laurelin_kit: (doctor and rose - isis)
Sometimes I play a game where I watch students leave a classroom and I see how many guys I find cute. The results are usually dismal. There are way more cute girls than cute guys on this campus. Unfair! When I see cute girls I usually just study their adornments and try to determine if I can reproduce their messy updos or purchase my own stylish Anthropologie belts. I think this inequality may lead to some sex-role reversal scenarios where female intrasexual competition will occur, and we will use our newly developed antlers to fight over appealing males.

However I have also noticed that my personal preference for a male goes up by about two points if I discover that he's a funny nerd, so my new strategy is to stand outside classrooms making Arrested Development jokes and see who laughs. And then I will offer him a shiny pebble or feather and see if he responds.


I will never get tired of this gif.
laurelin_kit: (DELICIOUS HAM - ack_attack)
An update: Wild Fingerchew spotted sleeping on his bag outside HPA waiting for an opportunity to sit in front of someone in evolutionary bio and devour his own hand.
laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)
On Monday, it rained. I was parked as far from a building as you can get, so after spending one of the four hours I had between classes in the library waiting for the class registration system to come back online (because the first day of class is the BEST time to take the site down), I decided to take the on-campus bus to get nearer to my car. It was raining too hard once I got on to consider getting off again, so what the hell, I think, I'll just go around one more time and get off after the next loop.

No, no, I can't do that. Why? Because the bus hit a fucking car. I was sitting there, watching it turn left and looking at the car nearest the bus, and thinking, gosh, that's close. But the bus driver, he knows his shit, he'll move. And then the most horrible SCREEE-EEEE-KRRRSHHHHHHH as the bus just TEARS along the back end of the little purple hatchback. This, of course, is a good quarter of a mile away from my car, and it's still drizzling. So the bus driver pulls over, opens the doors and is all LATER, GUYS. HAVE FUN WALKING.

By the time I make it to my car, I have enough time to gas it up, and then return promptly to campus for the next class. That's right, four hours down.

TUESDAY. I get out of class early so I think oh, I'll walk across campus to the new bookstore. It's not an insignificant walk, but I have an hour. WHYYYYYY NOT. I walk, there is nothing, I go back and sit outside my classroom with a half an hour until my next class. I check the class registration and my blood runs cold. THERE IS AN OPENING.

Now let me back up here. On Monday, I sat in on Molecular Cell Biology hoping to ask for an override in, since I didn't pass Organic I. The professor says SURE, NO PROBLEM. But ONLY if there's an open seat. And if there's an open seat, I have to go up to the biology office on the third floor, get the paperwork, and then go to a DIFFERENT building and turn it in. They won't give me the paperwork in advance because they know, rightly, that I would just turn it in regardless of whether there's an opening or not.

SO. LAURA. YOU HAVE A HALF AN HOUR. YOU ARE IN THE HPA BUILDING. YOU NOW HAVE TO RUN TO THE BIOLOGY BUILDING, GO TO THE THIRD FLOOR, AND THEN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCES, AND THEN RETURN TO HPA BEFORE EVOLUTIONARY BIO BEGINS. THIS IS YOUR MISSION. YOU HAVE NO BICYCLE. YOU CANNOT RUN, BECAUSE YOUR SHOES WOULD MURDER YOU AND YOUR BAG PREVENTS IT.

DO. YOU. HAVE. WHAT IT TAKES.

And that is the story of how the biology department was privy to a wide-eyed, frizzy haired, redfaced biologist staggering in the door and stammering I HAVE AN OVERRIDE, SEE, THAT POST-IT, RIGHT THERE, THAT IS MY NAME, IT SAYS I HAVE AN OVERRIDE, PLEASE GIVE ME THE LITTLE ORANGE PAPER SO THAT I MAY DIE.

To take the suspense out of this story, I got it in and made it to evo bio with a minute to spare, and everyone around me clearly wondering what on earth I was so anxious about, and oh, how lucky she is to get that single open seat, it's not like she was checking the website every hour or anything.

And then today I missed that class I worked my ass off to get because there was no parking anywhere on campus, and I drove around campus like a shark for an hour hunting for people walking out so I could follow them and take their space.

Oh, and did I also mention how I have teenage girls staying in my apartment, and my roommate and I had to go save them from a terrible vacation at 10 pm last night an hour away? No? Well, that happened too. So I apologize to anyone who received a phone call late at night asking what you do to entertain teenage girls.
laurelin_kit: (transmogrification - me)
So I'm simplifying this to make a point, but basically, here's the thing.

Monkeys are not apes. Apes are not monkeys. King Kong is not a monkey. He's an ape. I realize they are both animals that look like people, but that does not mean they are the same thing. They're both members of the primate order, but dogs and cats are both members of Carnivora, and you don't see people calling kittens puppies.

Let's delve deeper into this classification and draw some parallels. Apes are members of the superfamily Hominoidea, which includes gibbons, siamangs, orangutans, gorillas, chimps, bonobos and us. The closest related monkeys to apes are the members of the superfamily Cercopithecoidea. These include all monkeys you would find in Africa and Asia - your baboons, macaques, langurs, etc.

Let's look at OTHER superfamilies in different orders that no one would ever mistake for one another!

How about bears and walruses? No one would ever mix those two up, but they're phylogenetically both placed in different superfamilies, just like apes and monkeys. They're both members of Carnivora, and members of the Suborder Caniformia, but who the fuck goes to Sea World and thinks they're looking at bears? (Except for the polar bear exhibit, you smartasses.)

Let's go even more ridiculous! How about members of the SAME superfamily that people never mix up? Mongooses and hyenas! They're both members of the same superfamily: Herpestoidea. But no one calls Riki-tiki-tavi a fucking hyena.

Yes, I realize we've all been SEVERELY retarded by our own culture's perception of monkey. Like, for instance, what the fuck is this supposed to be?



A chimp? This is supposed to be a chimp? What the fuck is that thing coming out of his ass? Is that a TAIL? BECAUSE CHIMPS DON'T FUCKING HAVE TAILS. IT SAYS "APE SHIT." IT'S AN APE. SIDE NOTE: Bananas come from SOUTHEAST ASIA, and guess who doesn't live in Southeast Asia? FUCKING CHIMPS.

If you're ever in doubt, people, just remember the sage words of my anthropology professor's FOUR YEAR OLD.

"That's not a monkey; that's an ape. Monkeys have tails. Apes don't."
- A FUCKING CHILD


This message has been brought to you by the Nostalgia Critic's King Kong review that I paused after 21 seconds in to scream.

HOW WHY NO

Apr. 26th, 2010 11:39 am
laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)
Boondock Saints has a plan for the zombie apocalypse but DIDN'T LIKE SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

Edit: Oh god he also reads Ctrl-Alt-Del.
laurelin_kit: (Default)
Thanks to Norton's (intellectually obese) Anthology, you can now relate to different literary stages or Ages incontext with the authors of each stage. For example when you think of the Romantic Age, a Romantic sage (Wordsworth), or Hippie (Coleridge) or a rebel (Shelley) or a rebel in a rake's disguise (Byron) may stand out. For the crazy Victorians, you have the image of one Matthew Arnold or Tennyson or Elizabeth Barrett and Mr Browning in your head. 20th Century English literature is best represented in Eliot, Yeats, Conrad or Orwell.

Now, imagine those "sexy" creatures in Avatar are trying to get a grip on your time as represented in your 21st century literature and your job is too give them one sample overview. Which authour would you choose? Which author/text of your time will be representative of your contemporary literary culture? Write an essay introducing that test for the future Avatar generation.


Edit: I have to clarify this? I liked this. I got to write about whatever I wanted and I didn't have to look anything up. It's a really loose, fun prompt, and it was just a half hour writing assignment. Also, I like Avatar.
laurelin_kit: (transmogrification - me)

Things I Did Not Want Today
 
  • To wake up and go to class
  • To hear your uncomfortably non-joking response to a penis joke
  • To be unable to wipe the previous item from my mind
  • Seriously, I did not want to know about your penis, dude.
  • You blushed. I will never be able to look at you again.
  • Gross. Gross. Gross.
  • My orgo test back
  • To be locked out of the gym when I go to the water fountain
  • To only watch 72 minutes of Megavideo at a time
  • To look at the lone Mike's hard in the fridge that has been there for over a week and know that it is not mine and I can't have it
  • Dan and Vanessa
laurelin_kit: (transmogrification - me)


I have new favorite animal names: numbat, potoroo, bettong.
laurelin_kit: (mm sandwich - dunc)
So, studying for an orgo test this morning that TOTALLY snuck up on me, but it's totally cool since I know all this stuff already, I just need to remind my brain of some of the details that might slip my mind.

But I was just in my English Lit class, the one I'm taking for fun and extra credits, and LET ME TELL YOU INTERNET, it is WEIRD to hear English Major talk after taking science courses for like three years. People are analyzing romantic poetry (while I'm reading my orgo notes) and talking about the soul and nature and disillusionment of adulthood and how childhood represents liberty and I'm like WHAT are you TALKING about, WHERE IS THAT STORED IN THE CELLS. CHILDHOOD IS UNFUSED EPIPHYSEAL PLATES.
laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)

Exam

Nov. 10th, 2009 04:15 pm
laurelin_kit: (lorelai - nextlives)
exaaaam

Finished my second Animal Behavior exam earlier than the first one. And by earlier I mean 45 minutes before class rather than 20 minutes before class. Which is pretty good. I could have had it done earlier but I felt like taking a Nostalgia Critic break this afternoon before finishing.

I actually really enjoyed writing this one. It was easy to compile the information and I got to throw in a journal article about the human penis and sperm competition that I'd read a few months back. Neat stuff if you want to check it out.

It ended up as five single spaced pages plus two pages of works cited.
laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)
P1010357

I finally filled in the monthly planner section in my organizer with all my test and quiz dates. So that's the next four months of my life mapped out with a vengeance.
laurelin_kit: (gossip girl - blair and dorota - withyou)
My note-taking becomes progressively loopier as the lecture goes on. Right now my animal behavior notes read:

Birds, yo
  • Tyler Florence's Ultimate Song
laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)
I looked for parking for an hour today. I just circled around two parking garages and two parking lots for fifty minutes. By the time I found parking on the other side of campus (one of apparently only two spaces left) it would have taken me as long to walk to the class as the class had time remaining. I sat in my car and cried for five minutes before getting out.

My first orgo test is Friday. My first lab practical in CVA is next Thursday. I'm incredibly nervous about that. I don't know how I'll do. I'm going to sequester myself this weekend and make a million and one labeled osteology posters. If I bomb this first practical I have to drop the class, because all the practicals are like that. It's not like I move on to new concepts, I just have to learn a whole new set of terms.

Exhausting. I want cheese.

Edit: Everything is better because I am having a beer before noon with my lunch. Which is not the healthy lunch I packed for myself, but instead a giant bacon barbecue burger from Wackadoos.
laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)
OH MY GOD. I KNOW WHAT NATURAL SELECTION IS. I KNOW WHAT A PHENOTYPE AND GENOTYPE AND ALLELES ARE. THAT'S ALL THE SLIDE SAYS BY THE WAY. "1. PHENOTYPE! 2. GENOTYPE! 3. ALLELES!" I KNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE NEXT CLASS WILL BE ABOUT? I LOOKED AT THE SYLLABUS. HERE'S WHAT IT SAYS. AN ENTIRE DAY ON THIS.

"WHAT IS A HYPOTHESIS?"

AN ENTIRE DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. AND GMAIL IS DOWN RIGHT NOW.

Seriously are you fucking kidding me this is an UPPER LEVEL COURSE. WE SHOULD KNOW WHAT NATURAL SELECTION IS RIGHT NOW. AND IN FACT, SOME OF US SHOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN NATURALLY SELECTED OUT OF THE MAJOR.
laurelin_kit: (gossip girl - blair and dorota - withyou)
Frustrated with the poor image qualities of the photographs of the skeletons available on the CVA website, I brought my own camera with me today to lab. I alternated between taking photos of the specimens and drawing my own sketches. When I went to play with the contrast and upload them to flickr I realized I could use the note function to label them. I haven't gotten to all of them yet, but I did the ones I studied in lab today.

P1010255

Turned out pretty well, I think. The entire set is here.
laurelin_kit: (pd - ned chuck kitchen - danvers)
Well, it seems that the weather has set into a comfortable pattern of raining like hell in the afternoon and being sunny the rest of the time. At least it's sunny right now.

I went to buy the textbook today, but it was way more than I can ask my parents to pay for right now, and there are no new copies. It's not like that would be much cheaper anyway. So I'm going to have to figure out some way to get the problems out of the back of each chapter. *makes Bambi eyes*

I found out yesterday that I don't have to move out at the end of my lease as long as I find myself a roommate before July 15, so, guys, if you know anyone, let me know.

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