Perhaps the most ridiculously unwanted piece of music ever brought forth from the mind of humankind. There can't be one person who ever thought
to themselves, "You know, the Gummi Bears' title song was pretty good to begin with, but I really think this songs just begs for an acapella remix." The song
is catchy, but still...
On a related note, sites like www.newgumbrea.com are really what the internet is all about. Gigantic repositories
of information on a topic maybe four people in the world might care about. Where else can you find the Gummi Bears theme song in more than ten languages?
You may scoff at sites like this at first, but when you're in a pinch and absolutly need some piece of Gummi Bear info, you'll be fricken glad New Gumbrea exists.
I always wonder about how other people perceive me. I feel uncomfortable just asking people, though, and even if I did, the response would probably be
sugar-coated anyway. If I just asked for people to leave anonymous comments here, I doubt anyone would do it.
These things, however, allow you to do it easily, quickly, and if you want, anonymously.
The Johari Window has good traits, and the
Nohari Window has bad traits. So, if you know me a bit, fill 'em both out please, and feel free to use a fake name if you want to.
The Links now has links. The people I know are in alphabetical order, except for Cory. I feel morally
obligated to put him at the top because well over half of all traffic I receive comes from his site.
In other news, I received my first visitor from a search engine the other day. It was a person from Saudi Arabia and the search term was "linkses."
I went to the Kirby Puckett memorial at the Metrodome on Sunday.
Whenever the subject of heroes comes up, such as in personal questionnaires and what not, I say that I have no heroes. I came to believe at a
young age that heroes don't exist, and even if they did, idolizing them would be foolish. Despite my belief, there was something about Kirby Puckett.
Perhaps, in the end, I was right about heroes. I wish I wasn't.
This pretty much sums it up.
Driving back from North Dakota.
The Mileage of the Beast
There are more signs like that along the interstate in North Dakota, but I was intermittently napping along the way and wasn't able to take
pictures of them all.
Finally. The new hard drive arrived, so I am once again with computer.
Site News: The Archive button to the left now actually leads somewhere with content now. The January posts have been placed there for
safekeeping so they can be enjoyed into posterity.
Mike and I have been talking about creating a "Sleeping in Public" club. I could get www.sleepinginpublic.com, or something, and it could be
about tips on where to go, and how to and stuff like that. There could be stuff like "Extreme Sleeping" where people tell mind-melting stories
about "eXtreme" places they've slept. One could keep a log of all the places where they've slept in public, and rate them. People could organize public nappings.
I think it would be funny. There could even be an activism wing where we fight for sleeping in public rights, because in many cities it is illegal.
This is all in a "What if" stage at the moment, though. I'd have to learn some kind of web-programing language like PHP and SQL for it to really work
how I would like. In the mean time however, here are some tips I've picked up for sleeping at the University of Minnesota.
My favorite place to sleep is in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering building in the study space. There are comfortable chairs there and
it's dimmer than most places. It's pretty quiet too. If you want it to be really quite, though, the library on the second floor of Wilson is good.
The chairs are hard, but there is a nice high desk to lay your head down on. There are also some more comfortable chairs in the reception area. There are
many places to sleep at Coffman Union as well. The big, fake? leather chairs are the most comfortable on campus, but it can be rather noisy there. There is also
the TV area, and the cafeterias downstairs as well. At all of these places there are usually people sleeping, so you don't need to worry about braking some
social taboo. They're all safe as well and you're not likely to have anything stolen while you are sleeping. While I don't recommend sleeping in class, sleeping
in a class that you're not actually enrolled in is pretty cool. I've personally slept during a physics lecture I wasn't enrolled in at Tate Hall 150. The
really big lecture hall that you see when coming in through the front doors. There is almost always a lecture going on there, and the classes are usually huge,
so you don't have to worry about the professor picking on you. Any large lecture hall should do, though.
All my classes are on the East Bank, so if you've got tips for the West Bank, or St. Paul, why don't you share with us. Click on the "Rumor" link at the bottem of
the post to leave a comment. Any sleeping in public stories/tips are welcome in fact, no matter where you've been sleeping.
America has plenty of public sleeping opportunities to be sure, but Japan is where the action is at. Sleeping in school is A-OK with most teachers. We're talking
high school here, not college. I, and many of my classmates, slept through many a physics lecture without a peep from the teacher. It helped that he was sort
of a weird guy and would stare into the chalkboard for about 98% of the class period, and whenever he actually faced class, he would scrunch his face up, roll his eyes
into the back of his head and have eyelid spasms that had to prevent him from seeing anything. But it wasn't just him, it was OK with every teacher except the chemistry teacher. Sleeping on public
transportation is almost expected there. There's something about the movement of a train that makes it very easy to fall asleep. I missed my stop more than a few
times because I slept through it. And if you can't find a chair or bench, the ground works
just as well.