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Frustration Time

29 Sep


I have kept busy the last couple of weeks.

Good news: I have been accepted to go on a international trip for Alternative Breaks during Winter Break.
Bad news: I have no clue on earth how I will be able to pay for the trip or if it’s even possible (I reeaaally want to go!!).

Good News: I did well on my first Arabic exam.
Bad News: I now have two chapters of vocabulary I need to learn so I don’t fall behind; I’m also applying for a scholarship that is going to eat all the time out of my week, and I’m not a good writer, so I don’t know if it will be a complete waste of time.

Good News: I was productive today.
Bad News: I didn’t get nearly enough done today as I needed.

Good News: We’re almost half way through the semester.
Bad News: We’re not even half way through the semester.

I know this is a poor attempt at a blog, but I didn’t want to forget to post.

مساء الخير


Mizzou Round Three

7 Sep

Hi friends! مَرحَباً

I’m about to start Week Four at Mizzou for my junior year. I have already had a blast thus far! ResLife (year two), Alternative Spring Break, Phi Sigma Pi, football games, Arabic, pre-med stuff, and emails are keeping me busy (I hate emails). I haven’t had any interesting ResLife stories to tell from this year yet (except for the girl and guy we walked in on during drills), but I’m desperately trying to avoid dealing with alcohol, nakedness, weed, and all other ungodly actions these children partake in. The football games aren’t in full swing yet, but I’m sure once they get going our butts will get whooped enough times for me to be tired of watching (Year Two in the SEC). I am taking Arabic (my favorite class), and I feel…unlearned. It’s a very interesting class, but I feel I’m at such a loss for information and experience that it’s overwhelming sometimes. Engineering – somehow I got stuck with the same professor as a year ago that plagiarized MIT tests, so that’s fun. We’ll just have to wait that out to know how it all turns out.

I hope you all are well, and I miss you all very much!


That Awkward Moment When Someone Makes You Feel Real Dumb.

2 Nov

So, apparently the heart does not make blood. My entire life is a lie. And to all you people reading this, I must say, as a person with a devoted science background, you’re probably thinking I’m an idiot. Well apparently I am. While I knew the heart was responsible for circulating blood to the entire body, I sat in class the other day wondering where new blood was synthesized. Apparently bone marrow makes new blood. What an idiot. I’m glad I’m taking Biology, because, while this 5-hr honors course is kicking my butt (yes, 7 hrs. a week is not enough time to succeed, and yes, a 65% is an A), I’m learning so many things I didn’t know.

O.K. This might get philosophical for a minute:
So I was thinking the other day, the day when we think we have learned enough information and gleamed from enough experiences is the day we stop living — not in a literal way, but in a metaphorical way. Think about all the unmotivated kids we went to school with. They weren’t lacking in intelligence from being born that way; they just had no drive, no interest for intellectual expansion. That’s why they sat in Independence while we were there, are still sitting in Independence today, and will be remain useless to the world until they make a bad decision that leads to their doom. It sounds harsh, I know. But true.

I speak from experience (yes, this is my soapbox). After 19 years of being here, I’ve come to the realization that I lack the natural intelligence few have that allow them to succeed in just about anything they lay eyes on. I’ve had to rely on struggling, pushing forward, staying organized, and forcing myself to learn new things. I know that, while I may have just realized that marrow in bone is responsible for creating new blood cells, this hard work has paid off and given me the ability to push past my “natural” limit.

I have also come to the realization that I love helping people learn. Helping others pushing past similar “natural” barriers is rewarding because I get to help people break seemingly insurmountable barriers and push forward into new capacities for learning and knowledge.

These passions I have probably explain why it nearly drives me insane to watch people with natural talent, “natural intelligence,” if you will, to be complacent…to stay in the now. Potential: I thought I liked the word, but now I’m coming to an ever-increasing realization that “potential” more and more resembles disaster. So many people are glad to say, “I did enough.” “That should be sufficient.” “I only need a 50% on this final to get a ‘B’.”

While it tears me apart, maybe someone some day will take something from all my anger and frustration. Do hard things. Push past your limit. You literally can do ANYTHING you can set your mind to. Who’s willing to bear with me the struggles, pain, and embarrassment of going the extra yard?

Hey, you might even learn something crazier than where blood comes from!

Screw Homecoming

26 Oct

I decided to skip homecoming to go to Silver Dollar City with the fam. I got my iPhone 5 yesterday. Pictures of my trip to come. I don’t really have any interesting stories or cool videos, or even eye-popping pictures this time, but I enjoy reading and laughing at you alls! I did homework the whole way here, look at me being productive. Organic Lab down, Bio Lab to go. Oh, I guess I can talk about my schedule for next year. I’m only taking 14 hours! I’m so excited! I’m taking Introduction to New Testament, which finishes my Honors certificate and completes 3 of 9 Humanities/Fine Arts credits I have to take. Woohoo! I’m also taking Quantitative Methods of Analysis (Chemistry), Principles of Chemical Engineering I, and Genetics. Its gonna be a breeze compared to this semester’s 19 hours. I get to work a lot more at the reactor next year, too! Now I just have to wade out these last five weeks…

Duty Time.

12 Oct

Hey guys!

I’m on call. Chillin’ in the lounge. I thought I would blog, since I haven’t in a while. XD So Monday I got up at 5:30 in the A.M. to do P90X. Success. I then went to organic chem II, fell asleep in diff eq, and went to chemE thermo to find out (for the third time) that my teacher did not have our tests I took 3 1/2 weeks ago graded. Then chatted with my boss about hall drama for 1 1/2 hours (my favorite part of the day), and went to biology and biology lab where we suffocated mice for four minutes to see how much oxygen they had in them. I refuse to get another C on a biology test, so I have been studying the past two weeks for this sucker. I better get an A. Staff meeting at 10:10. Tuesday, P90X again, then, organic lab. We made a Diels Alder product! Show Exshiting…74.8% yield!!!!!!!!!!! …then I taught FIG class. on networking and entrepreneurship. oh boy. then another meeting. more studying. Wednesday: crawfish lab. Thursday: research til 11… lab lecture at 5. root beer kegger and fake cop bust at 6. Had root beer for the first time in six years. YOLO. H2O pong was pretty legit. I’m pretty sure I won every game. Sand activities (frisbee and volleyball) until 12:30. Woah. slow down there Nick. Friday (today): Rebecca Black. Research. Volleyball. CHICKEN SPAGHETTI 🙂 Marshmallow Brownies…aww yeah (they were so good).

Recapping on Cathy and I’s creeping: we found this awesome website (actually Cathy did) where you can go see property values on houses, who owns them, their life story, etc. Tool one of stalking. In concert with WhitePages, google Maps, and Morg, we made it to our destination. We did not see two teal cars in the driveway, so we haven’t determined if they’re official or not. We’ll keep you updated.

Note about “it:” While I’m trying to understand the transition “it” is taking, not everyone (in fact, 99.999% of the U.S. population) does not want to know about your obsession with breasts, your back hair, or your ever-lowering vocal cords. Please keep that in your medical journal. I’m sorry, there’s just a fine line when it comes to public filter, and that line has been leaped over. and over.

Walking Dead is back on in 2. DAYS. 🙂

Did you guys hear that oxygen and magnesium are together? OMg.

I’m so ready for this awful year to be over.


P.S.: Did you get the full circle ending? ha. ha. hahaha. ha.

All That Poop.

21 Sep

Video of the Day

Folks, I live for Fridays, let me tell you. It’s the day when I can run from everything and have one night where I don’t have to dread the next day. Last Monday: poop. Someone pooped in my hall. What the heck. Last Wednesday: naked chick roaming my floor. Last Friday: alcohol (residents drinking). Monday: alcohol (residents, again, at 5 pm who does that?) and tests. Wednesday: test. I can’t freakin wait until this awful semester is over. Sorry I haven’t posted. No excuses. Oh and thanks Megan for posting for me! I love Gangnam Style! It’s the nom. Oh and my phone has been MIA for a week in case anyone was wondering. Guess who get’s to spend his grant money on a new phone AND contract! This kid! I may just Live a Little and buy the iPhone 5. Why not waste more money? YOLO suckers! I’m glad everyones enjoying their year as much as I am! (…that was a joke) G+ soon?

I would post awesome pics of the Zou, but, oh yeah, they’re on my missing phone.

I pre-ordered J.K. Rowling’s new book A Casual Vacancy; I can’t wait to read again. It’s been a while. I just don’t like how vague the synopsis is! Argh! It has to be good though. 

asdfwopefiahdsgoiasd;… I can’t wait!

This Week is Awesome

21 Mar

So, our intramural volleyball dominated Monday night. We’re pretty awesome. Tuesday (yesterday) I found out I got the Peer Advisor job for next year (if you haven’t already seen my mother’s obnoxious post…lol). You know who else is awesome? Valentina is. Yeah. I’m pretty sure she’s in love with me. Another thing that’s awesome: this stuff. Image

I’ve been drinking it nearly every day. Spring break starts Friday. I would say this week has been pretty awesome so far. 

I’m pretty sure I’ve convinced Kelsey to come here next year. She loves it. I toured her around campus. You guys should visit. Oh wait…you’d all get SUCKED IN…muahhahaahaa #MIZ

I can’t figure out where I want to work over the summer (Sorry, not the lake…as much as I’d love to be a part of Parks & Recreation, I think I’ll stay in the food biz). Any ideas? 

Have you guys ever looked up any of your professors (aka stalked them)? I found out today my Calculus III Honors teacher went to a university in Paris, knows arabic, spanish, english, and french, and has written several papers (dealing with mathematics) that involve mainly letters (as opposed to the traditional number system most of us normal people use) and that blows my mind. Also, I learned that my physics professor has been all over the world (russia, japan, germany) teaching and made the news lately of questioning einstein’s theory of relativity. who does that? (he also dislikes thomas edison and called him a jerk for stealing Nicolai Tesla’s research). Very interesting man. He has a wiki if you want to explore-Sergei Kopeikin-but I’m sure you all have your own professors to stalk.

I can never remember the real stories I have to tell on here. I’ll post if I can remember.

-Nick (Peer Advisor, Gillett Hall) #tigers

Multivariable Calculus SUCKS

21 Feb

Sup people.

So, here I am, Day Four of P90X, getting pretty big. Not really though, just really sore. I recommend. The life here is great. I had my personal interview for ResLIFE last week to be a Peer Advisor, so wish me luck (I forgot to sign up for housing next year, so if I don’t get the job, I don’t have a place to live, DANG IT). Other than that things are just peachy. Three tests this week. Wish me luck. And a reminder: stay true to the tiger. I will post more when my life becomes more interesting, but all I’ve been doing is studying these past couple of weeks, so I don’t think you want me to post about that all day. Time for a study break. PEACE


10 Feb

Hey guys.

I’m just in the piano room, listening to piano music. I’m really cool. I wish I could tell you a cool story or something, but since all I’ve been doing is homework, studying for  tests, and getting 100%’s on my Mass & Energy Balance exams, and couldn’t go to X-games (pissed), I don’t have any interesting stories. I hate it. I took too many classes, which means too much studying. GAHH. Oh yeah. Last night one of my friends showed me a website Chatroulette. You basically Skype with random people from around the world. It’s something to do when you’re bored. (If you don’t mind chatting with random people). Kinda weird. But whatever. I’ll see you guys later.


And a treat:

Burned at the Steak

27 Jan

Sorry guys. I might just be a week late. And I might just be hated. I also just might be overdoing it with these classes…I’m doing homework until 7:00 every night. I’m done whining though. I wish I could have joined you guys at the X Games. Life here is standard. Work butt off, then watch drunk people on the weekends. That’s about it. I also think body odor is getting slightly worse this semester (not mine) or my senses are just exploding (no, it’s the first). Please make sure I never marry a obese person. Not that I’m against that, I have just had a lot of bad obese B.O. situations here and it’s really aging my quickly. Well, here I am on a Friday night blogging… It’s SUPER. Well, back to studying. 😦

Call Me Scrooge

19 Dec

Santa Claus: An Engineer’s Perspective

There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per house hold, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.

Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second — 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour.

The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the “flying” reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can’t be done with eight or even nine of them— Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).

600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance — this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake.

The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.

Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in 0.001 seconds, would be subjected to centrifugal forces of 17,500 g’s. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

Therefore, if Santa did exist, he’s dead now.

Hope you guys enjoyed. Call me Scrooge if you want.

The Grapist

7 Dec

Another Youtube video to add to the “classics.”

Wow. I just had a cat day.

3 Dec

Today I saw Catwoman (a.k.a. Miss Holt) and watched two great cat videos on Youtube and thought I should share them.

and…just about the most annoying song ever…


Oh. Hey.

2 Dec

Here’s the video of what I experienced several weeks ago during my Political Science class. My teacher had no clue.

By the way, 2 weeks! Woohoo!

Mizzou happenings

2 Nov

Have you guys had Stride whitemint? it’s real great.

A bit off subject, perhaps, but who cares. It really is great.

Story: Calc 2, as I have said before, isn’t really that interesting. It’s one of those classes you enter and know you are surrounded by invisible dementors. So, the little humor that manifests itself is real great. Today was the first day I’ve seen my professor laugh (and probably the second time I’ve seen him smile). As a requirement for Calc 2, we can only miss up to ten days of class or else we lose 10% of our grade. It’s 9:47 (3 minutes until class is over) and in walks a guy in our class to sign the attendance sheet. Denied.

Also, there’s a kid on 7th floor Gillett whose name is Lucas and loves Star Wars. He likes to duel himself in the study room and gets upset if people walk in on him dueling himself (He stinks too). So guess what he is for Halloween. I was disappointed. Really? Luke Skywalker? Original.

We decided we were going to sneak on top of the building and throw pumpkins off, but for some reason, they figured out people like to go up there and locked the hatch! It was a real let down. So we threw it off the parking garage (Virginia Avenue Garage, a.k.a., the VAG), which happens to house the MU Police Station. Real brave, right?

On halloween we went trick-or-treating at the frats and sororities. We got some real good candy. An old lady (house mom) answered one of the sororities and made them dance for candy. Also, we decided to go up to the 3rd and 7th floors and trick-or-treat in asian accents. It was unintentional, but I kinda feel bad now. We knocked on a door, and before we could see her face, said “twick-oh-twee” and a japanese girl looks out and says “I hab no canny.” I hope she wasn’t offended. It was real great.

I’ll post again soon. Later. -Nick.

Nick: Zombies be a lurkin

5 Oct

This week is HvZ week (scary!), which if you didn’t know is Humans Vs. Zombies. Apparently the humans aren’t doing so well, because last year there were only 40 zombies by the first day, and this year, there are already 122 zombies (and it hasn’t even been a complete day yet). It’s been pretty intense so far. We (a band of trustworthy humans) decided to take an alternative route to class, but, much to our chagrin, the alternative route ended up being where the zombies were staking out. We got chased to the cathedral (Memorial Union) where everyone but I had class. I was only halfway to class (and on my own). With my trusty Nerf gun (and not trusty darts, which curve all over the place and SUCK) I set out alone to my destination. I still had a good 7-8 minute walk from class. Unfortunately, a good deal of zombies were swarming the area, so I was chased from Memorial Union all the way to my engineering class by a zombie. After going to another class since then, and safely making it back to my dorm, I now believe I have an adequate chance of making it through the night.

Nick: I think Ms. Chezum got hacked

24 Sep

Ms. Chezum

Nick: Calculur is awesome; my T.A. just said sexy

22 Sep

My T.A. is from China, so words in calculur change from theta to seta and alpha to arpha.

today: the math problem: ∫ sextanx

I said “Is something wrong with the function?”

Everyone chuckles, then he says “haha…sex…that not very sexy.”

Sometimes when he says ARpha it’s hard not to laugh (especially if your friends around you are laughing too), so despite how dull and serious Calc class is, we make the best of it.

Nick: Grape Cancer

9 Sep

Tonight my roommate decides since he can’t smoke in his room he will suck on his fruity cigar and make the whole place smell like grapes. It was nauseating. Why is it my room either smells terrible or exotic? I think my new home is the study room. It is more quiet than the dorm, has a neutral smell, and has very nice couches to relax or sleep on.

On other notes, the skedge is getting pretty full, and my desire to procrastinate follows an exponential growth pattern (gotta love math). Volleyball and the Rec. Center have been my two motivations for getting homework done.

Besides the fruity cigar sucking scandal, he’s been trying to memorize the V speech from V for Vendetta…it’s not going too well. Too many big words. It is entertaining though, so I’m cool with it.

If you guys didn’t know, I made MU Mock Trial; the reason I’m reminding you is, first, because I was told the team has a slight drinking problem by the team, and, second, because mandatory sleepover is in two weeks! I feel like I’m going to be the designated driver for the team. I’ll make at least one video or something in honor of the team. It’ll be a good one, I promise.

Update on MOH-sis: he hasn’t texted back in a while and his phone isn’t on. I hope he didn’t get into trouble! No telling with that kid. He’s pretty unpredictable.

I miss all of you guys and hope we can hang out over “winter recess”! Good luck on y’all’s classes.

I’ll update soon; I have much more to say but I can’t think of all of it right now. Peace out.

Oh yeah! My roommate is having a girl over. It’s gonna be a long weekend.

Nick: The Genesis of Disorganization <- THIS is the stuff they teach here at MIZZOU! yeAH.

2 Sep

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