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Behind the Scenes at the Election Commission: Absentee Voting

One of things we talked about most frequently at the Election Commission was the fact that people just don't realize how much effort goes into an election behind the scenes. A voter doesn't have to do much. Getting an early ballot requires sending in a request, waiting for it to come in the mail, then filling it in and sending it back. You probably think that we process the request, send them a ballot, then just put the returned ballot into a box until election day comes around, right? Oh boy are you wrong!

Behind the Scenes at the Election Commission: Filling Out a Ballot

You wouldn't think filling in some ovals on your ballot would be such a difficult task to complete, but for some people this can really test your skills. Being a part of the opening committee at the election commission, I've now seen some of the weird things that people do with their ballot. Most noteably, the trouble they have with just filling in the ovals! Here are some examples of odd things I've seen people do:

Voted for both the preseident and vice president

Why didn't you respond to my message?

I've found that a lot of people get irritated with me because I never "respond" to their messages, when in reality I only ignore a very small percentage of messages. So, let me explain the process of messaging me so that you'll know exactly what happens. I rarely ever keep my IM windows on my screen, they're always covered up by other windows, and usually my phone is somewhere across the room. I rely solely on the notification sound to tell me that I've received a new message. In the case of my phone, I only use the vibrate settings (which is actually quite loud when sitting on a hard surface) and never use a ringtone. Sometimes, if I'm really focused on something, I merely don't hear anything. Yes, I do get that into some of my programming things sometimes, and when you're playing a game, it can also get quite loud and harder to hear notifications. I do try to check on my messages on my computer and on my phone every once in a while just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Why is My Boss Naked?

I started off sitting in front of a computer (what a surprise) and appeared to be some sort of programmer for a school. I was talking to the dean (who is a woman, it's important later on) about some sort of application submission system for the school, which was apparently a very top-notch school and only selected a few students who applied each year. After the dean left, I find out that I live with another male and a female. The guy seemed to be my boyfriend, I had that feeling that we were in some sort of close relationship, so I'll refer to him as my boyfriend.

Animuson Says the Darndest Things - Volume 1

It's a collection of awkward and sometimes boredline insane conversations that I've had with various people or groups of people, wherever we might have been chatting. I feel selfish keeping them all to myself and not letting the rest of the world share in my (or our) laughter. Don't worry, I've removed any last name or major identifying information so people can't go spam you elsewhere. Enjoy! Warning: Some of these conversations may be deemed inappropriate for younger audiences. Please respect your parent's wishes and only continue if you believe 1000% that they would approve of you reading these things.

Okabu Egg Guide

This game was actually a lot of fun which I definitely wasn't expecting based on the images I had seen beforehand, but I'm a huge fan of the puzzle-type games and figuring out how to get through the levels, rather than just straight-out blowing stuff up with random weapons like most games tend to be. Anyways, the eggs can sometimes be a little hard to spot. A couple of them are completely hidden from view and I just happened to pick them up randomly exploring the map (because I refused to leave the level until I found them). I have to say, the ones near the beginning of the game seemed harder to find. Maybe it's just because I got used to finding them and figured out all the possible hiding places so it wasn't fooling me anymore. Either way, here's a guide to finding all the eggs in Okabu!

Tales of a Supervisor Working at a Supermarket

Working at the supermarket is not all fun and games, you run across some fairly odd and ignorant people who always think they're right and go out of their way to make your life miserable. It's not only the customers, either. Sometimes the employees can turn your life into hell too, especially when you're a supervisor. Now for a collection, or more of a recollection, of memories from my time as a supervisor. I feel like making one of those Law & Order introductions here. "In the retail industry, the attitudes of customers and employees can be especially inappropriate. In supermarkets, the dedicated employees who must put up with these people are known as supervisors. These are their stories. (Dun Dun)"

Who Has the Right of Way?

It's a big issue you may not know about, but there is a scenario in driving that appears very uncommonly but causes quite a bit of confusion when an accident occurs. Suppose you are heading east and you are in the right turn lane to head south. Another car, heading north, made a wrong turn and is in the left turn lane to make a U-turn (assume that it is allowed at this intersection). The person making the U-turn has a green light (not a green turn arrow) and the person making a right turn has a red light and the 'No Right Turn on Red' sign is not lit. If both cars make the turn and collide, who is responsible? Refer to the visual representation below if you are confused.

It's My Opinion, Not Yours

Telling someone to write about an important event in their life is like telling a politician to give a public apology speech. Does the politician really feel sorry for what they did? It's highly unlikely, they're only sorry they got caught, because everyone knows that people tend to believe it's alright to do something as long as you don't get caught doing it. This is because people tend to have different views of themselves than those views they cast upon others. It's alright if they're going twenty miles an hour over the posted speed limit, but if someone else flies by them on the interstate they instantly think, "Wow, where's a cop when you need one?" The same thing goes for everything else in that person's life. If you go up to someone and ask them what the most exciting thing they had ever done was, they'd give you their honest opinion. Yet if you reviewed their life and what all they had done, you might find something else in their life you think is more exciting than what they just told you. If someone doesn't see something in their life as being important, there's not anything you can do about it. It's their life and their opinions. So if they don't see anything in their life as being important, then asking them to write about an important event in their life is meaningless. All you'll end up getting is a load of crap that they made up, just like with a politician's public apology.

Parallels and Parallelograms

This was an external assessment I had to complete for my IB Mathematics SL course in high school that I recently found again and thought I'd share with everyone. I have no idea what grade I ended up getting on this.

What am I reading?

My blogs are random entries that don't pertain to anything in particular. Some represent my life, some represent my ideas, and some are just, well, there. They range from extremely humorous, sarcastic writings to very serious, intriguing hypotheses and other ideas. Hopefully they'll entertain you. If not, talk to the panda (he's on my side).

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