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Programming: TAMU vs. t.u. Football ’11

Posted May 7, 2011

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Life without Facebook

Posted April 17, 2011

Me:*takes a seat in a chair under a flood light* Um… hi. My name is Ruiz.

All of you: Hiiiii Ruizzzzzz.

Me: For about three years, I had a bad addiction to this drug called Facebook. I couldn’t stop using and it was taking over my life. But I’m glad to say today that I have been Facebook-free for over 6 months.

All of you: *clapping*

Okay, so it wasn’t anything like that, but throughout the time that I used Facebook, it quickly became a very unproductive tool. I flagged my account for permanent deletion (not suspension) and it was officially deleted for good on October 7, 2010. It isn’t common for people to delete their Facebook accounts. I don’t see any reason for anyone to do so if they feel the need to have one. But why me? I didn’t appear to have any problems with it. I never complained about it. I had plenty of friends, photos, and status updates to go around. But why would I leave it all just like that? Furthermore, how does it feel now that it’s gone? Well there’s causes and there’s effects.

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w=mg: The fallen state of my college career and how to accelerate it back up

Posted April 8, 2011

Do I look smart to you? Do I seem intelligent? Is there a certain level of sophistication that I affiliate myself with? If your answer is no, then chances are I’d agree with you. I graduated from high school in 2008 and it’s quite clear that I’ve been in college for quite some time now. The only problem? I’m dangerously behind.

What’s the problem?

The drop

Earlier this semester, I dropped Mechanical Physics because the material was too difficult for me and I was not prepared for it. Most of my time went into this class, yet the worst results came out of it. It was time to let go. By doing so, I’ve added another item to my ever-growing list of college career setbacks.

The big picture

How behind am I? Lets put this into perspective. If I never had any academic setbacks in my life, if never had to attend middle school for a fourth year, if I went straight to a university after graduating high school, and if I committed to being a full-time student instead of a full-time employee, then I would most likely be graduating this year. Simple as that. But no, I am behind by at least two years. I know so many people who are graduating this year and I am proud of each and every one of them. These are people I had class with dating all the way back to Pre-Kindergarten. Unfortunately, it also brings out the guilt in me, knowing that I could have been one of them too. I’m growing older every day and the last thing I want to do is continuously rely on my family to take care of me. It’s getting to the point that I need to show responsibility and take care of them, but I can’t do it if I keep hammering nails into my college career coffin like this.

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The Big Event 2011

Posted March 26, 2011

The Big Event is today. It’s the largest student-run, one-day service project in the entire nation where Texas A&M students go out and help out the surrounding community of Bryan and College Station. Students will perform a wide variety of tasks, such as painting, cleaning, etc. The event is supposed to “promote campus and community unity as students come together to express their gratitude for the support form the surrounding community.” It’s basically our way of saying thanks. Kind of weird, considering that the community hasn’t really given me anything. But that’s not the reason why I will be participating in The Big Event for the first time this year. I’m simply doing it because I want to… and maybe because feel that I haven’t done enough community work in my lifetime. I will supposedly be cleaning windows, raking leaves, weeding flower beds, and spreading mulch. Bummer, I kind of wanted to paint or do something that won’t get ruined one week later. Ah well, easy community work is easy. It’ll be a good day.

After all of the nitty-gritty is done with, there will be a “thank you” concert with Lee DeWyze, winner of American Idol Season 9, and it’s freeee. I’m unsure if I want to attend, or just work on schoolwork for the rest of the night. Ah, choices choices…


Computer Science: Three steps for success

Posted March 24, 2011

Earlier today, I attended my Technical Writing class to listen to a speech that I have to write a short technical essay about. The essays are never really difficult. The goal is to keep them short and simple, but informational at the same time. Out of all of the speeches that I attended for this class, this is probably one speech that reached out to me, stole my attention, and peaked my interests the most. To just write a short technical essay where I can’t truly express my mind about it is not enough.

James Caverlee is a TAMU Assistant Professor who spoke to us about the history of information: the origins of organizing information, how it has evolved over centuries, and how the internet has played what is possibly the biggest role in evolving it. If you need the answer to a question, where do you usually go most of the time? Yeah, Google, duh. The internet has made an astounding impact on the way that we spread ideas, puslish content, buy products, and share memories. He also talked about potential dangers of sharing your information which reminded me of a very recent cover story for TIME that I read. I have always known this, but Caverlee does such an amazing job of actually explaining it. I’ve written essays and talked about such things from time to time, so everything that he spoke about went hand-in-hand with everything that I believed in. At the end, Caverlee gave some of the best personal advice that I have ever heard a Computer Science speaker give. Though I feel that most of this advice may be better geared toward Computer Science majors, it’s still good advice for anyone striving to be successful. His advice consisted of three simple steps:

1. Go to talks

I get a lot of annoying emails from the university that invites me to different types of talks and seminars that are on campus. I get so many of them that it feels like spam. Anytime I receive them, I immediately delete them. But why? Because I’m apparently too busy doing other things that are much more important. Yeah, of course I am. But in all seriousness, a lot of these talks don’t really seem that interesting to me. Why should I go to a talk about Aerospace Engineering if that isn’t even my major? That’s such a horrible question to ask myself. A better question should be: Why the heck wouldn’t I want to go and listen to an astronaut who has taken the time to come here to speak about his experiences? Experiences such as… well I don’t know… being in space? I mean, that doesn’t sound epic? Perhaps I should be asking myself this question too: Why should I throw away the opportunity to be inspired? What makes me believe that I can inspire others if I haven’t even been inspired myself? I need to attend more talks and seminars. This is free knowledge and information that I’m literally ignoring and throwing away. I know that I won’t have this type of opportunity after I graduate.

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That was Spring Break?

Posted March 21, 2011

So this past week, I spent my Spring Break in Killeen. It went by so fast and it didn’t really feel like a break. Before the break started, the game plan was to focus primarily on work and schoolwork. Unfortunately, everything didn’t seem to go as planned. At the same time, a few upsets were thrown into the mix. Let’s sum it all up.

The Good

Being able to see old Killeen buddies throughout the week was probably the best thing about my break. I’m glad that I was able to catch up with people like Raymond and Matt, who stay in San Antonio and Houston respectively. Not only them, but also Jasmin, Green, Ana, Dustin, Thomas, Devo, Krystle, co-workers, and the Killeen Town Brawlers crew. It was great to see all of them again. Since my life seems to revolve around friends at College Station these days, seeing all of them was like taking a small peek into a time capsule. It’s also great to be around my mother as well as my sister Eunice. I’m not a confident Korean speaker, but I tend to speak more Korean when I’m around my mother these days. She constantly spends her time studying English pronunciation, I should at least do the same for her native language. Throughout the past few summers, I’ve tried to commit time to become fluent in Korean and failed every single time. I want to try and make it work this summer. Being close to mom makes me want to try to become more fluent in Korean by Fall 2011.

I also worked close to 40 hours at Geek Squad during the break. The workload was really insane and it looked like they could really use the help. I’m just glad that I was there to do so. Managers constantly kept thanking me for helping the store, but should they really be? I’m a full-time college student who is able to focus all of my time on studies without having to work. At any period of time, I am able to return home and work as if I had never left. And it’s not even a bad job either. I repair computers and make a decent wage. How many students even have that kind of power and flexibility? Not many. The managers shouldn’t be thanking me, I should be thanking them. My employment with the Killeen Best Buy alone is enough to be thankful for. It really helped make a difference while living in College Station, and I don’t even need to work for their location either.

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