Archive for February, 2003


Friday, February 28th, 2003

I’m happy; I remembered what it was I forgot last time I wrote here. It’s all good now.

My CIS 410 project part 1 is done. That’s all that matters, and no, I don’t really wanna talk about it. Part 2 should be out by the weekend, but it shouldn’t be as bad as part 1 (famous last words, I know.) I got my math done late last night cuz I was feeling social and folks kept dropping by my room. I totally didn’t mind. People are much more entertaining than numbers most of the time.

What else? Oh yeah, this weekend is MOVING DAY for mom! We’re moving all of our stuff from the Big House to the New House across town. We have a lotta stuff. Moving sucks. I’ll let you know how it went.

This weekend is also RA interview time, so once again I get to be part of the Mass Interviewing Force for the incoming staff of RA wannabes for next year. Whoopee. Pardon my lack of enthusiasm, but they have me getting up early on both Saturday AND Sunday. A few of us unlucky bastards got stuck with three shifts this weekend instead of two, and one of those folks is me. I get Saturday morning, and Sunday morning AND afternoon! Joy of joys. It’ll be… an experience.


Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

Ever had that feeling that you’re forgetting something? Well, last night as I was trying to get to sleep I remembered that I wanted to do something, but it could wait until morning. Today I wake up, remember that I wanted to do something, but couldn’t remember what it was. Damn.

Anyways, I registered for classes today FOR THE LAST TIME! I need 12 credits this term, so I registered for MATH 426, CIS 110, ASTR 121, and ENG 266; 16 credits. My New Big Plan is to go to all of them the first week and drop the one that sucks the most. Am I not a genius? Oh yes I am. =)

In other news, I’ve created a new survey for your enjoyment. It should make no sense at all, so have fun. I should make a new ChrisCam shot too. Later, I suppose.

Well, for better or for worse, I’m ’bout done with the CIS 410 project. Or at least, part 1. Part 2 comes out soon. For CIS 441 I’ve got Assignment 5, which hasn’t been posted yet, and an original project which is due the same day–Wednesday of Dead Week. BA 101 should just be same ol’ same ol’ for a while longer. Oh yeah, and I gotta do my math sometime. I think it was due yesterday, but we can turn it in late without penalty.

I was gonna write more stuff last night, but I forgot what it was.

Steady flow of random crap

Friday, February 21st, 2003

That’s what this place is all about, baby! Speaking of which, be sure to check out the forums to see all the chaos going on there. There’s quite the back and forth about nothing taking place and I find it amusing to no end.

surprise of surprises, I’m at work again, but my shift’s almost over so I can leave soon. ‘Leave for what?’, you might ask. Well, this weekend is my last duty weekend of the term, so I’m STUCK in the complex until Sunday at 19:00. Ugh. It’s the life I signed up for, I guess. Four more months, four more months…

So, next term, I think I’m gonna take MATH 426: Statistical Methods II, CIS 110: Information Processing, and something else. Yes, that’s a wussy class to take, but my motto this last term is “don’t work hard. play lots.” so this should help with that goal. As for another class…. any suggestions? Check out the spring 2003 course catalog for ideas.

I think that’s it for now. Have a better weekend than me, everyone!


Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

Amazing. I got 17 posts on my last column, and it was only four sentences. I don’t think hardly anyone commented on what it was even about anyways.

I hope everyone’s been enjoying the forum. Morgan, thanks for signing on–I think we’ve about doubled the total postings since you got there. Talkative bunch y’all are. I’d like to remind everyone that artificial post count inflation benefits no one and just clutters up the forum. Don’t make me take away the numbers, rankings, and stats!

Not a whole lot going on with me. I had a very nice time last weekend, and I hope everyone else did as well. This week’s been another busy one with something due in all four of my classes at some point or another. I’ll survive.

I’m trying to decide what classes to take next term. By my calculations, I need 12 more credits to graduate and only 4 of them need to be upper-division. I have no more specific class, group, or major required courses, so it’s just raw credits from here on out. I’m going to take MATH 426: Stat. Meth. 2 to finish up a last-minute Math Minor and get those last 4 upper-division credits I need. This leaves me with 8 credits of *something* that I still need. In looking at my own department, Computer and Information Science, I find really nothing if interest being offered from the 400-series electives next term. So I was considering taking a 100-level class or two. I never took any of the 100-series clases here and I wanted an easy last term here, so maybe. Problem is, I’d feel like such a heel taking CIS 110 or something just cuz it’s easy. I mean, I’d probably rarely have to actually go to lecture or anything, but if anyone finds out I’m actually a senior in the department… I dunno, I’d feel odd. Still, there are a few things being taught in those classes that I don’t already know, like Javascript. Granted I could probably teach that to myself over the weekend, but I don’t wanna work TOO hard my last term here, right? 😉 We’ll see…

Cool Filez

Saturday, February 15th, 2003

Heh heh… I just got these from Jacques’ site, but I thought I’d mirror them here for your convenince. These are some (slightly bad taste) satirical songs of a Star Trek theme. We’ve got Make Shit Up, The Klingon Rap, The Voyager Song, and of course, the infamous The Dirty Data Tango. Thanks Jacques!

With a wit sharp enough to easily cut warm butter

Friday, February 14th, 2003

Well, that’s another year for me. I’m 22 now, so whoopie, let’s all party like it’s really something. I had a nice birthday last Wednesday, which consisted of a cool surprise from staff and friends, nifty presents from mom, dad, and Megs (thanks very much!), a fabulous chicken dinner, and Enterprise & The West Wing to conclude. Oh, and when I made it back home to Carson, my residents got pizza and sang happy birthday. Very nice.

Today is dad’s birthday, so Happy Birthday dad! It’s also Valentine’s Day, so Happy Valentine’s Day to all who care. Tonight, I’m going out to dinner with Megs to a nice resturaunt, and I’m looking forward to that. I’ll write more on that after I have more to write about.

I guess I’m not feeling very talkative today, cuz I can’t seem to think of more to write about.

Totally not at work!

Monday, February 10th, 2003

Well, I’ve managed to make it the entire weekend without working on my CIS 410 project, however I did manage to get my math and Business homework done, and I took out the trash! Yessir, I am so productive sometimes it amazes me. I did sleep a lot, however. I was on duty do I didn’t get out much, ‘cept for a brief excursion to pick Megs up from work and get a snack at Sheri’s. After I got off duty tonight I went to dad’s for dinner, which was nice as always.

I came across something I found totally nifty and really, really cool tonight on the net and I just have to share it with you. I doubt you’ll all find this as neat as I did, but I know a few of you will. Let me tell you a story, there once was a totally cool and fun space adventure computer game called Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters and it was wicked-bad back in 1992 when it came out for MS-DOS. It was later re-released for the 3DO in 1994 with spoken dialog and some better quality music in a few places. Unfortunately, these games are no longer playable on modern PC’s due to their sheer age. No one runs MS-DOS any more and even if I were to boot DOS off of a floppy disk, there’s no DOS drivers for my on-board sound card, so it still wouldn’t work. (Play without music and sound?! Don’t be rediculous! The music and sound ROCKED in this game!) At any rate, I haven’t played this game in years and it was one of my favorites.

ANYWAYS, get this, last August the source for the 3D0 version of the game was released as public domain to the fan community (yes, there still was one after 10 years, it was just that cool). So now there’s a group out there porting the game to modern OS’s, e.g. Windows, FreeBSD, Linux, and even BeOS (go Matthew!), so now we can play it again! Yay! They have an alpha build out, ver 0.1a, but it works even if it crashes on occasion. For more information, check this out.

OK, enough about this. I should go to bed soon. Gotta get up in the morning sometime. Later, all!

Oh, the taint of midterms

Friday, February 7th, 2003

I always feel so dirty after midterms and this week has been totally rancid. I had three–THREE!–midterms this week! And a project that was due on Wednesday! Oy! I say I feel filthy because I always feel that I probably could have done better. I suppose I did all right, but still… In the end, pass/no-pass is my friend! We’ll see if it comes to that, but I’ve still got some of those up my sleeve if I need them. I got two weeks to decide.

In other news, I finished reading all of Robert Jordan’s currently published books in the Wheel of Time series. I’ve mentioned this series on and off for the past year and a half or so, and I’m finally done! They’re 10 of the fattest books I’ve read recently, so it took a while, what with school and work and all. A wonderful read if you’ve got the time, and if not, MAKE the time! It’s just that good! I’m so VERY sad to be done. I’ll just have to read them again! ^_^

It’s good to see some activity in the forums. Please keep me informed if there’s any more problems with it, or if you just want something more from my little work there.

I think my 22nd birthday is coming up this Wednesday, so because some have asked here’s a wish list. What’d really be nice to get is away from all my homework and other stressful responsibilities, but that just ain’t gonna happen. Got too much to do and there’s just no time.


Tuesday, February 4th, 2003

Not sure if the headline’s a shout, or just me whipering, but either way it works.

I’ve got a big computer science 441 assignment due tomorrow and I’m unsure how to go about completeing it. I’ve got some code down and some of it even works, but I need to a) figure out how to get the Bresenham Scan Conversion Algorithm to work in more octants than just the first one, and b) implement line and polygon clipping. Oy. I hate computers sometime.

And due to much nagging, I’ve finally created a new survey. I’m sure you’re all thrilled. It’s nothing terribly earth-shattering, but I suppose it’ll do for now and hopefully get things rolling there again. I’ll try to put some up more often.

In other news, I had a midterm in math yesterday and it was hella easy. w00t. I hope I did well. I’ve got another midterm in business on Thursday and one in 441 on Friday. I don’t know when my 410 midterm is, but I have the sneaking feeling it’s soon as well. I also have a scary project due in that class next Wednesday.

And just because I wanna put up another picture and I like this one, here’s the image I throw up when my site’s down:


Found on my door

Monday, February 3rd, 2003

One of my residents under an alias wrote this amusing message on the whiteboard on my door:

J.Zimm and his genetically altered goon squad will overcome Chris the Piss and his tobacco smokin' monkey brigade in the showdown to end all showdowns: A bra and panties match inside of the 15ft. high steel cage. Loser must wear a dress for a week!

Don’t worry. I know who wrote it, and it wasn’t Koushi. It’s all good; like I said, it’s amusing. I have creative and entertaining residents.