Two kinds of hacking
Posted on February 23rd, 2008
Today was spent working with Project Gold. As I coded I discovered that the way I was doing things would produce a big memory hog. As a result I spent a lot of time working out how to get the most information into the smallest number of bytes. The final result is a very compact variable type. The previous method has this variable type using no less than 1,600 bytes; the new method uses only 280 or so.

Today was also largely spent coughing. As my luck would have it there's a little tickle in the back of the throat that won't let up. My guess is that I inhaled a cat hair shortly after breakfast.

The downstairs neighbors are beginning to drive us nuts. Their kid goes everywhere via a hopping run creating loud thumps and shaking the floor (their ceiling). Someone else in that apartment shrieks, screams or cries on a regular basis. Today tools such as hammers, saws, drills and other powered tools went non-stop all day long. Around 10:00 PM someone was playing drums in that apartment. All of the noise from below has been starting almost at 7:00 AM sharp and it has woken us up several times. We're seriously thinking about filing a complaint, even though the guy in that apartment is one of the complex's staff.

Frankly we're glad that we aren't the folks living BELOW that family.

In other news, a man was fired because he posted a Dilbert strip at work. Dilbert's author responded by making the current storyline a direct jab at this situation.

According to the internet, the KKK endorces Obama. In case the idea of white supremacists endorsing a black man isn't enough of a tip off, Snopes has confirmed that it's an article in a satire newspaper.

[edit]
I nearly forgot. Another package arrived today: the GBA port of the Midway Arcade Classics collection. Gotta love Joust and Defender.

Lastly, we tried the Kosher soup. Thumbs down. It tastes like mom's fried chicken -- which is one of her recipes I've never liked. Worth the shot however. The Kosher crackers we picked up work just fine, though I may prefer the kind we've bought for years with the Ramen.
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