22 Nov 2004 donscarletti   » (Master)

I just did my third exam this semester. It was on fluid dynamics; one of the only parts of civeng that I actually like. Despite it being the time for mass cramming I have been doing surprisingly little. Other things seem more interesting, anyway, I've already done all my exams for computing and the other stuff will probably be soon considered "space filler" electives.

I've been enduring huge mental anguish trying to figure out how to implement proper 100% standards conformant text into librsvg. If it wern't for bi-directional text, everything would be so much easier. From what I currently understand, all the RFCs relating to Bidi were originally contained in the necrombicon before they were transcribed into the dark grimoir known as the Unicode specification by Hitler himself from his place of hiding in Las Vegas, using Charles Manson's help to log in and commit the addition using the very computer that hosts www.goat.cx. Hitler had been researching into the occult for a number of years and during his research into black literature he found an incantation that causes everyone to read it to become instantly anti-semitic. As strong as I may have been, even I slowly succumbed to the spells dark verses as I read more and more about bi-directional text, images of Judas Iscariot and Osama bin Laden writing from right to left on a chalkboard filled my mind. I was overtaken by rage for all that do not write in the correct direction in which God intended. I started convulsing and shouting "Right to left text will be the downfall of family values", "won't someone think of the children" and even "Bush was right about those Arabs".

Ok, maybe that stuff didn't actually happen exactly the way I said, or, well, even happen at all. But bidi really does annoy me and I just know there is some daemon/Manson/goatse/Hitler related mischief going on somewhere in the Unicode specification.

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