Friday, December 09, 2005

Moral dilemma

Aperture or angle of view? Decisions, decisions....

A: EF 20mm f/2.8 USM: 84 x 62 degree angle of view (on 35mm)

B: EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM: 97 x 74 degree angle of view (on 35mm)

(View angle taken from Canon lens chart.)

So... candidate A has bigger aperture. Candidate B has a wider angle of view (not to mention that it's a zoom, making it more versatile). Ignoring price, which would be better? (Well, if I were really ignoring price, I'd be looking more seriously at this.)

Numa numa ie, numa numa numa ie...

At the moment I'm feeling a bit obsessed with "Dragostea Din Tei", better known as the "Numa Numa" song, by O-Zone. I even bought a few versions on iTunes... but what I really want is the version I heard on the radio... it was on one of the Latino stations on Nov 10, around 5:30pm... the only other instance I've been able to find of it is this (be prepared to be embarrassed in empathy):

German - Numa Numa Mix

If anybody can tell me the proper name of this mix, or better, give me a link to it, I'd be extremely grateful (note that I'm fine with paying for it... I just want it)... current proposed reward is a massage if you're someone I know, and I'm going to see you in the foreseeable future; otherwise, just lots of good karma :-)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Thoughts for the wee hours of the last day of classes

My prose-to-code ratio has been far too high this semester.

I really don't want to do a presentation for a bunch of people in suits tomorrow.

Could've been worse. Could've been stabbed.

Actually... just make sure the knife is clean.

It's 35 degrees outside. Eeeeeeeew.

I was planning to go to networking tomorrow, but that was mostly out of a sense of obligation because it's the last day of class. Now I think I'm going to sleep instead. Sorry, Dr. Z. Gotta be awake for the people in suits.

Monday, December 05, 2005

And I thought the lenses I was looking at were expensive....

This is a completely gratuitous post, purely for the jaw-drop this gave me:

My Glass Is Bigger Than Your Glass

Maybe if I wind up a crazy old rich person, I'll get me one of these... to take pictures of my neighbors five miles away, or to spy on the datacenter Google will have on the moon by then.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

College Athletics

Poor Grades Aside, Athletes Get Into College on a $399 Diploma

Tracking down such violators is only treating the symptoms of an underlying problem: that college and athletics should be separated. This was an interesting proposal I heard from an interesting teacher, Mignonne (I'm sorry if I'm spelling it wrong), who taught the Africana Studies course I took in my first semester at UA. In some ways, it makes a lot of sense: the interests of college athletics and the rest of the university don't really line up. If we separated them, people could still do both, but they wouldn't be forced to the way they are now. There wouldn't be the huge pressure to overcommit, to do two things which are both full-time occupations. I'm not saying that education and athleticism can't complement each other (excercising both the brain and the body can be synergistic), but letting someone slide through higher education so they can be a jock and bring in money for the school doesn't do well for the college's academic standards, nor does it give the athlete a good education.

ps. The spell-checker doesn't think "overcommit" is a word - it's perfectly cromulent, isn't it?

[Started 2005-11-27, 1:18am]

Saturday, December 03, 2005

How to get out of a draft

If they ever start the draft up again, all you have to do is get a tattoo:

Yes, the Military Needs Bodies. But Hold the Bodywork.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Reveling in the nerdiness!

Yes, I immerse myself in the geeky goodness!

I am nerdier than 97% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

The page at the end said:

"All hail the monstrous nerd. You are by far the SUPREME NERD GOD!!!"

I will admit that I stretched the definition of "working on" for one question... I didn't build my laptop, but I have a terminal open to my tower, euclid, which I did build... by this metric I'm working on 5 computers at once (leconte (laptop), euclid (tower), lectura (campus solaris box), strobos (my office linux box), and mint ( server I was modifying my webpage on)). I'm in favor of network transparency, so I'm fine with this stretch. But for the rest of the questions, I used no references nor exaggerated... although I did count a few things I have at my parents' house.

The only place I ever got an overload of geekiness was Google, and that was only a couple times, for a short while... mostly I enjoyed it as much as breathing :-)