It’s Saturday, the first day of the final weekend before a week or two of piledriver-free final exams.
College of Charleston’s student government ought to be commended for their efforts in shutting down the piledrivers for exam week. Not only did they, according to Senator Seaton Brown (the public face of the effort), manage to land over 2,000 signatures (including those, I’m told, of high-level administrators), but I and I’m sure a lot of others wouldn’t have heard of this (at least before it made news) if it weren’t for Facebook. For those of you still in denial over the power of social networking, look no further than the piledriver shutdown as a fantastic example of how social networking has totally altered not only day to day college experiences but also empowered people to organize who may have never done so before. Think of it — this story made the local news and eventually the Associated Press, and was picked up nationally. And you know what? It forced action. The idea of earplugs was ridiculous (because not only is there that large BANG of the steel, there’s also the ensuing vibration that can be felt two blocks away). This was, really, the only sane solution. Next time, the College should time the start of these construction projects a wee bit better and perhaps build dark periods into the project’s budget so further clashes can be avoided.
The other day, Patrick and I were talking about that velocity limit I thought was imposed in the WiiSports baseball game. He told me that he hit 95mph in baseball on WiiSports, and I was befuddled. I thought he had misread, but he stuck to his guns. Last night, once again, I was at Ale’s in celebration of his impending birthday (it’s on Sunday). Naturally, the Wii was the centerpiece of the evening. After having my ass handed to me at tennis (and then promptly handing it right back courtesy of the turbo-serve), it was time for baseball. I went into my usual pitching routine…and lo and behold, on my second batter of the first inning, I hit 95 on the radar gun. E-gad! I had everyone else there check me on it, and yep, it was 95. No misreading. :) I couldn’t reach 95 again, though — I guess that’s extremely difficult to do. But yes, it is possible. Sorry, Patrick, for ever doubting you. ;) I wonder if Jake Peavy or Roger Clemens could get even faster.
This brings us to today — I began the day in a haze at 11:30 am and promptly sat in my computer chair for four hours or so eating Crispix doing random mundane things. My arm doesn’t feel bad at all, though — a major improvement over last weekend. I have a fair number of CDs that still need to be ripped, so I made healer useful and it is ripping CDs with Audiograbber as we speak. It’s doing a damn good job, if I must say so myself. Having the 15-20 additional albums in my Winamp library is a plus, too.
Tonight I’ll be stopping in at a party at a friend’s for a little while. I don’t anticipate being there too long as there is much to be done tomorrow, including closing out a website project and hoping for yet another Charger victory against the Bills. The Panthers, for the second time this season, have the opportunity to make asses of themselves on national TV when they play the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. This is the game that will define whether the rest of the Panthers’ season is for pride or for a playoff push, I think.
Catch you all tomorrow with a recap of this evening’s impending events and other random things I’m thinking — you know, the usual. :)