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ADHD Surprise Attack! [Jan. 22nd, 2009|06:03 pm]
[Current Location |apartment]
[music |Hooverphonic - Eden]

If you knew somebody who only had x days to live, where x is a positive real number, and would then instantly pass away in a painless way, would you tell them?

It's hard to tell what's clever and what is dumb.  We're pretty damn impressive when you consider that the conductor running the show is a gooey ball of grey matter that people have yet to understand.

Vegas was fun.  I foresee many trips to come.

Long Beach / Los Angeles / Socal was also fun.

Da Vinci Museum Exhibit was interesting, but there seemed to be a lot of repetitive portions, where ideas were repeated unnecessarily.  The physical models of his works were the most impressive.

I hope the economy does not whither like the planet we live on seems to be doing.  If we're going down, we should go down in style.  Ha, that is a horrible attitude.

Gran Torino was a great movie.  I enjoyed it, even with the sub-par Hmong actors.  Clint Eastwood directed a very entertaining movie, and his acting propelled the entire movie.  The anchors for my attachment to this movie are its believability as well as the humor incorporated into the appropriate dialogue and character interactions.  I hope Watchmen impresses me as much as this movie did.

I finished my desktop computer, and it is up and running.  I am consistently impressed by how well it runs, especially when I was doing video editing for my father in making a DVD of some church events.  The CPU usage meter rarely goes above 3-5%, even when running multiple applications.  It also runs games such as Bioshock, L4d, and HL2 at full settings very smoothly.  I hope I can use it as my own render farm when I get to the applications segment of the graphics course I am taking.

I foresee a lot of tennis this quarter.  It's the third day of the semester, and I've played 2 of the nights, plus I'm likely going out tonight.  Last night was at a new court far north of campus.  That court is brand new, and was nice to play on with the lights at 9pm, even though it was raining and I had to drive there.

Classes for the final undergraduate semester:
  - Computer Graphics
  - Computational Complexity
  - Beethoven
  - Outdoor Survival

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I have not posted anything for a while [Dec. 21st, 2008|04:17 pm]
I definitely don't have any deep emotional content to post on this blog.  However, some things I've been keeping myself busy with:

    I've been playing about half an hour most nights before I take a shower, just to get my heart rate up.  I find it a little too cold to go running or play basketball, and the rain doesn't help my motivation either.  My dad bought a new HD Sony Bravia, so now I get to play on the new 46" screen, and it's easy to see everything.

Rubix cube
    Since I took a class on solving weird combinatorial problems, I figured I'd finally figure out how to solve the rubix cube I have near my bed.  I solved it once, but I wouldn't consider myself capable of solving it in any guaranteed amount of time.  I think I'll spend a little time each day until I can, I'm pretty close.

    I've been talking about buying a custom desktop for many years.  Now that Intel has come out with their amazing core i7 processors, I found it an opportune moment to indulge in purchasing a gaming rig for myself.  So far I've set my targets on the following:
  • Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
  • 3GB CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kitweezer
  • GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
It's costing me about half a month of summer pay, but it will hopefully be well worth it.  I'll continue using one of my old cases until I have enough to buy a nice case.  I also have to buy a PCI Express video card, maybe a SLI or crossfire config, especially since there's no on-board video controller.

Stuff To Do
  • Vegas Trip - Dec 27 - 30
  • SoCal Trip - Jan 14-17
  • SF Trip California Academy of Sciences - Dec 24/25/26
  • SJ Tech Museum, Da Vinci Exhibit
  • Operation: See Snow
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Photos! [Aug. 15th, 2008|12:23 pm]

bright and colorful on the Hilo coastline

bees doing their business with the flowers while the waves do their business with the shore

om nom nom nom munch munch

light skinned gecko, when it went on the window in the sunlight I could see its insides


neat fake-looking red flowers near Akaka Falls

treasure chest in ancient house

largest centipede we ran into while cleaning up the garage

my finger next to the centipede for size comparison, these things can move pretty quick, they just glide around.

Gecko I found in a window sill that I caught in a can and let out in the huge back garden

Dragonfly on the antenna of the car

Akaka Falls, Big Island
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2008|11:56 am]
Java, C, C++, Python, Matlab, Mathscript, Labview, html, PHP, cakePHP, Ruby, hspice, MIPS, javascript, Android
You'd think I'd be good at programming by now.  Kind of like how you'd expect George W Bush to be an eloquent speaker and competent leader after 8 years.

So apparently I don't understand the subject of DVD recording as much as I thought.  There are too many formats, and incompatibilities between versions of the same product.

Watched Persepolis last night.  It was an artistically rendered animated reflection of a girl's youth in Iran and France, showing her dual lives as a survivor of a violent revolution and as a teenage girl seeking a normal life away from the tragedies surrounding her hometown.

First big paycheck is due in the next 2 days, I also have to pay rent.
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(no subject) [Jun. 17th, 2008|05:53 pm]
Currently Reading:
     Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake

Currently Listening to:
     Nirvana - All Apologies

Currently Sitting in:
     Automation Sciences Lab in Etcheverry Hall, the Nuclear Reactor building with potassium radiation permeating through my body thanks to the saturated walls

Currently Sick of:
     Web Development, cakephp's bugs (yes the actual software, not created by me)

Last time I ran 3 miles:

Last time I had to do a presentation at Cal:
     Tomorrow at the lab meeting

How many times have I been the last person to leave the lab:
     3 and counting
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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2008|11:15 pm]
Finished 6th Semester
  Did well on finals.  Got perfect grades.  Learned some life lessons.  Glad it's over now.

  I'm definitely enjoying the mostly care-free free time.  I've been playing a lot of basketball at Houge, mostly just shooting around and pickup games.  I've also played tennis with my bro a few times, which is nice since it's something I do a little less often.

  I've been going on hikes w/my parents to try and help them stay in shape and get some nice nature scenery.  So far we've gone to Quicksilver Mines in Southwest SJ and St. Joseph's Hill.  I saw my high school cross country coach, Mr. White, at the park but he was busy running up and didn't see me.  And who doesn't like bunnies...

Beat Final Fantasy XII
  Storyline was nice, but not quite engaging as the previous ones (at least for me).  I enjoyed the animation cut-scenes, they were very polished and you could tell a lot of time was spent on every frame.  I especially liked the way they showed the artistry during the credits, where shadows/lighting change on still images, to give a very unique look to cartoon/anime-styled still images.
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