Learn to Program with Asher @ FurDev

Welcome to Programming with Asher!

Come on in! Wow, I'm glad you're here 'cause it's always nice getting visitors. Well, I'm Asher and this is my humble abode of programming magic, and life appreciation. I assume you've stopped by to start your journey towards computer wizardry, as my grandma likes to call it, so I'll just get right to it. To the right you'll see the navigation menu, from there you should be able to get to the rest of the site. Below is the latest news in blog form about all sorts of things!

Anyways, I'm not kicking you out or anything, in fact stay as long as you want (I can stay up all night, don't worry - wait, no I can't), buuuut... I don't have too much more to say here for now. So... nice meeting you, and goodbye!

"Beauty is the purgation of the superfluous." ~ Michelangelo

Sincerely, your friend,

Asher

For More Information: The Introductory Post

Old ’00s Journal Entry 229 12/19/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-19 12:23:59
Whew!

I feel so much better today. Oh my gosh, blegh blegh blegh.

Oh yeah, Tiger, it’s Anita Bryant.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 228 12/17/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-17 23:24:34

I’ve been slowly getting better, slowly slowly. Today I was able to actually eat a bit of solid food. The first couple of small bites of reheated chicken tenders with ketchup tasted sooo good. uuggghhh, now I am here watching Xena with Amy who is spending the night. This makes it sound like watching Xena is awful, it’s not. Ugh ugh. Oh well, I’ll be b etter by Christmas, and I’m getting on the computer a bit more. So… I suppose it works out.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 227 12/16/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-16 00:43:20

Since Sunday night I have been sooooo sick. Oh man.

Yesterday was the first time I’ve eaten something since Sunday. I’ve had one real puking, two dry heaves, nausea all the time, dehydration, headaches, aches and pains. I finally got to see a doctor yesterday, but they didn’t perscribe me anything. They just gave getting well pointers.

I can’t WAIT until this is over. This is the first time I’ve been on the computer since Sunday as well. I probably won’t be again for a while, sorry Tiger. I hope I’m better soon.

Asher

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 226 12/10/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-10 15:49:42
My subject line lies to me with the fishes.

“Mine the stuff, distribute the stuff, soon we will all reach one mass consciousness. Eat the stuff, never go hungry again, feed humanity forever.”

And a racist militia wins in the end. That movie is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

“Are you the army?” “Son, we’re the only army.”

XD!

Anyways, yesterday the wind and snow decided to bury our large front yard / driveway so we spent five hours digging it out. The four wheel drive truck gets stuck, the tractor gets stuck, Asa’s car gets stuck, twice. I get to work at 2 and leave at 5:30. Deb, upon hearing of my eventual late arrival after I called her in the morning complains that I’m going to be late because I have to ‘shovel snow’ as if it’s my fault. Well, it’s not my fault I don’t live across the street from work like her, but rather 10-15 minutes away on the mesa of Granby.

Today I had to unbury MY car but, fortunately, today it is nice and sunny and bright.

“From the people who brought you the Sunshine Kids, now there is Shining Stars!”
“Remember the Sunshine Kids? Give to the Shining Stars!” LOL So funny…

Evil Deb woman, THREE days ago, on Tuesday when I wasn’t at the office the Territory Sales Manager for Progressive comes in and starts talking about Progressive’s new push to establish a brand name called “Drive”. It’s a nice picture, nice word, etc. etc. Anyways, Deb and the Territory Sales Manager (also a woman) start getting real curt with each other. Deb complained that the sign she requested never came in and then started calling the whole brand program stupid and worthless and a waste of money, causing the Sales Manager to abruptly walk out the door with her assistant with the words, “Well, then I guess I’ll be sending you a termination letter!”

So she tells me this the next day in her car on our way to a particular insured’s house (this is now TWO days ago) what occurred the day before. I didn’t react at all for instance by saying, “Why in the hell did you do that?” She just smiled along and I asked questions in my usual workplace monotone fashion. I wonder if she ever notices. So *I* offer to call the Territory Sales Manager and basically do damage control. Deb tells me to tell her one of her ‘diffusing’ (translation: lame-ass) explanations (translation: excuses) -> that ‘my assistant was very stressed that day because her husband had just hit her with divorce papers that morning.’ Well, I sit down and think to myself, “What would XXXX say to this woman?” And I thought, “Not that.”

So, to make Deb happy, and to make sure we’re not terminated I call up the Sales Representative and get her side of the story, smooth things over, apologize profusely to her, air some concerns about the brand switch in our area, talk about the sign, THEN integrate finally near the end Deb’s ‘explanation’ so Deb will be happy (she can hear me on the phone). I felt like twenty-one going on forty. The woman was very pleased, even warmed up a bit to Deb again, and said that we could have a temporary painted sign saying Progressive. This was good news.

So I go tell Deb about what happened in the conversation and when I told her about the sign she was very happy, of course. Then she gets this smile on her face and says, “And I told him to do it!” (to Amy) as if she was responsible for getting this sign by causing this entire fucked up mess to begin with.

I just smiled dryly and replied monotonically on the state of affairs, all the while thinking to myself, “All you accomplished Deb was getting me to do your dirty work, bitch.” (Not that I’m bitter or anything) God, I’m a robot at work.

But I’m a furry tonight! Wheeee!

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 225 12/10/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-10 12:42:24

Why you up in my kool-aid when you don’t even know my flavor?

We are Milkcan!

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 224 12/08/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-08 20:56:51
Here

People have been wanting me to post about Marvin Heemeyer in a reactionary pundit fashion for some time now. I have entertained doing as such as well. If you don’t recall, Marvin Heemeyer decided one day that bulldozing half my home town of Granby was a good idea (and then confessed in tapes later, since he killed himself, that he was on a mission from God). Well, I finally found a short passage written by my good friend CR Davis that describes in a poetic nutshell a few of the thoughts that have crossed my mind:

” I hate it when a person will say, ‘God made me do it.’
As if God has nothing better in life than to shove an M-16 in your hand
Breathe softly on the wind and whisper
Go on – kill every boy – woman – girl – and man
Don’t you dare stop until there is no one left to stand ”
~ from Wicked by CR Davis

And don’t tell me Marv wasn’t out to hurt anyone. He DID hurt people, more people than just the people who did ‘bad things’. He displaced jobs, he cost the ENTIRE town and county a lot of money, TAXPAYERS money. He did not care about anyone but himself in his last act. He’s LUCKY nobody was hurt, and that people were evacuated as quickly as they were. There was a CHILDREN’S PROGRAM going on in the public library in the same building as the town hall that was quickly evacuated. And tell Docheff from the concrete plant that his life wasn’t in any danger as he was being shot at.

And if ANYONE is interested in my creditability, I have lived in Granby and Grand County my entire life, I know several of the individuals referenced in the media first hand and the people affected. My father is involved with the town government as the Superintendant of the Water Treatment of the Town of Granby and he saw the dozer first hand and saw some of its flaws in terms of design (why the gun didn’t hit anything long distance).

So… yeah.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 223 12/8/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-08 02:00:53

I feel a loss of a friend in a way XXXX because, in my opinion, I think that you see the world that Amy and I supposedly live in (my world is much different than hers, trust me) as unrealistic, and that eventually we will struggle our little selves to death. To me there is no comfort in ‘security’ because I recognize in my life there is no such thing as security. Security is the concept, loss and death are not. I have learned this, just like you have learned that dedication is better than chaos. To achieve this concept of ‘security’ you have to give up certain things in your life, such as spontaneity, potential rewards, etc. For the majority of Americans, they choose this security because they see it as mature and the right thing to do, and then the live unhappily down the road. I do not choose this security, I will not choose this security, and thus that is why I live my life the way in which I am living it. I embrace love, compassion, and understanding now, despite what I may have done in the past in terms of manipulations. I care deeply for all that I hold dear and I strive to only be righteous in my actions. I know and have a belief, not faith, but a veritable belief with reason that I will be able to change my corner of the world into what I want it to be, for the benefit of all involved. I also believe that my corner of the world is going to be ever expanding until the day I die, as I strive to understand as much about our existence and about life as I can. I see this goals as noble, beautiful, and not superfluous, immature, or unreasonable. I do hold every man to this standard, and if they fail this standard I do not discard them, but rather try to teach them and impart upon them what wisdom I can offer, if any. It is because, whether they love me back or not XXXX, I love them and I care for them. My adversaries in life, as well as my allies. Very few people are able to see this anymore XXXX. It is because of this resolution, this dedication to these ideals that I exalt that I tell you this XXXX. It saddens me to see the very person that helped teach me the very foundation of what it means to do all these things resign into a life of false security. It saddens me to see the very first person who ever walked side by side with me in step literally fall behind me because his want of comfort and isolation impedes his progress. It saddens me to see that my first companion who has seen me for everything that I am today still today does not understand what I have been trying to tell him for the past seven years. That to walk side by side with me is not to agree with me on all things, is not to walk the same PATH as me, but to simply be in spirit the best that one can be. It is through our spirit of love, and the expansion of that spirit through the gift of understanding that we can achieve great things, and it saddens me to see the one that I have always held the most dear seemingly shut himself out from those opportunities in his life. The opportunities to confront the confusion, to confront the conflict, to confront the drama and to grow from it into a better person. The only reaction I can have to this sadness is my undying hope that someday you will be able to see everything that I have said here for what it is. I hope that when everything I’ve been saying for the past seven years more or less comes true, give or take a few details, whether it’s tomorrow or seven more years from now, that you won’t shut yourself out from it’s light. I hope that when I have all the resources at my command that I so desire to have, you will TRUST me enough and care for me enough to come to me with whatever it is you have so that I can help you achieve whatever it is you ever wish to achieve. That is how I feel XXXX. I hope you can understand, someday, finally understand all of these things.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 222 12/3/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-03 11:30:42

You know, I just realized something. The red spot on the tummy of my Chaika (icon on the left) is SUPPOSED to be an ankh. However, it looks like balls and a penis. Oh my.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 220 12/1/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-12-01 12:21:02
Doo doo doo

Here’s an experiment. I want to see how many people actually read my journal. So I’m going to try to create a poll with one option, and if you read my journal, take the poll. Get it?

[Poll Inserted Here]

And now I KNOW, if people have been watching my comments on Maus’ journal they’re just going to laugh at me, but it’s freakin’ cold in here! The heater isn’t working or something in this office and it’s supposed to be like 70 degrees but it’s more like 60 – 65 degrees. And I’ve got this thin little business shirt on (it’s nice and light blue, matches my eyes) and I’m beginning to feel the cold. My body has a propensity to suck up the warmth around it (I tell Amy it’s because my heart is cold and the heat transfers to it) but it’s running out of warmth! It wouldn’t be so bad if I was moving around like I was on 16th street mall when I lent Maus my duster, and had a thicker shirt. But I have to instead sit in one place and just be cold.

Argh, my stupid math library won’t divide right and give me accurate remainders… which bothers me quite a bit actually, but I finally got around my decoding problem by using my arbitrary bit-length representation format to encapsulate the encoded data rather than the, well, more efficient way I WOULD have done it and let the computer worry about flushing it to the bytes. It seems to work well and is quite accurate. Hooray for arbitrary bit-length representation (another of my own personal inventions). However, still doesn’t solve the math library issue.

Kevin, if you’re reading this I know you’re dying for me to come down (mostly to placate your friends right? hehe) but this weekend I am yet again seeing Maus (one last time before he leaves for Ecuador for Christmas) this weekend and probably bringing my mother back from Grandpa Bob’s on Sunday. When Maus goes to Ecuador I’ll come visit you… ’cause you know, you’re like second on my list now. LOL Told you should have gone out with me :-D, there’s perks!

Hmmm… I’m actually writing in this thing like it’s a real journal, it’s astounding! Lately I’ve been real focused on my programming project that’s going to take over the world because, it’s just so exciting! Plus, once I make it work, a few good business deals here and there and voila, cool gifts for everyone :-D. I”ll get my brother XXX the movie rights to Atlas Shrugged as a consolation gift for not getting into Sundance this year. I’ll get Maus a visa, and a recording studio. I’ll get Mom and XXXX $2 million dollars. Amy gets a college career as an actress and musical theatre major. XXX… I don’t know what XXX gets, haven’t asked him. I’ll back a greeting card, and art gallery company for XXXX. I’ll donate $25,000 to the Shining Stars Foundation. I’m going to build a big estate on top of an decomissioned missle testing site / silo where I’ll then of course build my secret lair and laboratory for Second Nature Biotechnology’s progenitor experiments. Hmmm… I’d get a cool car, and put a private starbucks and arcade in my mansion. I’d get a full length swimming pool, an imax theater, a ball room with stage and balconies, and a hedge maze (you’ve GOT to have a hedge maze). In fact, I’ll make it like Labyrinth, with the hedgemaze surrounding my inner sanctum. I’d have a game collection room, a book collection room, a grand piano room, a chess set collection room, a miniature / pewter dragon / fairy / castle collection room. And of course a room for my giant supercomputer. LOL

Maybe I have too much time on my hands.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 219 11/30/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-11-30 21:50:19

Tomorrow (and today depending on when you are reading this) is a day to hope for everyone with AIDs and other life threatening diseases (like Cancer). Take a moment to think positive thoughts about curing this horrible disease.

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 218 11/29/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-11-29 15:49:18
Yay!

I saw YANNI LIVE AT THE PEPSI CENTER! That’s right… YANNI!!! I love Yanni. And now I’ve seen him in person! He played Aria! Ah! *little schoolgirl pose* it was so wonderful, it was so exciting. And I got to hear a couple NEW SONGS! It was AMAZING!

And I saw National Treasure, which was also pretty cool.

AND AND AND… Layer 1 is complete, 2 more layers to go until I change the world! Woo woo!

Quote from National Treasure: “People don’t talk that way.” – “Yeah, but they think like it.”

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 217 11/27/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-11-27 20:09:24

Inching ever closer… closer… inching ever closer…

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 216 11/24/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-11-24 13:19:51
Meme-sheep

ganked from shirotenshi

I’m worth $2,033,821.46! How much are you worth?

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 215 11/24/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-11-24 11:24:48

From davidkevin and inapickl

Folktales of the Lost and Forgotten

This is perhaps one of the most interesting, sad, and beautiful things I’ve ever read. It really shows the power of the imagination to help human beings find hope and pull themselves through hard times and harsher realities.</event>

Current Mood: contemplative

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Old ’00s Journal Entry 214 11/24/04

This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):

2004-11-24 10:41:35
Cool

I remember seeing something similar on the Discovery channel a long time ago, but nothing in real time:

3-D Phone Technology!

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