I got a new acer aspire one battery .. its a six cell i got from ebay
5 hrs of battery life. Its nice not having to worry about being next to a plug all the time.

I also got parts to build a new pc. its a intel Quad core Q9300 in an antec 300 case. Its pretty sweet .. i have it overclocked from the stock 2.5 ghz to 3 for now. I suppose i could up it higher but I odnt want to make my pc unreliable.

Wtf i am watching mama mia right now.. i will sit here on the pc and work on other stuff... wtf this is messed up and the girls are getting all giddy and singing songs about now one girls mom banged three guys in three monnths. I dont like this girly girl crap. crappp. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

O watch this.. Its Cutey Honey anime.

School has been crazy this year. So far so good in my classes though. I have also been doing the whole resume dropping careerfair thing. Hopefully one of the companies that I interviewed with will make me an offer. Seems like I always leave an interview with a good feeling. Strangely though, the only interview that I left with a bad feeling was the one I got an offer for last semester. I suppose it all depends on the mood of the interviewer.

Oh, I need to show everyone this. Do not watch if you don't like cartoon boobs.

I got my new laptop in! Its the Acer Apire One A150, 120 gig hd and 1 gig o- ram.

It has windows XP home on it which I am using now. I installed ubuntu but it was very slow and would freeze on some of the hiberate cycles. I am thinking of upgrading to Vista, but I am not sure if it is worth the effort :P. So far I have found it to be an excellent laptop. The only complaint i have is that after using it for a while, my eyes start to strain to read the text on the screen.

I hope i don't need glasses :P

I took a trip to Houston with Kim to get my VW back from the dealer and we decided to make a day out of it while we were there in Houston.

We ate at Yia Yia Mary's Greek restaurant off of Westheimer www.yiayiamarys.com . Ordered a Lamb Gyro and it was sex. Kept me and my girlfriend full for the rest of the day. I love the flatbread / tortialla thing that the Gyro comes in. I wonder if College Station has any of this food. Also had a chicken/ beef kabob thing that was great. The Orzo side dish was excellent and had good sauce. The highlight of the day was when the waitress gave us a free baklava for dessert. The baklava was drenched in syrup *om nom nom*.

We got on the road and stopped at a gas station which just so happened to be near a theatre, so we went in and saw Hamlet2. Hamlet 2 was a little too serious twoard the middle of the movie than I was anticipating. The play at the end well made up for the downfalls of the strange and depressing main character. I would recomend seeing it if it is showing near you.

Just watch.. and get freaked out @_@

tossed salad man

Back Home

I am finally back in CC and out of Houston. I forget how simple it is to get around town here in CC and how nice it is here. Right now the olympics are on, enjoying some Kim, and I got my new camera.

Speaking of olympics <---- see pic on left. :P
Bush is happy.

Source http://www.worldcarfans.com/9080804.001/new-vw-golf-vi-photos-leaked

New Golf VI is leaked to the public!!!
The style of the new Golf 6 is reminiscent of the mk3. The droop of the front end isnt as bad as the mk5 <> . I do like the mk5 however.. I might be looking at getting an mk5 in the next 5 years.
It is a little unfortunate that the Golf seems to be getting larger. I suppose I am just accustomed to the size of my mk3 which is pretty small compared to the mk4 and mk5. Seems like the mk6 is'nt going to be tooo different from the mk5. No word on release date yet.

UPDATE: Looks like the mk6 will be released late 2009, making the mk5 the obsolete.. such a short life it had :O making mkV a rare car in the future.

I saw wanted. It was a decent action movie but not very memorable or thought provoking. Angelina Jolie isnt hot and hasn't been hot since "Hackers" in the mid 90's. Pic on left.. and her lips are weird. Oh, and she shoots a bullet in a circle. makes no sense.

Jolie Circa 1995

I noticed that I have been getting less constructive as the summer goes on. I suppose I need a vacation :P

I am excited about Tron2 and Terminator4. I am skeptical about Xmen origins.

Oh and this girl is great: You must watch this.. true anime fan.

Zoo day!

I went to the Houston Zoo this weekend. It was fun and I got to take a lot of pics using Kim's camera :P. I have my own new camera coming soon.

Here is a small slideshow of pics I took while @ the Houston zoo this weekend.

Picasa good or should i use flickr?

Originally uploaded by Lroy12
So This weekend I decided that I needed to wax and claybar my car (Volkswagen Golf mk3). l knew that my car was feeling a little gritty even after washing, so I decided to claybar it and take off all the dirt. The claybar is a sticky blob of putty that you can rub on your car with some spray polish lubricant. It made my car smooth and glassy but not gassy. It also takes off a lot of wax.

Claybarring the car probably takes all of an hour to an hour and a half. Waxing (in this case two coats) takes about 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs. I would recommend using an iPod Shuffle or other mp3 player for listening to some music or else you might go crazy.
I bought Mother's California Gold Claybar Kit.
It comes with the claybar, some sample wax and the spray on polish used as claybar lubricant. I used Dupont Teflon car wax. This stuff makes my very smooth. I decided to do two coats of wax to get a really deep shine. I am not sure that two coats made a big difference, but after claybarring and waxing my paint is alive again :D

The Teflon wax seemed to be a little less abrasive than the cleaner wax that came with the bottle. Next time I will use a non abrasive glaze wax like Meguiar's Pure polish.


It's finally the weekend. F'n Make believe!

Goodluck wheelchair people.

so I saw Wall-e and Hancock this weekend. I loved wall-e a lot but its too touchy feely to watch again any time soon. Hancock was a decent film that had a strange disconnected story. I have a feeling that if you like TV dramas and crap you will think that it was good. The movie felt a little cheap and corny.
I think my sister is in love with him :

I am still looking forward to seeing batman.. and i have been since the last movie came out and commissioner Gordo showed the joker card.

Wishlist PC

I have been sorta thinking about getting a new pc.. but right now its all just in the dream phase and I shouldnt get one.. it would be very unnecessary and expensive now.

I think I need to get a camera like this one:

It runs on 8-9v so this should be perfect for the robot.. going to start looking @ openCV. I should be getting my parallax ping today or tomorrow in the mail.

Wireless Color 6 LEDs Infrared Spy Pinhole CCTV Camera - eBay (item 110264835598 end time Jun-27-08 02:30:00 PDT)


I am running into some issues with my wireless camera. When it is mounted on the robot, the Xbee module responds slowly and I am assuming is loosing packets and not getting a strong signal. I will run a test by outputting the alphabet to the robot and see if the robot can display all the characters. If the robot fails to receive the entire alphabet, then i know that there are dropped packets caused by the camera. The camera is a cheap ebay wireless security camera with night vision. I used to use it in my car from the 12v plug.. which brings up the issue of lack of power to run the camera on the robot.
My Power setup:
Currently I am using 6xAA Nimh batteries that have 2300mah of operating time. They will give me 8.75 volts. I am using a battery charging circuit I pulled off another robot. I need to get a smaller security cam that can run off of a 9v battery and has night vision and is wireless :P

Pyro TF2

I am really looking forward to the Pyro update on TF2. The pyro is my favorite class so this is great news. valve is introducing three new weapons for the pyro along with an air compressor option for the flame thrower that can blow back enemies and projectiles. Enough talking (@ work).. Here is the original link.

Team Fortress 2 - Pyro Update

Got my Robot to talk to my pc with a Xbee module and wrote a python script to control it with the WASD keys. The overall programming so far has been relatively simple. I am commanding one servo to move 45 degrees and 135 degrees (since one serve is flipped and 90 degrees is dead center). The code can be found here : Robot Work Dir.

Here is the latest video :D

On a personal note. My parents came up to to visit for father's day and it was pretty fun. We did a lot of shopping and saw Indiana Jones 3.

With some minor driver issues (I havent had driver issues in a loooong time) I was able to setup my usb xbee module I got from http://www.serialcontrols.com . Its a nice little usb Zigbee usb adapter that is just about as big as the Xbee itself. It was relatively easy getting the wireless serial link to the arduino.. no new software on the arduino end.. just the Xbee 'sheild' that I soldered tonight. I will post pics in a gallery soon.
I also built the scooterbot II I got from budgetrobotics.com
I should have a review of that soon.

My current goal is to have the robot be able to drive around via remote control over the internet via the Xbee module. There will be a wireless camera (already own) on the robot that can stream the current position of the robot to me via some sort of webcam interface (stickam maybe?). The in the near future, I will program object avoidance using the Parallax "Ping)))" module and the Ir sensor. Once the robot can avoid objects, I will let drive around autonomously and chase after IR.. like my dog.

Self charging is also a concern of mine. I am planning on building a self charging station that the robot can drive into. The robot will have protruding connectors to the battery circuitry and the garage will have something to make contact with these connectors. This should allow me to self charge relatively easily. I will probably drive the robot to the charging station at first, however I will need to create some sort of automated system to dock with the garage.

Parts List and Costs for my robot

I didnt buy the Ping ))) yet since I don't need it in development currently. Overall the robot is a little pricey but it will be a good learning experience and it will keep me busy during the weekends.

Today I bougt the first parts to my robot. I will post the specs later but i plan on having a remote controlled/ autonomously controlled robot that can roam around the house when i am gone and I can watch though its eyes via the wireless camera. I am thinking or putting on a little lcd screen so i can display text and the camera should have a microphone so there can be two way interaction. Maybe solar panels for self charging.. or some sort of self docking system ala roomba.

I made couscous with ground meat and tomatoe sauce and some peppers and onion and it was decent. Too much bellpepper I think. Couscous is sex though.
Started to watch some of "crank" but didnt like it so much. Saw The Onion movie thoug.. lolcity.

Thats all. should be going to bed for work tomorrow.


so she got mad at me studying at her appartment for 3hrs because she had to sit there.. guess it was a little selfish of me.



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