So… That’s Surgery, Doc

Wow, has it really been almost seven months since I last published? Blog fail! 😉 I figured I should get this post, at least, out the door before 2011. It was mostly written in September, so there might be some things that are no longer true. The vast majority of the text, though, is not publish-date-sensitive. Hopefully more to come, filling in my summer at the very least. I now know what it’s like to go through surgery. Thanks to my former appendix for the lesson. My family planned a vacation to coincide with my brother’s college graduation in August.…

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Summer 2009: Theatre, Theatre, Theatre

This post took a long time because 1) I was moving the site, 2) I was doing lots of college applications all at the same time, and 3) I spent too long waiting for media from other people that never came. Once I bought my domain and started setting up WordPress in late October, I didn’t really want to publish any new posts at the old site. I didn’t want to publish anything at the new site either until everything was set up properly, and I only in mid-February because I wasn’t through with college apps until mid-January. So sue…

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Summer Not Quite as Booked…

I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately. I’ve been distracted (so what else is new?) by homework, SimCity 4 (which I actually succeed at now), and (the largest offender) being sick. Writing has definitely taken a back seat, but I have some things I definitely want to blog about when I find the time. This one is just the most breaking. Sometimes things are too good to be true. Remember when to the Musical Theatre Extension at Northwestern? Turns out that was a mistake. Let me explain. (I’m still in the theatre program; just not the Extension.) In…

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My Summer is Officially Booked

Well, it’s official. I have something to do for this summer. As I said in a recent canned post (the one ), I applied to two summer programs this year. Both of them have admitted me, and I’m going to accept the invitation to attend the theatre arts program at Northwestern University‘s National High School Institute. It’s funny, because I didn’t technically complete the application requirements for the program I wanted to do (the Musical Theatre extension). They let me in anyway. Which means I have a seven-week commitment this summer. Update (05/07): The letter was mistaken; . From the…

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Chicago Trip Recap

Looks like I was right about my next post after the trip, eh? I got back from Chicago late last night. The train was nearly 30 minutes early, but the delay in baggage handling made up for it; we waited about 20 minutes in front of the carousel before it even started turning. (It was made slightly better by the fact that we could see into the baggage room; the flaps on the carousel were pretty broken.) All told, I think it was a pretty fun trip. There were only a couple things about it I didn’t particularly like. The…

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Chicago Orchestra Trip

Well, wish me luck! I’m leaving for the train station in a few minutes to go to Chicago for four days. It’s a trip with the orchestra at my local high school, where I play violin. (Same school as my robotics team, yes. ? Probably no from-the-road posts this time; I’m not bringing my computer.) We’re going to a symphony concert, playing our own mini-performances (we’ll have two groups, each with their own concert), sightseeing (including the Sears Tower), having clinics with members of Chicago orchestras (I FAIL; see update below), and generally enjoying the city. It’ll be a busy…

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Google Docs Reviewed (Long Version)

As a kind of follow-up to my of Google Docs, I’ve decided to write a lengthier review that compares the pros and cons of using Docs versus desktop Word or Writer. Overall, the capabilities of Google Docs are pretty impressive, and it’s sure a far cry from the text-only editors included in MediaWiki, Instiki, TiddlyWiki, etc. Considering that it’s just some lines of JavaScript (OK, a lot of lines…), it can do quite a bit. Supported by the server back-end, Docs can import photos, generate charts, edit tables, and track revisions, not to mention a bunch of other stuff. While…

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Marriott Franchise Feels Unwelcoming

Looks like Harrisburg isn’t any better than . At least, in some ways. Hotel rooms are still hard to find. After consulting our GPS and calling several hotels, we finally found a room at a Fairfield Inn. Arriving around 2130, we checked in and found out that the pool closed at 2200. Appeals to the good will of the staff fell on deaf ears. Nevertheless, my mom decided that she’d take whatever time she could get. We went down to the pool, only to find it already closing, more than five minutes before the 2200 deadline. Before this revelation, I…

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Philthydelphia

There’s something about big cities I’ve never liked. There’s always traffic, they’re always dirty, lots of neighborhoods are places you wouldn’t want to even stop at a red light in, and panhandlers approach you every five seconds. Welcome to Philadelphia, PA. I’ve been in lots of big cities, some bigger than Philly, but I think the Cradle of Liberty needs to stop cradling liberty and start focusing on improvements. We stayed at a hotel on Roosevelt Blvd. (US-1), and getting anywhere took forever. Even going to my grandmother’s house, a mere 1.5 miles away, took ten minutes. Downtown to the…

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