Cary Young’s Video Blog

my favorite hot chocolate machine is the one in the IT office.

I have a new video up!

As usual, I have been busy.  This past weekend was Fall Ball, the re-imagined homecoming dance.  It went extremely smoothly.  The Crystal Ballroom staff were so helpful and I think almost everyone had a good time.  The food was also amazing, at least for what it was.dith in a boxsomeone sitting on a stuffed dog chair in the bonme [poorly] djing a dance party

Due to stress (me? stressed?), quite a few of my various advisors/mentors/friends and I decided that I should drop one of my classes, so I did that.  I’m no longer enrolled in the Old Testament course; there was a lot of work that I just couldn’t handle at this point in time.  I worked out with the professor that I can still attend and participate in class, so that’s really good.  I just don’t have to worry about getting the papers done; I can just focus on learning cool stuff and spending the hard study time on some of my more important (as far as requirements are concerned) classes.  I’m just really glad that my prof is letting me attend the lectures still.  I love that class!  

Thanksgiving is coming up, and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to going home to see my cats/family/friends.  That being said, I am a little bit bummed that I’m going to have to pass up eating a big dinner here on campus with some of my really close LC friends.  I’m sure we’ll all manage, though.  There’s plenty to do on campus during the short breaks.

On Friday, rock group Minus The Bear is playing a show on campus.  I intend for that to be a great time.

There has been a bit of skateboarding weather lately.  For the most part during the school year, the ground is damp and therefor not terribly great for skating.  Although there are plenty of leaves on the ground, there has been a recent dry spell, so I got to longboard around a little bit, which is always peaceful for me.  It was a nice change from trudging through puddles.

Now playing in my ears:  “Precious” by Depeche Mode

20 November 2008

rain, rain, rain

This past weekend I went with my fellow Platt-Howard CLAs to a retreat in a cabin near Hood River.  We did a little bit of work, but we mostly spent the time eating, sleeping, and visiting by the fireplace.  It was a much-needed break from the hectic weeks I’ve been having in my classes. Platt-Howard staff retreat   Platt-Howard staff retreat

Back at LC, Activities Congress is scrambling to get the Fall Ball dance to go smoothly.  Historically, we’ve had a Homecoming dance that coincided with Homecoming week.  This year, for a number of reasons (the most pertinent being that the venue we wanted–McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom–wasn’t available until this late in the fall)   We’ve been selling tickets at lunch and dinner, and have been in frequent contact with the venue, the student volunteers, the staff volunteers, the security, the bus company, etc.  It’s going to be a huge logistical marvel if/when it all comes together smoothly.

Tomorrow is a student art contest in the Platteau art center in Platt West.  There’s gonna be live student music, student art, refreshments, and all sorts of good times.

Midterms are mostly done, so that’s a good thing.  It has begun to rain every day, though.  I actually really like it, but I think some people are getting a bit stir-crazy after about a week of pretty solid precipitation.

now playing in my ears: “Illinois” by Sufjan Stevens

12 November 2008

pretty good

Finally  a video!  My original idea for this week’s video was foiled by the rain, so I decided sort of last-minute to abandon the actual project and focus on something else for this week, so I apoligize if if seems a little un-polished; this isn’t the video I intended to make on, oh, say… Tuesday morning.  That being said, I think it turned out alright.
door in platt platt lounge tv  platt lounge election night

I would have had more time to work on things like video blogs, but, as usual, I’m pretty swamped.  Although my midterms are done, that just means it’s time to gear up for term papers and finals that are actually not terribly far away.

It’s not all work, though, I did manage to spend a fair amount of time this weekend just doing absolutely nothing, which was a welcome change.  It was too wet to skateboard, so that was a bit disappointing, but I’ll live.  I do love the late Fall and Winter (I like the feeling of being cold), but it does mean that longboard is no longer a reliable method of transportation as it is during the summer.  Sure, one CAN skate in any climate, but when one is not-very-good like me, one bites it pretty hard on the way to class too many times during one’s freshman and sophomore years, so this year one rethinks one’s usage of the longboard as a primary mode of transportation after late-September.

Who cares about skateboards, it was election day!  The video covers the evening pretty thoroughly, but I thought I might post a bit about what I did earlier in the evening; a friend here had a problem with her ballot, so she needed to go down to the headquarters and vote in person (Oregon is an absentee-only state).  I drove her around Portland as we tried to find the elections headquarters, but before arriving, we found a stray L&C student also looking for the elections office.  The three of us arrived there and waited in line for one and a half hours (not much by some standards, I am aware).  After my two pals successfully voted, we went for a celebratory dinner meal at the Roxy cafe downtown.

Another bit of politics at Lewis and Clark, I wanted to make sure to link the video of a performance that various members of the LC a capella groups made last year, uniting under the name “Barackapella.”  It has had moderate viral success on the internet, and it is, if I may, a solid rendition/arrangement of’s “Yes We Can” song.

This weekend I’m going to a house with the other people on my Campus Living (CLA/RA) staff.  Hopefully I’ll be able to relax and get caught up on the rest I’m already missing!  There’s just so much to do here that isn’t sleep, sometimes I forget that I really should go to bed at a vaguely decent hour every once in awhile.

now playing in my ears: “Moving On” by Kimya Dawson

5 November 2008

now i am better at the library of congress classification system

Midterms midterms midterms.

This is just going to be a quick update because I am mid-study and have been all week.  Tomorrow I’ve got tests in my Computer Graphics class and my International Affairs class, plus a paper for Old Testament due on Friday.

The weekend should be pretty nice though; not only will I be done with my tests, but there’re some Halloween festivities planned for the 31st and 1st.  There’s a (hopefully awesome) dance party/costume contest in the Trail Room, there are scary movies shown in Tamarack, and Hartzfeld is going to turn the dorm into a haunted house.  I think the latter part will be really tricky, but I have faith that they can pull it off.   I’m in charge of the playlist for the dance party.  Not so certain that I can make that work, but we’ll see.  I hope the attendees share my opinion that Electric Light Orchestra belongs on every playlist, no matter the context >_>.

On Saturday, LC Music Coalition is hosting Portland bands Alpaca! and NIAYH for an evening concert.

I’d love to dwell on the weekend, but I think I’ll dwell on the next 36 hours first.

I’m working on a quick video, in all honesty my studies are top on my mind right now though… it’ll get up ASAP, perhaps Saturday at the latest.

currently playing in my ears: “The Revolution Is Never Coming” by The Red Paintings

29 October 2008

for(int midterm=3;midterm>0;midterm-=1){cary.studyALot();}

Sam programming  Portland’s Mayor-elect Sam Adams speaking at LC  Blue Scholars performing at LC  LCMC with Blue Scholars and Common Market
It is midterm time.  I am still waiting for a professor to come into class and announce “Just kidding, guys!”  So far there haven’t been many prospects of that sort of thing happening.  Once in 10th grade, my teacher was a few minutes late to class.  We turned off the lights and closed the door (and the blinds on the classroom windows) and he walked past, figured that since the lights were off that we had no class, and left.  I kind of keep hoping that something similar could happen in relation to midterms.  I am wholeheartedly behind trying this tactic out on midterm day.

Today I had a midterm in my Hebrew Bible class.  The class centers around studying the Old Testament and learning about the different hypotheses regarding its original creation and compilation.  It is perhaps my most interesting class, and I never would have taken it, but I needed one more class to fill out my schedule.  Since my original scheduling plans fell through at the last minute, it was either this class or World Music (sorry world music).  So, I enrolled in Old Testament, thinking it would just be something through which I’d grit my teeth.  Nope, it is extremely interesting (although pretty rigorous).  To give you an example of the kind of stuff we’re learning, here’s an excerpt from the 3-page exam study guide our professor made for us (thankfully):

Know: the historical background for understanding the Book of Deuteronomy (including questions of Judean or Israelite provenance, role of northern Levites, portions related to Josiah’s reform movement); relationship to previous religious traditions (Ezekiel and aristoratic empires; David-Zion traditions, family piety, exodus traditions, prophetic traditions, wisdom traditions); importance of “diaspora” populations in understanding the proposals made in Deuteronomy; relationship of Deuteronomy to the rest of the Deuteronomic Collection and to the Tetrateuch; “religion of Deuteronomy (election and bilateral covenant; hierarchy, ethics in cult, society, and culture; relationship between religious phenomena and “the state;” and exclusivity of commitment); the relationship between Deuteronomy as secondary religion and primary religion of exiles.

So, yeah, not the easiest test in the world.  If you come here (or go here), take a class from Professor Robert Kugler.

Midterms aside, I had a pretty fun weekend.  On Friday night there was a hip hop concert on campus.  As a member of Music Coalition, the concert-planning committee here, I arrived about 5 hours before the show to help set up.  My friends on LCMC and I set up the dressing room, manned the doors, and most of the other non-musical concert-related jobs you can think of.  The show went very smoothly.  The openers, EmpyrSays and Common Market, were both notably good.  Before the show I wasn’t really familiar with either of their music, so that was a welcome surprise.  Blue Scholars rocked it just like they did last year.  All said and done, about 1/3 of the student body was at this concert.  It’s a pretty good feeling to put on an event that 33% of the student body attends.

Saturday afternoon, I went to a professor’s house to play board games.  Once a semester, he hosts a “Chinese Food and German Board Games” event at his house where we, you guessed it, play board games and eat Chinese food.   He’s a Computer Science professor, so most of the people who attend are math or computer science students, so it’s basically a fun way to get to know the math department kids outside of class.  The event was very fun; I played a rousing game of Settlers of Catan with some of my friends.  I’d never played Settlers before (yeah, I’m a poseur nerd), so I didn’t do very well, but I had a great time with it; I think I’ll probably purchase that one soon.

In the coming week: 2 midterms, 1 essay, 3 nights of duty in Platt-Howard (RA stuff), and plenty of work and class.  I’m glad I’ve got a retreat planned for the 7th of November… I’m pretty much counting down the days.

now playing in my ears: “Again & Again” by The Bird and the Bee

22 October 2008