October 4th, 2003


This is from a list I used to belong to.

From June 15, 1999 Defense Science and Technology Organization
Lecture Series, Melbourne, Australia, and staff reports

The reuse of some object-oriented code has caused tactical headaches
for Australia's armed forces. As virtual reality simulators assume
larger roles in helicopter combat training, programmers have gone to
great lengths to increase the realism of their scenarios, including
detailed landscapes and, in the case of the Northern Territory's
Operation Phoenix, herds of kangaroos (since disturbed animals might
well give away a helicopter's position).

The head of the Defense Science & Technology Organization's Land
Operations/Simulation division reportedly instructed developers to
model the local marsupials' movements and reactions to helicopters.

Being efficient programmers, they just re-appropriated some code
originally used to model infantry detachment reactions under the same
stimuli, changed the mapped icon from a soldier to a kangaroo, and
increased the figures' speed of movement.

Eager to demonstrate their flying skills for some visiting American
pilots, the hotshot Aussies "buzzed" the virtual kangaroos in low
flight during a simulation. The kangaroos scattered, as predicted,
and the visiting Americans nodded appreciatively... then did a double-
take as the kangaroos reappeared from behind a hill and launched a
barrage of Stinger missiles at the hapless helicopter. (Apparently the
programmers had forgotten to remove that part of the infantry coding.)

The lesson? Objects are defined with certain attributes, and any new
object defined in terms of an old one inherits all the attributes.
The embarrassed programmers had learned to be careful when reusing
object-oriented code, and the Yanks left with a newfound respect for
Australian wildlife. Simulator supervisors report that pilots from
that point onward have strictly avoided kangaroos, just as they were
meant to.

Kangaroos with missiles!!!!! That in particular just really amused me this morning/afternoon.

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Ok, so I'm kinda worried about B. I know that I probably have no reason to be worried but . . . I'm kinda worried. Because sometimes he can be a real idiot. Well, I know what I am doing next time and there will be no debates.

And for now, I'll leave it at that.

Now I should find out if I am working tonight. Because, of course, no one called me last night.

And then I should find food. Because I am hungry.

Last night was nice. There was Munchkin and DDR and some drinking. And good company (Larru, ChaosStream, Azzy, Foxy, Tink, and B). The sickies and the people who love them. Or had nothing better to do on a Friday night. ~grins~ I am really glad you guys came over, it was much with the goodness.

Hope you Timo Maas folks had fun last night. Tink, I hope you have a safe trip, give Dizzy a hug for me. Hope you sick kids are feeling better. Aaaaaannnnnddd . . . I think that's all for now.

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Ok, so all worries have been laid to rest. And a talking-to was given. Lordy, lordy, that made me sound like someone's old aunt Hilda. Or something.

Not working tonight. Surprise surprise. I can't come in until my eye is totally healed. Germs spread too quickly with the close quarters, lack of ventilation, hands-on-ness. I kind of figured. I am on the schedule for Thursday though. And hopefully all next weekend.

Just watched Real Women Have Curves. I didn't know it was originally based on a play. That makes the way the plot is set up make a little more sense. I mean, ah. Gah. I can't explain. I just makes sense that it was a play. The movie is pretty good. It makes you smile. The protagonist, Ana, is a really great character. You don't see too many teenage female protagonists like her right now. And I don't just say that because she is Hispanic and not a size two. It's way beyond that. Anyway, watch the movie. It's good. Pretty short too. I think . . . well . . . it made me feel good to be me and a woman. It also reminded me of Yazmin, a girl I went to elementary school with. I don't know why, it wasn't anything in particular. Perhaps it was partly because I ran into her last week. Anyway, it is a movie worth seeing. I wish that I could think of a better sentence to sum it up, to get it's essence across, but I think that it kind of depends on who is watching it. I feel like this kind of trivializes the whole movie but it was definitely one of the points of it: Ladies, when you are having a fat and ugly day, watch this movie. Just do it.

Ok, I think I'm going to go get my homework done.

What have you done today? What are you doing tonight? I'm thinking Mac n Cheese is going to be the win.

Shit! I forgot to call my mom. Later!