I just spent a few hours researching which Pension Fund ("Kupat Gemel") I should invest in this year. I settled on number 548 (no link due to Ministry of Finance website b0rkedness), which had the highest gross return on investment of the funds managed by banks last year. A trip to the bank is in order on Sunday.
But what do you figure, it's 3am here...
So time for the updates.
I've just taken delivery of 0.8 terabytes of hard drive, and it set me back less than $700. For some reason, this amuses me greatly.
The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about various forms of exercise "boot camps". They rated one of them, which use "kettlebells", cast-iron weights used by the training regimen used by the Soviet military, as being "surprisingly intense" because the revewier's t-shirt was drenched after 40 minutes of exercise. Heh. You call that intense? I can get my t-shirt drenched after 30 minutes of Dance Dance Revolution, and if I go on for a full hour, I'm literally dripping onto the dance pad....
As I wrote on the books page, "It's a 900 page tome about a 300 page story. Interesting in an encyclophedic sort of way, but the least good (I can't bring myself to say bad about a Stephenson book) of Stephenson's books".
Tomorrow I wrap up the last test of the week. Which will be a nice thing; I can finish up my Flash midterm and keep working on the preparations for the big rock show next Friday. I went to go practice with Kvasir tonight, and as I pulled in, Mo and Brian were leaving. WTF? So, I ended up working with Greg on the drum parts for all the new songs. The big surprise was that things went really well; there were no tempo changes whatsoever. I think playing with a guitar player was screwing with him. I think it's a curse when guitar players try to play drums; I swear they have the worst sense of timing. It's all I can do to get them to count through the measures where they need to rest or whatever. They start listening to the guitar player or zoning off and spontaneous tempo changes result.
Another year gone by...
Let's keep this simple:
- Ported the i2c/sensor code to 2.6 and got it in the tree.
- Took over the maintainership of I2C and PCI in the kernel.
- Solved the Linux device persistant naming problem with udev
- Got a zillion patches into the kernel tree.
Around page 20 I took a break and washed the dishes; around page 40 I'll take another break and put stuff where it belongs. No rest for the wicked.
Judging by the journal entry I just posted and the mail I fired off to hackers-il, I woke up pissed off at the world this morning. I suspect I'm actually pissed off at my self and taking it out on the world. *sigh*
Since all I need to do is read a 100 pages long low level design document for tomorrow's review. God, I hate code written in English. "This function will do bla bla bla" - just write the damned code already! C is clear and precise, unlike English!
I think I'll go watch another chapter from the 24 second season DVD first, as a motivator(for what exactly? donno, but it worked yesterday!)
[muk@#offtopic] @babelize en es the linux kernel rocks my world
[gccbot@#offtopic] muk: the nucleus of linux oscillates my world
It really was ridiculously rainy yesterday! We set records here in Western Washington; over 5 inches of rain yesterday. Skagit and Mason counties are pretty well flooded out, and I'm surprised we haven't had more roads wash out here.
The testing season starts today; I've got a stats test in 45 minutes. I'm really looking forward to the next week when the tests are done and I can get ready for the Halloween show. Yesterday I went looking for drum machines to cover just in case we have a drummer involved in a "bizarre gardening accident" or some other weird nonsense. After looking around, I settled on a Boss DR-3 that my local Ted Brown music was selling surprisingly for the same price as most online retailers. Of course, the Silverdale store can never seem to stock anything, so I've got to wait to pick it up. I also picked up some Audio-Technica monitor headphones, some cables, and a Rocktron Metal Planet distortion pedal for my guitar. It sounds terrific, and it let me re-bias the amp so my clean channel is once again clean.
Well, that wasn't too bad, I was mostly coherent. I would proclaim 'no more talks!', but I'm dedicated to keeping this study group alive, and if giving talks is what it's going to take, so be it.
It is ridiculously rainy today; I guess that's our penance for having a relatively nice weekend.
I'm staying busy. A statistics test tomorrow, a poli-sci test Thursday, an animation project due today, and a Flash project due next week. Between that and trying to rehearse with two bands, and the car stuff, I don't have a lot of free time.
Last night I passed out at 10pm. Which is pretty weird, because normally I'm up until about 5am every night. I took advantage of the opportunity, and slept until about 4:30 this morning. Then for no particular reason at all, I felt compelled to clean up around the house a bit, and do the laundry that didn't get done over the weekend. Then I actually made it to my 9am stats class, and learned that the test is tomorrow. I'm still going strong; I just hope I don't crash too hard and that I can sleep well again tonight.