Blog Archive: November/December 2003
27, 2003 - xmas pics
December 30, 2003 -
-Irvine Lake, Orange County, CA
-4 Rainbow trout
-12:53 pm: fishing report: err slow day on the lake...
only 5 fish for 7 hrs on the lake. didn't personally catch any of the above
fish... dad caught 4 of them and Paul caught 1. Irvine Lake water kinda
disgusting with lots of algae growing, although that's true of most artificial
lakes. i really miss the natural lakers like the Mammoth lakes with their
clear water and sometimes better fishing..
top left to right: Matthew, me, Paul; bottom: dad, mom,
24, 2003 - random images
Masatani cousins top left to right: Matthew (15), Paul (18), me, Timothy
(9 months), David (25), Danny (23), JJ (17), Gregory (14), Michael (12);
bottom: Melissa (18), grandpa, Analise (3), Caitlyn (3), Karina (6), Catherine
Cuarez Family left to right: Matthew, Thor (18),
Catherine, mom, Tatay (grandpa), Nanay (grandma), Trevor (15), Paul,
Uncle Jerry, Auntie Susan, me
-3:50 pm: xmas report, recovered ~250 dollars of the
300 the camera costed. i can probably eat the rest, but books will set
me back another 300 >_< oh well. since xmas, home still nice and
boring with not much to do. Abusing new camera and photoshop a lot, although
was too lazy to touch up the above photos. for clarifcation Timothy and
Caitlyn are actually second cousins, they're my eldest cousin David's kids.
-watched Insight Bowl last night... wow lovely defenses allowed 101
pts combined. Cal wins 52-49 on Fredrickson's FG with no time left. Team
should be excellent next season.
of the huge ass trout my dad caught october 2002
-sister in front
of the artificial tree
-the fire place
23, 2003 - boredom, new camera
-6:20 pm: yes!!!!!! glorius boredom!!! nothing to
do is much much better than having craploads of dynamics and ce130 problems
to do. so yeah i've been doing a lot of nothing so far during the
break... pretty much watch tv all day, eat too much etc. i actually have
some work i need to do, but i'm waiting for when my bros go back to school
when the days will be truly boring.
-i got the one thing i wanted for christmas already, a Sony
DSCP10 digital camera.... price a whopping $354.99 plus tax. it's my
first indulgence since buying the gamecube a year ago, and it's going
to set me back quite a bit. i've really wanted a digicam since coming
to berkeley; there's been so many situations where i wish i had one. now
everyone gets to see the annoying shutterbug side of me... mwhahahahah.
also this site will become a whole lot more interesting now that i can post
photos of crap instead of writing.....
19, 2003 - hard work pays off.... still haven't seen "it"
-12:23 pm: so i was checking grades this
morning cuz i'm psychotic like that and grades are like my life so
blah blah and low and behold something extremeley unexpected.... freakin
A+ in 118. i was fuckin worried about getting *gasp* a B in that class,
but what the hell. i almost think it's some kinda mistake... but looking
back on what our 118 group went through for that class and its project,
i think it was well deserved. if my group members didn't get that grade
as well, it will be some great travesty cuz i think they put in a lot lot
more work than me. aaaah damnit adding to the old cliche "hard work pays
off" seriously i put it in far more work than the other three classes combined...
-and no damnit i haven't seen the third LotR movie yet....
damnit damnit... my mom wanted to see it as a family so i've had to
wait until today
17, 2003 - one month later....
-4:28 pm: hahaha sorry to everyone who has checked
up on this site expecting some kinda update only to see the silly
DNA molecule. the past month has been so hectic that updating this
thing was the absolute last thing on my mind. needless to say quite
a lot has gone on in the past month; i'll try to summarize as best my
failing memory serves me.
-Nov 20, TBP candidate meeting 4. the meeting is fairly
successful and fun. fewer performances than i would have like to
have but the three we had were pretty good. potluck experiment seemed
to go well although there was somewhat of a shortage of food. for next
semester, if the vps decide to keep the potluck going, they should have
all group make entrees. should make it fairer for everyone as well as
perhaps having more food for everyone. lots of ppl had a blast with the
final photo scavenger hunt pictures, saw a huge ass human pyramid and even
got doused in some water...
-Nov 21, Cal bball loses to Cal Poly. OK damnit this was
like some bigass disappointment. how the fuck could the bball team
lose to freakin Cal Poly... CAL POLY!!!!! ugh my only consolation would
be the next day
-Nov 22, TBP little Big Game, actual Big Game. aaaah good
old college rivalry games. First in the CA-A - CA-G tradition of
the little big game, our chapter was barely triumphant over our stanfurd
counterparts 5 scores to 4. After that, went to the actual big game
with a bunch of TBP and other engineering friends and witnessed Cal's
28-16 victory. The first half was quite dreadful with Cal fumbling
the kickoff and numerous other times to give stanfurd a stunning 10-0
halftime lead. The second half was much better, as Cal finally showed
that it was indeed the better team with 28 straight points. stanfurd
added a meaningless touchdown and failed conversion as time expired.
after enjoyed Zachary's with Menzies and Jen over a very very interesting
Nov 26, Cal bball beats BYU on last second Tamir putback.
exciting game for being so close, yet i was still pissed off the
bball team hasn't done as well as expected.
Nov 27-30, thanksgiving weekend - a nice first two days
entirely eating way too much. Leon came with me sorta to spend thanksgiving
down south. Went to his favorite Long Beach restaurant, the Crab Pot.
Spent saturday and sunday doing damn bioe118 project... after flying
back to oakland, taking 2 hrs to get back to berkeley from the airport
(damn you airBART), went immediately to Kathy's place to work on the bioe
Dec 2, tbp member potluck - pretty good food, especially
the satay brought by Ryan. approved almost everyone except for the
one headache case, who pissed me off so much i had the nerve and audacity
to curse at him in email... in the end we decided that being lied
to wasn't quite in line with our ideals. after the potluck went to
Kathy's place again to work on what else but the damn presentation.
i went even on wednesday, missing the Cal-UCI bball game for the sake
of that damn project.
Dec 4, project presentation goes reasonably well, except
for IT problems with the powerpoint. None of the right 1/5 of our
slides was projected, so ppl didn't get to see our lovely slides in
their full glory. I'm hoping that that doesn't count off too much in
the presentation grades, although knowing prof healy it probably did...
we did something much worse in our project however... more on that
Dec 5, initiation and banquet - waaaaaaah the end of TBP
semester, the culmination of all our hard work, the graduation of
our "babies" into TBP-dom. it was so sad seeing them progress into
official TBP membership, but at the same time you feel honored and
proud to have led them through the process. The banquet was quite
fun and tight, i even did some crazy ass dance in front of everyone
leading them to mistakenly conclude that i was drunk (we were at a
brewery afterall). the highlight of the night was the end of the slideshow...
we left them all with a nice image of Arthur's ass on the top of half
dome. what a way to conclude the TBP aspect of the semester. It was quite
the semester full of stress, fun, ocean dunkings, Brian rodeos, "don't
not f*** with me"s, multiple mile hikes, but most importantly 60+ wonderful
candidates who made all the suffering worth it, and every good moment
one hundred times better. if any of them happen to be reading this, thank
you so much for a great semester!!
Dec 6, TBP elections - oooh congrats to me, i became the
next TBP president, inheriting the wonderful organization from Brian.
I look forward to leading the organization, and i hope to be able
to steer into a direction where we get more member involvement and serve
the community better. im already hard at work planning and plotting
next semester, i hope it goes as well as last. The elections dragged on
for 3.5 hrs... somehow i thought i might've been able to cut the time
down, but i wasn't. i couldn't bring myself to shut anybody up when i
probably should have. eeeeee. after elections went to where else but Kathy's
place to do what else but the damn 118 project. i had most of my portion
completed, but still ended up staying until like 3 am just talking about
stuff (quite shocking stuff...)
Dec 7-8, eeeeeeeeeeeh fucking eh i was sick those two days.
so sick i could barely get out of bed. fuckin limits my study time
that i begin to worry about failing the damn classes.
Dec 9, still sick but had to go damn bio118 to listen to
ppl's stupid presentations. after that, the paper was still not complete
so had to go to kathy's to help finish. i was quite quite sick the
whole time, but i couldn't let the group down. i pretty much sucked
it up and dealt with it, consequences to come later. in the end our paper
ended up at about 20 pages, 5 pages too long, but there wasn't anything
we could see that could be cut. we left it all, in the small hope that
healy wouldn't notice (and more importantly wouldn't take off points).
i've yet to see what effect it had, as the grades for that class haven't
come in yet, but we'll see....
Dec 10-13 nothing but studying, taking tests and eating...
the most hectic finals schedule i've ever had.... 4 finals in 3 days,
with 3 8am finals. the public health final was retarded as expected,
118 was an exact replica of practices. me104 went a lot better than
i hoped for with the amount of studying i got in for it while ce130
was the hardest piece of shit ever!!!!!! damn that crap was definitely
the hardest final i have ever taken... wasn't confident of a single
answer. still i was happy to be done with all that crap...
Dec 14, officer mixer, my first official event as president
went pretty well. was mostly meant as a social thing for the new officers,
but it was nice to see some of the old officer actually come and pass
on some information. i think i've a pretty enthusiatic officer corps
for next semester with almost as much ambition as me (:p). so we'll see
what great things we can do
Dec 15 to now, returned to glendale, ca, so called jewel
city of the san fernando valley, population 200,000 and growing.
pretty much haven't done much other than sleep and watch tv. i think
i'll probably start seriously working on the TBP timelines and outlines
tomorrow.... and as you can probably tell, i'm sick of writing already...
i was going to some kinda of semester recap, but i think i'll leave
that for now.
17, 2003 - i am DNA
-10:21 pm: i saw this on Jen's blog during
my daily blog check.. couldn't help but do it.
You are DNA. You're a smart person, and you appear
incredibly complex to people who don't know
you. You're incomparably full of information,
and most of it is useless.
Which Biological Molecule Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla
-LOL it's like pretty true... i do have lots of useless
November 17, 2003 - pictures from bball game
and the weekend
-9:47 pm: pics from the Cal-EA Sports Exhibition
Game (courtesy of Leon). Cal won 86-49.
-Cal's top Freshman recruit, Leon Powe, warming up
before the game.
-My roommate Leon in a courtside picture with Cal's
awesome mascot, Oski.
-Cal on offense at the beginning of the second half.
-Yeah the game was really fun!! my throat was pretty
raunchy at the end from screamy so much. I had plenty of fun shouting
at the other team, especially Ricky Anderson, the former Arizona
player who always seemed to kill us during the Arizona games. The
Bench took extra pleasure from him fouling out,; we gave him a nice
loud exit complete with a cry of "YOU SUCK!!"
-saturday, i managed to survive 6 hours of E-futures.
Peopls skills module wasn't as bad a i remember, maybe i have better
people skillz now? after that i went with Ana, Dave and Leon to San
Francisco to visit Adam, who was hospitalized with PCP pneumonia. Quite
serious!! hope he gets out soon and healthy.
-after the hospital, Leon and I met up with Leon's
best friend from high school, Jim, who was in SF attending the AICHe
conference with 19 others from UT Austin. Got to eat free food at the
AICHe student reception and ran into Cindy. Ah good fun the ChemEs are...
plenty of booze and games they play... (maybe just the ones from Texas?)
-Sunday was the TBP pancake breakfast. We held it at
the CZ co-op. My goodness, was the dirtiest place i've ever seen
anyone live in. You enter the room to the combination smell of pot,
beer and something else. Besides that problem, we had issues with
the food purchasing oi oi... in all though, i felt it went pretty well.
-i'm in the middle of a shitload of work.... need to
finish the me104 hwk today or i'm screwed. BioE118 project is becoming
very scary as we've done essentially no work on it since talking
with professor Healy. FACK!! hopefully tomorrow's group meeting is
a bit more productive than it normally is...
13, 2003 - i hate mosquitos
-11:55 pm: for the past week i've been getting
mosquito bites at night. I'm not sure why so many all of a sudden,
but it's become really annoying. The worst was monday, when i woke
up with a swollen right upper eyelid. I cannot believe i actually got
bit there. I'm kinda thinking i have some weird skin disease or something
but i can hear the damn things flying around the room at night and
i'm only getting the itchy bumps on exposed areas (mostly hands and face).
My right pinky is like freakin swollen right now and i can't quite bend
it so well...
-shit there's only like 3 weeks of instruction left,
then finals and one more semester of college left. I have no idea
where the semester went; it definitely has seemed to have passed
by a lot quicker than the others. Probably due to the high stress
environment and constant homework that i have to do, but i want all
that time back :(
-yes... friday tomorrow! Cal b-ball game to go to,
then the weekend will be TBP filled with a sprinkling of homework
to do. Next week will perhaps be crazy, but not as bad any midterm
week. I'm quite looking forward to next thursday's final candidate meeting
of the semester. We'll see just how well engineers can do at a potluck...
8, 2003 - not as bad as everyone said...
-12:50 pm: so everyone was telling me that
the third Matrix movie was absolute crap, and seeing it would
be a waste of the ever so worth it $9.50 cost of admission. Everyone
saying it was so bad actually made me want to see it more; i became
curious as to how bad it could possibly be. Perhaps it was because
i had my expectations lowered so far, but i saw the movie last night
and it wasn't really bad. Granted, it wasn't an excellent movie, but
it sure wasn't absolute shit. I thought it was better than the 2nd
one, which was really weird at times, especially with that massive dance
scene. I will admit about this third movie and thing that people are
bashing it for: you are left with many unanswered questions at the end;
however none of them big enough to warrant a fourth movie. The storyline
seems pretty much complete, 'cept for a few loose ends and unexplained
-movie was part of a really fun night last night.
Daniel came over and played some videogames with Leon while i sat
at comp recovering from MT. Called up a few more people, attempted
to prod Dave out of bed (to no avail). and Daniel drove us (me, Leon,
Ana, Adam) over to Bay Street 16. He dropped us off and we bought tickets
while he picked up his friend Raymond. Movie got out around 10:15,
then we went to Pinole and ate some Krispy Kreme and In-N-Out. Talk
about double indulgence!! I've not had In-N-Out since March and i
can't even remember when the last time i had Kripsy Kreme. After all
that, returned to miserable old Berkeley and played card games until
"Everything that has a beginning has an end."
7, 2003 - hell week ends...
-3:10 pm: OMG OMG... i can't believe the
week of hell ended. two midterms and a candidate meeting made the
week quite stressful. In a reversal of the last round of midterms,
ME104 went a lot better than CE130.... hell i at least i finished the
ME104 midterm, CE130 had too much work on it, so i was rushed the whole
test. But blah, they're freakin over so whatever.
-Candidate meeting was pretty fun! more people showed
up to the meeting than i was expecting, but we fortunately didn't
run out of food or Lockheed Martin graph paper. It was quite odd
eating inside of an Etcheverry classroom, especially one which you
had lecture in.
-there isn't anything imminent this weekend, so
i'll probably not do anything just like last weekend.. Big stress
seems on the horizon though... the most worrisome is the mse/bioe118
project. We haven't like done anything with it other than define the
topic. Granted we have 4 weeks left to do it, but i think it was supposed
to be like an 8 weeks worth assignment.
-finally there is TBP stuff to worry about... i'm
not sure why i worry about that stuff so much... they always
end up pulling through somehow and being really fun, i guess it's
just my obsession with having everything go absolutely perfect.
I expect perfection perhaps a little too much, which probably leads
me to these angry outbursts when things don't go so well.
4, 2003 - heart attack waiting to happen
-12:40 am: so much and anger and stress
that i declare myself a freakin heart attack waiting to happen.
Most of it is TBP related at the moment. I can say that i'm pretty
much disappointed with most of the jobs of most of the officers thus
far in the semester. With that hard fought election last May, i was
expecting this group to do a stellar job, but unfortunately the job
has been anything but. This is not directed at any particular officers
cuz i have beef with pretty much all of them.
-The fiasco of CM3 came full circle on friday when
the Dean's office emailed us informing that EAS no longer wanted
the damn room. FUCK YOU ASSHOLES...... AFTER ALL THE BS WE WENT
THROUGH RESCHEDULING. GOD DAMNIT. EEEEEEEEEEEE. I would have
so preferred the meeting tomorrow, but no.... We went through a
lot of trouble to reschedule the meeting... we didn't even get a simple
thank you or even acknowledgement. ALL THIS FOR FUCKING NOTHING. Adding
more pain, Soda scheduling emailed Brian today informing that the CS
faculty usurped the Woz during CM4. BLEH. apparently they have priority
over anyone, enough priority to simple take the room whenever. I think
it kinda sucks that we had the room reserved for 5 months, YES FIVE FUCKIN
MONTHS, and then they give us less than 3 weeks to scramble for alternative
arrangements... FUCK some ppl don't even fucking make hotel reservations
5 months in advance. ALL THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!!
-on a much lighter note, the weekend was quite
fun doing nothing school related. Friday night went to Halloween
party at Kathy and Galen's. Quite interesting not talking to many
ppl and watching ppl drinking a bit too much EtOH....Had a great time
hiking/getting lost at Point Reyes on saturday and slept for 14
hours sat night-sun morning.
-if i can survive this week then i'm almost home
free for the semester..... (bioe118 project prevents total home
-Can i have calm? i did have calm for about 20
minutes on satuday. Reaching the end of our hike, we rested for
lunch on a cliff about 50 feet above a beautiful estero (ocean inlet).
The sky was totally clear, very cold wind blowing, and we faced
south looking at the Farrallon Islands. The sea reflected the magnificent
blue sky. The calm, shallow water of the estero was totally
clear; clear enough to see straight to the bottom lurking with small
sharks. The calm moment is one of those moments that are the answer to
that age old question, what's the point of life. I think i've had two
such moments this semester, both coming at the peek of long hikes. Half
Dome and Point Reyes... The feeling is a strange, yet briliant one. Like
you've just accomplished something great and that nothing else in the
world matters anymore; you truly feel alive. I think i need to go on more
14+ mile hikes....