Meh. Still alive. Not writing right now, it's summer. I start work on Tuesday. I've been spending a lot of time rebuilding my computer from the ground up, starting with a repartition. Windows gets just 6 gb now, Gentoo Linux the other 54. Gentoo is 100% compiled from source, from the stage1 tarball. Woot.
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I shouldn't be posting. I have too much work to do. So I'll make this quick:
I think it speaks for itself. Oh, what a brave new world, with such people in it.
In other news, I've had the idea of writing an apologetic to Shadee's editorial for about half a week now; I'm writing that down here in the hope it will coerce me into actually doing it sometime soon.
People who have the fortitude to do things like this really amaze me. Something for me to keep in mind as I enter the third mile on my runs.
Doing my schedule for next semester, I'm struck by all the courses I want to take but can't because I've straitjacketed myself into my majors (and minor). It almost makes me reconsider, but... oh well. It's strange to think that I only have two more years, really, to play the student. Some courses I can't take this semester:
History of Ancient / Early Modern Japan
Introduction to Old English
The Existentialist Imagination
The Postmodern Bible
Hopefully things like MIT's OpenCourseWare will extend more into the humanities, and I'll get a chance (and find the motivation) to take them up after college. That's my only consolation. Ah well, vita brevis, et utique numquam totas res habebis.
Why did I just start wrting in Latin?
I think I may need to start believing in signs, if I get a few more.
Or else happy coincidence.
...in another Derrick-fueled journal entry. The entire conversation is recorded herein:
(22:38:56) PointDriver: AND YOU KNOW I'D WALK A THOUSAND MILES IF I COULD JUST SEEEEEEE YOUUUUU?
(22:38:59) PointDriver: sorry
(22:39:01) PointDriver: just had to do that
(22:39:36) PointDriver logged out.
The basic conflict here as I understand it is that the powers-that-be have declared a traditional religious festival illegal because it conflicts with their view of Islamic law, and people have decided that they've had enough of that sort of restrictions. This has been a long time coming; anyone with a clue about mideast politics realizes that Iran is one of the most pro-America countries in the area if you discount its government. Time to stand back and watch democracy in action.
The fact that I'm not hearing about this all the time on CNN, though, is very bad. It's selective reporting like this that led to most Americans thinking there was an Iraqi connection to 9/11 and spending the last month getting angry at that Super Bowl business. Here's a perfect example of the best way for revolutions to take place... I hope. Meanwhile, most Americans think Iran is a bunch of mud huts.
It's exciting, isn't it?
If there is one thing that can be done now by our nation to save a lot of lives, it's ending the supports and subsidies we give our farmers. The EU is no better -- they spend more per cow than per capita. Only ending the abject poverty of most of the world is going to end this war.
And, like I said, this isn't a real entry, so I'm not going to try and substantiate any of these claims.
To be fair, I didn't really match any of them that well, unsurprisingly. Al was a 56% match, Bush a 42.