Stuff from December, 2002

This is the archive of tumbledry happenings that occurred on December, 2002.

Interesting Points

Ok, first there was a 52 out of 58 on the test. Ridiculous. Anyways, got another point back for an essay detail, and another point of extra credit. This makes 54 out of 58 on the test. Acceptable, but still 4 points missing in the class. For an A+ one needs a 99%; more specifically a 98.5% rounds up. Taking the next test to be around 50 points and the next portfolio check to be 20 points … and taking the current points possible to be 78, let’s see … that’s a 94.87% right now. That’s not good enough. Now is not the time to elaborate why. However, at least two more tests means 100 more points (assuming perfects on both tests: a dangerous assumption) and two more portfolio checks for 40 points. Theoretically making 218 points possible - but wait there’s more! A debate is in there as well making 268 points possible. No points missed and there is 214 outta 218 or 98.17%. Sh*t! Hmm, let’s take one point of extra credit per week remaining in this term - that’s five points. That would be 219 out of 218 for the term; a solid 100.46% for the term. That’s more like it. Why is it that there is no room for error? Well here’s what we can hope for; a perfect debate and another 4 points total missed on the remaining tests; I believe that is resonable. Therefore, 210 out of 218 plus 5 points extra credit = 215 outta 218 or 98.62% - that’s not bad! Here’s hoping for a ten point random extra credit assignment because I will jump through some major hoops for this grade. Don’t ask why. :)


As Adam Watched

Reindeer Run is tomorrow, wish us luck. A fellow runner looks on as I type this; we’re just hanging out in PolySci, researching legalization of marijuana and other stuff as debate topics. Good times. Looking at a rack for the current stereo system which is made up of;


Deep currents

I’m not tired but I should sleep.
I know what to do but I’m confused.
I’m not thirsty but I drink the water.
What’s pulling on my being?
An issue wasn’t settled
A demon wasn’t laid to rest
Something is creeping
Something is waiting
There is a persistence in this beast
It will grow as it waits
And strengthen as it feeds
On my sense of security and the illusion my choice was right
Nothing is missing
But something is mis-shapen
Molded over the wrong last
Twisted from the outset
I will straighten the form and in doing so, know more deeply what life is.


Could you let down your hair
And be transparent for a while
Just a little while
See if your human after all
Honesty is a hard attribute to find
When we all want to seem like we’ve got it all figured out
I may be the first to say that I don’t have a clue
I don’t have all the answers
And god I pretend like I do just
Trying to find my way
Trying to find my way the best that I know how

Well I haven’t memorized all the cute things to say
But I’m working on it
Maybe I’ll master this art for today
I’d I qoute all the line off the top of my head
And you’d be
I dont understand all of these things Ive read
Im just trying to find my way
Trying to find my way
Trying to find my way the best that I know how

Well I havent drawn it or figured out quite yet
But even if it takes my whole life
To get to where I need to be
And if I should fall to the bottom of the end
I’ll be one step back to you
I’m trying to find my way
Trying to find my way
Oh, I’m trying to find my way
Trying to find my way


What the heck?



You know, understanding physics is like trying to nail jello to the wall. It can be done, but you need a lot of ingenuity, time, patience, and nails. Regardless of the imperfect analogy, I absolutely nailed my jello to the wall tonight. Just nailed it. Parallel versus series and the resultant total capacitance? No problem. pF? No problem. Electrical field strength? OK, a bit of an issue but cleared it up. Parallel plate capacitors? Bring it. The permittivity of free space? Heck yeah. Dielectrics? I read that part just for fun. Ha! Just try me world, I can’t be beat!



Merry Christmas.

Or, if you don’t celebrate it as a religious holiday, happy tree/gift/santa/family day. Either way, being on break sure is nice. Wow. Gotta finish writing these graduation photos. Fine, fine, gotta start writing them. One gift left to give! I hope she likes it :) AND on top of all this …. I feel rested. looks around alertly Oh yeah, I’m awake. What a great feeling. Everybody (OK fine, both of you) who are reading: thanks and a Merry Christmas once again!


The password to this login area is so long, I wonder if it sometimes it just lets me in on account that I took the time to attempt to spell the password correctly. Well, not really spell it, but assemble the characters in a nearly-correct-order. That reminds me, I changed my dialup access number and now I can’t recognize my IP in the hit section of the backend of this website. Strange. I’ll learn it soon, or get so bugged that I’ll just change the number back. 56k is not gonna happen anyways - this modem just doesn’t play well with anybody’s server. Back in the day, when I used to call Matt’s home number and his modem picked up and we played the original Nascar … peer2peer - that was cool. My ICQ number is fairly low - 11 million something. Guess I’m just reminiscing about my early days online. Windows 3.1, running all my programs off the zip drive; back when 2x was a ‘quick’ CD read speed. In the scheme of things, this was not that early - but compared to the time all of my peers and classmates got online - it was a while before that. I remember criticizing AIM while chatting on ICQ. Then AIM started making some advances that ICQ just couldn’t match and then ICQ got bought by AOL. That really wasn’t fun. So, grudgingly, we figured out how to register on AOL and got our screen names on. The switch took a while to get used to. To this day, AIM lives on the right side of my screen and ICQ on the left. Now I remember, I made an skin for ICQ once. Hmm - that took a while. It always surprises me to think how much time I have wasted spent on Paint Shop Pro images, online chatting, HTML coding, calculator game downloading/playing, website designing and web site destroying. I wonder what would lie before me if all of this time had been channeled towards one massive effort. For example, if I had made one huge, PHP and mySQL database driven website, there would be a big something. Or, how about if I had copied every CD i have come across since I got the equipment; how much music would I have? How many laws would I have broken? Case in point; I started Lifetime years ago and go there regularly. This could be considered a “massive effort.” I do not wish to brag about, embellish, or describe in detail the results of such an effort but it does give me a sense of satisfaction/accomplishment. I think that is what I am craving.