CS140 - Operating Systems and Systems Programming
CS145 - Introduction to Databases
CS157 - Logic and Automated Reasoning
CS270 - Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
CS510 - Digital Systems Reliability Seminar
CS147 - Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
MSE220 - Probabilistic Analysis
23 units.

Art on the Move

Don’t know where it’s going to go at the end of the year, but right now it’s gracing my dining room. As far as room decor is concerned, ratty movie posters are out. Classy oil paintings are in.

I suppose I will auction it off. If any rich alumni want to sponsor my year at Stanford (Masters in CS) in return for a lovely oil painting that would look stunning in the entryway of your mansion on the 17-mile drive, shoot me an email.

The Happiest Place on Earth

While it is true that by “the happiest place on Earth” that I could be referring to the grad student apartment that I share with Doug in EV (which is totally sweet and huge for two people), I am actually talking about Disneyland.

Things I did for the week I was in LA:

  • Met Pierre.
  • Went to Disneyland with Jo, Michelle, and the aforementioned Pierre.
  • Found out that I was not, in fact, too big to enjoy Tom Sawyer’s Island.
  • Breakfast at the Urth Cafe, naturally.
  • Went to my first Bar Mitzvah.
  • Had fancy drinks at the Bel Air Hotel.
  • Forgot to loot Joanna’s dad’s house for spare pots and pans.


    Leaving on a Jet Plane

    I’m flying west tomorrow. This will be my fourth visit to LA in less than a year. It’s pretty much a hellhole. You guys know how I feel about hellholes. Well, it does have some redeeming qualities.

    Jo and I will be driving up to campus either the 18th or the 19th and there will be a Week O’ Fun before the quarter gets started. We’ll have to have an inaugural dinner at the Spoon and perhaps do a beach trip. So keep an eye on your email.

    Epitaph Riddle Game Answers


    These are the answers to the epitaph riddle game from my post on September 2nd. Maybe it was too long or too tedious for many people to play, as Nicole is the only one to attempt an answer.

    Here lies one of the most intelligent animals who ever appeared on the face of the earth. — (Benito Mussolini)

    That’s all folks! — (Mel Blanc)

    Here lies one whose name was writ in water. — (Keats)

    A tomb now suffices for him whom the world was not enough — (Alexander the Great)

    Called Back — (Emily Dickinson)

    I had A Lover’s Quarrel With The World — (Robert Frost)

    The Stone the Builders Rejected — (Jack London)

    61/61 Against all Odds — (Roger Maris)

    NORTON I EMPEROR Of the United States and Protector of Mexico — (Joshua A. Norton)

    Where fierce indignation can no longer tear his heart — (Jonathan Swift)

    Reader, I am to let thee know,
    Donne’s body only lies below;
    For could the grave his soul comprise,
    Earth would be richer than the skies. — (John Donne)

    And alien tears will fill for him
    Pity’s long broken urn,
    For his mourners will be outcast men,
    And outcasts always mourn. — (Oscar Wilde)

    “… On the whole I would rather be living in Philadelphia.” — (W.C. Fields)

    Time held me green and dying
    Though I sang in my chains like the sea… — (Dylan Thomas)


    Nicole, 3pts.

    Overall riddle game totals:

    Nicole, 3pts.
    Jo, 1pt.
    Alan, 1pt.
    “jl”, 1pt.

    All the doors I closed one time will open up again


    Over the past couple of days I have added doors to Witherwyn. They can be opened, closed, and smashed in by right-clicking on them and using the handy context menu that pops up. Getting the bitmaps on the context menu requires a bit of voodoo – luckily someone on TheCodeProject already did that work. I just imported his code into my project and it magically worked. C# is the first language I’ve ever used that makes grabbing other open source components and incorporating them into a project easy. I also figured out how to embed fonts in a .Net assembly and load them at runtime, so soon Witherwyn’s GUI will use a more appropriately medieval font. Finally, I used some interop voodoo to allow Witherwyn to use animated color cursors.

    Witherwyn Google Count: about 37


    Brief personal update –

    Everything is great! I’m flying to LA on the 12th and then driving back up to Stanford the 18th or so. While in LA, Jo and I have tentative plans to go to Disneyland, perhaps with Tammy. I’m not super-excited about going to Disneyland because I’m pretty sure I’m going to be too big for Tom Sawyer’s Island, and that might make cry and generally ruin my day. Furthermore, I get to escape my job installing WebSphere servers at IBM — tomorrow is my last day. On top of that, I finally heard back from the financial aid office, and it turns out that getting my masters is not going to bankrupt me, which is nice to know. Finally, there’s a good chance that Joanna will be coming home with me for Christmas, and that is super-exciting.