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Ho hum, loads of things to do, but I think I'll just sit and wait for nothing. Got a new project I wanna do. BIO: Biologically Intelligent Organism. A gameboy game, and obviously far far down the line. Right now I got a couple firends willing to help, but I don't plan on doing anything till winter vacation, and maybe not then either. Language master right now only has a GUI, I need to shove a config file reader in there and some preliminary word-list editor, dictionary and tester...then I can work on fine tuning the good features. I learned about class inheritence, some wacky stuff there. Right now I'm so lazy I think I won't even make this program, or any other for that matter. I'll just ease into my cozy routene of wake, eat, school, homework, tv, sleep and be done with the world. Well, no. One of my goals in life is to make a mark on the world. Not so much as having a household name, but to change the world globaly for the better. HAH! The only things I can think of to acheve that is to do a cunning coup and take over the world, impliment a shogun system for a government with me pulling the strings. Or I could just work to fight stupid patents, get people to write PUBLIC DOMAIN (screw open source, you know not to plagurize, it called COPYRIGHT...GPL this, EULA that!) and tell rich fat-cat artists to cram it! I thought that artists did it cause they like to entertain, but no, now it's all about the money. And that's another thing: MONEY! The cycle of money in Joe Shmoe's life. Birth, play until age four, go to school to prepare for a job, get job, work until too old to continue working, retire and lose money with no income, die. There is NO room for fun. You don't understand real FUN when you are younger than four. When you are old and retired you are too old and feble to have FUN. And when you are in between everything truely fun takes months and years to do and experience. But you only have a two week vacation every year to relax. No room for fun, just room to relax so there isn't a big prole-bourgeois riot. Well FAH! I think I'll become a hobo, thank you very much. Ohh to hell with it, I'm just gonna watch some TV and go to sleep.

Ack! My radical reducer didn't work so I have to debug that. That should take a couple of days. I decided to expand Spanish Master into Language Master. It seems that English words are starting to pose a problem too. And what the heck, I'll throw in Esperanto while I'm at it. (Yes I know Esperanto, but not fluently. Mainly knowing the words are preventing my proficency in this language.) That will take a longer while because I still need to learn about class inheritence. I'm not going to use wxWindows because the developers were too dumb to include a tutorial. I'm writing LM in GTK+ and forgetting about a windows copy for now cause my grades depend on it. :)

Well, all these projects are taking a very long while because I am depressed or something. I dunno, I just have no motivatoin what so ever to program anymore and that's scary. I had to write redrad (radical reducer) with pencil and paper! When I'm on the computer I just sit there and chat w/ people and when I get away from it I just watch TV or something. Well I guess it's not depression cause I don't have thoughts of suicide. But then again I hold life very high and wouldn't remotely think about it. *shrug* I guess I'll have to take my C++ books and code to class and TRY and not look too geeky. Damn high school people are too judgemental. :) ahh well, two more years.

Necesity is the mother of invention. Well, that's the case for now, but I still think it's a crock. I'm taking Spanish and I find that I can't remember all my words. So, I'm going to ressurect my ancient Pascal SpanishMaster program. It was written for DOS and had it's own input technique which was pretty dope at the time (simulated deadkeys.) Now I'm going to reincarnate it into Spanish Master TWO POINT OH! (echo, echo, echo) It will be written in wxWindows because I'd like to have a Windows version and 'cause I'm always learning. You'll soon realize that I like to learn something and then rarely if ever use it from that point on. For example, Motif. I can program Motif, but I dumpped it and went for GTK. Now I'm going for wxWindows.

Anyway, more on SM2. It will save a master list of words and let you look through it like a dictionary. It will also let you create quiz lists in preperation of unit quizzes. The program will (hopefully) remember which words you look up in dictionary mode and how often you get words right in the quiz so it can fine tune your tests. This will probably be the most difficult part to implement after wxWidnows. I'm also looking for a graphics designer to make a nice SM2 logo :) For once I actually care how my program is going to look.

I'm also getting back into Z80 assembly. I'm polishing off my Radical Reducer (as seen on ticalc.org) for the TI83. I wrote this like three years ago and found it to be extremely stupid in design. :) I found a TI-Basic program that did the same thing and going to use the algorithim used there and plug it into my assembly program. Why? Assembly is FASTER and it will look much nicer when you run it. So look forward to that as well.

Wow, I'm doing so much. I just hope I don't forget to do them in all this excitement. :)
Pues, mis amigos, ¡chao! (you gotta love those deadkeys)

23 Sep 2000 (updated 23 Sep 2000 at 19:14 UTC) »

Okay, I haven't been doing much since I've been going back to school. I've been swamped with homework and school just leaves me too wasted to program. :) It seems my sleeping habits need readjustment and that means no caffeine after school. :( I actually did manage to bang out two programs before school, Alarm and Pig. Alarm is usable, but for some reason the eSound process leaves a core file behind. Can someone fix that for me? Both programs were made for the heck of it, (but I acutally use alarm to remind myslef that the Invisible Man is playing on SCI-FI! Too bad I forgot to set an alarm yesterday.) I've decided NOT to make a FreeBSD ports manager because the fatures that I'd put in it were already provided w/ console commands, so making it would only be academic. I'm looking for programming projects peoples! Help me fight the boredom! For now I'll just be working on my webpage and maybe to a regular article on stuff I see in the news. *shrug*

My preliminary webpage is up (see url above.) I'm starting to learn GTK+ so I can possibly create a ports manager for FreeBSD. Hopefully I won't get bored or forget about it before I start. :)

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