9 Apr 2001 Johnath   » (Journeyer)

Goodness, my certs are slipping fast: from Journeyer down to Observer in a month or so. What's that about?

4 days left. I don't want to sound like I'm just waiting for school to be over, I've loved university life, and a non-trivial part of me still clings to the notion that these will not be my last days here, that I am just going on hiatus for a bit. Having said that though, in 4 days, I'll be 2 exams away from being a University Graduate, "with all the privileges and responsibilities of that rank." Man. 4 years of essay writing and formalized thinking have left me no better off for expressing how I feel.

May is going to be a really great month, I think. One day of interruption to write a logic exam in what will otherwise be a month of hacking and knowledge absorption. I will get to make some important upgrades to CanonicalTomes.org and maybe even some upgrades to beep, of all things. That, plus learning all there is to know about Java. We're talking immersion. We're talking remind-me-to- change-my-underwear-and-eat-occasionally immersion. By God, it'll be beautiful.

Amy got the IBM job. The ramifications of this sentence are myriad and complex, so if necessary, re-read it. It means that we can sign a lease. It means that we can buy furniture. It means she and I will be living together. It means we will both be in positions we like, at good pay, and insofar as the above contributes to one's sense of wellbeing in the universe, it means we will be happier.

I'm so in to cooking now. 4 years of living in an apartment without a stove has made me nutty. I'm all about cooking now. If May is Java-month and June is Getting- Established-in-New-Life-month, then so help me July through December will be Johnath-learns-how-to-be-a-badass-cook- month. I can't wait. Yesterday on impulse I picked up a Sabatier 8" Chef's Knife (forged, of course) for $15. It's an "Elite" which is a far cry from their nicest line, but an 8" forged high-carbon blade for $15 is tough to pass up. Or maybe I'm really obsessed with this cooking thing.

How cool is it that CanonicalTomes has precisely the books I will need for Java- and Cooking- months? It does exactly what I want it to. This pleases me.

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