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Yes, this is a very funky, hip, badass toaster.

Someone asked me what d/dx sin^3(x) is today.

I really don't remember enough calc (specifically, the trig part) to know. I asked several people what the answer is, and Kirby -- who taught high school calc for two years -- states that this is definitively the answer:

3sin^2(t)cos(t)

Now you know.


I got two free sodas at work this week. Both exchanges went something like this:

  • I put in a quarter to the soda machine (sodas are $0.50)
  • It plunks down into the coin return slot
  • I put the second quarter in anyway
  • It, too, plunks down into the coin return slot
  • Confused, it finally dawns on me that the first quarter "sounded wrong" when I put it in
  • I look in the coin return slot and am surprised to find both quarters
  • I put one of the quarters back in
  • It "sounds wrong" again, and ends up in the coin return slot
  • I sit there for a second, cursing the Soda Machine Gods for not letting me get a soda with my delicious sandwich (pronounced "sam-mich" here in AZ) for lunch
  • Then, just for the heckuvit, I hit the Diet Coke button
  • A Diet Coke pops out of the bottom

Amazing.

There are actually two amazing aspects of this story:

  1. It happened twice in one week
  2. I was stumped and surprised each time

So it appears that all my righteous indignation at the Soda Machine Gods was unfounded, and they actually made my cup runneth over.

Thank you, SMG!


I think that in addition to code names for programming projects (such as have been popularized by big name programming houses), we also need operation names for particular programming efforts. And these operation names need to be in the style of military operation names.

For example, this weekend I'm going to be doing a lot of LAM RPI/gm programming. As such, this weekend has been dubbed "OPERATION CODING FURY".

Possible names for future operations include:

  • OPERATION RAGING POINTERS
  • OPERATIONS C SHIELD / C STORM
  • OPERATION THUNDER FUNCTION
  • OPERATION BRIGHT ALGORITHM
  • OPERATION JOINT COMPILE
  • OPERATION VIOLENT EMACS

I love the last one because it's got both "vi" and "emacs" in it. Oh, the metaphors! ;-)


Brian sent me CD's for Windoze XP and Office XP. This was totally legal (any of you who know me know that I am somewhat anal about actually purchasing all the software that I own -- gotta practice what I preach and all that), 'cause IU lets students/faculty/staff buy various Microsoft products for ultra cheap prices ($5/CD).

Woo hoo!

I had planned to install Windoze XP under VMware (which totally rocks, BTW...) on my linux laptop. But I had an older version of VMware, and it refused to install XP properly.

So I downloaded a new version of VMware and got a 30 day temp license. XP installed like a champ, as did Office XP. The new VMware also has NAT networking, which means that my Windoze "machine" can be online via modem -- something that was not possible in the older version of VMware.

That totally rocks! Tracy and I share some financial and personal Windoze files, and it's always been a bit of a hassle to get them off my VMware Windoze 2000 because of the networking issues (previous versions of VMware were really setup to allow guest operating systems to be on real networks, not on modem dialups). This makes the whole process much easier.

I actually even downloaded all the Windoze XP and Office XP updates and whatnot. I'll still need to get anti-virus software when I go into work next (Army has a site license and lets you take a copy home, but you have to be on a .mil machine to download it).

Since this new VMware seems to a) work nicely with XP, and B) have NAT, I'll probably end up buying it sometime before my 30 day trial license expires.

Cool.


I went to see the movie Blade II last night. It was opening night.

I think that there are few better opportunities to see a new action movie than on opening night in a theater. The movie was great
-- I thoroughly enjoyed it. Solid action, decent plot line, and a lot of new kinds of special effects.

I give it 23.5 minutes.


I saw an Army commercial the other day -- it's one that has been running for quite a while -- talking about some soldier who loves to do computers and networking and the like. It shows him doing various computer things, and there's a brief, split-second screenshot of a map and some Army symbology on it.

I wonder if that's the ASAS (All Source Analysis System) software? Hmm...

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