Wednesday, December 07, 2005

CLASSES cancelled today...


Just to let everybody know that the classes are cancelled for today.
Well, I was in the library checking my emails and I just got a new one. Oops! It was forwarded to the whole TCU students, faculty and staff stating that the campus is closed due to bad weather.
Immediately, somebody from the library came in and told everybody that the library was closing too. I came outside the libarary and it had started to show some signs of snowing. I'd say some small flakes.
Later, when I got home, I was thinking of why didn't they cancelled the class right from the morning because I had an exam today and it would have been a lot better if it was rescheduled. Oh well, Its gone and lets see if the college opens tomorrow?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

PHEW!!! Finals are here..........


I can't even believe that it is the seond last week of this semester. I never really realized when the semester came and passed right through me just like that.
Anyway, the CRUNCH time is here now with the finals knocking at the door. The library will be filled with students writing papers, preparing presentations and doing group discussions. Everybody wants to boost their G.P.A. up and therefore almost everybody will be staying up late nights and cramming for the exams. And, I should say, I am no exception to that. I hate to admit it but I am also a last minute person.
Oh well... First of all ANTHRO exam on Monday and then the group presentation of this class on Tuesday and oh yeah how can I forget that later on that day, I have my Environmenatl Science cummulative final. Then on wednesday, its Ecology time and the most boring and most difficult Chemistry on Thursday. Chemistry sucks. Sometimes I wonder how can people graduate in Chemistry? Well, thats how I feel and I am pretty sure the Chemistry majors don't feel that way. ANYWAY....... GOODLUCK TO Y'ALL MY FELLOW CLASSMATES FOR THE FINALS.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Have U ever been stranded inside a plane for 5 hours on the runway?


Oh yes I have. I was returning back from Baltimore after spending my Thanksgiving Break with my friends and relatives. My flight was scheduled to leave BWI at 5:12 P.M. on Sunday.But just before the aircraft was about to take off, the pilot announced that there was a terrible wind blowing across Dallas at about 35 miles per hour. So, I had to stay inside the plane for an enormous amount of time before we finally took off at 10 P.M.
Besides, I also had to complete my paper for my ANTHRO class which was due on Monday. Well, finally I got Dallas at around 1 A.M and my 3 hour flight took at least 8 hours altogether.Therefore, I suggest everybody that its a very bad idea to fly just 12 hours before your class starts the next day. If the flight was delayed further, I would not have been able to submit my paper and that would have screwed my grade. Anyway, it was a different kind of experience that I had to go through in my brief stay inside the plane for 5 hours at BWI.

Monday, November 28, 2005

WHITE THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!


I had seen White Christmas before. But last weekend I witnessed a White Thanksgiving. I was in Washington D.C. over Thanksgiving. It snowed on Thursday afternoon and continued till late evening. It was cold on Wednesday but I never thought that it would snow the next day. I was just looking outside the window when small flurries of snow started falling down. Actually I was in D.C. as I was visiting my relatives and friends over the break. I really had a wonderful time in my brief visit to the east coast as I had not gone anywhere since the summer. I also visitedNew Jersey and Philadelhpia. And the first time in my life, I went to New York. That Friday night was really awesome and me and my couple of other friends had a hell'uv'a fun.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

LOVE MOUNTAINS???? Here it is....






Mount Everest is the tallest mountain of the World situated in Nepal with an altitude of 8,844.43 meters (29,017 feet 2 inches).
It was first scaled by the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Here are some interesting facts since 1953 after it was climbed by these two history-makers.
-1953 The summit was first reached (in recorded history) at 11:30 am on May 29 by the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Nepal climbing the South Col Route.
-1965 On May 20, Nawang Gombu Sherpa of Nepal becomes the first person to reach the summit of Everest twice.
-1975 On May 16, Junko Tabei of Japan is the first woman on the crest.
-1975 On May 27, a Tibetan woman, Phantog, becomes the first woman to reach the summit from the Tibetan side.
-1978 Reinhold Messner (South Tyrol, Italy) and Peter Habeler (Austria) reach the summit without oxygen tanks.
-1980 Reinhold Messner, first man to climb Everest alone and without oxygen tanks.
-1982 On October 5, Laurie Skreslet becomes the first Canadian to reach the summit.
-1984 First Australian expedition scales Everest.
-1988 Jean-Marc Boivin of France starts with a paraglider from the mountaintop.
-1990 Bertrand “Zebulon” Roche of France becomes the youngest westerner to climb Everest, age 17.
-1993 Ninety alpinists in the autumn alone, the commercial "Everest-climbing" starts.
-1993 Ramon Blanco of Spain became the oldest person to reach the summit aged 60 years, 160 days (record beaten in 2001).
-1995 Alison Hargreaves becomes the first woman to climb Everest alone and without oxygen tanks.
-1996 Hans Kammerlander of South Tyrol climbs the mountain from the north side in 16 hours and 45 minutes and returns on skis.
-1996 Göran Kropp of Sweden becomes first person to ride his bicycle all the way from his home in Sweden to the mountain, scale it alone without the use of oxygen tanks, and bicycle all the way back.
-1998 Tom Whittakar is the first disabled climber to make it to the summit.
-1998 Bear Grylls becomes the youngest Briton to climb everest and return alive.
-1999 Sherpa Babu Chiri Sherpa of Nepal stays for 21 hours on the mountaintop.
-2001 On May 24 15 year old Sherpa Temba Tsheri of Nepal becomes the youngest person to climb Everest.
-2001 On May 25, 32 year old Erik Weihenmayar, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit.
-2001 On the same day 64 year old Sherman Bull, of New Canaan, Connecticut, becomes the oldest person to reach the summit.
-2001 Also on the same day, 19 people made it to the summit, surpassing the previous record of 10 people. Everyone survived.
-2003 On May 21, 21 year old Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, Washington, becomes the youngest American to summit Everest, via the North-Northeast Ridge Route.
-2003 Yuichiro Miura becomes the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest. He was aged 70 years and 222 days when he got to the summit (on May 22).
-2003 Twenty-five year old Nepalese Sherpa, Pemba Dorjie, makes the world's fastest ascent in 12 hours 45 minutes on May 23.
-2003 Only three days later, Nepalese Sherpa Lakpa Gelu breaks this record with 10 hours 56 minutes.
-2004 Pemba Dorjie breaks his own record, this time ascending the mountain in 8 hours 10 minutes on May 21.
-2005 Chinese government-sponsored survey team with 24 members reaches the peak on May 22 to anchor surveying equipment for the remeasurement of summit height. GPS, ground radar equipment, as well as traditional surveying methods were used to assess snow and ice thickness for the new measurement, and to compare it with historical data.
-2005. On May 14, a Eurocopter helicopter flew to the peak for the first time. It was reported to have landed but this was later disputed, with the pilot telling Nepalese authorities that the landing was actually 3300 feet (1000 m) below the summit.
-2005 Nepalese couple Moni Mulepati and Pemba Dorjie get married on top of the mountain.

Monday, October 10, 2005

A single day........

I was just sitting on my desk and checking mails and stuffs and then I just looked at today's date. Ok its October 10th. So what? I first felt this way but then I thought of my English blogs and then it striked me. I can explore about October 10th and make October 10th a little bit more interesting. Its so amazing that hundreds of important events have already occured on this date including the births and deaths of important people.
OCTOBER 10th in:
1582 - Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal.
1938 - World War II: The Munich Agreement cedes the Sudetenland to Germany.
1944 - Holocaust: 800 Gypsy children are systematically murdered at Auschwitz death camp.
1957 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he was refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant.
1964 - The 1964 Summer Olympics open in Tokyo, Japan
1969 - Brett Favre, American football player was born.
1970 - Fiji becomes independent.
1973 - Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with federal income tax evasion.
1978 - US President Jimmy Carter signs a bill into law that authorizes the minting of the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
1978 - Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was born
1979 - Mya was born.
1986- An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
1987 - Fiji becomes a republic.
2001 - US President George W. Bush presents a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
-National Day of Republic of China (on Taiwan)
-World Mental Health Day
-Columbus Day of 2005 in U.S.A.

These are just some of the events that occured on October 10th. So, evryday is important and relates to some significant past.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Reflection

I was a complete novice about blogs and this vast blogosphere before this class. But now I have to say I have come to know quite a bit about blogging and the most important of all, I know how to use blogs as my case study in doing similar researches. This project also helped me to know how rhetoric choices play a major role even in the blogosphere.
If I had to start this project all over again, I'd say I'd spend a little more time about exploring my topic because I think it took me a lot more time just to think of an topic on I would research rather than writing the whole paper. I really do plan to continue blogging even after this class.
My only suggestion for the students in ENG 20803 for the next sememster would be to get acquainted to the blogosphere as soon as possible and hence explore the blogosphere for an interesting topic and get used to the use of rhetoric involved in blogs.