Friday, December 31, 2004

Terps Move to 8-2

I'm happy to report that the University of Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team is now 8-2. With a 112-68 win over Liberty (the college owned by Jerry Falwell..ewwwwwwww), the Terps hit the century mark for the first time in regular season play. The Terps are also 1-0 in ACC play, having won a nailbiter that went into OT with Florida State (final score 90-88). That was a scary game to watch, and I hope that the rest of the ACC schedule isn't as dicey.

Next up for the Terps is local Mount St. Mary's on 1/4/2005 before we resume ACC play against UNC on 1/8/2005. For those locals, the Mt. St. Mary's game will be at 8 p.m. and televised on Comcast.

2004-2005 Record: 8-2
Last game: Terps 112 - Liberty 68
Next up: Mount St. Mary's @ Terps (4 Jan 05, 8 p.m. ET, televised locally on Comcast)

Sorry for the Delays

Sorry, all you avid readers of my blog...
I've been massively delinquent as my buddy Matt pointed out ("Hey, why the hell haven't you updated your blog lately, young lady!?"). Thanks, Matt.

I've been lazy.

But seeing as today's New Year's Eve and I'm sick so I'm not planning on going out (it's a cold with a fever, just draining as all heck), I can probably work on updates some tonight.

First off, I hope everybody had a great holiday season and has a very happy and safe new year. If you're planning on going out tonight, please be careful, drink responsibly, and designate a driver.

Friday, December 10, 2004

RSS For Dummies?

Ok, I admit it, I've not been one to jump onto the RSS bandwagon.
But the more I hear about "RSS feeds this" or "RSS feeds that" or "blah blah RSS blah blah" the more my interest is piqued. So I'm looking for someone out there to introduce me to the world of RSS. Currently I'm using my laptop with Win XP Pro, Firefox being my main browser and Outlook my main e-mail client (still it's the only one to sync properly with my Palm, check ALL my e-mail accounts, and also keep my schedule). So anybody have recommendations for software and how to start getting feeds?

Pretty please, with a cherry on top?

Thursday, December 09, 2004

ACC Roundup

Well, it's a new week (ok, it's late into the week) and now the ACC has 7 teams ranked in the Top 25.

First, here are the ACC standings:
1. NC State (6-0)
2. Georgia Tech (5-0)
3. Duke (5-0)
4. Virginia (7-1)
5. North Carolina (6-1)
6. Wake Forest (6-1)
7. Clemson (4-1)
8. Maryland (4-2)
9. Virgina Tech (4-2)
10. Miami (4-2)
11. Florida State (4-3)

I think it goes without saying that the ACC will be tough as usual this season. Can't wait for conference games to start.

In terms of national polls, 7 ACC teams are ranked in the Top 25! The team is listed, with the ESPN ranking and then the AP ranking in parentheses:
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3/3, last week 4/4)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7/6, last week 1/1)
North Carolina Tarheels (8/8, last week 11/9)
Duke Blue Devils (9/9, last week 10/10)
NC State Wolfpack (10/12, last week 13/16)
Maryland Terrapins (17/23, last week 12/12)
Virgina Cavaliers (19/19, last week 25/24)

Terps Move to 4-2

Well, as it turns out, the Terps had a rough time while I was taking a hiatus from working on the blog.

First, on 11/30/2004, Terps lost to Wisconsin in the ACC/Big-10 Challenge. The score was 69-64, but the game was just awful. Luckily I wasn't watching much of it thanks to last minute preparations for my defense.

On Saturday 12/04/2004, in the first round of the annual BB&T Classic, the Terps easily outmatched local rival George Mason, winning 78-54. The game started slow but once the Terps picked up their game, they cruised to victory.

Unfortunately, on Sunday 12/05/2004, another local rival, George Washington University, spanked another ranked opponent, namely the Terps. Having beat Michigan State in round 1 of the BB&T, when they faced us for the championship match, they took advantage of our state of overconfidence. Alas, hopefully this will teach them something about being cocky.

2004-2005 Record: 4-2
Last game: Terps 92 - George Washington University 101
Next up: UNC Asheville @ Terps (12 Dec 04, 1 p.m. ET, televised locally on RJ)

Lots of Updates: Thesis First

I've been really bad about updating this blog lately...I guess defending my thesis did that to me. So here we go, the first in a series of posts updating everything.
First off:
I PASSED!!! :)
I successfully defended my Master thesis on 12/1/2004. :) I spent this past weekend working on my final version of my thesis text, which I finally uploaded "for good" on Monday in the late afternoon. Yes, now if you go looking, you can find "Analysis of Grasp Requirements For Telerobotic Satellite Servicing" in between my dad's Master's theses and my mom's PhD.

As a combination graduation and Christmas gift, my folks gave me a Canon Power Shot A95 digital camera. I put up some new photos on My Photo Index that were taken with the new camera. Not a bad shot, if I do say so myself. :)