Digger

Gold digger, grave digger, I even know a dog named Digger… but in this case I am talking about my turtle.

I named my snapping turtle after a character on the  T.V. sci-fi movie S.S Doomtrooper (2006), Sergeant Digger (played by Harry Van Gorkum). [This should be a picture of the character.] Sergeant Digger was a bomb specialist. I don’t remember what country he was from, but he was by far the best character in the movie. (The movie as a whole was one of those “it’s so bad it’s good” movies, as I recall.)

I have probably had Digger for about 6 years now, and he is not the same cute fellow that I found him as. When I found him, his shell was still soft, and he could barely mange to eat a small piece of hotdog. I don’t know if I still have a picture of Digger when we first found him (I think we would have taken pictures, cuz he was so cute, but they aren’t on my computer). So this is a picture of Junior, whom I found earlier this summer while mowing, and who is about the same size as Digger was:

This is not Digger, but he was about this size when I found him

Six years later, Digger is now eating feeder fish by the dozen. I finally had to let him go, because we didn’t have a big enough fish tank for him:

Digger when I let him go

“There isn’t a problem in the world that can’t be solved with the proper application of explosives.”

~Sergeant Digger

Sorry if the quote is wrong. I’m sure it was something like that ;)

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No Longer 19

Would you believe it if I said I wanted to be a chemical engineer? Just asking.

Another step forward, and hopefully none back.

I turned 20 in April, so sometime soon I need to be changing my blog name to something more like “On into the 20s” or “I’m Not Dead Yet” (which, as I dive deeper into the world of chemistry, is something that may be dangling by a thin string ;)

Anyway, I wanted to give you all a fair warning before I switched the name. I probably should have sent this out sooner, but I have been busy.

What’s to come?

Getting the orange on for U of I

A quick glance into the future has me at the University of Illinois in about a year, after I graduate from my community college. So I will be spending this year getting used to orange. I have been a fan of Purdue University for as long as I have liked sports. (That’s what happens when both your parents and all of your uncles on your dad’s side go there.) Orange is a big change from Black and Gold, but I’ll live. U of I has a good engineering program.

Other things coming up include my finally getting a break of three whole weeks, my first vacation since last fall; my best friend coming back from Japan where she has been for nearly a year; and I am thinking of dying my hair pink. ^_^ Why? No real reason,  just thought I would try something new.

Summer movie ratings

Summer is always a GREAT time for seeing movies and is when most of the big ones come out (though I am really looking forward to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which doesn’t come out ’til Dec.). Here are some of the movies I have seen so far:

Killers was a good movie but is for a teen and up audiences. It was romantic comedy (mostly comedy), with a little action thrown in. I thought it was funny! And fairly well done.

Robin Hood was very good! It goes back before when the regular story starts and tells how he became Robin Hood. It has a lot of action.

Prince of Persia was based on a computer game. I have not seen it yet, but my dad and both of my sisters enjoyed it.

Iron Man 2: I liked it alright. If you liked the first, you’ll like this one. There are some crude jokes, but it isn’t too bad, and a lot of stuff gets blown up, so that’s good ;)

Karate Kid, who learns Kung Fu in this movie, was good for being a remake. Though I should say that I was not overly in love with the old Karate Kid movies, like some people seem to be. I teach karate, so the old one seemed a little tacky. But I did really like Jackie’s role in the new movie.

The A-Team, based on an old TV show (which was good, but only when watched a few episodes at a time). The new movie is set before the story of the TV show. I thought that they did a good job of presenting the roles, and the movie was good.

Knight and Day was very funny. One reviewer said that he didn’t like it because the director used blackouts to get out of explaining the details of what happened. I thought that these blackouts were funny, and if you have seen any spy movies before, you know exactly what happens during these parts.

The Last Airbender got maybe a ‘C’ to ‘C-‘ (a barely passing grade). By the end it was OK, but it did not start real well. Younger kids might like it.

Eclipse was incredibly good compared to New Moon, which I thought was way too slow. The Eclipse book was better, too, and it had more for the movie to work with. Even as just a movie (not comparing it to the earlier movies), Eclipse was alright. Best line in the movie: “Doesn’t this guy have a shirt?”

There are a lot more movies coming out too, but these are the ones that I’ve seen so far. But don’t sit around watching movies all day!! Get out and do stuff… Like a beach party!!

A New Semester

by scui3asteveo

Another semester of college is starting, and I have made it through the first half week of classes. My class list includes calculus, second semester Spanish, and the first semester of chemistry for students that are actually going to be doing something with chemistry (it’s a 131 class, instead of a 100 class which is a college version of high school CHEM).

These classes were all four credit hour so I am still taking a full load (12 hours is a full load). And this will DEFINITELY be the easiest semester that I will take, for the simple reason that there are no English, psychology, or art papers to write!! I REALLY don’t like writing that sort of stuff. Writing itself is fine (duh! Or I wouldn’t be writing this), but there is something about English papers that I don’t like. I think it is half being told what to write and half that there is no right or wrong answer. Math and science has one answer for each question, simple as that, and you don’t have to worry about offending anyone because you didn’t use the right politically correct name for them.

Good luck to everyone this semester: students, teachers, parents, janitors that have to clean the boy’s bathroom, and business people who really have no connection to any schools this year except for those letters you get from your college asking you for more of your money, as if you didn’t give them enough paying off those student loans.

Have fun no matter who you are!

!!Bonus material!!

After the first three grueling days of school, the community college that I go to decided we need a three-day weekend! (Hey I’m not going to complain.) To celebrate this (and as a farewell to my older sister, who left for her college today) we went to see The Spy Next Door. I was expecting it to be along the same lines as the Pacifier that came out a few years back, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Spy Next Door mixes a broken family’s love with Jackie-Chan-style action (my favorite type), and throws in several good laughs, too. I would rate this movie several steps up from some of Chan’s other movies lately (like The Tuxedo, The Forbidden Kingdom, and The Medallion) but not as good as his Who Am I (which is my personal favorite out of his movies). The Pacifier was maybe still a little better (maybe because it came out first), but The Spy Next Door is a really good choice for this three-day weekend :D