Today was a good day

In spite of continued exile, today (Thursday) was a good day in the world of George. The quality of the day was also high in spite of having classes from 8:30a-5p (w/30 minutes off). Here is why today P0wnz3d:

  • Last class day of my week.
  • Caught half of the webcomics lecture (pretty good).
  • Saw Bat Boy (really, really good).
  • Hung out with a bunch of my friends (sw00t!).
  • Played a bunch of Disc Golf starting at midnight (sw00t as well).

My Hagakure is abridged!

I recently decided to reread my copy of Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo (I have the William Scott Wilson translation) and in reading the Foreward I discovered that it's an abridged version. William Scott Wilson decided only to publish about 300 of the roughly 1300 passages in the actual Hagakure. Mister Wilson has done a very good job of choosing ~300 exceptional passages, but it leaves me wanting. I have my principles (some eccentric) and I don't like reading books in an abridged form.

As a further note, I have looked to see if there are any unabridged copies in English and come up with nothing. I was also unable to locate any complete copies in the original Japanese (though this may be my fault and not due to their non-existence).

Time for another term

Tomorrow (today after I wake up) is registration day and then spring term classes begin Tuesday. I can't really say how I feel about the whole new term thing; I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I would like to get back to learning new stuff, being active and following a set schedule, but on the other hand, I know that there will be a lot of work involved.

The goal for this term is to try to have classes only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving me four day weekends and Wednesday off. I'm not certain if it is possible, but I'm pretty sure that it is. The only problem is that it currently looks like I'll end up with classes from 8:30a to 5p, which is irritating but won't be too bad if it's only twice a week. If I do get most of the week off, I'll have to figure out how I want to arrange the rest of things; do I work a lot of desk, or go out and do things, or do my homework, or do other work, or just sit around? This will all be determined later if I can pull off the two day week.

Then, of course, I will have to go and deal with one of the worst things associated with the beginning of term, figuring out my textbook situation and how much money I'm going to end up shelling out.

Oh well, it'll be nice doing some more learning.

6.270 be done

6.270 has come and gone now. We didn't win; in fact, we didn't come anywhere near winning. On the other hand, we did have a really good time. If it weren't for the lack of prizes and campus-wide recognition, I'd say it was better this way. That having been said, I'm more than plenty happy.

Must be a wrong number

When you're asleep or half-asleep, your mind doesn't quite work right. For instance, I had my alarm clock set for 2p today and when it went off, I decided to answer it. By answer, I mean grabbing my alarm clock, pressing snooze, holding it to my ear and saying "Hello". It must have been a wrong number because I think they hung up on me. I kept receiving calls on my alarm clock once every nine minutes until I figured out what was going on.

6.270 is nigh upon us

6.270 qualifiers and seeding rounds are today and impound is Wednesday. Our robot is very much not ready to actually compete but we only need to score a few points in order to qualify and be allowed in the actual competition. I'm confident that we can score enough points to qualify, though we will likely seed poorly (not that it really matters). After that's out of the way, it should probably take us a few an hour or so of dedicated work to get the robot competition ready (by which I mean capable of winning). We should be plenty ready in time for impound.

All in all, despite the fact that both Muth and I have pretty much taken IAP off, I am still confident that we've got this thing figured out. More 6.270 news when we're competition ready.

Overtone vs. Undertone

As stolen from Wordsmyth.

  • overtone - (often pl.) any secondary characteristic that qualifies an overall effect.
  • undertone - an underlying quality, mood, or the like.

Nope, still don't know the difference.