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  • jimmy 7:42 am on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I love how a big argument against trains is that of the so-called “last mile problem,” meaning the problem of just being dumped somewhere with no way to get around (whereas when you drive, you’ve got your car with you, obviously). It’s a valid point, but what amuses (and saddens) me is that flying has THIS EXACT SAME PROBLEM and nobody has argued it for a century. They went about solving it. Duh.

     
  • jimmy 7:55 am on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    In which I seriously geek about WoW.

    File this one under “things that amuse Jimmy, [WoW] Dungeon Finder Edition”: in my 110-day quest to earn Tier 9 armor without doing any raiding (seriously, who wants to deal with guilds with weekly schedules and everything? *wink*) I’ve been doing a daily random dungeon for the last week or so. Tonight I did The Nexus (I’m getting pretty familiar with that one, but at least it’s better than Utgarde Keep, the other one I get a lot from the random dungeon finder) with no less than four healers.

    I’ve found healers to be quite possibly the most entertaining people in PUGs (Pick Up Groups) for whatever reason. A few weeks ago I was in a Random Dungeon group where the healer turned wipes (where we all die, usually the healers fault…or at least potentially preventable by the healer) into a drinking game…needless to say, we didn’t finish the dungeon. But the healers tonight I don’t think I’ll soon forget, here’s the list:
    1. our first healer was pretty good, he healed us, none of us died, we were all happy until after the second or third trash pull, when he rolled “need” on an item and then promptly left. I guess mission accomplished on his part (he got what he came for in only a few minutes), but as our tank put it: “dam healz”. Even if you’re doing the dungeon just to get that one item, it’s only a half hour run and it’s pretty rude to just leave. Also, I wasted a soulstone on him.
    2. second healer joined us and was also pretty good. Everything was going well until he suddenly got disconnected. OK, it happens. Vote kick, get new healer. A few minutes waiting, at least I didn’t waste a soulstone because it hadn’t even cooled down yet (meaning this was the second healer we’d lost in 15 minutes, and before we even got to the first boss).
    3. third healer joins, heals us for a trash pull or two and then says he hopes his healing is OK because he’s high. We kinda ignore it because, well, his healing was OK. Not so for the boss, though, and we wipe (memo to kids: taking drugs makes you a bad healer…who knew?). Before we can recover, the [high] healer and one DPS (a really GOOD DPS, who’d done 48% of total damage thus far) leave us.
    4. healer number four joins us and is a really good pally healer. Unfortunately apparently this leads to boredom and he tried to do some DPS on the side. This lead to me (#2 damage doer after the tank at this point) suddenly being attacked from all sides because the healer had let the tank die and I was suddenly the biggest threat (Rain of Fire has that effect, I guess). Healer started healing again after the tank and two DPS had died and he managed to keep the last DPS standing for a good 30 seconds, but there’s a reason you need five people to do dungeons (hint: it’s not because we like to hang out). OK, we wipe again. Healer apologizes and promises to focus on just healing from this point forward (what a thought!) and I’m happy to say that the last two bosses were a breeze.

    Yeah, so, that’s my gaming funny of the day. Mad props to you if you actually followed all that.

     
  • jimmy 10:17 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Help me out here. Am I just being silly, or is it really weird that, despite the fact that they both generally have the same information, the BBC News story about the Gulf Oil Spill is presented in a completely different way from the CNN story. Observe:

    Third major story on BBC News, the fact that the oil is in the Loop Current leading the headline.

    On CNN: 5th story down the list of “recent news,” after no less than 5 stories about the primary elections yesterday and with a headline that’s kinda weak (“Where is the gulf oil spill headed”? You mean, BESIDES the Loop Current and the History Books?).

    Once you get into the stories, too, this difference continues: CNN’s headline tells us that the tar balls found in Key West are not from the oil spill (subtext: nothing to worry about, go back to your SUV now!). Lots of warm and fuzzies there. Only in the 6th paragraph do we get to the part about the oil being dragged towards Key West, Cuba and the entire East Coast (after I’m guessing a fair percentage of readers have stopped skimming and have moved on to the video about the Hooters employee asked to lose weight [#2 right now on CNN, just after the article about the Wall Street Reform bill]) while the BBC’s article headline is a more, um, forward “Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say”. Oh um, yeah, sounds like a good thing to report, don’t you think, CNN?

    OK. I’ve said my piece, what do you think?

     
  • jimmy 4:11 am on May 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What the heck?

    I don’t have time for a long rant, because I have school work (using and for technologies our president apparently doesn’t understand) but I’m gonna make time for a short rant:

    As someone who’s grown up with, lived and breathed high technology, and as someone who spends his entire life processing information, both with my technology and in my own mind (brainz: the original supercomputers) I would like to respectfully tell the president that he’s full of shit.

    Further, to the idea that the only way to truly “master” (my word, not his) this dangerous menace (again, my words) is to spend 12 years in school and then 4 years in a $25+ grand/year college and then perhaps a graduate program or two I say: bull-fucking-shit. Far from needing more idiots with Ivy League degrees to help us “shape” how we use information technology, we need the kids who know how to work an iPod, iPad and Xbox AND WHO DON’T ever aspire to have a college degree helping us shape the future. That sir, is truly the way of “emancipation” (his word, not mine).

    The idea that the only way to change the world is to not let our technology “control” us, and the idea that the only way to not let that happen is to “do good in our studies” are both bullshit. Some of the smartest people I know bomb their classes (me included). Some of the most awesome people I know have never even considered college. Some of the leaders of tomorrow will never set foot into a college classroom, mark my words.

    Not only should we be wary of “an education” (as most people narrowly define it: 12 grades as a child, 4 years in college, etc.) “freeing” us from the oppressive grips of information technology, we should be doing the exact opposite: using information tech to free us from the oppressive grips of an abusive education system that is a century behind on technology and ideas.

    Seriously, what kind of western democratically-elected political leader even comes CLOSE to saying that information is bad. What?

    Am I overreacting? This just seemed really weird coming from anybody, let alone Obama.

    /rant

     
  • jimmy 11:53 pm on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Haha. Spent 90 minutes “checking my animation render” (20 SD frames in 13 hours or 39 minutes/frame…) this afternoon. Either I really love computers (yeah) or I really don’t want to do my Flash homework (yeah).

    Started an HD render through the department render farm, though, and so far the SD frames are looking awesome, so whenever the HD render finishes it’s gonna look SWEET.

    That’s the plan, anyway. But first…Flash. This one’s not going to look as sweet, because I just don’t care enough.

     
  • jimmy 7:59 am on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    4am Monday of final exams week, and there are (still) a dozen students (and one professor) in the digital media labs, as well as EVERY SINGLE computer running animation renders, not to mention the render farm (which renders animations 20 times faster than an individual lab machine) having enough jobs queued up to keep it running for the next few days.

    Some people write papers and cram for exams. I submit to you that my major is far more exciting.

     
  • jimmy 10:58 pm on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Not to diminish the severity of the oil spill, but saying that it can be “seen from space” isn’t saying much, since [spy] satellites can see newspaper headlines and license plates from space. Now if the ISS crew can see the oil slick, now THAT would be saying it can be seen from space.

     
  • jimmy 6:56 am on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Since the 1950s the pursuit of profit has forced 8000 miles of marshes to yield to man-made canals, essentially to make oil exploration and shipping easier. It’s estimated that the state of Louisiana loses 25 square miles of wetlands every year. If we were losing that much land to another country, we would be at war. America has a choice to make about the state of Louisiana: is Louisiana part of our country or isn’t it? Because if Louisiana is part of America, than the America people and the American government have to begin to defend Louisiana against American greed.” -Rachel Maddow, May 3, 2010, Venice, Louisiana.

    Her entire 2-minute show-ending speech is pretty epic. Watch it.

     
  • jimmy 9:35 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Just another typical weekend in America: someone tries to blow up Times Square, the biggest oil spill in history disrupts an entire region of the country and a huge severe weather outbreak causes flooding and tornadoes, killing several people. Oh wait, no, no this isn’t typical at all. #cry

     
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