Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye 2007

On the 31st of December of every year that I've had a blog I would type up an entry the reviews the past year, analyzes my last New Year's resolution, and then create a new one.

Now, since I didn't post many entries in 2007 on my old blog, I think a "year-in-review" is out of the question (like there ever was a question).

Without further ado, let's take a look at the resolution I made in January.

The resolution for 2007 was:

"Continue to be Nicole's 'One true love' (as she puts it) and to do well in my first year of college (at least a B- average)."

Well, the first part was completely fulfilled. I won't know my average for at least 6 more days.

My New Year's Resolution for 2008 is:

"Lose the 'protective layer of fat over my rock hard abs' and form a habit of staying in shape."

You can keep track of my progress by clicking on the "Traineo" badges at the top right of this page.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

It's coming...

Only a few days more... 8 days!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

...Good Night and Good Luck.

It is my honor to award Mr. Olbermann the first "Jonathan Ace Gold Star" [picture pending], for speaking the truth about President Bush's sly use of word-twisting to try and prove a completely false and nonexistent point.

Merry Christmas!

From myself to you, the reader.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, ...or whatever politically correct thing you would like to hear.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fall '07 Semester - Professor Report Card

If you're one of the long time readers of my blog, you know that after the end of every term I grade my teachers on their performance. Since I'm now in college I will be grading my professors with letters and points and not "stars" (*).

Each professor will be evaluated in 5 categories.

They are: Workload (All work and no play makes Jon a dull boy), Personality, Helpfulness, Clarity, and, Teaching Strategy.

Each category is rated on a 5 point scale. That is, -2 to +2.

After all the points, or loss of points, are tallied, they are then throw into another criteria.
I will not be making a crude chart for this one:

Overall score can be anywhere from -10 to +10.

+10 to +6 = Good (A)
+5 to +1 = Fine (or Fair) (B)
0 = Average (C)
-1 to -5 = Poor (D)
-6 to -10 = Bad (F)

Now, without further ado, let me begin.

Fall '07 Semester - Professors Report Card

English 110 - Sheldon

Workload = D (-1)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = A (+2)
Clarity = B (+1)
Teaching Strategy = C (0)

Overall = B+ (+4)


Music 001 - Orenstein

Workload = A (+2)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = B (+1)
Clarity = C (0)
Teaching Strategy = D (-1)

Overall = B+ (+4)


Philosophy 101 - Wigglesworth

Workload = A (+2)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = C (0)
Clarity = B (+1)
Teaching Strategy = C (0)

Overall = B+ (+5)


Psychology 101 - Berman

Workload = A (+2)
Personality = A (+2)
Helpful = C (0)
Clarity = C (0)
Teaching Strategy = B (+1)

Overall = B+ (+5)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another one of those storms...

The 18z model run of the GFS brings a large snowstorm to NYC on the 30th.

Though, I wouldn't get any hopes up as the models have been very loose recently. If this storm stays on the models for at least 3 to 5 more runs, then it might be something to look into.

In other news...


Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Philosophical Arguments For Abortion

Argument For Abortion

(1) Parents are responsible for their child from birth to the age of 16-18.

(2) If (1), then parents may have to make life-altering decisions for their child.

(3) If (2), then the parents should be obligated to make life-altering decisions for their child from its conception to its birth.

(4) If (3), then the parents have the right to abort the fetus.

Therefore, the parents have the right to abort the fetus.


Now, suppose those pro-lifers out there in the world believe a fetus has rights. Well, think again:

Argument Against Fetus' Rights

(1) Humans are born with natural rights (right to live, choose, etc.).

(2) A fetus is a human that is not yet born.

(3) If (1) and (2), then a fetus has no rights.

Therefore, a fetus has no rights.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Blizzard of 2007?

This is a picture of the 18z (zulu time, which is the same as UTC) GFS weather model run.

This, my fellow readers, is what a blizzard looks like on a model:

Keep a watch out on the 17th, it might get messy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Fat Truth

In this audio entry, I discuss the controversy over Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ass... what?


Monday, December 3, 2007


I stepped on the scale today and was shocked to see myself pushing 170. You may be wondering why I make it sound so bad; 170lbs is an average weight for a 18 year old. Well, think again. I'm 5' 5" and that puts my BMI around 27, a BMI value which considers me mildly overweight. Sure, I don't look overweight via my pictures, but the majority of my body fat collects around my stomach. Yes, I have rock hard abs, they're just protected by a layer of highly-noticeable-if-I-don't-succumb-to-the-involuntary-habit-of-sucking-in-my-gut-fat.

I'm hoping to get my weight back down to 150lbs and to also get rid of the belly fat that I have. I have the muscles, but not the body for it. It'll be tough to make a habit out of working out every other day, but damn it, I think it's time to start.

I've set up an account at Traineo. I'll also be putting badges on the sidebar at the right, you know, that annoying thing.

Wish me luck. Lots of it. I'm going to go have lunch, and then, I'm going to break out those weights.

Yes, I know muscle weighs more than fat, but gaining 15-20 pounds in a month is ridiculous...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Goodbye Gamespot

In this audio installment, I discuss the recent firing of Gamespot's editorial director, Jeff Gerstmann, and speculate on why he was fired.

More information here