My friend and I spent the Memorial Day afternoon at the San Jose Doubletree Hotel for the BayCon 2006 comic book/science fiction convention.
The panel on video games was interesting considering that only one panelist showed up and someone from the audience jumped in to keep things going. I’m surprised that Nintendo a lot of positive comments after being at the bottom of the console heap for years. Of course, Microsoft and Sony are not helping themselves by pricing their new consoles at the high-end of the price range. There’s a big difference between dropping $200 USD and $600+ USD for a console.
The panel on the intent of the founding founders with author Jerry Pournelle got intense at times. The main argument was that the federal government shouldn’t regulate encryption technology since the founding fathers used ciphers to their encode messages to each other and wrote nothing about regulating ciphers. The government, of course, does want to regulate encryption to prevent being locked out of communication technology that private citizens may use to challenge its authority. The founding of the United States Constitution was my favorite part of history that I haven’t thought about in years.
After the closing ceremonies, my friend got his books signed by author Larry Niven and we went to the anime room to find our other friend. For the first time in several years, I was with my two lovely assistant lead testers who worked on my Nintendo titles at Accolade/Infogrames/Atari (same company, different owners, multiple identity crisis).
I had a good talk with the dean at San Jose City College on Friday morning about being three classes short of getting my computer programming associate degree. The good news is that I got a substitution for one class. The bad news is that I’m stuck with the other two classes that I can’t take due to low enrollment this semester and not being offered next semester.
The game plan now is to take the Data Structures (Java) class at Mission College in the fall semester and the Object Oriented Programming (C++) class at SJCC in the spring semester. Assuming, of course, that none of these classes get cancelled due to low enrollment, I should have my computer programming degree next year.
Got finals this week at San Jose City College. The statistics final on Saturday morning will be fun. I got an appointment with the dean to request waivers for the three classes that I need to finish my associate degree in computer programming. Due to low enrollment this semester, all three classes got cancelled and not being offered next semester. If the dean grants my request, I can file the waivers and the graduation paperwork with admissions and records office.
With the few spare moments that I have when I’m not busy reading and commenting on Slashdot, I’ve been playing the “Castlevania Double Pack” for the Gameboy Advance, which includes the two games, “Harmony of Dissonance” and “Aria of Sorrow.” I love playing games these classic side-stroller games of fighting monsters in old castles. I’m planning to get a Nintendo DS Lite to play “Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin” comes out in October.
I recently got a Wacom Graphire 4 drawing tablet for my Mac. Since my artistic talent doesn’t exist beyond straight crayon lines, it may not do me much good. If I had serious artistic talent like Hawk at Applegeeks, I would go for a $2,500 USD Wacom Cintiq 21UX tablet. Even Scott Adams of Dilbert fame uses the Wacom Cintiq to beat a medical condition that makes it difficult for him to draw sometimes.