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The Bystander Effect: In front of my very eyes.

The bystander effect is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present.

The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. The mere presence of other bystanders greatly decreases intervention. This happens because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to notice the incident, less likely to interpret the incident as a problem, and less likely to assume responsibility for taking action.

Last night, after hanging out with some friends at the local bar, I ended up arriving back in my dorm room around 3am. Since I knew one of my friends was still awake, I started heading over to the other wing of the building. On my way there, I passed by the main entrance, where I saw a figure hunched over the railing outside. Concerned, I opened the door and asked if he needed to be let in. No response. I just figured he didn’t hear me, and asked again. No response. I assumed he wanted to be left alone and walked away.

Half an hour later, I passed by the main entrance once again and see the student still bent over outside – this time rocking back and forth, clearly unable to walk or support himself up without leaning against something, vomiting over the railing, occasionally falling to one knee on the concrete ground, and still unresponsive to questions I asked him. At this point, I was almost certain that he was suffering from alcohol poisoning. Although I wasn’t the RA on duty, I felt like I had to do something. After calling up one of my coworkers, we contacted the police and ambulance.

As we were waiting for them to arrive, I stood inside and observed several groups of students coming back from parties, walking directly past the victim and completely ignoring him. It then occurred to me, “What if I didn’t take action? Would someone else have called an ambulance? What if he had died from alcohol poisoning right in front of my building because everyone who saw him decided to do nothing?” It deeply disturbed me that no one had even attempted to ask if he was alright. Who knows how long he had been there! :o

Thankfully, the emergency team arrived in a timely manner. But it still bothered me that no one had made an effort to help him out sooner. =/ As a Health Care Management major, we study and analyze what makes the delivery of healthcare services more efficient. Human intervention is definitely a huge factor, but if the average person isn’t willing to step up and take responsibility, there’s really no way to move forward from there. What do you guys think?

In other news, I bought myself a pair of new headphones and a computer headset. Mostly because my earphones recently broke, and I’ve needed a gaming headset for a while now. Definitely worth the investment, since I would be using both all the time. :) I went with a pair of black Skullcandy Lowrider headphones. They’re definitely stylish, but didn’t live up to my standards.

Perhaps it’s because I wear them over my hair, but they tend to slip around (but not off). The padding at the top of the headphones is super comfy, and the sound quality is above average, but I hate that I can’t turn my music up all the way without the rest of the world being able to hear it too. :< I do give it credit for some noise reduction, but I just wish it would fit me more snugly.

As for my new Logitech H110 headset, it does the job. I didn’t expect much more than the minimum, since I bought it for so cheap at $15 in my school’s bookstore. I’ll be using it for the convenience of talking on Skype for gaming purposes from now on. Hopefully, it will last. >.<; It does slide off sometimes, but I’m 90% sure it’s because I wear it over my hair. And although the microphone is about the same quality as my built-in laptop mic, it does block out significantly more external noise (aka my roommate’s tv). I’m not a hardcore techie, so I’m pretty satisfied with it. :D

Spring Dresses from H&M

Exactly seven months ago, I bought a cute dress at H&M.

Remembering how much I loved the fit, pattern, and relatively inexpensive price tag.. I sought out another one the other day. It’s the perfect time to buy a new Spring dress anyway, now that the weather is getting nicer. :)

While browsing the racks, I immediately fell in love with the romper shown on the left in the photo above. I would have purchased it right away if it weren’t for the fact that I had difficulty closing the zipper over my bust. Although a size 6 fits my waist and hips perfectly, I find that clothing at H&M is usually not accommodating to women who have a C-cup or larger. Which is a shame, since I felt that it was very flattering to my figure. :< On the other hand, I did find the black dress above to be the complete opposite – draping over my body to the point where I looked shapeless. ;_;

And between the other two dresses I tried on in the fitting room, one had sleeves and a collar that were a tad too conservative for me, and I was undecided as to whether the light blue shade of the other dress flattered my skin tone. After some reassurance from an employee, I ended up buying the latter.. which I wore to a casual lunch and karaoke get-together with some friends back home. :D I especially like the pattern of white hearts all over it. It’s a little too long for my short legs to be considered a “mini dress”, but I’m sure the hem will get hiked up a few inches after throwing it in the washer and dryer. ;)

While I was catching up with everyone over some drinks, my friend Kristiana introduced me to the world of instant cameras. I had seen her bring one to functions before, but I never asked much about it until now. Especially since I had recently stumbled upon a plethora of old-school film cameras at Urban Outfitters, I was more interested than ever to get my own!

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Film Camera pictured above is the one that I’m looking to purchase after I save up some money. It costs about $63, not including the film – which can easily be $15 for a pack of 20. I hear that it’s much cheaper to buy the film on eBay, though, which is what I’ll probably end up doing. Anything to save a few extra dollars. :P

To me, instant cameras are a fun variation of casual picture-taking. It’s always super exciting to see the prints develop right in front of you, too! They also provide you with a tangible souvenir of the experience, something that the age of digital photos has somewhat lost. I can’t wait to start up this new hobby! ^.^

150,000 hits?! :D

Hey, guys! I’m pleased to tell you all that this blog has reached 150,00 views as of yesterday. :) I never thought I’d reach such a number, mostly because this all started off as a hobby. :P Thank you so much for sticking with me this entire time. <3 Anyway, with the first round of exams coming up, I’ve been getting exponentially stressed and lazier by the day. >.<; Thankfully, this box of tea that I picked up last week has been quite effective at calming me down and keeping me focused! It’s oh-so-delicious, as well. ;)

In other news, my old mouse broke. :< Mostly because I’m just really clumsy. I replaced it with the same model in a different color, just because it fits so comfortably in my hand, and Logitech is a pretty reliable company that I trust.

Having a good mouse is so important for gaming – especially since I just recently joined an all-girls ranked team on League of Legends. We’re called the Destructive Divas, and although we haven’t played much together yet, I can see this being a long-term thing. :P Girls can be pro at video games, too! Which reminds me, I really need to invest in a good headset.

So.. what else is new? Well, I bought a new makeup primer and nail polish the other day! I went with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic, because I’ve had amazing experiences with it before – in 3 other shades.

Not only is the formula smooth, but it can last up to a week with minor fading at the tips and minimal (if at all) chipping. I’ve never had a problem with air bubbles after application, but I do admit that the drying time is a little above average. I don’t mind, though, because I just busy myself with things on my computer while I wait for my nails to dry. :)

I adore this shade, too! It’s easily make favorite nail polish right now. Somewhere between taupe, greige, and muted purple, it’s the ideal Fall/Winter color. I would wear it all year round, though. <3 What I like the most about the shade is that it looks dramatically different under several kinds of lighting, and that it matches with all my outfits and makeup. :D

As for my new makeup primer, I’ve been meaning to switch brands and try out a new base for my foundation for a couple months, since I usually don’t like sticking to one product forever. I went with Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Primer because it was relatively inexpensive. The product itself gets my skin really greasy by the first couple hours, unfortunately.

It doesn’t matte-ify the dewiness of my natural complexion as much as other primers do, either. It does the bare minimum of being a mediocre base for my foundation to apply smoothly, but I’m not recommending or repurchasing. And although I usually hate what my naked face looks like, but here’s a photo of me without makeup anyway. :)

On a final note, have you guys heard of Killing Floor? It’s a co-op survival zombie game. It was 85% off on Steam the other day for only $3, and was too sweet of a deal for me to pass up. The game play reminds me of a cross between the Left 4 Dead series and Team Fortress 2. Even though I’m terrible at it right now, it’s pretty enjoyable. :) Add me- my Steam account is Mirasol. Until next time! ^.^


Gamer Life

Recently, one of my closest friends called me something that I never thought would ever describe me – a “casual”. Video games used to take up the majority of my free time in middle school and high school, but for the past 4 years of college it just wasn’t a priority. I’m not up to date on the newest releases, nor do I own a PS3 or Xbox 360. Thus, I’ve turned to online games that require no commitment whatsoever – particularly League of Legends. I pretty much play every night. My ign is Mirasol if you guys want to add me! :)

I’ve been trying to expand my world of gaming once again, though, and perhaps reclaim/uphold my previous reputation. Step one? Finally create a Steam account. Mostly because my brother and family friends play a ton of Team Fortress 2 – which I admit that I am terrible at. >.<;

I was pleased to find that Steam was having a ridiculous sale a few weeks ago, though! I was able to purchase both Dead Space and Dead Space 2 for only $10 in a bundle. :D Unfortunately, the first chapter of the first game terrified me too much to continue. (Seriously, I was jumping out of my bed and screaming in the dark whenever I’d hear any noise that could be a necromorph.) For a while, I was playing through it with Michael – but ever since the breakup, continuing the game together wasn’t an option anymore.

To be honest, I just want to know the storyline! D; Thankfully, my friend Wade doesn’t mind starting a new game with me. Since he lives in Idaho, though, I gave him my password and watch as he streams it via screen-sharing through Skype. So far, we’ve been completing one chapter per night. Technology, ftw! Excuse my stupid duck face in the screenshot below. Isn’t he a cutie? :)

In other news, he also convinced me to start playing Final Fantasy IX on an emulator. I used to be a hugeeee fan of Square/Squaresoft/SquareEnix, but for some reason never played this installment. And although I’ve heard great things about it, and I might just end up loving the gameplay and character plots, I know my heart will always belong to Final Fantasy X. <3

Nikon D60

Hey, guys! As you may have noticed, I have a new blog photo. I took it last night, while I was playing around with a lamp and my point-and-shoot. It looks nothing at all like me, but I really like it nonetheless. :P

I know that I haven’t updated in forever. Despite being done with exams since last week, I’ve had a lot of RA work to do. Not having classes and finals to worry about gave me the opportunity to spend more quality time with my staff and classmates, though. Here’s a photo of me with some of the people in my Health Science track when we all went out to the local bar together. :)

Anyway, I finally left campus earlier this afternoon! And to my surprise, look at what I found on my bed when I got home:

My dad gave me his old Nikon D60 camera as an early Christmas present! I honestly thought he was going to sell it on eBay after he bought a new DSLR, but I’m glad he didn’t. I’ve been meaning to save up for a nicer camera in order to take better photos for this blog, so this is a dream come true! :D

Fortunately, the memory card for my Canon PowerShot SD1300 is also compatible with the Nikon D60. So, of course, I wanted to start using it right away! I know that it’s going to take time for me to become comfortable with using it and adjusting all the complicated settings, but I’m determined to be a pro by the end of my winter break. :P Here are some of the test shots I took:


Look at how it captures even the finest dust flecks! x_x

Photos taken with flash come out incredibly sharp.

I still need to improve on reducing the blurriness from my shaky hands.

I can’t even express how excited I am to start using it! :) I may actually write another post tonight, just to begin familiarizing myself with the settings. :P

ASUS A53E-EH91

The other day, I received an early Christmas present from my parents – a new laptop!!! :D I’m incredibly grateful for this, especially since I’ve been in dire need of one for a really long time. My old laptop could barely load pictures in Windows Photo Viewer. >.<;

For the past few months, I’ve been borrowing my boyfriend’s old computer in order to get schoolwork done. And because he’s so knowledgeable about tech stuff, he was the only one I trusted to find the right laptop for me. All I wanted was to be able to run Adobe Photoshop and League of Legends smoothly! Thus, he picked out the ASUS A53E-EH91 from NewEgg. For the price tag of only $430, it’s a steal for its value.

The photo above is the box that it came in, and below is what was inside! ;)

It’s so shiny and wonderful. <3 It runs everything that I need.

For those of you who are tech geeks, here are the details:

I’m incredibly excited to continue using it for the next few years. :) On a completely irrelevant note, I forgot to show you guys what my December bulletin board looks like! Even though residents are already moving out this week, I’m still proud of my color coordination. :P All the information posted are just reminders for them to clean their rooms and suites before they leave for break.