LONG FUCKING DAY

Yeah, I know I swore, but it was a long day. It started at 8am and that’s early for me. It is when you don’t fall asleep until 3am. Anyways, I got up and went to my 9am meeting with my research group, the fine boys and girls of the Industrial Automation Laboratory.

At 10:30am I went back home and briefly thought about napping, but didn’t feel tired enough. I did some random surfing until about 11:20am and headed off to my one class of the day. Today we had a workshop on shooting video. The guy that runs the Imager lab at Com Sci showed us how to use all the video equipment. The class I’m taking is requiring us to videotape users for our projects. As I sat there listening to this guy describe all the digital video equipment, I thought, “I wonder how all of this could be used to film porn?”

Anyways, after the class I met with my group members to about our project. Turns out were really far behind, and we basically left it at that. Ha ha ha…

I again come back to SJC and I make lunch. After that’s done, I head downtown. Usually, I have one more class on Tuesday, but the prof is chairing this IEEE conference on intelligent control. He cancelled the class today, but said we should all come down to take in some presentations. He didn’t explicitly say we had to come, but I kinda felt like he was going frown upon us if we didn’t. I played it safe and decided I should go. However, I was going to be damn sure he saw me there. That’s what they call face-time baby!

So, I left campus around 1:30pm. I totally fell asleep on the bus. I was doing that head snapping thing. Anyways, the hotel the conference was at was way the hell down the West End, near Denman and Davie. Before I walked down there, I stopped off at Banana Republic to exchange a shirt. When I finally got there, the conference was almost over for the day. They had one final set of presentations. I saw a few of the guys from my class there.

One of the presentation tracks left was on mobile robots. That sounded interesting enough, so I headed off to the right conference room. I sat down and there were many seats left. Then, to my surprise, my prof poked his head in and we made eye contact. Yes! Face-time acheived!

A few minutes later, I had a brush with greatness. Dr. Lotfi Zadeh sat down in my row, just across the aisle from me. Who the hell is Lotfi Zadeh you must be saying. Dr. Zadeh is regarded as the father of fuzzy logic. He is the man who imbued a new form of intelligence into machines and devices. The way rice cookers, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, bread makers, braking systems, etc. all work has been influenced by Dr. Zadeh. If your bread is fresh, your rice is just right, and your floors are clean, it might just be because of his work.

Sure, it’s not like meeting Steven Spielberg, but for control geeks, it’s pretty cool. So, the presentations start and I listen for about 10 minutes. I look over to Dr. Zadeh. He has fallen asleep. Even the man who has left an indellible mark in the world of intelligent control is not exempt from a dark room, some toasty temperatures, and some boring Powerpoint slides.

Dr. Zadeh woke up and left about five minutes later. I only stayed for one additional presentation and then left. It took me an hour to get home and it was about 5:30pm by then. At 6:15pm I had dinner and then left to meet with another group for an assignment. I spent about an hour at Gage Towers. I will say one thing, the chicks at Gage are hot… lol.

I got home around 8:30pm and did some other crap, and next thing I know, it’s 11pm. And, I have more work to do. Long day indeed.

THE BEST FILMS ON THE INTERNET

BMW is back with a new season of their wonderfully entertaining set of BMWfilms. If you didn’t catch the first season, do so now.

These short films, produced expressly for the Internet, feature big name stars, high profile directors, and lavish production values. Previous participants include John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, and of all people, Madonna. The newest film was directed by John Woo.

All the films star Clive Owen who is superb in the role of The Driver. Yes, it is a big commercial for BMW cars, but honestly, these are really excellent films.

If you have the time, space, and bandwidth, make sure you choose the downloadable formats for the movies. Streaming is convenient, but the bigger file allows you to view the movie in full screen (but still in widescreen, ha!).

ROCK ON!

It’s been a painful day. I have to write this essay. Before I started writing I had to read these five papers on this subject I’ve never heard of. Some of those papers were difficult to read. They used really academic, leather-patches-on-a-tweed-jacket type of words. Anyways, I’m supposed to summarize and synthesize the contents of the paper in my essay. The length is supposed to four pages, single-spaced, and 12 point font. I’m going to go over that right now. I just summarized the first paper and it’s almost one page. I usually like writing, but this is causing me pain. My gut feeling is my essay is going to suck because I won’t be able to tie all the papers together. Poopy. Oh well.

I thought I’d take a break from my crappy writing and post something. I haven’t shared my MP3s in a while. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately. The first two are certainly timely, but the third one is a blast from the past. I vaguely remember my Mom telling me I used to listen to this one Bay City Rollers record over and over again when I was a kid. That’s strange because I don’t really remember listening to all that much music when I was a kid. I guess I was really young then. Anyways, if I liked them then, I think still like them now. Have you really listened to some of their stuff? It’s really good! Have a listen for yourself!

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. – 4.0 Mb

Thriller – Michael Jackson (pre-freakshow days) – 5.7 Mb

I Only Want To Be With You – Bay City Rollers – 3.5 Mb

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO TV?!?!



Again, I’m watching TV late at night. I flip around on the dial and look at what I find. More stripper related material. Um, I really would like to make some witty comment about this, but I’ve had a long day. Let us just appreciate what gifts television brings us now.

FUNNY

It was a tradition I started the last time I was at school, and now I’ve done it again here. I’ve added a funny movie clip to the end of my voicemail greeting.

I won’t tell you which movie it’s from, suffice to say, it’s really quite interesting.

Well, on Thursday, I had my first caller leave a message with my new greeting. It was the hair salon calling about an appointment I had made. When I listened to their message, it was hilarious. There was about two seconds of dead silence before she started speaking. I started to laugh trying to imagine what was going through her mind.

If you want to know what’s on my greeting, you’ll have to phone me. Yeah, I know, it’s a cheap ploy to get more people to phone me…

Send me an e-mail if you want to know my new number.

FREE TV… IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER

So, it’s 2am in the morning and my fuzzy logic notes are causing me some consternation. I turn on the old TV and I’m flipping around. I get to good old channel 13 and there it is… some ad is on for something called TV stripper.com.

“What the hell is this?”, I think to myself. I watch in amazement as some well-endowed young lady dances around a pole. She looks as if, well as if she was a TV stripper. The whole dance goes on for about five minutes. She never does get fully naked, not even topless, but I guess that’s what the phone number is for. Though, the whole thing was quite titilating, especially if you’ve been reading about stupid mathematical concepts for the last hour. They say less is more sometimes, and I think they might be right.

I’m disturbed to say I watched like three more girls do their little tease of a dance before the paid advertisement was over. Honestly, I still have no idea how people are making money off of this thing (long-distance calls?) but it sure makes 2am go a lot faster.

A VERY SPECIAL BLOG?

I’m seriously considering putting up a new, hush-hush blog for people who I can trust. I had to erase a few entries from last week. Plus, I have this funny story I want to post, but I’m having second thoughts now. And, I won’t even get into that thing from early September.

It’s great now that a lot of people are reading, but I hate to think I’m censoring content. Before I’d put anything up because I knew no one was reading. Ha ha ha…

Hmmm… give me a few days to decide…

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Tonight, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 5-2.

Mike Ricci, of the Sharks, and quite possibly the ugliest player in the league, was asked about his team’s poor performance. His response:

“There’s a thousand theories, but theories are for scientists,” Ricci said. “We’re too stupid for that. We’ve just got to get back to the X’s and O’s.”

Mike might not be the most attractive guy in the league, but he certainly has a sense of reality.

WELL, NOW IT’S OVER

Dear Lord, did I just get my ass kicked. What the hell was that?

I didn’t even get to finish the last question, which had about 30% of the marks. I knew I was in trouble when I was on the 2nd to last question still and there was less than 10 min. left. It took me nearly five minutes alone to read and understand the last question. By the end, I was in that freak-out mode where you’re just scribbling crap hoping to get part marks. The thought of getting the whole thing right is just out the window at this point.

The next thing I know, the exam is over. We pass our papers over. I was sitting next to my buddies for the exam. Chris turns to me and goes, “What the fuck was that?!?” Jonathan didn’t finish either.

While I’m still disappointed, my feelings are somewhat tempered by the fact I’m not alone in being displeased with the pacing of the exam.

Well, I’m going to Safeway now. Bacon here I come!

LET’S GET THIS OVER WITH

I’m about 15 hours from my first midterm in over five years. I have studied for the last six days for this. I should be ready, but the vibe I’m getting doesn’t feel right.

Some exams are easy. You know they’ll ask you for the definition of this or draw a diagram of that. Or, they’ll ask you questions which are very similar to those in the assignments.

This exam won’t be like that. The prof warned us there will not be any memorization required. Sure they’ll be a few diagrams needed, but these will be specific to the question asked, so you just can’t memorize something. As for assignments, they’ve been structured so that they are only somewhat applicable to the exam.

So where does this leave me? With a whole lot of potential for danger. This exam doesn’t follow the expected, straightforward nature that some profs use.

I could come back tomorrow and be extremely pleased with my performance, yet I could also come back cursing a forgotten concept that will cost me dearly. I just don’t know.

What I do know is that I’ll be glad to get this one underneath my belt, regardless of the outcome. Plus, I can go to Safeway after the exam and get some food.

I was told the name of the movie would not appear on the hotel bill