Monthly Archives: November 2008

Picspam: Winter Approches

I love a good snow during Thanksgiving.



Picspam: Contest Winner


Last year I entered the photo contest sponsored by the PSU International Programs office, and I submitted two photos from Italy that I really liked. I spent about a week scouring through my thousands of photos and asking all of my friends for advice. I didn’t even get an honorable mention.

This year, I spent about half an hour picking out photos from England I had on Picasa and choosing the ones with the most comments on them. I settled on two and turned them in, and the little gem you see above took first place in the Landscape category! I stopped by to pick up my certificate, and got a tote bag and a digital photo frame as well. Nice.

Picspam: A Sneeze in Motion


Music Rec: Jon Allen


When I was at Leeds, I went to the cinema a lot. And I mean, a lot. There was one advert the played that always stuck in my mind, it was for Freelander and involved hot air ballons (click here, and then click on “Try cloud hopping”).

Watched it? You love the song too, right? The man is Jon Allen and the song is called “Going Home”. You can check out his website here; which has samples of his songs in the mini-player. I recommend “Going Home” especially, as well as “Dead Man’s Suit”. The single will be officially released in December, and the full album sometime next year. I’m looking forward to good stuff.

Lonesome Penguins

To brighten up your Monday morning:

Lonesome penguin cheered up by his new friend… a stuffed toy.

A baby penguin which had to be separated from its family after a greedy sibling continually ate all its food has found companionship – with this stuffed toy.

The penguin – called Pingu – began to lose weight and appeared weak after its bigger relative regularly helped himself to all the fish on offer.

Concerned keepers were forced to remove Pingu from the enclosure, but at just three-weeks-old the penguin was in desperate need of company.

Staff bought a £3.99 toy penguin from the zoo shop which acts as a surrogate sibling to the chuffed chick – who cuddles up to its new friend all day.


For those of us sick of seeing the Twilight commercials (and tired of being sucked into the phenomenon!):

Election Day

“I reject a politics that is based solely on racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or victimhood generally. I think much of what ails the inner city involves a breakdown in culture that will not be cured by money alone, and that our values and spiritual life matter at least as much as our GDP.” – Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope

“There are greater pursuits than self-seeking. Glory is not a conceit. It is not a prize for being the most clever, the strongest, or the boldest. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself.” – John McCain, Faith of My Fathers

As for my own election experience, I walked to the HUB on campus, with a newspaper and homework in hand, fully expecting to be in line for at least an hour. I had just gotten off the phone with my roommate, who had been in line for an hour and a half and still not gotten in the door at the church where she was voting. My other roommate had gotten up at 6:30 and waited in line for 45 minutes. So I got to the HUB and walked through the masses of campaigners outside, trying to offer me flyers and pamphlets and even towels for whichever candidate they supported. I fought my way into the voting hall and scanned the lines until I found the one for my precinct.

It was empty.

So I walked through the maze of dividers until I got to the table, waited for the one person in front of me to finish signing his name, then got my ballot and voted. Total wait time: approximately 30 seconds.

Now go vote, and don’t forget your free cup of Starbucks coffee today!