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student loans
October 6, 2009, 1:15 pm
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A good infographic about student loans from Mint.com StudentLoansByTheNumbers3

Investment help from Mint.com



happy chinese new year
January 26, 2009, 9:13 pm
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Btw, happy chinese new year! It is the first time I can say I remembered/knew it was coming before it already went by.



Drugs (and I mean the legit (?) kind)
January 26, 2009, 9:10 pm
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I have been watching hand-over-fist (it seems lately) 60 minutes, 20/20, dateline, nightline, whatever-line-type-news shows past week or so whenever I have time because I enjoy these types of shows at times (and a DVR-ing Mediacenter is pretty convenient as well).  The thesis of the week seems to be about disasters, natural or otherwise, especially with that more recent airplane crash in the Hudson River where everyone was saved.  Anyway, they (the news, I forget which one exactly) cited that neuropeptide Y seems to be the key component in the brain that helps to determine basically whether you will act quickly or not at all.  This directly determines whether you will or will not be safe as well as saving someone from a life or death situation.

On another separate news show, there were discussions of the benefits of using resveratrol, a minute chemical in red wines that can help increase life span, among other things like, oh, “anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar-lowering, chelating and other beneficial cardiovascular effects”.  It is pretty interesting and money that there appears in the horizon a one-of-a-kind drug such as this, but alas, we are getting into interestingly new territories on life.  Apparently GlaxoSmithKline bought the pharmaceutical, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, for something like three-quarters of a billion dollars.  Interesting.



OVER/under-rated
September 26, 2008, 3:26 pm
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I am sorry, but yesterday’s Oregon St win over USC just proves how much wool is pulled over college football sports analysts these days.  Before last night, and even before the USC/Ohio St game, they RAVED about how good these teams were.  I may be a little biased about SEC football, but I don’t think it is undeserved.  Georgia, #3, Florida #4, LSU #5, Alabama #8.

But I digress.  Anyway, look where Ohio St is and where USC will probably be.  If USC is still top 10 or even top 15, I am going to say the wool is still there.  Even when Georgia was ranked #1 from the beginning, they still rooted for USC.  Now look at their favored child.  That good huh.  Whacking Virginia that first week.  Bets are on now that Duke might also give Virginia the same whacking.

And yet it looks like they never learn.  Give the southern dawgs a bone.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=3610080

Seriously? Big 10, Big 12?



Dream Epiphany
May 22, 2008, 3:04 pm
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So I had a dream a few days ago that moved me closer to understanding what really matters in life.  It kind of came in a weird way.

More to come as I sort out my thoughts completely.  (this was just for my own notes)



2007 Spring Commencement
May 13, 2007, 11:53 pm
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Commencement was yesterday, but I got all my grades in today, so I am officially graduated from the University of Georgia. The weather was probably the best anyone could ask for – overcast with possible scattered rain, so it was more bareable in a black cap and gown. And it was priceless because my friend Danny Mack broke his chair and fell in the middle of the ceremony that our whole area couldn’t stop laughing for at least 30 mins. Defining moment indeed.

As for the semester, I got most all the grades I wanted. Three A’s and an A-, 3.93 GPA for the semester and 3.41 overall – close enough to the 4.0 I set out for this semester and because I believe the +/- system to be bullsh*t, that’s a 4.0 in my opinion. I’m satisfied and now I’m forever done with UGA and Athens…for a while, anyway. I’ll be chillin’ in Marietta for 2-3 weeks before moving to Kansas City! I can’t wait to start working! Cerner, here I come!



Twilight Criterium
April 29, 2007, 12:57 pm
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We attended the annual Athens’ Twilight Criterium yesterday in downtown Athens. We started off at this girl’s apartment where you can see the races from one floor up. I dominated beer pong for 5 games before my luck ran out and we lost. Note to self, never re-rack with a house (2-2-1). I didn’t want to play anymore after that because that was when the Men’s Pro race was about to start. So it was really cool watching it from the apartment, because it was a different perspective than I’ve experienced. The past 3 criteriums, I’ve always been on the ground floor seeing them zoom right by. And while it was cool, I’ve determined that it is still cooler to be on the roads and fences to feel that rush. This year was by far the craziest year the race has had. And I’m surprised. Last year it rained before the race and it didn’t happen. This year it didn’t rain, and yet the whole race managed to crash (a.k.a. all the cyclists ran into each other and fell). Now normally, I’m not sure what happens, but something like they get back up and go again and I suppose, they don’t win. This time, they had to restart the race because so many cyclists were affected. It was really cool to see everyone stop with 16 laps to go (out of 60, I think) and then to have a rolling restart (although, I’m still not sure how they placed everyone, but I imagine it’s something similar to Nascar). Then I think with 6 laps to go they was another “mini” crash, although it didn’t stop the game. They were saying how hardcore the race was because some guy in that mini crash was bleeding from his head. In the end, it was a pretty exhilarating race. Lastly, I got some awesome fried oreo cookies. Added fatness in an oreo.