Monday, January 24, 2005

FAlling behind on blog!

Went to austin at 1am on friday. Went to Ushicon (anime convention). Working to get team together. Todays meeting with client went so well! Todays class went really great. So excited about the project now =)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Regaining Focus

Today has passed by slowly. I´ve played WoW so much lately. Im losing focus. Ive proved I can do it in Linux. Now I think I need to let it go again. My friend Saul has returned from Boston. He had alot of interesting adventures from his riddle contest to tell us about. Its good to have him around. I think tomorrow we will start rearranging the room back to normal that is good.

One think im not looking forward to tomorrow are all the things I will have to purchase. Books, my taxes, and Dr Lieberman. Within this week I can see thousands of dollars disappearing already.

Oh well, I need to get focused again by sleeping regularly. I keep staying up for some reason. Keep thinking there is something I could be doing. I dont know if its healthy or not.



Sunday, January 16, 2005

Can I borrow a cup of salt?

Today has been rather lazy day yet again. I have been reading and playing warcraft practically all day. I was planning to go to the Fire and Ice party tonight, but something happened. I got a phone call from a girl down below who wanted to borrow a bit of salt. Before I knew it we were in pretty deep discussion about culture and our lives. Mostly talking about china. June is a pretty interesting girl . We talked for way over an hour or something. Aftwarwards I didnt really have the mood to go to a party. So I played world of warcraft for several hours into the morning. I had a really fun time with some guy named Heshan and made some big trades.

What a night

Friday, January 14, 2005

Sushi with Friends

Tonight was so fun. Just a really chill night over at Miyakos during sushi happy hour. Was able to catch up with the peoples over an S & M roll, phill roll, and catipellar. SOOoo Good.



It was a great way to top of my extremely relaxing day. I slept the day away today and read Neuromancer. Im getting my life back on track for the next real week coming up.

More first days

Today was the first day for my other new classes. I had a buddhism and an accounting class. They look like they will be really great. There was only one annoying guy in my reli class, but thats not so bad. The only bad thing with my classes so far is not having books available. I guess I will just wait a week or so till I get more money. The sap on my funds from the IRS is still wearing on me.

Tonight was fun too. I watched the Good,Bad, and the Ugly. A really amazing movie --long-- but worth it (especially for the sound effects!). I just chilled back with some friends and smoked some hookah as we watched. Whats hookah you say?



What else. Oh yes, I found two more books ive been wanting to read for awhile. Neuromancer and Journey to the West. They are both starting out so well.



Thursday, January 13, 2005

Night in Sexile

Well, my sleep schedule is still messed up, im about 3 hours off, so I need to start staying up more. I woke up at 2 only to realize that I had be sexiled from the game room tonight by a certain anonymous roomate. Anyways, so here I am in the commons. I wonder what will happen tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Taxed

I just finished a phone call with the IRS! They were after me apparently for marking myself as a dependent *gasp* and now they want to tax my ass for every penny its worth. So after 2 hours on the line with 3 people from the IRS and a hell of number crunching I now owe our esteemed gov´t $307.03. Grr.



What else, well first day of classes got off to a rough start. I missed my first class because I was so sleepy. I was playing WoW all morning. I´m glad im doing something productive, even if it is in a virtual world. What else, oh yah, Jack returned. Everyone has been looking for him.

In other news, Cally arrived back from Tokyo the other day. Its been fun talking to her about her adventures in the far east. Its such an amazing place over in Asia.

More success from the linux front

Yah!! Today I was able to get linux working on my l1nux m4ch1n3. It was so 1337. Mauricio also told me about a great movie about Che Guavarra I want to see called Motorcycle diaries. You know, of all revolutionaries in history I think I am most like El Che.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Ghandi

I rewatched the movie Ghandi tonight with my friend Andrew. Such an inspirational and lengthy movie. Anyone and everyone should go see this movie. Beware though, that it is some 4 hours long. I decided to get no sleep and stay up all day. Its tuesday, classes start tomorrow! Oh fuck.

Oh yes...ive also had fun outputting movies to an ASCII renderer. Take a look below. No... take a closer look.

Petitioning Student Affairs

Today started off well. Our new roomate has arrived and things seem like that will work well between us all. It was annoying getting all of Jacks things out of the way but it turned out well in the end. I went over to the registrars office to figure out what to do about my graduation requirements. In the end they told me i had to petition the Student Affairs office for 3 individual accounts and get a letter from a previous prof all for a meeting that will be happening next week! Life is picking up speed here at Rice already. Its been good to see all my old friends and aquantences. It will surely be an interesting year.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Quiet Sunday

Todays sunday has been slow. I´ve been eating Rice all day and enjoying a simple life. I started my workout routine again. My arms are weak, oh well. The strength of demons will return to me soon.. day..by day..

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Backhome in H-Town

Ah, if feels good to be back. I made it back to houston yesterday and i´ve been relaxing the day away. Its good to have my linux machine back, though i´ve forgotten how weak of a machine I have.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Special Delivery and Ready To Go

Today has been a somewhat average day. I woke up, ready for my philanthropic mission to rid myself of all this extra Microsoft software that has filled my room back at home so pervasively. So, I get all dressed up, excited about going to see my old favorite computer science teacher from highschool. When I get there I find out she's not at school that day, doh. Oh well, after spending awhile at the office front trying to convince them that i'm not trying to sneak them into, they eventually deem my gift of 1000s of dollars of software, worthy. I'm going to call her later next week to make sure she gets it. Too bad she wasn't there.

After the debacle, I went to get the whole 15 point inspection for blackie. Change the filters, change the oil, change the air in my tires. The usual mess. I'm going to go home tomorrow morning. I look forward to Houston...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Torture Garden

Today I was able to start reading on an interesting book i've had my eye on for a long while. The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbaeu is an amazing account of one debaucherous frenchmans journey from the corruptions of Paris to the depths of Far East China. Its a really great book. Here is my favorite passage for you all to hear:

"You're a child." Clara repeated, "and talk like they do in Europe, darling. And you have stupid scruples, like in Europe. In China life is free, joyous, complete. Unconventional, unprejudiced, a lawless...at least for us. No other limits to liberty than yourself...or to love, than the triumphant variety of your desire. Europe and it's hypocritical ,barbaric civilization is a lie. What else do you do there except lie-- lie to yourself and others, lie about everything you recognize in your heart to be true? Your'e obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled, and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world. With us, there is nothing like it... you'll see! In Canton I own a palace amid marvelous gardens where everything is conductive to a free life, and to love. What are you of afraid of? What are you leaving behind?

- The Mission, Part 8, The Torture Garden


Being perfect artists and ingenuous poets, the Chinese have piously preserved the love and holy cult of flowers; one of the very rare and most ancient traditions which has survived their decadence. And since flowers had to be distinguied from each other, they have attributed graceful analogies to them , dreamy images, pure and passionate names which perpetuate and harmonize in our minds the sensations of gental charm and violent intoxication with which they inspire us. So it is a that certain peonies, their favorite flower, are saluted by the Chinese, according to their form or color, by these delicious names, each an entire poem and an entire novel: The Young Girl Who Offers Her Breasts, or: The Water That Sleeps Beneath The Moon, or: The Sunlight in the orest, or : The First Desire of the Reclining Virgin, or : My Gown Is No Longer All White Because in Tearing It the Son of Heaven Let a Little Rosey Stain; or even better, this one: I Possessed My Lover in the Garden.

- The Garden, Part 5, The Torture Garden

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Everyone back to work!

Today I had the house all to myself. My parents along with millions of Americans drudgingly went back to work. And as they say, while the cat is away, the mice are at play. Anyways, i've been staying up way too late recently. 5:00 am. Not much really happened today honostly. I worked on learning assembly again, still having fun on Axtons linux machine (axton.homelinux.net). Oh, I found out my gun was sold. That sucks, but oh well.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

The big question

Today, I woke up at 2:30pm after a late night of programming. I shouldn't be staying up so late. School starts up again in less than two weeks, and I need to be prepared. I walked into my parents room to say gmorning and before I knew it I was in a conversation about my future and what I am going to do after college. Honostly, I feel like I have very little clue of what to do, and that annoys me. I told my father, " there are two paths I see for my life, one which I work two years and go off to business school, another where I try to start my own business". After over an hour of discussion, I just still had no idea. China came up again. I still believe I want to go to China, that is my destiny I feel.



Me in 2008.




When I get back to Rice I will really have to focus on my career. Part of me is saying I should just go for whatever job will give me the most money. I don't think I will have any satisfaction or be able to do anything big for awhile. I just want to go to work , come home and go to classes or work on my creative projects, save enough for business school. Its hard for me to face, but I still have so much to learn, so much to see.



My career


Saturday, January 01, 2005

Rifles, knives, and guns.. oh my

Well, its january 1st. I woke up at one oclock today to go to a gun show with my father. He wanted to pick up some more matchgrade mexican "aguila" ammunition. It was fun to go out to a show again. Seeing the usual unusual crowd again, all carrying around their guns and toys. I need to go get my Smith and Wesson SW99 from Wolf when I get a chance. Anyways, today has been a pretty low key day otherwise. Just snacking on this tasty strawberry chipotle chip dip and watching Aliens. I hope I can finish the prototype for my jacket tonight.


My gun, "brimstone".


Do you believe in fate?

I asked. "Why?" the young girl's words returned. I grinned at such a curious way to begin the new year . Meeting a new face from my very own city of Houston.

The girl I met introduced me to a new band called London After Midnight- they are quite good.

Today has been long after last nights work on my blog/website. I woke up at 1pm just to get shuffled out to the garage to help my father with his shelves he has been putting in the garage. I went out and gathered some groceries and picked up a new pair of black and red shoes. Tonight I had a new years dinner with my parents at the Golden Wok. I had Peiking Duck. It was quite good, but never as satisfying as the real thing from Beijing.

When I came back I worked on my coat prototype for most of the night till about new years. I had to slip stitch the collar for over an hour. At some point I ended up with a big ol champaign bottle in my hand. 2004 ended out well.

Anyways, my bed is looking nice, so i'm going to pass out. Have fun out there in the new times ahead.