Tue Jun 02 1998 12:00:
Today we ran out of plastic
wrap. This means that, since the beginning of the school year, my
sundry roommates and I have used one hundred square feet of plastic
wrap. That is a lot of plastic wrap.
I am sick on account of not cooking my
cinnamon rolls enough. It is not good.
Adam has a website now. It is http://fire.csua.ucla.edu/~kaplan/.
Fri Jun 05 1998 12:00:
I put up a bunch of pictures I
took in the CSUA lounge with the videocamera and with the SGI digital
camera. They're on my
Sat Jun 06 1998 12:00:
Nyeh heh heh. I got a roomate
for summer. His name is Todd. He seems pretty cool.
I wrote a song about CS180. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a
song Frank Zappa wrote called Penis
Sun Jun 07 1998 12:00:
Hey hey hey, another roommate
coming my way. At this rate I'll actually make money this summer
instead of losing it.
Jake said he'd have tape for me by Friday's
Electronics. But it ain't so. His mailserver seems to be down too. Oh
darn. You should have seen me earlier. Man, I want those tapes.
I'm wearing an old shirt my mom gave me. I
think she got it from my uncle Leonard. It has a weird acrylic
portrait of a man who is allegedly President Clinton. That's why I
think she got it from my namesake uncle, because said uncle is some
kind of campaign organizer for the Democrats. He's got signed
thank-you notes from the prez on his fridge, for his help in the 1992
and 1996 elections. You wouldn't know it was President Clinton on the
shirt unless someone told you, though. Most of his face is
I put up a leonardr
directory called Strictly Leonard which will contain some LYH
functionality. Still thinking about design.
Later: I'm reading a book I borrowed from Omar. It's called
Mathematical Recreations And Essays. I'm hoping it'll help me
with CS180. But it's weird. It's a British book, published in
1987. But the conventions are not conventions I've ever seen, even in
British books. For instance: What is used as the symbol for the
decimal point is the symbol for multiplication or ANDing, and vice
versa. In large numbers, commas are only placed every five decimal
places. And rather than have numeric footnotes like ordinary decent
God-fearing books, it has weird shape footnotes that start over on
ever page. It is weird weird weird.
Later still: Hehe. The guy from Music From the Hutts of
Space (as Andy and I used to call it, and still do, I guess, also use
the MST3K-parody name Music From Some Guys In Space) just said
something funny. It's too complicated to explain, though. You had to
be there. As Adam says, it was funny by inspection, not by
Mon Jun 08 1998 12:00:
I have a pair of sunglasses
that I wear in the sun because I don't like the sun. Yesterday I had
to wear them in the shower because of the unfortunate layout of our
bathroom. I've had them for a long time. Much longer than I've had any
other pair of sunglasses. I usually lose sunglasses in the space of
three months. And I've had them for so long that I've lost both the
screws that hold the earpieces to the nosepiece. The first screw I
lost I replaced with a safety pin. It looked kind of dumb because it
was a baby diaper safty pin of the type I use to keep my socks in
pairs. It looked like I was trying to make a statement or
something. Then recently I lost the second screw. So I gave it another
safety pin and I changed the safety pins to plain metal ones. Now it
looks better. It would look even better if I used those tiny safety
pins instead of the big ones. But I think it's about time for new
sunglasses, don't you? Perhaps a pair that recaptures the glory of the
mind-control sunglasses of old.
Apart from finals, school is officially
over. Of course, nobody pays any attention to this little tidbit. I
still have homework and projects due. The last week is called "dead
week" because you're not supposed to have lectures unless it's review,
but that's not what actually happens. But I don't have as much
homework due as I have in the past. No CS180 homework, for
instance. Just Math 31 homework and CS51A homework and a Math 31
lab. I might try to redo my third CS51A project now that I know how to
actually do it.
Here is my finals schedule:
|CS51A:||Monday 6/15 8-11 AM|
|Math 31C:||Monday 6/15 11:30 AM-2:30 PM|
|Philosophy 21:||Wednesday 6/17 8-11 AM|
|CS180:||Friday 6/19 8-11 AM|
So, not as bad as might be expected. Just
those two finals right next to each other on Monday, but it shouldn't
be too tough. I've got all week to study for CS180.
Today I'm wearing my Dweebspeak Primer
shirt. I don't know why this is turning into the What Shirt Leonard Is
Wearing Today Page, which would really be a stupid use of the Web, but
I've got a lot of cool shirts. Which reminds me, I need to do
something about Crummy Online Odd T-Shirts. Something I've been
meaning to do for a while.
Tue Jun 09 1998 12:00:
I got mentioned in the DSP
again today, for coming up with the name "Papa Scot's Gatespeak
Primer" to describe this. Woo-hoo.
Jake wanted my address today. I hope I sent
it to him in time. This means tapes for me. I wonder if he sent me
Jer's tapes as well as his tape and his tape of stuff he wants me to
listen to. Maybe I should ask him via email instead of posing the
question on the Web. Push does have its advantages, you know.
Wed Jun 10 1998 12:00:
Oh yeah, Peter and I got our
grant. It's $1000 which will hopefully be tripled by work-study next
quarter. Woo hoo I say.
Even the mighty BBC is not free from typos
on Web pages. Go to here to see
those zany Brits use "flower" instead of "flour". Prince Charles is
full of it. I'm sorry, he shouldn't be in any kind of position of
power. Dismantle the House of Lords while you're at it (nobody knew he
was from the House of Lords). Down with the royals!
Later: More newshub stuff. The headline for this piece is
"Parks Against New Kenniwick Law". You'd think it'd be about a place
called New Kenniwick which passed a law that inadvertantly banned
parks. But it's not. It's about the National Park Service speaking out
against a law that will allow a 9200-year-old specimen called
Kenniwick Man to be examined despite the objections of Native American
groups who claim Kenniwick Man as an ancestor despite the lack of any
evidence for this claim. It burns my toast, both the objections and
the ambiguity of the headline.
The survey is not turning out the way I
thought it would. Of four responses, only Joe Barr has given an answer
analagous to mine. Oh well.
Thu Jun 11 1998 12:00:
I'm sorry you have to die but we all have to die.
Well, in half an hour I need to
go to a CS51A review. Whee. I am rapidly approaching the end of my
second year of college. Whee again.
Here I am today: CrotchCam,
FaceCam, and PeekabooCam.
I was on the recieving end of another tract
attack today. I haven't really looked at it but I plan to. It's called
How Can I Go To Heaven?. I've just cast a cursory glance at it
and the author doesn't seem to understand that the people he wants to
convert don't already share his worldview. I don't understand why
religious people don't get this. If I want to get someone to use Linux
I don't say, "Well, Linux Journal reccommends that you use
Linux." or "Well, the LinuxStone benchmark gives Linux alone a perfect
score of 1.0." or "Well, most of the people on slashdot.org use
Linux." It just doesn't work that way.
I also don't think religious people have
really thought about what heaven entails. Can you think of anything
you like doing so much that you would never get bored doing it? The
key word is never. We are not talking about some place you go
for a couple billion years and have some fun and then you're
done. You're stuck there forever.
My claim, based on observation, is that
when you die, that's it. Is that really so bad?
Think of the alternative.
Fri Jun 12 1998 12:00:
Ah, the last day of class.
Compaq bought us out. We said we wouldn't
change. But you didn't believe us. You said we'd become NT whores. You
said we'd fire all our competent engineers. You said we'd kill the
We ran ads in trade magazines trying to
convince you. But you wouldn't believe us. So we're just going ahead
and doing all the stuff you said we'd be doing anyway. We might as
Sat Jun 13 1998 12:00:
I was thinking about the
Digital thing I did yesterday. I said some things that were
inaccurate. Inaccurate in the sense that they have been officially
denied. For all I know Compaq is going to kill the Alpha. I
don't trust them. But I don't think it's fair for me to do something
like that just in case they really want to do something useful with
their acquisition rather than just run good technology into the
ground. So I'm sorry.
But it goes further than that. How many
times do we stretch the truth to make a rhetorical point? How often do
we willingly use old data or ambiguous remarks to suit our own
purposes? It makes me uncomfortable that I did it, but at least I
I don't like this. I just read that Compaq
was firing people and I extrapolated a bunch of stuff from that and my
own prejudices. Am I willing to sacrifice accuracy and fairness for a
laugh? I don't think so, at least not unless it's really,
really good. So I'll wait until Compaq begins twisting Digital
technology to its own evil ends before doing something like that
Anyway, Adam came over and gave me some of
the tapes he's making of the records I've gathered from Goodwills and
Rhino Records sidewalk sales. He gave me Switched-On Bach I and II, by
Walter Carlos [Walter], whom Jake says is now a transsexual; Play Bach
vol. 4 by the Jacque Loussier Trio, which is Bach played in jazz
style; and a collection of Barbershop Ballads sung by the world famous
Sportsman Quartet. I was hoping for my PDQ Bach album and Zappa's
Sheik Yerbouti but no joy, as Jerry Pournelle would say.
SOB1 has an awesome version of Wachet
Auf (Sleepers Awake), which is my all-time favorite Bach piece
right now, even more so than Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring. It's
such a catchy tune. Here, have a MIDI. There's a
version of it on Play Bach as well, but I haven't gotten to
I dub this week the week of new tapes
(actually, the week starting tomorrow is the week I dub that, but who
cares?). I should be getting Jake's tapes any day now, and Jer's tapes
a while after that. Tapes, tapes, tapes. Whee!
LJ is having a barbecue next Sunday. I
wanna go. So I probably will, rather than spend that weekend in
Bakersfield. I can go home the weekend after. Mmm, a barbecue. I
didn't go last time but apparantly there was food aplenty.
Man, Adam even printed out little track
lists that fit in the cassette holder. What a guy. All must bow before
Later: ALL RIGHT! YEAH! WOO! I just discovered that we get
the Sci-Fi Channel! MST3K!!!!!! WOO! WOO! WOO! We don't even have
cable! Free Sci-Fi Channel! WOO! WOO! MST3K! WOO! It's on right now!
WOO! WOO! WOO! MST3K!
It's channel 53. You don't care, but I want
that written down so I don't forget.
We didn't used to get all these
channels. We might be getting the scraps of someone else's private
broadcast or something. But I'm not complaining. MST3K! WOO! Gotta go,
the commercials are almost over.
Later still: Urban legend has it that grapefruit juice
contains a chemical that intensifies the effects of caffeine, so I
went and bought a bottle of it at Breadstiks, the stupidly-named local
grocery store. I'm such a junkie.
My dad used to eat half a grapefruit every
day at breakfast. We had a couple of special spoons just for
grapefruit, they had ridges on the edges for scooping out the
fruit. He tried to get me into eating grapefruit for breakfast, but I
didn't like it. I still don't. Man, that stuff is bitter, even watered
down with Mountain Dew rip-off.
I also got In-N-Out. There is a disturbing
rumor going around that the people who run In-N-Out are big donators
to the radical religious right; if it's true, we may have to go into
boycott mode. I told Adam this and he said "Bad news for our taste
buds, dude.". Indeed. I know they're fanatical Christians--they have
Bible references printed on the bottoms of all their cups--but I can
deal with that. It's the alleged political contributions I don't
Sun Jun 14 1998 12:00:
Finals are tomorrow. I think
I'll be ready by then. I made some minor changes to Crummy.
Mon Jun 15 1998 12:00:
Man, that grapefruit juice
works like a charm! I didn't get tired at all last night. I just made
myself get a couple hours of sleep so I wouldn't fall asleep during
finals. Unfortunately, I have no way of telling whether it's really
the grapefruit juice or merely a placebo effect. However, since my
goal is to get awakedness by hook or by crook, not to formally
evaluate the effects of grapefruit juice and caffeine on the central
nervous system, I don't care.
Today I have CS51A at 8AM and Math 31C at
11:30AM. Then I've got to get cracking on philosophy. I'm working on
my cheat sheet for CS51A. I've only used about 1/4 my allotted space,
so I'll probably put some examples of flip-flop problems on the
sheet. I think today's finals will be easy, but I'm nervous
Later: I told Lisa from Sun about the Java reference in last
week's MST3K (there was a pigeon pecking buttons on a wall and Crow
said (as the pigeon) "I'm programming a Java applet here."). She
[Lisa] was VASTLY amused. Gloat, gloat. I don't know why I'm gloating
over knowing a marketing person.
Man, the gods of butt-kicking are
fickle. In the morning, I kicked the butt of my CS51A final. But in
the afternoon, the tables were turned, and my butt was kicked by the
Math 31C final. Argh.
Later still: Agh. On Switched-On Bach II there is the
Musette in D Major and the Minuet in G Major and tbe Marche in D Major
from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, and they scare me. They scare me
because I had to learn them in piano lessons when I was little. I
didn't even recognize it as Bach. I thought Mozart wrote them. I tend
to blame Mozart for all classical music I don't like, especially that
which I had to learn in piano lessons.
Tue Jun 16 1998 12:00:
A "DELI"-GATION OF OLD FAVORITES
AND NEW SPECIALTY BREADS
VOTE FOR THE SANDWICH OF YOUR CHOICE
First the Elvis stamp, and now this.
Oh my goodness. I forgot it was Bloomsday.
If only Berkeley had known about proof by induction.
Today is the day of one-sentence paragraphs.
Wed Jun 17 1998 12:00:
The tables of butt-kicking have
turned. I kicked the butt of my philosophy midterm. Now I just have to
study for CS180.
Ha ha, I have defined a mighty emacs macro
to do the non-binding spaces thing. Emacs, Emacs, Emacs.
Every time I listen to Zappa I gain more
and more respect for his genius. Have I aligned with a blown mind?
Wasted my time on a drawn blind? Andy!
Mon Jun 22 1998 12:00:
I took out my rant about the
yelling guy because, like most stuff one writes at midnight, it was
really incoherent. More later, I'm at work right now. I got the
nameserver and everything to work, so I'm typing this on gogol from a
telnet session from groucho.
Later: Michael Yount expressed his disappointment at the
absence of my yelling-guy rant. I may put it back up eventually.
I finally got my tapes from Jake. Awesome
is all I can say. Especially the mighty mighty cover of The
Chickadee, which he turned into a Lutheran humn, and
Butterfly. My demon Lucille Ball bit got sampled in Check
Yourself (For Ticks). The so-called "Booty Tape 2" is also
cool. Jer's tapes coming soon, again [the world] according to
I begin work again. I don't have summer
school until next week, though.
Tue Jun 23 1998 12:00:
Adam's Web writing makes me
laugh. "Actually, I am kidding." just cracks me up. I don't know
why. You probably have to know Adam. It's funny by inspection, not by
I'm now locally on gogol. It's just like
telnetting in. I can't get over how cool that is.
Wed Jun 24 1998 12:00:
Yesterday was movie
night. Adam brought over Barton Fink. Pretty good movie, even
though Steve Buscemi only had a minor role. Steve says: "Nyeh heh
heh. Catch me in Armageddon. I'm doing it for the money."
Speaking of which, a while back the building in which I work was
turned into a giant ad for Armageddon. They hung a big sheet
over the building to make it look like a hole had been punched through
it by an asteroid. I have a picture somewhere on my hard drive, I'll
put it up if and when I find it.
I just remembered something today. I'm
almost 19. If I were still a Mormon it would be almost time for me to
go and proselytize for two years. But I'm not, so I don't have
to. This makes me happy.
Here is my smiley face. :)
Thu Jun 25 1998 12:00:
Man, you have to check this
site out: Astronomy
Picture of the Day. Even better than Today's Space Weather. It has
lots of links and such.
I think this should provide some historical perspective on Microsoft's usage of the term "integration":
Users of either the MS-DOS or the Microsoft Windows operating
systems can take advantage of these great new features--and use them
in either MS-DOS or Windows mode--because MS-DOS 6 is tightly
integrated with Windows.
--MS-DOS 6 User's Guide
Fri Jun 26 1998 12:00:
Jake hadn't heard about this,
so I told him, and now I'm telling you. Cool dinosaur-bird fossils
found in China. Check it
Hmm, maybe I should use the graphical Internet Explorer rather than the
text-only Internet Explorer to
check the graphics on my pages. I didn't give read permission for the
blue ribbon banner. It's fixed now. When something breaks, you people
need to tell me.
Sat Jun 27 1998 12:00:
My grades so far:
Math 31C: C+
Philosophy 21: A
CS180: Not in yet
So far I've called them all except the math
one, which I called as a C. I'm hoping for an A in CS180 but I should
get at least a B. If I get an A, my GPA for last quarter will be about
Sun Jun 28 1998 12:00:
I have two new roommates. They
are Todd and Thomas.
Mon Jun 29 1998 12:00:
What is up with these "modern"
PCs where the power button is not a switch? It's just wrong! The
power-up and power-down stuff is implemented totally in software!
What's next, software-controlled floppy ejection like the Mac? Gimme a
break! I want a switch!
Later: I did some work on the OMP!(25K-4)YOPPO tape insert
tonight. There are turning out to be four major pieces to the
collage. There is the title, which is going to be ransom-note-style
cut-out words and a drawing from an IBM training catalog Al MacMorres
gave me; there is Sally, with cake, football, and corn syrup; there is
a girl I cut out of a Jews For Jesus cartoon tract who is longing
after an ambiguously priced bra insert product being advertised by
porcelain Easter bunnies; and, of course, there is Porcelain Puppy
himself. Hey Kris, I need you to do the Porcelain Puppy drawing. We
also need to do some flyers for the kaplan-leonardr-kaplan gig on the
23rd. Get back to me. The whole collage is mounted on my CUSP
calculator project from CS33, on the page where it says "Syntax error
in your favor", just because I think that phrase is funny. I'm going
to write the track list and stuff just crammed in the white space
between the parts of the collage. It should be pretty cool, bro.
Tue Jun 30 1998 12:00:
Attention everyone. It's donut time in the lunchroom. Donut time in the lunchroom.
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