Monday, September 29, 2003

The recent weather in Atlanta has been fantastic. Saturday was a gorgeous afternoon for a picnic with Emily. :) Sunday was so nice that I took my homework down to the pool in a failed attempt to enjoy the weather and do homework at the same time. Last night got a little chilly, but it made for great sleeping weather with the windows thrown wide open. And it was still cool enough when I left this morning to break out my Nora hoodie, which is always a huge plus when I get to wear it (thanks to Carl Ferret). And then I got a 93% on my lasers test from last week! Who rocks? That's right, me. Also, everything's on track for graduation as long as I can come up with $25 before Friday and get my degree petition stamped by the Bursar. What a fantastic past couple days, all topped off with a GT win at Vandy. Hooray for fall!

Friday, September 26, 2003

Since Brian is almost definitely taking the Harris job in Florida (he'd be stupid not to), I will be needing a new roommate for spring semester. Any takers? More info available here.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

In related news, I'll be in Fairfax for a couple days over fall break, October 11-14.

Hooray!! My dad is back from Kabul safe and sound. He sounded tired as hell this morning, but I suppose that's to be expected after a month of working 18 hour days in what is easily one of the most dangerous places on earth right now. Unfortunately, he did such a good job as Acting Mission Director, that they've offered him a one year post as Mission Director for Afghanistan. It's a scary proposition to say the least, but if no one else steps up to take the position, I suspect he'll agree to do it out of a sense of duty. But at least he's home for now and I'll get to see him over fall break before he potentially moves to Kabul for a whole year.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Damn! I missed my chance to own the best car ever!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Candlelight makes listening to Avenged Sevenfold's newest record even better.

Monday, September 22, 2003

I've never been so happy to have tears of sorrow welling up in my eyes. Watching Les Mis with Emily was fantastic, even though I cried a little. :( But when you know that poor Gavrosh is going to get shot before he finishes his song, or that Eponine isn't going to make it long enough to sing "grow," well, it's just heart wrenching.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Someone tried to insult me today by calling me a nerd and/or geek. I informed him that calling me "popular" or "trendy" would have been much more insulting.

Hackneyed theory of the day: Women's headaches are triggered by an increase in the testosterone levels of any nearby males. Crazy you say? Let's examine a few examples. A man's testosterone goes through the roof while watching or engaging in sports, during sex, and while driving "aggresively." How many times have you been to a football game and heard girls (who presumably hate football) nearby with their boyfriends complaining that they have a headache? And I think we all know "not tonight, I have a headache" is the number one shutdown in the bedroom. I dare you to disprove this theory.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Thus reaffirming the motto I hold so dear: "Don't learn, just reproduce."

While doing my homework (and watching college football) I came to understand why college really is a step above high school. It's taken me 4 years, but I finally realized the meaning of college. High school teaches you to regurgitate facts (date, names, places, etc.) while college teaches you to regurgitate processes (partial fraction expansion, Routh-Hurtwitz stability tests, ladder networks, etc.). It's all so clear to me now...

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

My first batch of tests went better than expected today. So now I can take a deep breath and relax tonight and tomorrow afternoon before I start preparing for everything that's coming up next week: a ton of homework due on Monday, Preliminary Design Review for my senior design project, and another round of exams. I wish I had more time to take care of this stuff over the weekend, but alas, I've managed to cram my weekend chock full of excitement (like the Clemson game on Saturday and Les Mis with Emily on Sunday), leaving no time for school work. Darn... ;)

Monday, September 15, 2003

Wow. Just wow.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

I thought for sure tonight was the night we'd finally be able to get that FSU monkey off our backs. No such luck, but at least it was an exciting game and we really had a chance at pulling it off. Alas, the second-half curse struck again and that was the end of that. Oh well. On the plus side, I can still whip up a full dinner and dessert, something I haven't done in forever.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Also, skipping a class that's boring as hell to enjoy the absolutely gorgeous not-summer-anymore-but-not-quite-fall-yet weather is never ever wrong.

My Laser Theory & Applications professor is the greatest teacher ever. Usually I leave school at the end of the day depressed and totally drained. But Dr. Adibi is such an enjoyable lecturer that when 2:00 rolls around I'm all fired up about perpendicular polarization or birefractory crystals instead of totally tapped out. He definitely deserved the Teacher of the Year award he received in this past April.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

ILL Mitch busts the most phat raps ever...
"look at my helmet wear my vest for speed
when I use the microphone Im the best you need
I have two side one happy and one anger
you can ask a stranger my board is fast and danger"

Ah, September 11th is upon us once again. Much like the 4th of July, today is one of those days where I have learned it is better to just keep my mouth shut all day rather than offend and/or enrage everyone I talk to. Instead I'll let my previous sentiments do the talking.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

So all in all the Career Fair has been pretty worthless. No one there is in any position to actually offer me a job, but at least they're engineers, so I could get a feel for the type of people who work for the company and what they do. Then again, maybe I'll get lucky and get called back for an interview with someone. Hey, it coudl happen... I was very excited about Bose yesterday and sorely dissapointed by the reps from Motorola who knew jack about anything but "smart batteries." Also, the reps from State Department Diplomatic Security were awesome and sounded like they were about ready to offer me a job on the spot because I've lived overseas so much, but instead they offered me an interview in a couple weeks, so that's promising. Then today Lucent really dissapointed me. I know they just closed their Atlanta branch, but it seems like the whole company is headed somewhere in a handbasket. On the other hand, the NSA recruiters seemed very intimidating to everyone who walked by except me. It was funny talking to them because all these other people would intentionally go out of their way to walk as far away from their table as possible. They seemed genuinely interested in the fact that I had done some basic research on cryptography on my own, but seeing as how I'm not a 4.0 student, my chances of actually working at the NSA are slim to none. On a side note, does anyone else find it odd that the two places I'm the most interested in working are both government posts?

Emily rocks my world.

Monday, September 08, 2003

Just when I thought Rob couldn't get any dumber, he went and got engaged. Poor Jill...

I expect to be doing a lot of this tomorrow at the career fair:

"Please!! Give me a job!! I'm beggin' ya!"

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Note about my post on Friday at 11 pm - either someone I know basically thinks I'm the biggest ass in the world, or some jerk surfing around is just being stupid. This whole "be honest" thing doesn't work when you assign the worst values possible for every gategory (unless you really believe that... in which case, why are you my friend at all?) because it pulls the average down and makes me come across as a tool. If you're not going to take it seriously, don't take it at all.

Let's talk about why Saturday was awesome, in chronological order:
- I slept until 11:30
- I ate awesome tailgating burgers for breakfast
- I got my spot on my wall for the band's parade into the stadium
- I met up with Emily who sat with me during the game (yay!)
- GT was winning at halftime
- GT broke the "second-half curse" by shutting out Auburn after halftime
- Reggie Ball plays so much like Joe Hamilton it's scary
- GT's defense is the best I've seen in my 5 years here
- GT upset overrated 19th-ranked Auburn (6th-ranked last week) at Bobby Dodd 17-3
- I was one of many who rushed the field to help tear down our goalposts
- I got to give Reggie and Keyaron Fox high fives
- I had my chance to punch Suggs in the face for all the heartbreak he caused me last season, but restrained myself
- I went for a very relaxing swim after the game
- I was on SportsCenter tonight (twice) for about half a second!

Notes: We haven't beat Auburn since 1978, and haven't even played them since 1987. They used to be our biggest rivals after UGA, but because the rivalry errupted in violence on several occasions, they stopped scheduling the schools to play each other as out-of-conference games. It's a rivalry I've been wanting to see again since I first got to Atlanta, and it would seem the Yellow Jackets have drawn first blood against the team many people thought had a shot at a national title this year. Hah! Suckers...

Friday, September 05, 2003

I know I'm the pinnacle of human evolution (hahahaha!!!), but since you'll disagree, you can go here and tell me (anonymously if you so choose) why I'm not.

Mmm... Blueberry muffins straight out of the oven rock.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Hooray! Now I have a date to go see Les Mis with!

In other Darkest Hour news, I have coined the term façade-core. This applies to bands like Darkest Hour and Throwdown who play brutal music but are really just a bunch of weak little nerds.

Seeing Darkest Hour again tonight made me want to grow my hair out again. Except that when I gave it serious consideration, I remembered how ridiculously unmanageable my hair is once it's more than 1/2" long (as anyone who knew me in 8th or 9th grade will attest to). Oh well.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Further proof that Ticketmaster is the greediest corporation in the universe.

oh, snap!

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Stupid WB moving my hour of Simpsons 30 minutes later... Now I have to wait until 7 to eat dinner and watch TV. Grrr...

speaking of archives, there's some scary shit in there that i had completely forgotten about. especially in february. it's funny how life can deal you what feels like one crushing defeat after another (until you just wish Flanders were dead), yet a month later you've moved on and almost completely forgotten about it. huh...

Updated this page slightly to compress my archives into monthly instead of weekly format. I figured no one reads them anyway, I'll at least make it less annoying to the eye to see 10 archive links rather than 30 something.

Monday, September 01, 2003

No more Bagel Bites and Dr. Thunder before bedtime. I had some messed up dreams last night. There was one about being in jail for a crime I didn't commit and then the place catching on fire and the other inmates trying to escape and being shot by the guards for fleeing from the inferno. Meanwhile I sat in my cell innocent as can be and woke up around the time my whole body went up in smoke. Stupid 9 am. Then there was this other dream I don't remember very well, but I was back in high school for some reason. I dunno. I think being back in high school in enough to qualify as a nightmare all by itself. All I remember is that there was something going on that was really really wrong. *sigh* If only Bagel Bites weren't so tasty...

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