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Memeage, now with Actual Content(tm)!

I'm procrastinating on studying for Algorithms (which starts at 8 tonight, according to Staley's email...). Thus, memeage from jennmenchi.

>>> Memeage

Answer these. Now. You know you have nothing better to do... ;)

1. Who are you?
2. Are we friends?
3. When and how did we meet?
4. Do you have a crush on me?
5. Would you kiss me?
6. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
7. Describe me in one word.
8. What was your first impression?
9. Do you still think that way about me now?
10. What reminds you of me?
11. If you could give me anything what would it be?
12. How well do you know me?
13. When's the last time you saw me?
14. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
15. Are you going to put this on your blog and see what I say about you?

>>> Actual Content

So. RSA encryption is hard, but not as hard as LZW (de)compression. LZW makes my brain explode. The compressor does this weird look-ahead-one-character thing when it's building its dictionary (and of course, the codes it uses change depending on the lookahead). And somehow, the decompressor has to use divine inspiration (well, OK, it's more like magic) to figure out what the lookahead character was. In this case, "magic" consists of looking at the beginning of the previous code. I have no idea how this manages to work, but it does.

I'm really nervous about my two remaining finals, to the point where I was getting stressed and pettily pissed off at LZW earlier today, but now I'm just in denial. I would much rather be doing almost anything than studying for one test (which I know I'm probably going to get below average on), and worrying about the next.

I'm sort-of-starting meditation again. But it looks like I'm pretty much back to square one in terms of my ability to concentrate, which means those few months when I was doing it before the big break were pretty much lost effort. (Not wasted, because I have a reference now, but I still get to effectively redo them.)

I'm still really fuzzy-headed (have been for the past few weeks, in fact). I've been having the thought that this might be a physiological thing -- it started back when I started the allergy meds (and stopped meditating). I've been off the Sudafed/Allegra portion for a good week or two now, though, so I don't know. I've also been getting more exercise than usual (which has been helping, a little), and I've been eating reasonably healthily. So if it's a physiological thing, it's a damn hard one to work out.

I'll probably post again, after my final. In the meantime, I need to come out of denial and get back to studying (and eat some dinner).

Oh yes ... for those of you that are still here through Friday (i.e. leaving Saturday) and don't already know, I believe there is a plot by the Joe-Andy group to go up to the 'P' at midnight and sing. ;P

Edit: On a totally unrelated note, I was just looking at some older pics (Tsurugi's from last year), a few of which had me when I still had short hair... yuck. I definitely think it looks much better longer, I don't care what my mother says. :p

-- Des
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    If you want to know what my life is like, look no further. Really, that's all there is to it. -- Des

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