April 2, 2006
the wake of a devastating Daylight Savings Time that left all our clocks
one hour faster than yesterday, we can take solace in numbers.
Number of consecutive games in which UCLA has made the opponent cry.
The number of points Jordan Farmar scored last night against LSU.
The number of games UCLA has won in a row.
The number of National Championships UCLA will have earned if we win
The field goal percentage LSU was held to by UCLA's killer defense.
The number of victories the Bruins have in this dream season.
The number of victories UCLA had in 1995 when we won the National Championship.
The number of three-pointers LSU scored last night.
The number of fouls committed by Ryan Wright, which is a season low.
The number on Not-so-Big Baby Glen Davis's Jersey.
know, there's all this hype about Big Baby and Tyrus Thomas - the darlings
of the Final Four. The fans and the national media have this cute rapport
with the kids from the Bayou. So caught up in the story behind these
two guys, they forgot one vital point: you don't win by signing autographs.
That's right. While George Mason was trying to hog the camera and LSU's
big men were signing autographs, UCLA was practicing... what? Basketball.
I know, sounds silly, doesn't it? Practicing doesn't make you a winner.
Schmoozing with your fans makes you a winner! At least until you step
out onto the court and realize that you are outmatched, outplayed, outclassed,
and outscored by a UCLA team that is a group of vastly superior players
and coaches (with apologies to Dick Bennett).
next time that'll teach them to do less talking and more playing. Maybe
next year, kids. It makes me think of Memphis: John Calipari had his
team practice cutting down the nets to prepare for the game against
UCLA. Methinks they should have practiced their shooting instead. Maybe
then they would have put up a respectable effort against this hardened
Bruins vs Florida Gators in the National Championship game: Monday,
Watch it or it's your loss.
April 1, 2006
is no April Fool's joke. LSU, the favorite in almost all the polls,
the favorite of all the analysts except for the UCLA faithful, has fallen
to our UCLA Bruins. All
those morons on ESPN, CBS, and all those other places, were absolutely,
basketball: If UCLA's basketball was ugly, LSU's was uglier. The national
media played up this concept of our gritty, defensive style of play
a little too much, but they failed to realize one key point: defense
wins games. And our defense was able to frustrate LSU into
putting up enough bricks to build Big Baby Glen Davis a woodfire oven.
Yup, he looked really hungry, and tired.
Throws: After shooting 20-39 from the line last Saturday against Memphis,
the media also jumped on this idiotic bandwagon, saying that free throws
would be a huge factor in whether UCLA wins or loses against LSU. Tonight:
12-17, 70.6% for us, and 13-28, 46.4% for LSU. Free throws a problem?
problem with the national media is that they bring up these crazy things
to criticize a team about, especially UCLA. They just
fail to realize that UCLA is better than that. They've got their stupid
faces stuck up the asses of those East Coast teams that they seem to
be taking home to bed every night. Ugly basketball? What I see is a
completely expect those analysts to change their tune
yet again, after realizing that there's no longer any possibility for
LSU to win the championship this year. After getting disrespected left
and right all year, UCLA is showing those asshats all over the U.S.
that we're the best team in the country. Pac-10 is
weak? How about Pac-10 in the National Championship? ACC? Big East?
Where are you? Oh, yeah, you're back home, watching UCLA dominate on
TV. Keep disrespecting us, we'll continue to kick your ass. Lucky Number
59, LSU 45.
March 29, 2006
is the calm before the storm of the Final Four on Saturday. It's Spring
Break, and I'm spending this time taking care of things that I haven't
been able to do all year. Also, reading up on everything UCLA and college
basketball-related. But there is life aside from the game, and now is
as good a time as any to talk about that.
response to a lawsuit
against Apple's iPods on the grounds that they cause hearing loss, the
resurgent company has released an iPod software
update that features a volume cap. I have one word for you who brought
this lawsuit: Ridiculous.
start from the beginning. Apple did not invent the earbuds. Someone's
upset because he listens to his music too loudly using those earbuds,
which tend to send sound more directly into the ear than traditional
headphones. Okay, so if you think your music is too loud, maybe you
should turn the volume down! Yesss, what a novel idea!
You listen to your music too loudly, and thus you start to lose your
hearing. Then you blame Apple. All Apple did was make a product that
was good enough to make you want to use it as much as you have been.
And you're suing them because you blasted your crappy music in your
ears one too many times.
now, Apple released a "fix" that has a "feature"
allowing users to prevent the volume from going over a certain level.
And guess what? This level is determined by the user,
who, if he had enough sense to lower the volume himself, he wouldn't
have to use this feature in the first place! In other words, the idiot
likes listening to his music at a certain volume, and then complains
that it's too loud. And now, with this new feature, he's going to set
the volume limit high enough so that he can listen to his music at the
level he prefers - which will likely be the same deafening volume as
before. Despite the volume cap, people will still listen to music too
loudly for their own good. How is Apple liable for consumer idiocy?
The stupidity is so infuriating.
other tech news, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, has publicly admitted
to having brainwashed
his kids. That's the kind of person you have running a multi-billion
dollar company. Oh, and he also has major, major anger
didn't think I could stay completely away from basketball, though, did
you? Here's a clip of the cheering
section before the Gonzaga game. And here's one of the game-winning
shot taken from the perspective of the UCLA band.
is the McDonalds' All-American game (boys and girls, that is). James
Keefe has committed to UCLA for next year, and he's playing. If you
by any slim chance manage to read this before 7p.m. PT today,
check out the game.
yeah, one last thing. Apple is turning
thirty on Saturday!
March 26, 2006
would like to sincerely apologize for anything negative I have thought
or said about you. You are a fantastic basketball player with awesome
leadership and confidence, and it has been an honor rooting for a UCLA
team with you on it. Thank you for a great run this season, and for
lifting our team in the season and in the tournament(s). Many congratulations
on winning the Oakland Region's Most Outstanding Player award. You've
Bruin Fan (Me)
keeps the magic going... winning itself back into the Final Four. I'm
not going to write something here that you'll find in every other article.
I'm not going to talk about how the game against Memphis was "ugly."
I'm not going to talk about 1995 again, because I did that two days
ago. I will say, however:
Ed O'Bannon and NCAA Tourney Selection Committee Chairman Craig Littlepage
were in attendance at the UCLA/Gonzaga game.
much as I've made fun of and debased Adam Morrison (privately), I find
it stupid that because Morrison cried after losing to us on Thursday,
the media is digging up this old story of him crying as an eight-year-old
waterboy for not being announced at games.
of Morrison, during my Engineering Ethics final on Wednesday, my professor
was whispering to the T.A. while I was writing my ass off. Nothing special,
right? Except that in the midst of his mostly-indiscernable conversation,
I hear the word Adam Morrison. Tyler heard it too. We both looked up.
Later I realized that it would have been more fun to talk to the prof
about basketball than to take that ethics final.
Farmar, after the win over Memphis, said that beside the fans and family
and friends, nobody believed in the team, no one believed that UCLA
could make it this far this year. I'd have to agree, with regard to
the national and local media. But for us smart fans (not the kind that
go to the games and don't know who #4 is, much less #2) we believed.
I picked UCLA to go to the championship and to win it all. Not because
I was afraid I'd be chastised by my schoolmates for not liking our team
(you'd be hard-pressed to find a peer of mine who knows more about UCLA
basketball than I do). I chose UCLA because I knew we were good. That
if we play our very best, we could beat any team in the country. And
even if we don't win it all, the team's run this year has just reinforced
that my (and others') faith has not been misplaced.
this is turning into a rant. I guess it's okay because I just finished
another quarter, complete with three midterms, seven papers, and four
final exams. But the basketball team has all but made me forget about
those. I left my last final (Medieval Music history) triumphantly, not
just because I think I did well on the test, but because I knew it was
all over and I could comfortably go home and watch the game the next
Duke? I'm not going to yell "overrated," as people so often
say about highly-ranked teams that get knocked out. Duke this year was
solid, and Redick is a good player. But they're just not tough enough,
and it showed when they were dismantled by LSU. They effectively cut
off the twin heads, Redick and Shelden Williams, and Duke was unable
to find someone else to step up. Duke fans? sorry, maybe your pick will
do better next year. Analysts who picked Duke because they thought they
were the sh*t? Think again. UCLA, Final Four, baby. Duke? Go home.
Steve Hartman rocks. He took a major shot at the East Coast biased people
today, regarding UCLA as well as George Mason. I forget what it was,
but... Hartman rocks.
more game 'til 32.
March 24, 2006
eleven long weeks, second quarter is finally over. Coming up, spring
break and then third quarter. While you silly semester system people
are looking forward to the end of your semester and school year, we're
looking ahead to a whole new set of classes. Nah, you guys don't have
a freaking amazing game last night! I'm not going to try to describe
the situation - it's been done to death by all the sportswriters after
the game. What I'm feeling right now is indescribably fantastic. We're
going to the Elite Eight for the first time in my recent memory, and
we're the best we've been since 1995.
That was the year I was finishing fourth grade. I remember the gut-wrenching,
4.8-second, cross-court layup by Tyus Edney like it was yesterday. I
remember our victory over Big Country Bryant Reeves and the Oklahoma
State Cowboys. I remember our 89-78 crushing of the defending champs
the Arkansas Razorbacks. I remember the championship ceremony back in
Pauley Pavilion after Jim Harrick's team's triumphant return. I remember
it all like it was yesterday. UCLA's lucky number 32 wins... happens
to be my lucky number as well.
this year, UCLA is two wins away from 32 and a spot in the National
let's not get ahead of ourselves. They don't call it the Elite Eight
for nothing, and we'll have all we can handle in our rematch aganst
#1 seed Memphis. Watch or die.
later... if you're lucky.
March 7, 2006
to the UCLA Men's Basketball team: 2006 Pac-10 Champions.
Here are the conference awards we've earned:
Freshman of the Year: Luc Richard
Mbah a Moute: 8.4 Rebounds per game, 8.8 Points per game.
Coach of the Year: Ben Howland.
Named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 Team: Arron
Afflalo and Jordan Farmar.
Pac-10 Player of the Week: Arron
Big Congratulations to the UCLA women's basketball team
as well, for overcoming overwhelming odds to upset both Arizona State
and Stanford to win the Pac-10 Women's tournament. Overall, a great
time to be a Bruin!
always, check the UCLA BBall link for info
on the next game.
February 26, 2006
this poll might be my best yet! Please vote to the left. It's anonymous.
February 9, 2006
one company over in Redmond, Washington (No, not Nintendo of America,
the other one) has just released a beta of their next browser, Internet
Explorer 7. Now, they've stopped making new versions of their browser
for the Mac a long time ago, ending with version 5.1. So why do I even
care? Well, I just wanted to point something out to some people who
may really like it. I would first like to say that this will sound biased
and a little rushed. To be honest, both are true. But bear with me.
There is some truth in it that I think you need to be aware of. I will
probably follow this up with more when I'm less tired and don't have
midterms to study for.
new Internet Explorer 7 (AKA IE or IE7 or Successor-to-crappy-browser)
features lots of new things. Small things, like better image rendering
and better text display, to improve your overall visual experience.
Good, it's about time. Next, security has been improved. I don't know
by how much, though. I'll have to look into that further. But good security
is good, unless what they consider "good" is just more stuff
that hackers can take advantage of. This remains to be seen. And then
there's tabbed browsing. Anyone who's been around for a while knows
that Firefox and Mac OSX's Safari have had tabs for over 2 years now.
Opera probably does too (I'll have to confirm this). Well, it's not
like it's unique or it belongs to anyone, so I congratulate Microsoft
for finally jumping on this handy piece of technology that I've been
using for over 18 months now. It really saves screen space, especially
for a screen real estate whore like me.
then there's the next big thing in online news right now: RSS.
For those who don't know, that means "Really Simple Syndication"
or (less currently) "Rich Site Summary." It allows you to
see headlines and summaries of articles at a glance, which you can click
to view the actual article or news bite. Most major sites have them
now, The Los Angeles Times, Apple Computer's website, ESPN Sports, etc.
etc. Ever since Apple released Safari 2.0 with its Mac OSX 10.4 "Tiger"
operating system (April '05), I've been sitting pretty with all the
RSS I can take. So instead of wasting my time on The Facebook or wading
through the various message boards I am signed up with, I read the news.
I use Safari's built-in RSS engine, which automatically tells me everytime
there are new articles up on the sites I am subscribed to. By the way,
I still waste my time on The Facebook and all the message boards I go
now has RSS support built in. I haven't tried it so I can't pass judgment
on its performance. For that, you can find reviews online. Google would
be a nice place to start. Just keep in mind, though, that if and when
you get around to trying this new IE with RSS support (I know you'll
love the RSS. No one doesn't like it. Not even newborn babies.) please
don't hail Microsoft as some sort of pioneer in this area. They've made
some good things (XBox, Office) but they're not by any stretch of the
imagination at the forefront of making RSS-related technology. Apple
isn't either, but remember that Safari's had it for almost a year.
do try out this new thing from the Redmond giant. I am pretty sure you'll
fall in love with the concept. But please don't come to me saying that
IE and MS are good and Apple is not that cool because IE7 now has RSS
support. Because if you do, I will ignore you and go surf my message
up: totally unbiased look at Windows Vista vs. the forthcoming Mac OSX
February 7, 2006
love our UCLA Bruins. Roll and his shooting arm. Afflalo and his all-around
brilliance. Farmar and his unrivaled court awareness. Mbah a Moute's
name and crazy rebounding skills. Collison's speed. Aboya's strength
and court presence. Bozeman's veteran attitude and play. Hollins' improvement.
Ryan Wright's smarts. And for those who are out with injuries: The Amazing
Mata and Josh "lazy dog" Shipp, I wish they were here. But
they're not, and we're STILL NUMBER ONE in the Pac-10
conference and #13 in the nation. I
don't think I've felt so good about my team for a very very long time...
or ever. That win over Arizona the other day... we let them come back,
but the early lead (24 points up) and the strong end (11 point victory)
made for a very convincing finish against the cats (meowing), who we
haven't beaten at home in 4 years. 4 years! That's when I was still
in high school. Though I do remember beating them in the post-season
Pac-10 tourney that year, if memory serves.
went to the Bball game against ASU last Thursday with Tyler, and for
the first time, I sat (or rather stood) in the student section ("The
Den"). It was quite an amazing experience. It's different
because it was constant cheering and chanting, as opposed to the more
laid-back setting in the blue seats. There are the pros and cons, of
course, but it was undoubtedly a nice change of pace and a lot of fun.
We even got on TV! And we saw the illustrious Billy Mac
and Don MacLean up close! Awesome! Oh and many thanks
to Shireen for her ticket!
those wanting more information, check out the UCLA BBall link on the
upper right corner of this page.
as usual, it's been a while since my last posting.
has just released a new iPod Nano - it stores 1GB of music or whatever
the heck you want to put on it - for sale now, $149. The previously-released
1GB iPod Shuffle has gone down to $99 from $149, somewhat normalizing
the product line and making it less expensive for people to get the
cheapest iPod ever (referring to the Shuffle).
been wanting to get a laptop lately. I see people with them in class
all the time (Macs and PCs) and I keep thinking that it would be neat
to have one. Especially now with the new MacBook Pro coming soon (again,
please excuse the name. I hate it too.). It wouldn't replace my existing
Mirrored Door Power Mac G4 (I still love this aging computer), but I
could take it places. Seems like everyone has one these days... But
of course, I'm not planning on getting one anytime soon. I'm not even
planning on getting another iPod anytime soon. But I guess it's good
to have aspirations. Like, maybe I'll win the lottery next week.
I love the new and improved basketball rim I have in my dorm room. It's
made of Tyler's old wire coat hanger. The net was made of a plastic
bag, but Shireen knitted an awesome net for it. I wish I had
a camera with me right now, but I don't. So I'll just tell you - it's
the word for today. Tune in again next time. Or don't, and be a punk.
January 26, 2006
a couple quick notes:
days ago, on January 24th, Disney bought Pixar from Steve Jobs. It had
been rumored and hinted at for the past week or so, and then it finally
happened. For the details, you can check these two sites:
to Lead Disney's Animation Unit
what's this? I heard one tiny news bit about this maybe four years ago,
and nothing else. Now it's been released. What am I talking about? I'm
talking about Final Fantasy VII: Dirge
of Cerberus. FF7: Advent Children, the Direct to DVD
movie, was the first in a series of followups to the insanely popular
Final Fantasy 7 game for PSX. Dirge of Cerberus is apparently a Playstation
2 game that centers around the character of Vincent, who they
call "A sharpshooter." It's only out in Japan right now, but
they have a summary in English right here.
there's a UCLA bball game tonight.
January 12, 2006
last time, I didn't have enough time to say all I wanted about the news
from Macworld Expo 2006. I just watched Steve
Jobs' keynote last night, and it was great, as usual. Quicktime
began by reviewing the year's success in the way of iPod sales as well
as sales of movies and music from the iTunes Store. He then went on
to announce a new FM radio tuner for the iPod (not a transmitter so
you can listen to the iPod in the car, but to listen to radio on your
iPod). The Mac
OSX 10.4.4 update was released, along with some cool new Widgets
proceeded to show off the new professional photo-editing program Aperture,
complete w/ sports photographer Heinz Kluetmeier. The fact that he was
taking pictures of the UCLA-Oklahoma football game from this past season
was just icing on the cake, as they say. Check out the video here.
iLife suite, which includes iMovie
(powerful consumer-grade Hi-Def home movie editing software), iDVD
(consumer-grade DVD creation software), Garageband
(intuitive music creation software), iPhoto
(Photo organization and editing software), and iTunes, has been updated,
and we see Steve demonstrating all the new features. I don't use most
of these, but if I did, I'd find the new features pretty neat and handy.
A new addition came to the iLife suite, called iWeb,
which I think shows some promise.
I already mentioned the new Intel Core Duo iMacs and the Macbook Pro.
Those are cool, and I am especially excited about the Macbook (though
not the name).
coolest thing, though, was the new Intel
Mac TV commercial, not so much for the visuals, but for the narration.
The audio-only version, ripped by me using Wiretap
Pro (brought to you by the folks who made Escape Velocity), is here.
Listen to that! Jack Bauer wants you to buy a new Mac! How badass is
that? In fact, this is now the Link of the Month for this year.
January 10, 2006
Expo 2006 was today. MacRumors has all the info, and Apple's sites have
been updated accordingly.
first-ever Intel-based iMac and laptop lines. The laptops are now
called MacBook Pro.
new computers use the new Intel Core Duo chip - a dual-core powerhouse
are fastest iMacs and Mac laptops ever.
look here, here,
and here for more info.
time to say more, but you can see the whole transcript at MacRumors.
January 1, 2006
I admit I wasn't feeling particularly creative when I made that last
post. To be honest, I'm not feeling very creative right now. I shall
do my best, though, as Ben Stein says. Well, it's only proper to say
Happy New Year to you. I don't always try to be proper, but
it always comes out that way anyway. So there you go. Happy
it's been a great year, I think. Quite an experience for me, who is
turning 21 in a couple months. Wait, read that carefully: "me is
turning 21?" Maybe "Quite an experience for I?"
No, that's not right either. Oh well. You get my drift. Here's the year
in review I promised.
iPod Nano and the video-capable
iPod were released. I
mentioned them earlier, so there's no need to go into those. About one
and a half years after the iPod Mini's release, it was discontinued
in favor of the Nano. The big news is the Apple will be switching from
IBM and Motorola/Freescale's PowerPC chips to Intel
processors in early 2006. Stay tuned for more info.
Microsoft released the XBox 360
to mixed reviews. The graphics are impressive, but it has had overheating
problems. Also, it was mistaken for a bomb.
Yeah, that was a great one. Anyway, PS3 and Nintendo Revolution are
still on the way, so more on that later.
The concentration here is UCLA
sports here. The Bruin football
team capped off the year with a 10-2
record, unfortunately losing to those damn Trojans of SC but winning
a great one at the Sun Bowl
against Northwestern. *Trivia: Northwestern is located in Illinois.*
Karl Dorrell's third year as head coach was gooood, and we're on the
In basketball news, we're
currently 11-2, losing only to Memphis in the Preseason NIT (National
Invitation Tournament) and to Cal yesterday. We'll get them back. You'll
see. I love our Bruins: the team effort, the deep bench, Arron Afflalo,
and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's name and rebounding. The Bruins are BACK!
Well, 2005 marked the (hopefully temporary) final chapter to my two
favorite franchises: Star Trek and Star Wars. The fifth Star Trek series,
Enterprise, which debuted
in 2001, ended its run
after four seasons. By the way, yes, that's 2001-2005. Some people still
have the misconception that Star Trek is "an old show." While
the franchise as a whole is old, the original series started in the
late 60's and ended soon afterwards. The spinoffs began in the late
80's with The Next Generation and later Deep Space Nine in the early
90's, and finally Enterprise was the current incarnation of the show.
That's a quick summary. There will undoubtedly be another series some
time in the future, and there probably will be an eleventh movie before
And most of you already know that Star
Wars: Episode III was released this year, marking the
end to the prequel trilogy, which began with Episode I in 1999. It is
also the final movie to be made in the six-episode Star Wars saga. Lucas
has said that he's planning a live action TV show set in the Star Wars
universe. More on this as the info becomes available.
Of course, that's not the only stuff I watch. Lost
began its second season, and so far... it's not as good as the first.
However, season 2 is not over yet, so I'll reserve judgment for now.
I started watching "24"
as well. Freakin' awesome show! I just finished the first season; it's
pretty slow at times, but the story is superb, the characters are cool
(Jack Bauer is badass!), and it's the most consistently suspenseful
show I've ever watched. Man, I'm so behind. Season 5 is starting, and
I can't watch until I see seasons 2-4. I'll get there eventually. Ahh,
then there's The Office.
I like humor as much as the next guy, but I just don't watch very many
comedies. The Office, starring Steve Carell, is classic white collar
office humor, complete w/ the dumb boss, dopey tool-nerd, pretty receptionist,
smooth, clever white dude, and more. You have to see it - Thursdays
on NBC. Edit: To clarify, this is the American
version of a show that originated in the UK; the creator is the same,
Please look somewhere else.
well, that's it for now. Once again, Happy New Year! Please vote in
, December 31, 2005
, December 26, 2005
Christmas to all! I know, I'm one day late, but chances are that people
aren't going to read this until much later anyway. You know what? I
always get these great ideas about what to write about while I'm doing
other things, and when I finally get around to writing something here,
I forget all of it. I would very much like to write a little year in
review, but I'm rather busy at the moment. I'll try to do that this
Saturday, the 31st, just in time to ring in the new year.
yeah! After long last, there is a new poll! Please take it! If you need
an explanation, go read the damn news.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
the CSS learning is on hold, since school started ten weeks ago. I assure
you, though, that it will be done, hopefully over winter break, unless
I have to work. Each new year of college (that's university, for those
who consider college something else - namely overseas people) brings
a new experience; it's very different from high school. Each year, unless
you have a clique (come on, this ain't high school anymore) or if you're
a hermit, you meet a distictly new set of people, whether they're your
dorm floormates, people in your apartment (I'd assume), or study partners
in your classes. It's funny, because this usually happens whether you
intend it to happen or not.
year, I've been more into sports than ever. I think this is because
I've had more of an opportunity to enjoy them than before, having a
roommate who actually cares about them. Yeah, I'm talking watching and
following UCLA football and basketball, and to a lesser extent, the
other school sports. (Man, my shot is so rusty). Although the football
season is all but over (it's been great because the floormates would
come by and watch the games in our room - even the ones who couldn't
care less about sports) basketball, my first love, is now in full swing,
and our team is better than it's been in a long time (Ranked 16th, 6-1
on the season so far). Of course, the special people are the ones who
do care; those you could really talk to about the games and the players
and have them understand all of what you're saying.
seems I have skipped quite a bit of news en route to this particular
update. Well, Apple released the video-capable iPod as well as the iPod
Nano, which is essentially a flash-based successor to the hard drive-based
iPod Mini. Check out both of them at apple.com/ipod.
iPod: It's the same iPod we've gotten to know and love, and is also
the last one that uses a hard drive to store its data. It can hold
more stuff, as always, and features a bigger screen than all of its
predecessors. The screen is in color and you navigate using the same
click wheel used in the Mini and the 4th generation iPod. I've seen
it, but haven't gotten to try it out yet. I can say that the videos
look sharp and clear at a resolution of 320x240. Unlike previous iPod
models, only USB 2.0 may be used to sync it to your computer. I must
have something against USB 2, because I cringe whenever I think about
this. Firewire is such a better platform for power management and
file transfer. I'd like to know the reason for Apple's decision to
go all-USB. Probably for their famous "simplicity" reasons
- PC users don't often have Firewire on their computers.
Nano: All that stuff about the fragile screens aside, the nano seems
like a nifty, if weaker, alternative to the standard iPod. It is strictly
for people who need great portability and who do not require so much
storage space to put their measley amount of songs. It's lightweight
and novel, but the novelty still hasn't gone away for me yet. This
is a good thing.
I should also at least mention the iPod Shuffle, which was released
way before these two. The Shuffle, as you shouldk know by now, is the
extremely small iPod, about the size of a stick of gum, but thinner.
Since it has no screen, it does not feature the iPod's award winning
navigation interface, and has no click or touch wheel of any kind. Good
for consumers on a budget or for music player gourmands.
XBox 360 is out; it was released a couple weeks ago. I'm sure it was
released to quite a bit of fanfare - I'm not sure, because I've been
away from the console gaming scene for quite a while now, except for
Battlefront 2, which I'll talk about later. Well, the XBox 360 is Microsoft's
new gaming console, and it beat out the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Revolution
as far as relative release date goes. Some (read: many) see this as
a big mistake, as, if you remember, the Sega Dreamcast was released
a year before the Playstation 2 and the Nintendo Gamecube (Xbox 1 came
later), and look where the Dreamcast (and Sega, for that matter) is
now. For those who don't know, Sega is no longer making consoles, and
is actually making games for the Sony, Microsoft, and historic rival
Nintendo's gaming systems.
back to the 360. I can't say much about it personally, since I've not
seen it in person or played any of its launch games, but the graphics
are supposed to be a step above anything we've seen previously in a
console. I'm not bored enough to go through the system specs, but as
I've said before, it runs on a 3- or 4-core processor similar to the
PPC970 in the last G5s (more about these later). What turns me off about
the 360 is the prohibitive pricing. It costs $300 for the core system
(console, controller, AV cable), and $400 for the standard system (Chrome
finish, hard drive, wireless controller, LIVE headset, a free month
of LIVE service, AV Cable, and Ethernet cable). In other words, not
only is the core system missing the hard drive which made the XBox a
big selling point for me, but they deny you the wireless controller
and the ability to play most XBox 1 games (HD required for this and
I already have an XBox, a PS2, and a Mac (there's never been a better
time for Mac gaming), I guess I'm not really excited about any of the
upcoming next-gen consoles, including the XBox 360. I have so many other
games to play, things to watch (see below), people to see, that I don't
get too excited over new consoles anymore, the way I used to when all
I had was a Nintendo NES. Now I can play all the games I used to have
back then on my computer. But that's another story.
might say I am saying all these "negative" things about the
360 because I'm a Mac person and I hate Microsoft. Uh, in case you didn't
notice, I have an XBox, and I use Microsoft Office for Mac regularly.
What I hate about Microsoft is their OS. Again, another story. Regarding
the XBox, I love it because it allows me to play the games that aren't
released for Mac and I don't have to buy a PC for them. Case in point
- Deus Ex: Invisible War. While it wasn't as epic and innovative as
its predecessor, my favorite game ever, Deus Ex, it was still a worthy
successor, and is still not out for the Mac. My newest game for the
XBox is Star Wars: Battlefront II, the sequel to Star Wars: Battlefront,
a team-based shooter that sports the most innovative gameplay I've seen
in a while. Plus, it's a Star Wars game, so I had to check that one
out. BF1 was a great rent (rented it once for PS2 and again for XBox),
so my brother and I highly anticipated the release of BF2. While it
has its shortcomings, Battlefront II was worth the wait, and perhaps
the price, and brings hours of fun back to the living room. With luck,
I will post an in-depth review soon. On a side note, Battlefront 1 is
out for the Mac, and I have it.
probably know by now, Apple is switching to Intel chips. In other words,
IBM and Motorola (Freescale) are no longer going to be making the processors
which run in all Mac models to date. The magnitude of this news, announced
several months ago, may be lost on most of you PC users, but the implications
are rather staggering. There are benefits and drawbacks to this transition
to Intel, who makes all PC CPUs except for those running on AMD processors,
but I am not in the position to go into detail at this juncture. However,
I will say that the new Power Mac G5s, which look to be FREAKING
SWEET, will be the last IBM PowerPC-based Power Macs. So long, G5.
We hardly knew you, and you were such a worthy ally.
I have to get back to work, and back to reality. Until next time!
August 14, 2005
testing out new site layout. Hopefully it looks better. Site version
now up to version 4.0 beta 1. This is only temporary, since I am now
learning CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
May 22, 2005
from E3: XBox 360 Backwards compatibility explained.
should be interesting to anyone interested in console games.
May 18, 2005
May 12, 2005
Gates, the monopolistic mastermind himself, claims that "iPod
success won't last." You know what? He's just jealous
that neither he nor his hordes of minions have been able to develop
anything remotely as nice as the iPod, and thus has to publicly go all
Nostradamus about Apple's downfall in the digital music player market.
This brings me back to the Hide
your iPod; Here Comes Bill! article I linked to back in February.
If he was so certain that the iPod was going to fail, why worry about
his employees using them? By Bill's logic, no matter how many Microsoft
employees are using iPods now, the iPod is doomed to failure. In the
immortal words of an unnamed MS manager, referring to Mr. Gates, "I
don't really care if it pisses [him] off," he said. "I'll
argue why they're doing it wrong. If you want me to stop using [the
iPod], give me a product that works and is as easy to use."
there you have it. Bill is so jealous that he can't make something as
good, so he has to pick on someone who's not his own size, and wish
for Apple's failure. What's his beef anyway? Why do you think Apple
is #1 in technological innovation and you're only 28th? You don't create
anything yourself, except maybe the XBox. The occasional bursts of inspiration
the Windows design team gets every once in a while on their coffee breaks
pale in comparison to most of what the Mac OSX developers come up with.
Ever notice XP's "friendlier look and interface"? Ever see
Mac OSX's Aqua interface (which was, by the way, released about a year
before XP)? I could go on, but you get the idea.
of trying to belittle Apple and hope they fail, why not just do what
he did decades ago? Steal the concept and try to make his own version?
Well, I suppose with his new MS Music Store, Bill is trying to do just
this. But again, without a dedicated MP3 player and a stellar player
like iTunes, I don't know how good it'll be. But I'll reserve final
judgment until it gets a little more time online. Note: iTunes is more
than a store. Most of the general public fails to realize this. iTunes
began as just a music player (a damn good one at that) and it's become
something even greater, kinda like Babylon 5, except it's not really
our last, best hope for victory.
that's my rant. That last part has made me want to write a feature that
dispels myths about Apple and the Mac platform. Please stay tuned. Bill
comes across as a very petty man in that article, doesn't he?
I'm done. I'm off to go listen to my iPod.
other news, the series finale of Star
Trek: Enterprise is tomorrow night, Friday, May 13, 2005.
You're not superstitious, are you? Bad luck for Enterprise? It can't
get any worse for the show, because it's already been cancelled. I am
eagerly anticipating the finale (8-10pm, UPN), which has gotten lots
of mixed reviews from privileged press and a lot of controversy.
April 27, 2005
forgot to put this one up yesterday:
Blind Struggle as Gadgets Proliferate
April 26, 2005
little update on the news:
#1 on The 2005 Wired 40 list of companies leading tech innovation.
Microsoft is #28. This is how it should be. Pixar is #12, by the way.
will be officially unleashed in 3 days. Some people who have preordered
have already received their copies.
the F*ck? Bill
Gates says Microsoft is "already a hot, sexy company"????
If you can think of one reason that describes Microsoft as hot and sexy,
you let me know immediately.
one doesn't really need explanation. Lucas
Confirms Star Wars spin-off TV series.
shouldn't be shunned." Not quite self-explanatory. Read it.
It's a little off-beat but sort of interesting. Undercover work, almost.
From the Daily Bruin.
April 22, 2005
Thursday, April 21, 2005
had just let out and I was eager to get out of that damn building.
There was nothing wrong with it, as far as I was concerned, except
that I had been stuck in there for the past two hours, listening to
the professor in her unknown but decipherable accent about stuff that
would probably be important to me in the future. By probably, I mean
definitely. In spite of my desire to make a quick exit, or perhaps
because of it, I left the classroom through the west door instead
of the east. I was hoping to find a shortcut, although if there were
ever an actual concrete jungle, it would be this building.
by a floor schematic on my way out, and three exits were marked. One
was to the east, the way I had entered. Another was to the north,
and the third exit was to the west, second floor. I was on the second
floor. Bingo. I headed east.
through another doorway, I had the odd feeling that I had been here
before. Maybe it was because every external hallway of that building
looks the same, no matter how far up or down you are. The breeze felt
good; it counteracted the effects of cabin fever within seconds of
exposure. But then I realized that it was a little too cold.
It was cold and dark and black except for a few strategically placed
bulbs for minimal lighting. But still cold. The sooner I get out
of here, the better, I thought as I walked. The only ones
unlucky enough to be here are students like me and the so-called "utility
workers." The sooner I get back to my room, the better. I still
have a long night ahead --
light above me flickered. I paused and looked up. Nothing. Just a
random surge, or that lightbulb was on its last legs. I moved on.
The door I was headed for was about forty paces away. Almost there.
SLAM startled me, and I looked back. Nothing there. Phew... I turned
lights died. One at a time. Then they began to flicker, all in concert.
walking through the Student Union and happened upon a bulletin board
that said “Share your tips of saving energy!” Below was
a handful of post-its stuck all around the board. Here were some of
the “tips” people gave for saving energy:
• Turn off lights in the dorm lounges
• Live in a third world country
• Help the Homeless
• Stop turning the classrooms into freezers
• Learn to fly
April 19, 2005
no post. I'm not dead yet. In fact, I'm far from dead. That's why I
haven't been posting, if that makes any sense whatsoever.
thoughts before I get to the point:
was moved from its usual spot at 8pm on Friday to 4 1/2 hours later,
12:30am Saturday. First UPN cancels the show (see news archive, 2/2/05),
then they decide to show a dodger game when I'm supposed to be seeing
Enterprise. I hate UPN. Maybe they can redeem themselves next week.
Burgers has good chili fries. Haven't had their burgers yet though.
OSX 10.4, codenamed Tiger, will be released in ten days. For those
who can't count that high, that's April 19+10 days = April 29. It's
the most exciting and feature full OS upgrade since 10.1. PC users
are still waiting on Longhorn (2006), which I expect will still be
lacking in innovation and features to make things easier and more
2nd Qtr financials have been released. 558% more iPods were sold
this quarter than the last. 115% more iMacs, Mac Minis, and eMacs
were sold this quarter than last. And 34% more Powerbooks were sold.
Apple's still going strong, folks
been thinking lately about writing a FAQ about various things, such
as iPod info, Star Trek fan info, Mac vs PC info, common misconceptions
about things. Hopefully these will be more successful than the games
list, which is collecting dust in my HD.
This month I have 3 Links of the Month (LotM) because
they are all related. The first is to the Windows version of the game,
in English, the Second is to the Mac version of the game (Japanese website),
and the third is directions on how to set it up for the Mac. This game
sapped 4 hours of my day yesterday, so it's gotta be good.
also like to thank all those who have voted in the minipoll. It seems
that no one who has visited this page has won an iPod from those free
offers. However, most have not tried, either. I've found that they make
you sign up for all this useless crap. So if you're willing to go through
the hassle, and you do everything correctly, you may get your
thinking one day, and realized that CS stands for many things besides
Computer Science. So I and some volunteers compiled this list. I know
there are many, many more, but these were the ones I thought were most
interesting and appropriate. I will update this list as necessary.
that CS Stands for:
Adobe Creative Suite
Cold Station 12
Clam Sauce - I love it.
American Chemical Society
This Chair Sucks!!!
California State University
March 14, 2005
Birthday to my brother, who turns 22 today!
please VOTE in the minipoll to the left! I noticed that I have had several
visitors to the site since I posted the question and none have voted.
It only takes a few seconds! Help me out here!
news, Lord of the Rings fans should read this:
Nearly Lost the "Ring"
noticed that there hasn't been a post in the forum for over a year.
Please let your opinions be heard! The link is above and to the left
March 13, 2005
into finals time now, so no time for a real update, sorry. But I did
add something. Please look to the left and answer my minipoll. It only
takes a few seconds. Thanks!
March 11, 2005
You scored 100% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 100% Advanced,
and 83% Expert!
did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to
describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence
necessary to understand things that most people don't. You
have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use
it properly! Way to go!
you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!
the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.
test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people
your age and gender :
scored higher than 73% on Beginner
scored higher than 34% on Intermediate
scored higher than 89% on Advanced
scored higher than 88% on Expert
quiz I found on someone else's site. Think you can do better? ;)
March 1, 2005
another silly thing! It was totally random. They didn't even have me
take a quiz to generate these adjectives. Of course, I could just change
the words myself to be more fitting, but where would be the fun in that?
no real update yet. Thanks for visiting, though!
February 27, 2005
no update in a while. Lots of stuff has happened lately, but no time
to update. CACN was a success! Possibly more on that (or not) later.
Just wanted to put this up: This was from a couple years ago,
Your personality score is 40
does this score mean?
see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see
you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest... Not a person
who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely
loyal to friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty
in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a
lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes
you a long time to get over it if that trust is ever broken.
can add Personality Test to your own profile for free.
Get the code here.
Get many other cool features for your profile at IM
this is from today.
Your personality score is 43
does this score mean?
see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always
interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention,
but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head.
They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone
who'll always cheer them up and help them out.
tend to think the older one is more accurate, but maybe things change!
February 14, 2005
February 11, 2005
of high school or middle school students running around campus these
past two days. So damn annoying, they are. They strut around like they
own the place and try to brush past you and get ahead of you in crowds.
They need to be taught some decorum.
night, though, I went to the basketball game against Arizona
State and their much-touted center Ike Diogu.
We beat them before, and we beat them again. Diogu got some baskets
in, but he got frustrated later in the game and his performance was
definitely not up to par. Our team, on the other hand, played a spectacular
game, scoring at least seven three-pointers and our senior leader Dijon
Thompson getting 39 of our 95 points. YEAH BABY!
We were 13/21 from the three-point line. That's 39 points off three-pointers!
other news, playwright Arthur Miller died at age 89
of heart failure. He was known best to many for his play "Death
of a Salesman" and to me for "The Crucible." Read more
February 7, 2005
schoolgirls or any other foreign students visiting UCLA is always a
sight to behold. They come over here in such great awe of the famous
"UCLA" and have a field day at the student store buying all
kinds of merchandise and memorabilia to take back home.
February 6, 2005
only have time for a short post right now, so here's a little something
for anyone into technology:
your iPod; Here Comes Bill! -- An article about Microsoft employees
and that wildly popular Apple music player.
next article will make some people happy, will offend some others, and
will enlighten those who need the enlightening. Please read!
does Windows still suck? - Mark Morford, SF Gate, February 4,
February 4, 2005
point one seconds are left in the game. UCLA leads Washington State
58-56. Ryan Hollins is fouled! He goes to the line and can extend
the lead to two! The crowd in Pullman, Washington is silent. The two
teams walk up to the free throw line...
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! THERE HAS BEEN A FIRE EMERGENCY
REPORTED IN THE BUILDING. PLEASE PROCEED TO THE NEAREST EXIT IMMEDIATELY.
drills SUCK @$$. However, I can take small consolation in that although
Hollins missed both free throws, we still held on to win the game.
And this was in OT. YEAH BABY!
a more positive note, the water
crisis has apparently been resolved, so we can drink the nasty-tasting
tap water all we want without having to boil it. Hurray!
yeah, forgot to mention a couple things:
Michael Straczynski, creator of one of my favorite TV shows, Babylon
5, has another wide-ranging project going:
Michael Straczynski to write 'Fantastic Four' Starting in June"
the following courtesy of The
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Sam Huntington has been cast as
Daily Planet cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in Bryan Singer's upcoming SUPERMAN
RETURNS movie, joining Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman, Kevin
Spacey as Lex Luthor, Hugh Laurie as Daily Planet editor-in-chief
Perry White and James Marsden as Richard White.
February 3, 2005
from my culture:
people supposedly should not get married this year -- Chinese
relevant news for UCLA students and people in the West Los Angeles area:
Poses Health Risk: from The Daily Bruin Online. Yesterday, the
water here on campus was shut off for several hours when a leak was
sprung in the Lower Stone Canyon reservoir near the school. Dining
halls were closed until the water could be restored and the facilities
did not work. Portable toilets were brought on campus (supposedly
-- I did not see any) until the problem was fixed. I would like to
commend the utilities staff on their good work in resolving the issue
and getting us our water back in a timely fashion. However, it is
said that the restored water is unsafe for anything besides washing
hands. See the article for details.
the Dave Matthews Band song goes, don't drink the water.
on the Star Trek: Enterprise news:
Berman and UPN Speak about Enterprise cancellation. Rick Berman,
who is the Executive Producer of the now-cancelled Enterprise series,
is seen by many fans as the "man who killed Star Trek" and
"The one who single-handedly destroyed the franchise." Since
the death of Gene Roddenberry during the fourth season of Star Trek's
first spinoff, The Next Generation, Berman has been the Man
in Charge of the multinational phenomenon that is Star Trek. Since
taking over, Berman has held the reins through all of Star Trek's
modern successes and failures. With Voyager and Enterprise, the franchise's
two latest incarnations, Rick Berman and his co-executive producer
Brannon Braga, took a more creative role in developing the stories
and characters. Many believe that The Next Generation's success was
due to Berman's producing without delving into micromanagement. The
two later aformentioned series fell short on quality compared to TNG
and the other spinoff, Deep Space Nine. You are free to make your
own judgments. Check out the article.
faster, more powerful Powerbooks
released featuring new motion sensor technology and scrolling trackpad.
promotion returns! Get free iTunes -- 1 in 3 wins! Just check
specially marked bottles of Pepsi and other drinks!
February 2, 2005
Little, Too Late. - R.I.P. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
official. After four years of struggling to find ratings and fans, the
Trek series has been cancelled by Paramount Studios. Star Trek:
Enterprise is the fourth spinoff of the '60's science fiction phenomenon
"Star Trek" created by the late Gene Roddenberry. Unlike its
three predecessors, Enterprise was a prequel, set a hundred years before
the time of world-famous crew of Captain James T. Kirk. Enterprise was
nearly cancelled at the end of last season due to low ratings and bad
reviews, but fan support and lowered licensing fees, among other things,
barely allowed the show to continue for a fourth season. On average,
the fourth season brought more compelling stories and better ratings,
but unfortunately, they were not enough to dig Enterprise out of its
final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise will air in May 2005. There is
no sixth series in the works yet, probably because fans and the Trek
Powers That Be believe the franchise needs a rest. There are plans for
another Star Trek movie, but no details have been released as to the
progress of the project at this time.
the official press release here
is very unfortunate news. I am saddened that a show with such potential
for storytelling and superb characters has to go like this, when other
shows out there just plain suck. However, that's the way it is. C'est
la vie. Luckily, I have plenty of other things to watch, i.e. B5 and
Star Trek: TNG and DS9 reruns and whatever else is on. Plus, Family
Guy is coming back for a fourth season this May on Comedy Central. Oh,
and now my Friday nights will be free.
from the front (Thanks to Prem for this one):
US hostage appears to be toy
voted top brand, and unseats reigning champ Google!
some interesting news from the hometown:
pledges funds to help out school district
an article that's really relevant over here..
costs reevaluated: "Ripoff 101" report finds 62% rise
in wholesale prices since 1994
something everyone may be interested in:
intelligence equal between sexes
I did a while back but did not mention is that I upgraded to Panther.
Some of the new nuances have taken some getting used to, but it's worth
it. Obviously, this contradicts my previous statement that I would hold
out until Tiger is released, but things change... for the better!
February 1, 2005
thought I'd stop by with a couple funny/interesting news tidbits I found
Jorja Fox (Sarah Sidle) and George Eads (Nick Stokes) of "CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation" protest their $100,000-per-episode
salaries and miss the start of taping for the new season, "prompting
CBS chief Les Moonves to fire them." After telling the press
"that, really, their non-presence was an accident and a misunderstanding,
both are rehired — at a salary of $100,000 an episode."
here's another one, but I don't want to paste it in because a) it's
copyrighted in some complicated way that I don't want to bother with
and b) it's just too long to put here. But please, please read it if
you want to hear an interesting story:
Robbery Suspect Makes it Easier for Police
that for those who know me (or have read the preceding entry below)
know that I worked at Big 5 in Torrance over the summer. The one that
was held up was not the location I worked at. However, the
first assistant manager I worked for was promoted to head manager at
the location of the burglary. I do not know if he was on duty at the
January 29, 2005
was the end of the earth year 2004. A year that brought so much change,
so many new experiences, and a lot of searching.
tons of new technologies emerged from the world's
greatest computer company:
Mini (January): The smaller, "cuter" member of the iPod
family proved to be a worthy addition to the world's most popular line
of "Digital Music Players."
G4 (April): The so-called "Year of the Notebook" was a
while back, but that didn't stop Apple from releasing the awesome pro-line
of laptop Macs in 3 sizes, including the tiny 12-inch model and the
enormous 17-inch. This sparked creativity in a commercial starring Yao
Ming with the 12-inch and Verne Troyer (Mini Me) with the 17-inch.
Mac G5 (June): Another year, another revision to the new reigning
Mac powerhouse machine. See news archive for
DVI Displays (June): To accompany the new G5 revisions, Apple finally
created a line of monitors that match the elegant brushed metal appearance
of the G5 case. They come in 20- and 23-inch versions, but the grand
daddy is the 30-inch LCD, which is bigger than my TV at home.
Generation iPod Click Wheel (July): Another year, another success:
Apple "reinvents the wheel" and comes up with another hit.
iPod sales continue to rise.
U2 Special Edition (October): Yet another iPod? Have they gone iPod
crazy? Perhaps, but so has the world. U2 decides to capitalize on the
popularity by having one made in their image, more or less. It's a close
relative to the Click Wheel Pod but is black with a red wheel and has
the band members' signatures on the back.
Photo (October): The beefier color LCD version of the wildly popular
device can view photos and connect to a TV for a slide show. Personally,
if I had the money, I'd get it just for the color screen.
G5 (August): Continuing the legacy of the revolutionary comsumer
computer, the new iMac sported the state-of the art G5 processor previously
only available in the professional-grade Power Mac G5. With the G4-powered
eMac still around, the beautifully designed LCD monitor based iMac seemed
to fill the void between consumer and pro Mac lines.
Apple products that were released with much less fanfare in the general
public were the eMac
USB 2.0 version, the Airport
Express Base Station, the XServe
G5, the Apple Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard, and two iBook
you may have looked at that and thought, "that's great. I don't
really care." Well, you should. For most of you, this is probably
the only place where you'll find good info about cool stuff like this.
But I will move on.
two favorite movies of the year were The Bourne Supremacy
and I, Robot, which starred Matt Damon and Will Smith,
respectively. Supremacy was not as good as its predecessor,
The Bourne Identity, but it was a worthy sequel nonethless.
I, Robot had a great mix of mystery, action, plot,
characters, and special effects.
mentions are Shrek 2, The Terminal,
and The Aviator, which I would've liked more if they
didn't drag it out so long.
out there? Notable games I've played were:
Ex: Invisible War (XBox): Got an XBox just for this game. Wasn't
as great as Deus Ex 1, but did not disappoint.
2 (XBox): Highly anticipated, very good game. I always find
coop more fun than multiplayer deathmatch, capture the flag, etc. And
the coop was a lot of fun.
Wars: Battlefront (PS2): Shallow story, superb gameplay, and
excellent replay value. A worthy rent, and I would rent it again, if
I had the time.
Fusion (GBA): This game renewed my faith in handheld systems.
A terrific follow-up to the oldie but goodie SNES game Super Metroid
(1994). Also fun and innovative with an actual storyline.
Zero Mission (GBA): A remake of the impossibly hard classic
Metroid game for the original Nintendo. This is metroid like you've
not seen it before. Another hit in my book.
(Mac): It was released for the XBox first by Bungie/Microsoft, then
was ported to the computer a while later. Like its successor, lots of
fun, some innovations, but not as good as Deus Ex 2.
(Mac): Bloodsucking vampiress with big guns and long knives. What else
do I need to say? Oh yeah, she can slow down time.
lots of others that I can't really remember right now.
an uncharacteristically bloggish recap of the year.
year of college at UCLA came to a close on a rather low note (more on
that... never). After going home, the long job hunt began.
Summer job searching is a tough mission, especially when the jobs you
are likely to apply for have been taken by those who were released for
summer vacation a lot earlier than you. After applying to about eight
businesses locally (and not hearing back from a single one) I happened
across a "Now Hiring" sign at Big 5 Sporting Goods.
Those of you who know me personally know that I eventually got the job
there, selling shoes to often unruly, demanding customers and ignoring
annoying co-workers whining about their salary and the management.
were good things and bad things about the place, but it was not too
bad for a first job. My manager wants me back whenever I can spare the
time too - not too shabby, eh?
was short, and I didn't do much of anything else besides work at Big
5. But I was actually eager to get back to school, excited about having
another new beginning. The first quarter came and went, presenting me
with new friends, philosophies, experiences, and most of all, challenges
in many areas. Life is hard and complicated, but life is also great.
And now, I must take a look at the sun before it sets on another beautiful
Saturday afternoon. Until next time.
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