Here I sit, at my little laptoppy. It is not wirelessly connected to the internet through my main system here at LetU.
The main system is, after much craziness, running Windows XP Pro. I upgraded from Home this afternoon, but it was a hellish process. Multiple BSOD's, several recovery console sessions, much frantic google-ing, and repeated munching of chocolates all combined in a nasty mix. The computer was finally allowing me to log in by 7 or so. However various programs crashed and gave strange errors. Moreover, I was unable to update windows and was repeatedly Klez'ed. Virus programs refused to install, and updates wouldn't download. In a fit of final frustration I installed the redistributable Service Pack 2. The computer booted without incident and proceeded to operate without error messages. It did, however, firewall itself into a small corner. After clearing said firewalls, I discovered that although I could log on to AIM and browse RESNET, I couldn't get online with any browser.
I proceeded to pass my 'net connection on to the laptop via a second NIC. Strangely, the laptop has full and unfettered 'net access, while its gateway cannot reach anything. Go Microsoft. Now I can try to get some homework done from my not wirelessly connected laptop.
I am very pleased as my little rendering program (which i wrote) has for the first time imaged a real item into 3D digital space. Below you see a photograph of my joystick and the render of said joystick. This was obtained by photographing the joystick at three angles and telling my program to do its cool stuff. I am very pleased. Yeeehaw!
This week is really laying on the work. I have meetings, presentations, quizzes, tests, and a fair bit of homework. On top of that, Missions Emphasis Week is motivating me to take extra time to pick up the chapel credits that fall from... above like little tart crab-apples.
On top of this, all my friends are sick, getting sick, or recovering from sickness. Fortunately I myself have yet to contract anything. I'm sure it can't be long.
The result of all this madness is that I'm posting to my blog. Perhaps I'm subconsciously releasing my stress on the unsuspecting populace, or maybe I'm purposely avoiding my work. Whatever my motivation, I need to stop posting and get to class!
"Like beginning economics students, economists are human." - Microeconomics for Today
I'm afraid Econ class is going to be chock full of great revelations.
Today I accomplished one of my Life Goals.
I ordered 100 pizzas.
Specifically, I ordered 50 pepperoni pizzas, 25 sausage pizzas, and 25 cheese pizzas. The best part of all this is that I'm not paying for them myself (not directly, that is). Rather, you are all paying for them partly through your tuition (or your son's, daughter's, or great-uncle's tuition). Consequently I encourage all readers (who are members of the LeTourneau Student Body, sorry Ma Hoyt) to come to MSC-3 this Friday at 5 pm in lieu of Saga. We will be enjoying pizza, an as-yet-undetermined beverage, and the best propaganda I can scrape up all in an effort to convince you, dear reader (and not you Non-Letu-Studs [that's a long u]) to seek God's will for your Spring Break in conjunction withLSM Spring Break Missions.
(Spring Break Missions may not be available in all fifty (50) states. LeTourneau University is not responsible for the views expressed by this author. "Spring Break" and "Spring Break Missions" are registered trademarks of LeTourneau University. LeTourneau University reserves to right to change "Spring Break" without notice. "Spring Break" is leased to the student population, not sold, and thus is the sole property of LeTourneau University. Students are not guaranteed the right to an actually "break" of any kind. Some states do not allow limitations on breaks, so your rights may vary state to state.
"Spring Break" has been proven to cause cancer among pregnant women in the state of California.
And no, I'm not getting paid for this.
Classes are upon me and the great happiness of campus-without-classes shall soon be over. Fortunately Tuesday-Thursday isn't too bad. I am far too lazy to proper post my schedule to the link at right at this time, so here it is for all to see. May you all get some sleep and be ready for the new semester.
[Edit: the 'net seems slow, I don't think I'm to blame.]
I have arrived safely in Texas following one of the most difficult drives I have ever attempted. The trip began at 5:00 am on ice and thick snow. For the first 90 miles it was unsafe to go over 35 mph. The roads were not truly safe until after Indianapolis. From there things were clear until, of course, Longview. Total drive time was 19 hours.
Now I must be off to chapel for IMPACT goodness, so feast your eyes upon the first family portrait I have ever posted.
Names, left to right: Daddy, Mommy, Enoch, Joshua, David, Daniel, Peter, John, Joy, Fuzzy (the cat).
I am driving down to good old Letu tomorrow morning, starting at 4:30 am. I'm taking a slightly more southern route to avoid the mass snow up here, and the estimated trip time is 18.5 hours. Sharon will be with me, and I will be very tired when I arrive.
Please be praying that we will avoid weather, sleep, and general travel problems. More details up on arrival!