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Monday, August 30, 2010

CKI’s Intro Meeting

CKI’s Ice Cream Social today. It was... interesting...

In total, 61 people attended, which was actually surprising as we didn't quite have enough ice cream (and floats) to serve everyone, even though we thought we were overprepared. A third stayed all the way.

Note: The next meeting starts at 8:30pm Sept 7 on Tuesday in DUC 211 (2nd floor of the UC). Further meetings will occur at 8:30pm Mondays at the same place.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Really Useful Boxes

In addition to being really useful for storage space, they can double up to create a keyboard stand to avoid straining my back when typing while standing up. It makes it into the style of There I Fixed It but at least it works for me.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Two Moons

"Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons." -via email

On August 27 at 12:30am, Mars did not come close to being the size of the moon, though it was bright and next to it.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Ice Cream Social

#178E: Watch a movie in the Pacific Theatre (Goal completed, watched Iron Man 2)

In a nutshell, watched Iron Man 2, attended an ice cream social and watched John Thompson win the ice cream eating contest. It's probably going to receive huge press given the large number of students recording that.

BTW there were out of ice cream sandwiches by the time I made it there, and the event had more people than I originally anticipated.

Helpful Hint: You can watch moves that you missed in the regular theaters for a lower cost. ($5)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tabling IRL

So I experience tabling in real life when I was called in to do so today afternoon. It was hard at first; neither of us found a efficient way to get people's attention. In the end, there was some success, but conclusively I needed some more practice in public speaking, given the fact that public advertising is new to me.

I remember I walked by those people who are at those booths last week; some were trying to get my attention to recruit members. Now I'm in their seat.

(Blogger's note: While running the booth, among the students who were interested in Circle K were May Chen (former Key Club president of MCHS), and Ry Val (from the concert Give It A Chance). The latter has yet to be confirmed.)

Monday, August 23, 2010


There’s so many choices to make in life. Upon approaching a booth with lots of time to spare, I participated in it. I was asked today: do you ever think about the future when you make choices? What one word would you describe as a quality you would expect to have in the future.

I wrote on my hand: Involved.

One of my friends, Larry (who was at the booth), gave me his story. I was very surprised; he was apparently very social and friendly when I first met him, but in the beginning, before he came to UOP, he was no different than me. It goes to show that even I could’ve changed to become a better person.

I recall all those times from the beginning of college. There's not much I could do about it now, but with current times, I gotta make the best of it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Return to UOP

Took this image shortly after Convocation for Freshmen, Faye Spanos Concert Hall. 8th Annual Tiger Roar.

UOP is not an official name for the university anymore, but many students still call it UOP.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Now that I'm in a higher position in one of my clubs I've got to get adjusted to their jargon.

In the club meetings they mentioned something about tabling. I ask myself: "wth is tabling?" Apparently it involves managing the club booth/table that's out there on the lawn, next to the brick (or concrete) walkway showing the other passerbys what your club's got, and recruit others to join. This image has nothing to do with it.

Or as they did in Sunday's event: Go to tables with freshman while they're eating and inform them about Circle K. (the scene in the next post) It didn't work too well however.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Really Useful Storage Space

#103E. IM 5 different people in a single day. (Goal Completed, it was a online club meeting)

Got some "Really Useful Boxes" today... they're tiny as well as useful, especially when the card inside tells you the boxes' intended use. This brings my storage box total in my room to around... 45.

That number doesn't include hard drives, which is considered by some people as 'storage' for computer files.

Question of the Day: You have a lot of storage containers. Given they are big enough to fit an object of your choosing, what would you put in it?

Fun Fact: The images used in the series "Fall 2010 in Pictures" are located in their separate hard drive.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Starcraft II: Splash Damage Mechanics

Setting up splash damage in Starcraft II is a lot harder than the first game. (Actually, you needed not set one up at all, you had to resort to a third party program, DatEdit.) But hey, you can edit just about any aspect of what units are being affected and how much damage they take.

Reference to SC1: There are three splash damage values in the original game; the radius of the three invisible circles that control which units take full, 50%, and 25% damage.

Something about myself: I learn visually, and find it better to understand things when drawing concepts, etc.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fall 2010 in Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Next semester I have decided to live off campus, particularly because the costs are becoming too high to live on campus (essentially I would be paying more if I used the scholarship than if I didn't.) As a result, I have all the resources available at my disposal, instead of the stripped down equipment that I would normally have in the dorm.

So here we go. This next semester... I'll try to express stuff in pictures, keeping the word count to a minimum. Why? It's been one year since my first posts and my posts have been a bit... wordy. (300+ words on average per post) So I'll try a different tactic. I learned this summer that you do things to satisfy yourself, not necessarily for the purpose of impressing others.

Let's see how long I can keep this up.

(BTW, the page layout will change slightly so the image will be 70% bigger. And stats show that people hardly use the navigation panel on the left. Just fyi)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Edit-Protecting Starcraft II Maps

After experimenting with the editor for long periods of time, including trying to improve the compression rates for sounds, I found out that you could lock the map offline and prevent it from being edited, without having to publish the map online to first.

Although you can view and play the map, you would not be able to edit the map in any way. Useful for deterring map stealers and cheap modifications of maps, or if you don't want other people editing it when publishing it on the interwebs. And there's a lot of maps out there.

As of the 1.0.1 release of the editor:

Steps to reproduce:

  • Make a copy of the map that you're going to protect.
  • Open the document with the latest version of WinMPQ
  • Import a 16-bit 8kHz wav sound file that's around 10KB into the map (you can use any name), with compression type "Audio".

You're done. Others can open and play the map, but it will cause the editor to crash when they edit the map in any way and then save/test document.

There might be some workarounds for this method, although I haven't found any yet, since copying the data (except the sounds) into another file using WinMPQ will create an unplayable map.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Event Planning Part 2

Getting an event going is tough. Even though you got an event going, it’s hard to get a sufficient number of (confirmed) guests in order to attend, and less to arrive on a timely basis. Happened to me last Saturday for a meeting; I though I was late when in fact I was the first one there.

In this example, I only managed to get two others in the event, and because we’ll be the first to arrive, we may not have enough people to start a game. (We got to assume those who are waiting to respond won’t come). Not to worry, though.

Thanks to a blog tip from one of my friends, I noticed that there’s a laser tag event an hour later at the same place. (Note: this is not the same image on their blog) With not a lot of confirmed attendees. This is another decision. If I merge the group with this one, things can get interesting. Unfortunately I don’t have the negotiation power to see if we can merge the event. Or I can try to get enough people to get a game going before they arrive; don't want to interrupt their party.

Decisions, decisions... it's all based on random factors.