Today I got nothing done. This was a good feeling a few days ago, at the start of this break, but it's beginning to get boring. Might have to do something productive tomorrow.
Sat around and watched The Phantom Menace again (on video - great birthday gift!). It's still pretty good.
I've also been reading through some books on signal processing/compression - notably "Vector quantization and signal compression" by Gersho and Gray. This is good stuff - I'm actually seeing relationships between the stuff I do at uni and the stuff I'm interested in for the first time. I might actually get motivated to do some real work on it as a result, rather than just scraping through with zero effort, as I seem to have done for the last 15 years of my life. That's a good thing.
Next, I need to find a good book on basic audio coding theory. Might go searching for one on wednesday, unless I get a good suggestion beforehand.
As predicted, windows programming has successfully got me ready to run screaming - those APIs look like they were designed by rabid monkeys. I think I'll leave it for a bit, and play around with some real programming. Much more fun.