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May. 14th, 2004 | 05:36 pm
mood: ecstaticecstatic



snarble is coming to visit June 9th. This makes me very happy. Today I saved the life of a bunny rabbit that jumped in front of my car. All 4 wheels were squealing for a bit until I remembered all of the hours I spent playing Gran Turisimo. Then I countersteared, let off the breaks until the wheels weren't locked, and I was instantly fine. I drove to a safe parking spot, and made sure there wasn't any dead bunny. YAY I saved a cute little bunnies life.

I'm also happy because I finally finished reading everything before the reference section of my programming perl book. 650 pages is a lot of technical reading to absorb.

Yesterday I went to the international science fair that happened to be in Portland. The few random people on Segway scooters amused me. What I saw inspired me more than anything else. I looked at a lot of things, and thought not only "I can do that", but also "I can do even better than that". I found out there was such a thing as a "plasma speaker". A device that creates sound using blue glowing gas ionized by a Tesla coil. I saw a Rubic's cube solving robot. I saw mathematical equations that I didn't feel like validating, certainly not without pencil, and paper. The most amazing thing I saw, something that made it into the paper, was a way to increase the amount of information that can be sent through a fiber optic cable. Highschool kids managed to do something that giant telecom companies had failed to do.

My progress with programming is somewhat disappointing because I am always wanting to learn more than I want to do. So given the choice I will usually read about coding rather than write some code. On the plus side the code I do write keeps getting cleaner from the influence of the substantial amounts of code I have read. On the down side I have less code to point at, and say "I did that". I do tend to push myself. My c hello world program didn't just write a hello message it wrote out a .png image file too. I got help with it I admit, but though it wasn't advanced from a programming standpoint it was advanced from a "I'm not a C programmer, and I thought I would just try to write something" standpoint. I've read a bunch in my algorithms book too.

I've been wanting to get into OpenGL, but one thing in particular that has been holding me back is that I will have to figure out how to get hardware acceleration, AND dual monitor support working at the same time. Neither one is trivial with the complexities of by hand creating X windows system config files. I've been putting off doing that for so long. I'm also wanting to backup stuff on my computer, and I haven't found any convenient software for it that runs under Linux.

I have been gaining weight despite my usual efforts to control it. I really need to just get on my bike, and go for nice long rides, but I keep wanting to focus on learning instead. I have to stop making excuses about all the things I make excuses about. It is a hard thing to do.

There is so much work I got to get done to be ready for Catherine's visit. I need to clean stuff up, and do some odd jobs to earn money for fun stuff. I need to plan things for us to do. I'm just really happy. :-D

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benjamin

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from: darkspin
date: May. 14th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
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cute pic \(^_^)/

uh - so yay for bunny saving!!11

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Fat Mofo

yay!

from: scooter360
date: May. 14th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
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dude that's awesome she's comin up here. That's gonna kick some ass!

That's cool you saved a bunny. I think they are cute little creatures. i wish i could have one. one of my co-workers raises them and gives them away.

if you ran it over you could scoop it up, put it into your trunk and go fry it up like this dude did:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/siamang/43717.html?view=837829#t837829

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benjamin

Re: yay!

from: darkspin
date: May. 17th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
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you stole the icon I made = I will kill you !!//!?!>!>!1/1/212

=P

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Fat Mofo

Re: yay!

from: scooter360
date: May. 17th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
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ha ha hell yeah i did and i'd do it again too :)

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Fori

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from: annie_linux
date: May. 17th, 2004 12:22 am (UTC)
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Did the rubics cube solving robot use Group Theory to solve the rubics cube? Apparently, u can use some pretty basic group theory to solve rubics cubes. Check out Adventures in Group Theory for an explanation.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: May. 19th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
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I dunno. If I did it I would have probably just based it on the really good howto I found a while ago that helped me solve a rubics cube for the first second third etc times. Still can't do it on my own, but I can get pretty close. The moves you have to do to make progress near the end without messing up what you have already done get pretty elaborate. I think the tricky part was the robot. I would like a rubics cube with servos inside it so that I can make it solve itself by a simple button press on a remote control, or alternatively scramble itself.

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