Life, Carnival, Boston, Glee, and things

Well, it’s been more than a month since I’ve updated, so I should probably write something here. (This actually makes the first month I’ve skipped since I started keeping my journal back in high school in 2003. Huh.)

Since it is now after April, my photojournal and stats have been updated. Not many changes this time in stats… people mostly look the same. I also updated my photojournal with thumbnails a while back, so it’s a bit nicer to browse now.

There was a Carnival and it was awesome. My goal to spend less time on Midway was somewhat successful… I still made it out to Midway every day during build week, but I didn’t spend much time there. Next year perhaps I should forgo the hardhat so I have no excuse to go. KGB built an awesome booth (and reportedly won second place in the independent category) and there was the usual Fairfax crowd around (minus Mars, Mars-Dan, and Al-Tim this year, unfortunately) for lots of games and merriment.

Buggy and the picnic were rained out on Friday (but, amazingly, not Mobot), so it was a little less eventful than it perhaps could have been… we braved the cold on Saturday for the Buggy finals instead and just generally had fun times.

Photos of such things are at my photos site.

Also happening during Carnival week was the Boston marathon bombing, which is rather relevant now given that the Pittsburgh marathon is happening tomorrow. Reportedly the post office has gone through and removed all mailboxes along the route (and will replace them afterward), which is a rather interesting decision.
I generally have a lot of feelings about this, but I’m not really sure how to put them into words. I tend to get more freaked out than I should by upsetting things, but I also hope this doesn’t get used as another point against liberties… after all, terrorist attacks kill far fewer people every year than lightning, car accidents, or drowning.
Even more so than the terribleness that happened, to me, was the reaction from the mother of the suspects. I can understand if you believe your sons were framed, or that it was a government conspiracy, or something (because you love your kids and maybe you want to believe they aren’t capable of such things), but to outright deny there was a bombing is completely disrespectful to everyone that was affected by it. That is not okay.
Bah.

Another thing that has been bothering me in the news lately is this. I think CMU is handling it completely the wrong way and the Catholic church is making a much bigger deal out of it than it should, especially when they compare the event to the recent frat suspension due to alleged sexual misconduct. Again, no, that is not okay. And you wonder why I am so against organized religion sometimes. :\
Meh.
(Also, KDKA seems to be horrible at actually researching and reporting stories, as usual.)

But related to The Tartan though, you should read this awesome article that Greg put together for the CMU presidential transfer happening this summer.
Yay The Tartan.

I recently purchased the first season of Glee. I haven’t watched the show since the end of the second season (when the slow season-long decline ended in the horrific New York episode that was terrible enough to turn me off from the show forever), but I caught up a bit on the plot summaries and musical performances online. And I have to say… even the worst of the first season (“Funk” and “Theatricality” come to mind) is far better than the entire second season. And the show only seems to have gone downhill from there (“Plot? Why would we need plot when we’ve got singing and dancing?”). Even the pregnancy storylines, hated as they were, wove some semblance of continuity throughout the first season. It’s really a shame… I really liked the show, and really enjoyed rewatching the first season. I hear it has been renewed for two more seasons (5 and 6)? What is wrong with TV nowadays? :\

The weather in Pittsburgh has been rather bipolar lately as the city decides whether it wants it to be winter or spring. After some bizarre weeks (record low then a tied record high a couple days later), the weather seems to have mostly settled on “nice”.
Today Chris arranged a nice picnic in the afternoon in Friendship Park (followed by Doctor Who and sherbet [which apparently isn’t spelled “sherbert” despite everyone pronouncing it that way? O_o]), and we had Yubin, Max, and Owen over for lasagna out on the patio for dinner. I’m looking forward to the nicer weather ahead, but am very much not looking forward to the humidity that will soon be upon us.

June and July will involve lots of travel (that I’m looking forward to) and plane trips (that I am also not looking forward to). It’ll be nice to take a break from work… it’s been kind of a rough release cycle for us.

Things have been nice but uneventful lately. There has been the usual game nights and usual climbing (less so lately, as I haven’t gone since before Carnival).

Life goes.

Edit: Marathon photos, because I know people will ask about them. Yay marathon.