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Nov. 2nd, 2009 @ 09:16 am
Stayed up 'til 3:00 AM coding last night... Feel like someone scraped me across the asphalt this morning. The weather's absolutely beautiful, though, as it usually is in November... Can't really complain too much.

Today marks the beginning of a very difficult stretch in school... If I can get through this obscene noise, I can get through pretty much anything (I seem to be telling myself this every few months or so).

Hooray for Beatles Rock Band; I'm not sure I've ever had so much fun playing a video game before. Not only do I get to play old favorites like 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' and 'Dear Prudence', but I'm also discovering tracks that I have shamefully ignored up until now, like 'Dig A Pony' and 'I Me Mine'... Too wonderful.

I also have new respect for Mr. McCartney... Holy shit, what fun, lovable, creative bass lines that guy conjured ('Can't Buy Me Love' has some of the slickest bass I've ever heard)! And I used to think he was just the band's mascot... Oh, the shame.

Oct. 26th, 2009 @ 09:07 am
I'm building a DJ mixer for my electronics design project... It's remarkably easy once you understand a thing or two about operational amplifiers. It won't have all the bells & whistles of a Rane or Pioneer mixer (e.g. BPM counters, samplers, effects knobs), but it'll be made with about $12 worth of components, so I can't feel too bad about that.

Last week was one of the more brutal weeks I've had in awhile. There was enough school work to keep me up 'til 2:00 AM (or later) every night (which wouldn't be a big deal if I didn't have to be up at 6:30 AM every morning). However, looking at my major's flowchart, this should be the last Hell semester I'll have to deal with before graduation.

Today it rains early and often and very, very hard.

Oct. 14th, 2009 @ 10:32 am
This guy from Jersey introduced me to a band called Japanther. Had never heard of them before, though I wouldn't beat myself over it, considering I'm not from Brooklyn.

Regardless, much love to that motherfucker; good stuff, great to listen to when trying to wake the fuck up on a hot, disgusting, early morning. I only wish they had some tracks on Rock Band, because those fucking drums in their songs make me want to bang on something. (Insert sex joke here).

Yesterday I grabbed a hammer and began mutilating my left hand... Began about 9:30PM last night with some slow, hard, bashes, and after downing a half liter of whiskey I went all drum&bass at 180 BPM until about 2:30AM. This morning there is a mass of dangling, bloody skin where my left hand used to be, but it was worth it just to see the look on my wife's face when she found hunks of bone and flesh lying all over her living room carpet. It was somewhere between "Why the fuck didn't you clean the carpet before the blood dried, you lazy fuck?!" and "You smashed up your hand without even consulting me first?!!" She then kicked me out of bed and made me go buy Resolve at the closest 24-hr Walgreens.

Married life, I tells ya'... Never a dull moment.

Oct. 8th, 2009 @ 10:59 am
Had a quiz in my electronics class today... Dr. Professor gave us a Bode plot, then we had to come up with an op-amp circuit that matched the corresponding frequency response. Luckily, it was a very simple plot, but it'll only get more difficult from here... I think November is going to be Hell to the nth power.

Tomorrow I code until my eyes bleed, possibly longer if I can find an efficient enough method to wipe away the blood.

Here is a picture of an owl in a box:

Sep. 30th, 2009 @ 09:09 am
First exam of the semester today... Good; the first is always the scariest, although I'm too old to be scared of tests these days. I have a nice calm going, like I sipped from a snifter of cognac this morning. This is the mindset I need; nothing is worth losing your composure over.

The exam will cover electromagnetic waves in dissipative media, or the way that waveforms are attenuated when traveling through materials with different physical characteristics. Not the most terrifying subject matter for me; I'm more scared of my Circuits & Systems final in two weeks, but I'll not think of that right now.

I'm gonna put on an iron shirt, and chase Satan out of Earth. I'm gonna put on an iron shirt, and chase the devil out of Earth.

The 250 GB cap on downloads/uploads we have on our Comcast broadband is a bit worrisome... That connection can fuckin' fly, downloads topping at over 2 MB/s (WTF?! I would have laughed if you told me I would have such a blazing fast connection just three years ago) and uploads topping 200 kB/s... 250 GB is a very easy threshold to break. My router, unfortunately, is not equipped to handle DD-WRT firmware (top-notch freeware for routers via the good folks at Linux), which can easily keep track of the data volume being passed over the cables. *sigh* Can't afford a $150 router right now.
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