Nation’s Top Party Schools

Below is a list made by the Princeton Review of the United States top twenty party schools. I’m surprised to see University of Texas so high- it is supposed to have really good academics. Guess I picked the wrong college!

1. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
2. University of Mississippi, University, Miss.
3. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
4. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
5. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
6. Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va.
7. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
8. University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
9. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
10. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
11. University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.
12. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
13. University of Colorado, Boulder, Co.
14. Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
15. Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
16. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
17. Arizona State University, Tempe, Az.
18. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
19. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
20. Loyola University-New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

I’m sensing an east coast bias in this survey- there are only a few West Coast schools here and the legendary ASU is only ranking in at #17. ASU is coke & blond hooker from California heaven!

Joel Goes Skydiving at Skydive Snohomish

On Sunday, I went skydiving with Skydive Snohomish. ‚ Plato came up with the idea of going skydiving a while back and asked if I wanted to join him. ‚ We arrived at Skydive Snohomish at 3 pm and had the bad luck to be scheduled to go last that day, so we hung out till around 5:30 pm until it was our turn. ‚ The plane we skydived out of was pretty small and we were squished on the ride up, but it was well worth it when it came to leap out. ‚ I did a tandem jump, which meant that I had an instructor on my back. ‚ 

Right before we were about to jump, Plato shouted over the engine noise, “See you in hell!” ‚ I couldn’t hear what he had said, so the pilot turned to me and grinned and said, “He said good luck!” haha. ‚ 

Skydiving was quite a rush, but it was over fast. ‚ Leaping out of a plane and tumbling through the air 12,000 feet above terra firma is quite an experience. ‚ It took me a moment to remember to uncurl myself into the skydiving position (legs out and back and arms back… the goal is to use your limbs like streamers to keep your body stabilized as you fall). ‚ When I got myself into the correct position, the instructor did a couple of different spins before deploying the parachute. ‚ The actual freefalling experience was over really quickly… we fell for about 50 seconds then had our parachute deployed. ‚ Also, I had expected a huge shock when the parachute deployed but I actually barely noticed it, just a couple little bumps. ‚ The rest of the ride down to the ground took about 4 or 5 minutes and was pretty fun.

Once I was back on the ground, I walked over to Plato who was laughing hysterically and said that he had had an amazing time. ‚ I thought it was a fun thrill, but I’m not sure if I’ll pay another $250 to do it again. ‚ Actually, I paid an extra $25 to go up 2,000 feet higher from 10,000 feet to 12,000 feet… and after I was done I calculated out the cost and found out it was the most expensive 11 seconds of my life so far. ‚ (2000 feet divided by 176 feet per second fall rate = 11 seconds). ‚ $25 /11 = $2.2 per second = $8,100 per hour lol.

The worst part of the whole experience for me came later… I tend to get motion sickness and tumbling from 12,000 feet kind of messes with your equilibrium. ‚ It took me a couple of hours and a couple of drinks to get back to feeling normal again.

Anyways, it was an interesting life experience and I recommend skydiving to anyone who hasn’t gone yet. ‚ If you are interested in going to Skydive Snohomish, call 360-568-7703 to sign up. ‚ Please mention my name and I get $10 towards my next skydiving trip… and you get $10 off your skydive!!!

Google Chrome Review

Google just released its new web browser, Google Chrome and I am going to do a short

Google Chrome Review below. ‚ You can download Google Chrome by visiting this site:‚ http://tools.google.com/chrome/

Google Chrome has a bunch of new features that are pretty cool. ‚ One of the primary features you will notice right away is that instead of having one box for typing in addresses and another for doing a Google or Live search, you use the same intelligent box for both. ‚ Google Chrome uses Google search to help you search and it recognizes if you are trying to go to a web address instead.

Google Chrome is the newest internet browser.
Google Chrome is the newest internet browser.

The single coolest feature offered by Google Chrome over Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer is the ability to drag tabs out to create a new window or drag tabs between various open windows. ‚ I typically do a lot of my web browsing with many tabs open at a time and I have wished for this feature for a long time.

Google Chrome also is much better at handling crashes because each tab is its own seperate process. ‚ This means that when one tab crashes, you don’t lose your entire session of all windows you had open. ‚  Pretty amazing.

Another interesting feature is the ability to run web applications without opening a browser. ‚ I am not sure how this works yet, but I’ll be digging into it soon.

For you married men who look at porn and don’t want your wife & kids finding out, Google Chrome also has an incognito mode which does not save the pages you are looking at to your web history.

Google Chrome also has a variety of other features that I’m not going to get into in this review, including protection from phishing & spam sites, instant bookmarking and unobtrusive download management.

Why did Google decide to launch a browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox? ‚ I think that Google is not targetting Firefox in this effort nearly so much as Microsoft. ‚ Google is concerned that Microsoft could make some tweaks to Internet Explorer that would discourage users from visiting the core product in Google’s portfolio- it’s search engine google.com. ‚ Google Chrome is intended to give Google a foot in the door of the browser market so that it can better protect it’s business interests. ‚ 

Big portions of computing have started to move to be web based and this trend is going to continue to accelerate as time goes on. ‚ Most people don’t have the technical know-how to maintain computing machines, so it makes more sense to have elite tech workers maintain servers that do most of the computing work. ‚ People also want to be able to access their desktop and applications from anywhere, not just their home computer. ‚ I think that Google Chrome is a part of Google’s grand business plan to continue to hold market leadership in the web applications arena. ‚ ‚ 

What do you guys think about Google Chrome? ‚ Anyone else have Google Chrome reviews?