Saturday, July 31, 2010

Transformers 3

My dad got lost on our way to the Megabus stop.  We ended up in St. Paul instead of Minneapolis.  Lucily my dad ALWAYS leaves ridicously early for these type of things.  So even though we took a 30+ min detour, we still arrived 30 mins early.  Then when my dad say that it was literally a bus stop and not a bus station (like greyhound), he felt a little sketched out.

This was my first time on the Megabus.  The first debate in my mind was whether to go on the 1st floor or the second floor.  I heard that all children was suppose to be seated on the 2nd floor so I chose the first.  I sat at the seat with the small table and it worked out well cause there was a couple sitting across from me.  Specifically, the girl was sitting across from me and she loved to cuddle with her bf.  That meant more leg room for me :)  The bus arrived about 20 mins early, but it was pouring outside.  I ended up just walking around, getting drenched, and taking pictures.  Then finally I saw a live scene of Transformers 3 (the pics) while I was walking around downtown Chi Town!!

Then I saw Inception in theaters.  Waking Life meets action movie.  That's all I have to say about that.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Off to Chicago

My Megabus ticket to Chicago leaves tonight at 10:30.  I can't decide if I feel comfortable sleeping on the bus with my camera gear in hand...  I'll bring my copy of Atlas Shrugged and read that for a while.  Maybe snap a couple pictures.  Other than that, idk what else I'll do to keep myself occupied besides going to sleep.

Oh, and the last photo was taken by Jaclyn.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back. With Windows 7.

Just a handful of random thoughts today: Besides Microsoft Office, I think I have everything back on my laptop that I need/want!  I must say, Windows 7 is much smoother than Vista.  On another random note, did you know Google Wave existed?!? (It's amazing!)  I don't think I'll be using it any time soon, but it's pretty cool technology.  Last, I bought my Megabus tickets to Chicago last night.  About $60 round trip.  I was planning on driving but that fell through, that's why I bought the ticket so late.

Oh, a couple more things, with my comp being wiped clean, I decided it was a good time to do a mass purge of my music collection.  I went from about 100GB to about 20GB.  I don't have any of my old playlists anymore, but that's okay.  What's not quite as okay is that I lost all my custom made photoshop actions.  The one I miss most is the hai-lights Glam Blur.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Got my Comp Back

I got my laptop back today!  Unfortunately it was reformatted with not quite the proper Microsoft installation disc.  Maybe this is a good time to just upgrade to Windows 7?  Anyways, I imagine it'll take a couple weeks before I get all my software, etc. back to normal.  But there will still be pictures in the mean time :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Loss Aversion

(Comp is still dead so I just found a pic of Paris to post. Not my shot.)

In economics and decision theory, loss aversion refers to people's tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains. Some studies suggest that losses are twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains. Loss aversion was first convincingly demonstrated by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman.

This leads to risk aversion when people evaluate a possible gain; since people prefer avoiding losses to making gains. This explains the curvilinear shape of the prospect theory utility graph in the positive domain. Conversely people strongly prefer risks that might possibly mitigate a loss (called risk seeking behavior).
Loss aversion may also explain sunk cost effects.

Loss aversion implies that one who loses $100 will lose more satisfaction than another person will gain satisfaction from a $100 windfall. In marketing, the use of trial periods and rebates try to take advantage of the buyer's tendency to value the good more after he incorporates it in the status quo.

Note that whether a transaction is framed as a loss or as a gain is very important to this calculation: would you rather get a $5 discount, or avoid a $5 surcharge? The same change in price framed differently has a significant effect on consumer behavior. Though traditional economists consider this "endowment effect" and all other effects of loss aversion to be completely irrational, that is why it is so important to the fields of marketing and behavioral finance. The effect of loss aversion in a marketing setting was demonstrated in a study of consumer reaction to price changes to insurance policies.[1] The study found price increases had twice the effect on customer switching, compared to price decreases.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Still Laptopless and Pictureless

So I'm still without my laptop, and the software to convert the files on my camera are on my laptop.  Hence the lack of posts and pictures the last couple days and for the next couple days...

PS. Happy 21st Zach!!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Laptopless for 3 Days

So I think my hard drive became corrupted, so I handed it in to the SCIC along with my 1TB external hard drive (so that they can move everything on to there).  This means I don't have access to any of my pictures for roughly the next three days.  I pulled this pic from an email.

Anyways, hat making and folk dancing today at the Arts guild in Northfield between 11-3 :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bubble Tea Flavors

Been spending my pay checks at Tea Creations [Northfield's equivalent of Tea Garden] recently.  From memory, here are my favorite flavors so far:
Chai double Taro
Taro Strawberry
Papaya Kiwi
Tangerine Peach
Thai Tea Latte

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Creamless Ice Cream

Went over to Dacie's after diner yesterday to try and make ice cream.  Last time we didn't have cream and had no idea what to do ... so we just added butter.  That was a complete failure.  This time we brought a recipe for creamless ice-cream.  It was a lot less creamy, but it did taste like ice cream!  Too bad I put waaay too much honey in it, so now its just really really sweet.  The plan is to make it into milkshakes tonight.  We'll see how that goes :)

Monday, July 19, 2010


A few days ago Kayla brought her puppies on campus.  Somewhat surprisingly, this was the first time I had ever played with puppies!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Friday, July 16, 2010

Nature's External Flash

This one is shot at like a 25 second exposure in the dark.  The light is from lightning :)

Anyways, I'm not at liberty to share, but my two favorite places to go to eat and get a drink is [probably] coming to Northfield [I know this via internal Northfield Enterprise Center information]!!  Tea Creations (Tea Garden rip off) is already here and seems to be a huge success.  The other store is my favorite place to eat and is the sole reason I use twitter. SOO EXCITED!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Self-monitoring is a contribution to the psychology of personality, proposed by Mark Snyder in 1974. The theory refers to the process through which people regulate their own behavior in order to "look good" so that they will be perceived by others in a favorable manner. It distinguishes between high self-monitors, who monitor their behavior to fit different situations, and low self-monitors, who are more cross-situationally consistent. Snyder designed a questionnaire to assess self-monitoring called the Self-Monitoring Scale, based on the assumption that high self-monitoring could be defined as consisting of:
  1. High concern with the social appropriateness of one's actions;
  2. Use of social comparison information;
  3. Ability to monitor one's behavior to fit different situations;
  4. Ability to do this in specific situations;
  5. Trait variability
On his original version of the Self-Monitoring Scale, he found that Stanford University students scored significantly higher than psychiatric inpatients, but significantly lower than people in the acting profession. The theory is of interest in that it makes an original contribution to the debate on traits versus situationism. It effectively says that trait consistency can be found in low self-monitors, whereas a situationist framework is more appropriate for high self-monitors. Subsequent research using the self-monitoring scale, in which it has been analysed usingfactor analysis, has questioned whether the scale really - as Snyder believed - measures a homogeneous concept.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


A few things on my mind at the moment:
1) I still haven't heard back from CampusFrance which I need to before I go to the French embassy to try and get my visa which need to be mailed to Paris by July 30th.
2) Pai, owner of Mandarin Garden is buying me lunch before our meeting.  I'm excited :)
3) I feel like Mike's Bike Shop is gonna high ball me on fixin' up my bike...
4) My job is sooo chill.  I just get paid to do whatever I want...
5) In the bigger picture, these are such nominal thoughts...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Buy a BMW [Key]. Check.

Well ... these are the keys that I lost when I got hit by / ran into a car.  Unfortunately I think I'll be paying for their replacement.  I suppose that is only fair.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mandarin Garden

Finished my uneducated attempt at giving Mandarin Garden an online menu:
Well ... you get what you pay for, right?  I think it still passes as a descent website for a small town family ran resturant though.

Made (or help make) coffee cookies, oatmeal-honey-vanilla-choclate chip cookie dough, and oatmeal-honey-raison cookies last night.  Also had a failed attempt at making creamless ice-cream last night.  The plan was to make cookie-dough ice cream, but there wasn't any cream left at Dacie's... tear.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Slather Q in Peanut Butter. Check.

Wait. What?...

...Went canoeing for my first time yesterday!  It's pretty chill.  Wore a life jacket and all cause idk how to swim...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Throw a Grappling Hook. Check.

Took out Bacon's Grappling hook last night.  I was about to throw it up a tree (1st attempt) but then security biked by and asked, "What's that?"
"A grappling hook."
"Whattcha gonna do with it?"
"Climb a tree."
"Oh you can't do that..." something something don't climb climb buildings something something. Jot our names down in a little notepad.

Then we may or may not have gone somewhere else where I may or may not have had a chance to try out the grappling hook.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

6:10am Alarm

Damn it Mike...  making me wake up at 6:10am to run sprints... (or 400s, but I chose sprints over that).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bathing in Lyman Lakes

Washed off in Lyman Lakes yesterday.  Then I took one of the longest showers of my life.  I also spent the first quarter of the shower washing off my belt and jeans.  Why?  hmm...  You'll have to wait to hear the answer to this one.  :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Mike works at 8:00am, so we woke up at 6:10am to go do stadiums.  Even though I felt like I was going slower than I would have with CUT, it felt awfully hard.  Probably because all I did last weekend was eat out, sit around in nice places, and nap [thanks Zach! :)]

I ended up not canoeing for the first time in my life last weekend because the place was closed for July 4th.  I did however had a Chocoffeelate malt at Snuffy's, so all is well.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The 4th of July

Started the day with a walk at the Westwood Hills Nature Center (the picture above) followed by a failed trip to Snuffy's Malt Shop (they were closed for th holidays).  So lunch ended up happening at the Galaxy Inn (St. Louis Park's drive in restaurant).  It was pretty pricey.  I got a banana malt and split an order of chicken tenders with a friend.  The plan was to then go swimming, but I fell asleep on Zach's living-room couches for a couple hours :)  Eventually we succeeded in a short dip in Calhoun Beach followed by an evening around Lake Minnetonka.  The night concluded with a wonderful firework show on the dock with my feet in lake.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

Might be canoeing for the first time in my life today :)
The picture above is an HDR image of the tree by Mai Fete.  I shot it by hand so there's a lot of artifacts from movement.  It was also particularly windy.  I brought it into Camera Raw and amped up the clarity which resulted in this fantasy-game look.

I've been working with Mandarin Garden and have been designing a website for them.  It's pretty basic, but its free.  What do you think of the banner below?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hit by a Car. Check.

Soo.  Got pulled over for the first time for speeding yesterday ...It was an undercover black SUV... Got off with a warning.  [Zach, don't tell your mom ... please.  lol.]  Then, it was probably mostly my fault, but I jogged across the street and got hit by a car [/I jogged into a car ... however you want to look at it.]  Tore my jeans, lost a BMW key, and wasted a few hours looking for them.  I'm fine though, just a few bruises here and there.  But now I get to say I've been hit by a car :)