2010: A Year in Retrospect

Yes, I realize I’m late. 2010 started 14 days ago.

2010 was an interesting year. a lot happened, somethings better than others. I was going to go into more detail, but I couldn’t decide how I wanted to write it down.

I’m want to make 2011 a better year, because 2010 wasn’t my favorite.


On Fitness.

I’m not fat, even if I jokingly say it sometimes. In fact I’ve lost about fifteen pounds since I’ve started a semi-regular workout schedule with my friend, Matt. (walks at the track with Lanie, also contributed).

Yet, it’s become harder and harder to keep this schedule, and I think it’s affected me negatively. I seriously need to push and get back on track. I haven’t lifted weights since Monday (i think), but that was the first time in weeks. I always seem to sleep better after working out earlier in the day, and I feel better the next day.

I’m hoping to get back on schedule soon, because being off schedule is depressing.

Not a diet, It’s more of a lifestyle choice.

My family swears up and down I’m on a diet. Anytime I go for something sweet, like candy or cookies, they all seem to say “You can’t have that, You’re on a diet.”

Not once have I uttered the words “I’m on a diet.”, though I have made changes to what I eat and drink on a regular basis because those changes have made me feel better in the long run. In fact I’ve gone almost nine months now without drinking a soda. I realized I was drinking them because they were there, but why wasn’t I drinking the water that was available?

I don’t just drink water, though. My beverage intake includes water, tea, coffee, lemonade, orange juice, and other similar stuff. Most of these are just as satisfying taste wise as soda.

Most diets include sometime of exercising requirement, or at least recommend it. Yes, I exercise on a semi regular basis. I’ve been running off and on for a little over a year now. I love how I feel afterwards. I’ve even noticed improvements in my breathing. I think growing up I let the fact that I had asthma influence my choices more than I should have.

For a few months now my exercise routine has including weight training with my friend, Matt. Yes, we do it to see improvements in the strength department, but we keep doing it because we enjoy how it makes us feel.

I honestly don’t think I could stick to a diet, I like certain foods to much, and I would cave all the time. I don’t see what I do as a diet, but as a lifestyle. A lifestyle that promotes choices that make me feel physically better.

Nice Designs

This blog post is actually just going to me picking a few things from Yanko Design, a site focused on the design of technology which my high school Technology teacher really got me into. I’ll stick to the first few pages and see what I like.

Traffic Lights Get Smarter:  I like the design, but I honestly can’t say for sure having a timer present would be a good thing.

“OMG…The timer is running out, it’s about to turn red” *floors it*

The ability to display road conditions and weather would be a welcomed feature.

Overall minus human tendencies it’s a nice design.

Chilling Outside the Window: The design of this one caught my eye. It kind of reminds me of an external hard drive, but it’s a refrigerator you mount outside your window. It has solar panels to harvest energy during the summer and during the winter it’s easier for it to conserve power because the outside temperature is cooler. This is meant to placed right outside a window, so just reach out a window and grab what you want.

That’s all for today, I might do post like this every so often.

Experience Victorious

I had my first experience with Nickelodeon’s new show, Victorious. (Well new to me, I just checked it premiered in March). The episode I watched was titled “Wi-Fi In The Sky” and I enjoyed it.

I actually saw this episode 2 times over the weekend, well 1 and a half. I walked into the living room the first time and my mom was watching it. I had no clue was it was, but it caught my attention.

I kept trying to walk away, but it was funny and I wanted to see how it ended.

The second time I caught it from the beginning and I enjoyed it even more having the whole story.

I’ll see if I can watch some of the previous episodes and might catch a few when the new ones air, but I don’t know if the other episodes hold up to this one, but every time I think of this show the first thing I’ll think about is “Wi-Fi in the Sky”

Concerning Women’s Tennis

I want to preface this by saying “I’m not a sports guy”. I’ve never been big on watching sports, especially if those sports are being shown via a television. My dad on the other hand seems to have this desire to watch every sport that airs on TV and recently it’s been Tennis.

I have nothing against tennis, in fact I’ve considered giving it a go. The only time I realize he is watching tennis though is when the females are playing because I can a constant barrage of Moans, or Grunts. Depending on what you want to classify them as.

I tend to put in some headphones and listen to music, once he starts watching them play. The sounds constantly grant on my nerves. I can’t help but wonder are they taught by their coaches the louder they grunt the harder they hit the ball or something.

I’m not saying they shouldn’t make any nose, it’s just that the ones they do make seem to be extremely exaggerated. I haven’t noticed it with male tennis players. I’ve noticed that I don’t notice those matches as much. If they do it I haven’t noticed it yet. Next time I see my dad watching males play tennis, I’ll be sure to listen for it.

A Fresh Start?

I want to give this another go. It’s something I have to be more disciplined about. A few post here and there. Random thoughts, or if I see something I think is cool.

I’ll prep a real post within the next few days.

I guess this is me saying…”I’m Back”

and Yes I’ll update my about me. This no longer cuts it:

I’m Ray, I am 17 and play the Bass Clarinet in the Golden Dragon Band at Nacogdoches High School,

I take things Seriously (most of the time), but i like to have fun and hang out with my friends and family.

I enjoy learning new stuff about computers and other electronics