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And by New Years I mean calendar and Chinese. Like usual it's been a while since I last posted, though I guess not as bad as usual. First semester went pretty well, certainly better than some of my quarters at UCSC, but SJSU's program isn't nearly as intense. Started Spring semester today. Classes are kind of meh so far. Review in Japanese. This sensei is more formal than the previous one, which is a little sad because I liked learning conversational Japanese. My numerical analysis class looks like it'll be interesting. Not quite sure about object-oriented design. I'm interested in the topic, but it's after a 6 hour break so I might feel inclined-- to attend. Tomorrow is algorithms and I'm looking forward to that so we'll see how it goes.

Spent a month at home for winter break. It was awesome. I was a little sad to be away from my butthead cat and Nick, but it worked out okay. I don't think Jake ever wants me to leave again though, lol. Spent a bunch of time at home hanging out with the cats. Helped my parents out with some chores. Hung out and ate tons of noms with Jaimie and Hideo. Got Nick caught up on Dollhouse and Firefly; we'll probably watch V or TSCC next. I also applied to a bunch of internships, got a couple of call backs this week so we'll see what happens.

Finished getting all of my motorcycle gear before I left for break, but didn't get the chance to go riding until I got back. Nick and I just took a short ride from his place to mine to go feed the cat, but it was hella fun. That's right, hella. We're hoping to go for a longer ride this weekend before the semester really starts up and I get swamped with work.

Speaking of, I mainly have morning classes so I should be getting to bed.
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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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This weekend has been kind of amazing in a really tiring way. First off, and the main reason behind the amazing and tiring, I attended a motorcycle class that basically means I don't need to do the whole "behind the wheel" thing at the DMV, which is good because I don't have a bike yet (and quite possibly won't for some time, sad panda lacking funds) and need the whole motorcycle license to get my CA driver's license since I applied for the CA driver's license and got a motorcycle permit at the same time. Yes, it's dumb that they won't give me my real CA driver's license until I get the motorcycle one, especially since the driver's license expires WAY before the motorcycle permit. I'm guessing it's because it's CA and they don't want to waste "precious resources" by giving me two pieces of plastic only to have one be useless after a few months. Though I guess I shouldn't complain because this got me off my ass and onto a motorcycle, which was fun and exciting and a little bit scary at first. Of course, it also meant that today and yesterday I was up at 5:15am. Ugh, yes, you read that right, AM as in morning, as in the sun wasn't up when I left my house. Plus side of this was driving 17->880->101 with little to no other cars on the road. That rocked hardcore.

Anyways, passed the course, so I can get my license once they send me the paperwork, which should be in about 10 days. Of course, since I was kind of excited about this I told my parents, who were never thrilled about me wanting to ride a motorcycle in the first place, so they naturally disapprove. I have no idea why I thought it would be a good idea to tell them; I was well aware they don't really want me to do this, but then again they didn't really want me to get a tattoo and they seemed to be okay with that when I asked them what they thought. Then again, there's a much smaller chance of dying by tattoo than by motorcycle related accident. What really bugs me is not so much their disapproval so much as how they tried to talk me out of it, specifically when my mother was like, "you didn't want a subaru forester because of the birkenstock-lesbian stereotype, what do you think a girl on a bike is? dykes on bikes isn't that what they call it?" I wanted to hang up right there I was so offended and pissed off. I mean yes they exist and are part of the gay pride parade, but really? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't even think that stereotype works.

In other news I spent most of yesterday and the day before updating Ubuntu on my comp, which sucked more than it did last time. Basically when I tried to do the update normally it cocked up pretty bad and had to boot up in Windoze get the .iso and reinstall it over my old linux partion. That took most of Friday night. Then when I came back to SC (the motorcycle class was in Santa Clara, and yes I realize it's a bit confusing to use SC and then say Santa Clara), I spent most of the day getting the new distro working with my comp and customizing and reconfiguring everything. Fun. Actually aside from the epic frustration Friday (which was more due to the fact that I had to get to sleep early because of the motorcycle class the next morning) it wasn't that bad. Kind of fun, lol, this is why I'm a CS major. /nerd

Saw State of Play on Friday. It was actually pretty good, but then again look at the cast: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, and Rachel McAdams. Hard to wrong with that. Story/plot was awesome. There were a couple of excellent shots involving backlighting, so the cinematography was pretty good. (And on the more shallow side, there was a great shot involving Rachel McAdams in a pencil skirt, guh.) The soundtrack was a little Batman at points, but I let it slide.

And even more exciting, right before the movie I saw Megatokyo Girl (really awesome girl from my Japanese class who's into Megatokyo and always complemented me on my shirts). Lol, the memories. Okay because this is kind of hilarious and shows how awesome she is: a bunch of us set up a study dinner thing over at one guy's apartment at Oakes, and since it was a Sunday the buses weren't really running so Megatokyo Girl offered to give me a ride. When she picked me up I had just finished showering because I had kempo practice right before and so when I got into her car she said, "You smell showerlicious." Srsly, how awesome is that?
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I think most of you know this, but I'll restate it anyways, I decided that I'm going to learn to ride a motorcycle when I get back to SC. This, of course, means that I need to get boots (steel toe). After re-watching most of Firefly, and given my love of River (and Summer Glau), I've decided that if at all possible I'm going to find me something similar to the combat boots that River wears. Because I'm a nerd like that.

The ideal plan for this whole motorcycle thing: study the CA motorcycle handbook while in PA, take permit test when I get to SC, take CHP class sometime during fall quarter (on top of compilers and OS and graphics this should be fun), buy a motorcycle with Becky (this is assuming that she is a: making money this summer and b: saving aforementioned money), practice with said motorcycle, and finally turn in form from CHP class and get license six months later. One of the perks of this plan is that the permit should, hopefully serve as sufficient enough ID for me to get residency tuition rates from the UC. Yay no more $6000+ in out-of-state fees per quarter!

I am also going to have to remain silent about this to my parents as they seriously disapprove of me learning to ride a motorcycle, much less actually riding one as a serious form of transportation. My father said "[he] would be very disappointed with [me]" and "it's a good way not to live past 30". We'll see. Hopefully I'll be fine. *knocks on wood*

Also, my grandmother got moved out of the ICU today and into whatever you called the next step down area. So yay, she's getting a little bit better. I think having all of her kids (yes, this includes my not-quite-all-there conservative uncle from Colorado. odd how I have a not-quite-all-there conservative uncle on both side of my family) is helping. The funny part is that when my other uncle (the one who lives with her) said that both my mom and her oldest brother were going to be there at the same time, the first thing my grandmother asked was, "are they getting along?" Lol. Apparently they're also getting some awesome produce from the farms over there, so I get to look forward to that when I head over there in TWO WEEKS!


One more thing, I get to drive a race car on Sunday. Wewt! I love how when I told Melissa this she replied by saying, "whose brilliant idea was it to stick you in one of those?" Moar lolz occurred when I told her it was my parents' idea.


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