Friday, April 30, 2004

I want one of these, along with a motorised Yamato.

Man I love the Doritos ad! I can't believe that all that crap that happened to him was actually true!

Insertion sort is my favourite. Its a lot more intuitive :P

I think a lot more people see this blog than we expect. I'm trying to do searches on CSE to find commands and this site keeps popping up...

Pleased to hear Purdue is teaching you the virtues of search algorithms.
I remember inventing bubblesort (independently) in comp 1b.
Richard says it's "crap".
I think it's mad.
I used it in my last OS assignment.
Long live bubblesort.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

What file extension is that?

You forgot the constant that people can't spell.

The three fundamental constants of humanity:

People are quick to forget and slow to remeber...
Every idea that is worth something has already been patented, TWICE!
A Jew is the worse excuse for a pathetic human being...

you sure none of the photos have been 'touched up' by Photoshop?

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Von Karman vortices!

hahah most get the impression it's a shark

Short story Joel told me re: the mountain shot (he had a lecturer and a UFO believer debate about it in a Physics lecture at UNSW last year)

UFO believer says because the clouds don't move and it's windy, it's proof of a UFO.

Actually, the clouds on one edge of the mountain roll upwards over the upper cloud layers as they curve up the mountain and form into water droplets; conversely the layers at the bottom roll down the mountain and evaporate. Thus, the cloud appears to be stationary when it is actually moving.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

beautiful picture of a dolphin.

i think the lightning shot is the best. the mountain shot second.

what happened to james and yi?

Some images anyone will appreciate (*.pps)


just got home from blue mountains, 2 hours of sleep for the last two nights .
an assignment due tomorrow.
haven't started on test on friday or essay due following monday.
because i want to.

Monday, April 26, 2004


As we know,

There are known knowns.

There are things we know we know.

We also know

There are known unknowns.

That is to say

We know there are some things

We do not know.

But there are also unknown unknowns,

The ones we don't know

We don't know.

Donald Rumsfield - Department of Defense news briefing

Feb. 12, 2002

I can imagine being in a first person shooter walking past website link objects and shooting them :)

Purdue researchers develope 3D search engine

Sunday, April 25, 2004

A Terran commander with a Zerg mentality is the ultimate form in the battlefield.
-The Art of Terran Warfare [unpublished]

James I love the samurai OST. It's an artwork. Yalways needa watch the movie to appreciate the music in its context. :)

Some tracks repeat slightly, but Track 09, in particular, has a neat surprise.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Alas, I feel that a woman, african american, even a MUSLIM, stands a better chance of becoming president than an atheist in the US. - Democoder, Beyond3D General Forum

Hah. Fantastic Law.

It's getting quiet here. Uni's picking up I imagine?

Thus I have made many more happy updates to my journal.

That for some st00pid reason takes 2 hours the night before an exam.

push push push push work work work

Wang's law on deadlines / assignments:
If you need one more day, you need more than one day.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

a friend in need is a friend indeed.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Half Life 2: the game that never existed and never will...
I guess all those fanciful ATI RADEONs poeple bought are just hardware decoration now...

James: Hence the epidemic of viruses etc. Let's just hope robots don't become self-aware so soon.

i check this blog the most often when i have assignments due in the immediate future.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Half Life 2!! "This item will be released on December 31, 1969."

So why do we need big zoom?

So we can take shots like this:


Many more (aircraft) ones from here

First image is a camera tracker for aircraft and rocket launches, located at Vandenburg AFB
Both images taken during the 2002 VAFB air show

car logos?
got 23/26 first go =P

By your definition, the internet is a live! Since each computer clearly distinguishes itself from another with unique IP numbers. :P

Monday, April 19, 2004

i'm not going to click on that link kwong, but i'm imagining giant spiders with humps in their backs...
going to have nightmares now.

Who wants to see a camel spider?

OMG cse are all tools. They brought down the eno file server, which explains why you are seeing a blank screen.

Not only that, it is only about 40 minutes until I have to submit my assignment and I can't upload it to the server. wtf is wrong with these people seriously...

I did a disk_guess, I love this part, it said it will be back up in 3-4 days.

The best part is that this was so wonderfully planned ahead. They give me 2 hours notice and I only get to read the mail when they start turning off functions like the compilers.

the number of smilies per post has risen dramatically in the last two posts. =)

Butters: yeah it's awesome, the whole interface comes up perfect and there's no lag basically (go bandwidth).

In somewhat related news, Purdue University was ranked 2nd of all public universities in the U.S. for "Most unwired campuses"
As bad as that sounds, it means we have wireless almost everywhere on campus, even outdoors.

First was, believe it or not, another Indiana-state university - Indiana University.

Remember we are talking public, so MIT etc don't count.

lol I must admit I do not know 'how' robots can become self-aware, but I do know what self-awareness 'is'?

Self-awareness is the ability to distinguish oneself from others, i.e. knowledge that one is separate from others. This is the basis for any interpersonal relationships to arise: friends, enemies, you name it.

Why am I implying that robots may become self-aware? Think Terminators =). And didn't most science fiction become reality?

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Haha Jono, Citrix is like ssh for linux boxes. We can access any program on cse comps from any internet connection.

What does it mean to become self aware?

If it means recognition of self, then does that mean if I boot up windows and it prints "I am windows, and I know I'm booting up," then it's self aware?

In that sense, can you prove that you are self aware?

What can you do other than murmur along the same lines?

I would argue that there's no clear cut distinction. Computers are self-aware to a degree. We are self-aware to a degree. The important change that will be occuring is that within a few decades, they will have more intelligence or awareness than us.

Then why imply that they are going to become self-aware? Why make that kind of assertion when you don't have any more knowledge on the subject than I do....

Saturday, April 17, 2004

If I knew the answer, then I wouldn't be here.

Friday, April 16, 2004

don't stop nigger hit it.

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have adopted a poisonous lily as their official flower.

And how exactly are they going to become self-aware?
Care to explain?

Runs annual essay competition on contemporary issues

This year's theme is on 'Import workers, export jobs'.

First prize gets 20 grand US (x1), second prize 10 grand (x2), and thir prize 5 grand (x5).

If you've got the guts, give it a try; or simply check out some winning essays in previous years. Last year's theme was "Do we need nature?".

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Interesting article James.

It doesn't matter how smart the robots become. The real danger appears when they become self-aware

Linux is a good operating system...

If it can be installed...

And if it won't crash after installation.

I have a old laptop (1998) which can only support one drive (either CDROM or floppy) at a time. 3 Distributions later and no success.

For Charlie, John, Yi, Jono, Renee, Lucy etc.>
Seriously recommended reading: April 2000 Wired article on the (non)-future

It's written by Bill Joy, who until recently was Cheif Scientist at Sun Microsystems.
And Jono, he was the creater of Vi. :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

kinda related, but not really.

"The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle. The fact that man is capable of action means that the unexpected can be expected from him, that he is able to perform what is infinitely improbable."
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 1958.

"Science works with concepts of averages which are far too general to do justice to the subjective variety of an individual life"

Carl Gustav Jung

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Smart people do invent problems, otherwise they'd be out of a job.

Creativity is part of intelligence, or at least psychologists think it is.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

hah Funny John, taking Alexis' ambiguous grammar and making both avenues sound correct. Because yes, smart people do invent problems.

Anyway the important point is
local time: 7am Saturday
local position: just returned home
9 hours sleep over 2 nights due to work
2 hours more after some drinks

a lil tired. Easter weekend yay

smart people invent problems?

Film critics are hardly educated. They are psuedo-intellectuals, just like all liberal art majors. The smart people are too busy doing important things like inventing and solving problems, it takes a creative mind to be a critic, not an intellectual one.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

"I remember President Kennedy once stated... that the United States had the nuclear missile capacity to wipe out the Soviet Union two times over, while the Soviet Union had enough atomic weapons to wipe out the Unites States only once... When journalists asked me to comment... I said jokingly, "Yes, I know what Kennedy claims, and he's quite right. But I'm not complaining... We're satisfied to be able to finish off the United States first time round. Once is quite enough. What good does it do to annihilate a country twice? We're not a bloodthirsty people."
Nikita Khrushchev - quoting himself in Khrushchev Remembers: The last Testament, 1974, pg. 530

anchors aweigh? the tyranny of the nation-state and the future of the anglosphere.

Ouch, is it major or will it go away in a few days?

So is the QRIO syncing with the music itself or did they just push the button then sync the music themselves?

I want to see if it can do headspins

John, you have no idea how good this looked! "Tacky" was certainly not in my mind when I saw this for real.

I've also now sprained my ankle for the worst time in my history after some games of soccer.
Glad that insurance is coming into good use :)

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

the Sony QRIO.
FUK this is cool.

jono, neon lights under the car is amongst the most tacky things you can do, to any car.
but i look forward to going crusin' in your riced up excel down oxford street =)

Monday, April 05, 2004

ahh that's awesome Charlie , glad you enjoyed Pay It Forward. Kind of a simple movie in some ways, but everything works together really well.

and I'm happy you still remember the Life of David Gale as something to watch.

yeah cameralessness is a bit of a biatch, but it's difficult to carry it around all the time when it's big and weighty and you always have class
And worst of all, when you don't expect there'll be anything good to take pictures of.

Jono: we also watched Pay It Forward at one of the Aiesec conference. Incidently, that's what the organisation is trying to achieve. But yeah so far all Kevin Spacy movies have been pretty thought provoking. The other day however we were at Video Ezy and we chose Nicolas Cage's "Adaptation" over "The Life of David Gale"; horrible movie; regretted till this day.

Not having a camera on you when the right moment comes is one of every photographer's blues.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

How was Busu's party?

Wow, it looks so...unreal. Like from cartoons and stuff

James, here's the HUDF (Hubble Ultra Deep Field) that you are looking for.
under Image Formats, there is a "Full resolution" link. the link says "found here".
click that and you will be whisked away to a link for that 61MB JPEF or 110MB TIFF.

can i also recommend people visiting the other pictures Hubble has taken?
they are absolutely breathtaking.
here is a link to them all.

btw people, this is when you would want 1GB of RAM inside your machines...


Imagine if this happened to your car John.

Or, perhaps, if you were on this aircraft

Edit: Sorry Kwong error with that website, though it's funny that was the warning message. Link fixed now.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

won't be able to make it, my water's breaking.

Can't go, B due on Sunday :(

Busu's 20th birthday party.
Bar Broadway (opposite UTS)
7:30pm today.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Ken Robinson's B lecture notes are da bomb.

Kai is shitehouse >:(

Failure is the journey, not the destination.

Scientist find 67% possibility God exists

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Allow me to rephrase: "James smells sorta rich in Omega 3 fatty acids."

Yes, everyone is going to Busu's party. Please come and get all your 'other' friends to come, even if they don't know Busu. The point is to have max variety.!

sugar high?

Oh, and when i said that James smelled oily, i ment that in the nicest possible way.. ^^ Sorta like.... cod ... liver... oil ^^

"Mmmmmmm... i'm hungry" - Butters, 2004.

Lalalalaaaa!!! ^^^

 Hi Charlie!


sigh.... how come u guys love your comps so much?
And who's going to busu's partY? What are you guys going to be wearing? ^^

Since my account is inactive i'm going to infect butters account and post something ^^


James smells sorta like Benny.U know, like... the oily smell...

the best car in jono's latest update thingy is the beetle by far.
go the rear mounted air cooled engine!

nearly got april fooled into going to westmead hospital.

g'luck jono. you've had worse marks than this.



I refuse to write such blasphemy on my journal, so get this:

Dynamics Exam 1: 22/60

Dynamics Exam 2: 28/60

Class average for both tests: 45/60

Exam 1 was given, as I had every impression that exam was 2 hours long, when, 55 minutes through the exam, I found out I had, in fact, 5 minutes left.
At this point I had finished 1 question.

Exam 2 was horrific.

So how close to being f**ked over failed am I?
A hairline. Green Earth James, Green Earth.

This is one subject I can *not* afford to fail.
Pre-requisites plus a whole load of other shit factors mean I would not only extend a degree by a year but also come back in my 4th year to do 2nd year subjects (for the entire of 4th year).

And a fail while on exchange? That is akin to sending a lazy, slobby astronaut to the International Space Station.
One truly shoots himself in the foot.
(Don't ask me where I came up with such a weird example; my eyes have seen Fortran code for five thousand years and counting)

And to think, I've actually been putting *work* into dynamics! hah!

Even better, next semester I will be taking *two* dynamics subjects - Flight dynamics and Orbital Mechanics.

Back to the drawing board.

P.S. Good one Marc.

Hope you guys are doing well

Telstra is terminating their cable service migrating existing users to DSL. All because they started the ADSL price war and ACCC got medieval on their network wholesale pricing to other ADSL ISPs so they can't afford to run cable anymore.

All inside info right now, but an advance condolence to Kwong and moreso for the new cablers like Darren and Hash.

which means Optus is the only cable provider...
which means Optus has no incentive to produce competitive prices...
which means expensive/poor-value cable...

Welcome back,
3 gig cap.

Edit: GAHAHA but today is April 1st...They did it in previous years. In 2002 they made an April fools saying Optus was removing netstats. One month later, Optus declared they were removing netstats.