Cheesy Book

Since I’m being left in the dust on the blog-post race, I thought I’d write one about a book I read on LDOC. Let me preface this with, please don’t tease me for reading a book on LDOC. I figured LDOC is a day of fun and games, and since the whole campus takes a hiatus from work, I should spend the day doing what I wanted to do. And it was a glorious day that consisted of me climbing the chapel (favorite LDOC event), stuffing my face with ice cream, running Forest, and sitting on a swingy bench reading this book.

When I was leaving Perkins on Tuesday, I saw Lois Lowry’s newest book Son on display. (It’s the conclusion to The Giver.) It seemed like a pleasant read, so I picked it up. Here’s my one sentence book review: cheesy story about a mother’s love for her son and the destruction of evil through love…told through the lens of a dystopian society. It wasn’t earth-shattering, schema-changing, or thought provoking, but it did give me warm and fuzzy feelings inside. It was kind of like a cup of hot chocolate. You know there’s nothing really nutritious, but it’s enjoyable and makes you happy for the time being. And I guess not everything we read or do needs to make us ask big questions. But when I finished reading the book and realized I didn’t have to read in between the lines to understand the message, it seemed, well, different from the literature courses that I’ve taken here.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the humanities are always trying to complicate things. They’re always trying to find the metaphor here or the hidden representation there. Well what if the author is really trying to say what they point-blank said?? It seems like (warning: generalization ahead) my engineering/science friends are always trying to find the easiest, most succinct way to figure out a problem (favorite words are “let’s assume”) while my non-STEM friends are always trying to complicate things. (I guess they need to if they’re writing monstrous 20,30,40 page papers…) I understand that ambiguities can add artistic value and raise thought-provoking questions, but I sometimes wonder why people complicate things.

LDOC festivities:

Top of the chapel with this goober
Top of the chapel with this goober
Events Pavilion Construction
More construction. The left side of the BC looks like a staircase.
Equad on the left, Perkins/Bostock on the right, and DUH in the background. The Perkins roof hatch was open, but I couldn’t find a way to get up there. (Div school refectory not pictured, but would be at the bottom of the picture)



Arduino Harlem Shake

We’re using an Arduino to program the heating cycle of a reflow oven in my medical instrumentation course. One afternoon I skipped my run in order to give my body a break from the pollen. (Everything outside has a not-so-lovely coat of yellow…) I thought it would be fun to make a dancing man special character for the Arduino LCD. But Dancing Man quickly morphed into Harlem Shake.

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Light Switch

The motivation:

This semester, my lovely roommate Noelle decided to rush the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. During the grueling 2.5 month-long process, I rarely saw her. Because I like to read before bed, I had a little trouble when the time came to finally go to sleep. I had to drag myself out from under my warm covers, climb down my bed, walk across the room, turn off the lights, stub my toe as I stumbled back to bed in the dark, climb back into bed, and finally find some peace and rest.

*Side Note: Because we have very high ceilings (one of the many pros to a 5th floor room), we both decided to loft our beds (5 feet high). As a result, it made turning off the lights even more of a hassle.*

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Currently Reading

Cathy lent me this cute little book The Tao of Pooh that describes Taoist principles through the eyes of Pooh. Here’s a small excerpt that resonated:

“As we have likely recognized by now, no two snowflakes, trees, or animals are alike. No two people are the same, either. Everything has its own Inner Nature. Unlike other forms of life, though, people are easily led away from what’s right for them, because people have Brain, and Brain can be fooled. Inner Nature, when relied on, cannot be fooled. But many people do not look at it or listen to it, and consequently do not understand themselves very much. Having little understanding of themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others.”