Monday, January 31, 2011

Half Ninja, Half Supercomputer

This is going to be a tribute to probably the single greatest mind I have ever encountered- Andrew.

That's the truth, there's no other way to say it. Some people are especially good at one thing: like skateboarding, or public speaking, or rock climbing, and that's their claim to fame. Some people are well rounded, being decent at several things without standing out much in any area in particular.

Andrew puts all of these people to shame with his seemingly infinite capacity for knowledge and its application. In high school, I was often finding myself going to my teachers for help and getting frustrated when they just parroted their in class lesson- the thing that had confused me in the first place. My response to their ineptitude was going to Andrew. Remember that he's only a year older than me when I say that he probably understood most of the scientific curriculum better than the people teaching it. He's capable of breaking ideas down into their simplest, most basic parts, and reassembling them in a manner that almost forces the lightbulb in your head to go on. It often feels like you invented the topic yourself afterwards.

I honestly don't think I've done him justice quite yet. To try to put things in better perspective: my grampa (dad's dad) is a physicist. He lives in a retirement complex (it's not assisted living or anything, but that sounds better than "place you can find lots of old people") where he has his own lab he's made in a back room. He still does all kinds of experiments with equipment that transcends anything I will ever be capable of understanding.

Basically, Grampa Keeler knows his stuff.

Andrew argues with this man about physics- he argues with a TOP NOTCH PHYSICIST- for FUN. THAT IS HOW SMART HE IS.

The only argument I ever beat him in was when he tried to convince me that you could turn a square into a circle if you fold the corners enough times. I'm pretty sure he still thinks he's right, even though in this case he's not, but you get the point. Never go head to head with Andrew, because you will be humiliated.

Oh, and he's also training himself to be able to use swords.
He owns two training swords, a katana and a longsword, both double handed. At first I thought he was being ridiculous- after all, he had bought a textbook-sized training manual on how to use them, and was reading it religiously- but then I realized, wait.

Andrew knows how to sword fight. I definitely have never known how to sword fight. He can now beat me senseless as if his arms were about 7 feet long, something I could obviously never compete with.

I "dueled" him once, too... and not surprisingly was handed my butt on a platter, figuratively speaking. It's a much more intricate- and difficult- art than I would have anticipated.

Not to mention the practice swords are heavy, and I have the hand-eye coordination of a squirrel made of chocolate. Messy, very confused, and easily defeated.

Don't get me wrong though- Andrew and I, we're an interesting pair. He's 100% intelligence, I'm the creative and artistic one. He thinks about things logically, I come at arguments from a more round-about approach. I'm always right, but he's always right too. We're mentally like black and white.

That doesn't hurt anything, though. Probably my top ten best/ most interesting conversations were debates or arguments with him. Both of us are convinced that our approach or opinion is the best, and the only way the other is going to see that is if we beat our point of view into the others head.

Verbally, of course. :)

No one comes close to him. He's not the most outspoken person, but I think we compliment each other the best.

I'm going to take a break from bios for the next post, just to mix things up a bit. I've done a bunch of them lately.

I'm wondering who you want me to do the next one on, though. Ooo, look up there! A poll! You should totally vote on it. Do it. I dare you.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weather Forecast of MAGICAL EXCELLENCE

I promise you all I have absolutely no time this weekend for anything, except for right now (12:30 at night- hardly a good time for doing anything) but on Monday I will start working on a bio for Andrew unless someone tells me to put it off for something they think is better.

Also, on a slightly personal note, I think I like doing bios. Anyway, goodnight world, see you next week.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

People Person

One of the things that people have requested I do is more bios on my college buddies. Apparently those are interesting? If they're not, again, I won't know unless people TELL ME.

So, since no one has told me otherwise, today I'm going to do Kelsey Huck. I'm sure I've mentioned her in earlier posts, but just as a reminder:

Kelsey is one of the few people who I'm friends with outside of the swim team. Admittedly the only reason I know her is because she was a part of my Archways group (Team Grit ftw), but that doesn't diminish how awesome she is at all. SWIMMERS AREN'T THE ONLY COOL PEOPLE OUT THERE.

One of the things I found out right off the bat is that she likes- LOVES- hats. She is one of those girls who becomes infatuated with almost any kind of hat, and wants to wear it even if it's yours. She will ask you nicely the first time, but after that you have to hold onto it a little more carefully: she'll steal it right off your head.
She also apparently likes my hat a LOT.

But, I mean, in the long run it's not so bad. I'm pretty sure the longest I've had her steal it is only 5 days or so. No big deal.

Lately though she has taken to getting her own hats, so I don't have to worry about losing feeling in my face anymore. To everyone back home, in case I haven't already told you, Kentucky can get freakishly cold due to wind chill.

At the end of the Archways trip, the whole crew of people was hanging out in the basement of one of the buildings on campus- sort of a "last time together" deal. I was sitting by Kelsey and Taryn when one of the other guys challenged me to speed ball. Kelsey asked if she could see my iPod while I was up playing. Sure, why not. I handed it over and proceeded to get slaughtered at the game.

After about 20 minutes of constant embarrassment, I gave up and went back to Kelsey. She was pretty excited, talking about how we had a lot of the same music and how much she liked what I had.

Now, I'm used to most people MAKING FUN of me for the music I listen to, but Kelsey hangs out with me in the Student Center and we listen to music together. I know, it's a little weird, but rapping along to In The End by Linkin Park with her was one of the more awesome parts of my week so far.

Another way that she stands out from most people is that she is a double- sided coin. Normally that would have a negative connotation, I know, but in Kelsey's case that is definitely not true. She is one part fun loving, excited, easy to tease and get teased by... and one part drop dead serious about the things that she needs to be for. It's really quite funny, because she's one of the people who laughs at me the most but also one of the first people I think of when I need advice or solace for something.

So here's to you, Kelsey! You're doing a good job. Keep up the effort :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I Resemble That Remark

The other day in my Music and Art Appreciation class, the teacher made a joke about how idiophones (a type of instrument) made noise by violently shaking idiots.