9 May 2002
(updated 9 May 2002 at 05:13 UTC) »
long time no see
Please take your seats, we have a lot to cover today.
college (or lack thereof)
Well. I'm finally a college graduate. Again.
My mom, my brother, and one of his friends came down to watch... and
to go to Disney World. I figure we spent about two and a half days
deekayen: I still know even if they hadn't, they'd be
able to work Word proficiently.. Heh. I still get ridiculed
because if someone asks me, "How do I apply an AutoFormat to a
document in Word?" I can't immediately rattle off the correct menu
items. I haven't memorized the intimate details of Word, a program I
hope never to have to use again.
competitions and honors
However, I can sit down and figure out that information in a
reasonable amount of time. While others may have the specific
knowledge, I have what they lack: the ability to learn instead of
having to memorize by rote. One of the school's Microserfs and I
could sit down in front of a program neither of us have ever used and
I can almost guarantee that I could become proficient in a lot less
time than (s)he will. I use Emacs, for crying out loud!
By the way, I agree that Advogato is fairly bereft of dumbshits.
(Unless you count the occasional troll, and they don't stay long.)
from the AMATYC Student Mathematics League competition are back. I
placed second within the Southeast Region, and first in the State of
Florida, based on individual scores.
A friend came in 8th within the region, and the school as a whole came
In case I haven't mentioned it, I've been listed in the 2001-2002
editions of both Who's Who Among Students in American Junior
Colleges and The National Dean's List. Either of those is
an honor; to be listed in both is humbling.
I actually wrote something today! Yay!
dance dance revolution
Well, I have to confess, I borrowed most of it. Someone on
irc.openprojects.net/#labyrinth wanted something that would take a URL
and some search terms and determine what rank the URL was listed on
Google for the given terms. I borrowed someone else's Google search
Perl script and munged it to do what I needed.
SOAP came in handy. I never thought I'd say that.
I swear, I'm addicted to that game. I can't dance for love or money,
but it's still fun to try. Especially when it doesn't matter what you
look like, only whether you can keep up...
I have ready access to three different machines. All three are in
Disney establishments (one in the Magic Kingdom, one in Disney/MGM
Studios, and one in DisneyQuest). I've played on them all. (I try to
stay away from the Magic Kingdom one, because it's kind of hard to
impress people when you're up there trying to dance to
My CD-RW died. I replaced it.
For some reason, the old one would give me strange errors when trying
to start a new track, or finalize a data CD. Also, it wouldn't read
those new black CDs that everyone seems to love. Somehow that makes
me think that the laser could be going.
If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. (By the way, I cleaned
it, with no effect.)
Tried to install FreeBSD on my Athlon box. Not pretty.
I need to try again later, once I've taken the time to back up
everything important on the Winblows partition (hey, I need my games).
o/~ take a breath and hold on tight, spin around one more time and
gracefully fall back to the arms of grace... o/~ -- Lifehouse,