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Friday, June 24th, 2005

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8:47 am

At my weekly poker tournament on Tuesday, I placed 3rd in a field of around 73. It's all thanks to a book called Phil Hellmuth's Texas Hold'em that I picked up on Saturday.
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

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2:41 pm

I played in a free poker tournament last night. I played pretty tight. So tight that the guy next to me actually noticed: "I wish I had your patience. When you bet, I'm gonna get out of the way." I was waiting for premium hands, which didn't come. That is, until I had about 4,000 in chips left about 1.5 hours in. I got pocket kings; this is one of those premium hands I was waiting for. But by this time a was in a loser's mindset, always willing to fold or check; it didn't even hit me that pocket kings were very good and I should have been able to tell that no one else had anything. Rather than do the right thing by betting or raising, I just checked or called. I won the pot, but I didn't earn enough chips to hold on much longer. I've got a lot to learn before I'm any good, I suppose.
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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

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9:52 am

My son, Henry Thomas Brooks, is due to be born on 19 July, but he may come in only a couple weeks. We'll have to wait and see.

I'm so excited about being a father! :-D I'm sure he's going to be a cute little guy, and he's going to be so much fun!
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9:31 am

Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta

I strongly recommend this album.

Click here for a good review of the album.

When you listen to Frances the Mute, enjoy the slow and quiet bits, but when the crescendo comes, be prepared to ROCK! :-)
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

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4:30 pm

I've forgotten to post about this until now, but my wife and I are going to be proud homeowners very soon. :-)

We got a great deal. I can't wait to get in there and make it our own.

Current Mood: excited
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

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9:30 am

Come mid-July, I'm going to have a SON! :-D

Current Mood: excited
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Thursday, November 11th, 2004

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4:13 pm
Day of Joy

Yesterday, I found out some of the best news of my life. Andrea and I are expecting a baby next July. It was awesome news, but there was some worry. I still hadn't been permanently hired and Andrea just gave her two-week's notice, which means our insurance through her work would be ending soon.

Today, I got probably the second best news of my life, and it makes yesterday's news even better. My boss told me that they are ready to make me an offer tomorrow. That is such a huge relief, because it's going to mean getting insurance that's even better than what we were getting through Andrea's work and it's going to cover the pregnancy.

This is just an awesome day. :-D

Current Mood: ecstatic
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Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

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3:28 pm

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

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8:14 am

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

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12:26 am

4 'A's, 1 'B'!

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Friday, May 7th, 2004

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9:46 am

I got the software testing job. I'm really happy about that. Over the three weeks of that job, they'll be evaluating me to see if they want to hire me permanently. I hope they do.

Two of my five grades are in. An A in System Design, and an A in Numerical Analysis, that class I had to make up. I'm really relieved about Numerical Analysis.

Last night I wrote the paper summarizing my independent research project. I think I can look forward to an A for that.

Psychology of Music should be at least a B. I did pretty well on the final, and I did surprisingly well on the big research paper and speech.

I don't have anymore schoolwork to do, and as far as I know I don't need to go back to school for any reason. Commencements will be held in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, May 12.

Oh, I'm so glad I have a job.
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

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12:15 pm

I've got an interview today for a job that is (*gasp*) in my field. I may be testing some software as a trial to see if I work well. If I do well, I think I'll be doing some embedded software development.

I'm graduating in a handful of days. It's scary to think about, because it feels like I've been in college forever. If I want some more punishment, I may come back to get my Master degree in Applied Computer Science.

Andrea's living at our new apartment. John helped us move on Sunday. It's a nice place, if a little "cozy." :-)

The wedding is in less than five weeks. :-D

I had some minor elective surgery a few weeks ago and recovery is going well. That's all I have to say about that.

For some laughs, read this Chick tract, and then read this parody tract rebutting the lies, distortions, and half-truths of the former.
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

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12:54 am
My Other Jesus is a Camaro

Please, someone buy this t-shirt for me:

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Saturday, March 13th, 2004

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2:10 pm
the car

My car is being a piece of crap. It's just getting old and running rough. We've already put over a thousand dollars into it recently, and it's being looked at right now to see if we can dump some more money into it. I just need it to run pretty decently for maybe six months. By then, (hopefully) I'll have a new job, and can afford a better car.

Speaking of new cars, check out the 2005 Ford Mustang.
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Friday, March 5th, 2004

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12:59 pm
Google calculator

Google has a handy feature called the Calculator, that evaluates mathematic expressions and does conversions.

Sample queries:
16 tons in metric tons
sin(35 degrees) * 5 inches in yards
And most importantly: the answer to life the universe and everything
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Thursday, March 4th, 2004

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11:24 pm

The Bush says: heterosexual marriage is "one of the most fundamental, enduring institutions of our civilization."

The American Anthropological Association says: "If he were to take even the first semester of anthropology, he would know that's not true."

I just don't know whom to trust.
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Friday, February 13th, 2004

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4:49 pm

Get Firefox
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Thursday, October 9th, 2003

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12:18 am

I posted here before summer that I failed a class and was going to have to make it up later. It looks like I'll be able to just take the tests and the professor will change my grade. I'll probably do that next semester, but we'll see.

School is going pretty well so far this semester. Film class is fun and easy; Computer Graphics is fun, but not as easy; Structured Analysis is easy, but not really fun; Operating Systems is so-so (I'll know more when I get my first test back); Programming Language is alright; Linear Algebra is just easy.

I was contacted about a possible co-op opportunity this week, but they've decided not to interview me. They just needed someone who could work more hours. I'm not bummed about it, because it would've meant less time for other things and I would have had to drive to Butler in the winter. Anyways, the guy said I should keep my grades up and call them back in January. I'll have a better chance in the spring because I'll only be taking four classes.


Creative Commons is an interesting idea. I've had the idea for a Web-based solution to the management and collaboration of artists on CC-licensed projects. (The CC site has links to sites that list a bunch of works, but I think this would be different.) It would be a little SourceForgeish. It would enforce the CC licenses through software, allowing/disallowing derivatives, etc. If only I had the time and experience...

My list of "ideas" gets longer, never shrinking. None get ticked off. It's a little sad.
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Monday, August 11th, 2003

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10:14 pm

This is one big reason I'm going to vote for Howard Dean, M.D., a man of science, when (not if) he wins the Democratic primary.
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2003

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2:37 pm

"We gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he [Saddam Hussein] wouldn't let them in," [President Bush said Monday.] (link)

Was Bush on vacation when the inspectors were in Iraq? Maybe he just doesn't keep up on current events.
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