September 2, 2003

contemplation/pacing

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at September 2, 2003 12:50 PM The recent lack of activity in this space can be attributed to Labor Day weekend and my mostly unnecessary preparations for it; my place needed the cleaning anyway so it wasn't a total waste. Now all that's behind me so I can continue cleaning at a more leisurely pace and start burning off all the calories I consumed over the previous three days. (I should probably go to karate practice today.)

It's the second week of classes at Cal, and since I'm not taking any, this is only significant in that there are a lot more undergraduates running around than there were two weeks ago. I've started my third academic year; it doesn't seem like I've been here that long. Time flies when you're... taking data in the basement, I guess.

Internal debates: do I buy The Two Towers DVD now even though I'll be buying the Extended Edition when it comes out? I have this sense that it's worthwhile to have the theatrical cut as well as the extended cut, but on the other hand since I acquired both editions of Fellowship I haven't ever chosen to watch the theatrical instead of the extended cut.

Moving up a couple orders of magnitude in cost, I'm also debating whether to go for this computer, which I can buy through the university for $1700. Having to write code on the computer that's taking data has been more annoying than usual lately, so I'm sorely tempted to solve this problem.

Speaking of taking data, though, we (ok, Sven) managed to decrease our peak widths over the weekend, which is what we've been trying to do all summer. The trick was to slow down the measurement rate, with the unfortunate consequence that everything takes ten times longer now. I may have to look for speed improvements in my software to compensate.

I'm off to lunch in a few minutes, but I may try for some posts with less navel-gazing today as well. Tags:
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