Bush wins. Bleh :(

November 3, 2004 at 2:16 pm

I’m dissapointed that Bush won the election yesterday. I am not scared or worried or anything else that other people may say. We already have suffered through four years of his terrible administration. He lies to us. He thinks he’s better than us. I’m disappointed that people think that Bush is “saving” our country for terror. Someone said to me, “how could anyone vote for Kerry after 9/11?” How could anyone vote for Bush after what Bush has done after 9/11 would be my response, but I wasn’t witty enough to come up with that before he walked out of the room. I’m dissapointed that a record number of people turned out to vote for Bush because of this. I’m dissapointed that we didn’t have anyone good to vote for as well. I’m dissappointed that Diebold machines were allowed to tabulate votes this election; without paper trails, with secret keypresses that allow people to manipulate the voting records, without any sort of audit system. I had a nice quote to post, but it seems I’ve already said it.

One thing that is very strange is how much the exit polls differed from the final results, especially in Ohio. Remember that Ohio uses Diebold voting machines in many areas. These machines have no paper trail. Early in the campaign, Diebold CEO Walden O’Dell, a GOP fundraiser, promised to deliver Ohio to Bush. He later regretted having said that.

(emphasis mine. courtesy: electoral-vote.com)

I don’t want to speculate that there was any sort of fraud or foul play, but it certainly seems like it. CNN conveniently changed their exit poll numbers late on the night of the election to match what the Diebold machines were spitting out. I’m also dissapointed that 11 states passed measures banning civil unions and/or marraiges for homosexuals. So much for equal rights. I shouldn’t be too dissappointed though — California passed the same bill four years ago (I voted against it in the first election I was eligable though, so don’t blame me). There is a lot to be dissapointed for.

On a happier note, I released an update for poker saver today. So go check it out if you play poker.

Some News Footage

October 30, 2004 at 2:36 am

I just uploaded coverage of the CSUS event on KOVR 13 that I just copied from my PVR today. It was recorded on the day of the event, but I was lazy. So sue me :).

Sadly, I’m not in any of it, but that’s ok, you can kind of see my tournament bracket thingy in its broken state before the break if you look carefully 🙂

AI Update

October 28, 2004 at 9:46 pm

I got back from my AI class yesterday and found out that my program tied for second place along with 3 other programs (including the teacher’s, so I don’t know if that counts). Li’l Brudder made it on his own! (that was the name of my program, and watch this cartoon if you don’t understand the reference). Speaking of which, Joe and I have been brainstorming on names for the Micromouse that we are working on, and that may be one of the candidates now :). Either that or Mouse star runner to be trendy :).

Also I went down to DMV got my personalized license plates today before going to work, so now my car is no longer 4xxxxxx and instead something cool 🙂

Misc stuff

October 23, 2004 at 4:15 pm

Some pictures I took of nationals I forgot to post

Pictures of Sac State event

Also I got a thing in the mail from the DMV to get the new license plate I ordered a while back, so I’ll have a personalized plate now 🙂

Life Sucks :( :(

October 22, 2004 at 6:05 pm

Looks like one of my hard drives crashed today. I turned my computer on this morning and went in and took a shower before going to school, and when I got back it was doing scandisk and got stuck and my hard disk was making crashing sounds (motor trying to spin up then hitting something). It was the one with about half of my applications on it (some programs refuse to install anywhere but in c:program files), *all* of the source code I’ve ever written, including poker saver, fryblast, all the archives of imagic/igaming/mtgonline/etc and stuff from school, my trillian with all of the contacts renamed, logs from irc channels I’ve been in for 5+ years, all the games I had installed, including the “source” of all the fry_ maps, and my entire mp3 collection. Yes, I know that was a run-on sentence and it’s just used to emphasise my anguish. Luckily I just turned in my pawn stop program tuesday or else I would’ve had to do it again. Also that I happened to use SVN for Poker Saver and had the repository on another hard drive, so I’ll only have lost the stuff I’ve done between now and the last version. Also that my picture collection was on the c: drive too, because those are harder to replace. The source code I would’ve mainly used for reference and most of that knowledge is in my head now, and most of the other stuff is replacable except for the maps, although I don’t think anything was going to happen to them any time soon. Most of the other stuff can be reinstalled. The thing that sucks is I just got a hard drive and was going to swap this drive out for it. If I hadn’t been so lazy I would still have all my files. Murphy’s law would’ve made the other drive fail though, so I guess it wasn’t my fault.

Thankfully the books I ordered myself for my birthday from Amazon got here yesterday, so I’ll have something to do while my new drive formats and all my programs get installed.