2 Aug 2003 BenFrantzDale   » (Journeyer)

It's been quite a week. It started Saturday morning when I got up early and drove down to San Diego to have a scuba lesson diving from the Lois Ann onto the sunken Yukon as well as diving some kelp beds. It was a lot of fun. To anyone who's always thought “hey, I've always wanted to try that scuba thing,” go do it. It's fun.

After that I meat up with friends in San Diego and went to the horse races in Del Mar. I'd never been before. I won ten cents on Megahertz. (After parking, admission, and food I lost $13.90.) It's interesting to see the mass histeria that can arise when thousands of people bet a little money.

The following morning, siggraph began. The rest of the week was a blur (or was it just a convolution?) of fragment shaders, GPUs, 3D printers, clouds, and much, much more. (Including some G5s.)

Aside from the cool technology, this was the first academic conference I'd been to and I was struck by seeing the culmination of the scientiffic process in action; seeing researchers present peer-reviewed results to their peers.

Many people used Slithy, a Python-based OpenGL presentation system. The output quality appears to be much better than that of PowerPoint.
This morning started off badly due to fun with my cable modem. My connection died a while ago and today was the first day that worked to get it fixed. Their window was 8AM–noon. They showed up at 11:58, after I had called Adelphia to reschedule.

It turns out it wasn't Adelphia's fault. It looked like someone got into the junction box and messed things up. The line to my appartment went ito a 3-way joint. The “in” to that joint was from another joint... which was connected back to an out from the first joint; neither joint was connected to the outside world.

Still all I can say is that this commic is too true.

I wish Advogato supported the font tag so I could use small caps without having to use bold or itallic at the same time.

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