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30 June 2010 @ 04:10 pm
"After spending a lot of time falling asleep at the library while facing the philosophy books, I determined that the concept of destiny is a construct that allows man a gentle release from facing the terror of his existence, and that a Hyundai full of twenties would pretty much offer the same benefits."

Matt Rutledge, CEO of Woot, upon announcing the sale of his company to Amazon.
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alataristarion
17 May 2010 @ 11:36 pm
This tells me I need to take a road trip to the northwest and to the northeast:


visited 38 states (76%)
Create your own visited map of The United States
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06 May 2010 @ 12:05 pm
I recently came across the statement that "Unfortunately the last few generations have not been taught the value of community, and have not been taught how to fight for their beliefs".

In my experience, "old people" who are most likely to complain loudly about "young people" are the least likely to have actually interacted with any. I will certainly grant that, in any generation (as in any group of people), there are a certain percent of people who suck. However, before claiming that recent generations have lost the spirit of the "good old days" when you walked uphill to school both ways barefoot in the snow, actually talk to and share experiences with them. If you don't, you have no basis for your claims and, even if they prove true, you have no one but yourself to blame.
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alataristarion
11 August 2008 @ 02:17 pm
If anyone is interested, you can sign up to have Obama's VP choice emailed or texted to you the moment it's announced.

my.barackobama.com/vp
 
 
alataristarion
10 August 2008 @ 10:28 pm
Today, we bought a house.

Or at least, we signed a contract saying that we're going to buy a house on the 7th of October.

It is a 1280 sq. ft. ranch on a .42 acre lot with a half-finished walkout basement, and it's pretty cool. It's very well maintained and in the first or second best school district in the state (lists on the internet can't seem to agree on that bit).

Also, I finished my thesis today, so as long as I can convince some professors on Tuesday that I'm not full of lies, I'll graduate with an MA at the end of the month.

Unrelatedly, check out www.itog.com! Months of work have finally paid of and we've pushed a giant megaton of new code live. Our site looks way better on the front end, and is much more extensible and easy to work with on the back end. In addition, we're going to be part of the orientation programs at Wash U, Truman State, Western Illinois, and a few other universities, so we should see a wave of new users in the not too distant future.

Finally, GenCon is in a matter of days, and I'm pretty excited about that. It's consistently a good time, and I could use the vacation.
 
 
 
alataristarion
18 April 2008 @ 10:40 am
I was honestly disappointed at the lack of alien invasions last night. This may or may not be because I just watched Independence Day.

Also, earthquakes remind me of how dangerous it is to live on the surface of a planet; why do we still do that? We'd all be much safer on space stations.
 
 
alataristarion
31 March 2008 @ 09:36 am
I finally managed to replace my 6 year old computer with something slightly more up to date.

My new computer, highlights:

-22" Widescreen monitor with 2ms response time and 700:1 contrast ratio (3000:1 DC)
-AMD Phenom 9600 quad-core processor
-4GB DDR2 1066Mhz
-500GB Western Digital SATA HardDrive
-GeForce 8800GTS 512

That last bit is on the excessive side, but I got a great deal on it using new eggs


On another exciting note, I'm running Debian GNU/Linux as my primary operating system, thereby fulfilling one of the goals on my list. I'm dual-booting with Vista as a gaming platform (mainly because I doubt Wine will be able to run Starcraft II or Spore), but so far Linux is spectacular and I wish I'd switched earlier.
 
 
alataristarion
05 March 2008 @ 08:42 am
Odds  
I give 3 to 1 odds John McCain is the next president.
 
 
alataristarion
07 February 2008 @ 10:47 pm
On an exciting note, ITOG won the Olin Cup, a business competition at Wash U, so now we get a $50K investment for the company. This means that I now have a job through GenCon at least(its fun that I still measure time partially in terms of GenCon; speaking of which: anyone from Wisconsin who hasn't gone in a few years want to go this year? Its a good time and I am someone who has a great hotel room reserved in the Hampton that you could get in on). Our goal is to raise additional $ that we need between now and the end of August, but I'm really happy with our progress so far. For anyone who wants to check it out, its www.itog.com

This also means that I can afford to buy a new computer soon now that I'm guaranteed income through the summer. I kind of want to wait until the new versions of the Phenom processor come out and more manufacturers make AM2+ motherboards; the current selection is suboptimal.
 
 
alataristarion
30 January 2008 @ 10:32 am
Several things just finalized and solidified my support for Barack Obama. I know this isn't the most widely read journal or anything, but please take a look at this (its really just the tip of the iceberg of good stuff about Obama), pass it on to anyone and everyone you think could benefit from it, and post any comments here you want to talk about any aspect of things politically.

First, Obama's main strength as a leader is the intelligence with which he approaches every issue, and the lengths to which he goes to ensure that he gets it right. As an example, when it came to crafting technology policy, he didn't talk to random lobbyists or Microsoft execs. He talked to Lawrence Lessig. This even got him an incredibly rare endorsement from Randall Munroe, who incidentally summarizes much of my opinions regarding Obama quite nicely.

Second, Obama is currently the target of Carl Rove-esque tactics from Clinton. This worked for Bush for eight years, and you know its bullshit. Pay close attention when people say things! See this video for a good perspective.