Tuesday, December 31, 2002

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

:-)

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Well, I've done some thinking. This seems to be the random thought of the day, but oh well :
Slave labor fucking sucks. I'm going to make a resolution to search for only the clothing not made by bastard companies who use slave labor...
Monsanto fucking sucks. Unfortunately, White wave is a subsidiary... damn ... I'll add to this later.

LATER is NOW. (Edited at 10:25 pm on 12-29-2002)

I did some research and this may be a bunch of PR bullshit, but here are the supposedly safe companies I found ... THE GAP has rules against such dehumanization !!! WOO HOO! Also, supposedly, neither Georgi Armani and Thomas Pink Companies have factories in developing countries. But Polo Ralph Lauren has NO CODE OF CONDUCT AT ALL in regards to slave labor and etc etc etc ...
another store with a code of conduct, with inspections and etc against such inhuman behavior is Timberland, so my next pair of shoes will be from them. Next we have food and groceries ... both Safeway and Wal-mart are safe. Here's the bad news though:
Monsanto actually owns White Wave, a company which makes Silk (Soy milk). Silk is the best brand of soy milk all-around, and is much better for you than normal milk, but while Whitewave is supposedly against genetic modification of foods until our scientists (genetic mechanics) know more about what's going on under the hood, Monsanto has done repeatedly sick and dangerous things with their products; most recently, they've been trying to get permission to use their own form of "Round-up" on their food products ... ROUND-UP ... ON THE FOOD WE EAT!!! How's that as food for thought? Oh, and if all else fails, there's always buying from a second hand store... although that sort of bothers me. A lot.

Friday, December 27, 2002

Last night was killer - Mike1 and I were at Mike2's house... we partied, celebrated Mike2's 21st birthday ... I was the designated driver, but I still had a lil bit of mead and sake. We had pizza, pizza pockets, and then more pizza ... rented of all things, Labrynth and Willow, cuz we were feeling a bit nostalgic ... oh damn! I was going to borrow the LOTR Extended Version DVD from Mike2! Oh well. A lot of strange shit went on that night. A very fun and funny night, last night. I had about 2 hours of sleep. I am tired!!
JonyaThis is Jonya. She's a cool gal, always doing something interesting. (Mama is the name of the dog in front...Mama has sky blue eyes... simply incredible... I don't believe I've ever seen a dog with such eyes ... I think she's called Mama because of Foxy and Faun, her pups.)
puppies! Foxy and Faun, cute young pups at the shelter.
On the road again!This is Jess, me, and Jonya sitting in the back of Melissa's 4x4, (Jo and Melissa in the front) on our way to the Animal Shelter. I asked Jo to take a picture ... and got more of a picture than I had bargained for ! ^^

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Merry X-mas !

Monday, December 23, 2002

Dangit ... I'm starting on project FOO-TCL , and I don't know which language I'm going to write the translator in !!!
So now I'm comparing writing it in C++ as opposed to SML ... although prolog is fairly tempting because of its database-like nature.
Well, I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I'm working on yet another project to add some interesting features to javascript ... the only problem is that in calling these features I have to put the modified code in another place other than the <script type = javascript&rt; code ... I guess the first thing I should do is check to see if I can put ID's on script tags. oh well. Anyway, progress on FOO continues ... I'm thinking about naming it !C or C! ... (bang C) or (C bang) ... but those names just kinda suck... I'm still adding more and more features, (most seem to be easily implemented) but I'm going to need to find a point to stop or else I won't get done with the translator by the time school starts back up.
Anyway, I'll start posting up good information on javascript as soon as I'm not so swamped. I saw The Two Towers again !! It's even better the second time around; you get to catch the stuff that you missed and/or wanted to see again ! Wonderful ... except I was really pissed at the use of Gimli for a bit of low-level comic relief ... which was pointless and irritating. Fortunately, unlike Jar-jar, the bastards couldn't rewrite Gimli's part in the books and thus they couldn't remove his saving grace, which was the fact that he is an important character in the books and that he can certainly hold his own in combat ... and the actor playing him is so damn good.
The whole family went to Barnes & Noble today and we spent about 4 hours in there ... I searched for information on fiction-writing, Visual Studio.NET, code-testing, and various programming languages in linux, but unfortunately all they had was surface crap ; nothing on MSIL or making VS.NET compilers, and certainly nothing on different programming paradigms ... except aspect-oriented programming ... unfortunately the book that explained aspect-oriented programming didn't give a clear definition at all, and instead chose to work around it, giving 'examples' and vague notions; at least, never a CLEAR and PRECISE visual and/or concrete definition, with the idea that only by the time you finish the damn book, you'll have an idea of what aspect-oriented programming is. I put that junk back on the shelf. I'll look the paradigm up online! Anyway.
I found some info on Lisp, Ruby, Perl, and Python, and that's about it.
Still it was great.

Saturday, December 21, 2002

Songs of the moment: Gothic Sandy OC Remix , by Mazedude, and Monster Condo by Chuck Dodgers (Doom2 song remixes) both from Remix.overclocked.org
Okay. I'm DONE WITH FINALS !!!

I ACED THEM !!!
I AAAAAAACCEEEED THEM !!!
WHOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!
(but I still fear for my grades ... *shivers*)
And then I went out with Susan and Alex to Coral & Eddie's Youth House ... essentially a place for ADHD teens to hang out ... sometimes fun, sometimes nice, but always dangerous and scary =P ... well, not that bad. As soon as we got there, Eddie was just taking off because he had to go be at a Christian store from 8-12 to discourage shoplifters. Shoplifters ... shoplifting ... on the busiest Saturday night ... of THE HOLIDAY SEASON ?!! What the hell are they doing in a Christian store, anyway ?! Well, I'm not Christian, and don't claim to know the mind of god, nor claim to know of anyone who does, but it's always good to see others standing up for what they believe in, so hey, people, don't be hypocrites to your own beliefs. If you believe, then PRACTICE YOUR RELIGION, if you don't, or if you're a "passive" believer, then you don't really follow "your" own religion, now do you?
Anyway, Eddie's strategy when a shoplifter is identified, is to ask politely if the person needed a basket because he knows that the person didn't want to accidently leave the store with it, or for anyone to think that person was shoplifting ... brilliant !
After eating a whole bunch of veggies and some pastries, and after a theological discussion and an academic one with the other Jamie and with Coral, I met back up with Susan and Alex, and we went to TGIF's for some mudslides! After downing two of 'em , and after Susan drank one and then another alcoholic drink (Alex mentioned that they were all named after some kind of natural disaster! ... "Finish your natural disasters so we can leave!" so, Susan paid for the drinks (Now I owe her... and if I get the job at the Planetary Sciences building, then I'll owe her even more , not to mention that she drove me home! ) and tossed me the keys, and we to see "The Two Towers", while Alex paid for the tickets.. ^^; ! It was incredible ! There were some techincal issues that I didn't really agree with, but I still loved every aspect of that movie!! Smeagle/Gollum was INCREDIBLE !!! the 3d animation and motion capture that went into creating him was just incredible ... I heard that the motion-capture actor had to do just about everything that you see Smeagle/Gollum do in the film... some of the best acting done by an actor whose face you never even see throughout the whole movie, eh ? :-)

Friday, December 20, 2002

Yay! They fixed whatever problems they were having ! My site is back to normal! And I'm about to take my last final... Standard ML ... I've been madly printing out notes since it's open note/open book ... man I've got a story to tell about my other final, too ... but first, off to get some grub ... If I'm late for the final, then I'm screwed ! L8r !

Warning: incoming final... Warning: incoming final...
Estimated time of Arrival : T - 00:24:32 hours and counting.

24 MINUTES!!! AAAAAAAAARRRGH!

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Okay, so not only are MY ARCHIVES NOT updating, I can't seem to get the page out of archiving by Month instead of Week... Which means that the javascript is giving funky errors. I checked status.blogger.com and they claim to be having all sorts of problems... gaaah!

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Dangit! I was so ready to get started on FOO... I took one last search through various languages online and found a few more of note... especially Kiev and Pizza
These both seem to be brilliantly designed languages and implement much (but not all) of what I was after. Mainly, Kiev's AI engine.
However, there is the main drawback that they're both implemented IN JAVA. I have nothing against java, its just that, LIKE VS.NET, you need to download the freakin' runtime ! gah!

not to mention that any programming language with an average speed comparable to VISUAL BASIC is just embarrassing. There's no other word for it. Such elegance is wasted ON HIDEOUS bytecode... and I'll tell you something ... A UofA alumni told me a story about when he took CSC 369? maybe he meant ECE 369? ... essentially you learn about machines, OSes, compilers, etc ... at any rate, for some reason or another, for part of a rather large project, he needed to look into understanding java bytecode... he told me it was the ugliest stuff he had ever seen.... no comment.

So anyway, I need to rethink how I will implement the logic engine, since Kiev's AI engine has quite a bit of elegance to it ... they took the so-called "AI engine" a bit further than I did, and implemented full-on rules, as well as using the @= sign to represent sets of rules (sort of like Icon's '!' bang operator, or C#'s 'foreach' statement.)
That's pretty darn cool. I'll need to think about whether I want to support full-on prolog-style predicates.

Of course, FOO will have the 'suspend' statement. Actually, so will C#, soon... I forget what they're going to call it... supposedly the same as Ruby's ... something like wait or hold or join or something ... oh well.
Okay, so it has been put to my attention that I described the day as weird and totally skipped the subject by going into one of my various projects... okay. I had the MOST bizarre talk online with a friend about the perkiness of ... um... *stuff* in her artwork....'nuff said. =P

Hmm.... what else... Ah yes, today is the day before D-Day... The day before I go to the Planetary Sciences building and plead for a job programming in Java... right after finishing my C# final ... ugh ... I'm going to need to finish it early ... arrrgh !
I had a talk with a friend about the time he whacked another friend in the head with a 2-foot rubber dildo ... we won't get into details, suffice to say that it was not a sexual gesture in any shape or form! =)

Umm... studied. Have decided to sell the Kaoh khen ... :-(

Music of the moment: The Radetsky March .
Today was weird. I added more design specifications to Parasite. All I really need to do right now is copyright all my junk, and then I'll be able to post information on FOO and Parasite. (remember, foo is just a project name... once I figure out a cool language name, it'll switch. |:-D ) I've been searching the web and found a lot of interesting information on programming languages. I even found some languages which were undergoing the process of integrating some of the things I'm doing with FOO ... but they all look ugly to me ... I'm making FOO as closely related to the standard style family of programming languages (Icon/Java/Javascript/C/++/#) as possible. At any rate, I'm making foo emulate C/++/#/Java because A: it's a hellofalot easier than making a language from scratch and B: people will pick up on it QUITE easily. It's basically C++/# with more OPTIONS ! (if you think of it as the child of C++, then you can imagine ALOT more options =P )
The main goal of FOO was just to make a C++/# - esque programming language that was FASTER than VISUAL BASIC (gaaaah!) easier to read and use, to add various small aspects of other languages that I enjoyed, and work around the more arbitrarily complicated aspects of the languages and their family. NOT to mention, that I rather like the idea of being able to implement a DirectX application in C# ... alas ... C# isn't what one would call "time-critical".
I will begin by implementing a "quick and dirty" linux FOO2C++ translator... which'll be called Parasite.
I'll also run some benchmarks on the speeds of applications run in VC#, VC++, and VC++ dlls run from VC#. The benchmarks will focus on pointer manipulation.

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

A friend's aim profile:
Hi, many of you know me as the jovial [*Edited name*]. But this away message is of the utter most urgency and seriousness. If you care about me at all, %n, you will message **[Edited AIMname]** and say to him "no love for you".
memorable quotes from an otherwise shitty semester-

"that's like a peppermint fuck to my brain"
-Danny

"no Ron, i'm dancing on this grave because i'm cold; not because i'm possessed"
-Kobes

"STOP SINNING"
-Ben

"dude, i just had this dream in 372..."
-Steve

"le chat?! thats a lame french name. Call me Poodle."
-Tim

"HUZZAH, GOODTIMES!"
-my coccyx

"he didn't even recognize me, i'm bald now... and i have boobs like Ron"
-Gary


End quote
And thus begins the start of PROJECT "FOO" !
I'll be working on a better language name, but I like "foo" for now. It stands for Functionally Object-Oriented, but if you want to be a jerk about it, I suppose you could also call it "fool". At any rate, stage one is to create and test a foo2cpp translator for the feasability of all my ideas. So, my little translator, I shall dub thee "Parasite" ! I shall be implementing the first one in linux, just to be fast and furious ... I hope to finish over the break, even though that may be an impossible task, considering family is coming for the holidays...
Well, apparently, this web site works fine in Opera 6.05 as long as you're not using Windows XP !!! =P MEH!!!!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2002

Here are instructions to add an online detector to your AIM Remote sidebar. =)
After messing around with 7 different browsers, along multiple versions, in my quest to make my site more viewer-friendly, I can honestly tell you which browsers suck.
Netscape 7 is perhaps, the best, with Internet Explorer 6.0 just barely behind.
Of course, since NS 7 is free, doesn't need the latest Windows OS to run, and includes AIM installed with it, is also very polite as far as what features you want, and not to mention the javascript console to check for errors, and the multiple tabs within a single window, whereas IE forcefully integrates its instant messenger and passports into EVERYTHING, and makes you hunt down all the places you need to turn it off, I like NS 7 the best. Still, IE-6 is pretty much the best browser in terms of quality and performance, and not to mention that the blogger editing page looks a helluvalot nicer in IE6 than anything else I've seen it in.
Next we have Mozilla ... There are a few errors, but Mozilla is another quality browser, a bit below NS7 and IE6, because of the kinks and bugs not worked otu yet, but for open source and freeware, it rocks... and of course, it's **much** better than *all* of NS7 & IE6's precursors. A step below that is Konqueror ... yes it's oldschool, but the features are so darn cool, expecially with its integration in KDE ... another step lower, we have Netscape 6.2 ... I hate 6.2. Buggy and ugly and slow. Very buggy. I hate it.
Moving on... we have Opera6. WTF. What is with all my opera javascript errors? They don't make sense, the javascript error-reporter gives a bit more easily understood error descriptions, but is totally useless since it doesn't even report the LINE NUMBER OF THE FREAKIN' ERROR!!! =P how useful is THAT?!
Not to mention that Opera6's javascripting and DOM and DHTML support in general, bites. it bites hard. Now, other than that, Opera's got some really cool features and a bazillion customization features ... if it wasn't so pushy about sticking ONLY with the standards -- i.e. if they decided to be a bit more compatable with NS & IE and the cool DHTML & DOM stuff, then I'd more than willingly rate it up in the top with NS7 & IE6 ... alas, such is not the case. Simply because of the lack of support for much of the non-standard javascript features used by the browsers that brute-force their own standards, I dislike Opera6 ... and that is *the worst reason* indeed to hate it, since that is why it's so elegant. I'll have to look at Opera 7 to see if there are any changes. Finally, we have Phoenix. A mozilla/gecko clone essentially made for the purpose of being fully cross-platform . Urm... I thought that was also the case for Mozilla and Chimera ... ? Sorry, I won't pretend to know the details, but it's still eerie !
Well, that's my lil rant for the day !

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Dangit ... So I downloaded and installed Phoenix and Opera last night. Didn't bother looking through them until today.
It appears that Opera doesn't like the "innerHTML" keyword... in fact, Opera hates DHTML in general. That really bites. And Phoenix, like Mozilla, doesn't seem to understand that the links within my posts are ACTUALLY LINKS ! graaah!

Friday, December 13, 2002

Kewl. I did some editing with Aol's most awesome Instant Messenger Sidebar and viola ! We have an online detector in the sidebar ! I figured I wouldn't be the only one who'd want this, so as soon as I rewrite my code for clarity and efficiency, I'll post the directions on how to add the detector to your AIM sidebar ... I'm wondering why the people at AOL haven't done this already !

I wish they would, because I'm having trouble anti-aliasing the dang letters on these images to make them look like they belong in the sidebar...

OH IMPORTANT NOTE: in order for your online detector to work properly, YOU MUST SET YOUR ACCOUNT TO ALLOW ANYONE TO CONTACT YOU, but FORTUNATELY, that DOES NOT mean turning off your "ignore" list .
I repeat,
that DOES NOT mean turning off your "ignore" list .
those two settings are in different places, so you should have no trouble figuring out which is which. If you know what you're doing however, and don't want to wait for me to post my code, then just go to my website and grab the images
Or, conversely, if you don't know what you're doing but really want them added to your AIM-remote now, just post a comment and I'll send you the info, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it. But I'll do that AFTER I redesign my links and left-sidebar. Or maybe not ... who knows. Finally, if you don't even want the AIM Remote (but it's so cool ! =P who wouldn't want it? ) Then you can go here for a small and lite online detector for *any* of your favorite major Instant Messenger services !
By the way, I added a new link to the links list: Kinetic Sage & Company's online RPG

Later !

Oh, ps - Joanne (UW jo, not UA jo) if you don't make some sort of web log soon, I'm going to post your tales up here ! ! ! Muwa ha ha ha =P

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Ever think that we as Americans are secretly being brainwashed by the media and corporate overworld? You're absolutely wrong! THEY'RE BLATANTLY brainwashing us! =D No secrets there ! Heh ... but in what ways you ask? Well, they're all around us ... but not just from the corporate world! Yes, just when you thought the war was over and it was safe, it finally dawns on you...: The Communists have won ! Napster? Kazaa? Morpheus? Go-zilla? Fasttrack? Other peer2peer software-sharing and piracy programs? etc etc etc ... you all know who you are ! =P "When you download mp3s, you're downloading communism !" -- I forget where I saw this funny quote ... Or even worse... click on the links to find out how you've been brainwashed by ...
Stalin Claus and Nintendo's Mario the Red !
Yes, folks ... nothing is sacred anymore, not even the color 'red' ! We're not safe from communism ... we are communism !! aaaaarrrrrgghhh!!!!!
Okay, so thus begins the process of browser filtration. So far so good. Next I'll work in the buttons. Depending on the browser type, I'll give the page either dynamic or static buttons. Mozilla doesn't crash anymore when I refresh the page !! whoop ! that means it was a cascading style sheet problem all along, and not javascript !!! How bizarre !
Oh, and Mike2 just found this strange little gem of a link, about UFO's supporting the War on Iraq
Whoop ! The new pictures are now IN !! I just need to upload the suckers !
they're great too... the only trouble is that my ratio of good pics to bad pics is about 1:5093930394409209832320981089391
ugh. 2:30pm Tired. Was supposed to stop by Planetary Sciences building today to inquire about a job, but my contact flew the coop yesterday night, driving off in the wrong direction, I might add =P, and the contact to my contact is a no-show. Oh well. I'll have to use that strange thing ... what's it called... oh! Initiative!!! It's an interesting concept. I'll have to wait until Tuesday after 12 to try it. At least it'll give me time to recover from these hideously long nights of homework. New poll coming soon... I don't get it with you guys... the site is getting more viewers everyday, but no one fills out the polls !
why?! They're quite interesting ! Heck, I'll sign 'em! They're not "Polls" per se ... they're just mini-essay questions ... big whoop ! They're fun ! Sign them ! Aw, heck, what am I saying ... would *I* sign them if I was viewing someone else's site? *Maybe* ! =D
I doubt I'd sign them if the author was constantly pestering his viewers to sign them, so I guess it's a catch-22, anyway =P
Wow. I knew I'd have to update my stories at some point; I've been promising them for quite some time now. This just so happens to be the best time, since I am now finished with my last two assignments for Fall 02 Semester:
C# Final Project
Comparative Programming Languages Final Paper
Where to begin? I'll start from two days ago, on Tuesday Morning.
On the way to the U, I was somehow given the good fortune to ride the same bus as several seriously drunk individuals. As were a full class of 14 elementary school students and 2 teachers. The bus driver, one of the teachers, and I got into quite an interesting conversation about alcohol consumption, and the effects. The drunkards were none too polite, but the bus driver shared with us some of her trade secrets and strange experiences for/on handling disoriented individuals.
1.) The "twenty" trick: If they stumble onto the first step, she looks down, points out behind the individual and politely asks, "Hey, is that your twenty down there?" The moment the person is off the bus, she closes the doors and moves right along!!!
2.) The above trick worked on a man 2 times in a row, over a span of one month. The third and final time, he caught on, and she replied, "Oh, no sorry, it's a ten," and he turns around to pick up the non-existent ten dollar bill. Of course I don't believe this story at all, but it still gives a good laugh.
The others are interesting, but not enough to type in right now (I'm getting bored =P) So moving along, then...
To THE NIGHT !!!
After classes I'm programming, but not as much as I should be; I'm instead goofing off, because I can't seem to focus on the task at hand and my imminent doom... so I work on my resume and cleaning up my website ... etc ... finally at around 7:XXpm I really get serious about my homework, and the hours fly by. I don't have a ride home. But I remember that the Charles Darwin Experience (CDE), a Comedy Improvisation Group run by students at the University of Arizona were hosting a kegger party that night at 10:00, since as you can read from their web site, they've been "evicted" from their current location by cops because all this semster it has now been illegal to use the campus rooms after 10:00 pm ... which is rather counter-productive considering the fact that CDE starts every Tuesday AT ten o'clock ! So they hosted an awesome party, I went to it in hopes of running into a friend that could drive me home, because the alternative would mean waking up a family member on the other side of town at midnight in hopes of getting a ride from them ... now no one wants to be a burden upon their family or friends ... but some things you JUST don't do ... like rudely waking up a Kodiak bear in hibernation with accurate directions detailing where and how he can most easily you and maul you.
So I was fortunately able to find a friend to give me a ride home. I stayed at CDE a bit longer and enjoyed the free beer, which was quite fruity. I actually liked the taste. I took some pictures so I could finally get my old film developed ... so new pictures ARE on the way! I must've had at least 4 beers. The next morning I finally remembered why I didn't like drinking too much alcohol at one time ... it always screws with my throat for days on end afterwards. Fortunately I'm the exact same person drunk as I am sober -- (isn't it funny how the people who shouldn't be drinking are the ones who do so most often, and those who can actually hold their liquor are the ones who drink the least?)--
Anyway, I met up with my friend Susan after CDE was over, and was able to get a ride from her ...
And talked with some of the cast members ...
I'm going to audition for the cast next semester !!!!
I told Jason of CDE about setting up a PayPal account for their website ...
I think he's the one that maintains it, anyway. It looks phat to me.
And finally, I met up with Mark of CDE and Ryan as well as Ted? Thomas? oh damn, I can't believe I forgot his name...
there's a guy that reads every once in awhile at Hazy Dayz...his poetry is rather incredible. In fact I have some
of it here right now... I'll post it up for you guys as soon as I find out whether or not he's copyrighted it, yet.
So Susan and I talked about a lot of things ... I may end up getting a good job interview today after 12 !!!
I posted on here earlier about what Susan's job is, and just the idea that I might be able to get a job
like that just RULES!!!!

So we end up stopping by Alex's house to say hello, since Alex and Susan are unoffically boyfriend and girlfriend...
I really don't understand them ... If I see two people attempting to suck each others' teeth out, in Alex's words, then that means BF/GF.
But Susan has this thing about commitment with the bf/gf thing and another semi-bf/gf relationship somewhere and blah blah...
whatev.

We get to Alex's, talk a while, and we find out that DaVinci the Chinchilla has once again escaped her cage. 5 minutes,two successful grabs, another successful escape, and 3 ounces of chinchilla shit later, DaVinci is back in the cage with Van Goh, the floppy-eared rabbit, veteran survivor of the Vicadin Victor.
And by this time, I have chinchilla shit on my left hand & knees, and chinchilla fur on my inner and outer jackets.
the funny thing is that I would only have the fur on my jacket if Alex and Matt's apartment wasn't once again a hideous mess, and rabbit and chinchilla shit wasn't all around.
Strangely enough, their mess isn't even as bad as it normally is. But I still intend to get a photo of it to complete my before and after pictures of their place !
Finally, we bid farewell, Susan drops me off and I walk out just in time to to see her drive off in the wrong direction!!! She sort of left without the directions on how to get back out on Speedway. (not too hard...just gotta remember to take only left-hand turns) I hope it didn't take her too long to get home !!! ;)
That brings us to Wednesday !
I woke up. I worked on the website. I programmed. I thought I was getting a ride from my sister, but her car battery died. So I took the bus, and made it to my last Comparative Programming Languages (I hope) class.
If I get a C, I'll be forced to retake the course.
Stuart summed up the class and what would be on the test etc, etc... and I volunteered to monitor the class evaluations... heh heh.
Strangely enough, I didn't even really try to look at everyone's responses as I counted the number of sheets...but it was completely clear that no one had anything bad or even adequate to say about the class; all the scores were in the high markings. Of course, I wasn't suprised. Stu is the man.
There's just no other way to explain a person getting fired from Stanford -- FOR GIVING ADVICE TO A STUDENT ON WHICH DRUGS TO TAKE,and then getting a job here at UofA as one of the best damn teachers in the University, AND I hear that he's actually gay and open about it too!
How about that? Impressive!

So at any rate, it's 4:00, I grab some food, drop off the teacher evaluations, and this is where I begin to panic, because I pretty much haven't even gotten to the Constructor of the first class of my C# assignment, and it's due in 8 hours. Heh. Everyone else had been working on it for the past few days. What had I been doing? Easy... WORKING ON OTHER HOMEWORK!!! GAAAAAAAH!!!! I turnin the first version of the project at midnight, but in actuality, I finish it at 2:00 but have trouble turning it in. So now I have not a fucking clue as to whether it'll get graded or not. And what's worse, my first assigment in that class STILL hasn't been graded yet, and I don't know why ! It was at about 2:10 that I realized I hadn't done the Comparative Programming languages assignment yet... heck, I'll post it up in the "Stuff" Section for your reading pleasure... I'm damn proud of the paper I wrote...after all, I wrote it in 35 minutes!
Now, I'm just spending time, waiting for the buses to start running again, since I'm stranded here at the computer lab. I'm talking with friends online, who'll no doubt have some things to comment on shortly.

I'm also waiting for 5:30am to roll around so I can call my Mom before she goes to work to tell her I'm safe and sound. I think I'll stay here, eat breakfast, stop at home, take a power nap and come back ... I need to write my list of supplies for the Microsoft Grants on my Visual Studio Web Services Automatic Study Group Scheduler and the preliminary design and information gathering on making the 'functionally objective' .NET language. I'm probably going to call it something stupid like "foo©" == Functionally Object-Oriented, or Fo-Pa ©. =P who knows! Anyway, Grant Hawkes is hosting the last Microsoft Student User Group Meeting today at 5 or 6...he's giving away a bunch of stuff, the least of which are 4 XBOXES!!! And he's going to announce my own MS-language project, which'll be awesome, so I have to be there...and I must wear MS apparel to be sure I'm eligible to win an XBOX !!! wooo !!!
So that's my last few days in a nutshell.
wow. it's 5:00. I've got another half hour before I call home. Buses start running at 5:15, but there's no way in hell I'm going to bike those last 3-5 miles home, AND make it up that damn hill ... it's a steep bike ride for all of the last mile ! I'll either wait here and eat breakfast or go to Micheru/Rembion & Colin's and eat breakfast there.
Whew... here's a lil treat a friend sent me at about 3:30am...MAKE YOUR OWN SOUTH PARK CHARACTER!
l8r!

Oh, and PS- I came across some old Shogi Word Documents that I worked on earlier to cut and paste onto cardboard and make my own Japanese Chessboard. I'll post 'em up later for downloading and printing as well as some other things after I've copyrighted the images.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

This page converts itself by a nontrivial amount(actually, by THE trivial amount, but only people who know linear algebra will get that stupid joke :-p) to look properly in different browsers. It looks *the* best when viewed in the latest versions of IE (6.0 or greater) or Netscape (7.0 or greater) on Windows :=p
And a shitload of dhtml and javascript+blogger's cool blogging system make it all possible !
(sorry, mac users ... you get the butt-ugly version =P . I have nothing against macs ... especially now that they're a linux hybrid ! I just don't own one yet =P )

This page was edited entirely in Textpad (http://www.textpad.com) from the ground UP! All the navigational art and the background art started their lives pixel for pixel in Microsoft Paint, and when they were old enough, they moved onto Adobe Photoshop, where they learned the art of gradients, and once they grew up, they decided it was time to move out to the web !


The site still looks *acceptable* or better in the following browsers when the monitor is at least at a resolution of 1024x768:
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Internet Explorer 5.X and better
Netscape 4.X and better
Mozilla 1.X and better
Phoenix 0.5
Opera 6.X and better
Konquerer 2.2
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Still untested :
Internet Explorer 4.X,
Chimera
Macintosh versions of Netscape/ Internet Explorer/ Mozilla/ Opera
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Opera for XP understands neither the DHTML NOR the dynamic DOM functions

And you guys are free to take a look at the various stats on my Site Meter account
this'll give you all the cool details such as what percentage of viewers are using which browsers on which domain, in which language, in what time zones, and what standards the software supports ! It's pretty darn cool !
Heh, here's something that y'all should get a good kick out of !

Top 10 Signs You're Not a Very Good Shaman:
10. Your drum and chant ends with "Hey! Macarena!"
9. You find your animal totem in the other world, and it pees on your leg
8. Your psychic visions are interrupted by commercials
7. You're making a medicine wheel when someone comes up and starts yelling, "That's my steering wheel!"
6. Bored with the sweat lodge, you ask the guy beside you to pull your finger
5. You're asked to put out the sacred fire in your apartment
4. You put on the wolf skin and begin chanting, and then you hear a growling sound in your ear
3. Your spirit guide did ten years in the state penitentiary, wants to know where the action is
2. You believe you're taking a mind-altering substance, then your wife asks where her birth control pills are
AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOU'RE NOT A VERY GOOD SHAMAN

1. You thought Soul Retrieval was a James Brown song

The credit for this funny top-tenner goes to furry-spirit@yahoogroups.com
Okay ... I have no idea why I added Mike2 to my website team ... I guess I wanted to see if I could do it. It's a pretty damn cool setup which I haven't noticed before ... so for everyone who doesn't know, for each *website* you have with blogger, you can add team members, who can be administrators or just normal team members. It's pretty damn cool ! But now I know I can do it, I'm not sure I really want *any* other friend to be able to put posts up . Sorry, Mike ! =P

Oh, and btw ... I have one hellofa story to tell about last night !

More pictures ARE on the way !

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Okay, guys... here's a host of great images for your viewing pleasure !!!
Please note: that all but the first four of these images are quite tasteless and offensive, but certainly not R-rated at all (even though I'd give the last one a PG-13 rating), so right now I urge you to A: double check that you want to view these images, and B: if you do, then check to make sure no one around you will be offended ...

Visual Binary ++ !

The Fragmenter !

PopUpAnywhere !

The Lumpy Distribution !

The Orange Hat Distribution !

Scream of Wheat !

Dante's "Cold" Cereal !

The Classic painting of the image whose download could not be completed !

The Collector !

George W Bush

Bush, again

Bizarre

A Clockwork Cereal !

THE MOST offensive (fake)advertisement to ever be banned from all televised media
Okay, at the moment, this page is best viewed in Internet Explorer 5.5.x or better and Mozilla 1.2.x or better @ 1024x768 or better resolution. In Netscape 6.2, there's some strange rendering error that I can't control, and in Konquerer (the old Konquerer) The posts are not confined to the small block in the center, and just scroll down the page like a normal web site -- which isn't a bad thing ... the errors could've been worse. In fact, I'll probably just make a filter for Netscape browsers and make the website do the same thing as it does for Konquerer so I can get around the darn text-rendering bug. Finally, I fixed the strange problem I was having with Linux-spawned browsers when clicking on the subdirectory buttons, which was rather bizarre, as well as the text-rendering problems I was having in Mozilla.
oh, btw ... here's Charmane's brilliant analysis of time and effort

Monday, December 09, 2002

Hellz yeah! I was just updating my résumé recently, and I decided to check to see what my current typing speed was, and I turned out with 77 PERFECT words per minute ... NO MISTAKES ! ! ! yeeha ! !
I guess I should post the thing up once I'm done, shouldn't I ? Wait ... I AM done !
Oh, btw.. and if you want to check your own typing speed for free, you can do it here! :
Take a look at their top 100 typers...the speeds are just crazy!
and even more interesting...here's the world's fastest typer as recorded by Guiness World Records!

Sunday, December 08, 2002

**peeks out from under his rock** "Is it safe?"
Well...maybe I should also talk about my strange experience on Friday.
I went to bed at about 4:00 or 5:00 ... am. I'd been programming on an unsuccessful encryption project - and I still don't know whether it runs properly, because I spent this past weekend trying to help out with family chores. I've come to the conclusion that since no one in my family gets the picture that my school life and home life need to be separated in order to maintain some peace, I must separate them myself. =P
Here's some chat from me and a friend that'll hopefully tickle your funny bone ... the friend's name has been changed to protect him, but he knows who he is! =P
--This has been heavily edited for content --
(9:51:38 PM): their site is slow for me
TheJascal (9:51:48 PM): same here
(9:52:01 PM): well its probly packed
TheJascal (9:52:19 PM): dammit
TheJascal (9:52:57 PM): I can't fantasize about being there when I'm thinking about the line ... must be longer than one at DisneyWorld ...
(9:53:13 PM): lol
(9:53:16 PM): i wouldn't care
TheJascal (9:53:29 PM): as long as they were tested for diseases.
(9:53:38 PM): of course it is
TheJascal (9:53:59 PM): I wouldn't want to wake up with a $1k itch.
I haven't been maintaining this page as well as I would've liked...well, that's not true...I've been maintaining it like crazy...I just haven't been maintaining the actual log entries!!! So I guess I might as well start off with ARRRRGH!!! FINALS ARE COMING!!! THE FINALS ARE COMING!!!!
*runs off shouting like a mad man and hides under a rock.**

Friday, December 06, 2002

Okay, I normally don't do this, but here are a few more bizarre quizes for your enjoyment, since I myself enjoyed them...
At any rate, I gotta get to class...got a great story to tell, though!!!
Btw... I found these thru Charmane's site. Whoever Quizilla is, and ESPECIALLY Paradox, they certainly rock!!!




You are a pheonix.

What legend are you?.
Take the Legendary Being Quiz by

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I am truly passionate.
Find your soul type at kelly.moranweb.com.



How Horny Are You?

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Thursday, December 05, 2002

Well...Mike2 and Charmane could be right about my site but I don't want them to be right...=P I worked hard on this dumb thing...but who knows...I may remove some excess junk and swap around a few things, and make the layout similar to my old one...but I will not go back to the old layout, as cool as everyone says it is...simply because of the fact that it is not mine :(
It's 1:54 AM and I'm implementing RSA encryption in the Icon programming language for CSC 372 . It's due at 5:00 pm. I've been wasting several hours fiddling with this site instead, which has brought me to quite a predicament. Alot of things have been going on lately...Joanne, a friend of mine from Seattle instant-messaged me awhile back...I haven't talked with her in a long time...she's in China right now! She has some stories to tell, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet...maybe I'll do that on my next break from the RSA encryption homework. I'll post 'em when I get the time, and her pictures, too...she has some pictures online! Another friend from Seattle recently snail-mailed me... Marc, from Brazil...spelled "Brasil" if you live there. He's MM, so he's in the middle of his Mission right now, having a great time. He's been promising me that he's not being brainwashed :) So all I can do is hope for the best ! Finally, I recently talked to my friends Paul and Brian, from Seattle...Brian's moving to Florida, and Paul...well...hell, I know what he's going through right now... damn...the "let's just be friends"-speech is a cruel and evil master. It seems he's found Religion again :) . I'll have pictures of everyone up within another two weeks. That's all for now !

Monday, December 02, 2002

Well, here it is, for better or worse....aw, hell...what am I talking about...simply for worse...I give you...at NO CHARGE WHATSOEVER....
My C# +e+ris clone!
Left arrow is left,
right arrow is right,
down arrow is speedup,
and up arrow is rotate.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any crap that may happen to your computer while playing this game.
By the way... if you haven't used Windows automatic update in the past few months, you need to install the Windows.NET framework...it's 20.4 megabytes
in order to play the game, or run any ".NET" applications. Gawd...Well, I hear they're including it in the next release of Windows, anyway, so it shouldn't matter much in another few years...jeez...well at least you don't have to download as much as the java virtual machine...gah!

The game is not done yet, the refreshing sucks and needs to be recoded to get rid of that stupid blinking effect, it only goes up to a certain speed, you can't choose your own level yet, there's no sounds, the cheat menu isn't enabled yet, the high score saver isn't encrypted, the high score only gives one high score and not any names, etc...etc...and finally, there might be one or two more bugs I don't know about. Ye gawds, the joy of programming. But the cool thing is that this code can be used as a springboard for old-school style side scrollers, like the original metriod...albeit quite different and the graphics badly need to be redone...but a guy can dream can't he? =P
Enjoy!
If these bizarre bugs keep occuring on my web page, I'm just going to strip as much javascript from it as possible. I don't need the snazzy stuff, although it'd be nice. There are alternative routes to keeping this page the way it is...I'm looking into it after I finish this semester, though! Back in school...I'm behind in my work, nothing interesting is happening...friends are distancing themselves, family is ....well....acting in the way that only family can act... everything seems to be normal ! Wonderful ! I guess that means it is time to move on and continue my search for a good job! We'll see what happens.

Oh, and btw, it's official...ritalin IS safe, and not only safe, but actually enhances brain development in adhd children...
Follow this link for the details.
Ha. Nothing even needs to be said. Y'all know who you are ...
But just in case, I'm going to search for the medical journal to verify the findings, because you never know what kind of stupid $#1+ that the media will endorse these days...
current examples:
the claim that beef and milk are now healthy just because they contain trace amounts of a beneficial anticarcinogenic chemical compound.

the total downplaying of the seriousness of black mold...or at least the seriousness of the symptoms of the people whose homes are contaminated with it.

the claim that specific "dental" and whitening chewing gums as certain trident and dentyne products are actually beneficial to the teeth because of certain calcium secretions they give off, as well as the production of excess saliva to help break down excess food particles left in the mouth, neatly stepping around the fact that they contain simple sugars, aspartame, and/or phenylalanine, not to mention the fact that some people are predisposed to storing a bit of sugar in their saliva -- I'm not sure what this is called, but it's not actually stored IN the saliva mind you...I think...regardless, excess sugar and excess saliva can be quite harmful to the teeth, not the opposite !

And speaking of simple sugars, DON'T USE ASPARTAME OR PHENYLALANINE ! You're better off eating the real thing (unless you're diabetic, in which case, the following doesn't even apply to you!) Why? Here's what happens when you eat that stuff:
along the route to being digested, the food you eat goes through a series of filters and detectors...several of these detectors search primarily for signs of simple sugars. ENTER: fake sugars...Most fake sugars...such as aspartame/phenylalanine trick these detectors into thinking that they're detecting sugar when they're not...so the body releases insulin into the bloodstream, ready to pick up sugar that isn't there...the body gets tired...and worse, since the insulin isn't picking up any sugar, the body sends a signal to the brain saying, "You're still hungry. Eat MORE!" So is "diet" cola really "diet"? Not in my opinion. =)

There's more...but I'm bored. =P

Come on, people! THINK !