Category Archives: Random

Everything that doesn’t quite seem suitable for the other categories.

Get Out! Do Things!

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Bonjour mes belles amis.

It’s FRIDAYYY! This is the first Friday since school started that I don’t have an exam and let me tell you… it feels freaking fantastic. To top off the awesomeness, my first class was cancelled; I’ve been at the office since 8:45 anyway, but this means I have time to blog for you 🙂 I know, you’re stoked.

Need something to do this weekend?

~ Saturday, October  24th (tomorrow) in Providence is the Great International Beer Festival. There are two sessions: 1pm and 6:30pm. You will see me at the 1pm chunk; I think it’s fun to wander around Providence a little tipsy in the daytime, especially with the fall foliage this glorious. The fest will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center (they have a parking garage) and tickets will be sold at the door for $52. Yeah, it’s a little steep, but you get unlimited samples from over 250 breweries, there’s live entertainment, plus it’s a fun experience and a great way to support some local (and non-local) brews.
~ If the prefer the performing arts to slugging beers, this weekend (Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 7:30pm and Sunday @ 2pm) the Festival Ballet Providence will be presenting Ballets Russes Reinvented at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Tickets range from $23-85; I find that to be pretty affordable.
~ Sunday, October 25th at 4pm in the Fete Ballroom there will be a bunch of wrestling matches put on by Beyond Wrestling. The event itself is called Gratitude Era and tickets are $25. I personally have never been to a wrestling match before and I don’t know if I will go, but I thought I would try and cater to a vast spectrum of readers.
~ For my more rock-er friends, check out Firehouse 13 either Friday, October 23rd or Saturday, October 24th. Tonight, The Paraplegics will be playing for $8 and doors are at 8pm. Tomorrow Darkside NYC will be playing along with a multitude of openers; doors are at 8pm and tickets are $10.
~ Not to leave out my nerdy peeps, tonight, October 23rd at 9pm at the AS220 Main Stage there is an All Ages Spelling Bee. If you want to participate and prove you’ve got the SAT word swagger, signups are at 8:30pm and the fee will be $8. Watching is free and spectators will have a chance to win some stuff, too. If I can convince Max to come with me, you bet your rears I’ll be there.
~ Last one! Tonight, October 23rd, at 7:05pm in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center there is a Providence Bruins game. We are playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the first 1,000 fans to arrive receive a free magnet schedule (oooh, ahhh). Tickets range from $22-33.

There’s a nice array of things to do, je pense. After class today, I will be carving pumpkins with some classmates and enjoying the wondrous weather.
By the way — this weekend is supposed to be the peak of fall foliage in our section of New England, so be sure to get outside and enjoy before Winter strikes! Last weekend, Max and I went apple picking and conquered a corn maze at Dame Farm in Johnston, and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance. The maze wasn’t excruciating and you win candy at the end if you find all the check points. Aaaand the apples were delicious and there were some good varieties to pick!

Welp, that’s it for me today. I have to go attend a seminar by a post-doc dude from Yale who is talking about Projection Bias in Solar Electricity Markets. Nerdlove. Over and out.

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Hey, babes.

According to a study I recently read, here are three questions to ask constantly in order to increase your productivity. I’m going to keep these in mind, and so should you! Well, at least try.

  1. What do you really want? Or otherwise put, “What is the specific result that I’m committed to achieving?”
  2. Why do you want to do this?
  3. How are you going to achieve it?

Bing, bang, boom.

You’ve Got 3 Questions…

Just Dropping In…

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Hi Friends.

Life is good. I hope it’s good on your end, too. It’s sort of been a while, but since I’ve been away… I got into my Masters/PhD Program! It’s Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and I’m excited. I want to try and work with renewable energy, especially solar power. If anyone knows anyone involved in this line of work in any way, shape, or form… introduce me! I want to learn it all. Classes start soon and then the real work begins.

I finished all my summer classes up with straight A’s, so that was cool. I’ve also been reading a lot, so check my books section for updates there. Working a lot too, but since I won’t be doing much of the money making during the school year, I embrace it. Plus I get to drink juice 🙂 I’ve also begun volunteering at a bookstore near campus and that’s awesome. I want to start building up their social media presence so stay tuned for me promoting that!

Max and I have also been spending our free summer hours climbing. The other weekend we traveled to Maryland for an outdoor excursion and checked out a different indoor climbing gym. He’s starting to like to travel, success! Stay tuned for pictures someday in the future.

… and that’s how my summer has been going. I’m happy and I’m tan – I’ve been managing to sneak in about one beach day a week thanks to our new beach house, which is probably a new record for me and I really enjoy it. Today, Max and I spent the day on Block Island driving a moped around the island. Local Rhode Islanders: I highly recommend you try this. I’ll try and post those pictures when I post the Maryland photos. I am currently super duper exhausted so I’m going to hit the hay, but I thought I would touch base while I had a free evening.

Stay lovely.

Statistical Swag

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Boo Thangs,

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting my blogging post of late – I’m in the midst of two summer classes at the moment (Statistics and Macroeconomics) and since they’re only 5 weeks long, they are quite intensive, so unfortunately that’s where the majority of my free time goes. Though I guess that’s not exactly free. Good news though, I finished my Microeconomics summer class and received an A in it 😀 Let’s hope I do just as good this session!

I decided I wanted to try theoretically killing two birds with one stone today, so this blog post may be relatively boring for some of you (hopefully not all). I have a statistics exam tomorrow and I need to study. However, instead of doing the run of the mill study routine, I thought I would turn it into an academic blog post. The exam is on the beginning material of the class, so don’t worry, it’s not incredibly intense. Also I won’t be insulted if you skip over this, but I think it’s at least worth giving a quick looksie 😉

OK. SO STATISTICS:

First, statistics is the embodiment of principles and methods concerned with extracting useful information from data; it is a descriptive measure or characteristic of the sample. It’s important, and it is used all the time, everyday, to help keep the wheel of our society spinning. I bet you can think of at least one example.

There are two different basic areas of statistics – descriptive and inferential. Descriptive statistics deals with methods of organizing, summarizing and presenting data such as describing shape, the average value or a spread of data. In descriptive, you have all the information already and no inferences are made. Descriptive stats are things like graphs, charts and tables. Then, there is inferential stats, which is a body of methods for drawing conclusions about a population based on information available in a sample taken from that particular population. We do this because a population can be so large that we cannot measure it in its entirety. When we gather our information for inferential stats, we generally use simple random sampling, which basically means each item of a population is equally likely to be chosen, there is no predisposition/bias. Other samplings exists, such as systematic, cluster, stratified and multistage.

Now let’s move into data, the information that is obtained by observing values of a variable. There are two types of data – quantitative and qualitative. Qualitative is simple enough; it is non-numerical, categorical or nominal. You list the distinct values and their frequencies and then divide the frequency by the total number of observations to get the relative frequency distribution. Then, there is quantitative data, which is numerical and where the variables are broken down into either discrete (whose possible values can be listed even though the list may continue infinitely) or continuous (whose possible values form some interval of numbers and usually deals with decimal points). For qualitative data, we look at frequencies or “counts”, where in quantitative we look at means and standard deviations. Which leads me to my next point…

Descriptive measures in stats are measures of central location, which are the mean (average), median (middle of data), and mode (most frequently occurring). If the distribution is symmetrical, the mean will equal the median. Then there are measure of variation, which are range (distance between minimum and maximum), sample standard deviation (measures the extent to which values differ from the mean) and the inter-quartile range (the third quartile minus the first, which is a range of the middle 50% of the data). There is also something called the five number summary, which includes the first, second and third quartile, along with the minimum and maximum.

I want to talk about standardized variables, z-scores and how to actually obtain the standard deviation, but I think that’s maybe for another day. Or maybe never for this particular blog. Either way, enjoy the rest of your summer Sunday! x’s and o’s.

Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines

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Fellow Nerds!

I came across this article that features a crap ton of hilariously awesome pick-up lines that are as the title alludes to… Harry Potter themed. Obviously, I love them (some are gold, others are merely bronze, but all are still creative) and thus, they needed to be added to my blog. Enjoy! Or don’t. Either way, I do.

1. Wanna go manage some mischief together? I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.

2. Are you a Snitch? Because you’re by far the greatest catch here.

3. Call Ollivander, because I think my wand has found its master.

4. Girl, are you sure you’re a muggle cause I’d swear that ass is magical!

5. I’m not wearing an invisibility cloak, but do you think I could still visit your restricted section tonight?

6. Are you sure you’re not a Dementor? Because I’m sure I’d die if you kissed me.

7. Did you order some Felix Felicis? Cause you’re about to get lucky!

8. Did you just use the stupify charm or are you a natural stunner?

9. I don’t need accio to make you come.

10. What do you say we disapparate out of here?

11. I might as well be under the Imperius curse, because I’d do anything for you.

12. I can be your house elf. I’ll do whatever you want and I don’t need any clothes.

13. You must play Quidditch. I know a Keeper when I see one.

14. Is this the Hogwarts Express? Because it feels like you and I are headed somewhere magical.

15. I’m very interested in exploring your Chamber of Secrets.

16. Wow, when I said “Accio hottie”, I didn’t expect it to work!

17. I could make you scream louder than a mandrake!

18. We may not be in Professor Flitwick’s class, but you sure are charming!

19. I need to learn Occlumency, because I can’t get you out of my thoughts.

20. The Sorting Hat has spoken, and it says I belong in your house.

21. Are you a basilisk? Because when I caught sight of you, I froze.

22. I may not be the boy who lived, but I can still be your chosen one.

23. You must be my horcrux, because you complete me.

24. Did you say “Petrificus Totalus”? Because you’ve made me stiff.

25. Is your basilisk interested in exploring my Chamber of Secrets?

26. Wanna make me moan like Myrtle?

27. Speak Parseltongue to me and I’ll let my snake out.

28. Are you a Dementor? Because you just took my breath away.

29. What do you say we go look for the Room of Requirement?

Over and out 😉

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Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post before I go out and procure a new phone (mine has officially died). Click this link to see some pretty incredible horses of beautiful and unique colors.

Also, all of you should try and block out 20 minutes of your day once this week and take a bath using the following: 1 handful Epsom salts, 10 drops Lavender oil and 1/2 cup of baking soda. It’s a fabulous detox bath recipe that I came across; remember to take care of yourself!

I’ll try and post back later today to finish my Atlanta re-cap. x’s and o’s.

Now That’s A Horse Of A Different Color!

Live Long & Prosper

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Hey Beauties!

No, I am not a huge Star Trek nerd, so please don’t misconstrue the title of this post (though I did really enjoy the movie that came out recently, but I am being discursive). Rather, I am partially borrowing the title from this article that I wanted to share a bit with you. It focuses on ways to keep living a positive lifestyle while searching for jobs. Now, I’m not going to re-post the article verbatim because you are all very capable of reading it yourselves if you have any interest. Rather, I will just give you the gist of what the author talks about. I think it is hugely beneficial though; I actually did the majority of these things on my own when I was job hunting recently, so I can vouch for them.

Here are 7 ways to “live long and prosper” while job hunting:

1. Think of your job search as a process – not an event.
2. Create a daily routine.
3. Get out of your house at least once or twice a week.
4. Exercise.
5. Volunteer.
6. Beware of revealing the wrong things to the wrong people.
7. Consider career counseling.

Not so bad, right? RIGHT. Being unemployed can be a pain in the rear, but don’t let it get you down and depressed if you can help it. You are awesome and someone out there will be lucky to have you on their team. Don’t forget that! Or maybe you should think about being the boss lady/man yourself and starting up your own business 😉 There are opportunities that exist, you just need the drive and ambition to get there. Most often, that’s the hardest part.

As much as I would love to stay and continue writing, I must get some shut eye. I have a 7h00 flight tomorrow morning to Atlanta, woooo!! One of my best friends is amazing and got her short film accepted into the Atlanta Film Festival (it’s called Knightsville if you want to check it out) so obviously, I am going. I’ll let you know about my adventures when I return on Sunday!

Live Long & Prosper, Friends. xo