JVkamp

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from Sugar Land, TX

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    • Yes, I've been gone for far too long...

      10 years ago

      JVkamp

      ... and yet I don't care. Really, I don't. I've been far to busy to do that.

      A short, quick update.
      - Classes this year: All AP, excluding Theatre II. German V AP is one hell of a class,and my CompSci AP is almost as good. The others are better than usual, but Calculus BC is sucking my soul. I haven't found anything that challenges me yet there, but I've found myself lacking free time due to homework.
      - For the first time, JROTC is not on my class list. To be quite frank about it, I resigned my officership after certain discussions with the command staff proved that they did not care for whatever values the unit had left and would rather focus on recruiting, no matter how stupid or dishonorable the recruits may be, and so I left. I'm still a friend of the unit, but I refuse to be involved in something that doesn't hold up to a code of honor.
      -Theatre is fun this year, and I get to be a Gestapo agent in the fall play. Obviously, they're typecasting, but it's a fun role, so I don't mind. Besides, I could've ended up playing the gay guy.
      - Currently listening to: Phillip Glass
      - Currently watching: Any BBC comedy panel show, mainly QI and Mock The Week

      Stay tuned for a book recommendation. As in, "It'll be up here someday..."

    • On the road again

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      Sorry I haven't been getting you guys updates so often. This will recap just about everything necessary, and maybe even some of the things you never wanted to know.

      -For starters, the reason why I was offline for so long. AP tests... Long, annoying, but worth the study time. I mean, the college that I want to go to will give me 8 hours of German credit and I only have to pass a stupid test.

      -On another testing front, my SAT results came in a few weeks ago. Un-freaking-believable. With the new writing portion, I managed 2200 out of 2400. Where it really counted for me was the old style score, as no college actually cares about the writing section. 1500. I don't have to touch that test ever again...

      -As I sit here writing this, I'm in Daytona Beach, FL. I'll give it this. It's an odd town. Only 70,000 actual "residents", but on any given day, the population may be upwards of 200,000. Coming from the Gulf shores of Galveston, I am naturally amazed to learn that ocean water is blue... Who'd have guessed, blue water? Up next is Disneyworld. Somehow, although I know I'll enjoy being there, another part om me is wondering whether I am a bit too old at heart for this. We'll see...

      That should wrap it up. Long term, it looks like I may go to DC for the inaugural ceremonies in January. Other than that, I plan on loosing track of what day it is for the rest of the summer.(Except for those in the southern hemisphere. Boor buggers. It's still winter down there...)

    • C++ Builds Character

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      ... or so I'm told.

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      I really owe Randall Munroe for this. He's a genius. If you don't know who he is, google xkcd. It's the best webcomic ever...

    • Missile Command Alpha

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      Jets screamed over Sacramento as the first wave of attacks came. Always prepared for the Chi-Com attack made inevitable by the Liberation of Macao by RoC commandos, the government had stockpiled missiles on the west coast, and the time for their use had come.

      Slowly at first, the warheads came, falling from the sky in a lethal atomic rain. The counter-missiles could easily defend the coast from the Chinese missiles at first. Above the cities of the West Coast, flowers of nuclear fire blossomed and withered in the sky. The streets of L.A. were thrown into chaos as the unnatural aurora lit up the night sky.

      Commander was happy. So far, the defence had been a simple matter of stopping the warheads from impacting. Fallout would be left for later; the ashes of a hundred detonations were to be spread to the four corners of the earth, poisoning the soil for generations to come. Lethal rains would fall, but only if mankind could survive the day of annihilation.

      The attacks resumed with a ferocity not yet seen. More missiles and bombers filled the sky, and soon the enemy penetrated the defences. First, Berkeley with its hippies, then Seattle fell under the onslaught. No mercy was shown; no quarter was given as the hellish winds turned cities into glass parking lots.

      A dull thump penetrated the bedrock around the bunker, and then another. Screens went blind as the defensive radars were destroyed. Unbeknownst to Commander and his staff, a single warhead fell from the edge of space, screaming downward. Like a flaming arrow, the bomb zeroed in on its target, burrowing through soil and rock to reach its goal.

      There was no fear in Commander's heart as the white light consumed him-


      --TRANSMISSION LOST--

      ---GAME OVER---

    • I think I've finally lost it...

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      ... my sanity, that is. Then again, that's what I get for thinking.

      [WARNING: RANT BEGINS HERE]

      We were working with fractals in Pre-Calculus, and I'm apparently the only person in the class that can understand them. It wouldn't be so bad if I could only stop thinking about the nature of infinity. I feel like I'm obsessing over something simple, but I want to see if anyone here can understand like I can. You're a relatively bright bunch (at least, the ones I associate with are).

      Put simply, Fractals are figures that have the same structure at every point in the design, and at every scale, from infinitely large to infinitely small. Perhaps the simplest one is Koch's Snowflake, a triangle iterated around itself to infinity.
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      Others are more complex, but the idea is the same. The creepy thing is, fractals show up everywhere. Trees are fractals, to a point, and so are mountain landscapes ant the cracks that form in dried mud. Once you know what you're looking for, they seem to be everywhere. That's why this kind of "insanity" sucks. It's EVERYWHERE.

      Disclaimer: I'm not actually insane; just in love. And no, not with math. With a girl. It IS remarkable, however, how similar love and insanity are in the brain. That's the subject of another rant altogether.

      Secondary Disclaimer: I may just be a bit of a polymath, I'm not sure. You be the judge.

    • R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      Well, it shouldn't be suprising considering his age, but I grew up reading his short stories. I can't quite believe that he's dead. Honestly, he was old enough to have INVENTED geosynchronous orbit. I guess I need to go out and complete my collection now. I'm pretty close.

    • Reenactment is coming...

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      this weekend. It will be amazing.

      Also, the last reenactment of the previous season was taped for a promo, and they've got it up.
      They filmed it in HD... I want it that way, with 5.1 Surround Sound

      edit: Links don't seem to work, so just type the address in to the toolbar.
      www.nimitz-museum.org/video/islandassault.swf

    • It's A Trap!

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

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      Really, it is. I'm just not going to tell you what "it" is.

    • Yes, I've been gone for a long time...

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      ... but in my defence, I've been busy. Where to start?

      -Washington DC- Made my way to DC for a national security conference over the week of Valentines Day. Met some seriously interesting people, and ended bumping shoulders with ADM Mike Mullen. i was given so many business cards from people in the Intelligence community with requests that I talk with them sometime about my "career options". I think someone has finally noticed my abilities.

      -Reenacting- New gear came in FINALLY. This means that all I need for a complete uniform is a steel pot and a pair of boots. The first show of the year is on the weekend of March 15-16 at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, TX. For those of you who don't know, Fredericksburg is only a hop, a skip, and a jump from Austin, and I have an open invitation for anyone who wants to come to the reenactment to do so. Wear RT gear if you have it so I can find you.

      -School- Very little to be said here excluding NJROTC. First, I need a new date to Military Ball. Sucks for me... Secondly, my unit made State again this year, even though we suck, so look forward for updates soon.

      Otherwise, it's good to be back.

    • I'm back, and I have goodies...

      11 years ago

      JVkamp

      Well, I'm back! Not quite the triumphal welcome I was hoping for, but what can I say? I'm just the little guy. Anyway, I've been working on some retro-SF for about a month now, and I hope to put some up very soon, as in right now. Without further adieu, I present "If I Should Forget Thee". Tell me what you think.

      “Gentlemen of the Trans-Planetary Council, I come before you today to deliver the accumulated research on the peculiarities of planet PZY-137d, commonly known to the public of our own domain as Crescent. As you can no doubt see, we have relocated our chambers temporarily, by virtue of the Transinfinite Drive, over the battered surface of this ancient and ruined world.
      “Perhaps I should retell the story of how we found this planet. When our first probe left the twin suns of Heran and Spikht, it came to this small yellow sun. It found four gaseous outer planets, and four silicate dwarfs, along with a substantial reserve of debris separating the two. It is believed to have been a conglomerate at one time, but the biosphere potential would be limited, in any case. Still, three of the dwarfs have biospheres, and two have held active sapient development, Crescent among them.
      “The residents of c, who know their world as Ishtar, hold that they are long descended from a great race that descended from the sky, and scattered all over Ishtar lie hulks of spacecraft that seem to support their tale. Although the engines seem to be primitive, the design of their atomic engines shows great intelligence and capability for improvement. Indeed, Ishtar shows signs of being terraformed, some distance in the past. The sun shines brightly on Ishtar, and the jungles that cover her surface hold many forms of life, yet none of them seem indigenous to the world. The only viable conclusion is that the entire biosphere was transplanted from Crescent.
      “Still, the inhabitants of Ishtar have no memory of their ancestral home. It has been at least a thousand generations since the transplant, and even the ancient legends have long disappeared into the fog of memory. It seems certain, however, that selected facts can be ascertained from the physical makeup of Crescent itself.
      “As you can see out your windows, the planet of Crescent is so named due to the heavy bombardment that covers approximately 80% of the surface area. The only major landmass covers 6% of the planet, and was lucky to escape all but the slightest bombardment. It stretches from pole to pole, and supports a variety of ecosystems, primarily consisting of small exoskeletar creatures and simple vertebrates. No animal larger than three zins can be found in any abundance, and no animals larger than ten zins is present. The atmosphere is of a typical Nitrogen-Oxygen composition, with notable amounts of Carbon Dioxide and Argon, and a singular peculiarity in that the Iridium constant is higher than observed in any other atmosphere in the Federation. It is this single observation that leads logically to a single postulate, one I feared we would have to face.
      “It is our research team’s belief that the people of this world developed to the point at which the mining of the outer debris belt became practical, and in fact, quite profitable. As the Trade Minister will no doubt enthusiastically tell you, a single asteroid of average size, mined completely, will produce nearly half it’s mass in raw metals, and net upwards of 500,000,000 credits. At this point, and mind you, this is completely surmise, a conflict broke out on Crescent, and the war like natures of its inhabitants could not abate the conflict. Escalations logically, or as the case would most necessarily have been, illogically progressed to the point of no return. The various factions into which the planet was divided called on their mining craft in the belt, and a holocaust from which a planet can never recover was visited on this once lush and fertile world.
      “This much is surmised, but the rest of the story is somewhat more solid. We were able to recover some of the data from an ancient hulk on Ishtar’s surface, and despite the corruption of the previous entries, this much is certain. The remaining Nations, as the factions on Crescent called themselves, bonded together for the greater good of their kind, and launched a mission to Ishtar, which had been in the process of transformation for decades. Together, they transcended their petty differences in the face of disaster, and are on their way to becoming an equal partner in our Trans-Planetary Federation.
      “Above all else, we finally know what they called their homeworld. They called it Earth.â€Â

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  • Comments (32)

    • haloguru2552

      10 years ago

      Medical emergency?

      I saw stick to kill.

    • haloguru2552

      10 years ago

      Well it will definitely be a sight to see when it falls...

    • haloguru2552

      10 years ago

      Pretty nifty tire set up there.

      And DAUMM. Those are some pretty gnarly thorns.

    • tomii

      10 years ago

      I've personally been to Auschwitz.

      Spent some time there.

      The things I saw, felt, and smelled there will likely be there with me 'til I die.

      However, I can still see the humor in such things, regardless of how bad it might be.

    • haloguru2552

      10 years ago

      See...that's exactly what I want my truck to be like. But my truck has just been too beat to hell.

      Were they Kevlar tires? FTMFW.

    • haloguru2552

      10 years ago

      They sure don't build them like they used to.

      I plan on armor plating my truck someday. Just for the hell of it. smiley7.gif

    • haloguru2552

      10 years ago

      It very well could be heresy or dark voodoo. I'm not disputing it either way though. smiley7.gif And my calculations were wrong. I'm getting more like 13 MPG. But still. Epic truck is epic.

      I object to lazy bastards as well. Good thing my dad isn't one.

    • haloguru2552

      11 years ago

      I've just been working a lot. I still need to finish a paper for school (I got an extension into summer on it), so I can finish my truck up. It runs...just needs a couple of parts so I can take it down and get it inspected. She'll be back on the road after that!

      What have you been up to?

    • crushed

      11 years ago

      you will do well if you work that way. best of luck

    • crushed

      11 years ago

      So true. speicher is safe but sucks. your buddy was a tango! HA!! lawn darts. (he'd understand)

      Aerospace engineer? No shit. That was actually my career goal in high school. Its a pretty cool subject. though I found out the truth about engineers. They are all tards. kind of depressed me. So much intelligence wasted because they make something so great thats a complete pain in the ass. they make things more complex than needed. Ex: At 18, fresh from high school i had to explain thermodynamics to the engineer i worked under. needless to say i was right and my idea to fix the problem was used.
      If your gonna be an engineer: listen to the people building what you design and get your hands dirty. youll have a better product.

      Dont let recruiters fill your head with to much bs.

    • crushed

      11 years ago

      Heh...."not so bad".... there was a time i was a troll. and i have the multiple accounts here to prove it. now if only i could remember the passwords or emails....

      Speicher is worse than garrison. Nothing happens here so we end up doing alot of stupid shit....which invariably gets us in trouble....but im not supposed to talk about that stuff...its funny that we have made the stars and stripes a few times cause of the antics of us and/or our leadership. All in all though i cant complain, We havent been mortared i havent been shot at and the only weapons fire i do hear is our own as convoys test fire. Could be a hell of a lot worse.

      What unit was your buddy with or his job? ive got a couple guys who were here before.

      So, are you planning on joining? (just interested)

    • crushed

      11 years ago

      not a problem. if people on the internet offended me or pissed me off i wouldnt bother with it. We all jump to incorrect conclusions because we dont see the bigger picture sometimes. Thanks for the apology.

    • haloguru2552

      11 years ago

      yep. you got it right!

    • demonhuntrX

      11 years ago

      Yeah that's the way to be I think. Whenever a break comes I always try to make the best of it by doing nothing. Unless I do something with my friends, which doesn't really fall under the category of "nothing"

    • demonhuntrX

      11 years ago

      Not much man, I've been on spring break all week so I've just been hanging with friends and relaxing. Whats been going on in your life?

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      I'm thinking of bringing some gasoline....

    • GaussCannon

      11 years ago

      Yepp. +2 Cool mods smiley11.gif

    • haloguru2552

      11 years ago

      I know how ya feel. My computer just up and died on me, but then several weeks later when I booted her back up, she just decided to work. Electronics are weird, I tell ya.

      That does sound like you've been busy. At least you haven't been bored. Well, I gotta leave for work in a few minutes, so I'll catch ya on the flip side.

    • haloguru2552

      11 years ago

      I've been fine. Been going to school and working at Discount Tire. That's about it. I got my driver's license but there's nobody to hang out with.

      What do you mean "Tech"? Anyway, what's been up with you?

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      Yeah. I think a lot of cops would like to see citizens carrying firearms. Make their job somewhat easier.

      Alright. Later, man.

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      Thankfully, down in Texas most law enforcement are firearm inclined (or they wouldn't be a cop), and are more liberal when it comes to guns. I can't express just how fucking awesome the black powder gun law is.

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      Naw man, I'm safe with the cap and ball. I've got a patch between the ball and powder, plus the ball fits so tight that some of it gets shaved off when pressed in.

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      hmm...well, you don't have to worry too much about hippies carrying guns or trying to rob you. The refugees on the other hand...well, that might be a problem. Either way, I no longer have to worry. I've got six round of .44 caliber to take down any muggers/assailants.

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      Really? I though Houston and Austin weren't too bad.

    • demonhuntrX

      12 years ago

      Yeah. Something tells me JROTC is a little harder than football two a days, though. At least the training for it. Though at times I feel like I may as well be in the military, with the way the coaches are.

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      oooooh right, that guy.

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      Who's Steven Hawking?

    • GaussCannon

      12 years ago

      LoL, true smiley11.gif

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      Ah, well you're mighty talented then smiley8.gif

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      I wouldn't recommend that course of action. Alligators love fresh meat.


      Yeah tell me about it. What exactly is the G2? I'm guessing something to do with radios?

      Post edited 6/23/07 10:02AM

    • haloguru2552

      12 years ago

      I would like to add you to my friends list. You sound like a very intelligent person by the way you write...plus you're from Texas; I must add everybody who's from Texas. What region are you in? If you're close, and into military stuff, I could really use you for my militia unit. We need people, and a Ham Radio operator would be especially useful. NOTE: It's not actually my unit. I am speaking for the unit I am about to be accepted into.

    • GaussCannon

      12 years ago

      Yeah, I like that Eps. too, I just watched them all, HAHA smiley11.gifsmiley11.gif

      P.S.- I'm Adding you to my Friends List smiley11.gifsmiley11.gif

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