"The Shawshank Redemption"

—DISCLAIMER: This entry contains information about the plot and/or outcome of a movie. Do not read if you have not seen the movie or have plans to see it in the near future. END DISCLAIMER— I saw this movie after trying to see the new “Casino Royale” film at the local AMC theater. It just so happens that my dad, an avid movie buff (among other things), had this on DVD. It’s a very interesting movie, though there is some strong (!) language. I won’t risk potential offensiveness flagging (from readers) by detailing this any further. The movie begins with…

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Freenigma: Free PGP Encryption for Webmail

At the beginning of the month, I about an Internet radio service called Pandora. Now, I’m going to blog about something completely different. I discovered a service called Freenigma, and it provides free PGP encryption for anyone with a webmail account from a major provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.). All you need is an account, one of these email addresses, and Mozilla Firefox (because Freenigma uses a browser extension to display the toolbar; IE support is under development). So, you sign up for an invitation at www.freenigma.com. You wait for a while, up to a few days. They’ll send you…

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AP Biology Gets Annoying

I have been working on my AP Biology course the past few days, and have noticed something. There are only five Labs in the entire year, and they’re only worth 30 points each, but they take much longer than the tests, which are worth 100 points and take only about 45 minutes. Something is definitely wrong with the way this course is structured… Also, I have been going back and forth with my teacher on a lab that was due last week. I’ve been in a conversation (at an average of one email per party per day) for nearly a…

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Zero Reliability for Web Servers

I suppose technology just can’t be relied upon anymore. I have two websites hosted at a college, and neither of them works right now. This is happening way too often. The servers at said college are running Linux, too! I thought Windows was the unstable one, but Linux seems to crash a lot. Granted, the websites are nothing important, but the sites double as FTP storage for my homework (backup), so not having access for hours at a time is irritating. And, since they went offline after midnight, forget repairs until morning. At least I have a consolation prize: the…

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End of Quarter

I finally finished the first quarter of school this week. The end of the quarter was yesterday, but I managed to get my teachers to let me send assignments in today. I dare say my story was good; the third and final revision went in today, with more detail than ever. It was the longest draft of them all. And the World Civilizations 1A writing project for Unit 5 was a total flop: “World Traveler”. Absolutely dumb. Now the end-of-quarter stuff is off of my head and onto the teachers’. They have to grade things before next Monday. I don’t…

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Pandora Internet Radio

I recently started using a service called Pandora on the Internet. It is a music-discovery and streaming service. Start with a favorite song or artist (creates smaller and larger stations depending on type of input) and Pandora searches the Music Genome Project for similar music. What’s cool about it is the fact that it crosses genre, artist, and popularity lines; each song is its own little thing, listed by its own specific attribute set. There are some things, like no rewind and a song-skip limit, but these are due to the company’s music licenses. There are two versions: Free and…

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PSAT

I took the PSAT this morning. I was sort of disappointed; the questions, at least on the English parts, seemed easy. The math sections were a bit harder, but nothing too difficult. I hope the SAT is a bit more challenging, or our country’s standards are even lower than I thought. It took some doing to figure out what school code to use, though. I am enrolled in one school and took the test at another, which was closer to my house, but the school I am enrolled in has no school code. Eventually, it was decided that I was,…

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