Tuesday, August 31, 2010

At the end of August, 2010

School started last Monday, Aug 23.

Life is just seemed long enough for everyone to have a moment to become stupid. If it really is so, I would like to be averagely stupid across my life so that I am not going to be as painful as the others. :)

I am attending Washington State University and live in a Residence Hall. Suzanne Anderson was the instructor who recommended me to go to Vancouver Film School. I will join her class again for a semester of "advanced animation" and 5 people as a group will submit a group project to an animation festival. This class counts towards the completion of my degree. Lots of measures have been done to make sure I don't get sick in the winter.

The purpose of the animation class this semester is to learn some teamwork in a smaller setting, classes that I have taken in VFS really made me shine, even in my weak areas like character design. Although I don't know everything, I do contribute, and I do have things to share in class.

I would like to bring the positive vibe, and upbeat momentum of VFS back to WSU.
All I have to do in these 9 months is to focus on my academic obligations, and don't get sick and semi-broke at the end of months.

As far as food concerned,
I am tired of asking them not to put onions in my food. If I forgot to ask them not to put onions, they just will put them.
I did have a hard time to tell a beef patty from a veggie patty. Because they mix beef with chopped vegetables.

I think I was fooled once. The guy who cooked the patty once claimed it was a veggie patty for the garden burger. Garden burger is supposed to have veggie patty in it every time.
So I have to say,
"Make sure the garden burger has a veggie patty in it, like it supposed to. And no onions."
"No onions!?"
" Yes, no onions."

A lot of food such as jello and yogurt annoyingly contains kosher gelatin. May be they are adding that just because they think it is cool, but in fact that has added considerable amount of obscene gore to my vegetarian diet. After the first week, I have discover that. I will need to cut out jello and yogurt from diet, so that I am not having my nice cows beheaded. So I reckoned that my family have no idea that Jello contains cow bones, if I tell them certainly it is gross.

Oh, sweet the yogurt, with high-fructose corn syrup bestowed by Yoplait, which is the most corny thing in food in my very humble opinion, that will keep the people as fat as they would like. I think it is supposed to be healthy!

After the first week, I have discover that. I will need to cut out jello and yogurt from diet, so that I am not having my nice cows beheaded. So I reckoned that my family have no idea that Jello contains cow bones, if I tell them certainly it is gross.

Vegetarian options are not enough, almost everyday I am eating veggie burrito, veggie burger. cheese stick, french fries, veggie pizza (garlic may be present). There is also a salad bar.
They may add other crap onto the cakes and pies.

To my surprise, the dining hall don't ever make soup. I bet if they ever want to make any kind of soup, it is going to be BEEF stew screwed with onions in it. As the mess is boiling and tormenting inside the pot, the random things in there will take turn... to surface, and say hi to you!

I also do not know why they have pears that are harder than apples, and usually have three or four peaches that rotten a bit. And they dare to sell it.
Food quantity is small. For my residence hall dining account, I can have 40% discount. However, when the price is $5 for me after discount, they give me $3 dollar worth of food. (Update: Feb 22, now I know it depends on the server. Fat server gives more food. Server does not know about food gives you more starch. Skinny servers gives you $3 amount of food.)

So, I have to educate them how much money should worth in a dining hall,
"Excuse me, could you give me one more spoon of potato?"
"Yes... There you go." She handed in my food.
"Now, this looks like five dollars instead of three."

On the top of that, I have to pay $922 for the residence hall dining account. Perhaps, the dining halls are here for girly boys, and especially for girly girls. (Feb 23 update: So, in spring 2011, my last semester in WSU, I don't use dining account at all. CougarCash is used instead)

I got a flu the day before I left Vancouver, and I had to buy NyQuil/DayQuil to relief flu syndrome. And heck, my cold medicine contains gelatin as coating.

Vegetarian info
http://www.ivu.org/faq/food.html

Nutrition/dining program of WSU
http://dining.wsu.edu/nutrition

And stupid Dell don't have price protection on their computers, Dell just don't think about the feeling of its customer. last week I bought a $1219US (tax not included) Dell studio 15 with student discount. One week later, which is today, the same laptop cost $1100US (tax not included). I lost $119US in a week. Why I didn't buy laptop from Costco? Because Costco does not have the size and processing power that I required. My Dell studio 15: core i7 720QM, 500gb 7200rpm HDD, 4gb ddr3 1066, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 1GB, win 7 home premium 64bit, 3 year advance service plan, 15.6" Full HD 1080 LED display, weight around 5 to 6 pounds. Hail, stupid Dell.For other people (perhaps not me), though its lack of choices, Costco is a good place to buy computers for a reasonable price, because you can get a refund in 90 days and 2 years warranty without paying extra, and you don't have to deal with the price drop and potential problems with Dell if the Dell computer constantly having problems that they cannot fix, and put up with the fouled Dell attitude.


After I bought the Dell laptop, the regret simply comes from everywhere. I have searched some laptop forums, and people says, "Welcome, to Dell, in hell. I would rather in hell than with Dell." They says they wait over the phone for Dell customer services for 2 hours, and Dell has been outsourced too much from Dell itself.
Remember, when you buy any cheap Dell or Gateway model, you are no different from getting a piece of junk. It truly stinks. I truly crossed my fingers that my stupid Dell won't breakdown like my Toshiba does.

Finally, with the celebration of the grandly seventh repair (in almost 4 years) of my Toshiba Portege M400, this laptop is given a new fan and a new motherboard. Before the repair, one of the usb was not working, cmos clock not working (so that it was always the date and time that you last time adjusted the clock!),
the fan was so noisy to an extend that its blood-stained rotating blades were going to kill people and cute chickens in my dream.

The hell of Dell
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?threadID=91413

Buy laptop at Costco?
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?threadID=305356

Meet mike the chicken, chicken without a head for two years (1945-1947), and died of suffocation from eating a corn kernel.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken

2 comments:

Maria Medina said...

Pat, is a good decision to stay vegetarian, but as experienced in the usa is a hard way. I wish you can solve your diet problems and continue taking care of you.

Forget about the lost money payed to dell Company, it is poison for your heart and it will not change anything.

I am happy to read that you are planing well to take care of your health at WSU.

You write funny and amazing things, the Mike Chiken tragedy let me without words about some aspects of american culture.

Take care.

Patrick Yau said...

Pat, is a good decision to stay vegetarian, but as experienced in the usa is a hard way. I wish you can solve your diet problems and continue taking care of you.

Forget about the lost money payed to dell Company, it is poison for your heart and it will not change anything.

I am happy to read that you are planing well to take care of your health at WSU.

You write funny and amazing things, the Mike Chiken tragedy let me without words about some aspects of american culture.

Take care.