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Mar 12, 2002

This is a test of my new template. This will screw up the rest of my page until the old posts scroll off... and I don't even want to THINK about my archives... but times change, and so do I...rights.

Mar 11, 2002

Custom Blog Post going unsupportedAdministrative
Now that Radio supports a title link in weblog posts, the major reason for the existance of Custom Weblog Post is gone. I am officially unsupporting Custom Blog Post. As I transition (later), my home page will be a mess for a bit, unless I take the time to back-convert my previous posts.

I left customWeblogPost in a stable state, but it did not understand the new Home Page feature. If anyone else wants to take up development of it, I would be willing to transfer full rights to them.


Mar 11, 2002

School and stuffJabber, Personal Commentary
I am currently attending grad school, and have been for a year+ now. I still don't regret the decision to stay. Today I learned about the "dynamic programming" technique, which I'd heard a lot about, yet never fully understood. The presentation was clear, I came away understanding what it was about, and I really don't know if I could have read something as clearly as I understood the presentation.

But it's getting tough. I like to say that for me, grad school is a race between my desire to learn things that I believe I can't learn as quickly or as well in the "real world", and my desire to stop jumping through homework hoops, with a healthy dollop of "I've worked this hard for the degree, I might as well keep going" as I get closer to the end. (That last factor may well end up carrying me.) People often laugh when I say that, but it's not really a joke; I'm surprised more people don't put it that way.

Why do I bring this up now? Because while the homework I'm doing tonight, from the class where I just learned about dynamic programming and two applications of the technique I wouldn't have guessed at in a hundred years, is at least reasonable, the next assignment coming down the pike from the next class is going to suck for me. The assignment will be to (drumroll please...) write a framework. In Java. In an assignment written for two people where I can't find a second person that can even come close to keeping up with me. (There are such people in my class, but they all have partners already. For some reason, I know virtually nobody in that class, and virtually everybody in my other.)

Hmmmm... that sounds familiar. Oh, right, I just spent my entire Spring Break writing (the beginings of) a framework! One that people are actually excited about! And planning on using! Oh boy, I can't wait to work in Java on this assignment! The last one only ate about 30 hours, I'm sure this one will be easier! (Actually, since I flatly refuse to work with the same partner again, it will at least be easier to schedule.)

I'm seriously considering asking if I can continue work on the Jabber framework and ask for credit on the assignment that way. I don't know if it'll fly, but perhaps it's at least worth a try. Otherwise, my development on the Jabber framework will be coming to a screeching halt later this week, when the assignment is made.

I emphasize my in the last paragraph because I'm not trying to hold the Jabber framework to my chest here... if anybody wants to code something, feel free. As we go along, the capabilities get more and more orthogonal, especially once I get notification going. But I admit I don't expect anything for a bit. ;-) It's still young.


Mar 11, 2002

This is a test of the commenting system. If this works, then you should be able to comment on my weblog. Nobody did it anyways, but hey, the ability should be there.


Mar 10, 2002

No mere mortals on NBCPersonal Commentary
I think we mere mortals have been removed from NBC game shows: Tonight was the Wrestling edition of the Weakest Link, during which they advertised next week's Daytime Soap Opera edition of the Weakest Link, and tommorow's "Celebrity Fear Factor 2". During the last weeks (discounting the Olympics), we've been able to watch the Playboy Bunny edition of Fear Factor, a repeat of the Star Trek Weakest Link, and some other celebrity Fear Factor. Oh yes, and the Washed-Up TV Actors from the 60s and 70s Weakest Link, too, IIRC.

I notice this because I am waiting with bated breath for a classmate of mine to show up on the Weakest Link, which was taped the week before the Olympics. Apparently, they are normally aired quite quickly after that, but due to the influence of the Olympics, NBC didn't know when it would air. I want to know how well he did. (If NBC is watching, no, no he HASN'T told anyone, in accordance with the contract.)

This is quite different from when my grandfather went on the Price is Right. It was months before it aired, and he actually did keep secret up to then how well he did. A notable accomplishment, for he won the Showcase Showdown. I don't think I could have kept the secret. Then again, I haven't signed a contract either...


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