14 Dec 2004 cTaylor   » (Journeyer)

Life stuff

Boy, it's been almost a month and a half since I've chatted on this-a-here-blog. I feel so slack. Then again, I've not really been slack, just worked to a point in which reflecting on my day is sort of... well, borish.

I've been doing this full-time 'Army thing' for a couple months and lets say for the last month I've been taking IT classes, electro-statics classes, basic circuit classes, radio classes, etc.

I've been a bit frustrated by the course layout not so much because of the material in the courses, that's merely been an affirmation of something I knew little about before - that I actually learned things in college, the least of which was an ability to think! My frustration has been with the overall attitude exhibited by the 'professionals' teaching the material.

In college, I was often *extremely* critical of my course work and my university, so much that it was just a real bummer of sorts dealing with the day-to-day grind of it all.

Now, I can sit back, hear a half assed explaination of basic electro-statics and recall hours of lecture and review gratis Dr. Moyle with some coherancy. I've felt so confident of my abilities, that I was teaching night classes on the material during the evenings to many of my non-science oriented classmates at the school house here.

They seemed to appreciate the gesture and I take their coming back on a nightly basis to be an extreme form of flattery. Overall, I've enjoyed the experience of teaching and it's really rewarding to see someone move from struggling to mastery in a short period of time.

Boy. When I read what's above to myself - I sound so haughty. I need to slow down on the Neal Stevenson books. Quicksilver is waking very old and unused english-type parts of my mind. Oh, the H.P. Lovecraftish mapping of my mind.

Code stuff

I've continued the PDFBox port to .NET. I'm staying the course this winter and it seems like such an annoyance. I wish this process could be simplified and while projects like IKVM kick so much ass, but I have a C# requirement to meet. So all this java code rocks but at the same time, it needs to be rehacked into C#. ugh!

I've also been writing some tools out in python for some automation issues I've seen pop up in my day-to-day work with military documents. I've been tempted to work on a document suspension tracking software system with some additional features for personnel management and whatnot. the pdfbox code i've been hacking may make a python appearance eventually since one of my goals is to have that code integrated into this tracking software.

the grammer checker is still in existance, i've just been taking it easy for now. my priorities have changed again and now that i can see some opportunities to contribute to less academic projects... i dunno, they just seem to shine more readily.

in the same token, i've been talking with an old friend from my lymric days about possibly working on a video game for gnu/linux. and that work seems to be coming along well. we're a lot more organized with this effort and while i still lack a laptop or desktop with 3d support, we seem to be doing just fine without. go fig.

When all's said and done

I've been keeping busy. I feel a lot more 'with it' these days and less mopey which has been a nice change of pace. I attribute this rejuvenation to the people i'm surrounded by (beats the crap out of feeling alone in an appartment), the environment i'm in (i'm losing weight again! woohoo! 1 hour of running in the mornings combined with 1-2 hours of swimming/running/weight training) seems to be helping out tremendously. In anycase, I'm out for now...

Post-it notes

Blade Trinity :: friggin' rocked out. I really enjoyed the darker tone of this flick over the last one - the continual iPod commerical that was the new female character (Whistler's daughter) became a bit obnoxious, then again the wise-cracking dude from Mall Rats helped lighten the tone and bring some self deprecation to the movie that was a bit refreshing and reminded me of some funny stuff I saw in AvP. Overall, this movie kicked booty.

Ocean's 12 :: a lot of people felt this one was way too busy. The multi-plot-line stuff that the Matrix made famous is deployed in the flick with some success. There was a lot of good humour in this flick and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's definitely not the first movie.

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