Wednesday, September 26, 2007

CSE 142, CR 1/4

"This class is intended for people who haven't done any programing before, so if you have done some you might be a little bored."


"If you've done a lot, and you understand things like if statements and loops and so on you may be a lot bored."

Hah. If booleans are the be all and end all of this I should be able to do most of the course work without opening to the book.

later on

Why do they always use that classic example program. I guess println is the simplest form of output, and you have to introduce everyone to the main function, but I wish someone would use something other then hello world.

So that bit of gibberish there, I know you don't understand it, but don't worry you will later on."

Did he just call public static void main(String[] args){ Gibberish? That's the fundamental line in every program, and I know what public, and static, and void, and String[] all mean already. The statement made by my Java Developers do it head first shirt if finally justified!

(Maniacal Laughter)

This is going to be child's play.
I agree, the only obstacle stopping us now is our own arrogance.

First Blood

50 minutes. I have 50 minutes until my first class. I'm going to leave in about 10 after I finish packing and shave, I also plan to get food, so I should only arrive 20 minutes or so early.


There's a strange sense of calm that I have finally being within acting distance of this event. It's existed on the horizon, and then loomed over me for a long time now, but actually faced with it I am free of all worry. I know what I'm going to do, I have studied it, I have planned it, I have known it for ages now. The act itself is almost a footnote. It is for this reason that I considered titling this post "Iaijatsu," but I'm not certain that's how you spell it, and I'm sure anyone would understand.

The trappings are all the same, but their nature is suddenly different. My backpack is now for transporting books. My notepad is once again a device for taking notes, and the dice bag full of quarters will be fed into the Tekken machine, not the bus.

It's all so clear, it's all, in many ways, already happened. The only thing left to do is to act.

Like, Freakin Out Man.

I really should be asleep right now. I should also have been asleep three hours ago.

Five hours ago really.

It's not like I haven't tried. I did, but you can only lay in bed faking it for so long before you decide you really should be doing something else.

That last statement is really perverse if you think about it right.

Sorry to make so many paragraphs out of this rant, I'm having trouble keeping myself singular right now. Normally I like to keep a singular face on the grand assembly that is my mind, and in many ways myself, but it's hard when I'm jumpy like this.

8 hours. Man I hope I manage to get some sleep between now and then.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

23 Hours Remain

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Orange Box

Valve may get $60 of mine very soon, but with good reason.

Those trailers, by the way, represent 2/5 of what's actually in the Orange Box. I think this one will be justified.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hag Sameach

In roughly 6 hours it will be Yom Kippur. An interesting, and from my understanding painful holiday for the Jewish people. In honor of my semi-Judaism I'm going to join in the fast, starting at sunset tonight and ending at sunset tomorrow, and in honor of that I'm going to go eat that entire bag of frozen pot stickers.

Also, as part of the holiday, I apologize to everyone for whatever it is I may have done to you. In particular I apologize for referring to Yom Kippur's dreaded and highly unwelcome nature by referring to it as "Jewish reverse Christmas"

I think I'm Jewish enough to say something that derogatory, but a clear chart was never drawn, and I'm sure it offended someone.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A shot of humility.

A friend of mine makes an excellent point.

[Rivieque] "Yeah AI*, I guess I can't question the fun that you could have with this but I don't think you can take sitting around looking for stuff on YouTube and call it a game. Wasting time on youtube might've been a game a few years ago, but it's in the realms of global productivity pandemic now, you can't just come along and rename a pandemic."
[ArcaneInsane] "Can I brand name it"
[Rivieque] "No"
[ArcaneInsane] "This bird flu brought to you by ArcaneInsane(tm)?"
[Rivieque] "Maybe."
[NocturnalDeva] "Where would get the money to sponsor a pandemic? Bird flu's going to have more viewers then the superbowl"

*typing out ArcaneInsane takes too long, it's commonly shortened to AI.

A new game

I've invented a new internet game. It is, rather appropriately, called "A series of Tubes." It's very simple.

If you're a nerd you should have some kind of die within arms reach of your computer area. I found the classic D20, but you could play with any number of sides you want. If you're not a nerd get a D6, of what you philistines would just call a die.


Anyway you should all also have at least one youtube link somewhere in your bookmarks. Go to it, and roll your die. Now select one of the related youtubes at random, when the page loads, do it again a number of times equal to your die rolls. If you're too left brained you can use another die to select which one of the relateds you should use, but in general just make sure that you're not going in circles. After going to related a number of times equal to that die roll, watch that youtube video, then roll again and move on.

I assure you this game can yield delicious fruits. Take for example the fifth round of the first game I played.

Karaoke for the deaf.


Vicious Cycle

So we've discussed my lack of impulse control before right? It's a mixture of lighthearted curiosity and casual stupidity. And well...

Long story short I bought a cow heart.

Anyone know how to cook hearts?

Friday, September 14, 2007


I don't really have much of anything to say, nothing noteworthy has happened recently. I do have a few quick notes for my own personal records.

Worst 9-11 Conspiracy Theory Ever

Also I can't get this remix out of my head.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

And now for something, completely different.

Once you've seen the previous YTMND, you may enjoy seeing this one. Remember that in those end of the world scenarios you're basically just fucked. If one does happen what you do is up to you, but I at least intend to stare the collapsing quantum vacuum dead on, a smile creasing my lips just before they're reduced back to a state of pure energy.

Also, for the record, my money is still on supervolcano.

The End of Days

This is worth seeing. I considered myself fairly well versed in apocalyptic theory, but there are several cosmic possibilities I wasn't aware of.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Stories on the wind

There's been an amazingly large number of local emergencies today. I live only a few blocks from a Fire station, so I've gotten used to hearing sirens, but I'm fairly certain these have been related to local things. We keep the windows open constantly, and I've gotten accustomed to various scents wafting in. This morning I smelled the distint scent of a building burning, which is kind of like the scent of woodsmoke and the scent of plastic burning at the same time, and about an hour later the breeze carrried the scent of hose water. There were several bouts of sirens in the middle, they've been really active today, so I can't say which one it was, but i'm pretty sure that somethign nearby was on fire.

What I'm wondering now is if that same burning scent, that's once again riding on the breeze, is just remanents or if there's another fire. I did hear sirens going in that direction...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I wonder how old those eggs were. I also wonder how I manage to food poison my self this often. It's probably a bad pattern.


I spent a great deal of time just now thinking about the inherent complications of watching web cartoons while lying down. The real problem is that the monitor isn't on the ceiling, so I'm watching while laying on my side, which means that one ear is covered. The effect of the audio is changed in way that I find maddening, In order to turn it up enough for the volume to be sufficient, it also becomes enough irritate the one ear that's listening.

Does anyone else think about these things? I'd expand on this, but you can already see the infinite loop of idle quandary that is my life. Strange that something as minor as as volume would punctuate these thoughts so forcefully.


Monday, September 03, 2007


I don't want to talk about this. I'm not going to answer any questions about this. I'm not even certain I should be blogging this, but I want this to be recorded.

It's amazing how powerful heartbreak can be; even if you've never met the other person face to face, and it's amazing how much it can hurt even if you know that you're doing the right thing.

I'm not going to use real names. You trusted me with you name and I trusted you with mine, and I'm not going to violate that, but I have something that must be said.

NocturnalDeva I love you.

I do, and I have, and I always will. You gave me hope in life, you showed me that true beauty exists in this world and you helped me beat back my corrosion of my own embitterment if even just a little bit. Words can never express how I feel about you, actions can never repay what I owe to you. It was only because I felt this strongly for you that I was able to tell you to be with him. From the first moment you mentioned him it was clear, and no matter how much it pains me I can't stand in the way of that.

And I'm happy. My unenlightened torment will pass, but I hope that your bliss will never end. Someday if you find this blog, and read this passage, know that I did everything I did out of love, even as I withdrew from your life know that I acted with your happiness in mind.

-Maximilian "ArcaneInsane" Willson