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First semester of grad school is this close to being done. I have one week of hell and then finals and I'm finished. It's been going pretty well. I haven't been doing as well in my crypto class as I had hoped, but all the other classes are going great. This is partially due to the fact that I've been putting genuine effort into my studies and partially that SJSU students are kind of DUMB.

Thanksgiving weekend is almost over, but it's been really nice. Wednesday, I threw a Thanksgiving dinner at Nick's with all of our friends. Cooked up a stuffed chicken and a stuffed duck. I would love to say that they were stuffed in one another but sadly I'm not that 1337 and didn't have time to do that. The chicken was tasty noms; perfectly done and uber moist. The duck a little less so; guess I'll be getting my duck from the roast duck shop instead of making it. Stuffing tasted awesome. Same goes for the yams and green beans. Becky amazingly remembered all the ingredients to the pumpkin crunch so that turned out pretty well. She also brought a ham that no one touched sadly. It's chilling in my fridge. I used it for grilled cheese and ham yesterday. Also thinking about cutting some of it up for some tasty mac 'n cheese. :D

Went up to SF on Thursday to have Thanksgiving dinner with Nick's sister, her fiancé, fiancé's mom, and Nick's mom. Food was pretty good. I was most surprised by the sausage stuffed turkey breast the sister made. It was actually pretty moist and tasty. Nick's mom made a really good poppyseed cake, and the fiancé's mom made onolicious mashed potatoes. His family is really nice and friendly, so I wasn't an incredibly awkward panda all night.

Lazed around yesterday, played some Ookami, and then started to marathon Simoun. HOLY CRAP. I forgot how FUCKING AWESOME that anime is. I would say it's on par with Mai HiME for my favorite anime. I love anime that completely fucks with its characters. Loss of innocence and crises of faith themes FTMFW. There's also an amazing amount of character growth and development for such a large cast. The ending is a little meh, but it's a lot better than Mai HiME's cop out. There's one part that is still blowing my mind. I can't believe I forgot about such ZOMGHOLYSHITDIDTHATJUSTHAPPEN epicness. I totally want to watch it again. Maybe I can rope Jake into watching with me.

Also, bought myself a pair of riding gloves and a motorcycle jacket. Am 25% closer to riding a motorcycle.
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So grad school has kept me way busy. Mostly because I have weekly hw for my crypto class that takes a ridiculously long time, which takes up most of my time during the week. The weekends are generally spent working on projects for my UI class and unwinding. The thing is that the work isn't that hard, okay no, some of the crypto questions are hard but the rest is easy stuff, it's just way time consuming. Also, SJSU students, on a whole, my tech writing group in particular, are INCREDIBLY DUMB/LAZY. What the FUCK. Professor Long really had a point when he said that outsourced software is significantly subpar to American made software. [/racism]

Outside of school I've been going back to kempo, which is all kinds of awesome. I really missed it while I was in SF, so I'm happy I can get back into it, just kind of sucks that I have hw due Thursday so I rarely make it to Wednesday practices. I've also been checking out some of the food places in SJ. It makes me a little sad that I'm not in SF every time I get a sushi craving because as Jake's Japanese friend Ryo says, "sushi in SJ is sucks." What tasty nomz I haven't been finding in restaurants I've been making. The Mountain View farmers market is pretty awesome. It's like a mix between the Saratoga and San Mateo markets so I'm all kinds of happy.

I'm also 2% closer to getting a motorcycle (shhh don't tell my parents). Okay not really, but I've started saving up for gear because Nick has one and he wants to give me rides. I'm getting a helmet pretty soon, but the jacket probably won't come until after I get my xmas and bday moneys. Ah the life of a poor college student.

I watch too much TV )
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Dudes! Got my tattoo done today! I was kind of nervous before, but it ended up being okay. Stung a little bit, but it wasn't the worse thing I've ever felt. Melissa came with since she said no one should have to go alone, so she got to document it all. There are a bunch of pics up on facebook as well as a video. Think the noise of the needle had to have been the worse thing. Just got the characters for my Chinese middle name done. It looks really nice. Simple. Already have an idea for the second one, lol. Thing is I want it on my side, which could be significantly more painful than the ankle. Stupid nerve endings.

School-wise still have to finish writing my paper, which I wanted to get done last Thursday (procrastinating, I can haz it) and was originally due today but got pushed back to tomorrow at 5PM. Didn't do the presentation either so I need to do that tomorrow too. Then I need to memorize stuff for my cryptography final, which shouldn't be that bad especially since I only need slightly more than 50% to pass the class. Yay.

Sold back four books today to get a grand total of $101 back. Sweet. Also picked up my cap and gown, which is now hanging up so it's not so wrinkly. Holy crap I'm going to be done with college in half a week. I think I get what Princeton was singing about in "What do you do with a BA in English?", only it's a BS in computer science.
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Completely unrelated to anything in this post:

(Alt text: This happens in geek circles every so often. The 'Hey, this is just a system I can figure out easily!' is also a problem among engineers first diving into the stock market.)

Back on subject: 10-15 page paper due on Thursday (actually I lie, it's due next Tuesday but I have to present it this Thursday, which is dumb). Haven't started writing. Barely started doing research. I just want school to fuck off so I can read fic and watch Criminal Minds. End of the quarter sucks.
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I am one section, three lectures, one presentation, one 10-15 page paper, one hw asg, and one final away from being done with college. HOLY FUCKING CRAP.

ETA
Melissa just suggested Criminal Minds/Castle/Gossip Girl x-over fic. I think my brain just exploded. (Still haven't started that paper...)

OMFM

Apr. 20th, 2009 12:27 am
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I'M SO CONFUSED! My program wasn't working. And then I added print statements. And now it's working. I. DON'T. GET IT. (I also had like a minute breakdown when I tried to explain this to Melissa and Frank that involved me trying to say stuff but not being able to and just laughing semi-hysterically.) It doesn't make SENSE.

Also, wtf, why is it so fucking hot? UGH.

ETA
It's smells like mainland (specifically my grandparents' place in PA) outside. I love the smell of mainland.
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Okay, srsly, I need to stop waking up to five thousand fics/fandom posts to read because I really need to get RL shit done, like read 100+ pages of my AI book (since class is worthless) and my resume so I can actually get a j0rb when I graduate. Or I could, you know, have an ounce of self-restraint and not read them asap. (And the worst part is I know at least 85% of the fic is crap, but I'm still going to read all of them just for that 15% of awesome.) *sighs* I know the life of a college student is soooooo hard.
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Classes started back up. Bleh. AI is horrendously dull. Talk about fun sponge... I know it's my capstone course and everything, but I really don't see myself attending that class all too often. This of course means I should probably go get the book. (Which I would need anyway because there is no substance to Pohl's lectures; they're almost as bad as Bailey's, ugh. This guy is supposed to be mad crazy good at CS, so WTF?)

Like I said on twitter, they moved the time of Darrell's class to when AI is offered. (The ways the scheduler/CS dept has screwed me, let me count them.) So even if I were to manage to get up and go, since it would be an infinitely more interesting lecture, I would feel guilty about not going to my capstone course, which I need to GRADUATE. Conversely, I could take Darrell's advanced comp security class (ignoring that I've already missed two lectures) as my capstone course instead of AI, only I think it'd kick my ass so hard because a) Darrell's teaching it and b) grad level class == DOOM.

Cryptography seems fairly interesting. Actually, I don't know how I feel about it. There's a lot of math theory, which duh, math class, but for some reason I wasn't really expecting them to cover what they're covering. Only now that I think about it, it kind of makes sense. I'm reserving judgment on this one for now.

In a related note, I kind of get why people are sometimes afraid of nerds. We took a break during my crypto class and some of the guys were gushing over NUMBER THEORY. I know, each to their own, and it's not like I don't squee about weird things, but really? Number theory? Also, this class is making me glad I chose to be a CS major instead of a math major, because really, not terribly interested in their theories and axioms and what not.

Also, while I'm on the topic of other majors, would all you stupid game design majors GTFO of my classes? Kthxbai. No really, they're just so overwhelmingly annoying what with their "ZOMG GAME DESIGN IS SO AWESOME AND SO CS BLAHBLAHBLAH". They don't need AI to grad; they have their fucking year long series thing that serves as their capstone (one quarter of which is just playing games, srsly WTF?). It's just another elective for them. Furthermore, they have their own fucking AI class called GAME AI, which was offered earlier this year and only required 101 as a prerequisite, meaning all the GD majors in my AI class (and there are a fairly large handful) could have taken it because they were in 160 in fall, which also only required 101 (unless they also took game AI, in which case OMFG *RAGE*). So why can't they piss off and take a REAL CS class (you know, something that would actually validate the Computer Science part of their major), like OS or Algorithm Analysis. And would people just shut up about how the computer science game design major is the largest major in the school of engineering. IT'S NOT ENGINEERING YOU FUCKTARDS. IT'S NOT EVEN COMPUTER SCIENCE. (And if I'm being honest, straight CS is barely engineering, more like some type of pseudo-math-engineering.) Maybe if they're so huge they should break off and become their own fucking department so they can stop stealing our resources. Ugh, I am so done with this bullshit.
/RANT

SKINSDAY

Mar. 19th, 2009 03:05 pm
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Yes, Thursday is now Skinsday, or at least until the season finale next week. And do you have any idea how frustrating it is to be sitting in front of my computer studying for Databases when I know the EPIC EPISODE OF DOOM! is airing right now. OMFG, I want to watch so bad but I won't until after my final because I don't want to be a mess when I take it because based on the clips and trailers it's going to EPIC and angsty and fifteen kinds of AWESOME. URGH!

In other news Emily is a top quality lesbian, ROFLMAO:

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So I remember last Spring quarter sitting in Delatti's, a froyo place up in Los Gatos, with Frank and Melissa and the place was totally playing awesome 90s/early 00s music. Right after we realized what was playing we decided it'd be a really good idea to create a 90s playlist. Unfortunately, finals and then summer came and we never got around to it. Sad panda, I know. Anyways, point behind this post, the Third Eye Blind station on pandora: awesome 90s/early 00s music. Ah the days when listening to the radio was actually worth it. Oh to be a teenager again, wow way to make myself feel old, lol.

Also, someone explain to me how taking 12 units means I'm more busy than last quarter when I was taking 17 units (10 of which were compilers and OS). I never have a free weekend. (Okay, lies, because I totally did last weekend, but I spent it in LA, so it doesn't count?) But srsly, wtf? And databases is kind of embarrassingly easy too, just time consuming.

Okay back to Scheme... *sigh*
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Eight shots and I'm only tipsy, maybe a little bit drunk. I think I drank my housemates and associated friends under the table. Or well, the closest anyone else got was 4 shots, but Frank was hungover from last night and Melissa felt sick from too much Bailey's+carbonation+dancing, so I'm not sure if this is an accurate representation. Where's Becky when you need her? Lol.

Still need to do CS180 project and associated hw, boo.
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Perl actually isn't that bad of a language to code in. I can see why Mackey likes it so much. String manipulation is sure as shit easier than in C.

Also, I kind of like this starting on stuff early idea, means I'm not cramming everything into two days. Damn. I should have done this earlier, lol.
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It's good to be back in SC, aside from the cold, which I could do without. Though, on the plus side of that I did get a new jacket (after 24 hours of deliberation, turned out to be a good thing too because it was $20 cheaper the second day I went), which keeps me nice and toasty and warm. Mmm warm...

Classes look like they're going to be okay. Mackey is still Mackey and my Databases prof seems to be pretty nice. Go only taking two classes! (Plus some bullshit ISM seminar so I'm a full time student but whatever.) Haven't really gotten into much of the material so I can't say how the classes are going to go, but they seem to be interesting enough.

Finally went back to kempo last night after a two-ish month hiatus because of school, travel and general laziness. It was surprisingly fun. I didn't realize how much I missed it. Though I didn't really miss the whole deliberating on where to go eat thing, which is an amusing story in and of itself. We decided to go eat viet food, which turned out to be closed, so someone suggested Chinese, and someone else said P.F. Chang's, causing both Ben and me to grimace. You see, if the guys in NC, as great as they are, think P.F. Chang's is an "okay" place, then by my standards (admittedly higher than most people my age due to general food snobbery) it's probably going to be a step above barely edible. And sadly that was true. Now, I don't tend to take much issue with meh tasting food, if it's cheap. This wasn't. I mean for the amount and quality of the food, we were ripped off. Which is funny because we were led to believe that they serve large portions. I mean I think everyone would have been happier if we had hit Panda Express (cheaper, more food, same quality level).

Dinner aside the rest of the night went great. Hit a couple of bars on Santana Row and then came back to SC and went to the Red. LOL. Just like the good ole days. I was also vaguely amused at what a couple of drinks and the atmosphere of a bar does to loosen the tongue. Haha, I love it when people agree with me about shit. It pays to not change who you are.
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Finally done with OS, if I'm lucky I might even come out of that class with a B! I'm so fucking excited for this quarter to be finished and to go home. I miss HI. Or maybe I just need a change in scenery every three months. Maybe I can find a job that'll send me on business trips every so often. Not sure how that'd work if I'm just going to be a code monkey for a year and then do grad school.

Speaking of going places, guess who gets to go to Japan for spring break? Haha, yeah I'm super excited about that too. I just need to find a way to entertain myself for the 11 hour flight from here to Tokyo. Bleh. But yay! Japan!
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So it is entirely possible that my tolerance > Becky's. (O.o) Or it's just that I hide it better because walking back, it was quite clear that Becky was drunk. See, the only time she swears is when she's working on school stuff or when she's drunk and that's exactly what she was doing. And by "swears" I mean like a sailor, lol. Anyways, I kind of want to go shot for shot/drink for drink with her and see what happens. Kind of. Maybe. Sorta... lol. That'll be an interesting night...

Oh lolz, since Joi was too drunk tonight for us to buy her a drink I got her to agree to go out with us on Thursday. We might have found another Thursday night buddy! But yeah, tonight was good. Making fun of Becky == good times. Lolz, j/k. Hanging out with kempo people is always fun. And free drinks == GOOD.

Also, got Emily from kempo to give me a massage that kind of fixed my neck. Wewt! And Ben gave me an impromptu one while we were waiting for drinks at the Red Room. ^_^ Massages make me a happy panda.

I need to stop going to sleep around three. It's screwing up my sleep schedule, especially when I have early classes... On the plus side, it means that when I go home I'll have a somewhat normal sleep schedule. Dude! When I go home who am I going to go out to the bars with?! Oh noes!

Finally, schedule for next quarter, NO FRIDAY CLASSES! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Okay, so not as good as last winter quarter (only Tuesday/Thursday classes), but still pretty sweet! And I am surprisingly excited to take another Mackey class. Comparative programming languages, dude, five languages in 10 weeks, new language every two weeks: Perl, C++, Ocaml, Scheme, and Prolog; how sweet is that? (Okay, I'm excited except for Perl, because it's a write-only language, and that's kind of ftl when you're trying to debug. And I get the feeling that Scheme is going to be like that too because hi, LISP v2.0.) Haha! OMG I'm turning into a CS nerd. I guess this explains my new "bedtime".

Sad panda

Nov. 14th, 2008 04:43 pm
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So in compilers Mackey was going over the final program and he said, "This is probably the biggest project you will do, except maybe the Minix project." One of the students in the class mentioned that a group of us were also in that class, to which Mackey responded with, "Oh, fun" and then laughed at us and proceeded to make fun of us in his own unixbot way.

Dude, Mackey LAUGHED at us and then MADE FUN of us... *sad panda*

And since I'm on the topic of Mackey, at the beginning of class he was going over something related to the fourth program and said, "but that's more along the lines of a 104B project, which won't be offered this year". He sounded surprisingly bitter about this fact.
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Oh dear god why am I awake... came up to Baskin to get work done for OS, decided after barely working on my design doc that I really should wait until lab tomorrow to write this up. For some reason, I'm still sitting in lab staring at the doc and trying to puzzle it out. Theoretically, I should be able to use what I did last quarter, only that kind of blew up spectacularly. (Or well maybe not, but I still don't trust it.) That and the TA is actually really good at pointing us in the right direction and helping with design stuff. Not as much fun as Steph, but more helpful so I'd say it's an improvement.

Oh so funny story with a little bit of needed background. The guys next door, at least the ones from last year, were all about burritos and turning random ass shit into burritos, ex. spaghetti burrito. Anyways, I had leftover beef with bitter melon black bean and pork hash that I wanted to eat for lunch today, but unfortunately I ate the rest of my leftover rice the day before so I was considering my options: bread or tortilla. When I came up with tortilla my mind thought of either doing it Indian style or making a beef with bitter melon black bean and pork hash burrito. Immediately after seriously considering that idea I recalled the guys next door and all the burrito jokes we make about them. Lolz. Can something like that wear off through sheer proximity?

Sadly I didn't make a burrito, as awesome as that would have been. The meat wouldn't fit in the tortilla (there's a that's what she said joke in there somewhere, but I'm too tired).

I don't think I'll ever tire of using this icon. Natsuki ass ftw. Actually, Natsuki ftw, but her ass is a subset of her so that is also ftw. Yes, I am nerdtacular, thanks for asking.

ETA
So right after I posted this I got distracted and started listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack, which basically means I get no work done because I'm too busy bouncing in my chair and dancing to the music. Becky can vouch for me. Lol.

Mackey lolz

Nov. 9th, 2008 11:41 pm
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He may be a robot, but he's still pretty amusing.

From the assignment three specs: "Pic more or less has a hissyfit when asked to generate ASCII, but makes a valiant, though inadequate, effort."

Oh man did that crack me up. And then I showed it to Melissa and mentioned that it could be applied to so many things. "____ more or less has a hissyfit when asked to generate ____, but makes a valiant, though inadequate, effort." She took it one step further and filled in the blanks: "Crystal more or less has a hissyfit when asked to generate friendliness, but makes a valiant, though inadequate, effort." BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I literally ROFL'd.

Stand Back

Nov. 9th, 2008 02:24 am
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I'm going to try science! Lolz, yeah that was my evening. Or at least part of it. I was cleaning out the thermoses we have since I just got 2 gallons of vinegar from Costco and conveniently forgot that when you mix vinegar and baking soda you get a volcano. Haha, that was fun. Melissa has some awesome pictures, or maybe just two, of me trying science. (Points to everyone who gets the XKCD reference.)

Anyways, this week has been full of work and tasty nomnoms. Actually, more of the latter and less of the former. Made fresh pumpkin pie on Monday and whole chicken with ridiculously-bad-for-you-potatoes. Tuesday Becky made me the Laos version of pan-fried noodles. It was pretty good, and she even got Melissa to try some! She also made some summer rolls and brought them up to Baskin for snacky nomnoms while we were working late Wednesday night. Friday we went out with Ed to go eat sushi and froyo up in Los Gatos. And then today Becky and I spent 4+ hours in San Jose and yet didn't go to kempo. Lol. Yeah, I had to drop Melissa and Frank off to take the GRE, so we went grocery shopping and ate Korean noodles (omnomnoms) and hung out with Sakurai. Then we came back and I made takoyaki and Becky made pho.

And in keeping with tradition, since we didn't go out Thursday night, a group of us hit the bars last night for some drinks and some dancing. Everyone had a good time, so yay! Hopefully we can go out again this Thursday because Thursday night crowd > Friday night crowd. And we can get into Rosie's for free, which has better music than Blue Lagoon.

OS midterm on Thursday went well. Wewt!

Also, Becky left her Costco-sized handle of Grey Goose (courtesy of some guy she met once, I have no idea how she does it), in my room on top of my dresser. It makes me feel like an alky. Lol. It's kind of sad that we only used two shots of it tonight for our pomegranate martinis, which were awesome btw. (Melissa thinks we should invest in a shaker... lol.) I get the feeling that it's going to be sitting on my dresser for a very long time...

For final lolz, a group of us were hanging out the other night debating on what makes Erin "Asian", because she gets Asian glow when drunk, when someone brought up the topic of her skin tone. Basically, Erin has that yellow-brown tone that Asians get. I have it too, but not as bad. Oddly enough, Becky doesn't. This observation was followed by: "Crystal is hella yellow. I wanted to hail her when I first saw her." Yes, that's right, hail, like a taxi. Everyone lol'd at that.
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After spending a couple of nights up on Baskin working on programs, I'm thinking that there is probably something equivalent to that when it comes to fatigue and programming. There comes a point where you're just like fuck this I'm done, but then you have that moment of brilliance and amazingness and then everything just starts flowing again.

In other news, I really need to stop grinning when I spar with people. And blinking, but grinning is probalby bad too. LOL.
heart1e55m00mba: (River - counting the intervals)
Why yes I'm avoiding doing work by posting in my livejournal, lol.

Things due this upcoming week:
Graphics program (due Sunday)
OS hw (due Tuesday)
Compilers midterm (on Wednesday)
Graphics quiz (on Friday)

Things due week after:
Compilers program (due Monday)
OS program (due Thursday)
Graphics Midterm (on Friday)
OS Midterm? (It'll either be this week or the week after; probably the week after because we have a program due this week.)

Good part about this crazy schedule? Epic amounts of time spent with Thai, aforementioned guy from OS and compilers (go me for asking him to be partners for OS!). Speaking of which, the all-nighter I pulled Wednesday night pretty much cleared up my cough. Proof that programming does in fact cure the common cold, lol. Okay maybe not quite, but I thought it was kind of funny. And yay for Becky bringing up all-nighter supplies to us!

Socially I'm basically booked every weekend. Haha, went out last night to D&B, which was a lot more fun than last time. Played a couple of games of pool. I think Becky got fed up with all the bullshit lucky shots I pulled off, lolz. (Oh man they reminded me of all those games at Brian's. Good times, good times.) And it's really too bad Kim is straight because her skills were definitely lacking. I gave her tips, but I could have done the whole, "okay and this is how your stance is supposed to be, etc" if she wasn't straight. It would have been amazing. I mentioned this to Becky, and she laughed at me. I was also reminded last night of how amusing the kempo guys are when they're drunk, lol. Though, poor Ed was a little more fucked up than he thought. Heh, oh well it happens.

Tonight I'm hitting the bars in SC because my housemate turns 21 at midnight. Yay bar hopping! Not sure how this is going to work because she's the baby of the bunch, so we're going to have a huge group, and huge groups != bar hopping. Should be fun though. And then tomorrow after kempo I think we're doing some sort of birthday lunch for Ryuta since he couldn't come to his birthday dinner last night and he's leaving on a flight to Boston tomorrow night.

Following weekend Ryuta and Brandon have having an early Halloween house party/birthday party for Ed on Saturday, which means I need to devise/buy a costume. Dur... And then of course, there's the actual Halloween party/clubbing thing up in SF on the 31st.

So basically I'm kind of busy for the next two weeks/rest of this month, and by "kind of" I mean incredibly. Wish me luck!

Oh and the song I'm listening to right now? EPIC LOLZ.

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