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!