- hello Bryan Costanza
- Username: bryancostanza
- In response to: "Who are you?" Aerospace Engineering Grad Student, Cyclist, Writer, Photographer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, but above all ... Explorer
- bryancostanza's latest answers
- My Most Quotable Movies
Dumb and Dumber ("Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?" "It's OK buddy, just go." "Big gulps, huh? Well, see ya later!" "We landed on the moon? Ya. We landed on the moon!!!" so many more...)
Fast and the Furious (my roommate's fault, he quotes it all the time! "NOS. Two of the big ones." "I live my life a quarter mile at a time.")
300 ("This is Sparta [or Cerro Vista, or anything ending in an 'a'])
Ace Ventura ("Shishkabob, Shawshank Redemption, Chicago! You're outta there!", don't get me started or I'll just recite the whole movie).
The Big Lebowski ("What's up, Dude?")
Cool Runnings ("Hey Sanka, you dead mon?... Ya, mon")
Scrubs (ugh, where to start?)
How I Met Your Mother (Suit up. "When I start to feel sad I just be awesome instead." "Slap bet!")
- My Favorite Museum
The Museum of Flight would have to be my favorite museum. It is in Seattle just south of Boeing Field. It has a great space section and tons of cool airplance displays. There is a huge room with lots of old planes from WWII fighters to the SR-71 and lots of other things. Outside they have a Conchord and a few other select planes on display. I have spent a few hours there a few times over the last few years. I would say that it isn't as good as the Smithsonian Air and Space but it's only one notch below. It's good enough that between the Evergreen Aviation Museum (It's in McMinnville, Orgeon) and The Museum of Flight there wasn't much left to see at the Air and Space Museuam except for the unique and priceless artifacts they had (SpaceShipOne, The Bell X-1 Glamourous Glennis, and (I think) Apollo 11). As a side note the Evergreen Aviation Museum has built a space museum since I was there so that should be sweeeeet!
I also love aquariums. The one in Seattle is small-ish but I love it. The one in Vancouver cannot be beat and I think it is even much better than Monterey Bay Aquarium. I was also fairly impressed with the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.
- Languages I Speak
English, Spanish, French, Italian, and a few other details of German, Russian, and Japanese.
I took Spanish 1-3 in 8th grade and high school. With that I took Spanish 1 twice so I have that down really well as a punishment for not taking the classes consecutively.
I took a semester of French during my first semester in high school but I didn't care for the teacher so I bailed to go back to Spanish. I remember a surprising number of phrases in French although I found out the other day that my pronunciation has drifted a lot from the more correct way I used to go about it. My girlfriend early in college said things to me in French sometimes to confuse me or intrigue me and she was always shocked when I understood and responded to her. She used mostly common words and phrases and then I could answer with my canned phrases and a cursory memory of some mechanics.
I took two quarters of Italian at Cal Poly and although the professor was a lot of fun he wasn't a very good teacher so I picked up just a little from that experience. But, it did end up being somewhat useful when I went to Italy a couple years after that. I find the Italian stuff difficult in part because the letter combinations are so similar to Spanish that I have trouble separating the languages in my head. I also have a pervasive spanish accent (I'm sure it's not great but I'm proud of my respect for the Spanish language).
I did a little but of Rosetta Stone (such a crappy piece of software) to pick up some German words along with a couple other interesting phrases I learned from German exchange students and friends of mine that learned things over there. My words and phrases probably add up to maybe a dozen (I originally wrote 20-30 but then I couldn't list them all). I know things like: Where are you going? Dog. Airplane. Fly. Apple. I do (not) have ___. Also some beers.
I don't recall any Russian words but I did have Cyrillic alphabet memorized for almost a whole week back in December ... 2009?
My best friend/roommate learned Japanese back in high school and I still remember how to say water, yes, no, and "Are you water?" as well as the non-interrogative "You are water." From this I also recognize when someone is asking a question in Japanese or referring to "you" but that's about it.
I can recognize Portugese and pronounce "Portugese" correctly in that language.
I can tell the difference between Australian and New Zealand accents (thanks to my love of Flight of the Conchords (did you know even New Zealanders love them?! That's great news!)).
- My Sense of Humor
Flight of the Conchords