Thursday, March 31, 2005

Hats off to (Katie) Koop

So it was brought to my attention yesterday by the traditional 2 emails from Katie that she's now engaged to her Canadian boyfriend that she met over the Internet. Now I don't know this Ben character too much (The guy she's marrying), only that he didn't get visibly pissed off when the first words I said to him were "Damn, you look a lot like Jesse." (Katie's ex who happens to be a good friend of mine). He didn't get offended by me or preach to me about my sinful ways as some people have, so he can't be too bad. I wish them the best as they begin their journey to spend the rest of their lives together. Though I do hope they wait until they finish college before they decide to get married.

Of course, with this announcement comes the final nail in the coffin regarding the bet I made with Lucas. As much as Ben may look like Jesse, he isn't Jesse. Therefore, this engagement marks the official end of the bet that I had already conceded. Well, technically I suppose the official end will be the day of the wedding, but I don't see the wedding getting called off any time soon. For those not in the know, I bet Lucas a 12-pack of Corona that Katie would marry Jesse. They had been dating for quite some time after breaking up and reconciling over some issue, the details of which I won't go into; and I thought that they would make it all the way. But they ultimately didn't, and it cost me beer. I'm not happy that I now have to pay for beer I won't be drinking, but I suppose that's the way things go sometimes. At least I learned that lesson. I've been 0 for 3 on guessing relationships (though I didn't bet on every one).

And on the note of booze, I would like to remind Katie and/or Ben, if they happen to be reading this, that it is customary for there to be an open bar at weddings. Now, I'm not usually someone big on traditions, but some are too important to forget or ignore. For friends and family of the married couple, it allows them to enjoy the festivities even more than they might sober. For The sad, single people, it allows them to drown themselves happy so they don't make a scene at the wedding. And for those of us who just like the sauce, it's free drinks served in a social setting where it's customary to get drunk.

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Another Spring Break Come and Gone

So yet another spring break has come and gone. I always hope to actually go out and do stuff with people, but it very rarely ends up that I do anything overly exciting during my excursions home. This spring break was no exception. I spent most of my break porting my 435 project to my cell phone, although I did go out with friends on Saturday evening. We did the typical dinner/movie thing that we always do. We really need to come up with something different to do, but none of us really has the imagination to come up with something unique. I have ideas, but we don't usually run with them since they all start with "let's go out and get drunk..." Though a time may come when more people than myself want to do that. If anyone has any better ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Classes start tomorrow. Back to work it will be, though hopefully I'll have more free time this quarter than I did last quarter. It'd be nice to get to bed at a reasonable hour a few times this quarter.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

How Am I Not Employed?

Some of you may have seen this before, but I just happened to see a link to The Daily WTF on slashdot earlier today. For those who haven't seen it, it's a blog where people post stupid code they have to deal with. Of the ones shown on the site, I think this one is my favorite

public boolean compareObjects(Object obj1, Object obj2) { if (obj1.equals(obj2) == true) return true; else return false; }

And this one's a close second

Function IsEven(N) Dim LastDigit LastDigit = int(N) mod 10 IsEven = (LastDigit = 0) or (LastDigit = 2) or (LastDigit = 4) or (LastDigit = 6) or (LastDigit = 8) End Function

So maybe I'm asking the wrong question. Instead of asking "How am I not employed", perhaps I should be asking "How did get become employed?" Perhaps if I can answer that question, I'll be one step closer to answering the more important first one.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Finally Done

So after what felt like a rapid eternity, I'm finally done with the quarter. Well, technically I was done at about midnight on Sunday night when Forrest and I finally got the Java project done, but we won't argue about technicalities. I got home on Monday at about 7:00 in the evening, at which point my family and I went out to dinner.

For some reason, and don't ask me why, as soon as I got home I got this sudden urge to port my Java port of the 435 project to J2ME, which runs on my cell phone. You all may call me a sadistic fuck, and you'd be partially right. Fortunately, the port is extremely straightforward; and I find that I'm pretty much copying and pasting all the code, changing Iterator to Enumeration in Vectors, changing add to addElement in Vectors, changing all List references to Vector references, and so on. The graphics part may yield some surprises of its own, although I don't see anything significant coming up in Mancala at least. I apparently incorrectly picked function calls compatible with both J2SE and J2ME when writing the code, although I still would have had to change List and Map references to Vector and Hashtable, respectively. The List and Map interfaces don't exist in J2ME, although it isn't a big deal since all I used in the code was Vectors and Hashtables

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Blogger staticfoo said...

I too must be a sadistic fuck, since I've been thinking about doing the same (I've a new phone in the mail), but before I start on that, I need to get Project 1 checked off.

3/23/2005 6:02 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Personaly, I think your both sadistic fucks.
And their is no cure.

3/24/2005 4:41 AM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

Yeah, I think our sadistic fuckiness has been well established. Were I not a sadistic fuck, I would never have written this game to begin with, nor would I have ported it to 3 GUI environments. However, I really needed to have a game on my phone that was actually kind of fun. And Jerry, if you're interested, once you get Project 1 done I can give you the modified interface I made for the J2ME port so we can add each other's games to our respective ports.

3/24/2005 3:42 PM  

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Waiting for Cim

It's rare that I get to say that my life can be compared to a literary work, but I get to say that in this case. This of course is exempting the Canonical 4 (South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Futurama)which can be applied to all aspects of life. Just about every day, when it is expected that there will be a coding party at Catherine and Tim's, Jerry, Forrest, and myself often communicate with each other as to when the coding parties actually start. Don't ask why we don't just directly ask Catherine or Tim when there's coding, because I don't know. Anyways, The conversations often break down into what I've excerpted below. I've left the timestamps in because it adds to my point.

(18:57:10)Me:
so has there been any rumour of coding
(18:57:32)Jerry:
I have heard none..
(18:57:45)Me:
nor have i
(18:58:27)Jerry:
Then again, I haven't asked.
...
(20:31:45)Jerry:
Still no talk of coding?
(20:31:56)Me:
nope
(20:32:09)Jerry:
Has anybody asked?
(20:32:20)Me:
i don't think so
(20:35:00)Jerry:
Perhaps someone should?
(20:35:15)Me:
that wouldn't be a bad idea
(20:46:33)Me:
so have you asked yet
(20:46:56)Jerry:
I wasn't aware that I was the one to ask..
(20:47:03)Jerry:
I figured you were

This conversation reminded me of a play I read part of very long ago in high school English: Waiting for Godot. For those who haven't read it, it's a play about two characters waiting for a third character named Godot. Although it becomes clear early on that Godot's never going to be meeting with the two main characters, they still wait all day every day for him to show up. As a result, the two main characters never do anything or go anywhere, for fear of missing the one moment when Godot arrives. Below's an excerpt of the play where the two main characters, Estragon and Vladimir, contemplate hanging themselves on a nearby tree.

...
ESTRAGON:
Let's hang ourselves immediately!
VLADIMIR:
From a bough? (They go towards the tree.) I wouldn't trust it.
ESTRAGON:
We can always try.
VLADIMIR:
Go ahead.
ESTRAGON:
After you.
VLADIMIR:
No no, you first.
ESTRAGON:
Why me?
VLADIMIR:
You're lighter than I am.
ESTRAGON:
Just so!
...
VLADIMIR:
Well? What do we do?
ESTRAGON:
Don't let's do anything. It's safer.
VLADIMIR:
Let's wait and see what he says.
ESTRAGON:
Who?
VLADIMIR:
Godot.
...

As I was writing this, I was telling Tim, Catherine, and Jerry about this odd phenomenon that I'm now writing about; and Catherine and Tim mentioned that they do a similar thing: asking each other if anyone had asked if there was coding. It's moments like this I think I should write a book.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

I Don't Know if I Should Be Honored or Repulsed

So today I originally planned on getting things accomplished, though I quickly learned that that wasn't going to happen. Shortly after arriving at Cim's to get things accomplished, Forrest decides to go up to the "P" to search for wireless networks with his cantenna. Surprisingly, he found a lot of them. After staying up on the "P" for a bit, Jerry, Forrest, and myself decide to go wardriving. So Forrest mounts his cantenna on his car and we're on our way. We unfortunately run into troubles finding wireless networks, so we head back. In the parking lot, a group of drunk girls are walking down the sidewalk and notice the cantenna attached to Forrest's car and ask us what we were doing. Jerry tells them we were wardriving, then proceeds to explain to them that we were driving around town, looking for wireless networks. One girl in particular is interested in this, saying that her computer connects to other wireless networks all the time. So I ask her "so your computer's a slut, is it?" She gets unhappy with my saying this, calling me an "ugly head" and telling me "I'm going to pee on you." I didn't mean to say that as an insult, but that's the way she took it.

So there's two ways I can look at this comment. I can look at it at as I think it was meant: an insult; or I can look at it as a compliment. After all, some people pay lots of money to get girls to piss on them. I looked at it this way for a few minutes, then remembered that I'm not one of those sexual deviants who gets their jollies off women pissing on them.

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

"Are You Going to Break Into Cars? That's Robbery!"

That was my mom's response to my telling her that I bought a slim jim (the kind that opens car doors, not the kind you eat) at the electronic flea market. For those who don't know, Tim, Catherine, Forrest, Jerry, and myself went to an electronic flea market up in Sunnyvale. Since we left Friday evening and the flea didn't start until Saturday morning, Tim's family graciously allowed us all to stay at their place. I swear, they have the most picturesque bathroom I've ever seen. I mean, who has a bathroom with hardwood floors? I almost felt bad using it for its intended purpose. Unfortunately the flea started at 5:00 am, the time at which I usually go to bed. For some reason Tim was too weak to wake up at 5:00, so he didn't actually get to see the flea or experience any of the fun.

In addition to the slim jim, I also purchased a device that will display movies stored on a remote computer onto a TV. All in all, I spent $6.50 at the flea. Although I really wanted the Sun Ultra 250 and the police lights (yes, someone had a full light bar from a police car), I couldn't afford either. That and I'd get arrested within 5 minutes of putting the light bar on my truck. Then there was the mounted lobster which 3 of us used spare change to buy for Catherine's car. It really has to be seen to be believed. I expect pictures of it will be available soon.

After the flea, Forrest and I headed over to Santa Cruz to say hi to people: Forrest to his family and a friend of his and me to Kis. While we were talking with Kis, some tweaker approached us for some reason and started talking with us. I was completely lost during the entire conversation, but she mentioned something about being locked out of her apartment, climbing through a window, children being taken from her, forensic science, and so on. I still don't know what happened. All in all, fun times were had; and it was a welcome break from working on 435.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

No...More...School

The title says it all. I'm so unmotivated to get anything more accomplished this quarter. But I still have so much to do. Even with the first 435 project done, I still have a shitload of stuff to do. A quick recap of shit I have to finish by the end of the quarter/start of next quarter:

  1. Finish Lab 5
  2. Start and finish Lab 6
  3. Start and finish Project 2
  4. Start and finish writing a shell
  5. Attend one more concert for music appreciation
  6. Write a paper on said concert

Admittedly, I'm not the busiest person this week by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still kind of piled up here in the last couple weeks. Especially when I don't want to do the work, especially the 435 stuff. Getting the first project done really made me want to zone out in that class, but I can't. Oh how I long for the days when I'll just be able to go to sleep early and not worry about getting my work done.

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

An Elegant Solution

So Jerry, Catherine, and myself are over at Barnes and Noble looking around at books, when Joe decides to join our party. So we spend a little bit more time reading and looking around (I started reading Snow Crash at the request of Jerry and Forrest. I must say it's quite good), when we finally decide to go back to Tim and Catherine's place. Problem #1: there's now four people, and the vehicle we drove to Barnes and Noble was my truck. Problem #2: Catherine didn't want to sit on someone's lap because she wanted to wear a seat belt. Not wanting to make someone walk, we came up with a decent but illegal solution to our problem. The picture's really bad but it's the best I could do.

Joe in truck

Yes, that's Joe, in my sleeping bag, laying down in the bed of my truck. He had to stay low to avoid being seen by people who would prefer not to have people riding in the back of a truck. Humorously, I passed by at least 2 cops on the drive home. I'm just glad I didn't get in an accident. It would not have been good to have Joe dead, laying in the bed of my truck, in my sleeping bag. I would have never been able to clean the blood and stench out of that sleeping bag.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other news
Aaron's Penis Talks

3/08/2005 6:58 PM  

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Friday, March 04, 2005

Another Reason to Visit Vegas

As soon as I saw this I had to share it. There's apparently some controversy over the mayor of Las Vegas telling a fourth grade class that one of his hobbies was drinking. When asked what one thing he would bring with him on a desert island, he answered "gin". People are apparently pissed off because they think he's endorsing drinking. A quote from the associate HR superintendent of the school district regarding what would happen if a teacher made those comments:

"It might be a written or a verbal warning but we would make it clear that kind of comment is absolutely unacceptable," Rice said. "We would remind the individual that employees are not supposed to share personal opinions in that manner, particularly when it's something that has the potential to offend a great many people."

Personally, I don't see the problem with it. Other than the fact that drinking gin on a desert island would end up dehydrating you faster. Drinking is legal, and I suppose one could consider it a legitimate hobby. After all, it certainly is "An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure."(Dictionary.com) That is, unless he gets paid to drink. Personally, I find it refreshing that he doesn't seem to be backing down from the pressure. Provided he doesn't back down at some later time, he's earned my respect.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

I Win

Many of you know of my desire to create the ugliest interfaces I possibly can in my gui design class. However, not all of you have seen the results. So I think I'll take the time to post some screenshots of the interfaces I made for Mancala and Connect 4 for the benefit of those who haven't seen them as well as to piss off those who have seen them and wish they hadn't. Unfortunately I had to shrink the images when displayed on the page. However, they'll show full size if you click on them.

Exhibit A: Mancala

Mancala View

People have noted how ghastly this interface is, and I tend to agree. However, I've found that it's grown on me the more I actually look at it. I like the contrast between the stones, the bowls, and the background. Even the stones not fitting properly in the Mancalas (the large bowls on the sides) adds an artistic touch to the view. If the patterns were different, it could possibly be a respectable interface with some work.

Exhibit B: Connect 4

Connect 4 View

This is an interface one just wants to hate. All the colors clash with each other, and it's kind of difficult to stare at for any period of time. If I had one criticism with the final product, it would be that the background yellow is too bright to make the view truly hideous. The whole view looks like it has a lot of yellow, and adding more yellow makes something seem a bit off. Perhaps I'll experiment with a different color, maybe a dark purple or blue.

One final note. All the patterns in these interfaces were built in to the GUI development environment I was using (the .NET runtime environment). I'd like to thank Microsoft for allowing such awful interfaces to exist with minimal effort.

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Blogger Arthaey Angosii said...

Oh noes, isn't Cal Poly going to stop hosting your images some day soon(-ish)? It would be a tragedy to lose such, er, amazing UI screenshots.

10/04/2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger Arthaey Angosii said...

Check out the Connect 4 I saw at WalMart! Yours is uglier, though, so you still win. :)

4/03/2008 12:21 PM  

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Forrest Was Wrong

That is, if this is true. I picked 78 million. Turns out I'm not a sexual deviant after all.

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