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A-to-Z Challenge: Quest

One challenge that I enjoy participating in is VJ Knutson’s weekly challenge. Her blog is named One Woman’s Quest II. I too feel like I’m on my own quest as I explore her topics and wonder what I may discover along my journey.

Scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

What Does this Number Mean to Me?

Last week’s challenge was on numerology which actually caught my attention last year when I suddenly started to see palindromic numerical patterns in my life such as 1221, 5225, 4224. I try not to think too hard about it, but sometimes they’re impossible to ignore especially since I notice these details in my environment quite often.

I feel like the fictional character Milo in the book, “The Phantom Tollbooth”, where he’s mining for numbers as if they are jewels buried deep in the earth. What kind of meaning can be derived from this treasure? Various authors such as parapsychologist, Kate Sebring, explore the meaning behind these patterns.

Life Path Calculator

Who would have thought a life calculator would exist as life gives so many twists and turns!? Curious by the link VJ provided on Token Rock, I input some data and here’s what it told me:

The Harmonizer
The Life Path 6 looks for ways to make harmony with everything you encounter. Whether it is art, music, or relationships, no other Life Path can make things coalesce as naturally as you can. Your magnetic personality draws people in and can lead to you being the center of attention. 
You will find that your life will revolve around your family, and friends. You have an innate ability to nurture the people around you. As the person who usually takes charge of a situation you tend to be, or are on the way to being, the head of staff. 
Don’t let your innate ability to lead go to your head, this can lead to you trying to control every situation, and that is not what being a 6 is about. Learn to balance ‘leading and nurturing’ so as to raise up the people around you, instead of ‘demanding and controlling’ which will alienate people.
Some notable Life Path 6 people you may know: John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Thomas Edison, Stephen King.

What an interesting group of individuals that share my life path! 🙂

Travelling Back in Time

This week’s challenge is on anniversary in which you can explore an date in the past. So, in the spirit of numerical patterns, I’ll think about May 5, 2005 (05-05-05). I was in high school and my Spanish teacher was teaching about Cinco de Mayo holiday. She also decided to assign a project where each student would create a dish from a recipe from a South American country. We had a delicious show-and-tell potluck presentation! I was assigned El Salvador, so I made popusas!

Photo Credit & Recipe: Blue Apron

Cinco de Mayo will be coming up in a few weeks and I will continue to think back to my teacher’s historical lesson about how this date impacted the American Civil War in the midst of the bright colorful celebration that will take place in the streets downtown.

Photo Credit: The Echo

Numbers in Pop Culture

For curiosity’s sake, I became more fascinated by TV shows and movies that explored a world behind numbers such as Numb3rs, Touch, The Imitation Game, The Man Who Knew Infinity hoping they might shed some light as to what I might be experiencing. I think I was more entertained and enlightened by the drama.

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Sunshine Blogger Award #3 from A Guy Called Bloke

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”

― Roman Payne

Okay shades are out! 3rd nomination is from Rory @ A Guy Called Bloke and K-9 Doodlepip! Thanks Rory! Rory has created quite several interesting activities to keep us well entertained. You’ll see when you check out his questions! He shares interesting insights about variety of topics and recently about awards! Since I’m fairly new, I enjoy this sort of appreciation and recognition but I’ll engage in only questions this time. 🙂

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
“The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.”

Once nominated, if you choose to accept, write a post where you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the Sunshine Award and link back to their blog
  • Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog
  • List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Award logo in your post

Why was he called Darth Vader and not Fart Fader?

How did Darth Vader’s name come to be?

I see you’re testing my geek credentials! To be fair, I’ve only watched the entire Star Wars movie series just last year during a experimental marathon my boyfriend’s friend created out of curiosity. According to him, there is old lore and new lore concerning the etymology of Darth Vader’s name. First, I’ll go into two reasons why he is not called Fart Fader!

Reason #1: A fader is an audio/visual device that adjusts the volume of sound or the intensity of light. It seems safe to assume that a “fart fader” is a device that adjusts the volume of farts.

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The best fart scene that I think was fun for audio visual artists to fade in and out was from the movie The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) when everyone drinks a bottle of frobscottle, a green bubbly drink that “tastes like vanilla and cream with a faint trace of raspberries”.

Sophie standing in front of frobscottle
Farting royal dignitaries and pets

Now according to the American Bartenders School library, the Darth Vader cocktail is made out of STRONGER stuff! Even the bartenders knew of Darth Vader’s legacy and recognized that he needs to be taken seriously after all. Here’s the actual recipe!

Darth Vader Cocktail

5 oz. Rum
5 oz. Vodka
5 oz. Tequila
5 oz. Gin
5 oz. Triple Sec
5 oz. Jagermeister
1 can Red Bull
Cherry for garnish  

Directions Combine the Rum, Vodka, Gin, Tequila, and Triple Sec into an ice filled cocktail shaker.  Cover, shake well, and pour into a Collins glass.  Add the Red Bull, stir well, float the Jager on top, and add a Cherry.  It’s strong. it’s tasty, and it’s from the dark side.  Enjoy your Darth Vader, and remember…May the force be with you!!!

Reason #2: In Swedish, “fart fader” means speed father. If you add the word Swedish word “hog” which means high in front, I think of the military term “High Speed Father” which means that someone is so prepared that they are able to react nearly instantaneously. (Credit: AwesomeDadGear) I just don’t think that Darth Vader was prepared to react instantaneously in some situations. He had an identity crisis and moments of doubt.

Photo Credit: Force Material

Now, as for the Darth’s name, I liked Robin Williams take on it in his article- The Origin of Darth Vader: The Name. In summary, Lucas was messing around with a combination of different names. Darth Vader doesn’t actually mean Dark Father as he led many people to believe.

George Lucas went to school with a Gary Vader who was a football player who was a year older than him. Robin suggested that George Lucas may have been bullied by Gary Vader leading Lucas to associate evil with Gary’s last name.

Lucas’ earlier choice for Darth’s name was Dark Water which could have dramatically changed the fighting style into water bending like in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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What’s the worst pair of socks you have ever owned?

The year was 2006. Large red and orange autumn leaves covered the campus. I participated in a game of “Assassin” in my dormitory. Everyone who chooses to participate would receive their target assignments from the resident adviser and your weapon would be a pair of socks that you’ve rolled up into a ball. If you survived, your prize would be a $100 gift card. 30 students were highly motivated that year as many of us had tight budgets.

I had a pair of lime green socks that I loaned to my neighbor who didn’t own any socks because he loved to wear flip flops all the time. He told me he found his target, but then someone got him. Day by day, names were crossed off the list that was posted to the wall outside the elevator. It was the final round and five people were left. I randomly found my target while he was doing his laundry. I managed to stay alive. – Killer Bunny Socks

One day, I was in the computer lab working on my homework assignments. When I finished, I faced the only exit and found a young man smiling mischievously at me. There was no escape. My heart pounded and I screamed as he hurled a black and red sock ball at my chest. Game over! So, I’d say my lime green socks were the worst as they were turned into a weapon that year. Looking back at it, it makes me wonder about the state of humanity and what they would do for entertainment and money.

Do you think the older we get, whilst we become wiser to a certain extent we become dumber in so far as our faster progression of digital software and if so why and if not why?

A few of my classmates conducted a research study on how many of us have a reliance on tools that make our lives easier, yet we become dumb or perhaps lazy in a sense because we no longer exercise that particular mental faculty ourselves by letting the tool do the work for us. Spell check, for instance, is very useful, but it makes me feel that there will be less of an emphasis on learning how to spell correctly especially with the advent of increasing use of acronyms and slang usage among youth.

Calculators have been getting more advanced as well doing the heavy lifting of abstract thinking for us. Yet, I think our brains need training in reasoning through problems so that we can sense problems and tricks as they occur. Our intuitive senses are strengthened when we personally engage with it. This finger mathematics approach that some Indian schools have taught fascinates me. It might be a factor in all the strides that India has made in the engineering and technology sector which has a strong mathematical bent.

However, I participated in a field study where many participants have told me how technology has positively impacted their lives. Some immigrants have learned English more quickly to acclimate to living in a new area by utilizing various applications on their phones to help them learn languages. They don’t have to resort to attending classes at a certain time in a brick and mortar location as my own parents have done. Some have felt that their children are “smarter” as they seemed more plugged in and engaged with current events due to being on their phones. They’re exposed to many things with so much information available at their fingertips.

I don’t think that digital software replaces critical thinking skills. That’s an assumption that I think many have fallen for. Last night, I found out one of my younger coworkers was writing an essay last minute about whether or not the United States electoral college should be reformed. He was busy looking for the answers in various search engines online, yet I felt like he was quite lost as to what he was searching for. I looked at some of those answers, and they didn’t make any sense! I gave him some notes and keywords such as gerrymandering and populism, but was worried that he was going to take someone else’s word for it.

Another coworker didn’t question whether a video of a robot in Japan killed 29 scientists was real or not. It’s been debunked in case you guys are wondering about a real life terminator on the loose. 😉

What is the difference between an acquaintance and a colleague?

Interesting! I was always under the impression that a colleague was a classmate/peer/coworker, and an acquaintance is someone who you see occasionally, but is not a close friend. I’ve explored this a bit more in a video and some quotes below!

“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” 

― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,
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Photo Credit: Chasity’s Blog

If nothing held you back in your confidence what would you cram into one day where the rest of life would be made easier because of the previous days actions?

I would use many daily hacks to make the most use for my day. I’d use the pomodoro technique to “power through distractions, hyper-focus, and get things done in short bursts, while taking frequent breaks to come up for air and relax.” Study hard for my certifications and graduate entrance exam which opens up different doors in the future.

On another note, I would probably be more in charge of my financial life rather than work for someone else. I would quit my job and start my own business. I would make wise investments in various companies that might be able to bring back hefty returns to stabilize my financial life. I would work on developing an invention, establishing my own artistic creations, compile a book, and market that publication.

All of that really scares me. Developing self-confidence in the midst of a government shutdown or a rough economy is a great trait. You guys inspire me. Thanks. 🙂

Of everything you do in a given 24 hours per day what takes up the most time?

Currently, it’s working and studying for school! I’d like some more freedom to travel. I cherish my blogging time immensely! ❤

If you could travel back in time and change 1 hour of your life knowing full well it will alter your current past, present and future would you do so, and if so what? If not, what prevents you from doing so?

I’m thinking of a variety of situations, and yet I’m hesitant to do this. I’ve met some wonderful people after I went through dark periods of my life that I desperately tried to avoid. I’ve learned so much during the time, that it would have been highly unlikely that I would have met them and live the life that I am engaging with right now. I have a greater appreciation after I went through those difficult challenges and became stronger in the process.

Ok, so we live each day, every second, every minute and every hour of every day, week, month and year, and at which point of any given day, week or month or year would you say you feel or have felt the most alive?

Mornings in the summertime when I’m fully engaged with my hobbies and interests outside the structure and expectations of school!

What’s more important to you? Your Phone or your wallet/purse/bag?

Photo Credit: Quotesgram

This is somewhat difficult! My purse has my ID and other various important documents. If that was taken, I would primarily be concerned about identity theft rather than the purse itself. Just imagining a doppelganger makes me wonder!

My phone is my lifeline. Even if someone stole my purse, I can still call the bank and close all my accounts. I can call the Federal Trade Commission and make a report. I can call for help if I get in an accident.

Both can get replaced as it’s not worth losing my life over. I increase security on my phone, protect myself by getting fraud alerts, and enrolling in Life Lock support in the case that it does happen.

I thought this debate was fascinating:
Here’s Why Apple Is Going To War Over FBI ‘Backdoor’ Order

Uh oh! You have died before your time and you are there standing with the Maker and discussing your available options, which are: Go back as a donkey, Go back as a walrus, Go back as a cockroach, Go back as a completely different person of 40, your choice of gender, Stay dead. What would you choose and why? If you chose the ‘stay dead’ option, why did you do that?

Art by Fiona Staples in Brian K. Vaughan’s comic series: Saga

Are you kidding me? I think I would like to go back as a walrus living in the arctic! I need to be a representative for the region if global warming continues to be an issue! I would be exploring a new terrain that I would probably never do as a human. Since I would be quite sociable, I’ll be sure to pose for National Geographic paparazzi! 😀

As always, thanks for reading or scrolling! Have a great day! 🙂

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 21

The song, “Stacie’s Mom”, was very popular during the time I was in high school. It’s about a young boy’s infatuation with his girlfriend’s mother which obviously isn’t going anywhere. I first heard of the song on a Dr.Pepper commercial. A few of my friends would create parodies of the song when someone’s mom does something awesome like “Colin’s Mom”.

Here is the funny Dr.Pepper commercial with the incredible soccer mom and her mini-van! 🙂

Calculus took up a chunk of my high school life! It’s where most of us learned the various types of infinity and its uses in limits and continuity. The Mathematics Stack Exchange explores more about infinity in its forums. When most of us were struggling with the process of learning calculus, our mothers intervened and offered support. Some of the moms got together and baked cookies for our weekend group studies so that we would pass our tests. 😀

The original video is meant for mature audiences. 😉

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