willpower over moodpower

So I went to bed last night tired, cranky and irritable. And I woke up tired, cranky and irritable. And then at some point (maybe in the shower) I decided that was crap. So now I’m tired, but not as cranky or irritable 🙂

Google Maps just updated their API to version 2 (here’s an upgrade guide from version 1). I upgraded my google map to use the new API. The only visible difference is now you can zoom in two levels closer on the satellite or hybrid views (as close as you can in Google Earth), to really give you that “whoa, that’s creepy!” feeling. The irritating news is that now map coordinates have to be given in a GLatLng structure, which constructor takes the latitude and longitude in the opposite order as before. So now I have to spend a while rewriting the dental site to flip all those arguments – ugh! Why didn’t they get this right in the first place?

Last week I gained a fair bit of weight for two weeks. This week, apparently, I lost that weight and .8 pounds more to boot. I’m both happy and suspicious of the scale.

Tom DeLay’s resigning! Wow. Given that a former aide of his pleaded guilty to corruption a few days ago and said he’d cooperate with prosecutors, I’m guessing he’s going to be found guilty (eventually), or at least he thinks he’s going to be found guilty. This is good news for Texas!

This Thursday and Friday (and Saturday morning) is NI’s annual technical conference, NITech. Kyle and I are doing the robolab challenge again (see LJ entries from last year’s). Things are going pretty well (and we’re both busy, so not gonna work on it as much) – we got programs going Sunday afternoon and last night we put them together and did some trial runs which went, on the whole, pretty well. (unfortunately that meant I had to miss game night hosted at my place…) The competition is Friday evening at 6 PM at NI, and it should last around an hour, if anyone’s interested in coming 🙂

Work is stressful. I need to do a better job at not getting stressed at work. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

successish! done!

Robolab went well! We played two rounds, and your best score was counted. After the first round we had 262 points, which was first place! (and only 8 points lower than our best trial run). During the second round another team scored a very very good 335 points, which we knew we weren’t gonna beat (and didn’t), so we ended up in second. Happy it went well, happy it’s over.

The hour is near…

robolab approaches! I’m down here doing some tweaking, then one more session, then the competition at 6. I’m trying not to be too stressed about it, but I’ve so tired (and work hasn’t been going well) that everything is a huge freaking deal. I had better be over this soon, because it’s really wearing on me.

Blah. Anyway, the robot just climbed the stairs well, so I’m happy for now! Onward…

today. Also, last night.

First things first. West Wing was good!
So, good episode…really the last few episodes were good. I’m glad Santos won, and the addition of Baker was a nice surprise. As for the big surprise (Leo for VP), at first it made sense, but now…I dunno. I mean, he doesn’t add anything electorally (chief of staff is not an impressive position, electorally), and his health problems would raise serious red flags for me. The real race should be interesting, especially since they’re really setting both candidates up as “good guys”.

Props for Jonathan – he noted at the beginning of the episode that of all the primary candidates, we’ve only seen Santos’s wife.

So, still tired and stuff. Robolab went well tonight – there were some minor snags, but I think things will go well tomorrow. Today and tomorrow is a technical conference, so I was in sessions all day, which was kinda neat, but meant I was at work for 14 hours, and doing actual work for none of it. Which was weird!

Hmm. I’m out of things to say I guess. Hopefully things will go well tomorrow, and I will be able to relax some. Not that I should be stressed about this. But I have some new ideas to try at work, so hopefully that will help.

Happy Birthday, onefishclappin! Some people (including wildrice13 and onefishclappin) are over talking and stuff, but I need to go to bed – bright and early tomorrow! *sigh*

robolab randomness!

So robolab stuff went pretty well last night – we did another task and then did a few runthroughs. Not that the runthroughs went particularly well (I’m the “commander”, which means I decide which tasks to try again, skip, etc…and I was just too tired to do a good job. More practice, which will come Thursday, should help), but we’re in pretty good shape. Go us! (we don’t have a team name yet)

I’m tired still. I’m having two cokes a day just to stay afloat. Next week I am so catching up on sleep, come hell or high water!

Does anyone else start listening to music right before posting so they can have something to put there? Or am I like the lamest person in the world?

Google Maps now has satellite views of their maps, which is wicked cool. Although it seems to be not working for me at the moment.

There was an article on our internal web site titled “American Idol Debuts at NI”. So I was interested, and clicked. The first few sentences were: “American Idol at NI? Well, no … but we are bringing something close.” Does this seem like irresponsible journalism to anyone else? I know it’s just an internal site, but you can’t lie in your story title!

West Wing season finale tonight! The last few episodes have been very good, so I’m really looking forward to tonight’s. Who’s gonna die this time?

Hmm…still tired. And I get hungrier when I’m tired, so my weight watchers is totally totally shot for the last few weeks (and this one too). Maybe I’ll grab some candy. Mmm…

weekend, stuff

(I’m not very good at coming up with subjects…)

So the weekend was decent, I guess. Even just being 2 years removed from Rice drastically reduced the number of people I knew at Beer-Bike (and WRC didn’t even sweep! 😦 ) I took some pictures, which I’ll put up sometime this week, hopefully. I did put up pictures from Easter – you can find them here.

“Sin City”…yikes. It was a pretty good movie, despite all the violence and gore (and those don’t usually bother me too much, but it definitely bothered me this time…not for the faint of heart or stomach). I like Alexis Bledel 🙂 Actually, I found out she’s from Houston (thanks to IMDB). Neat!

Despite not getting enough sleep over the weekend, I felt better than I did during the week, and now I’m feeling blah again, which leads me to believe that stress is really the problem. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. Although things are going a little better at work, so hopefully that’ll help some.

This week is robolab competition week, so I’m busy monday, tuesday, thursday nights working on it (and friday is the competition!) Things went OK last night – we’re trying to be careful to make sure things work, as opposed to trying every single task and having none of them work (like what happened last year). Tonight I think we’re gonna do calibration and some test runs on the real board. Wish us luck!

wow, I really can’t think of one! oh well…

So I managed to get to bed at a semi-reasonable time last night, and I feel pretty good so far today. Driving to Houston should be fun. Unfortunately, we can’t listen to wildrice13‘s iPod Mini because my Prius doesn’t have a tape player! Oh well…

Gmail announced (and I don’t think it’s an April Fools thing…) that they’re raising their storage from 1Gb to 2GB, which might seal the deal for me. I love Gmail. Also, they have a cute April Fools thing where they’re raising your available storage continuously. Check it out!

Robolab went well last night – accomplished two more tasks. And I’m gonna be the “commander”, deciding what tasks to tackle and what to give up on during th ecompetition. So I need to memorize the point values and time it takes to do them 🙂

Work’s going decently, although still a long way to go. Although our stock is not so happy today. Sorry!

Evita is good music. Never seen the musical (although I did like the Simpsons version!), but David liked it, and we should see it together at some point.

Wildflowers along the highways and on campus really cheer me up, more than they should, I think. They’re just so colorful and full of life. Anyway, it’s nice pick-me-up to see them every morning 🙂

Hopefully this weekend will be fun. And I’ll get some good pictures.

I’m like totally out of thoughts. So, have a good weekend, all!