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Looking ahead

This promises to be quite a week. Not only is it the first full work week in 2008, it’s also the week school begins (I start Wednesday). After dropping a cool $222.10 on books, I’m ready for the semester ahead. I’m taking a class that talks about mass media’s impact on society, a television news class (yay possible vlogging!) and a sportswriting class (because, well, I can). The Mass Media and Society class is an 8am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so that will be quite a role reversal from the schedule I had been practicing (which is why I scheduled some hardware maintenance for 8am today — it’s a good jolt to the system).

I need to think of an independent study in communication of some type. It will likely involve the Internet in some capacity. Perhaps it could be a Twitter study of some type. We shall see. I need to think it over. (Suggestions?)

The spring semester also will bring a great deal of activity in a place where it may not be that wonderful — right outside my office. My office moved down a couple floors in my building before break — while the space is much larger, there’s also classrooms directly surrounding it, which will attract a lot of student conversation that could be high in volume. We’ll see what happens.

Finally, I love the fact that it was almost 70 today. It’s a great respite after that Arctic blast last week.

A week’s worth of recapping

This past week marked the return to classes at the College. Because of my new job, I’m taking an abbreviated, part-time course load — and honestly, I like the way the classes break up my workday. Because my job no longer involves me going out of the office except for lunch, it’s nice to be able to still get out there every once in a while and trudge my way through thousands of students trying to get to where THEY need to go, too.

The real shocker in the first week of classes isn’t necessarily the classes — no, it’s the throngs of PEOPLE. Charleston effectively adds what, 7,000 at least to its population when classes resume? I definitely feel that when I’m walking by the King Street Subway and see a line 20 deep. I’m sure I could just tell the line that I’m Jared and cut through, but I digress. I get so used to the city and the campus being relatively deserted in the summer months…and then BAM! Oh well — it’s cool to see people back. These days, most of my friends live in Charleston year round, but it was nice to see a few people return from their hometowns.

Last Saturday I saw Superbad with the roommates. It was grotesque, outrageous, and oh, so hilarious. It’s a must see. (Leave the kids at home.)

Ryan Farish came out with some more tracks — it seems as if he’s getting back to that 2002 sound. I’m loving every minute of it, and highly recommend it. I’m getting them through his SNOCAP store on his MySpace page. (A topic for another day: How MySpace Effectively Destroys Attempts at Good Grammar Simply Through Its Name.)

Dean was a monster storm. Cozumel and Cancun sure dodged a bullet, though, didn’t they? Whew. Houston — and the rest of the Midwest, rather — got a little too acquainted with Erin, though. We would have gladly taken that rain off their hands — they certainly didn’t need it, as the flooding shows. The tropics are settled down a bit but it’s that time of year where things can just kick up and get going — and have a lot of time to grow. Keep an eye out. I love how Weather Underground is now tracking not only the defined tropical systems but also the Invests — pre-classified disturbances that the Hurricane Center watches closely for development. Previously, you had to dig around NOAA’s site to get at that stuff, so Weather Underground exposing it is a huge help.

I may redo a few things around the site in the next couple weeks. I need a new header picture (my hair hasn’t been that shaggy for months now) and I think the post interface could use a bit of work (and standardization, for that matter). We shall see. I’m off to hit the showers and the bookstore to get a refund on a book that was incorrect. Peace…