November 7th, 2000


it's so late.

i didn't update yesterday. it's been awhile since I've done that... July 15th, to be exact. And before that April 15th. And before that, March 20th in Mexico during spring break. I use LiveJournal way too often.

The weird thing was that I had so much to say yesterday, too. All day I kept thinking of things to append to my livejournal entry, but I never got around to writing it. I can't think now where to begin.

-- Pearl Jam concert was so damn cool. Red Hot Chili Peppers opened for them, so that made it all the cooler. The lighting and atmosphere was incredible ... and the lady doing the sign language to the music. The people sitting around us were all pretty funny, too. Everything just rocked. I got a long-sleeve tour t-shirt that's maroonish-orange-brown. I love it. I'm wearing it now. Oh, another fun thing: Chuck drove his dad's Jag to the concert. We ordered pizza from the car on the way home as we listened to 3 pearl jam songs back to back on the radio and came home and ate it.

-- Class today. Monday. What can I say? Mondays suck. Didn't get back our midterm in DB yet ... lazy professors, bleh.

-- My monitor came from ADI today! I now have 3 monitors! (2 19", and 1 15" ... but the 15" is upstairs, belonging to songx0r) Problem is, I can't find back a power cable needed to plug it in. Which leads me to....

-- My room is a fucking pigsty. I've been working on cleaning it up finally this past 30 minutes or so... I'm going to need to clean it to get to my bed.

-- Why am I up so late? Scott and I had to work on our compiler project ... making test cases and proving that it works and stuff. In the process we found one small bug which... it should be working, and it should be simple, but we're too tired to care. We made our test case work around it... we'll fix it tomorrow or something. We're pretty impressed how well it all works, though ... compilers are fun.

-- Speaking of fun classes, Linguistics is getting really cool lately. I'm learning a lot of things about English that I've always been curious about. We're doing syntax stuff now ... how sentences are constructed and transformed. The parallels between my compiler class and my linguistics class are scary at times ... Jackson's in both classes with me and we look at each other and laugh sometimes when these cute sorority girls are going off talking about "doing a bottom-up parse" and saying all this other stuff that could've have been said verbatim from our compiler class. I guess it's not too funny, but we make comments then like, "by her logic, that means English is LL(1)" ?

-- Not fun classes: Physics. Physics is kicking my ass this quarter ... it never ends. It's interesting and all, don't get me wrong, but the workload .... grrr. I have a 6 page homework assignment due in 7 hours. I need to do that still. Oh, and I have a linguistics test tomorrow that I haven't studied for either. I suck at studying this quarter.

--- Next quarter: I'm taking it light. Class registration is next week or so ... think I'm taking the next (and last) physics class I need, 5 credits. Then a writing class perhaps, then one CS outer-core class ... I'm pretty close to finishing my CS classes, so I'm taking it light, trying to round everything out. I need 15 VLPA credits and 10 Writing credits still.

--- Tomorrow: vote (shit -- do I need absentee ballots?) pay bills. nap. order servers (they closed too early today). homework. homework. homework.

--- Now: homework.

I feel so stupid.

I didn't mail in my absentee ballot in time, so my vote isn't counting. I feel so stupid and guilty about it ... I just drove to the post office and on the way I decided that I was going to drive to Portland. I rushed home, got my CDs, my coat, and went to get in the car ... I did some thinking: it's 4:30pm... ballot due at 8:30 pm ... if there's any traffic I wouldn't make it in time. I haven't slept more than 5 hours in the past two nights. I have a midterm tomorrow. I have an 8:30 class tomorrow. So now I'm back in my room feeling stupid about being a shitty American. I was even excited about who I was voting for (or actually, who I was voting against). *sigh*

What else did I do today? Finished compiler project ... fixed two bugs: one known, one I discovered during testing. Turned it in.

Paid bills ... $800 worth or so. I need to get the house to pay me back now.

Maybe I'll clean my room now, then take a nap.

I voted!

I got my vote in! I took my Oregon absentee ballot into a Washington polling station on Eli's advice, and to my surprise they were able to take it. I'm very impressed how organized they were there. Anyway, I'm happy now.

While I'm happy, I'm going to list other things that are making me happy --- Eazel, Helixcode, Mozilla. Between those three organizations, Linux is quickly starting to kick some serious ass. All of their respective applications are slow and buggy as hell, but they show so much promise I can't help but smile when I use them. Mozilla's getting pretty quick, too. Eazel's Nautilus is so innovative it's scary. Helixcode's Evolution is everything I want in a mali client.

If only Abiword and OpenOffice didn't suck. Oh well ... the Wine project is making tremendous progress lately too. Go Linux!

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This political race is pretty exciting ... keeps going back and forth. I haven't use my TV in over a month ... watching CBS all fuzzy (they shut off our cable finally last week or so). Dan Rathers is a dork.

I have Windows.

I cleaned my whole room up to find my monitor cable, but now I'm convinced maybe I never did have one .. I think I used the extra monitor power cable or case power supply for songx0r upstairs. I went up there and stole it back and now my win2k computer is back online alongside my linux box, both monitors side by side with some x2vnc action.

I'm having some bad stomache aches tonight. Bleh.