Saturday, October 22, 2005

a quick timely update

Ahh, the autumn of my senior year. A time of gentle rain, beautiful foliage, exciting football games, and so many college prep materials that you can shred it all and make a cute little paper-mache college for yourself.

Okay, maybe I exaggerate. I've been doing these things online--no paper involved.

At least I haven't completely procrastinated. Here's a little list in no real order:

U of Maryland

... and possibly Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, and/or NYU.

More on this later.

tags: colleges

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


This picture from The Dispatch says it all: Central is dominating the York football scene. Last night's 49-0 win over Dallastown (their homecoming game) was just another notch in the Panthers' undefeated board:

9/2 Susquhanna Twp W 28-7
9/9 Northern W 22-7
9/16 Cedar Crest W 40-7
9/23 Southwestern W 21-0
9/30 Spring Grove W 39-18
10/10 Dallastown W 49-0

The teams of years past were ones that couldn't win their own homecomings. But this year, the Fighting Irish are expected to be absolutely demolished come this Friday. Pretty exciting for players and students alike!

And now, to end with an homage to the team AND to the G-Unit:

tags: sports, football

Monday, October 10, 2005

"Cut the crap, Hamlet. My biological clock is ticking and I want to have babies!"

(Image from

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the CYHS PAD's black box production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged!! From having French with Mike at the end of junior year I got a glimpse of how much hard work and dedication this took for all of them--Matt, Mike, and Juan began working on the scripts last March and rehearsed all through the summer and fall. And it paid off.

I was able to attend the final show out of the three to be presented to the general public last night at 7:00. I was already surprised by the number and variety of people who showed up: there must've been at least 40 audience members (a far cry from the last black box show I saw at Central) and we had everyone from faithful parents to random football players in attendance. But that surprised was greatly diminished by all of the craziness and hilarity in the show. Words cannot do the script, the acting (comedic timing! You couldn't ask for better guys for this show than these three), nor the brilliance of the entire play justice.

A few personal comments though. I'm SO glad I've read Othello because the Othello freestyle rap was incredible. Extra points go to Matt and Mike for crossdressing. The shortest version of Hamlet ever was quite enjoyable, and the final scene (Hamlet, performing backwards) was so in-your-face and rapid-fire that the audience was collectively breathless at the end of the show. And I always liked audience participation gimmicks, even though I rarely participate... but let's just say it's not every day you see one of our football players shriek like a girl on stage!

(Art by Daniel Singer, one of the three writers of the play. Image from Broadway Play Publishing, with whom the play was produced in association.)

Also, kudos to Mr. Zortman for all of his work on this play. This is what the PAD is about. He wanted a solid beginning for this year, and he got it. No question. Here are the director's notes from the program, by the way:

We are thrilled to be able to welcome you to our brand new school, and our new facility--a black box theater. Last spring we decided to do something special for our opening productions, and since then, we have been working on this show and our auditorium opening production (BEAUTY & THE BEAST)

With this being the last section of the school to be finished, there are still a number of things to be finished, but we have definitely moved in and are excited about our new home.

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, The Complete Works is London's longest-running comedy. Warning!: This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare's plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness. We cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers.

All in all--what a great show, and what a great baptism of sorts for the brand new theater. Great job, guys.

BONUS! Check out the Othello rap for yourself. Trust me on this one.

tags: performing arts, theater, plays

Sunday, October 09, 2005

For all the people who clapped when Barret came on screen

Penn State York has cleverly killed a few birds with one stone with their recent screenings of FFVI: Advent Children. Though it was free, the Friday and Saturday night showings of Advent Children were used to attract gamers from near and far in order to raise some money and awareness for the Four Diamonds Foundation and Thon. (Read about it on PSY's website.)

Did I go? Let me just say that Final Fantasy VII changed my life--first when I watched my brother play after we got the game (and a Playstation) for Christmas in '97 and then later when I couldn't resist playing it myself. That game had everything. The story was great, the gameplay was addicting, and the music still gets to me whenever I hear it. So I wasn't about to miss this movie.

For such an unpublicized event (I only found out through my brother, who goes to Penn State), it was a great turnout. Though a big group of the stereotypical Galleria's-Hot-Topic based gaming/anime fans were pretty chatty throughout the entire film, Ryan, Matt, and I had a good time.


Ahh, yeah. My life is now a little more complete.

tags: entertainment, movies, video games

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

At the cellular level

After the slow, painful death of my Motorola V180, it was time to move on. Enter the Sony Ericsson Z500a:

I'd gotten so used to the size of the Motorola that this was almost startling. It's a hefty size in comparison, but I carry large bags around anyhow. The size is attributed to the camera, which... isn't that great, to be honest. But as I was not looking for a camera phone (originally I had been looking for an entry level Samsung, but the shipments never came in) this is not a big problem.

Usage-wise the buttons are slightly less intuitive than those of the Motorola, yet the SE is more customizable and more comprehensive, which I like. The graphics are also clear and the speakerphone is quite loud--perfect for talking while typing or something like that.

I think I'm pretty satisfied with this phone for now. After all, there is a $50 rebate on this thing, so it's a fair deal. I'll hang on to it for a while.

tags: technology, cell phones

Sunday, October 02, 2005

You try making a Big Bird jumpsuit

Alas, some of my more relaxing pursuits have fallen victim to the great ball of stress in the sky. Between a fair load of calculus homework and orchestra auditions, the internet has definitely been put on the backburner.

However, there is always time for a quick read of two, right? This week's award for most amusing blog is You Knit What??, hosted right here on Blogger. Knitters and non-knitters alike will get a kick out of the crap that professional craftsters have designed, such as this atrocity:

Oh yes. People buy yarn to make this kind of thing. For more fun pictures like this, see the the blog for yourself.

tags: knitting blogs, humor

Sunday, September 18, 2005

If only all homework assignments were like this

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A pretty goofy project I made for my Mesopotamian art presentation for humanities class. This is the final project, made of air-dry clay. Unofficially, his name is Mr. Bean, with the general consensus being that he looks a lot like Rowan Atkinson in costume. Good thing I din't show anyone the picture of the original sculpture...

tags: school projects, crafts