Playtime at a local offroading spot! Short (dark) video of a friend and me riding this evening. This was taken with a digital camera, so don’t hate on the quality too much! Of course, post proccessing was done with more powerful tools. Enjoy!
For those of us in the good ‘ole US of A, today is Thanksgiving, a celebration of our ancestors’ successful voyage across the Atlantic almost 400 years ago. Today, families from Georgia to Washington stuffed their faces with food and reminisced about the things for which they are thankful.
Myself being a member of a typical American family, I also spent the afternoon with some of my extended family. As the day draws to a close, I would like to mention a few things that I find myself thankful for:
A great family
A warm place to sleep
A car that works
And so much more…
I only wanted to touch on the high points, as a comprehensive list would be quite boring for most. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
This year’s recruitment program was a great success fueled by both the brothers’ enthusiasm and the excellent gentlemen who participated in the recruitment program. As mentioned in a prior article, I am the 2006-2007 recruitment chair for my chapter. I also shared some of my ideas on building excitement amongst the brothers and the recruits during and prior to the actual recruitment event. In the article I mentioned a few materials that I created for recruitment, which I will be releasing for the first time to the public here. Please note that these are released under a Creative Commons license, meaning that you are free to use them or modify them to suit your own recruitment strategies. This was the sort of resource that I was hunting for when I began preparing my recruitment program, and I hope that these items will help you succeed in your own. (Continue to the next page for previews and downloads!)
I’m neck-deep in senior design and not happy about it. At the moment, my group is hard at work on our Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and it is due on Monday. I’ll attempt to muster the strength to post all my long-overdue items sometime after that.
If you havn’t tried Google Reader yet, I recommend giving it a spin. It’s been my RSS viewer of choice for some time now, due to its simple interface and the fact that I didn’t have to signup for another service (its one of Google’s many web apps). Recently, Google Reader has been updated with many new features that make staying on top of the latest updates a breeze. Recommended!
As I sit here writing this post, the mountainous tasks that lie between me and the weekend appear insurmountable. When I actually try and think clearly about things, my mind feels numb and unresponsive – and I’m already halfway done with that mountain of tasks. This week seems to be the culmination of the slowly growing backlog of work that has been assembling since the very first week of school. Senior year – wow; but let us run back to the beginning, seeing as how there have been so few updates since the beginning of fall semester.
It’s been a few days since my last post. Never fear, I’m still alive and well, although a tad on the stressed out side (which you should find rather odd if you know me) as I am in charge of recruitment. On the bright side, we’re doing quite nicely and I believe I’m still on track for my goal of thirty pledges.
Since I’m so horridly busy, check the archives for interesting stuff and then check back later for new goodies. I’ll be sure to post up more recruitment info after life calms back down a little. Additionally, pictures of “Lake Day” should be coming around soon.
The world needs more determined artists like young Amy Thomas. Miss Thomas is protesting against the British Phonographic Industry, the British version of our very own RIAA. The reason? The BPI has decided not to include her latest single in their charts because because of her stance on file sharing! Bravo! Success in the digital age will come to people like Amy who explore new ways of doing things, not organizations like the RIAA and the MPAA who are trying their best to slow technological advances and maintain a grip on their outdated model.
Amy’s upcoming kid’s single, Just Smile, should be out shortly. [link - via here and here]
As once said by the great Sir Winston Churchill, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” And on that note, summer break comes to a close. Today marks my last day at Emerson, and tomorrow the first day of real semester preparations. Its been an amazing summer (and one I won’t soon forget - stay tuned for my “summer story”), and I’ve had some great times, met some great people, and seen some great places. I wish to thank everyone that’s helped make it so amazing, including my cousin in Columbus (for keeping me), the Flandrys (for letting me play and hang out), Justin (for the good times), Ryan (for the exercise and the good times), Amy-Elizabeth (for letting me come hang out in Atlanta), and everyone else that I crashed with, annoyed, and partied with this summer!
Despite the wonderfulness of the summer, I have missed everyone from Macon and I’m looking forward to the many adventures that I’m sure await me over the coming months. On another note, I’m going to be focusing on class and rush a lot over the next few weeks, so the updates probably won’t be quite as frequent. However, I will try to keep up with the posts as I get into the thick of it - I have all sorts of exciting things to post about (like rush and senior design projects). Also, be sure to check back for my collection of ATO Recruitment/Rush Posters, which has been one of my “side projects” this summer.
Oh, and congratulations on your beautiful wife Ryan!