New Year’s Resolved

January 3, 2008 at 9:42 pm (Dissertation, General, Writing)

Although most of you will find this hard to believe, I am my own harshest critic. Although I might wax publicly about how awesome I am, I spend (and always have spent, at least since I was a teenager) a significant portion of my waking hours depressed, because I feel that I do not measure up against some internal yardstick. Usually, the measure at which I fail is discipline, inasmuch as I haven’t yet completed my dissertation, even though I’m 30 and ought to be done already and getting on with my life, and why can’t I just buckle down for eight hours a day like everyone says I’m supposed to, and… Well, you get the idea. I’m like that about everything that I try doing: Languages, school, writing, art, cooking, etc. I’ve always had a short attention span, and that makes it hard to get anywhere with a specific project. Read the rest of this entry »

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6:51.7

June 28, 2007 at 9:27 am (General, Sports)

You see that number, that number in the title? That number is the number of how awesome I am. And, just in case it isn’t absolutely pellucid, that’s pretty awesome.

Yes, dear readers, that is the length of time that it took me to run one mile today. Six minutes, fifty-one seconds and seven-tenths of a second. Four painful, brutal laps around the track, eight points where I considered quitting early, sixteen whole spots where I told myself that I was quitting this foolish quest for lost youth today whether I beat seven minutes or not. But I did not quit, and I have therefore reached the second of the two goals that I set for myself before turning 30. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Old, Fast

June 13, 2007 at 10:56 am (Family, General, Sports, Writing)

My 30th birthday is right around the corner. In fact, it’s two months from tomorrow. And it scares me.

Now, all of my older family and friends are going to laugh when they read that, even though they went through it, too, when it was their turn. After all, isn’t forgetfulness one of the true benefits of experience? Or is that one of the benefits of old age? Which is rapidly closing in on me? Ah, well, they say the memory is the first thing to go… Read the rest of this entry »

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After a long silence…

June 2, 2007 at 9:28 pm (Computers, General, Writing)

Well, after a long silence, I have returned to broadcasting on the inter-waves! I could in theory claim computer troubles, since I’ve had a lot of those lately, but I work in computers, so it isn’t like I don’t constantly have between two and fifty computers readily available for me to use. Really, blogging takes time (at least, at the level of quality at which I like to write), and I’ve been prioritizing my time elsewhere, specifically, writing my dissertation proposal and working out the aforementioned computer kinks. I’m hoping that by spending less time editing and more time writing, I’ll at least get regular updates out; we’ll see how it goes, and please forgive my shoddy writing!

EDIT: I just posted this last night, and already this morning I’ve gone through, rewritten part of this post as a new post, and am planning on doing the same for the last section. Sigh. It’s tough being obsessive-compulsive.

EDIT 2: I’ve now removed the second part and made that its own entry, too. Much better!

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Otherwise Occupied

March 27, 2007 at 6:40 pm (Computers, Dissertation, General)

To all five of my readers:  Sorry that I haven’t been posting lately.  A combination of finals week, working on my dissertation proposal, our PC’s power supply melting twice, and getting a new Macbook laptop with which I want to play, has kept me from posting lately.  Of course, it also helps that, with the play over, I’ve nothing interesting to talk about!  There could be worse fates…

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An Inconvenient Truth

February 27, 2007 at 10:09 pm (Education, Environment, General)

So, Heather and I finally saw An Inconvenient Truth. I know, I know, we’re about two years too late to the party, but I swear I had a good reason. I mean, I’m already something of an environmentalist. I walk a mile to and from the bus stop five days a week and take a bus to and from UCLA. The only time I get a ride is if someone is already going that way. Frankly, I like the walk. It’s valuable “me time.” I also try to keep unnecessary lights off. I’m thinking pretty hard right now, and I can’t think of any other major environmental “charges” that I run up. And Heather never seemed too worried about the environment, but for the sake of our marriage, I didn’t want to push her, so I figured we didn’t need to see it. Anyway, it was a documentary. I mean, how good could it really be? Read the rest of this entry »

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Rude Customers meet history

December 14, 2006 at 10:53 am (General)

Anath over at Applegeeks linked to this blog posting about rude customers. While I agree with almost everything that the author says, I just want to disagree on one point: this phenomenon did not start with the American slogan ‘the customer is always right,’ it’s been around pretty much since the beginning of time. It’s called ‘bullying,’ and it will be around as long as there are power differentials in unsupervised environments such as the one that exists between a server and a customer in a restaurant, or between kids on a playground at school. Or at least until we find a way to ‘educate/train people out of it,’ if that’s even a good idea (there are a lot of good, natural reasons for such behavior in a species). Read the rest of this entry »

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The purpose of my blog

November 17, 2006 at 10:17 pm (General)

I am contemplating starting a second blog. Indeed, only three days after restarting this blog, I’m already dissatisfied with it. Or, specifically, with its content. I had hoped that it would be a literary and artistic masterpiece, full of poignent observations about the future of education and technology, the continuing relevance of the past, the surreal beauty of the occasional ghost story and musings on fine (and less than fine) wines. Instead, it is gradually (by which I mean three entire posts) turning into a personal corkboard, where I can post info that I want to remember or be able to find again in the future, but not necessarily a digital tourist destination. So, I am thinking about starting a second blog which, in my haze of poetic illusions, will of course fulfil my literary aspirations, while keeping this blog for more mundane notes and commentary. Of course, even writing this post displays my incorrigible vanity, since I don’t need this to remind me; I post this in the obvious hope that someone will one day find me to be so fascinating and worthy of study that they will make it as far as this blog. Well, at least this blog is providing me with a window into the depths of my own soul!

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