorry about that.
posted by Sigmund Saturday, July 17, 2004
Friday, July 16, 2004
Something I thoughoutly do not understand how individuals can enjoy being mean and rude to other. I understand that some people are just unhappy, and thus might unjustly treat others with less respect than they deserve. In fact when people are particularily rattled by misfortune and pain, mistreatment of others might not even be a concious decision at all times. However, am willing to argue that this is not the case with many individuals. Some seem to get sheer pleasure out of tormenting others, treating people as if they are below them, and seeing workers grow frustrated. This in and of itself does not make sense. Pain can not be something that is enjoyable, hence how can it be desirable to cause (hmm that isn't phrased quite right)? Yet perhaps the reason for thus is a desire to make oneself feel as though authority is obtained. Perhaps it makes and individual feel as though they are royal and thus happiness is acheived. I pray that I never fullfill my need for happiness through such means.
posted by Marianna Friday, July 16, 2004
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
"I like Marshmellows." - Homestar Runner
"They look the same but *cough* *choke*...sorry, must have gotten a toenail stuck in my throat!" - Marshie
These are some great quotes, and their geniusness has the capacity to outwit any female, especially the blond ones. Right Marianna? If you don't respond to this, I will assume you agree.
(There, let's see her ignore this one)
posted by Sigmund Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
I've come to the conclusion that summer school is not something that I enjoy. Particularly at a community college, summer school is not fun. The library at ECC (Erie Community College)is not air conditioned. That's not the annoying part, though I do spend a signifigant amount of time in such places when school's in session. The major problem is that it is very difficult to study when only talking one class since it is hot, doesn't exactly feel real, and everthing is concentrated. In 2+ hours each class there is something like a week or so worth's of material. It is just difficult to absorb it all, and learn it really well. Maybe it's just because Ochem requires a lot of memorization as well as practice to really "get" it which therefore requires time. However I am guessing that most summer courses are like this.
posted by Marianna Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Monday, July 12, 2004
Ha, i've been winning for 5 days now. Victory, even temporary ones, can be so sweet. For you care not exactly about what will come up, for you have a nice cushion. One cannot get cocky though, as this leads to immediate failure. Still, I will remain slightly "high" because of my current success!
(Ha, let's see how she responds to this one...)
posted by Sigmund Monday, July 12, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
And yet many might say that Clarkson is a school specifically designed for the engineer, or perhaps the business student. For although Clarkson might encourage a wide range of skills to grow, the overall goal is still the same: to get a job, ultimately, in a scientific or technical area. It all depends on the perspective.
posted by Sigmund Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Right now I am studing at the the third college I'm taken classes at within the last "school year." Though this one is just a community college I've noticed several trends and differeces across educational schemes. First, universities are different than high school in that a major objective is often to culture a certain type of thought. Independent thinking, critical analysis, imaginative experimental acumen and the like are often advocated. Another major goal is to teach professional skills such as report writting, report reading, defense of opinions, hypothesis formulation, and constructive criticism of the works of others.
Clarkson appears to be very strong in all of these areas. However, it is my favorite thus far. Perhaps it is only so because all is so familar. However Clarkson tends to constantly challange its student in ways that AUT certaintly does not. Especially in biology and chemistry Clarkson seems to inspire students to consider continuing education after graduation. AUT on the other hand seems to assume students will find employment with a B.S. or certificate (I think that's the equivalent of a Associates degree for NZ). NZ might have more job opportunities for B.S. graduates, but I think the reason for such outlooks stems from the school itself. Clarkson trains scientist and engineers to develop new methods, discover new things, and always use intellect to expand the horizons of the human mind. Some other universities I fear are more geared toward job placement and specific job skills.
posted by Marianna Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Friday, July 02, 2004
Ah ha, I have a new quote from Marianna!
"I fear I fail...I...only utterly fail."
Perfect! Sorry, gotta love the power of the "...".
posted by Sigmund Friday, July 02, 2004
I fear I shall fail to heed my own advice. In fact, I have tried to set busy time aside for prayer and personal reflection only to utterly fail. This failure is the main reason for the post.
posted by Marianna Friday, July 02, 2004
Thursday, July 01, 2004
The question then becomes, will you practice what you preach, or will you simply make this comment and then continue to allow yourself to get swept away by the many demands of college life?
posted by Sigmund Thursday, July 01, 2004
To continue with the subject of student business:
The day begins with breakfast, class, or some sort of assignment and likely contains a middle swamped with classes, exams, study, social experiences and food. Without query it seems as though every spare moment is labled before it arrises as fitting into a category of usefullness. Even if time is allotted for "fun" rarely is spontaneous. Rather it is squeezed in between the cracks of obligations and serves as mordor for the bricks of obligation.
Since busyiness seems to consume day to day life, various points of the day tend to show greater productivity than others. When active at most hours, asside from those schedualed for sleep, it quickly becomes evident where and when the best work is completed and the mind is sharpest. For some this might be the breaking hours of the dawn, and for others the weening sun of the eve. Regardless, perhaps one of the central keys to success is finding that one grain of absolute perfect timing, where mind and body are at a level of acute productivity, and utilize it to the fullest.
On a slightly different note, the time in which one is most productive might indeed be the best time to set asside for self reflection and the spirtual enrichment of prayer. Is not spirituality and intagral part of deciphering who each of us truly is? If so, doing so is also and ultimate goal of education and thus also deserves to be examined at times other than those times when the foggy mind goes idle. Hence to truly find oneself, consider prayer time when you would ordinarily choose to study. Alterness in prayer is key to hoaning its impact on self development.
posted by Marianna Thursday, July 01, 2004