Service Water?

Drive-Thru:  Will that complete your order ma’am?

Katie: Could I also have 3 service waters?

Drive-Thru:  Could you repeat that?

Katie:  3 service waters

Drive-Thru:  What was that?

Katie:  3 service waters

Drive-Thru (new person):  Excuse me?

Katie: 3 service waters

-long pause-

Drive-Thru:  That was 3 Citrus Mojo Platters?

Katie:  No, 3 service waters!

-long pause-

Drive-Thru:  Pull up to the front please

-drive up to the window-

Server:  Sorry, I couldn’t understand you, what was that?

Katie:  Could I have 3 service waters?

Server:  Repeat that?

Katie:  3 service waters

Server:  What kind of platters?

Katie:  No, 3 service waters

-blank stare-

Katie:  3 waters

Server:  OH, water!  Sure, no problem

(mumblings in the back “what did she want?” “3 waters”)

-drive off with 3 service waters-

“Service” water theories

What exactly is this “service” water?  Is it something different from “water” water?  Why was the katie so determined to drink this “service water” as opposed to regular water?  Let’s speculate.

Vocabulary Theory – There is no such thing as “service” water.  The katie, being illiterate,  just mistook it for one of these ACTUAL words:

Shower water

Surfer water

Surface water

Safer water

Sewer water

Citrus Mojo Platters

Huang Theory – 3 “servings” of water

Fetch Theory  The term “service water” does not yet exist, but the katie, being unpopular, wants it to become a term so she can then claim credit for coming up with the term, thus becoming popular.

Nuclear Power Plant Service Water Systems Theory – After googling “service water”, the first search result was of Nuclear Power Plant Service Water Systems.  According to this theory, “service water” DOES indeed exist, but as a shorthand for another term.  In this case, it would be referring to the Service Water Systems at any nuclear power plant which is often referred to as “service water”.  If this is actually what the katie was referring to, then the katie would NOT be illiterate at all!

But this theory does lead us into another conundrum: why was the katie wanting to drink nuclear power plant water systems?  It may be possible to EAT nuclear power plant water systems, but to DRINK something that is partially solid and quite massive seems dangerous, if not impossible.  Therefore, we must continue to look for answers.

Mikachu Theory – The katie is ordering service water, in this case service water referring to radioactive water from nuclear power plants, in order to swallow radioactive material.  This will give it super powers so one day it can save the earth.  Although it is likely that the katie would want to get super powers so it can stand out, this theory has one very big hole in it.  The katie would never want to save the world!  Perhaps destroy the world?

 Willard Theory – AsI continued my search on google for the illusive “service water”, I came across an ACTUAL definition for it!

Service water is an oft neglected necessity on hydraulic dredges.  It is one of a number of vital components required to assure efficient and trouble-free dredge operation.

The website’s provided PowerPoint also included several uses for service waters.

“Service water at sufficient volume and pressure is used to:”

  • Lubricate the dredge pump shaft in the packing gland.
  • Cool the pump shaft sleeve and packing.
  • Seal the gap between the pump shaft sleeve and packing.
  • Flush solids out of the gap between the bearing side plate and impeller.
  • Flush abrasive particles out of the rotary cutterhead marine bearings.
  • Flush and lubricates lineshaft marine bearings.
  • Cool hydraulic oil.
  • Cool the engine coolant.
  • Jet loose material near the suction inlet.
  • Jet wash down high banks of material.
  • Drink.

Surprisingly, the last use for service water listed in the bullets was not originally included in the website!  I have taken the liberty to include it there myself because obviously Willard’s list is incomplete.  Service water is very much so used for drinking, as was demonstrated by the katie, who was very eager to drink it.

So, there we have it.  I believe that out of the discussed theories, the last theory, Willard’s Theory, is most likely the correct theory.  Why would the katie be asking for something that does not actually exist?  This does not make sense at all, so we must accept Willard’s Theory, which gives a definition for service water, therefore establishing its existence.

As the demand for service water grows (because hydraulic dredging is becoming a popular pastime for preteens), this term will become more commonplace, so I suggest that you familiarize yourself with this term now as you will need it in the future.

Anime Goals for the Summer

Durarara!!

24 episodes

Recommended by:  Miyu

Thoughts:  Never really heard much about it, but I’ve seen the name a couple of times.  I think it may be because Miyu was mentioning it but I have no idea.

I honestly have no idea what this anime could even be about.  Looks kind of sci-fi/futuristic-ish?  Who knows!  We’ll see!

One Piece

544 episodes (ongoing)

Recommended by:  Andy

Thoughts:  I’ve been watching this throughout the semester when I have free time.  It’s pretty good!  The art style is cute and the stories are alright, but the best part is the crew.

I just got through the part where they find Chopper (whose voice is TAMAMA) and he’s THE BEST.  The crew has interesting members and they can pretty much do anything and you’ll enjoy it just because it’s them (You know, like with Katie and HJK).

Naruto Shippuden

259 episodes (ongoing)

Recommended by:  Katie

Thoughts:  I really liked this series when I was younger, but it just took forever for more episodes to get released.  When you have to wait for like 2 months for a battle to finish, it kind of loses its energy.

Plus, Katie has been begging me to finish this anime for like ever, so I might as well knock this one out.

Sgt. Frog

358 episodes/78 English (ongoing)

Recommended by: Pup

Thoughts:  LOVE this series!  This series is just so funny and light-hearted.  It can be watched in small doses and still be enjoyed, unlike some more serious anime.

I’m only going to watch the English ones because I feel like they’re funnier and the jokes are more relevant than in Japanese.

I’ll definitely start with episode 1 for this one.

FMA: Brotherhood

64 episodes

Recommended by:  Miyu

Thoughts:  I liked the concept of this anime, the art is great, and the characters are likeable.  I guess the only reason I never got far with this anime is lack of time.

I had seen the beginning of the original anime and it was really interesting, but   I’m glad I postponed watching it because now I can watch the better remade version!

Natsume Yuujincho San/Shi

26 episodes
Recommended by:  Myself

Thoughts:  I saw the first 2 seasons and loved them.  I didn’t know there were more seasons available!

This one is mainly about separate short stories, but each story is interesting and the art is great.  Maybe they’ll put more focus on the main character for these next seasons?

Also, it’s Kakashi in talking cat form!

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi

50 episodes

Recommended by:  Andy

Thoughts:  I’m not really even sure about this one.  While I was googling it, I kept finding pictures of girls in their underwear. >__>

Andy insists it’s like the best anime ever, and his last recommendation (Steins Gate) was worth it, so I’ll give this one a shot.  Also, this was listed in the most popular anime, so it might actually be good?

Bunny Drop

11 episodes

Recommended by:  Myself

Thoughts:  Ok, the picture might look like a pedo with his victim, but this anime isn’t about that! (I hope)

It’s about a father raising his daughter or something along those lines.  It got fairly good reviews, and it’s only 11 episodes long, so I thought I might try this one out.

Hopefully, it’s not a copy of Aishiteruze Baby.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

12 episodes

Recommended by:  Myself

Thoughts:  I haven’t seen a magical girl anime since like Cardcaptor Sakura, so it’ll be interesting to see how the genre has changed.

I wasn’t sure if I should watch this before I wrote my manga because it might somehow affect how I write my manga, but I think that it’s better to see what’s current in the magic girl genre so mine can be current too!

Paranoia Agent

13 episodes

Recommended by:  Dash

Thoughts:  Ok, so maybe this wasn’t DIRECTLY recommended by Dash, but I was going through his blog posts and saw this pink thing and now I have to watch it I just have to!!  >___<

More Anime…

  • Nichijou (My Ordinary Life) – 26 episodes
  • Fate/Zero – 13 episodes
  • Tiger & Bunny – 25 episodes
  • Toriko – 52 episodes
  • Un-Go – 11 episodes
  • [C] – 11 episodes
  • Gosick – 24 episodes
  • Mawaru Penduindrum – 24 episodes
  • Hanasaku Iroha – 26 episodes
  • Ano hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day) – 11 episodes

Oh Dash, you dog!

Happy Birthday Dash!

I hope this year will be THE BEST.

Start over fresh, let go of last year.

Dedicate this year to YOURSELF.

Learn more about you.

Try something NEW.

Life gets boring sometimes.

Stay FOCUSED.

If you want something, get it.

Be BOLD.

Why not?

The Hunger Games – Through the Eyes of Someone Who is Too Lazy to Read The Book

The movie had music?

*** I didn’t want to publish this yet, but since I accidentally pressed PUBLISH instead of save draft and SOMEONEAIL already read it, I’m just going to publish it now! ***

THIS MOVIE SUCKED.  I give it a 1 star out of 5.  Why one star if it sucked?  I thought the costumes of the multicolored hair people were nice.

Reasons why I didn’t like it:

  • The camera shook too much.  The angles were weird and the camera was all wobbly.  It made me so dizzy that I had to move further back in the empty theater to prevent throwing up in the middle of the movie.  Really, she kept running through the forest and they could have at least blurred out the forest or something, it made me so dizzy.  The fight scenes looked like they just rolled the camera around on the ground.  I couldn’t see what was going on and looking at it made me want to throw up.  I had to close my eyes during that one scene when that crazy girl attacked the main girl.  It was just too much movement!  The movie left me with a headache and I thought the nausea wouldn’t go away before class.  It took me 2 hours to recover from this movie.
  • The story was slow.  I thought it was one of those 4 hour-long-a-piece trilogy movies… it wasn’t!  : (
  • The main character was bland.  She didn’t have much of a personality did she?  UNLESS HER PERSONALITY WAS STUCK UP.  Then yeah, she did.  I didn’t even feel like she liked her little sister.
  • The side characters had no depth.  I didn’t know the names of any of the side characters.  I didn’t feel connected to any of them at all.  I could care less who dies in the damn Hunger Games!!  I didn’t even feel hatred towards the main enemy, blonde dude.  There was no background info on any other character except that weird pig scene with the one dude (which they kept playing over and over and over again for some reason? O____O)
  • The ending was weird.  Did they put a tiara on her head and end it?  I can’t remember how it ended exactly, I just felt happy it was over.
  • The trailer was better than the actual movie.  For a concept with so much potential, this sure was a painful movie to watch.  The movie trailer had more excitement than the actual movie.

Idk, maybe the book was better than the movie?  Maybe this is just a companion movie to watch after you’ve read the book?  If not, I don’t know how you could have felt anything for anyone or anything in this movie.  It just didn’t do anything for me except make me throw up a little.

To wrap it up:

SCREW YOU HUNGER GAMES SCREW YOU.

Finally

I’m down to my last final exam (Thursday) and things are finally settling down.  This semester was exhausting!  This week, I’ll be updating this blog with everything that’s been going on (hopefully I remember them all) so bare with me!

Summer and Fall Semesters

For Summer, I have it pretty easy.  I’ll have a week before I have to start interning on May 7, then I have a month of Speech class (eek!) which will start near the end of June.

For Fall, my schedule is:

Mondays/Wednesdays:  

Intro to Artificial Intelligence 4:30 – 5:45 pm

Data Modeling 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Tuesdays/Thursdays:

Physics 9:25 – 10:40 am

Legal & Ethical Issues in Computing 1:40 – 2:55 pm

Operating Systems 3:05 – 4:20 pm

Fridays:

Physics 9:25 – 10:40 am

Physics Lab 1:00 – 3:50 pm

(meaning…  Fall should be hell compared to this semester)

List of Things I’ll Finally Get to Do

  • Work on my manga!
  • Practice drawing
  • Start a deviantArt
  • Blog (also read everyone’s blogs!)
  • Watch anime
  • Update my music
  • Organize my folders
  • Practice coding

(Note***  I’m slowly getting started on reading everyone’s blogs today, but I won’t be able to fully read them all until after Thursday.  KEEP THEM INTERESTING BECAUSE I READ THEM WHILE I EAT THANKS)

Steins Gate

************* Contains spoilers!  Do not read until after watching the anime!  If you just want an overall opinion on the anime without spoilers, just go to the very last section.

OK, so I just finished a series called Steins Gate.  I said I wouldn’t write a blog until the semester is over, but I have to write this down before I forget it.

A quick overview of the anime

Steins Gate is an anime about time travel.  The basic concept is that once you change something in the past, the future changes, and so the world splits into different world lines: one world line in which the original event happened, and another world line where the event changed.  For example, if I went back into the past and gave myself the numbers for tomorrow’s lottery, the change is big enough to trigger the world to split into two world lines, one in which I never got the lottery ticket and another in which I won the lottery.  The two lines would exist at the same time and both would continue to play out forever.  The main character is supposedly the only person who can retain memories between world lines.  His goal is to change the future so that World War III won’t happen and the world will not end in a dystopia.

Questions/Inconsistencies

What determines if an event is significant enough that it can’t be changed?  Why was Mayuri fated to die in world line A no matter what, but Kurisu’s death could be faked?  Shouldn’t the same rules apply in all world lines?  If Kurisu is REALLY fated to die, why could it be prevented?  For Mayuri’s death, fate always got her NO MATTER WHAT, even when Okarin successfully stopped SERN’s attacks.  This doesn’t make sense!

How can Okarin change the past without affecting the current future if it was something as big as preventing Kurisu’s death?  Future Okarin tells himself that Kurisu’s death needs to be faked because past Okarin needs to witness her death in order for him to be driven enough to create a time machine to save her in the future.  HUH?  This means that the past Okarin would live a life in which he was so driven by Kurisu’s death to dedicate his entire life to creating a time machine WHILE SHE’S STILL ALIVE.  Could he really be that dense that he’d be oblivious of Kurisu being alive while he worked on a time machine to save her for 15 YEARS?  Isn’t Kurisu some kind of renowned scientist that’s known worldwide?  How could he not notice that she was alive still?  It doesn’t seem plausible to change the past of something with that much impact without changing the current future.  This doesn’t make sense!

Who sustains memories/dreams of other world gates?  When Okarin is supposedly already in Steins Gate, Mayuri has a memory of Kurisu being inside the lab with them, even though that had happened in a different world gate.  Doesn’t that mean that even though they’re in Steins Gate, they’ll have memories of the preexisting world gates that end in dystopia?  As long as the other world lines exist, the people in Steins Gate should supposedly continue to have nightmares about all the bad things that happen in other gates!  Also, won’t the people in the dystopia have memories of Steins Gate?  Why do only certain people sustain memories of other world gates?  This doesn’t make sense!

What’s the point in changing  what happens in a world line if the other world lines will continue to exist and ultimately end in a dystopia?  If the other world lines that end in dystopia continue to exist and play out, the dystopia is never really being prevented, they’re just creating a new better world line for other copies of themselves.  The other people, including the people from the original gate, Gate B, are fated to stay in their world line forever which includes the inevitable future (-cough-WWII-cough).  If this is the case, WHO CARES ABOUT THE OTHER PEOPLE?  You’ll still have to stay in your own world line in which you’ll never escape your fate anyways!  (unless of course you’re Okarin)

What determines Steins Gate anyways?  Stein’s Gate is supposedly the perfect world line in which WWIII doesn’t occur, but wouldn’t there be other world lines in which WWIII didn’t happen exist as well?  Like let’s say in world line A, where Mayuri dies, that world’s Okarin becomes so upset about her death that he decides to create a time machine or whatever in the future that will change the past without affecting the current future (just like world line B Okarin did with Kurisu’s death) which produces ANOTHER world line in which WWIII didn’t happen AND Mayuri and Kurisu never died!  Then there would be TWO Steins Gates right!  This doesn’t make sense!

Review of the anime:

Episodes 1-13:  It’s slow as hell and really confusing, but you try not to fall asleep and hope that the confusion will be explained later.

Episodes 14-22:  Things are starting to make more sense and you start to get an idea of how this all works, but hope that it’ll all make sense at the end.

Episodes 23-25:  It’s the end and it still doesn’t make sense.

Something to think about…

Oh yeah, you know where in the beginning his whole goal was to stop World War III from happening?  IT TURNS OUT, all he had to do to prevent the whole war was to put an extra 100 yen inside the toy machine so that Mayuri wouldn’t get the metal toy bear.  DOT DOT DOT much?

Conclusion

Ok, so this anime was full of inconsistencies with a painfully boring and confusing beginning and an unsatisfying and still confusing ending.  They never really clear up a lot of the questions I had throughout the anime, but I’m definitely glad I watched it.

The story had strong characters with an amazing main character.  Honestly, Okarin’s character is one of the best characters I’ve seen in an anime.   His character has depth and his development throughout the series is impressive.  You can see his transformation from this geeky and almost annoying science fanatic who is curious about time travel and obsessed with getting famous to a driven, serious, and passionate scientist who is dedicated to solving the mysteries of time travel for the people who are most important to him.

He starts off wanting to become the “Messiah” who will save the world from World War III and overthrow the oppressive organization known as SERN, but somewhere in the middle he completely forgets about the world and its impending dystopia and is even willing to give SERN anything they want as long as he can put things back to the way they were.  The ONLY thing that matters to him is saving  the most important person in his life, and he tries and tries to save her, desperately.   His dedication to Mayuri is admirable and his struggles throughout the anime are convincing!  As he races through time trying to save someone so important to him (Mayuri), you just can’t help but root him on.  In the end, when it turns out that the only way to save his Mayuri is to sacrifice the second most important person to him, you can’t help but feel bad for the guy!

The supporting characters also have solid personalities and development.  There wasn’t a character that didn’t have a purpose, which is always a good thing in an anime.  Each character ends up having to sacrifice the most important things to them in order to save their friend.  I have to admit, when Feyris ends up having to sacrifice her father, I felt heartbroken!  But when you see how desperately Okarin wants and needs Mayuri to live, you just know that Feyris has to sacrifice her dad.

It makes you wonder, if you could change the past, what would you change?  Would you still change it knowing that it could potentially change your future drastically?  Would you change it if you knew that you could risk losing someone important to you?

The anime’s art is stunning and the story is thought-provoking (mainly, “HUH, that doesn’t make sense!” moments) and unsettling (is this a good thing? idek).   It really does give you another perspective on the time traveling concept (with multiple world lines).  However, if time traveling really worked like this, my conclusion would be who cares about changing the past?  It wouldn’t affect me either way!

Next Morning Thoughts

You know, I’ve decided, this anime WAS really good.  I guess it didn’t really impress me last night because I was unsatisfied with the ending and kind of outraged about the inconsistencies with the time traveling logic.  Thinking back at it now, this anime was much better than a lot of anime I’ve seen.  There were scenes that genuinely terrified me, scenes that broke my heart, scenes that had me cheering the mad scientist on, and generally just had me glued to my screen.

The anime had me constantly thinking throughout the entire anime as well.  Throughout the entire series I would wonder, “but what if this happened…”, “but how would you explain…”, etc.  It was just like you were right there with the mad scientist trying to figure out how you could solve the problems of time traveling!  The anime kept you involved for sure!

The concepts were exceptionally interesting too, I mean it left me wanting to know more about time traveling and had me googling John Titor and Everett’s many-worlds interpretation of time travel.

The only problem I saw with the anime is its inability to explain holes in the time traveling logic, but if the logic was perfect, I guess there wouldn’t be any other time traveling theories out there, right?  At least it’ll spark interest about the theories and have you thinking for yourself how time travel could really work.

Like I said before, the characters were fantastic and the art was just amazing.  The anime keeps you thinking to the point that you’re still thinking about it when you go to bed.  An anime really has to be something if it leaves such a heavy impact!

If you have 8 hours to spare, I suggest you try watching the anime yourself!  Watch it with an open mind though, unlike me, who had already gotten the impression that it was supposed to be the BEST anime ever and was expecting too much from it.  Just be patient with the slow beginning because all of it is important to the main story.

All in all, very good Steins Gate!  VERY GOOD.  BUENO.

Upcoming Schedule

It’s down to the final 4 weeks of the semester and here’s what I have lined up:

Week 1

Tuesday: Networking assignment 2

Thursday: System Software paper review

Week 2

Tuesday: Networking demo 2

Thursday: Complete System Software assembler program

Friday: Automata program 2

Week 3

Tuesday: Networking paper/exam

Wednesday: Hardware final

Week 4

Thursday: System software final

SO, I need to knock out as many of these I can during the weekends or they’re all potential all-nighters!  I’ll do my blog updates of everything that has been happening sometime after all these have settled down.  See you then!