November 17, 2005

Hey, everybody! Well, I don’t have much to report, really…these past two weeks I’ve been trying to study and catch up with my work. I’m trying to skip ahead a math class, for which I have to take a test immediately after Thanksgiving break, so I’m frantically trying to do a semester’s load of work in about two weeks.

This fortnight I went to two events with the Honors Student Association – a visit to the Orlando Philharmonic and a day of rock climbing near Lake Mary. The Philharmonic was beautiful – the orchestra played some wonderful music. Toward the second half I found myself dozing off, though – I had been up all night the previous night and the soothing music sort of sent me over the edge of drowsiness into slumber – but the music was beautiful all the same. No, really, it was.

Rock climbing was real fun but real exhausting. It ain’t as easy at it looks! By the end of the day my fingers and arms felt dead, but it was pretty fun.

I also went to the Daytona Beach Film Festival, where I saw several interesting things. The Student Film festival was held right here at Embry-Riddle, and I was interested to see exactly what kind of films kids my age were putting out there. Several were kind of weird, with emphasis on what I call ‘artsy’ kind of shots and angles, some were stereotyped and ridiculous, but others were funny and often thought provoking. I didn’t stay to the end – it was a bit too…pointless for me. You can’t really tell a story in fifteen minutes unless you cut out the artsy stuff and get down to it – and none of them tried enough, in my unlearned opinion. Guess I’m just too used to action movies.

I’m also working on my final programming project, which I have chosen to do in C rather than Matlab. So far it’s 2800 lines and doesn’t do what I want it to. Definition of irritation? The urge to smack your computer upside the drive for showing you unlimited streams of rubbish values. Ahhhh, the agony. I’ve gotta get this in order before Thanksgiving or I’m screwed. It’s only due in early December, but my memory is terrible and I don’t wanna have to pull another all nighter. Luckily I’m a psychic amnesiac – I know in advance what I’m gonna forget.

Anyway, between making up missed job shifts every day from 6 to 10 PM at the Annual Fund, my C project, studying a semester’s math while trying to balance my current math load, two papers due this week, staying up all night playing multiplayer computer games with my hall-mates and a physics test day after tomorrow, I haven’t had much time to do anything else. I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people around the globe, that’s pretty cool – I hope I’ve been able to help – keep ‘em coming and I’ll keep answering. My AIM is vedanayakjr and you can also email me at or Later!

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About Veda

**Age:** 18 **Hometown:** Torrance, CA **Favorite Movie:** Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Forrest Gump **Favorite Band:** Eminem (yeah!) **Career Goal:** To become a successful aero engineer for the Air Force and later perhaps pursue into NASA's astronaut program. **Interests:** Listening to my kind of music, reading fiction (can't get enough), trying new and often nutty things.

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