Monthly Archives: August 2003


Today I went to the Big Apple Anime Fest, which, although not as good as Katsucon or Otakon, was still pretty cool. Unfortunately I have no pictures, as I forgot my camera at home. Fortunately, there wasn’t really anything that warranted being photographed, so that’s ok.

The major drawback of this convention was the sheer concentration of people- you know you have a problem when you can’t even get into the video rooms because they are too full, and you can’t see anything on any dealer tables through the crowds. Anyway, the rooms were small and the number of people large- so the theme of this con seemed to be claustrophobic. Possibly because of the aforementioned crowds there were very few cosplayers. Since we all know that my favorite part of going to cons is costumespotting, I was a bit disappointed.

Another drawback to this con was, surprisingly, it’s close proximity to my home. I’m only a few minutes away from New York, which is not enough to warrant getting a hotel room near the con in the city. But parking in/near the city is so expensive and the commute is such a pain in the ass, that it’s not desirable to drive there more than once. Hence, merely a day pass.

Oh well, at least some good things came out of it- besides general amusement for the day, I got to see some cool new anime, like Alien 9, Animation Runner Kuromi, and my personal favorite, Cat Soup. Cat Soup was incredibly surreal, kinda like a mixture of Jacob’s Ladder and Alice in Wonderland.

Anyway, I should be off to bed now, as I have to get up in the morning to go to the Renaissance Faire. G’night!

Stumble Upon

Yesterday Beth introduced me to Stumble Upon. Now, after finally having a chance to play with it a bit, I’ve decided it’s pretty cool. Basically, it installs a toolbar on your browser to let you vote on/recommend sites, and gives you a way to pull up semi-random ones that match your interests.

Anyway, it doesn’t seem too much like spyware, is unintrusive, and promises to be a good way to procrastinate kill time. Check it out, if you’re bored.

Friday Five

And now for this week’s Friday Five

1. Are you going to school this year?


2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?

I graduated from Cook College (part of Rutgers) in May of 2002.

3. What are/were your favorite school subjects?

Ermm….. in highschool they were art, theater, woodshop, and science. Computers was cool too, though it was mostly useless.

In college they were Theater Appreciation and American Bestseller…. I also liked Abnormal Psychology. Philosophy had a lot of potential, but they managed to make it dumb. Oh, and Perspectives on Agriculture and the Environment was really cool Freshman year, but that course depends entirely on what teacher you have.

4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects?

I absolutely despised gym class in highschool, but that probably goes without saying.

Even more than that, I hated Computers in Society during my Senior year of college. That class competely destroyed my life for 6 months- it gave so much work that I had no time to work at my mostly cool job with Rutgers that I had at the time.

5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?

I’ve had lots of teachers I’ve liked…. like Mr. San and Mr. Spin from highschool, but I guess my favorite was Mr. Hurley, because of the whole Woodington Players thing :)

Of course, Mr. Hurley’s successor destroyed that group….. but that’s another story.

Spam/VIrus emails are funny.

I just got this in my inbox:

Very Important! Stop The virus before …..
From: “” <>
Date: Fri Aug 29 06:30:47 2003
Hey Theres a new virus going out get this anti virus to remove the so-big-f virus http://antiworm.netfirms com/VirusRemover.exe More Info Due to the number of submissions received from customers, Symantec Security Response has upgraded this threat to a Category 4 from a Category 3 threat as of August 21, 2003. W32.Sobig.F@mm is a mass-mailing, network-aware worm that sends itself to all the email addresses it finds in the files that have the following extensions: dbx eml hlp htm html mht wab txt The worm uses its own SMTP engine to propagate and attempts to create a copy of itself on accessible network shares, but fails due to bugs in the code.

This is so fake I don’t know which is sadder- the fact that it exists or the fact that I’m sure hundreds of people will fall for it :(

Protesting software patents in Europe

I’ve seen the Protest/Website Closed messages on a few sites today (KDE, GNOME, and Debian to name a few). Go here to find out more.

So, yeah. I know I’m not in Europe, and don’t technically have a voice there….. but I just wanted to offer my support. Stuff like this is far-reaching and can have detrimental effects on everyone.

Anyway, we all know that unlimited patents are just lame and stupid.

Save The Antichrist Retard Team

So, we just found out about more things that those jerks at S.T.A.R.T. lied to us about (re: cerberus). Besides telling us that he was housebroken and loved cats, they also told us he had been tested for, and was free from risk of, hip dyplasia.

Well, we just found out today that he has- guess what? Hip dyplasia!


So… it seems I’ve stayed up all night again. This time around, most of it was due to playing Gnocatan (this patch makes it work with GTK2!!), which is really friggin’ cool….. when it isn’t segfaulting.

So, by the time I finished with that, it was morning, and I had but a few short hours before a meeting I had to go to. I figured there wasn’t enough time to make sleeping worthwhile, so I started tidying up some code to put up here (some friends suggested that I make these scripts publicly available, as others may find them useful).

Of course, I drove all the way out to the meeting only to discover that my boss had forgotton about it entirely. After calling him and waiting for about 20 minutes, I just came back home, where I promptly continued the code-tidying.

So now I’m here, done with code for now, and tired as all get-out, and what do I do? Sleep? No, post in my blog. Whatever :)

Anyway, I’m going to go now because I’m tired and feel several unrelated rants coming on (mostly dealing with stinky dog-like beings).


Pictures from the weekend!

Here are pictures I took whilst wandering about Philly

Here are pictures from the Linux picnic.

Once again, RUSLUG basically took over a perfectly unsuspecting Linux event. Oh well, they like us :)

Hrmm… not much to say, I guess. The picnic rocked, it was a really nice day out and I always like meeting Linuxy people from far off places. Unfortunately I was so involved with a game of Settlers that I completely didn’t notice everyone around me leaving…. eventually it was just us RUSLUG people and MSimons (one of the organizers) left. Not that that was so bad- MSimons is cool… I just don’t want any of the other cool people thinking I was snubbing them, because I wasn’t. You know how it goes :)

Anyway, it was all for naught as I lost that game anyway. But I made up for that later on when I kicked everyone else’s ass at it- (nevermind that half of the people were new to the game that time around) must make game work with gtk2!!!!!

Anyway… I should be going to sleep soon as I have a meeting (urk) in the morning (doubleplusurk).

…. Random side note- should I start worrying when the new Harry Potter book starts using vocabulary words that I don’t know?


I’m posting now from a hotel room in Philly. I’ve been hanging out here most of the day with some friends (after staying up all night last night… meh), acting like a tourist (taking lots of pictures in an effort to compete with Beth). Anyway, I’ve taken lots of pictures of Philly scenery (buildings, statues, etc.)- if I find any of them interesting after I get home and have a chance to sort through them I’ll post them here.

Anyway, tonight we went to the Dave and Buster’s out here, and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting it to be better somehow than the one back home, but no- it was more crowded, they still had the same crappy DDR wanna-be, they had the sound turned off on the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade game (I beat it anyway, despite it being much less fun without the sound), they gave me a bad cherry with my chocolate milkshake, and they charged 75¢ to play a game of the original Asteroids.

Anyway, I should be going to sleep soon, because as I said earlier- I didn’t sleep at all last night, and I have a picnic to go to tomorrow. I have a feeling I’ll be dreaming of Settlers tonight (my roommates are playing as I type this).