Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wow



I just realized that someone born in 1990 is now old enough to vote.

That just made me feel like an old man.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hillary?



Really Florida? are you serious. Oh well, FLA doesn't count for the Dems anyway.

Good job McCain.

And what's up with Ron Paul?

IF you are in Florida



Go vote. No excuse.

Monday, January 28, 2008

DUDE



Is this commercial awesome or what?

Bummer


I had quit the Robotics team.

It was too much. I feel really bad, but school and work are taking up most of my time.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Stuck doing homework



So on Tuesday I freaked out, why? I opened up my UF inbox to find that a Homework had been posted, I said to myself, cool! my first Grad-School project...well, that sucker was six pages long, just to explain what I have to do, and to top it off, I had to read it a couple of times to comprehend just what the hell they were asking me to do. Basically I have to write a program that simulates multiple tasks running at the same time, kind of what happens when you have multiple windows open in your PC.

My problem is that I stress out about this things, when I look at a problem and I don't know what to do about it, I get restless, this whole week I've had this homework in the back of my head and today I am resolved to getting it done, it was so bad this week that I actually had a dream about it. In my dream I am teaching Anthony how to program Java so that he could do my project while I'm at work,

ME-"Anthony, you have nothing to do all day, here, let show you how to implement Intrinsic Locks and Synchronization"

ANTHONY-"OK Daddy"

ME-"Great, Mua Haa Haa Haa(evil laugh)"

I woke up alarmed at myself, but I actually considered it for half a second...but nah, he's too young, and I don't want to raise a little hacker anyway.

So this is Saturday for me folks. Just me in the Monkey House doing some homework.


J.V.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Little pearl brought to you by the web



As those of you who've seen my facebook profile know, I am a big fan of aphorisms, you can get me to read any random disparate rant if you just put it in a list. But enough about me, I found this list of tips from someone who just turned 50, I really liked it, so I will post it here.

"50 things I've learned in 50 years, a partial list in no particular order"

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Back to school again



Well, it had to happen, my vacation days are over, and I'm back to school, after a year hiatus I felt the familiar pang of my first day of class, only that today, there was no long drive to campus, no hassle looking for a parking spot, no rush to get to class to get a good seat. I am a distance student at the University of Florida, the good ol' FLA Gators (which they sucked this year in football btw...lose to Michigan? really? come on!) Anyway, so today I had my first lecture as an official Grad student. It feels no different than my two years ago to be honest. I got a little anxious when I heard that I had to write a research paper. I thought to myself...shit! I forgot about those! I was never good at writing those things. Oh well,


ROBOTS!



My favorite thing about writing software...you guessed it, I get to play with Robots.
I get to mentor a local high school team to design, build, test and compete with a Robot. Here's the competition kickoff video:




We are going to go to Orlando, New Jersey and Atlanta to compete against some very smart people. It's going to be a lot of work to get a robot to do all those things, but it's fun work. I look forward to it.


The Fam



Anthony is getting so big so damn fast, he's pretty smart for a two year old, but so far he uses his wits to get his way, I can tell that we are going to have our hands full with that one...where does he get all that stuff? I've got to wonder..was I that bad? I don't think I was as crazy as him.

Gaby rules the house with an Iron fist. I think she's so spoiled, but I can't help it. It's easier for me to discipline Anthony, but it's going to be hard to do with my daughter, good thing that Martha is there to balance things out, I know that Anthony is always going to be Mama's boy. And that's ok, I still have so many things that I look forward to doing with him. I have about 11 more years until he's a teenager and then things will get rough. Hopefully if we do things right the first years, puberty and adolescence won't be so bad.

Good books



Right now I am working on War and Peace. Little by little I'll get trough it, I got it for Christmas and I didn't think I would have the time to read it, but I could not help myself and I started it. If I had more time I could read it in a month, but since I am kind of busy I am reading it at the leisure pace of roughly 15 pages per day, at that rate I will done by late April, just in time for finals.

Over the break I read The Idiot, excellent tragedy by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Also I read an interesting book about the Bible: Misquoting Jesus.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Well, it's back to work tomorrow.

So long.