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towards clearer skies

December 26th, 2010

(edit: 275th post!)

Dear Diary, (hm are you supposed to capitalize Diary or not)

Today I solved a USAMTS problem from start to finish in one hour. Feel so good about myself!

Anyways, that’s what compelled me to post. I thought I would write about something, since it is the very midpoint of my precious winter break time. Let me inform my audience of what I have accomplished: started 5 animes and 2 mangas, finished a few, obsessed over Android 2.3 Gingerbread until 4am (multiple nights…), plotted terrorist acts over Skype, watched a Civil War movie (OMFG American movie WTFBBQ), and probably lots of other miscellaneous tidbits I’ve forgotten. Oh, I did manage to finish all my winter break homework (except ACS… wtf how am I supposed to do chem stuff we haven’t even learned) by Christmas Eve, so I met my goal. I admit my goal was initially to finish it by the first weekend, but you know, postponements happen. A lot. Ehehe.

So my main obsession these days is Android 2.3. The Nexus S came out… and disappointed everyone by being identical, or well, worse, than the nearly year-old Galaxy S series. It’s missing an SD card slot… only losers like Apple do that. And the processor… wasn’t dual core or anything fancy at all. And no 720p camcorder… I don’t even see why they removed that. But there are two sides to everything. The good thing is, because the Nexus S is so identical to the Galaxy S, porting Gingerbread is relatively easy. Easier, at least. Working builds of “Nexus SGS” have been out since a day after the release of the Nexus S, but it seems wifi and 3G are a bit flaky, GPS and camera functionality are missing, and something is generally unstable (apparently a wifi sleep problem) that causes the device to randomly reboot. I’m sure the non-losers at xda will get it all sorted out soon though. I worship the gingerbread thread >.<

Also apparently I found out something interesting about my anime habits. I absolutely despise anime in which the protagonist is a loser. I can’t even bear thinking about them =_=. That and my dislike of female characters that wear glasses (a few, extremely rare exceptions exist) are probably why I don’t like highly acclaimed anime like Dennou Coil (glasses… ugh). I’m currently dealing with Albert’s loser-ness in Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, an adaptation of the novel. I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but it’s pretty captivating. And usually I’m extremely picky about serious animes. In fact, I can say that I rarely watch serious serious anime. However, when I do, I almost always stand back amazed at the creative beauty animators put into making the audience contemplate deeply. However, I like to use anime to relieve stress and provide a break from thinking, rather than to make me think more. But still, good serious anime, rare gems as they are, are the best of the best.

I realize my grammar was all over the place in that last paragraph. Please don’t read it. Pretend it was never there.

Oh yeah, speaking of grammar… for the December 4th SAT, there was a fire drill during the exam, interestingly. (Two, in fact. We just ignored the second one.) It didn’t really affect me, because I was on a math section, and I really couldn’t care less, even if the proctor hadn’t given us time to make up for the evacuation. In the end, they let all the kids who took the December SAT at our school make it up if we wanted. Of course, whether or not to take the makeup must be decided before viewing the score. But… I’m mad that the fire drill denies score-viewing even to those who aren’t intending on taking the makeup. The make-up should be opt-in, not opt-out. In the end, we made a phone call to the SAT people… or rather, the SAT automated phone system =_=. Eventually we got a hold of a real person (omfg/probably outsourced to India), and they got me my score within 2 days. Which was too long. It should have been instant.

Oh yeah, my family has a relative staying over for the two weeks of winter break. He goes to a boarding school in Indiana, apparently a military boarding school. I can’t imagine going to a military school at all. I have enough trouble waking at 7:50am every day to get to school and listening to the annoying bell schedule ordering me around my classes. I really don’t want to imagine what it must feel like being confined in such a rigid environment. I guess it works wonders, though. I wish I could be as self-disciplined and well-mannered as he is. You know how normally rich kids that come over from China play video games all day, grow fat, talk fobby, and act all spoiled making you wipe their asses for them? (Sorry for my cruel stereotyping >_<;;;;;) Well, his accent is probably less than mine, and he’s so much more polite to my own parents than I am. Maybe it’s just because he’s one generation higher up than I am (even though I’m older, I think). What was the relation again… he’s my… mom’s uncle’s son? Something like that.

I like how it took longer to write this post than it did to solve the problem that compelled me to write the post.

Also, concerning the name of this post, I spent a long time debating “toward clearer skies” vs “towards clearer skies”. According to some, “towards” is British English, and “toward” is more American. Another source says “towards” refers to direction, while “toward” implies “with respect to” or “on the verge of”. Either way, I like the British, and I’m referring to direction.

Post name refers to incessant rain we’ve been having lately, as well as being a metaphorical representation of our futures as high school juniors.

Woops, crossed the 1000-word mark. I should really get back to being useful. (1191 wtf)

I found so many typos correcting this post… and SO MANY grammar errors… and ugh my writing just sucks. apologies to all those who have read this post.

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Hey, loser, I fixed your code.

June 6th, 2010

New tagline for my website. Just kidding.

Here’s my first blog post in two months. Naturally, since I have to summarize two months of my life in one blog post, I will be referring to my trusty agenda while recalling important events. So here we go.

The most recent thing since my last post was, of course, the 2010 AAPT Physics Bowl national competition. I find that I cannot seem to do well on important contests. I can fare reasonably well on tests and practice contests, but when it comes to the real thing, my brain cells just bluescreen from all the anxiety and end up failing in unique, interesting ways. Well, interesting to my readers, perhaps, but quite troublesome for myself. Take the AMC for example. I got enough questions right to get myself into the AIME exam, but I bubbled one of my answers in the wrong row. It’s interesting mistakes like these that make me headdesk in shame. I got 30/40 on the Physics Bowl contest.

That was Tuesday. Two days later, on Thursday, April 15, I set off towards San Francisco on the Orchestra Spring Tour. I can’t say I had fun… firstly, I forgot to bring black socks and black shoes. I had an interesting adventure with Hanchan near Fisherman’s Wharf searching for a pair of black shoes. I ended up buying a pair of black cloth made-in-China slippers. And I neglected black socks. Needless to say, I totally had a blast at the concert. Great America was one of the worst days I’ve had. I really hate amusement parks. It’s so pointless, and the amount of money they make is just staggering. I can’t believe people pay to… ugh. Well, the party at the end was great, though. Unlimited ice cream bars ftw!

Nothing interesting happened the next week. The following week was CSTs, and then the week after that was AP testing. I only had a test on the second Monday of AP tests, AP Physics B. It was easy, but I think I failed the free response pretty bad. Since, after all, I’ve never done an AP Physics free response practice ever. Hahahaha. Anyways, after that, Hanchan and I signed up to play a random quartet for a random rich person. Naturally, we failed brilliantly, but it was really fun anyways. I failed the APUSH test and only got into HUSH, and then we had the Pops Concert, along with the accompanying assemblies. The next week was so exceedingly busy, I have practically nothing written in my agenda for it. Oh, Friday says “Disneyland”. Right, we went to Disneyland. My “good” violin only had an orange Orchestra 1 tag on it, so it apparently got loaded into the Orchestra 2 section of the truck (how that makes sense, beats me.). So I had to use some loser’s crappy $20 violin in the seminar I paid like $80 for. Luckily I was able to prevent my own violin from being used by some loser during Orchestra 2’s performance. And the funniest thing is, after that, you have to PAY DISNEY… FULL ADMISSION PRICE to go play a day in the park. I mentioned above, when I was talking about the Spring Tour and Great America, how much I hate amusement parks. Ugh. I really hate them.

The weekend after Disneyland was really unique… it’s going to be memorable for years to come. You see, we have an English final project for Villalobos. My group — or rather, I myself, am rather ambitious. Our presentation was going to rock the socks off all our classmates… in theory. We met all of Saturday evening, I think, and met Sunday at Hank’s house (Hank, clean up your yard…). And they we met… ALL OF MEMORIAL DAY… from 10 in the morning, through lunch, through dinner, through midnight… and they left at 6am in the morning on Tuesday. Naturally, I skipped school on Tuesday to finish editing our horrible, crappy video, which wasn’t even my job. The thing is, nobody in my group except me can edit video, so…

Our presentation was on Wednesday. We first showed the video, which I typed up subtitles for the day before. Sound effects were added, but unfortunately Windows Movie Maker seems to be incapable of outputting playable video without considerable geekery, so we ended up throwing away many hours of work that we spent finding, adding, and timing sound effects. My subtitles were also quite substandard as well. (I did them using Aegisub, which, by the way, is probably the best subbing program on the internet. Almost all major subbing groups for anime use Aegisub, and it sped up my job immensely.)

After that, we did our main presentation, which was quite acceptable. I think the main premise of our presentation was quite good, although we were missing quite a few components (for example, the actual passage to be explicated during the passage explication…). As for the part of our presentation that made everything else seem trivial… our game. Let me explain. I was to write a flash game, from scratch, that allowed six players to control six cursors with six Wiimotes, connected via Bluetooth to the presentation computer. Each player had a racecar, and the goal was, of course, to be the first to complete three laps. However, players did not directly control the racecar in any way. They weren’t even in control of turning. All they had to do was answer multiple-choice questions on our book, Candide. Two questions appeared on the screen at a time, and any player could pick an answer from either question. If the player answered wrong, their car decelerated (or, accelerated backwards). It was possible for cars to end up driving backwards if too many wrong answers were chosen, which heavily discourages randomly picking answers. If a player chose the correct answer, a new question appeared, and the player’s car accelerated forwards. Also, there was a basic physics engine inside my game (written completely from scratch) that applied basic friction and forces to the cars, adding an interesting element of realism. All in all, it was quite a good idea, and it turned out to be quite a good game (except nobody in our group could do art and graphics competently), minus the graphics. Also, this is where I got the title of the post. It was Monday, and I was desperately looking for something cool to put on the “You Win!” screen, so I searched around the web for premade confetti scripts in Flash. Most of them were really crappy, and the ones that were okay costed money. I found some loser’s website with an OK script… however, the code was really really buggy. As in, it didn’t work at all. And when it did work, it was so slow, it crashed peoples’ computers. So I fixed it. I was tempted to reply to that loser’s blog with my fixed code. Hey, loser. I fixed your code.

Oh, but I didn’t. It would’ve been sweet, but I didn’t.

Anyways, guess what happened when I tried setting up my game during the presentation. All was well, until the game started… and then, it just didn’t work. Don’t ask me, the Wiimotes just suddenly all disconnected, and nothing happened when you pressed their buttons. Of course, this is all Microsoft’s fault, and when I’m retired, someday I’ll fix Microsoft’s bluetooth stack (which they still won’t have fixed in 60 years) and send it to Bill Gates. Hey, loser. I fixed your goddamn code.

Well, if you want an epilogue, we are going to re-present (read: steal five or ten minutes of another group’s presentation time) on Monday, tomorrow, and this time, hopefully nothing will go wrong.

So that was the major thing that happened recently. Also, Hank won Bay Math League. His score of 106 trumped my score of 100. I may have gotten a perfect paper on Round 4, but my previous failures dragged me down, I guess. I didn’t even rank, not surprisingly. Hank also founded Mu Alpha Theta on our campus. Speaking of math, I just got back yesterday from the national American Regions Math League, or ARML, national competition. Southern California A1 won 2nd place in the nation! Now, you’d expect me to be exhuberantly happy, but I must confess, I was on the SoCal B1 team. I get no medal, no certificate, no free calculator or $1000 prize or anything. I’d be depressed, but I don’t even have time to watch anime, so it’s not like I have time to be depressed. As I feel like giving a detailed summary of ARML, here goes:

On Friday, instead of going to school, I woke at 7am to board the SoCal ARML bus to Las Vegas. Most of my classmates probably will be listening to Justin’s explanation of why I am absent for the day: “He went to Las Vegas with his motorcycle gang to smuggle drugs and gamble. They’ll be chain-smoking and picking up girls, and Ben will be married to some prostitute when he gets back on Monday.” After five hours of bus ride torture, we disembarked into the 110-degree desert weather. We were staying in crappy dorms in UNLV — University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This is the site for the entire Western US ARML region. The other three ARML sites are at University of Georgia, Pennsylvania State University, and University of something-else. Friday afternoon-to-evening was spent on the Team Round and Power Round. My fellow teammates were rather incompetent, but my incompetence in the Individual and Relay Rounds the next day trumped their incompetence by miles. You can tell I did bad. Not that doing my best would have won me anything, anyways, but it generally doesn’t feel very nice getting two or three questions right out of ten… on anything, really. The Tiebreaker was just insane, and the Super Relay was just messed-up. I left the competition feeling quite dejected and completely lacking in confidence.

SoCal A1 won 2nd place nationally. First place went to some random loser team on the east coast or something. Yes, they did win, but I can still call them losers if I want. SFBA (San Francisco+Bay Area) won 3rd nationally — ha! losers. You may have noticed that I am using the word “loser” very liberally in this post. The obvious conclusion is that I, myself, am a loser, so, to ease the pain and sorrow, I call other people losers. Moving on.

The team composition of the ARML contest is quite fascinating. There were probably at least 15 teams from California — SoCal itself sent four teams, San Diego sent like two, SFBA sent like six, NoCal sent maybe one or two, etc. And then… Nevada had like one team. Utah had like one team. Oregon had a team, and I think Washington did too. The whole “region” of North+South Dakota plus Montana plus Wisconsin plus like 5 other states in that area… that’s like eight states… they sent just ONE team. Interesting, isn’t it? Also, this year the Mariana Islands sent a team, which was really cool. Guam also sent a team. I like how their definition of what’s included in the “American” Regions Math League is so liberal… for instance, Canada.

Vietnam also sent a full team, but apparently “international” teams were only there to participate, and they could not win prizes. It would be funny if Vietnam was considered a part of the “Western United States”. I would crack a joke about the Vietnam war, but my historical knowledge of said war has mysteriously disappeared. I think I replaced that portion of my memory with random anime songs. A team from China also came. They had some trouble getting visas to come here, so only 8 out of the 15-person team made it. The other 7 people counted as having scores of 0. Eight people. Only a half-team. Guess what? If China could win prizes, they’d have won the competition. That just cracks me up. Americans must really be losers.

Here’s to the cut.

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Spring Break

April 10th, 2010

After months of ignoring my precious blog, I randomly felt it was about time I posted. About what? Everything.

The last few weeks before spring break were quite challenging — although judging by some of the juniors, I was still pretty well-off. Our PSA project on self-esteem turned out pretty well. My Mandarin grades are somehow still staying afloat even though I never spend any time on it. Math homework is so teeth-grinding. It’s completely pointless, and it’s such a waste of our precious time.

Funny thing is, on Monday I have like a test in every class. Every teacher’s thought process went something like this: “Oh, no other teacher is going to give a test on Monday, the day right after everybody gets back from spring break, so I’ll give a test on Monday. They’ll only have this one test, no big deal.” So that’s why I have like five tests on Monday.

As for my spring break, my family flew to Seattle, drove up to Vancouver, and had a generally marvelous time up in Canada. I was able to have a lot of fun while still keeping up with my physics. I saw snow falling from the sky for the first time in my life up in Grouse Mountain, overlooking Vancouver. Unfortunately, the snow and fog prevented me from actually seeing Vancouver from tens of thousands of feet above, but I don’t mind. I loved how wonderfully cold, Canadian, and awesome Vancouver was. The awesome British-ish (Canadian?) accents, the Canadian dollars and coins and the French… which reminds me, Vancouver was not as fantastic as Montreal. Montreal was French. Really French. And it was cold. Really coold. Oh, and Toronto was cool too. CN Tower isn’t the highest building in the world anymore, though (sadly).

After returning to my smoggy hometown, I went with Hank and Jason to the movies at the mall on Friday. We watched How to Train Your Dragon and Clash of the Titans. As expected from Dreamworks, Dragon was brilliant and fully enjoyable. Clash was… uninteresting. The overusage of unintelligible action scenes makes no sense to me. Greek mythology isn’t interesting to me anymore, also, for some reason. I would’ve rather watched some horrible anime than Titans.

Oh, right, and Thursday… Orchestra Spring Tour. Busy busy. I bought a mute in Vancouver, one of those shiny metal ones because… um, it was shiny. I can’t figure out how to open it… I can’t even fit it onto a sheet of paper, so how will it slide onto my bridge? Sneaky Canadians…

As for math contests, I seem to have gotten a silver in the USAMTS, which… was expected, I suppose. I’m not going to have enough time to try for gold next year, with junior year and all. Oh, and today is… was… ARML Local, which I’m staying home from because the math tutoring industry suddenly is disgusting me. Don’t ask, because I don’t know myself.

Most importantly, the 2010 Physics Bowl competition is going to be held on Tuesday. Today I have an extra-credit Physics Bowl session with my physics teacher. Monday I have a Physics Bowl review/cumulative test. Monday afterschool the Physics Team is probably planning some sinister examination to torture us all into getting high scores. And… Tuesday is the competition. That leaves me with only… gasp, two days!! Oh no, I don’t have time to prepare! Back to watching anime.

Haha, seriously that’s what my life is like. “Oh no, I forgot to do my homework! Oh well, it can wait until I finish this episode.” Which brings me to speak about Spring 2010 animes, and my pile of unfinished Winter 2010 animes, and all the stuff I’ve been watching lately, and how awesome Ueki no Housoku / The Law of Ueki is, and how EPICx3 the To Aru Majutsu no Index novels are (especially compared to the not-really-epic-enough anime)…….

Yeah, so that’s why I’m unwilling to go off and on about anime.

Yesterday I stayed up the whole night playing a stupid MMO video game. Sometimes my lack of sanity astounds me.

After all, wouldn’t that all-nighter have been much better spent watching anime?

2010 AMC12 A – Difficulties and Philosophy

February 9th, 2010

Philosophy is the usual side dish to any real post I make. (A “real” post will be defined as… one that does not pertain to anime. These make up only about 5% of my total post count.) Thus, I shall entertain my traditional post style with a quote from a fortune cookie I had yesterday.

“Striving for the best will bring you closer to the best.”

— Panda Express fortune cookie, 2/8/2010

One singular comment: Panda Express lies.

Some people out there are the giants among ants. Yet, us ants never take notice of these giants. We notice their footsteps in the sand, but are usually too dumb to form the connection between big footprint and big foot. It’s really amazing. Really goddamn amazing, how brilliant some people are.

It’s almost laughable– no, it is laughable — how none of these brilliant mathematical monsters are among any of the famous people in our modern society. In their stead, we have talentless, brainless, spineless bastard celebities being paid millions for… being paid millions. They’re paid millions because they’re celebrities, and they’re celebrities because they’re being paid millions.

The world just gets more and more logical as the days fly by.

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Game Over. Continue?

January 5th, 2010

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Short Summary of Weekend

December 13th, 2009

It’s late, I have a cold, etc, but I still feel the need to recount my weekend. I’m sorry for all the low-quality posts I’ve been writing lately; the “good writing” portion of my brain has gone into power-saving mode.

On Saturday, I randomly woke at 6am for some odd reason. I spent the morning playing Neoquest II (don’t ask…), and had a dentist appointment at 9:30am. After that, we went to the mall, because I needed to buy The Merchant of Venice for a project in my English class. We had Mongolian noodles (I just love that place), and at 1pm I went to ARML. Surprisingly, Hank was at this month’s meeting too. That makes four representatives from Arcadia (although we are underrepresented so more people = good).

When I got home… I forgot what I did, haha. Oh, right, my dad wanted to install Ethernet cabling in my little brother’s room, so we were out drilling holes outside our house in the cold, freezing rain. Surprisingly, I got a cold after that. (Sarcasm intended.) Well, I guess my nose was already kind of running by the time I got back from ARML. I think I got it from the girl Hank likes, so by the transitive property, it’s Hank’s fault.

On Sunday, I woke up with a horrible cold — nose completely plugged, and once I got up (at like noon) the mucus immediately started flowing… ugh. I hate disease. Anyways, since my idea last time of keeping my nose warmed at all times didn’t quite work (or the virus infected me otherwise), I tried a new idea — SPICY FOOD. Viruses hate heat right? Well, if I eat a meal consisting of capsaicin in various forms, maybe it will be too spicy for the cold/flu virus to bear. So yeah, I had SUPER-spicy food for lunch and dinner, and let’s see if I’m still sick tomorrow. =D

Anime Corner:

As you would probably expect, I spent my entire Sunday resting (or trying to). I looked up the coming Winter 2010 animes, and not one of them especially appealed to me. That’s why I got curious for new old animes to watch (lol). I decided to check out Negima and Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo.

Negima is a very popular franchise by the creator of Love Hina, and the remake’s director/producer was in charge of Pani Poni Dash!, which explains the similarity. Basically, from what I’ve read on Wikipedia, Negima is Pani Poni with a male chibikko teacher replacing Becky, magical powers, a PLOT (gasp), and romance (gaspp!). It’s kind of really long and a major franchise, but from watching the first 10 minutes of the first episode, it looks okay. The intro song isn’t really good, and the animation is… unique (in a negative way). Also, apparently there are 31 girls with one guy (megaharem, anyone?), so this might turn out interesting.

As for Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo, it’s a really recent anime (Winter 2009, exactly a year ago). I still have magazines with articles and pinups on this. I didn’t expect much of it — from Wikipedia, etc, it sounded like another lame wannabe sci-fi flick. However, I decided to watch the first episode, because it seemed popular and high-budget. I was really amazed by the animation quality. The 3D in every scene is so detailed and well-done. The space vehicles, transportation, and general society of the space colony setting is wonderful in very aspect. It’s completely reminiscent of Macross, and I daresay they did steal some ideas from Macross. Well, it can’t be helped, as Macross was, like, the founder of the space-colony-scifi genre. I only hope they put in some good music (but don’t make it music-centric; if-i-sing-all-the-badguys-are-pacified like Macross). I can’t say anything about the plot yet, but the characters aren’t that great so far. The pink-haired-girl… forgot her name already… Akiha? Or something? Her art… no, all the character art in general in SoraKake seem deformed to me for some reason. Beautiful 3D art, but lacking in character art, along with music, character design/personalities, and plot. That’s what I see Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo as from episode 01.

So, that’s a wrap. *sniff* ugh my nose

Let’s talk about the weather.

December 8th, 2009

As usual, I don’t feel like posting but I feel obliged to, especially since I haven’t issued a post in a while. (For your information, the recent lack of anime posts is a direct result of my recent lack of anime watching, and once I’m all caught up with everything I’ll post a big 2000-word mega anime post or something.)

Yesterday, I spent my entire free time after school writing solutions for our Math Team packet (11th grade; Logarithms and Exponents), and compiling everything. That’s a bummer, I guess, especially since, truth be told, I did most of the work — everybody submitted problems, but nobody bothered writing solutions for anything. The other group members just gave me a problem or two on paper. Aritro and James did the most; Aritro is a ninth grader who, according to Hank, has been practicing for the AMC/AIME/USAMO since he was in 6th grade or something. Aritro submitted three very challenging and intruiging problems and handwrote three very good solutions. James did the handout, but I ended up retyping most of it. Hank actually did work; he gave me three pretty nice problems that would be standard BML questions. Unfortunately, I had to write the solutions to his problems, and everybody else’s problems.

Let’s talk about the weather. I like it when it rains — I like it all except a) the mud puddles b) the possibility of catching a cold. Umbrellas are extraordinarily fun, and running around without one in the rain is more fun. It’s cold, and I dislike cold mornings, often putting on 4 or 5 layers of clothing in the morning, but at midnight I can usually be found running around the house in my underwear.

Last week, I thought I had caught a cold. One day, I woke up with a sore throat, and the next day I woke up with my nose feeling slightly stuffy. I had that “illness” taste in my mouth — I don’t know how to describe it, and I don’t even know if others experience it, but I just had a funny taste in my mouth that I couldn’t get rid of, no matter how many times I used mouthwash and brushed my teeth. It’s something that happens every time I get a cold or flu. Anyways, I was sure I was going to get sick again, stay in bed for a week, and fail a test or two when I got back. However, I decided to test out an idea I had for preventing cold/flu viruses from infecting you, or, well, decreasing the chance of infection.

So, you know how Asian moms and dads commonly tell you how if you wear too little, you might catch a cold? I think they’re right. But you don’t need to keep your whole body warm. Flu/cold viruses enter your body through either your nose or your mouth, right? If it infects your throat, big deal, sore throat for a day or two. The problem is not letting it infect your nose and sinuses. If the virus gets into your sinuses, you’re doomed to experience a week of illness, most likely. The thing is, these respiratory viruses can’t survive in temperatures that are too high. In fact, they are unable to survive at normal human body temperature (98.6 degrees F), which is why they can’t just go into your lungs, enter your bloodstream, and eat you alive. They can only replicate in places where the temperature is slightly cooler than the body core — the throat, for instance, is cooled by air passing through it, as is the nose. Also, they both happen to have direct contact with air, and the pathogens air contains.

So, my “experiment” last week was to continuously keep my nose warm by breathing through my mouth only, and occasionally warming my outer nose with my hands and my breath. The sore throat healed in two days, and my nose didn’t get infected. I didn’t get a cold at all, only a sore throat. This may have been pure luck, or my method may have actually epically decreased the chances of nose infection. Maybe this would make a good LA Science Fair project.

Also, yesterday, my dad fixed my computer’s SD card drive. He’s a genius at fixing things, both electronic and physical. The card wouldn’t go into the drive, and I was prepared to give up and just use another computer’s SD drive, but my dad heroically came by. I raised the topic of “Wow Dell stuff is crappy, do we still have warranty? Let’s return it!”, but he just went in, unplugged the drive, unscrewed open the case, and discovered that the spring applying pressure to the card (enabling better contact with the pins) was bent and blocking the entire slot. With a pair of pliers, he skillfully unbent the metal and repaired the drive just like that. And I was ready to toss the drive — it really makes me feel bad somehow.

Oh, and as for how today went; since I like doing things systematically:

  1. Soph Eng HVillalobos – Tribe presentations. Everybody has such stupid names, such stupid slogans, such stupid logos. What is wrong with the world — the people who are stupid and come up with stupid names and don’t take things seriously are getting a better grade than me.
  2. P.E.O’Brian – YES! We’ve finally finished basketball. Now we’re doing Ultimate Frisbee+Football. I dislike football as much as basketball, but I love Frisbee. It was superbly cold out there at 9am, though, so it wasn’t altogether that much fun running around the track and throwing Frisbees at each other (YES, O’Brian makes us RUN THE MILE while playing Frisbee at the same time! GENIUS!)
  3. Orchestra 3Forbes/England – Forbes wasn’t here, meaning Orchestra was fun today.
  4. Pre-CalculusDaniels – no comment (coughhanchan101%)
  5. Mandarin 4Hung – I spent this entire period studying for my AP Physics test.
  6. AP PhysicsZheng – Lol, chapter 13 test. I forgot what the test was on already.

So, that’s how today turned out. And this puts this post’s word count at exactly 1007.

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November 16th, 2009

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random math problem time

November 10th, 2009

What is the remainder when 356 is divided by 7?

Daily Conversations

October 30th, 2009

WordPress’ing some of today’s conversations. Posted the day after.

Tyuiop says (9:00 PM):
i have hole phobia

Me says (10:05 PM):
they’re polite
Tyuiop says (10:05 PM):
Me says (10:05 PM):
“The politeness of a positive number is defined as the number of ways it can be expressed as the sum of consecutive integers.”
>_> don’t you just love mathematicians?
Tyuiop says (10:05 PM):
Tyuiop says (10:07 PM):
i thot 2 is a very polite number
Me says (10:07 PM):
but it turned out to be quite rude
Tyuiop says (10:07 PM):
it divides things very nicely
Me says (10:07 PM):
Tyuiop says (10:07 PM):
and fair
Me says (10:07 PM):

[[k]] says (10:17 PM):
i always think of beef when i think of prime numbers