Woke up a little while ago from a dream in which I went to an ice skating rink to watch a promising new sport: ice skating with angry hamsters. A group of professionals, I guess you could call them, were employed by the rink to just skate around on the ice while slightly larger than normal hamsters ferociously chased them down. The surprisingly fleet-footed hamsters launched themselves at the skaters and promptly clamped their jaws upon the toes of the skates of anyone unfortunate enough to cross their paths. What was even more fun was the fact that the public could participate in the sport. Adventurous spectators had the option of lacing up their own skates to play hokey-pokey with the hamsters. At one point, whole families even took to the ice together. Parents held on tightly to their little children, gently tugging them away from the rabid rodents – a perfect way to dissuade the little ones from wanting that new pet.

The night before, I also had an interesting dream involving animals. Central park was filled with dozens of a new species: a little dog or hog with small wings (kind of like Donkey’s babies in Shrek 3). People called them imps. It was probably the beginning of the apocalypse or some other crazy shenanigan.

The websites of Yahoo and AOL (Thanks to Justin for pointing this out):

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Wow, I never knew you could print-screen screen-savers. Neat! Now I’ve got a more space efficient way to save those electric sheep.

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Constantly updated!

  • Take apart and try to repair PS2 :p
  • Write more detailed and significant blog entries (trivia?, HCI presentation, major choices, emoz)
  • Linuzzz + organize files
  • Update squigglelion with drawings from the reserve
  • Make one of those trendy quizzes on Facebook
  • Think of catchy name for said quiz

Cream of Mushroom Soup + Ramen Noodles + Sriracha (Spicy Red Rooster sauce) = Whoaa good

Man, this is kind of depressing.

Monday

  • Organize notebooks (finally)
  • LC211 HW
  • CS113 Cheat Sheet
  • Compare Cheat Sheets
  • Family dinner
  • CS113 HW?
  • Study for CS113 Exam 1

Tuesday

  • CS113 Exam 1
  • LC211 Composition
  • Study for LC211 L29 Quiz makeup?
  • Trivia Practice?
  • CS113 HW?
  • Study for CS210 (figure out programming problems)

Wednesday

  • Unit Testing Lab?
  • CS113 HW?
  • Finance club?
  • Study for CS210!

Thursday

  • CS210 Exam 1!
  • MMOGS?
  • CS440 Project 2!

Friday

  • LC211 L30 quiz?
  • CS440 Project 2!

Saturday

  • Dad’s Birthday
  • Zoo

Sunday

  • Dave Mackey’s house

Monday

  • CS210 HP Project?

If you want some background on this phonetic alphabet madness, please see the previous post if you have not already.

Why girl names? Why not? (1) If there ever comes a time when I’ll need to give a girl name to something, I’ll have this handy list and (2) If some rude bonehead on the phone yells at you that his username is MACHOMAN27 (no offense if that is actually your username), what better way to clarify whether you’ve got it down correctly then with, “Just to clarify, that’s M as in Michelle, A as in Andrea, C as in Cecelia, H as in Hannah, O as in Ophelia, M as in Michelle, A as in Andrea, N as in Natalie, Two, Seven?”

Note: the following list is of girl names that I like, not girls. The names in the list are not necessarily attached to any particular people. Although bad experiences can always damage my opinion of a particular name. Association, association, blah. Also, if you do not see your name on this list, please do not be offended. I can only pick one name per letter, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like your name. Unless I actually don’t like your name, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like you. Unless I actually don’t like you and maybe your name too, but then why are you reading this blog?

Without further ado:

Girl Names That I Like

  • Alison
  • Bianca
  • Clara
  • Delilah
  • Ella
  • Felicity
  • Gwen
  • Heather
  • Isabella
  • Julia
  • Kate
  • Laura
  • Melanie
  • Nicole
  • Oneida
  • Penelope
  • Quinn
  • Rachel
  • Sophie
  • Tracy
  • Uma
  • Vera
  • Winona
  • Xaphania
  • Yuna
  • Zahara

Special thanks to www.babynamesworld.com

When you find yourself bored at work and despising the NATO phonetic alphabet, there’s only one thing to do: make your own phonetic alphabet!

We have these phonetic alphabet lists taped to the sides of our computer monitors at my school tech support job, to aid customers in typing in commands over the phone. They’re pretty useful, but sometimes you just get tired of all those Sierra’s and Tango’s and want to spice up the phone conversation a bit. Or perhaps not. But sometimes a well placed phonetic alphabet letter can disarm even the most irate of customers (note: I haven’t tested this out yet).

Aaron made a pretty snazzy animal themed phonetic alphabet. Tito and I worked on the Harry Potter alphabet. Tito also finished his old-people-names + quidditch list, while I worked on my extreme awesome list (still not done). I did manage to make a sickeningly cute list, which I may post later. Still in the pipeline are the first 150 Pokemon list and the Breakfast list (for making those early mornings even more fun!). And of course there is the infamous confusing words list, which even one of our bosses got into.

I will get to posting some/all of these lists eventually. For now, here is a list of all the phonetic alphabets we have made in order of approximate date of creation, earliest to latest:

Completed lists:

  • Animals (Aaron, help from me)
  • Harry Potter (me, Tito, Aaron, others)
  • Old People Names (Tito)
  • Sickeningly Cute (me)

Incomplete lists:

  • Extreme Awesome (me)
  • Ultimate/Confusing words (me, Aaron, Ryan, Justin, Clare, others)
  • Breakfast fun (me)
  • 1st 150 Pokemon (me)
  • Girls names that I like (me)

So I’m reading Jurassic Park right now and it’s a pretty excellent book. But you know, it will never fill the void left by Harry’s wizarding world.  Dinosaurs != wizards.

Aaaaaah! It’s Harry Potter day at last. I’ve got to make this post quick as I’ve got Book 7 waiting for me up in my room. Jill and I went to Harvard/Hogwarts Square for the Harry Potter extravaganza. After getting a bit lost and disoriented, we found a grand parking space and made our way into the bustling wizard scene.

We had planned to pick up our bracelets for the books we reserved at the COOP, but the line was outrageously long, outrageous! It was already almost 7:00pm (when the Wizard rocking would commence) so we decided to forgo our chances at the COOP (good thing we didn’t have to pay to reserve) and got very nice standing spots near the front of the Wizard rock stage in the Harvard yard.

Andrew from the Harry Potter Alliance was emceeing . First came the Hungarian Horntails with their blasting dragon-themed wrock. Then masters of evil wizard rock, Draco and the Malfoys, graced the stage. Cathy and Anjali found Jill and me at this time and we all wrocked out to the Dracos followed by the ‘originators’ of wizard rock themselves, Harry and the Potters! The concert was intense! It was so crazy to see hundreds of people in Harry Potter costumes bopping their heads, doing the wave, and the jumping up and down to that wondrous wizard rock. The themes of reading and love were heavily emphasized by the bands, especially Harry and the Potters, and drew quite the loud applause from the crowd.

On the subject of costumes: incredacrazy! Hogwarts uniforms, aluminum foil Deatheater masks, SPEW buttons, very detailed Dark mark tattoos, and lightning bolts galore. There were numerous times during the night that I felt a little embarrassed at my own wizarding costume, which consisted of my Gryffindor t-shirt on top of a red collared shirt, tape wrapped around the middle of my glasses, and of course the lightning bolt scar drawn with eye-makeup (A big thank you to my sister!) I felt a little embarrassed for looking like a dork while walking in the midst of muggles and a little embarrassed for not looking dorky or authentic enough in front of those die hard HP fans. A little boy did shout that he liked my t-shirt and I nearly tripped into Jill looking back to see who he was (I’m still contemplating whether or not that was a sarcastic comment).

After three exhilarating hours of Wizard rock madness, we got dinner at Felipe’s (it’s like Anna’s Tacqueria). On the way there, there was a huge tree adorned with bright colorful lights. Very magical looking. When we finished dinner, the subject of how to obtain books filled our minds. Seeing that the lines were outrageously long, we decided to head back home, lest we be in Harvard square until 2 or 3 in the morning.

We decided trying our luck at some nearby bookstores. With some calls to Rebecca and Kelton, we gleamed that Barnes and Noble and the New England Mobile Bookfare were indeed “pretty crazy too” (I don’t know who I’m quoting there, I think myself). Reasoning that New England Mobile Bookfare, while still likely to be extremely crowded, would probably be less crowded than the more mainstream bookstores nearby. And we were correct. After finding parking at store a block away from the bookstore, we got into the long bookstore line and got our color coded tickets. Luckily, we were able to find Harry Potter-incarnate himself, Kelton, with some trackies sitting near the registers. A few step stools made the waiting for the book much more bearable, as did a “better” colored ticket from James Vance (he had received the ticket from a girl who didn’t need it any more and managed to hold onto it after getting his book). After Anjali used the ticket to get her book, she gave it to Jill, who got books for the me and her. (I forgot to mention that Cathy went home after dinner in Harvard Square).

So here I am, in the study of my house, typing up this blog entry while I should be reading that glorious book! Oh yeah, and on the way home, we almost hit a possum. What was he doing out so late? He should have been reading Harry Potter.