March 2003

February 2003 -- 2003 -- April 2003

March 1, 2003

Heh, almost put February 29th up there.

Yesterday was a good friend of mine's birthday, and so for her birthday we went out to eat at a local pizza place. So it ended up being me, and then 14 girls (most of them from her floor). Needless to say it was an interesting experiance, and while I generally like hanging out with girls more than guys, too much of a good thing isn't so good. From whispering about how hot some random guy is, to continously complementing each other on how cuuuute they looked, I was definitly an outsider looking in. I did have a lot fun though, and hanging out with my friend was a blast, so all's well that ends well.

Itsa Mario!

And some guy bought 17 120 GB hard drives, and using LVM turned it into a 2 Terrabytes of disk space on a regular x86 computer (as 2 TB on servers and high end computers is nothing). Amazing to see how harddrive technology continues to drop in price and improve in capacity though, as back in the day 500 MB was a HUGE amount of space that no one knew how to fill up. You just know hard drive manufactures love mp3's and Divx.

You know, this is a really good idea. It could start a whole chain of "Not Poison" foods.

March 11, 2003

10 days, not bad.

Well this past week has been very very interesting.

It started Wednesday night when I began camping out for the UF-Kentucky basketball game. Well actually didn't camp out until Thursday afternoon, but a friend called me up Wednesday night to keep her company, so I spent the night outside the O'Dome. Then got in line Thursday at 5 PM for the game which was played that Saturday at 2. Yeah, 2 days before it. Which is nothing compared to the people who started camping out 12 days before right after the previous home game ended. Unfortunatly for them the campus police didn't want to have people camping outside the O'dome for 2 weeks, to they said no lines before 5 PM Wednesday. So 5 PM Wednesday comes around, and there are over a 100 people ready to get in line. Crazyness.

It was a lot of fun though, and I spent all Friday night in my chair laughing at drunk people (of which there were PLENTY) and hanging out with friends. The game itself was AWESOME and if we would have won (which we could have on a last second shot, but it missed) it would have easily been the best game I'd ever been to. I've never seen it so rowdy or so loud, and it was an amazing experiance. Plus through some stroke of luck we got into the Rowdy Reptile section, which made it even better. Plus it was my friend Sarah's very first UF basketball game, so she got really lucky in that :)

Today also marks the Tuesday of my Spring Break. It should be a good one, though I don't have any major plans going on. Just chillaxin with friends and go to the beach at some point. I personally am not a big fan of beaches, but when you're hanging out with a bunch of friends then it's ok. I know since I'm in Florida I'm not supposed to say that, but I'm just not a beach person. Well except for sand castles. I like sand castles. I also have homework I theoretically should work on, the key word here being theoretically.

Well now that war is pretty much a guarentee with Iraq, it's a good idea to start getting ready for more terrorist attacks. So thanks to we can prepare ourselves for not answering the door to Nuclear Radiation. Those pictures are so ambigious, that captioning contests have sprung up all over the web, including a DDR message board which has a ton of great one's. My personal favorite though is when All Your Base Are Belong To Us meets Tom Ridge: All Your Ready Are Belong To Us. Ahhhhh, internet fads, gotta love 'em.

NYT has a facinating story on luxury treehouses built for wealthy buyers. How cool is this? I want one! When I was a kid I LOVED climbing in trees, and would climb anything and everything. Unfortunatly I don't fit so well in trees now, and ther's no good one's around here, (though I might have to check around UF some more....) but it was so much fun just hanging around 30 feet off the ground and seeing how high you could go. I am definitly buying one of these things once I get enough money.

I found this week's Onion newsbrief on Iraq to be particulary fitting. Here it is to be archived:
Bush Orders Iraq To Disarm Before Start Of War
WASHINGTON, DC - Maintaining his hardline stance against Saddam Hussein, President Bush ordered Iraq to fully dismantle its military before the U.S. begins its invasion next week. "U.S. intelligence confirms that, even as we speak, Saddam is preparing tanks and guns and other weapons of deadly force for use in our upcoming war against him," Bush said Sunday during his weekly radio address. "This madman has every intention of firing back at our troops when we attack his country." Bush warned the Iraqi dictator to "lay down [his] weapons and enter battle unarmed, or suffer the consequences."
And yes, if you haven't guessed, I am against the war in Iraq. Yes Saddam is not a good person, and in a perfect world he wouldn't be in power. But this war just seems far too unneccassary. He's been fine for 12 years, and now all of the sudden we have to worry about him. And thanks to Bush we've alienated a lot of our allies, and made the UN a moot organization. I predict a short "war" if the primary objective is to get rid of Saddam, but I also think it's going to cause a lot of long term troubles in the middle east and with our foreign relations. And to me it's just not worth it. If you really wanted to worry about a country, go after North Korea, which publicly has WMD's, and will if threatened use them. They seem to be a far greater threat than Iraq, and yet you here nothing but diplomacy toward them. It's because we know we can utterly destory Iraq, whereas North Korea could attack US bases and US allies quite easily. I don't have the answers to the world's problems, if I did, I would be a very sought after person. But I don't think a war in Iraq is the right way to solve them.

And finally, got to play some DDR Extreme today. Unfortunatly it was really crowded thanks to 10 Buck Tuesday (all the games you can play for $10) so only got to play it twice in like 3 hours. The mark of a truly great DDR game is if it has Butterfly though. It's the song everyone began on and took forever to pass but once you did.....

March 16, 2003

That was a fun, though very fast, week. Did end up going to the beach on Thursday for a little bit, and went out to eat with friends and family a bunch. Then it was back up to Gainesville yesterday (Saturday) since I have mountains of homework that I should have been doing over Spring Break but of course didn't. It's so nice being back on my own computer again though, set up just the way I like it, with all the programs I normally use. Plus it was nice getting back into the college groove once again, (ie eating pizza and watching movies).

Which speaking of movies, how cool would it be to watch some on a 180 degree monitor that is over 5 feet high and 5 feet wide? If any of my readers would be kind enough to pay the $20,500+ price tag, I'd gratefully accept one as a gift.

Or if that's too much, how about a glass orb for $200? You can design it to track anything you want, and assign a color too it. So if it's above say 80, it glows red. If it's between 60 and 80 it's green, and below 60 it's blue. Muy cool. I could see someone programming it to glow the color of the current "Terror Alert Warning" thingy. Which they want to add a new level to by the way, but not a new color. Personally the whole color warning thing seems really ridiculous to me, but maybe someone, somewhere finds it useful?

And speaking of stupid things, the whole Freedom Fries idea is insane. I don't blame France for not supporting the war, and I think it's really childish to resort to basic name calling to show disapproval of France. At the very least it could changed to "Fried Potatoes" or something, but Freedom Frieds? Come on.

March 17, 2003

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The NCAA 2003 tourny bracket was announced yesterday, and suprisingly UF was seeded #2 in the South. Which is not only higher than I expected (most everyone figured a 3 or 4) but they'll be playing in Tampa as well. Unfortunatly at $110 a ticket, I won't be going to the game in person, but I'll definitly be watching on TV. This coming block from Thursday through Sunday (well unless it gets delayed thanks to Bush's War (tm)) is my favorite 4 sports days of the year, because it's constant basketball the entire day. I LOVE March Madness, and I've already got my huge posterboard sized bracket made and ready to fill out (yes, I'm that dorky). Unfortunatly my other faovrite college team Texas Tech didn't make the dance, even though I think they definitly deserved it. As for my picks, I think Kentucky will win it all. They're an incredible team, and they've got the momentum to go all the way. I'd love to be wrong with a Florida win against them in the championship game (now wouldn't that be a great game to watch) though :)

Future technology for the next 10 years? A lot of this stuff is definitly plausible, so who knows. Liquid TV...... awwwww yeah

Bush also gave his war speech tonight, which essentially declared war on Iraq if Saddam didn't leave within 48 hours. Which no world leader in their right mind would ever leave their country when threatned by another one, so now Bush is going to use this completely ridiculous request as justification for a war. Gotta love Iraq's response though "Why doesn't Bush leave office then?".

And finally, a true quote by a Nazi war criminal:
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger."
-- Herman Goering

March 28, 2003

Quite a bit has happened since the last updated. Florida lost in the second round, we started a war in Iraq, and I've had three tests. The guys on my floor went crazy once again by covering their heads in foil with some weird thing they built that doesn't actually do anything Later a blacklight and music were added, and yes, we're on the ground floor and they're in front of a wide open window. I don't understand it either.

I also had no labs this week, and so to use my time off today I went out and bought two new videogames: Amplitude (the sequel to Frequency) and Auto Modellista. Both are very cool, and it's very fortunate that I had a break in class work to have some time to spend gaming (which is also why this site is being updated heh).

Someone really really likes this Trista girl. Photoshop can do some awfully nifty things.

Here's a gallery of perpetual motion machines and why they will never work. Lots of nice ideas, but all of them ultimately flawed in some way.

And finally, I won a cool camera yesterday that has been officially deemed "cute" by 4 different people. I just happened to enter a drawing with the UF Nutrionist people, and I got lucky and won. Unfortunatly it's not digital so picture updates will still be incredibly sporadic, but at least I won't have to use disposable camera's anymore, and hopefully they'll come out a little better.

February 2003 -- 2003 -- April 2003