Friday...Enjoyed yummy dinner with friends (thanks for the
hospitality, guys) and fun with the GIMP and a few digital
photos of some cow orkers. Then I was off to another
gathering for a bit more fun.
Saturday I was awakened only slightly earlier than planned
by the sounds of our houseguest
arising. After general computer usage, grooming (I put on a
clean Miskatonic University t-shirt), and so forth we
stumbled towards lunch at ye olde Pasta Pomodoro. The
company and conversation were pleasant. The food was good
too. My pasta with seafood included calamari, so I expected
little o-shaped chewy white things, but the mixture also
included some of the calamari that actually resemble tiny
squid (because they are). Normally, I am scared to eat
things with still-attached tentacles, but they ended up
being tasty, and leaving them on my plate would have alarmed
don't think he likes food that resembles Cthulhu. I also
got to pick up my new glasses around lunchtime. They're
quite snappy looking, much better than my old 80's geek
After getting home I promptly left again to enjoy coffee and
conversation at Farley's with Crackmonkey
and Elise, as
well as Zach Brown, Master of Origami. Crackmonkey and I
also checked out a great new used bookstore in my
neighborhood and watched a couple of movies: The Black
Hole and Rushmore. I enjoyed both, for entirely
different reasons. Rushmore is a truly great flick
if you've not seen it. It's impossible to describe, so just
trust me and go rent it out.
Oh, and I fed the lizards their ration of crickets. I now
own something called a "Cricket Corral (tm)" (Pat. #5630374,
according to the side of the thing. Patents are silly.).
It's definitely handy for corralling crickets, if you need
to do that sort of thing.
Into one segmentation
fault shot glass pour:
1/2 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz. creme de menthe
Stir with chopstick until homogenized. Serves one.
random thought of the day
I've been thinking a lot lately about the varying levels of
immersion into a given session at the computer (i.e., what
makes for a good 'code trance'). I was especially thinking
about things like VRML, graphical internet chat, and the
like. Ironically, I think that probably the most immersive
computing environment right now would be text-only. There's
no distractions, and you can really stay focused on coding,
chatting or what have you.
It's sort of like reading a novel as opposed to watching a
film of the novel. The book frequently seems better than
the movie because we can imagine the characters to be
however we want them (within the bounds of the narrative).
Someone else's realization of that book, even if it is quite
faithful, will always disappoint to a certain extent simply
because it can never be as personal as your own imagination
of the characters and places.
Having said that, I think I might go upstairs now and read a
book until I fall asleep :)