Sunday, September 25, 2005

End of an Era

So today's my 21st birthday, which apparently means I can drink something called alco-hol. From what I've gathered, this alco-hol is some sort of drug that tends to lower inhibitions in those who drink it. Of course, since I wasn't allowed to drink alco-hol before today, I can't say for certain if this is true. I'd like to take a moment to thank the government for keeping me from booze, as we all know that I'd never ever drank alcohol before.

But seriously, at midnight, my friends and I hit the bars with the purpose of scoring free drinks. Unfortuantely, Jerry still doesn't really have identification, so he wasn't let into any bars but one (he managed to find his learner's permit from Arizona that expired four years ago. Only one bar accepted it as a valid form of ID). I didn't want to leave anyone out of the fun, so that's pretty much the bar we hung out at. I got my free birthday drink, the drink that Joe bought me, a shot of Goldschlager, and a pint of Newcastle ale (plus the 5 or so drinks I had before we hit the bars). After the bars closed, we had some...breakfast? at Burger King, then headed back to the apartment for sleep. After I woke up, my parents took me wine tasting around the area and got me a bottle of wine.

I've also taken this opportunity to think about my drinking habits. The last time I went out, I was a huge inconvenience to my friends. I passed out in a movie theater, forcing them to drag my fat, drunken ass out of the theater, someone had to be called to drive my drunken ass home, they had to clean up what my drunken ass threw up, and had to watch me to make sure I didn't drown myself in vomit when they threw my drunken ass in my bed. I vowed that I would never, ever, inconvenience someone like that again. They act like it was no big deal, saying that I'd have done the same thing (which is true), but how often do you think they'll be taking me up on that? Never. Equally important is the fact that I don't want to be the friend who everyone has awesome stories about but who died a year after they graduated from college. As a result, I'm going to try to cut down on how much I drink in one sitting. The days of drinking 19 drinks in 3 hours are most likely gone except for extreme circumstances.

I've also thought about why I drink as much as I do, and I think I have a decent answer for that. I, at my core, am a shy individual when around people I'm not familiar with. Only when I get to know people do I become the outgoing Aaron that everyone knows or loves. Coincidentally, I become this person when I drink. As I enjoy being my outgoing self, it stands to reason that I drink to become the person that I want to be. I don't know if this problem has any real solution other than to change the core of my being, but at least I think I know what the problem is.

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Blogger Luke said...

congrats. welcome to the beginning of a new era!

and next time i see you i'll buy you a bottle of some kind of liquor for your belated bday.

happy 21st

9/26/2005 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Will said...

I second that. I'll get ya something too. We have to celebrate this!

9/26/2005 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to hit the bars next time we're all back in the Valley.
-Andrew

9/27/2005 5:45 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

To answer your question on my xanga--I don't regularly attend there right now, but I still go every once and a while because it's where our families are and a lot of people I grew up with are. I know I do seem to gripe about them a lot...and I can't say it's only about little things. It's not a bad church all in all, they just have some things they need to work on. And about the whole being uncomfortable taking in prostitutes, I really think that unfortunately most halfway conservative Christian churches would be uncomfortable about it. Really sad, but it's reality. We should be seeking them and other "bad people" out. Anyway, just thought i'd clarify.

10/14/2005 7:16 AM  

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Switch

So today counts as my second conversion of the year. After a lifetime of Windows (and to a lesser extent, Linux) usage on my primary system, I have purchased and received my iBook. After spending about an hour on this system, I completely fell in love with it. It has an elegance and polish to it that I have never seen on Windows and Linux. It seriously just works, and it works really well. I'm left wondering why I (and others) have such an apprehension when it comes to Macs. There just seems to be this hatred in the Windows world for Macs that doesn't really make any sense at all. But, I don't care anymore. Dominique is truly beautiful in form and function, and I look forward to having a long and productive relationship with her.

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Blogger Luke said...

Aaron...all I can say is "how could you?"

Mac=not user friendly
Mac=what the hell is this computer doing
Mac=how do you find anything on this computer

Although I will give them itunes. thats about it, though.

9/23/2005 9:54 AM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

I guess I expected this by changing sides in what has become a religious war. I could have pissed on a cross and gotten less of a reaction;). But let me respond to your complaints.

Not user friendly: A rather subjective statement, and a vague one at that. Without knowing specifics, I will say that I personally have found it more user friendly than Windows. Most of Windows' "user friendliness" comes from familiarity with Windows instead of raw intuitiveness.

What the hell is this computer doing: I can open a terminal, type "ps -A" and find out exactly what programs the computer's running. Or I can throw my mouse up to the upper left hand corner of the screen to find out exactly what windows I have open.

How do you find anything on this computer: Click on the hard drive icon. Applications are in the "Applications" folder. Your files are in the "Home Directory" folder. Beyond that, I honestly don't know what you need to find on your system.

9/23/2005 12:38 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

I guess it stems from familiarity with windows and assuming it will be similar to windows. Although I still much rather prefer the windows at the bottom of the screen to having to drag the cursor to the side to see which applications are running.

9/25/2005 6:22 PM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

You get that too. All running applications are displayed in the Dock on the bottom of the screen.

9/25/2005 8:52 PM  

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

A Bit Of The Past

After Katie's wedding, while a bunch of us were hanging out at Matt's, Victor reminded me of a discussion Katie, Victor, and myself had online about the Birds and the Bees story. It was a fairly random chat that I remembered was pretty funny, and it was certainly not the type of story that I was accustomed to Katie telling. Especially humorous was the fact that Katie's connection kept cutting out during key points of the story. I remembered to reread it this evening, and it was just as funny as I remembered. Below is the story in its entirety.

...
Katie:
so the bee was out buzzing around one day
Katie:
bzzzzzz (i'm making the sound right now)
Katie:
anyway
Katie:
he is looking for his wife (female bee)
Victor:
she hot ?
Katie:
she's pregnant and going to have little bees
Katie:
oh heck yeah
Victor:
nice!
Katie:
she's quite a honey ;) (pardon the pun(
Katie:
*)
Victor:
;)
Me:
i thought bees were polygamists
Katie:
well she is going to deposit the stuff
Katie:
:)
Katie:
and he's looking for her cause she's ready to "deposit"
Katie:
so he asks a bird if he's seen the female bee
Katie:
and the bird squacks and is like squack, yeah! squack (make the sound as you read it)
Katie:
and tells him that his wife got stung by a much larger bee
Katie:
and died =-O
Victor:
oof
Katie:
so he's very sad, as you can assume
Katie:
and the bird tries to comfort him
Katie left the room.
Victor:
right when it was getting good
Me:
NO1
...
Katie entered the room.
...
Katie:
so they're flying around together talking
Victor:
that dirty bird
Me:
how did they communicate
Katie:
and decide to go to the local animal bar
Katie:
to drown their sorrors
Katie:
*sorrows
Victor:
haha
Katie:
through buzzing and squaking
Katie:
and they're sharing a pint
Me:
what beer?
Katie:
and the bee starts to feel a little tipsy
Katie:
oh c'mon aaron
Katie:
dont play dumb
Katie:
;)
Victor:
it was corona
Katie:
umm
Me:
ok, good
Katie:
no
Victor:
honey = corona
Me:
right
Katie:
maybe shot glasses of vodka
Katie:
yeah thats better
Victor:
that crazy bird
Me:
a pint of vodka
Katie:
so they're drinking
Katie:
lol
Me:
they're hardcore
Katie:
thats a lot!
Katie:
so anyway
Katie:
they're both in the sharing mood
Katie:
and start to figure out how this whole kids thing works
Victor:
the bird wants to take the bee back to his nest doesnt he
Katie:
dont jump ahead of me!
Katie:
:)
Victor:
i knew it!
Katie:
ahh, but there's a switch in the story this time...
Katie:
nice try ;)
Katie:
well...ok
Katie:
we'll leave it at that
Katie:
the bird feels sorry for the bee
Katie:
and they get a little too close
Me:
uh oh
Katie:
and dance a little
Me:
bow chicka bow wow
Katie:
and then boom the bird is pregnant
Victor:
lol
Katie:
just like that
Me:
dance?
Me:
wtf?
Katie:
>within days they have a baby bird
Katie:
LOL
Victor:
the horizontal polka
Katie:
actually....
Katie left the room.
...
Katie entered the room.
Katie:
yay!!
Katie:
ok so they actually dont have a bird
Katie:
it's an imbreed
Me:
what's it called
Katie:
oh crap
Katie:
ummmm
Katie:
beird
Victor:
haha
Me:
haha
Katie:
but its middle name is vodka
Katie:
after the drink that got the bird pregnant
Me:
so is the moral of the story not to drink?
Katie:
exactly!
Me:
because if it is i don't like the story
Katie:
because you may end up in bed with an different species
Me:
well, that explains the goat last week
...

Now that I think about it, she kind of missed the whole point of the story, which was to explain sex (unless the Mennonites really do teach that dancing leads to pregnancy, in which case Katie's in for a big surprise when she wants to have kids). But anyways, I think you all can appreciate why I find the story so humorous.

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Blogger Luke said...

wow...that was...something. hopefully katie has a little better idea of what actually happens now.

the only question i have is wouldnt that stinger hurt like a mother?

9/21/2005 11:40 AM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

I hope so too. But if Ben happens to think the same thing about dancing and pregnancy, there may be problems

9/21/2005 9:31 PM  

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Going Out With A Bang

As of yesterday at 8:30 pm, I no longer work for Aperio. I left just as I started: with a quarter pound cheeseburger at George's. Apparently it's a tradition for one's boss to take a new employee to lunch on their first day, and for one's coworkers and boss to take a leaving employee to lunch on their last. However, since more people could make the lunch on Tuesday, we had it then instead of yesterday, which was my last day. Anyways, about 8 or so of my coworkers joined in on the lunch. I got toasted by Ole, which felt kind of weird since I don't think I'd ever been toasted before.

The first 8 or so hours of yesterday were fairly relaxed. I did a final cleanup of the code, removing all the unused functions that I could to make things easier on the dev who's taking over maintenance of the Console. At around 6, I tried committing my changes to our code repository, but the server was down. So I stood around and waited for the server to come back up (which took longer than it should have for some reason). While I was waiting, one of my coworkers found 2 pretty serious bugs in my program. Of course one of these had to be a time-consuming one thanks to .Net and/or Windows' stupid context menu behavior. So about 2 hours later, I had fixes for these bugs committed to the now-running repository server. I said my final goodbye to my boss (who was the only other person there), and off I went. Although it may not be a finaly goodbye. I've been told by my boss and others that they'd love to have me work there after I graduate. Given how much I enjoyed working there this summer (and given how much I've fallen in love with this area), I just might take them up on that offer.

As promised, I took some before and after screenshots of the application I worked on this summer. Judge for yourself which one you like better. As for me, I like after. Click on the images to show full screen ones.

Before

After

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Monday, September 12, 2005

What Religion Are You?

I was bored, saw this religion quiz on Fark, and decided to take it. It lists the religions that most closely match your beliefs from closest to farthest. Results below.

  1. Nontheist (100%)
  2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (96%)
  3. Unitarian Universalism (91%)
  4. Secular Humanism (90%)
  5. Theravada Buddhism (87%)
  6. Liberal Quakers (82%)
  7. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (82%)
  8. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (77%)
  9. New Thought (75%)
  10. Neo-Pagan (69%)
  11. Bah�'� Faith (67%)
  12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (67%)
  13. Mahayana Buddhism (67%)
  14. Reform Judaism (64%)
  15. Scientology (64%)
  16. Sikhism (64%)
  17. Taoism (59%)
  18. Eastern Orthodox (54%)
  19. Islam (54%)
  20. Orthodox Judaism (54%)
  21. Roman Catholic (54%)
  22. Hinduism (49%)
  23. New Age (48%)
  24. Jehovah's Witness (48%)
  25. Orthodox Quaker (48%)
  26. Jainism (44%)
  27. Seventh Day Adventist (39%)

The first 2 make sense I guess. It's what you'd expect by answering don't know/don't care to every question about the existence of god and the afterlife. What I don't understand is how Mormonism got on there at all. However, it didn't ask me about my drinking habits (caffeine or alcohol), so it wasn't able to disqualify me based on that. However, I suspect it was due to my answer on abortion. I think that there's some point before a child is born that it should have legal status as a human being. I don't know when, nor do I know how one would determine this point; but it did force me to say that I thought abortion was morally wrong. So, yeah, take the test if you're really bored (like I was), but don't expect it to tell you anything you don't already know (except maybe that you're 67% Mormon).

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Guess He Didn't Want To Go Back In Time

I got passed by the motherfucking Back To The Future DeLorean today while I was driving down to San Diego. Whoever was driving it was going about 80, and I noticed that traffic seemed to speed up significantly as the DeLorean drove by.

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Blogger Luke said...

well if you're gonna get passed up by a car, what better than the delorian?

i finally watched BTTF 2 yesterday. its great, probably my favorite of the 3. i love how doc told him to go meet Griff, LOL. gotta love the whole Biff family.

9/12/2005 7:09 AM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

Yeah, the second one's always been my favorite too. Though the more I watch the other 2, the more I like them as well. Though I'm surprised that you hadn't seen Part 2 before now.

9/12/2005 8:03 PM  

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Optimization, Appreciation, and Spam

Some asshole has decided to spam the comments section of my blog. As a result, I now require word verification on all posts. I didn't want to disable anonymous posts, so we'll see how well this keeps out the riff-raff (as if we aren't all riff-raff already).

Yesterday I noticed the insane amounts of memory required by the Console (the app I work on at work) whenever it connects to a ScanScope. This happens due to the ScanScope sending me a lot of large images and other information the Console needs before it can allow the user to do anything. It was taking around 3 seconds and 70 MB to read a 4 MB message off the network. Not parse, read. As in get it off the socket and into a buffer. I fired up the ol' memory profiler and discovered that the application used 2 GB of heap memory in the course of reading this 4 MB message from the network. Not 2 GB at once, mind you, but that's still too much fucking memory to use to read a goddamn 4 MB message. So I spent half the day yesterday and most of today optimizing the single function responsible for this waste. I was successful in cutting this time by a factor of three and the memory usage by a factor of 20. So 3 cheers for CLR Profiler, Microsoft's free memory profiler for the .NET runtime. Another 3 cheers for Rotor, Microsoft's Shared Source implementation of the CLR and important parts of the .Net framework.

As my time at Aperio winds to a close, I'm finding that the work I've done has been appreciated. People are complimenting the application I've been working on and seem to love the changes I've made. If I can remember to do it, I'll take some before and after screenshots and post them here. One of the hardware engineers went so far as to say he's going to have an orgasm when he finally gets to use one of the features in the Console that I've finished but haven't put in the release build yet. One of my coworkers and a higher-up in the company said to give them a call when I graduate and am looking for work; and they said they'd let me do something for them as my senior project if we could come up with something that would qualify.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Some Added Respect

Those of us that go to school in SLO often have no respect for our sister school in Pomona. But I was talking to a coworker of mine who went to Pomona, and he was telling me that Pomona disbanded their football team when he went there because they were spending too much money on the team. I don't know if it's still disbanded, but hearing this impressed me, as I know there's no chance in hell that that'd ever happen at Poly. Instead, we vote to pay more student fees for sports. So from now on, Pomona has respect in my eyes.

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Blogger Luke said...

wtf kind of comment is that? have you sold out, Aaron?

LOL. At least FPU knows not to spend money on a football team that has no chance of going anywhere. No--we spend thousands of dollars on security cameras that don't work! ;)

9/08/2005 1:32 PM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

Yeah, but at least that's a one-time expense (though I suppose incompetent security isn't). Football robs us every year.

9/08/2005 7:35 PM  

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