Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Nerd quote of the day.

"Kleeneliness is next to Gödeliness."
- stolen from this Wikipedia article

Monday, March 28, 2005

God, Final Four tickets are expensive.

I tried to bid for 3 separate pairs of tickets to all sessions of the Final Four, and was outbid each time. My final bid on the last auction was $ went for $911. The one before went for $1025, though my max bid was only $800.

I officially quit. So close, but yet so far...

Saturday, March 26, 2005

I'm freakin' out!

Oh my god! Greatest feeling EVER!

I must admit, I turned the TV off when we went down 10 with about 5 minutes left. While surfing the web, I couldn't help but check the score. The first time, not much had fact we were down more. When I checked again, the score was tied with 30 seconds left. I rushed to turn the game back on.

Watching OT was a roller coaster. The highs of Deron nailing the three...the lows of giving up the easy bucket or offensive rebound. And then the last play...that sucks for Arizona fans that they didn't even get off a good shot. Oh well...

Wow. Looks like I might need to contact some scalpers about next weekend after all...

Year of the ILLini.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

What internet website is more addictive than crack cocaine?

Your favorite porn site would have been a good guess. However, I am referring to WikepediA. Two hours ago, I did a simple inquiry on chess opening moves. Now, I must pull myself away from the computer so I can get a measly 4 hours of sleep before going to work tomorrow...err, later this morning. Multitudes of links to almost anything you might ever care to know about...

Monday, March 21, 2005

This is f*ckin' bullsh*t!

Jim Caple, a writer for, spent a week in Champaign as part of an effort to follow the schools in the NCAA basketball tournament from campus. During his stay, he took a picture while on top of the Alma Mater statue (reference this link - about halfway down the page).

This was the same freakin statue I was busted by a white female cop for climbing...nevermind the fact that it was around 10 or 11 on a Thursday night...and that it was 3 years ago. She took down my info, then said something to the effect of "they don't want people climbing on it". F*ck that...Jim Caple posted a picture of himself standing on top of the friggin thing on! I hate goddamn sexist racist bitches!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

I haven't been to a concert this good in a long time.

More precisely, it's been over a year and seven months.

The sold-out Interpol show at the Pageant tonight was GREAT. Their performance was spot on...album-quality tightness. The vast majority of the first half of the show was from Antics. In all, they must have played everything off that album except C' favorite song off the album, and likely their next single. Also missing was Untitled, probably one of the best first songs on any album. Other than those two, though, I was pleased with the setlist...which makes sense since I like all their songs.

I wasn't really a fan of the on-stage smoking, but I'll gladly put up with it for such quality music. Also, Paul Banks turned out to be a bigger guy than I imagined...though not really that big. And it seemed like he was gesturing to the sound guy to raise or lower the volume of his mike or his guitar after every single song. And Blasco, their touring keyboardist, seemed bored at times.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

My favorite excerpt from an album review. has an excerpt from a dotmusic review of The Mars Volta's Frances the Mute. It reads as follows:

An incredibly accomplished record, a true testament to the band’s imagination, intellectual curiosity and outrageous musical talent.... Unfortunately, “Frances The Mute” is also awful.

Other choice excerps from the review:

There may be moments of brilliance (and there are many), but the overall effect is one of gibberish, of Attention Deficit Syndrome with a record company advance.
The Mars Volta are to be applauded for releasing an album which is so obviously designed to please themselves. But the rest of us are not obliged to join them.

You can read the entire review here.

Monday, March 07, 2005

More evidence that Boeing executives are schmoes.

Our CEO was forced to resign because he cheated on his wife...with another Boeing executive. To be fair, he did revive the company during a downturn. At least his replacement, though only temporarily, is a black dude.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

I'm so sad.

The events in Columbus earlier today have caused me great pain. Let's hope it doesn't happen again for the rest of the season. That is all.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

A fighter plane running code that I wrote flew today.

Today was the first flight for F15-K-1, the first Korean F-15, and I was there to witness the take-off. A small portion of the code running on the central computer was written by me. Needless to say, I was very excited.

Update: here's a link to the story (includes a video).