Oh Yea, It’s My Birthday

So today marks the 19th year of my birth (for you *NIX freaks, that would be 599529600 since epoch). Another year, another tick on the ol’ age-o-meter. I did have the pleasure of going out to eat with Kit, Melissa, Chris, Grandma, Wendy, Danny, Molly, and Dan Hough, so that was fun. Mom also had way to much fun sending me Hallmark e-cards:

Any how, life goes on, and so does school. Duty calls. Feel free to leave birthday comments in the comments section.

Colorado 10 Pass

I forgot to mention yesterday that I also went and purchased my Colorado 10 Pass. This bad boy allows me to ski at any of the Vail owned resorts and A-Basin for only 37.90 a day. Sweet deal!

Because Some People Aren’t In The Loop

So, Annie Mesaros sent out an email today:

Guess who’s pregnant.

OK, I’ll just tell you:
Jeff and Carin Towne.
Could I BE more excited? No.

This news comes shortly (a few months) after Tim and Saranell Hartman declared they were expecting. I hope a trend is not starting.

Atomic TM:X’s and AT Bindings

If you read my blog on a somewhat regular basis, you should know that I’ve been learning how to Telemark. Well, I went up to A-Basin today with Andre Papineau and we hit the slopes. We went in for lunch and on our way out, I checked out this booth that was demoing ski’s. As it turned out, they had a pair of Atomic TM:X’s with AT Bindings that I tried. So I skiing on those for the rest of the day. First in Alpine mode just to get used to the ski, which is a Telemark ski, not any alpine ski. It was very light. And then I spent the next few hours Telemarking.

Atomic TM:X's

So, the ski’s were pretty good, I thought they were a little light. I had some chattering on the tips, so I would want to stick with slightly heavier and stiffer ski. But, I think I might have to get a set of AT Bindings and maybe throw them on my ski’s. I wonder what eBay has?


Here’s last weeks project:

//Name: Andrew Ferguson
//Date: 1/19/2005
//Purpose: To split up bubble gum
#include <conio.h>
#include <iostream>
#include <stdio.h>

using namespace std;

int sticks, people, sticks_person, sticks_remain;

char n;

int main()
	cout << "How many sticks of gum do you have?n";
	cin >> sticks;
	cout << "How many people are in MACS 261C?n";
	cin >> people;
	sticks_person = sticks/people;
	sticks_remain = sticks%people;
	cout << "Every person can receive " << sticks_person << ".n";
	cout << "There are " << sticks_remain << " left over.n";

    printf("Press any key to continue...");
    n = getch();

	return 0;

Download the compiled executible


Here’s this week C++ project we had to do. I’m just going to post original work that I made, not files they had us fix.

//Name: Andrew Ferguson
//Date: 1/27/2005
//Purpose: Compute gas costs
#include <conio.h>
#include <iostream>
#include <stdio.h>

using namespace std;

int prevMonth, thisMonth, gasDiff;
double cost = 0;
char n;

int main(){
    cout << "Enter last months gas reading:";
    cin >> prevMonth;
    cout << "Enter this months gas reading:";
    cin >> thisMonth;
    if(thisMonth < prevMonth){
                 thisMonth += 10000;
    gasDiff = thisMonth - prevMonth;

    if(gasDiff <= 70){
               cost = 14.95;
    else if(gasDiff <= 170){
         cost = gasDiff * 0.095;
    else if(gasDiff <= 400){
         cost = gasDiff * 0.0525;
         cost = gasDiff * 0.02125;
    cout << "Your total gas bill for this month is: " << cost << endl;
    printf("Press any key to continue...");
    n = getch();

    return 0;

Download the compiled executable

So Incredibly Fun and Exciting!

I started making up work today for my MACS445 class and I have to say that I am really pumped! Here’s our first assignment:

Individual work—TLG has a P4 desktop running Windows 98 and a P3 laptop running Windows ME. Their Internet browser on both is Netscape 2.0. They think they may need to upgrade their browser and ask you for a recommendation. Write a one page document addressed to TLG with your suggestions. Include a discussion of the parameters you have used for evaluation and at least one Web site they can visit that discusses browser evaluation. Email this to the instructor by 10AM Monday 1/17/05. TLG has Microsoft Word 97 so be sure that they can read you document.

They also need information about their Internet connection. Their Internet service provider (ISP) currently is Prodigy and they connect with a 56K dial-up model over a phone line. They wonder if they should upgrade to DSL, cable, T1, … Write a one page analysis of this and send it to the instructor with your browser analysis.

Team work—TLG wants a new logo. They had one done several years ago by a graphic artist but think they need a new one to display on the new website. So, they ask you to make one. Photoshop is available on the Campus computers. Use it or some other program to make them a logo. (This course is certainly not much about graphic design, but a basic idea about working with images is important.)

If you’ve known me for some amount of time, you should know how much I like to do things like this. I’m so giddy. And it’s Friday.

Bitting Me in the Ass, Bigtime

Romanticism and Transcendentalism are coming back to bit me in the ass, sort of. It more of the fact that I thought I’d never ever have to use such information again that is bitting me in the ass. As part of NHV, we are reading some Emerson and Thoreau. Ugh, why can’t I ever win?


I am now up to 18.5 credit hours, adding Web Programming to my list of classes. It really doesn’t add any load to my schedule because it is an online class and I already know half the stuff. So this should also make up for my Calc 1 credits I had to drop last semester.