Today is a tragic day for the United States space program, as the Space Shuttle Columbia
disintegrated over the Texas sky. I found out about it fairly late, as I slept
in till about 2:30 and when I woke up I had about 3 IM's telling me it had
exploded and to turn on CNN. So needless to say I've been watching the news the
rest of the day. I missed Bush's
speech but caught the hour and a half long press conference on CNN.
There was also a ghostly radar image showing the trail of the shuttle over Texas.
Hopefully there will not be a huge delay in space flight like after
the Challenger explosion, and space travel can continue quickly once again.
There are still three people in the International Space Station that need to be
This tradegy has also reminded America that space flight is still incredibly
dangerous. It's amazing that such an complex machine doesn't fail more often,
and it's a mark of true engineering achievement that the space program has had
so few accidents, the last one being in 1986 with the Challenger explosion.
Space is still a frontier that is never truly routine.
Personally this is really saddening to me because I've always dreamed about
being an astronaut and these people are now martyrs for science. They died doing
what I would love to do, and they accepted the risks of space flight for
As Gus Grissom said, shortly before he tragically died in the Apollo 1 fire, "If
we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that
if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space
is worth the risk of life."
Happy Groundhog Day! Six more weeks of
winter, but being in Florida it's nice to walk outside without drowning in
More proof that Texas is the greatest state in the US, look at all the cool
stuff you can get in the shape
of Texas. Any kind of food that's in the shape of Texas gets my
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And finally, a few more notes on the shuttle disaster yesterday. My uncle went
to the same church as Commander Rick Husband, and sang in choir with him. It
also turns out that Husband graduated from the same high school I went to while
I was in Texas. Such a tragic loss of 7 heroic people...
Has it really been a week since the last update? Wow, time does fly.
Well I had one of the most memorable Friday nights of my college experiance last
night (and no, not for why you're thinking. Get your mind out of the gutters
people). I camped outside the UF basketball stadium for 14 hours in the cold and
rain, staying up all night and having a ton of fun.
I had always wanted to camp out for a basketball game, cause I thought it would
be fun and definitly a "college experiance". So with the Alabama game today
being show on national television on CBS, it was the t-shirt game where the
first 1,000 students sit in the Rowdy Reptile section of student seating, and
get a free shirt. So people start camping out in front of the O'dome on
Wednesday afternoon for the Saturday afternoon game, just to be sure to be in
Rowdy Reptile. So I was originally planning on getting in line very early
Saturday morning with a friend of mine. But then Alyson wanted to camp out
overnight, so of course I decide to do that. She knew some people who got in
line at 3 pm Friday, and so we took over the night shift for them, with me,
Alyson, and her friend Adam at about 11 pm. By that time there are about
20 tents set up around the area, and I'd guesstimate about 200 people
The night itself was pretty cold, as the lows got to the mid 40's. It also
rained lightly off and on througout the night, so I had a poncho over my blanket
and an umbrella over my head to keep me pretty dry. And then the people..... oh
the people. Games of Marco Polo (and then Crude... Oil) at 3 in the morning.
Doing Gator chants far into the night. Some of the band students played some
earlier in the evening. And then every hour (and yes, this includes like 5 am
etc) this group of kids would walk around with a stero blasting Roxette's "The
Look". So that song will forever be ingrained in my head with last night. And
then just random funny stuff that people would yell to each other or to no one.
It was crazy, and so much fun. Needless to say I got absolutly no sleep, but it
was very entertaining.
Finally morning comes (and it gets bright very quickly, I was playing tetris and
in the time it took me to do 2 levels it had gone to barely being able to see
the pieces to it being very clear), and everyone takes down their tents and I
take all my crap back to my room since they don't allow you to carry anything in
with you. Finally get into the O'dome at 11am, and get our shirts sortly after
that. The game itself was great, and we won thank goodness after our
embarressing loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.
Suprisingly enough I'm not "sleepy" but I'm incredibly tired. By this time I'd
been up for 32 hours straight, with only 4 hours of sleep on Thursday night. My
mind is completely useless, but physically I'm active, must have been the
adreniline. But it was definitly worth it! And as an extra perk, the shirts we
got glow in the dark! Too cool. And I'm planning on camping out again for the
Kentucky game in March, so I'll get to go through all of this once again this
Oh, and pictures will be up eventually. I took a bunch with my disposable
camera, and took a bunch with Alyson's digital one as well.
And it's coming....... one week...
It's that time again.... picture update! This time of camping out for
basketball. No, not my pictures, but one from a digital camera. I personally
still have yet to develop pictures I took in Decemeber.... heh
Since there's so many, I'll just list them:
Me (with my eyes closed as usual)
The owner of said digital
Line extending to
sidewalk outside O'Connell Center. This was taken at 4 in the morning.
Part of "Tent City"
The front part of the line, people put
tarps over the metal railings
What we wanted in line 14 hours for:
Rowdy Reptile Shirts! (and eyes closed as usual)
Gator basketball being awesome as
My eyes are (sorta) Open!
And speaking of basketball, a game in Kentucky
had a fight that resulted in the ejection of all but 8 players total for both
teams. Then one of them fouled out, so only 7 players ended the game.
Happy Valentine's Day!
And welcome to the Valentine's Day edition of BF.N where I compress one year's
worth of teen romance angst in one day! It's an update with rants, raves,
and links about life, love and geeks. Enjoy.
First I should mention that I did this last year on Single's Awareness Day as
well. You may remember it if you've been reading a while, and I got quite a few
comments on it. Most of the stuff in that update is still pertanient today, and
some of the articles, especially Why Geeks
Make the Best Boyfriends and very especially "I just Want To Be
Friends" are definitly worth a read if you haven't seen them already. And
yep, still doing most of the "Do's" on the "Do's and Don'ts of Cultivating and
Maintaining a Platonic Friendship with a Woman You Would Otherwise Want To Have
a Relationship With and Quite Possibly Marry." I love that title :)
First up this year is "nice guys" and why girls (supposedly) don't like them.
As a semi-famous article that's made it's rounds about
the net suggests, maybe Nice Guys
are Losers. There is some valid points in there I do have to agree with,
but I think someone was just bitter. There seems to be a thin line between confidence and
arrogance. Finally there is yet another article on yet another piece nice guy
not getting girls. It's a conspiracy I tell you! Who wouldn't want a sensitive boy?
Given all that, (most) people want nice people. It's just a matter of what you
consider "nice". Girls complain that they can't find nice guys, when they're
actually all over the place. But you won't find them hitting on you half drunk
in a bar (well not to say that it's impossible, just not likely). Join some
clubs, and get involved in something, and that's where you'll find the nice
people. Watch how someone treats other people, it shows a lot about a person.
And if the girl you have your heart set on does indeed go after the jerk, then
doesn't that say something about the girl? Do you really want to date they type
of person who would go after a jerk? Course, as I read in the paper the other
day, girls tend to date different types of people every time, and the person
they end up marrying is usually nothing like any of their previous boyfriends.
Men go for the same type everytime.
Next I have to point out a GREAT series of
3 articles on Why
Girls Actually Want Geeks, then Why it usually
doesn't happen, and finally the pitfalls of dating a nerd (which I can admit there is a lot of
truth to). Very interesting set of articles though. Still not convinced that
geek guys make for great relationships? 15+ reasons why geek guys
are "not so bad at all". And as a self-described geek, yep, it's all true. Of
course, some people just aren't right for the geek lifestyle, as these girls found
out, but hey, whatever floats their boat :) Lucky for them there's a
list of How To Lose
A Geek in 10 Seconds. The root password one is particulary hillarious :)
Some girls definitly appriciate
the geek though.
This brings me to a subject that I've noticed somewhat, in people trying to
become what they think girls/guys want them to be instead of who they are. Is a
lie anything that a good relationship should be based on? Sure for a
one-night-stand (if that's your thing) go for it cause there is no relationship,
but for pete's sake don't try to change yourself to attract some girl or guy you
like. If she/he doesnt' like you for you, then it just wasn't meant to be. It's
pretty much doomed to fail eventually, as sooner or later you'll get tired of
the charade and once the person discovers the "real" you then it'll be over.
That's why I am unabashedly nerdy, because if a someone can't like me for having
a passion for computers or nerdy/geeky stuff, then it just wasn't meant to be.
Not to say that's all I ever talk about or get involved in (as my friends can
attest) but I'm not going to pretend that side of me doesn't exist to impress
There's also the ever dreaded I Just Like You As A
Friend thing. Now of course I relieze that there are just some friends that
are undateable or you're just not attracted to them in that way for various
reasons no matter how great they are (like I myself have several friends who are
incredible girls, but I have no interest in dating), and you can't "make"
someone like you (learned that one the hard way). But it seems like friendship
is the best way to find someone that you're really compatible with, rather than
obsess over some random hot girl/guy at the mall that you've spoken 5 words to
("Number one with cheese please"). One would think you should have to get to get
to know a person fairly well before you can truly like them (hence why I do not
believe in love at first sight, just lust at first sight), but then what do I
*Standard disclaimer applies to the previous paragraph*. I'm perfectly happy
with being "just friends" with my female acquitances. It's just those very few
who you think have possibilities that cause all the angst. Oh, and a good
tip for anyone who wants to get across non-interest to someone who may be
interested in them: Just talk about some other guy/girl (they don't even have
to be real, just make someone up) in the romantic sense. Gets the point across
nicely and without embarrassment on either side. Just for the love of God don't
go into detail on how great/nice/funny/smart/etc this person is, particulary if
you've used any of those adjectives to describe the aforementioned liker. Then
it's just cruel.
Moving on, The Ladder Master
Theory Page is an interesting idea on how men and women rank each other on
their respective ladders. It explains the phenomenon of ladder jumping, ladder
disparity, and other related phenomenon. Very interesting theory.
But perhaps you don't want a relationship, perhaps you just
want some random girl for a "night-o-fun". Don't have a Valentine yet? Never
fear, let the people at alt.seduction.fast help you
pickup women. Interesting tactics, and the scary thing thing is that some girls
actually fall for them.
If however you want some substance, then some
tips on How to be Romantic would be
useful. One of the suggestions is pet names, which if you're having trouble
coming up with one, try the Pet Name
Generator for ideas. Particulary fun for teasing your friend
with, as everything sounds funnier when "snugglyhoneybear" says it, as shown in
this AIM conversation (edited version):
(15:12:13) Me: Hmmm, a good pet name would be Snuggly Honey Bear....
(15:13:07) Me: heh, I'm gonna change your name to that in AIM
(15:14:20) Snuggly Honey Bear: no
(15:14:34) Me: (15:14:20) Snuggly Honey Bear: no
(15:14:36) Me: haha
(15:14:39) Me: this is awesome
(15:14:47) Snuggly Honey Bear: shut up
(15:14:55) Snuggly Honey Bear: (expletive deleted)
(15:15:45) Me: I don't think snugglyhoneybear should say those naughty words
(15:15:51) Me: it's not snugglyhoneybearish
Futurama's had some good quotes relevent to today, quoted here for your reading
pleasure (both said by Fry):
"What? Valentine's Day is coming up?!?! Crap! I
forgot to get a girlfriend again"
"Well she was in love with the part of me
that's a slob. I was in love with her with the part of me that's
Have a date for Valentine's but don't know what to do? Never fear, let old 50's
guide you. From what do to on a date, Do's and Don't of
Dating and Beginning
Dating to Going Steady
and How do you
Know It's Love, cheesy acting and horrible plots can show you the way. No
wonder all those people in the late 60's were so messed up.
Finally a fictional but sure-it-happens-in-real-life heartstring
tugging account of why you should always tell someone how you feel (which no longer exists).
Not that I follow that advice at all of course, but it's a nice story
for Valentine's Day.
So that's the V-Day update for this year, which I believe fills my blog quota
of girl/love/romance-related postings for the year. Now back to
Yesterday turned out to be suprisingly good, once I got finished with a horrible
computer organization test in the morning. My digital design class was
cancelled, ate part of a giant sugar cookie, and I ended up eating pizza at this
great local pizza joint and seeing Daredevil and Amelie with some friends. And
then a good friend of mine from FSU visiting her boyfriend came by, and I got to
talk to another friend of mine from Tampa.
Now for all the cool stuff that missed the Valentine's Day update since I first
saw them on Valentine's Day.
Day form letters (no longer up). The Coder one
had me rolling on the floor. "My love for you in O(n^n)" and "You NP-Complete
me" are classic! Oh man what I'd do for a girl that said stuff like that.....
Am I nerd or what? :)
And speaking of that, Slashdot did an article on Valentine's Day that covered
several of the things I've posted before, plus some new one's like The She-Geek Guide to
Dating and Geek Guide to
Dating. And yes, I find the joke "Knock knock." "Who's there?" "Recurse."
"Recurse who?" "Knock knock..." funny
Yet another picture update day! I finally got pictures developed that I've been
taking the last two months, and $25 later they're ready for your viewing
First some more basketball pictures:
Our "camp" for the night (ie a few chairs
This is how I looked most of the night,
umbrella over my head and poncho over my blanket. And of course the goofy grin
It's me. Standing.
Next is some pics of the Bucs stadium taken in December, which me and a friend
took a tour of while he visited me in Florida. This was of course before they
won the Super Bowl.
This is what the players see as they
step out onto the field
The infamous pirate ship
The Buc's locker room. It only has their stuff
in it on game days
Remember that DDR tournament I went to in mid-January? Here's the pictures from
The crowd watching me play
More shots of the crowd watching
Me (in orange) and another guy on the
DDR Gators playing
Here's some more reasons why dorm life is so very fun:
The "soccer in the hallway" group (I'm in the
The kitchen is NOT a bathroom
Gaming at it's finest (we have a SNES,
Genesis, Dreamcast, and PS2 hooked up to the lounge TV)
And finally, some random pictures from throughout the last 2
My best friend and her roommate
playing DDR in my room (Disney Mix none-the-less
A yellow VW Beetle dressed up as a mouse
Me and Molly the Manatee!
Bobby McFerrin is
INCREDIBLE! He played today at the Phillips Center at UF, and some
friends and me got tickets to see him, even though most of us (including me)
didn't really know who he was. He's famous for the "Don't worry... be Happy"
song, but his talent extends so much more than that. He has an amazing range of
voice, and can do all kinds of noises and sounds with it, not to mention it
sounds incredible. It truly is like another musical instrument. He also is big
on audience participation, and had us singing the "Itsa bitsy spider" song, and
then mimicking some of the beats he created. What makes it so unique is that he
improvises everything he does. He brought out a sax player to do a duet with,
and then brought out UF's star gymnast Orley Szmuch to create a song based on her movements. He ended by bringing out
Bo Diddley to play along with, as they made up songs and just went wild. It was
an AMAZING concert that completely blew me away. If you ever get an oppurtunity
to see him live, definitly do it, you'll thank me later. I am in awe.
I was really sick on Monday, by far the sickest I've yet been in college. I
think I have some kind of stomach bug, because for most of the day all I did was
puke my guts out. A total of 7 offereings were made to the porcelien throne, by
far the most I've ever done in one day. I felt somewhat better by late Monday
evening, and could finally keep food down, but it was not a fun day. This also
marks the first time I've ever missed class due to sickness, but luckly nothing
*too* important was going on that day.
Yesterday I went and saw two local Gainesville bands, Hey Nice Guy and The Busdrivers. They were both
really good, with HNG being more rock/punk and Busdrivers ska. I came out
partially deaf, but it was a lot of fun.
If you're familiar with hard drives, then you know that it's hard to "trully"
erase something. Deleting something from the recycle bin is easy to recover if
you know what you're doing and it hasn't been overwritten yet, and even more
complicated measures have their pitfalls or possible failings. So one guy
decided to make sure no one could read the old data on some old hard drives: he melted them.
I'd say it did a good job.
Another week of no updates, but at least I have an excuse. This week has been
really really busy with school and other various stuff, and at last it's over
and I can start getting back in the regular hectic-but-tolerable pace that I'm
used to. And spring break is only a week away, which is muy goodo.
This is fun.
Being in Florida we don't get much (any?) snow, but thanks to the Internet that
can now change. Here is How To Build your own Snow
Gun with pictures and hardware list. Of course being that there are no
mountains in Florida it's not very good for downhill skiing (well except for
that huge hill by the New Engineering Building hehe) but it's snow.... in
A very interesting article on the internet and privacy was on Slashdot today. It's pretty long, but an
insightful look into what happens when you write an email that you consider
"private" but ends up being forwarded multiple times until it eventually appears
on the internet. Everything you write on the internet or in email could
eventually be found by anyone if you're unlucky enough, as the "Forward" button
is just a click away.
On a sadder note, Mr Rogers
died yesterday. I, like many of my peers, grew up watching him on PBS, and
while I do admit I like Seseame Street more, Mr. Rogers was a really cool show,
especially when they took tours of different factory's and things. I remember
reading a profile of him in Readers Digest a few years ago, and thinking how
incredible this guy is, because he really loves children. He will be
Now you can get Joe
Millionaire for only $15,000! Or the girl he picked for $10,000. Hooray for