I’ve been working a lot on a research project for one of my Professors which has most recently involved a lot of compiling on an old Sun (we need the 16GB of memory available on it :-) ). I spent literally two days trying to compile omnet++ and the INET suite. I finally managed to get it working after some consultation with the #solaris channel on freenode. Therein lies the problem. I think I’ve just dragged myself into irc by finding the #hamradio channel. I think ham radio is my nerdy guilty pleasure. By idling in that channel I’m finding out all sorts of interesting things, and again reviving this latent desire I have to get a ham license. For now, I may have to learn CW so I can use cwirc: http://users.skynet.be/ppc/cwirc/.
This semester has been interesting so far, but I’ve been focusing a little bit too much on my research at the expense of my other classes. I suppose that means I like the field I’ve chosen, so its not too bad… but I need to put some more time into studying for GEO and EE.
On the party watch:
Last week – Chris turned 21… boat party on lake austin! Chris knows lots of pretty girls. It was a good night.
This week – superhero party? This might be interesting.
The weekend is here, and I’ve had Thursday and Friday classes. But since Thursday morning was cancelled, and two of my MWF classes don’t have F classes, I don’t feel like I know how my semester is going to go. The Physics I think should be fun. We walked in to him playing Metallica on the room’s sound system, and he kept telling random stories and wanting to “shoot the shit” during his office hours. Differential Equations is going to be a tough class, but it’s tought by a hilarious guy that reminds me of Jack Sigler from back home (in his early 80s, random, Texan). Linguistics is already interesting, and the professor seems okay, but the classmates will be the most entertaining. There is one anoying girl, one funny/interesting lady (in her 50s), and of course the lovely Elissa who will be helping me with my papers :-).
Now on to the possibly-more-interesting-but-definatly-sadder news. My car was broken into last night. They tried to steal the radio, but only ended up smashing the center console and breaking things. The cops did their little CSI thing, but didn’t get any good fingerprints from my car or the other truck who suffered the same fate. repairs on the glass are already amounting to just under $200, and the console will never quite fit right again methinks. They bent out the 1/4″ steel harness that holds the radio and A/C controls… I’m not sure i can bend it back with the tools I have. I might have to have it fixed… probably a another couple hundred >:(. I could have bought them 2 new radios for that much.
The forcasters really came through for us this time. We were promised ice, and boy did we get it. The first two days of school were cancelled and the campus turned white with the little pellets of sleet mixed with snow. I think it was the first time I had seen snow in Texas. So much snow that it didn’t melt when it touched the ground. I left footprints in the snow. These are new experiances for me. I’ve seen snow before… in Colorado. It was this special thing that only occurs in far off lands to the north, not something that covers familar places with white slippery particles. I wasn’t the only one enjoying this ‘frozen rain’. I woke up to kids (college age) yelling “It’s snowing! It’s snowing!!” and rushed out side as fast as I could only to find a snowball fight in the making next door. I quickly joined in and managed to shower my neighbors in powdery ice before running back in side to warm my freezing hands (no gloves!). After a warm breakfast I was off to meet some people at Rob’s house in order to explore the campus. It quickly became aparrent that I would have to walk to his place, since the 1-inch layer of ice on my door was very happy about it’s new-found existance, and had no intentions of leaving (against my best efforts). Once I joined up with 5 other guys at Rob’s place, we took off to the nearest parking garage carying a board for snow (not a “snow board” mind you, just a board…. for snow).
Every time it freezes in Austin The one other time it froze in Austin, we made the discovery that parking garages build up a paticularly thick and slippery layer of ice, which can provide hours of fun to people who love sliding around uncontrollably until they fall and hit the ground too hard. This time was no different, except that the pellets of sleet gave us a little more friction than before, but sliding down on the board worked just as well as last time. After the parking garage, we explored campus looking for slippery surface to exploit, but mostly just starting snow-ball fights or making snow men (snow midgets really).
But now it’s begining to warm up. The trees are thowing little leaf-sized peices of ice down on people, and iceicles everywhere are shrinking. Tomorrow they are only cancelling morning classes, making Thursday our first day of class this semester (rather than Tuesday). I’m ready for it though. The snow days have been fun, but are getting tedious… sitting around with nothing to do is only exciting for so long, and I think the excitement wore off about a week after New Years.
The dust is clearing as the school year picks up speed. some noteable occurences, in no paticular order (loose reverse chronological)
- Longhorns loose against the buckeyes. a sad day indeed.
- I dropped spanish and added government. I didn’t need the spanish class, it was for my own benifit, but I realized that one more semester of spanish is really only going to translate into extra 6 months before I forget it all. Its cynical i know, but its true since my memory sucks. This also has the side effect of clearing friday of any classes. wooho!
- I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Alamo Draft House. They put on quite a show and made what is truely a terribly-good movie well…. terrible yet so so good.
- Grandma turned 66. I visted her in New Braunsfels, and somehow got elissa to come along. twas fun.
- We threw a party to let everyone know where we are and to see all our friends again. it was a success and we had about 50 people here over the course of the night. A large percentage of the people were females we hadn’t met before. Mission Accomplished.
- We attended Rob-Andrew-Fritz’s house party soiree. They have a three story duplex and a gehto couch. thats all i have to say about that.
- Jess Andrew and I went drinking at Nasty’s bar and win the Miller contest for a new man law: “A man may admit to being less than 6 feet or less than 6 inches, but not both”. The result was a pitcher of Miller after we had already downed 2 pitchers of Shiner. so we basically had a pitcher each. weeeeee!
- John invited everyone to go tubing with him on the comal in New Braunsfels. Only Elissa and I took up the offer, but we were joined by brian later. Oh tubing, how i love thee.
- I’m helping a grad student do some pointer analysis research by getting some things to compile in his environment. I might try to get on some of Lorenzo’s distributed systems. those sound interesting.
Well with all that out of my system, maybe I’ll go back to regular updates. First thing on my list, take pictures of the apartment next time its clean (expect that after we move out).
I got a call from the River Oaks apartment people. We now have our apartment set, we will be living in apt# 132. Jeremy had been told the code to get in earlier so we went and checked it out, and figured out how we were going to arrange things and take measurements for furniture. We decied we would try having a single sleep room with all the beds, and a single study/computers room with all the computers and desks. Our living room will have the console games, TV, and will be hooked up into a free version of Tivo (mythTV). We also hope to wire the place with gigabit ethernet. I can't wait to move in.
Jeremy also found my long lost camera – so the pictures will flow again
Disclaimer: much of the content of this post is incredibly stereotypical college-student. It is also exteremly long, and i have resorted to writing it in emacs rather than on elissa's web browser since her dsl line, her browser, and her computer are all in cahoots to erase my article (they did it twice)
Finals are upon me, I must study when i can, and sleep only after that. This results in me being up all night wednesday, sleeping all day thursday, studying all thursday night, and then sleeping a good portion of friday.
I wake up around 7 and round up a gang to go eat. On the way out, I see gilbert in boxers. Oh yeah! its no pants day. As soon as we get back from all you can eat pizza, Rob and I loose the pants (his jeans are still in my room… heh). Since it's my room i take the extra time to put on boxer briefs under my boxers (don't want anything to unexpectedly pop out :-P ).
Looking to celebrate I gather caroline and claire and along with rob we head out to the hooka bar to relax in our pantsless state. We get lots of "whats with the uh… the… um…. why are you wearing boxers?". Normally somone else would be around that knew it was no pants day, and would inform the person about our fight against the evil pants.
By 11:30, Rob and I were ready to hit the party going on in Andrew and and Frit'z room on the third floor of my dorm. I tried to get the guys on my floor to go, but they had all been asleep since like 4pm (they too had been studying all night… or, in some cases, gaming). Rob and I went up and found andrew's room well populated with people playing drinking games, along with a keg in the corner. The keg had been smuggled up the stairs, since no one there was 21. Rob and I managed to convince most of the guys in the party to take off their pants, and the idea even trickled down to a few of the girls. Okay, just one girl, but i still count it a success. The room had over 25 people in it at one point, and after I left alex was convinced to do a keg stand. That was after 3 guys ran down stairs in boxers and dragged him upstairs to the party and away from his video game.
let me emphasize how college-esq this night was:
- I had been studying nights and sleeping days
- I ate all you can eat pizza for dinner
- I went to a hooka bar
- I went to a kegger party in the dorms
- I did most of the above sans-pants
In fact, 80% of the people i saw after 1am weren't wearing pants (even though no pants day was officially over).
Wake up at 12, and eat breakfast with mike and alex, and FINALLY manage to convince somone to go to the new gregory pools with me. There are tons of hot girls there, and at least 5 or 6 guys in speedos. We were excited about the former, not so much the latter. We made fun of one of them who for a solid 30 minutes was putting on tanning lotion or something alone in a section of girls, and doing it in a very slow and sensual way. We avoided him and his speedo, by visiting the hot tub on the other end of the complex, but are quickly joined by two more people from the speedo club. card carying, butt-crack-showing members. We tried to avert our eyes as one of them decided to change in the middle of the patio, mooning the entire pool. Mike wasn't quite as fast as Alex and I, and has been scarred for life. It was even more awkward later that day when we saw him walking past kinsolving. I mean what do you say to guy like that… "hey man, i saw your butt a few hours ago at the pool – nice place no?"
Saturday afternoon I decide to come visit Elissa one last time before she cavorts around europe without me. I kinda got lost getting there, but found a senic state park along the way… pretty close to austin. Lost Pines or something like that. (no… NOT lost maples). Anyways, i was welcomed with a kiss from elissa and a bowl of nice japanese steamed rice from her mom.
Elissa treats me to a place called the Hobbit Hole. Where we buy the India Pale Ale named after the same ship Elissa is named after. It is the most tasty beer ever, and has almost a lemonade flavor to it. I get a sandwich which is like 40% avocado. The plan was to come back today, but elissa managed to change my mind with food, ice-cream, and coffee. I better get that french toast i was offered tomorrow morning :-9
hey networks: you got PWNT. actually i know i missed a CRC calc and a Key Distribution Center protocl. but thats like 8 points out of 100 or something. Hopefully those two tests will make up for my probably B in SPN :-( – then if i get an A in automata, i can have like a 3.8 GPA.
*returns to studying for spanish*
“seriously, the set of computable numbers is countable! you can arrange them all in a series – what kind of set is this?! yt is nah-thing!!”
-lifshitz (read with a russian accent)
on computable numbers vs uncomputable numbers. basically every number you can begin to describe is computable, yet there are infinitely more uncomputable numbers.
I think I pwned that graphics test.
Now i’ve got my spanish project to work on and my network test to study for, both due tomorrow. Today has been fun though, chilis with the spanish class was sweet, and lainie millar is a lot of fun to talk to, and we stayed talking for like an hour afterwards. It was definatly worth the plasma I gave so i could go :-D. I’m going to miss that class. Off to work now, I have to have a slide or two to make for michelle before 11 – in an hour. I’m also fixing carolines computer in exchange for some spanish proofreading.