I think I will be posting more often here (I say this all the time don’t I?) starting in the next week or two. I just finished my first round of midterms and my schedule is getting a little easier now, so I have more time to relax.

In other news, I am thoroughly enjoying my time in ROTC and I am getting in very good shape because of it. It is a long process, but I’m seeing changes after not even two months of the program. As I progress and get stronger, I will post some tips or some workout routines we do, as they are all bodyweight exercises and they help a lot.

Also, I have become extremely excited for what’s to come this summer and next year. I have many summer goals written down (I will discuss those later), and next year’s classes are going to be very awesome. I’ve discovered my passion for physics and electricity, so a schedule chock full of electrical engineering classes is just my thing!

Anyway, if you just bear with me, I will start actually posting more often, and I might submit guest posts to other blogs. This blog is sort of just a site to say what is on my mind, but I think I could contribute to blogs about self development. Also, as I have a harder schedule than most other people (waking up very early for ROTC for example), I can give insight for how to handle the schedule, the stress, and the lack of sleep that I sometimes have to go through.

Cheers!

~Sean Kelly

twitter.com/srkelly

The new year is upon us, and my question to you is, what is your resolution? A lot of people do not like resolutions or cannot keep them, but I think we should all at least think about it. Self improvement is always good and this is a great time to form a new habit, set a goal, or live a healthier lifestyle. Saying this, it is also important to stress what kind of resolutions to make. They should be S.M.A.R.T. goals, meaning:

  • Specific. Don’t just say “Run more.” Instead, decide a date to enter a 5K and go for it.
  • Measurable. Instead of “lose weight”, say “lose 5 pounds.”
  • Achievable. Nobody is perfect, and you should not try to achieve the unachievable for your resolution.
  • Realistic. This is self-explanatory…don’t resolve to go to space in 2009. It won’t happen.
  • Timely. Give deadlines for your goals if the goal allows a time frame. For example, say you want to form a certain habit by March 1st or something.

Now for my resolutions-

Drink more water-I have a 1 Liter water container, and I plan to drink at least 2 of these a day of water. I have already been drinking at least 2 Liters of water per day, but I want to continue throughout the year. Water is very good for you and 2 liters is a good amount to drink to stay perfectly hydrated and healthy.

Be more mindful-I have been practicing Zazen and I would like to continue my habit of practicing meditation for at least 10 minutes a day, maybe while I drink my tea (which I have been drinking a lot of over winter break). I will do this until at least February to see if I’m really still seeing benefits.

Get stronger- By February 21st, I hope to be able to do 100 consecutive pushups. I have a very specific workout plan (courtesy of hundredpushups.com) and the date I chose gives me an extra 2 weeks in case I need to redo a week somtime. 8 weeks instead of 6 weeks is still fine I think.

onehundredpushups

Also, I have been running, but since I will be “forced” to run by AFROTC, and enjoy it, I don’t think it is a good example of a new year resolution.

So there you have it, my new resolutions. I am always looking to better myself but this is a good time to take on a few goals :)

So, friends, what are your resolutions?

~Cheers

Sean Kelly

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Oh, and please don’t reply “1280 x 1024″ :)

If you’re like me, you love addicting flash games. Fantastic Contraption is one of the best flash games I have come across, so if you’re bored, you should check it out. You build “contraptions” to get the pink thing to the other pink thing. Sounds weird, but you’ll be challenged to use your brain and think of creative solutions to the problem. Have fun!

http://fantasticcontraption.com/

I loved this video that was on digg recently. It’ll make you “aww.”

A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

It has been quite a while since my last post, and a LOT has happened during that time. Since describing said events would take quite a lot longer than I’m willing to spend on this, I’ll just say that I’ve had an awesome time. I’ve made some changes to my life and done some things I wouldn’t have done before, I’ve made a bunch of new friends, and I’ve been open to many new things and people. I’ve also learned to stay as positive as possible whenever I can. I see so many people here who always complain and always are sad about something. I really do not want to live like that, so I’ve been actively trying to stay happy and positive.

The summer wasn’t quite as exciting as the fall has been so far, but it is worth mentioning. My job has been taught me a lot, and I’m glad I worked where I had to deal with angry people all the time before starting my “new life” at college. Also during the summer, I did some fun things with friends that made summer worthwhile. Besides the baseball games in NYC (as mentioned in my last post), I went to the big apple again to enjoy the city and Central Park with most of my closest friends. I also had one of my favorite meals during that trip, and that was GoGo Curry, a Japanese curry joint on some street in NYC. I worked pretty much all summer and prepared for the next year at college, which is where I am now.

I’ve moved plenty of times in my life, so that wan’t a problem at all. I knew what to bring and I already knew I wouldn’t have major problems with my roomate. Good start. I also had a few friends also attending my school, so if for some reason I had a hard time making friends, I’d have backup, although I’m pretty used to finding my niche in a new environment. I became very comfortable my first week or so and realized that this school was the right choice.

It’s been over a month and I’ve had nothing but fun here. I’ve already changed a lot, and I think I’m all the better for it. I might post more later with some college insight or random shenanigans I’m up to, but for now, I’m out.

Cheers!

~SK

I got a call from a friend of mine the other day asking if I would like to go to two baseball games in New York City. I didn’t jump on the opportunity at first, because of the amount of money it was going to cost, but realized I wouldn’t have another chance at this in my life. Both Yankee stadium and Shea stadium are in their last year, and never again will they both play in the same night (with one day game and one night game…to go to each) and have the phillies play at one of them in these stadiums. So I went.

The day started off with me waking up early to pick people up (went with two friends) and driving to Trenton. The first “problem” of the day occured there, because the train didn’t show up on the platform we were told it would. It went to the next one, and we figured this out in time before it left, so we dodged our first bullet there. After arriving at Penn station and ascending up the stairs to look upon New York City, we decided to look for a place to print out tickets. The tickets were bought the previous night, so they weren’t emailed to us in time to print them at home, so we were in NYC without tickets and without a computer. We searched Starbucks and bookstores before we saw a Burger King sign that said “INTERNET! INTERNET!” and under it had a sign saying they had internet, computers, printing, etc. We jumped at the opportunity and paid two bucks to use the internet and print out multiple copies of our tickets, just so each person had a set in case. BK’s second floor saved us, and we dodged another bullet.

With our tickets in hand, we wandered about NYC for a while before taking the subway to the Yankee’s stadium. We goofed around and had fun there and then found out where our seats were. You probably wouldn’t believe you unless I showed you (and I can), but our seats were in Box 1, row B, which is directly behind home plate. You could even see us on tv we were that close. We could just order food without going to wait in the super long lines (I didn’t because the food is ridiculously expensive) and we were as close as anybody can really get. The Yankees won and the game was amazing. It is safe to say I will never ever get seats that good again.

From there we went back to Times Square to find a place to eat. We chose the ESPN Zone as our first pick and boy was that a good choice. We waited about 20 minutes to be served, and when we got to the server, we were very confused, because she asked if “recliners” would be fine. We hesitantly said yes…but we weren’t sure what she really meant. Turns out, we got literal recliners (called Dreamchairs) in front of HUGE sports screens. The entire wall was multiple sports TVs with every sport that was on, and we were in incredibly comfortable chairs leaning back, getting much needed rest and watching recaps from the game we were just at and watching other games going on. I got a delicious smokehouse burger with a side caesar salad, and was quite suprised at the cost (decent for any restaurant, let alone NYC) and taste of the food.

After that awesome meal, we headed over to the subway again to head to Shea Stadium. I didn’t like this stadium as much, but there were lots of Phillies fans, since it was a Phillies game after all, so that was a plus. Obviously our seats were not as good, but they were still good. The Phillies lost, but we still had a good time. The crowd to get on the subway was crazy, but we managed to get a spot on one. Soon after, it started POURING outside. It was a huge storm and we just missed it. We found out that NJ Transit had a power outage, so we were hoping it would be fixed by the time we got there. The subway ride was quite long, but it seemed to go by fast and it was enjoyable for me.There was a girl, about my age I would guess, on that train that I cannot get out of my head, and I definitely couldn’t while on the subway. She was probably the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen, and she seemed very nice from the way she was talking to her friend. I didn’t catch her name or even get to talk to her, but I think that makes it all the more fun. No words were exchanged, but the locking eye contact we had several times was enough to make my day, if the baseball games didn’t already. I wish I could’ve told her how beautiful her deep green eyes were, but I didn’t, so she will be the mystery girl that I will never see again for now. *sigh* It is times like these where I wanna punch myself for not taking those small opportunites that can never be had again.

From there we got on a train, but we JUST barely got on in time. we were full out running in the train station to get to our train and we got on, but even while we were on, it didn’t seem right. It was very different from the last train we were on, but it turned out to be the right one. It seemed brand new and had two stories to it, while the first one we were on was super old and not good. We got back to Trenton and searched the car garage for my car. What should’ve taken a few minutes took forever. It was six stories tall but the layout of the place was horrible. We searched the whole thing several times, even though we were sure we were on the fourth floor (checked before we left). I still have no idea how we missed it, and we even split up to find it! It was right there, but if you are just walking in the garage you would miss it due to the horrible design of the building. You can only get back to this area from a certain area and it was just stupid. Anyway, we drove home and I finally got to sleep after a long, eventful day.

I’ll remember that day for a loooooong time, if not my whole life. I spent a lot of money, but, even coming from a very frugal person, it was worth every penny.

~SK

Ted Chung directed this short movie, and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d share it with you. I’ve been into these short films lately for some reason… Anyway, the movie is at http://www.pangeaday.org if you’re bored :) link to the film!

I was on digg and saw this comic that is very similar to that film. It goes very deep and it is interesting to think about. The comic is here. PvtJenkins (digg user) wrote this about it: “The way I see it, all that strange Dr. Seuss from hell stuff was the artists way of expressing the chemistry of love brewing up around them and inside them. Notice when he leaves the train at his stop, there’s nothingness. He would have passed up a chance never to come back again. But when he comes back on, it all starts up again. We all know how we see the world through a different lens when in love. I think this was just a twist on that idea.” You should check it out later :)

Peace

~SK

I just came across this blog post that you, if you are into self-development blogs and tips like I am, will probably like.

The blog I’m talking about is thegrowinglife.com and the particular post I just read and loved is here. “Not Being a Real Person: The #1 Self Development Anti-hack.”

Another post he wrote was about getting rid of those “stepping stones” in our life, and what it would be like if we didn’t have these steps in life. That post is here.

Enjoy reading them :)

~SK

I love this online comic XKCD (updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and today’s comic made me smile. To get it you have to have seen the Discovery Channel commercial, but here is the video to it if you haven’t yet seen it:

Once you have seen that, check out the comic @ xkcd.com/442/

XKCD Loves Discovery Channel

:)

I read this article on how certain books can change people’s lives. I couldn’t agree more and I just wanted to think of books that have changed my life somehow.

The Hobbit: This book, which I still absolutely love to this day, got me to love reading as much as I do now. Without this book, I don’t think I would read nearly as much as I do.

The Cleric Quintet: This was my first 1000+ page book and got me into fantasy and got my creativity flowing every time I read it. It also introduced me to a whole genre of books that I have never really paid attention to.

Siddhartha: Siddhartha is one of those books that got me thinking about life and what is really important. I have changed for the better after reading this book. It also taught me that I’m responsible for creating my own happiness.

The Universe in a Nutshell: This is why I’m so incredibly interested in spacetime and the mysteries of the universe. It is written in a way that isn’t too difficult to understand and taught me more than any other book has when it comes to science.

The Boy Scout Handbook: Being in boy scouts as a kid was an awesome experience, and this book helped me along the way. I still have the latest version and it is worn from use. I carry it with me whenever I’m camping or hiking and it is a valuable resourse as well as a book full of memories for me.

Brave New World: Brave New World, even though I only read it this year, made me scared of the future. It makes you step back and say woah, what are we doing here, and should we be doing the things we are doing? Be careful what you wish for, for you may just get it.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: This book taught me the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything: 42. It also showed me that you should know what you want before you try to get it. It put the universe in perspective.

East of Eden: Also a book I only read this year. It taught me that I have a choice. It also gave me one of my life philosophies, which is: “It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.”

These are books that instantly came to my mind when I thought of books that literally changed my life in some way. Not many of you (any?) are readers, but if you do read, I’d like to know what books have had an effect on your life.

Cheers! :D

~SK

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