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Merry Christmas
Dec 25 2004 4:12 AM

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Dustin's 2004 Holiday Letter (.doc 1MB)

good times
Dec 23 2004 1:42 PM

Dustin Kirk says:
rubber tires, silk dress, a barbie doll
Dan Ziober says:
What are the three things I would use to describe my prom night?

Dec 16 2004 9:21 PM

So when I went to pick up the computer desk I took another look at it and decided against it. It wasn't perfect... and for the price, it should have been. I can't believe I haven't found anything similar to the one I got my sophomore year of college. It was so perfect. Anyways, I'm still using my folding tables I bought when I was in Boston last summer.

I'm still lacking chairs in the apartment but I one of my coworkers sold me some of her husband's bachelor pad furniture. I think she should have paid me. But I got some good sheleves, a mirror, a couple end tables, a coffee table, and some lamps. It's coming together. Fortunately everything is coming together well.

The screen on my server laptop died so I'm on the lookout for a cheapo/free monitor for that. I have some cool plans for it when I get one.

quote of the day
Dec 16 2004 8:15 AM

"An image is worth a thousand strings."

While gazing through Thinkgeek fortunes, this one touched my heart. *sigh*

Slowly coming back online.
Dec 14 2004 2:27 PM

I'll be picking up a computer desk after work today. I also finally got some good ideas of what to do with my apartment. It should be an interesting mix of house and some creative playground/studio. :-)

Things are going well. I'm enjoying my internet, learning the guitar, and for the most part staying out of trouble. Tonight I'm startingwork on my holiday cards. If you have any ideas of what I should include, let me know.

Dec 11 2004 4:02 PM

This morning I got internet installed in my apartment. I still need to mess with some stuff to get the wireless up and running, in any case I have internet!!! I found a good desk at Office Depot so I'll pick that up tuesday and then I'll set everything up. I'm running at minimum burn at the moment. Yeah, so I'm psyched and just thought I'd tell the world. :-)

Dec 10 2004 4:10 PM

It's been in the 70's this week. Mmmmm I love this!

Post from the closet
Dec 05 2004 11:12 PM

My internet doesn't get installed until next Saturday so meanwhile I have been sweating it out, taking what I can get before and after work. This weekend was rough, but had a large painting project and choir.

Tonight when I took a look at my Outlook calendar on my laptop, I noticed that my inbox was full of email... meaning at some point in time it must have connected to someones wireless. It wasn't working, but after wandering around the house some more and testing things out, I noticed a very faint signal and here I am. Sitting in my closet ONLINE!!!! :-) Happy happy joy joy. :-)

So... Last thrusday was the company Holiday Party which was way cool. Each of the departments awarded one or two employees in the company for something. Generally it was in a joking manner. I took home an award for best political platform from the e-billing department. On friday we had a Christmas ornament making contest and I won 1 of 3 prizes. So I'm feeling pretty good.

Sarah and Julia helped me paint the apartment. It looks sooooooo nice. The living room area is a nice tan clay color and the sun room is a "royal red". I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The rooms are still empty. I really need some shelves and a chair or two.

Home Sweet Home
Dec 02 2004 8:51 AM

Yesterday after work I moved into my new place. A bunch of people I work with helped out. We filled 4 cars with my stuff and convoyed over to the new pad (name still pending). The whole move took about 45 minutes. At some point this next week Sarah and Julia are going to help me paint. It's pretty schweet having a place of my own for the first time. And actually today was the first time I've ever dirven to work.

Benefitfocus Holiday Party tonight!

Nov 30 2004 11:14 PM

Tomorrow (Wednesday), I will be moving to my new apartment. w00t! Unfortunately I won't have internet access there for a while. It's amazing how much my mind tries to come up with alternative ways to get on the internet. Including thoughts of building a complete parallel internet out of tin cans and rubber bands. So... I've been packing and delaying this moment far too long. The moment I disconnect from the internet. Please call me, as I already feel the sense of disconnectedness. *sigh* Seriously, give me a call, tell me you are on google and speak 1337 to me. =)

California Pictures
Nov 30 2004 11:05 PM

Check out the photos from my trip to California. They include pics from Huntington Beach, my friend Wendy, the company IDEO, and my trip to San Francisco. HERE

I'm Back!
Nov 28 2004 7:46 PM

California was excellent. I will definitly have to make a trip back sometime. I got to spend a few days at Huntington Beach, and toured around San Francisco. Mas fun. I'll post more when I put pics up. :-)

LG L1400 Infared Transfer
Nov 28 2004 7:00 PM

I lot of people have emailed me regarding how I was able to transfer my contacts from my computer to my cell phone via infared. Info can be found on this fourm. The software download is here.

Off to California
Nov 19 2004 11:59 PM

Hills, that is. Swimmin' pools. Movie stars.

It's been a great week. I did some more ice skating, had some awesome Indian food and got all my projects done I needed to take next week off of work. I've been thinking of switching hobbies. I think I've taken ice skating to the level I care to, and it's more difficult to get tennis partners in the winter. I think I want to take up a music instrument. We'll see, I have a while to consider other possiblities as well. Maybe my little brother would be able to teach me something.


frequency modulated microwave
Nov 16 2004 11:43 PM

I'm moving into my new apartment in two weeks and when I do, I'll need to get a microwave. After some searching online I came across this Sunbeam Microwave. It has a built in FM tuner and voice recorder. With my FM transmitter pumping mp3s from my computer, I'll be sure not to miss a lick while I'm zapping another CD coster pretending I work for Industrial Light and Magic.

How To: Marvin the Martian
Nov 15 2004 12:17 PM

Tonight I wrote up the story behind my Marvin the Martian Halloween Costume I made. Check it out here.

word of the day: supine
Nov 14 2004 9:47 AM

supine adj. Lying on the back or having the face upward.

I had just saw that word on a webpage just now and thought it described me fairly well when I woke up this morning. :-)

Anyways, this week was good. I got back from New York on Tuesday night, which made for a three day work week. At work I've been revamping a currently very ugly process for managing a subscriber's dependents on their benefits. It's really amazing how much simpler the solution I've engineered is. :-) Currently its the largest usability issue in the Large Group HR/Member app so I hope it gets approved and developed fairly quickly.

On Friday I recieved my driving record from NY which means I can now be paired with a little brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters. I'm pretty stoked about that.

Yesterday I went down to the beach and took a walk. It's still very surreal living only a couple minutes from the ocean here. Later I went ice skating which was a lot of fun.

Tonight I'll be going to a Sara Groves concert.

Next Saturday I go to California!!!! w00t!

w00t! from RPI
Nov 08 2004 10:01 PM


props out to Nana B
Nov 03 2004 7:37 AM

Will miss ya much.

Happy Halloween
Oct 31 2004 12:49 PM

It's been another good week. We finished testing... finally! I have a couple screens to do tomorrow morning, but things are on track. I'm feeling very energized today, so hopefully that will cary through the next few days. I've been redesigning one of the current elements of the software and it is looking really good! On Friday we graded our Product Certification Exams and I passed with a 90%. Every 6 months we need to get recertified, but being that I design most aspects that get put into the software, I should do very well. :-)

This Friday I went ice skating. I'm getting very comfortable skating backwards and doing quick turns. On Saturday I built a halloween costume out of 3 rolls of duct tape, 6 feet of foam, 1 pair of nylons, 3 sprite bottles, some old socks, a few paper plates, and an Illudium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Pics of costume
pics from party

pictures posted
Oct 25 2004 12:07 PM

New pictures added to my site!
1) Apartment
2) Charleston
3) DC - August
4) Italy
Check them out

I heart huckabees
Oct 24 2004 10:15 PM

This evening I went to the movie I Heart Huckabees. That is a twisted movie. If you enjoyed Magnolia, you'll probably like it. In any case, hold onto your seat and prepare to be confused for the longest time while the plot weaves around several stories and finally concludes at the end giving the viewer a tremendous sense of relief.

Work, Goals, Weekend Part 1
Oct 22 2004 11:02 PM

Today I took my exam on the product manual at work. I feel I did really good... probably around a 95%. We'll be grading the exams next week.

I've been studying the GRE cab hardcore thanks to my awesome flash cards. I need to get back to the math review and step it up so I can take the GRE soon. Also, I need to ask around and research universities that offer distance grad courses in HCI. Georgia Tech is where I would really like to get my Masters from, but they don't offer distance courses. I'm curious what the status of RPI's HCI degree is. I'll be contacting some of my professors about that. They might be able to refer me to some more information.

As far as my real-estate license goes, it doesn't look to good after Finally finding the requirements for South Carolina. Here is the process to get a sales license... 1) Take a 60 hour course that is accredited by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission. 2) Apply to take the exam 3) Take the Certification Exam 4) Within 1 year get sponsored by Broker 5) Complete 30 more hours of Commission-approved post licensing education.

As far as the 60 hour course goes, I have only found one school in SC that offers the course, and that is in Columbia, SC and it doesn't appear it is a distance course. I'll keep looking, but I might have to look for something else I can accomplish while I'm here in SC. There is a community college here in Charleston, so I might just look through their courses and see if anything is of interest. Maybe some culinary arts? =)

Work, Goals, Weekend part 2
Oct 22 2004 11:01 PM

This week I tried out two places that offer Ballroom Dance lessons. The one I went to tonight (Creative Spark) was much better than the one I went to last night (Arthur Murray), but the people there seemed too serious. A saw some Hip Hop classes in the area not far from here, so I'm going to check them out next Thursday.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to tour some condos nearby. They are a little expensive, but I love the area and all. I have time, but thought I'd get to it and check out some places in person. In the afternoon I'm going to try my hands at slow grilling a large slab of ribs with a tasty rub recipie and special BBQ sauce (Scott Alveraz Secret Recipie) In the evening it will be off to some ice skating with Sarah. On Sunday a bunch of friends from work and whoever else will be going to see I Heart Hucklebees. It looks like a fun movie.

And that's that. One month till my trip to Cali!

Shake it
Oct 19 2004 10:23 AM

This weekend Sarah and I went the move "Dance With me" and it brought back lots of memories. Now that I can afford lessons I decided to call and set up my free lesson for Thursday so I'm really looking forward to that! =)

Grillin' with Diesel
Oct 18 2004 11:19 PM

Mmmmm, I grilled up some awesome hamburgers for lunch. =D

Monkey Trucker
Oct 16 2004 9:43 PM

Today was cool, this morning I ventured to North Charleston and scoped out the Mall there. The mall really wasnít that great, but along the way I saw a Lay-Z-Boy store. Since my sophomore year of college I have been planning on getting a recliner for myself as a graduation gift. I had customized the chair online picking the style and specific leather to be used. I'm now one step closer. I checked the place out and tried out a couple styles. Unfortunately they didn't have any with embedded plasma displays, but I think I might be able to customize the chair when I get one. Once I move into my new place, I'll pick one up.

Tonight I went to the movie "Shall We Dance" and I've never seen so many old people in one place. It was worse than Wimbledon. The movie was great and it kills me I haven't done any ballroom since I've been here. I'll schedule a lesson for this week if they have any times available.

I've been itching to BBQ ever since I moved to Charleston and the little George Forman just doesn't quite do it. I'm sorry, but a nice rack of baby back ribs just doesn't fit, none the less slow cook for 8 hours smothered with the best rub and dripping BBQ sauce. With tension at it's busting point, I headed out to Wal-Mart and picked up a starter grill which should hold me over while the chef masters his craft. The initiation/grilling ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow; at which point many fine vegetables and prime cuts of meat will be toasted to perfection while marinating in a choice selection of spices and herbs, only to be served with a mouth watering specialty sauce cooked up by the Diesel himself. :-)

Salt Shaker
Oct 15 2004 12:50 PM

This was a fun read. It gives examples of many brain teasers and puzzles used in interviews now days. The weirdest question I ever recieved was... "If an alien space ship landed in your back yard, and the aliens invited you to leave earth with them, would you go?" I think the salt shaker test is an awesome one from a usability perspective.


1161 Words
Oct 13 2004 12:16 PM

Tonight I created online GRE Vocab Flashcards for myself. I find it extremely addictive and fun. Try your hand at them. There are 1161 Words and Definitions.

Oct 08 2004 12:32 PM

Today I got my new phone in the mail. It's an LG L1400. I was really dreading punching in all of my contact's names and phone numbers. After a little digging seeing what kind of tools existed online I found a neat program that lets you sync contacts from the computer to the phone. Which is one step closer... It at least let me type in the names and numbers on the computer. I then noticed you could import .csv files. I pulled up MS Access which contains a database from my Contact Management System and exported the database as a .csv file. I had to tweak it a bit by adding column headers, but it imported into the tool perfectally. I then transfered nearly 200 contacts onto my phone over infrared. :-)

Big Bro Big Sis training
Oct 07 2004 6:07 PM

This Saturday I have Big Brother Big Sister training. It should be pretty cool... it goes from 9am - 1pm so apparently there is a lot of material. I curious how many people will be there. Anyways, it's been a good week. I think I'm a bit addicted to tennis. I've been playing daily now either practicing or playing with people. This weekend there is a taste of Charleston which I will also be attending. There you are able to sample foods from various restaurants in Charleston. That's the plan thus far. Cheers.

Oct 03 2004 10:53 PM

Props out to my sister who's in Haiti this week at Dr. Ford's Orphanage!

moving an imac
Oct 02 2004 10:46 PM

THIS is an funny FAQ from the Apple website. Apparently the new iMac has confused users on how they can move their computer. This is what usability folks have to deal with. It really is a challenging job to design interfaces between people and technology!

Sept 29 2004 10:02 PM

Today I went to Staples and picked up a good desk chair for work. I figure I'm now spending more time there than at home, I should probably be sitting in something much more supportive and comfortable than what they gave me. The chair was actually really cheap and feels awesome to sit in. I don't see it listed on the staples website or I'd post a link. Anyways, I'm actually a bit excited to go to work tomorrow just to sit in the chair again. :-) Work is going great, and I'm having a lot of fun.

Today they had a patio meeting. They consist of the CEO standing in front of everyone giving a breif update and typically do something fun. So he found out that one of the employees was the president of his High School class. He had him stand in front of everyone and tell them what his platform was. Then he wanted someone else to get in the race and present another platform so everyone could vote. Well, I happened to get picked. :-) In true Napoleon Dynamite style my platform was "Vote for me and all of your wildest dreams will come true.".... The people spoke, and I won. =D It was really funny.

beat up
Sept 28 2004 2:39 PM

Last night I realized how bad I got beat up this past weekend. I bruised my knees and scraped up my hands from sailing, got sunburned on my face and arms, got a big knot on my head form hitting my head on the ceiling, and burned two of my fingers while cooking (not bad enough to keep me from typing). I've never had so many bad things happen to me in a weekend like that. I'll be watching my step this weekend. :-)

Resume House Cleaning
Sept 27 2004 11:12 PM

Tonight I updated my resume and ported it to text, word, pdf, and html. I also updated the "about me" section of my website. w00 h00!

Sept 26 2004 10:11 PM

I burned two of my fingers cooking cornbread today. Not crazy bad, but it definitely a good burn. Lesson learned I suppose.

Sailing / Beach Party
Sept 26 2004 4:31 PM

This weekend was absolutely awesome! On Friday one of my co-workers Tom invited me to be crew on a 26ft sail boat for a race on Saturday. It was soooo much fun. The wind was crazy 10-15 knots and the swells were huge. It was nothing like sailing on the Hudson River which I was used to. This was my first time sailing with a spinnaker so that was neat to learn. The race was very intense. Between haning on for life and sliding accross the deck to grab lines and manage sails my adrenaline was really going. We took first place in the first race and decided not to race in the second due to the rough conditions. There were 6 people manning a boat that two people could normally mangage pretty well. I came out of it with a sunburn, some bruied knees, and some unforgettable memories.

To top off the day I went down to a beach bonfire party hosted my a couple other people form work. They have a house on Sullivans Island. There were probably 50 people or so. Good times!

Sept 22 2004 11:22 PM

Today I played tennis with Mark from work. Neither of us are that good, but he still beat me pretty good. It was a lot of fun anyways. Tomorrow morning Benefitfocus is providing breakfast for those who are new hires and those who were hired in September. I think they are serving Chicken Biscuits from Chick-fil-a. Mmmm yum :-)

Sky Captain
Sept 19 2004 10:29 AM

"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by"

Yesterday I saw the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. That was an AWESOME movie! Highly recomended to all. The movie takes place in the 1930s and is loaded with a great PLOT, and great special effects. The futuristic technologies are all period based and are integrated very well. It is so different than anything I've seen before (as a 22 year old) it blew my mind. It will definitely spur the imagination.

link to movie site
link to movie trailer

Mapping coorinates
Sept 18 2004 4:28 PM

Well, I've at least got something accurate enough to be amusing and ummm spacially informative. ;-) It's pretty cool to put together, I have yet to tie it into my Contact program, but I'll do that on a rainy day. It's just too nice out to stay inside.

See the map, and plots of all Albany (or whatever I've been messing with last) counties in the United States: HERE


Sept 18 2004 1:59 PM

Wow, the weather today is absolutely perfect. I went out and played tennis this morning and then headed over to the beach for a couple hours. :-) It's the first really nice weekend I've had since I've moved to Charleston, so I'm pretty psyched to get out to the beach again.

Surfs up!

Zipcodes, Distances, Maps...
Sept 17 2004 1:37 AM

Tonight I discovered the fun of zipcode calculations. I was able to get a zipcode database from here. I've been playing around with it and was able to use the info to grab maps off of the Microsoft Terraserver. There may be some really fun applications. I'm thinking of ways I might integrate this into my contact management system. One thing I would really like to do is to be able to plot everyone in my contact database on a map. Kind of like those maps in visitor centers with pins in them. Anyways, I'm tired now, so more fun in the morning! :-)

Play with my testing page here.

BBBS / Prototyping / Wings
Sept 15 2004 10:33 PM

Today I had my interview to be a Big Brother. It went well. There are a lot of forms to fill out. The background checks should come back in a couple weeks and then I'll attend an orientation. It would be about two weeks after the orientation that I get paired up with a Little. I'm pretty excited about that.

I've been doing lots of prototyping this week at work. It's so much fun, I'm having a blast. It will be really busy Thursday and Friday as I wrap up UIs for the next product release.

Tonight I went to Wild Wings. I first picked two flavors. They were good but didn't bring tears to my eyes which I really wanted and was looking forward to. I then got an order of their hottest wings "The Bravehart". After 3 wings I got the tears I so much desired. :-)

Visualizing Email
Sept 15 2004 08:49 PM

The other day I posted about displaying emails. Today I recieved an email from Ben Shneiderman about a seminar to be given at their HCIL lab. The topic: Visualizing Email...

Details Here

I wish I could go.

Mini adds cameras.
Sept 13 2004 11:25 PM

Check out this story. Mini is adding front and rear cameras to their cars as options. Ummmm I'm going to guess that this was just a mechanical engineer's cool idea and that there are no usability people working at Mini. Wow, it's been a while since I've done a rant. That felt good. :-)

Email Displays
Sept 13 2004 4:00 PM

Today I was pondering and was thinking about how software should typically incorporate people's mental models... So when building an application in which items are displayed in chronological order, it would be good to first understand how people think of time and then construct an interface that does not break that mental model. With that, the notion of email came to mind in which communications are perceived to be sent and received on a linear time line. Early software designers used the notion of a "queue" to display the order in which communications have occurred. The interesting part is that people don't seem to resist this model. It seems odd that something to be displayed in conjunction to the time of it's occurrence is not shown in a circular or linear horizontal manner. Google's new gMail service groups related emails together, but still use the same vertical queue display as all other email programs. It may be a fun challenge to redesign an email display or even a display that would incorporate multiple communication technologies. It gets more interesting when you consider the fact that phone conversations have a duration, and that Instant Messaging allows one have multiple conversations at the same time.

work / apartments
Sept 09 2004 12:02 PM

Work is going great, today I worked on prototyping one of the new features to be implemented in the next release. They use Dreamweaver so I've been picking that up on the fly. It's a little odd in that things seem to bump around the page like MS Word, but I'm sure I'll have it down after a couple more days of tooling on it. Tomorrow I'm going to lunch with my boss. I don't think we've said more than two sentences to eachother since I started work. She is super busy and I only end up seeing her as she's walking from location to location passing by. I've been checking out apartment possiblities and met up with Troy, one of the database engineers at Benefitfocus. He's looking to switch apartments so we might get a two bedroom apt down the road. He's a fellow techie so I think we'll get along cool. Ummm I guess that wraps things up. I'm wearing one of my Hawiian shirts tomorrow. :-)

Yay, an update!
Sept 08 2004 7:25 AM

It looks like Hurricane Frances learned of my presence and stayed clear of Charleston. Good thing too! Grrr. We are now keeping an eye on Hurricane Ivan which will be this far north sometime around mid next week.

Yesterday I signed up to be a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sister program here. In the interviewing process, they actually come visit your house and check it out. I'm sure they will think I'm a freak once they see my computers. Anyways, I'm looking forward to being a big and inspiring a kid to embrace their geekieness, erm, overcome their challenges. ;-) Next week my company is sponsoring some employees to help out at the food bank so I volunteered. Very reminiscent of APO's Food Bank work. I'll have to get everyone to go to Friendlys, err, Wafflehouse afterwards! :-)

Also yesterday I met up with Paul Midghall, an RPI Alum who lives here in Mt. Pleasant. He could have been my grandpa, but he was way cool. He played hockey at RPI (He's in the Hockey Hall of Fame), was GM, and all sorts of stuff. It was a lot of fun and we'll be getting together again to play some golf or something next weekend. He also gave me a few other contacts in the area, so I'll check them out.

Thus far I'm failing to get into dancing down here. Mostly because I'm still waiting for my first paycheck, but watch out, I'll be a dancing machine. I've been practicing Fat Joe's "Lean Back"

The beach is way cool. With the hurricane and all down south, waves were about 6ft high which was the biggest I've ever seen.

I've made it a point to charge the battery in my camera and keep it on me so I will have pictures to share soon.

Server updates
Aug 30 2004 7:44 PM

I've noticed quite a few problems with the server since I got it online. This weekend I reconfigured a bunch of settings and things should run much much more smoothly now. Thus far I haven't had any of the same problems. :-)

Address update
Aug 24 2004 7:39 PM

Please note the address update on the main page:

637 Baytree Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Server up and running 2
Aug 23 2004 9:24 PM

This evening I got my computers online and have finally gotten my server online. Now Dress-A-Geek, Troy Restaurant Search, and my CMS system is up and running once again.


Today I also started my first day of work. It went well. I have a lot to catch up on including getting a good understanding of their current software, and how the Health Insurance industry works. Tomorrow is my orientation at the company where I'll be paired with a current employee to be shown around and have my picture taken. Wednesday and Thursday I'll be attending a leadership program.

Thatís the news tonight. :-)

The Move
Aug 22 2004 9:57 AM

On Thursday I packed up all my computers, and clothes. I've done this enough the past couple years I'm getting pretty efficient at it. My sister came over and we packed up the cars. We were planning on leaving DC at 5:30am Friday but decided that night to drive down to Richmond that night. On Thursday we completed the drive to Charleston, SC... a total of 9 hours.

It's been a great weekend so far checking out the area. We walked around downtown, picked up a bed for my room, and saw I, Robot at a local theater. That was a great movie!

I start work on Monday at 9am. It is literally a 1-minute walk to work. You can't see the building from the house, but it is really close.

Right now I still have everything in boxes. This afternoon I will be unpacking it all and will set up my command center.

Golf / Screen on the Green
Aug 17 2004 5:39 PM

This weekend was great! On Saturday I went to a driving range for the first time with Dawn, Ben, Justin, and Rhesa. It was more fun than I expected, and something I'll have to do again. Afterwards we met Ruth for lunch. Dawn and I then went shopping and picked up some clothes for work. On Friday I found out that I will be moving to Charleston, South Carolina this coming weekend. On Sunday I played Ultimate Frisbee and afterwards visited my Aunt and Uncle.

Last night they showed Mr. Smith goes to Washington on the mall between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument. It was really neat watching the movie and having a great view of the capitol building just to the left of the movie screen. It will be an image I remember for a long time.

Tonight I'm going to dance class, it is beginners Swing and Foxtrot. It should be a lot of fun.


The Weekend
Aug 09 2004 3:56 PM

This weekend was a lot of fun. On Sunday I played ultimate frisbee in Arlington. It was an agressive game but lots of fun nonetheless. Also the X Games started Thursday and went through this weekend. The best event was the new Skateboarding Big Air Competition. Some of the runs were unbelievable. Umm, what else... Oh, the cooking project for this weekend was Pecan Pie. It turned out excellent. :-)

Networking the HCI Industry
Aug 06 2004 1:23 AM

Over the past many months while job searching, I have been very selective about the type of positions and the comany I would like to work with. Although this means I am currently still looking, I have become incredibly knowledgable about the HCI industry. I have met and spoken with many highly regarded people in the field of HCI as well as researched and catalouged hundreds of companies who deal with various aspects of HCI, Usability, and Visualization. Both private and public companies, and companies ranging from small to large. I have also become knowledgable in the services, methods, and the structures various companies/organizations offer/use. If anything this job search has allowed me to become incredibly knowledgable, create hundreds of contacts, and form a network and base from which I will be able to further the field of HCI. The idea of using this knowledge to help others make connections and solve problems is very appealing. I certainly expect to maintain the relationships I have formed and grow my network throughout my life. So... if you need to make a contact or a company that offers a particular service in the area of HCI, I can help you out 100%. :-)

Macroeconomics, Ice, Cooking
Aug 05 2004 09:40 PM

Yesterday I picked up a book on macroeconomics and began reading. It's pretty cool. For the most part I have only been exposed to microeconomics from what I remember from high school and entrepenurship courses in college. I'm finding it very interesting and am eager to read more between studying for the GRE and my other activities.

Ice Skating last night was great. There were about 26 people which seemed to be a few more than normal. I only fell once, but I'm really catching on to skating backwards and building confidence taking tight corners.

This afternoon I plan on working a bit on my CMS prog. I'm always excited when I get working on it and start making changes to the layout and getting the system working more effectively.

Yesteday I made some cornbread. I think the baking powder was old so it vas extremly dense, but it was tasty nonetheless. Tonight I'm going to try my hand at meatloaf.

Real Estate
Aug 02 2004 9:29 PM

For a while now I've been considering the idea of taking a real-estate certification course and this winter I plan to go for it. I don't want to be a real-estate agent, but it seems like a worth while background to have as I plan to buy and sell properties as investments. 2 week real-estate courses are generally available at community colleges and cost around $400 according to my friend Marina who recently recieved her's in NY.

Studying for GRE
Aug 02 2004 6:26 PM

Today's been a trip down memory lane. I started work on the quantitative section of the GRE using some online review material.
  • GRE Math Practice (.pdf)

  • States & Capitals
    Aug 02 2004 7:39 AM

    This weekend I realized it had been a very long time since I tried to name all of the states and their capitals... I got all but 3 capitals, but just tested my self againa nd got them all.
  • test here

  • GRE
    Aug 01 2004 08:42 PM

    For a long time I've debated Graduate School and although it is something I don't want to do at the moment (preferably take grad courses while working), I have decided to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in October. Although exams aren't my favorite things in the world, my friend Lan has been studying the past few months for her exam and over that period of time has bounced much of her practice material to me for review. I feel pretty confident now and want to pursue the exam. I think I'll do very well and am kind of excited about it. The next exam date is October 23rd.
  • GRE

  • JS Auto-Complete
    July 30 2004 4:21 PM

    Today I was curious if a autocomplete script existed... where you start typing in a text field and it completes the typing using pre-existing data. So I discovered this script. It's like a hole in my life is now filled... or completed.. automatically :-) How 'bout that. Anyways, I'm a happy kid thinking of all the places I can use it. The main reason I started looking for the script was to use in my CMS prog. When users created new contacts I wanted to eliminate repitition in typing data, but still needed a flexible input field. Mission accomplished! :-)

    July 30 2004 09:48 PM

    I've been practicing soccer for 30-40min/day and I've gotten the rainbow kick down really well. Probably at 95% consistancy from a standstill and 70% at a jog/run. It looks awesome. I'd like to get a bit more control of how far ahead of me it lands. Ideally I would like from a stand still to drop near by knees so I can start juggling in place. When I'm running and do the kick it seems to land at a very good distance in front from which I can then dribble with it. I've also been trying out a new technique of starting a juggle by rolling the ball perpendicular towards my body and then flicking the ball up with the side of my foot... as opposed to pulling back on the ball, flicking it up and having the ball hit my knee in the process.

    new CMS UI Composite
    July 30 2004 09:41 PM

    Here is a new UI Comp displaying the upgraded individual contact information along with the rest of the display. Also in this comp are some ideas for the Contact Notes which incorporate icons to better visualize particular notes as well as the ability to filter the notes so one could easily select to view only phone numbers, websites, calendar events, etc... click to see ui

    Everytime I make these updates I think it becomes easier to see the power of this program and how other address books seem pathetic. There is a LOT of information to be displayed and accounted for. I belive this UI has been designed in such a way it is very intuitive to the user, has a lot of flexibility, is modular, and is incredibly dynamic.

    I have been using this program on a daily basis and currently manage 162 contacts & groups. There are about 25 groups at the moment since I just implemented them a couple weeks ago. I haven't yet put my family contacts in the system.

    CMS update - contact info
    July 29 2004 7:36 PM

    Today I did some UI mods to the interface used to view individual contact info on my CMS program. A while back I did a bunch of modifications to the database and backend, so now the UI implements those updates such as multiple phone numbers, email addresses, larger mailing addresses, and multiple screen names. See the comp here: click here

    Charleston Trip
    July 23 2004 5:08 PM

    Open Source Usability
    July 18 2004 12:28 PM

    I saw this interesting article about Usability in Open Source projects. It certainly is an issue that gets thrown under the rug and overlooked for the sake of moving projects forward quickly. The author is correct that in the area of Open Source it would help most if programmers applied simple problem-solving skills to better software. I believe if anything they should simply ask a non-programming friend if it makes sense. I did find it amusing that the author takes note that all anyone does in regards to the area of Open Source usability discussions is to rant. And generally this article is a rant in its self.

    Nokia's Life Blog
    July 15 2004 9:19 PM

    Nokia's Life Blog is pretty interesting. It introduces the idea of bringing experiences together in a quasi digital notebook. I wish I could beta test this. Unfortunately it's not in the states yet. In any case, it has me thinking. :-)

    July 13 2004 5:02 PM

    "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
    ~Ted Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

    updated CMS Search UI
    July 11 2004 8:10 PM

    Today I implemented some of the UI changes to take advantage of the ability to add groups/organizations/businesses to the system. The new user interface for the search results can be seen here. [CMS search UI]

    Catching up on the blog.
    July 08 2004 9:50 AM

    Fourth of July weekend was great. My Aunt & Uncle had a BBQ on the 4th so I cooked an apple pie and headed on over. We went swimming, played some tennis with the cousins, and got to see the fireworks. On Monday, Scott made some awesome pork BBQ. I don't think that could ever get old. Anyways, I've now completed a major overhaul on the backend of my Contact Managment System. That paved the way for a bunch of updates such as enabling business & groups to be added. I will also be adding more address, email & phone number fields. I am considering adding ranking systems, one which is automatic and will count how many times a particular contact/group is viewed, and user determined star system that affects how high someone would rank on the search results. I'm also contemplating ways of implementing a backup function so one could save all of their contacts to their own computer and also upload their contacts should anything happen to them. It would also tie in with importing contacts from MS Outlook, so I need to learn a bunch to get this working.

    Yesterday after stopping at the post office I decided to try and find a park that I had once drove by when I was lost once and play some soccer. I didn't find the one I had seen before, but I did however stumble upon the Wheaton Ice Arena. I played some soccer around there and stopped by and got some info about it... so last night my sister and I went skating. It was sooo much fun. I hadn't been ice skating since probably middle school. That was a most unexpected and excellent activity to break up my week. :-)

    30-inch Cinema HD Display
    June 28 2004 8:11 PM

    30-inch Cinema HD Display. YUM!

    CMS site created
    June 14 2004 2:48 PM

    Today I finished the CMS information site. A page explaining the benifits of my system. Take a look.

    CMS plans
    June 13 2004 10:07 PM

    So the Contact Management System is coming along nicely. Ideas are still plentiful on how to improve it. My next big task is an addition to the group managment, basically enabling someone to not only specify what groups contacts are in, and linking people in groups, but also maintain information about a group as a whole. This would include for example, a bunch of people you know who work at the same company. This also enables you to enter information regarding a business where you might not know anyone specific at the company, restaurant, etc, but want to keep their number, address, et al. for future reference. It really shouldn't be too hard to implement. I'm workikng on a couple other things at the moment, but should get to it soon.

    CMS screenshot
    June 07 2004 3:38 PM

    Yesterday I worked on the group management aspect of the program and was able to get that running. Also I added pictures to the contacts.

    Check out a current screen shot here.

    new CMS colleagues comp
    June 06 2004 1:05 PM

    The past week I have been pounding away at ideas for the group management aspect of my Contact Management System. I just finished a comp and have posted it [here]

    The primary change is the addition of folders. People can belong to multiple groups. When viewing a person's detail information, a drop down box displays all of the groups they have been assigned to. Other additions include the icons. Pictures or "buddy icons" can be used to help identify a particular person. Also added is an icon to get driving directions from whoever's contact details is currently being viewed, and the colleague. Additionally you can reach a user's edit screen to modify their group memberships as well as all other database information. Umm, I suppose I could go into more detail about this comp, but I'm going to move on.

    Memorial Day Weekend
    June 01 2004 9:56 PM

    I had a great weekend. Saturday my sister and I played some tennis in the morning and then visited my aunt, uncle, and cousins. We all went to a pool near by which was really nice. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards we had some yummy BBQ pork and put together a puzzle.

    Sunday as mentioned I got broadband access :-) My friend Jared who moved down to DC last summer invited me over. His housemate and several other people in the apartment complex all graduated from RPI and came down to hang out. We then went to dinner and saw the movie The Day After Tomorrow. It was entertaining, but very easy to pick apart the technical aspects of the movie. There was something calming to be around a bunch of geeks again.

    Monday was pretty relaxing as I caught up on a lot of things I had planned to do. Monday night I went to a BBQ, played some football, sang songs, and played Caranium. It was a lot of fun.

    Tomorrow I'm going up to NJ and while there I'll be able to visit a friend. On Friday I'm having lunch with Nicole Qualtieri who was my boss in the FYE office. I'm looking forward to that, and also Friday afternoon is an open house at the HCIL lab at UMD.

    Online... Mmmmm yum
    May 30 2004 09:21 PM

    I am now 100% back online with broadband access. The server is up and running and my life for some reason feels more wholesome.

    The weekend here is really nice. I saw some relatives yesterday, played tennis and went swimming. Today I'm catching up on some work and tomorrow... the BBQs

    May 23 2004 10:22 PM

    Well, I'm now in DC. I stayed at my grandparents last night and drove down today. Not too bad 5-6 hours. Tonight my sister came by and Scott, Dawn and I went to dinner at this place called "Houston's" It was really good. I had Ribs. Scott has a big BBQ Grill so I'm thinking a good hobby while I'm here is to perfect BBQ Ribs. We'll see how that goes, but I'm optimistic at this point. I'll be setting up my command and control center tomorrow morning. I'm still trying to decide what to do with the internet connection. It's dial-up so it will take some creative problem solving. In anycase there is a park really close by and so many things to see around here.

    Moving - sorry for broken links
    May 21 2004 10:19 PM

    I'm now taking down my computers which includes my server. Once I get to DC I should get things back up and running. Sorry for the broken links. :-|

    CMS / The Move
    May 19 2004 10:53 PM

    CMS news... It's coming!
    I've finished the ability to add notes, and also added a lot of neat features so based on address information you can pull up weather, traffic reports, find airports, and view the address on a map. You can even pull up stock information for companies.

    Here is a screenshot of the current program.

    Next I need to add the ability to manage the Colleagues list, add/remove. Other tasks left include the ability to edit a contact, and I would like to be able to display the picture of the contact if it exists.

    I'll be spending a LOT of time packing up getting ready for my move to D.C. so I may not be able to work on the project much until next week. I'm also spending time contacting companies about jobs. Crazy fun as usual!

    May 19 2004 10:52 PM

    Lets see... I had my meeting with Liza Potts Tuesday. That went well and she gave me some very candid advise. She is a very funny person, we would get along well. At the end of our meeting she said "Alright, now stop talking and get a job!"

    She did recomend a few books:
    1. Knock 'Em Dead

    2. How to Make $1000 a Minute

    3. Jobs That Don't Suck

    Back from Boston
    May 17 2004 1:10 AM

    I made it back! It was a great weekend and I had a lot of fun while meeting a bunch of great people.

    I have now posted an update to the User Interface for the Contact Management System I'm working on.
    View it here.

    Tomorrow I have a meeting with Liza Potts, former Usability Specialist at Microsoft.

    May 15 2004 11:07 PM

    Congradulations to my fellow graduates of RPI today! Special shouts out to Peter Paliwoda and Wendy Leung - the best friends imaginable. Missing you all already.

    Tomorrow morning I head to CT to see my Aunt Carylon and Uncle Bob at the US Coast Guard Academy. Tomorrow night we'll be stayin in a cabin on the ocean south of boston, and Monday I'm stopping by MIT to see Lorraine Meyer before heading back to Troy.

    Geek & Restaurant websites online
    May 14 2004 09:03 PM

    The old server finally came back home last night and this morning I shifted the files. This means Dress A Geek and the Troy Restaurant Search are back online for your viewing pleasure.

    CMS facelift
    May 13 2004 1:06 PM

    After showing a lot of people, I recieved an extremely positive response. Through various conversations I was inspired to add more features to uber-size this. That also means it will take a bit more time to implement, but well worth it for the WOW factor.

    Strangely enough when I first started this, I planned on not storing address information. Through conversations people desired the address information. Then I started thinking... with the address information, I can add such features like linking the address to websites like mapquest, and can obtain weather information from weather.com Im also looking into more instant messenger features such as the ability to add a group of people to not only an email, but invite them to a chat room, and also generate a buddy list that can be then sent to other contacts.

    Watch for updated screen shots coming soon.

    Sailing / CMS Project
    May 11 2004 1:46 PM

    Yesterday I went sailing for the first time of the summer. It was really great! Wendy and I went down to my grandparents. Afterwards we chilled in downtown Rhinebeck, NY and also played some Ping Pong. Ping Pong was crazy fun.

    Today I'm working on my project some more. It sounds like people are finding that my server is really really slow... So I wanted to post a link to a couple screen shots on a differnet server.

    Search Screen Shot
    Info Screen Shot

    This morning I got the code for the Colleagues up and running. This tool is amazing when you use it in person. Being able to search all of your contacts for any bit of information, create groups of people, and have all of their information very easily accessable is a dream come true. Once I get this done, I plan to populate it with my thousands of contacts and plan to use it for the thousands more I plan to make. My friends keep bugging me if they can buy a copy.

    CMS public search
    May 09 2004 2:45 AM

    Here is another UI Comp I did today: UI Comp of Search

    Alright, that's nifty... now here is the actual working version. :-)

    Link to working version

    The idea behind this is that you can type anything into the search box, and find what you are looking for... whether it's a phone number, piece of an email address, instant messenger screen name, job title... anything. You can even narrow down groups of people... for instance type the word "Professor" or "RPI". In the non-public version, it will allow me to search a group, and I can with one create an email with everyone's email already added.

    I'm now working on what is shown in the other UI comp I did. With that interface, I will be able to create logs of information... for instance if I meet with someone, I can create an entry with information on what we discussed and/or link to relavant websites. Also, the Colleague area lets me view people that are connected with a particular person. In effect it creates a web throughout my contacts and I can jump from one to another providing me easy access to the people and their information.

    I'm going sailing tomorrow, but there will be much more to come.

    composite for CMS interface
    May 09 2004 1:21 PM

    I thought I'd post a UI comp I've been working on this morning...

    Say yum, and open wide: ui comp

    CMS update
    May 08 2004 2:27 AM

    The project is coming along well...

    I did however decide not to make public the ability to add and edit the contacts, but I will still make them searchable. So I will be creating another interface to manage my contacts. I need that section first, so that is where the attention is heading... I'll post UI comps when it starts coming together.

    CMS project - watch it live
    May 08 2004 2:46 PM

    Over the next two days, watch the site be developed LIVE...
    Your chance to see behind the scenes how this site gets developed from concept to reality...

    Check it out, HERE

    Current status...

    Completed Project Setup
    Completed Contact Database Tables
    Completed ASP Database access

    Contact Management System
    May 07 2004 8:52 PM

    Today I officially began work on a project I've been thinking about for a while. Over the next couple days I will be piecing this together. The idea is to create a database to manage my personal network of contacts. More than an address book, this system will allow me to manage not only information about my contacts, but also keep track of relationships between contacts, and link information to online sources vastly increasing the information base of each contact. The most important aspect is the ability to keep track of job leads, applications, and followup information as many Customer Relationship Managment software does.

    Server up and running
    May 03 2004 10:31 PM

    Woofta, after many weeks of the house server being down, I decided to turn one of my boxes into a server. It's now up and running... it's Win 2k so it runs ASP. I also installed PHP and mySQL. It should be a good dev box for working on web apps. The only sketchy part is that it is running over a wireless connection... The cool part about that is, I will be able to stick it in my car and serve up content on the go.

    I'm back
    April 12 2004 2:23 PM

    (wipe cobwebs off screen)

    It's been a while since I've posted, so... a quick update.

    Still looking for work
    I've been doing a lot of Networking
    Shout out to my cousin in Iraq
    Dancing is been a lot of fun
    I'll be moving to D.C. at the end of May
    My great grandma turned 100 yesterday
    This week is insane
    I'm putting together an awesome Media Display for my sister
    I finished a Screen Saver for The Sure Foundation
    I've set up a couple informational interviews
    I'm going to a Key Executive Conference Thursday
    My mom arrives Thursday night
    I have a soccer game also on Thursday
    Friday the Ballroom Dance Club has a Potluck/Party
    Saturday is a huge party for my great grandma
    Keeping myself emmersed in HCI has been dificult
    I'm starting to read a lot of books
    I'm looking for competitions to enter
    I'm still off caffeine but started drinking juice and soda again

    Augmented Reality
    Mar 30 2004 10:40 PM

    I really believe there is a future for augmented reality. The other day I was playing with someone's cell phone that had a camera attached to it. Given that cell phones are getting more computing power, I think they would be a very good medium for augmented reality. It has long been envisioned that people would walk around with some sort of headgear over their eyes to experience augmented reality. I can't imagine people ever wanting to adopt something like that. People barely tolerate glasses for corrective vision. A small portable device, which can be pulled out to obtain more information about something, is probably the way to go. The live video feed from a cell phone would be a half decent medium to do so. To the left is a comp I put together illustrating the use of augmented reality for an increased entertainment value. Imagine check statistics of a race, and being able to grab any information about the team in real-time. Particularly that information you may not know otherwise... Who's that driver in 3rd place and when was his last pit stop?

    internet radio
    Mar 29 2004 10:21 PM

    For a long time I've been a fan of Winamp's Internet Radio. Today I think I've found my all time favorite station. It's called Secret Agent and plays music from Spy movies. If you have winamp 5, check it out.

    Mar 27 2004 3:41 PM

    This weekend looks pretty uneventful. The weather is pretty good, but nothing like it was yesterday. It was in the mid 70's and sunny for most of the day. Last night I saw a band in the union... Eddie from Ohio. The drummer Eddie was awesome.

    Mar 26 2004 10:18 AM

    This semester APO and a couple other students teamed up to create an intramural (D-league) soccer team. We had our first game last night. We lost miserably, but it was so much fun it really didnít matter. I played throughout high school, but havenít played since. Last night while playing I started remembering how much fun it was. Iím going to start working on my game. A lot of the strategy started coming back to me as we played, but once I build up my endurance again and can stay on the field longer, I think it will just get better.

    Last night was our last ballroom dance lessons. There will be a banquette and party April 16th, which should be a lot of fun. It sounded like pretty much everyone at the lessons would be there. Iím not sure if I want to take anyone, but I think it will be a fun experience.

    job search
    Mar 26 2004 10:17 AM

    After determining my job-search efforts thus far have been a complete failure, I made a couple appointments with the Career Development Center at RPI. They gave me some great advice and recommended that I improve my resume. I now have a second version Iím getting proofed and I think it is an amazing makeover. They also provided me with a few contacts I should call, and also a great list of 250+ companies who specialize in HCI.

    Next week is GM week on campus, meaning lots of free BBQs. Iím excited because the weather has finally been improving and warming up.

    Interaction Design explanation
    Mar 25 2004 12:26 PM

    Here is a good site for those who don't really know what Interaction Design encompasses.

    Job Hunting is like Debugging
    Mar 23 2004 9:58 AM

    Last night I was talking with my sister and made the comparrison that Job Hunting is like debugging code. It's a process that entails a lot of searching, probing, and pondering. The process has no clear end until you've found it. And once you have found it, you get the biggest high in the world.

    Mothers / History Day
    Mar 19 2004 11:46 PM

    Tonight Nathan and I went to Mothers and saw Woods Tea Co. a New England folk band. They were great.

    Tomorrow morning I will be getting up quite early. A bunch of us from APO are going to be judging student's (grades 6-12) history projects at the Cultural Education Center in Albany for History Day. It will be a long day, but hopefully a lot of fun.

    RSS feedsblog
    Mar 18 2004 09:42 PM

    Today I discovered the joy of RSS feeds. I downloaded Feedreader and got started. There are lots of websites that provide news feeds and lots of blog sites that also provide feeds. Any site displaying the little orange button with XML on it links to an RSS feed. In the program you just create a new feed and copy the address into the location box. All livejournal blogs are generated in RSS. You can simply add /rss at the end of the blog address.

    I have now even made my blog RSS complient (click orange button on the left), so you stalkers can get updates as soon as I post them. Here is a site where you can access a bunch of feeds.

    moved my room around
    Mar 16 2004 11:19 PM

    Today I moved around my room. I always enjoy changes such as these, but each time it takes much much longer. Moving the computers is the biggest challenge. Fortuately things are pretty much in place. My webcam is no longer near the window so I won't be able to have a weather cam. I'm still thinking of neat stuff I can do with it, but until then I figure I'll go retro and just take a random picture whenever I feel like it.

    RPI's Spring Break Week
    Mar 16 2004 8:43 AM

    Alright, so I guess I'll dish out my great time this past week.

    Monday Kevin, Kim, Nathan and I drove down to D.C. Upon arriving, we met up with my sister. We went to dinner at a very nice mexican restaurant. Afterwards we toured the monuments at night.

    Tuesday we took the metro into D.C. and toured the Air & Space, Building Museum, and went to Union station where we watched the movie Euro Trip. Afterwards we met up with my sister again and hung out at her apartment and played ping-pong, chess, and watched some Raymond.

    Wednesday was another day of museums, We hit the Natural History, American History, Old Post Office, Botanical Gardens, Whitehouse, and Archives. We saw the movie Starsky & Hutch and afterwards met up with one of my Aunts who treated us to dinner at a greek restaurant. Afterwards we went to the bookstore and then hung out at my sister's apartment for a bit.

    Thursday morning we woke up really early and met my cousin's girlfriend who works in the Capital Building in the Majority Whips office. She gave us a tour and it was a lot of fun. Afterwards we got to the car and started the drive back to NY. On the way we stoped at my grandparents place and had dinner.

    RPI's Spring Break Week part 2
    Mar 16 2004 8:43 AM

    Friday morning I met up with Iris and Jeff and drove to RIT in Rochester to see Ben Shneiderman talk about his new book Leonardo's Laptop. It was an excellent talk. I brought my copy of the book and afterwards got to meet him in person and he signed my book. He is really great it was well worth the long drive. After the talk, Iris, Jeff and I went to my Aunt and Uncle's for dinner. We drove back that night so again it was a very long day.

    Saturday I slept.
    It was Latin night at my favorite Dance Club so I went out and had some fun.

    Sunday I met up with my Aunt and Uncle in Albany at their church for a Pakistani dinner fundraiser. The food was most excellent.

    So that was my week in review. I got to see a lot of family and had a lot of fun and enough excitement for a while. I'm already planning my next trip to D.C. but for now I'm concentrating on the job search.

    Happy Pi Day!
    Mar 14 2004 6:05 PM

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    if turtles could fly
    Mar 07 2004 08:49 PM

    Friday we went and saw 5 comedians perform at a theater in Albany. They were really good and we had a lot of fun. Afterwards we all ended up just coming back to the palace and hung out. Yesterday we all met back up and went rock climbing at the Albany indoor rock gym. That was very cool. I hadn't done that in a long time. Apparently typing doesn't build much forearm strength so my fingers were a bit sore after a day of climbing. Last night I went to RPI's game in the first round of the ECAC tournament. My friend Kim got Nathan and I free tickets. This was their second game in a best of three and they won. They won Friday night also, so now they will be going to play Dartmouth next weekend. Today I'm just taking it easy and working on some projects at home. Leaving for D.C. tomorrow morning.

    rundown - cornell, dance
    Mar 04 2004 9:41 PM

    Tonight we learned the cha-cha at class. That was really schweet. It's crazy how many new popular songs are done in that beat. So it's pretty fun.

    Anyways, this past Monday two other members of the RPI chapter of APO and I went to Cornell for a meet and greet. It was a lot of fun and met a bunch of people. About 20 members of the Cornell chapter showed up. On the way back I kinda thumped a possum in the road with the car on accident. So... we pause a moment in rememberance of the possum... _____________ ... ok.

    Yesterday I had an interview with the Troy Record about my Job Referral Project. I'm not sure when the story will run, but it's kinda cool.

    Tomorrow Peter is having his birthday bash. The original plan was to go skiing, but at the moment it looks like it will be raining, so we may plan something else like going to see some comedians at the Palace theater and then dancing or something.

    Monday, Kevin, Kim, Nathan and I will be going to D.C. for a few days. We'll get back Thursday, and then Friday I'm going to RIT to se Ben Shneiderman. I have my business cards printed :-)

    Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!
    Mar 02 2004 11:41 PM

    Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

    99 little bugs in the code
    Mar 01 2004 3:37 PM

    I stumbled upon this today...

    99 little bugs in the code,
    99 bugs in the code,
    Fix one bug, compile it again,
    101 little bugs in the code.
    101 little bugs in the code,
    101 bugs in the code,
    Fix one bug, compile it again,
    103 little bugs in the code.

    Happy Leap Day
    Feb 29 2004 08:21 PM

    I hope everyone is enjoying their extra day this year! The other day I was thinking about retail... One way to tell how sales are doing in business is to compare the earnings of a particular day to the same day the previous year. So my question is what do stores compare sales on leap day to? How does that go in the books?

    Busy Saturday
    Feb 28 2004 1:56 AM

    Today was pretty cool. After getting back from overnighter it was fairly warm and sunny. Taking advantage of the nice weather I got a game of Frisbee golf in. I haven't played that since early last semester. Afterwards I spent some time job searching. Tonight I saw havana nights. That was a bust. The latin dancing was awesome, but the plot and acting was pretty bad. I would recomend just sticking to the trailers and saving the money. After getting back I saw a comedian at the union, and afterwards they had a battle of the bands. The night ended off with six of us in the APO office playing Taboo. Good times. :-)

    It's a Friday!
    Feb 27 2004 4:45 PM

    The weekend is finally here. Yesterday was a lot of fun and tonight I'm going on Overnighter with APO. In the morning we'll be doing some service. Tomorrow night, Peter, Marina, Sonya and I will be going to see Havana Nights. I met Sonya last night at Ballroom so that was pretty cool.
    I feel like a bum not taking many pictures lately so I'm going to bring my camera along and hopefully have some good stuff to post on Sunday.

    Email Problems
    Feb 26 2004 9:25 PM

    This email issue is being pesty. The Computer Science department hasn't yet fixed the issue so I will most likely be switching completely over to a new email. You'll notice I have changed the email address on the website to kirkd@alum.rpi.edu

    email: dustinkirk@rpi-polymath.com
    Feb 24 2004 7:47 PM

    My Computer Science account is being finikey and sending emails off into the darkness and doing who knows what with them... so I haven't recieved any emails on it since Monday at 2:00pm. If you sent an email, please resend to dustinkirk@rpi-polymath.com I will post an update when it is working again. (crossing fingers)

    new Link php script
    Feb 24 2004 08:11 PM

    Today I wrote a new php script so I can easily add neat links to my Journal page. A lot of times, I want to simply post a link to a news article or new gadget. I wrote a script so I can just submit a link form and the 5 most recent links will be displayed on the top right side of this page. Enjoy!

    RCS account
    Feb 23 2004 7:40 PM

    Today RPI removed my RCS account... www.rpi.edu/~kirkd :-(

    Today I recieved no spam. :-)

    Feb 22 2004 11:22 PM

    This weekend wasn't too eventful. I spent a lot of time emailing press about the launch of my project and taking care of things around the house. I decided to leave up the decorations from my birthday party so the house still looks very festive. This next weekend I will be going to Overnighter with APO. I missed it last semester because of the Halloween Party, so I'm glad I'll be going this time.
    Dirty Dancing Havana Nights is coming out Friday. I'll end up going to that Saturday. The trailer looks awesome. [trailer 1] [trailer 2]
    Other than that, not too much planned this week... just work.
    Next Monday Peter and I will be visiting Cornell. We'll join the ballroom dance club there that evening and then afterwards hang out with the Cornell APO chapter. I met a few girls from the chapter this past semester and so I'll see them again.


    Feb 20 2004 6:30 PM

    Today I launched my new project, The Distributed Referral Project. In theory this project will allow me to get exposure to job opportunities faster than simply searching on my own. I am offering a $2,000 reward to the person that makes the referral that secures me the job I'm looking for. Tomorrow I will begin contacting Press and Media with the story. For more information visit the link at the top of this page.

    Feb 20 2004 6:26 PM

    The thing that made my Birthday this year the best ever was an awesome thing my sister did. On the right hand side of this page, I list several people that influence what I do and what I hope to achieve in my life. Very much role models. Several of them would be considered the World's foremost experts in the field Human Computer Interaction. My sister contacted each of these people and informed them of my birthday. Much to my surprise I received several emails including ones from Don Norman, Ben Shneiderman, Juhan Sonin, and Chris Gielow all wishing me a Happy Birthday. It's also a great feeling to have these experts complement me on my website and portfolio. Ben invited me to a lecture he will be giving on March 13th so my friend Iris and I will be traveling to RIT to meet him in person. I will remember this for a very long time.

    Feb 20 2004 6:19 PM

    This week has been crazy for starters, or for enders... I don't know that it matters anymore. Anyways, my birthday was Wednesday. It was the best birthday I've ever had. My H13 tree in APO had a family dinner at the Palace which was awesome. That night I invited a lot of friends over for a party and it was also a lot of fun.
    Overall it was a lot of fun, good music and many memories.

    props out to AAA
    Feb 16 2004 11:12 PM

    Props out to the AAA man. My car battery was dead when I went out to start my car this afternoon. AAA came within a half hour and jumped the car. It got me to think how great they are. All they do is go help people all day, every day. I definitly respect those folks. I would probably give props out to On Star too if I could afford it.

    Feb 16 2004 10:58 AM

    This weekend was pretty pale compared to last week, but it wasn't too bad. Firday night a bunch of us had a LAN party. For the most part we played Starcraft and afterwards we all played a yahoo game similar to pictionary. Saturday I went on a random walk to the park with other APO folks. There was still about 10inches of snow all over the park. Sunday I worked a lot on my new project which I decided to call the Distributed Referral Project. I've devloped sections on my website for companies, press, and those wishing to referrals. It's really coming together and I just have a little bit of work left to get it fully functional. I'm thinking of launching it on Feb 18th my Birthday.

    Any Swing Goes
    Feb 12 2004 10:01 PM

    Woo Hoo... tonight at Ball Room we leanred the Meringue. It was a lot of fun. Peter and I are going to try and go to the clubs at SUNY Albany or Siena. It should be a lot of fun.
    Things are coming together on my award offer... People seem be very receptive and like the idea. I've prepared a press release. The goal is to have the website updates and press material ready in about a week and a half. I want things in full-swing by the end of the month.

    shout out
    Feb 10 2004 1:51 PM

    I just wanted to give a shout out to Jane and her friends.

    Feb 09 2004 8:08 PM

    This weekend was a lot of fun
    Saturday night was the RPI Freakout. That was a LOT of fun. Sunday I went down to my grandparents which was cool. :-)
    Today was pretty cool, I figured out a way to display nearly 600 directory links on a single page and it is sill very user-friendly. :-) Genius?... maybe!

    Job referal award?
    Feb 05 2004 10:54 PM

    Wednesday I went to an awesome lecture on Game Design. I've been trying to think of how I can implement some of the theories and practices. I think one I really like is the motivation factor in games. I've also been trying to think of ways to increase my exposure and reach for jobs. I would like to have something on my website where people can easily pass on my resume to their bosses or people they know who may be looking for someone like me. To create some motivation, I'm considering making a referal reward... something to the effect of a $2000 reward for making a direct referal that results in me accepting an offer. With that, I could probably get some media attention and a good number of referals... hopefully resulting in a few good offers. The more I think about it more, the more I like the idea.

    good quote
    Feb 04 2004 1:56 PM

    First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII-- then we thought it was a typewritter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure.

    w00t, it's finally over 32* here!

    The Diesel can Cook
    Feb 03 2004 11:38 PM

    Tonight APO had a pot-luck dinner. I brough a big batch of Diesel's Chili. It came out great. Everyone brought some good stuff considering pretty much all of them were college students. :-)

    Swipe Info
    Feb 03 2004 11:32 PM

    Today I saw [this site] listed on slashdot... it's pretty cool. Basically it's a site that allows one to see what public data is available on you. They even have a tool that lets you decode the information on the back of your driver's license.

    remix - different link
    Feb 03 2004 08:37 PM

    The last link I posted to the video didn't work... [try this one].

    Propellers Remix
    Feb 01 2004 12:45 PM

    This morning Alex and I went to Midland Foods... a grocery store that was a former Price Chopper. The old Price Chopper used to be known as Ghetto Chopper due to the metal posts surrounding the doors preventing the theft of shopping carts from the store. Since a fire occured there 1.5 years ago it has now become Midland Foods. This store has reached a level I have never seen. All of the food there is still in their shipping boxes. Given the prices are extremely cheap... 10lbs of potatos for $1.00 They don't even give you a bag for your groceries. I guess it's bring your own bag.

    Later today before the superbowl I created [this video]. Audrey from MIT sent me a video of her Lorraine and Maya spinning their hair... so I did some editing and added some music. It was fun to put together. It's been a while since I've done something like that.

    Feb 01 2004 10:56 AM

    I'm winding up the weekend with a superbowl party today. I'm not sure why, but I'm more excited about it this year than prior. Anyways this week has been good. Ball ROom Dance went well, and the EIC of The Onion was great. I didn't end up going clubbing Thursday, but the 100 days party was fun and made up for it.
    Yesterday the Klondike Derby was a lot of fun. It's a Boy Scout thing where they have stations located around a wooded area and they have to complete certain tasks at each station. One event I helped judge was the fire-starting and cooking. One group I watched got their water boiling pretty quick giving them a good score. The second troop was... well, entertaining to a degree. At least the forrest Service will never have to worry abou them starting a forrest fire. First they dug some snow to the ground. Then they gathered a bunch of twigs off dead limbs and made a little stack. After going through 4 small boxes of matches and 25 minutes of time, they finally had some of the wet twigs on fire. Unfortunately over the next fire they attempted to boil their watter in a large ceramic pot over this fire. The fire never got larger than the small one they had and put so much effort into. For lunch they planned on having some carrots, bagels, and Ramen noodles. Giving up on the boiling watter after an hour and twenty minutes they settled for just carrots and bagles. Overall it was a lot of fun and good to get out hiking around in the snow.
    Last night was the induction banquate. I got to see Asha again, so that was fun.
    I don't have much planned for this next week. I'm still trying to organize a small roadtrip. Hopefully I can get one put together before long. I still love driving and would like to make some trips now that I can. The car is still awesome. :-)

    ...and then there were four.
    Jan 29 2004 10:53 AM

    I've been slacking on this blog thing...
    so to kick it off... I'll give props out to this website (Chipotle), it was funny.

    Today marks the start of a lot or fun. At 6pm I'm going to Ball Room Dance Lessons, at 7:30 listening to a lecture by the Editor in Chief for The Onion (a satire newspaper), and then going clubbing with some friends. Tomorrow evening, APO has Music and Mocktails, and then the Senior Class is sponsoring a 100 days to graduation party that I'm going to crash. (it's 1920s attire) Saturday APO is helping out at a Boyscout Klondike Derby, and then there is a Officer Induction Banquate that evening. And of course, Sunday is the Superbowl!

    I'm really in the mood to do a project right now. I have the urge to go to home deopt and get some stuff to build with. Maybe I'll just be creative and scrounge up some stuff from around the house.

    Jan 25 2004 5:42 PM

    So the food pantry project worked great. A little over 30 people showed up and we eneded up sorting huge bins of apples. Part of it was to sort out the bad apples. Some were really rotten and we tossed them into a seperate bin. Sometimes spores would come out and others would just make a splash sound. In anycase it was a lot of fun with everyone there. Afterwards we went out and ate at Friendlys.

    I recieved my diploma today and it looks great. Click here to see it. I'm pretty psyched about it. Kinda took a lot of work and now it's been acknoleged officially.

    Tomorrow I'll be going to the office but Tuesday there is a career fair at RPI so I'll say and go to that. It's pretty nice being able to set my own hours.

    self employed
    Jan 24 2004 1:05 PM

    I'm now self employed and doing consulting/contract work for The Software Network and Virtual Image. This is actually quite fun and I'm afraid I might get addicted... I'm still evaluating full-time employment opporutnities, but I think the more options I keep open at this point in time, the better I can work at accomplishing my goals.

    Today I'm going with APO to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank. I've done it many times before and it is a lot of fun. Typically we end up repackaging large quantities of food such as noodles, fruit, or even things like dishes.

    car service
    Jan 22 2004 09:48 PM

    Today I went in to get my oil changed & NYS inspection, and learned a very valuable lesson... which I will certainly be taking note of in the future. So of course after they get done looking at my car they wanted to replace a belt and change some fluid. I asked to see the belt and there were cracks in it, it didn't appear to be that serious, but I'm not an expert so it should probably get replaced... right? I decided to try negotiating the price, and asked if they could reduce the price. They offered to dropped it $20 and I asked it to be dropped $10 more. They accepted, and did the changes. But the more I thought about it, there is really a lot of inflation in car services. I think as a rule from now on, I'll try and negotiate at least a 25% reduction on services like that. And as a tip for anyone who doesn't like/want to negotiate, simply ask if they'll drop the price. In this case it was worth $20

    wobble wobble
    Jan 19 2004 1:39 PM

    Well, it's still cold, but not nearly as bad... It's pretty bad when you want to wear a t-shirt and it's 25* simply because it feels so warm compared to -25*.

    We cleaned the apartment today... it's looking pretty spiffy!

    Other than that, I'm still spending a few hours each day looking for job opportunities, as well as finding various things to do with APO, going to the gym, or finding other events going on around.

    it's cold! Brrrrrrrrr
    Jan 15 2004 3:50 PM

    Let's see...
    Today I registered my car in NY, I still need to get it inspected, but that's one less thing on my list. Also now that I seem to have a bunch of time, last night I went to the store and got a bunch of stuff to make stew. So today I slaved away and made the largest pot of stew I've ever seen. it should last a long time. And to the grace of chemistry, it came out really good. Mmmm And with windchills of -40*F tonight, It'll taste great.

    ,,, and I'm back!
    Jan 13 2004 11:25 PM

    I got back to Troy today after spending some time with my family. You may notice the webcam is working again. I'm pretty tired, but hopefully I'll add some pics and stuff from my Road Trip from SD to NY via DC.

    Road Trip (in D.C.)
    Jan 11 2004 8:26 AM

    Well, I'm still on my road trip. I'm now in D.C. and have found an internet connection. :-) South Dakota and Iowa take a really long time to drive through. Once I got to Ohio the scenery was much nicer. I'll post some pictures later. Yesterday I spend the day in D.C. and my sister and I saw the National Archives, Old Postoffice, and watched a couple IMAX movies.


    Road Trip!!!
    Jan 07 2004 8:29 AM

    Well, it's been a while since I've posted... I guess I've been busy.

    For starters, check out pics of my geekified car.

    Check out some pics of my family doing archery.

    And also some Misc. pics from my trip to South Dakota.

    What's been up...
    My sister came to SD with her friend Ann on Jan 1st. We spent a day at Crazy Horse Memorial, and now my sister will be driving back with me. I'll drop her off in DC and then continue up the east coast to NY. I may take on an internship when I get back to Troy. If not, I will need to think of some more ways to keep busy while I wait for companies to reply. I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to sit idle, so I'm really hoping I find something like an internship.

    So yeah, I leave this morning in about an hour and a half... it's pretty weird having only driven for the past week and a half and now taking a road trip accross the US. I'm pretty excited.

    Over and Out! :-)

    happy new year, car is now named
    Jan 01 2004 10:20 AM

    Happy New Year folks!

    On this day, after a lot of thought and consideration, I have now named my car. And that name is "Bubs" in honor of Bubs on homestarrunner.com With classic lines such as "right on, right on" and "where I come out riding two discount allegators much to the delight of all my lady fans", ahh, yeah, how could one resist that.

    Car Officially Geekified
    Dec 30 2003 9:12 PM

    So yeah, my FM transmitter came today! :-) I got my desk set up, my laptop, and transmitter and took a really nice drive. I think I could go forever with that setup. If only I had wireless internet access... :-/ It's still really schweet with the map software and all. The scaling functionality on Winamp is most excellent for making the playlist visible with quick glances. I'll have to post some pictures or something... maybe a virtual online simulation... or just some pictures :-)

    Today I also visited Lorraine down at her place and brought her some cookies she left at the house. Their fam is pretty cool, the highlight being her mom pulling out two boxes of matchbox cars, yo-yo's. Umm I also met the sheep, cows, dogs, and chickens. Good times.

    webcam and biscuits
    Dec 30 2003 09:28 PM

    Hrm, well it looks like Road Runner decided to reset the IP addresses back in NY, so my webcam can't be accessed at the moment. Maybe I'll find another webcam for you folks to look at.

    I should be getting my FM transmitter today. I'm pretty psyched about that. I need some good tunes for my car and the 3 CDs I own are 8 years old and pretty scratched up.

    The other day I went to Rapid City with Lorraine and Andrea. Didn't do a whole lot, but had a bunch of fun. I think they were impressed by my 1337 driving skilz :-) We went to Pizza Hut...Mmmmmm and then had to walk around so we went to the Mall. Big mistake on my part going to the mall with two girls, but I made a note to myself and lesson learned. When we got back to Custer Lorraine and I played Monopoly. It was a rough game being that my taxi had to contend with a space shuttle, but at least it was fun. After that the fam watched a movie, horse, race, hrm, can't think of the name... anyways it was a good movie. Seabiscuit.

    Speaking of which, I made biscuits last night. Mmmmm. I'm not sure what I did, but they were pretty small... kind of bite-sized.

    I haven't done much today, so I guess I better get started at making something happen. :-)

    wind, games, MySQL, friends, trip
    Dec 28 2003 1:06 PM

    I always remembered the wind here in SD, but I forgot about the horizontal snow. For the past day and a half it has been really windy and pseudo-snowing. I can't say that it is snowing because thesnow never reaches the ground, it is just suspended in the air and carried past by the wind. I suspose the benefit being that I don't have to shovel, but still it is irritating.

    Yesterday the family played an America themed game of monopoly. I won, of course, but it was a lot of fun. The game lasted over four hours, but at the end when there were two of us left, money was changing hands so much we couldn't tell who was going to win. This was the first time I actually ever played a game of monopoly all the way through.

    I'm putting together an online form for South Dakota DI and finaly figured out how to use MySQL on my rpi-polymath server. So now I'm playing with that and using PHP to do a lot of neat admin functionality for the SDDI state director.

    Today I'm going to Rapid City with Lorraine Meyer. She's been going to school at MIT and has one semester left. I saw her a bunch this past summer while I had my internship in Boston, so it will be fun to get together again. We are the type of people who can have fun with a coat hanger.

    I'm still modifying trip plans for my drive back to NY. I keep thinking it would be great to visit Flordia, but I think I'll just end up visiting exotic places like Valentine, Nebraska and Kirksville, MO. Any suggestions on places to visit between SD and DC would be great!

    passenger seat desk
    Dec 27 2003 10:14 AM

    Yesterday I buildt a desk to go in the passenger seat of my car. I can now place my laptop on it and anything else I might like to put on a flat surface next to me. I constructed it from cardboard, various packing materials, and a piece of shelving padding to keep things from sliding. The desk is contoured to the shape of my seat, very large, and is light so I can easily put it in the trunk when a fellow human wants to ride next to me. I think it will work great, though I'm still figuring out how to incorporate DJ Turntables, microwave, laser pointer, George Lucas memorbilia, fridge, DVD player, Hot Wheels race track, and a George Forman grill into the desk. :-)

    Merry Christmas!
    Dec 25 2003 10:19 AM


    virtual stock exchange
    Dec 24 2003 7:59 PM

    I've been participating in a competition I created on VirtualStockExchange.com. A bunch of friends are playing and I'm doing alright, but learning much more. The week after the competition started I had lost $50,000, but I made it back. It was a bit rocky but now that school is done, I can spend some mor time on it and do some day trading. You can watch my stocks by clicking the link on the left of the page. Feel free to join.

    script bug
    Dec 24 2003 7:48 PM

    I found a bug in my journal script I wrote. When I transfer the journal text file to the server after modifying it, it doesn't work as it did just prior... so I'm going to have to fix that. But in anycase, Happy Holidays!

    some new pictures posted
    Dec 24 2003 7:39 PM

    Here are some pics from this week. [click here for more]

    another day of vacation?
    Dec 23 2003 10:43 PM

    I'm hesitent to call it a vacation... pretty much me just being jobless and visiting family, but thus far it seems just like a vacation. Today we went to lunch in Hill City with Cozy Dorton. It was pretty cool, and then afterwards my mom and I went out and got a tree. The tree this year is decorated red and white in honor of my graduation from RPI (school colors are red and white). It was a pretty shabby tree, but it looks pretty good now that it is decorated. Tomorrow I'll get to see some more of my friends from High School.
    I guess thats all folks. :-)

    beginning to geekify the car
    Dec 23 2003 10:45 AM

    Well, yesterday was my first expeience driving in the city and interstate. Not too bad. I think all that is left to really learn is paralell parking.

    While in Rapid I picked up a power inverter for the car so I can now plug in my laptop. So the new project I'm working on is to create a removable desk for the passenger seat on which I can place my laptop on. At the moment I think I will use some seat foam to create a soft bottom cushion, and then place a hard foam layer on top and finally a nice non-slip surface on the top of that. I've seen some setups online but they cost around $200 so I figure I can be inventive and create my own. Once I get back to Troy I'll hook up some webcams to it. If you have any good ideas to further geekify my car I would love to hear them! Also I'm trying to come up with a name for the car so if you have some good ones, pass them along.

    tour of the lakes
    Dec 21 2003 12:49 PM

    Today I got some more driving time in. By the end of the week I gould be really good. Today my mom and I took a tour of the lakes in Custer State Park. Here are some pics from the ride.

    Dec 20 2003 8:11 PM

    Today we went to Rapid City and I got a new car. :-) 1998 Buick LS

    foo bar baz yea!
    Dec 20 2003 08:55 PM

    Yesterday we went up to Rapid City. It was nice to get out of town. Today we are going to see Jen and Jess. I'm also going to look at cars... good times.

    I now have all of my grades in (made the Dean's List again)... meaning I officially can graduate. One grade wasn't what I had expected and after writing a letter contesting the grade on one of my final projects, the professor changed my project grade ergo affecting my course grade enough to raise it from a B to an A. :-) I'm pretty psyched about that one.

    In the sothern dakota
    Dec 18 2003 7:10 PM

    So yesterday was the centennial of flight. That's pretty cool. I flew from New York to South Dakota on the centennial, how nifty. Anyways, I'm now in SD and it's been a very exciting time. Today I walked around town, taking a grand total of 30 minutes. I also had a dentist appointment. I'm really looking forward to having friends back from school. I guess that's all. I'll make something cool happen tomorrow so I have something to write about ;-)
    Until then...
    roger, over and out...

    leaving Troy tomorrow
    Dec 16 2003 9:01 PM

    Things are pretty much wrapped up here. Today I got a bunch of photos taken by my fiend Betsy. I think there are a lot of great ones. Tomorrow I'm flying back to SD. The Weather is a little sketchy so I hope all goes well. Not much else for news...

    what's next, and what's up
    Dec 13 2003 8:16 PM

    Since finishing courses it has been quite a new experience. Now when I have ideas of projects in mind, I can actually spend time working on them. This semester was packed with so many activities and classes, I really relied on my ability to incorporate my own projects into course assignments. Although this was a big benefit when it came to working on things I wanted to, I didn't always get a chance to do that. I now have some projects in mind, which I am excited to now be able to work on.

    I have decided to live on a minimal budget now until I get a job, and forego finding a part-time job to help with rent and all. Last semester when I decided to graduate early I had planned on using the extra time to look for jobs as I would be able to put in a 100% effort. This is still a good idea and will be better in the end. I figure I can live on Ramen and rice until I find something...

    I leave for South Dakota on Wednesday. It has been two years since I was last there. Things don't change much there so I don't expect it to be very different. I really enjoy the east coast because of the constant change and development. I am looking forward to see my family and all.

    Tonight I'm going out with some friends from school before they go home for the holidays. I think we'll go to see Matrix Revolutions.
    Good times! :-)

    --ending quote--
    "The risk is not innovating. The real risk is to think it is safe to play it safe." - Jonathan Ive

    Woo Hoo the site is finnished.
    Dec 11 2003 7:38 PM

    I have completed the redesign of rpi-polymath.com. I have spent 4 days designing, constructing, and porting content into this new site. It feels really good to be done. There are still a few sites which I would like to spend some time on, but they aren't necessarily part of the core site. Please e-mail me with your comments and suggestions.

    yahoo! the new journal is posted
    Dec 08 2003 1:10 AM

    The new journal is now in place. Basically I re-wrote the entire script and I can even use ' as much as I want. The coolest feature is that I can now parse out pieces of it. I used this feature to post the date and subject of the last post on the home page.

    yahoo! the new journal is posted
    Dec 08 2003 1:10 AM

    The new journal is now in place. Basically I re-wrote the entire script and I can even use ' as much as I want. The coolest feature is that I can now parse out pieces of it. I used this feature to post the date and subject of the last post on the home page.

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    Friday December 31st 2004

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