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Friday, January 30th

Silverfir Hacked!

music: Cracker - Low
mood: COnfused

Well, the title says it - I was hacked. I supposed it was going to happen sooner or later - I didn't check my logs, installed insecure software, used insecure installations, and well, I guess I showed up on someone's radar. Which is kind of flattering actually. Whoever you are, theo, admin of xboxevolution, email me - I won't press charges or anything, but I would like to hear from you.
Arcanius on 01.30.04 @ 07:06 PM PST [link]

Tuesday, January 1st goes down again

music: Wynton Marsalis - Grand Russian Fantasia; Peal Jam - Last Kiss; Squirel Nut Zippers - Hell
mood: Somber, tired

Its back up now, but terribly unstable, and grep and gzip are all busted up, reducing the system functionality to staggering along at best. Work on sf2 has picked up dramatically, with FreeBSD 4.9 looking like the OS of choice. CVSUp is compiling right now - when that is done, I can update the ports, then instlal the server programs - exim, apache, and proftpd. Then I can work on transfering the files over, followed by setting everything up so it works. I guess this site will be the first to go, since this site is the most visited and most updated.
Arcanius on 01.01.02 @ 02:23 AM PST [link]

Sunday, January 25th

The gradual death of

music: Nirvana - In Bloom
mood: Fearful anticipation

Early this morning, began showing symptoms of some malady. After I got back from church, the symptoms persisted, so I had Amy restart the computer, but to no avail. The next step was to get up close and personal with wadi, the box currently serving

I was unable to figure out exactly what was going on, but on startup, right after init loaded, the computer would stop doing anything - it echoed keystrokes, but it wouldn't respond to the three fignered salute, or continue booting up. Finally I tried Ctrl-C and it continued in its boot process. So long story short, after ctrl-c'ing multiple times, the computer finished booting, and seems to be serving properly once again. But it can't handle any restarts without human iutnervention, for unknown reasons. I will have to bump the priority level of setting up a replacement to the venerable but rapidly fading wadi.
Arcanius on 01.25.04 @ 03:16 AM PST [link]

Thursday, January 22nd

Greymatter's issue

music: Stone Temple Pilots - Trippin' On a Hole in a Paper Heart
mood: Buzzed

I would have posted an interesting thing about IIS webserver acting up, but Greymatter (my blog software) seems to have issues with HTML code, so no.

I'm still being late to class; Multivar is still interesting; Tennis is fun; I have dust problems in Photography.

I'm learning a lot more about Inventor. I actually got a piece of the arm drive assembly completed today, thanks to some helpful guidance from Larry.

Thats all for tonight.
Arcanius on 01.22.04 @ 10:52 PM PST [link]

Wednesday, January 21st


music: Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me; Linkin Park - Crawling (Live in Texas)
mood: Mmmmm Hmmmmm

Read the Blog and learn!

Here is the difference between speaker out and line out (credit goes to the original author here):

"Its all a question of impedance, speaker out is expecting a low impedance,
4-32 Ohm object to be stuck on it. Line-out is expecting a high impedance
(I think 1kOhm) object to be stuck on it. If you dont put the correct
matched object on each output you get a loss of signal quality.

With highly strung amps you can actually do damage but the cheap
stuff on a soundcard is pretty immune. Also a PC soundcard
generates so much noise that the increase by the impedance mismatch
is hardly noticeably. Normally all I really see is a drop in
frequency response."


"Impedence" is the ratio of voltage to current - similar to, but not exactly resistance. Read more about it here if you are interested.
Arcanius on 01.21.04 @ 10:04 PM PST [link]

Music, Money, and Thanks

music: Linkin Park - From the Inside; WMEA 2001 Choir - I Am the Ressurection and the True Life;
mood: High as a Kite (not strung out!)

I have found that even high quality MP3's reconstituted through a high quality player on my laptop into my stereo system simply cannot compete with the original CD. The weakest link here is, I believe, my laptop. I have tried similar tests using my desktop (with the audigy II platinum) and haven't been able to detect reasonable differences. My laptop, on the other hand, even with the volume turned all the way up, doesn't seem to output enough voltage to simulate a line out. Its plenty loud in headphones. I wonder how much line out is supposed to be?

I asked the CEO of T-Mobile for $4,000 today. Actually, he's going to give the information I gave him to his marketing department. I hope I did a good enough job on it to get something. Also, I gave similar information to Mr. Chaplin of Chaplin's Automotive Group, a contact that happened because of my mom, bless her. We'll see how that goes.

I finally got around to start writing thank you letters to the very nice people who hosted Scott and I while on our roadtrip. I am now awaiting more addresses to write more letters. People are good, life is great, and I am indeed blessed.
Arcanius on 01.21.04 @ 09:50 PM PST [link]

Robots and school

music: MASS Ensemble - Sir William's Quest; Kidrock - Only God Knows Why
mood: Its the music!

Today -
Classes: Tennis (suggestion vastly improved consistency), Math (fun, impending test): 8:40-11:30
Lab Work: Photography (2 more 8x10 prints): 11:30-1:00
Home: Resurect Palm m500 (success): 1:30-3:00
Larry's: Solidify Robot Arm Design (coming together, my job is shoulder drive)
UW: Drop off Bob and Jake, Eat (yummy Pizza)
Home: Email and Counterstrike (sucked)
Bed: Sleep (now)
Arcanius on 01.21.04 @ 01:10 AM PST [link]

Monday, January 19th


music: Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
mood: Morose

"I'm half the man I used to be." --STP, Creep

I wasted pretty much the entire day. Last night I stayed up late hanging with my -|HtK|- Counterstrike clan going from server to server wreaking havoc, then slept in until 1:00. Only then did I waste more time. I'm pretty sure I got nothing useful done today. I'm considering either trying to get something useful started, or simply going to bed and starting tomorrow off right by waking up early. I guess I can fold clothes... At least el bloggo got me back on track, if not entirely happy. :-/
Arcanius on 01.19.04 @ 07:28 PM PST [link]

Sunday, January 18th

Picture day

music: -
mood: :-$ (I don't know)

The captions on the pictures pretty much desribe my day after church. I thought i might be getting sick, but rest and fluids seem to have made me feel much better.

I have isntalled FreeBSD 5.0 on sf2, and I am working on learning it so I can do a decent job of installing it on the Prosignia (if I get it working) to eventually replace the wadi, the PPro-180 now chugging away behind the scenes.
Arcanius on 01.18.04 @ 11:52 PM PST [link]

Saturday, January 17th

Short Night, Long Day, Lots Done

music: Garbage - Stupid Girl; Smashing Pumpkins - Zero;
mood: High on Life

Radio stations here in Seattle have gotten much better recently. First, 107.7 The End switched to a new format where music was emphasized, especially the alternative music that defined The End in its earlier years; DJ's were deemphasized (a move I wholeheartedly agree with), and in general, there was more music to talk. Then I found out that 96.5, formerly The Point, an 80's station, is now KRock, "Alternative Seattle," an alternative rock radio station who's musical selection seems to be even better than The End's new format. Between the two I have found radio bliss, something I haven't experienced in Seattle since 1997.

Today, I woke up at a sleep-defying 7:00 am in order to pick up Bobby and Jacob at the UW and get them to Larry's around 8:00. We ended up pulling in at 8:40, but the three of us were able to turn the tide and convince the group that our idea for a strategy was feasible - basically, we're building a huge arm that happens to not preclude any other strategy; it should make everyone happy. With another top-notch drivetrain coming from Larry and Dave, we should once again have the best combination of power and speed out on the field, and if we do the arm right, we should be nigh unstoppable. Hanging and small balls then become icing on the cake known as winning the Pacific Northwest Regional, and if we are able to raise $4000, the National Championship as well.

We broke for lunch, having crunched numbers and checked feasibility to determine that our arm could concievably lift 200 pounds at 5 feet - a figure which made us all giddy with excitement. After lunch and some small work on Inventor, we headed back to the UW with Chris and Tim. There, I soon fell asleep and got nothing accomplished before returning home, where I got my Dad's new WET11v2 working for him before coming up here, writing this, enjoying 107.7 and 96.5, and feeling hungry for the fourth time today.
Arcanius on 01.17.04 @ 10:50 PM PST [link]

Four day weekend begins

music: Wynton Marsalis - Variations sur 'La Carnival de Vernise'
mood: Happy

Today, I made some prints of a few select negatives. I am in love with 8x10 prints. So much detail and so beautiful if done right. I used a grain focuser (a very nifty tool) and found an enlarger that I like. It is pure magic watching your image apear on the paper as you dip it into the developer. After shcool, I finished off the Bearing block design (see left panel), then hung out with Amy and found out that there is still time to raise money for Nationals. We have both gotten a second fundraising wind. Wish me luck!
Arcanius on 01.17.04 @ 01:59 AM PST [link]

Wednesday, January 14th

A Wednesday to Remember

music: Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe; Avril Lavigne - Damn Cold Night; Bush - Glycerine;
mood: Jivin'

You may have noticed that I always seem to be in a good mood when posting these entries. Well, I have noticed too, and it clearly means I should post more often since reflecting on my life, in general, tends to make me happy.

Early this morning, before going to sleep, I got closer to finishing Timeline. After waking up, which was hard, I made it to Calculus and then dropped by Dan's place where I took a look at his darkroom setup. He has converted his laundry room to have everything needed to make prints. While the school has bigger, sturdier, and more specialized equipment, this laundry-room darkroom will be indispensable when the schoolís darkroom is crowded with students. Also, the hours are more convenient. We went to class together. The teacher repeated his lecture on f-stops and shutter speeds. As exciting as it is (which it is not), I knew all the content before the first lecture, and the third time didnít make it any more endearing. Dan is convinced that our teacher is paid by the word. After the lecture, we went into the darkroom to learn how to make contact prints and test strips. Useful information, if we had had any time left to use it.

After a small lunch, Dan and I returned to the darkroom. He had only set up 5x7 developing bins, so I made a few 5x7 prints displaying the effects of different apertures. I still need to finish off my last roll and develop it. I also want to use the BCC darkroom for some full-page contact prints and some 8x10 work.

Windows is installed on Kleinoscope Ė It will still be until the weekend at least until it is fully functional with all the programs on Mobius here. After I get the cord on Mobius repaired, I have to figure out what to do with it. One thought that has crossed my mind is to sell both laptops and with the resulting funds buy a very nice Dell laptop with swappable battery packs, a real video card, higher resolution, and so on. The two computers combined should go for over $2000. Thatís quite a laptop. Nevertheless, the original idea behind Mobius is that it would be a long-term investment Ė a productivity laptop that would last years. Thatís why I got a protection plan for it - a decision that in hindsight I would reconsider, but it still has a year and a half to make itself worthwhile. If I want a high-power machine, then I think I should get a new desktop. But these are all hard decisions. Itís interesting how winning a laptop can lead to so many more questions.

I am writing this in MS Word, so that spelling gets corrected. I hope it makes things easier to read. Leave a comment (like anybody does that) to let me know what you think. Tennis at 8:30 tomorrow, so I had better begin getting ready for bed.

Arcanius on 01.14.04 @ 11:46 PM PST [link]

Tuesday, January 13th

1337 PhP Pr0gr4mm3r

music: Linkin Park - By_Myslf
mood: Top of the World

My task, which I already accepted, is to take and de-coldfusionify it so it can be used on Parcom web servers. Since my language of choice is PHP, and Parcom (and every other half-decent web host) supports it, I am using PHP to replace the PHP. While it is some amount of work, I'm impressing myself with my 1337 PHP skillz. Yeah...

Anyway, today I spent too much time sitting around being tired, and now I'm getting hyper again. Can you say night owl?! I'm gonna try switching over to being an early bird, though. Maybe it'll suit me better, if I would only ever go to sleep.
Arcanius on 01.13.04 @ 10:32 PM PST [link]

Cleaner room

music: Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven; oasis - Acquience; Goo Goo Dolls - Iris; Bush - Glycerine; WMEA All-State 2001 Choir - Mi Y'malel; Wynton Marsalis - Canon for 3 Trumpets and Strings; No Doubt - Just a Girl;
mood: Hapily contemplative

Its been a few days. During these days, I've gone to bed too late, gotten up even later, and barely made it to school some days. I have also accomplished a lot. I developed my first roll of film, got Linux working - mostly - on the new laptop. Right now I'm compiling a 2.4.22 kernel, since the 2.6 kernel seems to be, while working, full of annoying missing modules and just not as friendly yet. I need to get ahold of a non-spyware version of Windows XP for the other 55 gb of the hard drive.

You may recall that I recently began using iTunes for Windows. It works well for buying music, but it is a terrible media manager. I tried importing all of my music and the program froze. I was forced to shut it down and feed it my music in smaller chunks. Quickly, with hundreds of songs, the library because unusable. So the store works alright, and the burning and other options seem nice, but as a media player is is crappy. Winamp, on the other hand, has been constantly upgraded from the good old days of 2.x, the version I, until recently, still used. Nullsoft, the developers of Winamp, began charging for a pro version of their version 5 video/music/everything else player. I didn't want an everything player. I wanted a highly customizable music player, and winamp 2.x was good, but with plugins harder to find, support dwindling, and the entire project moving in an unfortunate direction, I decided I had to find something better. iTunes clearly couldn't handle my needs, so the search began. This one ended relatively quickly with the installation of foobar2000, a highly customizable, extremely extensible, sleek, small, beautiful music player with built in support for global hotkeys. In short, it is everything I was hoping for and more. Congrats to the designers of this fine peice of software.

This is the third major software package that I have radically changed in the recent days. First I switched from Microsoft IE to Mozilla Firebird. Based on that incredible success, I tried, and adopted Mozilla Thunderbird as my mail client. Now I have migrated from WinAmp to foobar2000. I suggest to anyone with similar minimalist yet highly functional tastes as me to do the same.

Today my first class was Tennis; I seem to have a problem getting there on time. Most of the people in the class are beginners, but I did get a nice-looking girl as a partner; we'll see if anything happens there. For a first-timer, she was pretty good, drawing on her badmitton experience I suppose. The teacher, whom I met at the Bellevue Club, mentioned that he saw me there yesterday, which is indeed true. It was my first stop there in over a month. It was strange, all the tables seemed very small; in fact the whole resturant seemed very small. And really, it is a small resturant, but the effect was still strange. I was looking for my last paycheck which, apprently, HR hs, but I did not figure this out until after I left, having failed to find either Michael or Kytta. I did get to see Erica, Heidi, Jessi, Will, and Joe again - It was very good to see them again. Hugs from three pretty girls is certainly a perk of leaving the place on good terms. I will try again soon to pick up my paycheck.

Last night, two salepeople pitched an air filter and a surface cleaner (not a vacuum - its a medical device, you see) to us. We were impressed both by its ability to suck up what our vacuum missed and by its price tag. Within one week we will decide if we want to go for it. The salespeople were my age, and apparently the company is hiring; I'm going to give them a call and try to set up an interview to explore the possibility there. The hours might not be the best, but they said it was flexible - so we will see.

I just recompiled the Linux kernel again - it certainly is faster on this P4 2.8 Ghz than it ever was on Blackbrick, the P90 laptop that I bagan using Linux on last year. It looks like this kernel jams on boot... but wait, this time it made it. Interesting.

Somewhere between Linux and Windows is the optimal operating system. I have a 3 inch book to help me figure out if FreeBSD is that happy median. Complete control within a standardized system - so things work without trying too hard, but you can tweak things endlessly as needed for specific needs. Just that book is so intimidating. Speaking of books, I have quite a few I still have to begin and finish: The Bourne Ultimatum, Wild at Heart, Red Planet, A Beautiful Mind, and The Mind of Wall Street, just to name some that are in sight of me right now. But before I finish any of those, Timeline will have to go. Its just that much more itneresting.

Since this entry is pretty much just stream-of-conscience, here goes some more random information - I came up with a name for the new laptop: "Kleinoscope." It combines the idea of the 3-D mobius strip known as the Klein Bottle with what I think is a much better sounding name. Too bad its not too colorful (yet), or the Kaleidascope connation would fit as well. The computer has a few interesting problems - the first is that its power cord doesn't stay in as well as it should. It never falls out on its own, mind you, but jostling and make the cord fall out, so I have to keep an eye on it or it will randomly turn off from time to time, usually in the middle of compiling something while I'm away. Also, the PCMCIA port looks deflected and the left lower side doesn't taper like it should. Also, its missing a 9-pin serial connection. Its hard to complain about much else though; its a solid machine with USB 2.0, DVD+RW, Firewire. Of course I'll need windows for most of these features to be used in the way I wish to use them, thus I am looking for a non-spyware version of Windows XP and I'm contemplating even officially buying the Home -> Pro upgrades.
Arcanius on 01.13.04 @ 01:20 PM PST [link]

Saturday, January 10th


music: Random 80's music floating down the hall
mood: Giddy as all get out

I had some trouble waking up, but made it to the school at 6:09, well before any of the carpool riders had actually left. I was driving the Saturn, so I took three passengers and headed for Kane Hall at the UW. Traffic was virtually nonexistant, and we arrived around 6:30. Once there, we watched as the entire lecture hall filled to capacity with eagar students awaiting the anouncement of this year's game. After the usual techincal difficulties, and then the usual hour and a half of talk, the game was revealed. Compared to some unveilings (especially 2001), it wasn't as intimidating. That may just be experience, but still, this game is unique, despite reusing many components from previous years, and its still a doozie. After the game was announced, raffle tickets were sold by team 824, SWAT Robotics, the team hosting the event. The grand prize was a Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz Compaq Laptop. Since it was for a good cause I pitched in, eventually amounting 17 tickets at $5 a pop. Of course, the reason I tell you this is that I WON THE RAFFLE and got a brand new laptop worth $1600 for a mere $85. Of course, this means Mobius, the laptop I'm using right now suddenly seems to be a little older. I still love it though - I just have to find a good home for it once I get everything I want working on the new laptop. Parents are probally high on the list. After the celebration subsided, pictures were taken, and I signed to acknowledge that I had won, then I got to leave with a brand new laptop - currently awaiting its official name and compiling the Gentoo Linux bootstrap. Pretty much everything else has gone well today - I got cable modem installed at the house, Bob and I found the old EDUbot, battery, and charger , and the new laptop seems to be more linux-friendly, or at least linux is more friendly to the new laptop.
Now I am sitting in Bob's bed plunking away at this cmputer while the new laptop compiles, and bob works simoltaneously at his laptop and his desktop. Good times!
Arcanius on 01.10.04 @ 09:07 PM PST [link]


music: Deltron 3030 - Virus
mood: Showin' off

I went to classes, just calc and photography today. Between classes, I read more of Timeline. I need to get cracking in math to really stay ahead. In photography, we went into the darkroom and made photograms, which consists of placing objects on photographic paper and using an enlarger to expose the paper. Next, we develop the paper, and images more or less magicly appear. Its quite fun and exciting to see the images appear on the paper - and mostly they look quite good too. I'm liking my photography class, even if the professor doesn't know the science behind the art. After school, I updated some programs for my mom at her office, then I went home and ate some food, watched some TV, and played some CS until 11:00. Then I got into Timeline and read until 1:30. Saturday is the FIRST Robotics Competion Kickoff, starting at 7:00. It will be a long day.
Arcanius on 01.10.04 @ 08:45 PM PST [link]

Friday, January 9th

Thursday is a good day

music: OutKast - Hey Ya!, Three Doors Down - Kryptonite, Looser
mood: Bouncin'

Today was a good day, but I suppose I am being repetitive. I arrived late to my tennis class due to the parking issues at BCC. I will hav eto find some way to avoid these problems in the future. The instructor, it turns out, was (is?) a room service employee at the Bellevue Club - a fun coincidence. After the short intro to the tennis class, I read more of Michael Chighton's book Timeline - its a good read, even if I'm not convinced by the science. Next, I went to Math, sat next to Rich, had a good lecture and discussion, then returned home. I applied for work at the Bellevue Club again - it was a nice place to wrok, and as long as its not my attempted source of advancement, just something to do to make money, I'm sure I'll be alright with it. Otherwise, its back to Blockbuster and applying to Fry's Electronics. After I rested a little, I called up Maneesh, and we hung out and talked for hours, stopping by Chilli's for some grub. After I dropped him back home, I returned home and did some photography, some Counterstrike, and now here I am. Time does fly, but it was good.

Among other things, I read a Blog of a colleague that he started on Monday. It is nice to see how carefully it is written. Something like this one was when I started it, if I remember correctly (although I am too lazy to go back and check; someone please let me know if I was always this lax with my writing). Maybe his attention to detail is why he actually gets comments on his blog. Or maybe he just knows a lot of nerds.

I would wax reminiscent right now, except that I don't want to write all that much - once again, I'm too lazy. I'll try to get over it soon and share some deep thoughts. Oh, check out the new pictures to the left!
Arcanius on 01.09.04 @ 01:25 AM PST [link]

Wednesday, January 7th

Mozilla rules!

music: Linkin Park - Step Up, Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama
mood: Looking Up

I mentioned about a week ago that I was trying out Mozilla's Firebird browser. Well, it has converted me thoroughly. Firebird is now my default browser and I've only opened IE twice since I made it my default browser about 5 days ago. Both times were to utilize website features that were enabled only on IE (since IE currently has more than 90% marketshare, such features can be considered univeral). Both times didn't really accomplish anything useful. Point being, no IE-proprietary features are useful in general browsing activities. Firebird is fast, sleek, not security-hole-ridden like IE, and seems to render everything at least as well as IE, if not better. And it is fast. PNG's work properly. Favicon's don't get lost every time. Its got tabbed browsing, something I'm not very good at using yet, but its still very nice. Oh, and its fast and more stable than IE.

Well, Mozilla's little gem Firebird was so good it got me interested in another one of their "technology preview" items: Thunderbird, an email and newsgroup client. I just installed and set it up today (an extremely easy process), and its now my default mail program, awaiting further scrutiny. I am optimistic.
Arcanius on 01.07.04 @ 06:05 PM PST [link]

Months of searching end in fruition

music: Three Doors Down - Kryptonite
mood: Quietly Content & Contemplative

Ever since I saw the default screen saver that comes with Mac OS X, I have lusted after it. If you have seen it, you probally know what I mean. If you haven't, go to an Apple store to watch it in awe immediately, or you can rely on this woefully inadequate description: high-quality themed photos (space, forests, etc) are faded in and displayed with a slow but smooth scale/zoom and pan effect. The result is a stunning visual show comprised of nothing but some still pictures. I have tried many times to find a screensaver like this for the PC - or a slideshow, movie, or animation program that could duplicate the effect. Nothing came even remotely close - jumpiness and ugly artifacts during resizing were abundant. I tried and gave up many times before. Today, something once again triggered the search, and I stumbled across "MotionPicture," a screensaver that did exactly what I wanted. Now I am collecting nice wallpaper-quality images for this awesome screensaver.
Arcanius on 01.07.04 @ 05:28 PM PST [link]

School Cancelled Again

music: 311 - Beautiful Disaster
mood: Dawning distinction

BCC daytime classes were cancelled again today; at least this time they announced it before I arrived for my first class. Right now I am reading chapter three of my photography book - it is quite good and has many excellent pictures. As for the rest of the day, I think I'll try get ahead in my calculus class, become employed again, and have some fun.
Arcanius on 01.07.04 @ 10:11 AM PST [link]

Tuesday, January 6th

Tuesday, so far

music: -
mood: Basking in the Afterglow of Accomplishment

The image gallery seems to be working with all the featured I originally wanted. Of course now I can think of some new things that would be nice, but that will have to come at another time. Basically, you are treated to the most recent set of pictures in the left frame. By clicking on "Albums" you can browse older pictures. When you click on a thumbnail, it opens up in the main window and lets you select different sizes to view the picture, all the way up to the photo's original maximum size. I am working on parsing EXIF image information, a PHP issue as opposed to a PHPix issue. Check back soon!
Arcanius on 01.06.04 @ 11:23 AM PST [link]

A new look cometh

music: WMEA All-State 2000 Choir - Ave Vernum Corpus, Linkin Park - Runaway, Metalica - Turn the Page
mood: Well-spent

As you can see, the overhaul of my 'blog has begun. Here in the main frame you will still be treated to Arcanius: the weBLog. However, since photography is a big part of my life, I am hacking away at PHPix, a small photo album, to provide you with an integrated picture experience. I'm working on a completely different layout and frame support, and I have already implemented picture titles and descriptions. Since PHPix is GPL'd, I suppose I will get to post the hack job that come up with, and maybe someone will find it useful.

I am still trying to figure out what to do with the upper frame. Comments are welcome!
Arcanius on 01.06.04 @ 12:37 AM PST [link]

Monday, January 5th

A long delay with no update

music: Linkin Park - From The Inside, Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Promises to Keep
mood: Jovial

Today was the first day of classes at BCC. I had Calculus of Several Variables (Multivar) at 10:30 and Photography at 12:30. Both classes went well - and I have a friend in each. My other class, Tennis, starts tomorrow. It is interesting going back to school, but it was an easy transition, even if things aren't as familiar as they would be at BYU. At least there is snow-covered grass and contruction to make me feel at home.

Multivar is going to be a real class, I have some brush up on Calc I and II that I'll need to do if I want to get a jump start in that class. Photography should be relatively easy since I already know most of everything there is to know about the camera side of things. I'll still have a lot to learn about what happens after the camera, but thats why took the class, so I should enjoy it.

After the photography class, Dan, my friend in the class, and I went to Glazer's Photography in Seattle where we together purchased 10 rolls of Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - Black and White film, 36 exposures each roll, 100 sheets of Ilford photographic paper, and some plastic sheet negative protectors. We then went to Vetco where I was once again surprised at how expensive easy-to-use ethernet jacks are. With cable modem being installed tomorrow, 100 meters of cat 5 (or is it 6?) cable sitting in the living room, the jacks and wall plates are all that really stand between me and having my own dedicated 1.5 Mbps connection to the internet. I must thank the kind neighbors for all the internet I have borrowed over the months since I learned about Wi-Fi.

In computer-land, I was disappointed with PHP homepage. It parses very slowly on silverfir. Even a faster machine, performance wouldn't be stellar and there were no particular features I needed. I still plan on a major overhaul of at some point, turning it into a more full-featured website instead of just a weblog, but with the 'blog as the main updated component. This is mainly so I have a better way to display my photos.
Arcanius on 01.05.04 @ 04:36 PM PST [link]

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