Wednesday, December 13, 2006

2 too go

Lab and philosophy are my only finals left.

Theology and Seminar were both extreemly good. i think i did very well on both.

we studied philosophy (myself and 3 classmates) for 4 hours last night. we will likely pull something similiar with Lab today. its intense but its amazing how much you can learn in that much time.

well, not much else to say. hope your all having a good last few weeks of school.


Saturday, December 09, 2006


freshmen actualy have it pretty easy as far as finals go. im only really worried about Philosophy, and a little about Lab. i understand lab, theres just alot of content to remember.

Theology shouldnt be hard, we dont have to be right, we just have to support ourselves and provide a complete arguement. its really a test to see if we know our way around the bible somewhat.

Seminar is a 15 minute oral exam. I'm actualy looking forward to that one. Mr. Goyette is an interesting guy to talk too.

Philosophy.......... sigh.... its not supposed to make sense i think. there is an abundance to remember. we already spent over 5 hours in study groups studying it and were only about 1/2 done with the review sheet. gonna be interesting. luckily its not till friday so we have lots more time.

Best of all by far though, we dont have math or latin finals :) next year, but not this year. YAY!

I thought that i would point out for those that know him that monarch (AKA Jeremy Graham [sorry if i mispelled your name]) has started posting again! For those who want to read (Which should be lots of you!)

and dont forget lucas's blog!

Well, i'll try and post again soonly. 6 days till christmas break!

Monday, December 04, 2006

stardate 12042006

Its a little odd (not that I mind) that I got three comments on the same day several days after I posted (comments are good, very encuraging to posting). I guess sunday nights are just a popular time to read things online.

we officaly canceled martial arts club till after break. Tonight a number of the members had other plans (including myself) and next week I imagine studying for finals will prevent most people from coming.

And now I must use my blogg to evangelize for the nintendo Wii. (I would evangelize for real, but to the best of my knowledge everybody who reads this is already christian, so I can just make you buy more time wasting gaming hardware). this article was in the new york times a week ago.
"More important, I have already seen the Wii appeal to people who would never pick up an Xbox or PlayStation controller. At Thanksgiving at my aunt's house in New Jersey, there was my 59-year-old stepfather, who hadn't touched a video game since Pong, locked in a tight golf match with my 21-year-old cousin. There was my aunt clamoring for her turn. And most shocking, there was my mother, 61, whom I had been trying to get into video games for two decades, playing tennis so vigorously she bruised her finger."

Universal apeal is very cool. I have to try one of those on my parents :-p the ultimate test.

Well, im gonna head off campus for a couple hours with my friend steven. were going to his sisters house, i dont know why, he didnt say, but its always fun over there. (the little kids running around underfeet reminds me much of my house. except nobody is that little anymore.)[yes, this is a different font, i cant figure out how it got changed]

--end transmission.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


hours till xmass break that is. there kicking us out of the library so i have to run but i thought i would post something.

we all went home for thanksgiving and it was alot of fun. its addicting though, i cant wait to go back.

i passed the algebra enabling exam.

gotta run.

Monday, November 20, 2006

2 days!

2 Days till we all go to my house for thanksgiving weekend. Im personaly looking forward to this very much.

the sad part is that with less than 4 weeks left in the symester finals are starting to loom...
that and we have a paper due this sunday.

well, not much else to report, dont think i have many readers right now anyways. prove me wrong, leave lots of comments.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

really old shirt

well, the subject might infer I dont have much to say............. and this is true. I was thinking about how old the shirt I was wearing today is (all sorts of new shirst and i still wear that one, I simply like it) as far as i can figure ive had it since i was 11, which makes it 8 years old.

in much more significant news, the ceiling of the current chapel (not the one their building) has been proclaimed structuraly unsound and all masses are being held in the library for the next 2 weeks.

I finished making plans for thanksgiving on this end (that being the school: namely making sure my work study wont miss me and procuring tranportation to and from the trainstation for the three of us). cant wait to see everybody in San Diego, this is the longest amount of time lucas and i havent played video games together in the last 10 years at least ;)

were reading Galen's "On the natural faculties" in science this week, he reads like something of a cross between an abnoxious salesman, a frustrated teacher and a spoiled little kid. its painfull to say the least. and worse, the topic is an arguement that the kidneys have an inate atraction to urine in order to draw it out of the blood. complete with graphic explenations of the disection of living creatures urinary tracts. yay.

I formated my computers hardrive and rienstalled windows, everybody should do that on a yearly basis (which does require having a data drive seperate from your OS drive) it runs so much better afterwards.

yup, thats all for today, off to do latin homework.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Eclesiasties, Job?

Early in the year a couple of people heard that the theology program at TAC starts by reading eclesiasties (followed by Job). They found this perplexing and were wondering if I knew the reason why. I didnt at the time and I still dont have an official answer. However, I have been thinking about it recently and I think I have a decent idea. Job would make some small amount of sense to start with since many scholars argue that it is, based on time of writing, the oldest book in the bible. This dosnt work for eclesiasties however. My theory is this: There first becuase there confusing.


Yup. Theres a reasoning behind this that is more sound than you might think. No decent investigation is ever made by people who are certain they already know the answers. Eclesiasties and Job both say things in them that at first (and third, and fourth, and fifth...) reading seem to be contrary to some of our views of God and salvation and mans role in the universe. Readin these chapters first puts us into the state a state of mind that is receptive to looking for new understanding; AKA, confusion. Dont believe me? read them back to back.

Hope that makes sense to somebody besides just me. Thanks to all of you who are still reading after my long unblogging period.


Monday, November 13, 2006


Yes, I'm still alive. Sorry to anybody who is still checking this. I would like to post more often but I have been very busy lately (cant believe there are only 3 weeks left in the symester) and I hardly ever make it to the library anymore.

some catching up. I dressed up as burnam wood for holloween ( in mcbeth there is a line that goes something like 'mcbeth shall not die till burnam wood come to dunsinain) so three of us got branches and signs that said "dunsinain or bust".

we had an "algebra enabling exam" a while ago, i dont see why they call it enabling since you have to know enough algebra to do calculus to pass it, thats pretty much the end of algebra for most people... algebra concluding exam. it wasnt that hard though since i took an algebra heavy math class last year. i feel sorry for the poeple who have been out of highschool for 1-3 years. that would be hard. they havnt gotten the grades on those back to us yet.

we also had a paper on the Odyssey. havent gotten the grades on those back either (teachers are busy too, lol)

Martial arts club is going well (i have to leave for it in 4 minutes) we had 9 students last monday. were down to one night a week though. (did i mention everybody is very busy?)

we have another paper due (assigned exactly 8 hours after the last one was due, due thanksgiving weekend) theology.

my cousins jack, rebeka and I are going to my house for thanksgiving weekend. its going to be even more busy after that. we have from wednsay to sunday off (from work study too! yay!) and then we have school monday-thursday. friday is off for the feast of the immaculate conception and next week is exams. after that its christmas break and were all official 1/8th done with our undergrads, wow this is going fast. (because were all so busy!)

well, i have to run, please dont loose hope! i'll post again soon!


P.s. I did 2 math props in a row today!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

its just like being a super hero

only with no special powers.....

explenation: I accidentaly slaughtered the enitre dorm at about 3 different video games over the last month. now they expect me to and its just too stressfull ;) oh well, i'll just have to get lucas up here to beat me at CS sometime so i can regain a sense of humblness :)

there is a lecture on russian music tonight. there is a rumor that there will be actual demonstraitions of this music but these are unconfirmed.

I spent the day in classes, or fixing a laptop that dosnt want to be fixed (my cousin rebekas to be exact), reading greek tragedies and eating pizza. all in all a good day.

well, thank you to all my loyal fans ;) who kept checking even though i missed an entire week of blogging. hopefull i shall be more consistant for a while.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

im still here

sorry for the long absence. we got really busy for a while and then really unbusy for a while. during the former i had no time to write and during the later i had nothing to write about.

today i read an article on how pidgins home. or rather how they find there way home (very interesting combination of magnetic perception, sun position [with time of day compensation] and something they hadnt decided yet in the late 70's when the article was written. im sure they have now but i havent looked it up yet.) also an article about the infra red receptors that snakes have, and finaly an article about how some fish use a magnetic field generated at there tail and running ot there nose to navigate. it was all pretty interesting stuff.

i had don rags earlier this week. my teachers all had nice things to say and suggestions for improvement.

there was the biggest lan party i have ever been too two nights ago, 22 people with there computers in 3 rooms playing against eachother. it was quite fun, I played till 2:00 AM, some people played all night (till 7:00 in the morning)

today we rearanged the furniture in the lounge in our dorm, its much better now.

the person sitting next to me is looking at a picture of a toddler licking the snout on a big old hairy pig. ew.

i have to write a 1200 word paper determing weather penelope's greating of odysseus in the oddysy was fitting or not this weekend. fun fun.

well, i hope everybody is well. if anybody is interested in a T-Shirt that says "i dont believe in aitheists." (and i will check the spelling before making them) let me know, they are 17$ apiece and i cant print them unless i get at least 10 people who want one.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006


I do not use that word for the negative conotations that it brings. Rather, I am beggining to see the most amusingly secretive, yet very positive, note in many science papers of the last 70 years.

What I observe is the random capitolization of words such as "Justice" "Reason" "Order". These occur in sentances such as "through the precise allocation of these hive cells; a certain Order is observed in nature". There could be some gramatic reason for that that I am not aware of. However, how I read this is to make these words proper nouns. My conclusion is: If we can say that God is such things as Love, Hope, Truth, ect, then by capitolizing these words in such a sentance you direct atention to him and the inherent role he plays in these scientific fields. I realize that it would be better to come out and say that you can see the work of God in these things, but this would be somewhat out of place in many of these documents. Just a random thought.

I had fun in science class by trying to think of a good analogy for how nature could be directed by reason without having reason. my first attempt was to say that its like a man who purposfull goes to sleep. he was reasoning when he chose to go to sleep therefore all the reactions that follow from it are "from reason". my classmates didnt like this very much because they said that there wasnt anything clearly happening (arguable, but i had another example). a person who wants to raise there heart rate would exercise. there heart dosnt beat faster because of reason, but through reason.
In order to follow that and find it at all insitefull you might have to have read the text, you may even have to have sat through some of the discussion. (the article name is "the lifeless world of boilogy and was definitly worth reading; it is available here the point that was made was that in the same way that a statue is made teolologicaly (coming about from its own end), that is that the sculptor has the idea of the statue (the form) and makes the statue (also the form) from it, nature can be ordered to a purpose if some higher mind holds the form before it incarnates, regardless of weather it comes about from natural systems or not. that was a horrible explenation though so i suggest you read the article.

well, im making little sense so i think i will go.

84% on my latin quiz (much higher than i expected, still not an A.)

This sunday one of our tutors is hosting a dinner (Mr. clark, who was a college basketball champion, lawyer,professional opera singer, world famous historian (he was invited to paris earlier this year [and went] to date [determine the date of origin] of a manuscript) wine afficinado and now of course, tutor. in that order. definitly an interesting person, im looking forward to getting to talk to him durring the dinner.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

im still here

Tia kwon do is interesting. It is very similar in many ways to my old school of martial arts. and very different in a few.

i managed to get people to cover all the work shifts that i needed for this weekend.

The best thing that has happened in the last week was going to a little talk about graduate school. Mr. Clark gave it (if anybody knows him, which i dont think any of you do.) it was very helpfull in considering future careers. im going to see what i can learn about lawschool and general laywerness ;)

well, gotta run, much to do and the library closes in 10 minutes.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

its raining!

yay for rain.

I will be spending the rest of today studying it looks like. Some of my friends were going to the beach but that got canceled due to the weather, so im going to try and finish the odyssey.

Hope your all having a great weekend.

Friday, September 29, 2006


I got my most recent latin quiz back and I got an 89%, this is very happy for me.

In other news, some of you may be interested to know. People who do not like bitter flavors (very strongly, for example people who dislike brussell sprouts) are catagorized as "Supertasters" there is some (though not definitive) research that these people have more taste buds. The proven fact is that they dislike spicy things and tend to eat less healthy diets (most vitamins are bitter, these people tend to dislike vegitables especialy green ones.) Supertasters are more common in women and people form: asia, africa, and south america; ironicaly some of the greatest chilli eating populations in the world. which brings me to me next interesting fact. resistance to spicyness is a developable habit, it leads to a release of endorphins (b-dopamine) in the brain (and thus can be considered addictive.) however unlike opiats and other drugs with similar effects chillis are seen to increase pain blockers without decreasing pleasure response. there is a promising non addictive drug being looked into for dealing with cronic pain. just a couple of interesting tid bits i came accross today. :)

as it turns out the "logic" that we are studying in philosophy is very little like the mechanical logic done in modern schooling (if A=B and B=C then A=C) what we are studying is the logic of aristotle (mainly from "the catagories" so far) and it revolves more around identifying 1. the basis of definition 2. the proposition 3. the argument (most specificaly if it is valid or invalid). you can see how this would lead to the refined modern logic, but I encurage you to look at the texts of porphyry's "on genus" if you think its the same. (although you would first have to discover how that is spelled.)

well, i finaly have a friday night without a lecture, and a weekend without extra work shifts, dances or fires (crosses fingers ;) ) so i just might post during the weekend sometime.

valete, patrick

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

super size me, wisky style

the subject is kinda random. it was a little spoof my friends showed me last night. they did the "is it really healthy to drink/eat nothing but wisky for a month?" (perhaps they thought the answers to supersize me was obvious), the guy made it past about 72 hours.

we went back to normaly classes today. math is getting kinda scary, nobody who was called up was actauly able to finish there prop without help. i imagine i will get to go again sometime this week.

other than that philosophy and work went reletivly smoothly. philosophy is starting into a section on logic, its very interesting. my mother would not like it at all :-P

turns out one of the chefs is a certified martial arts instructor who works at a tia kwan do studio in Santa Barbara. He is gonna come teach a class this monday, siad he might even stay late regularly to work out with us. that would be really cool.

well, i still have a lot of stuff to do online and im already over my 20 minute time limit so im gonna run. cya

Monday, September 25, 2006


Saturday night there was a big party, at which the dean decided to anounce a full evacaution. ;) they werent meant to concied like that.
We all met at a church in santa paula. from there we were divided up to go to the different houses that were offering shelter (at this point it was already 1:00 AM). Myself and 9 others got invited to Mr. applebe's (my math tutor).
The whole thing turned out to be pretty fun. Saturday night (we arrived after 2) Mr applebe proposed we watch "office space" so we did. we went to a 9:00 mass at St. Sebastians (for those of you who will know what i mean this reminded me alot of queen of angels.) after that we went to the store. My grandpa and great aunt claira picked me up from his house that afternoon and we went out to lunch at a local grill. It was really nice to see them. After my reletives left we all went to the beach. i took a ton of pictures (which i will no longer lie to you all by saying i will post them ;) because i know i wont. ) we made hamburgers for dinner and watched "black orpheus", the dean called around 9:00 and said we could go back to the school. we got here at 11:30.

Thismorning i washed all the potts, pans, and serving trays that had sat for 2 days. they took over 2 hours. now im reading the odyssey, later i shall have to do some latin and math. classes resume tomorrow.

jack stayed at one of the teachers houses also, tiana stayed at the head deans. I dont know about rebeka, i saw her thismorning but not long enough to get her story.

Hope you all had as much fun this weekend. be sure to comment.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

mindless rambling (and complaints about comments)

As i have said before it would really be apprecaited if people would leave some form of identification when they post a comment.... Particularly the sarcastic ones so i can hunt you down ;)

I really like getting comments but if too many like the ones from last night show up i will turn comment moderation back on and you will have to sign in to post. I dont particularly want to do this, getting lots of comments makes me day.

In response to last nights coments: Yes, it was fun. It has practical applications but we dont really care about them in this class, we are trying to discover truth, the fact that there is a mathamatical structure and order to the universe is a sort of proof of God, also if you read the works of socrates, plato and some of the other early philosophers there greatest basis for intelectual thought is geometry (see the meno). Its not latin, i wish it was because i need more practice for latin.

were having thai food for dinner :)
I have writing class this evening. It should be an enjoyable class (Of course it should be inherently obvious that the majority of those classes are enjoyable since people go to them voluntarilly). Tonight we are going to go over the first two chapters in the book "the elements of style" its really nice when "go over" really means go over, and not the teacher telling us what they thought about them. Its fascinating to sit down with a group of people (i would say peers but i have people in my classes that already have compleated college degrees, some of the other years have people with doctorates going through the program)

well, this is even more random than my normal posts, so i think i will stop before i start describing how increadibly anoying it is to sit at an end of the table with a piece of wood in front of you.

Please please please comment, but sign your name/alias/a clue/ something!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Sorry that I didnt blogg last night. I had seminar and needed the time to finish my bug project.

I was very pleased with myself yesterday. Our math class had the first decline of the year (meaning a person refused to even try and demonstrait a prop) and the person (through cruelty or faith i know not) suggested to the teacher that i do it (i have not proven myself to be good at props, certainly not one of the best 3 people, so i really dont know why she chose to pick on me) Mr. applebee did decide to ask me to try it though so i did. it took 25 minutes and 2 full chalk boards but i got it, heres the version from the book. suffice to say i was surprised i remembered it all.

To construct a parallelogram equal to a given rectilinear figure in a given rectilinear angle.
Let ABCD be the given rectilinear figure and E the given rectilinear angle.

It is required to construct a parallelogram equal to the rectilinear figure ABCD in the given angle E.

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Join DB. Construct the parallelogram FH equal to the triangle ABD in the angle HKF which equals E. Apply the parallelogram GM equal to the triangle DBC to the straight line GH in the angle GHM which equals E.

Since the angle E equals each of the angles HKF and GHM, therefore the angle HKF also equals the angle GHM.
Add the angle KHG to each. Therefore the sum of the angles FKH and KHG equals the sum of the angles KHG and GHM.
But the sum of the angles FKH and KHG equals two right angles, therefore the sum of the angles KHG and GHM also equals two right angles.

Thus, with a straight line GH, and at the point H on it, two straight lines KH and HM not lying on the same side make the adjacent angles together equal to two right angles, therefore KH is in a straight line with HM.
Since the straight line HG falls upon the parallels KM and FG, therefore the alternate angles MHG and HGF equal one another.
Add the angle HGL to each. Then the sum of the angles MHG and HGL equals the sum of the angles HGF and HGL.
But the sum of the angles MHG and HGL equals two right angles, therefore the sum of the angles HGF and HGL also equals two right angles. Therefore FG is in a straight line with GL.

Since FK is equal and parallel to HG, and HG equal and parallel to ML also, therefore KF is also equal and parallel to ML, and the straight lines KM and FL join them at their ends. Therefore KM and FL are also equal and parallel. Therefore KFLM is a parallelogram.

Since the triangle ABD equals the parallelogram FH, and DBC equals GM, therefore the whole rectilinear figure ABCD equals the whole parallelogram KFLM.

Therefore the parallelogram KFLM has been constructed equal to the given rectilinear figure ABCD in the angle FKM which equals the given angle E.

Monday, September 18, 2006


I have 5 minutes in which to write this. good thing i dont waste time spellchecking. (or punctating, or capitolizing...)

Jack and i have concluded that latin is the root of, if not all evil, at least the majority of our homework. I got a C on the most recent quiz (he has to take the same quiz tomorrow), i have asked 4 other people what they got and i had the highest grade out of them, go figure. i shall have to ask the people who have done more than two years of latin (one of the people i already asked had 2 years in highschool, the other had 1 year in seminary!) according to a campus visitor we had we have already covered what he covered his first symester and we have had less than 3 full weeks of classes involving latin.

Enough about that though. my bug collection is almost done (which is good because its due wendsay) it is currently 23 sorted and labeled bugs, it needs to be 25. my lab class from friday is moved forward to tomorrow morning. they gave some of the other classes extensions for the project because of the fire but i havent been able to find my tutor to ask. dont need it anyways.

Speaking of the fire, it has receeded, at some point we were apparently surrounded by a fast moving fire, but its stopped blotting out the sun and the smoke only takes up about 30% of the sky now, i have some pictures, i still havent gotten around to uploading anything though.

My karate instructor sent me the dojo newsletter as well as a very nice note.

My grandpa and great aunt are coming to visit me this weekend.

Not much else worthy of note, gotta go teach karate.


Friday, September 15, 2006

its friday night


The all school seminar is tonight. 2 hours of talking about voluntary human sacrifice ( ;) it actualy was a good play, it was just odd..)

After that there is a little pizza party, which im looking forward too because dinner was not apealing looking enough to even try. (brocoli cassorol..... its something that needs more love than you can provide to 10, 30x15x6 in pans....)

Latin is an evil evil language. For the quiz today i needed to know all of the endings for the first and second declension of nouns..... I wont know how i did on it till monday afternoon but i will say it was a confusing quiz (and i dont normaly get confused on quizes).

The campus has stuff everywhere for the 35th aniversary party tomorrow afternoon. tables, tents the size of small houses, catering goods.... the library has about 300 chairs set up in it.

Dorm wars were canceled officialy (due to somebody cutting the power off in our dorm, i guess this cuased alot of safety problems with alarms going off...) they are not something im going to miss too much but the first night was fun.

and now for the technologicaly/gaming inclined friends of mine: psx4gp2x is making progress again, i tried out darwinia (finaly) after school today (lucas gave that to me.... well before summer started). you all still need to read megatokyo, i have max payne and battlefield 2 to try tonight (fridays are pretty much the only time i can justifiable not spend doing homework, unfortunatly the seminar will infringe on that, but i guess it does have priority ;)

Good luck to Lucas! (he is heading up to UCI this sunday.) or shall i say Bonam Fortunam.


(Salve= hello, te on the end when addressing a crowd, bonam fortunam= good luck, Vale= goodbye, te same as salve. I now know 8 endings for verbs in two diffferent congigations as well as the infinitive, 24 endings for nouns (also 2 declensions) and 24 endings for adjectives, about 100 vocabulary words. not bad for 14 days.) oh, and about 10 prepositions that dont use endings (thank goodness)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

This means war!

So last night was the first episode of "Dorm wars". Things began right after curfew. it was anounced by our dorm tyrant (who we elected, ironic) that the men of Bernards (another dorm) had kidnapped the leader of Peters (the dorm on the second story of our dorm). we being the valiant neighbors that we are rushed to his aid. About 80 Guys stormed Bernards, Eggs flew in response to waterbaloons filled with water and/or shavingcream, 3 minutes later they begged for truce. We, having compleated our mission, returned to our own dorm. Soon we discovered that while we were gone, treacherous theives from Serra (last guys dorm) had stolen our flags. We immediatly went on the offensive again, with no further munitions things quickly fell to wrestling matches, serra made a tactical error (we outnumber them). suffice to say they might be missing there kitchen for a while (we took there microwaves and cooking impliments). we'll give them back, in exchange for our flags.

Monday, September 11, 2006


Wow, I can't believe 9/11 was 5 years ago. It seems like yesterday. all the priests wanted to remind us that more people are killed by abortion EVERY DAY than died in 9/11. The response we saw after that event would be merited every single day. go buy a bumper sticker or something.

In less important matters. i have a combined chapter 2/3 test for latin this friday so i will be trying to spend the next 5 days learning that. The school is having its 35th aniversary celebration this saturday (i heard from a little bird that the tickets cost 150$, so imagine it will be a fairly nice event.) Friday is also an all school seminar. that means that we all do an extra reading and we will be put into random groups from all four grade levels to have a discussion. should be interesting, might get a tutor i dont know and i will definitly get to talk with sophmores, juniors, and seniors.

I started reading megatokyo over the weekend, didnt make it very far, but its a pretty amusing comic strip. available free at (lucas, you need to read these.)

Happy belated birthday to my Grandma Z!

It would be nice if people commented still when they read. I dont know who reads this without it. just say hi if thats all your up for but "hi, this is XXXX" would be very nice to see. if i know who reads this i can talk more directly about what you might care about. thanks


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Day 19

I went and counted how many days I have been here.

Thismorning I had a latin quiz. I actualy think I did fine. I will know on friday.

My work for today got moved to tomorrow, leaving me with a double shift then, it was a nice day off today. I took the extra time (which was between 12 and 2) to read my homework for tomorrow (leaving me the time tonight to read my homework for friday as well as go to the karate meeting.)

In math I was called on to demonstrait a prop. Bad luck to get a quiz and that in one day but it was ok since i knew the prop (which demonstriated that in two triangles with two equal sides and the angle between them not equal, the base of those two sides will be correspondingly disproportionate [except my teacher admonished me for using the word proportion, but i dont know why and he didnt say so i assume it dosnt apply to my blog.])

Everybody on campus walks around with MP3 players listening to music. I have 3 MP3 players and many mp3's, but I find my headphones abhorent (or at least my wired ones, my wireless headphones are wonderfull but they do require power to work and a base stand so they really arnt suited to a portable device.) I found a pair of 3$ heaphones on though that got decent reviews, and 3$ is a price that is hard to refuse. now when people see my gp2x or Tungsten T|3 with headphones coming out of it they will ask "what on earth is that" and "why dont you use an ipod?" and then the evangelization begins, with a line somewhere along "because this cost 1/5 or half as much (depending on which there asking about) and it plays video,games,ebooks,calander events, alarms and about three dozen other things ipods cant do." :) i love good electronics.

David six and i are talking about making our own linux distribution that would update/run off a flash drive. this would be a very cool project and not all that hard (because he is a genious and i am a slave driver [my official possition in said joint endevor])

well, i digress into computer related rants, so im sure its time for me to go. cya all round.

(oh, did I mention yesterday that I got a train ticket for the 6th of october. For my parents this sadly means I need to be picked up at the trainstation that friday at 10:45 PM. In any case I will be home that three day weekend.)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Nothing worthy of much note happened today. slept till 9:30, did laundry, went to the business office to arrange transportation to and from the train station next month.

the martial arts club meeting last night went well. I am slowly taking over a little more controll than i had origonaly planned, more or less somebody needs to be in charge and i am the most senoir in training. not to mention it was my idea. we have had about 10 students at each of the last 2 classes, not the same 10.

We have seminar tonight, more illiad, after this we get to read the anied, then the oddesy.

Our philosophy class decided that that there is sound reason to "order the nature of the soul" (according to socrates/plato) without drawing on supernatural reasoning. it was fun.

I have a latin quiz tomorrow that is going to be tough, i studied all weekend though so its not as if im unprepared. its all very interesting
the verb endings go:
Singular plural
First person : O : Mus
Second person : S : Tis
Third person : T : Nt

Those are all active, indicitive, present tense. For imperetive its e or ave.

Well, theres all your latin for the day. Check back soon for more rambling.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Latin, bugs, and karate

Sorry to go so long between posts. I have been staying very busy. Saturday I worked a double shift in the kitchen, went to a play (midsummers night dream) and to a dance (I can swing! Sortof.)
Sunday i spent most of the day doing homework. that entailed about 100 pages of reading, memorizing 60 vocabulary words for latin, and Math. Jack went to go see a movie, from his description im glad i didnt go. (I forget what movie it was, but he didnt sound impressed, he did get the ticket for free thanks to technical difficulties though and aparently the car ride/getting off campus was enjoyable, so he wasnt all that sad.) today i got up at 7, went from breakfast to latin to work, to lunch, to theology to math to the lab (we went and caught bugs for a science project, ether gives the most amazing headaches) to dinner, to work, and here I am. Im about to go teach a karate class that I started (10 students, W00t!). Then its off to study math and latin for tomorrow.

Happy birthday to my little brother Ben. He can go get his drivers license now, Scarry thought, im glad im not on the roads anymore :-P

I managed about 5 hours of sleep last night, im very glad that i have nothing till 10:00 tomorrow morning.

Well, thank you all for reading still, i shall try and keep this more up to date. the weekends really are a lost cause though currently, we already have another party for next saturday and perhaps a hike.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

This is a title.

Nothing too exciting today. worked in the kitchen all morning. took classes all afternoon. i plan on attending the optional (now that i passed the writing test anyways.) writing class tonight from 6:30-8. Nothing else to report here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Im 19!

I'm currently wearing a shirt that I have had since I was 10. For those in the know, its the one thatIi wore in all my student ID's in highschool.
I spent two hours last night and two hours this morning trying to figure out the math, and I finaly get it I think.
I'm getting a back log of emails to reply too, so if you are reading this and I havent gotten back to you, im really sorry.
Well, I gotta run: Lunch,work,philosophy, math, break, dinner, seminar, homework. Talk to you all later.

:) Tiana gave me a giant bucket of ice cream (5 gallons?), to share of course, and my friends nick and David, playing off a nick name i have managed to get already (sherbert) got me two cartons of the same. so about 100 people (literaly) crammed into the coffee shop and sang me happy birthday and we all ate ice cream. i have a picture that i will definitly post up when i get it of me with a sign that says "=" and a carton of sherbert. reading "patrick = sherbert". Oh, and my parents gave me every condiment known to mankind as well as varied snack foods, mints and chocolate. i dont have room on my shelf in the dorm for anymore as it is filled with Tea (from nicole and the colvins.) and various foods either brought or gained while here. Thanks everybody.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Day..... I have lost count already.

Sorry to have such a big gap between posts. I got very busy. Friday nights lecture ran 2 and a half hours, following that we had a bit of a party in the dorm.... that ran untill 4AM, needless to say we slept late saturday. And no, i dont plan on making a habit of that. saturday at 12 i had work, followed by a all school tug-o-war (which i actualy avoided, knowing that it would result in an atack upon the freshmen by the upper classes.) That evening my uncle Dan showed up and we all went to sushi. It was entirely delicious. Sunday we (Jack and I) went to church and then worked furiously to finish our homework because Tiana had dictated that she was taking me out for my birthday that night and nothing i could say would dissaud her. The homework was successfully finished (although my teachers have remedied that today) and dinner was both fun and tasty. we went to an indian resturant (the 4 ziglinski cousins and 7 of tianas friends). everybody was very nice and the food was good. i will post a picture of it on photobucket when i get a chance (aka next summer).
Mondays are not a happy schedule. I got up at 7, went and had a cup of coffee and reviewed my assignent (which i had finished reading! let there be no doubt), went to language till 11, went strait to a 2 hour pot washing shift in the kitchen, back to the dorm to change into presentable (not soaked) clothes (the pots are big, and washing inevitably gets them wet, its all a rather damp business). Enjoyed a leasurely 15 minute lunch so I could rush back and go over the propositions for math one last time. went to philosophy and then to math. Philosophy i am thankfull ahead of in the homework. For math however I have 5 props to learn ( these are not short nor easy matters.) so i am very glad to have tomorrow morning off (which is when i shall be sleeping, as i would much rather study late into the night.) I find out sometime in the next couple of hours weather or not i have remedial writing courses. that will simply put my schedule over the top, and latin hasnt started yet. i have another kitchen shift in an hour so im going to go find out who im supposed to give this paperwork i have been holding onto for a week to. WOOHOO!!! for the people who started college today. (SDSU people... you know who you are.)
To those who have commented on my spelling, I refuse to spellcheck my blogg. It's mine, get your own, there free.

Friday, August 25, 2006

day 7 and 8

Sorry to miss a day again. is no longer redirecting to googles beta blogger and I didnt realize this untill today. For anybody who that makes no sense at all, it was broken.

I dont feel very confident about the writing test that I took. I dont think it was a very good example of my writing abilities. Then again I dont know what they are expecting having a two hour long writing test the third day of school at 7 in the evening.

Last night I organized the first meeting of MAC (martial arts club). it was a success with a turnout of 6 people (almost a perfect size, im thinking of 10 maybe.) half of which were martial artists previously and were very helpfull and half of whom had never trained and did admirably. we are planning on meeting three nights a week for an hour around 9PM.

Thismorning we took a walk around campus with out lab teacher and observed different plant life. including the pointing out of things to avoid, namely poison oak, stinging nettle and deadly nightshade.

This afternoon i have language and philosophy classes.

There is a lecture tonight on the holly spirit starting at 7:30. i dont know how late it will go but i am sorely tempted to bring my knitting :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

day 6

Just got finished with math. Still have a writing test tonight from 7:00 to 9:00. No pressure but if I fail I have to take 6 weeks of intensive writing class. fun fun.

So we actualy got to the discussion of Fabre today. It was far more interesting than I could have possibly imagined. The silk worms were interesting in themselves but the clear mindedness with which Fabre goes about observing the insect world and the way he manages to see the order of the universe in it is amazing. I think that he makes one of the strongest arguements for inteligent design possible and that isnt even his purpose.

I'm hosting a sort of anti smoking campiagn on campus. I'm not really bothering the people who do currently smoke except to remind them that its a major health risk when they flaunt it. (and myself and others make a point of getting up and leaving any area where a cigerette is lit, for our own health as well as to make a point. it really does smell bad) My main goal is to counter the pro smoking feel that is given by some of the the other students. For example I took the liberty of modifying a blackboard that read "relaxation in a stick" to read "lung cancer in a stick" and the large icon of a cigarette on the board now has a bubble saying "yum, addiction". I may see if an information campaign is possible later but I think the only helpfull thing I can do now is to discurage my peers from starting. It really is nice how considerate everybody is on campus though. even the smokers isolate themselves to about 3 areas, all outside.

Kitchen work continues. I did my third shift today. This time i was "cooks helper", mostly cutting lettuce, enough for about 800 small salads (3 large cases of it). The assistant cheff, Cheff Ryan is very nice.

Please do note that some of my posts grow in length in the late afternoon, so even if you think you have read one of them you may not have. Thank you all for reading.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Day 5

Well, nothing much has happened today so far. I have work at 12:00 and then classes untill 9 in the evening, but my morning has been compleatly free. Special thanks to everybody who has fascilitated my tea drinking, it is a very nice feelign to wake up and have a cup of tea. Special thanks to my Mother and Mrs. Colvin.

I would like to point out that though I love getting comments on here. If you are trying to contact me it is a much better idea to simply email I have no idea who the comment about my uncle dan is from and I need more info, I guess I shall call my mother.

well, im off to refresh "meno"since i read it three days ago now. Hopefully I shall get to post again after I have actualy done something for the day.

Post tutorial: Philosophy was both productive and fun. I really think I will enjoy that class in general this year. we are going to be combinging 5 weeks worth of work into 4, and then taking the 5th off, due to our tutors planned absence. math was fine, our teacher (mr. applebee) is fine but he dosnt seem very excited by freshman math. it could just be his personality, im witholding judgement. I still have a 2 hour seminar class to go.

The 4 cousins will try to open the box that was mentioned in a previous comment tonight. We have enough homework to merit a study sesion already and we havent started langauge (although I personaly am done with all of the homework for tomorrow. :) )

Monday, August 21, 2006

day 3 and 4

The library was closed yesterday so i didnt get a chance to post. I spent the early half of the day attending mass, reading and begening my homework for this week. In the afternoon I took a hike up to "the punchbowls". The weather, vegitation and general envoirnment out here is amazing. I almost stepped on a snake, thankfull it didnt take offence at this neer miss.

Today was metriculation. The bishop of colorado springs siad mass and we all signed the official registrar of the college. Later I have meetings on library use, dorm rules, and workstudy.

I'm starting to read "insect world" by Fabre. The man is so intensely interested in bugs it is amusing.

Hopefully I shall get to post in greater depth later.

---- It is now later. Much later. Almost 9PM actualy. My workstudy job is kitchen. It wasnt bad tonight, i worked 2 hours. 99% the same as what I did at subway.

Comment moderation has been turned off for those of you who that was anoying. I saw it and though "more power!! WHAHAHAHA" but aparently its just plain anoying so I shall let you all have your little posting powers to yourselves.

To answer some questions: Yes, signing the registrar was very much like signing any great document. except that we got aplauded.... I dont know if the signers of the declaration got that.
to aunt Jenny: Jack is a perfect roomate so far. keeps everything clean. does his homework, dosnt stay out late. Lets me set my alarm clock for whenever (i have a dual alarm so he gets his own seperate time should he choose).
Lastly: the hike was just over 2 hours... over rough terain, it was no less than 4 miles... probably that was about as far as it was though becuase it really was up and down hills and such.

Thanks again to all for reading and especaily those who comment.

P.S. Fabre was an evil man, he pretty much expirimented in what you could do to bugs untill they starved to death.. puting them in mazes and such with food just out of reach..... I'm sure there is something significant that i am missing though.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Day 2

It's Saturday, I slept until almost 9:00 and spent the early morning reading (for the seminar at 3). We had a brunch at 10:30 which was followed directly be a health care talk, which was then followed directly by an hour and a half of financial aid info.... There is currently a dance practice happening but I don't think I will go... not due to any objection to dancing.

I do apologize to anybody who may have tried to post a comment yesterday, until about 10 in the evening I did have this blog configured to only accept comments from members. This has been resolved and all comments are appreciated.

Today at 3 we have another practice seminar. This one is on liberal education, the reading for it was not of the same caliber as CS Lewis's but it should be easier to discuss. Later in the evening there is a freshman social and a movie. I'm going to ask around to see if anybody is interested in organizing a hike on Sunday afternoon.

A very considerate person (AKA my girlfriend Nicole) has been emailing me a condensed version of world news each morning. Its amazing how little the outside world enters into this school. This is a good thing, but I do like to keep up on things.

I finished the last practice tutorial before the program, and the grades, start. Todays discussion was highly successfull. We discussed the idea that the word "humanities" is missleading when applied to liberal arts. In as short of a summary as possible. liberal arts are liberating in that they study things which are not necessary. that is many of us study to survive, but liberal arts study things such as geomatry rather than mechanics, abstracts. (yesterday we read how CS Lewis sees benefit in this as it points us to God.) however humanities suggest an inward pointed idea of human centric observation. this limits us to man or subman understanding of ourselves, we ultimatly would decide that we can only explain ourselves as particles in a mass. this is decidedly unliberating. :) well that probably made no sense. you should all come to college here :-P

Thank you for reading and be sure to leave a comment.

Friday, August 18, 2006

day 1

Well, technicaly this is day 2. But its the first day of the blog. I am supposedly being oriented today. So far this has not been very involving, but I say this before the first class has taken place. The campus is amazing. My dorm is big, I'm rooming with my cousin and the weather has been perfect.

Our first class is starting in 1 hour and 12 minutes, its going to be a seminar on "learning in wartime" by C.S. Lewis. My favorite point he made in the article (which was origonaly a speach) was that man is constantly in a struggle between good and evil, every day the fate of his soul draws closer. Lewis points out that, in the face of that war is insignificant. He says instead how can we spend time learning trivial knowledge when our souls are being battled for. I will give you his conclusion once I have had time to reread the work.

Well, I'm off to study for it. I'll write in more later.

I'm back, the class was excelent. I have a person from scotland and a person from britain in my group for the year. Even if the discussion is ever boring their accents shall keep me entertained.
We covered a tremendous number of ideas and I am certain that they will all be discussed in more detail this evening in the common rooms. The most significant to me was the idea that learning, even pure untheological learning such as math or grammer, can ultimatly be done in faith for the glory of God, that is that he will use it to a good end. That is that any work can be offered as a "good work". The example we decided on was that a researcher looking into the big bang may on complete accident accredit the entire chapter of genesis.... I might not be making any sense. Suffice to say that the discussion was extreemly interesting and everybody should read "learning in wartime" which is a short item (6 small pages) written by C.S. Lewis and can be found in the book "wieght of glory".

Dinner in 8 minutes and then we will be attending a Sorrie at one of the chaplines houses. Thanks for reading and make sure to comment.