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Jul. 4th, 2007

11:04 am

I felt that this video was just too good to not post it. (via skreidle)

Happy 4th everyone.

Dec. 31st, 2006

11:19 pm

Happy New Year to everyone.
(Yay for finally being fully setup in my own apartment. Everyone is invited to visit/stay here - though please warn me ahead of time.)

Jun. 22nd, 2006

06:52 pm - First Credits!

This needed an update:
I am now credited in one game - Rise of Nations : Rise of Legends. This isn't the first game (I've now worked on 4 shipped games, 12 total games) that I worked on that has shipped, but the first one with my name in it.

And now back to my usual silence.

Dec. 24th, 2005

04:23 pm - Commercial

I just heard the best commercial - there's a mystery "cougher" put out by this company that could be a man or a women (or child). If you see the person coughing and you offer them the cough drop (made by the company) then you may win $10k-$1mil.

I feel that if people believe the commercial, then the company will not only benefit from extra sales and word-of-mouth advertisement as people offer them to strangers, but also improve the good-samaritan behavior. If I didn't forget the name of the company as I was typing this blog, I'd definitely buy their cough drops just to reward them.

01:59 pm - Happy Holidays

Happy Festivus! Merry Christmass! Happy Hanukka!
And to those that none of the above apply - Happy holiday shopping!

It has been a long time since I've posted. In the past 5 months of working I have managed to make a contribution directly to 5 different titles of which 2 already shipped. Unfortunately, because I came in late during the development cycle, neither of the titles that shipped included my name in the credits. But I think the next 3 should definitely include my name somewhere deep within the credits. I definitely feel that I made a good decision and am enjoying my work, even the boring parts.

And I miss all of you guys! Even though the group I'm with is probably one of the youngest areas I could get into, it's still hard to make new friends at work or outside of work. I miss the random movie get-togethers and the Aladdin drinking party. I also miss those really late night Halo matches, as playing random people on Live just isn't the same as cursing out Adam for another head shot.
(The reason all of this came up is that I'm currently on holiday but with nobody around and nothing to do. Anyone wants to fly out here for a break and play some 360? ;)

Nov. 24th, 2005

11:54 am

Breaking my long silence to say:
Enjoy your turkeys!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Back to xbox for me...

Aug. 25th, 2005

12:58 pm

Since I just got into a small debate about hybrids - I felt sharing what I found about them recently. If you are thinking of buying a new hybrid and can wait a few months, there's a really nice change in tax laws that is becoming effecting Jan 1, 2006.

The current policy for hybrids allows for a Tax Deduction of $2000 for a purchase of a hybrid. (With retroactive tax adjustment if the purchase was in previous years) That results in about $300-$500 decrease in total taxes paid.

The new law presents anywhere from $250 (Chevy Pickup) to $3150 (Prius) Tax Credit. (Which means your total tax is smaller by that sum) This new law is effective Jan 1, so if you can wait, try to do so. (Analysis of different cars by ACEEE)
There are large number of local incentives. (I saw somewhere a much longer list - but this one seems to be fairly comrehensive. Though supposedly WA waives the tax on hybrids based on another place I can't find right now)

Aug. 2nd, 2005

02:49 am

Well, I guess I should post things before I've been assimilated. :)

Flight..Collapse )

So now I'm living in my brother's house with my computer properly setup. My room looks like an advertisement for Ikea, as 80% of furniture is from there. Though I gotta say, it does make the room look bright and clean. My niece - she's such a cute time sink. You can spend hours with her playing and she's still amazed that the fish will puff up and blow her in the face. Last week I've figured out that I don't really ever want to try to feed small kids. They have to be tricked to eat any food, and will make a huge mess out of all of it. Except for her eating habits - I really enjoy playing with her. I find her trying to walk around all the time to be the most interesting thing. When given a small walker - she runs with it faster than any of us can really keep up with her. (I'll stop here or else this post will turn into recount of "darnest thing kids do")

And now I've started work. The last day and a half was fairly usual boring employee orientation. The most amazing thing for me at the orientation that pretty much ANY benefit that you can extend to your spouse or dependant, you can also extend to your same-sex-partner. So anything from full coverage on your insurance to weight loss program counceling is offered equally to spouse or SSP. (Except for extra tax due to IRS not extending same benefits.)
Also, I am a proud owner of Scion tC that is sitting at the dealership until I present insurance. That is a lovely catch-22, that requires me to have a car before I can obtain insurance coverage on that car, while at the same time I can't drive my car without having an insurance.

Jul. 19th, 2005

10:03 pm

One week remaining until I move. Anyone in N.VA want to do anything? [I'm most likely carless 'till 5 pm on weekdays]

I have so many pictures and so much lazyness to go through them and pick out good ones to upload. (Also few places are good for uploading and then looking at the pictures. Anyone have suggestions of free ones other than webshots)

I've had a lovely trip to/through Maine with parents. I drove 2315 miles the whole way around and saw lots and lots of nature. There have been at least 5 different lighthouses on the way, with some looking really pretty. (Pictures will come... at some point) The nature in Acadia Park is really impressive, with lots of cliffs and ocean. Somehow makes me think of H2G2 and the fnords. On the way there we stopped in a bunch of small towns and each has had some interesting history. (We saw the house of Mark Twain, but the cost of $15/person to go inside in the rain wasn't worth it)

On the way back we drove through Mt. Washington (NH) - the highest point on East coast (or at least New England). It was a very interesting climb of 8 miles to go up 2km. At times the car was definitely not very happy with having to climb a good 12-15% grade non-stop. The view from the mountain though is breath taking. Definitely recommend it for everyone. It took me about 20-25 minutes to climb the mountain, but they claim that the record stands at sub-7 minutes. That means someone drove a mountain at over 60mph. Very scary.

Now onto the random links:

Jul. 7th, 2005

01:31 pm

I'm leaving for a family vacation touring through Maine. So I'll be gone for a week. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on all the posts.

Now for the links:

Ohh... and just found:
All your base are belong to us - sung to rhapsody.

Well, I'm off to my vacation. Everyone have a good weekend.

Jul. 2nd, 2005

09:47 pm

I know there are Rocky Horror PS fans out there without a copy. It seems Best Buy is having a sale next week with RHPS for $10. (And Donnie Darko.. etc.)

Copy of the dealCollapse )

Jun. 21st, 2005

11:19 am

For anyone who cares - I'm moving to Seattle on July 27th! (Bought my tickets) Starting work on Aug 1st. And still no plans on what to do in the meantime. (1 month left.. time flies) I should have car after 5pm or on fridays now, so anyone in the area - give me a "call".

Jun. 15th, 2005

09:45 pm

Going back through my huge list of posts to read, here are some links:

And damn - you guys post fast. I had another 50 posts since I started reading this.

Jun. 14th, 2005

08:40 pm

It seems LJ has a limit of 650 friends posts that I can read. So I'll have to figure out a way to read posts from pre-June. (In other words - you guys post too much)

I'll be posting at least something with a bunch of links at some point when I get through everything. I'm not sure how much I'll post about the trip. (Anyone who can - must go)

May. 28th, 2005

01:37 am

I'm going on vacation until the 14th. See you all then. (Probably no e-mail/web/etc. 'till then)

May. 26th, 2005

02:06 am

Well, I've now graduated another 4 year "institution". (I'll consider HS one, since it probably is very close to) This was the last stage of my life I really had any definite plans for. From now, I will join the rest of the world in living an unplanned, unstructured, random life. (I've been working hard on getting there this last year. As is evidenced by the fact that I figured out I need plans for Beach Week only 2 weeks before. Plans for the rest of the summer are still missing)

I'm going to complain about being stuck in N.VA without a car when I get back and will be completely stuck once again. For now I'm packed and ready to fly! (I need book suggestions - haven't yet picked out what to take with me to read)

Now that the journaling feeling has left me, back to my usual use of LJ - lots of random linksCollapse )

I think that is all for last 1.5 weeks. (Well, not counting my random tech stuff)

May. 22nd, 2005

08:55 am

Hmm.. I guess my graduation is postponed.
EDIT:Third time is the charm for putting the right link.

May. 14th, 2005

09:55 am

I'm going to be incommunicado after mid-day today for a week. If it's something important, cell it. If it's not THAT important, e-mail.

May. 13th, 2005

09:28 am

Out of curiousity, have any of you who are now graduating looked into the short-term health insurance? So far my research shows Assurant as the cheapest one at $55/30days, $110/60 days (or so).

And here is a good essay as to why diamonds are NOT forever. Now what will the men do?

May. 12th, 2005

11:46 pm

Just because I'm still an AIM man:
The maximum buddy list has been increased to 250.
There is now available @aim.com 2GB e-mail addresses. So now your screenname is your e-mail.

May. 9th, 2005

05:01 pm

I still have a few more links that I was thinking of posting. But I think this is enough for now.

12:56 pm

This is just too wrong:

the commercial for that mtv special on the holocaust. There are a bunch of teens who are asked to explain what the holocaust was and they all give really rediculous answers. It's sad.

"the holocaust is like a jewish christmas. it's like when they give each presents"
(Taken from here.)

Can I please kill some of the idiots? PLEASE?
EDIT: Ok, I'll just give them the "jewish chrismas" present?

May. 8th, 2005

10:07 pm

Just because I don't want to lug it all the way back to N.VA and won't need it anymore:
Anyone wants to buy 20" monitor or a small fridge?

Apr. 19th, 2005

12:17 am

It seems that I will be back in N.VA for this weekend starting on thursday night until sunday. I will probably be extra busy on thursday night and possibly even friday afternoon with a homework due on friday. (ie. I can't expect to be done on friday with it)
Does anyone in N.VA want to do something on sat? Or friday if I get lucky and finish early?

Apr. 17th, 2005

08:45 pm

It's been a long time since I've posted anything meaningfull to my LJ. I've even stopped posting links, though I'm still creating a pile of them to post in some future time.

random stuffCollapse )

The part I really dislike about this end of the year is the fact that for the first time in over 6 years I have no plans set for a summer. Every year before this one I have worked the summer at a job (or research job), but this year I want to relax. However, that still implies having some type of plan for the summer, which seem to be lacking. I've planned so far a 2 week vacation at the beginning of summer and then I have to start work sometime in middle of August. (I still need to get back in touch with my employer about details)

This means that I'm right now trying to come up with something that could take up about 2 months in the middle of summer that wouldn't involve me sitting in my room at home and playing XBox/computer games. If anyone has any suggestions - I welcome them.

memeCollapse )

Mar. 28th, 2005

10:54 pm

I really owe a much longer post than I'm planning on making, but I should be working on my thesis instead. (What a lovely present to me from our friendly STS dept. Btw, Thanks Ap & L for Firefly)

Survey - does it match?Collapse )

Mar. 15th, 2005

01:29 am

It's late but I feel I should post at least a blurb about this development in my life.
The beard is gone.. and I look funny

Long hair + beard = 25-27 yr old
Short hair + beard = 30ish yr old
Short hair + mustache (w/ curls) = french prisoner (also, my face is cold!!)

what's next?
* Shave off the curls - stop looking french. ETA: wed or friday of this week
* Shave off the mustache - look "naked". ETA: wed/fri of next week.

What will happen after that is anyone's guess. I'll probably open it up to discussion/vote. I know one person who is trying to convince me that I shouldn't have a beard at all.

(Pictures of me as french prisoner will show up someday)

Feb. 26th, 2005

04:27 pm

Anyone planning on going back to N.VA for the break and can give me a ride? I know there's at least one kind soul out there.. hello... anyone out there?

Now back to your regularly scheduled link-o-mania. Read more...Collapse )

04:22 pm

Happy Birthday Becca

(It seems the only way I know what day of the month it is, is based upon the birthday posts I see.)

Feb. 12th, 2005

10:59 am

It has been SO long since I posted that my browser even removed the update page from the URL history. blah... blah.. who caresCollapse )
In other news, I've become a huge slacker this semester and taking only 12 credits of real work, with 3 more credits of research. This allows me to spend lots of free time watching random TV series (Firefly and Farscape are REALLY REALLY REALLY good, especially Firefly), getting others hooked on them, and visiting different social activities. I'm also going to be taking the Bartending class and currently am in a skiing class. (Thanks to smashingpopcorn for a hat)

Now that I'm done with the classical blogging of random crap nobody cares about, here are some links that I've collected over the time period:Bag-o-LinksCollapse )
I think That's about it. Sorry for anyone whom I've forgotten to credit for links, but I've collected them without remembering the source.

Jan. 23rd, 2005

02:57 pm

As suggested by a prof when I told him I was thinking of going to work instead of school:
Well, once you become rich, you should donate some money to UVA's CS department for a new IT building. We can name it after you...
The Shaft IT center

And now for the collection of a whole lot of links (catching up for a month of slower posting):

UPDATE: A couple more links:

Jan. 17th, 2005

05:43 pm - LotR

Reposting this since it's tomorrow.
LotR MarathonCollapse )

Jan. 16th, 2005

01:14 am - UW vs. Stanford?

On friday I had the privilege of being shown around the campus of University of Washington. I gotta admit that I feel that their campus is EXTREMELY pretty and seems to be much better than UVA. One of the coolest thing is that the engineering (EE/CS) building is withing 2 minutes from the centeral location of campus. The building itself (Paul Allen's CS building) is probably twice as big as UVA's Olsson on each of the 5 floors. (Though no class rooms in the building) The style of the campus is very much based on european buildings with lots of "frivilous" but pretty external architectural additions. (Gargoyles included) The CS building internally is extremely well furnished and designed, with professors windows showing the mountain range while the graduates' rooms are overlooking a large central courtayard. The building itself is 1.5 years old and looks extremely shiny on the inside, while fitting well on the outside with the older style of architecture. (I hope I'll someday see new UVA's CS building and it'd look as good)

Now comes the question I'm really interested, though I doubt anyone reading this LJ will be able to answer:
How big is the difference between the University of Washington and Stanford?
The question is based on the fact that I would probably be working on the Professional Masters Program at UW or the SCPD at Stanford. I would like to know if there is really a big difference in terms of future employment and name recognition between the two.

(It seems that the UW's pmp does not help with application to graduate school at UW much, as they consider it applied work. On the other hand, the classes are offered once per week in the evenings rather than requiring proper class attendance as per Stanford's program. [even if remote attendance])

Jan. 7th, 2005

12:30 pm

Today I get to go back to C'ville for a short time to drop off some stuff for easier travel back. I will also finally figure out why my computer hasn't been responding and retrieve data from it. On the way back I'll bring my XBox and my games. Finally some good playing time, even if I can't go on network play. (TV is far from the 'net access)

Now for the news, starting with the lighter stuff:

Jan. 5th, 2005

07:15 pm

It seems due to death of a car and the fact that both parents now use their cars daily I'm now stuck at home. (No car, nowhere to go) Unfortunately this hasn't made me more productive, which is something I'm hoping to fix in the coming week before I fly off to Seattle again.

If you are in N.VA and want to do something, drop me a line.

Jan. 4th, 2005

09:58 pm

As I've been thinking before the break, there really should be a 12 hour LotR:EE marathon. So now I've started the planning for it. Please comment on the idea in this post since I think the groups have a good intersection. (my friends and ppl in psi_phi)

Dec. 31st, 2004

01:46 pm

What a lovely Christmas spirit we have:
To The People Of Islam:
Just think: If we'd invaded your countries, killed your leaders and converted you to Christianity YOU'D ALL BE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS RIGHT ABOUT NOW!
Merry Christmas (Source: AnnCoulter.com)

•Rush Limbaugh on the Abu Ghraib photos: "I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?"
• Ann Coulter: "[Senator John] Kerry will improve the economy in the emergency services and body bag industry."
• Tony Blankley called philanthropist George Soros "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust."
• Michael Savage: "When you hear 'human rights,' think gays. ... [T]hink only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son."
• Oliver North: "Every terrorist out there is hoping John Kerry is the next president of the United States."
• Pat Robertson on gays and lesbians: "[S]elf-absorbed hedonists ... that
want to impose their particular sexuality on the rest of America."
• Pat Buchanan: "[H]omosexuality is an affliction, like alcoholism."
• Bill O'Reilly to Jewish caller: "[I]f you are really offended, you gotta go to Israel."
• Bill Cunningham (Clear Channel radio host who appeared as a guest on The Sean Hannity Show): The election is over because "Elizabeth Edwards has now sung."
• Jerry Falwell: "And we're going to invite PETA [to "wild game night"] as our special guest, P-E-T-A -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. We want you to come, we're going to give you a top seat there, so you can sit there and suffer. This is one of my special groups, another one's the ACLU, another is the NOW -- the National Order of Witches [sic]. We've got -- I've got a lot of special groups."
(taken from TDS LJ community)

12:32 pm

Let's try one of my lists of interesting links, even though a lot of them are left in my bookmarks in c'ville. (Mostly created from a bunch of other lists on the web)

An interesting quote: I wonder if anyone in the world works harder at anything than American school kids work at popularity. (From wired's analysis why geek kids are unpopular - we don't want to waste our time working on popularity)

12:00 pm

Happy New Years to everyone!

So far this break has been extremely lax, with me spending the last week with my bro and the family. That involved a LOT of TV watching, so now I've seen all of the 007 movies at least twice. Other than that I've done very little so now am feeling a bit restless. The problem is that my XBox is right now stuck in my room in c'ville, while I have 5 games sitting in my room. On the other hand, I should be doing work on my thesis, which could be done either while in C'ville or remotely. Thus I should not try to get my XBox to maintain at least some figment of productivity. On the other hand, if someone's going to c'ville and willing to bring my XBox back for me - I'd be interested in meeting you to give you keys.

Also, if anyone is going to C'ville for a couple days sometime in the range of 3rd to 11th, I should probably appear to appease my advisors.

An interesting visual of the damage done by the tsunami.

Dec. 27th, 2004

01:05 am

I really should post a real entry, but I'm feeling lazy right now. (There's a huge list of links to post back in my dorm room, but the computer won't let me access it)
But this just had to be posted: Googlezone vs. MS Friendster - I guess I should go with the winner.

(The story I saw this at was on /. on future of Google)

Another interesting story from /. is the classification of the mental problems with Golum.

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