Monday, May 31, 2004

Optimized

I noticed that my graphics were really huge, and when designing web graphics, the first and only real concern is speed. And the file sizes for the images were really large. I took six images that are on my blog (like the banner, etc..), and looked at their file sizes as a whole. All six images totaled to 291KB, which makes a big difference on the web. So, I took those six images, and ran them through Photoshop again, but this time, optimizing them to still keep the look, but reduce the file size. Now, those six images are 87.4KB, which is a total savings of 203.6KB. Meaning, this page is going to load a lot faster, especially to those people on 56k. And, you can barely notice a difference in the graphics on this page. Pretty sweet, isn't it?

A look back at my writing

I was looking through my filing cabnet today, and I found a piece of paper, dated September 15th, 2003. This was the first "paper" I wrote for my English 101 class, durring my first semester in college. It was a Rhetorical Analysis paper, and we had to go out to a location, and write what we see. We were tasked to write a Negative response and a Possitive response. This is the Negative response. Here's what it says:

Rhetorical Analysis: Coffee Shop

The dimly lit café was sparsely populated with people; most of the chairs were empty, still filled by the ghosts that haunt them. A middle-aged man, sitting by the window, reflected on his past, closing his eyes to escape the suffering. As he looked through the worn glass, darkness fell as if to hide a secret. A soft, haunting melody played in the background, laden with foreboding. The tired look of the employees gave a sense of despair, matching the feeling of the gloomy café. The smell of musky cologne, and coffee mixed together, as the old man passed by where I was sitting.



A man, in his mid-twenties, walked into the café, looking as if he had just lost everything. He ordered a coffee and left as quickly as he had entered. The feeling hit my like a point-blank shot to the face, a feeling of being alone. As the employees cleaned up for the night, I noticed the paintings and drawings on the wall, staring back at me from the dark corners of the shop. I left the café, leaving behind the hidden past of this place.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Another New Design...Again, hehe

OK, I had a brand new design on here for about 24 hours, it looked cool, but I felt it wasn't right for the blog, so I've changed it to another new template, and created a bunch of new graphics. That top banner (the one that says Life of an IT Major), see that animated circle? That was the most complex GIF animation I've ever made. And again, sorry for the confusion with the layout, I'm sure I've confused the hell out of someone. Haha.

My Art Portfolio Video

I made another video showcasing my artwork. It's 25MB, and you need Windows Media Player to watch it. Here's the link to download it:

Edit: Video taken down temporarily, due to bandwidth issues. If you NEED the video for some reason, e-mail me at cypherxero@gmail.com ,and I will uploaded it for you. Thanks.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

The Virus Theme

What does everyone think of my new design? I got bored once again, and I decided a redesign was needed. So I'm experimenting with stuff. All the graphics were created my me (duh, I love Photoshop).

Friday, May 28, 2004

Stick it in me, and break it off! -OR- How I lost my key to a lock on my car

I went to the store to buy some food for the weekend (I got a bunch a good stuff!), and I'm coming out of the store, and I put my key in the lock on the trunk, and proceed to open the trunk, to put the groceries in, when all of the sudden *snap!*...I look at the key I'm holding in my hand, and it half of the key broke off inside the lock in my trunk! I was like "Oh shit, this isn't good...", so I go back in the store, and ask to use a phone. I call my dad, and tell him what happens, and he's like 5-6 minutes away from the store, so he turns around to give me a spare key. Thank god he was there, he was almost about to leave out of state for a few days! I almost got stranded at a grocery store. Damn key.


The broken key for my Nissan 240SX SE, in all it's glory. Posted by Hello

My Rules now, biatch!

So my crazy uncle stopped by my house this morning, and my dad was here. He came in, and started asking questions like "When are we[my grandmother's 5 kids] going to get together to discuss her will?" and various other things. Well, now we can tell what he really cares about: material objects. He wants stuff. And I showed those photos to my dad (the ones where he's taking stuff), and my dad told me that the ladder he took isn't his (and I wonder what else isn't his). So, my dad cussed him out this morning, it was so bad that a sailor would be embarrassed. Heheh.

So I made a sign in Photoshop, and printed it out, and taped it on the door.


Sign from outside

Closeup of sign Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Where am I when I'm on the computer?

I have a pretty cool setup at my home. That image shows my laptop:

AMD Athlon XP-m 2500+ @ 1.87GHz
ATI Radeon 320M IGP
512MB DDR RAM
40GB IDE HD
Windows XP Pro
Broadcom 802.11g WiFi

I have a dual-screen setup, with a 17" monitor to the right of my laptop. It really comes in handy for graphic design and when I'm multitasking something. You can also see my Toshiba e330 PocketPC, my Intuos2 Wacom Tablet, my HP printer (way in the back), and my Microsoft Security Resource Kit.


A photo of my computer setup at home. Posted by Hello

Looking suspicious with a laptop

So, I went out wardriving today, and it lasted about an hour and 30 minutes long. I went into a bunch a new places I've never driven before. I took a bunch of photos, and uploaded them using "Hello", a really cool program. You can click the image for the full resolution. Oh, and TCP/IP was turned off on my NIC at this time, to make sure no connecting happened.

Here's what I got for this hour and 30 minute drive, mind you, I live in Alabama, so this is kinda normal. That SSID named "darkshadowWiFi" is mine.
Posted by Hello

Early Morning Drive

It's 9AM right now, and I just had a stroke of genius. Well, not really, but I know I won't be bored for a few hours. I'm gonna take an early morning wardrive, into some areas I've never been to before. I'm gonna hit the rich neighborhoods, and see what they have. I also have Microsoft MapPoint 2004 on my laptop, so there's no getting lost, either, and I also have NetStumbler 0.4.0, too. Well, I've gotta put some gas in my car, and drop off a movie at Blockbuster, and then I will be on my way, hehe. It's been so long since I wardrived. I love wardriving, it gets me out of the house, and it's exciting to try to pick up something. I don't crack WEP, or get into anyone's network, I just do it for the thrill of picking up a WAP. I dunno, I guess you have to be a geek like me to appreciate it. Well, I'm off, I'll post more when I get back. More Updates Later...

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Protecting the Homeland, umm, Home...yeah

My crazy-ass uncle has been scheming since I could remember. He wants a lot of stuff from my grandmother's land. We live out in the middle of nowhere, and on our land, we have this big huge barn that a lot of stuff gets stored in. Most of the stuff belonged to my grandfather (he died in 1991). So yesterday, he asked me over the phone if my dad was out of town, and I told him yes, he is. So today, he comes over in his truck, with a trailer attached to it, like he's gonna haul some shit off. I think he's been planning for this for a long time. So, I came up with a little rule: You take something from my house, all activity will be watched and monitored by me. Including photographs. Case in point:


Yeah, he's loading shit up. He got pissed at me, but I don't care. I have to kinda protect my home now more than ever, since that all it seems people really care about, is taking things from my house, and my grandmother's house.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Look into the future, and see shiny cats singing Lil' Jon...wtf?

How does everyone like my new design? I had the "Gothic Style" up, and this new style is called "Futuristic Style". Also, if you haven't notice, I'm gonna start creating witty and funny post titles, you know, to give this blog right hurr some spicceee. Yo, hit me with some comments.

More Updates Later...

A hobo on the street, ridin' in the hood on a fake chrome bike

That's one of the many odd things you will see on the streets of Mobile. Yes, it was odd, I'd say a tad askew, but whatever, lol. Maybe your town has some? I drove over to Amy's house today, I DBAN'ed both HDs (10GB and 40GB), and put them back in the machine for her, and connected it to the IDE chain. She's going to try to sell that old POS to someone, and make some quick cash for herself. On the way over, I reached 102 MPH on I-65, that was pretty damn fun. It's was all safe and all, no cops in sight and the traffic was virtually cleared in the left lane. My car needs a workout, the transmission in it is going bad. It was good seeing Amy again, that girl is pretty damn cool. I wanna go do something with her soon, I dunno, go out and do something, anything, to get out of this house and have hella fun.

On the way back home, I stopped off at Blockbuster, and rented Scary Movie 3, because I need to laugh after the events of the past week, and I also rented "Underworld", because I'm obsessed with anything Gothic/Vampire/etc...Plus, Kate Beckinsale is nice to look at. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet. lol.

More Updates Later..

Monday, May 24, 2004

Tough Times, Funeral, and a new begining

Today was the funeral. Today was the last time I would get to see my grandmother. I showed up at the funeral home with my dad and his girlfriend, and talked to some people there for about an hour. Then, the service started in the chapel, and myself and the 5 other pallbearers wallked together after everyone else was in there, and we got to sit in the front row. The service was really nice, and it was hard to go through something like this. I couldn't hold myself back, and I started crying. After the service, I helped with the other pallbearers, and loaded the casket onto the herse. I then got in the car with my dad and Lisa, and we had a motorcade with the cops blocking traffic for all the cars. About 20 minutes later, we arrived at the graveyard, and I along with the other pallbearers helped unload the casket, and place it on a lift right above the hollowed out grave. We paid our last respects, and we drove home.

Stuff like this will make you think, long and hard, about your life, future, and those you love. This is a part of growing up, and learning to be tough when things get hard, and learn to not take things for granted. It's all over with now, no more funerals or anything like that. So this might be the last time I mention this in my blog for awhile. I'm gonna be by myself in this house for a few days, because my dad and Lisa are going out of town. I'm going to take that time to just take things easy, and relax some. Talking to my friends, Sam, Amy, Jamie, Krissy, and all the readers of my blog, who have taken time out of their lives, to give me support via comments on my blog. Thank you guys.

I have a bright outlook on the future, and I know things will be OK. Next semester, I'm going to be spending even more time on studying for my classes, and I wanna spend more times with my friends, and live life to the fullest.

So it's all over now. It's all over........I want to take a hot shower, chat with my friends, listen to music, and get some sleep. More updates later :-)

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The Wake

Today I went to my grandmother's wake. My dad, his girlfriend Lisa, and I, headed out to the funeral home around 4PM, and a lot of my family from my dad's side was there, and I talked to a bunch of people. I also went over to my grandmother's casket (it was an open casket), and that was the hardest thing I've probably ever done. That was a powerful and unforgiving image, seeing my grandmother lying there. Tomorrow morning is the funeral. I'll blog more tomorrow, because tonight I'm going to get some sleep.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Tired


Today has been a pretty long day. I've got really bad allergies right now, and I've felt miserable all day today. My aunts came over to my house, and cleaned up a lot of stuff, and my dad's girlfriend, Lisa, is spending a few days over here, too. My dad, Lisa, and I, went out to eat dinner at a Mexican restuarant on Old Shell road, I forget the name of it, but it's real close to Satoris. We had a good time, and my dad had a big margarita, I believe a 27. I went over to Amy's house the day before, and I got her two Hard Drives from her old machine, and brought them over to my house, and did a DBAN. I used a 1 round, 3 pass, DoD 5220-22.M spec for data destruction. She's planning on selling her old computer, and I'm making sure that her old data will not fall into the hands of anyone else. I'm using my geek skills to protect her from hackers, identity theft people, etc..

The next few days will be really tough. I'm going to be an pallbearer at my grandmother's funeral. The wake is Sunday evening, and the funeral will be monday morning. My mom and little sis will be driving down from Athens, Alabama, to be here for the funeral. Tomorrow, a lot of family and friends of my grandmother will be coming over to my house, and visiting with each other, and bringing over food for everyone.

Thanks guys for all the nice, supportive comments you've given me. I'm glad I have great friends like you guys! Now to go to sleep. My house is very quiet now, and things are going to be changing in my life rapidly. I'm not sure what's going to happen to my house I live in now. It's being divided among my grandmother's 5 kids (my dad included), so I don't know where I may move to. I really don't want to move again, I hate moving. I used to move every year after my mom and dad's divorve, when I was living with my mom. If I do move, I hope I can move closer to Amy. It's such a long drive to her house, and it would be great to live close to a great friend such as her. People like Amy are rare, and I don't want to lose touch with her.

Well, I'm off to bed.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

And the sun sets...


At 7:20 PM, on May 20th, 2004, my grandmother passed away................I ran away for an hour, just driving around, and now I'm back home. A lot of people from my family are here now. Thanks for all your support, guys, this is a tough thing to go through.

RIP
Thelma G. Rester

I have recieved my money


On a lighter note from the previous post, I just checked my Financial Aid status at South Alabama's website, and the FAFSA loan went through OK, and I've been given $10,734.00 for the 2004-2005 school year. Woohoo! This means I can continue with my education at my University. My family didn't have enough money to put me through college, so I have to take out Federal student loans, meaning that I have to pay them back with interest after I graduate college. Which sucks. I think I'm gonna go play xbox or something.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

I Had To Leave The House


Last night may have been the worst time I've ever had going to sleep. As I mentioned in my last post, my grandmother isn't doing so well, and it seems now that things have taken a turn for the worse. One of her good friends spent the night with her last night, to watch over her, since she's in such bad shape. The nurses gave my grandmother morhpine last night before she went to bed, to help with the pain. All night last night, she would be screaming out in pain, and it woke me several times. I've been crying since last night, and I'm crying as I write this. I woke up, and she was still screaming out in pain from time to time, but it's gotten worse. At my house now, there's at least 3-4 of my close aunts, a few family friends, and a nurse or two. But I couldn't take it anymore, so I picked up my laptop and drove, far far away from my house. I needed some time by myself. I've been living with my dad and grnadmother for like 3 years now, and I feared days like this would come. Right now, I'm sitting in the middle of a seluded section of the parking lot at South Alabama, windows rolled down, and I'm sitting in the pasenger seat (because it's hard to use a laptop with the stearing wheel in the way).

I don't know what's going to happen. I feel all alone right now. I don't know when I'll be back to my home, I'm scared to face reality.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Dark Days Ahead


I live in this huge house, with my dad and my grandmother. I've lived here for like 3 years now. My grandmother is getting in bad shape, she's getting weaker everyday. I believe my aunt told me today, that the nurses that visit her, said that she (my grandmother), may only have a few more weeks to live. So yeah, this is a strange time for me right now. I don't really have much else to say about this right now....

Monday, May 17, 2004

IT Blogs


This is what my blog wants to be, something like this: http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/. This blog, while following myself through college and becoming and IT major, hasn't quite hit that "IT" mark, and reading my posts, you'd think I wasn't in IT. But, my college classes have gotten off to a slow start, I've been taking a lot of required classes first, to get them out of the way. But, starting next semester, and increasing exponentially throughout my college career, I will be focusing more and more on IT. I will be keeping my blog somewhat how it is now, telling the world about my day-to-day experiences. Because, I wouldn't want to bore any of my non-technical readers. But, like I was saying, starting next semester and so on, I will be making more and more posts based on new technologies and new terms, situations, etc.. that involve Information Technology (IT). And I will also be keeping my sense of humor, and I will include all kinds of stories from my my life outside college and computers. Kinda a comprimise of both, a mix of technical and everyday life. Because, this is the "Life of an IT Major", and things are only going to get better from here. After college, I will be turning this blog into a book, to purchase online and/or on store shelves.

This is my life, and how I view it. To those that are new, Welcome to "Life of an IT Major". To those people that have been with me and my blog for awhile, stick around, because who knows where life will take me.

Sore


Whoa, talk about a workout. I haven't done any martial arts in years (I used to be a green belt in TKD, then I was forced to move to Birmingham for a few years...it's a long story.). So anyways, my good friend Tim, teaches Dragon Kempo, and I'm going to get back into the martial arts scene. So, I drove down to Davidson High School, and got there at 6PM. It was an hour long session, and damn, what a workout. I feel pretty good, albeit sore. I'm going to try to go on regular intervals. After Kempo class, I dropped by my favorite coffee shop, "Carpe Diem", and got a cup of coffee, and headed home.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Ping Me


I just got back from Amy's house. When I went over last time, to connect her new computer up, I took her two old hard drives from her old Gateway, and took them home with me. I put them in my Server, as a Slave on the IDE chain, mounted the HD from Windows Server 2003, and copied all of her important data onto my master drive of my server, and from there, networked over onto my laptop's hard drive. All 1.96GB of data. So today, I drove over to her house to transfer all of her old data back to her computer. I used my 10/100 Crossover Ethernet (RJ-45) cable to transfer. I set my laptop up with 192.168.0.1/255.255.255.0, and her desktop to 192.168.0.136/255.255.255.0, and changed her workgroup to mine. So that was that. I also bought her a DVD of her favorite movie, Run Lola Run. I've never seen it before, but I thought since it's her favorite movie, she should own it on DVD. All in all, it was good to see her again. Having a friend like Amy is pretty awesome.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Reminiscing


I've had a blog since July 28th, 2003 (almost 10 months ago), and I've saved all my old posts and stuff, to be compiled in a book once college is over with (tentatively titled: Life of an IT Major). Anyways, I wrote a quote from my favorite movie on my very first blog post 10 months ago, and this is what it said:

"Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye."

How true this is, now that I look back on what I've experienced so far in college, and I can only imagine just how awesome/kickass/crazy/wild things will proceed to get as I make my path through life. I've already made some great friends (Rachel, Peter, Ed, Amy) that make life awesome.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Out With A Friend


So I'm sitting at home, just finishing up a few things on my new blog redesign (thanks for the comments on the design, btw). I sign onto AIM, and Amy sends me an IM, and tells me about her dead, dying computer. She tells me that it won't boot, and lots and lots of programs start up when Windows starts, and it makes her computer freeze. Her computer was an old one, it was an old Gateway, running Windows98. So, she asks me to meet her at Satori (it's a music store and coffee shop) I had never been there before, so she gave me the address to it, and I looked it up on MapQuest, and as soon as I saw it, I knew where it was. It's about less than a mile (or maybe 1 mile) from South Alabama. So, I hop in my car, turn on some Lacuna Coil, and hit the streets. Took me about 20-25 minutes to get there, and I found the place OK. I'm playing Solitare on my PocketPC, and I see Amy come into the store.

So I say "hi", and she goes and gets a coffee, and then comes and sits down next to me. She had just went to BestBuy today, and talked with a salesman, who gave her a list of a few computers. So with that list, I helped her narrow down the best computer for her. But, we hadn't decided on anything yet, so about 20 minutes of talking with her at Satori, I went with her in her car, and she drove us to Target. Now, I never recalled ever seeing a computer at Target, but off we went anyway. While in the store, I told her I had a 1.3 MegaPixel Camera, and she started laughing, so I come back with "Oh yeah, you have Windows98". Haha. Well, that would only last a few hours, so damn, I got to use it before I couldn't anymore. So we leave there, and head over to CircuitCity. The salesmen are shitty, and don't really offer much help. We looked at some new computers there, and found a nice one. But. we still didn't decide on anything just yet. So she calls her mom up, and tells her about the computer deals and whatnot, and all of the sudden, she has this grin on her face. She hung up the phone, and tells me her mom said she could write a check for a new computer.

She thinks she knows what her computer will be. See, the computers at CircuitCity and BestBuy were pretty much in the same price and spec range, but for her, it came down to the aesthetics of the case. Which was the one at BestBuy. So we go to BestBuy, and we talk to the salesman there. Man, I can't stand it when people try to "con" you into buying service agreements, extra parts, cables, etc..And there sitting there giving Amy and I an hearful about viruses and firewalls. Anyway, I said no to that BS, and told Amy what was good and not good to get. So we decide on a machine, it's a HP/Compaq, with an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ , 512MB DDR, 160GB HD, etc...Nice machine, better than anything I own. So we go to pay for it, and all of the sudden I hear...."You stupid bitch, damn motherfuckers...." I turn and look, and there is this lady (with what looks like her extended family), bitching to the BestBuy reps at the counter about something. Damn, I think she hates BestBuy, who would hate BestBuy?? Anyways, as Amy is paying for her new desktop computer, the lady behind the desk started giving us ANOTHER talk about viruses and firewalls. And she kept going on and on. Finally, I had to tell her I'm an Information Technology major, and it's my job to know this information. So she kept silent on that issue.

So, Amy and I put the computer in her car, and drive to her house. She has a nice little house (it's actually an apartment). She lives with a roommate, and she's really cool. I help Amy set up her new machine, plug everything in, and boot it up. Ahh, the sound of a new computer booting for the first time. Haha. I showed Amy about Windows Updates, I installed a bunch for her, and have it set up to automatically install updates. I also installed a free anti-virus program and a free firewall for her computer. Since she's on cable internet, she needs to be protected from the outside world. And she's not on a NAT! Which means she has no LAN IP, just her WAN IP. Man, I love my Westell DSL modem with NAT, and linksys wireless router with NAT. Anyways, so she's protected online now. After getting her computer up and running good, I took out her two old hard drives from her old Gateway, and I'm going to do data recovery on them, and let her have her files back from her old PC.

So then, all 3 of us (Amy, her roommate Jamie, and I) decided to go out an eat dinner at a Mexican restaurant, so we drove to Sabor A Mexico, on Airport. Ate some really good food there, and had a GREAT time with Amy and Jamie. It was a lot of fun. So, after 30 minutes or so there, Amy drove me back to my car, which was parked at Satori. So, I drove back home in the rain, and it was like 10PM. And now I'm back home. Thanks Amy for the great time, I enjoyed it. I hope to do something with you again. And I still owe you that $5. :)

More Updates Later...

Overhaul


I might be overhauling my blog's look and feel today. I will try and use my signature graphics, so those won't go anywhere. I just want a new layout, a new way to organize things on my blog. So if for some reason it starts to look radically different from what you remember, it's supposed to be that way. I've had the same blog layout for a long time now, I've just been changing the top banner and colors.

..OK, I have a new layout up, but the sidebar will not work with internet explorer for some reason. Damnit. I've been working on this for a few hours now, and the damn sidebar is not working great for IE. In Mozilla Firefox it works fine. Everything always works good in Firefox. OK, bear with me while I mess with my blog...it could change even more, lol.

OK, I think I have a decent layout that works for both IE and Mozilla.

Check this, I've posted my original, new layout (you know, the one I just said didn't work with IE.) Turns out, it works just fine with IE, but something else on my blog wasn't playing very nice, and it was the images from my post on Lacuna Coil. So, I removed those images, and put the cool layout back up, and bam! Works fine. So I'm happy about that. I'll have to shink those images down some. Bad images, bad! (but Lacuna Coil still kicks ass).

How do you guys like my new design?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Pissed Off


There are things that will make you stop and think. I stopped caring about hating thebroken, listening to music, or the fighting I used to have between people at TD. In the news today, a report about a video from Al-Qaeda came out today. The video had about 5 Al-Qaeda members standing around an American in an orange jumpsuit. After giving a speech in their own language, they proceeded to take a dull blade and cut off his head with a sawing motion. Reading some of these articles, I happened upon a 5.3MB WMV file, lasting 5 minutes and 37 seconds. It was the actual video of what happened to that American captive.
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I have no words, I couldn't finish watching the video. Al-Qaeda members have no soul. Please, take a moment of silence for this poor man, who's life was ended tragically. Don't ever watch that video, I couldn't take it anymore, and I started crying after watching it. It's very disturbing.
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Monday, May 10, 2004

Quick Side Note


To those that are wondering, I will no longer be associated with thebroken. I used to be the most vocal member of thebroken, I had about 2500+ posts. But seeing as thebroken has gone downhill, I cannot continue supporting thebroken. I will not be signing back up for the new thebroken forums (when and IF they ever get created). I've met a lot of cool people there (I still talk to a few all the time). And everyone that still reads my blogs, and all the support that I've gotten, I say thank you. I'm trying to find myself, and things in my life are changing all the time, since I graduated High School 1 year ago, and since have entered college. I started blogging back a few months before my first semester in college, and I hope to continute blogging for awhile. You can still see me on my favorite forums:

Computer Help Forum
Tech Discussions

New Design


OK, I have a new design up. I've always wanted to make a Gothic-style blog template, so that's what I made this morning. It's 9:15AM, so the design my not be my best, because I just woke up not long ago. And in other news, Blogger has redesigned their homepage, and all of their layouts. It's really nice. Also, Blogger users get to fill out profiles now, and we can also view stats. Like, did you know this post is my 137th post! Crazy, isn't it? If you wanna view my profile, go here:
http://www.blogger.com/profile/1968123

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Awakening


by Cody Rester

It's four past ten
The clock is frozen in place
My thoughts flow from this pen
My tears hit the ground in disgrace

This self-delusion defines my soul
It gives meaning to a meaningless world
To feign this control
To these new emotions now unfurled

Staring down the lonely road
I see my past, haunted
I see my present, slowed
My future, undaunted

It's time to begin anew
Time to break down my barricade
The clock moves once more, askew
I will not be delayed

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Discovering a new band


I was watching music videos over at Yahoo! last night, when I saw a 31 second commercial from Target, about a band. I was like "whoa" they sound good, and I wrote down the name of the band. I then watched their music video, called "Heaven's a Lie", and the music style was exactly what I like. So what did I write down? The band is called "Lacuna Coil", and they're a Goth/Metal/Rock band from Italy. Here's a band shot:


The band is similar to Evanescence, except that Lacuna Coil has been around longer, they're not really mainstream (all the good music is never really mainstream), and they have harder rock, and they remain true to their Gothic style. (I think Lacuna Coil is too Gothic for mainstream). My other favorite bands that are in the Goth/Rock category are:

Sisters of Mercy
Kittie
Jack Off Jill
KidneyTheives
Hate Eternal
Tristina

Friday, May 07, 2004

Lets kick off the summer vacation, shall we?


Today is my first real day away from school, and I don't have to go back until the Fall. My friend Sam came over to my house this morning, and we watched some TV and listened to some music, and then we left to go see "Van Helsing" in the theaters, at 1:45PM. Damn, that movie was awesome, it kicked ass. It had legendary creatures in it, such as Dracula, Dracula's Brides, The Wolfman, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. Awesome movie. The CGI is great, and the characters move seemlessly into human and non-human forms. It's so good, that you can't notice the change. Good stuff. Sorry, no audio blog for this movie (seems like most of my audio blogs were from going to the movies).

More Updates Later...

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Comcast Fires TechTV Staff


This has got to be the worst news I've heard all day. According to Leo Laporte's blog, all staff members at TechTV have been given a 60-day notification of the termination of their jobs.

This sucks. TechTV is the greatest channel out there for us geeks, because, well, no one else has really made a channel for computer users. G4 must be retarded.

Summer


It's here. I took my last final exam this morning, and I'm now officially free for the summer. And to kickstart things, I'm going out tomorrow night (Friday), and I'm going to see "Van Helsing" in the theaters. And, I have plenty of time for wardriving as well, so look for some cool blog entries about wardriving and stuff. And I've been staying in touch with Amy, which is really nice.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go sleep, I'm tired (yes, I know, it's 1PM). I'm taking a nap. C-ya!

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The Final Showdown

The time draws near. Precal Final Exam: ETA: 10 hours 30 minutes. The last of my final exams. This one is going to be a bitch. Can you say "Fuck!"? And now I fall asleep, and await my fate.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Almost Done

Today I took my Psychology 120 exam, all 99 questions of it. I'm so glad that it's getting closer to being over with. School drags on unti the bitter end, lol. It's midnight right now and I'm tired as hell. Getting a cup of coffee from the local cafe, Carpe Diem, isn't really phasing me right now, because after I post this, I'm hitting the bed. I have one more class left to take an exam in it, and it's a bitch. It's Precal. I hate high-level math. Why? I suck at it, damn, if I was good at it, I'd become an Engineer. But I'm going into IT, which calls for basic math skills (but only at certain times). Sometimes I wonder why they make us take bullshit classes like that sometimes. I think it's because it's like an insurance plan, that they will get a set ammount of cash from the students no matter their major or how long they stay. And since I'm get my money for college through FAFSA (student loans), guess who gets to pay the government back 6 months after I graduate? Me. So I pay for classes I don't need for the future. Thanks a lot, people over at the administration building. I probably wouldn't mind if I wasn't going to pay this money back. Anyways, not to rant. Being a student has good times and bad times.

Now, I'm going to sleep and think of my 34 hours left until I'm free for the summer. Peace out.

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ATI Radeon X800XT


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Monday, May 03, 2004

Burn Baby, Burn!



Check it out!!!
(NOTE: This has nothing to do with Amy, or her abilites as a teacher. This has to do with how lame I am at giving speeches. This is 100% my problem, not my cool teacher (Amy). OK, I got that out of the way, now comment!)

:)
The End of Public Speaking Class

Today I had my final exam in CA 110 (Public Speaking). It was a 50 question exam, with multiple choice and True/False questions. After the exam, I turned in my answer sheet, and picked up my tape. Everytime we give a speech, the audio/video of the speech is recorded from a video camera, onto VHS tapes. All of our speeches are on our individuals tapes. As soon as I got home, I watched it, from the begining. Haha, I laughed at myself the whole time. Now I'm debating if I want to burn the tape. Yes...BURN. And if I do burn the tape, I will take photos and post them here. I suck at giving speeches, I get too nervous. So it's embarassing to watch myself on the tape.

So....Public Speaking is over with. I have no idea if I will see any of my friends in that class ever again, and I'm wondering if I'll get to see Amy again. I'm still going to keep in touch with Amy, she's cool. I have her blog address and her e-mail address.

2 classes finished (English 102 and Public Speaking 110)
2 classes left (Psychology 120 and Precal 112)

It's almost over with. Summer is almost here. I think I'm gonna be geeky today and learn something new about networking or whatever. Wait...I'm geeky everyday.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Giving a name to my laptop...finally!

I finally decided to give my laptop a name, I'm tired of calling it "laptop" or "lappy". Presenting, my laptop's new name:

Yep, the name of my laptop is now Beatrix. After seeing Kill Bill volumes I and II, the name of Uma Thurman's character is Beatrix Kiddo. And since Uma Thurman is HOTTTTTTTT, and Kill Bill was an awesome movie, I decided upon Beatrix. The name "Beatrix" means: "Bringer of Joy".

I got the inspiration to name my laptop, from Ray, he named his laptop "Audrey".

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