ROTD XVx: Stone Age Computing
By Dwip November 19, 2000 at 10:38 pm Comments Off on ROTD XVx: Stone Age Computing RSS Feed for this post

(there was an accidental misnumbering here) Or, the trials and tribulations of making Ye Olde Ancient P133 work again. Our tale begins about 6 months ago or so. With my good comp at college, I wanted something to play around on when I was at home. And my old computer was still running, so I decided hey, let’s use that. And Life Was Good. Then came the idea “Hey, let’s put Win98 on it!” Oops. The problems involved in this were legion, of course. The monitor was a replacement for one that sort of…died a couple years ago, and the CD-ROM is a new one. Then there’s the new hard drive I slaved in. Actually getting all of this required […]


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ROTD XVI: 2+2=5
By Dwip November 14, 2000 at 10:37 pm Comments Off on ROTD XVI: 2+2=5 RSS Feed for this post

Today’s topic: The Oregon State University Mathematics Department. Sucks, quite frankly. I’ve said it, and I have friends who say the exact same thing. And my friends are and large engineering majors with A and B averages. You do the math (ok, ok, I know, that one was bad… ;)). To illustrate my point, let me give you my history with said department. My first class was MTH 111, or College Algebra. The easy stuff. Linear equations, exponential equations, and the like. Well hell, I had just done this in HS, not to mention I had a pretty good teacher and an at least decent TA. I ended up getting like a B in the course. Second class: MTH 241, […]


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ROTD XV: Election Night
By Dwip November 8, 2000 at 10:36 pm Comments Off on ROTD XV: Election Night RSS Feed for this post

In the aftermath(?) of Election Night. I’m very tired right now. I was up until 2+ in the morning last night listening and tracking the elections. Very, very crazy night… I and a number of others were alternately clicking the refresh button on cnn.com and other places while talking in the Bush Won!!!! thread on AOKH OD. The vote now hinges on a couple of thousand people in Florida, and at one point it was down to 210 people. There are 210 people on my FLOOR practically. Really amazing, huh? Really gives one a great sense of faith that your vote DOES count, that you DO matter. When 2,000 people in one state can elect the next president… yikes. I’m […]


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ROTD XIV.V: Encyclopedia Oregonia
By Dwip November 4, 2000 at 10:35 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIV.V: Encyclopedia Oregonia RSS Feed for this post

Or something like that. I suppose this could have easily gone in my last rant, but I didn’t feel like it. Indulge me or something. Today’s topic: The Encyclopedia Oregonia, otherwise known as the Oregon Voter’s Pamphlet. Although calling it a pamphlet is something of an understatement. Volume 1 (the measures) is 400 pages long. Volume 2 (people) is more to the tune of 20 or 30. The ballot itself was 2 pages front and back with people and measures. One for the people, one for the measures. That’s like the biggest thing I’ve seen yet. Yikes. But back to the book. There are something like 11 different proposed constitutional amendments for the state constitution. Plus a bunch of taxes […]


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ROTD XIV: Politics and Eye Doctors
By Dwip November 3, 2000 at 10:34 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIV: Politics and Eye Doctors RSS Feed for this post

Anybody been missing these? Today’s topics: Marius gets in a political debate and Marius goes to the opthomoligist (anybody know how to spell that?). Let’s see… politics first. For starters, I didn’t recieve my ballot to vote with. This, you understand is baaaad (sheep impression time). So I walked the 10 odd blocks down to the courthouse to get it. And yes, I have a car, and I could have driven. I felt like walking for some reason. I fear that there might well be something wrong with me now. The other political thing was a very long (like 3 hours) debate with a friend over A, who to vote for president, and B, Oregon’s Measure 9. Without going into […]


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