Thursday, February 17, 2011


Well, today my calculator is officially dead. That's not very happy, so that's all I'll say about that.

And, I got to troubleshoot one of David's mazes today. I haven't actually finished it. I should try to write a program in C at the end of this semester, which will be able to find the solution to a maze, even with conditions like make only right turns. That would probably be really hard. Maybe not, I don't really know.

Then after work me and David played two games of chess. He won both, but I did better than I thought I would. Especially in the second game, when I actually took his queen. Then made some dumb errors. Oh well, 100 times from now maybe I'll win! :D

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I know, I know, I haven't posted in a while. Partially because I haven't been online too often recently, and it hasn't passed through my mind. Or it has, and I've ignored it...

But today, I heard from Erika. She is one of the people who I have been working very hard tutoring this last semester. She has been working very hard on her lessons, and although she failed her final (she froze up), we both felt confident that she could place out of that course with the AccuPlacer test. She took it yesterday, and passed! So now the long journey continues. But at least it progresses!

And it made me very happy to hear this.

Monday, December 13, 2010

So Ends Another Semester....

I just took my last final. Seriously, the bonus question took me about 20 minutes, and the other 9 questions took me about 25. No joke.

The bonus was something like this. If you get it without help, I might just call you a math nerd... or dedicated.
"I was on the second floor of a building the other day. My wife says, "lets take the lift. It won't take long, it's on the third floor and coming down." So we waited, but it went right past us to the first floor. Then back up, to the fourth floor; back down to the first again; and up to the fifth floor. "Lets just take the stairs, it'll be way faster," I said. "No," she said, "It's going to continue up to the 9th floor, then come down to us." In fact, it did. How did she know it would?"

have fun with that...

Also, I just picked up War And Peace. It has HOW MANY PAGES?!?!?! (1455) well, it'll give me something to do on a certain car ride that I may or may not be taking...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I just finished watching A Walk To Remember on Youtube. Really good movie. I'd totally recommend it. If you like, I can post the links.

Also, a little-known fact about youtube videos: I'm not exactly sure about Windows operating systems, but on Ubuntu, there is a /tmp folder. Things like youtube videos get stored there temporarily, but you can navigate to that place and then copy the video, so that you have a permanent copy. Kind of a grey area on legality and morality though.

Monday, November 29, 2010


I am a doofus.

I have been running around, crying about how I don't feel loved by God, nor do I feel like I love Him. As if, when someone else loves you, you suddenly get warm fuzzy feelings inside; and when you love someone, you always have those same warm fuzzy feelings toward them. Reality check here! this isn't the case.

We know He loves us, in that while we were yet sinners, He sent His son Jesus to die on a cross for us, and to bear our sin so that we could be imputed His righteousness. So that we could have a full part in heaven with Him, instead of being shut out in the cold, alone with ourselves in hell.

And I've been running around, lamenting my lack of faith. But, it seems, "if you have faith to move mountains, but have not love, you are nothing."

Now how does that mean, "have love"? in what manner is it using "Have?" is it like, I am loved by God so I have God's love? or is it, I love God, therefore I have love?

I have no idea. Thoughts?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

lol... progress quest. a zero-player game, does everything by itself.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

equations etc.

Well, in Engineering 207 we were learning about polynomial regression, and how to find the coefficients. that's where you have a bunch of points that basically form a parabola or something.

So Chris Jones (excellent math teacher, I strongly recommend him if you're going to HCC and need math) taught us the really long complicated way. Then he said, "and of course you can use MATLAB to do this for you, it'll be a lot shorter...."

This was at about 3pm.

Back up to 10am: we were taught how to get that line in Excel with 1/10 of the trouble from MATLAB and about 1/1000 of the trouble involved in doing it by hand!!!

I mentioned that to Chris... he laughed and said, oh yeah... now i can make you guys really hate me by showing you this... =) (btw that's just how he talks, idk why.)

I also learned that I can store multi-variable functions on my TI89 calculator. THAT FREAKIN ROCKS!!! :) sorry about that, it was really exciting though.