If the chair wasn't from the 'champagne' region of
France, then the pain you feel is only 'sparkling nerve
I spent three hours in the undergrad computer lab on
I am seriously considering gathering students for a lawsuit
or something.. I still am having back and arm pain, and that
'sparkling' feeling you get from pinched nerves. My body
hates me, and I blame the cheap plastic chairs, cubicles
sized for three-year-olds, and the keyboards which are at
the level of your knees and the monitors which are at the
same height as the keyboard (and illegibly fuzzy at even low
Yes, I'm pissed off. I missed out on some wonderful
because of body pain ('Augh! Sorry, I can't contort like
On the other hand, that session resulted in a neat
html-tag eater. In no-frills java (it's for a class). And,
it worked the first time I tried running it! That's
right, no semantic bugs. Woo! Of course, I proceeded to
change and break it some, but that doesn't change the fact
that I get to award myself the "supercool hipster dude"
trophy for the day in question.
fall in line
Woohoo! The college debate has turned advogato into what
used to love most about the old BBS days. So, I'll give my
take, short and sweet.
- finished highschool with good marks by zero effort.
mind was bored.
- was so sick of the aimlessness, clan-herd minds, and
worst of all the lack of curiosity or imagination, that I
gave up on school
- got a job at the best place i could. worked for ~1.5
years in a small room getting cancer from a dozen old
monitors, getting payed minimum wage, on the graveyard
shift. brain went numb
- realized that I needed to get out of that sort of life.
applied for college.
- mind is wide awake. Or as much as it
ever was, and getting better.
Maybe my experience with the world of work was different
than a lot of you. I never had much confidence, nor any real
contacts in the real world, so I never even got a chance to
get an 'interesting' job - I had to take shift work. And I
will never, ever work that sort of job again. I think it
nearly killed me (that's killed in the important sense).
College, though far from perfect, saved me from that.
So, what the hell does that come to on the 'time off
college' question? I say, do whatever you want; But
think and feel and live every part of your life, no
matter what your choice. Never take where you are and where
you must go as given. That's robotic. That's what ants do,
not what humans.
Ok, I'll shut up about that now.
report from the comittee for a 6-bit character
So many computer languages pick up the worst features of
popular languages in an effort to 'reduce the learning
curve.' That's lazy, not thoughtful. PHP, for
example, picks up from both C and perl. It picks up syntax
that just makes things more muddled, it picks up a mishmash
of semantics that is simply ugly. Many other languages do
It's stupid. We have a large base of languages to choose
from; why can't we pick the good elements from them
and evolve better, more legible, more sensible
jwz's page has a neat
rant about this sort of thing.
damn dirty apes
a neat quote on the 'contact' page:
Some day, I will automate the process of sharing my life
with you. But that day is not today. So it goes.
I can see a large-scale sentiment in it that I often
from people who use computers a lot; in fact, usually from
the very smart people. Does it have to do with the fact that
as computer-folk, we're prone to less social contact than
others? I don't think so.. I think it's a seed of the
future: of the meme superseding the gene in evolution's
that's enough from you, smart ass
I've gotta stop now because A) I have nothing left to
and B) My arms (esp. wrists) are killing me. Where can find
canadian laws on the subject? I would think this falls under
the 'injury by extreme inaction' area, or something.. I
would just like a) a chiropractor, and b) (for the others
who must use that lab because they can't afford a home
system) the entire lab redone for usability.