Matter, Energy, and Life of Michael A. Castello.

Tag: frustrations

  • Application Processes

    I have spent the morning (since about 6:50 AM today) working on various application processes, ranging from the stuff required for UMBC’s Health Professions Evaluations Committee (basically the gateway to the med school applications) to scholarships. I’m getting increasingly frustrated with this whole system as I continue to try and force myself into paper in […]

  • Web Grievances

    Whenever a title contains “grievance” one prepares for the worst, so I’ll try to keep the whining to a minimum. It seems I was over-hasty to laud the virtues of Imeem, as Kyle and more recently, I, have discovered its frustrating limitation. It appears that user-uploaded content only plays as a 30-second clip when embedded…

  • Pet Peeves: Listproc n00bs

    Here at UMBC we have a whole lot of listprocs. Every organization, committee, and campus department seems to have one of these email mailing lists to mass-message students who opt-in. Conveniently (or not so, depending on your perspective), there is a system through our campus portal, myUMBC, that allows users to manage what listprocs they…

  • Follow-up

    In reference to the previous post: I do not cheat; I do not plagiarize. What I resent is being treated like a criminal when I have not, and do not plan to, do anything wrong, especially when the defined “crimes” have been deemed permissible by esteemed professors at this university as opposed to a tired…

  • Labs Suck

    Cell Biology lab has put me in a foul mood this afternoon. To be fair, it starts at a disadvantage thanks to the time: 2:30-5:30 on Friday afternoons. However, any remaining grace I may have felt for the class evaporated faster than isopropyl alcohol when my partner Amir and I began the activity. So much…

  • Paul, Go Die

    Paul is one of those few people who can disappear without a trace. He’s also one of those guys whose name is invoked with every question I ask about my hiring with CompUSA. As many of you know, I got the hire confirmation with this store quite some time ago, yet for some reason I still…

  • Vicious Cycle: Helpless

    Parents are the masters at creating vicious cycles for their kids.  I can’t stand it. For some reason, they think that because you’re better off then they were at your age, you’re somehow getting a wonderful deal. I’m sorry, but that sucks. Parents don’t realize that the world changes between their time and ours. And if you had to work…

  • I. Am an Idiot.

    I lost my sunglasses. The sunglasses that I haven’t lost in several years that I love. They’re awesome, not to mention expensive. Oakley. Now sitting in the grass somewhere at a friend’s house, where I travelled all over their neighborhood. Thinking backward: Wears sunglasses while driving. Exiting car, forgets to leave them behind. Stupid. Oh, I didn’t bring my case. Clips to shirt. Stupid.…