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    2014 - 05.31

    Welcome to the best college class alive!!! AKA my s’Park class, something all communications freshmen have to take at my college. And for some reason, every time I sit in it, I realize how great the connections are at this school. One

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    miscommunications…

    2012 - 01.06

    Being a communications major, I should have all of my communications down, right? Not the case. Not the case at all. Especially being in a long distance relationship. Not to bring that up all of the time, but I find it fascinating as a learning platform. And I keep realizing that our “problems,” the things we argue about then get over after their resolution? They are not problems. Like most issues in our culture, they are miscommunications that cause misunderstandings.

    I am terrible at this. He is too. Explaining exactly what is happening, being completely honest and saying what we are thinking. It is difficult to, and often I don’t even notice that I am doing it. Because what I say is clear to me, and what he says is clear to him. So describing that, mindset included, to someone else? It is extremely difficult, especially considering how we perceive what others say.

    Getting everything that needs to be said out is healthy, and the best thing for a relationship to be happy, right?

    conflict…

    2012 - 01.06

    Let’s hear it. I know you are holding something back, so just say it. I can take it. That’s what some of us,  I included, think. Do we say it out loud? No. Do we confront the people we have a problem with? Not usually. But in reality, what is better?

    They say don’t fight fire with fire. Yet when does it get to the point where fire is necessary not for a full-out blaze, but just in order to stand up for yourself? Here’s the deal. I used to be a very active supporter of the turn-the-other-cheek way of life, and I realized that some situations cannot benefit from that mentality.

    Take the first example, that of friendship. And yes, I know that with girls it is a little different. But when it comes to a “best” friend, one whom you have had your entire life? If they start treating you terribly, I see two options. Sit there and take what she is saying quietly, or confront her about it?

    Here’s my situation, and that of one of my best friends. We sit there. Even if we know that what is being said is untrue, rude, and upsetting. And we don’t know how to confront people without making it awkward, without sounding crazy, and without having it turned around on us to make us feel guilty. But the words being said hurt, and continue, so both of us regret not saying anything.

    Now let’s move on to my second scenario. I used to never, ever be confrontational with my boyfriend. I couldn’t do it. So if something bothered me, I kept my mouth shut. And I was really unhappy for it. Until I spoke up and said that things had to change, or I was gone. Since then, we have arguments when something bothers one of us. But does it hurt the relationship, or either of us? No. It helps, because we get what we are thinking out, then apologize for harsh things said, fix what we did wrong, and move on.

    Now I think that part of this fear we have of confrontation is centered in a fear of breaking our relationships. At least, I know that is where my fear came from. I thought that bringing up the issues I had with someone, no matter how much they hurt me, would destroy my relationship with that person and make me somehow mean. But what I have learned from experience is that confronting those in your personal relationships is part of being in a relationship with someone. If you can’t be honest and tell the person what is bothering you without a break in the relationship, then they aren’t worth it. They should value your opinion, and how well they treat you. Am I right? Anyone else, in my opinion, is a waste of your time and effort. It was for me.

    to be…

    2011 - 09.06

    I know, I know. I haven’t posted in a really long time. So this, my scattered readers, if any are out there, is my start of posting again. Yay!

    This is the start of college. A new beginning, as everyone has been telling me. But here is what my almost-two-week experience has shown me so far:

    On the home front, things are changing. My friends, even the best of them, are becoming different people than they had told me they wanted to be. Sinking back into old patterns, friendships, relationships. Even if they aren’t necessarily healthy. And that goes for new patterns, etc, as well. Falling into something unhealthy because what else do you do, if you are absolutely on your own for the first time? And some, they are staying the same. Which continually surprises me, how I seem to trust that change will not affect the personalities of some people, when it ends up being the ones that I am convinced will change who stay.  The parental situation improves, but not entirely. It may take a little while before I truly miss my family, since it still feels like I haven’t been away from them for long. But that process is beginning.

    At school, everything is falling into place. When you find a set of sincere, really genuine people, college does not seem so…daunting. There is suddenly, if you find the right people, a support system who plans on sticking around. People with similar interests, lifestyles, and personalities; those who truly understand what you are comfortable with and embrace it. The classes work themselves out too, with time budgeting and detailed planning. The idea of clubs and a job may be more of a challenge, but so far even working out and studying has been done in a timely and regular manner. Yes, there were the awkward first encounters with people who you can instantly tell you will never get along with. But finding a niche is pretty easy once you separate what you want from everything else, and being honest in order to pursue that.

    On a slightly different front, I just wanted to say that college learning, if you take the right classes and take them seriously, can be much more rewarding than you could believe. In the first week, I feel as though I have learned more about myself, who is here for me, and what I want than I have in my life so far. And maybe it is a dramatization, but guess what?

    I am happier, more confident, more comfortable than ever before. So explain that one, kids.

    The First 56 Americans

    2011 - 07.04

    For we Americans, the Fourth of July is a day to spend outside enjoying the BBQ, the company of family and friends and reveling in our own patriotic fervor. This is as it should be. We have all been lucky enough to have been born in this great nation, free from tyrannical governments and oppressive laws. We can do, say, think what we want to when we want to. We can petition our government. We have the freedom to write and print what we believe in books, newspapers, magazines and online. We can elect those we want to represent our best interests. Today, and everyday, we Americans have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to be proud of.

    But 235 years ago in 1776, the Fourth of July must have felt very differently to that first bunch of Americans. On this day over two centuries ago, 56 men sat in a hot, stuffy room in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and hammered out the final details of a document which would forever alter the course of history. What today has become a day of celebration and joyful gathering, was probably an event of considerable apprehension for these worn out delegates.

    The idea for our Declaration of Independence came into being early in the summer of 1776. By May the delegates of the Second Continental Congress were tired of receiving the cold shoulder as it were from their king. Peaceful pleas had not proved successful to alleviate their grievances and by now shots had already been exchanged in Massachusetts. The conflict was coming to a head more quickly than anyone in the colonies had anticipated and had already dragged on for much longer than George III would have liked ( to him it was still only a minor, concentrated rebellion).

    Massachusetts lawyer and delegate John Adams put forward the controversial suggestion for a complete break with the King of England. This was not the generally supported course of action and many still hoped for peaceful reconciliation with the king. By June however, it became clear that negotiations were not going to be enough to solve the colonists’ problems. Again Adams suggested that a committee be formed to draft a declaration to justify a complete separation from Great Britain. Of the five man team which the Congress put together, a 25 year old Virginia planter named Thomas Jefferson was selected to pen the document.

    Jefferson locked himself in the upper room of a Philadelphia boarding house for two weeks and wrote non-stop. He knew that every word he chose would carry with it enormous weight, each one had to be selected carefully and woven delicately into the draft. When he finished finally, his fellow delegates ripped Jefferson’s work apart, altering this and that to give the paper a certain feel and impact. In the end, while changes were made, a vast majority of Jefferson’s words were retained, making him the credited author of our Declaration of Independence.

    Just as Jefferson knew that every word he chose would carry considerable weight, every one of the 56 men who set their names to the document knew full well of the risks they were taking. In signing the Declaration of Independence they were committing an act of treason against the King of England. Treason, at that time, was an offense punishable by death, specifically by hanging. These men had to have considerable courage to agree to such an audacious action. What’s more, the condition of the American military on which these 56 would have to depend to uphold what they signed their lives to, was not in the greatest of shape at all. For the duration of the American Revolution there were several instances where it looked as though we may have been defeated. Congress had to flee when Philadelphia was occupied by the British, leaving their families for fear of being captured and killed for what they believed in. It is because of their courage, strength and willingness to risk everything for the sake of a dream, that we do not have the worries our Founding Fathers did 235 years ago.

    In the Declaration’s final lines it says that the signers “mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” These men, these revolutionaries, risked everything for your freedom and for mine and their efforts should always be remembered.

    So this Fourth of July, as you grill hot dogs or play a game of backyard Wiffle Ball, try to imagine yourself in their shoes. Would you, under penalty of death, have been able to sign your name to a document which could very well destroy everything you had worked so hard for? Would you have had the courage to blaze a trail of liberty and freedom as these 56 did? Let us all keep them in our thoughts this holiday. May God Bless their legacy, our sacred freedoms, and the United States of America. Happy Independence Day everyone.

    and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make

    2011 - 06.28

    It has been a while.

    In general, it has simply been a while. I haven’t given blogging priority, the school year ended late, and a lot of time has passed since the last post. The past few weeks have been very busy and a lot of fun. It was the end to the last year of high school.

    The last few months of the last year of high school were crazy. There was so much to do and experience with the people we have spent most of our lives with. Everyone had a huge desire to be done with high school and move on, but at the same time realized that some of us would never see each other again. We also realized that we would be moving apart, moving to other states, and actually living and studying at a college in a few months time. It’s going to be a completely new world, but it’s going to be awesome.

    Graduation was last Saturday. It was a wonderful ceremony followed by an all-night party at the high school. The school year ended late due to all kinds of weather related closings throughout the year. Those who had taken AP courses didn’t have any ‘final exams,’ but everyone was ready to finish up projects and leave. The very last project I did for high school was a partner assignment that I did with a friend. It’s a Rubens’ Tube. A Rubens’ Tube is a device that creates physical representations of sound waves out of flames. I should have a video up soon explaining how it works.

    Now that the summer is here vlogging will continue! On a Tuesday night three days after high school graduation, I’m excited! This will be a very special summer between two very important chapters in my life.

     

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    – James Whyte

     

    An Offseason and a Birthday!

    2011 - 05.22

    The robots are built and the official competitions are over, but now it’s the season of Offseasons! There are many unofficial FIRST competitions held by individual teams from the spring to the fall. Yesterday, I attended one at my future college! My school’s team did not compete there, but it was fun to visit and talk with friends, see the area, and talk with professors.

    So after the AP Stat exam, my friends and I planned on being done! So, so, very done! But, we’re still busy with projects and end of the year/ end of all of high school events. May always seems to be the busiest month.

    I’ll get another video up on YouTube soon. Can anyone recommend a good microphone for studio recording that’s under $100? And to the editors, we’ll need to

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    all meet sometime soon to do a bit of organization. Please think about what you want your role on the blog to be as we move into college…

    Finally, it’s May 22! Happy birthday to the blog’s most prolific writer, KB! I hope your day is wonderful! :)

     

    James Whyte

    The First One Is What the First One Is

    2011 - 04.25

    Well, that’s it. I’ve started vlogging.

    I’ve had a YouTube account for the blog for a while, but so far we haven’t had any videos to post. The account name is eApparitions, because YouTube usernames must be under 20 characters and EffervescentApparitions is interminably long.

    I feel that vlogging might be a little easier than blogging, and hopefully that will prove true. I think talking comes a little bit more naturally than typing. I’ve missed many opportunities for blog posts in the past few months, including almost the entire 2011 FIRST competition season and a huge portion of my senior year.

    One really has to get used to vlogging; the first one (few) always sucks. And instead of doing take after take, one just has to post what one has. They should get better with time.

    I’m looking forward to having more people view our content and give feedback and new ideas. Having comments and subscribers should encourage us to put up new content regularly, and make vlogging less awkward. The YouTube community is awesome and it’s great to be a part of it.

    As we leave high school and move on to college, we’re going to go through a lot of really cool experiences. I’m looking forward to sharing them!

    So here I am, both excited for the channel and hating the sound of my recorded voice.

    Check out the channel here: (We’ll be working on prettying it up.)

    http://www.youtube.com/user/eApparitions

    Check out the first video on the channel here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVzwZn8Yu9U

    Don’t forget to follow eApparitions on twitter and find us on Facebook!

     

    James Whyte

     

    pretty determined…

    2011 - 03.14

    For some reason, I seem to find myself in the most random situations. But I get the most diverse, amazing experiences that way. This past Saturday, I was asked to film a Parkinson’s support group. All I knew about Parkinson’s before the group meeting was what I had seen in Love and Other Drugs; I was not familiar with the disease, and had only met one person who had it. And then I entered the Parks and Recreation Center of a local town.

    Within a few hours, I had met about fifteen people who all had early onset Parkinson’s. I heard their stories, watched their movements, felt their concerns. And it was difficult. The majority of them were in their fourties, fifties, and sixties, and were discussing the loss of independence which had begun to saturate their lives. The thing with Parkinson’s is that everyone is affected differently. It isn’t like Michael J. Fox in all cases. In the room with both patients and their partners, you could not tell which was the sick one if the majority of cases. But when the partners left, it became evident. Some rocked, some had tremors, some had a wavering voice. Some only had the stone-faced expression to tell of their diagnosis. But hearing their stories, about the problems they have with their medications, with their partners, with dependence, with everyday life…it was unbelievable. And I hope I can someday find the strength that they have. Or, in the words of one of the members, to be “Pretty Determined.”

    Help

    2011 - 02.24

    If you are unfamiliar with FIRST robotics, it goes something like this: At the beginning of January the Kickoff is held and the year’s game is broadcast to all the teams across the world. Teams then have six weeks to design, prototype, program, test, build, and pack their robots before Ship Day. On that day a Fed-Ex truck arrives. If the robot is not sealed in a crate and ready to go on the truck, the team does not compete. Teams see their robots again at the competitions held across the world in March and April. The rest of the year is filled with community outreach, fundraising, training, offseason competitions, creating promotional materials, and preparing for the next season. It’s “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

    Ship Day for 2011 was two days ago, and we’re still recovering from the mad rush at the end of build season to get the robot done. We’ve been staying late at the shop every night for weeks, including two overnights in the past two weekends.

    In FIRST, it isn’t about the competition; it’s about promoting science and technology appreciation and creating a culture where people work together. (FIRST has actually trademarked the phrase “Gracious Professionalism.”) At the competition, teams play a series of short matches throughout the day. Six robots are on the field at once; two alliances of three. A team might play against another team in one match that they might be allied with an hour later. For qualification points, winning teams get their alliance’s score, plus double the losing alliance’s score, meaning a close game is much more beneficial than a complete shutout. These competition dynamics create a very interesting atmosphere, where one wants to win, but help everyone else along the way.

    In addition to the robot, there are many awards to submit material for, mostly about the team and our accomplishments. On the first overnight, one of our team advisors, leading a few students working on an award submission, came over to a group I was in and asked us: What is the most unique aspect of our team? My answer was our teamwork. Through the design and build processes, late nights, school, the events we host, and the three day competitions, it can be pretty stressful and we can get on each others’ nerves. But all in all, the members work well together. Under stress, we’ve learned how to communicate and involve everyone in what we are working on. By talking to judges, townspeople, and sponsors, members have gained more confidence. Members help each other with homework. I like being in such a unique, welcoming group.

    In Electrathon, we build a single person electric car and race other schools. The competition is fun (and I get very excited about EVs), but it has a different atmosphere. Unlike in FIRST, winning is the primary objective. Is that bad? No. But one event sticks in my mind. One race we were by pit lane and another school’s car had pulled in and three kids were frantically trying to pump up both front tires. It was taking them forever to pump up one side, so we ran over with our pump and offered it to them so they could do both tires at once. They didn’t seem to understand the offer; that we would try to help them get back on the track. They didn’t borrow the pump.

    Two summers ago, CK and I mentored at a summer camp. The kids had all week to build robots with a variety of materials and complete a series of challenges. At the end of the week, we held a battle bots competition. While everyone was preparing, CK and I went around and helped each group. One group really liked the ideas we gave them, but were confused as to why we were helping them when we had our own robot to build, and were going to compete against them. We told them why not?

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    and that it would be a better competition if everyone felt they had the best that they could make. They understood, but it hurt as the looks on their faces told me that the concept of helping an opponent was new to them.

    I know it’s a long post (especially for me), but that’s what I’ve been up to in the past two months. The more time you spend with your friends, particularly when under stress, the more apparent the need for good communication and teamwork becomes. It’s key. Look for support, and give it freely. Don’t be afraid to help another, even in competition. Maybe that’s the Aikido philosophy speaking. And don’t reject help either, even if its 109º.

    I’ve actually had the song “Lean on Me” in my head for a few weeks.

    And to the other editors, please add something to the “The Editors” page. Whatever you’d like – it’s been a placeholder for too long. :)

    – James Whyte