Attack of the Clones

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clone-trooper-helmet Well, I finally re-enlisted, but this time I’ll be shipping off to a galaxy far, far away. I’ve been wanting to join the 501st for a long time, so when a friend said he was selling a Clone Trooper armor and helmet, I jumped on the chance. The armor requires a lot of work including removing the flash, sanding, painting, and cutting/fitting, and finally assembling the pieces together. I’ll need to fully finish my armor before I can become an official 501st member. I hope to finish the armor by the end of summer/fall, so I can attend the Vermont Comic Con. Continue reading

2010 Year in Review

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Another late year in review post.

Previous lists: 2009, 2008

Blogging in Review (2010)

Posts tallied from 2009-12-31 to 2010-12-31

Top 2010 Months (By Views)
  1. November (22,010)
  2. October (20,507)
  3. March (17,619)
  4. September (16,509)
  5. August (15,987)
Total Views

2010 (year) = 199,063


Life in Review (2010)

2010 continued my travels to a few cities that I’ve always wanted to visit and return to see sights that I missed the last time I visited the city.

* denotes a first time

(stopping at airports or just in town for business without sight seeing does not count towards list below)

US Destinations

Portland, Oregon *

  • Pittock Mansion *
  • Japanese Garden *
  • Multnomah Falls *
  • Washington Park *
  • Forest/Linnton Park *
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon *
  • Seaside, Oregon *

St. Petersburg, Florida *

  • Honeymoon Island State Park *
  • St. Petersburg Pier *
  • Historic Round Lake Park *
  • Straub Park *

Boston, Massachusetts *

  • Cape Cod (Eastham) *
  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Cape Cod) *
  • Cape Cod National Seashore *
  • Provincetown *
  • Boston Commons *
  • Cheers Bar *
  • Beacon Hill’s Acorn Street *
  • Faneuil Hall *
  • Harvard (Cambridge) *

New York City, NY *

  • Times Square *
  • Two Broadway Plays (Chicago and Next to Normal) *
  • Rockefeller Center Plaza *
  • Penn Station *
  • Wall Street *
  • China Town *
  • Washington Square Park (NYU) *
  • New York City Public Library *

Washington, DC

  • Smithsonian Institute *
  • Iwo Jima Monument
  • National Gallery of Art *
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum *
  • United States Botanic Garden *
  • United States Capitol (outside only) *
  • United States Supreme Court Building (outside only) *
  • Mt. Vernon Square *
  • US Navy Memorial *
  • Library of Congress, Jefferson Building *
  • Sully Park (near Dulles International Airport) *

San Juan, Puerto Rico *

  • San Juan National Historic Site (Castillo de San Cristobal) *

Las Vegas, Nevada

International Destinations
  • Grant Turk, Turk and Caicos *
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten *
  • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas *
Local Events
  • Camping at Palomar Mountain *
  • Comic-Con 2010
  • Eastern Caribbean Cruise *
  • Jury Duty (as alternate Juror) *
  • The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile Concert (Los Angeles, CA) *
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest *

“Hey, look at me”

Results of a new survey conducted by San Diego State University found that:

Nearly 60 percent of college students polled by San Diego State University agreed their age group uses social networking sites for narcissistic, self-promoting and attention-seeking reasons, it was announced today.

The poll also found that two-thirds of the respondents agreed their generation is more self-promoting, narcissistic, over-confident and attention-seeking than previous generations, according to SDSU.

… research has shown that narcissistic people thrive on sites like Facebook, where self-centered people have more friends and post more attractive pictures of themselves.

— San Diego Union Tribune, August 25, 2009

I’d have to admit that I agree that most social networking sites are outlets for attention-seeking people. I also feel that the vast majority of tweets are just complicated 140 character expressions for “hey, look at me!”.

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