Ahoy mateys! It be Pirate Day!

International Talk Like A Pirate DayArrr, ye scruvy dogs! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Today only me ol’ blog will be readin’ most piratey! Today be the day of when honest folk adoptin’ the language of the high seas privateers! Arrr! Yo ho ho and a bottle of diet soda!

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

– Benjamin Franklin

"I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Responsive Design

What is responsive design? Wikipedia has a good description:

a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices

Device Friendly
Responsive Design

It has been years since updated this site template (the original was written in 2003). It was too windy to fly Sunday, so I reworked the site template as a responsive design.

Doctoral Silliness

Bad Guy Zapper!

Bad Guy Zapper
Bad Guy Zapper

So one of my less exciting courses this semester is on requirements engineering and planning… the professor gave us an assignment to design an automated teller system, with the directive to “be creative”… I decided to have some fun with it and designed the “BGZ 9000 ATM”…. BGZ being short for “Bad Guy Zapper”. Yes, you guessed it, right alongside descriptions of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and CEN/XFS financial frameworks there is overly formal verbage about ray guns (to zap would be ATM robbers) and pit traps (to keep the villains in durance vile until they can be arrested)…

Makes me wonder if I am the first doctoral student to write a spec for a finance system that includes references to the infamous D&D module “S1: Tomb of Horrors” and “Grimtooth’s Traps Volumes I-III” in the annotated bibliography, hee hee.

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Mac Bootscreen Solution

The final solution looks like this:

I ran into an interesting problem with my Mac Pro. I am using it as the platform for my dissertation research in 3D and am triple booting into OSX, Windows, and Linux. Because my research is graphics intesnsive, I wanted to upgrade my graphics card. I was also looking for an excuse to get a better card for gaming in Windows than the official Apple/ATI 570/580 cards Apple currently offers for the current generation of Mac Pros.

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Action Shan!

Action Assasin Shan
Action Assasin Shan

You know you are a geek when you have your own 3D Action Figure… It’s Assasin Shan! Now with more weapons bringing more mayhem to a desktop near you!

Doctoral Journey Begins

Seven Dwarves
I wanna be a happy Doc!

My doctoral journey officially starts today. I read something amusing as part of this quarter’s research class.

Paraphrasing slightly: “Being a doctoral student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves. In the beginning you’re Dopey and Bashful. In the middle, you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy). But at the end, they call you Doc, and then you’re Happy.”