1 Aug 2000 matt   » (Journeyer)

Jury duty over with. Didn't get impaneled. This time I got to sit around for 4+ hours with a dead TV. I'm still trying to decide if a blank TV or E! is better. I'm leaning towards the former.

My ADD seems to be catching up to me again, long after I thought I had it fairly solidly under control. In school, I'd been stamped "gifted" on my way out of preschool, and sat under that label for quite awhile. It looked to everyone like I was some really smart kid or something, but in reality, it was just that everything they were teaching was covered in books that I'd read. I used to read lots of books, and today I read lots of web pages.

Given that the American public school system values book knowledge above critical thinking (and the liberal indoctrination is really easy to fake), I did remarkably well until a few years before college. Anyway, to make a long story short, I insisted that I get checked out, and lo and behold, Ritalin made me brilliant for awhile. It didn't sit terribly well with me, though, so I quit it and worked really hard on pushing myself without the drugs. Up until these past few weeks it's worked relatively well. I'm not sure what's changed, but I'll keep watching for awhile.

Well, other than that, nothing new on the free software front, except that I have to figure out a term to use that is not "free software". Open source smacks of marketese. Suggestions welcome.

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