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    This is the story of my life.

    Artist: Forever The Sickest Kids
    Album: Underdog Alma Mater
    Song: Coffee Break

    Lyrics:

    I’m two cups into my coffee break.
    I’m sitting alone in the cafĂ© from the way.
    Reading all by myself
    Turning my cell off just to breath
    And everyone I know just keeps calling me.
    And I just need a little time.

    Cause I’m overcommiting myself.
    I guess this is growing up
    I’m sleeping so little these days.
    I guess this is growing up
    I’m feeling things are about to change
    I’m guessing this is growin up
    Yeah I’m growing up.

    And my mom hates my guts.
    She has every reason to
    From all the things I do.
    And it breaks me just to know
    That I have torn her apart so many times.
    So many times

    Cause I’ve overcommitted myself.
    I guess this is growing up
    I’m sleeping so little these days.
    I guess this is growing up
    I’m feeling things are about to change
    I’m guessing this is growin up
    Yeah I’m guessing this is growing up

    I don’t wanna change
    I wanna stay right where I lay
    Eyes closed head down on the pillow
    I better change before it’s too late
    I’m guessing this is growing up

    Now I’m done with my coffee break.
    I turn on my phone.
    Now that I’ve grown up

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    Sep
    18th
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    This Month in Wine - Featuring the Incredible Red

    Incredible Red

    So I am going to start writing about new love for Wine and Beer. I just recently set up my mini fridge in my dorm so I can start stocking it with beer and wine. My first wine was a recommendation from the guy working at the Wine Shop. I wasn’t sure where I should start with wine. I know that I am fan of both red and white wines. But I am little bit more fond of the red’s. So with that, the guy working pointed me to Peachy Canyon's Incredible Red, which is a Zinfandel. And like the name says, it was pretty incredible.

    About Peachy Canyon

    Peachy Canyon is a small winery located in Paso Robles, Cali. Its run by Doug and Nancy Beckett. After years of teaching the moved out to Paso Robles looking for a better life and a little change of scenery. They started out with a small load of Zinfandel grapes from Benito Dusi’s vineyard in 1988. And life has never been the same since. Though only amounting to a couple hundred cases, the premiere release centered the label’s reputation for premium red wines. But with reputation growing bigger and bigger every year, they will be producing 84,000 cases, their largest production yet.

    The Wine

    Incredible Red is dark ruby in color, with bright reddish-orange glints. Light red-berry aromas are pleasant but surprisingly subtle. Good mouthfeel, tart, zingy fruit, definitely styled to go with food, with appropriately strong but not overpowering 13.9% alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, with moderate fine tannins. Red fruit, sweet baking spice, pepper and herbs are backed with nice acidity and carry forward to an easy finish. Definitely a bottle that I will keep on hand. I highly recommended this to any wine lover out there.

    Producer: Peachy Canyon
    Wine: Zinfandel
    Vintage: 2006
    Country: USA
    Appellation: Paso Robles
    Wine Type: Red
    Varietal: Zinfandel
    Grade: B+
    Designation: Good and Cheap
    Price: $10 USD

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    Aug
    27th
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    Something that really gets to me

    The school year has finally started and I have quickly realized how much university can suck money out of you. The average cost for school books and supplies is around $1,130 annually. And I have been able to typically cut that cost down quite a bit by buying my books off half.com. You can generally get books for 50% less than buying them new or even “used” from the book stores around Edmond. But this year I was SHOT down when it came to trying to save a bit of dough.

    The department heads at the University of Central Oklahoma have decided to make students start using “custom made” text books. Which means that the books are EXACTLY the same as the book being sold on another campus, but at the back of the book is a section of chapters that the department wanted to also teach to the students. Being custom books, that means you can’t buy them anywhere else and they have to bought as new books. At over $100 a pop its pretty ridiculous to me. Soon I will have to start looking at what books teachers to use and making sure they don’t use “custom” books instead of looking at the rating they get from other students.

    That’s just my little rant. I had to get it out of my system.

    +harvey

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    Aug
    15th
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    Back in the great state of Oklahoma

    I have finally made it back to Oklahoma and I could not be more relieved! It has been one very exciting summer with one adventure after another. Now it’s back to the real world and get fucused and preped for another year of good’ol college. I have spent most of the day moving into my new common room where I share a apartment with 3 other guys. We each have our own room and all share a common living room, kitchen, wash room, and 2 bathrooms. I can’t believe how much stuff I have in storage that I am bringing out and try to decide what to keep and what to throw away. What better time to do some spring cleaning that in middle of the summer in what feels like 100 degrees outside right now.

    I have been able to move most of my things into the apartment for now and I am slowly going through it all and getting things organized and put away. It can suck sometimes being a neat freak! I have met 2 out of the 3 roommates so far, and they all seem pretty cool, so I must say that I am happy with the people I am going to be spending the next 3 months with.

    Well, back to the unpacking process. I am sure I will post some pictures of the process soon.

    +Ryan

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    Aug
    13th
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    Having Fun Hacking Again

    So I am sitting here in Newark Internation Airport bored outta my skull because of my 6 hour layover here. And I get a text from my buddy mike telling me that I should try to get on the on the net via my iphone because I can get a 15 minute session on it. So I checked it out and it worked… which is cool to get wifi on the iphone but its just not the same as being on the laptop. So I called him and he told me how to get the free 15 minute offer on the laptop and it worked like a charm.

    Then we found out the we could only use the offer 4 times because they tracked the computers Mac ID. So we did some more searching and figured out a way to spoof our mac’s mac ID =]

    So short story… Its been a while since I have done any type of ‘hack’ or work around and it was fun to play with it and stick it to the man.

    +Ryan

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    Aug
    12th
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    The Next 72 hrs is going to be Interesting…

    I am getting ready to leave to start my journey back home. Everyone seems to be a bit confused on what time and how I am getting home. So here is my schedule for the next 72 hours.

    Aug 12th - 9:55pm, Depart Amsterdam
    10:05pm, Arrive London (Gatwick Airport)

    **Spend sometime trying to find a cheap place to try and get some sleep either at hotel or sleep in a chair somewhere. I have 12 hours until my next flight that leaves from London Heathrow, so I also have to find a way to get there. Its about a 2 hour ride by train if I go through London**

    Aug 13th - 10:25am, Depart London (Heathrow)
    1:15pm, Arrive in New Jersey (Newark Int.)

    **A fun 6 hour layover here. More time to catch up on sleep and recharge the laptop and iPhone**

    Aug 13th - 7:20pm, Depart New Jersey (Newark Int.)
    10:52pm, Arrive San Antonio

    Finally back home in Texas. From here I am going to try and get some sleep, then leave for Edmond, OK on Thursday if I am up for it. If not, I will leave for Edmond on Friday.

    Hope that clears up all the confusion with everyone! Let the good times roll!

    +Ryan

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    Aug
    10th
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    Oh Amsterdam!

    I have finally made it to the last leg of my summer here in Amsterdam. I have been staying with my friend Melody at her boyfriend at their flat right outside the downtown area of Amsterdam. It has already been an amazing summer and coming here has just made it 10 times more awesome.

    On Friday, Christian took Mel and I out to my first Football game! It was the LG Amsterdam Tournament 2008, in which AFC Ajax (Amsterdam) vs. Arsenal FC (England) played a friendly game to get a feel for each other, sort of like a preseason game. Arsenal made me a proud Englishmen by winning the match 3 - 2. Ajax made a strong effort in the first quarter with 2 goals in a row and then Arsenal setup some sweet cross shots and nailed them right in! The game was so awesome, I can’t even really begin to describe it. I felt like I was a college football game but only better. The crowd was singing chants (all in dutch, but I made up my own song to go along) and dancing like crazy! It was a great time and plan on going to another game asap!

    Last night we celebrated Melody’s 23rd birthday (gosh she is getting old) with a sweet Mardi Gras themed party. Everyone was wearing mask’s, drinking, dancing, and having a great time. It was really cool to meet all of their friends and party the dutch way.

    Today is another beautiful day here in Amsterdam and I think we are getting ready to head out soon and check out the town some more. I leave here on a Tuesday and I will be sleeping in the airport as I wait for my next flight home the following morning. Its going to be a rough week once I get back to the States, but I am really looking forward to moving into my new suite and getting started with school.

    +Ryan

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    Aug
    6th
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    As the summer comes to a close

    So I leave to go back to the States in just 7 days. I can’t believe how quickly this summer has gone by for me. Just visiting so many different countries over the past 2 months as been such a awesome experience. I am so glad that I made the choice to do it. Even though I am sure my parents would disagree with me on that one. But living in England for the past month and a half has really opened my eyes to a different culture and looking at my travels in a totally new light. Now that I have been able to setup the major items in order to live and work, it’s harder for me not to want to move and live here for a few years harder to resist. But before I do that, I need to finish my school, have enough money in the bank account to support myself for a month, and have a job setup and ready to go. Looking for jobs here can be rough and takes a bit longer than finding a job in the states.

    Tomorrow I head off to Amsterdam to visit my friend Melody & her boyfriend Christian. I’ll be in Amsterdam for 5 days before I head back to the UK and leave for the States the next day. They have a lot planned for us to do and I am looking forward to seeing them again and checking out Amsterdam alllll over again. Christian has bought us tickets to go to my very first football match! I am REALLY stoked about that. And then it’s also Melody’s birthday too. So we are throwing a Mardi Gras themed party for her.

    That’s it for now, gotta go get all my bags packed.

    +Ryan

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    Aug
    4th
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    Newly discovered fact about unicorns: They fart glitter… You learn something new everyday!

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    Homeland Security: We can seize laptops for an indefinite period

    I was reading a article today of an issue that I have known about for some time since the practice was started about year and half ago and I feel that now would be a good time to bring it up.

    Apparently, the US Customs agent may seize my laptop without any warrant or reason. They may hold my laptop for “an indefinite period” and even copy the data on my hard drive. The average Joe might find this be a bit of a surprise as he travels to Europe for the first time or to the business exec who is on his way to a multimillion dollar meeting where the fate of the decision is on his laptop. I mean, how would you feel being the normal citizen who has done everything he possibly could to obey all rules of the law and even donated to his/her church every Sunday for the past 18 years, to have their laptop taken away from them for no reason what so ever.

    A pair of DHS policies from last month say that customs agents can routinely—as a matter of course—seize, make copies of, and “analyze the information transported by any individual attempting to enter, re-enter, depart, pass through, or reside in the United States.”

    Does that news not just make your blood boil? I can understand that this may be in the “best interest” of the country to make us safer at the end of the day. But seizing a laptop and copying its hard drive is uniquely invasive—and should only be done if there’s a good reason.

    Just my two cents on the issue. I fear that my laptop may fall into the wrong hands when coming back home. But I hope for the best…

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    Jul
    30th
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    Photography

    So as you may or may not have noticed. I have started picking up a new hobby, Photography. It has always been something that I liked to do, but not to the extent that I have learned to enjoy it while I have been here in England. I guess that traveling along I have learned that I have to rely on myself to get pumped about going out to a new place. I can’t just look at Mike and go; “Dude, were in ****ing Europe again”. So I have to give myself a reason to go out and get out of the house and see England. And I have found photography to be a great motivation tool.

    I have been uploading a lot of photos to my flickr account hoping to get noticed by the community and get some pointers from experts about getting the perfect shot. I just mostly teach myself and read about playing with “expert” (lol) settings on my little point and shoot camera. This thing can really pump out some great photos!

    I hope that I when I go back home that I can continue with my new found love and way of entertainment. I have a real interest in doing some self portraits and capturing peoples raw emotions on camera.

    +Ryan

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    Doing manly things.. like destroying a porch with a sledge hammer. Envy me

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    Jul
    29th
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    BREATH-TAKING and simple photo story, Days With My Father: http://ping.fm/BUyZp

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    Jul
    28th
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    mel-o:

    You should definitely watch the whole presentation if you can, but Current TV did a great segment on Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture.
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    It really makes 4 a bad Monday when the database you are working on decides to go haywire & loose all the data you had been entring in over the past year sucks

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