Wed Jul 01 1998 12:00:
Man, Leonard Richardson Month is not off to a very
good start. Two of the classes I am supposed to be taking next quarter
are not being offered next quarter, and a third will probably be full
up before tomorrow when my pass starts. I'm going to have to
cannibalize winter quarter for classes. That means CS181, CS141, or
CSM151B. CS141 is "Basic Methods of Data Organization", which does not
make me horny. CSM151B is more circuit crap. CS181 is supposed to be a
creampuff class. It's formal languages and stuff, allegedly a SQL to
CS180. I'll probably save that for later, the way one might save an
actual creampuff for later. No grade in CS180 yet, by the way.
I was napping just now, and I was dreaming
about these two programming projects I have for work, and the first
one I'm just about done with (I just need to add some reports), but I
was combining features of the second project, which I haven't started
yet, with the first project, so that I was dreaming I was going to
have to change the first project. In particular, there's some amount
field for the second project that needs to be summed, and I was
confusing it with an amount field in the first project which is just
entered in from a form. No big deal, but I was annoyed in my dream
about having to change it. I wasn't dreaming about changing it, it was
just as though I were thinking about the project and I realized I'd
have to change it.
I don't generally have acne problems
anymore, but my face just broke out really bad, just yesterday. I
don't understand it.
Woo-hoo, just 8 days til my birthday, when
I will recieve my edition of The Art Of Computer
Programming. Actually, that's not true. I probably won't recieve
the books proper until the 10th or the 11th, most likely. But
still. And Jake's birthday is a week after that. I don't have anything
to give him, oh well. And my Coffee Junction gig is a week after
that (for those who haven't been paying attention, that's the
It's 10:17. I don't know when I'll go back
to sleep. I feel okay right now but I know if I stay up all night I'll
be tired at work. OK, enough of this.
Thu Jul 02 1998 12:00:
I am now, enrolled (UCLA people will get
that) in CSM151B, CSM152A, and Stats 154A. I may change CSM151B for
CS131, which is the programming languages class. Or maybe not. CSM151B
is the follow-up to the summer blockbuster that is CS51A, and promises
to be very boring.
Cha-ching! I got an A in CS180! All I can say is, Gafni
Later: I stole this "Heartland America" catalog from Zasky
Tse. It's really weird. The items in it have nothing to do with each
other. There are a lot of cigar-related products, though. "Nothing's
more aggravating than reaching for your favorite smoke and discovering
it's been accidentally crushed or broken" -- ain't it the truth?
Fri Jul 03 1998 12:00:
Thanks to Need To
Know, I know (nyuk nyuk nyuk) that Unix turns 900 million seconds
old on my birthday.
I saw about half of a Marx Brothers movie
on the cable I get through my rabbit ears and don't pay for. It was
Room Service. Not very good, actually. My cable is really
preternatural. I don't understand where it's coming from. My leading
hypothesis is electromagnetic leakage from the cable of the people who
live in the apartment above mine. But at least I get the Sci-Fi
Channel. MST3K today.
Later: Correction. MST3K tomorrow. I keep forgetting it's
Friday (It's Friday!).
I figured out what the Heartland America
catalog is for. It's for middle-class people who don't have enough
money to be upper-class but who have enough money to buy stuff that
lets them pretend to be upper-class. I was going to say "middle-class
white people" but I don't see any reason why other races can't join in
I'm going to work on getting more of the
site up now.
Sat Jul 04 1998 12:00:
I was mentioned on fire's automsg by ilyah for
bringing the 900 million seconds thing to light over on this
continent. omarr adds: date "+%s" will let you know when to
celebrate. And it certainly will. It happens at about 11 AM Nowhere
Daylight Time, if I remember my GMT->NDT conversion correctly.
MST3K today. X-day tomorrow.
Oi! Yesterday on TCM they showed The Lost
World, which I remember seeing at the Los Angeles County Museum of
Natural History (aka "the place in the Sheryl Crow video") when I was
about five. I couldn't get enough of the tyrannosaur fight where one
of the tyrannosaurs pushes the other one off the cliff. It's still a
great movie, modulo the shameful 1920s parts. For the confused, I am
referring not to the 1997 sequel to Jurassic Park, but to a 1925
silent film with dialogue on note cards and annoying organ music
playing throughout, which is based on a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle
and in which we see "mighty prehistoric monsters clashing with modern
lovers". Willis O'Brien, father of the stop-motion photography
technique and mentor to Ray Harryhausen, did the effects. After that
they showed King Kong, which I hadn't seen before, but which I fell
asleep in the middle of.
On a somewhat related note, according to
my physics lab TA, part of the movie Scream II was filmed in Kinsey
51, a large lecture hall in which I took Physics 8C, among other
classes. I find this hilarious. I may have to actually watch that
movie, or at least that part of the movie.
Note: I am not someone who finds the
inclusion of any place I know in a movie to be funny. Life is too
short for that. Kinsey 51 is a special case, just because of the
bizarre memories I have of that room. The other example I can think of
is the filming of a Mentos commercial on the Third Street Promenade in
From the "Songwriters Not Thinking Out The
Consequences Of Their Lyrics" category: "Every heart beats true 'neath
the red, white, and blue/Where there's never a boast nor a
brag". --You're a Grand Old Flag
Later:Excellent, Smithers. In honor of the Fourth, I present
the first article to go up on the new Crummy, a rhetorical analysis of
the Star-Spangled Banner entitled You Let A LAWYER Write
the National Anthem?. By Frances Whitney, who happens to be my
mother. Now you know where I get it.
Curses, no MST3K today. It was preempted by
some dumb Twilight Zone marathon. The Sci-Fi channel presents, Inside
the Twilight Zone.
Later still: Interestingly enough, Zappa will soon be played
on KUSC. I'm going to record it. I don't know what piece it is. The
Twilight Zone marathon is still going on. The Zappa pieces are not
being played by Zappa or any organization under his direction, they're
being played by some arts ensemble. The tape is rolling.
Sun Jul 05 1998 12:00:
This is a test of Advogado whiipp
Mon Jul 06 1998 12:00:
Armageddon sucked. See Kris'
writeup. I stole Kris' Steve Buscemi tagline for my leonardr
page's title because I notiched that my newfound obsession with models
of things (analogous perhaps to Jake's obsession with robots) was
beginning to monopolize my page titles.
I also updated my projects page.
I had a reason for putting that in a
separate paragraph, but it had to do with text after the last part of
"titles." which I deleted as unworthy of this page.
Later: Leonard Richardson Month presents famous Leonards in
history. Today, Leonard Sly, aka Roy Rogers.
Wed Jul 08 1998 12:00:
Tomorrow is my birthday and Unix 900 million
day. 1 billion day is 3 years down the road. 1 trillion day is about
21,000 years down the road.
Thu Jul 09 1998 12:00:
I'm just hanging out on groucho here counting down
the last few minutes until S-Second.
Woo! And there it is! Here is a copy of the countdown
for you poor schmoes who missed it.
My GPA for last quarter was 3.35 or
thereabouts. This bring my cumulative GPA up to 3.101.
Later: Ah, happy birthday to me. Adam Kaplan and Peter
Hodgson are among those who sent me birthday greetings the electronic
way. Actually, they're it. But Adam made quite a show, making a banner
appear on my screen when I was logged onto fire.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I watched
part of the The Twilight Zone marathon (attack of The The
Twilight Zone Marathons) a few days ago, and some of them were
actually pretty good. There was a really funny part in one where this
guy could create people by describing them into a tape recorder, and
destroy them by burning the appropriate length of tape. At the end Rod
Serling came on the set and was talking about how implausible the bit
was, and the guy got mad and burned some tape and Rod Serling
disappeared. I thought that was hilarious.
Fri Jul 10 1998 12:00:
I thought it was Kris' doing, but it was actually
John Hazlett, who I've talked to before but I can't remember what
about, who sent me a Jurassic Park: The Lost World (not The Lost
World) multimedia birthday card experience. He said that he would have
preferred to send an Armageddon birthday card but they didn't have
any, and that he hoped my birthday had better acting than either
movie. I'm paraphrasing here. John, who are you? I've forgotten.
In the FaultNIC source code the phrase "big
ugly alien" occurs in a comment. The occurance of that phrase
triggered a bad Alien dream for me last night. Man, those
dreams are scary.
Tue Jul 14 1998 12:00:
Here we go, Bastille Day. Here is the building in which I work being
turned into a gigantic ad for Armageddon. The city made them
take it down, it was causing traffic jams on the 405. Strangely
enough, there are still traffic jams on the 405.
Wed Jul 15 1998 12:00:
Attention everyone. It's birthday day in the
lunchroom. Birthday day in the lunchroom.
Thu Jul 16 1998 12:00:
Man, I hope Peter is okay. I haven't heard from him
in a week.
Sorry about all the tiny entries
lately. I've been busy.
For instance, on the 14th Adam and I went
to install Red Hat on Kris' computer. Except it's not his computer,
it's his laptop. We all know about the hazards of installing Linux on
laptops (cough cough proprietary hardware), and Kris' laptop is the
cheapest, lousiest, most Taiwanese-clonish laptop in existance. He
bought a new hard drive to put Linux on, but the BIOS would halfway
recognize it and the installation wouldn't recognize it at all. And I
ask him if it's a SCSI drive and he says "Oh yeah, it is." So we try
SCSI autoprobing and it doesn't work (for reasons we will soon
discover), and we try some drivers and none of those work, so we
decide to put the W95 hard drive back in and see what SCSI driver
that's using. And as Kris unplugs the hard drive I see that it's not a
SCSI hard drive but a PCMCIA hard drive. Geez.
Stupid Kris. So we try
it with PCMCIA but it still doesn't work and so I try to get the BIOS
to recognize the hard drive in the first place, and at that point I
had to leave so I don't know how it went. Adam was there too, he took
over for me.
Speaking of Adam, Coffee Junction is a week
Speaking of today, it's Jake's
birthday. Happy birthday Jake. I have written a birthday extravaganza
for Jake which will go on a tape, hopefully tonight, and over mail to
Jake. I will post the lowdown on the tape after Jake hears it, as it
may be of general interest. Also tonight Darius is coming over and he
wants me to look at some Web thing he's doing. I also have to get my
landlord's W95 to recognize his modem. I think the modem may be
And also I have physics lab today. So I'm
busy. I'm going to miss a physics lab on Thursday because Coffee
Junction interferes with it.
I don't have a setlist for Coffee
Junction. Adam, you already have about 20 messages from me in your
mailbox so I'll just ask you this on the Web: if we don't get my
guitar fixed in time for the gig, can I borrow your electric for songs
like Asia Carrera and Arbitron that require the use of a top string?
Fri Jul 17 1998 12:00:
Agh. I just got suckered into looking at the first
page of that "teens to lose virginity on Web" page. Omar made a mirror
of it and mentioned the URL in the fire automsg. I foolishly did not
associate the domain name with the subject matter of the site. I'm
normally not that naive, but my mind is not doing too well this
I have now spent three solid days preparing
Jake's birthday tape. It is now done and ready to go. I just need for
Jake to send me the address he wants it sent to so I can send it
Later: Okay, now you can lose
your virginity on the Web. And you are literally losing your
virginity on the Web, unlike those bums I mentioned above. It
even works in Lynx!
Attention: I hereby apologize for and retract my statement
"Stupid Kris." in today's entry. It was a mistake anyone could have
made, except for people who know what a PCMCIA socket looks like. Uh,
but my point is, I overreacted, and I'm sorry. However, I stand by my
Sat Jul 18 1998 12:00:
www.ourfirsttime.com is a pathetic sham, but
Crummy's online defloration offer still
Tue Jul 21 1998 12:00:
I have decided to start calling Rynna Poulson
"Macarynna", as in "heeey, Macarynna!". I have not seen Rynna Poulson
recently, nor do I plan to see her in the immediate future, but when I
do see her I will call her "Macarynna" and see how she reacts.
Jake has received his birthday tape and
says that it's "easily the best birthday present i've ever gotten", so
now the details can be unleashed upon an unsuspecting Web. Look for
Wed Jul 22 1998 12:00:
The Coffee Junction tracklist for tomorrow has
been finalized. Woo-hoo. Now I have to rest.
Later: At Kris' rather halfhearted insistance, I put up my
page of problems with
Armageddon to complement his. Enjoy.
Mon Jul 27 1998 12:00:
I find it interesting that Crummy only gets
updated when I don't have anything else to do. I have stuff to do
right now, but I'm doing some Crummy updates anyway. Here is info on Jake's Birthday
The Coffee Junction gig went pretty
well. We'll have bootlegs out reasonably soon.
Tue Jul 28 1998 12:00:
"Due to public demand the Segfault Team have been
rounded up and shot." -- segfault.org
Wed Jul 29 1998 12:00:
I thought Powerball was like paintball.
Man, what a lot of crap I have to do. I
have to fix my landlord's modem, I have to start looking for a new
place to live, I have to do Darius' online store, I have to do
Segfault stuff, and I have to do physics stuff. Bleah I say.
Actually I guess the Segfault stuff doesn't
count as "crap". I'd be nice to Darius and say his store doesn't count
as crap either, but quite frankly I don't really care about online
gaming stores. I'm just doing it because he's my friend, and also he's
Fri Jul 31 1998 12:00:
Whenever I use Netscape 4 I'm afraid that the
comets are going to crash into the planet, Shoemaker-Levy 9 style.
Later: Hmm, Shoemaker-Levy 9 Style is a good name for
a song. Speaking of songs, I corrected the bad link for Kleptomania. I have music for Benchmarks Of Love now (I played
it at Coffee Junction), but I haven't written them down yet. Not
speaking of songs, I changed my link to Michael Yount's box as per his
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