Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
(I guess the plot is a little backwards because the more popular a name is, the lower the line and the popularity of Alison is a little misleading because even just this year there were two spellings of Alison (Allyson and Allison) that were more popular)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Truman by David McCullough
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (I know I'm cheating by including them all in one spot)
- Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (trendy, but I enjoyed it)
- Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini
- The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
- My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
**Update - It turns out that I did better this semester than I expected. My GPA was 3.66 - which also brought my cumulative GPA up a bit.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (1) Detroit Pistons
Alison: Detroit in 5
Tyler: Cleveland in 6 (I'm going way out on a limb here...)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
- The coolest site for basketball stats. Check out this gameflow chart of the Jazz game from last night. The +/- column on the far right shows you who was the most and least productive players of the night.
- Something like this could only happen in Utah. Enjoy an FM100 traffic report.
- The homeless get a lot of pizza.
- Track a flight or see all of the airplanes in the air right now. Visit http://flightaware.com/.
- For those of you bloggers that want millions of visitors, here's 101 steps to becoming a better blogger.
- Learn about any country in the world (at least what the CIA thinks about them). The Central Intelligence Agency's "The World Factbook" has the answers.
- There are a ton of good radio/music sites but one I've been enjoying lately lets you pick your music according to your mood. http://www.musicovery.com/.
- Set up a temporary e-mail address for use when you have to give out your e-mail address on a website. http://spambox.us/ (I use this for free Redbox rentals).
- 15 Firefox tricks.
- E-mail files of up to 100 MB using http://www.mailbigfile.com/.
- And as a climax, Cows With Guns.
Friday, May 11, 2007
I'm sure that most of the people reading this blog have googled themselves one time or another. If you haven't, then maybe you should. I'll be honest, I do it and I usually enjoy every second of it. I'm usually the top hit when I search for my full name (Tyler Squire, for those unaware) and yesterday I commanded 10 of the top 11 hits. I'm a little off my game because today I'm only sitting at 8 of the first 10. It changes quite a bit, because web pages that were top hits yesterday are now buried on the third or fourth page.
Even more interesting is my personal moniker tysqui. As far as I could tell, a good 90% or more of the 40 or 50 search results referred back to me. Now I just need to work on not embarrassing myself online - at least not until I get a permanent job right?
So good readers, where do you land in the search results?
- Take care when googling your name because somebody with whom I share a name has a foul-mouthed website...
- When (not if) you do Google your name, be sure to place quotation marks around your name or you will never show up.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
(5) Chicago Bulls vs. (1) Detroit Pistons
Alison: Detroit in 7
Tyler: Detroit in 6 (Al and I both had a tough time with this one, neither of us think that the Bulls will be able to pull it off).
(6) New Jersey Nets vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
Alison: New Jersey in 6
Tyler: Cleveland in 7 (The Nets have just proven how important playoff experience is).
**Update: My sister loved Blake's last performance so much that she asked me to create an audio file of it. Feel free to download it here if you so desire.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The end of another semester has come. Hip-hip hooray - although it is a little depressing seeing most of the people that I've gone to school with for the last 11 semesters graduate. It just feels like I should be there (and I will be, in two semesters!). This semester was a tough one. The overall difficulty of my classes was pretty much average. The difficulty mostly stemmed from one class (and working 20 hours/week, working on a senior project, wanting to be home with Alison and
Soviet Literature - This was the last class that I needed for my Russian minor. I really enjoyed this class but it turned out to be extremely time-consuming. During the class we read 7 books, as well as many other readings. Before every class we had readings and questions to answer. In total, we read more than 2365 pages. This took up a lot of my time that is usually reserved for studying for my engineering courses. This course also had four essays as well as a midterm and a final. The positive side of all this was that when the final came I felt very well prepared and I'm pretty sure that I did well. If only I had spent an equal amount of time on my other classes...
Wireless Communications - This course had incredible potential but turned out to be a real drag. The professor didn't speak very good English and used PowerPoint for all of his lectures. For me it was simply impossible to follow the math and learn all the equations when he just cruised through them slide by slide (with 5-10 equations per slide...). By the middle of the semester, I stopped going because it was simply a waste of my time. The tests and project in this class were all really tough for me. Let's just say I know I'm not getting an A...
Observational Astronomy - This class was great. Unfortunately, we only got to go up on the roof and observe and take pictures of the sky a handful of times. It was a cloudy semester. Either way, I learned a lot about something that I otherwise would not have learned - and I enjoyed it. The final was very difficult (which surprised us all) but everything should be a-OK with this class.
Senior Thesis II - This class consisted of working on my senior project, writing a paper and presenting my project. Although the class itself required very little time, I spent a great deal of time working on the project itself. There were very few weeks during which I did not spend my fair share of time out at EFI Electronics in west
RFIC (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit) Design - I enjoyed this class but it was very difficult. It is a class that draws upon what I was supposed to have learned in about 10 other classes. I have a tough time remembering what I've learned this semester, much less other semesters. This course also had a big course project which was tough, but not quite as time-consuming as I expected. If this professor doesn't grade on the curve, I'd say all of us that took the class are in deep water.
It's a nice feeling to be done, but I'm certain that it won't compare to the warm fuzzies that I'll be feeling next year, right?
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Here are my thoughts on how everything turned out, you can read Alison's thoughts here. I actually found it to be easier than I expected (of course, I wasn't the one having to come up with the meal plans). All it really required was a little planning and foresight. I found the hardest part to be conserving gas for the month. There were a lot of unplanned driving trips that I had to make (most of them concerning my Sr. Project) and I was worried that I would not be able to make it to the end of the month. In the end, there was enough fuel for the month but I filled my car up anyways, because I get really nervous being stuck with two cars on empty if there were an emergency.
We did a really nice job of looking ahead and having the things we need available to us. Hopefully, some habits were formed and we will think twice before wasting what precious little money we do have on things that are simply not needed or can wait until another month. It's very difficult to quantify what we saved, if anything, because our income and expenses fluctuate so much from month to month and there are many months that we easily spend more than we make - like most of the school year, when we are living off of last summer's income. Either way, we are proud of ourselves for turning down visits to restaurants, conserving gas and making the most out of what we had.
Week 1 Update
Week 2 Update
Week 3 Update