I started talking to someone new online. She’s from California where I’ll be heading soon. I might even be meeting with her while I’m there. Anyhow, I’ve found her to be quite interesting. She talks quite a bit. She’s also quite flirty. Hard to tell how much of that is genuine interest or not. She seems to have a personality of incorporating what you tell her in her own story. I’ve always found that interesting in someone. Hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t though.

We’ll see where our interactions go. Will she be one that just disappears after a while or will she last?

Mysterious Credit

For whatever reason, I got a mysterious credit on my Visa Card.  It’s only $0.79, and free money is good. However, I don’t want Chase finding out they make a mistake and correcting it with interest in the future, so I’ve been calling them a bit to get them to correct it or explain it if it’s legitimate. I think I finally got them to understand today, so we’ll see tomorrow if the credit gets corrected.

Three Strikes

"Three Strikes" is currently a rather relevant phrase for me for several reasons. One reason is that the policy position for the group my group chose for a Rhetoric of Science paper involves so-called Three Strikes laws, particularly in California. Such laws increase punishment for repeat offenders.

Another area of Three Strikes relevance is my mere presence still at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. At Rose-Hulman, you may only be on academic probation for three terms in a row. I have already surpassed that. Worse though is that I have had to appear before the admissions and standing committee twice now in order to remain at Rose-Hulman. I doubted readmission the second time. Luckily, I am confident that I will not have grades low enough for academic probation this term. Consequently, I will not have to appear before the admissions and standing committee again, and my current quadruple probation will reset to good standing.

The other area of relevance is in relationships. I have never had any. Recently I have been trying. I think my first serious attempt was two years ago with Anita. In that particular year, I feel in retrospect that I was around too much and perhaps too interested. As a result, that relationship never grew into anything. The next year, I was interested in Michelle for some time and actually gained the confidence to explicitly tell her. She, however, was not interested in me. Additionally, such relationship interest in her has waned. This year, again, I am trying to do the dating thing to some extent. Most recently, I tried inviting someone along to see an on campus concert by Chapter 6. First, I tried asking my resident assistant’s girlfriend’s friend, but she was not interested. I then asked Corrie from the fourth floor, but she has a sorority thing. I next asked Elizabeth, but she also had a conflict. I next tried asking Anita from two years ago, but it seems she is in Germany right now. I finally had some luck asking Erica. She already has a boyfriend, so nothing will come of it at least not by me pushing it, but I am sure the experience will still be a useful one. Every attempt has lead to me learning something new about me and about people.

Memory Leaks bite the dust

In my work for the summer, the software simultaneously captures three images of an object with a grid printed on it. The three images are used to build a three-dimensional model of the object. There is information added to this as well, but it is related to the process that is unique to the company so I can’t say what it specifically is. However, we put new cameras into the system this summer. The new cameras are 22208×3000 resolution. With the larger image sizes the program leaks memory like never before and is incredibly slow with all of the data in memory being processed.
To tackle these issues, I have been using Valgrind. Initially, the software used so much RAM that even with a 4GB swap file, memory would run out with the extra memory used by Valgrind. I then contacted other Valgrind users and they suggested I try a newer version that had less memory overhead. It worked. I have since discovered the following  leaks: memory was not released from several structures. The user interface was never freed. There were some miscellaneous unclosed file descriptors. Anyhow, these are mostly fixed. I would, however, like to make the user interface lazily initialized so that the memory intensive portions can be freed when not displayed.
There are definitely other issues remaining, but they are being tackled each day.