FRIDAY FIVE :: SCHOOL, BRAIN GAMES, AND MY "BABY" BRO

This week’s installment of the Friday Five is a little bit different than the later posts.  I mean, we usually do kind of random, somewhat personal stuff on here, but this one’s going a little deeper.  Don’t read too much into that last statement though, things tend to get pretty random pretty fast around here.

  1. My “baby” bro ain’t so baby:  Tonight, at 10:00 PM, I’ll be at the airport picking up my not-so-little brother.  You see, he’s flying in for a few days from Naval Training down in Pensacola, FL.  He’s dropping by before he’s based at Virginia Beach.  <——- sounds rough, right?  My brother, Tony, left here back in February for basic training and then Navy school (forgive my extreme lack of knowledge for the terminology).  I said good-bye to a scrawny (sorry T) guy who was nervous to start such an endeavor.  I will be picking up a 30lb heavier sailor tonight.  I’d tell you what he specializes in… but I’d have to kill you.  Just kidding.  But seriously.  Tony, I couldn’t be more proud of you.  Looking forward to seeing you.  Also, I hope you don’t read this because the sign is supposed to be a nerdy surprise. :)
  2. USA Today Crosswords:  As many of you know, I am currently on my second year of my master’s degree.  Wow!  I know, I’m a genius.  Pretty crazy.  Well, it’s not easy being such a wiz.  I have to keep my wits sharp.  I’ve been working on a goal, I call it the “stop being dumb” plan.  Every morning, I grab my cup of coffee and jump on my laptop.  Before I do anything, I go to www.puzzles.usatoday.com and blast (if it’s easy) through the crossword and sudoko.  Why?  I have heard, MAYBE, quite possibly even read, that stimulating the brain with puzzles and all that jazz will help retain knowledge and essentially lead to me being smarter.  The way I see it, they can’t make me dumber.  Plus, I learn some pretty random stuff and it’s always great to achieve little goals.  By the end of this year… I plan on committing to a real pen and paper puzzle.  Insane, I know.
  3. 3D Models:  Part II of the “I’m in school” post… Being in architecture school has its ups and downs.  We stay up for days on end after weeks of designing and redesigning only to stand in front of a design jury and have our work either bashed or praised; usually the former.  Why do we do it?  It’s AWESOME!  Regardless of the jury’s opinions, we pour ourselves into our projects.  It’s always a great feeling to look back at a semester of hard work and see the progress.  One of my favorite aspects of design is the 3D modeling.  Rhino 3D has quickly become a favorite studio companion of mine.  Every day I learn something new.  There are about 5 different ways to do exactly the same thing, so it’s always a learning process.  Just the other day, I was going through a tutorial of manipulating spheres and curves.  The end product?  This little gem: 3dDucky.jpg
    Yeah, a ducky.  Say something.  I’ll post more at a later date.  3D modeling’s the bomb-diggity!
  4. 3 words - Field.  Trip.  Week:  That’s right, you heard me.  I’m 25 years old, and getting ready for our annual Field Trip Week.  Every year, for the past 6 years of school, we go somewhere, anywhere, to learn about an aspect of design, urban planning, etc.  It’s a great way to get to know fellow classmates and learn about architecture.  This year is a little different.  We’re field-trippin’ to research for our “thesis.”  I use quotations because it’s been renamed so many things that I can’t remember what to call it.  My field trip will be a small road trip, possibly an over-nighter and tons of reading, sketching, and learning.  I’m actually looking forward to it.
  5.  Groupon:  If you haven’t heard about this phenomenon, you should check it out.  www.groupon.com  See, I made it easy for you.  This little baby gives you awesomely random coupons for your local area.  $20 for $60 of massage.  $10 for $20 worth of awesome mexican food (yes please!)  It’s great!  Sign up for it, oh, it’s free-ninety-nine.  They send you a new coupon everyday.  It’s always a fun random way to start your day.  I don’t know if you remember how easily amused I am, but this definitely shows it.  Enjoy.

That’s it for this post folks.  I know what you’re thinking.  That was such an intelligible post, full of poignant information and knowledge.  …must be the crosswords. :)

Have an amazing weekend!  I’m off to eat some discounted mexican food, hit up a Goodwill (to shop, not with a gun), and go hold this sign over my head at the airport.  Cheers!

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