Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

We really do have so much to be grateful for!

Here's a great Thanksgiving video that I'd like to share with everyone.

It was made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I think it really helps remind us of all the things we should be grateful for!

Personally, I'm so grateful for my family. I would be so lost without the love and support they continually give me, despite my many shortcomings. I'm also grateful for my many, many friends. They set such wonderful examples for me, and motivate me to become a better person. I grateful for this beautiful world in which we live. There is beauty and wonder in every nook and cranny, beneath every rock and root, at the top of every mountain, and within every patch of grass. Lastly, I am thankful to God, for this wonderful life which He has given me, and for the hope that His great love brings to my heart. He loves each and every human being. I know this in my heart.

On this special day, and for the days to come, please feel free to share just a few of the things you are thankful for, and as always, ask any questions you'd like to get an opinion on.

And here's a question for all of you!! What is your favorite season, and why?

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

--Matt (aka The Guy in a Hat)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Music, New Questions, This Week's Matt-Update, and Thanks for the comments!!

Hey everybody!

So my name reminds people of "The Cat in the Hat?" Hmm...well, no complaints here! I love the Cat in the Hat! Dr. Suess is great. I think my favorite Cat in the Hat quote is "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." I love children's books that are fun stories, but that also teach kids important lessons. Like how selfishness hurts other peoples feelings, how you should smile and be happy, and how you should know when you should and shouldn't be crazy and have fun. "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how."

Thanks, Mallen, for the great music suggestions in your comment! I'm familiar with a few of the bands you mentioned, and I've been checking the others out. Good taste, my friend!

Okay, there were just a couple new questions this week.

The first (from Anonymous) was "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?" Well, my answer to this is...who the heck actually licks tootsie pops anyway? I mean seriously, who? Forget delicacy, I just pop the whole thing in my mouth. And in my experience, that's what most other people do, too. So I can honestly say that I have no idea how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop. My advice is, stop analyzing your food!! Just eat it! Just eat the tootsie pop!!

The second question (also from Anonymous. Apparently he was talkative this week. Haha.) was "what would be a cool, but clean new thing to write on a tee-shirt?" A cool thing to put on a tee, huh? Well definitely not a pocket. T-shirts just aren't supposed to have pockets....
Okay, I have seen A LOT of great shirts. One of my favorites says "Support Bacteria: It's the only culture some people have." Of course, I may just find that hilarious because I'm a biology major, but hey. Then there's the shirt that's popular for Doctor Who fans like myself that says "The angels have the phone box." Another good shirt says "this is the part where I nod and act like I'm listening." I wore that shirt to psychology lectures my freshman year. I hated that class. And I still got an A-. Booyah. I'm also a big fan of the "Life is Good" shirts.

The thing about T-shirts (in my opinion), is they need to be simple, but they need to catch your eye at the same time. If it's a word or phrase, it needs to be short. It needs to have its affect using as few words as possible. For instance, I think it would be cool to have a T-shirt that simply said "I am." But maybes that's a little too succinct. It might also be cool to have shirt that said "I'm Awesome" (but I think they already have those), or "Awesome (aw-sum): adjective. The word generally used to describe me." Or you could make a shirt that said "I don't need theme music".

For T-shirts though, I think I prefer graphics. If you want to make your own graphic tee, then here are some suggestions. Find some simple but cool design that fits you. When creating a design yourself, I suggest looking up pics of Sailing Knots and Celtic Knots for ideas. (I mean, you don't have to worry about knots being copyrighted) For instance, the carrick bend:

Once you've found (or personally created) a design that you like, pick a base color (like a dark forest green) and then a slightly lighter shade for your graphic color (like a light sage color). Like this (witness my microsoft paint skills!):

The next step is to go to the store and buy a shirt that you like. No really, it isn't hard to throw together really cool designs. Then you can just go to a T-shirt print shop and have them make it for a few bucks. And if you want, you can put some mysterious message on the other side like "42" or.....umm.....okay I'm done. I'm all for creativity, but maybe it would be easier to just order a cool shirt online.

Although! The coolest thing (in my opinion) to put on a T-shirt would be the name and logo of the band I'm trying to form. No copyrights, trademarks, or other members yet though, so I can't tell you guys anything. But trust me, I'll keep you posted. It'll be awesome.

So anyway, this has been a pretty good week. It's been raining all week, which is cool. I'm a big fan of rain. The sun came out today though, and it's been really nice. I had two exams this week. Calculus and Anatomy. I actually feel pretty good about both! We'll see though.

It was kinda funny today. When I was in calculus this morning I was working a problem the prof put up on the board, and the answer turned out to be 20/3. Well, I simplified that to 6 2/3. Then I looked at that number and realized that as a decimal it would equal 6.66. I just thought 666 was a pretty interesting answer to get on Friday the Thirteen. Luckily, I'm not superstitious. :)

By the way, thanks for the comments this week everyone! I really appreciate it! And I'm glad you like the music Anonymous! I'm going to try to add more soon. Maybe some of the stuff Mallen suggested.

Well, take it easy, everyone!

Friday, November 6, 2009

My week, Newton, English Paper, Knee Update, and Music


Man, it's been a while since my last post. Sorry about that. The past two weeks have been pretty busy. Exams are no fun. Especially Calculus exams. I've actually got another Calculus exam this coming Monday that I'm preparing for....

You know, I've been thinking. Sir Isaac Newton gave us gravity and differential calculus....Why is it we still like him so much???? I mean seriously?!

So, I amazed myself this week. I actually turned in an English paper FOUR DAYS before it was due. Is that crazy or what?? I usually don't even start writing until two days before the deadline. Anyway, the paper was on the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. "The Road Not Taken" is without a doubt my favorite poem of all time. There is just so much to it. It's deceptively simple, when there's really so much you can learn from analyzing it. Frost himself described it as a "tricky poem". I definitely agree, and it's the tricky poems that are often the most worthwhile.

For the same writing class I also posted some online comments on the subject of "The Secret of Life" by Loren Eisley. This is another very interesting topic, and one that I really enjoy talking about. In fact, last year for a different writing class I wrote an opinion editorial on the subject of Creationism vs. Evolutionary Theory. It's definitely something I enjoy discussing and that I hope to learn more about as my life progresses.

Oh! And I got results back on the MRI of my knee. Turns out I've torn the lateral meniscus. (It nice, because I'm in an Anatomy class, so I actually know what a meniscus is! Haha) I've got a surgery scheduled for later this month, so wish me luck. It should be an adventure, and I'm always ready for adventure!

I've been trying to find some new music to listen to. I like just about everything. Lately I've been listening to a lot of electronic stuff (as is made obvious by a few of the songs in my blog playlist), but I've also been listening to a lot of indie music and pop rock. But I'm trying to further develop my tastes. Any suggestions?

Well, that's all I have for now. As always, don't hesitate to ask a question or leave a comment. Later!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Coolness, Scarves, Knee Frustrations, and Next Question!!

"I'm so cool, I'm shivering!" I was having a milkshake the other night and a cold wind was blowing so....yeah. Anyway.

I'm starting to think scarves are pretty darn cool. I have a big green scarf that I got from a friend about a year ago, and I'm trying to think of excuses to wear it. It's not quite cold enough for a scarf to be justifiable, so I'm left with two options. A) incorporate it into a halloween costume, or B) catch a cold. I would like to avoid option B if at all possible. Any suggestions?

As I mentioned a couple posts ago I recently injured my knee during fencing practice. Well, the X-rays didn't show any bone damage, but I've had it in an immoblizer. After all this time its still stiff, swollen, sore, and hot to the touch. I've got an appointment at an orthopoedic practice in a few days. Maybe I'm being unreasonable, but I'm worried that this problem might not completely go away. Bad knees are common in my family, and if mine are already giving me trouble, then how might that affect the rest of my life? There's so much I love and want to always do, like hiking, swimming, cycling, rock climbing, spelunking... and I had just never really considered the possibility that my knees could start wearing out sooner rather than later. It's no fun to think about really. So I'm gonna stop talking about it.

Okay!! Here's the next question to be answered! This one is so unique I feel the need to copy it into this post. Here it is:

Anonymous said...
So on the topic of hats what type of hat do you think a zombie would wear? Now the real question is who would win in a fight, Chuck Norris or a zombie with a super cool hat?

Well, Anonymous, that's a very interesting inquiry. For the first half of your question, I think that it is important for us to analyze the rather general term: zombie. So basically a zombie is a slow-moving, grunting, angry, angsty, disheveled looking individual who isn't very bright. Well, first off, if you ask any High School principal, he'll tell you that this description fits at least half of his school's student body. Secondly, it could very accurately describe an office-goer on a monday morning. My fellow college students and I would also fit the mold on test days. Or 'zombie' could be taken to refer to the virus-afflicted flesh-eating undead so prominent in the horror movie/video game genre of today. (Of course, this interpretation of 'zombie' could also be very accurately attributed to me nearly ever morning. Getting out of bed is not my strong-suite.) Though since they are the most commonly referred to, and because it's easier, I will speak of our misunderstood undead brethren.

So what's the hat for a zombie, eh? Ever think about doing a google image search? No? Okay then. I think the coolest hat for a zombie would be...(drumroll please)...a PILGRIM HAT!! Preferably a green, leprechaun-esque one. And of course it would have to be riddled with holes and blood-stains, but it would also glow with an evil light! Now THAT would be the hat for a zombie.

Now, Anonymous, for the second half of your question. Who would win in a fight, Chuck Norris, or a zombie in a super cool hat? I shudder to think. Surely the battle between Walker Texas Ranger and the Glowing Leprechaun Zombie of Terror would be one of epic proportions. Whether or not the earth itself would survive such an engagement is doubtful. I can envision it. First the Glowing Leprechaun Zombie of Terror would shuffle into a dank and filth strewn alleyway, then, shining in all his rugged glory, Chuck Norris would appear in the mouth of the alley, hair blowing in the dramatic wind that always occurs on such occasions. Then, the two forces would collide, their power creating a shockwave that would rival that of an atomic explosion! Buildings would crumble around them as they remained locked in combat, giving no quarter and taking none. The battle would rage for hours—days perhaps--but my friend, through it all you must remember one of the first and greatest laws of this universe: Chuck Norris IS. After both had exerted almost all of their energies, once the Leprechaun Zombie had used his unstoppable four-leaf-clover-blast of undeath, and once Chuck Norris had been injured just enough to look ridiculously awesome…At the very last--just before the end of everything--Chuck Norris's fist would flash through the darkness, and just as Thor's hammer crushing the skulls of giants, it would completely destroy the Leprechaun Zombie in a burst of brightest flame! And then...all would be still.

And so, all things come to a close. Hats, Leprechaun zombies, and this post. Next questions! Ask away!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A new week and first questions

Wow, sorry the last post was so negative. There really are a lot of things that could have gone worse. Still, I am glad that it is a new week!

So is it just me, or are group interviews for jobs REALLY weird? I mean, it wasn't horrible; I was actually really comfortable. I really enjoy talking to and meeting people, and we were all just sitting on comfortable chairs and chatting. But some of the other applicants were really focused on making themselves look amazing and everyone else look bad. That was kinda awkward. It was just a little different from what I expected. At any rate, I think the interview went really well. They seemed really positive afterwards, and we got along really well. Fingers crossed.

So the only questions I've had so far are concerning hats and my feelings about them in general. Wow...big subject. Here goes.

Hats. There are A LOT of different kinds of hats. However, since I'm American and not immensely well-versed when it comes to foreign hats, I'm only going to talk about a few different types of American hats.

Interestingly enough, you can tell a lot about a person just by checking out his/her hat. Let's take a look at baseball caps. Ball caps are EVERYWHERE. Seriously, you can't get away from them. But despite how common they are, they can still tell you something about the person (just like any hat). Of course colors, brands, and any logos are important. But there's more to it than that. First off, the brim. Flat brim=gangster/rapper OR wannabe gangster/rapper (I find the second is far more common, but maybe that's just me). Slightly curved brim=Average Joe/White guy. Extremely curved brim (I'm talkin' less than a ninety degree angle)=Redneck OR Redneck wannabe (yes, there are such things as redneck wannabes. You know who you are). Then of course you have the brim modifications like fraying, fading, logos, stains, hat-hooks, etc. These things make the hat especially unique, and never does a person love their ball-cap more than when they know they have earned every stain, fade, and fray. It is at this point that a ball-cap becomes truly 'cool'. Unfortunately retailers try to immitate this coolness buy selling hats that are already frayed, faded, etc. How can someone truly feel a connection with their hat when they did not take part in "breaking it in"? When they did not grow and experience with their hat? Okay, enough of that for now. I'm done talking about baseball caps.

I feel like mentioning the fedora. Indiana Jones made the classic fedora one of the coolest hats of all time. Lately fedoras are becoming popular again, but...I dunno. The new styles of fedora just seem a bit too boy-bandish for me. Give me a classic, wide-brimmed leather fedora and I'll be happy. You can also give me a bull-whip and a revolver, but....maybe that's asking too much.

Next, the knit cap/watch cap/sock hat/tuque. In my opinion, the only really good reason to wear one of these hats is if its really cold. Otherwise, you'll just look like either a lumberjack or a convict. However, if it's one of those long pointed sock hats, rock that thing. You don't need an excuse.

Berets? Now there's an interesting hat. If you're a girl, berets are okay. If you're a guy, you need a good excuse like: "I'm in the army". That's the thing about berets, they're cool when they're being worn by a bunch of guys in uniform, but if you just see one guy walkin' around wearing a beret, you gotta start asking yourself some questions.

Unless you're in texas, cowboy hats also require a pretty good excuse. These excuses may be "I work on a ranch", "I have a cool country accent", "I'm rich", "I'm a cool old guy", or "I tried it on in a store and now I can't get it off". If you don't have one of these excuses, then maybe cowboy hats aren't for you.

Okay, when it comes to bowler hats, all I can think about is the fat bankers in old western movies. Have you ever noticed that the cool characters NEVER wear bowler hats?

If you can pull it off, flat caps can actually be really cool. Especially if you get one of the classic plaid ones. Flat caps just have that blast-from-the-past, old-American flair. Call me old-fashioned, but that's just cool. One thing though, flat caps were never meant to be made out of shiny black leather. Period.

I will finish by mentioning bucket hats. Bucket hats (or fishing hats) are my preferred style because they are simple enough to be practical and durable, uncommon enough to be a little unusual, and unsual enough to be pretty dang cool. My bucket hat has lasted quite a few years, and it has been through a lot. I've worn it on many, many adventures, and it's held up very well. It's true, bucket hats are a little weird, and I've found that a lot of people aren't fond of them, but hey, why be a conformist, right?

When it comes down to selecting a hat, the most important thing is what you like. I may look like a fisherman when I wear my hat, but that's fine with me. I like my hat. If you decide you want to wear a fez, then go right ahead. If you want to wear a yarmulke, then wear it! Yarmulkes are awesome! Anyway, like I said, just wear what you like. There are loads of different kinds of hats to choose from.

Okay! Next questions! Wanna know the bones of the wrist? Wanna know how to fold a paper airplane? Curious about something? Wanna hear someone else's opinion? Well then, ask away!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

What a week...

Good grief. This week has been crazy. First I had a calculus exam that kinda went south if you know what I mean. Then I lost control on the wet roads, took out a sign, and crunched the front of my brother's car. Then I got a ticket for said sign-destruction. (I called it in, because I wanted to be honest, ya know? Well, the highway patrolman gave me a ticket. I'm not upset with him, I mean, he's just doing his job, but I have a very very good driving record and I don't really want two points on my license just because I turned a little too sharply on a rainy day) Then while I was fencing (not like yard fences, I mean thrust-and-parry/swords fencing) I apparently ruptured a meniscus in my knee, so now I have a knee-brace and I'm using crutches. Then yesterday the other car overheated and we don't know why.....Sigh.....Fun times. What shall happen next? I just can't wait to see...

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Still can't decide just what this blog's topic should be. Choosing a single subject just seems so restrictive! There are so many things I'd like to talk about, you know? Music, Environment and Nature, Photography, Religion, Being Positive, Sports, Books, Education, Health, Politics, Movies.......

For now I'll just continue to post what's been on my mind, I guess. I'm open to suggestions, and willing to share opinions, so if anybody wants to hear the opinions of just another guy in a hat, then speak up! I'll do my best!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just some thoughts...

As I've been thinking over the past few days, listening as the rain falls outside and reflecting on the past few weeks, I can't help but be amazed at life. Sure, there are frequent rough periods. Sometimes storms rage all around us. Sometimes heavy winds will cause serious damage, and flash floods will produce all kinds of havoc and confusion. But no matter what, the grass is always greener after the rain. Even the hardest storms in our lives can produce new growth. When you look at life this way, you just have to realize: there really aren't any bad days, just bad things that happen in good days. So every day can be a good day despite whatever happens. Happiness is a choice! Choose it! There will always be storms that must be weathered, but that can never change the fact that life is good! And so I say, "Bring on the rain!!"

I hope everyone has an amazing day. Happiness is a choice! Be happy! Smile! Have fun!

This Blog

Okay so currently I don't have much of a plan for this blog. For now I'm just going to talk about whatever is on my mind at the time, and if you feel like sharing what you think on the subject go right ahead. Eventually I may say "okay people, THIS is what the blog is going to be about", but for now who knows?

Anyway, welcome again!

First Post

Welcome to my new blog! I am Matt, the guy with the hat. And yes, I rhymed on purpose.