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This semester: a (comic) summary November 24, 2010

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This accurately describes this entire semester: lots of programming and debugging!  It’s been fun though – I think I’m improving as a programmer!


Ten Days of Pilgrimage June 21, 2010

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Barcelona, once a foreign land, felt like home as I saw recognizable churches and towers from the windows of the airplane coming from Milano.

What an incredible journey.

There are definitely a lot of posts in order – a single gigantic post would not do justice to Paris, Venice, Rome, and Florence, the 4 wonderful cities I was privileged to visit during the past 10 days.

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

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Dean Foley uses the phrase f2f for “face to face”?

Designs! March 10, 2010

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Chris Sladky (president of ACM) asked me to design ACM shirts for Hack Week, which started yesterday in Klaus 1116 with the Hack U kick-off ( pictures here, courtesy of LaMenta3).

This is the design that we ended up using:

Arr and Konnichiwa

And this was the original design I conceived:

What a dapper lad, indeed.

Unfortunately, the sexy Steampunk Buzz was rejected by GT licensing on the grounds that I cannot change Buzz’s anatomy and/or color.  It was really fun to make, anyway; hopefully I’ll be able to use it in the future.

… it ended? December 11, 2009

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Did the semester really already end?

I’m so nervous about my grades D:

Hello world! October 21, 2009

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I don’t even have to edit the title of this journal to make it relevant for this blog!

For those of you who know the significance behind “Hello, world!”, kudos.  Those who don’t know, that’s what the link is for.

I highly recommend you go surf elsewhere if you don’t live anywhere near the ocean or if you’re not interested in computing, programming, Computer Science as a major, Georgia Tech, or all those things combined.

Save for the ‘living near the ocean’ part. It’s alright if you don’t. Or if you do.