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   So I had taken my placement test for my entry to the University of Wisconsin last Thursday and today went to visit a councilor to enroll for classes.  As a computer programmer and dyslexic, I thought my test scores would be higher in math then in English.  Instead, the complete opposite was true.  I qualified for a higher English, but was placed at the lowest math.  I've always been a poor test taker for as long as I've actually tried when taking tests  One of my problem is, I am a programmer: we never get it right on the first try!  Seriously though, I do struggle with taking tests even if I did pretty will with the material.  In the 90 minutes that was allotted to me, I didn't even finish half the math test.  I was fairly confident that the problems I did solve were correct.  Clearly, however, this wasn't enough.  So I asked if I could retake the placement test.  Indeed, for an additional $25 a try, I could take the placement test as many times as I wished.  This time I had a new strategy.  I wasn't really completing the test any faster.  But when I was done to 5 minutes left, I filled in random blanks for the remaining questions.  For the remainder of the time, I would skim through the test, looking for questions I could answerer quickly and make changes to the answerer sheet.  While my councilor didn't think this was a good idea, statistically speaking, the odds say my test score should improve my 10% just by completing the test.  Sure enough, this time I skipped two levels from my original score and was granted the math class I wanted.  (And I bet if I had a few more wackes at it, I could have debugged the whole test and scored perfect-- just like any programmer!)
   Jordan of Mother Noose on base.
   Last night around 4:30am there was a extremely intense thunderstorm, the likes of which I haven't seen in a long time.  It knocked out the power for a couple hours.  This was long enough that the UPS for the webserver expired.  So the Indigo-Dragon turned off (forcibly) for the first time in 129 days.  The Garage didn't get power back until around 7:00am.  What I found interesting is that although the UPSes kept power alive on all server equipment, our Internet connection seemed to be down.  It appears that Charter, unlike TDS, can't maintain a connection in stormy weather.
   Pictured is water pouring over the damn at the Beckmen Mill.
  Dencker uses his website to publish music he composes.  It is all well and good to just have MP3s available, but this means one has to download the entire MP3 before they can listen to it.  I've seen a number of sites that use a Flash plug-in to allow MP3s to be streamed.  I found there are quite a few ready-made scripts out there, so thought I'd see if there was something ready made for WordPress.  I found Audio Player WordPress plug-in, which was just what I was looking for.  It allowed all links to MP3s to be turned into a stream using a Flash plug-in.  Quick, simple and easy to use.  I had to make one change: the stream app. didn't include a link to download the MP3, which I added.
   Personally, I do not like Flash.  It's a proprietary, close-source, "black-box" extension to websites.  But for easy streaming MP3s, there really isn't a better alternative.
  Picture is cabbage in a small garden at Beckmen Mill.
   Tazz and I went out to Beckmen Mill to do a little shooting.  Tazz let me use his 24-105mm L-series lens again.  It was a great day for shooting, lots of sunlight and just enough clouds to make the sky pretty.  I took 200 shots in the hour or so we were there.  Tazz, shooting with his 12 megapixel 5D, filled up his compact flash pretty quick—1 GB of compact flash doesn't last long at that resolution.
   When building the WordPress sites for Dencker (C.M. Dencker and Mother Noose), I found a link tag in the head section used to link the RSS feed from the site.  I quickly added it to the main page of DrQue.net.

August 19, 2006

Congratulations Dave and Jenna

Jenna

Jenna

   And our second wedding this weekend.  Dave and Jenna married at Rotary Gardens in Janesville in a lovely garden on a lovely day (though a little humid).  I was honored with being an usher, so I have only a few photos from the day.