I Choked the Chicken 
Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 13:56
Don and I took the Pizza Wings & Things Challenge yesterday: ten of their "Choke Your Chicken Hot" wings in ten minutes or less. We both triumphed over those evil little bastards. I have been paying for that, though ... I'm sure Don has as well.

My second CS project is pretty much complete. I will have screenshots and stuff up sooner or later. I have screenshots and stuff for the first one as well, but I'm not too proud of the source code because it's a bit of a mess. This one's a bit better-organized, but it's still a mess.

It's bloody nice outside today ... I wonder what I'm doing sitting in the basement. There are supposed to be severe thunderstorms this afternoon, which I welcome because I love thunderstorms.

That's it for now ...
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Spring Break 
Wednesday, 23 March, 2005, 00:37
The knee is back in working order now. It was jacked up until about Sunday. That's good news ... I was able to do squats again yesterday.

This is Spring Break. Yes, my break actually takes place during the spring season, unlike those other false spring breaks people took during winter. However, just because it's a break doesn't mean I'm not doing any school work ... I'm working on my sci-viz project as we speak ... or is that as I type? Well, at any rate, I'm not doing it at this very moment because I'm posting a news entry, but whatever.

In other news, I'm seeing the results of my workout after this much work. All that'll make me do is work harder. The gut I put on during my undergraduate studies is shrinking ... well, it has shrunk noticeably over the past 3 weeks, which makes me a happy man. Tomorrow is upper-body weight day, which means working my arms until they just flop to my sides.
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Wednesday, 16 March, 2005, 02:25
I appear to have jacked up my knee while getting out of my car this morning. Perfect timing, too ... today was the cardio portion of my workout plan, which involves extensive use of an elliptical machine with varying degrees of resistance. Strangely enough, that didn't bother me one bit, but climbing up and down stairs does. I smeared some Mineral Ice on my knee and called it a day ... good thing I don't have to go upstairs anymore tonight. Tomorrow is the lower-body workout, though, and because of this knee bullshit I don't think I'll be doing squats. Oh well.

BreakoutVR 1.5 is pretty much done. Actually, I wouldn't say 1.5 ... it's more like 1.25 because it lacks the sexy Lotus particle engine, but the Tokamak physics engine is working pretty well. I have yet to see it run on the C-Wall, though. I wanted to see it run there today, but there was a whole bunch of people in there and they weren't going to leave until 7. Oh well.

I guess that's all for tonight. I got my hands on most of the Initial D Manga, so I'll be reading that for a while. Spring break is next week, w00t :-)
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Goodbye, Intel 
Saturday, 12 March, 2005, 01:39
My brief stint with Prescott is over. I no longer own an Intel-based system. I yanked the base system components out of my case (mobo, CPU, RAM) and replaced them with something that I've been more comfortable with but have strayed from: AMD stuff. My motherboard is now an Asus A8N-SLI, my CPU is an Athlon 64 3500+, and my RAM is ... well, it's still a gig of HyperX, but it's DDR (not DDR2) now.

I haven't done any real testing to see how this config performs against the P4 one. I mean, all I've really done with it is install drivers, download updates, and load apps. It's too early to tell how it fares in games, but that is coming. I might even play some HL2DM tonight, just to test the system out. Yeah, that's it ... just to test it ...

I found that ATI's Catalyst 5.3 drivers don't like two components on my X800 Pro: the Rage Theater chip, and some "Specialized Codec". So, I'm using the good ol' 4.11 version. Kind of surprising that last November's version supports those components but this month's, which are a few days old as of this typing, don't.

I'm off to continue with my app loading.
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Let!s Get Sappy 
Friday, 4 March, 2005, 13:18


Yes, on this very day five years ago I went on my first date with Julie, and things have only gotten better since then. One of these days ... *evil grin* well Julie, you know what I'm talking about. I love you :-)

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