Wednesday, December 31, 2008

And here it is - just as some of you predicted - the post for December will occur on the last possible day! And it shall be short, for I have a New Year's party to attend. First, a quote appropriate for both the New Year and the Powersuite:

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
-Alan Kay

I figure that most of you have been involved in the recent events of interest (such as the bonfire), so I won't really talk about them. Instead, I will simply say that for Christmas I got an eternal golden braid. However, I also came into possession of a saw...

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Yes, it is the last day possible for a November post.

No, I don't have time for a review of Thanksgiving.

Update will happen... later.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Senior design documentation may result in loss of head.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Type Casting

Good evening.

In my last post, I mentioned that Fall Fest was approaching. Well, it is now over, and I can discuss the happenings and results of the last week.

First of all, 41's theme was Ancient Egypt, and our queen won. Huzzah!

However, I was not really a part of 41 Fall Fest this year, because G2 nominated me to be their king candidate. And for their theme, they had me dress up as (what else?) a mad scientist:
The girls then dressed up as half-animal/half-human mutants, cyborgs, and other monsters to be my creations throughout the week.
I also had an Igor:
It was very fun walking around campus, eating at Saga, and going to class as a mad scientist. I was told I looked like Dr. Horrible (from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), the guy from Back to the Future, Einstein, and Yzma (from The Emperor's New Groove).

And, to top it all off, the results came in today, and I was crowned Fall Fest King alongside 41's Queen.Another 41/G2 monarchy!

Edit: Pictures as well as the airband videos for both 41 and G2 are up one the 41 website (link newly added on the left).

Friday, September 19, 2008


Contrary to popular belief, I have been trying to get this blog updated. Blogger is just being obstinate in not accepting the accounts of the new members (Play-Doh, Riff, and Synk). We also finally got a new picture last night, which is shown below in slightly greater detail:
In case you can't tell, Synk is holding a large metal rod, Riff is holding two hammers, I'm holding my railroad spike, and Play-Doh is holding a knife.

In other news, Fall Fest will be starting in a little over a week, which means that things are going to get really crazy (as usual). At least it's really fun.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Lo, I am come.

All ye who tread the corridors of Thomas Hall: beware! For my personage shall once more cast its shadow over the halls of 41. From my lair in the Powersuite, I shall spread despair among all those who...

Eh, whatever.

I'm back in my room again. Dozer and I finished moving all of our stuff over from the apartment today and we'll officially check out of there tomorrow. Aside from Christian, we're pretty much the only people in the building. Most of my things are still in boxes scattered around the other room, but I have enough set up to live off of while I gradually unpack things when I need them. I also need to start planning how to set up the Powersuite for this year.

I can't wait until the freshmen arrive.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The way things were

Well, apparently there was a good reason why that 60 Gb hard drive was in Shutter's box of unwanted electronics, because it died recently.

So I'm back to Windows and my 40 Gb. Oh, well.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Born Free

Greetings! I am currently writing this from my new operating system (Ubuntu) on my new hard drive (60 Gb). This is significant because I used to be running on 40 Gb, and up until last semester was only on 10. Also, this hard drive was completely free, thanks to a box of electronics that Shutter gave me. Hooray for free stuff!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Technically a Gold-Titanium Alloy

Today, I saw Iron Man. Perhaps this is just the engineer talking, but it was incredible. It also helps that his suit is the colors of 41. Iron Man is now my favorite superhero. Period. (Yes, Paco, it was even better than Batman). And if you have yet to see it, you need to watch to the end of the credits. Just so you know.

I want my own suit now. I probably can't get it that well fitting or with nearly as many features, but just a mechanized exoskeleton would be cool. To quote the movie: "I really like this suit!"

I'll have to get started on my exoskeleton as soon as I finish my Dr. Octopus arms. (Due to the segmental nature of the Doc Ock arms and the complexity of ergonomics, the exoskeleton would take quite a bit longer to design.)

Speaking of Doc Ock arms...

I am currently working at Gospel For Asia (or GFA for short) in Dallas. It is a really cool organization focused almost entirely on reaching people groups that have never heard the gospel before. Due to the sensitive political nature of some of the countries that we're working in, I cannot publish on the internet everything that we are doing. You should check out their website, which has the "clean" version, or talk to me in person if you want to know more.


This last Friday, there was a company picnic during the afternoon. The theme of this picnic was "GFA Superheroes," and we were all supposed to come dressed up as our favorite superhero. Well, I don't really have a favorite superhero that would be fun to dress up as (at least, I didn't before I saw Iron Man), so I decided to bend the rules a little bit and dress up as the person who has my favorite super power. That's right, I went as the maniacal scientist himself: Dr. Octopus.

Major thanks to my roommate, Ian, for helping me build the costume. The bottom two claws are attached to the poles in my hands by fishing wire, and by moving the poles I could "throw" the arms ahead of me as I walked, producing a very cool walking motion. I had planned to be able to open and close the top two claws through fishing wire strung down through the poles and attached to my fingers, but the wires got tangled and mixed up with hot glue at 2:00 in the morning the night before, and the poles had already been glued to the claws, making it nearly impossible to re-string, so Ian and I just decided to make the claws static. It still looked pretty cool, though.

Then things got interesting when another intern decided to dress up as Spiderman (he had a mask, just not in this picture):

Though she didn't seem to be too bothered by it, one of the older ladies at GFA made the comment that my costume was "terrorizing the little children." However, as you can see from the kids trying to attack my with my own claws, this was definitely not the case.

There was actually a contest, and my getup won "Best Overall Costume." The only bad part was that it was a Texas summer afternoon, and I was wearing long black pants with a long black coat. It got EXTREMELY hot. Even for me.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mad With Power!

I am currently working at Gospel For Asia as part of a 4-week internship. However, they don't really have any positions related to engineering, so I have been placed in the IT department. This is a bit odd since I don't really know that much about computers, but I've been able to find enough on programming forums to be somewhat productive thus far.

One perk, though: the applications I working concern remotely adjusting printer drivers, which means I am learning script that works at the base level of Windows. The scripts that I write operate regardless of the programs that are open and without showing any sign of their existence.


The ability to open, close, and alter programs, enter keystrokes, and locate system information while being nearly untraceable is giving me... ideas.

I wonder if I could write a program that would write and activate copies of itself...

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Good Evening.

There is currently a metal rooster perched on top of my computer, and I am happy.

Yesterday was Hootenanny, for which I performed two comedy skits, one by myself and one with Play-Doh. Since I had one in each act, I had to be at rehearsals from 6-11 each night Tuesday through Friday, which made my week rather interesting. But it is now over, and my solo skit placed third, for which I received a trophy in the shape of a rooster. The other skit went well, too, but it has been floating around YouTube recently, and so the judges probably didn't think as highly of it.

In addition to placing in Hootenanny, I have also figured the classes I have left to take, and I will only have to take an average of 15 hours a semester for the next two years. Which means that, hopefully, things will get easier after this semester.


Maybe I'll also have time to study magnetism over the summer as well.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Stardust is awesome. And so is spring break. Also, this is February.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I'm Not Normal

What better way to wrap up the Christmas break than by using vector calculus, the golden ratio, and trigonometry to calculate the angles on the faces of this zonohedron:

Now I just need to figure out a way to build it while maintaining its lattice-like structure. Bent wire, perhaps?