December 2000

November 2000 -- 2000 -- January 2001

December 2, 2000

Yesterday at Busch Gardens was awsome. I think we should do that every friday.

I took the SAT II this morning at a bright and early 8 AM. I took Writing, Chemistry, and Math IIC. I think I did great on the math, ok in the writing, and terrible on the Chemistry. So it goes I guess.

On a brighter note, I got official confirmation that I was accepted into the University of Florida today. I already knew I was a shoe-in, but it's nice to have confirmation.

December 3, 2000

I went to Gameworks today to play some more Dance Dance Revolution. They are still using the old 1.5 US mix instead of the new US Mix. : ( It was fun though, and I found out that girls can play for free on Thursday nights. Now if only I were a girl... : )

The International Space Station should be easily visable to the naked eye now, so keep track of it with NASA. They've also made a chart to find the best times for your city to look for it. NASA is awesome!

The Smashing Pumpkins last concert was last night (Saturday). Tis a sad sad day.

December 5, 2000

I'm done with my 5 page research paper on Texas v Johnson. Woo Hoo!

A new small planet was discovered recently. Some of the stuff we find in the solar system is pretty suprising at times. Who knows what might be hiding in the long reaches of space?

The winners in the AOL CD contest that I had wrote about a couple of months ago were finally announced. It's amazing what you can do with an AOL CD!

December 10, 2000

Well, for the last 4 days my site has been totally inaccessable due to a "severe problem with one of [my hosters] hosting servers". So it goes I guess. I apologize for everyone who was severally inconvinced by my site being down (yea, all 2 of yall) and well, I'm back!

I went to Islands of Adventure yesterday to play some DDR, and I got to see the best scorer I've ever seen play. He owns the records for both singles and doubles on the IOA machine, and he's freakin' awesome! I also took a chance at Castrosphoic Paranoia, and all I can say about that is "All the arrows.....all those arrows...." Needless to say, I totally failed it.

It looks like life in the International Space Station is not so great in this CNN article. I sorta feel sorry for those astronaughts. It also makes you wonder how well future crews on trips to Mars and farther will do, since they will have to be together even longer.

And this election thing keeps getting stranger everyday. If the US was a third world country, we'd be in civil war right now. Thank god we havent' reached that least not yet.

December 11, 2000

My Computer Science teacher/book showed once again their idiocracy by proclaiming that choosing a programming language is not part of the programming process. The sad thing is that I'm probally the only one who reliezed that that statement was wrong. All well, at least the course is a super easy A.

So that's why the Iridium satellites were kept in orbit, there was a 1 in 250 chance that debris from burn-up it would hit someone. I guess that commercial about falling satellites and pillows wasn't that far off...

Having 80 degree weather in mid Decemeber is just plain weird to me. Florida sure has its advantages at times.

December 14, 2000

The presidential election was finally decided last night with a Supreme Court ruling that said the recounts were unfair. Gore is expected to concede tonight, and Bush will become the official president-elect.

My new favorite song of the moment is ATC - Around the World. Download it now!

Check out this weird and wacky game: Goodnight Mr. Snoozleberg. It's strangly addicting.

The 2.2.18 Linux kernel was released on Monday.

December 15, 2000

I love semester tests. You spend about 30 minutes to an hour taking a fairly easy test, than you get out of school about 5 hours early. I think we should do these things more often : )

Wanna know what the first email sent consisted of? Something like QWERTYIOP.

The mp3 list is updated.

December 17, 2000

I was at Disney again yesterday. They have all their holiday stuff out in full force. They have some awesome talent too. I spent about 2 hours in line just to listen to a choir sing for about 45 minutes, and it was definitly worth it. Disney definitly knows how to treat it's guests to first class entertainment.

I also finally went to Sea World. I already had had a pass for there for over a year, but the rest of my family didn't. So we got a Florida Fun Pass; $42 gets you in all year. Not to bad of a deal : ). Kraken is awesome, especially in the front. We only spent like an hour there, so we still have a lot of the park to explore.

There might be water under the surface of a Jupiterian moon. It'd be really neat if there was, as it would be a good sign that life could exist in places other than Earth.

December 18, 2000

Holy Frijoles! I just discovered I passed 4,000 hits! I'd like to thank all the little people who made this possible, such as Bob the Pelican. Thanks Bob! I still can't belive how many people I've sucker^H^H^H^Hconvinced to come here. Something must be in the water.

Well I just got done talking a very hard English Literature test. It delt with analyzing pieces of literature for their literary techniques. I don't think I did all that well on it, but well enough to get an A.

One more day and two more tests and then the first semester of my final year of high school is over.

George W. Bush is now officially the president-elect. And right before an economic downturn too. Just watch the liberals say that Bush is the sole cause of a recessionary economy.

December 19, 2000

The Semester is over! HOORAY!

The Travel Channel is going to be showing a bunch of rollercoaster shows this evening starting at 8 PM Eastern. If you love rollercoasters, this is your week because there are a ton of shows on. Check your listings, and I'll keep my site updated with whatever is showing on a particular day.

ABC redesigned their site over the weekend. I don't like the new look. But then again, I don't like their sensationalist reporting either.

I think I'm getting a slight cold. Runny noses are horrible.

December 21, 2000

I went to DisneyQuest yesterday for about 12 hours. Needless to say it was a lot of fun. They have several really cool interactive Disney-only rides, like place to create your own rollercoaster and then get in a simulator to ride it. And of course, you can go upside down, so most of our coaster consisted of loops and barral rolls. They also had a ton of free arcade games too, like Top Skater, Marvel vs. Capcom, and that Pod Racer game. And they had a whole room full of classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Astroids, Gauntlet, and Millipede. So for $27, it's all you can play till Midnight.

Bush has finally resigned as Texas Governor since he is going to be the president. The article also mentions more Cabinet posts that Bush has made. It's stupid how the Democrats are wanting Democrats to be some of the Cabinet members, as a president would want a Cabinet that shares his same views and policys, not a Cabinet that would fight him at every turn. The next 4 years are going to be horrible in politics.

Watch out for Kris on Christmas day. Just passing the info along to perhaps save someone from having a bad holiday. And to take this time to remind everyone that by using Linux, I never have to worry about things like this virus.

December 22, 2000

Check out some new DDR videos (Update: Page doesn't exist anymore) that were taken in the UK. I also went to Islands of Adventure today, and played some more DDR. Just about everyone who plays in Orlando was out there today, so it was pretty crowded, but still a lot of fun.

For some roller coaster news, Six Flags has a video of Six Flags Magic Mountain's two new coasters that it'll be building over the next year. You can also read the related press release. One of the coasters, X, is really cool since it'll be using some brand new technology that will let the seats be free moving in the direction perpendicular to the track. The seats are positioned to be over open air, so that they can move freely through 360 degrees. Also, Disney California Adventure (DCA) will be opening sometime fairly soon. It is planned to be Disney's "thrill" park and will have a couple of coasters to start out with.

Re-live a year of Linux.

December 23, 2000

It doesn't feel like Christmas. It's just way too warm in Florida.

Get Dance Dance Revolution for your computer.. You use the arrow keys for the steps. It's not very fun that way, but it is good as a learning tool to practice the steps. And it might make DDR a little clearer to those of yall who don't have the oppurtunity to play it.

Consumer rights are fixing to be squashed once again with news that cable companies want to use an encryption scheme to prevent people from taping anything they don't want them to on their HDTV's. The link also has some info on copy protected hard drives that are due to be out next year. was cracked, and the crackers stole 3.5 million credit card numbers. So if you've bought anything from them, you might want to check your credit card statement more closely than usual. It's stuff like this that scares the average Joe from using online shopping, even though millions of other people have used online shopping with no problems at all.

December 24, 2000

One more day...just one more day.

There are a ton of rollercoaster shows on tonight on TLC. They start at 5 PM Eastern, and run all to 3 AM Eastern.

Check out some really wierd keyboards that you will be able to get in the future. And people think the MS split key natural keyboard is wierd...

December 25, 2000


My Christmas has been OK so far. I got a Star Wars Calender, Sanctus Instrumental CD, mounting case, and a $100. I also convinced my parents to get me a TI Calculator Graph-link and some colored TI Calc cover cases, so they'll be here in 2 to 5 days. And tomorrow I'm going to try at go to Best Buy and pick up the Beatles: 1 album. Oh, and I also got a lot of candy :)

Mix 100.7, a local radio station, is playing 36 hours of non-stop Christmas music until midnight tonight, so if you want some streaming Christmas, just go there.

Don't forget about the eclipse today.

December 26, 2000

Amarillo, TX, the place I used to live, is currently being buried under a huge snowstorm. My family was supposed to go there tomorrow to visit family, but it's been cancelled since the next flight they could possibly get would be Sunday. My uncle took some pictures of the snow, which I've put here and here.

I really need a haircut. I think it's been about 2 and a half months since my last one, and I'm looking VERY hairy.

Headline News is doing a really cool special on space as part of a celebration of 2001: A Space Oddessy. Look at the listings and turn on the TV to Headline News to watch the segments. I can't wait for the day whenever the average person can go up into space.

December 27, 2000

I've added some pictures of my computer, so check them out if you're interested.

Amarillo ended up with 20" of snow, which is a whole lot for that area; the most since 1936. They'll be digging themselves out of that for quite a while.

Austrialia had an interesting night. Apparently a metor fell through the sky causing some sonic booms and grass fires. Some thought it might have been the MIR space station crashing to earth at first.

December 28, 2000

One of my readers has emailed about his website, The site talks about colonizing Mars and the troubles and hardships that would involve doing that. It's a really interesting site, and discusses what I hope will come true in the coming decades. I believe that before I die, we will have landed a man on Mars.

Going to Gameworks tonight. I have a pretty good Brilliant 2 U routine I'm going to try out.

The US Census results were announced today. CNN has a story about it. There are now 281,421,906 people living in the United States. Florida has almost 16 million.

Who would have thought it. A game companies is putting out two brand new games for the Sega CD. An intereview with the developers can be found here. If you dont' remember, the Sega CD is an add-on to the Sega Genises. Before you know, someone might start making a new game for the NES again :)

December 29, 2000

Wow, history was made tonight. MTV was actually playing full length music videos in prime time!!!! I'm not sure if that has ever happened or not before. Usually they just play crappy TV shows or halves of music videos interjected with ugly screaming girls. But no, today they actually decided to play music! Of course, it wasn't as good as it seemed since half the video's weren't really "music" (cough*rap*cough) but I'll take what I can get. And believe it or not, they actually played a Beatles music video.......and labeled it as "new". That's MTV for yea.

Gamespot did a near article on the 15 most influential PC games. Lots of nifty games there, and a good article.

Sign of the Apocolypse #3433343: Hillary Clinton was polled to be the most admired Woman in America. Now this truly scares me. I am ashamed to be an American.

December 31, 2000

Wow, I have a busy weekend. Today I'm going to Islands of Adventure/Universal Studios. Then tomorrow I'm going to Epcot to celebreate New Years; gonna party with Mickey : ). It's going to be pretty cold too (for Florida), with highs only in the lower 50's and wind chills even lower. Anyways, don't expect updates tomorrow (the 31st).

Food Network is running an Iron Chief marathon starting on the "stroke of midnight New Year's Eve", whenever the heck that is. I'm assuimg it means all New Years Day. If you've never seen the show that makes cooking interesting, then you need to check it out on Food Network. Also on the subject of marathons, Disney is showing 8 of it's made-for-TV movies, so if you like that kind of stuff, you might want to check that out. I think it starts Sunday, but I'm not sure.

Finally I want to wish everyone a Happy New Years! Pink is sorta New Yearish right? Don't drink too much, and definitly don't drink and drive. Make sure you check out Google's New Years banner too. And I'd like to remind you that this is the real start of the new millennium is 2001, so party like it! : )

November 2000 -- 2000 -- January 2001