Big freaking post 
Wednesday, 10 November, 2004, 03:53
I should really start making notes of the time I wrote the news posts on this page ;-) I think I'll start with this entry. Since there's no easy way of doing it using my current ghetto-rigged CMS, I'll have to manually enter the time in the header of each entry. Oh well ... little things you learn as you go on, I guess.

We tested the VR project on the C-Wall today, and it was hilarious. Looks like the frame-stable version of the code will get thrown out in favor of one that is not frame-stable. There's a 3-second delay in tracking when the frame-stable version is used, so if you move your hand you see the resulting movement 3 seconds later. That is a pain. The delay is not there with the non-frame-stable version ... I guess I'll dump the current frame-stable code into the other framework so it'll run better. Also, I have to change the size of the paddle because it takes up the entire screen when it's in view. But, the paddle now has 6DOF movement, which is really cool.

If you didn't understand the above paragraph, don't worry. I'm thinking of videotaping our presentation of the project and posting it up here. Maybe then you'll understand. Or, you could just ask me ;-)

I haven't gotten any mail from this site. That's alright, I know not many people visit it anyway ... so far I know of maybe four people. That reminds me ... expect an orange color scheme soon, because my sister (one of the four) has requested it. At this point the site is still very flexible in terms of color schemes due to the lack of visitors.

Firefox 1.0 is out, and I've uploaded it to the files page. There's a difference in how style switching is done using Firefox 1.0. No little pallette or crayon box icon appears in the status bar. Instead, you need to go to the View menu, choose "Page Style", and select the style you want. This works in the preview releases of Firefox as well. I'm not going to post "OMG WTF BIL GAETS SI TEH DEBIL" messages and bitch at you if you don't switch to Firefox, but if you want to give something new a try (or if you have Firefox and just want the current version) go ahead to the files page and download it. Sure, it doesn't come with Flash or Java or anything like that, but the point is to make it as lightweight and extensible as possible.

That just about ends my geeky language-laced ravings for today. Now, I'm gonna go hit and browse through their exercise programs to see how I can make my self look dead sexy.
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Metra, you're out of the band 
Tuesday, 9 November, 2004, 04:00
I swear, Metra has been consistently late for the past few times I have taken it. I don't know what's going on. The 1:44 has been a 2:00, and I don't know if I need to start leaving work a little later or what. Either way, it is teh suck. If it wasn't for the fact that parking at a Blue Line station costs more, I'd start taking the Blue Line.

Still working on the VR project ... it!s pretty spiffy so far. However, trying to get it to switch music tracks at the end of a song ... that's a pain. Still working on that. I might not finish it tonight because I have this monster headache at the moment. There are two Tylenol PM's waiting for me on the desk.
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Quick update 
Monday, 8 November, 2004, 04:00
I've updated the ATI Catalyst driver download on my Files page to version 4.10. It has been stuck at 4.8 since ... well, whenever those were new. Firefox is still at 0.9.3, though, and I don't think I'll update that until Firefox 1.0 officially comes out. That should be soon.

Speaking of soon, has anyone heard anything about Seagate's 500GB 7200.8 hard drives? I suddenly have this want ... I want four of them, which I will divide up into two mirrored sets. Nothing like 1,000GB of storage to make a geek happy. That, and I'm getting somewhat close to filling up my two 120GB drives ...

This was a pretty boring Sunday, if you ask me ... I've been working on school work all day. Haven't taken my car in for an oil change yet. I think I'll take it in on Tuesday, since I won't be doing any stop-and-go driving (which no engine likes, I guess) until then.
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Slayer update 
Saturday, 6 November, 2004, 06:21
Okay, so I only knew four of the songs Slayer played. Big whoop. The last 3 ... those made the show: Angel of Death, Postmortem, and Raining Blood. The rest was boring. Jeff was practically falling asleep standing up, it was hilarious.

After that, pancakes at Denny's. Mmmmm ... pancakes. Metal followed by pancakes ... the pancakes taste so much better after metal. Pity I couldn't find that DMB shirt, I settled for a Nonpoint shirt instead. Rule Number One: NEVER wear a T-shirt with the name of ANY band that is performing at the show you go to. If you buy a concert shirt, buy it after the show.

So this is the second time this year that I have seen Killswitch Engage (first time was at the Vic), and the second time this year I've seen Mastodon (first time was at the Metro). There's still a bit of a list of who I want to see ... like Bleeding Through, The Black Dahlia Murder, As I Lay Dying (caught them opening for Killswitch Engage at the Vic, but they were halfway done with their last song), Norma Jean (yeah, saw them already, but they were awesome), Vital Remains and, most importantly, Cake.

So, with that, I shall now go to sleep ... because it just turned November 6th 21 minutes ago and I have to work later today :-p
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