Friday, April 30, 2004

Audio Blog: Going to the movies again

OK, I've made another audio blog. This time, I went to go see "Godsend" in the theaters. I've changed a few things about the audio blog, because I couldn't get the file smaller without distorting it, so I turned it into an MP3 instead of a WAV this time. And I CANNOT get Mozilla Firefox to play MP3s using the tags I know how to use. But it works perfectly in IE (Internet Explorer). Sooo, if you happen to be using another browser, please switch to listen to this blog. Also note: the MP3 file is 2.34MB, so if you're not on broadband, it could take some time to load. Also, you can download the .MP3 file, too, incase it can't play for you. Here's the audio blog:

http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/godsend.html

Here's the direct download of the MP3 of the audio blog:

http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/godsendaudioblog.mp3

OK, so go listen to that, and comment! :)
Last Day before Finals

Today (Friday) is the last day before my finals begin. I'm in Public Speaking class right now (using my laptop and w.bloggar to write), and I have a class tonight in English 102. Tonight's English class will be THE last time I go to it, because I'm going to turn in my final paper, and take my final exam tonight, too. I've heard it's just going to be a writing assignment, to write 1 page about something. In class right now, Amy has the TV on, and changing the channel. Class hasn't started yet, so I guess she's checking up on the lastest news. Hehe, it's fun watching The Price is Right, lol.

Anyways, my days left in class this semester are really short. I can't wait until it's over with. I'm dreading my Psych 120 and Precal 112 final.

More Updates Later...

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Bad Speech...BAD speech

Today I gave a really really sucky speech. Yes, I am NOT a public speaking kind of person. Oh yeah, it sounds good and you write it, and read it by yourself. But, for me at least, whenever I get up in front of the class to deliver my speech, something happens, and I turn into a nervous wreck. WTF? Ehh, I like the teacher, Amy, but don't really care for the subject matter at hand. Public Speaking is not for me, I guess that's why I'm a geek majoring in computers. Yep, geeks + public speaking = no no. But, they force us to take the class, and if we don't get up there and speak, we'd have to take zeros for the speech.

Man, if I could have the last hour or so back (well, come to think of it, I'd still fuck up, but in a different way each time, lol).

Yeah, this semester is allllllmost done. Thank god. I want to sleep. Sleep late everyday. And do nothing.

"Today, I will talk to you about.........." (that will always live on in my memory) hehe

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Busy Busy Busy

Whoa, I'm busy. I have like 2 weeks (including this week) left in this semester. In two weeks I'll be a sophomore in college! But, I'm really busy. I have to turn in a Chap. 4 practice test this morning, I've been working on it for about 4 days now. Then, tonight I have to give a presentation in Psych 120 class, and I've got the powerpoint at 10% finished, so I have some work to do when I get back from class this morning. Then, tomorrow morning, I have to give my last and final speech. I'm giving a persuasive speech on the FBI Wiretapping broadband. I'm going in favor of NOT having such a thing, because it invades privacy, big brother type stuff, etc..Then, I have to turn in my final English paper this Friday. THEN, all next week is finals, so I'm going to have to study a hell of a lot. Plus, I have to finalize my online quizes for my math class as well. So the reason for the lack up daily updates can be attributed to this. Oh, and start leaving more comments. Comments are nice. :)

More Updates Later...

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Pimping My Ride: Part 2

Today was pretty cool. I went to Public Speaking class, listened to a few people give their speeches, and then I left for Circuit City. My dad told me that he was going to buy me some new speakers for my car, so I was going to go check out the prices of the speakers, and then call him from CircuitCity, and see if he can get away from work to come pay for it. I was planning on getting some cheap 6.5" speakers for the back, but I ended up getting something even better. As I arrive at CircuitCity, and I'm walking towards to building, I spot my dad in the parking lot, leaving the store. He saw me, and we walked in together, to go buy some speakers. This was good, because I thought I was going to have to call him, and he *if* he could get free from work. Anyways, we walked in, and went straight to the car audio section. We picked out 2 speakers for the front (a pair of 4x6" pioneers) and 2 speakers for the back (a pair of 6.5" pioneers). After he purchased them for me with his credit card, I took the receipt to the pickup line, and my dad left to go back to work. So I was by myself again. I picked up my speakers, went out to my car in the parking lot, and drove around to the back of the building to have them installed. I waited around for about 1.5 to 2 hours. But it was worth it. Now, I can play CDs, and the sound is amazing. It sounds a lot louder and a lot stronger than ever before. Those stock speakers aren't worth anything compared to these. Since they used the same speaker grills that my old speakers used (they still look old and ugly, but underneath the speaker grill lies a monster, lol). I was going to take some photos of them, but they don't look all that impressive with the stock grills on them. So I'll post some photos of the I got from the website. Here they are:

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Busy with life

I haven't blogged in a few days, mainly because I only have a couple of weeks left in my classes this semester, and I'm stressing over Cal tests, English papers, speeches, a Psych presentation, and of course, final exams. Which leaves me feeling pretty drained, which means I haven't felt like writing a blog post in a few days. But I feel I need to take a few minutes to update, so my readers can have some fresh, new content. I only wish I had something cool and juicy to tell, but I don't. The only 2 things I have is that I'm probably going to get some new speakers for my car tomorrow, and I'm trying to create a new website (in the form of a blog), named SecurityDNA. And since it's not ready yet, I don't want to tell everyone what it's going to be just yet. You can try to guess in the comments based on the name.

Also, one more note: Some people may not have read my old blog, so I've complied a PDF file (182KB) with all my old posts. It's from when I had a blog at Angelfire, before I moved to blogspot. So here's the download link, I encourage you to check it out, a lot of cool (and not so cool) shit happened, and I blogged it all. So go download it here:

http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/ResterTech1.0_Final.pdf [PDF]

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

TCP Flaw

I have some news to tell everyone, and instead of trying to write it, I will post an excerpt from Wired.com. Here it is:

"Researchers found a serious security flaw that left core Internet technology vulnerable to hackers, prompting a secretive effort by international governments and industry experts in recent weeks to prevent global disruptions of Web surfing, e-mails and instant messages.

Experts said the flaw, disclosed Tuesday by the British government, affects the underlying technology for nearly all Internet traffic. Left unaddressed, they said, it could allow hackers to knock computers offline and broadly disrupt vital traffic-directing devices, called routers, that coordinate the flow of data among distant groups of computers."


Source: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,63143,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_6

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Bad Suprise

Today I had my Chapter 4 Cal test, and when I got there, she had a suprise written on the board...we couldn't use our graphing calculators on problem's 21-25. That pissed me off, I need my calculator, it's smarter than me in math (I can't stand high-level math like calculus). So, I had to take the test today, and drove back home after I finished. Not much else going on, I'm about to take a nap, and then I have another class this afternoon at 6PM.

More Later...

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Kill Bill:Volume II - Audio Blog

I went to go see Kill Bill: Vol. 2 tonight, and I did an audio blog of my drive there and drive back home. I designed the image you'll see while you're listening to it. I love my Photoshop skills, comes in handy when you want to make something cool. Listen and tell me what you think! :)

Go here to listen:
Kill Bill Audio Blog

Friday, April 16, 2004

Test: Audio Blog

OK, I've created my first audio blog entry. I recorded it on my Pocket PC today, and when I got home, it was 1.2MB, so I used some tools to shrink that down to around 488KB, so it'll stream better. If you're using Internet Explorer (IE), do NOT minimize the audio blog window, because the audio will stop, and it will start back over again when you restore the window. The best browser to listen with is Mozilla Firefox 0.8, but I've tested it with both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, so I know it works for both. I want everyone that listens to my blog post, to write in a comment on what you thought about "audio blogs", and if I should do another one. And like I say in my blog today, I'm NOT going to stop with my written blogging, just trying to experiment and test, and try out new things with my blog. So, here's the link:

Audio Blog Test Page

Thursday, April 15, 2004

"The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is - I collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here. Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now's the fucking time."

Today was a pretty awesome day, went to math class, did some reviews on that stuff, and left. I went to the Administration building again today, and I had to turn in some papers that my dad and I had to fill out, such has a photocopy of his 1040A, and a few office docs they had me fill out. Because I need to renew my FAFSA finacial aid for the next 2 semesters.

And when I got home, I had an e-mail from my mom, she sent me a coupon for Blockbuster, to rent any movie for 99 cents. So I knew exactly what I wanted. If the quote in my title for this entry sounds familar, it's from the movie I rented and saw for the 1st time today..."Kill Bill: Vol. 1". Dude, that movie fuckin kicked ass. Blood was EVERYWHERE when "The Bride" got finished with whoever she was after. It was awesome. So I plan to attend the premiere of Volume 2 tomorrow night, I'm excited about it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

The NV40 has a name


Today Nvidia launched their campaign for their new Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), known as the Nvidia Geforce 6800. Here's the specs for it:

Graphics Core........................256-bit
Memory Interface....................256-bit
Memory Bandwidth.................35.2 GB/sec.
Fill Rate....................................6.4 billion texels/sec.
Vertices per Second...............600 Million
Memory Data Rate...................1100 MHz
Pixels per Clock (peak)............16
Textures per Pixel....................16
RAMDACs................................400 MHz

NVIDIA® CineFX™ 3.0 Technology
NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ II Technology
Superscalar 16-pipe GPU Architecture
NVIDIA High-Precision Dynamic-Range (HPDR) Technology
Another Day

I just got back from public speaking class, and today the main teacher, Michelle, started things off by asking us if it's OK for anyone to wear whatever kind of underwear they choose, and she brought up thongs, and people wearing them with skirts, etc.. She heard it on the radio (WABB), which I never listen to that station anyway, I always listen to TK101 Rock, which plays much better music. Anyways, that led her into the discussion for the day, which is about Persuasive Speeches, which we have to give, starting next week. This will be our LAST speech, and while I can't wait for summer to get here, I'll kinda miss the class. All my friends and stuff. Plus, Amy is the best teacher I've ever had in a class before, and good teachers are a rare thing. So, I'll have to keep in touch with her after the class in finally over.

But this next speech is going to be the worst one yet. I have to write a speech to persuade my audience into something, and I don't want to go into tech/computer related stuff, since no one knows what I'm talking about anyways. And I've been trying to think of a topic, but I can't. But I need to, and fast. Someone give me some ideas of what to persuade people on, I'm pulling up blanks.

I might be experimenting with my blog in a few days, I'm going to make an AudioBlog, I have a voice recorder with my in my car. If I do make an audio post, they way I'll do it is to link to a separate HTML webpage, and EMBED the wav into it. It should be cool, but in no way am I going to stop writing my posts, I'm just trying new things out. This blogging stuff is the future, and I bet we'll see all kinds of inventive ways to blog.

Well, more updates later...

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

In Class

Right now, I'm sitting in Psych 120 class, listening to my teacher give a lecture on some chapters. It's pretty cool stuff, I like it. My new cd reciever is awesome, even though the speakers are getting bad, I'm getting a lot more volume out of them, as opposed the the cassette reciever that was previously in it. Been talking to mah girl Jamie just about everyday, I really like this girl. I wonder if she realizes just how much I like her? I've built a server JUST for my friends (2 people are in the list right now), and it's my own P2P network, which I've given them access. And I've pushed about 13 gigabytes upstream in the past 3-4 days!

Well, I have to get back to listening to my teacher.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Part One of the Ride Customizaton

I went to class this morning, and as *soon* as I walked in, all the teachers just started laughing. I was the first one in the classroom besides the teachers, since class hadn't started yet. The main teacher, Michelle, told me I had just missed everyone singing some Prince songs, and I was like "Man, I wish I hadn't have missed that!". So after class today, I got in my car, and turned on some Ludacris (and the timing was pretty funny, since I waved someone to go ahead and walk through the street, it was Michelle, and she did a double-take on me in my car, all my windows were down, and I was listening to Ludacris "Act a Fool" really loud (well, as loud as my shit stereo reciever can go, we'll get to that in a minute). So, I drove all the way down to Circuit City, and went straight to the car audio section, and found the model I was looking for. Now, if I had tons of money, I'd really pimp out my ride with a nice soundsystem, but today I had to buy close to the cheapest CD reciever, because my funds are low anyways. Plus, who wouldn't want to replace an 11-year old cassette tape deck that doesn't even play cassettes.So, I bought the reciever, and paid for all the cables and wires that were needed to install it (I got free installation since it was $99 or higher), so my bill totaled to $147. The salesman told me to go to customer pickup out front, get my reciever, then drive around to the back of the building to the auto shop to get it installed. So, I did just that, and I drove over there. First, it was just 2 guys working on 2 cars, so I was going to have to wait until they could get to my car. In the waiting room, I met this cool guy, he was getting his amp in his car fixed, so while we waited, we chatted about all kinds of stuff, mostly cars and college. He's a Senior in HS, and he's wanting to go to South Alabama, majoring in Engineering. We talked for awhile, and it helped pass the time away, since they didn't start working on my car until like an hour and a half since I had been there. Once a few more employees showed up, they started to work on my car. They removed my dash, and took out my POS cassette deck, and installed my brand new Panasonic CQ-C1100U CD Player. They ran into one problem. My speakers were so old, that they weren't recieving much voltage to them. They told me normal speakers run at about 4 volts for good sound, and mine were running at 0.3. Yes, I said 0.3 volts. Since I didn't have enough money for speakers, they had 2 options for me. Either connect it normally, and I won't get any sound, or bypass the amp and use the radio. So I told them for now, until I get new speakers, to bypass the amp. I can't play CDs now (well, I can play them, I just can't hear anything), so I'm stuck with the AM/FM radio until I get new speakers. So I'm doing what I've been doing up to this point, which is to connect my Pocket PC to a FM transmitter, and broadcast my MP3s on channel 88.3. It works good, but the transmitter uses batteries (another reason why I wanted to start playing CDs).

So I need new speakers. I knew I needed some, but now it's very important. I didn't just make a $147 invesment to not play CDs. My new friend that I met at the car shop, Paul, told me that he thinks he may have some 4"x6" speakers for my doors, and a 6"x9" for my rear speaker. So in the next day or two, he's going to give me a call and let me know about them, and he's going to give them to me for free! So if that all goes down, I'm looking at $30 for them to install the speakers for me, which is a lot better than $100+.

I've already posted the before pictures, and here's the after pictures:


Look, I can even take the front end out, so as to prevent theft:


And here's a photo from the Panasonic Website, it's a nice, high-quality image:
Pimpin' My Ride

Today is the day. I'm going to Circuit City right after class this morning, and I'm going to get a new sound system put it. I may not have enough money for new speakers, but at least I'm going in the right direction, by getting a new reciever in my dash. Here's what it looks like now:


As you can tell, it's pretty lame. It's a stock cassette, AM/FM radio, that sounds like shit. Here's my speakers as of now:


Yeah, they're lame, too. Like I said, I hope I have enough money to replace my speakers. I do know that I get FREE installation with a CD player $99 and up, so that's cool, but I might have to pay for parts and wires that they use to install it. If I'm lucky, I'll have a bunch of my money left over to buy new speakers, if not, I'll come back another day to get new speakers.

Either way, I'm hoping to walk out of Circuit City today with a better sound system than when I arrived. And when I do get the new system, you can bet I'll be posting pictures of it. :)

More Updates Later...

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Closed

I drove over to CircuitCity today (since they had free car stereo installation, BestBuy didn't), and when I got there, they were closed! That sucks, I wanted to get my stereo today. But, I'm going back to CircuitCity again tomorrow after class.
Cool Weekend

Hey guys, what's up? I didn't have much time to write yesterday, because I was busy with a lot of stuff. OK, here's what happened:

On the afternoon of the 9th, my mom and sister came down from Birmingham to see me. My mom told me she was going to get a motel, and that her and I would stay there for my b-day, rent a movie, go out to eat, etc..So instead of driving to English class, she drove me to drop off my English paper, and I didn't stay for that class (I used the excuse that it's almost my b-day and my mom is in from out of town) And, I'm almost making an A in that class, so I wasn't too woried about it. Then, we went to go reserve a motel room for night, really close by to the mall. After that, my mom and I went to BestBuy, and we looked around for a bit, and I found the Wacom Giraphire3 Tablet, and bought it with the money my dad gave me ($100). Then, after that, we went to go eat at JRs Smokehouse BBQ, and I brought my laptop there for the first time, because they have a Wi-Fi network in there (anyone remember that false reporting story from WMPI), and I was online talking to some friends on AIM, and eating good fun. It was fun, and I wish more places had Wi-Fi. So, we left that place, and went to the new Starbucks on Airport. I got an Ice Cappuccino, and we went to Blockbuster to rent a movie. We ended up renting "Something's Gotta Give" (Which is a stupid movie, I found out later when I watched it). Then, we went to the motel, and I was excited to try out my new tablet. I liked it a lot, it was really fun to use, but after I went to bed, I was thinking about how much that thing costs, and if I REALLY wanna draw, I can just pull out one of my sketchbooks and my art pencils and go at it. So in the morning, I woke up a decided to return the Wacom Tablet, because I had another gift in mind. My car currently has a stock cassette player and stock speakers, all of which I want to replace with a CD player and new speakers for my car. Anyways, around mid afternoon on the 10th (b-day), my mom and sister left back to Birmingham, and my dad drove me back home. A few hours later, my friend Sam came by, and gave me a birthday present. It was a t-shirt that says "Cypherpunk", and a "Jesus Fish" that says "Linux" inside of it. Looks awesome. Thanks man. So we watched all the good parts of Matrix Reloaded, and we went to Blockbuster and rented Matrix Revolutions (I saw it first day in the theaters, he's never seen it before). So, we watched that, listened to some music, and he left to go back home.

So today, I'm going to: fill up my gas tank, return the DVD, go to Winn-Dixie and pick up a Sunday newspaper, and find the BestBuy ad, and see if they're running a special at the store for FREE car installation. Which I need, because it's like $40 for installation.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Friday, April 09, 2004

Easy Day and Fun Times

OK, it's 12PM, and I'm feeling pretty good right now. This morning, Public Speaking class was really really short, and all we had to do was fill out a survey on what we thought about our instructors. I gave Amy all the best marks for each category, because I think she does a great job at teaching. And today, she told me "Happy Birthday", and that made my day (Thanks Amy). And before class started, my friend in the class told me about a funny sign outside of the classroom. It normally says, "Welcome to John Counts Room". Someone had re-arranged the letters, and I took a picture of the resulting phrase:

Hahaha, crazy college kids rule!

Anyways, my mom and sister are coming down from Birmingham, they should be here in about 4 hours, I have to leave for my English class in 5 hours from now, and I have to turn in my final draft of my Proposal Research Paper, I'm writing on mine for ways to end spam, namely through SMTPv2.

I need sleep, my bed is calling...

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Post Apocalyptic Photoshop

The new design is here. I turn 19 in exactly 24 hours from now. From now on, my IT skills and Photoshop skills are going to a new level.

Welcome to Life of an IT Major.
Evidence

Like I said in earlier posts, my car has been doing strange things to me. It's been revving up into really high RPMs while I'm driving, and I've seen in get into 5000 RPMs at 51 MPH. It shouldn't be doing that. Some days it does it, and other days it's fine. But today it started happening again. Of course, no one believes me, so I got VIDEO evidence of it happening. Yes, that's right. Video evidence. I had my digital camera with me, and decided to shoot some video of my dash, and you can clearly see the RPMs getting really high at really low MPH. And, just incase you might be thinking this, I was NOT pressing all the way down on the gas pedal. I know it would probably do something like that to me if I did, but what makes this odd is that it'll happen no matter how hard or soft I press the pedal.


Here it is at 2000rpms, which is normal


7 seconds later, it's at 5000rpms, which is NOT normal

If you wanna see the video, here it is:

http://store.mywebdriver.com/cypherxero/virtualweb/MOV04752.mpg
Ironic but funny

OK, scroll all the way up to the top of my blog page if you're not there already. See that small ad on top that blogger places on everyone's blog? It's designed to search through your posts, and find keywords, and then do a google search for that word, and then display it as an ad. And I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this ad this morning on my blog:


Haha, I think I'm going to be just fine, I don't need any help in my speech class. Thanks but no thanks, google. :-)

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Sigh of Relief

Today, I gave my speech. I thought it was really good, but I did mess up in a few spots, but I think it was still a good speech overall. I just hope Amy gives me a good grade on it. If you wanna view my PowerPoint presentation, here it is:

http://store.mywebdriver.com/cypherxero/virtualweb/pciexpressfinal.ppt

And in other news, when I was coming to class, I saw something fucked up. I'm sitting at a red light, waiting to turn, and off to my left in the opposite direction, I see two cars (1 car, 1 truck), waiting to merge onto Moffet 98. Well, the truck that was behind the car, suddenly hit the gas, and ran into the back of the car. The people in the car had their brakes on, because they weren't moving with the hit. And the person in the truck kept his foot on the gas, like it was intentional. Like he wanted to hit them. Like he was pissed off at the car. Then, everything stops, and the people in the car and the person in the truck get out. Turns out, the person in the truck was an old man, and I was thinking to myself "Man, he shouldn't be driving, he's going to get someone killed." And if they hadn't had their brake on the whole time, the car would have been pushed out onto the street, where they most likely would have got hit by traffic, with vehicles traveling in excess of 60MPH.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Stressed Out

OK, it's 11:30PM, and I'm really stressed out right now. I've been working on my PowerPoint presentation for the past week or so, and getting it perfect is hard. I'm giving my speech tomorrow on PCI-Express, and new bus format by Intel. We have to do it on a current event speech, and this is a current event in the computer industry. I'm just real sick of hearing about all the stuff I hear 24/7 from CNN, Fox News, etc..These other students are giving their current event speeches...on things I know about already, and frankly sick of hearing about it. Which is why my topic is all the more better, no one writes stories about stuff like this in the mainstream media.

One of the biggest problems with writing this speech and presentation...is the computer illiterate people in my audience. So I've tried really hard to break it down, but in the end, there are lots of specifications in it. And the ultimate goal in mind is to give a good speech. And I'm going to. I feel that I might set a precedent for giving a speech in my class. Because everyone is reading theirs, and I've been watching a lot of speeches lately from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Of course, they have a team of people working on their speeches for them, but in one aspect, they know how to deliver a speech. And to follow in the footsteps of my role models, I'm going to give one hell of a speech tomorrow.

And I'm tired. Really tired. I just hope Amy sees past the tech jargon, and looks at the speech from a whole perspective. Because in 4 years from now, I'm going to be in Information Technology. And who knows? I may just have to give another speech one day, and tomorrow will be the defining moment in which I'll remember..."Now that's how you deliver a speech!"

Monday, April 05, 2004

Slow Day

Today was a slow day, not much happened. My grandmother came back from the hospital, I went to Public Speaking class, and I worked on my speech. By the way, this Wednesday is the day I give my speech, on PCI-Express. I won't be able to get an audio recording, but I'll post my PowerPoint presentation online. It's gonna be awesome.

And, I've been learning a lot about VoIP, H.323, SIP Phones, etc.. Cool stuff.

My Birthday is in 5 days, I'm excited. I turn 19. I'm going to try to get some friends over at my house, watch Matrix Revolutions on DVD, eat good food, and play video games or something.

More updates later...

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Win Some, Lose Some

Today was a VERY busy day for me today, the most activity I've had go on for awhile. One big problem that seemed innocent at first, was not eating breakfast. I couldn't find anything I wanted, and I was tired, and trying to get ready. I walk out of the house, and drive to my Precal class. I got my test back. I made a 60. Now, Math is not my "thing", nor do I understand high level mathematics. I have no idea why they make me take this class for my major, considering it has no influence on the success of my administrative abilites, other than to see how dedicated I am. And I am dedicated, it's just that Math has never been my strong point. So, my test grades in that class stack up as such: 76, 80, 60. Which leaves me right now with an average of 72. Now, I have 1 more test, and 1 final exam left, so there's still hope to bring it up higher.

After class, I walked over to the Administration Building next door, to pick up my health insurance papers that they had to sign. They did more than sign it, they added a few extra official papers to it, and put it in a neat, clean envelope. OK, it's all cool. So then I drive over to the mall (which is about 10-20 minute drive from class). The only place that was open was Barnes and Noble and Starbucks. I went in, looked at all the computer books I can't afford right now (like Server 2003 admin guide, Fedora Linux Bible, Maya 5 handbook, etc...). I almost bought a "magazine" (it was on the mag rack, but it was almost like a book it was so thick). It was about Photoshop, and had just about everything you wanted to know how to do, really creative stuff. And it came with 2 CDs. But, I decided to hold onto my money (it was $19.99). Getting bored, and wanting to go to BestBuy (it opened in an hour), I decided to drive to the other mall across the street, and place video games at the arcade. Man, it was fun. I hadn't done that in awhile, and helped relieve stress from getting that grade this morning. As 11AM got closer, I drove back to the other mall, and walked into BestBuy.

My birthday is in about a week, and I've asked my dad for a Wacom Tablet, for my art and Photoshop work. But, I've never used one before, so I asked one of the emplyees if I could demo the product in the store. He didn't know if I could, so he went to one of his other employees, and he said "No. I can't let anyone open the box. You can buy it now, try it out in the store, and return it if you don't like it." I said "OK, well, I don't have any money on me right now, so I'll have to think about it". I looked around at the laptops and desktops, and the Radeon cards, and decided to leave. As I was walking towards the exit, I glanced at a "Comcast High Speed" demo machine, and I saw something on the screen. As I walked closer, I saw the familar look of...a Windows Messanger pop-up box! And on it, it had stuff like "Best Porn, call ***-****" "You got owned" and "Need some sexual help?". I almost lost it I was laughing so hard. That was some funny shit. I left, laughing to myself as I walked to my car.

And you would think my day was over with now. Nope. I had to participate in some Psychology Research, to earn credit to pass my Psych class. I had no idea what we had to do. So, I went in the room (which also happens to be my Psych classroom...odd), and I sat down in the front row. That was the most boring time I've ever had, waiting on the other people to show up (all in all, about 6-7 kids), and we took this LONG survey. And the questions were kind of sadistic, like "Do you ever want to smash your fist through a window to cut yourself". I'm thinking to myself "WTF?....ummm, No". So, I signed out, and left. I was SO hungry and thirsty when I left. See? Skipping breakfest will catch up with you later.

And when I got back home, it was dark inside. I live with my grandmother and my dad (saves money, rather than trying to pay for a dorm, or apt). She wasn't there (which is odd, my grandmother can't drive or anything). And there was a note on the table that said she was in the hospital. So here I am, alone in my house right now, trying to relax from a long day, and hoping my grandmother is OK. Today was a long day. You win some, you lose some...