Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Christmas in Florida

Hey Wildcats! I hope you all had an awesome holiday season... I know I sure did.  You all know how much I love Utah and the snow, but sometimes a wildcat needs some sun.  That's exactly what Santa brought me this year (I guess I was better this year than I thought!) Anyways, I went to Florida.  Ever since I was a little kitten I have wanted to visit the Kennedy Space Center and I finally got my chance.  It was even better than I expected and I highly recommend it.  Check out the pics and leave me a comment!

 Those were even bigger in real life. 
 I heard somewhere that they make these with a place for my tail and paws... maybe next Christmas?
 Uncle NASA needs YOU.
Can you say "dream come true"?  I sure can.  Kennedy Space Center.
It's always good to see old friends. 

For more photos go Here

IMPORTANT:  My friends over at Weber State Continuing Education are putting on a photo contest to win a free KINDLE! Who doesn't want a kindle? let alone a FREE one? All you have to do is go here and submit a photo of your favorite place to study.  Do it. You know you want to.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Only Waldo can go to China.

Nín hǎo!

My buddy Sam and I recently traveled to China as part of a travel abroad program for Visual Communication students. In addition to WSU, students from the University of Maryland and a couple of art and design universities in China participated. We sent eight days in Jinan, China.

As part of our trip we collaborated and created interesting graphic design pieces that we ultimately installed in a gallery at the Shandong University of Art and Design. The university hosted several different workshops and ours, the Visual Communication workshop, under the topic of Family and Growth, received first place. We explored the many differences between American and Chinese cultures.

In China, everything was different for the Americans. We stood out in a crowd and knew nothing of the local language, except “hello” and “thank you,” which don’t get you very far in casual conversation. Most of our communication with the non–English speaking Chinese felt like a game of charades (which is even tougher when you don't have opposable thumbs). It was interesting, but the language barrier was the main inhibitor of progress. It made the lectures and design process very slow. In the end though, everything was completed on time and looked great.

Mealtime was odd. The food was so much different from typical American cuisine (and our own “Chinese” food). Tastes and textures were often the exact opposite of what they appeared to be, which was both an ongoing joke as well as a bit of a disappointment. Some foods turned out to be delicious, though, and considering all the uncertainty, it was important to stock up on those few foods that we knew we liked.

All in all, the trip was amazing. It was a huge inconvenience to have left in the middle of the semester, but I would definitely do it all again.
Here is a small group of us students from our workshop. In this photo there are five students from Chinese universities, two students from the University of Maryland, and three of us from Weber State University.
This is the group from Weber State University during the gallery installation. From left: Britni, Sam DeMastrie, professor Biddle, Aaron, Monique, Jamie, and Kacey.

Gift–giving is a tradition in China, so everyone was very pleased when I handed out our bandanas. Little did I know, the Chinese have no idea what bandanas are, or what they are used for.

Lunchtime at the university. Food is always served buffet–style and ranges from fish to fresh fruit. It's difficult to describe real Chinese food to traditional Americans—all tastes, textures, and temperatures are so different from anything we're used to. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not.

My buddy Sam at the Confucius Temple. This is only one of many buildings that populate a very large complex full of ancient sculpture, architecture, and artifacts.

This critter at the end of my chopsticks is a scorpion. Surprisingly, it tasted a lot less offensive than some of the "normal" food.
Am I the best wingman or what? My buddy Sam with some of the design students from the other universities. I don't even want to think about what he spends on international calling.

 See the rest of my photos from the trip here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Are you ready for some Football??

If you missed the football game on Friday night, you sure missed out! The Wildcats won over the Portland State Vikings 44-41. Just when it looked like the Vikings were going to win, the Wildcats scored a touchdown with 21 seconds to go!  Now that's what I call Wildcat football.  

I was there before the game tailgating, as always.  I rocked it on the Rock Band (I stick with the drums or vocals since guitar requires those stupid opposable thumbs), ate some delicious sandwiches with some future Wildcats and met lots of new friends.  Thanks to everyone who came! 

Future Wildcats! 

There's nothing quite like kissing a wildcat

Grrrrrr.  That's what I call fierce.

 Sandwiches with some pretty Wildcat ladies.  

I'm thinking about rocking this look for the next game.  What do you think? Should I dye my mane purple?

I gave these girls my number in case they need a personal campus tour.  

These girls ROCKED IT.  We had an awesome jam sesh.  

For more pics of the tailgate go here

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wildcat Techies UNITE!

 Today on campus was the Wildcat Tech expo.  IT. WAS. AWESOME.  I'm sure all the wildcats who showed up are glad they did. Companies from all over the state showed up to show off their cool products.  Everyone from Dakine to T-Mobile to Skullcandy was there giving out awesome prizes.  There was also no shortage of wildcat hotties and being the charismatic cat that I am, I managed to get pictures (and digits) with most of them.
I can almost taste the snow in my whiskers... can't wait for some serious boarding this season.

  Pretty eyes, gorgeous smile, AND she bleeds purple.  What more could a guy ask for?

Jus' chillin' with my boys at the tech expo.

 These guys let me try out their DJ equipment. Not to toot my own horn, but I totally laid down some pretty sick beats.

 What can I say? I've always had a thing for large, multicolored, quilted turtles.

Some other buddies I met at the tech fair.  

Pretty ladies at the sign-in table.  It's good to be a wildcat.

After a long day, I decided to curl up next to this big teddy bear looking thing.  Even wildcats need cat naps.

For more pics of my day, go here

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cats Pull Off Homecoming Win!

Wow it was a great day for football at the Homecoming game this year. We beat UC Davis 20-9 for the win. Check out these great shots from the game. 

You can see more of my photos from the game on my facebook page or my flickr.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I bet Ogden wears a shirt that says Bill Allred is Awesome

Wow, this was a lot of fun. If you're a long time FoP like I am, you really need to catch the live show. Coach Mac talked about our big win the other night when the lights went out. Apparently if it went to one more overtime, it goes to swords and pistols on the 50 yard line.

Like father, like huckleberry ice cream

The Purple Pak (sic) stopped by with their new ice cream sandwiches. They are huckleberry and they are delicious. Dylan, Bill's son, also stopped by to talk about the broadcasting program at WSU, and his show on KWCR (the aptly titled The Late, Late, Late, Late, Late Show). which you can learn more about here

The Voice of Wildcat Hoops

Rob Alexander stopped by to chat about WSU history and his role in development at the university. He hasn't missed a WSU basketball game since the Nixon administration.

The Gang's All Here.

So Kerry, Bill and Gina show up right before six and immediately get to work. Bill is wearing his Ogden is Awesome shirt with great pride. I am surprised how many dedicated FoP's are here this early.

Radio from Hell @ Weber State University

Had to help Richie get things set up. Can't wait for the gang to get here.

Wow, it's REALLY early.