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.

End of Winter Quarter

So, it’s monday and I’m just hanging out at St. Bonaventure. Jen’s at class now and i’m in the middle of reading some stuff for psychology and doing some testing for this file sharing program that i’m writing.
This is definitely a challenege. I think that I could write a file sharing program if maybe I had control over everything. But that’s just not the case. I’m working with one of the client gorups, and we have to make our client work with a server written by other groups. This should all work fine, but we all have problems following the same standards. Definitely not fun. But the whole project is coming along. We haven’t really had a chance to test it against any other clients, and it still breaks one of the servers, but for the most part, we think that our program follows the RFCs, so.. there ya go.
I’m definitely excited to be getting a week off for break. I’m not sure what i’m going to do with my free time. Maybe put this page together a little better. Maybe do some work at RIT so I can make some cash to pay all the bills I have. Who knows. I’m just glad I wont be under any grade related deadlines for a little while..
Speaking of deadlines though, I need to apply for grad school if i want to get on that. I guess I need to know that I’m accepted by march or april so I can apply for the GA position if that’s what i want to do.
I value the credibility of a Masters Degree. I want to have something that separates me from everybody else. I think that I could be a serious value to a company, and they would appreciate that, but I want people to know that right out of school. A masters would be one way of saying that. like “Look at me, I deserve more money.” Because I have an estimate of what I’m worth, and I think it’s a little bit more than what the current market is willing to pay. Never a good thing.
Oh, I have to get my resume out to cisco as well. They’re going to be doing some hiring, so I’ll need to go talk to some people who can make my resume better than it currently is. I want a resume that screams professionalism, and just says that I know my stuff. I haven’t slaved away at RIT for the past few years to have a company just brush my resume off. We’ll see how all that goes.
Right now, it’s time to do some more studying and a little bit more programming. There might be some changes to the website eventually, but I can’t really say for sure. It’s all a matter of coming up with a good idea. Unless you guys really want to see my resume and other stuff.. There’s just not a lot that I think people would be interested in. Let me know if you have any ideas..
Oh, I was thinking of including links to pictures in this blog.. Like just embedding the html.. There is one picture that I think you’ll appreciate from the weekend. It’s a good one ๐Ÿ˜‰
This Just summarizes Sode’s party with Dave and Jen:
Sode's Party

And this one is what it’s like ot hang out with my friends Jen and Jason:
Jason and Jen at Level

That’s it. I had an amazing weekend with jen. We went out for garbage plates after sodes party and got to hang out with our buddy dave. It’s been a long time. Drunk in rochester on thursday, buffalo on friday, and rochester again on saturday. not bad at all

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.

Bonaventure

So here I am on a saturday night. This one is gonna be better than last night. First of all, I’m with jen.. so it’s better right off the bat. Secodn of all.. I have tons of beer to drink. A big improvement over last night.. and i’ve even got people to drink it with.. Let the night begin…

Anyway.. My search function is kind of broken at the moment.. it doesnt really get along well with the paging function.. i need to make them play along.. rethink the logic of it all. I just copied and pasted the paging part from anohter website… and i made up the search on my own.. so i need to figure out how to make them work at the same time. I don’t think i will get it working this weekend, but sometime soon, when i get free time, maybe on my break.. who am i kidding.. i’ll probably work on it when i should be doing homework.. but to me.. it’s all the same..

anyway. The party must begin.. Until Later..

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

Site Updates

I’ve been fiddling with making this whole blog system work. I’ve got the basics of it down right now. I can pull the entries out of the database and put them in here in a rough format and i can put them in on a private page that only i have access to. So things are going well. If you’re looking at the page anytime soon after i posted this message, you’ll see the sad state that this site is in. It’s more of a template really. I need to do some color coding and some random formatting, but i think that in general, I should be able to make some really nice improvements around here.

You should be able to search through all of the text i have here sometime in the near future and find places where i mention names or other things and then pull up those posts, and i should have some kind of page system instead of just throwing all the results on one page.. i should also be able to put all of these posts into categories by the month.. i’m sure that i can do that in a certain type of search with sql and date checking.. but the question is.. is that something you’re going to want?? Who knows.. all i know is that i no longer have to manage a bunch of flat files. My content is separate from the presentation.. and for me.. that is heaven.

Until then.. i have a LOT of work to do here at RIT. Things are strained around here at best. There is so much going on all at once. This quarter is hammering me to pieces. I just hope i make it out alive.

I should be doing work right now, so i’m going to get on that.

Until Next Time…..