So, I’ve spent most of the day trying to get my programs to work for CMPE 210. I’ve got a few programs to get working, but they haven’t really come along that well. My Roman to Arabic number converter has some severe problems, so if you have one in C, send it to me. That will make me happy. 😀 My lack of knowledge of C worries me quite a bit.

Oh, I won my seat on Council, along with Gary, Jamal and Graham. It should be interesting, being the ‘old man’ in Engineering. Course, I’m getting to be an ‘old man’ on campus. That feels kinda weird.

Sex Toys and Programming

So, since this blog’s inception, I’ve been playing with the code to make it more pretty. Well, maybe more me, so that theoretically could mean less pretty. Whatever.

I’m really starting to dislike programming. Though, the upside is my labs have been making programs that are actually half-assed useful in the real world, which is much better than some of the stupid ass shit that I was supposed to do in CMPUT 114/115 (which rarely got done). Yes, I have an irrational hate-on for Java.

In other news, it appears that I don’t have to take EE 340. This makes me happy. So, thats two strikes to the list of courses I need to take to graduate that I wasn’t looking forward to at all (the first being CMPUT 304). Still leaves me at 14 courses to graduate though (an extra Tech Elective, which means I might actually get to choose a course!).

Tonight is going to be very interesting. I’m going to the Delta Upsilon House with Emily to attend a Sex Toy party. Should be interesting. I’m half excited, half scared. I’ll let you all know how it turns out.

Thats all for now.

Video Games, my Life, my Addiction

So, anyone that knows me fairly personally, knows I’m a video game addict.

I play almost every genre of games. Not sure that I have a real ‘favorite’. Though, I’ve really been partial to the WWII First Person games that have been ‘the thing’ as of late. (Allied Assault and Call of Duty are sweet, I recommend them highly)

Recently, I received my FREE copy of FIFA 2004. The game is very much improved over 2002. Graphics are top notch, gameplay isn’t bad (the off-the-ball controls are a bit wonky, but who needs that shit anyway?), and I actually can stand losing. Thats impressive. I could stand losing in NBA 2004 as well. But even moreso here. Its fun to lose to the computer. Who would have thought that?

Emily bought me Beyond Good and Evil for my birthday. I haven’t really been playing it because well, it could get very addictive, very fast. I been regulating my usage to at most 30 minutes a day. Course, that is easily solved by being too busy to play at all, but still. Anyway, it’s good. If you are going to get it, get a copy for a console. The controls on the PC are a bit funky (but manageable).

What am I looking forward too? A few things. Starwars: Battlefront should be excellent (It’s Battlefield: Starwars, can’t go wrong). Republic Commando could be a big miss, but I’m hoping it turns out to be a good one. I’m tempted by MVP 2004 (EA’s Baseball), though I’ll probably hold off. Other than that, nothing else is really tempting.

University — An Investment in YOUR Future

So, I am of the opinion that no one person should receive a ‘free’ University Education, unless said education is part of our taxes. I’d fully support a huge hike in taxes in order to make University ‘free’. But obviously, it wouldn’t be free, as we’d end up paying for it with our taxes in the end.

Anyway, as our system stands now (yes, tuition is high, and yes, high tuition sucks), the Student needs to pony up the money to pay for his or her education. Some say this is a bad system. I say that it requires a student to invest in themselves.

People will tell you that “Well, what if they don’t get a job after they graduate”? Unfortunately, they bought into a failed investment. Yes, that’s harsh.

Another problem I foresee with lowering tuition is skyrocketing entrance averages. Right now, the averages are soaring almost at the same rate as Tuition (ok, maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole). We have two barriers to entrance, as opposed to the one that we keep claiming.

“Well, just let more people in.” There isn’t room for more people. We have quality problems as it is. Quality, is suffering as our tuition raises. This is a major issue.

So, my incoherent final thought — More Government Funding is needed. Raising Taxes (or *GASP* a Dedicated Fee) that are ‘earmarked’ for post-secondary would be a good move. Until this happens, keep in mind that you are investing in youself. Make it a good investment.

First Post

So, my first post. Exciting.

I’ve always thought about starting a blog, but haven’t. Now I have. Hopefully I can actually use this semi-frequently. Especially for all my fans out there.

So, the last month has been quite insane for me. I ran in the University of Alberta Students’ Union Executive Election, for the position of Vice President Operations & Finance (see Tyler, an ampersand!). Unfortunately(?) I lost. Though, looking back, it was a good experience and I have so many new doors have opened up to me, I’m really quite excited I get to explore a whole ‘new’ world.

What does this new world hold for me? I’ll keep that to myself for now. I’ll let you know as it happens. Don’t want to jinx any of it.

Corporal Paul Welke is leaving today for Bosnia. We’ll miss him here at the UofA. It kinda sucks, now that I was just starting to hang out with the guy more, he’s gone. Though, we’ll keep in touch while he’s away. He’s got some big plans when he returns.

Day one of councillor election voting. I’m not nervous. If I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t. Not worth my time to get all uptight about it. Write that down. Don’t worry, it’s not worth your time. (HA! If I actually follow that model for the next month, I’ll be quite surprised).

I’m something like 14 courses from graduating with my Software Engineering Degree. Whoopie. At one time, I actually thought I’d end up doing this for a living. I’ve since changed my mind. I like the industry, I find it really neat, but I can’t see myself enjoying it as a job. As my Dad said: “Find a job that you enjoy more than you hate, keeping in mind you’ll always have days you hate your job”, so basically, I think my job would suck more than I’d enjoy it. I’m giving serious thought to an after-degree in Business. A major in Finance or MIS look the most appealing at the moment, but we’ll see what I choose when the time comes.

I think that’s all for my first post. I’ll probably do a second one, but that will be more of a rant.