Keeping Track Of Time

I forget to do things. I try to keep an agenda, but I can never remember to do that either.

I try to use my phone to help me keep track of everything I need to do, but I just can’t remember to do things.

I have always thought that time was a weird measurement of the day. 60 minute intervals made up of 60 seconds each mark the hours in a day. But why 60? Why not 100? The metric system seems to think that is a much more efficient number.

The number 60 has infiltrated the modern way of thinking as a sound number. But why do we not measure time like we measure a circle? Why not have 360 minutes in an hour? Is it simply too much for free-thinking Americans to keep track?

I believe that time should be made up of lines and angles, making Pi the perfect way to divide your day.


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Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be original. I despised conformity and couldn’t stand being just like someone else. I never wanted to wear the latest fashion or watch the newest television. I rarely wanted to even be the first to get something. I wasn’t a trendsetter, but I wasn’t a follower either. I just was.

As I grew older, I transformed my love of nonconformity into a love of having people like me. I love to observe people, which required me to hang around with people, which required friends. I never wanted to do things that people told me to do, but I wasn’t a delinquent. I had to do things my own way, in an “imperfect perfectionist” kind of way.

I have no theme for this blog. I have no particular topic to write about. I could write about kittens, or airplanes, or cupcakes, but I don’t have any interest in them. Instead, I will write about what comes to my mind and if you like it, you can keep reading.

Without A Loss

American college football is a pastime that encourages school spirit as well as teamwork and dedication. For a school’s football team to go undefeated, meaning they win all of their games in a season, is a miraculous feat and has only been achieved by a few teams in a span of 100 years.

Oklahoma State University’s football team is on its way to an undefeated season. The school has only won a national championship in football in 2 years: 1945 and 1946. They have only been 9-0 one other time – in 1945. This was before modern college conference play and way before the introduction of the BCS.

The Cowboys have never played for a BCS title, or in any other BCS game. For Oklahoma State, the thought of playing in the BCS title game is only in dreams. But this 2011 season is making that dream a reality.

As a student, I have seen the ups and downs of the Oklahoma State football program. The historic 1988 season of Barry Sanders and Mike Gundy gave OSU a Heisman Trophy winner, yet lead to a decline through the ’90s. Les Miles’ Cowboys showed glimpses of glory but ultimately faltered toward the end of his tenure. Mike Gundy came back as head coach and turned the program around, leading the Cowboys to 5 bowl games.

I hope Oklahoma State can win all their games and go to the National Championship game. Players like Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Tracy Moore, and Joseph Randle have NFL potential and have so much talent. Let’s see what this team can do and maybe dreams can come true.

All Hallow’s Eve

I’ve always loved Halloween. For the most part, it’s been my favorite holiday. I love the decorations and the tricks and the pumpkin carving and the costumes and the scary stuff, but most of all: the candy. I can’t explain why I love the day so much, but it may have to do with when I was born.

I was born on January 13. (If you don’t immediately understand why I like Halloween, don’t worry you probably shouldn’t.) I was born on a Sunday. This still doesn’t really help, does it?

My being born on the 13th of a month has allowed me to not be afraid or superstitious of the number 13 or anything silly like: black cats, walking under ladders, broken mirrors – really anything superstitious. Also, one theory is that 13 is 31 in reverse. That’s probably just a coincidence.

Also, my initials are B.A.T. So naturally I would have a slight admiration for bats. But not vampires. Or Dracula, that’s kinda dumb.

No, I don’t love everything about the paranormal. I’m still fairly timid about haunted houses, even if I know it’s not real. I just don’t care for getting scared. It doesn’t thrill me – it’s not my “thing.”

But I do like wearing costumes on Halloween. I mean, it’s fun. And when I was younger, trick-or-treating was the best thing – free candy! I also enjoy, still, carving a pumpkin. I make an attempt to carve one every year, even if it’s nothing fancy. I try to shy away from the cliche` “2 eyes, a nose and a mouth,” but it’s always nice to throw a face in once in a while. I’ve carved everything from a Stormtrooper helmet to nonsense words, and a dog’s head and an owl.

The reason I love any holiday is that it takes me back to being a child. I enjoy the care-free feeling of family and friends and knowing that when it’s over it will be back next year.

British Television At Its Best

The BBC has always had quality programming. Shows that the U.S. has had the pleasure of copying. The most famous shows include The Office, Antiques Roadshow, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and Pop Idol becoming American Idol. It seems that almost all British television shows can translate into the American market. Almost all of them.

One show should only be viewed in its original form: Top Gear.

With hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Top Gear is a motoring magazine show, mostly about cars, where segments of the show are broken up with interviews with celebrities. The show started its most recent run beginning in 2002, and is still producing new episodes.

The segments include challenges in which the hosts must partake. If the show takes them on a “road trip” themed episode, the challenges will include how well their cars will do in that particular country in an effort to race to the finish. There have been many races on the show, including a trip through Vietnam as well as the United States.

Many of the shows have the hosts reviewing new cars. This is a big part of what the show is about, but perhaps the most famous segment the show has conceived is putting a “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.” A celebrity will talk to the hosts about whatever thing they’re plugging, then do a lap on the “Top Gear Test Track” in an inexpensive automobile. The show originally put the stars in a Suzuki Liana, but have recently been using a Chevrolet Lacetti, and most recently a Kia model.

The show has been attempted to be made in America with new American hosts, but all attempts have failed to gain any viewership. The show just isn’t the same without the original hosts, which makes sense. I mean, you wouldn’t want to watch Monty Python’s Flying Circus with a bunch of guys from Texas.

Or maybe you would.