Oh, I got hot sause all over my bazito!

You know what this is? It's a brain sucker. You know what it's doing? Filing its tax return

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent apple pie

The Adventures of Little Ed Brave

Tell airport security your name is McCannister because you can hide anything in a cannister.

You know what? Nobody notices when this changes anyway.

There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and STFU

What happens in a black hole stays in a black hole

The black hole draws you inexorably inward. Time slows. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

I'd diddle little umdidlie... if she weren't my half-sister.

Abortion prevents pedophilia. In more ways than one!
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I wrote a haiku

which I was about to share,

but then I thought, "screw it."
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There are safety protocols in place that cannot be deactivated without the approval of two commanding officers or the captain to protect users of the Holodeck from potential harm. However, every time the Holodeck is ever used in a nontrivial manner, no matter what the safety protocols say, the Holodeck turns into a deathtrap.

Unless you believe yourself to be adept at constructing a forcefield from your communicator and 19th century Earth tools, or you're at the very least not wearing a red shirt, you are strongly advised not to attempt to use the Holodeck until a designer comes up with a safety protocol that doesn't kill you whenever somebody looks at it funny. Even when you're not on the holodeck. Or in the same quadrant. Or time period.

In fact, if you are wearing a red shirt, Starfleet may not be the job for you

Ed

Category: School

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I'm alive!!!

Permalink 12/01/07 at 06:09:55 pm, by Ed, 294 words   English (US)
Categories: General, School, Work, Games, Programming

Talk about pathetic! I haven't even looked at the blog in about a week! I have just been so busy with other things it never occurred to me to write anything.

I've been programming a Sudoku game for my UI Design class, which looks rather fancy, if I do say so myself. It's been eating up a lot of my time because I'd rather work on it than any of the other things I have to do, so whenever I can't think of anything to do, I just start working on Sudoku again, and leave my homework for another day.

Then I just had to go and reinstall my graphics drivers again. Yes, I know, re again same sentence == redundant, but it really is about the fifteenth time I've done it on this computer. Admittedly, these were new drivers, but it's a good thing, because the old one just stopped working all of a sudden.

It feels like everything is coming up so quickly this semester. It's already only two weeks until the end of classes. How did that happen!? In some sense, I'm glad, because I don't have to sit through my boring classes any more (cf. almost all of them) but that also means I have final projects due in many of my classes (cf. almost all of them... but not the same set). I'm only thankful that my rough draft of my eight-page paper was satisfactory for a final so I don't have to go edit that and submit another one of those. I just have to write a twenty-page portfolio and give a ten-minute pitch for my play which I am sooo not ready for, finish this damn Sudoku game, write a networked white-board application, and live.

Wish me luck.

When Worlds Collide (Mentally)

Permalink 11/18/07 at 10:41:55 pm, by Ed, 217 words   English (US)
Categories: School

Number 1: Whenever I search for my birth name on Google, several entries always come up having to do with books written by two guys, named Marty Asher and Vikram Seth. Of course, they always say that the authors were: "Vikram Seth, Marty Asher" and since there's no way to specify that I don't want pages containing commas between the words, I will forever be haunted by Vikram Seth and Marty Asher. What the hell kind of last name is Seth anyway? A Hindi one, apparently.

Number 2: In my UI design class, on the first day of labs, the TA came to check my lab, and asked my name, and I said, "Marty... " because I wasn't sure if the list she had said "Seth" or "Ed" on it. Turns out it was Seth. Now she thinks my name is Marty Seth, and she always calls me Marty, even though it's printed lastname-comma-firstname just like all of the other names on the same sheet of paper. Why would anybody ever think Seth is a last name? Because she's Hindi. Every TA in the CS department is Hindi. What can you expect? I didn't realize until just this very second that the reason she thought my last name was Seth was because it's a known last name in India. Wow.

Forward one step, back ten

Permalink 11/17/07 at 04:48:43 pm, by Ed, 171 words   English (US)
Categories: School

So I went to my history of theatre class, and it turns out that we're too far ahead in the class, by about a day and a half, so we all just had a conversation the whole time. The only reason that I'm not annoyed that he didn't just cancel class beforehand is because he's the only really funny teacher I've ever had, so conversing isn't such a bad thing. Even though my class right afterwards was canceled as well, so there was no reason for me to stay on campus for those three hours.

On the other hand, my OS teacher says we're behind in our schedule by so much that we won't be able to get to everything because we had to go over the syllabus on the first day. Seriously? You'd think you'd be able to plan better than that. Or maybe stop waiting for ten minutes after you ask a question when it's obvious that nobody's going to answer it. That might speed things up a bit.

Writer's Block

Permalink 11/08/07 at 12:00:23 pm, by Ed, 27 words   English (US)
Categories: School

Did you know that if your left hand is accidentally shifted over one key on the keyboard, and you try to type "Does", it comes out "Ford"?

The More You Know

My money well spent

Permalink 11/02/07 at 01:15:04 pm, by Ed, 330 words   English (US)
Categories: School

How much do you think that chair costs? Very minimalist, isn't it? Well, go ahead and search for it on Google. You'll see prices ranging from $80 up to $500 for chairs that look like that picture. Yes, you can own that chair for a mere few hundreds of dollars. One or two on average. The price here at the store on campus? $999.00. That's right, we get to pay a thousand dollars for a chair that we could buy online and ship it from a third world country to the US back to another third world country just for fun for less than the cost of buying it right here on campus.

But that's not the funny bit. The same day I discovered the price of these chairs, I saw not one, not two, but 16 of them lined up in the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab (VDIL) in front of their shiny 3-foot LCD screen. They're supposed to keep up with the latest technology for... well, visualization and digital imaging, and by the standards the bookstore sets, they're spending $16,000 on chairs. With that kind of money they could buy two of these. That's a 65" better-than-HD-capable plasma screen. Two of them! If they could just ask their visitors to remain standing while watching their ten-minute show, they could show it on a much larger screen. Or even better, not one, not two, but five of these. The image is the back of the product, which shows the I/O panel, just to get a handle on how big it is. It's 73".

And it's not like they had to get those chairs. There were other perfectly good looking chairs available at a fraction of the cost of those. They chose the absolute most expensive chair in the store. Not that they actually bought them from the same store I saw them in, but it was indeed the most expensive chair out of a selection of four office chairs.

My "facilities" fee hard at work!

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