Here is my opinion about some things:
Star Trek: Elite Force 2 was a first person shooter. It was two afternoons of fun. The graphics were nice, it was cool to walk around the Enterprise. The gameplay was sickeningly linear. It can be replayed exactly once, to get the alternate ending, finding the secrets you missed on the way. After that, there's no point. At least that's one more replay than Unreal 2 has.
GTA: Vice City gets better every time I play it. Owning various properties,
and completing missions to have them generate revenue is more fun than the
storyline missions themselves!
SpamAssassin was worth the time it took to set up.. many times over. It has analyzed ~9500 unique messages since I started using it in May of this year. Since then, it's like my inbox has returned to those halcyon days of 1997. If a spam does show up, as it does about once a week, it's more of a curiosity. Meanwhile, an average of 80 other spams per day are thrown into a spam folder, which I clean out every few days. I have had two messages falsely identified as spam, but both were spammy looking mailings from companies that I've actually done business with. After correcting the mistake with sa-learn, it doesn't happen again.
The "last" Futurama was pretty good. The Fry and Leela episodes are my favorite, and this was no exception. (Trying not to spoil too much) The "deal with the devil" part in the beginning was pure comic gold. Not a bad place to leave the characters at all. I sincerely hope that Cartoon Network picks up the show and produces more episodes, but I'm not holding my breath.
And now, here is that alphabet survey that everybody is doing.
(Yoinked from stargazer via endril)
A - Age: 20 years
B - Best Quality: Is "reality distortion field" a quality? I'm not as good as
Steve Jobs, but I've been cultivating it.
C - Choice of Meat: Oh, this is tricky. I like a really good steak, medium
rare. The problem is that really good steaks are so expensive. Chicken is
good because it's cheaper, and more versatile.
D - Dream Date: Hm, not really my field. A woman would be a good start.
E - Ex (most recent): If by most recent, you mean only one ever, then this
chick from high school, where we basically fooled around whenever the
opporunity arose. What a weird relationship that was.
F - Favorite Food: I can't decide. I like food a lot. The food I've probably
eaten the most of is pizza.
G - Greatest Accomplishment: I don't really have one, not yet. I have ideas,
but I need money and time for research. I guess it could be getting accepted
into for UMD. Compared to the credentials of some of the computer science
people there, I have no idea how I got into college at all, being a white
male with unimpressive marks from high school.
H - Happiest Day of Your Life: Very good question. I think it was probably
the day that enough parts came in the mail to build my curent workstation,
atlas, a dual athlon computer. My mom said she had never seen me happier than
when I was working on that machine that day.
I - Internal Conflicts: All the time. I'm lonely, but I don't want to be with
people. I feel like I'm letting my friends down because I have no internal
drive to go out and do things. You know, introvert stuff.
J - Jail Time: Are you serious? :P I got a detention in high school for
missing a band lesson once.
K - Kool-Aid: Is not appealing because it doesn't have caffeine in it.
L - Love: One night, after reading too much Arthur C. Clarke, after a day of
reading up on neural networks, right before I fell asleep my final thought was
"Love is like a solution to a system of equations, and the one you love is a
solution whose net error is below a given threshold." Having never been in
love, I was clearly just trying to apply linear algebra to everyday life.
M - Most Valued Thing I Own: My data. Old programs, chat logs, documents.
These things are my memories. Everything else can be replaced, but I want
what's on my hard drives.
N - Name: Vance. Kevin Vance. It's a great name. Only 3 syllables, and
nobody ever mispronounces it.
O - Outfit You Love: I don't really care about this kind of thing. My
anti-DVDCCA t-shirt is probably my favorite shirt. Every other time I wear
it, somebody asks about it. I ended up talking to some random non-CS
professor for like 20 minutes about DVD and Copyright issues because of the
shirt once. I also look really good in a suit, but you'll probably never see
me in one.
P - Pizza Toppings: Does every survey ask this? I like bacon on my pizza.
But only the real kind, not those damn fresh-from-the-freezer chunks. I've
stopped going to pizza places I used to love because of this issue.
Q - Question You Want To Ask: What was the question?
R - Road Trips: No. I hate driving. It's only recently become tolerable with
the purchase of a cool car.
S - Sport To Watch: NFL Football (don't hate me!)
T - Television Show: Here's what I've been watching over the summer: Black
Adder, Red Dwarf, Futurama, Fawlty Towers. Mostly catching up on BBC stuff
I've missed. We need that in America :P
U - Unique Habit: I don't have a unique habit. I have been accused of Bill
Gates style "rocking" when thinking about stuff, but that's certainly not
V - Voice: Human voice, bland uncool American accent. And unless the voice
actor's union ends up owing me a favor, you'll be hearing a lot of it in
W - Winter: Winter should last 1 month. The cold is refreshing, the snow is
inspiring. And after that, it's too damn cold out, and the sidewalks are
slippery, and the barren trees are depressing, and why's it so dark all the
X - X?: Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer extortion; the X makes it
Y - Your Name If You'd Been Born The Opposite Sex: Kevita ^_^;
Z - Zodiac Sign: Taurus. Bah, what a lame final question. I would have asked
"Z - Zork?", and answered "Zork 1 would have to be my favorite. A true