The Game of Life

Bam! To behold, a public bulletin board, built of both brilliance and barbarity by bastards with boners. This bastion, no mere bulwark of boredom, is a brutal barrage of blistering bullshit, barely benevolent but behind the bigotry of boobs, beyond the bitter broadcasts of bragging buffoons: Here be the body politic. A brotherhood of blasphemy, blessed with more balls than brains, battling the bland, the bogus, and the benign. Bedlam? Bring it on! But I babble. Better to be brief. You may call me /b/.
-4chan.org

I woke up today feeling really bad. Not ill, mind you, it’s just that going to bed at one in the morning and having to wake up by eight really isn’t good for me. Meh. I survived. I ate myself a small sandwich for breakfast, took a quick shower, and left for work. I arrive a few minutes late and to my surprise Randy, the dock manager, is actually working on a Saturday. I thought that would be a bad thing since he’d be watching every thing Shea and I do (which would have been nothing considering the lack of work) but I was wrong. Randy gave us a few assignments that kept us busy all the way to closing at six.
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Radzinsky’s Legacy

I’ve begun outlining the basics for the map which, when completed, will outline the locations of the projects I wish to accomplish. All I need now it to research the inks that I’ll be using and then I’ll be ready to apply it to its final location. It seems I can use some detergents to make invisible ink but the ones I’ve tried so far haven’t worked. Then after that I need to figure out how to store a data drop without it being damaged by the elements. One step at a time, I guess.
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The Orchid Station

Tonight’s LOST episode There’s No Place Like Home: Part 2 concluded the finale of the fourth season. I walked away from this episode excited by what I had seen which is a stark contrast to the day leading up to it. I woke up and spent most of the day slowly getting ready for work and the day at America Home itself was pretty uneventful.
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Iron Man

I’m sorry. This is the fun-vee. The hum-drum-vee is back there.
-Tony Stark Iron Man

I went to go see Iron Man in the theater today and all I can say is, “Wow!” I didn’t intend to even watch this movie but Travis had insisted that I go see it. “I want you to go watch this,” he had told me, “and keep in mind that I want you to be Tony Stark.” With that said I went to see the movie and was totally blown away! After watching movies like The Incredible Hulk and Superman I can’t really say I have a high opinion for super hero movies. It didn’t help Iron Man‘s cause that Tony Stark had a cameo at the end of The Incredible Hulk which was a movie I found painful to sit through.
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Adrift No Longer

The swimmer adrift on the open seas measures his strength, and strives with all his muscles to keep himself afloat. But what is he to do when there is no land on the horizon, and none beyond it?
-Georges Duhamel

Today was an unexpectedly productive day so far as my programming went. I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do but I can say I’m satisfied with the results of the day. I spent the later part of my day by continuing to organize the files in my archive when I asked my computer sensei what categories he thought were missing. That conversation somehow led him to assign me the task of finding a way to view files through an internet browser and have an ever updating list of those files.
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Tic-Tac-Tough Luck

Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword with a pen.
–Ambrose Bierce

Since I had so much free time at work yesterday, when I wasn’t avoiding the store manager, I spent some time thinking about what it would take for me to program a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. I decided it would be best if I tried to figure it out from scratch rather than copy/pasta something from the internet. I needed to figure out how to set the game board and then the moves that would be possible on the board. Below is a diagram of what I came up with.
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The Heart of the Matter

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
–J. K. Rowling

Today I decided to check out what VB code I could find on the internet. I found this one code for Tic-tac-toe and I copied and pasted the code into Microsoft Visual Basic Express. I met the same failure I did when I tried to copy my old Excel code. When I copied and pasted the code into Excel I got the same results. If I were to guess as to why I’d say it is because the code I copied had HTML and CSS in it. Maybe that’s irrelevant and maybe I’m wrong but it’s the only thing I got so far. I’ll take a closer look on my day off this Monday!
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There’s No Place Like LOST

Faraday’s Cage is where you put Schrödinger’s Cat.
–Internet

I would love nothing more than to tell you how much I accomplished today but, to be honest, NOTHING happened. I went to class to take my Math final (which I think I did very well in) after which I came home and did a load of laundry and then went off to work at American Home. After work, I went to Phillip Flores’ house to watch LOST with Kristin and John McNeil. Afterwards I came home to surf the internets for an hour or so and now I’m going to bed.
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Voiding Warranties

I finally invent something that works!
–Dr. Emmett Brown

Another day and another thrilling tale of progress! The day started out with me going to Writing 101 where I chatted with Marcus about the content of the web site. He wants to sell t-shirts with art on them and I could not emphasize enough how important it was to avoid copy/pasta from the internet. He assures me that everything is his own work. After class I went for a walk around the workout center and a half-hour later I returned to the room where Computer Intro was usually held. Since I saw no one there I decided to take off early. I went for a drive to drop off a disk I burned for another friend of mine and afterwards I decided to go visit my little brother Angel.
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Flavor of the Red Pill

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
– Sun Tzu

I am pleased to announce victory today in dealing with the Excel code I wanted to import into MVB! Now I have to play around with publishing my program. This was the highlight of an otherwise mundane day. I got my tire fixed at this place called Wheels & Tires Plus, then I drove to the Checkers in Green Valley to buy an oil filter where I discovered Steven Workman, a guy I knew from Ajo, worked there! Lastly it rained! Yes! Water fell from the sky!
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