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Selection of the Month - May 2004

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

-Albert Einstein
(Thanks Trevor!)

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December 2002

**News and Updates**

August 25, 2004 12:40 AM

Welcome, all my Bio-II classmates! The new semester has rolled around, and it seems I have once again volunteered to host the powerpoints from class. They are available from the respective link on the left nav-bar. I'm such a nice guy. Feel free to look around my family's site, although it isn't oft updated anymore. It is quite large by comparison to many, over 500 pages, and has lots of info. The vacation stories make up a large part of it, and as they should, as we have taken quite a few trips! I also encourage you to take a look at some old home-school favourites of mine, The Roman Project and The Cinema Project. These days I only really update my livejournal account, which may come as a surprise for those familiar with my distaste for the pure schlock that is found in most blogs (how many times can you read "omg liek person x is soooo cute!" before you start hating the internet?). I like to think mine is a little different, as I try to focus mainly on educating people on various political issues, discussing my own opinions on the matters, as well as an occasional update on my life. Feel free to drop me an e-mail ( email button located at the bottom of every page, as well as in text at the top of most) if you spot any errors, or just want to chat about this-and-that. I just added the "About Me" section, so feel free to check that out. I'll have some new pics up, eventually.

May 31, 2004 9:43 PM

Listening to the 2nd period in the 4th Lightning-Flames Stanley Cup finals game on 620 WDAE. It's on the TV in the other room, but people keep switching it to other channels. My birthday was the 20th, the " big 1 - 7 " as a friend put it. Yup, 17 years old now. As usual, nothing big, I can see R movies alone now. Oh boy. Saw Shrek 2 today. It was great, awesome, wonderful. Gotta love Antonio there. Also saw "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at the Tampa Theatre, where Dad and I are now "Mogul" members, we get in to movies free all year and some other cool stuff. They're having a "Summer Classics" series, where they are showing a bunch of great old films every Sunday at 3, my plan is to go and see them all. I have been playing my guitar a great deal more lately, it's pretty fun. It's such a delightful sounding instrument. Been working on the basics for the TLAB website, was trying out Macromedia Dreamweaver since WebExpress inserts double center commands for old-browser compatibility, but it makes everything look awful on Mozilla and Mozilla FireFox. Interestingly enough, when the Dreamweaver trial crashes, it corrupts my registry causing windows to do a complete registry wipe. This effectively annihilates all the settings and hardware information on my computer, causing me a 45 minute or so headache to fix it enough to restore a registry backup. Lovely. I have not been able to find anyone else on the web who has this problem, sadly. For now I've installed it on Dad's old laptop ( Win2K, shudder ) and it seems to be running fine. We shall see.

May 11, 2004 12:32 AM EST

Ah, the semester is over. Just got my grades back, straight A's again. Pretty happy about that. Got my ACT scores back too, 33 out of 36. Again, not too shabby. Just finished watching "Bad News Bears", that 1976 classic starring Walter Matthau. I expected it to be pretty lame, but it was actually rather humorous and cute. Tatum O'Neal was pretty cute in that one. If I were 13 again I might even call her "hot", but I'm not, so I won't. The damage is already done. Too bad her career never really took off. Speaking of age, I'll be turning 17 in just over a week. Pretty exciting, only not. Went and saw "The Punisher" with Boomer a few days ago, was a pretty good movie. I believe my exact words were "It served it's purpose well", a stunning compliment from a tough critic, as those who know me best realize. Saw Emily and Dani again at the "Teen Coffeehouse" hosted by my very own TLAB (www.teenboard.org), so that was cool. I like them. Gonna take Trevor to lunch tomorrow hopefully, have him meet "the fam", as it were. He's already studying ahead for the summer semester with the one week break between them, the poor soul. I chose the slower route and took the summer off, maintaining my somewhat fragile sanity. My parents bought me the Last Samurai DVD the day it came out, that was pretty cool of them. Nothing much else is going on, just waiting for high school to let out so I can start hanging out with my old buds again. Over the summer my plans are as follows: practice my guitar, create the new TLAB website, watch more movies, read more books, go to the gym more, and then some other stuff I've yet to think up quite yet. Sounds exciting, eh? At least there are no guitar finals.....

April 25, 2004 7:35 PM EST

About time I got back to this... Just got back from Tyrone Square Mall, got to meet Alton Brown , of Good Eats (a show on Food Network) fame. He signed my copy of his book (well, one of them) "I'm Just Here for the Food". How cool is that, eh? I love his style of blending science and cooking. It especially appeals to me now that I am almost done with my Biology class... The powerpoints to which I have graciously made available in the link above. Or here if you missed it. You're welcome.Jesse and Alton Brown - April 2004 Anyhoo. Got my SAT scores back. 1420 out of 1600, 700 math 720 verbal. Not bad, not as good as I had hoped, but better than expected. Still waiting on my ACT scores, but I'm expecting better than the SATs. Tom was done two weeks ago, that was completely awesome. He's still my best buddy, even if he moved away over a year ago. Brought him to Bio class with me one of the days, had him meet my friends Trevor and Stephanie. My whole family had a great time with him, always do. You're always welcome here, buddy. Finals are next week, 4 tests this week. Shouldn't have to take the Eastern Humanities final, so that's nice. Last Samurai is out of theatres now.. saw it 5 times in theatres. Never done something like that before. Seriously good movie. I'm vice president of the teen board of our local library, should be creating a decent website for them (www.teenboard.org) as soon as finals are over. Jesse, Emily, Dani, and Joy at 60's bash- April 2004Recently worked for the teen group at a little 60's event thing, even got my picture in a local paper over it. A different local paper also interviewed me for their "volunteer of the month", which should be out next month. Heck, I'm almost a celebrity around here it seems. I'm taking the summer off, so I won't have my Life Sciences AA until next summer. It's worth it though, I'm already burned out pretty bad. Over the summer I hope to practice my guitar more (I have been practicing, but still can't really play more than a few chords), and maybe some community theatre. That'd be fun. We'll have to see. Anyways, there's a quick update on my life. Oh, and Iron Chef America just finished tonight. They'll be replaying episodes for a few more days now. All I have to do now is survive the next two weeks....

February 28, 2004 7:23 PM EST

I'll try to post soon. Until then, here's a picture of my Calc I class from last semester. (Picture)

November 1, 2003 2:00 PM EST

Wow. It's been a very tough semester this time around. Haven't talked to any of my friends in a while, main I've just been working on schoolwork, plus some volunteer stuff at church. The church is having a rough time, so my family has rather been forced to take over a number of positions besides putting my father's ideas into motion. It's been an interesting time to say the least. School is going pretty well, Still mostly making A's, but it's been pretty brutal. The tests in Abnormal Psychology are a nightmare, lots of writing and memorized names and years. Chem hasn't been too bad, and the lab midterm was surprisingly easy. Calculus is.. well, a little difficult to follow at times, but not too bad overall. Java, while fun, has a lot of deliverables, so takes a lot of time, and besides that it has some pretty brutal tests too. It hasn't been all bad though, I've gotten to meet a few people as of late too. Of course a big hello to Lester, a friend from chem class who has been a great help with some technical questions involving network security and Linux. Thanks a lot for all your help! Also Jason, who I happen to have classes with every day. I also recently met a few kids around my age at a little Halloween. thing at the library. So a big hello to Su, Brian, John and Kaylie as well. Tomorrow after church, (I've been derelict in my A/V duties thanks to school, erk!) I'll be heading to the Festival of Reading to watch our favorite local band, The Crabgrass Cowboys. If you're interested, they'll be playing there around 3pm. The Festival is at Eckerd College, and goes from 10am till 4pm.

Links: My Roman Project  -  Gabriel's Horn - Fermat's Last Theorem - The Birthday Paradox

August 23, 2003 12:34 AM EST

Quick update: Three of my computer's main HD partitions mysteriously disappeared. Currently working on reconstruction efforts, I have found the data from the corrupted partitions and now need only to copy them somewhere. Will need to install the 200GB HD on to my secondary computer to back up files from the Primary computer tomorrow. Still sick, coughing, sneezing, whatnot. Have an appointment at the gym tomorrow, as well as my annual test for academic placement. The new semester starts Monday, interesting class load. Calculus I, Chem I w/ lab, JAVA I, Abnormal Psychology. My glasses had been broken, finally got them back. They are much darker and greyer than before, I am very pleased. Hopefully I'll update again soon once I fend off this illness and horrible hard drive corruptions.

April  12, 2003 9:31 PM EST

Just a quick little update. My links page has been started, check out some of my friends' sites. Also, just completed a really simple little java applet, pretty much cut-and-paste out of the book. Check that out here. (IE required). Also, the Red Wings are two games behind. It is very sad for us to be losing to a team named after a Disney movie. <Added April 13> Another two little Java applets done, this time written from scratch. See them here and here. I kind of cheated on the second one, using spaces to align everything. Oh well.

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