13 Feb 2003
(updated 14 Feb 2003 at 10:50 UTC) »
The more I read about Asperger's Syndrome, the
more the label fits. All sorts of little quirks --- things I've
always done that I just thought were because I'm just weird --- turn
out to be common to AS sufferers, and a few even turn out to be
defining factors. go
Granted, I'm a mild case, but it's nice having
a name to associate with my symptoms. Besides, it helps employers,
coworkers, and friends to understand just what's messed up in my head,
and reduces the "you're making it all up" factor.
Great... I've been hooked by the go bug.
You know, go might catch on a lot more quickly if it were easier to
find the equipment. I'm not talking about kaya boards and slate and
shell stones (not that I could afford it)... even a cardboard board
and plastic pieces would be sufficient.... and I haven't even found
those for less than $30 or so, on the Net. None of the N stores I've
been to have anything resembling go... and when I try to describe it:
"Oh, you must mean Othello/Reversi."
I'm seriously tempted to make my own board and stones. For a board, I
can just put lines on a piece of plywood, but the stones will be a bit
more difficult; it's hard to find suitable pieces, and the fact that
you need 361 of them (181 black, 180 white, for a full set) makes it harder.
Not only that, but nobody around here seems to play... maybe this is
due to the lack of equipment, which is (in part) due to the lack of
players... ad nauseam.
Maybe I can convince some of the local chess players to try something
new. If not, there's a go club on the other side of Orlando, about an
Update: I finally found a go set. It's a pocket-games type of game, magnetic. 19x19 in about 8 inches square.
And to get it, I had to go all the way to Japan... Epcot's Japan pavilion, anyway.
Pretty damn good. Thanks to everyone who made this fine environment.
The TA for my Data Structures class is incompetent. Worse, he has no
For example, he's been docking people 5-10 points for not having a
"divider line" between functions in a C source file. (No, the
top-of-function comment doesn't count.)
Instead, I just put every function into a separate file, even though this means I have 19 source files for a simple assignment.
He also docked me 5 points
for having a single goto in a source file, even though it's used to
break out of three nested loops.
To annoy him, I've been doing various things, like liberally
sprinkling my comments and debugging output with profanity.
o/~ i never thought i'd die alone, i laughed the loudest, who'd
have known? o/~ --- blink 182, "adam's song"