Yes, I realize that I published an update to an older article with the update dated December 1, 2010 (which is in the future, if you haven’t noticed). I released it early because I had time to write the article and released it right after I finished writing it, and I don’t feel like unreleasing it. If it makes you feel any better, you can pretend that it’s a special exclusive preview. Even though the final version will be exactly the same. In other news, I talked with a Dell customer service representative earlier today about a problem I’ve been having with the connectivity between my motherboard and my laptop’s screen. I ended up getting a resolution to my problem, but the chat process was an interesting experience. At first, I thought that she was the slowest typer I’ve ever seen – it took about half a minute for her to type “Alright.” Then, a few minutes later, she started sending me massive paragraphs of text within a few seconds of typing. I realized that she was probably using canned responses, but that didn’t explain why it took her so long to type “Alright,” because you would assume that they would add a common response like “Alright” to the list of canned responses. Then I realized that she probably was using canned responses for “Alright,” but couldn’t find it in the list quickly enough and ended up spending more time looking for it than it would have taken her to just type it. Sometimes I wonder how they even got their job as a support staff representative. Picture of the Day Keep Pizza Flat Because we all know how frequent it is for people to transport their pizzas while holding them sideways. (via Flickr @ http://flic.kr/p/8XDq3B)
Hi humans. Interesting story of the day: the web director of the Badger Herald got stranded in Milwaukee today and couldn’t get back to Madison until about 11 PM. I’m sure he appreciates me telling all my readers about this. Quote of the Day This conversation took place via IRC with a friend who goes by the name “Twinkie” who was watching some of my videos on YouTube. After linking to an uninteresting video, he says, “This video is boring.” I reply, “That video wasn’t supposed to be interesting.” A few minutes later, he links to another one of my uninteresting videos and says, “This one’s boring too.” I reply, “That video wasn’t supposed to be interesting either.” After a few more minutes, he links to yet again another one of my uninteresting videos and says, “Boring.” I reply, “Why are you so good at picking out my uninteresting videos? Watch some of my sit-down vlogs where I tell stories.” Once again, he links to another one of my videos, and says, “Still boring.” I reply, “That one wasn’t supposed to be interesting either.” He replies, “OMG then just label your videos ‘worth watching’ or ‘not worth watching’!”
Hi humans. Quote of the Day I came across this quote while I was working on some MySQL stuff for the Badger Herald: “A MySQL table is completely different than the normal table that you eat dinner on.” Thanks for clarifying that, like it wasn’t obvious. http://www.tizag.com/mysqlTutorial/mysqltables.php
This is a video I took at about 1:30 AM today (which would fall under yesterday night) at the Badger Herald of Charlie Gorichanaz working on his chemistry lab. “Charlie Was Gonna Pee”
Hi humans. Picture of the Day (+49) 694-0059 I just got a phone call from a number with an area code that started with a plus sign. I did not know that was possible. (via Flickr @ http://flic.kr/p/8VbtUg) The Daily Shoot Assignment of the Day #DS371: Find or make a reflection in a window today and shoot through it to create a layered composition.
As the episode opens, the heroes are approaching Lilly of the Valley Island, the site of the upcoming Sinnoh League. The island is populated with trainers and media reporters, all bustling with excitement for the upcoming tournament. In the Pokémon Center, Ash approaches the front desk and registers for the Pokémon League. He receives a key for his room in Trainer Village, and Nurse Joy wishes him luck. Around the corner, Team Rocket plans on poaching all the powerful Pokémon in the Pokémon Center, turning them in to the boss, and becoming rich. Meanwhile, the heroes are exploring the area; Dawn notes how different everything is from the Grand Festival when Conway suddenly appears from behind. In the room, Ash finds that Professor Oak has left him a gift. In return, Ash gives Professor Oak a call to greet him and see how all his other Pokémon are doing. Ash asks for some of his different Pokémon, and says he will send five Pokéballs first. Ash inadvertently gives his Pokéballs to Jessie of Team Rocket disguised as a Pokémon Center worker, and she ends up stealing the Pokémon with James. Moments later, the real clerk behind the desk appears and asks how she can help Ash. Ash notices that something is wrong, and runs outside to find the people who took his Pokéballs. He finds out it’s Team Rocket as they drive off with Ash’s Pokéballs. Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on the getaway vehicle, sending Team Rocket blasting off. Unfortunately, Ash’s Pokéballs go blasting off as well. The heroes quickly manage to find the Pokéballs a short distance away, but all five Pokéballs are empty. After looking for a little while, the heroes manage to find Corphish walking around and Totodile playing in a fountain. In a nearby kitchen, Ash finds Snorlax eating all the food. Ash quickly tells Snorlax to return to its Pokéball. As he moved on to the next Pokéball, he noticed that it didn’t belong to the Pokémon that he asked Professor Oak to send. Back at Professor Oak’s lab, Professor Oak notices that Heracross is still at the lab trying to drink out of Bulbasaur’s bulb. Professor Oak swears that he sent Heracross to Ash earlier, but realizes that he may have made a mistake. Meanwhile, the heroes run through the forest looking for the remaining two Pokémon when they run into Barry. Barry says that he was recently hit in the head by a spicy Pokémon – Ash realizes that it is one of his Pokémon, Bayleef. When Bayleef sees Ash, it jumps on him, showing its affection. Over with Team Rocket, Ash’s Cyndaquil runs into one of Team Rocket’s machines as they try to catch it. Cyndaquil manages to avoid all the traps, but is soon cornered against a building. Cyndaquli fires up its back and uses Flame Wheel to roll out of the way of all the other traps, setting a tree on fire in the process. The smoke from the fire alerts the heroes and they start running towards the smoke. They make it just in time to save Cyndaquil; Dawn tells Piplup to use Hydro Pump and Ash tells Corphish and Totodile to use Bubblebeam and Water Gun to put out the fire. After seeing all the Pokémon, Team Rocket tries to catch them all, but their plan fails when Bayleef uses Razor Leaf to cut off all the machine’s arms. Ash attempts to finish off Team Rocket by telling Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, but soon finds out that Team Rocket’s machine is electric-proof. From the inside of the machine, Meowth pushes a button and switches out its arms. Ash tries to slice off the arms again with Bayleef’s Razor Leaf, but Team Rocket uses a chainsaw to intercept the leaves. Ash sends out Snorlax to use Body Slam, which brings the machine down to the ground. To finish it off, the water Pokémon use their water attacks again while Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to take advantage of the water conductivity. Unfortunately, the machine still stands strong. From nearby, Cyndaquil emerges and uses Flamethrower on the machine, but the machine is fire-proof as well. The machine uses Rapid Spin to send the flames falling back down to Cyndaquil. The machine then chases Cyndaquil with drills and revolving saws and goes to grab it, but right as the machine makes contact with Cyndaquil, it evolves into Quilava. Quilava runs near the machine and uses a new attack, Eruption. This sends Team Rocket blasting off again. Back in the Pokémon Lab, Ash tells Professor Oak of the recent event, and asks for five more of his Pokémon. Ash then gets frozen by his Glalie and melted by his Torkoal, watches his Noctowl fly as he gets body slammed by his Muk, and observes his Donphan use Rollout on a pile of rocks. As the episode comes to a close, the opening ceremony takes place as the torch gets lit for the league. In the distance, Ash sees Cynthia; in the crowd of trainers, he sees Nando, Conway, Barry, and Paul. The first round match-ups are revealed, and Ash sees that he will be battling Nando first.
Hi humans. I’m writing this blog post from the Computer Sciences & Statistics building at my university because THERE’S THIS ANNOYING BUZZING SOUND COMING FROM BEHIND MY REFRIGERATOR AND I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS. Hey, at least it’s peaceful and quiet in this building during the weekends. I have no idea how I’m going to fall asleep tonight, though. The Daily Shoot Assignment of the Day #DS370: Tungsten light can often create a warming effect, depending on your white balance. Use tungsten light in a photo today. I’ve never used the tungsten light setting on my camera before, but apparently it’s there to turn black keyboards into blue keyboards. What I’m Watching It’s been a while since this section has made its last appearance, primarily because I haven’t really had the time to watch that many movies. When I do get the chance to watch a movie, I end up not having time to add this section into my blog post for that day. I decided to catch up today and write about a movie I watched closer to the beginning of November, The Social Network. The Social Network, a movie sometimes known as the “Facebook movie,” is a movie about how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg came up with the idea of Facebook and how he carried it out for it to become a revolutionary website like it is today. There was a lot of talk about how good the movie was, and I had intended to watch it ever since it came out. The tipping point, however odd, was that I watched it for a Spanish project – we had to write a book or movie review on a work related to our major. My major being computer science, The Social Network fulfilled that requirement nicely. Many of us know that Facebook started out as a social networking site for Harvard students, and ended up spreading throughout colleges before hitting high school students and adults all over the world. What many of us don’t know is that Facebook has a complicated history behind it involving conflicts, lawsuits, and greed. The Social Network follows Mark Zuckerburg as he struggles through all these problems, some with his close friends, in order to come out on top. Seeing as a majority of us (not including myself) love to use Facebook for hours upon hours every day, I think it’s well worth the time to watch this movie to find out how exactly this apparently addictive website came to be. The storyline appears to be mostly factual, (I’m saying mostly instead of entirely because there were probably some comedic segments included that are irrelevant to the plot,) as for every fact that I checked against online sources (like Wikipedia), all the information matched up.
That calculus exam was tragic. We got a sheet with the solutions to all the problems immediately after we submitted the exam, and I don’t think I got a single final answer correct… Quote of the Day This came from a Jackie Chan Adventures episode that I watched on YouTube. The cartoon is hilarious, and I’m glad they uploaded the episodes to YouTube so I could relive my childhood. At the end of the episode, they always read a question to Jackie Chan that was originally asked by a child viewer, and he answers the question. One of the questions was, “have you ever turned down doing a stunt?” Jackie’s response was along the lines of: “Oh, if they tell me do crazy thing like jump to building top, jump off building, slide down pole, jump in car, then yes, I do it, absolutely. But if they tell me jump over Grand Canyon, no way! I can’t do.” Picture of the Day Gnone is the New Gnome I actually have no idea what a gnone is, but I was bored while waiting for the bus at the bus stop, saw this sticker on a One Way sign, and took a picture of it. (via Flickr @ http://flic.kr/p/8UhwkH)