So, it's been a while since I last posted. Not because of an abundance of activities, mind you. I've been following a basic rule of writing.. That when things get boring, you skip ahead in time, and you write more detail for when things are interesting or exciting. My winter break was most definitely NOT exciting, but it was refreshing. I was able to relax quite a bit, which helped my mood a lot.
I'm currently writing this from my Statistics class at UNCG. It's my last class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there's about 120 people in the class so I'm not really worried about getting singled out too much. I've actually already done the research for this chapter, so I know what she is going to lecture about, so I'm not really worried about missing something either. The only problem is that occasionally my thumb hits the mousepad and moves the cursor, so I start typing in the third sentence or something similar.
At any rate.. I'm very happy to be back in school. while I did get to relax, it was very boring after a while, and I didn't have much on my mind or to write about for you guys. Nothing really important happened either. Just work, and video games. :)
My classes this semester are as follows:
Mondays and Wednesdays: Geo-511 (Advanced Weather and Climate)
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Geo-491: Current Topics in Regional Geography
Env-100: Introduction to Environmental Science
Geo-305: Environmental Hazards Assessment
Sta-108: Introduction to Statistics
I like the three Environmental classes, of course, but not so much the Regional or Statistics.
Obviously, not the statistics.
I've slowly been getting myself ready for the eventual move that has to happen. I don't know how far or where I'll have to move to for my first job, but I know I will. I'm running my plans around only being able to take a single car-load with me for a while until I get time and money to come back for other things.
So, I've been typing up my books one by one so I'll have more library to choose from, and scanning in my manga. I've also been backing up my DVD's to AVI format and I'm getting a 1TB external drive to save them onto so I can have all my movies (I'd do all this anyway, because having things in the electronic format is more organized and takes up a hell of a lot less space)
Consider this: To have 1000 dvd's, you'd have to have first a good sense of organization that you can quickly change as new movies are added so that you can find them. You'd also have to have storage space for all of them. If you keep them in their cases and each case is about a half an inch in depth, then you'd need about 42 linear feet of storage space. If you buy bookcases that are three feet wide and have five shelves, you'd have two full book cases of shelves and working on the last shelf of a third one. That's a lot of space.
Even in folders, imagine having to move 700 dvd's because you added one DVD to the collection and it needs to be organized? You'd have to have a 100 dvd case for each letter of the alphabet. If those are four inches wide, that's a mere 8'4" in linear storage space for your collection...but then there is weight.
50 dvd's weighs less than 1 kg.. Call it .95kg. So, a thousand DVD's in and of themselves would weigh 19 kg, or about 41 lbs. In Three bookcases? An extra 180lbs. 26 folders? About another 7lbs.
Then cost. Ignoring the movies themselves, three book cases would cost about $120. 26 folders would cost about $260!
OR! You get a 1TB storage drive that is 6 inches by four inches by one inch, weighs about four pounds, can hold more than a thousand movies, costs $110, and can be organized by alphabet by just clicking a button.
'Nuff said. And don't get me started on books!
There I go. Ranting about logistics and environmental stuff again.
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