2.28.2005

1:40 architecture lab

an hour and forty minutes... that's entirely too much time to spend on something... i didn't know i could focus on anything that long... atleast i used the time to teach phil a few important things.

1) Don't ask me why his architecture papers are sticking together.

2) He should worship the ground i walk on.

3) His fiance wants to shit on me... in a good way.

...also new picture thing compliments of khautz.

stuffs to do...

i have a headache and heartburn... the last two days i've had headaches.. this is the first signs of headache patterns sincei was in dayton... i'm not sure what to blam eit on this time though...

got my semiconductor test back... 95... it was a liberal grading system.. the lowest was a 75 that i saw/heard about... but i can't complain...

have to do devil's class lab tonight as well as semiconductor hoemowrk and need to start thinking about my paper i have to distribute a rough draft of on thursday...

i might beable to see "The Machinist" when i go home this weekend... it's finally at the independant theater in Dayton... but they dont' have this friday's shows listed yet... but it's only been there one week because i checked last time i was down there... it's one of only four theaters showing it this week... i'll be mildly upset fii miss it by one day... my sister said she'd go with me...

the booshoft museum in dayton has 5 laser shows every friday and saturday... classic rock, dark side of the moon, the doors, led zep, and finally the wall... much better choices than in flint... my sister said they had a tool show too for awhile... i wish i would have known that... maybe i should listen to the radio more... on that note the laser show was kindof neat.. the planetarium hurt my neck bad nadi was uncomfortbale pretty much the whole time... the rows were too close for me to slouch down enough to have neck support... then being an geeky type i began wondering how it all worked, and why the green laser lit up the entire room a lot mroe than red laser, and noticing the laser not being able to turn off fast enough in certain situation and leaving undesirable trails...

khautz is photoshopping my picture form yesterday... i might use it to replace my user icon... there's this one and this one... if he can get the eyes where i like them i'll use it... then i'll have to redo my template to better match the colours...

b-spec is seemingly working very well for endurance races in gt4.. atleast the one race we've tried so far...

2.27.2005

i feel like i look, and i look like crap...

i woke up this morning feeling like crap... i can't sleep anymore though i feel very tired... i feel hot and cold at the same time, but my skin doens't feel hot or cold just warm... i feel like throwing up... so here's a picture of me this morning... i've even let my glasses ride down my nose some.. and they're still lopsided but i've given up.. i broke my nose once and it's lopsided itself so i i've come ot the conclusion that my glasses will never look perfectly centered and balanced... it also sort of looks like i'm wearing lipstick... which i'm not...

2.26.2005

friday's are fun when they're aren't spent playing counterstrike...

yesterday was a really good day.. after classes at least... the morning classes were fine.. architecture made me want to cry... semiconductors was better than usual but still bad...

automotive electronics... talked about control system basics... as well as an op amp circuit i forget the exact purpose for now... something to have an intermediate reference voltage so noise wouldn't cause a crazy looking output signal..

wireless we downloaded some programs and played around with them... they help you design board components using just traces on a PCB it's pretty interesting... resistance is determined by area of the trace, and capacitance by a distance between traces.. and you can even do antennas on a pcb using just traces... really fun stuff i think...

architecture we started talking about pipelining, much i guess was sorta of neat... but i just can't stand the prof any more... it makes it very painful... so i end up either bringing my laptop, or playing tetris on my calculator or maybe exchanging a couple text messages with Liz... but i need to study for this next quiz..i already used my drooped quiz in there on the last one...i have an 80 something... the class average is a 68...

semiconductors we're talking about EE components some now it's not pure physics, by physics i mean voodoo, but also the prof talked about something i already know stuff about and he was WRONG... so now i'm not confident anything he has told me is accurate... he said that by pulling out the antenna on your cellphone it had absolutely no effect on increasing reception... it does, i've had two other classes where they make it perfectly clear it does... by extending your antenna you better match the wavelength of the signal you're trying to receive... sprint uses 1.9 Ghz... that has a wavelength of around 6.7 inches... if i extend the antenna on my phone it's a lot closer to 6.7 inches than when it's not extended, so it's a better antenna extended... theoretically... prof says it's just a "placebo" to extend the antenna... and that's a lie...

brian skipped his afternoon classes to work on gt4... i took over when i got back... my highlight of gt4 was that i was able to get the international-A license.. well tests 6 through 16... someone had already done the first 5 but got stuck...

went to eat at fazoli's because we had buy drink and salad get free meal coupons so it was very cheap... i gave the finger to a lady in a lexus on the way there... she turned left in front of me and sat in the middle of the intersection because the street she was turning on to was moving slowly and i had to swerve a bit to avoid her... it was snowy out... so she got the finger... gt4 is a bad influence on my driving... i give the finger to imaginary cars when i'm playing... but fazoli's ended up being a lot of fun... we laughed alot and made more than a few people think we were nuts i'm sure... that's partly why i like going out to eat even with my family we usually act like we're at least partially crazy...

oh earlier in the day we were waiting for phil to get out of class to give him a rid home... he was in databases... and the previous day he told us about a guy who farted very loud in there and it echoed off the walls... and no one said a thing... phil didn't know his name though.. so we're walking down the hall afterwards and i ask phil who's the guy that farted... and it ended up beign the guy right behind us... i laugh so hard telling the story i can't get out more than a few sentences... the guy was in our hall way when we were in the dorms so i thought phil knew his name so i figured that it wasn't him... boy did i feel silly...

after fazloi's tried to go to the laser show it was sold out... but the lady was very nice and she gave us all free tickets to come back and see it tonight... it was icy out and we needed two cars because Hal's over for the weekend chad and i drove... at the planetarium josh was getting out of cchad's truck and feel flat on his ass on the ground... it was funny...also a lot of snow balls were thrown on the way from the cars to the planetarium... it was a good time...

we decided to go see a movie since there was no laser show... saw lemony snickets... it was okay... i enjoy it for the first half and got a few chuckles out of it then my butt started to hurt alot... i stopped enjoying it as much after that...

we had some time to kill before the movie so we headed home... since it was snowy out chad stopped by the school to fool around in the parking lot... i pulled in the student lot to watch because the sunfire is not capable of having much fun in the snow... after about 30 seconds of chad fooling around a security truck pulls in and starts chasing him... i just sort of waited till they disappeared and snuck home... i guess he didn't follow him too far...

on the ride home from the movie there was Z3 in the ditch with a very yuppie type person walking around it it talking on his cell phone this sight brought me much glee...i was behind chad and he'd spin his tires at every stop light... on ice... i made the the casual comment that doing that makes him a bigger man... (also can spin the tires of my 4 banger... on ice) when we got home phil told chad how awesome it was that he could spin his tires on ice(being sarcastic of course) then chad and brian both got very defensive... saying stuff such as "like he's never done it on dry pavement before" it was funny to watch how seriously everyone was taking it, i openly laughed at all of them...

then we watched some wildboyz episodes... steve-o from jack ass and another guy doing an animal show... it's very amusing... and disgusting at times... ask me if you want details...

2.25.2005

laser throttle body seminar...

thesis proposal finally turned in...

started final project in automotive electronics lab today... making a contorl system for a throttle body... we got decent work done more than any other group... we have our driver circuit and motor hooked up... now we need ot do some tests to get a trasnfer fucntion andall that jazz... then make a contorl algorithm... were it stands right now it's very inaccurate... which any open loop contorller will be.. also in lab we found out biran can't hear frequncies much higher than 10 kHz... i can hear up to about 17 kHz... well atleast the throttle body motor oscilating at that frequency...

senior seminar.. i'm sick of it... from it i've learned i'm a fairly unethical and selfish person that feels that people get what they having coming to them... i got my paper back did better than i had hoped... i did more bullshitting on this one and was jsut happy to get it done and it comes back with a good grade... it's all about the bullshitting...

then tonight of course was spent on gt4... we're 17% done... i spent 190k on a mercedes sl65 amg... it's won lots of races and we've gotten some relaly nice cars form those races.. it was worth the investment... and it's a really sexy car... i want one...

we're going to see a laser show at the planetarium tomorrow...

goodnight...

2.23.2005

yay gt!! boo cs!!

fuck me, they're back to CS already... atleast i have something to waste countless hours on now... already have a nice selection of cars... my favouritest to drive is a 350z lm concept or soemthing, won it by finsihing the first jap racing series thing... it's a nismo tuned guy that handles like a dream... holds 2 g's, makes for a fun drive... i like nismo cars... my favourite car in gt3 was a nismo silvia... the orange yellow one... it's handeled beautifully also... i thinki saw it in gt4... but it was either terribly expensive or you had to win it... my best 7 so far is a ricey looking fc... it does pretty well... i dunno... outside of gt world nothing much happened today... i went out and bought gas before i ran out...

more gran turismo...

Graphics: about as good as i think can be expected from the ps2... yes there are jaggies... but i think the limitations of the standard television are coming into play.. what are they about 800x600 or less...backgrounds are very good, approaching photorealistic and they move in believable 3d type motions...shimmering is present thought not terrible... i don't find my self wondering which way a turn is like in nfsu....reflection and sun flare are nice additions too...

sound: no complaints... dolby pro logic II... differnt exhausts make differnt sounds which is a nice touch... music choices better than nfsu..i shouldn't relaly be comparinghte two... but i am...

physics: they're pretty forgiving i've yet to spin out yet... but also theyre' less forgiving... certain turns on laguna seca you used to beable to coast thru, now require heavy braking... and from a first person view when yo jam onteh brakes there's a brake dive effect which is kind of neat... i've yet to experiment with stiffer shocks to see if the effect is lessened or not...

gameplay: about wha'ts expected... atleast in a-spec mode where you are the driver... b-spec you act as a director, telling a cpu driver how aggressivly to drive and stuff... i havn't tried that you yet... rallies are differnt, if you hit a wall or another car at a high speed you can't acclerate above 31 mph for 5 seconds... if your'e above 31 mph you'll cost for that 5 seconds... i've only done one rally course and it was all on paved streets... but it was fun...

tracks: lot so fthe same ones from previous gt's... i like how they added the nurburgring... 13 miles of craziness... tha'ts probabaly teh highlight of the tracks for me so far... altough i did liek the first rally track too...it was through a town ... i jsut liked it for some reason...

i dunno what else to say... it's what i expected... lots of cars... even has a sunfire that looks very similar to mine the gxp concept or something... and a hardtop solstice... and FC's... has a delorean... goofy animation of a mechanic crawling under your car to changethe oil... also goofy animation of two guys dring your car off when you have it washed... still a lot i have not looked at yet...

edit:: i forgot to mention that you can import 100,000 credits and a and b lisences from gt3... nice feature i think...

2.22.2005

yay gran turismo!

i'll write more in the morning... but this picture does a good job of describing it...

not till 7!!

what a wicked world we live in... i need to do more research on where i place my preorders from now on... no gt4 till 7?? tha'ts what i get for avoiding the mall... geez...

2.21.2005

umm...

i felt inclined to post... but i really don't have much to say... gran turismo day tomorrow...i got my phone call telling me it shoudl be in... now i'm contemplating skipping semiconductors... i'm terrible... i skipped it today too...

summer class schedule looks like computer networks for my CE minor... EE design project for my major... and Acoustics to keep me a full time student...

i dunno...

good night hunter...

well i felt it was jsut a matter of time... but i didn't know he'd do it himself... hunter s. thompson is no more...

2.20.2005

dayton pictures!

well i went through my pictures and chose some good ones i wanted to share... they're all here

and i'll address some of them individually now...

across the street form my house, to the right, to the left, my house

backyard

more backyard

even more backyard and the pond

back of house

rx-7


kitty kat

giagundous jesus on way to flea market

best picture from flea market

dad and sister

(edit:: dunno why photot bucket resizes differnt pics differently, deal with it... unless you want a high res copy for some weird reason, i can provide... also the "rx" is one picture and "-7" is another...)

well i said what each one was but this one, this is a sort of fun ohio road... i go way faster than i should thorugh here sometimes, y'all can take guesses... now some people may wonder why i say ohio has superior roads to michgan when you can see a crack in the road in this picture... this is kind of a country road, in michgan this would most likely be a DIRT road... but i ohio it's paved, no pot holes, and hell it's even painted...

i'm tired... the roads got nasty ont eh drive up... i used all my engery yelling at michigan drivers who drive poorly and like to try to run me off the road... at one point i had two wheels on the wrong side of the rumble strip because they decided they wanted to use the part of the road i was using... they also liek to go 35.. when it's perfectly passable at 50.. or 60 if you're feeling cocky... grr...

cs still running strong... i want to shoot myself... i think i'm going home again over long weekend.. unless gt4 is better than i ever dreamed...

2.19.2005

dayton...

i'll probablydo a more complete post with pictures and such oncei get back to flint... i don't have patience to do any cropping or uploading on the ole' laptop...

saw closer... made me chuckle some... woudlnt' really want to see again though...

flea market... as expected... makes wal-mart folk look liek they belong at the four seasons or something obscene like that... didn't buy anything.. normally don't...

good seeing friends here... it's fun driving around singing along to songs withold friends...

umm yeah.. i'm kind of tired... went to the dayon philharmonic again... it was kind of neat.. i lked it more last time... i'm not much for marches... they played a lot of marches...

more tomorrow...

2.18.2005

semiconductor midterm...

the only thing to do now is bend over and take it like man... but it's going to be really nasty...

automotive electronic devil horns...

in automotive electronics, the prof was describing how an H-bridge works... the only important part about that is the shape of the H.. he was describing one of the feature on an H-Bridge IC and then he made devil horns and looked right at me... the two finger pointing up were supposed to represent two leads going to a postive voltage and the rest of the hand represented the load, a motor in this case... i had to look down because i was about to laugh... and laugh long and hard... he was also wearing all balck today so that helped the effect i guess... he's a good guy thugh i like him... that might be part of why i found it so funny... ah, to be easily amused...

2.17.2005

balisongs...

i found my balisongs tonight... that made me happy... they're more threatening than a swiss army knife... and they're easier to open which in turn makes them easier to walk around the house waving them at people like you're nuts... they were in my bag that i'm using to go home for the weekend... i have too many gadgets i need to haul around now... the nomad, the phone, the laptop, the camera and appropriate chargers for each of those...

counterstrike continues... there is no counter strike in dayton home... yay...

my sister gone this weekend... this makes me sad... as much as she drives me bonkers at the end of 3 months i like seeing her for a weekend at a time... i think i'm going to see constantine with a buddy tomorrow night... after 10ish... i have high hopes for it... but i'll probabaly be disappointed... i dunno what i'm doing saturday.. either some with my daddy or going to flea market with friends... there's something i wanted at the flea market.. oh a camera case for the nikon... i should bring the manual too... i'm not sure what else i'd want from the flea market... but ti's usually a good time... very interesting people to say the least... shit maybe i should take my camcorder home too so i can get some footage for my flea market documentary...

newest email...

from a certain prof...

If you wish to drop the higher grade (instead of lower one) please let me know by Monday noon Feb 21/05.


in other news i didn't up date payment info and my rent didn't get paid for wibarmx... but all's good now...

2.16.2005

sleepy time...

they're off to play counter strike... i'm off to bed...

your mom joke of the day...

it's become habit to make your mom jokes when phil's around... i think napleon dynamite can be cited as the influence(your mom goes to college)... this evening it went something like this...

Phil: I gotta make sure i put my name on this.
n8: your mom has my name on her.
brian: its tattoed in a very private place.
n8: so private i don't think your dad has even seen it.
Phil: wow... you get a lot more interesting when you've been sitting in your room writing a paper.

back to the paper... about 50% done(being a little optimistic here)...

2.15.2005

flint's on fark again...

not as exciing... but it's still mentioned...

2.14.2005

yay nikon!

well i've been playing with my new buddy tonight... he's got some pretty nifty features... one of my favourites so far is the panoramic assist... it puts a ghost of your previous image onthe dipslay than you turnthe camera and line up the actual image with the ghosted image... and it comes with a program to automatically merge the pictures together... it works pretty well here's a picture of part of the living room the lighting was poor and no flash in panoramic mode... also i think the geometry will get kind of weird in such a small area... but this feature is fun and makes me excited... i might do my room tomorrow when the sun shines... but yeah the more i use the nikon the more i like it...

edit: i was too excited i did my room and it turned out pretty well... a few places there's some anomalies... but i can live with that...low res(~270K) and high res(~3.7M)

edit2: did phil's room too only in high res(~2.4M)

flint made fark!!

yay flint!!... it made fark with this article, the fark headline read "Today's "Judge arrested for drunk driving" story brought to you by Flint, Michigan"

2.13.2005

architecture...

jsut got this email form my architecture prof...

"The grades have been posted on Blackboard since yesterday. The average is close to 80%. With your more effort we should be able to reach 82%"

why did they hire this guy...with your more effort... two more 2%, since yesterday!?!?

yay valentines day!

since i'm lacking a girlfriend that means i have to buy myself a valentines day present, right?

i've been looking into getting a new camera for awhile now... and i found a great deal on a nikon coolpix 4200 at circuit city... so i bought it... so far i'm happy with it... here's one of my first shots, my eyeball... (edit: if your'e using IE make sure to expand it to see the full res shot)

2.12.2005

saturday's are good...

saturday's are usually good days... i don't really do anything... and it's nice...

watched "employee of the month," i really liked it... it made me laugh... i recommend it...

last night i reinstalled doom3... i really like the game... it makes me tense and fearful... i'm playing more wrecklessly this time through and it's going well... it's my protest againist CS going on upstairs...

played more megaman... why do they get so hard... i have the 8 robots beat on a few differnt games but the dr. wiley levels cause me much pain...

pre-ordered gran turismo 4 since ti has an official release date (2/22)...

went to walmart... i bought tissues and abox of parmesan and garlic cheez-its... there are a lot of dirty greasy peole at walmart on a saturday...

we got a "value feast" at KFC to take home for supper... feeds three guys for $12... not bad... i had a beer with mine because brian was DJing in the car and was playing ludacris's chicken 'n beer album... and it sounded liek a good idea...

i've been reading the web comic something positive. well i'm catchign up.. i hadn't read it for nearly a year... i found this one very amusing... (i know khautz doesn't mind me linking ot his photobucket...)

got a call form liz tonight, it was nice...

and yeah... here' s a picture of me getting my haircut since i havn't posted it yet... not only am i not wearing glasses, which is very rare itself... i'm also makign a goofy shape with my lips... such pictures i normally don't share... so tonight everyone should feel lucky...

2.10.2005

another day, another post...

no new pictures yet... andi think i'm done with consistant k8 pictures... there is by no means any shortage of them.. jsut it's more effort thani feel like putting forth at the moment... hell i havn't even felt liek keeping this updated consistently...

i thought wearing my osu hat in michgan would upset some people atleast.. with them beating michgan and all... but it hasn't.... in ohio i'll wear it and people will talk to me all the time about it... how it's a classic design or something... that still happens in michgan even.. the other day at sams club i was midnig my own business looking at something and a guy comes up to me and saysy hey nice hat, it was a guy probably in his early 50's and told be how it was the classic style way back from the glory days of woody hayes... then he threw in the they looked real good againist michigan this year though... i like it though... and hats are just another secret into not looking as bald...



see you'd never know i was missing hair in that picture!! i might not even have eyeballs...

in other news i need a new digital camera... accepting donations...

yeah.. i got nothing else...

2.09.2005

a new post... weird...

it's been awhile... eh... sleeps been coming to me in a finkicky fashion... last night was good... night before wasn't good, wasn't bad... night before was really good... before that pretty bad... and before that pretty bad also... i guess i've kind of had a lot on my mind... so it's not as weird for me to be losing sleep.. i'd rather have an excuse than the just can't sleep issue...

was going to go meet my uncle in frankenmuth for some ice carving thing... btuthe warm weather has prevented that from happening... oh well... would have been nice ot see my uncle.. he's very amusing...

i really dislike architecture... more and more each day... now my mind just refuses to think like that... a differnt prof would have been nice... maybe one who could complete sentences in english... and comprehend questions in english to give a answer that doesn't invoke mroe confusion... i looked at the homework due today.... it didn't make much sense in 30 seconds so i thought it's going ot be entirely too much work... (now there's giving it the old college try...) the class average is about a 60... i'm significantly above it.. so i'm feeling pretty fat and happy about my grade... i need to rename my nomad... his current name is far too disgraceful...

i cleaned my room today... instead of architecture homework... i think i'm goingot get some lunch at burger king... somoene decided to skip out on dishes last night, it's my night tonight now... fortunately there are not that many... he then announced this morning won't beable to cook tonight... he did however have time to watch a movie and play counterstrike last night... he still ahs time today to do the dishes i guess.. we'll see... those who know me know how i feel about events like this... and i'll leave it at that...

i feel more with it today... which is good i've been flirting with a zombie like state for a couple days now... i'll have ot make it through the afternoon with out slipping back there though...

phil's bad at megaman, like really bad... i had to show him how it was done.. i was doing okay till i got to a boss... then magnet man made me look like a fool... but later i put him in his palce and blazed thorugh several other megaman 3 levels... now i'm on gemini man... i beat allt eh megaman 5 baddies.. but i'm having trouble in the final stages...but i feel more competent now... my mega skillz are coming back... but i'm still swearing a whole lot, it a game i couldn't play at home becasue i dont' think i'd beable to control my mouth while playing it... but atleast i blame myself for my failures... unlike counterstrike folk who always blame the other guys of cheating... that bothers me...

i'm goingot tacobell not burger king.. and i'm leaving now... i plan on adding some pictures to my photobucket album in the future...


2.04.2005

still not feeling great...

but my midterm is over... and i feel very good about it... with a little luck it could be a flawless victory...

slept maybe four hours last night, i tried for total 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep by morning... these involuntary low sleep nights are occurring more and more frequently... they used to be every three or four weeks... now it's every week... oh well it won't kill me...

this was a busy week... i'm glad it's over... i'm still tired but i don't feel like i could sleep if i tried a nap... i might go to the store and get some heartburn meds...

thursday nights...

why can i never sleep on thursdays... i feel like complete crap and feel exhausted but sleep is no where to be found... grrr... maybe i'll feel better tomorrow and do an actual post...

2.01.2005

search engines...

i get interesting hits from search engines...

i'm number one for: ass slapping dwarfs kate on google... (someone in germany did that search)...

i also got one on how to subtract binary...

and i got two for necrophilia in one day... how awesome is that...