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Archive for January, 2009

Flash Class


I know it isn’t much, but this is what we had to do in my Simulation class. For some reason we have Flash labs. This one basically had us make objects and then move something. Pretty lame, but I assume it’s going to get better.

Movie: In Bruges

I love my wife. She wanted to see a hitman dark comedy so I obliged. In Bruges did a lot of things right, and by right I mean a lot of things I wouldn’t expect a movie to do, but actually made sense.

A comedy it isn’t though. It has some funny stuff, which is mostly in conversation of crazy, racist people. And a midget.

Its worth seeing. Colin is a great actor too and he really shines in In Bruges. (I just wanted to write in twice.)

Game: Mirror’s Edge


I’m playing Mirror’s Edge. It is quite an amazing game, though incredibly frustrating too. The buildings and ineriors and incredible. The feel of speed and motion is great too, and the falls (at least at first) make you cringe. The feeling of exhilaration and excitement too when you accomplish a stunt.

I really like the game I think, but the first run through is making me upset. I don’t see why I have to fight so many guys. I don’t see where to go and I don’t have time to look because 15 guys are shooting at me. To its credit for the most part it does a good job guiding the player along.

Arithmetic Operations Timing

In GSP-130, Systems Architecture and Assembler, we had a lab to examine different mathematical operations and the time it takes to process them. The bar chart shows the results, comparing integer and floating point add, multiply and divide.

As I expected, integer add and multiply was faster than floating point, but what surprised me was the integer divide taking longer.

My Next Project?


More like ongoing project…

Can you see me now?

My new phone is truely amazing, especially compared to the pieces of crap phones I’ve had so far. I installed this app called GPS Tracker (Instamapper.com) the other day and I turned it on this morning so my wife doesn’t have to call and ask where I am.

Of course, it’s never taken this long to drive to work, almost 2hrs! Proof is in the map!

Interestingly enough, its pretty accurate. If I zoom in to the finish point it actually shows the path I walk from my car to my desk.

I’m Sick and Tired of Combines

I really am sick and tired of combines, tractors, cotton pickers and the like. My son Nathan is just crazy about them, his blood is John Deere green. This is what happens when you let a 3 yr old use YouTube and surf for cotton picking videos. (That was fun to write.)

Taken using my new Google phone and using PicSay app to add the caption.

Android Me


I got one!

T-Mobile’s G1 Android Phone, its awesome!

Happy New Year

A lot has been going on lately since I’ve had a long break from school and work. I’ve been spending (read wasting) my time in enjoyable ways.

Grades were posted for my class. I scored 100% on the final, so I got my A. My wife thinks I’m obsessed, but I have this really strong desire to get an A in all my classes.

Other than that, I played and beat Bioshock. It was a weird game. I played through the first bit three times sine I got the game, but didn’t really care for it and didn’t know what the big deal was. But this last time it was really engaging. I couldn’t wait to put the kids and wife to bed so I could play. It does get a little monotonous towards the end though, but all in all a truly awesome game.

Santa also brought me the Orange Box. Wow. Portal was a blast. That game is wicked cool. Trying to explain it to my friends was weird, but they eventually got it. My 5 year old was watching too, and started telling me how to do it. Though honestly, he wasn’t that much help.

I played some online Team Fortress 2. I got tea bagged, which isn’t something to brag about, but it happened. Ran into some pretty lame people too, a griefer and a screamer. Otherwise it was a lot of fun. For $20, Orange Box was totally worth it, and I haven’t even tried Half Life yet.

Classes start up soon again too, and I was so enjoying my time away.