Quote of the Week #12

I don’t care who does the voting, as long as I get to do the nominating.

– Boss Tweed

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Review: Lufia and the Fortress of Doom

Or, more properly, Lufia and the Fortress of Tedium.

It should be telling that even though I started playing this one early in the summer, only this weekend did I finally finish.

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Adventures in… Sewing?

Proof that, under no circumstances, should I be trusted with needle and thread.

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Quote of the Week #11

I was always squandering my time, energy, and creativity on something that was at best benign. I was always trying to get people to do something good. Some people do something for the disabled or something. But that’s not really my thing, so I did this.

– Mitch Altman, inventor of the TV-B-Gone remote

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Revenge of the Butterfly Ballot!

If you think Florida’s butterfly ballot in 2000 was bad, take a look at Cuyahoga County’s (think Cleveland, Ohio) 2004 absentee ballot.


(No, the colors are not actually part of the ballot. Blue = Kerry, Red = Bush, Green = ???.)

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If casting a pointer to int is so wrong, then why does it feel so right?

Reality Distortion Field 2004

Bush supporters are unable to fathom why anybody in their right mind would vote for Kerry. Kerry supporters are unable to fathom why anybody in their rightmind would vote for Bush. How can this be true?

A new study from the University of Maryland may help shed some light on this issue: The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters. It finds that the two groups have fundamentally different beliefs about the facts surrounding matters like the Iraq War and the United States’ international standing.

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Did you see Game 7?

Despite my Algorithms midterm tonight (verdict: ouch!), I wanted to see Game 7 of the NLCS, hoping to watch my hometown team beat the Astros and advance to the World Series. Fortunately, the Cards did in fact win. Or, at least, so I hear.

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Look Out, Missouri

There’s an absentee ballot with your name on it heading your way.

Take that, democracy!

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Culinary Tip

Nobody in their right mind ever bites into a lime. Not even a little.

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Quote of the Week #10

JON STEWART: It’s not honest. What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery. And I will tell you why I know it.

TUCKER CARLSON: You had John Kerry on your show and you sniff his throne and you’re accusing us of partisan hackery?

STEWART: Absolutely.

CARLSON: You’ve got to be kidding me. He comes on and you…

STEWART: You’re on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls.

– Crossfire, Oct. 15, 2004 (transcript | video)


When I got a letter to the editor published in the campus newspaper, I didn’t realize it was going to start a trend of fellow Fools to get their own letters published too.

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Algorithms continues to mess with me

I’m not sure which disturbs me more about algorithms homework: when there’s a question so difficult that it takes hours and hours for me to answer, if I can even come up with a complete answer; or when all the questions seem easy and straightforward.

Does the latter mean that I’m just so good with the material I barely have to work at all, or that I’m so bad with the material that I’m completely missing what makes the problem difficult, thus making my answers completely naïve and wrong.

I suppose next week’s midterm will answer the question definitively. Oh boy.

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Quote of the Week #9

When your hammer is C++, everything begins to look like a thumb.

– Simon Brooke

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Wednesday night we put on an hour-long show at Tarkington Hall, one of the dorms on campus. The show went pretty well, and we played to a crowd of several dozen, which just so happened to fill out the seating nicely. Yay!

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