I Weigh More Than My IQ

I have lost a few pounds since returning to Cornell this Spring. Using unofficial IQ tests, my IQ is adjusted to be about 25 points below my weight in pounds.

I guess my goal is to close this gap, by either getting smarter or actually losing weight. Preferably, both.

It Always Takes One Time

Why is it that we only learn about our shortcomings and attempt to change after we encounter the problem ourselves? It is for the better, to be sure, but often times, these problems are avoidable if we heed the warning from others or from our own common sense.

A smart person learns from his mistakes, but a smarter person learns from the mistakes of others. The obviousness and genius of this is that there are few of us who actually can. I try, but I usually only understand something once I deal with it personally.

Oh well. Have a nice weekend, and do better things. Be a better person.

Downsizing Ford and GM

A Painful Departure for Some G.M. Brands

GM will cut it down to GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick, getting rid of Saturn, Pontiac, Saab, Hummer.

Ford on the other hand will cut it down to three: Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury, gettig rid of Mazda and Volvo.

So there. "Getting rid of" is a harsh way to say it; it's more like phasing out, combining with others, or selling to another company.

Museum of the Earth

Yesterday, I went with a few residents of the Cook House to the Museum of the Earth (indirectly affiliated with Cornell University). While it wasn't much compared to the Natural History Museum in New York City, it was quaint and was still very interesting to see. We had our own tour guide as well, which definitely put everything into perspective.

This was perhaps the worst weekend for such an event, but where there's a will, there's a way. And I managed to squeeze it in. Lunch was at Glenwood Pines, a small burger place that represents Ithaca pretty well.

Here are a few photos. A Flickr set is due up soon.


Self-Reliance

The problem with people these days is the lack of self-reliance. While it is necessary for society to function with the specialization of labor and for people to seek assistance when help is needed, we cannot forget about our own fundamental abilities and our own responsibility to do our own things ourselves.

We need to return to the fundamentals.

The theme of this week is self-reliance. Live it well!

The Art of Living

As I have anticipated, my junior year will be the highlight of my academic career at Cornell, just like I have expected sophomore year is the dark ages of school for me. (I base this on my four years of high school, which showed that year two was the worst and year three was the best.)

Since returning to Cornell for the spring, I have engaged in more things on campus than I every had before. I am continuing working at the Help Desk, I have been participating in several campus-wide events, and I have been enjoying my classes and the work I do for them. I even made time to go back to practicing music. And I have been happy.

Maybe it's my sleep schedule. Maybe it's the fact that I'm living on West Campus. I don't really know why. I just know that I have no reason to be angry or upset with my life or those around me and that I am happy to be alive. No, I am not crazy, and no, I am not dying. I just found more reasons to laugh and smile. Maybe it's my friends. If so, thank you. Truly.

I came across this article on Psychology Today, "The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment". As I was reading it, I found that I had been living the lifestyle the article had suggested. Wow...

Potatoes for Breakfast

Everyone probably knows that potatoes work really well as a sleep aid. Warm milk is on the list as number one. Why, then, does the typical American breakfast have a whole lot of potato in the meal. Think McDonald's. Tater tots, potato hash, French fries, mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes. Okay, not necessarily the last three, but definitely tater tots and potato hash.

Now that I've had the benefit of eating a hearty breakfast everyday before going to class, I've only now learned my lesson now to eat any of enticing tater tots for breakfast at Cook House. Yeah. I'm going to try to avoid potatoes in the morning.

(I was craving potatoes last night, which satiated me well.)

On Alarm Clocks

Since I returned to Cornell nearing one month now, I have been able to keep up my intrepid and unusual sleep schedule of waking up at 5:30 am and sleeping at 10:00 pm. I aim to bring it back to 5:00 am and sleep at 9:00 pm.

I no longer have an alarm clock in my room, with only my watch, iPhone, and computer to tell time. It's really nice. Surprisingly, I have felt much less stressful by not knowing the exact time. My trusty iPhone has become my alarm clock, and I still have a habit of snoozing every nine minutes for over an hour. I don't know now I do it. Oh well.

I hope I can keep this up.