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Wrapping Up Thanksgiving
December 1, 2015

Happy December! Has the fact that it’s finally December hit you yet? This is an awesome time of the year because of the holiday festivities and Christmas lights are everywhere. It’s the last week of the quarter before finals start. These past 10 weeks flew by pretty fast and that means I’m 2 quarters away from graduating! I want to pursue a Master’s degree to be the B0$$ one of these days, but that’s for a later time. Well, time to wrap up the remainder of November with this post~

After making a research poster, my partner and I went to present it at a research conference. Our topic is about providing free (online) and low cost (printed) textbooks for college students in the state. It was a fun experience overall because I got to create a full scale poster and present it to people walking by. Overall, people supported the idea of open source textbooks with the given conditions such as having a faculty committee and so on. The college we went to is a private residential campus with ~800 students enrolled. Pretty neat stuff!

There were a couple of Thanksgiving events I went to the other week. One of them took place at a professor’s house and there was a cute fluffy cat there! My boyfriend and I had our Thanksgiving date at a sushi restaurant. This restaurant is popular for their 10pc nigiri omakase. I ordered one of those along with a pair of uni, oysters, and wagyu nigiri. This was my first time eating wagyu, which is a type of beef that originated from Japan. It’s slightly seared to the point where it’s really juicy and melts in your mouth. I really need to plan a trip to Japan one of these days 😻.

To wrap up Thanksgiving, Black Friday went pretty well. My mom pressured me into buying a set of Clinique beauty products with her. Maybe this is because she knows half of the products doesn’t apply to me and I’m going to end up giving half of the set to her anyways. However, I normally use the moisture surge and dramatically different moisturizing lotion together on a daily basis and it works pretty well for my skin type.

Aside from the Clinique products, I bought computer parts to finally upgrade my computer. My purchase includes an Intel i7 CPU, Asus Z97-E 3.1 motherboard, and a 2x8GB G. Skill Ripjaws RAM along with a Cooler Master CPU and case fan, which isn’t pictured. This is a huge upgrade from the setup I had before because my computer was good for 2009’s standards. My computer went from being an AMD 3.2 gHz dual core with 12GB ram to an Intel 4.0 gHz with 16GB ram. My graphics card stayed the same because I upgraded it back in January.

I assembled the computer on my own and it turned on the first time around! I didn’t need any help from others when building the computer thanks to a YouTube video and reading through the motherboard’s user manual. The only downside to this whole project was that my sound card needs to be replaced and I had to reformat my SSD because I was too lazy to deal with the problems in the boot sector.

It worked out at the end because I noticed a huge increase of performance from running a couple of virtual machines and multitasking without lag at all. I haven’t played any PC games yet but I feel confident that the performance will be significantly improved as well. Hurray~

7 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ December 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Harvey Mudd College! That may be the college the founders of DreamHost all met and started their company! 😀 Glad your presentation went well! I’m all for open-source textbooks or cheap textbooks, because seriously. Nobody has the time to pay 100+ for a book they will most likely only use for like 2-4 months!

    That cat is SO CUTE. And all them sushiiiii! Good thing you didn’t take the cat with you. She/He’d probably ate it all! XD And yes, you do need to go to Japan! And then stop over in Korea and see me! 😀

    Awesome deal on your computer, Nancy! Kudos to you for putting it together without getting help from anyone. Those are some impressive specs, btw! Very high-end PC! ^^

    • Nancy ☆ December 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      !!! Yes! Some professors are ~mean~ enough to only use maybe 10 pages from the textbook. Another thing is that some professors get royalty money for using or publishing a textbook- aka forcing students to pay for their own benefit. Come on, are they teaching for the paycheck or the student’s future?

      I definitely will drop by Korea one of these days! 😀

  2. Sarah ☆ December 2, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Congrats on the computer building/upgrading! I am also so scared to do anything with computer hardware, I imagine everything just blowing up so it’s awesome it all worked the first time!

  3. Sara ☆ December 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Good job on the poster/infographic! I completely support the idea of online/free textbooks since I feel that textbooks rip my wallet apart and bury it six feet under. 🙁

    Love the sushi and yes, yes, yes, you MUST plan a trip to Japan! Perhaps after graduation??

    One of these days I’m going to have to hire you to put a PC together for me, lol. I’m only good when it comes to building Ikea products but nothing else, haha!

    • Nancy ☆ December 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I hope to go to Japan some day! Maybe a year after graduation so I have enough money to do plenty of stuff there and not be on a tight budget :D. I heard from people that the fish there are so good and you can simply eat a chirashi bowl for cheap at the marketplace!

      I love the instructions from IKEA because it reminds me of Legos XD

  4. Cat ☆ December 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I’m glad the poster and presentation was a fun experience! I totally support the idea of free online textbooks. I think the prices of textbooks are so ridiculous right now.

    Yum, all of that sushi looks delicious. There’s a place here that does wagyu nigiri too, and it’s soooo good. I think you know how much I love Japan, so I definitely recommend a trip there, haha.

    Yay for the computer upgrades! The motherboard manual is the way to go! It really tells you everything you need 🙂 Good luck on your finals, by the way!

  5. Becca ☆ December 8, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Your poster is beautiful! You must be so proud of what you guys did! And what a great idea – something needs to be done about higher education textbooks because they are ridiculous! Some of my books are $250+ because they only sell them at my university. And you can’t even sell them back….

    It sounds like you had a busy and fun Thanksgiving weekend. I’m so impressed you put the computer together yourself! I didn’t know what half of it meant, lol, but it sounded good! My brothers used to build their own computers, but now they mainly just use their laptops.

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