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Dr. Tobotnik (30 Mar 2002 at 00:39)
Well, here's an update for those of you who read this to find out about my life. I'm learning how to make these -- I'll make it drone on and on, as if even I'm bored by it...

Last weekend I got really sick. Ye Olde "Reverse Peristalsis". It was the first time I threw up in about 7 years, and since I'm a bit emetophobic that wasn't a great experience. But, I also have a good immune system, so I was better by the end of the weekend.

This week was the week before spring break, so it was time to finish up various things that were due. You know, boring stuff. Today I took an unfairly long and irrelevant midterm in my algorithms class (but I maintain that manuel is just messing with us). I'm sure everybody did badly on it, so I'm not too worried. After that I gave a talk on Type Classes in Haskell to the ConCert reading group.

This week I also bought a whole load of music, something I haven't done for ages. First I got caught up in my GBV Fandom over at Luna Music. The more records I buy, the more likely I will be to buy a record player! I will need to start devoting more than one row of my CD rack to GBV, too. On Thursday I took a trip with undergraduate CS nerds to Paul's CDs and got several issues of summer indie rock. I haven't listened to it all yet, but I really like the Death Cab for Cutie.

Hrvatski is coming to Pittsburgh in a bit, and I promise not to miss this show. I haven't been to one all year.

Tonight my roommate Dave and I went to watch an arbitrary movie and do Something in the Waterfront. We went to some TGIF-style restaurant called Damon's, and I kicked ass at music trivia. Then we got ensnared by the "VIP-only" pre-opening of a duelling piano place called "Sing Sing" (or something). The waitress couldn't stop talking about my Mashimaro shirt. The only movie playing at a reasonable time was Resident Evil, so we just saw that. I don't think it was able to capture the subtle intricacies of the video game on which it was based. But Milla Jovovich is even cuter than the pixelated rendition of fictional Resident Evil character Jill Valentine in Marvel Vs. Capcom 2.

I miss Sarah. But hopefully I will be visiting her this week.

Finally, my best news of the week is that I beat mva in foosball. Mark is ranked like #6, and I am last on the ladder (though I like to think of myself as "19th best", not "worst"). That should keep my score from going negative for a while...
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Corporate Anthems (29 Mar 2002 at 08:41)
Here I am again, re-posting links off slashdot. But I can't help spread the word about corporations embarassing themselves: this time in the form of their flaccid corporate anthems. Check out this comprehensive collection of inspirational tunes like "Our Vision of Corporate Strategy" (from KPMG) and "Downright Global" (from PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

I can hardly believe someone was being serious when they made these songs. I couldn't be this corny if I was trying! Yet, some of them are strangely addictive...
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UPD: Tom 7 Entertainment System (27 Mar 2002 at 02:31)
Tom 7 Entertainment System has been updated with 4 new songs! They are themes from Marriage, Verizon, Visa, and jcreed.
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Games in SML (22 Mar 2002 at 00:00)
Games in SML
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Suddenly, impulse strikes in the computer science lounge -- people want to make games in SML! Here's a totally ridiculous screenshot of a short project to make Sokoban using xlib. We've got some nicer stuff coming, I promise... ;)
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The Sun (21 Mar 2002 at 01:11)
Here's a huge directory from the US Gov't filled with movies of the sun doin' its thing.

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NEW: Album-a-day 10 (21 Mar 2002 at 00:43)
logo Album-a-day:
· about
· latest
Album-a-Day #10, East Key To Trip, is now available. Read about the Album-a-Day Project and make your own...

I just keep cranking 'em out, huh?
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Dumbest Moments in Business (14 Mar 2002 at 22:48)
I don't normally repeat slashdot posts, but this one is great: Business 2.0's 101 Dumbest Moments in Business.
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Cellbats (14 Mar 2002 at 12:26)
Finally you can buy Tombats Cell Phone Covers! Thanks to "bigblank" for finding this!
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Pi Day 2002 (14 Mar 2002 at 12:18)
Pi Day 2002
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For Pi Day (3/14) this year I rounded up about 20 people and wrote 4096 digits of the decimal expansion of pi across campus. We also painted the fence. There's some more info and a lot more pictures here!
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Mid-Semester Break (10 Mar 2002 at 14:05)
This weekend is Mid-Semester break for us at CMU. I did a lot of stuff.

First, I tried to replace the battery in my car, but the nuts were sealed with LocTite(TM) (???) so I ended up cutting them off. I had to splice in new battery connectors, which were "Nascar Select" brand or something. They didn't seem like Nascar stuff to me, but whatever.

I found a five year-old smashed can of grape soda wedged in my radiator, too, that was pretty funny. Fixing your car is fun.

Some of us crazy first-year graduate students went on a hike at Keystone State Park (check it out at defunctparks.com!) The park basically sucks; the trail was like 1 mile long. But we had a good time anyway. We wandered off and found a bunch of pumps (Ride 'em Cowboy!) and fields. Then we went to the Army Corps of Engineer's thing and stood in their river. Actually, Mark did more than stand in it! Then we climbed some trees and some more trees. The highlight of the whole trip was when we found a pile of dried up corn in the woods, and played cornball. I totally rule at cornball.

We also wandered through this creepy abandoned trailer park with lots of awesome junk around. Matt was sure that it was some sort of cult, but it wasn't.

Yesterday I recorded my tenth Album-A-Day, East Key to Trip. I also spent some time working on my map for Quake 3 Fortress that I hadn't worked on in about a year. Today I am studying for my networks midterm and writing up a synopsis of my ol' Senior Thesis for a paper I'm now co-authoring.
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Killing Robots (05 Mar 2002 at 19:04)
It's one of man's greatest dilemmas: Is killing robots okay?



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Ballmer continues... (05 Mar 2002 at 00:56)
A while back I posted a link to a movie of Steve Ballmer (Microsoft's CEO) acting like a total idiot on stage. Apparently this is not a singularity... Here he is chanting "developers" over and over to a nonplused audience: CEO of the Dance. (Also included are downloadable versions of the original tirade.)

If you're getting tired of rewinding it to watch over and over again, there's a longer Techno Remix that's pretty funny.

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Interview Time (04 Mar 2002 at 23:06)
There's a new Interview with me at ethancote.com. It's about fonts.

I need to make another font.
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Beardperiment (04 Mar 2002 at 22:37)
Beardperiment
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As seen in a previous radar entry, I've been growing a beard for the last couple of weeks, just for fun. It makes me laugh all the time. Here is what it looks like today!
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UPD: untitled.gif (02 Mar 2002 at 23:18)
My Comic #141 is up at the ever-stupifying untitled.gif.

(I only post an update here when it's one of my comics that go up.. so if you want to keep track of untitled.gif you should read the increasingly mind-numbing message board.)
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UPD: SICO (02 Mar 2002 at 23:16)
I added a new piece to SICO. He's the Bounceshop aka Megabishop (Themesong), and he's like a bishop that can bounce off the edge of the board.
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