Tuesday, September 25, 20:50 CDT

Tue Sep 25 21:08:44 CDT 2001

I just spent something like an hour watching Synaesthesia do pretty things with the Grateful Dead's American Beauty, a bunch of live Our Lady Peace mp3s, and Kenna's Hellbent...

If you're running Linux, I'd suggest trying the SVGALib mode. Full screen, and at least on my system a lot lower CPU usage.

Tuesday, September 25, 18:46 CDT

The network's down again, disgustingly enough. I suspect it's not unrelated to the unilateral ban on using filesharing services or downloading audio and video that They (Network Services, Housing... Somebody, or several of them) imposed last week.

I just attended the first half of a Society for Automotive Engineering (or something like that) meeting. The stuff I get myself into when people say Hey, ya wanna go to a [blank] meeting?...

Not that I've got anything against messing around in a shop and building little buggies and stuff. I just don't know the first thing about it. Should've taken some voc ed classes in high school, learned how to use a torch and weld...

Hindsight being what it is, I'm continually disgusted at how uneducated I am in ways that matter. My parents are probably the two most useful people I know. My dad turns out furniture - bookshelves, dressers, desks, wardrobes, cabinets, tables, stools, chairs and shelves - and a huge assortment of Other Wood Stuff - boxes, candlesticks, ornaments, half of the stuff they give as Christmas gifts. He can replace a roof, tinker with an engine, make a decent weld, drive a combine, and generally cruft together a solution for nearly any problem that arises. My mom sews, cooks, launders, plants, does endless artistic things with flowers, and somehow becomes essential to any organization she joins. Collectively, they manage to grow a massive garden and boil, bake, fry, can, juice, jelly, preserve or turn into pleasant decoration most of it. In a word, they're competent.

So how did I wind up, at the age of 20 years, a directionless slacking half-ass almost hacker who's lucky if he can change a tire?