ODDS AND ENDS

I’m reluctant to post so late into the night because I generally tend to make no sense, but I find this hour gives me some peace.

Anyways, I’m come to the conclusion that the first class that will kick my ass is MECH 523 – Fuzzy Logic Control. The bad thing is, I can’t even blame it on being behind in my reading. See, if I was behind in my reading, then I could just say, “It’s gonna kick my ass ’cause I haven’t read the text, if I did, I’m might know what’s going on”.

However, I’ve read all there is to read so far. Yet, my grasp of several fuzzy logic concepts eludes me. This is trouble. I knew I was in trouble when I tried to do some practice problems. When I tried to apply some of the concepts, my brain stopped working. Also, the whole course relies on very abstract mathematics. Stuff I might have had a chance with five years ago, but not now. I’m going to lean heavily on the prof now. I’m a big believer in the motto, “there are no stupid questions, only stupid people”, so I’m going to query up Dr. de Silva every chance I get.

Even worse, I get the feeling everyone else in the class knows what is going on, but I’m the only one who doesn’t. Oh well… lol.

In other news, I think I’ve discovered why my right arm gets tired and numb so easily now. For the last two days or so, I’ve noticed that just in regular use of my right arm, it gets really tired, like I’ve been lifting things all day. Today, after a nap, I noticed that I’m keeping my arm underneath my pillow for some strange reason. I usually don’t do that. I’m guessing the pressure of my extremely large and heavy head is causing grief on my arm. It’s strange how I don’t wake up though.

Finally, I am happy to report that my two favourite people here at St. John’s College, Nic and Marcia, have returned from their quick trip to Toronto. Without them, I would find living here a much more isolated, boring, and lonely place. Now if only Marcia would stop blabbing all my gossip in the hallway…

I’M A LAZY BASTARD

What’s beginning to bug me is that I’ve become a lazy person. Case in point, yesterday…

I woke up around 10am. I had an appointment for a haircut for 12:15pm. From 10am on, I had breakfast, dicked around on the Internet, and left for the bus loop at 11:30am. Now, if were a non-lazy person, I would have awoken at 9am, and worked from around 9:30am to 11:30am. Two straight hours of work lost!

Yesterday, my one class ended at 4pm. I didn’t have anything else to do, but I only began studying at 8:30pm. In between, I ate dinner, played a game, surfed the Internet, watched TV, and generally wasted my time. Even then, I stopped work around 10pm. Wow, a somewhat productive hour and a half!

Today, I had a break between 1pm and 3:30pm. Guess what I did? I napped (though napping is worth it’s weight in gold… ask any commuter), watched TV, and surfed the Internet. Another two good hours devoted to something other than studying.

My class just ended at 4:45pm. I got home at 5pm, I easily could do work until dinner at 6:15pm. However, I’m typing this out. Why? Why do I like wasting time like this? It’s really quite stupid.

Sure, I said I wanted to enjoy school this time around, but I am wasting a lot of time. I bet come November, all my school work is going to kick my ass.

THE END TO THE WEEKEND

So we’re upon the start of a new week. I had a really boring weekend. On Friday, I totally did nothing. I got home around 4pm. Felt kinda tired, so I just sat in my room. I taped a few shows during the week, so I started watching those. I had an episode of Ed, The West Wing, and ER on tape.

Three hours later, I felt like I had sampled most of the NBC’s season premiere week. A few of my fellow residents were supposed to go to KFC for dinner, but none of them were around, so I went to the Village McDonald’s instead.

I came back, and then watched TV and played video games I think. I know I didn’t do any drinking.

On Saturday, I did work basically during the entire day. For dinner, I went to the One More Sushi place at the village. It was nice. If you’re as old as me, you’d never think they could put a nice sushi place like that on campus. After dinner, I worked until 12am or so. Here’s where it got bad. Around 2am I decided to play Team Fortress Classic. I didn’t stop until nearly 5am. That was stupid.

On Sunday, I got up at 12pm!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid. I got dressed, showered, ate breakfast, and got my ass downtown to get some pants hemmed. I also bought a pair of jeans I didn’t need, but oh well. To top if off, I bought the Monsters, Inc. DVD, but really, who can fault me for that? It’s a good disc. My only disappointment was not finding a good picture or poster of Yoda from Clones. I want to put it on my door. I looked everywhere. Every book store, toy department, and even Golden Age Collectibles on Granville. When Clones came out, everyone had all sorts of promo material. Where is that stuff now?

Tonight, I just studied. At 10pm, I stopped for Band of Brothers, which is such an excellent mini-series. A fantastic combo of history and entertainment.

Well, tomorrow I’m getting my haircut before class. It’s going to feel weird, because I usually don’t do errands before class. Back in the day, I was usually in class from 8:30am to 5:30pm (with maybe a one hour break), so it’s odd to have this time on my hands.

I have an hour before I go to bed, so I’m gonna relax, take care kids.

INTERESTING STATS

Well, I’ve done nothing all morning, and I should be working right now, but I decided to post a few interesting stats about my website. I downloaded a program last night that distills all my site stats into a readable, coherent report. I’ll going to release the stats in little chunks, so it’s not so overwhelming. Here are the overall stats for my site since March 5, 2002:

Web Server Statistics for erwintang.com

General Summary

(Figures in parentheses refer to the 7-day period ending 28-Sep-2002 01:47).

Successful requests: 95,026 (4,763)

Average successful requests per day: 460 (680)

Successful requests for pages: 28,345 (1,179)

Average successful requests for pages per day: 137 (168)

Failed requests: 472 (0)

Redirected requests: 1,238 (30)

Distinct files requested: 1,163 (616)

Distinct hosts served: 3,143 (223)

Data transferred: 43.622 gigabytes (2.410 gigabytes)

Average data transferred per day: 216.509 megabytes (352.642 megabytes)

I’M SICK, OR NOT…

I woke up this morning feel fine, except for a slight tickle in my throat, I later found out I had swallowed a sock during the night…. but seriously, it’s the slightest of sore throats. If you’ve ever seen Osmosis Jones, I can just imagine my body’s defense forces are now attempting to fight what alien invaders are in my body.

I think it could go either way now. I could either get better and the sore throat will go away or, this could turn really nasty and my throat will hurt more, I’ll get the chills, my nose will start to run, and my head will hurt like a mofo.

Being sick in school sucks major wang, so let’s hope it’s nothing.

TIRED

I went to bed around 2:30am to get up at 9am, well at least that was the plan. I couldn’t fall asleep unfortunately. It must have been past 3am, probably closer to 4am until I did actually fall asleep. To make matters worse, I woke up at 8am for some stupid reason. I fell back to sleep until my alarm woke me up at 9am.

It didn’t feel that great, but I’ve had worse mornings. I managed to get to my lecture on time, even ran into a friend I hadn’t seen for a while. Good old Kyle Lepage. He told me he’s gonna go do his Ph.D after his M.Sc. Wow, that took me by surprise. He said he’s really enjoying his work though, and you know what, that’s really the only thing we should be striving for. Good for Kyle.

I usually fall asleep at the first lecture on Fridays, but I was awake for the whole two hours. I even made two comments in class. They didn’t make much sense, and the whole class thinks I’m a tool now, but at least I participated.

After class, I’m usually lazy, and I like to go straight back to my room, eat lunch, and nap, but I had some things to do today. Firstly, I went to the clinic to get my stitches removed. They told me to come back at 2:15pm. I then went to the Old General Services Administration building to pick up my keys to the CEME building. I had not been in that building for about ten years. That’s where people used to pick up their scholarship cheques. After first year, the new Brock Hall opened up, and student services were moved there. Anyways, I picked up my keys and now I have access to the Civil/Mechanical building and the Industrial Automation Lab.

After that I came back to my room, made a few calls, checked my mail, and then went off to the clinic. It took less than five minutes to remove my stitches, and the doctor told me I couldn’t ride a bike or play hockey for about two weeks. My thumb has been under wraps basically for about a week, so I was fascinated at what it looked like now. The whole area had healed nicely, but the skin was really dry. The old skin which had been sliced open had become dead and dry. The whole thing looked like it was geological fault on a map.

Next, I rushed off to class. Now, I know I shouldn’t have done this, but the skin was so dry and it looked dead, I kinda picked it off. Yeah, it sounds gross, but I did. I’m glad I did because the new skin underneath was flawless. You couldn’t even tell I had suffered at a cut. I was so sure I was gonna get a scar outta this, but this thing healed so well, nary a spot will remain.

Holy crap, I’m rambling on right now. Anyways, I’ll wrap this up with this last item. I sneezed tonight. I shouldn’t have done that. Right after I did that, I started feeling really tired and not so well. This might signal an onset of a cold. I’ve experienced this before. It could go either way. I could wake up tomorrow and be totally fine, or, I could wake up and know immediately bad times are ahead.

Being sick sucks.

RANDOM THOUGHTS BEFORE BED

Hmmm… I just thought of a great new idea for a post. It’ll take some time to get it ready, but I’m looking forward to it.

Anyways, tonight I decided I really need a new lamp for my room. Kristina and I went over to Lindsay’s room to watch the season premiere for Friends. I’ve lived here for three weeks, but I’ve never been in a girl’s room before. It was breathtaking. Firstly, the place was brightly lit. Stupidly, I was in there for 30 minutes but for the life of me, I cannot remember what was giving off so much light. Second, the place smelled much nicer than mine. Lindsay had scented candles arranged around the room. Not that my room stinks, I even have an air freshener, but her’s smelled better than mine. Though, she’s a girl, and by default any girl smells better than a guy. Thirdly, the place was much neater than mine. My place is a sty compared to hers. I have like empty beverage containers on my desk, my bed is unmade, and papers are everywhere. It’s a good thing no one comes into my room.

Another thing I noticed is that I’m not making efficient use of my time. I stopped working tonight at 11:30pm basically. It’s now about 1:30am. If I were totally efficient, I’d woulda crawled into bed around 12am, slept until 8am and then got up and continued to work. Instead, I watched Letterman, ate some left over pasta, took a shower, and made this post. However, a chap here by the name of Nicholas Clarke, told me an interesting thing. Nic is here studying history. He told me one day, one of his history profs said this to the class, “It’s all fine and dandy to be studying history, but remember we’re living in the present”. So yes, there’s more to life than just studying. Though how much more is something everyone needs to discover.

Tomorrow, a few of us are going to KFC for dinner. I’m excited. It’s been weeks since I’ve had fried chicken. Also, if I have time, I’m going to get my stiches removed. I’m going to try to resist the temptation of taking Friday night off. There’s a party scheduled for Saturday, so I don’t want to waste the whole weekend.

Ok, well I should be off to bed. This doesn’t mean that I’m actually going to bed right after I post this, but it’s an indication of what I should be doing, but probably won’t for at least half an hour. Bye.

WHOA, I DID SOME WORK

I’m posting mainly just to see if this thing works anymore. Anyways, I felt like I actually got some work done tonight. Probably for the first time since I started school. Sure, I didn’t get as much work done as I wanted to, but it was better than wasting the entire night.

The good news is that I get to do more work tomorrow!

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