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My news, Fall 2004
(3 December 2004) Lesson of the week: college is a good place to learn. Profs (and some students) know their stuff, and can give recommendations of good books to read. Lesson number two, realized shortly after: I could easily flunk out next semester if I study even half of the books and articles on my to-read list. If I leave, I'll stop hearing about good books. If I stay, I can only afford to *hear* about good books. I would make some reference to Catch-22, but after three semesters, it's still on my list.
(19 November 2004) Sat outside a prof's office for most of an hour block that was labeled "Office Hours" on his schedule. I had some "academic"-type questions...finally I come up with some questions in an area that Dordt has professors for, and once again I am denied. While I was sitting in the hallway, I answered a few of the questions on my own. Why am I going into debt to attend this Dordt Machine? I am just a whiney, squeaky cog in this factory...where do I fit in? I am planning on staying for one, maybe two, semesters more - but even that seems like a mistake. Since I've gotten here, the things I'm glad for have come at the expense of my transcript.
(18 November 2004) I ate another banana without using my hands.
(15 November 2004) More or less for a Linguistics class project, I have been programming quite a bit. I'm experiencing setbacks due to my own skills, and also due to other people's bugs. It's actually kind of heartening to realize that I'm not the only programmer who makes mistakes.
(11 November 2004) Praise and Worship night. Also, today was spent debugging someone else's program, but now I can use it in mine. Now to bed.
(10 November 2004) Prinsburg or bust.
(9 November 2004) I ate a banana without using my hands.
(4 November 2004) I'm still learning. And when that gets interrupted for the sake of attending classes, I usually try to catch up on homework. This week, I heard a more legitimate reason why bachelor's degrees are the bees-knees. Apparently, they are good for getting visas, which in turn are helpful if one ever wishes to make a living outside of the United States. So now my options seem to be: (a) squeeze through Dordt trying to swipe a bachelor's diploma on my way out, (b) take pills that make me feel less about myself and lame homework, (c) find (and find $$ for) a school that excites more concentration or (d) find a job that can give me something useful to do with my hands and still leave me enough time to learn.
(29 October 2004) Programming addiction day. I was working on the database portion of my picture management program. It's the least exciting part, but what it does is allow me to build the rest of my program without worrying how the actual storage files work. Now I can both write and read from my "database" files. I still need to add a few search features. Then the plan is to forget about the file-level details for a while, while I make a single user version of the actual program. There's still a long ways to go, but the first stage (of about three) to getting a basic working program is nearing completion.
(23 October 2004) Some sort of time breach must have occurred between me and the rest of the world today. I got up at a decent time, but suddenly it's the end of the day. I did get some cleaning done in the room, some hours in at work, some friends talked to, some WinXP installed, and even some pictures up. I was putting up some pictures up for someone else, and said "Alright, let's find some to put up for everyone!" What I posted spans from the first day with my new camera to today. The skies have been a beautiful cloudy blue (after at least a week of dull), but I didn't make time to take advantage of the bright day sun. I've made a teeny tiny bit of progress on a picture management program. I've done no homework. Where did the weekend go?
(22 October 2004) Really I'm writing this on Sunday, October 24. Friday was a noteworthy good time with Hannah. It was strangely idealistic, but I have the receipt to prove it. We saw a fun musical, and ate most of a large pizza - all with no out of pocket expense. I had found a free pizza coupon while mowing this summer, and a friend was "Ugly" in Northwestern College's "Honk, Jr." production. So we headed to Orange City. The musical was geared toward children, which means it applied to me more than Dordt's ""Jubilee"" (the overused misnomer for my web host's Fiftieth anniversary) show. I'm guessing that the kid's show made me appreciate Northwestern, more than Dordt's warm-fuzzy thing would have done had I gone. I am starting to appreciate Dordt a bit more, but I still dislike the propaganda and the grades. Anyway, hopefully I'll eventually have a cogent complaint to register. I'm not staying up tonight just to rant.
(19 October 2004) The new camera has surpassed the old both in pictures kept and, as of tonight, in pictures taken. Whoops.
(13 October 2004) Okay, so once again it's really early morning on the day after this item is labeled. I just finished a bugger of a tiny little C++ window/textbox/button program. It doesn't anything that would hugely excite you, but I learned a lot getting there. So I'm that much closer to getting a basic picture management program up. Which is good. Although I am not going to release exact data, lets just say I've taken "many" pictures during the first month of using my new digital camera. For example, one Saturday I had taken nearly 250 pictures before 9:00a. Of course, not all of those are keepers, but I hope to get some new picture galleries up soon.
(24 September 2004) It's Friday, Thursday night. Haven't been keeping much track of the days this week. A few nights ago, Windows decided to not run anything besides Explorer. So I reinstalled it, and now I'm still working from backups and stuff. Which is why this news update might not actually show up until later. Now one of my goals is to sort things out better, and get them backed up on DVD. Let's see when that happens. My goal to practice picture-taking has been going okay - I passed the thousand pictures mark on my new camera today. I need to make strides on my picture-organizing software goal now, beyond just strategizing. There's still a stack of books to read, room stuff to sort through, sleep to get, places to explore, people to enjoy, computers to fix, math to learn, guitars to practice. Plus I'm considering thinking about homework more than I have been. But I don't think that will happen tonight, because I've wasted enough time already today away from a previous commitment. Hebrews 3:10-11
(18 September 2004) It's Friday, Saturday technically. I think I could do a lot this weekend. I'm not sure what my plans are. I'll probably keep "testing" my new PowerShot S60. I would like to start programming the data manager for my picture program, but I'm still not sure how I'm going to manage "the data". Not sure what else I'll do. As usual, it's late and I'm going to bed.
(12 September 2004) Busy, busy... Bees are pretty busy looking. I watched some on the retreat a few weekends ago. They just go from flower to flower like who would have ever thought to do anything else. I think I go from flower, to pinecone, to ice cream cone, to desert, to lake, to net, to school.
(5 September 2004) This week, I realized one benefit of small town life, even though the closest place to try out a good selection of guitar gear is...Omaha? But the service in this town is great. This week, a repairman brought me back to Dordt before getting to work on my muffler. My oil got changed while I was in class, picked up and brought back for no charge. And when I get groceries, a high schooler follows me out to my car with all my bags. (Which strikes me as a bit too servile...I'll live.) So that's the news. It's raining now, and I need to walk through it.
(this semester) It looks like the schedule is this: Linguistics 301, Gen 200:Music/Film, Music Theory 1, Chorale and Theology 101 on Monday. Music Theory again, HPER 10 and Philosophical Anthropology on Tuesday. I bought a Differential Equations book so, motivation permitting, I can hopefully learn that in depth. So far, I've been making a habit of practicing picture taking and guitar/bass playing. I am also intent on getting a foundation for picture organizing programmed. Plus I have a stack of books to read on my own.
(24 October 2004) Finally added a mixed collection of pictures from the last months.
(16 October 2004) Finally am posting updates made on my computer. Plus Axstar updates.
(18 September 2004) Added new pictures to "The last days of..." and sorted it to be a completely chronological collection. Expect more pictures, I suppose.
(13 September 2004) More than twenty new pictures, including another collection.
(31 August 2004) Lots of new Axstar material - 1986 catalog, one more model, more serial numbers, notes section. Planning on redoing that section a bit. I may have a few more pictures soon. Also (obviously) archived old news.