1.30.2002: Dick Cheney looking like a space moneky.
In December of 2001, I wrote a program in C# called SystemStatus to
monitor various servers and services that I’m responsible for and for
my friends. It’s been running on my server since December 20th and been
doing fairly well. It sweeps every 25 minutes on HTTP, ICMP, PPTP and
SMTP. I wrote a web
page
today that displays a grid of the up and down machines, along
with their uptime percentages for the last week. You can view it here.
And for our picture today, is our lovely Veep, looking like a space
monkey.

I spent this last weekend in Hyatt
West Hollywood
in meetings with other Student Consultants on the
West Coast from Microsoft. It’s a true pleasure to meet and work with
smart people who understand what they’re doing, which I don’t get that
very often at my regular job. This week is fairly brutal for me. I had
a midterm on Monday, which I think I did pretty well on, another on
Wednesday, and an assignment due Friday. Ouch. Of note is my friend
Nelson Lai’s web site. It’s really
funny, and he updates it on a regular basis. In fact, it’s so good that
whenever I see him, I hardly talk to him because I know everything about
his life from his site.

"Man is thus metamorphosed into a thing, into many things. The
planter, who is Man sent out into the field to gather food, is seldom
cheered by any idea of the true dignity of his ministry. He sees his
bushel and his cart, and nothing beyond, and sinks into the farmer,
instead of Man on the farm. The tradesman scarcely ever gives an ideal
worth to his work, but is ridden by the routine of his craft, and the
soul is subject to dollars. The priest becomes a form; the attorney,
a statute-book; the mechanic, a machine; the sailor, a rope of a ship."
The American Scholar, R.W. Emerson

I was looking online and found another guy who has my first
name who had a pretty good way of explaining how to describe my first
name: Aa (sounds like “aah”) – Di (sounds like “Thee” as opposed to
“Dee”) – thya. Today’s picture is from The
Boondocks
, which is one really amazing comic.

What an exciting weekend! On Friday, my roommates and I
threw a killer party, and had a great time. I was awake till 4AM until
our last guests left, and the next morning work up at a lovely 7:45AM
in order to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr parade in downtown
San Diego. I came home, and had breakfast with the SD crew and came
back home and slept for three hours. I woke up, watched American Pie
II, and then slept again. How great. I woke up late on Sunday, then
did homework most of the day. This week I’m giving a tech talk at UCSD
about C#, which ought to be interesting. I really need to get around
to scanning these pictures I got back. Maybe I’ll do that in the remaining
hours of the night.

1.7.2002: John and Arthur at the now-bankrupt Orconet
Well, it has been over a month since I last updated my site! Nothing
particularly exciting happening in my corner of the United States. I
spent my holidays in Laguna Hills with my family and friends. I had
a smashingly good time with all of them and was more sad than usual
to have to leave for San Diego. School has started again, with lots
of neurobio, artificial intelligence, and perception to learn. Woo!
My friends (erm, Arthur and John) pointed out that my site is very nerdy.
I couldn’t agree more. They also noted that I need more pictures. That
is also true. So, here is a repeat, but it does include those two fools.
I’ve also updated my Terror2001
part of the site to include a footer on the bottom. How unexciting!