Archive for December, 2008

December 25, 2008

Writer’s Block: Use Your Power

If I had to pick only one, it would be teleportation.

Others would be:

  • Invisibility
  • Time traveling without changing the future (unless I wanted to change something)
  • Flying
  • Having a perfect body without any effort or plastic surgery
  • Mind reading
  • Telekinesis
  • Healing myself and others
  • Being able to ask out a guy on a date
  • Making money/food/items appear from nowhere (without taking them away from someone else. I could create them like that).

I could turn on or off these as I pleased.

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December 19, 2008

Fall 2008 grades: I am jumping up and down!

I have been obsessively checking the school website to see what my grades for this semester are. I just checked and I got As in both of my classes! I can’t believe this! I knew I would ace my Information Security class. But I thought I was going to get a C in my C++ class. I thought I would be super lucky if I got a B in it. But I got an A! I cannot believe this. The class was a lot of work, the teacher made everything very challenging and really pushed us. And it was a 4 credit class.

In the C++ class, I got 100% on every single LAB project/homework assignment all semester long. But I got a C on the midterm, which was a lot of points. And then there was my final project, The Memory Game, which I never got the grade for because it was turned in the last week of class. That was a lot of points – almost as much as all the lab/homework assignments combined. And I know that I didn’t do too well on the final exam, especially since I was sick (thanks to my severe allergy to poinsettias) and the exam was four hours long. And this teacher does not curve and said he never has. So that means I actually earned the A that I received.

I am so pleasantly surprised! I’m ecstatic, proud, triumphant. I am celebrating this weekend. (I just hope that he didn’t make a mistake and then my grade will be changed later, haha).

December 18, 2008

New Layout

Some of you may have noticed already that my blog has a new custom layout. It’s something I’d been meaning to do for some time, but knew that once I started, I’d spend some time doing it. And I’m the type that if I start doing code, I won’t stop until it’s done or else I’ll be constantly thinking about it. Anyway, the main difference people will notice is that it’s integrated better with my website.

If you view my blog from blog.cherryteresa.com, you will notice there are no more frames. (If you’re still seeing it in frames, please refresh the page and that should do the trick). There are still some tweaks and changes I will make eventually.

Here’s an idea for developers – why doesn’t someone create a WYSIWYG layout editor for LJ so that those who aren’t good with code can more easily create and customize their own layouts?

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December 18, 2008

Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House

 
Behold... My Future
  I will marry Andy Samberg.  
  After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Seattle in our fabulous Apartment.  
  We will have 1 kid(s) together.  
  Our family will zoom around in a Black Beetle.
  I will spend my days as a Rockstar, and live happily ever after.  
 
whats your future
 

December 16, 2008

My Social Dysfuntion: Happy

Your Social Dysfunction:
Happy

You’re a happy person – you have a good amount of self-esteem, and are socially healthy. While this isn’t a social dysfunction per se, you’re definitely not normal. Consider yourself lucky: you walk that fine line between ‘normal’ and being outright narcissistic. You’re rare – which is something else to be happy about.

Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

Please note that we aren’t, nor do we claim to be, psychologists. This quiz is for fun and entertainment only. Try not to freak out about your results.
December 16, 2008

To keep my CDs or to rip them: That is the question

Although I have bought only about 5 physical CDs in the past few years, I own a few hundred CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, etc. I’m a huge music lover, of course. And I also worked at record stores for a few years – which made me ultra-aware of all the new and good music coming out, so I was tempted to buy so much stuff. I got a nice discount. And back before the economy and recording industry went majorly down, the record companies were generous with giving away free stuff, so I used to have free promo CDs coming out my ears. I have shelves, racks, towers, zipper booklet things, parts of book shelves, plastic bins, etc. full of CDs and tapes.

Although it might look cool to view all the CDs, it no longer feels cool. First of all, it takes a few minutes to find what I’m looking for (if I can find it at all and don’t just give up). It’s somewhat organized, but not totally. It used to be in order by category and alphabet, but after moving several times over the past few years, it’s just like meh. (Besides, even when it was in order, people would always take them out and not put them back in the right spot). And moving them all is a pain and takes several trips back and forth in big, heavy boxes. It seems to take too much time and effort – and space – than what it should, especially with today’s technology.

So here is the question I am debating in my head: Should I import all my CDs on a large external hard drive and get rid of the physical copies… or should I just keep on doing what I’m doing?

I know what I need to do with the cassettes. I don’t own nearly as many cassettes as CDs and I need to just go on eMusic and download the songs I liked from them and donate the tapes to Goodwill/Salvation Army.
And as far as the vinyl is concerned, I’m keeping most of them.

Now I’m considering getting rid of most of my physical copies of CDs and only keeping the CDs that are special (my super favorite ones, albums that I played on, ones that are out of print/hard to find/imports, limited edition versions, etc.) The only time I even use a CD player is on my computer. And that, of course, is capable of playing the mp3 versions.

The geeky and practical side of me says:
Do it! Buy a 1 TB external hard drive and import them all there. You can sell the CDs to a record store and whatever they won’t take, just donate to Goodwill or the library. You will save so much space. Moving will be much easier the next time around. You will be much more likely to hear all your CDs because you can play them on shuffle and go through your library. If you’re looking for a song or album, you can just type what you’re looking for. So much easier! And aside from your beautiful vinyl records, you’re pretty much over the whole "but I have to hold the CD in my hands and own a physical copy of it" mentality. You’re trying to be more efficient, organized, practical, and less of a packrat. You’re doing a good job so far compared to how you used to be. So why haven’t you done this already, dummy?!

The paranoid side of me says:
Sure, it will be a lot easier to find anything in your collection and much easier when moving time comes along, but it’s even easier for someone to just steal your life’s collection! And you can’t afford to buy two hard drives (one of them for backup) so if something happens, you’re screwed. The hard drive could just crap out for an unknown reason, it could get damaged, and again – someone could steal it! Sure, people could still steal your CDs, but at least they’d only make off with a few. That’s better than losing years of music collecting. You could buy a safe to put it in, but those things aren’t cheap. And will you really feel like putting it in the safe every night before you go to bed or every time you leave the house? And even with the safe, it could still stop working due to a technical error.

Now some of you might be thinking: "Just rip them all on a hard drive but keep the original CDs somewhere just in case". But that would really be defeating the purpose.

So what should do? I’m leaning toward the geeky/practical logic. But I’m paranoid that I’d be making the wrong decision.

December 15, 2008

iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Mine! =)

iPod Touch- piano app

I’m such a geek. Since I got this, I’ve been a WiFinder – seeing if there is a WiFi connection just about everywhere I go.
 

December 9, 2008

Jorma and Akiva finally get facetime on SNL!

You may not realize it, but Andy Samberg is actually part of a trio called "The Lonely Island". They had already achieved some internet fame before being recruited to SNL. If you check out You Tube, there are a bunch of hilarious skits and music videos from the early to mid 2000s. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer have all been working as writers for SNL for a few years now but Andy is the only cast member. It’s still not a bad gig, I mean this is an Emmy award winning group (they are responsible for all the Digital Shorts, including "D in a Box", which is what won them the Emmy). But it’s so sweet that SNL finally gave them real face time!
When I say "real" it’s because you may have seen Jorma and Akiva on the screen for a couple seconds just thinking they were random extras.
For example, in "Giraffes" the face of the guy on the screen (with missing eyes and brains getting eaten) is Akiva.
You see Jorma walking by, chomping on lettuce at the end of the digital short "Lettuce". He is the boom microphone holder wearing a vest who appears in front of the camera and vomits in "Jam the Vote" and "Everyone’s a Critic".

I could go on and on about how much I love these guys and about all the funny videos they’ve done, but you can easily find them if you’re interested. Here is the video that was aired on SNL this past Saturday (probably NSFW, even though this aired on TV at 12:40am):

This season of SNL has been really funny. I know it has its ups and downs and there was a period recently where it was boring except for when something The Lonely Island related was being aired. But between the great guest stars and political satire, I have enjoyed myself. I think there is a great cast, with one exception – Casey WIlson. She is a featured player and I realize that means she might be less experienced than the others but she’s awful. She gets on my nerves. She overacts and is never funny and hasn’t done one even half decent impersonation of anyone yet. And she’s had plenty of chances. For some reason, she’s been in a disproportionate amount of skits – not just for a newcomer, but period. There are some episodes where she is in almost every skit and it makes me wonder why.

Anyway, the Lonely Island is coming out with a CD, Incredibad, on February 10, 2009. Yes, I will own a copy. 😉