Monday, December 20, 2010

And done

Last exam written and done earlier today, I'm now free and clear until January.

I also got some marks back (provisional pending approval by blah blah blah) of A+ in Numerical Methods and A in Math Prior to 1640. All in all a decent showing.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A minor scare

So yesterday, when I was out in the Polo Park area after writing my exam, I had left my backpack with my laptop in the car (I know, I know). It was still there when I returned a few hours later, but unfortunately the cold temperature had taken its toll.

When I woke up my laptop when I got home, to my horror I saw a series of teal streaks on the display. Needless to say, I was not pleased.

The streaks were on the order of a pixel or two wide, and up to an inch long. They seemed to react to pressure, so I surmised that whatever was happening wasn't just outright pixel death. I played a bit of minecraft to see if exercising the pixels with a changing picture would help things along, and after a little while of playing it seemed that the streaks were starting to get better.

Then the inspiration hit me: condensation inside the panel! The cold temperatures and high relative humidity inside my car had clearly caused some water or frost to infiltrate the panel and condense, messing with the function of the display.

To test this theory, I got out my hair dryer and, starting on low, heated up some problem areas. To my delight, they reacted by shrinking and lightening. After 10-15 minutes of heating, the areas I was concentrating on had vanished into perfect, flawless pixels, and I continued my way around the monitor cooking off the streaks. In the bottom corner, the last and worst trouble spot, I had to switch the hair dryer onto high, but those pixels too were soon brought back to life.

All in all, I'm annoyed but happy, and find myself with yet another reason to hate winter.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter only hits me because it loves me

So I come home this afternoon after writing an exam and getting a consultation about my wisdom teeth, and I park my car, and go to plug it in.

Now, I had set the extension cord on top of the fence to keep it out of the way, and so to retrieve it I felt it would be a good idea to give it a quick tug to give it some momentum such that it won't get tangled in the chain link at the top of the fence. Turns out I gave it a bit too much of a quick tug, and the end of the cord came whipping around and smacked me in the face just below my left eye.

Thus, I now look like the victim of domestic violence. I think it's about time I left winter, for good this time. It says it can still change, and that it still loves me, but I know better now.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dividing my attention

It occurred to me that with moving to California soon it'll be difficult for the people I leave behind to feel connected to me.

With this in mind, I decided to start up a microblog on tumblr. The plan is that when I get my iPod Touch (eventually) I'll use the camera to post a quick snapshot now and then when I run into something I feel like sharing.

Moreover, I plan to post these pictures without any title or caption because I like the idea of communicating through a restricted medium, and I also want people reading it to use their imagination a bit. Of course, if you see something on there that really intrigues you, you can always email or IM me to ask about it or just remember to bring it up the next time we speak.

If this intrigues you, feel free to drop the RSS feed into your reader. I'm not planning to abandon this blog, I'll still post here when I have something to say with, you know, actual words.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One down

Three more to go. Did well on my Numerical Methods final today.

To pad out this post, enjoy a quick video:


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Thursday, December 2, 2010