30 Jan 2003 bgeiger   » (Journeyer)

fonts
Still having trouble with Pango and Xft2.

When I have GDK_USE_XFT=1, all Gnome2 apps segfault in XftCharIndex, after complaining that Lucida Sans 10 (the default "Sans" on this system) couldn't be found. (I've changed Lucida Sans to Arial, and to Luxi Sans, with the same results. All of the fonts are listed when I run fc-list.)

This is hella frustrating.

dumb americans
For some reason, we Americans seem to idolize idiocy.

Examples? (I explain these, for those already not sufficiently drowning in American culture.... I'm not trying to patronize.)

  • "Jaywalking", from the Tonight Show. Jay Leno goes out and finds stupid people on the streets of New York.
  • Street Smarts. A game show where people have to guess whether certain people will correctly answer (very easy) questions.
  • Jerry Springer, Howard Stern... Need I say more?
Keep in mind, though, that the makers of these shows go through a good number of reasonably intelligent people to find the idiots... though nowadays I'm convinced that the idiots-to-normals ratio is going way up.
school
Data Structures class is moderately fun... at least I get to code.

Comp 2 is hard work, but okay. (Again, it's a web-based course... I think the professors think that means it's going to be easier, and compensate accordingly. That's why it's so tough.)

True story: as an assignment, we had to evaluate sources. One of them was about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "Martin Luther King Jr. - A True Historical Examination (http://www.martinlutherking.org [caution, may be offensive -- link removed to reduce googlejuice]).

Glancing through the site, I noticed that it seemed very slanted... my suspicions were confirmed when I saw that David Duke wrote one of the pages. I knew immediately that the site couldn't be trusted.

The saddest part, though, is that people believed it! The general consensus of the rest of the class was "well, it looks professional... I'd use it as a source."

I don't know which is sadder: people trusting that site, or people believing that PETSorFOOD was real.

office
My Comp 2 class requires M$ Word. So, I had to get it. (I normally use OpenOffice.org, but it doesn't support some of the features I'm required to use ("track changes" and comments, specifically).

I feel so dirty...

o/~ roaming through this darkness i'm alive but i'm alone o/~ --- 3 doors down, "when i'm gone"

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