Sunday, December 21, 2003

Vacation wooooohooo!

Not much to say at the moment - Hawaii was awesome. Here's some photos...head over to the gallery!

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

holiday craziness

So finals are over. Some went well, some didn't. In the end, I say 'yay' for the end of another quarter. Besides, I have wonderful things to look forward to: Sarah and I are heading over to Hawaii on Saturday :). Woooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

In unrelated news...I've been having a good time with Christmas related stuff this year. Sarah and I did a lot of shopping and got lots of great gifts for family and friends.

We got a Christmas tree yesterday. This is my first time with a live tree -- I guess we'll see how it goes.

All this got me to thinking: it'd be nice to email Santa. I figure that since I know the guy pretty well, I could setup a page through which any random person could drop him an email. While I was at it, I called in some favors from the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny so now you can email them, too!

These letters do NOT go to me or ANY OTHER PERSON. They are read only by the person (or bunny or fairy) you designate. Now, if you are questioning their existence, let me ask you this: if they didn't exist, why would they have email address?

So click on the "email santa" button at the top to send the ol' guy a note.

Monday, December 8, 2003

2 down, 2 to go.

Finals generally follow a predictable pattern. Most finals I've taken are slightly more difficult than any practice problems you studied and always contain at least one surprise question. This required question just makes you raise an eyebrow, tilt your head sideways (picture it) and go "hmmp" as you realize that the question is based on a very small detail that was discussed for a very short amount of time and didn't seem to earn itself 17% of the final.

For a history test, things could go like this:
Q1, 20 points: Describe in detail everything that ever happened. Use dates and names.
Q2, 20 points: What was Thomas Jefferson's wife's middle name?
Q3, .....

This happens on multiple choice tests, too:
Q1, 5 points: Which wavelength has the highest energy?
>A. 450nm
>B. 500nm
>C. 750nm

Q2, 5 points: 2 aliens visit from Mars. Unlike, humans, their DNA consists....2 paragraphsdraw charts, and solve a 5x5 matrix using Gaussen elimination to find the most likely alien chromosome containing a mutation.
>A. 1 or 2
>B. 3 or 4
>C. 5 or 6

now those questions aren't even close to the same amount of work. I got too tired making up the question to even think about solving it. I think Q1 is A, 450nm, btw.

I think you get the idea. Anyway, off to my CIS 670 final.

Sunday, December 7, 2003

Finals. enough said.

I think I can summarize what everyone in the house is feeling this week with this:
>> Finals suck and school blows. Like Michigan, actually.
That's all for this post. Short and sweet.

Friday, December 5, 2003

Cell phone craziness

I just dropped SprintPCS for ATT. Thank you number portability. ATT gave me a free bluetooth camera phone (sweet) while Sprint doesn't have such devices at all! They did offer $50 towards a phone. Nice try. So far my service has been pretty good.

Anyway, Now I can receive text messages so I've setup an addition to the "contact me page" enabling any random person to send me junk, directly to my phone.

The program I wrote is simple but mildly intelligent. As such, if you try to send me a long message (larger than text messaging allows), no problem! I will get a text-message summary (read: truncated message), and the rest as a mobile email.

So, feel free to drop me a quick text-message -- they are free to receive.