What is “soon”?Monday, December 18th, 2006
Anyway, soon is obviously a relative term. Speaking of relatives, my little sister graduated from college on Friday. She double majored. She’s really smart. Then on Sunday, my big sister (in the sense that she’s older, don’t kill me!) got married to Ian (who is big, and my bother, but not my big brother). Several people had comments along the lines of “who is that?” referring to me, since almost no one had ever seen me in a suit before. Ah, the look of surprise and recognition. Good times!
Well, I have graduated (for those of you who missed that announcement), and I’m working as a web programmer while I get in shape. Once I’m in decent shape I’m joining the Marines, assuming they’ll have me, and who wouldn’t want me? I have to do things like swim 6 miles with a cinder block tied to each foot and hike up Mount Everest barefoot to prove my worthiness, but I’m getting there. I’ve now had several pistol classes and a rifle class, and I’m getting to be a pretty decent shot if I do say so myself, though there’s plenty of room for improvement in all areas.
And what do I do to unwind after a hard day of 200 pushups and making the world safe for e-commerce? I usually like to relax with a little computational theory work, like writing a program to calculate the numeric constant
e to one million decimal places. Yes, I do these kinds of things for fun. More to come when I feel like it.
Home AgainTuesday, October 24th, 2006
Aside from my travels and weddings, I’ve been offered a full-time position at work, and I think I’m going to take it. The more cash I can put away for later, the better. I’m not sure what my financial needs will be once I’m in the Corp, but having some money in the bank certainly won’t hurt. The downside is that if I’m not careful, I may end up spending too much time working and not enough time getting in shape.
It looks like I won’t be in shape enough to pass my fitness test and submit my application in time to make the January class, as I was originally hoping. This is due to getting a later start than I anticipated (graduating delayed starting the fitness program until May), several minor injuries, and my trip out of the country. However, I’m still making good progress and I know that eventually I’ll reach my goal and be able to submit my application.
I’ve also been improving my pistol accuracy, as you can see here and here. Both of these targets were 21 feet away from me, and the distance between the 9’s is about 6 inches. I’m trying to work out a time with my instructor to do some shotgun and rifle training as well. More to come soon.
Long OverdueSunday, September 3rd, 2006
As for Marines-related news, I’m in much better shape than I was when I started working out 14 weeks ago. Here are graphs of my progress with pushups and situps, which I’ve been working on pretty hard. On the graphs, the bluish “Max” colums are how many I actually did that week, the maroon “PFT” column indicates how many reps I did all at once, in the same style that the Physical Fitness Test for the Marines would require. And finally, the cream “Target” column is 3 times the PFT column, and I use it to calculate how many I should aim to fit in the “Max” column for the following week. The pushup PFT number I’m aiming for is 50, and for situps is 100, which I achieved this past week!
I’ve also been working on my pullups, but they’re harder to gauge the progress of. I’ve been practicing my running, and actually managed to run a set distance at a rate of 10 minutes per mile, and I’ve gone a maximum distance of 2.15 miles. This may seem like a lot or a little, depending on how well you know me, but I consider it a pretty big accomplishment with a whoooooole lot of improvment ahead of me. My goal is 20 full pullups in a row from a dead hang, and to run 3 miles in 20 minutes. These are lofty goals, but they’re standard scores for Marines entering training, and they’re reachable for me within the next few months if I work hard.
I’ve also been visiting the local shooting range every week. When I first went, I was happy to hit the human-sized silhouette target at 21 feet. With a lot of practice and instruction, I’ve gotten to where I can put 10 shots inside a space the size of my hand, as you can see here. The 9’s on the left and right are about 6 inches apart. I’m still pulling down and to the left a little, but I’m working on correcting that. I’ve also been practicing with my new rifle, which I’m getting better with. I’ll try to get some pictures of my rifle targets soon.
And finally, because I know you all just love looking at me (and who could blame you!), I decided to get my mom to take some pictures of me in my new suit that I purchased for the sole purpose of being an usher at my friend’s wedding next month. The safe pictures can be found here. If you like guns, you may want to check out the more dangerous gallery here, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Ok, back to training! More to come soon.
Pounding the pavementWednesday, July 12th, 2006
I think I’m going to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November; it sounds like fun. I also purchased a rifle, and I’ll post some pictures of it at some point. More to come soon.
SighWednesday, June 28th, 2006
Current HappeningsFriday, June 9th, 2006
I’m working for Radius3 again. The guys and gals there are great to work with, and they understand I can’t stick around forever but want me to work there anyway. I couldn’t ask for more.
I’m still planning on joining the Marines. I’ve got most of my paperwork done, and I’m focusing now on getting in shape enough to pass the physical tests. My parents got me a Bowflex-type home gym thing to aid me in that regard.
And on a final note, I just got my packet from the Peachtree Road Race, a 6.2 mile race I’m running on July 4th. I am runner number 62151. See you there! More to come later.
Final GradesWednesday, May 10th, 2006
JOYThursday, May 4th, 2006
Almost DoneThursday, April 27th, 2006
Two Weeks LeftThursday, April 20th, 2006
Probstat is a C, dispite my getting a 42 on the last test. Believe it or not, that’s a B. That class is pretty bad. The final is 50% of my grade in it, so it’s still pretty up in the air. In my operating systems class, the professor has allowed me to finish the last lab, and as long as he’s satisfied that I understand it, I get an A on the final and thus an A in the class. That saves me the trouble of implementing the giant final project for that class. For my technical writing class, I’ve gotten perfect scores on everything so far, and I have 2 points of extra credit. I turned in my last assignment for the class today, and don’t have a grade on it, but I don’t think it’ll be less than 90, so my A is safe. No final in that class either. From the grades I’ve gotten back in my graphics class, I have an approximate A. Let me stress the approximate part, since I only have about 20% of my grade back. The final only counts 16% of that class, so no huge worries. I have a project for graphics that I have to turn in at the final, and I don’t think it will be very difficult. In Earth and Atmospheric Science, my grade is a high B. The final counts 30% of my grade, and I’m not worried about it at all. To get a B in the class I have to get a 60 on the final, and I don’t forsee any problems doing that. A 30 is a C, and I cannot fail it. And finally, in my combinatorics class, all I have left is my final exam, on which I have to make at least a 48 to get a C, or an 80 to get a B. Lots of studying going into this one and the probstat final.
Basically it looks like I’m going to pass everything, and end up with a 3.0 for the semester. Happy news! Now I just have a graphics project and OS project to do, and studying for my 2 hard finals, and I have 2 whole weeks to finish it up. LAN + Graduation Party on May 6th at 5pm. Be there or be square!
Spring BreakMonday, March 20th, 2006
Progress ReportTuesday, February 14th, 2006
Oh, and happy single awareness day / national day of annoyance.
SomethingSunday, January 8th, 2006
As if that wasn’t enough pressure for this semester, I’m in the proccess of applying to become a United States Marine officer. While my academics are where I need them to be for this process, my physical training scores are basically as bad as they can be. I have a few months to bring myself up to spec, and that’s going to take a lot of work. I’ll be waking up before the sun, studying, going to class, working out, and going back to sleep again. I won’t really have time for anything else except maybe on Sundays. Oh so much fun! More to come, probably at spring break.