Winter 2006 Semester

Today is Tuesday Nov. 21. AKA the day I get to choose classes for the Winter 2006 semester of school. Next semester I planned on choosing classes I am required to take with only a couple of electives. I was worried that the classes I wanted would end up being full so I made sure to wake up early so I could register at 9am. I ended up choosing CS290AF (elective), CS306, CS340, Econ 202(elective) and Chinese 100(elective). So I guess it turns out I’m taking 3 electives but the CS elective is related so it could be considered a part of my major. I like Economics so I’m taking another Econ class. This Economics class is going to be about Macroeconomics. Finally, I registered for Chinese 100. This class should be really easy and I just hope they don’t think I’m too knowledgeable for it. It might require me playing stupid the first few classes so I don’t look suspicious.

IT Salary Guide for 2006

Starting salaries for IT professionals and trends and developments expected to affect the field according to the Robert Half Technology. Direct link to the 28-page PDF report

I always find these type of articles interesting. Since I will be in this industry someday it is always insightful to take a look at what I could expect to be making. Looking over these numbers seems to indicate that I will be able to make a decent living. I just hope the positive trend in salaries continues so that once I graduate I will be earning more!!

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“Sounds like somebody has a case of the monday’s” –Office Space
That quote is from a very funny movie called Office Space. It is a little older now but it is still very relevent to anyone who ever has to work at an office job. The movie was made by Mike Judge, aka the guy who made Beavis and Butt-Head. The movie itself is very memorable with plenty of quoteable characters. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I would definitely recommend it.

Back to my Monday though. I finished my assignments for CS330 and CS350. I don’t really know how well I did on them but this late in the year I am not too concerned. My goal was to finish as much as I could as well as I could. While I was working on them I felt so tired, in the afternoon my older brother made me drink a large can of Jolt, and I had a slurpee, so I had plenty of caffeine. I think I just needed to get some sleep. Then on the way to going to sleep I decided to take a detour and watch some movies with my brothers before they went back to Alberta. We watched Over the Top, a very funny movie. The movie is suppose to be serious but it’s hard not to laugh. It is a movie about armwrestling and the top prize for world champion is a semi. Sylvester Stalone is the main character and he does a good job as an unintelligent but strong armwrestler/trucker. After this movie had finished we started up Naked Gun 33 1/3. I didn’t watch the whole movie since I had to goto sleep since I had school. This is actually suppose to be a funny movie.

The week is looking like it will be long, the next thing due will be my CS330 project.

“Battlestar Galactica” Confirmed for Third Season

I just read this and am excited. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard of Battlestar Galactica you are missing out. It’s a really great show and anyone who is interested in science fiction should check it out. The only problem is that it is only available on SciFi channel. That means that everyone in Canada will have to find other means to watch the show. . such as buying the dvds.

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It’s that time again. This weekend I will be spending my time on Saturday at my Grandparents 50th Anniversary. It should be good, I know I’ll enjoy the food. My brothers are coming home from Alberta for the weekend to come along. It should be fun to spend some time with them.

Then I suppose Sunday will turn into a full day of trying to complete all of the assignments due on Monday. That won’t be so fun :( The two CS classes always seem to make me have homework over weekends. CS350 seems to be more important since the assignment is worth 8% of the total mark. Also, it has been simplied for everyone and questions 3 and 4 have been taken out. That just leaves questions 1 and 2. This seems to be like a big weight off my shoulderss.

What Happend?

I forgot to mention that I took out the original page that was here before. I felt this page was getting old and needed to be redone. I added a redirect from the old site location to the blog for everyone’s convenience. The new page looks better but for those of you that still wish to see the old page, you can do that by clicking on the “historical index” link on the side. The new site will allow me to more easily make updates and keep the site current. Stay tuned for more details.


I thought I would try something new. I put together this blog after messing around for a couple of hours. . I don’t know why it took so long to setup but I think it has something to do with not knowing what is going on. I thought I would try to be creative and I put the mysql server onto a ubuntu linux machine. Thanks again Derek for the Pentium 166mhz , haha. I suppose this is just an experiment to see if I could make it work. While I was working on getting this going I thought to myself that this is the kind of stuff that we should be doing for class assignments.

In school assignment news, I have been looking over the assignments that I will have due in the upcoming week or two. In Computer Science, I have a CS350 assignment (shortened) and a CS330 assignment due on Monday the 21st. On Monday the 28th, part 2 of the CS330 project will be due. Today I handed in the last Chemistry lab assignment, and next up will be the lab final in a couple weeks. As well, I have another English essay due on December 5th. This will be a major essay worth 20% so I am going to have to try really hard to give this mark a solid boost into the final.

In other news, I finally bought House of Flying Daggers today. I had already seen the show plenty of times already but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own the DVD. This was one of my favorite shows that I saw while I was over in China. For those of you who have not seen it, it takes place in China a long time ago. It seems similar in style to Hero, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. So if you liked either of those I’m sure you will like this.

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