August 2003 Archives

and thus it continues

What a day. First the clan which I have inherited seems to be in its final week(s) which I'm not too thrilled about, as it has been my primary distraction for the past year and a half or so. Without it I'd go insane with boredom. Second, and more immediately frustrating, the monitor on Tengu, my gimp computer, has died. While this may not seem like a big deal to some, for me it is quite a pain. Tengu is the computer I use for aim, icq, msn, irc, and net browsing, but with no monitor on it I can't do any of those things. So for the time being I am forced to administrate Tengu from my good computer via XP's Remote Assistance thingy. I thought about typing up this very entry via remote assistance, but it is a tad on the slow side so I decided it would be best not to. And if all that wasn't bad enough, I popped a wire on my braces and now it is constantly stabbing me in the cheek. Joy. Well, I probably should get some sleep now. Tomorrow (today) I have to go to work for orientation/training. School starts Wednesday, oh no.

Oh, and if anyone has a spare monitor I could have or borrow, it would be greatly appreciated :)

it has begun

Last post I was going on and on about change, and the funny thing is the gears have already begun to move (yeah, I like analogies. quiet you). As you probably know, I'm in a TFC clan named IODINE in which I have been a member for over a year. Anyway, to make a long story short, it seems I have inherited the IOD empire now that our long-time leader has stepped down from his duties. It's kinda cool, but kinda lame too since I kinda defaulted to the leader position, even though I'd rather not. At any rate, I now run a clan, wow. The question is, how long will it last...

[cue suspenseful music]

the end is the beginning is the end

Today I took my history final, which officially ends the summer session for me. And even though I still have another year left at UT, I feel as if my college experience is already over. I think back on the past 4 years and all the good times, bad times, and everything in between. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was starting my freshman year, moving into an apartment with friends. I remember the time I spent as a CS major, and the eventual change to a Japanese major. I think back on the opportunities I had; the ones I didn't take. I think of all the people I've encountered along the way. All the things I've done; all the things I haven't done. And I can't help but wonder how different things could have been. If I could go back and do it all over again, how different would it be? Knowing me, it wouldn't be much different, but who knows. All I know is that even though I only (hopefully) have a year left, things will be different. Pretty much all my friends have now graduated or moved on. As I approach my final year, I can just feel that things are going to be different. I feel different. I feel older, wiser, more mature (although some would argue otherwise). Maybe all of this sounds silly, but I feel the winds of change blowing. This is going to be my year.

my teeth hurt.

Went to the dentist on Monday, then the orthodontist on Tuesday. What a wonderful way to start off your week. It was alright though, the dentist was relatively painless, which is rare, for me at least. Kinda lame though, my teeth are so sore from my braces being tightened that it hurts even to bite into noodles. Imagine that. While at the orthodontist, the assistant was asking me about school and whatnot, which eventually turned into a discussion on Japanese (being a Japanese major and all). Finally she asked me to say something in Japanese for everyone there (about 6 people; all in on the conversation apparently). Now while I don't mind saying stuff in Japanese for people, they always ask me to say something but never say exactly what they want to hear. I can't ever think of anything to say when someone asks that. I usually just ask what they want me to say, which they always reply anything. What am I supposed to say? "I eat babies" or something? At least they didn't ask if I liked anime...

I read an interesting article which highlights several points I've been saying all along in regard to the RIAA's claim that downloading mp3s hurts the music industry. I don't know why I get all worked up whenver I hear about the RIAA. I guess it's because I feel like I am personally being targeted. For once I am being directly affected by silly politics. I dunno. What do you think?

Upon browsing around Slashdot, I came across an interesting article from Wired about the spam business. I always wondered if people actually buy products advertised in spam. And now that I know the answer, I find it quite sad that people really are that stupid. Yet at the same time, I also find it unsurprising. Maybe I should give it a shot. ;)

Is the video for "Move Your Feet" by Junior Senior not the best music video ever made? I think from now on all music videos should be pixellated. And no, Legos don't count. Well, I guess they can if they could get them at high enough resolution, unlike a certain Lego music video, but I don't see that happening.

Did I mention that I love the Japanese?

yeah, I'm bored..