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Headlines for Saturday:

  1. Congratulations to Alvin Chin! (63 words)
  2. It's alive! (111 words)
  3. Happy birthday! (36 words)
  4. LEGO (299 words)

Tasks

    Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
    AXAsk roommates if I can host dinner party on the 8th
    BXSend pictures : E-Mail from Pierre Duez
    CCBlog about Pisay

Notes

1. Congratulations to Alvin Chin!: 01:20

Congratulations to Alvin Chin on his successful proposal - and I don't mean the scientific kind! Eiffel Tower, eh?

We're still waiting for the podcast... ;)

E-Mail from Alvin Chin

Random Japanese sentence:

すると、少し先に、またもう一匹、ふわふわした灰色のねこがめにつきました。そしてこれも前の二匹と全く同じくらいかわいいのです。 But then he saw a fuzzy gray cat over here which was every bit as pretty as the others, so he took it too.

(Psst! Clair! Fuwafuwashita neko... ;) )

2. It's alive!: 01:37

Today we finished the code for Calum's robot. The robot's job is to give blocks to other robots, and it scores points based on the unique colors of blocks it collects and the number of unique robots it gives blocks to.

I'm proud of the robot because it's pretty smart. It's smart enough not to shoot multiple blocks at the same robot unless desperation mode kicks in. Quite slick, as Calum said.

Calum will no doubt post wonderful pictures on his blog sometime. I'll ask him for a copy of the source code and I'll post it here. Whee!

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Random Japanese sentence:

ほら!台所に猫がいる。 Look! There's a cat in the kitchen.

3. Happy birthday!: 01:38

I didn't get back until after midnight, so here's a birthday blog post for my sister, Kathy:

Happy birthday, kathychua.com!

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Random Japanese sentence:

強盗は屋根からあの邸宅に入ったに違いない。 The cat burglar must have entered the mansion from the roof.

4. LEGO: 23:09

I got the robot to do what I wanted to. It was a nifty program. Didn't work in the real world, but well, that's life.

I don't feel like much of a computer scientist, though. I'm supposed to be thrilled that I got it to work, but now that it's done, I find that I don't care about the program itself. I don't care that I got it to work. It exercised my brain, but so many things do...

Open source has gotten me hooked on making people happy. As a CS person, I'm probably not even supposed to care about making people happy, but I do. Hacking on the LEGO code was fun, but it wasn't something I would do by myself. I did it because it was fun to hang out. I enjoyed the stories, the banter, the demonstrations of particularly nifty things we'd gotten to work. I'm glad I had the opportunity to help Calum breathe life into his machine. I'm glad I got to meet Iain, Derek, Sandy, and the others.

Those who have known me since childhood know how far I've come. I find it scary sometimes. Do I need people too much, now? But I do... I'm glad that my friends at Graduate House now feel comfortable enough to give me a hug without anyone worrying about improper intentions. I'm glad that I can do nice things for people and make their day better. I'm glad that I have the warmth and love of friends and family to keep me going.

I've given myself enough time for fun. Tomorrow: work on my FIS paper. If I need an emergency shot of warm-and-fuzzies, I've got my collection of letters and good karma...

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Random Japanese sentence:

1匹の猫がカーテンの陰から現れた。 A cat appeared from behind the curtain.

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