Archive for November 2008

Reflections 2008

This post was written by Anne

Every year, the PTA of my school and many other schools have Reflections. Reflections give kids a chance to show off their talents.There are 6 categories that kids can sign up in, which are: musical composition, visual arts, 3-D art, photography, choreography, and acting. There is a theme that your piece has to follow. This years’ theme is “WOW…”. This year, I submitted an entry in visual arts. I did many paintings before I could come up with something I liked. My final painting was of a beach scene. I handed it in to the school on the day it was due, October 24th. A few weeks later, I was invited to reflections awards night, the day the PTA recognizes the children who won an award. There are three types of awards you can get. They are honorable mention (work that has been recognized but hasn’t won,) Principal’s choice (work that has been chosen by the principal and is displayed in front of his/her office,) and the Award of Excellence, which goes to the kids that won. I won an Award of Excellence. I am going on to the next round, which is the district. The last round is International, and if you win that, I think you get a money prize.I am not really looking forward to going to see if I won district because I hate thinking that I might not win. I also don’t like how they won’t let me take my artwork home because I won. But the thing that annoyed me most was that while I was at school that day, the PTA called my mom saying that I had won, so she already knew! Thanks a lot, mom.

An Excellent Young Woman

Tonight was Young Womens in Excellence award night. The theme was “A Night at the Oscars” and included dinner, a movie starring the young women, and a red carpet that they walked down to receive their awards. When I got there they were having technical difficulties with the laptop that was supposed to play the movie (it was a Mac). Fortunately, I happened to have my trusty old Dell laptop with me so I whipped it out it and it worked flawlessly.

The cutest Young Woman in the world (right) with the cutest YW mom in the world (left)

Emily won an award for her “individual worth” project which was playing in a piano recital. Other Young Women won awards for pictures they took or crafts they did or service projects they helped out on. Our ward’s YW leadership does a really great job with all the Young Women and Emily really enjoys going.

Contgratulations Emily – we’re proud of you!

Why are my suggestions so single minded?

I use Google as my default search engine in Firefox. When you start typing in the search box, you get a list of suggestions that you can click on to complete your search. Tonight I happened to type the phrase “why are my” and the following list of suggestions came back:

  • why are my breasts sore
  • why are my nipples sore
  • why are my cookies flat
  • why are my feet always cold
  • why are my eyes red
  • why are my ears ringing
  • why are my eyes yellow
  • why are my gums bleeding
  • why are my hands so cold
  • why are my breasts tender

I’m not sure how the little Google widget determines what suggestions to proffer. I speculate that it’s based on the most common searches and apparently the world is suffering from an outbreak of sore boobies, cold extremities, and baking problems.

Just for fun I tried a search beginning with “what the heck is” and got the following suggestions:

  • what the heck is emo
  • what the heck is an antibiotic
  • what the heck is a virus
  • what the heck is penicillin
  • what the heck is a maverick
  • what the heck is electronic mail
  • what the heck is aggregate demand
  • what the heck is happening

The oddest item in the list was the suggested query about “electronic mail”. This one makes me believe that may the suggestions aren’t based on the most common searches. I mean how many people out there are really tech savvy enough to do a Google search but aren’t tech savvy enough to know what email is? And what’s with the phrase “electronic mail”? I wonder if the person that searched for “electronic mail” typed in the search on their “personal computer” while watching their “digital video disc” on their “high definition television”?