Friday, March 31, 2006

Quantum Bunnies

"Are you sure this water's sanitary? It looks questionable to me." - Young Tantor (Tarzan)

Doesn't the title just sound cool? "Scientists demonstrate quantum nature of entanglement swapping"

"Warming signs mount up in Antarctica"

"30 years of Apple: Assessing Apple's impact"

Soon to be (bad) sci-fi movie plot: "Long mobile phone use raises brain tumor risk"

"Prayer does not heal the sick, study finds" - I really want to make a comment here but I decided against it.

"New String-Theory Notion Redefines the Big Bang"

This movie looks funny: "Scrat steals 'Ice Age' show". (It is a movie, it has a sloth, hence I like it).

Now I hate to post and run, but I got lots to do this weekend. Projects and homework are coming along, slowly but they are getting there. Well, I think they are anyway.

Is my screen suppose to be getting all blurry like that? Oh wait I just needed to blink a couple times...

(Just ignore me and my sarcastic comments....It seemed a lot funnier in my head....)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Oracle and the Bunny

"Ohh, what's really going to bake your noodle later on is, would you still have broken it if I hadn't said anything?" - Oracle (The Matrix)

Today in algorithm class we discussed the Oracle Turing Machine. Whenever I hear the word Oracle my brain automatically thinks Matrix. Yeah, can't explain that one either so I just don't try.

Sorry about the lack of updates - I just haven't gotten around to it recently. My projects and homework are keeping me busy. There is only a month of school left (for this term).

It is actually starting to look like spring around here. Today the high is 65! (and the sun is trying to come out behind some clouds!) Yesterday it was in the 50s. Really, it has been pretty nice all week.

News you probably don't care about but I am going to tell you anyway:
"Spacecrafts witness a new facet of Earth's magnetic behaviour"

"Carnegie refines WMU's status as research university"

Really, we shouldn't make fun of professors...

"Going With The Flow"

On a complete side note (and I am sure most of you don't care) but I am going to tell you anyway. Each Wednesday's I go ice skating. Anyway, I am slowly starting to do single jumps and some of the basic spins again. Oh and I have been practicing some of the basic footwork stuff. It has been such a nice part of my week. Of course, I am still horribly out of shape - but I am enjoying every minute of the ice skating! It is one of the highlights of my week :)

Have a nice weekend everyone! Hope you weather is as nice as mine!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sunday Funny Bunnies

"Good writers borrow from other writers, great writers steal from them outright." - Sam Seaborn (The West Wing)

Again, I really don't have a clue about the bunnies in the title thing. It is possibly due the fact that at this point in the semester I usually start going a little nuts...crazy...insane...a few fries short of a happy meal...

Anyway, lets move on to more important stuff. It is Sunday and that means the TV show The West Wing is on tonight. According to the write-up one of the guest stars for this evenings episode is Jon Bon Jovi.

As for random bits of news:
"The man who could fix Windows"

"World's tallest tower looms in Tokyo"

"Climate Model Predicts Greater Melting, Submerged Cities"

"New data transmission record - 60 DVDs per second"

On a completely unrelated side note I posted my comment about the Omega 13 Bunnies post (the relationship between Ackermanns function and Galexy Quest) if you are at all interested. However, I highly doubt that you are but I figured I would tell you anyway.

Well, my 5 minute breaks over. I have to get back to working on my projects and homework. Oh so much fun. So much fun I almost fell out of my chair. Oh wait that was because I almost fell asleep. Silly me. ;-)

Hope you are having a happy weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Ann Arbor Bunnies

"There are some fish that cannot be caught. It's not that they're faster or stronger than other fish, they're touched by something extra. " - Young Ed Bloom (Big Fish)

"Falcons or music at Burton Tower? Maybe both"

"Scientists identify two new forms of ice"

Someone asked me about things to do in Ann Arbor the other day. Since I was already looking for the websites, I figured that I would post them here as well. If any of you can think of any others, let me know. Thanks.
(For a complete list of U of M museums follow this link. I also recommend this link for maps for U of M).

While in Ann Arbor if you want some of the best Chicago style pizza in Michigan check out Pizza Hourse on Church Street. They have the best cheesy bread sticks...

If vegetarian (or vegan) is more your style, I highly recommend Seva. They have wonderful daily/weekly/seasonal specials. Oh and some of the best ice tea in the midwest.

Random Trivia (many people probably know): In the movie Big Fish you can hear the University of Michigan fight song (reference)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

More Bunnies...

"Quincy! Somebody tell me what this is. Plastic ice cream scoop? What'd that cost? About $400." - Harry Stamper (Armageddon)

A little news...

"Was Einstein Wrong about Space Travel?"

"Dell Acquires Alienware"

"Pay your cell-phone bill by watching ads"

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

See Bunnies Run...

"The clowns? Oh, yeah, the clowns... we fight them too. Entire armies, spilling out of Volkswagens. We do our best to fight them off, but they keep sending 'em in. " - John Sheppard (Stargate Atlantis)

My current favorite song is "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2. The intro is such a good lead in to the rest of the song. I have two versions - the single and a longer version. Although it is the same lyrics each song version has a totally different feel to it. The longer version has an intro that actually starts off pretty quiet and slowly gets louder. Anyway, excellent song. It is already on my "play over and over" list. I think it is going to make an excellent song to listen to on my car trips between school and home.

New and Links Just Because...
Latest Google product: Google Finance

"Stanford professor hopes to mimic the brain on a chip"

"Microsoft to offer cheap Xbox 360 game development kit?"

"Apple's New Core"

Vista Delayed Again

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Omega Bunnies

"Activate the Omega 13." - Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Galaxy Quest)

Everytime I hear the word omega I always think of Galaxy Quest. So today during lecture when the professor mentioned the Omega Network architecture the first thing that came to mid was : "Never give up. Never surrender." Of course in this same lecture we also talked about Ackermann's Function - so it was somewhat fitting if you think about it. (If you don't get the connect, drop me a comment and I will explain or feel free to add a comment of what you think the connection is between the two topics).

News because it was there:

"Carbon nanotube TV trials on horizon"

Check it out: 2006 Community Choice Awards

"Google, Nike team up to create online football arena"

In the words of Eeyore: "Thanks for noticing me..."
(Read more about Winnie-the-Pooh on Wikipedia. By the way as a kid I use to watch Welcome to Pooh Corner and Dumbo's Circus all the time. Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with any other part of my blog...but I am telling you anyway.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Saturday Cartoon Bunnies

"Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does." - Bill Nye

EDIT: Some of you will understand this comic (and it's title and why I posted a link to it) and many of you will not.

Just a quick post for today. I have a bunch of stuff to try to accomplish this weekend. Plus I want watch West Wing on Sunday! It is chilly here in Michigan but there is a little sun out for a change. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Links are like bunnies...
"Researchers create world's first transparent integrated circuit"

"Mocking Bill Gates Mockery of the Mockup $100 Laptop"

The quote at the top of the page is pretty funny...

"Go to jail, play video games?"

Friday, March 17, 2006

Irish Bunnies with Green Hats

"Hey, lunatic lady, trust me when I tell you there is absolutely no way that you are going to see the president. " - Josh Lyman (The West Wing)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


"Tiny 'cages' could trap carbon dioxide and help stop climate change"

"Math For Programmers" (interesting read)

"Living their lives on the fast track"

EDIT: Cows in Space! (I had to add a link because I thought the site was really funny!)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

400 Bunnies...

"No, you're dark-side intergalactic encyclopedia salesmen. Unfortunately, the home office hasn't been quite upfront with you." - Cameron Mitchell (Stargate SG-1)

This is my 400th blog! Yikes. I am shocked that I have managed to blog that much. But then again, I do ramble a lot...OK, so maybe I am not that shocked.

It is snowing on the west side of Michigan - so I left. (Actually, I got out just before it got bad). Tomorrow is a fun Irish holiday. I got to find something green to wear... This also means that there is cake!

Well, I better stop rambling and working on my homework, answer emails from students, and work on my projects. Thanks for stopping by!

New's you probably really don't care about, but I am giving you links to it anyway.
A friend sent me a link to: Programmer or serial killer????

"Nanotechnologists demonstrate artificial muscles powered by highly energetic fuels"

Wacky use of technology #377: "Quick, I Need Some WiFi To Take My Medicine"

"Hackers get Windows XP working on Intel Mac"

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Beware of Ides of March Bunnies

"Et tu, Brute?" - Julius Caesar (Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar)

Before you ask - I have no idea about the bunnies thing. It just seemed like a good title theme to stick the word bunnies in there. Seriously, I don't know.

News you probably can't use, but I am posting links to anyway:
To read more about the Ides of March (or course if I remember my classic civ class correctly the ides of March can also mean the 13th of March as well...but lets not dwell shall we?)

More famous stuff that happened on March 15...

Important life altering study: "Humans evolved color vision to see emotion, not food"

"German dino sets feathers flying"

Study Says: "Hot pepper kills prostate cancer cells in study"

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Attack of the Snow Bunnies...

"There is a menu correction, okay. We will now be serving baloney sandwiches. But, no bread." - Pepe (Muppets from Space)

It is Tuesday and it was snowing this morning. It is currently 32 degrees outside! It was almost 70 yesterday!?! And there was sunshire! I think spring just slipped through my fingers. It is pretty windy here in Michigan which is making the 32 degrees have a bit of a bite to them. (OK, that was a horrible pun).

"Nano World: Nanofibers for brain repair" and "Nanotech helps blind hamsters see"

Guess what? It's a holiday (somebody better tell Hallmark)

I hate to admit it but my life resembles this comic instance.

"Celestial dust challenges basic view of comets" and "New Source Suspected for Ancient Meteorites"

Well, I have to get back to finishing up the lecture I am giving in...40 minutes. No really, it is has been done or days. I just like to review before walking in. That was it sounds like I know what I am talking about. I have to test something out - one of the students asked me about passing a sub procedure as a parameter in Visual Basic. I am going to have to play around with it and see what I can come up with.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Ugh Bunnies...

"How could anybody figure that out? It's completely mental!" - Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

I have been spending my weekend trying hard to finish homework and get my 2 class projects moving. I can happily report forward motion. It's slow forward motion, but it is forward none the less.

Today Michigan is experiencing some very un-characteristic warm weather. It was in the mid-60s. I was completely floored when I went outside and didn't need a coat. It is sadly only temporary. It is predicted to get colder all week and maybe even snow on Thursday. One of these days it will be spring...

News you might be interested in checking out (if you haven't already done so):

Soon to be made for TV Movie: "It Comes From Space to Solve our Energy Problems"

"Google buys small word-processing company"

"NASA Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Mars"

Friday, March 10, 2006

Good Old Friday

"I'm no scientist, but those mice used to be a different color." - John Sheppard (Stargate Atlantis)

"Microsoft upgrades its search program"

"The Physics of Friendship"

So true...

Now I have to get back to working on stuff...for class...which I am trying to avoid...but really should work on. Well, I should work on it until Sci-Fi Friday starts at 8 PM so I can watch this season's finales of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Thursday's Blah

"I'll complain if I want to. It's comforting." - The Doctor (Star Trek: Voyager)

Some articles you might want to take a look at:

Today is the anniversary of Barbie debuting at the American International Toy Fair (there are some unsually facts found in this article)

"Tree-climbing robot"

"Mice with glowing hearts shed light on living cells"

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Happy Day!

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

Today is a wonderful day here on the western side of MI. It is 50+ degrees and the sun is shining. I also went ice skating at noon and had a wonderful time. I felt so awake and energized afterwards. It seemed funny to be energized afterwards. Logic would imply that I would be tired. Hmmm...yep, I can't explain it. I don't think I am even going to try.

Reason to laugh today (Well, I thought it was funny).

I would love to stay and chat more but I better get back to my homework and projects. Ta-Ta for now!

Update: "Microscopy And The Art Of Sudoku"

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

If only it was that simple....

"Do not pass go. Go directly to PhD." - Dr. Josh Keyes (The Core)

It is my first true day back from spring break. (I did a lot of work yesterday, but I didn't actually have class so I am counting it as spring break time). It is weird to be back into the swing of things. Of course this also means I have two homework assignments and two projects to work on. Keeps it interesting.

Oh and I forgot to mention - I did get back on the horse two weeks ago. I did go skating (and I went by myself). I had an absolutely wonderful time. I am so going tomorrow. I didn't realize how much I missed ice skating until I had the skates on and watched the zamboni.

Now I have seen the ice getting cleaned thousands of times but there was something special about watching it the other day. It brought back memories - many, many memories. Funny thing was when I started competing on a college I skated at that rink. The last competition I skating in college was at that rink. Hence, all of the memories. (The level I competed was almost always went right after the ice cleaning).

Of course, this also reminded that this is my 7th year in college. (At least I have two pieces of paper to show for it!) Well I should quit rambling and move onto more inportant things - like homework!

Links for your amusement:

"Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story"

"Stronger Solar Storms Predicted; Blackouts May Result"

"Intel shows Origami-like device"

Monday, March 6, 2006

Thinking Over

"There are two roads to walk down and one road to choose" from Thinking Over by Dana Glover

Vacations hardly ever go as plan. Scratch that. They never go as planned. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed a wonderful spring break and week off.

However, I had all this stuff I was going to get done. Well, I did get a few of those things on the list done. Unfortunately, there is quiet a few things I didn't get done. Maybe that was some how related to the fact that I sleep through 1/2 of the spring break...

I did buy a lot of stuff for my apartment including a wardrobe. (For those of you not familiar with the term wardrobe think free standing closet). I hate to say it but I needed more room to store clothes. So I was antique shopping with my parents and found this great (and cheap) wardrobe. Anyway, it has become my second favorite piece of funiture I own. (My kitchen table and four matching chairs with black and white porcelain top still wins out as my favorite).

The end result - my apartment looks different. Well, not really, but it feels different.