Dropbox Tips and Tricks

I honestly don’t know how I would survive without Dropbox. I literally use my Dropbox at least 4 or 5 times a day. In this post, I am going to share my favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Dropbox.

1. Sync Files between Computers

This is the most basic function. When you install Dropbox, you automatically get 2 GB of free space. This means that you can automatically sync up to 2 GB of files between your computers for free. And this isn’t only the case for desktop computers and laptops. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can also download the Dropbox application for Android or iOS, and you will also be able to sync your files between your mobile device and your desktop computer. This is such a handy app because hardly anybody nowadays uses only one operating system (I personally sync all my files between 6 different operating systems). It is even useful if you only have one operating system, because if you have it installed on your computer, you can access those files on the Dropbox website from anywhere that has internet access.

Is 2 GB not enough space for you? Don’t worry! You can often get free space when you participate in various promotions that Dropbox offers. Lifehacker has also published a great post on how to get free space on Dropbox.

2. Share Files with Family and Friends

Sharing files over Dropbox is very easy. Just create a file in your Dropbox that you want to share with somebody. Then go to the Dropbox website and select the Sharing option. Here you will see all the folders that you are currently sharing. Just hit the New Shared Folder option and select the file that you have already created and add the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share the file. One thing to pay attention to, however, is that after you have shared your file with someone, they have full access to all the files that it contains. Any changes that they make to the files will change in your file as well. So don’t put your only copy of something in a folder and share it with somebody. It is probably better to make a backup copy of the file somewhere on your desktop computer before you share it with somebody.

3. Automatically Upload Photos to Dropbox

I am not a photographer by ANY means, but I do have a Smartphone which has a decent camera. As in, the photos that I take on the camera of my smartphone are more than sufficient to post on my blog. And I don’t need to take pictures for anything else. But I find it really annoying to have to plug my Smartphone into my computer and move them manually. Samsung phones are especially annoying, because you need to install special drivers to be able to access your phone. Last year in Venice, I discovered that I didn’t have the drivers that I needed to load my pictures onto my laptop. So I decided to try sending them to my laptop via dropbox. It turned out to be extremely easy. If you have Dropbox installed on your phone, just view the picture you want to add to your Dropbox. Then select the share option and select Dropbox in the menu that pops up (these instructions are for Android, but I assume that iOS uses a similar system). Then you can select the folder that you want to upload to and you are good to go!

After figuring this out, I decided that I wanted to upload them automatically. I used an app I found in the appstore (Dropsync) to upload automatically, but the good news is that there is now an official Dropbox app for syncing your photos automatically! And you can even get free space for trying it out! So now, you don’t even have to remember to upload your photos. Instead, as soon as your phone finds an internet connection, it will automatically upload them into your Dropbox and you can view them anywhere!

4. Sync Your Music Over Several Computers

I love this function of Dropbox, but it does require you to have a bit more space than just 2 GB (unless you only have 2 GB of music). I have over the past couple of years or so, acquired around 16 GB of space (I just got 5 by testing out the photo upload software), so for me, space isn’t that much of an issue. If you do have the space, it is actually really easy to set this up. Just create a folder in your dropbox for storing all of your music. Then just drag and drop your music library over to this folder. If you have a really big music library and a really slow internet connection (like I do), it could take a while for the Dropbox on your different computers to upload and download all the files (it usually takes a day or so for me to sync a couple of gigabytes of information. But that is because my internet connection is HORRIBLE. It doesn’t actually reflect badly on Dropbox at all. On my work computer, which has a really nice wired connection, my Dropbox can download a couple of gigabytes of information in around 10 minutes or so).

Once your music has been uploaded to the Dropbox server and downloaded to all of your computers, all you need to do is reset the default location that your preferred music player uses for its library. Usually, you just have to go to some location like File > Import Media… and select the file in your Dropbox where your music is saved. This is really cool, because now when you just want to add a song to you music player on one computer, you can just throw it in your Dropbox folder and it will automatically sync and you will be able to listen to it on all of your computers.

5. Use ifttt.com to Upload Your Internet Activity Into Dropbox

This is one of those cool little tricks that I decided to try out just because I can! The web application ifttt.com allows you to connect a whole bunch of your web “channels” (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and interact between them. One of the channels is Dropbox, and there are a whole bunch of cool things you can do using ifttt.com to interact between your Dropbox and your other web “channels”. Here are a couple of cool “recipes” that I found on the site:

  1. Download your starred Google Reader items as a .pdf file into your Dropbox
  2. Download the photos from a starred Google Reader idem into your Dropbox
  3. Backup all the photos you upload to Facebook in Dropbox

Those are just a couple of the options. Playing around is really fun!

6. Use Your Dropbox as Your Desktop

By this I mean that instead of saving everything that you do on your Desktop or your Documents folder, use your Dropbox folder. When you download your homework for the week, instead of saving it to a homework directory on your harddrive, you save it to the homework directory in your Dropbox. Then, when you want to look at the .pdf file that you downloaded two weeks ago on your laptop, you can just open the Dropbox that you have installed on your tablet and view the .pdf from there without having to worry about anything. This is the main way that I use my Dropbox, and this is the reason that having to use a computer without Dropbox would irritate me to the extreme. I’ve gotten so used to saving everything that I am currently working on to Dropbox, so I never have to worry about not having the file that I need for school. This is especially useful for me because for university I always have to download lots of .pdf files every week (the class script files and homework sheets), and now, when I get a minute, I can just spend 10 minutes or so and download all the files and upload them into my Dropbox. Sometimes, I do this from my work computer, sometimes from my home computer, sometimes from my tablet, etc. But the point is, that as soon as I have downloaded them, I can access them from all of my computers.

But the problem with having so many folders in your Dropbox is that it can often get very unorganized. I thought that I would post a screenshot and a short description of how I organize my Dropbox folder (it works for me!):

The apps Directory

In the apps directory, I save some different programs that I use on different computers. I don’t use this directory very much, but it is nice to have. In one of the subdirectories, I have saved my favorite GNOME theme packages and my desktop picture of choice so that as soon as I have installed a version of Ubuntu (as long as it is one of the Ubuntu distributions that still includes GNOME 2). Then, as soon as Dropbox has uploaded everything for my new installation, I can immediately customize the appearance of the desktop so that I feel right at home.

I also uploaded the executables for a couple of old games like Rodents Revenge, Ski Free, and Chip’s Challenge. If there is some information that I might need to run a certain program, I also save this in here. For instance, I found a cool command line program that I use to check my ink, but I don’t actually use it often enough to remember the command that I have to enter, so I created a text document called “checkInk.txt” and wrote out some quick instructions for myself.

The Camera Uploads Directory

The Camera Uploads directory is the default directory that is generated by Dropbox when you use the official Dropbox uploader app. I hope that by the time that the official version comes out, I will somehow be able to change the name or move the directory into another directory. I would really like to move it into my uploads directory. Maybe this feature is already available. I’m just going to have to play around with it.

The media Directory

I took a quick screenshot of my media directory. This is where I save, surprise surprise, my media! I have separated it into four different subdirectories. In the ebooks subdirectory, I save the ebooks that I have found somewhere online (i.e. the ebooks that I didn’t buy on Amazon). This includes yet another subdirectory where I save the ebooks that I have found at Project Gutenberg as well as the complete collection of Asterix and Tintin comics. In the music subdirectory, I save my music as I described above. In the pics subdirectory I save some various pictures that I have picked up in various places (I’m really not much of a photographer). The torrents subdirectory is a directory that I created so that when I have my torrent client up and running on my home computer and watching this subdirectory, I can just save a torrent into the torrents folder and, once it syncs, my torrent client (Transmission) will start downloading the desired file.

The personal Directory

I consider my personal directory to be the “junk drawer” of my virtual life. I throw anything in this file that doesn’t really fit in any of the other folders. I have just a few comments on the subdirectories listed above. The names of my subdirectories are pretty self-explanatory. I save my recipes in the recipes folder, my doodles in my doodles folder, etc. I don’t really use the todo directory any more, because I discovered how awesome Evernote is (and it has completely taken over all of my todo list needs). I use my writing directory to save all of the rough drafts of the various pieces that I am currently working on. I also save a list with my telephone contacts (“contacts.txt”) in case I happen to lose the address book in my phone (which has actually happened 4 or 5 times in the past year). And I also save a list of addresses (“Addresses.txt”) of people that I like to send postcards to when I go on vacation.

The shared Directory

After you have been using Dropbox for a while, you begin to collect a large number of files that you are sharing with different people. I don’t actually use the files very often, but they somehow just sit there and clutter everything up. Therefore, I’ve created a shared directory where I have dragged all of the files that I share with different people. This puts them all in one place and I can find them easily if I need them, but they aren’t in the way.

The uni Directory

The uni directory is where I save all of the different files for my different classes. As you can see from the screenshot above, I have divided it further into subdirectories s1, s2, s3, and s4. These save the files from my first, second, third, and fourth semesters respectively (s4 is still quite empty because I haven’t started my fourth semester yet). For each of these directories, I create separate subdirectories for each of the courses that I am taking (I illustrated this by expanding s3). Both BasisIII-Literature (my Lit course) and Sprachpraxismodule (language skills course for English) were separated into 4 different sub-modules, so if you were to expand them further, you would see subdirectories for all of the sub-modules. This is how I organize all of my course work, and it is extremely easy for me to find everything. I also keep a list of the different websites for each course (“Websites.txt”) in each of the semester directories.

The uploads Directory

I am still uncertain if uploads is the best name for this directory. It pretty much contains all of the stuff that I upload to Dropbox from my Kindle Fire or Smartphone. It also contains a couple of folders for the experiments that I have done with ifttt.com. So there isn’t that much going on there.

The work Directory

Since I actually use Git or Subversion for most of the work that I actually do (and those files just stay on my work computer), the work directory doesn’t have that much in it either. I mainly keep copies of a lot of the articles that I had to find and read to try and learn what formal modelling is. I also keep my timesheets here.

There is SO much more!

There are so many lists of different things that you can do with Dropbox, that I don’t think it is necessary to go into any more detail. I have pretty much described everything that I use Dropbox for on a regular (daily, hourly) basis. Just google “Dropbox tips” and you will get thousands of articles on customizing and using your Dropbox. When I did this, I found a great article here. My all-time favorite blog Lifehacker also has a lot of great articles about Dropbox (check out the ones here and here).

Don’t have Dropbox yet? Try it now and get 250 MB of free space!

UPDATE: I just found out recently that if you are a student, you can use your university email address to get 500 MB of free space for each referral.

What did God accomplish on the Earth?: Becoming a Man

This is one of a series of posts dealing with the question “What do Christians actually believe concerning the man Jesus?”.  To answer this question, I’m going to explain his earthly ministry in 5 steps: He became a man, He lived a perfect human life, He died on the cross, He resurrected from the dead, and He ascended to the heavens. Over the course of five weeks I will be covering each one of these steps in detail.


 

I posted a couple of weeks ago about how God created man as a container. But, when man sinned, God could no longer come into man (otherwise man would have lived forever in a fallen condition). So what did God do to get into man? He was born a human.

The virgin, Mary, conceived a child of the Holy Spirit. This baby, Jesus, was a man, but He was a man filled with God.

This is very likely one of the most miraculous things in the entire universe. Jesus, in His divinity, was God Himself. But that must mean that God Himself came into a virgin and was born. He lived a normal human life (I’ll touch more on that next week). God, to whom all things were possible, actually became a little baby and became fully dependent on His mother for everything.

There are two aspects of His coming:

1. God Himself became a man:

John 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.

2. The man Jesus was sent from God:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life

This may seem confusing, but the greek word for from in John 1:14 is translated more literally as from-with. So Jesus, the man was actually God in His divinity, but was also sent by God in His humanity. Yeah. I know. A bit confusing. But the more you read the Bible and the more you pray about these things, the more they start to make sense. It is important to point out that to accomplish salvation for all the humans on the Earth, Jesus was required to be both God and man. This is because God required the death of a man in order to accomplish the forgiveness of sins, but in order for this death to remain effective for all eternity, it had to be the death of God.

So He can be called a God-man.

I would also like to point out at this point that there is absolutely no proof whatsoever that Jesus was born on the 25th of December. Actually, we can be pretty sure of this because the Catholic church wanted to incorporated the Roman pagan celebration Saturnalia into a Christian holiday so that more Romans would convert. All of the Christmas traditions and everything also have absolutely nothing to do with Christ either. They have been simply incorporated into Christmas over the years to try to gain converts.

For this reason, I do not, never have, and never intend to, celebrate Christmas. Am I grateful that Jesus was born? Yes. Absolutely. I cannot even describe how grateful I am. But the thing is, I can thank Him at any time. I don’t have to set aside one particular day.

 

 


GREAT NEWS!!!!

I finally got the score for my Lit final today! I got a 2.0!!!!! (out of 6, where 1 is the highest. This is around a 3.7 in the U.S.). I have been checking the website obsessively for the last two weeks to see if the scores were up yet. So today, when I came home and found an email in my inbox from the Lit prof that said “Prüfungsergebnisse” (Final results) in the subject, I was more than elated. I instantly went to the server to download my results. Of course, with my internet connection, my access to the server was very slow. And then it took what seemed like forever to load and open the pdf with all the results. I was pretty much holding my breath, because I was SURE that I didn’t do better than a 3.

And then the page opens up.

And I got a 2.0!

So I immediately squealed and jumped up and ran through the apartment informing my roommates in a high breathless voice that I not only passed the final, but I also got a decent grade.

Then I updated my facebook status to tell the world the good news (I ACTUALLY SCREAMED IT IN ALL CAPS!). And I updated my blog for the same reason!

Ah! Finally I can relax. Semester break has officially begun.

On a slightly different note, sorry for not posting more recently. I actually have had a ton of really good ideas, but because I am working a ton this semester break, I don’t actually have that much free time, and when I come from work, I am usually pretty brain dead. I decided a long time ago that I would try not to post anything that is unnecessary or of horrible quality, and apparently, after working a long day, I am not capable of writing anything of quality. Which is why I haven’t posted anything recently. But I still have a long break ahead of me, and I fully intend on writing some posts, so stay tuned!

The reason that I will never have to wear a hideous coat ever again!

I bought a new one today!

Sorry, this is just a little fluff article that I am writing while I try to decide what I am going to blog about next. A couple weeks ago, I complained about my hideous purple coat. Well, I am glad to announce that I bought a gorgeous new winter coat today! It is almost the end of winter, so I got a MAJOR discount. The coat is from Jack Wolfskin and is of excellent quality. It is a dark gray color, and it is very warm! It was originally 280 Euros, but I bought it for only 160! 120 Euros saved!!! And now I have a coat of excellent quality that I will be able to wear for the next five years or so.

What is sin?

Most people would agree that sin is something evil or bad. And I would agree with that definition. I also think that sin is evil and bad.

But what does the Bible tell us about sin?

The Bible tells us that after God created man, He placed them in front of two trees and told them that if they ate of one tree they would have eternal life and live forever, but if they ate of the other tree they would surely die (Genesis 2:17). But what are these two trees? Our intuition would tell us that they would be the Tree of Good and the Tree of Evil, because surely eating of the Tree of Evil will result in death.

But is this actually the case? No. The two trees in Genesis 2 are the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Yep. Good and Evil are both on the same tree.

God created man as a container, but when the devil deceived man, he ate the fruit of the wrong tree. God wanted man to choose him (which is why he created us with a free will). If Adam and Eve had eaten of the Tree of Life, the essence of God would have come into them. But because they ate of the wrong tree, a sinful nature came in instead.

So back to the original question: What is sin?

Most people on this Earth consider themselves to be good people. “Good” is relative. It depends on the standard of ethics and morality with which you compare yourself. And, for the most part, I agree that most people are good people. According to the standard of “goodness” that is normally accepted. And, let’s be honest, that standard isn’t really very high.

We may look to God and complain, “I’m a good person! Why won’t you justify me?”

The reason is that God judges us according to a different standard. He, in His very essence, is righteous. Therefore, He cannot accept anyone that does not match His standard of righteousness.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

So what is the standard according to which God judges us? The glory of God. God judges us according to Himself. He’s the standard.

Here is my definition of sin:

Sin is ANYTHING that falls short of or doesn’t match God Himself.

Yep. So if you’ve ever even done the SMALLEST thing that doesn’t match God, you’ve got a problem. You’re a sinner. And we all are.

That is honestly the reason why so many people are atheists today. Because if you try to convince yourself that God doesn’t exist, you manage to convince yourself that you don’t have any problem.

I really like this quote

When I was a student I claimed that there was no God. Although I was extremely strong in my claim,… I knew deep in my heart that God exists. But my lips refused to admit this so that I could have an excuse for sinning. By declaring the non-existence of God, going to sinful places were justifiable. If there were no God, I would become bold to sin… When you do away with God, you feel free to commit the worst sins without any fear whatsoever…the only reason men claim that there is no God is for an excuse for lawlessness, immorality, license and indecency.

- Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Faith

The Solution

But don’t lose hope! We, as sinners, have a problem before God. But God didn’t just leave us in our hopeless condition. He actually became a man Himself and lived a perfect human life on the Earth. He didn’t even sin once! And, as a perfect, sinless man, He was qualified, by His own standard of righteousness to step in and take care of our sins for us. He was nailed to the cross, and shed his blood there for us. Now, today, we can just pray, “Lord Jesus, wash me in your precious blood” and then we are instantly forgiven and justified (1 John 1:9). One of my favorite verses also makes this clear:

Romans 8:1 There is now then no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

 

Semester Break Starts!

Technically, my semester break started yesterday at 2:45 pm. That was when I hurriedly  rushed scribbled the last line of the last answer of my last final and handed my test over to my doom. It wasn’t that bad actually. I just needed to pass to get my certificate, and the final grade doesn’t go on my transcript.

But although all the tests were all finished, semester break for me had not quite begun. After all, the test results had not yet been posted online, and I wasn’t sure if I had passed. Had I failed the final, then I would have had to study hard for the next month and a half and retry. And I really have no desire whatsoever to do so. Besides, I promised myself that if I passed Stochastic, I would award myself the prize of being allowed to hack my Kindle Fire and install a new version of android on it. So now I have something else to look forward to!

I’ve gotten the results from 3 out of 4 of my finals. I got a 2,0 in Computer Science (which is about a 3.7 in the U.S.), a 1,0 in Language Skills (4.0 in the U.S. Apparently I can speak English =D ), and a 3,7 in Stochastic (2.0 in the U.S.. Not my best grade. Ok. Actually my worst grade ever, but I just needed to pass, it was my last final and I was officially brain dead while studying for it and taking it, and I am more than happy with my grade. It means that I no longer have to take any math classes EVER! And it means that I get to hack my Kindle Fire!). The one final I haven’t gotten my grade for yet is Literature. And I’m really nervous. I studied as much as I could beforehand, but I’m not at all certain about the result. Actually, I have a really bad feeling about it. I don’t think I did badly enough to fail, but on the other hand, I don’t think I did well enough to get a decent grade. And this grade will actually go on my transcript because English is my minor. But at least my 1,0 in Language Skills will help balance a bad grade out… I took the final last Monday! And a week and a half later….still nothing! ARG!

But my fried brain is slowly realizing that semester break has indeed started. I’m going to be working 40 hours a week during break, so its not as if I am going to be having a ton of free time on my hands, but at least I will be able to catch up on some fun stuff in the free time I do have. For instance, I am fully planning on:

  1. Reading a ton of books (regardless of the result of my Lit. final, studying for the final really made me want to read a lot of books). I am planning on reading Pamela by Samuel Richardson (the bestseller of the second half of the 18th century). I also want to start reading some poetry. I really liked Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, and William Wordsworth, so I’m thinking I’ll try to read more of their stuff.  And I’d like to read some German literature as well (even though it takes me about 10-15 longer to read German books….which annoys me). One of my pretty good friends has written a book herself (in German) and I’m looking foward to having time to read that as well.
  2. Blogging! I have a long list of things that I want to write about. I’m planning on posting my take on the Kindle Fire (in short: The hardware is good. The software is bad), I’m going to post a list of different things that you can use Dropbox for (and for anyone currently interested, Dropbox is currently offering up to 5 GB of space for testing their automatic uploading software), I’m want to go through my reviews of different cities that I have visited (Rome, Vienna, London, Berlin, Venice, etc.) and write up a one post review of the best things to visit when going there, I am planning a week of posts in which I review the books that I consider to be “must-reads” for anyone alive on this Earth, and there is much much more (if I actually have time to write everything that I would like to write).
  3. I’d like to be able to do some editing of the first book I wrote, Acacia. Right now, it is a piece of junk, and I’d like to make it so that it actually doesn’t stink quite as bad as it does right now.
  4. I’m going to France for the first time!
  5. I’m going to go to London (for like the 7th or 8th time, but I still love that city!)
  6. I’m going to go to Stuttgart, Germany!
  7. I’m hoping to go through the masses of souvenirs that I have picked up over the years and try to organize it using the Project Life kit that my mother gave me the last time on my visit to America.
  8. I have an idea for a cool web app, so I’m considering learning Python so that I might someday be able to actually program it.

So…I guess that my relaxing semester break isn’t going to be quite so relaxing. =) But I’ll let all y’all know how everything is going!

Casting all your anxiety on Him

This week I’d like to focus on one of the greatest advantages of being a Christian. The thing is, once you have called upon the Lord and had Him fill the aching hole in your heart, He doesn’t actually leave you. Does this mean that you are saved from hell and eternal damnation and all that fun stuff that the jeremiad preachers are always yammering on about? Yes. But it means so much more than that.

Because when we the Lord comes in and fills us, he actually comes to stay, even to live in us (John 14 and 17). And that means that he is always there for us.

So for my post this week, I thought I would try and share some of my own experiences this week. The past couple of weeks have been hectic. I currently am taking my finals for the third semester of my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I’ve spent the past weeks scrambling to study for all of my tests. The past three Saturdays, I have spent pretty much the whole day trying to cram in as much information as I possibly could. One Saturday, I even managed to study for a total of about 14 hours. So, needless to say, my stress level has become increasingly high.

When I am under stress, it usually doesn’t take long for me to crack. I try to concentrate on my homework for a bit, but then, all too quickly, I can’t handle it any more, so I turn on my tablet and play a game of spider solitaire. But then the breaks become longer than the study sessions and pretty soon I am having solitaire marathons and reading novels instead of cracking down and getting my homework done. Seriously. I just counted, and apparently I have read 12 books in the past week and a half or so. I read quickly, but still. And then all the procrastination just makes the stress for the test that much worse.

The thing is, I posted one of my favorite verses on Facebook a couple of weeks ago:

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you.

I stated there that I believed this verse to be the best verse for university students during finals. And I still believe that to be the case.

So today, after reading a book and spending way to much time browsing the internet (another major time sucker unfortunately), I worked myself into a frenzy. I really should have been studying for the English final that I am taking tomorrow, but somehow, most of the time somehow seemed to waste away into nothing. And, after shoving so many stimuli into my brain at once, my nervous system seemed to collapse. I could hardly sit still or think about tomorrows final without groaning or wanting to jump up and down.

And then my thoughts turned to my blog, and I considered what I was going to write for this Thursday’s post. Then I thought, “Hmm…maybe I should do a post on 1 Peter 5:7. Because that is such a good post for finals and everything.” And that was when it hit me.

1 Peter 5:7 really is a good verse for finals. But in order it to be applicable to you, you actually have to apply it. Which I wasn’t doing.

So, after a good amount of deliberation, I decided that I might as well try it out. I had so many worries about everything. I was stressed about the finals that I had taken and worried about the grades that I received. I was stressed about the finals that I had not yet taken and worried that I wouldn’t be able to study enough. Because honestly, I’ve pretty much hit my limit as far as mental capability goes.

So I thought, why not? After all, I’m more than willing to preach to everyone that it does indeed work, so why not try it out for myself?

And I did.

I threw myself onto my bed and, face down into my bed spread, I talked with my Lord. I told Him of all of the stress that I had been experiencing over the past couple of weeks (even though He already knew), and, one by one, I gave each and every one of my worries and cares to my dear Lord Jesus. I committed every possible thing that I could think of to Him. I cast all of my anxieties on Him.

And I can testify, that as of approximately an hour ago, casting your anxieties on Him really works. It is not just some psychological trick that is played. As each you give each issue to Him, the peace of God comes into your heart and, instead of feeling anxious and worried, you can finally relax and feel at rest.

Philippians 4:7 … the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Inspired by William Carlos Williams

Yesterday I composed a poem called Cupcake. It was a fun little write. I probably drank too much cola yesterday afternoon, because I felt quite alert when I went to bed around 11 pm. But then I got the idea for the poem.

I’ve been studying for my Literature final (which is tomorrow) all weekend long. The main problem with studying literature is that it makes you really want to sit down with a really good book. And it makes you want to attempt to write your own poetry.

I actually succeeded in making almost 100 flash cards of authors, dates, and the major characteristics of every period of English and American literature. Now I just have to sit down and memorize everything. Or maybe I could just remain here, cozy in my bed.

Anyhow, as a method of procrastination, I decided to write a small post to explain my intention in writing my poem. Not that it matters. According to my Cultural Theory course, it is fully unnecessary to know the intention of the author. Each reader should determine for themselves what a certain passage means.

I was actually inspired by a poem that I read yesterday:

This is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

It is a poem by William Carlos Williams, who was an American poet during the period of Modernism. He’s also one of my all-time favorite poets. I don’t consider myself a poet by any means, but when I do scribble out a poem every now and again, I try to make them short and succinct. “Cupcake” is actually the first of the poems that I have ever posted on my blog.

You’ve very likely already heard William Carlos Williams’ most famous poem:

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

It’s also one of my absolute favorite poems. I love his writing because of his vivid imagery. The meter and form of the poems are beautiful.

Now. Back to studying.

Those of you who no longer have to study for tests should count yourself as lucky.

Cupcake

I sat there
ever so long,
watching as you walked to and fro,
wondering if you would ever notice me.

“Maybe,”
I pondered,
“She’s saving the best for last.
I’ll be gone before the end of day.”

Yet still I sit here.
And now my thoughts turn
to self-reflection,
self-doubt.
Maybe I am not as good as I think.

And so, I fear,
I made a dreadful mistake.
I tried for myself.
What raptures above!
The taste of sweet, sweet sugar,
on the tongue that I don’t have.

So, self-contemplation at an end,
I turned aside,
to write you this note.

Please don’t wonder,
when you find me gone tomorrow.
I even threw away my own paper
so as to be of no inconvenience to you.

I am too delicious,
to share with anyone else.
Therefore I ate myself.

The reason I wore a hideous coat today

Ok. So if I’m honest, the coat wasn’t actually that bad. If you are a 15 year old girl and live in Washington State where it is normal for people to wear very large, colorful ski jackets whenever they want to. Unfortunately, I am no longer 15 (although I was 15 at the time I bought the coat. Which explains something) and I no longer live in Washington State. So what excuse do I have for pulling my hideous lilac marshmallow coat out of the storage in the basement and actually wearing it?

Firstly, I just want to say that the weather outside is VERY cold. It dropped down to -6 degrees Celsius. And for all my American pals out there who don’t know what that means, go google it. I don’t know how to calculate temperature in Fahrenheit anymore. So far this winter, I have gotten away with wearing my fall wool coat. But it is rather thin, so yesterday (because it had gotten so cold) I pulled on a thin zip up jacket underneath the coat. I was quite cold, but I didn’t completely freeze to death. Nonetheless, when I went to school this morning, I was so cold I decided that something definitely needed to change. So, when I came home during break to eat breakfast (I rolled out of bed a little late this morning), I went down to the cellar and grabbed my down ski jacket from the bin into which I had stuffed it. I resembled a large purple marshmallow but at least I was warm.

Secondly, my first final is tomorrow. And I don’t want to get any sicker than I already am. The past weekend, I worked my brain into overdrive trying to learn for finals (16 hours in one weekend. That can’t be healthy). In any case, I experienced major burnout, not only mentally, but also physically. I am convinced that the level of stress I was experiencing sent my body into overdrive and I contracted the first virus that I came into contact with. After all, none of the people I have spent time with are sick. So I donned the purple monstrosity out of desperation. I am well aware that being cold does not actually give you a cold, but I am also well aware that being cold weakens your immune system greatly, so I fully intend to stay as warm as possible to avoid contracting any more illnesses. I once was under a lot of stress during school and didn’t give myself a break (that was back in the day before I learned how much fun procrastination is) and I pretty much went three weeks on overdrive. My cold turned into a sinus infection and I was pretty much forced to stop doing anything. This is also the excuse that I have been giving myself for not studying so hard this week. That and the fact that I figure I have already learned just about as much as I will be able to learn for the final tomorrow, so trying to stuff more information in there will wear out my brain and could actually be detrimental. I figure that I can take this exam with a head cold and be just fine (as long as I am supplied with enough Kleenex), but if I manage to contract a sinus infection or something, I highly doubt I will be able to think enough to reproduce Prim’s Algorithm, even if the pseudo-code appears in the exam.

Thirdly, I am a computer scientist. Therefore no one expects me to have any semblance of style.

Now, the reader might wonder, what possessed me to wear a pink hat that completely clashed with my monstrosity of a coat?

Unsolved mystery. It could have been laziness, because I just didn’t bother to change my hat when I changed my coat. It could have been that I am secretly an old woman and have been let into the Red Hat Society. It could have been a temporary bout of color blindness. I’m guessing insanity personally.

And why am I writing this blog entry when I really should be reviewing my notes for my exam tomorrow? Or actually studying for the Lit final on Monday since I know pretty much ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and am COMPLETELY UNPREPARED? *shudders*

Procrastination at its best.