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random musings of just another computer nerd

Month: April, 2004

Jackass at Jack In the Box

I was stuck behind a total JACKASS at the Jack in the Box drive-through. Seriously! I was so pissed off I wanted to smash the hell out of his car and then throw him out of the drive-through line! First, he took at least 5 to 10 minutes to order what he wanted. I mean, did he have the IQ of a Brick or what? He kept changing his order and then he finally made up his mind AFTER 10 FREAKING MINUTES. DUMBASS!! And then it took FIFTEEN MINUTES to get his order! I was getting so pissed off! When I finally got to the window, the clerk was pissed off too. Apparently the guy kept changing his mind and changing his order. Finally the clerk was like, “Screw you, dumbass. Take it or leave it!”. Well, not exactly those words. Seriously… people can be so stupid.


I had my very first code review. It was interesting and slightly unnerving. I had all these people who had gone over my code, tell me what was wrong with it. Luckily, nothing too serious! Just minor issues. I learnt some new stuff though.

THEN, I found out that my highschool friend is GETTING MARRIED! Yeah, he’s getting engaged this year… Crazy stuff… I can’t believe it…

Pictures from Boston and Vegas

I’ve uploaded two sets of pictures.

The first one is from my Spring Break trip to Boston, where I visited Michael and Laura. The second one is from my trip to Vegas, this last weekend. The first one is titled “Chez Michael et Laura”, and the second one is titled “UNLV Dance Competition 2000”.

Vegas Dance Competition

Just got back from Vegas! I was there over the weekend for the USABDA (United States Amateur Ballroom Dancer’s Association) competition. My friend Jenny (who is also my dance partner) and I went there with our friend April. April ROCKS! She gave us a ride all the way there! We stayed there with Marc and his friend Arthur. We also met up with a bunch of other people, namely Michiko (Marc’s partner, and I think I have the spelling wrong), Michelle (Arthur’s partner), Sherry (she’s three-quarters Persian and a quarter Italian), and Ed and Maria.

First of all, the competition was absolute fun. We mainly went there to have fun. Jenny and I did put in more than a few practice sessions, but I think we could have done better had we started earlier. But for the amount of practice that we put in, we did really well. We made it to the semi-finals in the Bronze level smooth dances – Waltz and Tango. We also made it to the semi-finals in Open Salsa, and Merengue and the semi-finals for Bronze Hustle. We placed in the Finals for Bronze level Rumba, Cha-Cha and East Coast Swing.

Now I really am NOT a sore loser. I have participated in more competitions than I can count, ever since I was little and if I never made it to the top three, I have always felt (except in circumstances like these) that those who did, deserved it. However, I felt some of the judging was really unfair in this particular situation. Furthermore, I’m not the only one who feels this way. We were pretty confident we were going to place either first, second or third in Rumba or Cha-Cha, and even compete in the finals for Merengue and Salsa. We weren’t upset with the smooth dances, Hustle or EC Swing because those are dances neither of us have done much of. But the others ones… Good Lord! I really feel that a few of the people who did end up placing; didn’t deserve it in the least! I made a point of video-taping the event (mostly for memories, and also so I can see what my mistakes are, and also to learn from others) and I went over it when I came back home. The couple that placed first had horrible arm-styling, poor posture, and most of all, were off-time. I really don’t know how they even made past the qualifying round. Even if Jenny and I weren’t “Number One” material, I could pick out at least two or three other couples that deserved it more than the couple who did get it.

Then there was the Salsa – the couple that won first place didn’t have a CLUE what they were doing… and I have no idea how they even made it to the finals. My friends Sakeena and Atin placed second – I thought they should have placed first!

Oh well… that’s life I guess. Eitherway, I had a fun time. I’ll post pictures here as soon as I get them developed. After the competition we went back to the hotel room to take a nap since we had all been up since six in the morning (competition starts at 8:30 am). After that we went to the Bellagio Buffet. We had a LOT of food. After the meal, Marc said that we had eaten enough to deprive a small starving country. He had a point.

We tried to make it to the Light club in the Bellagio. Sherry’s uncle owns half of it, and she was trying to get in touch with her cousin to talk to his connections at the club, to get us in. Unfortunately it was on short notice and she wasn’t able to pull it off. We tried to go to a bunch of other clubs and all of them had lines (no surprise). We eventually ended up going to Studio 54. It was ok enough – not too much of my kind of music though. But still, we all had fun dancing. We didn’t get back to our hotel room until 6 am! Yeah… it was great!

The next morning we had brunch at Rio. That was great too. We had a ton of food and a ton of dessert! Man… it was GREAT! After all that, we began the long drive home. I got home at about 11:00 pm.

It was a fun trip and I think I’ll do the competition again. Jenny is leaving Phoenix for Houston, in May. But we’re going to try and partner up again for Vegas!

I hate spyware

I hate spyware. Spyware companies are run by malicious bastards. You heard me. Anyone who makes spyware (exploits, trojans, whatever) or runs a company that knowingly makes spyware or is involved in its development, is a filthy bastard.

I just removed a Trojan that was hijacking my start page. It was using a rogue dll. Bastards…

Where is it?

Parag asked me what the deal is with the new web page. There’s no deal. I’ve been putting it off because of CSE 521! I’ll be able to do it soon I hope…


My feet are sore and killing me. My calves hurt.


People thought I was dead or something

I got a rather concerned phone call from Sadhana yesterday morning. Apparently, she and everyone and their mom were trying to get in touch with me. Apparently I was supposed to be in some presentation or something. I started wondering if I there was a class I had enrolled in, but forgotten to go to or something.

What had actually happened was that I was in the ground floor of Hayden Library and I was there for quite a while. I don’t get any reception there so no one could get in touch with me. A lot of people were trying to get in touch with me.

The next day, Chris said him and everyone else were wondering if I had died or something. They were worried. Interesting confluence of events.

Real Programmers

Real Programmers have their epiphanies at around 3 or 4 am. I have been debugging assembly code for a few hours. I fixed it at about 4:15 am. It is a wonderful feeling. I am a code monkey and proud of it.

I hate ECE 334

I haven’t written in a while. Let’s see… I HATE ECE334! It is the WORST CLASS EVER! I HATE IT SO MUCH!

There. That felt SO much better. STUPID CLASS. Now I have to do these DUMB projects that I don’t really give a CRAP about. Some stupid transistor amplifier stuff. Absolutely ridiculous. These labs are so freaking asinine. Then I have to do the stupid homework for that class. Ugh. I hate it. The professor is doing his best to make sure we understand, but to no avail really. He just goes over theory and doesn’t do any problems in class. I don’t give a crap anymore. Hell, I’m graduating this semster and I have a cum laude. I would’ve had summa if it wasn’t for a dumb shit of a professor who doesn’t know what a finite state machine is. According to his dumb ass, the outputs of the state machines go on top of the arrows. Is that DUMB or what?

Do I seem exceptionally bitter? I am not really. I am just sick of doing stupid stuff. It’s not because the stuff has some intrinsic “stupid” quality. The stuff has become stupid because of terrible professors. In my senior year, in all the 400 level computer classes I have taken, I have had only ONE good professor. The rest of the SUCKED. ONE IN PARTICULAR – CAN YOU GUESS WHICH ONE?! The only class that I like right now is one I didn’t even have to take – CSE 521.

I hate this week. I just want to get that homework and lab done…

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