Showing posts from December, 2014

My New Year's Resolutions for 2015

I am going to try and pursue a few goals in 2015, which would probably qualify as New Year's resolutions. These are known to not be very successful, but I am not bothered by that since I feel I have a good ability to stick to certain goals and I am already in a good position overall even if I don't achieve them. But what I will try to do in 2015 includes:

Establish my own domain name for my websiteDevelop better development skills with the Raspberry Pi by undertaking personal projects with the CanaKit Raspberry Pi B+ Ultimate Starter Kit that +Joseph Kielasa gave me for ChristmasWork more quickly and be more productive at my Ford internship, especially since I am leaving Parjana for a semesterTry to get to the gym more often and bring down my BMI further (this'll probably get easier once the weather is warmer and I can start riding my bike again)Resume learning Esperanto at, if my academic schedule allowsPost more often to this blog :) Happy New Year's, everyo…

Freeway excitement

I forgot to post this yesterday, but it was noteworthy enough to belong here.

+Joseph Kielasa and I were going in together along I-75 to get to +Parjana Distribution 's office in Detroit for work. This occurred around 7:50 AM.

I was just finishing up talking to him (he was driving, by the way) about how traffic bottlenecks on the freeway form, and he was mentioning how tired he was and a desire for coffee once we reached our destination. We were traveling in the far-left lane to line up with our intended exit, with very few cars around us. Suddenly, the cars in front of us slowed way down, and he was forced to slam on the brakes to avoid rear-ending them.

A woman following us closely in a silver SUV did not have enough time to brake in response, so her solution was to try and swerve around us on the right. At this point, she lost control and was skidding across all the lanes; Joe had to pull sharply onto the left shoulder to avoid getting sideswiped and maybe losing his right side …

Rearranging my website, now more desktop-like

I have once again been modifying my website, and I decided to do something about the buttons inside the main div on the start page. I felt like tweaking this page to now resemble something closer to a desktop.

Here is the new look I'm going to:

You can compare this to the old look, and I think you'll agree that it looks better now:

The individual sections are still shown with a dark background, but I've been working on cutting out all those extra white borders:

Overall, it's a much cleaner look.

I plan on expanding on this some more. Ideas I've recently had include modifying the background picture to change according to time of day, and adding more sections for some other stuff.

Once this is all done, this blog will need its look revamped to match...

'Tis the season for selling my stuff!

It is now officially December. Those who know me and have been in my house know I have too much old, unused hardware and other stuff lying around. So, I'm now in the process of selling it to try and make a bit of extra cash on the side.

First, I posted my Nexus 7 (2012) tablet for $100 on Craigslist (through which I have successfully sold some furniture before). This is one I really hope goes; it's a great tablet, but I just simply don't use it that much anymore.

I also posted the following items so far (keep an eye on this post for updates if you're interested in any of it; please note all items are pickup only, so probably only people who live near me in the metro Detroit area will be interested):
Home Planetarium Kit Let's see where this online holiday garage sale of sorts goes.

(Keep an eye on this blog for periodic updates!)

Spring 2015 class registration

I have recently registered for my Spring 2015 semester classes at LTU. I have senior standing and mostly technical electives left to go, along the required senior classes and a couple more core classes before I can graduate with my bachelor's degree in computer science (scientific programming concentration).

Below are the classes I have registered for (this might possibly change as the tentative times for the classes change and scheduling conflicts arise):
MCS 4613: Computer NetworksMCS 4643: Comparative Programming LanguagesMCS 4663: Operating SystemsLDR 4000: Leadership CapstoneMCS 5013: Web Server Programming I'm primarily interested in Computer Networking not only because it's required, but because I find my personal knowledge in the topic lacking and I want to strengthen it. (That's the whole point of taking classes, right?) I also want to take Web Server Programming so I can improve my web development skills at Parjana, and also because one of my favorite professo…

Pokémon Profile Picture Month 2014

December is Pokémon Profile Picture Month (as +Joe Quesada reminds me annually). So, here's what I temporarily changed my Google+ and Skype profile pictures to:

I made this picture myself using Inkscape and GIMP. I picked Porygon-Z since as an entirely virtual entity it's programming-related, and the Pokémon itself is supposed to be a bit glitchy due to the effects of the Dubious Disk (reflecting my own imperfections, I suppose), despite being the third evolution in the Porygon line.

I think maybe people have a tendency to forget about Porygon and its evolutions after the original Red and Blue games, perhaps because it was practically banned from the Pokémon anime after the infamous banned Electric Soldier Porygon episode. This ban carried over to its subsequent evolutions as well. In my opinion, it's a bit of a shame, because Porygon had such a cool concept (although I may be a bit biased by my programming interests).

If anyone's wondering, that's fake Python code…