Drunk Off of No Sleep

August 2, 2009 at 12:28 am (Facebook, Fun(ny), Furman, HES) (, , )

Last year, as a Freshmen Advisor at Furman, I sent out an interesting fact and three day weather forecast to the freshmen girls on my hall and boys on our brother hall (somewhere around 60 or 70 people total) every day.  It started out being every few days, but my commitment to the Interesting Fact of the Day increased with the positive reaction from my girls and boys.  Eventually, I may have become a little too dedicated to my interesting facts.

This is Interesting Fact #19.  I had pulled an all-nighter to study for a Motor Skills and Development test and then went to a sorority function with my roommate.  I was exhausted and not thinking very clearly at the point of writing this fact.  Needless to say it didn’t turn out very well.

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For the record, no, I had not consumed any alcohol, but here’s an interesting fact:  Studies show that a lack of sleep has a lot of the same effects on people as alcohol.  Being awake for between 17 and 19 hours is about the same as a BAC of .05.  I was awake for 43 hours.  It was quite embarrassing.

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Technologically Impaired

July 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm (Facebook, Fun(ny)) (, , )

I have never been caught up in any sort of illusion that I’m excellent at with working with computers, cameras, or anything technology related. It has come to my attention, however, that saying I’m “not great with technology” is quite an understatement. Ok, I can take that. I go to a liberal arts college for a reason.

Nonetheless, I recently (within the past few months) decided to intensify my efforts in becoming less “technologically impaired.”

Not that I plan to be any sort of computer expert. That will never happen for me. I’m just choosing to no longer be the person who doesn’t know that OS stands for operating system, because I feel like that term is pretty close to common knowledge for most people.

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Lesson 1: Apparently there is a setting on cameras, called extended exposure, where the camera basically takes a ton of pictures really fast over a period of time (8 seconds, I believe, in the picture above). I wrote my name in the air with a flashlight, and the camera caught it. It was really cool.

Lesson 2: Learning how to download and install stuff on my computer. Ridiculous, I know, but I have to start somewhere!

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