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Porcupine Tree != stress relief April 28, 2010

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Over Christmas break, my sister introduced me to the first Porcupine Tree song I willingly listened to.  “Blind House” is the second song of (what then was their brand new album) The Incident.  I began a rediscovering process, listening to old albums and recognizing the familiar tunes I’d heard countless times before but never bothered to process.

Today they hit Atlanta as part of the North American leg of their tour, and my mother and I saw them live.  It was amazing ❤  And the only way I can express it is in cliché succinctness.

However, right now I’m in a bit of a sour mood.

It’s been plaguing me for a couple of weeks now, but Dead Week has not been helping at all…  oh, well.  It’s something else I will stack and deal with after my last HWs/Finals/my third job



Dead Week April 26, 2010

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“Never mind me – I’m on caffeine, sugar, and disappointment.”

Oh, dead week: here’s to you.  Also,

“I feel like a vegetable. But not, like, a leafy one. More like a potato. A potato is a vegetable, right?”

I hope there isn’t a Hell Week in BCN April 25, 2010

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Dead Week is at my heels!

Hell Week this year was particularly busy, strangely enough, for non-academic reasons.  That is not to say that I didn’t have a bazillion things to do/due for my classes.  I had homework to do; a final quiz, a final timed lab, and a final exam on the same day; and a demo for the homework that had been due earlier that week.

On Tuesday the CoC hosted its 19th Annual Awards Ceremony, for which I was asked to hand the awards to Dean Foley for him to hand to the winners.  It was fun sitting in the front of the room on a table tiled with award certificates and letters and bouncing between my seat and the podium throughout the entire ceremony, and even though I was late for the class I had following the awards (heels) it didn’t matter since my professor actually received an award at the ceremony 🙂

On Tuesday we had our last Mentors Program meeting ):  I also realized I won’t be able to TA for CS1100 since it conflicts with one of my classes next semester.   However, as we get closer to the end of the semester we’re also getting more and more students accepting offers to come to Georgia Tech and getting a more definite list of our future mentees 😀

On Thursday we had a Yahoo! Field Day Picnic co-hosted by W@CC, SWE, and WECE – I briefly helped out before running off to class.  The following day I got to the CoC early and opted to paint on the canvas GOURD had propped up on the entrance lobby


Someone had written "CS BLOWS". I fixed it.

Later on I found out that I’ve exhausted my FWS funds, meaning I was able to get the rest of the day off.  I then had lunch with the CoC Advisory Board and shared a table with Thomas Noonan, James Lester, and Dick Hunter, as well as Colin Potts, Charles Isbell, and Dean Foley for brief moments with my peers and fellow mentors Michael S. and Linda H.

At the end of the week, I got home before 6PM for the first time in almost two months and worked on what is, officially, my third job this semester.

Now, semi-related occurrences since my last update:

The GTACM programming team hosted its first Coding Competition.

  • For each right question, teams would get a balloon of a color that corresponded with the question
  • The teams with the most balloons and points at the end would win
  • First and second place teams had 6 balloons at the end
  • There were a LOT of surplus balloons
  • Aurel L. may have taken a batch of balloons for helium-voice purposes

And Saturday was a lovely day 😀

James D. Lester, III

Google Games and Trasitions April 15, 2010

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On Friday of last week we had a transition event for new and old organization officers.  It was coordinated by the College of Computing’s Office of Outreach, Enrollment and Community (OEC) as a way to get all the paperwork done, such as recording officer names and duties, and also serving as a social event for CoC leaders to meet and mingle.

Srs bsns

This may have been a side effect of too much awesome in a room

I now officially hold three officer positions for Fall 2010 (or the whole year):

  • FIREWALL: Chief Copy Editor
  • Hispanics@CC: Vice President of Community Building
  • Minorities@CC: Media Chair

Strangely enough, all these positions involve reaching out the CoC community in some sort of way, which is both surprising and satisfying.  It’s interesting that, without intending to, I’ve ended up in these positions and in the Office of Communications of the College of Computing.  I digress…

Later on that night SAB hosted their last event of the semester, Mafia Night.  Unfortunately I had to leave before I could play a round.

The following day Google hosted Google Games for Georgia Tech, Morehouse, and Spelman.  Our team, RHR (right hand rule) consisted of me, Chris R., Aurel L., Michael H., and Michael M.  We made our way to the Google office in Atlanta and enjoyed being placed next to the food table.

“This is great” – Michael H. as he turned around and grabbed another bagel

We introduced ourselves with xkcd quotes and started off by placing in the final round of the “Athletic” portion of the event (Wii sports).

This more than doubled the previous players' scores

Go Michael M.!

After some intense Geek Trivia, puzzles, and lego building (with two engineers in our team I was not surprised at the mention of torque as we built our structure) we got 3rd place overall out of over 10 teams!



I chose a Pocket Ninja as my prize, which came with a fantastic sticker containing happy ninjas, fields, and floating recursive mustaches.  I have yet to name him, though “Resulting Vector”, Googol, and Turing are a few contenders.  On our way back to Tech I also got pretty flowers 😀

Yellow means friendship, white means purity, and we all know what red stands for.

The white one is from Chris R., the yellow one is from Aurel L., and the red carnation is from CoCaesar's; it amazes me that it's still alive after almost 3 weeks

It was a great day overall 🙂

April 5, 2010

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Google hits O:

Apparently one of my previous entries is one of two hits for my next 2110 homework, and the only visible one.  Good to know…

In other news:

  • Friday made me happy 🙂
  • This weekend made me anxious x:
  • I was elected Vice President of Community Building for Hispanics@CC
  • They’re showing a commercial on TV and it made me think of CS1050 (Constructing Proofs ❤ )
  • I’m participating in Google Games!
  • I’ve been in a Porcupine Tree frenzy lately

Also, that link describes me right now.  Except right now I’m also sleepy…