Sunday, August 19, 2012

Prepping for College

Well, it's that time again. I'm packing for college. Okay, let me start out by saying that I hate packing. I hate the planning involved. I hate the horrendous mess I make while trying to get everything together. I especially hate shoving my possessions into a box that is sealed away until move-in day. I mean, what if I need something and remember that it's shoved in the bottom of a box. Not only will I not have the desire to dig said item out of the box, but I will grow hate packing even more. Sometimes, I wish I could just throw everything into boxes on move-in day and make do with anything I happen to forget. Unfortunately, waiting until the last minute is neither responsible nor practical.

My main issue with packing my stuff away a week in advance (move-in day is August 26th) is that I fear I might need something between the day I pack it and the day I get to unpack it. I'm not sure why this is my main concern. Perhaps its because I am hopelessly attached to my toys (haha). 

In a way, this post is my ultimate form of procrastination. I have literally exhausted all other forms of creative stimulation (which are my normal methods of procrastination). As soon as I finish this post, I will be emptying boxes, throwing useless junk away, and packing the majority of my possessions into boxes. No joke, this endeavor will probably take three days because of my lack of motivation. 

Well, I had better get started. Getting stuck in a procrastination loop results in a major imaginative drought, and I cannot have that happening. Well, thanks for reading.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2012 Venus Transit

Here are some photos of the 2012 Venus Transit. What is depicted here is the passing of the planet Venus between the Earth and the Sun. In order to view the transit safely, I had to be creative. I looked online and found a safe and easy way to display an image of the sun on a piece of paper. Here is what I did: I took a pair of binoculars and attached them to a tripod, then I aimed the binoculars at the sun (not by looking through them, of course), then I held a piece of paper behind the binoculars. The big round light spot on the paper is the sun; the little black dot on the bottom right side of the sun is Venus. The first picture was taken early during the transit, so editing didn't alter the color. The subsequent pictures were taken later when the sun was lower, so the image is more of a reddish orange. Just to clarify, my editing consisted of lowering the brightness and raising the contrast of the pictures. I did not alter the pictures in any other ways.