Summertime Blues

Working over the summer in Rochester pretty much sucks.

I would much rather be enjoying the sunshine during the day. I would much rather be working on setting up my servers and all kinds of crazy computer stuff. On top of that I dont feel like i’m making enough money to make the whole venture worth it.. not very cool.

On the bright side, i have had a lot more free time to myself than during the regular school year. I’ve rebuilt my webserver completely since the last update and managed to salvage the website without too much serious difficulty.. if you noticed it being down for a few days that’s because i was busy fdisking my drives and reinstalling from scratch.. luckily I had a nice backup hard drive so the transition wasnt so bad..

I dont know if too much has happened picturewise since the last update.. We’ve got Jen’s family reunion.. that was pretty cool.. Jen loves taking pictures of her new niece.. she’s definitely a cute baby.

I also took some pictures of my house and farm that turned out pretty well.. considering they were all taken in a crazy hurry to get out of there..

Other than that.. who knows.. no exciting prospects at the moment.. can’t wait for school to be done with.. and i havent even started

Graduation and Summer

Graduation is over and done with. The pictures of it are up in my picture gallery under the graduation section. I moved some of the galleries around a little bit.. hopefully everything makes more sense that way.

Graduation was kind of cool. There were a whole lot of people there, and I’m glad my family got to be there along with Jen. It’s good to be done with the undergrad part of my education. It’s a little intimidating to be moving onto the graduate part. Classes will be harder, and the work I do will be more time consuming. Hope it all goes well.

So, after graduation I had a bit of a break and I spent it all with Jen. We decided to take advantage of our mutual free time and visit Albany and NYC. It was really an interesting trip. I’ve never been to Albany before and this was my first time going to NYC pretty much all on my own.

There are pictures of our trip somewhere on the picture site.. Under the section of Jen. We decided to do all of the tourist things, and we accomplished a lot of sight seeing during the day. It was such a long day and we were so tired afterwards. It was nice to be done with that section of our vacation and be able to sleep in past 5AM. But, it was still a great time.

I’m here in Rochester now, working in the labs over the summer. I’m just trying to make ends meet with this. It sucks to be far away from Jen. Last summer we were too close, this summer we’re too far away. I dont know what the optimal distance is. Life sort fo sucks, I’m working monday through friday, Jen’s working saturday and sunday usually… or at least one of those days. So, who knows. Eventually the summer will be over with and then i’ll be the one working one of the weekend days..

Anyway, I’m looking forward to spending time here with my friends during the week, and then spending as much time with Jen as i can. In the end things always work out.

Party Weekend

This was a great weekend for parties. Jen came up to visit on thursday night. That was a great surprise because I didn’t think that she was going to make it. We managed to have a really fun time with the weekend. We went bowling, went shopping, and then drank with the guys every night. Definitely not bad at all.

The first party worth noting was at Ward’s place Friday night.. We had a great time with that one. I think the defining moment was Shapess being knocked onto the ground by Ward. The night went something like this.

And roughly in that order. Check out the whole thing here.

It all started out with a dispute over beer pong. The fiesty shapess didn’t believe that Ward’s house rules were correct. The Dr. Evil bobble head doll got int the middle of the argument and only made matters worse. Ward proceeded to crush shapess and then throw his limp, drunken body to the ground. It was by far the funniest thing I have ever seen. Shapess definitely has more fight in him than i expected, and Dr. Evil’s persuasive powers are far greater than i ever could have imagined.

Then, we have nerds and school girls. This party wasn’t as amazing as I expected, but that’s because I’ve seen far too many “girls gone wild” tapes than is healthy. Despite this, the party was still a blast. Our friend tiffany found some company, and Sode was dressed to impress. Check out the whole party here.

We managed to find Jen a short plaid skirt at none other than the friendly neighborhood Show World: your one stop shopping emporium.

The night was fun. I got to dress up in a geeky shirt that had a computer error message on it, always a fun time:

And after that Tiffany and jen came back to my place and we had grilled cheese and passed out. All in all, a very good weekend.

Jen’s gone now and I’m left here alone, no school girls, no Dr. Evil bobble head, just my computer and a small pile of homework. Here’s hoping that next weekend will be just as exciting.

Break at Last

So, my break finally got here. I’m definitely happy about that. I get a week to do whatever I like. I only have a few things that I’m really responsible for doing, and I have the rest of the time to just read the paper and catch up on TV. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve turned the last week into an effort to keep myself up to date on political issues. This is not an easy task. I need to find one place that gives me a succinct summary of the whole deal. I haven’t really found that yet, so Iโ€™m working on piecing together all kinds of different news. At least I have the free time to do it. I donโ€™t se how the average person would have the time. I know that I wouldnโ€™t unless I was on break, or was taking fewer classes.

So, over the last weekend we went up to Jason’s new place with Jen’s friend Sarah and her boyfriend Steve. That was a pretty good time.

Jason's New House

Again with the funnel. I drank a lot of beer in a short amount of time. I also discovered the perfect temperature for chugging beer. Maybe not the most worthwhile endeavor, but it’s certainly a form of stress relief.

We played monopoly over the weekend too. That was almost fun. No, it was a good time, just that I lost. I definitely learned a lot about the game though. And next time I play, I’ll be ahead of the curve.

I’m just hanging out at Bonaventure now. Jen’s been really busy with schoolwork. That means that I have a lot of time to just sit by myself and work on my to-do list. Mostly my list has had “The New York Times” at the top of it. But there are some other job related things that I need to get done. And on that note, I’m out of here.

Secret Asian Man

Brenton sparked this post. He needs to come back to RIT to visit. Doesnt eveyone agree? He’s got this job with the #removed for security reasons# or something like that. No one even knows. It’s so secret that I don’t even think he knows, because his story is never the same when you ask him about it ๐Ÿ˜›

So, I think that calling him “Secret Asian Man” is pretty appropriate.. You could use the “apropos” command, and it would tell you all about it.. Exactly..

So what else is new in Burns-land. Too much work. The quarter is thankfully coming to and end. After next all of my projects will have been successfully completed. I’m gettting sick of having so many team projects. It’s not that I don’t like teamwork. In fact I love working with teams, we get more done than I could ever do by myself, and I make a great team member, or team leader if I need to be. It’s just that having so many groups all at once, with school, work, and having to manage a real life somewhere in between there, makes everything so much harder.

I had some wicked crazy dreams this morning about all kinds of things. What it boils down to is that I woke up tired and angry. Does that ever happen to you? When someone does something in a dream that makes you so mad, that you’re mad at them for the rest of the day, even though they never actually did anything to make you mad.

I recently had a trip down memory lane. I can’t say that I enjoyed it. Sometimes thoughts of things that used to be are usually pretty distracting from the work that I need to be working on right now. However, I can say that from hindsight everything seems ok. So i’m glad I can look back on a stressful part of my life that happened more than 4 years ago, and say that I understand it, and i’m ok with it. I guess that you have no idea what i’m talking about, but it should make you happier that I at least grew as a person ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve been reading too much Humanistic Psychology.

Anyway, life seems to be good right now, even if it is way too hectic, and my days are tooo long. I’m pretty sure I have almost everything I need to make me happy. And what is that you ask? Well.. it’s a future. When the future looks bright, and I can see myself going in a clear direction, and that direction is up, then things are pretty good.

But for now, I need to focus on my 8 page paper.. no more procrastination.

Sode

This is an entry for my dear friend mattysode. Soderlund. Matthew.

Yup. Thats it. He’s a cool guy. He knows stuff. About the man pages.

Added Data

I made a point to go to my old RIT site and import some of my old posts into this new webpage. This gives everyone more data to search through and makes my paging system seem so much cooler.

I just wanted you to know..

It’s kind of nuts that this things keeps track of the time that i posted.. because now you can all see what i do with my friday nights.. or saturday mornings rather.. now what fun is that..

I need to find something else to do besides work on this page..

I guess this is my distraction from missin Jen. The weekends arent the same without her. They’re almost unbearable.

Anyway.. on to other things.. Just wanted to hammer this thing with posts. I suppose that in the future i’ll make some sort of effort to make fewer posts, but make them a little bit longer and have them contain more information. Whatever works i suppose.

More Updates

This page is really starting to come together now. I’ve used a lot of code from phpfreaks.com and i’ve added some fun counters that use sessions and databases. I’ve got a neat little counter that tracks how many people are currently viewing the page.. or at least how many have viewed within the past 10 minutes.. and then i’ve got another counter that’s a total hits counter.. it counts the number of unique sessions.. whenever a new session is started it increments a field in the database.. extremely simple, but effective..

Now all i need to do is add some more content to the site and polish up some of the form. I guess the css layout isn’t working out exactly the way i wanted it to, but i suppose that i really don’t care too much. It’s all just visual.. that doesnt really appeal to me. The functionality of the site is what I really like..
If you want to see a nice visual and nice form you should go to my photo gallery. That was designed by a team. They must have had people who loved functionality, and people to play with the fun visual elements of it. Until i can get someone to polish up the visual part of my site, you’re going to be stuck with a barebones functional site.. hope you dont mind.

Cool Search Function

Wow. I amaze myself. The search function that you see on the right side of this page is something that i just whipped up in a few minutes. You can type in anything you like, and i can make it search all the text and all the titles for every post on my page.. now how cool is that.. i could have it search for certain moods or for certain times too.. hmm.. So many possibilities.. all of the cool things that i could do here..

but for now.. you can search through my first few posts just for the fun of it..

it won’t really come in handy until i have TONS of data in here..

Group Projects

Group projects are the bane of my existence. I think that i definitely have too much going on right now. I just got done with some crazy cool routing stuff with fault tolerance and some other ospf type things. I think that as far as a presentation and concept goes, we have some really interesting material. That always makes me happy.

Right now I’m not really doing any kind of work. That’s always a plus. I’m just tinkering on my website yet again, and putting off all of my owkr for just a little bit longer.. Which doesnt really bother me at all ๐Ÿ˜›

I guess i’m done updating for now. I’m going to work on making the new line characters stick around here.. so i can keep some semblance of formatting in my posts, rather than having one huge block of text.. i might be able to use urlencode… but we’ll see how that all works out.. you might see some random posts in here to test my work..

that’s it for now