AMS conference
Mood: cheerful
Music: Mannheim Steamroller - "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"
Posted on 2006-01-16 09:35:00
Words: 677

So djedi and I got up early Saturday morning to drive down to San Antonio for the AMS conference. It was a neat experience, and I took some pictures that I may or may not put up, depending on how they turned out...

The morning we/I (mostly we but djedi had a few interviews) wandered around some, and checked out the exhibitors. There were a lot of textbook companies, some software companies, a few nifty art places (usually selling wooden Mobius strips, neato glass geometric figure lamps, and the like), and even the Numeric Mathematical Consortium, which was being manned by a friend from NI, which I didn't expect to see any of!

We grabbed lunch at the River Center, I had a smoothie which I really wasn't impressed with from Smoothie King, and headed back for afternoon stuff. djedi had more interviews in the afternoon, so I went to a few talks and proofread some of his paper. I was a little disappointed/regretful that I didn't understand even the titles of most of the talks, and felt very out of place considering that I was a math major not so long ago. But I guess that's what happens when you don't do math for a while. It was just a little frustrating.

Anyway, the talks I did go to were mostly fluff, but entertaining fluff! One was about math and science in the Whedon universe (Buffy, Angel, Firefly/Serenity). The point was that in each of these universes, there is a female character who's very good at math/science (Willow in Buffy, Winifred/Fred in Angel, River Tam in Firefly). Most of the presentation was, well, that, and she played some sound clips from all three of these, which was of course entertaining. And I've never watched Angel, but Fred is a graduate student in physics(?), and her thesis advisor sends her to hell, so she got some good laughs out of that :-)

Another was by the same woman about math/science in Simpsons and Futurama, focusing on David X. Cohen. She runs SimpsonsMath.com, which has lots of interesting stuff about the Simpsons and Futurama. One interesting anecdote she related (she's talked to David X. Cohen!):

So in the Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror VI, in the Homer 3D one, one of the equations they snuck in the background was 1782^12 + 1841^12 = 1922^12. This is clearly not true (otherwise it would be a counterexample to Fermat's Last Theorem), but if you add the left side on a calculator and take the twelfth root, it comes out as 1922, due to floating-point rounding. (David X. Cohen calls this a Fermat near-miss, and he put up the programs he used to generate them) So this started a debate on the newsgroups on whether this really was a counterexample, which was the desired effect.

However, there's an easy parity argument (the left side is clearly odd, and the right side is clearly even) that shows why it isn't true, which the writers hadn't considered. So, they snuck another near-miss in The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace - 3987^12 + 4365^12 = 4472^12, and this one is correct in terms of parity! (although there are divisibility arguments to be made, but what do you want?)

And again in that presentation she showed Simpsons clips and Futurama clips and all was happy and well.

The other presentation I went to was about Fibonacci numbers and Diophantine equations, which was done by two undergraduates based on their summer research. It was pretty good - the problem is that the talks are all really short (they did theirs in 15 mins) so I mostly understood, but the details started flying by. I was pretty confident that if I sat down and reda through their presentation, I would understand it, though.

So we headed home and both felt pretty bad that evening - it was a long day, and I had acquired a headache, my muscles were sore, and I was cranky. These are usually signs that I'm dehydrated (my skin felt dry, too), and they were mostly gone by Sunday, thank goodness.

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Link Friday!
Mood: cheerful
Music: Rent - "Take Me or Leave Me"
Posted on 2006-01-13 13:39:00
Tags: links
Words: 345

I was informed at lunch that today was Link Friday, which surprised me at first, until I realize that most linkdays are Friday. So, why not embrace it?

A vintage Nintendo shirt with a funny slogan

So, you may have heard of the Million Dollar Homepage, in which a clever student raised a million dollars selling pixels on a 1000x1000 grid at $1 a pop. It inspired some copycats like the Five Hundred Thousand Dollar Home Page and the Million Penny Homepage. The most amusing spinoff I've seen is Fill My Room, which is selling blocks in his room in an effort to fill it up with lego-looking blocks. Hehe!

The Prejudice Map - a map with what "the internet" thinks of people from different countries. People from Norway are known for thriftiness and love of fish, while people from Canada are known for liking their beer and being tolerant.

The Aargh Page - a matrix (based on the number of "a"'s and "r"'s) of the number of spellings of aargh on the internet. Nifty! The funny part is the weird outliers, like why Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgh (12,7) is significantly more popular than the spellings near it.

After reading fairydust1's complaint that one's posts are locked in to LJ, I found a way to retrieve all your old posts. Unfortunately, that doesn't include comments, so I'm thinking of writing a script to read each post and store the comments in XML as well. The other main project on my mind is writing a World of Warcraft mod to automatically record guild information and post it to the guild website, or something.

When buying organic pays, courtesy of Consumer Reports.

I really like the Rent soundtrack, especially "I'll Cover You" and "Take Me or Leave Me".

Is Apple working on a full-blown mobile phone network? (including a phone made by Apple that will hopefully be better than the ROKR) This seems crazy to me. But I am interested in one of their new MacBook's, although maybe some other models are coming soon, or something different but also exciting? Who knows...

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On behalf of
Mood: happy
Posted on 2006-01-13 12:54:00
Words: 55

onefishclappin and krikwennavd have gotten temporary custody of Matthew, at least until the next hearing happens in a month. They are happy, but I was warned not to read too much into this (this news comes via djedi), since it is just temporary. I'm sure they will post more details when they get back.

Congratulations!

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New Year's pictures
Mood: sick
Posted on 2006-01-06 15:09:00
Tags: pictures
Words: 17

I'm out sick today, so I took some time and put up pictures from New Year's. *sniffle*

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Hook 'em Horns!
Mood: excited
Posted on 2006-01-05 10:14:00
Words: 192

Yay Texas! Very exciting Rose Bowl, all in all. I can't help but feel sorry for Reggie Bush for his ill-advised lateral attempt in the first half - that's a rookie mistake that one can only chalk up to nerves. And I did like the USC call to go for it on 4th and 2 at midfield when they're up by 5 with 2 minutes left - their offense had been rocking, and so had Texas's, so they were looking for any way to keep it out of their hands. Also, Vince Young is a hoss.

Lego is releasing a new version of Mindstorms that's powered by...wait for it...LabVIEW! There's also a long story in Wired about it that also mentions NI. I'm excited and can't wait for it to come out in August!

Futurama is maybe coming back - I'll believe it when I see it, but this does look promising.

I took a sick afternoon yesterday and hopefully won't have to do the same today - I think I have a small cold that's got me a little down, although the previous three paragraphs did excite me. Woohoo!

Hee hee...Arrested Development strikes again.

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blarg
Mood: blah
Music: Fuel - "Song for You"
Posted on 2006-01-03 13:56:00
Words: 115

Well, New Year's is basically over, and yikes. I had a lot of fun, but I'm exhausted from all of the festivities, and being at work is toughish. Good to see people, though - I'll put pictures up at some point. I got to see the paper arrive in the morning (a little after 5) right before I went to bed on the morning of January 1. And many thanks to djedi to driving quijax to the airport very very early this morning!

The product I work on released! Yay!

Hopefully, a quiet week is ahead. My stomach hasn't been feeling the best, and I gained a little more weight, but that ends next week. Grr.

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random dream
Mood: confused
Posted on 2005-12-31 11:10:00
Words: 251

So I'm driving with someone and I park right in front of this cafe we're going to go into. As soon as I lock my car and take two steps away, a couple people start trying to steal it - smashing in the windows and reaching in and stuff. I go back and say "Hey!", then get noticed and one of them points a gun at me and asks for my cash. I play it cool and give her all of my cash (for some reason, I'm carrying around a few hundred-dollar bills). Then, a minute later, she was just kidding or something? But then she gives me my cash back. Except I look at it and some of it is like old-timey money, so that confuses me.

Anyway, so we're about to go into the cafe, and I open the door and everything inside is frozen (including the people). This is unexpected, and I kinda raise my fist in anger and say "Stop messing with our universe!" But then I thought, hmm, what if God did this? It's OK if God did it, but not OK if we're inside some science experiment and someone's just doing this for fun or something. Anyway, things are starting to melt and people are stirring and stuff.


Two possible explanations:
- I was cold last night, but I don't think that was the case.
- I have the Madonna song "Frozen" (which djedi gave me for Christmas) on my mind more than I realized.

Happy new year!

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it begins...
Mood: chipper
Music: Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough" (Pandora)
Posted on 2005-12-30 12:43:00
Tags: links
Words: 300

So New Year's has kinda started, so if anyone needs to get in touch with me, probably the best way is my cell phone for the next few days. Looking forward to the festivities!

kottke.org has posted his Best Links of 2005 and The Rest of the Best Links of 2005 - if you're stuck at work and have some time, there are some very interesting articles in there. Like capturing an identity thief, or the story of a fake bathroom attendant at McDonalds, or even how to destroy the Earth, if your tastes swing that way.

I had a scary two hours this morning when the power blipped at work, and then my computer turned on, but nothing showed up on the monitor. Tried switching video cards and monitors and booting into DOS - nothing. So I tracked down the warranty information (still under warranty, hooray!) and called Dell Support, expecting they'd have to ship me a new motherboard or something. After waiting on hold for a little while, a guy (sounded like he was from India) talked me through some steps, and he got it working again to my great surprise! There must have been some static left in the AGP slot or something - he had me unplug the computer and hold the power button for 25 secs to discharge, er, something. Anyway, it worked fine after that. So that was nice, although I did waste my morning...

Happy New Year!

Pah, I forget again. There's an interesting story at the New York Times about the SNL video "Lazy Sunday" - it includes the fact that "chronic" is slang for marijuana (which I didn't know). So that makes the "chronic(what?)cles of Narnia" chorus part make sense, and funny! Also, an idea from a Boing Boing reader for a related T-shirt. Hehe!

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pictures are up
Mood: happy
Music: Madonna - "Ray of Light" (Pandora)
Posted on 2005-12-29 10:03:00
Tags: pictures
Words: 53

Just a quick note - I put some more pictures from Christmas up, including the first ones taken with my new camera!

I'm having this new chamomile tea that my mom bought for me in Rochester. It's good, but it kinda tastes like soap. I'm having a hard time reconciling those two facts. Mmmm...

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holidays, book reviews
Mood: chipper
Music: Everything but the Girl - "Walking Wounded" (Pandora)
Posted on 2005-12-28 10:59:00
Tags: reviews books links
Words: 520

Quick summary of holidays: they were good! I had fun at home, wonderjess made me delicious mochas. Funny things happened, played a lot of Taboo and some other games, and watched a fair bit of Arrested Development (and read about the Simpsons (one of my presents), so I have a lot of quotes in my head. Watch out!).

Outrageous Firsts in Television History (not entirely SFW)

Christmas is a bad time to try to lose weight. Also, weighing one's self right before bed can lead to having an angry sleep. Ugh.

I got a lot of books for Christmas, so I'm going to review them. Here are the ones I've read so far:

The Scorpion's Gate by Richard Clarke. The tagline for the book is "Sometimes you can tell more truth through fiction", and the book seems fairly realistic. It's a tad...idealistic, maybe, that a few people could stop such a major thing from happening, but then again maybe that's how it works. The secretary of defense is evil, and although his name isn't Rumsfeld, you get the idea. It's a pretty good thriller, similar to Tom Clancy but a lot shorter.

Bait & Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich (borrowed from my mom, who had checked it out from the library). I liked her other book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, where she tried to live off of the salary of very blue-collar jobs (working at Wal-Mart, being a waitress in a diner, etc.). In Bait & Switch, she tried to get a white-collar job by hiring image consultants and resume guidance counselors and things like that, but I didn't quite see the point. Overall it was mostly depressing and I didn't get much out of it except being worried about losing my job. Not really recommended.

Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting too much out of this book (maybe because in my copy the pages weren't cut correctly, which irritated me at first), but it blew me away. He talks about lots of things that have changed under this administration that he credits the rise of fundamentalism to, and although the list of things that have changed wasn't terribly new (science vs. religion, separation of church and state, etc. - you can see the table of contents at amazon), he presents his case very well, and manages to maintain a sort of composure while still conveying a sense of urgency. He includes a few chapters on foreign policy and nuclear proliferation which had material that I wasn't familiar with. Also, the writing style is very straightforward, and he often talks about what the Carter Center (nonprofit organization that he and his wife started) are doing to alleviate the problems he lists. Overall, I was highly impressed, and would definitely recommend it.

I really like Pandora when I want to listen to music but nothing in particular. You should try it if you haven't!

Oh, and this SNL rap video about the Chronicles of Narnia has been making the rounds - quite amusing!

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special home-for-the-holidays post!
Mood: relaxed
Posted on 2005-12-22 20:35:00
Tags: links
Words: 168

I'm home for the holidays! That's nice. Houston is...about the same as Austin. Since my last two trips to Houston involved hitting a deer on the way home and calling 911, I'm hoping nothing totally crazy and out of the ordinary happens this trip. Doing well so far.

I'm liking mochas more and more the more I drink them. This may be a bad thing.

Brokeback Mountain - very good. Someone (Heath Ledger?) should win an Oscar for this. Also very, very sad. You can read the original short story, if you'd like. The movie is pretty darn true to it. Also, the "straight dude's guide to Brokeback Mountain" may come in handy. *shrug*

Just a note in case y'all don't have news as a friend, free users can now have 6 userpics. Enjoy!

Hope everyone has a happy holidays (hate me, Bill O'Reilly!) and I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of y'all at New Year's! :-)

Oh, and I'm getting close to level 3 on Yahoo! Answers. Woohoo!

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good times, people
Mood: refreshed
Posted on 2005-12-19 11:41:00
Tags: pictures
Words: 125

So we had a Christmas get-together last night, and thanks to being reunited with my camera after stupidly leaving it at Britton and Liz's place, pictures of the event are available at my gallery. Power Grid was played, as well as video games, and there were cookies and pizza and cake (not in that order!). I had a good time, and I hope everyone else did too!

Today is a shopping day. Luckily djedi and I know mostly what we're going to get, so after we drop wildrice13 off at the airport, we'll go do that. Woohoo!

If you like conspiracy theories, or you're interested in Chapelle's Show and why it went off the air, read that article. Don't know if it's true, but yikes.

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I've got to admit it's getting better...
Mood: cheerful
Posted on 2005-12-15 10:58:00
Tags: links
Words: 133

Why today is better than yesterday:

Yay Ford!

So I did spend all night working on the project, but I made good progress on it, and I feel a bit more confident in general.

The meeting turned out to be no big deal, although it was slightly awkward.

We're moving cubes here at work, which means I get a bigger cube (although not window-adjacent). However, that means I have to pack up my stuff tomorrow. At least it's a good excuse for cleaning off my desk, which is scary covered with stuff and dust. It looks better already, though!

Maybe Showtime will pick up Arrested Development!

Oh, and also I got a Peppermint Mocha yesterday which, although certainly not as good as anything wonderjess makes, was pretty good. And it cheered me up!

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early morning thoughts!
Mood: determined
Posted on 2005-12-12 09:49:00
Tags: links del.icio.us
Words: 84

Well, not really early, but you know...

Yahoo! bought del.icio.us late last week. Between that and flickr, Yahoo has some pretty nice stuff these days. Good for them!

Good tips for using del.icio.us.

I'm now level 2 on Yahoo! Answers. Woohoo! Next up - level 3!

If you're looking to get a USB drive for someone, why not get them a weird USB drive? I can't decide which is creepier - the thumb or the Barbie whose head you rip off to plug it in. Heh.

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just a note
Mood: bored
Music: Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark at the Moon"
Posted on 2005-12-08 16:52:00
Words: 8

I'm addicted to Yahoo! Answers. Check me out!

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it's cooooold!
Mood: cold
Posted on 2005-12-08 11:22:00
Tags: cold
Words: 195

It's very cold out - 26 or so now, and the radio says that it feels like 9. 9!! Yikes. NI was closed until 10 AM this morning (so was UT) and when I got down to my car, I had to spend 40 minutes de-icing it (with djedi - thanks a lot!). Although part of that was not realizing that if the engine isn't on, the heat will blow air, but it won't really be hot. Oh well.

It was neat - there was a layer of ice over all of my car - windshields, windows, top, everything. I couldn't roll my window down because of the ice. But eventually the heat and front and rear defrosters did the job.

It was a bit creepy to see cars on Mopac, but going 20 MPH lower than the speed limit. Didn't see any accidents, either, which is good. Now I'm warming up with a nice cup of tea.

So, do you people in the north (or north of here - Carrie said it was 3 degrees in St. Louis yesterday!) have to drip your pipes every night for like months? Or are the pipes better insulated up there or something?

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linka linka linka
Mood: stressed
Posted on 2005-12-06 13:32:00
Tags: links
Words: 189

So I was going to write a real entry, but I'm busy, and have stressful things to do. So, I'm going to reduce some stress by posting some links I've been meaning to post. (these are not guaranteed to be interesting; check your owner's manual for details)

(oh, the other thing is that I got a small job doing some google mapsish stuff for someone. Neat!)

A puppet version of Serenity (not a video). Very very cute. The other movies he's done are pretty good as well.

Boo Ford! A CNN story on the same thing.

A story about a Fawlty Towers book that apparently has the script for an unaired thirteenth episode. Neat!

So a professor at the University of Kansas (I hate Kansas, by the way) was going to teach a class debunking intelligent design. Then he cancelled the class after sending out an email insulting religious conservatives, which seemed appropriate (the cancelling, not the insulting). Then he was sent to the hospital after being beaten up on the side of the road by men who referred to the class that didn't happen. That's really quite scary.

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lots'a thoughts'a
Mood: content
Posted on 2005-11-30 12:34:00
Tags: pictures
Words: 200

I forgot to mention yesterday that I hit a deer on the way back to Austin! I was just driving along, minding my own business, when a deer ran across 290 (super-fast), and I just barely hit it. We stopped soon after and there didn't seem to be any damage, but it scared the crap out of me for a while. Never had that happen to me before.

Firefox 1.5 did in fact release yesterday. The pop-up blocking seems to be better, and things are noticeably faster (especially going back and forward). Still seems to use a lot of memory, though.

Yesterday djedi and I got a Christmas tree and put it up in my apartment, which was exciting (although messy). We haven't decorated it yet, but it really feels like Christmas even with just a bare tree up in the living room :-) I ordered some TiVo ornaments to put on it, too!

I finished putting keywords on all of my pictures, so now you can search by keyword to find pictures that people are in.

Hope everyone's having a nice day! And I hope whatever's in the air that keeps my allergies (and other peoples', it seems) going disappears!

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Whoops, there's more!
Mood: busy
Posted on 2005-11-29 09:51:00
Words: 142

Dagnabbit (sp?), I forgot some things.

I'm going to lose some weight, come hell or tasty cookies (the latter is much more probable, methinks). NI has a "Maintain, Don't Gain" challenge over the holidays (starts before Thanksgiving, ends after New Year's) to not gain weight, but I'm gonna try to lose a couple pounds. Wish me luck! (I'm announcing this because I've read that making your goals public makes it harder for you to abandon them)

An article about the new Pope and the new restrictions on gay priests. Unencouraging stuff, that.

Firefox 1.5 should be releasing real soon now, like today or tomorrow. I'm very excited about it for some reason - maybe because of the web development on my TODO list I've been doing. There's also a neat del.icio.us Firefox extension I just installed, if you're into that sort of thing.

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quick hits - bam!
Mood: indescribable
Music: none - see above
Posted on 2005-11-29 09:00:00
Words: 435

In this post are thoughts about vacation and the week ahead. Go!


As djedi mentioned, we saw both Rent and Serenity on vacation. Rent was quite good - I haven't seen the musical although I had heard a few songs from it. It was neat just watching a musical in the movie theatre - I'm sure it's not quite as good, but it's much cheaper and more convenient. I had read a Salon review that really didn't like it, but after re-reading the review I realize that thre reviewer doesn't really like the musical, and she doesn't like Chris Columbus (the director). Don't send a non-sports fan to review a baseball game!

My only real complaint was that the background music was a bit overpowering in some of the songs, and it made "Santa Fe" (the original of which I really like) sound fairly different. Also, Jesse L. Martin (IMDB, IBDB (IMDB for Broadway!)) was quite good. And his voice is amazing, as you might expect.

Serenity was pretty good the second time, but we saw it in a sketchy theatre where we were the only ones there, except for a guy sitting in the back who left 45 mins from the end. Oh well.

Anyway, the weekend went pretty well, and we cut down our Christmas tree and put it up and decorated it. Unfortunately, I left my camera at Britton and Liz's so I couldn't take pictures. Oh well - I'll be sure to get some when I go down for Christmas!


Game night was fun at wildrice13's last night - unfortunately my allergies were bad most of yesterday. They weren't horrible, but enough to make me feel kinda blah. Played a good game of Settlers, and then I talked to onefishclappin about their house and being sick and stuff. (the previous sentence is so she can remember :-P )

Ugh, I'm not good at writing self-evaluations.

I've been in a weird music mood lately - not excited about listening to my iPod, which makes Pandora good, except then I feel compelled to decide whether or not I like each song so it can get good feedback. And that's "stressful" in a weird way too.

I upgraded my Gallery installation yesterday, so check out the new look! Everything still works as far as I know, but if you find something not working, drop me a line.

Busy weekends ahead - next weekend we're going down to djedi's folks, and the weekend after we're going back down to my folks to see Revels.

Arrested Development is high-larious. We borrowed Season 2 to watch. Good stuff!

Aaaand I'm spent. (thanks, austin powers!)

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almost thanksgiving!
Mood: lazy
Music: NEScover - "Eye of the Tiger"
Posted on 2005-11-22 10:12:00
Tags: todolist charlottesweb links
Words: 316

Ah, one (and a half) more day at work, and then the holidays. That's good stuff!

So after the big push at work last week, now I'm doing very little. Which is relaxing, but it's always tough to adjust from "crazy stressed-out fixing mode" to "do nothing mode". It is a nice change right before the holidays though. Hopefully nothing else major comes up this release.

Just got my video of Charlotte's Web in, so I'll probably show it to my sisters over break.

Had fun at game night/onefishclappin and krikwennavd's receptionish event. That's twice I've played Mario Kart in the last week, which is kinda neat.

Been working on my TODO list some more. I'm learning a lot about XMLHttpRequest, and why Firefox (the 1.0 branch) seems to do weird things with it sometimes. I'm hoping 1.5 will fix these problems (should come out this month or early December).

I know everyone and their dog is posting about this, but give pandora.com a shot - you tell it a group or song you like and it tries to find music like that. The algorithm is based on the Music Genome Project, in which they listened to a bunch of songs and characterized each one (heavy bass line, melodic vocals, etc.). So when it picks a song it thinks you will like, you can see why it thinks that, which is usually pretty interesting. (it's free and all that jazz)

I put these remakes of popular songs on the original Nintendo sound system on my iPod. They're quite fun to listen to!

Fans of Harry Potter might find this celebrity recasting amusing.

I spent a while yesterday reading through the stories of making the Macintosh and other Apple-related things. Interesting stuff!

For those of you experiencing LJ-slowness, maybe this is the problem?

One more: if you've ever lost a button-mashing minigame in Mario Party, check this out!

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projects and work and stuff!
Mood: upbeat
Music: Tori Amos - "Hotel"
Posted on 2005-11-18 13:15:00
Tags: todolist work yahoomap taxcenter
Words: 315

Ugh...so I get in this cycle where I think about things to post about, then I get busy and don't have time to, and then when I do have time to post I feel like I have so much to write about that it's overwhelming. So I don't post. Well, the cycle (this current one, anyway) ends here! Here's my decidedly incomplete post:

haha, I can't think of anything to say.

I've improved my todo list some - now you can have categories and whatnot. Still planning on tweaking it some more (so you can delete and reorder categories), and adding some sort of reminder feature (like a tickler file from "Getting Things Done").

Also, I did up a yahoo map much like my google map. It mostly works, although I want to make the markers load faster and make it zoom in when you double click. The map is based on the Beta Yahoo Maps, which uses Flash. I think I still like Google Maps a little better, but Yahoo has some nice features, as well as geocoding (turning an address into a latitude and longitude) built into the API, which I might play around with at some point.

Work is going well today. Yesterday things were going poorly, but I finally tracked down a mysterious bug yesterday evening (after spending two days finding it...) that greatly improved my life.

This weekend djedi and I are going to see Harry Potter at the Alamo Drafthouse, which I am excited about (the reviews are pretty good).

Last week we went to orientation for the tax center we're going to volunteer with again this year. It was OK (most of the stuff we already knew) but it was nice to get back in that frame of mind. Still need to go through training and get certified by the IRS. Can't wait to get the new Publication 17!

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Election 2005: not good, but not horrible
Mood: a little depressed, but ok
Posted on 2005-11-09 08:39:00
Tags: election activism
Words: 311

So, the big news is obviously that Prop 2 passed by a wide margin - 76%-24%.

Before my analysis and thoughts, a message to those of you who didn't vote for whatever reason: I understand that situations come up on Election Day and that we're all busy people. But when you don't vote, you're letting other people speak for you, and in Texas, that's not necessarily a great idea :-) You may argue that your vote wouldn't make a difference, since the margin was so wide, but if it had passed with a narrower margins we'd see stories about how it was a close vote and did more poorly than expected instead of Ban on gay marriage passes by large margin statewide (screw the Stateman's registration...grr...). So, if you're not registered to vote, please do so - it's easy to do. And if you couldn't vote for whatever reason, just plan ahead next time and vote early or request an absentee ballot. Both are pretty easy to do.

Anyway, so, yeah, that sucks. On the bright side, Travis County was the only county in which it was rejected, which makes me happy I'm living here (at least of anywhere in Texas...)

Here's why I not as upset as maybe I should be: I know that we're on the right side of this issue, and I am fully confident that in the end we will win. It may be 10 years, it may be 50 years, but at some point gays being married will be like interracial marriages today. So, screw you, Texas, but we're in this for the long haul.

Anyway, the news was good from other parts of the country - Democrats won the governor's race in New Jersey and Virginia, and Maine rejected a measure to repeal antidiscrimination laws for gays (after voting anti-gay in 1998 and 2000). So that's good, at least.

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Happy 151st post to me!
Mood: busy
Posted on 2005-11-08 13:28:00
Tags: pictures activism
Words: 75

I put up pictures from this weekend (including Ren Fest), although I didn't take very many.

For your viewing pleasure this evening, the Texas election results (courtesy of the Secretary of State). I'll be watching as soon as we get back from our boring meeting.

My hands have been hurting for the last week or so (it feels like the muscles in the hand, but it's hard to tell). This is not a promising development.

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Reminder: vote tomorrow!
Mood: hopeful
Posted on 2005-11-07 12:53:00
Tags: activism
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Just a reminder to vote tomorrow (and vote against Prop 2 if you're in Texas!) See my previous post for more info. If you live in Travis County, you can go to www.traviscountyelections.org to find your polling place.

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