30 April 2008 - 9:55amHappy Birthday Joelle!

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Today is Joelle’s 21st Birthday! If you see her or have some way of contacting her, wish her a happy one. I’ve got to get her a present this weekend (or maybe I already did…).

It has been a long time since I posted on this thing, so several items of importance follow:

First, an update on the RSS Challenge I mentioned that we had in COSI. I didn’t win, Ryan did. My entry had some database issues and several bugs which needed to be ironed out.

An update on Android: We submitted our entry to the contest on the April 14th deadline and are now waiting anxiously to hear from them. Winners for round 1 are notified on or about May 5th.

School: Last week was dead week (the last week of classes before finals). That means I had a buttload of work to do and no time to do it all. I had two programming assignments due last Thursday, a project presentation on Friday, another presentation this past Monday as well as write ups for each of those. I had one final each Monday and Tuesday and I have two today (one of which is already over). Good news is that I got everything done and turned in on time and I think I’ve done decently on all my tests so far.

I start my co-op on Monday and will be working almost full time from then until Christmas. I intend to work on a few different things this summer, hopefully one of which will be Android (I really hope we win this first round). When the fall gets here I’m thinking I’m going to follow along with the Cryptography course Tino is teaching via Ryan and Jake. I’d like to take the course but I won’t have an opportunity since it’s only offered in the fall.

All that said, I have about 80% of my stuff packed and will be heading home tomorrow probably around noon. Hopefully I’ll have time in the near future to mess with the theme and get the colors the way I want them (I know some of you have said it’s too light, too boring, etc.).

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9 April 2008 - 9:18pmBlah

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Sometimes people are very frustrating.

After tonight’s COSI meeting (which is now), I’m presenting my entry to the COSI RSS Challenge. Unfortunately, it’s not ready for public consumption (still has some database efficiency issues, etc.) but pretty soon I will link to it here for people to try out if they’re interested. There are a whopping two other entries to the Challenge by Jake and Ryan so I expect competition to be fierce.

Also being presented tonight is Jake’s Open Server Platform project. It’s a really awesome server framework written in Erlang. He’s just released version 0.2 and his project is attracting the interest of people not only here in COSI but all over the place. His code is all open source and can be viewed on Google Code.

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4 April 2008 - 9:19amGooooin’ to the chapel and we’re goooonna get ma-a-arried

So as you all know, Joelle and I are engaged. That means wedding plans are abounding. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of things to consider when it comes to a wedding. That said, it’s also a lot of fun.  We’ve already been all over the Binghamton area looking at reception halls and have settled on The Silo Restaurant in Greene, NY. They have a very nice banquet room for the reception and lots of landscape outside that will provide a nice background for pictures and such.

Joelle’s already decided on a wedding dress that I think she’s going to be ordering this weekend. Also, she went out to the craft stores with her mom last weekend and put together a test centerpiece for the tables at the reception.

Now, you may think to yourself, “Self, they’re starting this planning business really early aren’t they?  I mean, their wedding isn’t for another year and a few months.” And you’d be correct, we are starting early. But we’re lucky we did because many of the reception halls we called were already booked for the date we picked (which means there are crazier people out there). The truth of it is, I’m glad we’re starting early. Planning a wedding traditionally has a great deal of stress associated with it and I want to minimize that as much as possible. Starting way early gives us plenty of time to make decisions on all the important things.

So pray for us. If you know anything about weddings you know there’s still a lot of things to take care of, from favors for the guests to honeymoon arrangements. I’ll keep you posted here on the plans and if you have any words of wisdom, leave them for me.

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4 April 2008 - 9:04amTime for a change

I decided I was bored with the old look so I went hunting around for a new theme and found this one (called blue-pix). When I’m finished getting it the way I want it it probably won’t be blue anymore, I’ll probably go for some greens again, but overall it will maintain the same lighter look that it has now. If you have any ideas for what you think I should change, let me know with a comment.

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