Monthly Archives: July 2010

When did we start using 12pt fonts?

And why?

I just did a homework assignment, and because I used Google Docs (testing that out for homework), a lot of it is 11 pt font (Google Doc’s default font size).  Some of it was also 12 pt that I’d changed manually before.  I have to say, I like 11 pt a lot better.  It’s more comfortable to read.  And I remember that it used to be the default font size in Word back in the 90’s.  When did that change?  And why?  Because teachers and professors can’t read the smaller font?  Was it just because 11 is an odd number?

These are the thoughts that go through my head late at night.  And it’s sad. 🙂

Group projects aren’t fun…

I was done with my portion by Friday afternoon.  I’d even volunteered for the extra (albeit easy) part that got tacked on to this phase of the project.  It was probably because in the last phase I decided not to listen to my teammate about how he thought I should implement my part of the project.

But we had to all finish our parts and submit the phase as a group.  Tonight I updated my code and saw their progress.  I tweaked their code to prevent little bugs.  At one point I even finished a section of code that wasn’t working correctly.

And twice in the past two days I’ve had to repair the repository that we’re using so that we can share our code with each other.  Oh, and I had to restore a few files that a teammate deleted.  (Mine and our third teammate’s code–not his own.)

And yet I still had to stay up until 2am to make sure it all got submitted.  Because I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have gotten submitted without me.

Early church is going to suck tomorrow (six hours from now).

A six year old told me to kill myself just now…

Who let this girl record a video and put it on YouTube?  Don’t parents understand that once something enters the net, it’s there forever?  Literally.

Just some basics:

  • Every time you visit a website, the server you connect to will log your IP address and what page you requested.  Every time. Date and time also, of course.
  • That doesn’t just go for pages.  Every file you request: page, scripts, images, flash game, video, etc.  Logged.  And if it’s a legit site, they’ll store that log indefinitely.  (Forever.)
  • When you type something into a form, the website can also store what you queried in another log.
  • When you upload a photo, it enters the web.  When you ‘delete’ a photo, there’s no guarantee that the server really deletes the photo.  There’s also no guarantee that every person who viewed that photo didn’t download it and make it their desktop background.
  • When you upload a video, same thing, only now you’ve added sound to your internet submission.  And since you’ve talked about how cool you are, and the rest of the world disagrees, they will probably make fun of you.  And when they do, they will copy your video again and again.  And even when your mom and dad get the sense to ban you from the internet and delete your YouTube account, you will live on in the hearts of millions because your video was duplicated across sites.  And you can blame your parents for being stupid enough to buy you a webcam and let you use it unsupervised.

And that, my friends, is why you shouldn’t put anything private on the internet.  Because the internet is not a private place.

Currently listening to: “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap

I’m not dead, promise…

I’m pretty sure the only person eagerly awaiting this post is Sav, but I felt like posting anyway.  At least a little bit.

I don’t even know when I last posted.  Weeks ago, I’m guessing.  Probably before we started summer term.  Wow, I’ve never done summer classes at BYU, but they sure can keep you busy.  (Not Stats 105, just CS 340).  The last two Friday night have seen me coding away on my group project while I wish instead that I was out somewhere with Sav.  Group projects aren’t as fun when you get assigned to work with people you don’t know.  Especially when one is Chinese and doesn’t understand you when you explain a concept.  Even less fun when the Canadian in the group makes unhelpful suggestions.  I miss my senior project group.  We rocked.  (P.S. I have nothing against the Chinese or the people to the north, I’m just frustrated with my group this weekend.)

On a funny note, I put a 24″ LCD computer monitor up on craigslist this week.  I bought it for $300 2 years ago, and it’s as good as they day I bought it.  (It’s even in the freaking box right now.)  So I thought $150 would be a fair price.  Some guy emailed me today saying that he would trade a 17″ monitor and $30 for it.  First of all, that’s nowhere near a fair trade, even if his monitor were brand new.  Secondly, if I wanted a computer monitor, why would I want a 17″ when I already have a 24″?  Don’t people usually put things on craigslist to get rid of them (in exchange for cash, of course)?  Common sense man!

Well, we’re off to give all our money to Walmart.  We can’t seem to leave the store without handing over at least $50.  🙁

Currently listening to: “Endless Love” (in Glee — Sav is watching)