Saturday, January 31, 2004
Yes I hate NASCAR. So what else is new?
Proving once again rednecks and ovals do not a good motorsport make. Hey Jimmy! Pearl Harbor? Did someone fall asleep in history class during the Hiroshima and Nagasaki lecture? So basically a Japanese company comes in, pours a few million into your economy, hires several thousand Americans and you're worried about what happened in the 2nd world war? Try pulling your head outta your ass Mr. Excitement.
sledding kicks ass! today I wondered to some hills with my trusty magic carpet. There were 7 of us. crazy people who went. The one child of 7 had us all beat hands down. he went down that hill three times to my one. I wish I would muster the energy of a seven year old.
I managed to get out with out too many injuries. found a few new bruises in the hot shower. But the story of the day was going down the hill on a tube with my sister.everything was going well until we hit the bottom, somebody had a pile of snow there. the tube jumps up. I got flying, flipping in the air and landing on my head. I got stuck. the snow was too soft and I couldn't get enough leverage to pull my head up. I was adventually rescue by sister.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Thursday, January 29, 2004
Ah yes. Guns. You've one upped me in manhood. Ummmm... I can grow a beard! O_O*
I see. I thought you were gonna do something silly like oh, rally a Miata. Which would be quite amusing. This is the largest car I could afford...
Of course, I would *never* practice any maneuver whereby a mistake would smack me into another car. At least, not any more. And I'm going to try to find snowbanks with less concrete. The 'Vic can probably only take so much abuse.
And FR rallying, although not the choice of professionals, is doable at lower speeds on dirt roads. Picture a pickup truck with no weight in the back. Picture me driving it. Fun, n'est pas? FFs tend to be too 'stable' - good for high speeds, but bad for practicing when you just want the 'feel' of having the ass slide out at lower speeds. Especially so when one is absent one test track with a suitable gravelly surface.
Hmmm. Snowman. Guns. Beer. FR Pickup. Oh my. I'm picturing me driving and him shooting out the passenger's side window during a drift. Drive-by to an art form. (I imagine he pictures driving and shooting at the same time. Doable, but very difficult...so I would imagine...yes...imagine.)
G: FR for rallying? Are you insane? Or do you just like to up the difficulty several notches? :) *ahem* I don't so much as smack, as I do nudge, like a gentle summer's breeze if you will. ^_^
Reality to G. You're "practicing" sans traffic I hope. You're doing a great job with the 'Vic but you needn't make up for 99% of the other Honda's all show. ;) I hear Snowman wants to hick rally, sumthin about guns, beer, and a pickup.
If only first-year physics covered advanced automotive driving techniques......[/dreams]
Another physics lesson: Each winter I make it a point to smack into a snowbank accidentally. This time there was concrete at the bottom. The cars _really do bounce_ like in the video games. The ass swings out and you spin. There doesn't appear to be any damage, though. I'll check the wheels closer later. At times like this (like the incident with the snowstorm and Snowman and T at Mike's in Fredericton), I'm reminded that oversteering and understeering does take some practice to control under all circumstances. And, as before, I don't take that as a sign I should _stop_, so much as I should _practice more_. *sigh* After the bounce I should have gunned the throttle with no brake, perhaps, so as not to spin, but rather slide, so the attitude of the car is correct. You'd think I'd have learned this after playing racing games with T, given his habit of smacking me into walls....
Mmmmm. Rallying.....driving fast...braking and turning fast.....must buy FR..........
Chantal: We're simply offsetting the nerdiness with heaps of testoterone. Tuan's in his Subaru. All's right with the world.
And if I get in a kafuffle I'll make sure you hear about it on the international news. Irate yellow man clubs family of four over fender bender. News at 11.
Binnie, that's because he's a closet Comput- errr... Mathematician, sorry, force of habit.
Sigh. Damn you and your math! :) All's I know is it works. Maybe a topic closer to your heart would better illustrate.
Depending on how extreme the corner is and the slipperiness, drifting is used a lot in rally. Keeping in mind that in point-to-point racing you don't really know what's coming up ahead (like a rock) so it's advantageous to have the car already pointing in the right direction upon exit. Plus the chicks dig it when you do it sideways, or so they tell me.
Scandinavian Flick = the good rally drivers, of which I am far from.
The funniest part of rally school was that the Subaru Team Canada driver, John Paynter showed up and told us all to go nuts with the cars. He's also the guy you go to for warranties. :)
Some of us FF types need the e-brake for drifting - at least to initiate it. Perhaps the Scandinavian Flick could be done (I can sense T getting all hot and bothered right now) if one knew one's car well enough, and the suspension, tires, etc. permitted it.
As for the discussion topic, I'm getting all warm and happy just thinking about the time we took the People's S in the People's Celica. I didn't know such things could be done in an unmodified FF on a sub-$30k car. (Yours may have been more, but due to the 'luxuries', not the frame/drivetrain.)
As for the drift vs. grip in snow (or ice, etc.), I'd feel better about having an opinion if I could only have a quasi-mathematical proof in front of me. Either that or have a professional explain the difficult sticking point of why the kinetic friction helps you better than static on occasion. Again, I expect it has to do with the fact that the rear wheels don't steer, or snow buildup to aid in braking, or some such thing. And there's the matter of 'drift' vs 'slide'. *sigh* I love cars. (and reading)
G & T: As much as I would like to show you the most electrifying drifting on the most eletrifying course, I'm afraid you'll have to wait another day. I'm on a spending freeze for a while and I'd want to do a few repairs to the People's legacy before she hits the track. In the meantime, just imagine: The People's S on a rally track. . . . discuss.
BTW, I agree with the rally instructors. Controlled drifting is definitely better. Yanking on the e-brake is for amateurs :-p
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
tuan and greg; You boys are a menace to society...and I mean that as a compliment *flutter eyelashes*
Brin; I remember that accident...wasn't that second or third year?
You are sooooo getting a phone call. The rally instructors were telling us that controlled drifting is the fastest way to get around in snow. Left foot braking being better for AWD, while yanking on the e-brake is better for FWD. As you can see from the pics, I'm still trying to master "coming in too hot". Brake before the turn to scrub off speed. Right. Right.
Oh, _do_, Please _DO_ describe this track that's 10 minutes away from your house. Free and Snow-covered are two of my favorite racing conditions.
From the Honda's Owner's Manual: "Do not use the parking brake when the vehicle is in motion."
Me just after purchase of new car: "Why would someone use the parking brake in motion?"
Me now, after snowfall: "Woo hoo! Parking brake turns in mall parking lots and at every turn in between!"
I'm going to do some research on whether drifting (in any car, esp. FWD in snow) is (or can be) a faster way around a turn, or if it's just a more fun way. I suspect the benefit is in "attitude" adjustment, since a car is narrower than it is long, so it'd probably better at times for the center of gravity to move because of the back end instead of the front.
Already went to the 1st event and rally school. Placed in the bottom middle. Beat 2 WRX's too. 30 bucks for each event. 5 bucks for a membership day pass, only good for 1 event. 25 bucks for a membership, and to continue racing. Pricey but fun. I chose #42, for obvious reasons.
Also, my buddy has a field that we just tested. It's actually safer than the AMP track, 10 mins away from me, and free. Consider yourself invited.
Gonna try my hand at 1 drag and 1 autocross in the summer. Doubtful I'll get as involved because the tire wear at those events is quite harsh. FMC is comin down? Which event? T needs to beat all the J bodies. :) Cause T and THE DUC won't be racing in your weiner class. [/FWD cheapshot] ^_^ But you've got more experience with the 'Vic and racin in the snow than I.
The rally Pontiac Montana minivan is quite a sight.
FMC plans to go to one of the shindigs in Nova Scotia - so we'll be raprazantin' different clubs, yo! And I think you've got to be a member of an ARMS club to play - so THE DUC would have to become a member of a club (as would I, my membership isn't paid yet) before he could represent the Commies in his People's Red Car With Hoodscoop.
I think you just want to show off The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive on snowy conditions. But yeah, I'll probably attend one of the winter meets down in N.S. I deem that I've enough experience smacking into snowbanks to make a decent rookie showing.
sweet pictures Tuan.
I am glad to see people have all kinds of stories of see nasty stuff. I am usally stuck in the middle of it.
Like 5 years ago, headed to a swim meet in moncton. The van full of swimmers flips. I am fine people around me have gashed heads, broken spines crack sternums. I missed the injury as a result of being short. THERE ARE SOMETHINGS TO BE SAID ABOUT BEING SHORT.
any this caused the affect of thinking about death and life and comteplating other weird stuff. The strangest part of the whole incedent. I was the only girl there. Seems insignificant but just stuck in my brain more than anything else.
Anyway the foremention chocolate pie, kicked ass. definately worth trying.
Here you go Binnie, I got the pics up.
Me: You do realize we're coming in too fast, don't you?
Myself: Shuddup a yo face! If I've learned anything from my many years of GT, it's that we'll just bounce off the walls.
I: *stuck, tires squealing* Crap. Reality. Right. Ummm... guess I owe you guys a beer.
The Duc, G Diddy, won't you join me?
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
I was stepping out off of the curb one night a couple of years ago, coming home from the mall after doing a bit of gift shopping, when two cars collided right in front of me. One of those '5 more seconds and you would be right in the middle of that' situations. One person had rolled out too far into the intersection and got smacked.
I had to run into Subway to call the police / etc, after making sure no one was bleading to death (knew that first aid training would come in handy one of these days.) One of those stories that you can make funny by taking the funny parts selectively, but truth be told I kind of sat in my chair at my desk staring into space for a couple of hours after that contemplating death and encounters with strangers and all the rest of it.
Another slightly spooky happening was last November / December, for about 2 weeks straight, every time I would go to the Y to go swimming or do body pump class, I would encounter a fire truck, sirens on, heading somewhere.
how exciting! Did people get out and start yelling at each other? I've seen some accidents here in Korea, and it always ends up with either two suits standing side by side, smoking like their lives depend on it and talking on their cells, or two older gentlemen who start insulting each other before launching into fistfights....
Everything here in Korea eventually ends up in a fist fight....unfortunately that includes issues with women as well....I bumped into this guy at a bar and he spilled some of his drink. He got enraged, threw down his drink (which I would like to point out spilled much more of it than I did...) and came at me with his fist raised to hit me. Thankfully his friend was sober enough to stop him and smart enough to realize that hitting a foreign girl in a bar that is packed with foreign men would have been less than smart...
Anyway, greg what you should have said, just for shits and giggles, is:
Police: What happened?
Greg: The red car andIhaveagun the gray car hit each other
...could've made for some interesting action for the spectators....
I witnessed a car accident yesterday. Smythe and Prospect. The interview with the police after was less eventful than I thought it would be.
Me: Yes, I saw the accident. Happened 10 feet right in front of me.
Police: What happened?
Me: The red car and the grey car hit each other.
Me: You probably already figured that part out, didn't you? What, given the 2 smashed cars and all.
But anyways, it's my first witnessing of an actual traffic accident. Almost head on, too. I guess they both had green lights, and one was making a turn to go down Smythe, and so they smacked into each other's right headlights. The grey one (a cab) stopped instantly, but the red one (Cavalier) rolled to a stop on Smythe, missing me by a foot or two. Usually grocery day isn't as eventful.
dude if you can get here you can have some. In the event this is imposible all one must do is notify me that he/she will becomeing and chocolate pies can be arranged.
Monday, January 26, 2004
okay boredom has reach an all new high. I have resorted to cleaning my sister house, making soup like ever third day. Tomorrow I plan on making veggie lasagna and chocolate pie. The biggest excitement I have had in the last three days was going to sobeys to buy the ingrediant for the above mentioned chocolate pie. I have even resorted to addictinggames.com. collaspe, Dynamite and text twist being my favorites and guys I am getting way to good at Mahjongg. Looking for work on the internet can be interesting except i find more jobs int he states than anywhere else. The last place I want to go is the states. And it has been to Fucking cold for hunting for jobs by foot.
The moral of my story is I need something interesting to do.
sorry to bore everyone. The second part of the moral is Sabrina is proctinating from doing her thesis corrections.
I am an Asteroid.
I am a drifter. I go where life leads, which makes me usually a very calm and content sort of person. That or thoroughly apathetic. Usually I keep on doing whatever I'm doing, and it takes something special to make me change my mind. What Video Game Character Are You?
Sunday, January 25, 2004
I am Kung Fu Master.
I like to be in control of myself. I dislike crowds, especially crowds containing people trying to kill me. Even though I always win, I prefer to avoid fights if possible. What Video Game Character Are You?
I am a Gauntlet Adventurer.
I strive to improve my living conditions by hoarding gold, food, and sometimes keys and potions. I love adventure, fighting, and particularly winning - especially when there's a prize at stake. I occasionally get lost inside buildings and can't find the exit. I need food badly. What Video Game Character Are You?
BREATHING EXERCISE FOR RELAXATION
One of the fastest and most effective stress-relievers is the "4-7-8 Breath." Place the tip of your tongue against the bony ridge by your upper front teeth. Breathe in through your nose for 4 counts. Hold your breath for 7 counts. Exhale through your mouth (making a whooshing sound) for 8 counts. Repeat this cycle 4 times, twice a day.
via beardy guy.
I am Mario.
I like to jump around, and would lead a fairly serene and aimless existence if it weren't for my friends always getting into trouble. I love to help out, even when it puts me at risk. I seem to make friends with people who just can't stay out of trouble. What Video Game Character Are You?
I am Pacman.
I am an aggressive sort of personality, out to get what I can, when I can. I prefer to avoid confrontation, but sometimes when it's called for, I can be a powerful character. I tend to be afflicted with munchies constantly. What Video Game Character Are You?
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Wow chantal 32 lbs. congrats. that is pretty cool.What diet is this????? Please tell me it is not a dangerous one...
Anyway boredom has set in for me. My head cold seems to be the most exciting thing in my life at the momment.
I just got my examination reports. The comments were not nearly as harsh as I expected. Which means once I have some ambitions, ) after my head cold is gone) it should take me too long to be completely done with this. Oh thank heavens.
There's a typically Korean dish (ie throw a bunch of stuff in a stoneware pot with some water and heaps of red pepper paste and garlic and boiled furiously (not that I'm averse to this, mind you)) called, phonetically, 'boo-dae jjiggae'. Although Koreans don't tend to like to talk about this too much, the name means 'base stew' and comes out of the deeply poor decades following the Korean war, when food was scrounged from the garbage heaps outside American bases and thrown into the pot with whatever else could be found. It included, and includes, such un-Korean things as chunks of meat patties and hotdogs and stuff. It's actually quite retro-popular these days, particularly when drinking.
With clockwork regularity, some shik-tang ajummah ('cheap restaurant auntie', more or less) will be exposed and excoriated on the TV news (to much backward-looking handwringing) because she adheres to the old ways a little too closely in sourcing her ingredients, and someone has found meat patties with toothy semicircular bites taken out, for example.
Friday, January 23, 2004
Well, no. There isn't a standard amount that is put into those red pouches. Besides, the point of giving the red pouches is to show how wealthy one did the past year. It's not to get wealthier. Therefore, at the end of the day you're poorer. . . . unless you have no self-worth and end up with more after the day is done.
Question: If everybody gives and receives cash for chinese new year, don't you theoretically just end up with the same amount you started with? It's like the Muppet Family Christmas special, where the Fraggles all give each other this one little round rock, each passing it to someone else... weird
anyway, if you just hit 'post' it doesn't actually send it to the website until someone else publishes.
Happy New Year!! I am celebrating by taking a much needed 5 days off of work...standard holiday that everyone is taking, but still great nonetheless...not doing much aside from reading brainless books and working on my own at the same time....and you know that you are spending too much of your money on video rentals when you have seen all of the new releases and the staff starts to make suggestions on which movie you should take in next...I live a sad, and pathetic existence...
On a happier note for the diet front, total pounds lost so far hit 32 at yesterday's weekly weigh-in....god I love this diet!
.....Question; if I hit post instead of post and publish, can you guys not read what I am writing right away?!
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Small wind turbines.
On PEI they are now getting ~10% of total electricity from wind power, and they want to expand it to 50%. Also talking about switching to net metering for power, to accomodate personal small-scale generation. Very very cool stuff.
I emailed the chemist mentioned in the article for more information on the patent. He sent my message along to the inventor. Hopefully he'll get back to me. I want to know how it all works. Not having many preconceived notions about how they wanted to make hydrogen before, I'm not overly surprised that they have a continuous process now. But my curiosity is piqued.
Happy New Year! I'm celebrating by having the Chinese buffet at the Diplomat. And then I'm going to build a giant wall to keep out the Mongols :-)
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
New Denmark! That's a stone's throw away from where I grew up. Damn, I thought there was only cows and farmers out there :-p Seriously, I know a lot of people from New Denmark. . . they when to my high school since they didn't have one. I'll have to ask my mom if she know him. . . .
Greg / Sabrina: Why wasn't it us who figured out this?
I have finished "The Brothers Karamazov". Wow. Very impressed. I can now look at "The Practice" and yell to the TV, "You call _THAT_ an oratory? Fetyukovich would so own your ass!"
Really, though. Although I was predisposed to think of the book as "good", it was more of a "critically-acclaimed" good, not a "here-is-my-corvette-for-the-evening" good. The closing arguments of the prosecutor was so good, I thought the accused was guilty, even though the author said otherwise :-) And then the defense attorney turned the mountain of evidence on its ear in an even better style than the prosecutor. Really. Someone could take the last 50 pages of that book and turn it into a crime drama courtroom scene without any modifications whatsoever.
And I'm only simple. I wonder what subtleties Dostoevsky threw in that I didn't get. The translator had some notes in the introduction about the brothers representing parts of people, but there are likely more. *sigh* I'll probably read it again, should I grow old enough.
Now for Crime and Punishment. [Insert quotes around the title so people don't get the wrong idea]
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Yo momma's so crazy, she makes pi look rational.
Stolen from BBspot, but none of the rest are remotely funny.
PS. Chantal: if you click "Post and Publish" instead of "Post" when you're done writing it will show up on the actual web page right away.
Hey guys. Chantal, oddly enough i ran into a very similar senerio in greece. Hundres of skinned carcasses, some with some without heads hanging outiside for people to choose from as dinner. No you are not the only one who finds this disturbing.
Anyway the reason for my post.
MY THESIS HAS BEEN ACCEPTED.
supper happy binnie
Made it back to the Island. . . . barely. Gotta love the weather around here, moderate turbulence most of the trip, plus a few microbursts on the approach (nothing like the feeling of dropping a few hundred feet or so in a flash or an eye). Got back just in time for the snow! Would be great except I have to shovel and the office never closes (including nuclear explosions).
Spent two hours yesterday shovelling snow out of my driveway. There are advantages to living in an apartment. . . . After that, out to get groceries. As I was going down the aisles, I was thinking to myself, "for the next few weeks I'll be living like a poor University student again. . . ." Putting it into greater perspective: I have a house, two cars, 5 computers, appliances, and furnature. . . . something's not right here. I hate debt.
I see Chantal has found one of the more unsaviory parts of Asia. I know I mentioned it before, but Chinese (along with most other people in that region) will eat anything. . . . and I mean ANYTHING that's eatable. I often complain about people around here having a really limited palette. I'm not condoning the ingestion of dogs and cats, I'm just saying: if you can eat it and it doesn't harm you, what's wrong with that? The environment where it is taking place is rather scary, but have you been to a butcher shop or meat processing plant in North America? That's not a particularly pleasant sight either.
Once again proving my theory.. korea is fucking stupid. Please if you do write about your travels, have that be your title.
The whole becoming a first world country in the space of one generation thing certainly makes for some interesting cleavages...
Monday, January 19, 2004
so I've been trying to buy a kitten as a pet here in Korea and have been having trouble finding a pet shop that sells anything other than the standard rodents, birds, fish and puppies...( rabbits can be puchased from shady squatting men all over the city)...so I asked a local vet where to go. He gave me directions to a place called the Moran Market.
Over the weekend some friends and I decide to go and check out this market and pick up my new roommate. We traveled a short and uneventful 20 minutes on the subway, and asked for directions when we were topside again. The old lady points us down this small alley...strange, but not entirely unusual for Korea.
As we're walking through the alley we see your standard dogs, rabbits......and sheep? IT WAS A LIVESTOCK MARKET!!! I'm figuring that the vet has a twisted sense of humour at this point...
The Koreans at the start of the alley seem embarassed that we're there and keep trying to tell us in broken English that we must be in the wrong place, and to go back the way that we came... "what you need? here no...."
My friend Belinda tells me that maybe the pet shops are maybe down at the end (at this point my desire to buy a kitten from a livestock market is not strong) so we continue to walk.
****Sabrina, you may want to stop reading here************
The stench is unbearable. The smell of death, and of animals that have lost all hope. Carefully stepping over severed heads of chickens, ducks and pheasants we continue our grim walk- now slowed to a snail's pace in horror- through death alley.
There were dogs shoved into small cages 20-30 at a time with no room to stand...on top of the cages were the cutting boards where the butchers cut the ribs of the dogs for customers...so here you are, in a cage, crammed and uncomfortable...with the blood of your litter brother dripping on you from overhead.
Some of the butchers had skinned, pre-roasted carcasses sitting on top of the cages.
There was blood, bugs and doggie bodies...it was very shocking!! You know that they eat dogs here, and after being here long enough you can understand it, but when you see how they handle their livestock, it makes you choke.
Finally, one kind lady in a shop at the end sees us looking shocked, and asks us what we're looking for. We tell her, and she informs us that they are only pet shops during the week....Livestock butchers on the weekend, pet shops during the week...AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO FINDS THIS DISTURBING???
...and I have only one more question; if they are only pet shops during the week, what do they do with the kittens on the weekend?!
Friday, January 16, 2004
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Hye everyone. I haven't really been paying attention to the web of late. Not sure why, just lazy I guess.
On the somaaz and coffee, I would bet on 5 days and add one extra day for each kind of somasas they have.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
don't remember being in Paris...granted, I don't spend that much time staring at my own butt, so wouldn't really recognize it if I saw it...profile seems too obscure. Which raises an interesting question; how did you guys recognize the pic?!
2 posts from me in one day, almost doesn't seem right. But this warrants it.
I just saw one of Tuans Idols on tv. Omni 2 (Ontario station) at 11:30 shows Wok with Yan. Hopefully all of you remember this great little Chinese cooking show, with the worst puns you ever heard. Every single episode had Yan cooking two Chinese food dishes, wearing a new apron with a bad wok pun on it, and was signed off with his words of wisdom: "If Yan can cook, so can you!" Tuan if you want I could start taping episodes and send them down to you.
BTW, those of you that are wondering the apron for tonight�s show was "Wokking in Rhythm"
Monday, January 12, 2004
Peter's right. Don't question the law of Madagascar. Miss Webber agrees, though I didn't quite manage to convince her to give "make a risk game" as a CS 2013 project. Came close though. Gotta love having to mark a game that takes 8 hours to play :)
A bunch of the guys (including myself) chipped in for a Risk board. After a few games a general tread is I do pretty well, but I can't quite win. Does anyone have any good Risk strategies or tips to help me promote the spread of Communism? (btw, I always play red).
Chantal: When where you in Paris, France? :-p
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Friday, January 09, 2004
Knight vs. Samurai. Very interesting. Bursts a great many misconceptions about both.
Does anyone else think that the "Paris, France" girl looks like Chantal? Granted, I haven't seen her in a while, but first when it was posted, I wondered what Chantal was doing in Paris and who took the pic, and why I was allowed to see it. It's the hair/head, mostly, I guess.
Damn. Now, I'm wishing I made a stop in Paris, France. . . . :-p
In other news, me taking a C++ course is pretty near worthless. Nice review, but really. I learned Java from scratch in about a week on my own. A reference book would have been sufficient and cheaper. I now detract from my rant.
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Remember, kids, it's not how big your hard drive is that counts, it's how much RAM you have.
As seen in some dork's .signature somewhere.
Ah, Google. Your puns do so amuse me. Presenting: Froogle.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Left the house at 4:30 in the freaking morning to catch the plane, didn't sleep the night before (packing and worried I wouldn't be able to get up). Didn't get in Montreal until around noon, my luggage wasn't on the plane, crap-tactular. . . . I guess I was planning on sleeping through the C++ courses anyways :-p
Anyways, I got a working internet connection at the hotel so that's nice. I'll post more after I get some sleep. . . .
Monday, January 05, 2004
THE DUC RETURNS TO MONTREAL TO LAY-ith THE SMACKDOWN
I'm leaving on a prop-plane for Montreal tomorrow. I hate short notice trips and I'm not looking forward to this one. Overall, I guess it's not too bad on my schedule. I miss two games playing for the CCU in Tyne Valley, three in the Summerside Rec League, and two pick-up games. . . . which adds up to 7 skates in a bit under 2 weeks (damn, I just realized how much hockey I played during a week). I was really looking forward to breaking in my new skates, but I guess giving my ankles a chance to recover isn't a bad idea either; I think my new skates are doing a better job of breaking me then the other way around.
I guess I can take the first week easy and sleep a bit. I don't know why they scheduled me to do a C++ course, but it should be an easy 6 hours a day. Probably should take some time to finish reading my D&D books. . . . I was really looking forward to finishing P.N.03 too. I guess I'll have to wait until I get back.
Gotta run. Got to pack, try to rip a couple of copy-protected CDs, finish off house work. . . . the work never stops *sigh*
Recipe for homemade mozzarella sticks. You know, for the health-conscious individual.
Generally Crime and Punishment is Dostoyevsky's most influential book. Also recommended are his short stories, which was more his forte. The Idiot and Notes From the Underground (if you are interested in historical context, especially). The interesting thing to keep in mind when reading Dostoyevsky is that his political views changed over time, from being in line with the intelligencia of the time (the forerunners of teh Bolsheviks) to having a kind of spiritual re-awakening, and becoming rather Christian later on (though he keeps it under control, thankfully) In some of his writing he implies that Marxism can't work because it's too materialistic.
Interesting linguistic side note: the more accurate spelling of 'Leo Tolstoy' is apparently 'Lev Tolstoi', according to [caught you ego-surfing. google-proofed your name]. She learned Russian in school (yay communism) and says that the 'v' and 'w' are interchangeable, so Lev is pronounced 'Lew', which got changed to 'Leo'.
For Tolstoi my two favourites were War and Peace and Anna Karenina (sp). Both long, but very self-explanitory, and thankfully free of literary reference one-upmanship that made English writing of the time so irritating for me to read. (though that could just be because of translators ironing over such allusions)
Other Russian authors to look out for are Chekov (mostly short stories) and Pushkin (poetry). And moving into more modern work, anything by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is quite good, as well Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak is worth reading for a personal perspective on life under Lenin, and seeing the creaky underbelly of the revolution.
I have, indeed, read "A Brief History of Time" and other books on the subject. I've found "General Relativity from A to B" and "Schroedinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality" to be good introductions as well. In fact, having read those two books (and a third book to be mentioned later) before "History", I found "History" to add very little to what I already knew (or, at least, had been exposed to prior). The third book was a book that Jean (the one I called Electric Jean - his younger brother Chuck (Charles?) had dated Pam for a time) loaned to me which was a good history of black holes. I've since forgotten its name.
"General Relativity" starts off as an absolute beginner's book. It makes no assumptions about prior knowledge of relativity. It starts with the Aristotelean View of fixed space and time and moves on from there, making sure that the reader understands why such a view is wrong. I've found the level of mathematics to be good, as it contains examples with integers. It stays away from the high-level calculus - but it shows that arithmetic is sufficient enough to understand relativity.
"Schroedinger's Kittens" is by the same guy that wrote "In search of Schroedinger's Cat" (which apparantly goes through the history of quantum mechanical development). It is also somewhat "historical" in nature, but starts with Young's Double Slit Experiment as the basis for the book. I was very surprised that the simple high-school demonstration could lead to such amazing discoveries involving the duality of particles and waves in light, electrons, atoms, etc. It discusses several theories (the Copenhagen Interpretation getting most of the press, as it was the going theory for a good 50 years) possible ways to test them, and what all that means to the world at large.
I'm currently reading "The Brothers Karamazov". I figured I'd see what the "big deal" was with 19th century Russian authors. Given that I'm borrowing them from the HIL (and as such, would have to be read in a reasonable period of time), could you recommend something from that timeframe? Any favorites from Tolstoy or Chekov? UNB has a fair number of books from those two and others besides. Dostoyevsky's "Demons" (or "The Posessed") is the only other of his available, and "Karamazov" I think is considered to be his best work (or close enough).
Sunday, January 04, 2004
Saturday, January 03, 2004
As a bit of a followup to my linking to the Elegant Universe series earlier, I'm currently reading A Brief History of Time by Hawking. It's an excellent high-level introduction to relativity and quantum mechanics, and does as good a job as is probably possible to illustrate the gap between the two. But I'm finding it a little light on the mathematics.
I figured Greg's probably covered this ground before, so I am hereby soliciting suggestions for further reading in this area from him, or anyone else who's read stuff in this area.
On the other hand, this is a great book for what it offers. The way it explains the relationship of time and space as an expanding cone emanating from any event in the universe (say, a star exploding) is the best way I've seen to explain the subtle implications of general relativity.
Friday, January 02, 2004
A Michael Jackson joke I hadn't heard before:
Q. What does Michael Jackson like most about twenty eight year olds?
A. There's twenty of them.
(thanks to Stevo)
Dear Paris Hilton,
Thank you but no, I do not with so purchase your video.
Please stop sending me email.
heh. I was reading an article that referenced another article that was co-authored by "S. S. Wang". All I could think of was, "That's funny. I imagine that will probably be the name of Tuan's boat, should he ever buy one."
This article might be moderately funny for you CS-types. But I'm not sure, since I'm not in CS. I can only guess based on the satire.
And yes, Heidi Klum is pretty.
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fantastic time on New Year's eve....went to a party at the Sheraton with DJ Carl Cox....was quite possibly the single most amazing party I have ever been to...paid $70 for the ticket and had free alcohol 'til 2 am....the music was a tad house-y at times but when you cram 3000 drunk foreigners and English speaking Koreans into a theatre and give 'em free drinks, wild times are bound to ensue...hope everyone back in Canada got their share of New year's kisses...
...If not, here is a big 'un going out to all you guys...SSSSSSSSMMMMMMMOOOOCCCHHHHHH...
(bini also gets a strong hug....)
I had a big long post with one of those end-of-year email survey things all filled out nice and everything, then blogger ate it.
That's OK, it didn't end up being that funny, I let my guard down there for a while and put in honest, almost sentimental answers. Can't have that.
Oh well, that also would have pushed Heidi too far down the page too quickly ;)