Here is a video. It shows me making it.
Here is a video. It shows me making it.
-The weather is excellent here. Today we've got a big snowstorm moving through, leaving us 5 to 7 inches of snow on top of the 6 or 8 we already had. At this rate, I'll have all sorts of snow for the giant snow sculpture I'm planning. Last night I had to get out of the dorm room, so I went biking. This was at about 0100, which coincidentally was when the campus pub, Lyle's, closed after its first night of business. And, coincidentally, there was a bit of rain coming down and freezing onto the ground. So these little groups of drunk people were floating around on ice-coated campus. It made them delightfully unstable. I never saw anyone fall down, but many were evidently having trouble. For my part, I was on a bike, and discovered the ice the hard way. I thought it was slish, and took a sharp turn, and the bike bolted out from under me. I didn't get hurt, though. I just got informed. It was actually pretty amusing. After that I just kind of biked around the town. I had planned on biking north to the athletic fields, but the path leading to them hadn't been shoveled at all, so it was sleeping under five or six inches of snow. Not good for biking. Instead, I just cruised around town. It was quiet - go figure. I had to be careful of the ice, but I managed not to fall over any more. I did get some good fishtailing in.
-I've been doing stuff with the newspaper here:
Here I am being famous for krokay. (Back page)
Here's an article I wrote about our fireplace lounge. (Page 10) (Also note list of Student Initiatives on page 3, if you'd like)
Here are some pictures I've taken.
A snowy Grinnell
An art exhibition we have in the art building's courtyard
View from my window at night
View from my window by day
A train coming through the snow
Dan got out first, and started coming after me and Nicole, but we were pretty far ahead. Meanwhile, Seth and James realized that they had no chance of winning and that they had picked inadequate winter gear to wear, so they forfeited and went inside to warm up. Now it was a three-person race, with Nicole and me both at the 2nd left wicket - Actually, I think "2nd outbound" is a better name for it - and Dan was somewhere around the first outbound. We decided about then that we were going to forgo the poison portion of the game, because, well, there were eight inches of snow, which would make it next to impossible to actually hit anyone else without astounding luck. We could still be playing now. The endgame came. I was still slightly behind Nicole: she was between the two exit wickets, and I was before the first one. I planned to go through, take extra shots from her, and win it. I hit her ball, and it went through the last wicket, giving her the win. Gaarh! We wasted no time cleaning up the set, and we warmed up in the lounge at her dorm. And then I carried the set back to my dorm. So much fun.
-What else have I been doing? Eating ginger snaps. Learning the Dvorak keyboard layout. Writing a little. I need to write more. I'll be writing a lot these next couple days, though, for various reasons. By the way, the Dvorak keyboard looks like this:
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It keeps the most common letters on the home row, and has other various benefits. It was slow learning at first, but I'm getting a lot better. You can see I still make wistakes, though.
-I love the Iowa winter, by the way. There's been snow on the ground since about November, as far as I can tell. In Ohio, there've been 50-degree days all over the place, and very little snowfall. Iowa's pretty good, then. A trite little sentiment, but I don't really have something deep to say about it - I just like the winter here, is all.
-The Grinnell Krokay Front is now an official group. I've put up those posters, and we're going to play a game tomorrow at noon to draw interest. This game should turn out to have more players; they've said they're going to make an effort to actually come, instead of leave for D&D with no notice. So, this will start being somewhat regular fun.
-I got some books yesterday that I ordered in the mail. They're by Daniel Pinkwater. It feels really good to go back and reread these for the first time in years. This guy is so much fun. I sat reading them most of yesterday and today. I also borrowed How We Are Hungry from the library, and at some point soon I'll be getting House of Leaves. ("House" is always printed in blue in it. It's supposed to be a really interesting and odd novel. It has backwards, rotated, and labyrinthed text at parts; there's an appendix; it has footnotes, and its footnotes have footnotes.)
-And, I've been finishing the font. I was just about to sell it, but the rep said he'd like me to add some more characters first. Luckily, these characters are just the ones I have, with diacritics added, plus a few math signs, so I've been knocking out the expansions at a rate of three or four hours apiece, spread across whenever I have time. I should have them all done and ready for sale in a week or two. I ended up not needing to buy the expensive program I was going to buy, because I found a free one that will do the same stuff for me. I'll let everyone (and that's going to be a pretty inclusive "everyone", because I'll be very excited) when it goes on the market.
-Lastly, the GOOP leader training for this summer is starting next Sunday. It will only cost some time on Sundays plus $40 for a trip at some point, so I won't even need to ask for money. The leaders last summer told me they got paid $250 for the trip. Isn't that great? I'll be getting paid to go have a lot of fun!