Hi humans. Tip of the Day: If you’re going to spray a computer with compressed air to get some of the dust out, make sure you’re actually holding compressed air and not insect repellant. Anyway… So the whole point of waiting until today to take pictures of my room was to open the blinds and get good lighting. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures this morning because I went straight to the Badger Herald office this morning and stayed there for a majority of the time I was awake. I have a feeling the same thing is going to happen tomorrow as well, so I decided to just turn on all the lights I have and take the pictures now. This picture is of my bed and the view of the hallway leading to the door. The bed is a retractable bed, so if I were to need more space in my room for any reason, I could fold up my blanket and pillow and lay them flat on the mattress, flip over the mattress securing bar, then lift the entire thing upwards so it fits into the cabinet-like structure. This is my kitchen area and my abundance of cabinets. I brought tons of stuff to Madison, but all of it easily fit in the cabinets and I have plenty of space left over. I also have a separate eating area (which I did not have in my older studio), and plenty fo outlets for appliances. Finally, this is my desk and dresser area from the view of the door. It looks a little cramped up because I have a huge dresser and I have storage boxes that I’m not sure where to keep, but there’s plenty of space there to live and move around a bit.
Hi humans. I moved back to Madison today and arrived early this afternoon. Before we left, my mom packed up a lot of food for me so I can freeze it and take it out little by little to have a supply of homemade food in my apartment. When we arrived at my new studio, we were depressed to find out that the refrigerator in this studio was not as large as the refrigerator in my previous studio (it was more like a third of the size of the old one), and instead of having a completely separate freezer section like my old fridge, it had no freezer at all. When I went to the front desk to ask for potential solutions to this problem, they said that they didn’t have any spare refrigerators that they could switch with the refrigerator in my new room, but they did have another studio that I could move to that had a slightly larger refrigerator. I agreed to take a look at the other studio (which was the only other studio that was empty), and realized that the refrigerator was slightly larger and had a small freezer box attached to the top of the main refrigerator section. Still not anywhere near as good as my old refrigerator, but better than the studio I was originally scheduled to move in to. I agreed to switch to the other studio, but the refrigerator only had a small impact in my decision to switch. Instead, the main reason I switched was because the other studio was recently remodeled and had tons of new appliances. Most other studios don’t come with a dishwasher and range, but the one I was offered did. Also, most other rooms have their walls painted a dark, gloomy brown, but the one I was offered was painted in a lighter beige that didn’t absorb all the light. It also had tons of cabinets where I could store dry foods and other stuff – way more cabinets than would be offered in any other studio. I’m still working on getting everything organized and put away. As for all the food that was supposed to be frozen, my mom took a lot of it back because without being frozen, it would most likey go bad before I ever got a chance to eat it. She put as much as she could in the medium-sized refrigerator that I have now, and my parents said that would probably just go buy a separate small freezer in which to store food. I’ll post pictures here of my new room like I did last year, but I’ll wait until tomorrow when there’s better lighting so you can actually see stuff in the photos. Meanwhile, I’m going to finish unpacking and go to sleep early so I can wake up early tomorrow morning and go back to the Badger Herald office to get some work done.
Hi humans. So everything did not exactly go as planned as I stated yesterday, and I am not yet in fact back on my university campus in Madison, Wisconsin. However, I am in fact more or less done packing, so when I do leave for Madison tomorrow, I’ll be ready to go. The Daily Post at WordPress.com Topic #234: Write a review of a movie you recently saw or a product you recently used. It could be something new, or something youâve known about for some time. Describe why youâd recommend it or not (but if itâs a movie, donât make the mistake of giving away the ending, please). I actually do this once in a while anyway in my “What I’m Watching” segments, and as a variation, I review books that I read in my “What I’m Reading” sections. I haven’t done one of these for a while because I’ve been busy with getting other stuff done and haven’t had a chance to sit down and watch a movie or read a book. I’m also most likely not going to have many of these in the future either, because now that I’m starting my second year of undergraduate university studies, I have enough reading to do to in my textbooks and documents, and in the time I could be spending reading for entertainment, I could instead be reading academic material and improving my understanding of course topics. Regardless, if I do ever get a chance to watch a movie or read a book, I’ll definitely continue to do my “What I’m Watching” and “What I’m Reading” sections.
Hi humans. If everything goes as planned, I will be moving back to my university campus in Madison, Wisconsin tomorrow night. I’m not very well prepared and haven’t really started packing anything yet, so I should probably get going on that. In other news, I found out today that someone cited me as a reference when writing a Wikipedia article a few months ago. Does that count as an accomplishment? Finally, I’m also going to copy and paste my "Quick Update" that I had on my home page all summer long into here for archiving purposes, seeing as the summer is now over and the information contained in the update is no longer relevant. What have you been up to / Why aren’t you online as much anymore? Contrary to most other past summers, I’ve been keeping myself extremely busy lately, and the time I have to chat and reply to messages online has become extremely limited (so limited that I decided to throw this up on my website rather than individually respond to emails saying why I’m busy).
I am taking three three-credit courses over the summer. I have to spend six hours a day, two days a week, attending class on campus, and several hours per week out-of-class doing homework, studying, and attending my online class.(Classes are over as of August 10, 2011.)
- I am working at the family business
at least four days a weekevery day (seven days a week) for anywhere between 3 to 5 hours a day. I went back to doing martial arts again. I instruct and train in a group class setting four times a week about 1.5 hours per day.(My last day for the summer was August 25, 2011; I will be returning during winter holidays.)
- I spend a huge chunk of about one day a week doing other miscellaneous family-related work.
- I am doing a handful of website-related projects for the Badger Herald, which is where I work while university is in session.
- I still blog daily, which means a lot of free time I spend online is spent posting content rather than instant messaging or thinking of creative responses to your emails.
- I read and finish a book on average about once every
two or three daysthree to four days, both for my own enjoyment and so I have another thing to blog about.
- I am studying for a standardized exam that I will be taking in the near future.
- I sleep at least 8 hours a day, because I don’t believe in cutting back on sleep and harming your body to make your day feel longer.
Hi humans. There’s only two more days until I move back to Madison to my university campus, and less than a week before I start classes. Quote of the Day Parkzer: When do you turn 18 so you can join Google+? Justin White: November 11 Justin White: 75 days Garrett Royce: You can fake your birthday by 75 days Garrett Royce: It’s Google, not the government Parkzer: Google is slowly turning into our government Auto-Correct Fail of the Day
Hi humans. A few days ago, I talked about the new games addition to Google’s (relatively) new social networking site, Google+. One of the games I talked about was City of Wonder, a game where you create your own civilization and watch it grow while going on expeditions, conquering colonies, and forming alliances. I got a handful of requests asking me to go into more detail about why people should start playing City of Wonder and become my ally. Your wishes have come true. You start off in City of Wonder with a tiny civilization with a handful of buildings and a long list of things to do. These things include building homes to attract more people to your civilization and increase your population, constructing markets to start earning silver coins and make a profit, and erecting cultural buildings to make your people happy. You can also start researching new technologies to advance in the ages. You start back in the stone age, and as you research more technologies, you advance into the bronze, classical, enlightened, industrial, atomic, and modern ages. Once you get a good way into the game, you can start searching for colonies. Your first colony will be an island where you spend sand dollars to build another civilization just like your main village. City of Wonder is a fun but non-intensive game that anyone can enjoy. It doesn’t require a lot of time to play – all you need is a few minutes at a time spread throughout your day. If you decide to join, feel free to add me as an ally by searching for Adam Parkzer on Google+ and sending an alliance invitation.
Hi humans. Today was my last day instructing and training taekwondo at Chicago Martial Arts for this summer, and I won’t be back for about four months or so until January when I’m on winter break (I might be back for one or two days during the week of Thanksgiving if I’m lucky and I’m able to get back home on time). It’s slightly depressing because I’ve been training four days a week for the past three months, and I haven’t missed a single class, so it’s become a significant part of my daily routine. If you live near Mundelein, Illinois, USA by any chance and are interested in training taekwondo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, check out our website and request a free trial. All levels of experience are welcome, and you can try it out to see if you like it. If you do like it and choose to enroll, you might even see me back in January 2012, and depending on which class you enroll in, I might even be your instructor or your classmate. The Daily Post at WordPress.com I’m catching up on old posts today. Topic #227: Hemingway once wrote a super short story: âFor sale: baby shoes, never worn.â What story can you write in six words? The dog sat on the porch. … Not quite as good as Hemingway’s, but I guess you could still consider it a story. Topic #228: Try to think about nothing, for as long as you can. What happens? Describe it in a short post. When I try to think about nothing, random thoughts start creeping into my mind that are related to what my senses are picking up at that moment. For example, if I’m able to hear my own breathing, I think about my breathing and its rhythm and volume. If I’m able to sense movement, I think about where it’s coming from and what it could possibly be. Also, I know for a fact that this is normal, as your brain was made to think, not to sit idly. Even when you are sleeping, your brain is thinking, which is why you dream. Topic #229: Have you been to where your parents were born? No.
Hi humans. Earlier today, my friend Benjamin Chow told me about an interesting disorder he ran into called Lavender Town Syndrome. For those of you who don’t know, I have a pretty solid knowledge of the fundamentals of Pokémon and psychology, and Benjamin thought I would be a good candidate to ask for more information about this syndrome. Unfortunately, I had not heard of it before today, so I went online and did some research about Lavender Town Syndrome to find out what it was and make a judgment of if it is real or not. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Pokémon, Lavender Town is a small town from the original first generation Pokémon game series that contained the Pokémon Tower, which is a tall building that housed the graves of dead Pokémon. The environment in this town is down and depressing, and the music that plays in the background is haunting and eerie. Lavender Town made its first appearance in Japan in the Pokémon Red and Green versions on February 27, 1996. Supposedly, shortly afterwards, there was a peak in the number of deaths of children aged 8-12, which is the target audience of Pokémon games. These deaths were generally suicides by young children, and the suicides were preceeded by headaches, migranes, irritability, and violence. After some investigation, people started claiming that the cause of these deaths was the music found in Lavender Town. If you want more detailed information about Lavender Town Syndrome, you can Google it and read it from other websites. http://google.com/search?q=Lavender+Town+Syndrome The main proposal of those claiming Lavender Town Syndrome is real is that the creators of the Lavender Town music encoded a special sound wave in the track that only undeveloped ears can hear. When young individuals hear this, they would be driven crazy and start doing things they would normally not do. Adults would not be able to hear this special sound wave because they have fully developed ears. Basically, what they are attempting to say is that there were binaural beats encoded into the Lavender Town music and it caused children to act unnaturally. Going off of just this information, I can disprove that binaural beats, or anything that children can hear that adults cannot, affected the children. First, the only way something can be heard by children and not heard by adults is if the pitch of the sound is extremely high. On average, those who are 18 years of age or higher cannot hear anything higher-pitched than 17 kilohertz. Thus, if children were to be affected by something that adults cannot hear, it must be something that is greater than about 17 kilohertz. Next, by definition, binaural beats are two different sound waves, one fed into each ear, that have different wave lengths, causing beating sounds which affect brain waves to stimulate or relax the mind. To have any effect on the brain, the sound waves that create the binaural beats must have a frequency of 1 kilohertz or less. Thus, if the sound waves are greater than 1 kilohertz, they would not have any subliminal effect on the brain. On a side note, there is no evidence that proves (or even suggests) that you lose your ability to hear low-frequency sounds as you get older. Thus, any low sound has an equal probability of being heard by both adults and children. Putting this all together, if binaural beats were what was causing children to exhibit violent and/or suicidal behavior, adults would have been affected as well. However, the discoverers of Lavender Town Syndrome explicitly state that individuals with fully developed ears cannot hear what is causing these behaviors. In conclusion, the two proposals ( the cause of this behavior can be heard by underdeveloped ears but not by fully developed ears, and  the cause of this behavior is binaural beats) are contradictory and inconsistent. In case that’s not enough to convince you that Lavender Town Syndrome is fake, I found an interesting discrepancy in the evidence the discoverers of Lavender Town Syndrome provide. Supposedly, on April 12, 1996, an eleven-year-old child named äº¬æ åå¥³ (those are Asian characters and might not render properly on all machines or devices) died after showing obstructive sleep apnea (ceasing to breathe while sleeping), severe migranes, otorrhagia (bleeding from the external auditory canal of the ear), and tinnitus (auditory hallucinations). That seems normal until you take a closer look at the name. The first, third, and fourth characters in the name, as expected, are in Japanese because this occured when the game was only available in Japan. However, someone who is Chinese, Japanese, or is familiar with Asian characters will immediately notice that the second character is not like the others. That’s because the second character in the name is in Chinese. Unless Japanese people started randomly putting Chinese characters in their name for a short period of time (which I’m sure they did not), äº¬æ åå¥³ is not a real person, but rather a made-up name by someone who didn’t quite check his/her sources and simply put together some characters to form a name. (For those of you who do not understand the oddity of something like this, think of it this way: if you are American, would you randomly put a Russian character in your name simply because the inhabitants of both the United States of America and Russia are light-skinned and look aesthetically similar?) If the discoverers of this syndrome are so desperate for people to believe them that they create false evidence like this, then I think we can all rest assured that Lavender Town Syndrome is just a myth and we can continue playing Pokémon without any concerns.
Hi humans. A while back, I noticed that Google added games to their social networking site Google+. My first reaction to this was a negative one, because I remembered how annoying games on Facebook were. However, like just about everything else, I still gave it a try to see if my initial assumptions were wrong. The three games that I decided to play were Angry Birds, City of Wonder, and Dragons of Atlantis. These games were somewhat similar to what you would see on Facebook, but they were much more advanced and well-made. As we all know from Angry Birds, these games are created by big companies who have intelligent and educated employees dedicated to creating game content, rather than lifeless teenagers trying to make games in their basement. Apart from the better game content, the way Google integrates games into Google+ is far superior than that of Facebook. If you’re a Facebook user, you probably recall having your news feed and notifications flooded by invitations and updates from your friends’ games. I haven’t taken a close look at Facebook for about a year and a half, so I’m not sure if they changed the methodology of game invitations, but whenever I do sign in to Facebook once in a while, I still see notifications from weird applications that sound like games. Google+ is completely different and takes the annoying notifications from games out of your main feed. The primary reason we use social networking is to keep up with the lives of our friends. Of course, we can also social network to play games with our friends, but that’s not the main purpose most people use social networking websites. Unlike Facebook, Google appears to have a solid grasp on this and makes sure games and socialization are kept separate. If you’re playing a game and want to share something in-game with your friends, you can still post a notification. The special part about Google+ is that when you do this, it doesn’t post the update in your main stream, but instead, in a separate games-only stream. That way, the only reason your friends would see this update is if they go to their own Games page and look through the games feed. If you have friends who are not interested in Google+ games, they never see the post and never get annoyed. This doesn’t mean that socialization is removed from games; the games stream is just like your regular stream, and your other gamer buddies can comment on and +1 the updates that you post. If you would like to play City of Wonder with me (which is the only game on Google+ that I’m playing with moderate effort), feel free to search for me on Google+ (type in Adam Parkzer in the search bar) and add me as an ally.
Hi humans. My parents and I went to Ming’s Restaurant inside the Raddison Hotel at Schaumburg, IL today to use a coupon my dad got on Restaurant.com. This is a food that we usually get at most Asian restaurants. I believe it is called hot and cold salad in English. This is seasoned breaded shrimp. Finally, this is shark’s fin. The shark’s fin tasted horrible the the sauce they used made me gag. Not only that, my dad told me that when fishermen go out to harvest for shark’s fin, they catch shark, cut off their fins, then throw the body of the shark back into the water because people tend to only like eating the fins and not the meat. This effectively leaves the sharks without a method of transportation, so they sink to the bottom of the ocean in pain and die. So you shouldn’t eat shark’s fin. All of these photos have been added to the foursquare venue page for Ming’s Restaurant, so if you ever go there, you’ll see them.