Amy said it best:

"With a hefty ticket fee of $25 or so dollars, this is probably the worst way we could have spend our money. The duck left the Space Needle area and drove around the congested city streets downtown at a tediously slow pace while the drive gave us inaccurate facts about Seattle and did seriously stupid things like played “Who Let the Dogs Out” while driving by an innocent woman walking her dog.

Its my understanding that some people from Seattle loathe the Ducks and I can clearly see why. The drivers tell ridiculous jokes about Starbucks on an endless basis and do nothing short of attempting to embarrass the people that live in this city."

I also hate how much diesel smoke they spew.

They're loud. They're dirty. They're extremely annoying.

If you come to Seattle, please, for the love of all that is sacred, do not ride the ducks.
glasseye: (mole)
( Aug. 12th, 2008 01:06 pm)
GOOD: Seeing Amanda, meeting Tamzyn, and getting some work done on my Thesis.
BAD: Missing the moped rally. Broken mopeds. Drinking too much.

BAD: Rock band is addictive.

GOOD: Various wedding things are coming along.
BAD: I haven't even started on our rings.

BAD: I'm not graduating this quarter. My advisor is not willing to support my defense yet.
GOOD: More time for the thesis = better thesis. Also less stress.
GOOD: Possibly better job situation? The fall job fair is really big.
BAD: Yet another delay in my graduation plans...

GOOD: I may get a TA offer for next quarter. The professor I'm TAing for this term has expressed the desire to have me help out with the embedded design capstone.
BAD: I may not get a TA offer for next quarter. No offer = "interesting" financial situation.

GOOD: I'm working on a rain/snow sensor which might develop into some additional funding.
BAD: Said sensor is on an extremely tight time frame. I have to do lots of annoying mechanical fabrication.

GOOD: I was virtuous and alerted someone who walked away from an ATM while still "logged in" yesterday.
BAD: I'm not sure I successfully communicated the problem.

GOOD: I have some nice new bike gear (helmet, gloves, tire pump.)
BAD: These were expensive, and I still don't have good riding glasses/goggles.

GOOD: Obama was right: riding to school today was much easier with properly inflated tires (60 psi vs 25 psi.)
BAD: Riding up the hill on the way home will still be really hard. Forgot my lock today, and had to park my bike in the lab.
glasseye: (mole)
( Aug. 8th, 2008 04:22 pm)
It's 8/8/2008, and I'm 28! Woo!

This is much more hilarious if you know a certain story from 8/8/1988. ;)
glasseye: (Default)
( Jul. 25th, 2008 05:11 pm)
Hey [ profile] viking_food_guy! Here's a picture and description of that Viking coin necklace we talked about back at June Faire:

clicky-clicky )
glasseye: (Default)
( Jul. 24th, 2008 08:32 pm)

Originally uploaded by Derian le Breton.
Hey guess what? The library is a great place to work on one's thesis. Especially this room.
glasseye: (Default)
( Jul. 14th, 2008 11:59 am)

Originally uploaded by Derian le Breton.
One of the fun things that happens at Peasant's Revel is the carving of "turnips" (AKA, potatoes.) I got really into it this year, and made the following:

1 - a coin die
2 - a "struck" coin
3 - a hammer
4 - a pair of medieval eyeglasses (complete with working potato hinge!)

Other people made all sorts of interesting things as well. [ profile] ursule carved her "turnip" into a turnip. :-D

Originally uploaded by Derian le Breton.
On Wednesday, [ profile] ursule and I put together the UW Math department grad student BBQ at Gasworks Park. Several costco runs were made, hundreds of dollars were spent, and a bit of grumpiness was created. I got some pretty nice pictures of the city, though, and in the end I think the event was a success.
glasseye: (Default)
( Jun. 26th, 2008 06:07 pm)
Rules: Post 3 things you've done that you believe nobody else on your F-list has done. Indulge in remorse if someone calls you out on a listed item.

1 - Saved my brother's life (yay for the Heimlich Maneuver.)
2 - Dragged my host-brother home at 3am from a beach party in a French city that I did not know my way around, and got attacked by a guy wielding a knife.
3 - Spent a day panning for gold in Australia.
glasseye: (zut)
( Jun. 26th, 2008 01:48 pm)
Apparently I wasn't funded for the last week of spring quarter, so I'm $400 poorer than I expected. My offer letter states the dates correctly, but I didn't think to check that the final date of the quarter was 6/15 not 6/7...

In other news, my TA funding stops on 8/15, but is mysteriously about $200 more per month than when I TA'd in winter quarter.

The month between the end of the quarter and the wedding is going to be financially interesting.
glasseye: (Default)
( May. 26th, 2008 09:26 pm)

Originally uploaded by Derian le Breton.
Goodbye Mischka. I did not know you well, but your passion and skill were obvious. You will be dearly missed.
glasseye: (Default)
( May. 23rd, 2008 10:51 pm)

Originally uploaded by Derian le Breton.
I'm a goofball, even when I'm wearing a tie.
glasseye: (zut)
( May. 19th, 2008 09:43 pm)
I gave a 3.5 hour long demo on my thesis work at ISCAS today (the biggest circuits conference in the world, I think.) It went quite well, but it was a rather intellectually exhausting experience. Lots and lots of very detailed, hard questions. I'm glad it was today though, now I get to enjoy two days worth of papers, posters, and networking.

And parking was $38 for the day (9 hours). I shit you not.

Random ISCAS facts:

1858 paper submissions
911 accepted papers
132 lectures
57 poster sessions (with 3-6 posters each)
~3,000 attendees

glasseye: (zut)
( May. 9th, 2008 05:32 pm)
I have summer funding (TA)! This is awesome news, as it means my thesis is due in August instead of June. Also, I wont be taking any classes this summer, so I can focus almost wholly on writing.
glasseye: (Default)
( May. 7th, 2008 02:17 pm)

Originally uploaded by Derian le Breton.
Yay repoussé! I'm going to give this a nice green patina and make it into a stealth laurel badge for [ profile] ursule.
Someone has decided that bunstable-owner at u dot washington dot edu is a great email address to list as the sender in their spam emails. 350 new messages in an hour, whee!
Holy crap, the Columbian cafe in Astoria provided the best food I've had in years. O. M. G. So incredibly awesome. Talking to the chef while he makes your dinner = great, and the food was utterly fantastic.

Little Miss Sunshine is a hilarious movie. I think the last movie I saw was Hot Fuzz, which was also hilarious but in a rather different way.

The Rose Briar Inn is totally sweet, especially when you get a 35% off discount for buying two nights in the off season. I don't buy the crap about there being a "ghost" here. Bah.

Perhaps I'll post something more intelligent tomorrow, perhaps not! I plan to check out the local gaming store and not think about my research at all. We shall see what happens, shan't we?
glasseye: (zut)
( Mar. 20th, 2008 04:25 pm)
One of my favourite places to eat in Cleveland is closing down. :-(