Monthly Archives: October 2004

Engineering Halloween BBQ, Live Nude People With Clothes On, Mom’s House

Friday night, I went to the engineering house for a Halloween BBQ with Gemma. I had a good time. We went to see Live Nude People With Clothes On, which is a campus improv group, afterwards. It was great. I wish I could do that stuff =D There was a guy wearing a thong a small cloth… he was Hairless Potter. It was… odd… but funny. There was another kid who tried to play up being emo when he was brought on stage for something. He had emo glasses on, and when he pulled his hood on and gave a pouty face, it was a hilarious. Yeah I can’t really explain it obviously. Good times. After the show, Gemma and I hung out for a little bit.
Today (Saturday), I went to my mom’s. She cooked chicken in wine with mushrooms and onions, which is one my favorite meals. We watched Dawn of the Dead too. It’s an entertaining movie but not very good. Pete gave me a cool LBC Sublime hoodie, and my mom gave me a pull-over from her hospital. When I got home, I talked on the phone with Gem until I kept falling asleep. By the time I walked back to my room though, I was awake enough to make this post. I think I’m going to bed now. G’night.

Midterms etc

The ICS and math midterms went smoothly. I probably did better on the math than the midterm, but I’m sure I did well on both. Peer review conferences for our essays on Monday. I caught up on the math concepts I didn’t know today. Yeah, good times!

Lab Exam

Turns out, I did pass the lab exam. I was 1 of the 2 people who passed in a section of 35 people. I guess the compiling didn’t matter as long as the code was correct.
I stayed up late talking to some guys about UCI myths, video games, movies, life, etc. I love it here. I have that 9:30 CSE lecture… I usually sleep in it, but this will be the last class before the midterm. Crap.

Alex on Emily Martin

[10/25][19:56:32] <@LostBurner> Pytehr: I found and read a few pages of that essay you kept complaining about.
[10/25][19:56:42] <@LostBurner> You were right. She’s annoying and whiny.
[10/25][19:58:26] * Sephiroth sets mode: +o Pytehr
[10/25][19:58:37] <@LostBurner> hmm.
[10/25][19:58:40] <@LostBurner> “The text goes on to emphasize that of the seven million oogonia, or egg germ cells, in the female embryo, most degenerate in the ovary. Of those that do go on to be- come oocytes, or eggs, many also degenerate, so that at birth only two million eggs remain in the ovaries. Degeneration continues throughout a woman’s life: by puberty 300,000 eggs remain, and only a few are present by menopause. “During the 40 or so years of a woman’s repr
[10/25][19:58:40] <@LostBurner> oductive life, only 400 to 300 eggs will have been released,” the authors write.”
[10/25][19:58:52] <@LostBurner> This means that newborns are the most fertile.
[10/25][19:59:05] <@LostBurner> Gentlemen, you know what we have to do.
[10/25][20:00:28] <@Sephiroth> that is SO fucking wrong
[10/25][20:00:37] <@Sephiroth> yet I cannot fault your logic
[10/25][20:01:20] <@Pytehr> God I love you Alex
[10/25][20:02:50] <@LostBurner> Reading her essay is just making me mad though
[10/25][20:03:02] <@LostBurner> she’s just whining so much. There’s no point to it.

Long Day

Took the lab exam today. It seemed my code was all correct, and it compiled, but it wouldn’t work right. One of the methods I had to code was “calculateMaximum(),” and when the maximum was displayed at the end of the pgoram, it was always displayed as “0.” I tried debugging by having the method print all the variables after every line of calculation, but nothing outputted. When coding at home, I use TextPad to compile the files, but in lab, we have to compile using the console. I think that when compiling from the console, I have to compile each file… TextPad will automatically compile all files with it. Maybe that’s what was wrong. I’m not sure.
Of the five problems on the calculus midterm, I did three easily. The fourth problem, which was proving that two lines were skew and finding the distance between them, was a bit harder. I solved it but struggled a bit. The last problem was a limit problem. If only I had tried y = x^2, I would have found that the limit didn’t exist. I tried using the squeeze theorem because I thought it existed. I fucked up picking my functions. I incorrectly said the limit did exist. Makes me sad. I could still pull an A, but I’ll probably get a B.
Writing was alright. Nothing bad really, but it just seemed to drag on. Rough draft of the next paper is due Friday. I’ll start Wednesday or Thursday.
152’s birthday today! Yay, happy birthday!

The World Is My Mario Kart

Played way too much. It’s so fucking addictive. Will, Patrick, and I played for hours today. And we sort of played in real life on the way to, in, and on the way back from the commons. When we finally stopped, I got online and IMed Will.
[10/25-18:56] TheUser04: hey you wanna play some mario kart?
[10/25-18:56] Will: lol
[10/25-18:57] Will: fuck no, no more!
[10/25-18:57] TheUser04: haha
[10/25-18:57] Will: i cantg take it
[10/25-18:57] TheUser04: yeah I know the feeling
[10/25-18:57] Will: im gonna OD


Gemma rented Mystic River and School of Rock on Friday. A group of us watched it out in the common room. On Saturday, my mom took me for my eye exam. My sight’s not perfect, but it’s not bad enough for me to need glasses. He recommended I come back in about a year. I had lunch with Mom, Pete, and James, which was fun. I bought two bottles of shampoo, two bottles of conditioner, and some sunglasses at Target. Late Saturday night, Jay and I went with Gabby for Mexican food. Alberto’s. Very, very tasty. I wish I had one of those burritos right now. Sunday, I spent most of the day studying. I went to In-n-Out with Gem and Allison though. It was a nice break. After I finished everything except studying for the calc midterm, I went on a walk with Gemma just around Middle Earth. I had fun 🙂 I took a shower afterwards and studied calculus. I think I’ll do pretty well on the midterm today. Okay, bye.
Oh, I forgot! I got my sample ballot and polling place information. I’m very happy =D I don’t know how I’m going to vote for everything yet, but I’m voting Libertarian.

The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles

In our writing class, we read an essay called “The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles.” It was written by a woman and is about sperm being treated as superior in most texts and the egg as inferior. She feels that stereotypes and sexism have altered science. Most of the guys in the class felt that she whined too much. One guy said the following:
“I think it was all a waste of ink. I mean, she could have been cooking.”