18 Sep 2003 jamuraa   » (Observer)

School

School is getting to be regular around now. Logic is turning out to be a class that I'm warming up to, but only when I actually get the problems done. Every semester I tell myself that I am going to take notes on paper, and then retype them in LaTeX for posterity on my website somewhere, but I never do it. Here's hoping that this semester is different somehow. I seem to get all of the logic assignments done, which is an accomplishment. There's these "bonus" problems that the professor puts into the assignments, which garner you some kind of reward. Apparently the first one hasn't been solved in 7 years, which doesn't give me high hopes for it. Worse, I think I'll probably spend far too much time trying to solve the problem and fail.

Internet Programming is the other course that I'm taking this semester, and it looks like it will be my ideal course. The first assignment: program a full-featured web proxy+cache in java. I thought that the programming assignments were going to be far less challenging, to the point of being something I wouldn't even consider doing on my own time. This assignment is actually interesting! I'm working with two other people on it, so the assignment is fairly small after all. This could be the perfect difficulty for a first assignment in a graduate course.

Dieting and Exercise

Dieting has been going ok, I guess. I've lost a few pounds since the beginning of this month, which I think is a good thing of course. I've been trying to keep my caloric intake to something around 1500 a day, but sometimes I go over. That's fine, because every metabolic rate calculator I can find tells me that I burn around 2700 calories by just being alive every day. That's a 1200 calorie deficit that I'm trying to keep up -- I'm surprised I'm not hungry all the time. Unfortunately I haven't had time to do anything but pen-and-paper mockups for the new "eat watch" program thing for linux. I'm really surprised that it hasn't been done already. I keep track of my weight daily on a piece of paper I keep next to the scale. Looking at the paper doesn't tell me much about how I'm losing weight, but when I put the numbers in at the end of the month, the graph is always a nice source of positive reinforcement. The excercise program is doing fine as well, but I'm not plaanning on graphinc my progress -- how exciting is a graph that steadily goes up by one every monday anyway?

Incomplete Blogs

I wanted to write more here, but it's time for class. Mabye I'll try the edit function later.

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