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Last night I called up the stage crew chief for the show I’m involved in, who happens to be a 19 year old girl from Lynn (about an hour away). This was right after the show was over, while she was driving home.

Anyway, I called her up and asked her out on a date. And she said yes!

See this post for the conclusion of this story.

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Well, I just finished the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I started 5 hours ago, reading a borrowed copy that my boss lent me (my father has our copy with him up in Maine). I’m not going to give away any spoilers, so I can’t really say anything, but I will say that this is a really great book, but it’s also a fairly heavy book. You will not walk away from the book feeling happy (however, that doesn’t mean you won’t be glad to have read it).

In any case, if you have not yet read this book, I highly encourage you to read it. And if you have not yet read any of the Harry Potter books, then I will beat you senseless unless you do.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, I know. I really should start posting again. I just don’t have much to talk about. Here’s an update on my current status:


Colloquy is a Mac OS X IRC client. It’s not as powerful as some others, notably X-Chat Aqua, but it’s the only one that’s actually well-designed from a UI standpoint (it looks like an Aqua IRC client should look). Colloquy is also really nice from a code standpoint. For instance, the way it does Styles. It has several different styles, and they all look fairly different. The way it’s done is everything is rendered in a WebView using Safari’s WebKit. It translates the IRC traffic into an XML log and uses XSLT to translate the log into an XHTML document and renders that in the WebView. For new messages it uses JavaScript to append the message to the end of the document. This makes it really flexible and really powerful. Here’s a screenshot of my favorite style, called Meinzer:

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A couple days ago I was in the Apple store, looking for the new MIDI keyboard. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any in stock. But what they did have were iPods. Now, I’ve been living with a 2G 10GB iPod. It’s decent, but it’s not the best one there is, and it couldn’t hold all my music. So I wanted to get a 20GB iPod. My dad, on the other hand, thought a 20GB iPod was a waste of money - for $100 more, you can double the size. So he bought me a 40GB iPod! And in addition, he recommended (and I downloaded) 12.3 GB of music I didn’t have from his massive music collection. So not only do I now have a spiffy new 40GB iPod, I have a bunch of new music to listen to as well! It’s very nice :)

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Well, I’ve been back at school for 2 days now. It’s going ok. I like my classes this term, they seem like they’re actually going to be reasonably interesting. I’m taking Operating Systems, Programming Language Concepts, and Discrete Mathematics. In OS, we’ve started talking about processes and stuff like that, and I already did 2/3rds of the homework due in a week (note that the 3rd part is only worth 2 points out of 15, so I could hand it in as-is (but I won’t)). My Programming Language Concepts class is using Scheme, so that looks like it will be interesting. And my Discrete Mathematics class… well, we haven’t done much yet, but it should be ok.

Yesterday at the Campus Center I ran into one of my friends from high school (Tati, for those of you who know her (i.e. none of you)). Apparently she transferred here. Pretty cool!

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In case you haven’t heard, we’re experiencing, not a big snowstorm as such, but a long snowstorm. It started friday night and is still going, although pretty light most of the time. We do have quite a bit of snow, however. Last time I checked, it was about 8-10 inches. It makes the whole world white :) In any case, this means I need to get myself some snow boots, since all I have here are shoes, and I don’t know if I have any boots that fit me back at home.

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The other day my older brother, Rick, gave me all 26 episodes of an anime called Azumanga Daioh. I just finished watching the last episode. It’s a very good series that follows the lives of 6 Japanese high school girls (and 2 teachers) through their 3 years in High School. It’s a character-driven show with very good animation and voice acting. If you want to learn more about the show, there’s a very good review here. I highly recommend the show if you can find it.

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Well, I’m home from college for a Thanksgiving. My twin brother David is also home and he brought a few Japanese friends from college to spend Thanksgiving with us. In total, we’re going to have 18 or 19 people! That’s a lot. And it will be fun, as it always is. And delicious, too. My mom made 4 Derby Pies. And as you should know, a Derby Pie is the most delicious food item ever!

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I just finished watching both Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Moulin Rouge. Both are exceedingly good movies, and both have sad endings. They both also have very good music, although I think I like Moulin Rouge better, mostly because I’m a fan of musicals. If you haven’t seen one (or both) of these movies, go rent them now.

It’s really nice to have a PowerBook with a DVD drive and a 17” widescreen display. It makes watching movies nice and easy. I just pop the disc in and sit back and watch. And the widescreen just makes it that much better.

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Today in the mail I just received a package with Stargate SG-1 seasons 3 and 4. This is by far the best science fiction TV series ever. In fact, it’s probably the best TV series out of any genre. The computer graphics are done incredibly well and integrate seamlessly with the series - it’s not a series where the graphics are done simply to have cool graphics, in Stargate SG-1 they’re simply part of the whole show experience. And the acting is great and the plots of each episode are written really well. The storyline is completely consistent and coherent throughout the entire series. All in all, it’s incredibly good. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see if you can rent it. I hear NetFlix (sp?) has the shows available. Also, the Sci-Fi network airs repeats on monday afternoons and on some other days as well.

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