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a braver thing

the following is a short story that i read in a science fiction course that i took. i fell in love with this story, and i was finally able to find it online. if you actually take the time to read it, i hope you enjoy it.

charles sheffield – a braver thing (pdf)

is hell exothermic or endothermic?

so i found this a couple years ago, but i just rediscovered it today. now, i’m not sure exactly which college this is from (as the internet has about 1000 different, “this is a real essay question from…”), or if it’s even real, but heck, it’s hilarious and witty no matter what. now there are two different versions of this online (the endings are different), but i think this one is definitely the better one. so if you’ve seen this before, enjoy it again, and if you haven’t, well, i hope you find this as amusing as i do!

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same , the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct…leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a Divine Being, which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, “Oh, My God.”

the end of an era

now, i hate to be admitting this as a junior in college, but i love the tv show hannah montana. absolutely love it. the series debuted on march 24, 2006. and i’ve been in love ever since. in fact, i bought the best of both worlds single on june 4, 2006. and now here i am, nearly 5 years later buying songs off of the hannah montana forever soundtrack and singing along.

unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and on sunday january 16th, the series aired its final episode. i put off watching it until yesterday because i figured as long as i didn’t watch it, it wouldn’t end. i was terrified as how it would end. i would have been utterly crushed had i not liked the ending. but thankfully, the ending was perfect. absolutely perfect. i will openly admit that i was an emotional mess at the end. i couldn’t believe it was over, yet at the same time, the ending was so wonderful that the emotions were just so high and bittersweet.

my favorite element of the show had been the friendship between miley and lilly and that was the whole focus of the final episode. not to mention the “wherever i go” miley and emily duet…something i have been waiting for for forever. no really. it was just such an amazingly perfect ending. i can’t stress that enough.

and now i’m done. feel free to judge, but i just had to get that out there.

jake olson is the man

the ultimate hero. his story about brings me to tears every time i hear it. i just saw today that the usc bookstore is selling tshirts for his foundation out of sight FAITH.

so go buy one. now.

Out of Sight FAITH Fight On! T-Shirts!

Out of Sight FAITH Website

so seriously. support this kid. he’s the bomb. a true inspiration. being in the usc trojan marching band, i’ve had a lot of awesome experiences, but having him and his sister lead the band was truly one of the most amazing moments i’ve had as a spirit of troy member.

fight on, jake! you’re the man!

what champions are made of

this past weekend is what we call a trojan weekend.

football. our men destroyed the bRuins at the rose bowl for the 4th year in a row. the victory bell is ours.

basketball. our men destroyed the #19 texas longhorns at the galen center. also, note that ucla lost to montana at home that same night.

volleyball. our women destroyed san diego at the galen center to advance to the sweet sixteen in dayton, ohio (my hometown practically)

water polo. our men destroyed cal to win their THIRD STRAIGHT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

FIGHT ON!!!!

harmonic journey

the name “a harmonic journey” was inspired by, what i consider to be, the greatest marching band show ever (at least from a musical standpoint)- phantom regiment’s 2003 show harmonic journey. i have watched/listened to this show countless times, yet it still gives me goosebumps every single time.

life’s such a journey, and you don’t always get to carry the melody.

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