November 13th, 2003


Programming ideas

One thing I want to write is something I'm calling Dossier. Basically just a database that lets me keep information about people in it. Any information I get about a person, I could put in there. I suppose I could also send it all the email I recieve from and send to that person. I suppose I could just make an Access database with an ever-expanding list of types of data. I've got to do some more thinking about this to decide what exactly I want it to do, how I would use it. It's basically a replacement for a real, working brain, with real, working memory, which I seem to have lost somewhere along the way.

The other thing is a gift registry where the person who the gifts are for can't see anything. So, basically, you'd sign up with the system, then tell your friends and family what your name on the system is. They would sign up with the system, then list you as someone they're buying gifts for. They could list a gift, and there would also be a bulletin board to discuss gift ideas for said person. Everyone who adds that person to their list would be able to see this information, but the person who the gifts are for would not. The only problem I see is that there's nothing to stop someone from making a second account just to see what they're getting. Would this be enough to make people not use it? Or would you just rely on someone not "cheating"? More details to work out on that one, but I'm curious to know what people think about this question.


It looks like we'll be getting peak Leonid viewing time around 2:30 AM Wednesday morning (November 19th). Anyone with a car want to come pick me up and head out to Revere Beach? Otherwise, I might just head down to the park near me.


Been having some interesting dreams lately. One I had last night had three distinct parts. In the second part, I was trying to go somewhere with some people from the first part. I think we had to attack something, but we didn't have appropriate weapons. We wandered into this room, and there were a lot of cops. We checked, but none of the cops had bazookas, which is what we really needed. Not really thinking about why, I decided to grab one of the cops' guns. I held the cop in front of me and started shooting the other cops in the room. I shot a lot of them, but they didn't fall down or die (Buffy last night had spirit warrior people who wouldn't die). I got hit somewhere finally, so I decided to give up. I held my hands up, dropped the gun, still with the cop in front of me. But after I dropped the gun, I was shot really badly in the side of the arm. They arrested me then, but first they bandaged me up, and they were really careful about it. Someone took me away, still being careful of my arm, and this transitioned into the third part of the dream. Oh, but at some point, maybe it was at the transition point, I realized that what I had done when I started shooting the cops was I had drawn all of the heavy firepower in the city to the building where I was, because they had to deal with me. I realized that that gave the people who were with me the opportunity to grab a bazooka from one of them and still be able to attack whatever it was we needed to attack, so I really had sacrificed myself for a greater good, even though I was just running on instinct when I did it. That part was definitely influenced by me finishing Ender's Shadow last night. when I start reading again, I haven't decided if I want to read Speaker for the Dead or the next book in the Bean series.

The Photographer's Handbook

Found the book this time. It was right where it was supposed to be, which wans't true on Monday. It's the original 1977 edition. There have since been two more editions, the most recent one published by DK. Anyway, this looks like it covers some basics, so that shoudl be good enough to get me started. I don't really want to walk into class in January not knowing anything. Plus knowing stuff will help me understand other photogrpahy books I read. for instance, Photographing People, which I'm reading now, lists the lens, exposure time, and aperture as a caption for each picture in the book. It would be nice to understand what each of those means and why and when you would want to use different lenses, shutter speeds, and apertures. I'm sure that will all be covered in the class I'm taking, but I want to be a little more prepared, so that I can get the most out of the class. I'm pretty excited about it, actually.
sideways naked

After-work productivity

Dropped off blanket, browsed cameras ($159 was the lowest I saw for a used SLR camera body, and that was without a lens, so I think I'll stick to borrowing for this first class), bought deodorant (although the tiny Bread & Circus in Central didn't have the brand I normally get), returned Ender's Shadow to the library, bought black nail polish, made tofu and spinach stuff for dinner.

I've been so productive, and it's not even 7:30 yet. What the hell am I going to do with the rest of my evening? Well, Simpsons for a start. Then maybe a bath. Then maybe look at Photographing People some more, maybe look at The Photographer's Handbook. I think I'll take a slight fiction break in order to read about photography.