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Sunday, June 29

ironic

adj ...... 2: characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is; "madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker"; "it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely" [syn: ironical]


Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

I thought I was going to have to retract my statement about her song, but my friend marly (who couldn't comment thanks to my comments being down :P ) showed me an interesting analysis of the song, Ironic, by Alanis Morissette.

*Comments*
I think the guy is too harsh, why spoil a great song?


Posted By: Leo 6/30/2003 11:50:35 AM
I used to find it amusing when I'd hear the Alanis Morissette song, Ironic.

"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."

However, I was pleasantly surprised, recently, to come across a few gems.

It took hearing it a few times for me to catch what was being said with Perfect, but now I can't hear it without imagining a child hearing this from his parents. Maybe they don't say the words, but they convey their meaning through their actions.

I don't know whether love exists or whether it should be unconditional, but I think a child needs to know he's got someone hoping for the best for him - no matter what. Maybe all people need it. Anyways, here's the lyrics:
Perfect - by Alanis Morissette

Sometimes is never quite enough
If you're flawless, then you'll win my love
Don't forget to win first place
Don't forget to keep that smile on your face
Be a good boy
Try a little harder
You've got to measure up
And make me prouder
How long before you screw it up
How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up
With everything I do for you
The least you can do is keep quiet
Be a good girl
You've gotta try a little harder
That simply wasn't good enough
To make us proud
I'll live for you
I'll make you what I never was
If you're the best, then maybe so am I
Compared to him compared to her
I'm doing this for your own damn good
You'll make up for what I blew
What's the problem ...... why are you crying
Be a good boy
Push a little farther now
That wasn't fast enough
To make us happy
We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect

*Comments*
The problem of these songs is some people won''t get the sarcasm.


Posted By: Leo 6/30/2003 11:56:53 AM

Friday, June 27

algorithm

n : a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem
Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

Wednesday, June 25

I was going through my old data cd's and found something I wrote for my company's homepage (no longer in business):

Who we Are:
We're a brand new computer and network service company with a few old-fashioned ideas about service -- you know, things like quality, promptness, competitive pricing, and did I mention quality?

The company may be new, but our staff have been working with computers for a number of years. All of us started at about age 9 with a TRS 80, Commodore 64, or TI 99 and continued through the DOS era, the Windows era, and now the Windows 95/NT era. We also enjoy variety and have worked with other operating systems such as Linux, OS/2, and Novell. For "fun" we set up a small network in our own home. We are now up to 7 computers plus a "guest" spot for our friends who want to bring over a computer to join us in our frequent Quake 2 battles....

*Comments*
Oh No! I actually remember when you ran the company, it brings back memories. Too bad it went away. :(


Posted By: marly 6/25/2003 10:57:32 AM

Wow!

Posted By: Leo 6/25/2003 9:47:15 AM

Tuesday, June 24

I've been working on figuring out how to sing and to train my ear for hearing tuning better lately. One song that I am having fun trying to figure out is "Bastille Day" by Rush. I mostly just like the words and I'm not even sure I'll ever figure out all the pitches, but the words make it fun to try.

"But they're marching to Bastille Day.
The guillotine will claim her bloody prize.
Free the dungeons of the innocent
The king will kneel
And let his kingdom rise."
I'm trying to figure out which language and editor to learn. You see, I want to make an AI program/bot. Perl, C, and Python have all been suggested as languages. Vi and Emacs have been suggested as editors (although personally, I'm wondering why I can't just use notepad). It'd be nice to be able to program for Windows, so I'll have to figure out some way to get cheap/free compilers/interpreters for all those. So far I haven't had much luck getting gcc stuff to work.

*Comments*
You can find the M$ SDK here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/howtoget.aspx#section3

It should get you started with being able to write programs in Microsoft Windows as well as making forms or console applications.

After you''ve downloaded the SDK and have it properly installed you can then create your first Windows application.

So whip out your favorite text editor (notepad works) and then type in the following code:

[assembly:
System.Reflection.AssemblyVersion("1.1")">

namespace MyNamespace
{
public class MyForm : System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
public MyForm()
{
this.Text = "Hello Form";
}

public static void Main()
{
System.Windows.Forms.Application.Run(new MyForm());
}
}
}


After you’ve done that, save the file as MyForm.cs and you’re ready to compile it by opening a command prompt using the following:

Start -> Run -> then typing in:
cmd /k "c:\program files\Microsoft Visual Studio .net\Common7\tools\vsvars32.bat"

After you''ve done that, all you need to do to compile it is:

csc MyForm.cs /reference:System.dll /reference:System.Windows.Forms.dll

Then run the exe and you should have a form displayed.

It''s that easy!

Hopefully all the code and syntax formats correctly. I would defiantly recommend getting a good book though, so that you can learn Object Orientated Programming and all that jazz.

Also remember, program in a language that you’re happy programming in, You can pick anything you want, C, C++, C#, VB, COBOL, Perl, PHP, Python, Fortran, you name it, as long as you can understand how to program you can program in any language!


P.S.

I hope this formats right.



Posted By: marly 6/25/2003 5:40:01 PM

If you want to program for Windows, I would suggest the Windows .NET SDK, its free, comes with a compiler, and you can use notepad. In addition, you can get Microsoft Visual Studio as well which is a tad expensive, but it comes with an IDE and all that jazz. Seek me out if you wish to learn more.


Posted By: marly 6/25/2003 8:33:54 AM
I'm working on putting together a site in honor of the book Flatland.
Check out the blog of Austin Hair who I happened to meet last week, I think, on a #palmchat irc help channel. He seems a very nice and helpful guy.

While you're at it, check out the blog of my friend, Elliot, who seems to have picked up an anonymous fan blogger and critic - Virtue Pure

I'm quite curious as to who it could be. I have a few guesses that I won't mention for now. Anyone else have an idea?
Written by me, Inspired by a dear friend but really for anyone who needs

*Hugs*

Who ever knew
What a Hug could do for you.
Squeeze,
And Squeeze again,
If you please?
Did I mention it's my birthday?
According to dictionary.com, love, means "A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness."
Love is a four letter word.

*Comments*
I know another four letter word that''s more versatile than love.

For example, out of all of the words in the English language that begins with
the letter ''F'', there''s only one we refer to as the ''F'' word. It''s the one
magical word that can describe pain, pleasure, hate, and love.

''Fuck'' falls into many different grammatical categories... as a transitive verb
("John fucked Shirley"), or as an intransitive verb ("Shirley fucks."). It can
also be used as an adjective, as part of an adverb ("Shirley talks to fuckin''
much"), as adverb enhancing an adjective ("Shirley is fuckin'' beautiful"), as a
noun ("I don''t give a fuck."), as part of a word ("absofuckinglutely" or
"infuckingcredible"), and as almost every word in a sentence ("Fuck the
fuckin'' fuckers!").

There''s no other word with quite the same versatility. ''Fuck'' can be used to
describe fraud ("I got fucked at the used car lot."), dismay ("Ah fuck it."),
trouble ("I''m really fucked now."), aggression ("Don''t fuck with me, buddy!"),
difficulty ("I don''t understand this fuckin'' question"), inquiry ("Who the fuck
are you?"), incompetence ("He''s a fuck-up.") and dismissal ("Why don''t you go
outside and play hide-and-go-fuck-yourself?").

With all of these multipurpose examples, how can anyone be offended by such a
versatile and beautiful word?


:)


Posted By: marly 6/25/2003 5:50:52 PM