Pete's Log: and then I said...

Entry #839, Thu, February 08, 2001, 01:02 EST (Life in General)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
So today's been fairly productive. Had a research meeting with Dr Freeh this morning. Then algorithms, which was kinda interesting, mainly played with variations of merge sort to show various divide and conquere concepts. Dr Chen continues to crack me up. Today he described how the basic operation in sorting is letting the numbers fight. The bigger numbers win. Most people refer to this as "comparison" but Chen gave us the inside scoop today. Algorithms are sure to make much more sense now.

I then moved on to actually spend some time being "productive" which was impressive. Got graphics for tomorrow done (easy enough) and got various things sorted out for compilers. Had dinner at BK then held a compilers review session. A few people showed up (including Anne and Perk) and asked questions. I think I was able to answer them all well enough. Except for perk's question about the math department or something.

Then I went running. Let's see ... running was ... um... pathetic? well, yeah, but the real word I'm looking for is painful. After about half a mile my body let me know in no uncertain terms that I was not to eat BK anymore, especially if I wanted to do any kind of working out that same day. So I only ran two miles today.

Next a quick trip to Meijer, I now have an ample supply of contact fluid, so that's one less thing to worry about. And milk, lots of milk. Called home, discussed some tax issues and presented my road trip idea to mom. She was encouraging and even offered to give me one of the tents we have at home (apparently they've gotten little or no use since I left) which is excellent. In other good news, apparently the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has purchased four of our porcelain plaques for a museum they're starting. This is cool cuz 1. money is good and 2. this seems like a cool place to sell the porcelains to. They bought all religious themed ones, it's gonna be some museum of catholic heritage or something, so that's cool.

Then wandered over to Anne's, watched some television. Good stuff. Now onwards to whatever the rest of the night may bring! It looks like, if nothing else, I've got some compiler emails to answer.
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