Stack has officially hit the heap

Normally, I would refrain from using such profane words on my blog... But looking at what I'm about to go through for the next three weeks, I'm fairly certain I'm allowed to do so...

So, in a nutshell here is my next four weeks:

Week of Jan 28: CS 360, CO 351 due
Week of Feb 4: CO 331, CO 351, CO 487, CS 489 due
Week of Feb 11: CO 351, CS 456, CS 360, CO 331 quiz, CS 360 midterm, CS 489 midterm
Week of Feb 25: CO 351 midterm, CS 456 midterm (and potentially more. don't know yet)

Legend:
CO 331: Coding Theory
CO 351: Network Flow Theory
CO 487: Applied Cryptography
CS 360: Theory of Computing
CS 456: Computer Networks
CS 489: Computer Security and Privacy

What the hell possessed me to take six faculty of math courses?

Edit: I was annoyed by the profanity.

Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls
Originally uploaded by marreka
Niagara Falls trip with Misato, Nathan, and Maki.
October 2007

Good morning?

The weirdest thing happened this morning.

I was sleeping. I had this really weird dream where I was watching TV shows in a movie theater (who knows). Suddenly, my mobile phone (the real one) started vibrating. It was a call. Somehow, I knew it was a phone call and not an e-mail/text message (in my sleep no less! I remember making a decision during my dream!) and darted up out of bed.

It's 7:50AM so I'm a bit groggy... I pick up the phone...

"Hello? (In a groggy voice) "Hello, Alan?" "No... I think you have the wrong number" . Ugh.. it's a wrong number. I hate when that happens. But then, she says "Is this Matt?" "Yes...". Weird... I wasn't expecting a phone call from anyone this early in the morning asking for an Alan. I don't even know an Alan. At first it sort of sounded like my mother, but then I realized she had a chinese accent. Maybe it was an important call?
So anyway, this lady on the phone starts going off about what the phone number she has is and tells me it's 5:00PM there (my guess is she's calling from China) so that's why she's calling now. I'm just out of it and confused, and this lady is going on and on.
Finally, I go "Who are you trying to get through to?". Here's the rest of the dialogue:
"Alan!"
"I told you, you have the wrong number"
"You don't live with Alan?"
"No..."
"But your name is Matt?"
"Yes... Who are you?"
"Alan's mom. Can I talk to Alan?"
"I don't know any Alan"
"So I have the wrong phone number?"
"Yes..."
"Ok bye"
*hang up*

So weird...

This is why I love Amazon

Ars Technica has reported on a recent ruling by French courts in the case of French Booksellers' Union vs. Amazon.fr.
In a nutshell, instead of caving to France's arcane laws on selling books (from 1981: before the advent of the internet), Amazon is willing to stomach a €1,000 per day levy to ensure that it's customers continue to receive free shipping on books. This fee is set for 30 days, at which point the french courts will decide whether they will increase or decrease the levy. It is believed they will decide to increase it to pressure Amazon to begin charging for shipping.

According to Ars, France's laws states that booksellers are not permitted to sell books at a discount greater than 5%, which for some reason applies to shipping costs (France's booksellers union claims that the shipping cost is more than 5% of a book's value).

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the other hand has begun an online petition to defend free shipping, which has over 120,000 signatures already. This is why I love Amazon as a company. When I was interning at Amazon, customer experience was the top priority of every project. They always do their best to provide for customers, and it is clearly evidenced by their willing to pay fees so the customer doesn't have to.


Source: Amazon's free shipping costing €1,000 per day in France - Ars Technica