Sunday, October 31, 2010

This is why we aren't going to get into college

There is an advantage to blogging; I have a bank of truly random anecdotes to pull from for my college essays. I think I'm going to use pieces of There is. It's called captcha for my Georgetown short answer, and I used posts from a previous anonymous blog for one of my Gtown essays. The short answer asked about my most significant activity in or out of school, and I was thinking of how if I were to be 100% honest, I'd say it was stalking on facebook. I said that to Eric, and he told me how an honest person would go ahead and do it. My response:

[10:11:26 PM] annabanana: but they also wouldn't get into college
[10:11:42 PM] annabanana: it would be one of those things where the husband admits to cheating
[10:11:44 PM] annabanana: the wife goes
[10:11:47 PM] annabanana: thank you for being honest
[10:11:52 PM] annabanana: now i'm going to divorce your ass

Therein lies the dilemma: colleges want your essay to be honest and to reflect your voice, but they neither want the truth nor someone with a stupid voice.

I really should be doing work right now instead of blogging but I try not to go too long without writing something. Sometimes I feel bad for taking the time to write these when everyone else is so focused on doing work, but then someone will message me about something they just read in one of my posts, and I feel better knowing other people aren't working either.

I was just talking with Jess on the phone after having finished my first essay:

me: I still need to write the last essay. What about you?
Jess: Oh that? I gave up on essays! 
me: Don't worry about it. When's the MIT one due?
Jess: Tomorrow...
me: oh
Jess: This is such a funny quote! (proceeds to read random lines from a website)
me: What site is it?
Jess: I'll send you the link
me: Cool! 
This is why we aren't going to get into college

Saturday, October 30, 2010

If you're going to get knocked up, use the good stuff!

As the title may suggest, my blog is ordinary. I can't write everyday as that would probably bore my audience to death. Instead, I've resolved to only blog when I have something remotely interesting (and not mean) to say. p.s. my entire right leg and foot is asleep at the moment. It's really annoying and kind of painful but not really?

I'd first like to mention that I have removed captcha from the comments at the suggestion of Rich. I didn't know I could remove that, so sorry for not doing that before. Hopefully commenting will be less of a hassle now.

I spent most of my day chilling with Staci (in spite of impending college deadlines). We went to rent movies at Redbox where on display on the poster next to the box was the movie The Human Centipede. When I got home, I was on youtube and one of the featured videos was the trailer so I clicked on it. If you are a gentle soul, do NOT watch the trailer! Let me just say, I have never seen anything in my entire life that has made me more uncomfortable. I couldn't even finish watching it.  This movie (of at the very least the trailer) is demented, sick, and disturbing; I can't imagine anybody enjoying it.

Anyhow, back to my day with Staci. We ending up opting to watch The Joneses, which believe me was much more enjoyable than any movie involving centipedes, human or not. For those that haven't heard of it, the premise of the movie is that there's a fake family, the Joneses, that poses as the perfect family in order to sell products. They push products such as cars, furniture, perfume, etc. It wasn't until the very end that Staci and I noticed that the movie was in fact pushing products to the viewer. We had just been talking about what a turn off it is when you see something in a movie and know some company paid big bucks to have it featured (ex. Kellogg's cereal on the table, etc). Well, the irony is that while the movie is saying how false item advertising is bad, the producers are doing that very thing through the movie. There were many moments during the movie in which I thought to myself wow, I wish I had that, or wouldn't it be great to have that job? The movie doesn't sugar coat with false brands and labels like Snapshot (aka Facebook), but rather advertise real company names like Dell, Audi, etc. If you've seen the movie or plan to, just think about it; it's really irony at its finest :P

Because we're bums and broke, we went to the dollar store today (where I got an amazing new lint roller!). I bought a few things (if you think you're going to go into a dollar store and save, you are sorely mistaken), but what I found most interesting was the medical section:

On sale were ovulation predictors?!?! Oh, and just in case the $1 ovulation test was faulty, you can pick up a pregnancy test to check out if you're preggers. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't trust a $1 pregnancy test. My personal opinion:
If you're going to get knocked up, use the good stuff!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Redefining the style of the 80s as Communist fashion!

So, a few of my friends, who would prefer to be historically holistic, will be dressing as Communists tomorrow for 80s wear.

Should I join them?

Wouldn't it be funny if we all came into school dressed as Communists? We could feature our very own East Brunswick Red Guard :P (Those in MUN could wear their Putin shirts?) It would be epic:

Redefining the style of the 80s as Communist fashion! 

I would have been uncool in the 80's :(

My worst fears have been confirmed! I've run out of things to blog about! My life has reached a level of mundane that even a snail would find boring! And I know snails, I own two - Midnight and Sunshine (though I believe that Midnight may be dead...) So, if you have any suggestions as to what I should blog about...

As I have nothing original to say, I'll just post some more creative things my friends (I hope) have said:

Jared (prior to our first IPLE unit meeting):
where are we meeting?
that's fantastic
you think if Amy just yells A-TEAM ASSEMBLE loud enough we will all just teleport to her?

    • Susan Xiong we are big bums.
      27 minutes ago · 

    • Ester Lau ‎...I will kill you if we legit fail tomorrow, susan.
      4 minutes ago · 

    • Ana Die sounds like a threat to me! according to Mr. Murphy, we should report all potential threats we hear...
      3 minutes ago · 

    • Ester Lau I'll kill you first then, anna.
      2 minutes ago ·  ·  1 person

Speaking of school policies, as a matter of legality, I will be taking down a certain picture from "Now I just order the buffalo chicken" later tonight (just in case you know?)

Ray (of what he and his friends did through oovoo/skype):
"We played UNO"

snippet of a convo between Tin and I (of my blogs):
they are quite interesting to read because people can relate
so I'm not an alien afterall

My mom told me to take a break and rest my eyes. My solution? Test out some 80s wear. 

So much shoulder pads, neon, tie-dye, plaid, and all around ridiculous! Despite the clothes, I still don't seem to give off that ET vibe. Conclusion:
I would have been uncool in the 80's :(
Food for thought:
Which outfit should I wear tomorrow?...or should I mix and match?
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) really doesn't seem to have the horrific fashion we associate with the times does it?
What actually was the look of the 80s? Was there really a look? or was it just kind of bizarre?
Why do you think it is that some people find school functions and events too uncool?

I think it's uncool not to participate! Now I just need someone to tell me how to create 80s hair!

Monday, October 25, 2010

"My black grandpa in China who passed away."

I feel as though it is high time for a blog about the college process. From the bad to the embarrassing to the funny, this will be a tell all of Anna's college experience thus far.

I used to say I just wanted to be in college already; now I kind of just want to forget all about it. I don't do my applications not because I don't have enough time, but rather because I don't want to face the music. It's just a really overwhelming endeavor. The essays demand that I advocate who I really am. But do I know who I really am? Each application asks of my interests and potential majors, and it feels as though I'm signing away my life to a big fat unknown. Also, am I applying to the right schools? What if I'm wasting my time? What if going there would be a mistake and I would be miserable? There are just so many doubts that you can't help but want to avoid the issue. But, like all things unpleasant in this world, I guess we'll just have to suck it up and be bold!

I am applying early action to two school or rather I was. I don't think I stand a chance with Georgetown anymore. In my email requesting an interview I called my female interviewer a Mr.  If someone addressed you by the wrong title, wouldn't you mess with them?

I think many of us are discovering how difficult it is to stand out amongst such amazing people. The one thing I can say about East Brunswick without hesitation is that I've met many people who are just soooo talented and will go soooo far in life! Anyhow, I was randomly stalking on facebook (I'm just waiting for the day I get an error message saying, "You have exceeded your daily quota of fb stalking. Please wait 72 minutes before resuming your stalking") and I saw a comment by Ivan suggesting to Sherry that she should convince the admissions officers that she's part Native American. Well, I have an even better plan. You should just say you're part black. There's no way the college could prove that you're lying. Not if you just mention,
"My black grandpa in China who passed away."
Food for thought:
Has anything as embarrassing happened to you?
What has been your most interesting experience thus far?
Do you have a better excuse for colleges?
Are you certain of who you are and where you want to go?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

How's that for a Word of the Day?

Two things:

1. Directly after posting "The age of sluts :O" I was checking out the "UGG boots giveaway day" event that I was invited to on facebook. After clicking on the link, I got this:

ugg-boots-giveaway-day2 is requesting permission to do the following:

  • Access my basic information
    Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I've shared with everyone.

  • Send me email
    ugg-boots-giveaway-day2 may email me directly at · 

  • Post to my Wall
    ugg-boots-giveaway-day2 may post status messages, notes, photos, and videos to my Wall

  • Access my data any time
    ugg-boots-giveaway-day2 may access my data when I'm not using the application

  • Manage my events
    ugg-boots-giveaway-day2 may create and RSVP to events on my behalf

  • Manage my pages
    ugg-boots-giveaway-day2 may login as one of my Pages


How's that for a Word of the Day?

The era of non-privacy

Facebook applications always make me feel uncomfortable. You read about all the people who used them, and you'd like to try it out too, but then

Which Disney princess are you? is requesting permission to do the following:

  • Access my basic information
    Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I've shared with everyone.

  • Post to my Wall
    Which Disney princess are you? may post status messages, notes, photos, and videos to my Wall

Which Disney princess are you?

There are two things wrong with this picture (maybe more):

1 Perhaps I'm just paranoid, but I hate the idea that the app is asking to "Access my basic information." NO! Why would "Which Disney princess are you?" need to access my basic information? By clicking allow, have I just opened the door to a violation of my privacy and potential legal hacking? I'm not tech savvy enough to understand what pandora's box I have just opened, but it's just discomforting clicking a button that allows a third party site to access my basic information

2 What if I don't want to "Post to my Wall?" Maybe I just don't want people knowing I took a quiz to find out which Disney princess I am, or what if the results are embarrassing? I don't want to take an IQ test and have all of facebook knowing I'm "dumber than a turtle".

It could just be me blowing things out of proportion, but facebook apps as they are today, really rub me in the wrong way. It appears that we have entered... 
An era of non-privacy

Saturday, October 23, 2010

He's with us in Photoshop! Arun too?

We had our first IPLE unit 5 meeting today. We got a lot done.

We ate gobstoppers:

<- spilled most

Then we took a team shot (Where's Aaron? Oh, there he is)

We did some drinking...

Played ping pong?

 <- Jared creeping

Ate some cupcakes to celebrate Sydney's basketball win against Princeton. I ate the ghost XP

Armaan couldn't be here today but

He's with us in Photoshop! Arun too?