26 January 2011

Foam Soap

I'd like to know the psychology behind foaming cleansers. This has been on my mind a lot lately. Do we imagine that things are getting cleaner when we put foamy stuff on them?

what happens when I'm not noticing?

Sometimes I notice random things, sometimes I don't.

Yesterday I noticed two random things:

  1. For the second day in a row, I was driving to work alongside a girl who lives in my apartments and whom I saw at church on Sunday. She works near where I work, and lives near where I live.

  2. For the second day in a row, I saw the same man at 7-11 using a pay phone. The first time I saw him, I said to Tim, "Look at that guy talking on the pay phone. Who uses pay phones these days?" I saw him again at the same 7-11 talking on the same phone.

19 January 2011

random thought #2, welcome to blog

I worked as a secretary in the English Composition Office at BYU a few years ago, and while I was there, I was commissioned to develop a library. We had a whole bunch of books, I don't even know where they all came from, but they were available for the graduate instructors to borrow and use for their classes. I've forgotten mainly everything about this, but I remember thinking it was fun to develop this library system (cataloging and labeling all the books mostly), but also really hard. I had no idea what I was doing, and was largely unsuccessful in the venture. I wonder what the state of that "library" is now . . .

I still have a persistent interest in becoming some sort of librarian, and still have very little idea about what it entails. What I do know about it sounds right up my alley, though.

art appreciation

How can I appreciate art (I'm talking about art in the sense of visual artwork here) at my level? I don't have the context for the method, theory, or history. So when I go to a museum or gallery and see something on display, how do I get something out of it? My experience at a lot of museums/galleries/places where art is presented is a little bit like this: Look at piece for five seconds, think "That looks cool," or maybe "That's weird," or "I don't get it," and then move on to next piece. Then I forget about everything I saw.

11 January 2011

The more environmentally friendly OS

Is there any reason that the temporary storage "receptacle" for deleted files is called a recycle bin on PCs? Are we supposed to believe that Microsoft is more environmentally friendly than Apple?

Although Apple's corresponding functionality is called "Trash," the company takes its name from something that grows in the earth. What's more environmentally friendly than that?

03 January 2011

Help Dylan

My good friend Kirsten and her husband are doing a fundraiser for their nephew, Dylan, who has an unfortunate medical condition that requires special treatment. His family can't quite afford everything on their own and need some help.

Tim and I are fairly strapped for cash these days, so we didn't donate much, but it feels good to do a little bit. I am amazed at how much has been raised already. They only started this fundraiser about a month ago and are already more than halfway toward their goal of $8000. People are so generous.

Kirsten and Sead have a PayPal account set up, so it's pretty easy to donate. Here's the address for the blog where you can find more information and a link to donate: http://dylanfund.blogspot.com/

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