4 May 2002 mattr   » (Journeyer)

Wow, some recent certification magically changed me into an Apprentice! Thanks to everybody who's taken the time to click on me and stuff. :)

Find it more interesting the more I visit here. Seeing some folks with hundreds of diary entries... folks who've done really neat things, useful things, important things.

...Thinking it's pretty neat that a co-founder of the Linux Professional Institute can agree that my web site is strange. Thanks, dyork! I have considered throwing some colorific randomness, and probably will do so at some point. Won't want to leave that to complete chance (complete approximated chance) though, as that could lead to some pretty hideous and unreadable pages. [And congratulations w.r.t. Chloe - what a cutie! All of our kids are four-legged and furry. :)]

What everyone misses out on by not registering and creating pages (plug, plug) is the fun profile page listing of your pages... which, of course, only gives you a random excerpt from the first 15 pages you've created... fun fun fun.

Not sure what's technically interesting though... I'm more interested in it perceptually, I think. Knowing the pieces are essentially randomly thrown together, how often do I create connections? How often do I think of something in a new light because of a strange new juxtaposition?

Some friends and I (we called ourselves the Losers) haunted a cafe when we were in high school, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes for hours, and sometimes playing free association. Playing off of one another in a circle, from granola to Darth Vader in one circuit. Challenging each other when the associations were extremely bizarre...

Hmm...seems like there's a quantum entanglement module for Perl... Throwing some quantum mechanics in the mix could be cool. ;)

Just remembered out of the blue seeing someone's diary or notes lead off with 'I'm a generalist.' Thought it was neat, as I also consider myself somewhat of a generalist. Finished calculus 3 in eleventh grade and that was the last time I touched 'the math.' The math is just not as cool as the thoughts, implications, correlations, etc. So I couldn't major in a scientific field -- would be too difficult to choose one. Instead, I majored in communications, and upon graduation, swore off institutionalized education for a while (my aversion is starting to lose strength...and funny, I'll probably first consider going back to study more math).

I imagine there's a real need for generalists right now... Folks who go after a broad spectrum of knowledge but who keep enough distance to make observations from a variety of fields, perhaps draw new conclusions from them, perhaps interpret them for others...

Anywho...'nuff for now.

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