Monthly Archives: December 2008

This one actually seemed good.  I want to tag people in it but i’m going to have to wait until it gets imported from xanga since i’m posting it there first.
(from Heather Smith)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I “somewhat visited” a rave.  It was a revealing, if not somewhat frightening, experience.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not one for making actual resolutions.  I prefer to just DO things.  I have some things in mind for next year, but no “actual” resolutions are gonna be made (most likely).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Mr. Kelly doesn’t count…

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
I still havent been outside the US. how lammme. <- same, though I’m not sure it’s -that- lame

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in most of 2008?
I want to have my old happiness back.  Not that I don’t have happiness anymore, but I want the old happiness back.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

No dates really, but I’ll always remember the FHS kids’ last night rehearsal this year, because that was the day when I finally got closure from marching band (playing with them for warmups was also great).  It’s been a LONG time in coming, so I’m really glad I finally got over it.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing I Wanna Be The Guy on medium difficulty.
Finishing my Super Metroid “Reverse Boss Order” Run.
Getting XS ranks on all missions in Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
Writing around 50 Christmas letters

9. What was your biggest failure?
Winter Break.  It hasn’t been all my fault, but god damn, it’s been terrible.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not anything serious.  I think I may have broken the streak of getting sick every winter break…though hopefully I’m not jinxing myself by saying that.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Cinnamoroll plushie!~<3.  My custom arcade stick as well, but I don’t have that yet (it’s being finished).  Beatmania controller as well.  DS homebrew was also really great.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
no one that I can remember.  Honestly. =|

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
my mother.  My friends.  The world -_-.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Sanrio!!!! and college textbooks and tuition and whatnot.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Nothing!  I never get THAT excited.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“Last Regrets”
The opening to Kanon 2006:

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
hands down.  Though I guess last year I probably wasn’t feeling -that- great either.  I definitely don’t remember feeling this BAD though.

ii. richer or poorer?
richer, I got my first real income from my summer job yay.  And then spent it all…xD

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing in my diary.  Playing Starcraft.  Calling friends.  Organizing things and cleaning things up and getting things done.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being frustrated with EE122A.  Being unhappy in general.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I didn’t do anything.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No…I thought I might, but I didn’t.  If anything I’ve fallen out of love.  Maybe that has something to do with being less happy, but I doubt it.

22. How many one-night stands?
ur kidding right?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Kanon (2006)
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No.  If anything I’ve “unhated” one person who I got into trouble with at about this time last year.  Which, is a good thing.

25. What was the best book you read?
I finished the Animorphs series, starting by rereading all the way from the beginning, and went all the way to the end.  I didn’t reread the other books (Visser, Hork-Bajir chronicles), but I’ve read them all before anyways.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

27. What did you want and got?
Lots of Sanrio stuff~!
I wanted picture frames and got a -digital- picture frame which is really spiffy.
Hercules DJ Control MP3

28. What did you want and not get?
My custom arcade stick is still coming.
I hardly got to see anyone over winter break.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Like, REAL films?  bah.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 19.
I remember being sick, and that’s why instead of throwing me in the shower the people in my dorm filled my room with balloons.  It was really really sweet and it made me really happy.  The balloons stunk after a day or so though, it smelled awful!  Me and my family and my brother’s girlfriend went to Chili’s for a bday dinner.  My mom brought 2 cakes, which was total overkill of course.  The candles melted into puddles of wax (literally), and as usual, that was the highlight of the entire dinner.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not taking EE122A.  Being with friends.  Being able to do ANYTHING with friends.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Same as always, though a little less on the layering this year I think.
I wear black or khaki-colored khakis 80% of the time and the other 10% is either windbreaker/waterproof pants, PJs, or my taiji outfit.
On top it’s always turtle neck and then T-shirt and then sweater.  Standard, standard.  I like wearing my chococat scarf too~<3
Like last year, I wore my blue fluffy bathrobe a lot around the dorm.

33. What kept you sane?
Nothing kept me sane.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
People rallying for the election.

36. Who did you miss?
Stephanie Chieng, Parisha Shah, Kristina Finnegan, Joy Su, Theresa Tran, Jessica Lai, Elizabeth Park, Carolyn Schneider, Kathleen Colby, Fiona Kim, Joanna Yan, Chelskey Ainscow, Alexa Kiene, Liz Sautter, … the list goes on.  I miss everybody who’s tagged here.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Joy!  and Emily and Hannah~  and Bonnie but I already knew her before…

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
-Don’t ever do anything because you “should” or because someone else tells you to.
-(……..was going to write something else I learned but I don’t want to)
-All you need are lings.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
“Its coming on christmas
Theyre cutting down trees
Theyre putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on”
–Sixpence None the Richer, “River”, from The Dawn of Grace

Watching Clannad is an interesting experience because family is one of the central themes.  Maybe it’ll even shed some light on my own situation.  But I’m not really worrying or hoping for that–I’m just enjoying it because it’s plain good (like Kanon!).

I have a lot of miscellaneous behavioral pet peeves that are totally unspoken most of the time.  I think it’s right for them to be unspoken because some of them are not justifiable at all.  I use them a lot to refine my own behavior though.

One of them is looking at your watch.  I tend to feel self-conscious when I do that, especially around other people.  It’s more contagious than yawning too.  But really, there’s no resaon you should ask “what time is it?”, get a direct response, and THEN pull out your cell phone to check.  Another one is “being nervous” in general.  There’s probably lots more but I can’t think of them…the “repetitive music choice” is another.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…when you talk, don’t talk for your own benefit–talk for the benefit of the people listening to you!  Or at least try to do it as much as possible…

Texmaster Sudden 377 Commentary

The following is a detailed analysis of a Sudden TexMaster run that I had a few days ago.  I’m by no means a very skilled player and you’ll see so fairly quickly.  This is one of my better runs though, so I thought I’d go through and analyze it so I can detect any bad habits/etc that I need to watch out for in my playstyle.  Maybe this will help someone else too (it’s almost too much to hope!).

Here’s the actual video, for reference:

Level 3 – Z
A terrible move.  Openings aren’t usually my strong suit, and it shows–I’ve already messed up on the 4th piece!  What I should be doing is placing this left of where it is, so I don’t create a slot that needs to be filled with an I in the middle there.

Level 8 – S
Because of my earlier mistake, I’m stuck with nowhere to put this.  Jamming it over to the right is the best option, as holes on the right side of the stack are a lot easier to deal with.

Level 17 – O
Putting this all the way to the left would have been a better choice.  This placement isn’t too bad in itself, but there aren’t any other good choices to fill that left side up with.  If I fill it with a J (like I end up doing right after this) I’m forced to use either another J or an I to fill it.  The TGM randomizer makes it so you have a lower chance of getting pieces that you’ve just received, so putting Js on the left like that is usually bad.  The only other solution would be to fill it with an L, which would be alright except it leads to a pretty jagged structure.

Level 22 – L
This is the right placement to make, but my finesse in getting the piece there is wrong.  This is one of my bad habits that comes up a lot–I tend to always IRS L pieces CCW and J pieces CW.  Instead of doing a triple-rotate here, I could have just IRSed CW and done a straightforward placement.

Level 25 – T
It might seem like I should be putting the T one left of where it is, and orienting it so it looks like a T, but that placement would require an I in column 1–which can be tricky to setup.  I feel a lot more comfortable with this placement–it makes column 4 high, which enables either a J or an I to fill the spot in column 1.

Level 26 – S
This is just excessive though.  I should have put this one flat on the right.  I think I was too focused on my goal with the previous T placement to realize that there was a better spot for this piece and that I didn’t need it here.

Level 27 – J
Notice the triple-rotate finesse you need to put the J into column 1.  I’m not sure exactly how viable this placement is at very high speeds, but at this slow speed it’s second nature to me.

Level 31 – I
I think this is the right placement.  The other option is to drop it in column 3 but I feel like this is more stable.  The column 3 gap can easily be filled by an L anyways, as long as I DON’T IRS it CCW like I usually do.  On another note, I could actually have reset lock delay on this placement by not using IRS and instead letting it drop flat, then rotating it.  I think that’s too specialized a case to really consider learning it as a habit though.

Level 42 – J
This placement isn’t terrible, but I could have easily just placed it with the same orientation, but 2 to the right.  Perhaps I felt like that would make the structure in the middle too tall and that I needed to clear out a bit.  The hole that this placement makes isn’t that bad, but you have to be careful about making dirt on the left side since it’s a little bit harder to fix.

Level 46 – L
Regret!  I wanted to triple-rotate this one to get it into the hole on the right, but I somehow failed.  Again my bad habit shows, because the triple-rotate is actually unnecessary here–I could have just IRSed CW and done the straightforward placement instead.  Note that the placement I’m going for creates a hole, but it would be immediately fixed by a double line clear. =)  Useful move to know.

Level 47 – T
Unlike in Level 25, I feel safe placing the T like this here because Is are generally easier to get over in column 10.

Level 54 – J
Note the movement finesse here–this is an instance where you DO need to IRS the J CW and then “unrotate” it to get it where you want.

Level 66 – J
Another option for this piece would be to place it in its initial orientation and go for the line clear.  But that would leave you with a very jagged structure in the middle, which could be dangerous.  Granted, there happens to be a T coming up, but I think this placement is much stronger.  I’m proud of this move!

Level 68 – L
I could have gone for the lines with this one, but instead I chose to concentrate on building up the left side.  The lines can always be taken later with a J or an I, and since my stack is pretty clean now, I’ve gone back into my default strategy of “stack high on the left, clear lines on the right”.  Kudos to colour_thief’s Death GM commentary for teaching me how to think like this =].

Level 72 – S
Would you have placed this flat and to the left?  That would have been a perfectly legitimate placement as well, and maybe even a more intuitive one.  But I defaulted to this placement because this is my “default” placement option for S pieces when it’s available–IRS and move one to the right.  It’s a strong move because it leaves column 5 high, which gives you lots of mobility.  In addition, even when it doesn’t fit cleanly onto the stack, it often leaves an easy-to-fix overhang, which is nice.  When I think about it, I think placing this S flat on the left is actually the better option here, but I don’t regret this move.

Level 76 – L
Notice the IRS and then unrotate finesse here.  Another placement option would be to IRS it CCW and then place it on the left.  Either one is probably a valid move here, although I feel more comfortable with filling in column 7 here.

Level 81 – J
This is a bad placement!  I should have laid this flat on the right.  Doing this makes it so I need either another J or an I in column 1.  The J would need some really fancy movement finesse (not possible at high speeds), and the I would require me to stack column 4 a lot higher than it is right now.  To top it off, my next piece is an S, which would have filled in the left perfectly–but now has nowhere to go!

Level 82 – S
Now I’m forced to deal with my mistake.  I could have placed this flat on the right and minimized the damage done, and that probably would have been a better option at this point.  But I think I was too concentrated on fixing up the left, which motivated this placement.  In hindsight, it doesn’t really help things much at all xD.

Level 89 – I
I tried to go for the synchro on this one instead of doing tap-tap.  You don’t have the time for tap-tap’s at higher speed, so it’s nice to learn how to do syncros at some point.  I had a 2-frame window and I missed it this time, but it’s not that bad of a mistake.  If the risk were higher I probably would have just IRSed the I and placed it in column 7 or 4.

Level 91 – T
Bad placement!  I instead want to place this flat on the left.  Doing this requires an I piece in column 10, which isn’t that bad except for the fact that I just got an I piece two pieces ago!  Now we’re beginning to see a recurring trend–I tend to concentrate on problem areas too much and miss out other valid placement options.

Level 96 – I
This placement doesn’t actually need a syncro; you can just tap-tap it and even at slightly higher speeds it’ll still work because lock delay gets reset at every point.  It’s tricky to know when you need to syncro your I pieces at a glance.  I’m not sure if this kind of placement would be valid with a joystick…

Level 106 – T
This placement works, but another option would have been to place it facing the other way, making column 4 high.  Either way lets you drop the I in column 1.  I’m not really sure which one is better.  This one focuses on the left side, while the other option provides more movement on the right side.

Level 114 – L
Not a great placement.  I want to place this 2 to the left instead.  Placing Ls on the right isn’t quite as bad as placing Js on the left, but it’s still not ideal.

Level 116 – T
This was a tough call.  Placing the T like this covers up column 1, but it isn’t that bad of a move (one you should know, actually) because it only leaves one row to clear before you uncover it again.  You don’t want to place it on the right, and you definitely don’t want to put it facing to the right and make column 2 high, blocking off column 1 completely.  You could IRS it CW and move it one right, but that almost completely cuts off the right side entirely.  The next piece is an S, which would be alright on the left, but that’s basically achieving the same thing as I achieve right here.  Having made this decision I just need to make sure to stack high on the right until I uncover column 1 again.

Level 118 – L
I think filling in column 10 might have been a better choice here, but I probably wasn’t expecting another L so soon.  Or maybe I just felt that that spot in columns 7-8 needed to be filled in and was sitting empty for too long.  I’m due for an O piece pretty soon though.

Level 119 – Z
There’s no real good spot for this piece.  The placement I chose is the lesser of two evils, I think–I end up overstacking and making column 1 covered up an additional 2 rows, but I keep column 10 open, as opposed to the other obvious placement which completely cuts it off.

Level 121 – J
I IRS CW here and unrotate on purpose.  It’s a habit I’ve gotten into that I think is actually useful.  It helps you establish rhythm and resets lock delay.  Without it, you get a piece dropped with no button input, and no lock delay reset, which can throw off your timing sense.

Level 123 – L
Here’s another unnecessary triple-rotate.  The placement is ok though.  A common newbie mistake is to fill in these kinds of situations (column 10) with Ls and Js when you really just want to wait for an I piece instead and avoid overstacking and making additional holes.  In this case my placement makes sense though, because getting an I piece over there would require a synchro.

Level 128 – S
I didn’t realize that my column 1 hole would be uncovered, so I foolishly covered it up again.  I instead want to throw this over on the right, or at least do my “default” move of IRS, move one to the right.  Although I’ve covered up my hard-earned tetris hole in column 1, it’s not that bad of a situation at all because it’s still an easy fix.

Level 129 – Z
IRS, move one to the left.  This creates an overhang, but it’s an easy one to fix.  Here I’m going to fix it with the T piece that’s coming up immediately after this.

Level 132 – J
Placing Js on the left is undesirable, but at least I avoid overstacking here.  If I were clever I would see that I could actually uncover column 1 by executing a line clear over on the right.  I would end up leaving a hole there, though, so I’m not sure if it’s worth it.  I’m not perceptive enough to see those clever kinds of line clears yet, and besides, I’m all set up for my I piece to go into column 10 anyways.

I’d like to take a second to comment that, like colour_thief (and probably most other skilled players), I often make up “plans” for certain pieces as I’m waiting for them.  This happens most frequently with L, J, and I pieces, though I occasionally do it with Ts and even Os.  Here I probably have an “I plan” in mind so now that the I is here I immediately know where I want to put it.

Level 138 – J
This was a judgment call.  Ordinarily you want to be careful about clogging your tetris holes with Js or Ls but in this case I think it was the right choice because I would need a risky synchro in order to get an I into column 1.  Notice the triple-rotation necessary to get the J to the left here.

Level 140 – I
Regret!  This is a terrible placement because I’m forcing myself to use another I piece, which I know won’t come up for awhile.  The better option is to put it in column 4, although doing that would require me to NOT IRS it and instead tap-tap left and then rotate (not possible at high speeds).  Still, even IRSing it and leaving it in column 6 would be a better move than this was.  At the very least I had the sense to leave it in column 10 instead of column 9.  This means I’m dedicating myself to waiting for another I piece.  I pieces are a lot easier to get into column 9 than column 10, so I should have no trouble placing it there, but I’m going to have to hold off until I get another one. =(  The sad part is that I have an O piece coming up next that would perfectly fill in the hole on the right if I hadn’t blocked it up.

Level 142 – T
This placement seems pretty obvious and intuitive but I’m not so sure it’s actually the best one.  I think IRSing it CW and placing it left might have been better.  I can’t really explain why but the stack as it looks here doesn’t really seem very good to me.  It’s a difficult to describe intuition sense that you develop after a while.  More obviously, I’ve got a Z coming up that now has nowhere to go!

Level 143 – Z
I can’t make my “default” IRS-and-move-left placement here, but this is pretty close and creates a pretty easy to fix overhang, which I’ll fix using…

Level 144 – J
This J piece right here.  It’s a very powerful placement which actually utilizes a wallkick!  Here it goes–no IRS, move right, rotate CW, move left.

Level 151 – L
The IRS that I do here does reset lock delay but I’m not sure whether it’s strictly necessary for rhythm purposes because you have to move it to the right anyways.  Hmm…I guess it’s alright.

Level 154 – S
I have no idea what I was thinking here.  Maybe I felt that placing it in the obvious place (column 3-4) would have maybe cut off column 1?  That’s totally incorrect though, as I can still put a J piece there, or even an I with a synchro.  This was just a brain fart.

Level 155 – J
Again, I don’t need the triple-rotate here.  I don’t ALWAYS make this mistake, but I do make it fairly often.  I’m just not that adept at recognizing when I don’t need the IRS and when I do.

Level 160 – L
I could have taken a double here on the left, but this placement works better, as that gap there in column 8 screams for an L piece.

Level 162 – Z
Oof!  I should have just laid this flat in the obvious placement instead.  This placement isn’t TOO bad but it creates a pretty sticky situation in the left.  I recognize that the left hand side can easily be solved with an L and then a J though.

Level 167 – J
I don’t need the triple rotate here either!

Level 174 – L
This placement seems rather straightforward, but it’s not the best one.  First, it overstacks on top of the hole in column 3.  Second, I could easily IRS it CCW and go for the single line clear, opening up the hole in column 10.

Level 201 – T
Placing this flat on the left would have worked better, since now I’ve got a staircase structure and I’ve restricted mobility to the right side of my stack.

Level 202 – Z
IRS, one left.  Have you learned this move yet? =)

Level 206 – J
Another unnecessary IRS.  Granted, not all of these are that bad, and I’ve certainly seen higher-level players do unnecessary rotations, but if possible I’d like my finesse to be as efficient and “good” as possible.

Level 207 – L
Probably would have been better to just take the line clear on the left.

Level 208 – I
Notice the unnecessary rotation here.  It’s not really the best finesse at all, but if you accidentally IRS an I piece, this is a neat little trick you can use to “un-IRS” it and “hop it over” a bump.

Level 211 – Z
This is an unorthodox move, but I’m very proud of it.  Normally I would think to just jam it smack dab in the middle of the hole, but this placement actually sets up for the hole to be uncovered quite easily by an L or an I (the latter of which is coming right up).

Level 215 – L
Unnecessary triple-rotate again.  This placement probably wouldn’t have been fast enough at higher speeds.  But I was dealing with a line clear, and it’s tricky to know in advance how the stack is going to look after a line clear (much less an unorthodox one like this).

Level 222 – S
Regret!  I should have just IRSed this and left it instead of moving it one left.  I’m risking a hole in column 5 if a T piece comes, which unfortunately, it is.  Holes in column 5 are BADDDDD.  I’d much rather have a hole over in column 4 or 3.

Level 229 – T
I come across this situation a lot and I’m not quite sure how to recognize it yet.  The problem is that I’m using a T piece but creating a situation on the left side that is best fixed using a T piece.  The better placement is to lay the T flat here.

Level 230 – S
Regret!  I was going for my “default” placement here, but I tried to IRS the next piece before the current piece had locked, resulting in a misdrop.

Level 231 – I
I ideally should have jammed this into the hole in column 9, but there’s no way I could have known that the misdrop of the S was going to happen, so I was totally unprepared for it.  So what I really should have done was place this over in column 1 where it needs to go.  This placpement in column 6 doesn’t really fix anything, though at the very least it avoids overstacking column 5 too much.

Level 232 – T
I wanted to put this on the left but couldn’t =(.

Level 233 – L
A desperate attempt to do -something- about the mess over on the right.  It probably would have been better to either put this unrotated on the left, making another hole in column 3, or to IRS CCW and leave it in columns 7-8.  I’m getting a little desperate here.

Level 234 – O
Another piece that doesn’t really fit anywhere.  I’ve now committed myself to waiting for an I piece to fill in column 3.  This is better than waiting for an I piece in column 1, at least, so this placement is actually pretty good, given the circumstances.

Level 236 – S
Tough call here, but I think this was the right placement.  I make another hole, but I don’t want the middle tower to grow too large.

Level 237 – J
Would you have made this placement?  I was committed to dropping an I in column 3, but there’s nowhere else to put this, other than in columns 1-2 which would be a terrible placement.

Level 239 – O
My stack still isn’t stable yet at all.  I could have dropped this in columns 7-8 but that would have made another hole.  Instead I put it here, but in the process I block off column 1.  My next pressing need is to pave a path for an I piece to go there.

Level 240 – I
I could have instead put this in column 4, which would ensure that I could get a future I into column 1, but I felt that the column 7-8 hole was a more pressing need, and that stacking high in column 4 could wait.

Level 243 – J
Or, maybe I didn’t know what I was doing and wasn’t planning to fill column 1 with an I after all =P.  This is a bad placement because filling it column 8 on the right would have been much much better.

Level 244 – L
I think this is the right placement to make, but I’m unfamiliar with this kind of move.  You can see my hesitation here.

Level 253 – L
Another unnecessary IRS!  Granted, I also do unnecessary IRSes with my Zs, Ss, and Ts, but I think the problem is more severe with Js and Ls and Is.

Level 255 – Z
I’m happy with this placement.  It creates an overhang, but a rather tame one that can be filled with either a T (which I use in this case) or a J.  The other option would be to place it one to the right, but that would depend on me getting an O piece to fill in columns 6-7.  I happened to get an O piece here, but you can’t always rely on things like that.

Level 257 – J
I could have actually fixed the overhang with this J here, but instead I chose to stabilize my stack a little bit more.  Luckily enough I got a T right afterward which I used to fill in the overhang anyways.

Level 260 – Z
This would be much better flat on the right.  The placement I opt for here creates a jagged structure on the left which is going to be difficult to fix, especially since I just got a T piece.

Level 265 – J
This placement isn’t bad, but I think it would have been better to IRS CW and put it in columns 6-7.  That would block off columns 8-10, but that’s my “messy” side anyways at the moment (since the holes there are higher up), and it would prevent the sticky situation I have in columns 1-3 right now (which is a fairly common situation, but an undesirable one).

Level 266 – L
Would you have made this placement or would you have placed this flat on the middle?  I like this better because of the stability it offers.  Yes, it makes another hole, but the right side is my messy side anyways so I don’t care too much about the crap that goes there.

Level 270 – O
Placing O one to the left of its initial spawn location is a very, very, very good move.  I haven’t really called that much attention to it, but it’s a move that you should be using a LOT.  It maintains mobility by keeping column 5 high, and lets you drop I pieces into the left hand side easily.

Level 276 – Z
I’m not sure this is the right placement at all.  It might have been smarter to not IRS and place it on the right.  I would have cut off column 10, which would have been pretty messy, but the situation I’m getting into right here is also very bad.  The overhang I’m making is nothing to be concerned about, but the gap in column 5 is very deadly since I’m screwed if I get a T piece (as a side note, I wouldn’t be so screwed if this were TGM3: Terror Instinct because T pieces can double-rotate in this situation in TGM3.  No such luck in TAP).  As such, I need to immediately put an L, J, or I into column 5.

Level 278 – L
This placement doesn’t come up that often (and it SHOULDN’T) but I could actually not IRS and instead manually rotate, in order to reset lock delay.  The L piece came just in time here, as the T piece was next.  Instead of the T leading to my doom I was able to use it to fix my overhang.  So everything worked out really nicely =).

Level 282 – Z
This would have been better flat on the right.  This placement makes yet another situation in columns 1-3 where I probably need a T and a J.

Level 285 – I
I’m not sure what motivated this placement, but putting it in column 6 would have probably been better.

Level 290 – I
I also could have put this in column 10 if I wanted to.  In these kinds of situations I’m often unsure of which option is better.  I think in general I like filling the middle one in more, because it leads to a more balanced stack.  However, if you have a situation where you’re using two I pieces to fill in a 2-wide gap, you want to fill in the farther one first.

Level 291 – S
I can’t put this on the right, so I’m forced to cover my column 1 hole.  Notice that if I had rotated this and slammed it on the left it would have overstacked and made the hole even harder to uncover.  These kinds of things are really useful to know–how to orient pieces so they make the least destructive holes.

Level 292 – T
Again we see my tendency toward building high towers in the middle.  If I could put this on the right there would be a really clever line clear option available, but I can’t, unfortunately, so I think the best move here is to lay it flat on the left instead.

Level 293 – L
Another unnecessary triple rotate.  This placement is good though.  I’m not sure whether I realized it would uncover column 1, but it did =P.  Another option is to put it in columns 7-8, which would leat to a more stable stack.

Level 295 – O
This would have been better two to the left, or even in columns 3-4 instead.  I think right now my mind hadn’t realized that column 1 had already been unearthed, so I’m still in “stack high on the right, clear on the left” mode.

Level 299 – T
This placement is bad because it forces me to get another I piece to clear out column 10.  But it’s good because it leaves the option of putting an I piece in column 1, which would require a synchro otherwise.  Although, since the 300 level mark is coming up, I’m not sure the tap-tap method would even still work anyways.  But right now I’m really banking on getting an I piece to fill column 1.

Level 299 – Z
Again blocking off the right.  I could have put this on the left, but as I said, I’m really banking on that I piece.

Level 299 – I
Hooray!  Finally~  This placement takes practice–you need to double tap to the left, then rotate while DASing left.  It doesn’t always work at high speeds unforunately, especially if there isn’t a lock delay reset.

Level 302 – L
Not sure if this is good.  The stack is more stable than it would be if I put this in columns 3-4 and I didn’t make a hole like I would if I put it in 1-2, but I’m worried about the right side being difficult to reach.  Although I guess an I piece can still go to the right easily enough so I guess there’s nothing to worry about.

Level 307 – I
Rats…I need another I piece now because of the O piece in level 306.  Putting this I piece on the right was the right decision to make because putting it on the left would have required a tricky synchro.  Now that we’re past the 300 mark the speed is a lot faster, so we can’t take chances like that.  You’ll also see me making more misdrops here because I can’t quite handle the speed yet.

Level 309 – S
Ick!  It might have been better to leave this unrotated and create a 2-wide overhang to be solved with a J.  This placement is mainly bad because it cuts off column 1 and I need to stack some more before I can get an I piece in there.

Level 311 – L
I didn’t know what to do with it so I jammed it over to the right.  I could have fixed my overhang in column 3 instead, or at least put it in columns 7-8.

Level 317 – J
Not a great move…you can see me starting to panic here.  This would have been better unrotated off on the right side.  Luckily my next few pieces allowed me to recover somewhat.

Level 326 – I
Oof!  Regret!  I held right for a bit too long and accidentally did an auto-synchro at the worst time possible =(.  I lucked out though, and received another I piece soon after.

Level 327 – L
This needs to either go all the way to the left, or be placed flat in the middle.  This placement was probably made out of surprise to my I mishap.  The Z piece that’s coming up is waiting to just utterly kill me. =(

Level 328 – Z
Ouch.  I should have just covered up column 9 here, but at this point I didn’t really know what I was doing.

Level 335 – S
Again you see my panic.  I could have placed this flat in columns 3-5, which would have been better, but instead I wanted to fill in that hole as quickly as possible.

Level 338 – Z
This is better on the far right.  Luckily I’m about to receive a T that will fix the situation in columns 1-3 though.

Level 340 – I
This would have been better in column 7.  Here I’m creating another tetris well in column 10, exactly what I don’t need right after I get an I piece.

Level 341 – S
Putting this one to the left of where it ended up would have resulted in a much cleaner stack.

Level 349 – O
This placement is better than in columns 2-3 because J is more recent in the history than L, so I’m more likely to get an L first (and I do!).

The last few moves are more out of desperation than anything else so I won’t really comment on them.

There are certain cases where I give presents but I don’t want to write my traditional Timm[ie] letters (usually when it’s dealing with guys).  In these cases I’ve been known to make sprite comics instead.  The tradition started quite a few years ago when my brother made a whole crapload of hilarious sprite-comic cards for me on my birthday.  Best birthday I’ve ever had.

Anyhoo, enjoy my creations and my humor.  (the first 2 were a set)


I’m not one to make new year’s resolutions, but I AM one to make resolutions in general.  Maybe I can use New Year’s as an excuse to put some into action.

My brainstorming resolutions looks something like this:
-At least 1 game of starcraft every day.
-At least 1 session of tetris every day.
-Stretch or exercise every day.
-1 game of Element Tower Defense weekly?
-more keyboard/mouse breaks

another one might be to “work on something” every day.  That would exclude all schoolwork, but it would also exclude games that I play “for fun only”.  So, tetris wouldn’t count.  Starcraft wouldn’t count.  Trauma center -would- count because that’s something on my “to do” list–it’s something I have to finish at some point.  Working on a side coding project (more like starting one) would count.  etc etc.  I also have an anime to-do list but that doesn’t count either.  Catalogueing music would count.

Notice how academics and schoolwork are totally MIA from this list.

Of these, the easiest one to implement is the tetris one…I can see all of the other ones meeting failures.  I don’t even NEED the tetris one though.

I’ve started using a new smiley: =]
it’s actually come in quite handy, it’s not =) or ^_^ but something different!

I don’t get this obsession my mom has about forcing me out of the house and “making me have fun”.  i dont get it.


someone requested me to give a synopsis of what made Stanford different or unique.  Here’s what I came up with:

Hmmmm well I can’t compare to other schools that much so I can’t really give that accurate of an objective comparison…but I’ll do my best!  Here goes (I’m probably gonna end up writing a lot…):

The first thing you think about when you hear the name “Stanford” is the reputation.  Obviously Stanford is a great school in pretty much any discipline (although there are certain disciplines where you may be better off at other schools, probably.  Like going to Julliard for the arts instead, etc).  The reputation is actually going to help you farther along in life.  When you apply for a job and say you got your degree from Stanford, it does actually make a difference.  I’ve talked to my employers from last Summer (one of them has pretty hair~~) and they did say that they like taking Stanford students because they just seem to “get it” more.

One of the resaons that Stanford can do so well is because they’ve got a lot of money to throw around because they’re a private institution.  On the downside, this means that tuition can be rather hefty, but hopefully financial aid can help you with that.  On the plus side, this means a lot of great things for you that you can’t really get at other schools.  I’m not actually much of a Cal-basher so I don’t mean to put UC Berkeley down, but I’m just saying that in comparison, the academic structuring is much different.  In Stanford you get the opportunity to engage in classes with as few as 15 people.  If you’re someone who is really looking for faculty engagement you can find it pretty easily at Stanford–it’s completely different than Berkeley where you’re just one among many in a teeming mass of students.  The extra money also means that you get 4 years of guaranteed housing so you never have to worry about looking for an apartment or anything like that.

Earlier I mentioned that Stanford is pretty much excellent in all areas.  This also lends itself to a point which I think is -really important-: flexibility.  When you go to Stanford you have unbelievable flexibility in terms of your academic path.  When you go to other schools you have to choose a major when you apply and you’re essentially “locked in” to that major from the start.  When you come to Stanford they don’t even =let= you declare your major until your sophomore year.  They do this because they know that incoming college kids don’t have enough experience to really know what they want.  This worked out perfectly for me, since I started out in EE and then after a year figured out that I hated it and loved CS instead.  They also do this to encourage you to try out different things.  Since Stanford is so excellent in all areas, you can try out a few classes that are outside of your comfort zone and you might end up finding something that you’re really passionate about.  On the other hand, if you’re already dead set on doing premed or law or being an econ major, they won’t really hold you back from anything–you’ll still do just fine.

Not only do you have flexibility in choosing an academic path, but you also have flexibility in choosing classes each quarter.  It’s NOT like a “crowded” school like UC Berkeley/etc where you want to apply to classes as soon as possible before it fills up.  At Stanford you almost NEVER have classes where you can’t get in because there are too many people signed up.  Again, since they have more money, they can just hire additional faculty to teach more sections if there’s enough demand.  Instead of choosing classes so early, you can actually pick and choose your class schedule up to 2 weeks AFTER the quarter starts.  That means if you’re thinking about a class, you can just attend it for a few days and then make a more informed decision about whether you want to take it or not.

I mentioned that Stanford encourages people to explore areas outside of their own comfort zone.  Stanford is a “liberal arts” school, so they do force you to take a bunch of GERs, just like any other school  I wouldn’t say the GER requirements are that debilitating, but they are definitely there and possibly (but don’t quote me on this) a little bit heftier than at other places.  If you’re the kind of person who only likes computer science and doesn’t want ANYTHING to do with writing or history or presentations, you might consider another school like Caltech.

Socially, Stanford does a pretty good job in general.  The one thing that might really catch you off guard is that you really won’t be (or you won’t be as much of) a big fish in a small pond anymore.  If you got into Stanford, that means that you’re probably at the top of your class overall, but when you actually get into Stanford, you’re now among peers who are just as great and awesome as you.  This can be both good and bad: good in that you actually have people who share your intellectual (and non-intellectual!) passions, and bad in that you might feel a bit intimidated by them.  Personally I didn’t have an issue with that at all, but I know that some people do, so that’s just a warning.

The dorm life is generally pretty standard, as far as I can tell.  Just like all other colleges, your social experience is really dictated by what YOU set out to do.  If you want to be anti-social and lock yourself up in your room all day, you can do that.  On the other hand if you want to live in a really lively place where people are always partying, you can do that too.  Not only in Stanford but in all colleges, you can’t really passively socialize anymore–you don’t have that experience like in high school where you spend the entire day with your friends and you can goof off in classes and hang out at lunch. (i miss it!)  You can still meet a lot of cool people and make a lot of friends, but you need to try a little bit harder IMHO.  Just a heads up.

The campus is definitely great at Stanford.  The weather is what we’re used to here in California, so there’s no harsh winters where you have to go to class in the snow or anything.  There are some places on campus which are just beautiful, you may have already been to Stanford before but if you haven’t you probably should since it’s so close to here.  I think my favorite spot is in the middle of the main quad at night.  It’s a great place during the daytime, but at night they light it up and it looks amazing.

The other thing about the campus is that it’s safe.  If you’re used to living in a quiet suburban neighborhood like I am, then Stanford is no real adjustment from that.  I can walk outside at night at 3 in the morning without any real fear for my own well-being (and I’ve done that quite a few times!  I’m crazy like that…).  You’d never do that at UC Berkeley; you’d get murdered or robbed or something, especially if you’re a single girl.  On the other hand, if you really want to live in the city and go to an urban environment, maybe that’s the kind of thing that you want.  Or maybe you want to live out in the middle of the woods, in which case I think my friend at UCSC can tell you about how wonderful it is there.  It just depends on what you’re looking for.

The campus is mostly a biking campus–it’s fairly level ground unlike some other colleges, so it’s not that hard to get to and from class.  There is a free shuttle that runs around campus, but most of the time you’re just gonna be biking everywhere.

For extra-curricular activities, there’s certainly a fair share at Stanford.  Again, since there’s a little more money to throw around, some groups probably find it a little easier to get funding.  I would venture to say that places like Berkeley have a bit more in terms of student groups, though, since Berkeley is so proactive and student-activism-oriented.  Regardless, anywhere you go you’re probably gonna be able to find people who share your interests, as long as they aren’t too obscure (I’m coordinator of the Taiji club here, but there’s no real Glowsticking group).

In terms of actual academics, well…I can’t say much because I haven’t really compared with other colleges.  It’s definitely a different experience from high school, but I think it widely varies from class to class.  I’ve had great classes where I loved the professor because they really really knew what they were talking about and I liked the subject too.  I’ve had good classes where I hated the subject but the professor (and TAs) managed to be good enough to make up for it.  And I’ve had classes that were completely boring because the professors sucked.  It’s like that no matter where you go–some classes are just going to be better than others.  Which is where the “shopping” comes into play–you can still change your mind 2 weeks into the quarter.  I do admit that I don’t really like college classes as much as high school classes, but that’s just because of my own social perspective.  I’m not really a “sit and listen to an old guy lecture” kind of person.  I miss goofing off in high school and being with friends.  And that’s why sometimes I have classes that I almost never actually go to.  It’s like this at every college, but again, there’s more flexibility.  If you don’t NEED to go to a class, then you can get away perfectly fine with not going to it (unless you need to hand something in, or unless they actually take attendance).

One other thing is that the proximity of Stanford has been a definite plus–living 15 minutes away from home is great.  Yes, my parents do stop by a lot, but in my mind as long as I’m not living in the same household, that’s enough space for me.  Besides, they bring me food =P.  But yeah, living close to home is definitely a convenience I’m liking so far.

The food is kind of standard I guess, although you really really shouldn’t pick a college based on food ;).  Like any other college, there are places where the food is horrible and there are places where the food can actually be really good.


Okay I know that might have been a lot to digest.  I’ll try to summarize all of that in a coherent matter so you can have a few take-away points.  Remember, I’m not trying to say that Stanford is necessarily the best choice for you–I’m just trying to bring up what’s different about it compared to other schools.

-Really strong academics, and you have the “Stanford” reputation.
-Flexibility, both in finding your academic path, and in choosing classes.
-Great-looking, safe campus with NorCal weather.
-Close to home!
-Faculty engagement is definitely not hard to come by, if that’s your thing (I admit I haven’t really done much of it, but it’s definitely possible).

In an attempt to play devil’s advocate, I would probably advise AGAINST going to Stanford if:
-You don’t like the “atmosphere” and would rather prefer the atmosphere of other schools.  “Atmosphere” is difficult to define, but for example, when I think of Caltech I know that it’s probably a much “geekier” or “nerdier” school than Stanford.  Likewise, UC Berkeley has a much different atmosphere.  I think the best way to experience the atmosphere is to visit the school itself and hang out with someone you know from the school.
-You’re looking for something other than “quiet suburban neighborhood”.  Granted you can certain party at Stanford–there are Frat parties and such (though I wouldn’t really know much about them)–that’s not the issue.  I’m just saying it’s different than Berkeley’s neighborhood where you’re actually in the middle of the city.

Uhmm….yep.  Okay that’s probably enough.  Let me know if you have any more questions–as you can tell I have lots to say =P

–Timm[ie] Wong

Whoo.  here it is, we’ve got links to all of my “noteworthy” entries, since the beginning of all time.  I didn’t get any of my protected posts, unfortunately, blahblahblah, but whatever, this is a good enough record.  This has been saved onto my hard drive so all I need to do is make sure I keep that text file updated.

Starcraft bogus rants
Speech & Debate = Tetris Attack
Random Question Experiment
Random Question Experiment #2
Kristina is confused
I used to be so busy!
Chris is weird
LEM Brainstorming
Even back then…
“Timmy Wong, how dare you sit in chairs?”
Liz digging herself into a hole
AIM log results
AIM log analysis
*leaves at a more than moderate pace, very much faster than walking*
Quotes from my Foothill math teacher
Mass Internet Quizzes
sin x / n
Silly Parents…
Cubes.  Lots of em.
Long away messages
Use a layer!
“Now there’s a mental image, eh?”
Chris is still weird
Chem Lab #1
Chem Lab #2
“Protected call”
“Cheeseburger without rice”
Chem Lab #3
Chem Lab #4
The beginning of my trichophilia
Toogle and Woogle
Crazy Hair Day
Cleaning solution
“Instant blog post generator”
“Go suck your face!”
“It’s hard to be yourself…”
“The hole -always- dresses the form.”
That’s Fremont for ya
Robitissun Drum Major!?
News flash
2005 – a recap
The Sleep War (1)
Joseph Kelly and the Grand Unified Theory of All Techno
be meticulous now…
bad timing
some philosophy
Celebrity Jeopardy
TODO: for Sophia
Practicing (2)
“I hate you guys…”
Happy birthday to me
Very cranky
We could do it…
What does Kristina know?
Super-secret Third Way
High G
Band Shows
Even in my -dreams-!
173rd day of the year
Belinda’s Entries and The Wrath of Love Sauce
Jack of All Trades
Yay Drawing
Shortest Comment Ever
Comparing Rubik’s Cubes (1)
Comparing Rubik’s Cubes (2)
Practicing (3)
Etude in Fb Harmonic Diminished Major (Etude Impossibiliatoriagiarratoment)
Post-It Challenge (1)
Post-It Challenge (2)
If coffee makes me tired…
Being Cool.  And Bugler’s Holiday WTF.
Song Lyrics
No sleep because of band
Kathleen’s hair
Band being less personal, learning, and emotions
Rule of thumb
Superb logic
“It was such a good idea!!!”
“Now Mr. Kelly’s down TWO soloists!!!”
Parade DM Curse
Pretending to Be a Bot
I am the Man…
Petered Out
“Oh, Timm[ie]…”
Last Night Rehearsal Ever
Championships Highlights
X-Mas Cards 2006
Santa’s Present
Start of Glowsticking
The Good, the Bad, and the Horrible
Last Words
“Suck dirt”
Being Complex/Emulating Personalities
DM Interview Questions
“Thank the Lord…”
Attitude Problem
Stanford Application Essay
Kenneth is Special
Close Friends
The B
Driving Forces in My Life
Letter Delivery
Crazy Texans…
Thank You Stephanie
A New Interpretation of “Suck dirt”
Junior Year Timm[ie] is Back!
Pretty Hair Girl
Being Different
WP, and Competitions
Rolling In
Intelligence vs. Adaptation, Impulsiveness vs. Long-term Planning, Affection
“One Girl in All the World”/”All the World in One Girl”
Pretty Hair Girl (2)
Stream of Consciousness
Paying Respects
The Question
I Hate Competitions
Stanford Long Essay
Feynman Quote
Teachers, Stupidity, and Life Sucking
Senior Portraits
Admit Weekend
A Dream
My Music Folder
She Knows
AP Bio Test
Fake/Being on Top of the World
You Know You’ve Had a Good Practice Session When…
Econ Ductmation
What Would Parisha Do?
End of an Era
Being Timm[ie]
June 22nd
Thank You
Nice Guy
My Mom Doesn’t Sleep
40k in Tetris Attack
Forgotten Appointments
Time, Friends, and the World
“wow, that’s a lot of sex”
Thank you Resa.
Ordering the List
My Mom
Such Talented Artists
This Happens Every Time
AIM phail
Letters, and Erasing Yourself
Doubleshot (1)
Doubleshot (2)
Effects Processing
Foothill/De Anza Classes
“im going to shoot them”
Elizabeth’s quote
“Back to the band room…”
Haven’t Beaten this Since
“Life is a rush”
To Do?
Not Gonna Miss This
Naturally Nocturnal
“The Wondering Box”
Writing About Yourself
The Sleep War (2)
Vista Tip (1)
Sleep Paralysis
Harry Potter
Another Moment
“Writing Timm[ie]”, Yahtzee Time
Textual Vent (1)
Where’s the Passion?
Asian (1)
Pet Peeve
Negative Time Solve
Letting Yourself Be Hurt
Textual Vent (2)
Textual Vent (3)
Effects vs. Causes
What If…
Damn, I’m Good…
Vista Tip (2)
Chris Chang
The Uses of JNetCube…
Men (1)
The Sleep War (3)
Lesson Learned
(Audio) Compressors are Silly
Be Careful What You Wish For…
Thank You Joanna’s pf
Making Stuff
iTunes (1)
iTunes (2)
(He’s wrong, and this proves it)
Finally I Remember–This Was Mr. Nguyen from Chem Honors
No Right Answer
Rain (1)
Rain (2)
“Gung Hay Fat Choy”, Connections
Cleared TTFAF
Think You Can Do Better?
Timm[ie] Vista
Cherry Blossom
iTunes (3)
iTunes (4)
iTunes (5)
Raining Cats and Dogs
Stupid People
Friend Request
“Simply the Best”
Speaking Your Mind
Horse + Water
Asian (2)
Pro Tip
Why Do People Care So Much?
Fushi =(
The Little Things
Sanrio Tagline
Primal Instinct
Fighting Games and Adaptation
It’s Not Nice (1)
It’s Not Nice (2)
Fictional Universes
“Everybody wants to be a master”
Cell Phones
Star Control II (1)
Star Control II (2)
Sequence Break
Treat Your DM Right
Super Metroid TAS RBO
“I’m not putting my lips on that.”
Metroid Games
Super Star
Summer Nights
I get that a lot.
Vista Tip (3)
TGM (1)
Salmon Bot
Murphy’s Law of Tetris
Hi Kenneth
You know you’ve been playing too much TGM when…
Screen Name
Groupwork and Teachers
1% Rule
And then it dawned on me.
Belinda Hu is cool
You’d Think…
Three Ways
I Love Timm[ie] Vista
Critique/Recc Letters
Being DM
Music Process/Noobs
1,771 posts
Awesome Face
also urmom
Game Criteria
Guiness Sucks
Mega Man 9
1425 days
Studies show…
Adventure Shell
Band Camp is poisonous
Catering to others
“Just think…”
Alakaiser Rule
Good Grief.
Billy Anderson #5: The One that Comes After Number Four
Braid, “Casual” and “Mainstream” Games, Guitar Hero, and Smart People
Every Girl
TGM Update
Epic Letter
Doing Things vs. Not Doing Things, Advice, and More DM Stuff
The Salmonbot actually has a point here
“I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”
Inside Tetris Jokes
Flute Spin
Another DM Rant
“Secret Cue”, Sleepless in Bio AP
Rationing Your Time
“No its Timmy Wong”
CS vs EE
DM Instinct
Boys are stupid
Textual Vent (4)
Perspectives on “Casual” Games vs. Serious Games
“fuck this shit.”
7 Linked SNs
Sleep Tip
Weird Dreams
College – My Verdict Thus Far
Worst Class Ever
Tyson Mao for Prez
“Chris Betts friggin pwns.”
“All signs point to CS.”
It’s Okay.
Negative Time Solve 2008
Mouse > Keyboard
A Depressing Thought
Computer cleanup Urges
Don’t Practice!
“Do it for Phil, guys…”
Flies (2)
Campaign Ads
It’s over.
Christmas Letters 2008
Lower Your Standards
Too cute!
Anime Log
Kanon 2006
Kanon 2006 (2)

Yes Christmas did make me feel better.  The underlying problem is still there, but I was reminded of why I still have hope.  Not just by the presents (though I selfishly admit that they did make a difference), but by the thank-you’s and kind words.  I’m alright, for now, maybe.

You know, I’m pretty much okay with the whole Santa deception that goes on, but I really hate it when the parents wrap presents and then sign -other- people’s names.  It’s so fake!  *glare*