C++ Mid-semester test aftermath

Oh, and for everyone that has been waiting with bated breath to hear how I
did on my C++ test (yeah, all three of you), I think I did okay, but then
I’m an optimist. Unlike some people who always say that they didn’t do too
good (even though they did) because they don’t want brag, I always say
that I did pretty good, even though I maybe just barely scrape through. I
read a psychology paper some time ago that suggests that people who
consistently overestimate themselves are actually less intelligent than
people who underestimate themselves. This is because they don’t have the
correct frame of reference or something. Hmm…does this mean I’m dumb? =D

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Only in CSE3510…

do you get marks deducted for doing something extra. Hmph. Oh well, the
assignment specs did say to follow everything to the T, but the fields
didn’t make much sense to me so I added in something extra. For that I got
a -1 UNWANTED SCREENS AND ACTIVITIES and -1 Additional fields in ????? ???
(unintelligible). I don’t blame the lecturer though, coz he DID say to
follow the specs. But that doesn’t mean I can’t rant a bit. :).

The comments read:

1. Additional Fields in ???? ???

2. Incorrect Layout of Cards

3. NO PRINT FACILITY

4. UNWANTED SCREENS & ACTIVITIES

And I did have a print facility too, and what’s more its documented in the
User Manual. OK, enough of my bitching. Just felt that I deserved more
than an 8/12. Oh well.

Beautiful Day

It’s a bright and breezy day today, perfect for studying. I can’t seem to
take a good photo of the sky though, for some reason, it doesn’t look as
bright as it does in real life. Oh well, my webcam is not the best device
to take photos anyway. I managed to get some breakfast and coffee from the
dining hall and I’m all ready to hit the books with my big bottle of OJ
and Allen’s Party Mix – the confectionary of champions! Or
something…that could just be the coffee talking.

                      

Sad looking toasted sandwich              
Allen’s Party Mix Hand-cam!

C++ Interview

Just came back from my C++ interview, and I think I passed. Word out to
Vivek Asthana (my CSE3400 tutor) for being a cool guy. I’m going to sleep
soon, didn’t get much sleep last night in a vain effort to read up on my
C++. I had to do some Creative Bullshitting (CB) and Pulled Facts Straight
Out of My Ass (PFSOoMA) during the interview. Heh. Now I’m going to hit
the sack and wake up later to study for my C++ test tomorrow. Constrained
Genericity, Orthodox Canonical Forms, Dynamic Binding…oh my.

Envy: NOTHING SHARPENS SIGHT LIKE ENVY (I like this phrase)

Revenge: REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD

Vanity: ONE MUST NOT LET VANITY OVERRULE APPETITE

Four down, three to go. I have to say that Vanity is the best one so far.
It has little silvery balls embedded into the outer crust and the ice
cream is champagne flavored. If you only get one of the sins, let it be
this one. Yeah, I know I sound like I’m on Streets payroll. :)

The 7 Deadly Sins

Did a late night Coles run with Adrian to boost energy levels (by getting
sugary stuff). Magnum is doing a promotion where they have the 7 deadly
sins as different types of ice creams. It’s supposed to be limited
edition, in that it’s only available for 4 months. I got all 7 different
types and so far, I’ve eaten the Sloth one. Those who know me will
recognize ‘Sloth’ as my sin. Heh. The ice cream stick even has a phrase engraved
into it. The Sloth one goes

“IT IS BETTER TO HAVE LOAFED & LOST THAN NEVER TO HAVE LOAFED AT ALL”
.
Amen brother!

I’ve taken photos of the different wrappers. See them here:

Vanity

Envy


Sloth


Revenge


Greed


Gluttony


Lust

Tiny Windows Games!

Look here, these are actual screenshots taken on my 1024 x 768 desktop. These games are perfect
for playing in class or at work for slackers like me. They are so small, you can easily cover it
with another window. Some even run on the taskbar! Amazing. As you can see, I’m not the best chess
player in the world. Got thrashed on the easiest setting. Go to their web page and download the
games, it’s all free.

Link: Tiny Windows Games

Space Invaders

It runs right on the taskbar!

River Raid

Shoot ’em up

Chess

Checkmate!

Spoiled rotten by broadband

I’ve been told that it takes upwards of 1 minute for my main page to load
on a normal dial up connection. I’m on a broadband connection (burstable
to 10Mbps, normally 400kbps) so I didn’t realize that. If you’re on a dial
up (that is you use a modem and a phone line to connect to the net) please
mail me and
tell me how long it takes for my page to load so I can optimize the size.

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