Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Okay but real quick here are some test scores

Because I'm tired of looking them up every time I need them.

ACT Composite: 34
     English: 35
     Mathematics: 33
     Reading: 34
     Science: 35
     Writing: 21
     English LA: 30
     STEM: 34

SAT Composite: 1550
     Reading/Writing: 790 (reading 39, writing 40)
     Math: 760 (38)
SAT Math 2 Subject: 800
SAT Physics Subject: 790

AP Calc BC: 5

IB Math HL: 7 (mark 88)
IB Physics HL: 6 (mark 59)
IB English HL: 5 (mark 67)

I think that's all of 'em. Glad I never have to do that again.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Seventeen-seventy-seventy-six

My sister and I just finished reading 17776. It started on July 5th, and ended on July 15th, three days ago. I like it, and I especially like how it contrasts with Scythe. I like it's ideas about the future. I'm also in the middle of a playthrough of Night In The Woods. (Well, my mom's the one playing; Lucia and I do voices and stuff.) Surprisingly, it actually works with 17776 really well.

One thing is important, though: if you're going to read it, which you should, make sure to set a few minutes aside for it. Don't just click on the link to peek. Trust me.

That's it for now. I have a lot more to say, but that's it for now. Bye.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

So like... how ya doin'?

I'm doing fine, thanks. I just got a job at King Soopers, if everything goes well. Earlier today I spend almost 40 minutes just petting my cats and humming Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. That was good fun, even though it's really hot. Yesterday, I watched all of Sword Art Online Abridged, and listened to all of Be More Chill. And i've now realized that there's a recording of the entire audio of the play, including the bits between the songs, with a full script. So there's that. Anyways, both of those things were rad. I've also been... let's see... playing Prey a lot. Lucía sometimes looks over my shoulder. It's fun, and I usually die a bunch. And I've read the first two books of The Expanse, and reviewed neither of them, because I am lazy. They're good books, though. And that's... pretty much everything, I guess. Oh! Also, I've got a 30 day streak in Flow. Makin' my way back.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Big Plans

It's summer, and it has been for almost a month now, and I haven't got much done. Fortunately, that is going to change. I'm soon going to get emails from recommenders, and then I'll apply to jobs. I'm starting to plan the Spectacular Phi Spectacular (name pending) in earnest. I caught up on both The Adventure Zone and Hunting the Bismarck yesterday, and both came out with new episodes today, which was nice. I finished and reviewed The Irrationals, and I figured out for certain what that stupid graph meant. I just now watched Timelike, which is pretty cool, but seems like it could be done better. I've got how-to-draw books sitting on my bed waiting for me. It's going to be a fun time.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy birthday!

Yesterday was my 18th birthday. I had a swingin' party. I also cleaned a bit and listened to The Adventure Zone, but mostly the party thing. Eight hours of party is a lot of hours of party. So what happened?

First, Kyle arrived, and we chatted as I set up Hive, because I thought we were going to have time. Before we even started the game, new folks arrived. Alici, Leah, and Maisie, if I'm not mistaken. I'm almost certainly mistaken. Anyways, the five of us played most of a round of P&H before more folks showed up, independently but at the same time. Grant, Olivia (B), Kat, Ben, Hayden, and Olivia (MW) showed up, although not in that order.

Now that we had 11 people, we decided to start playing proper party games. The first game we played was Two Rooms and a Boom, which was new to most of us (Ben had played once, Hayden a bunch). In 2R1B, the blue team tries to help the President avoid the Bomber, while the red team tries to help the Bomber get to the President. The rooms we used were the living room and the back porch. We had some fun times, although the first round was kinda wonky because there were only three rounds and everyone mostly just shared with everyone else. In the first game, was the Red Enforcer, and I lost.

In one particularly memorable game I, as the Blue Spy and the leader of the living room, identified in the first round both who the Bomber was and who the President was, both through unconventional means. I found the identity of the Bomber, Kyle, as part of a card share which we agreed upon before we even got our cards. I found the identity of the President, Kat, because her Wife, Olivia MW, asked me to keep them together. The rest of the game I was kind of a mastermind, successfully manipulating everyone until the blue team won, and the Wife was united with her President. In doing so, I kinda shafted Olivia B, the Mistress, but hey. It was good fun.

In the last game, we added the Nuclear Tyrant, a role who must share their identity with anyone who asks. If, at any point during the game, they share with the President or the Bomber, then they lose. If they never share with either, then they win, and everyone else loses. The card was dealt to Olivia MW, who managed to get to the last round without losing. Fortunately, Grant was in the room, and he was one of the critical cards. Unfortunately, Grant can be a bit... well. As the other four people screamed for him to share with Olivia (except Leah, who was the Mime), Olivia managed to fast-talk her way through the one-minute time limit. She then exploded all of us, and we all lost.

After our humiliating nuclear defeat, and because Maisie had left, we decided to switch to a different game. We then had several radical One Night Ultimate Werewolf games, some rife with mistakes. In one game, Olivia B and Ben were Masons, but they somehow missed each other during the night, so they both claimed solo Mason. On the last game, Grant was a Werewolf, and he forgot both to wake up with the other werewolves and to let the Minion know who he was. I, the Robber, first accidentally opened my eyes during the Witch phase, and saw there was no Witch. Then I robbed Grant of his role, and became a Werewolf. When I woke up, I had been given the Brand of the Villager, so I was fortunately turned back into a friendlyman. Unfortunately, as Grant had neglected all of his duties, NOBODY BELIEVED ME, even though I told the truth the ENTIRE TIME. When roles were revealed, we'd had enough, and decided to switch to a different game. Also Kyle had left.

The next game we played was Codenames, which is a word game about connecting things. There were nine people left, which means... Me, Hayden, Olivia (x2), Leah, Alici, Maisie, Ben, and Grant. No, wait. Ben left after we finished Werewolf, because he had to go to a grad party. And Ellie arrived at some point before he had left, as we played Werewolf. This is surprisingly hard to keep track of. Anyways, Hayden and I were the leaders for the first game, and although Hayden's team won, we were only one card away, after the amazing comeback that was Speed 3, which related Lap, Superhero, and Slug in one go. Codenames was great fun, and so was seeing our intelligence drop as the night went on. Ellie and Olivia B left, and seeing that the party was thinning out I decided to open presents.

Kat got me The Oregon Trail Card Game, a pen with Harry Potter on it, and a flashlight that makes the Batman symbol. Unfortunately she wasn't there for me to thank her, although I loved all of those gifts. Olivia B got me a copy of The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear. Maisie got me a mini-frisbee and some sneaky sandwich bags and some Instant Winter, which were nice. Leah got me motion cards, and emergency bowtie, and a can of Spaghettios to hide my valuables in. Also somebody got me lollipops. And Grant brought Oreos. And a few people (Alici, Olivia MW, Hayden, & some) got me money.

After Maisie and Leah left after gifts, leaving Grant, Alici, Olivia MW, Ellie, and Hayden. The six of us played Flux until 10:00, at which point everyone left. Alici won after stealing my Love card, and after I was forced to play All You Need Is Love. I went to bed, but not before realizing that the reason Zach hadn't come was because he didn't have my address. I felt kinda terrible about that for a while, but fortunately I was also very tired. And that was my birthday. The end.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I'm going to Yale

I decided on April 27th, but I didn't blog about it, and then I forgot that I hadn't blogged about it. But now, I have blogged about it. I'm happy. I think I'll do good. Also, here's what I told Reed about the decision:

"This has literally been the hardest decision I have ever made. I loved my visit to Reed for RAD. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I loved the atmosphere and eating s'mores with the CSO and getting to know my host Sasha. The programs, such as the Odyssey and the nuclear reactor and the opportunity to teach science in nearby schools, were all incredibly attractive to me. In a decision this close (between Reed and Yale) I don't know how I could possibly decide which option is "best" for me; all I can do is choose one. I chose Yale, but I want you to know that I really do love you guys. I hope we can still be friends."

So yeah. Woo!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A list of college pros

Because college cons are for the weak.

CU
  • Right at home. Best city.
  • Family and friends.
  • The mountains.
  • The teaching program with guaranteed job placement.
  • Physics is pretty swole.
  • Actually the math program might be the best of the three. But maybe not.
  • Miramontes.
  • Dat moneys.
  • The best food.
Reed
  • The canyon is really cool.
  • The reactor.
  • The people are free and sometimes naked.
  • Thesis projects sound fun.
  • Archery.
  • Fire spinning.
  • The Odyssey freshman trip things.
  • Voodoo Donuts.
  • The CSOs are nice.
  • Physics and math are pretty swole.
Yale
  • The big old name.
  • Residential colleges.
  • All the musical groups.
  • The Yale Glee Club (choir).
  • The people have so many interests.
  • Skip the easy maths?
  • Everyone is helpful.
  • The one class I saw was really good.
That's all for now.