Just watched “Beavis and Butt-Head do America” on TV. Let me clarify that I am a big B&B fan. Anyway, the movie had all the expected ingredients, the chicks, the scoring, the bungholes and Cornholio, of course; however I suppose it’s not as good as I expected. The TV show still seems to be funnier, maybe it’s the comments on the videoclips, and then again, maybe not, maybe it’s just all been done before and so it isn’t all that funny anymore.
Anyway, it’s Monday and I hate that, I just hate that… especially when the week that’s about to start includes teaching… I don’t think I’ll get good at teaching even if I’ve been doing it for 50 years.
11:55 a.m. GMT
I’ve been reading other online diaries again.
I realize how much people like to enhance their text with literary figures, they turn their lives into something really important when they describe how the technician came to fix the washing machine or how they’re looking for a new job.
Some diaries are downright fictional and you don’t have to think or read much to find that out… As I see it there are three types of fake journals, First we have the people who lead great lives, have great jobs and make a lot of money, have great sex and a pile of amazing friends; for the most part, you’ll find that people who describe their amazing sex life in great detail are usually lying. Secondly we have the nearly mortem depressed chicks (not nearly as many blokes, at least I haven’t found many); they are hugely depressed, everything is a bummer, they have been dumped by their latest husband/lover/boyfriend, they cry all the time (*all* the time), they try to kill themselves every other day, everyone hates them, they have no friends and even the dog doesn’t care. Lastly we have the glamorous lives; they’re different from the first ones because the first ones are merely people with terribly successful lives, the glamorous lives are those that are really super models and describe their every day on the catwalk, or they’re actors and keep talking about rehearsals and playing some important theatre, perhaps they’re pornostars or strippers and they’ll go into great detail about photoshoots with dozens of amazing looking silicon girls.
But none of that matters. Is it, or is it not much more interesting reading these people’s lives, or at least what they enjoying writing down and enjoying to imagine it’s their life, rather than going through magazines and reading about princes and princesses, presidents, movie stars and their cocaine addictions?
That’s what I think it’s interesting about these online journals and why, contrary to my predictions, I didn’t give mine up after the first week. I find myself hours online scanning the diaries, just reading plain stuff, or perhaps some more amazing, possibly fictionalized stuff, and realizing the uncanny amount of things that actually go on in the planet. How different people’s lives can be or, better yet… how the same!
But it is Monday. Although it’s a cool and breezy Monday, sunny, but not hot. That doesn’t make up for the fact that it’s actually Monday and I have a bunch of things to get underway, including mostly stuff I don’t want to do.
14:40 GMT – now playing: Camel – The Homecoming
I’ve just been checking out stuff about the new Mac OS X. I must clarify that I mostly hate Macs, their operating system is annoying, lame and it crashes almost as much as Windows.
But the new Mac OS X is a UNIX system based, among other things, on BSD, apparently it’ll even have a command line! A command line on a Mac! It starts to sound to me like Apple decided to no more be an isolated and no-chance competitor to Microsoft and has joined the UNIX world. However, I still cannot understand where the buying of Apple (or part thereof) by Microsoft fits in all this… If MS now owns a part of Apple, shouldn’t they be trying to push Apple into running Windows on their machines?
17:03 GMT – now playing – Camel – Fritha Alone
I finally finished some undone work that had been that way for over a month now… I feel amazingly better now! I had no idea that was hanging so heavily on me, only when it was done I realized I felt much more at ease.
Now I can plunge into the next impossibility. I wonder what it’s like to have a normal job… not to have to come up with anything, invent anything, write down funny stories or suddnely be counted on to draw something you’ve never drawn before.
The wedding was nice, especially because most of the mass I was outside the church (thank heavens!) :) We didn’t stay too long, so I got to come home and ahave a Perl lesson with the expert. Very cool indeed.
I’m completely turned on to Perl.
Darn! I had a worm thingie! Yes a worm! happy99… a stupid program which spreads through e-mail, so I got it and started sending it out to people.
Computer viruses and worms are the clearest sign that there are stupid people in this planet. “oh I got nothing to do today… let’s program a computer virus which will destroy some random person’s life and work, that’ll be fun!”. Why don’t you do something productive like hack the hell out of Microsoft? Jam NATO planes on board computers or erase AOL?
18:20 GMT – now playing: Jörn Brackhagen – Taurus IV (from the Mike Oldfield fan tribute project)
I’ve just been preparing classes for this week, since they’re restarting on Thursday. I’m writing notes for using PhotoShop, including a simple description of every menu option (or nearly every one), to serve as a reference to my and future students.
I’m learning Perl. It’s not easy for a brain whose cells have been dormant to programming for ages (no, I don’t count knowing HTML as programming, for Zeus’ sake!). I used to program my Spectrum using BASIC. That hardly counts.
Anyway, I just did my first lame script and am going to test it online. Drum roll please…
It… DIDN’T WORK! HOORAY!
It worked perfectly locally, but, obviously it didn’t online. Yes I did all the necessary chmods… Anyway, if there is that one single thing I hate about UNIX systems is how bloody incomprehensible they are!! I run a stupid telnet to the server, try running a text editor program and it’s so cryptic it get seriously ridiculous! You have to use several-key combinations to get simple things done and sometimes, absolutely nothing happens no matter how much you press any key in sight… Oh… I’m just terribly pissed that my script didn’t work.
1:21 am GMT
SHIT! I just saved April 9th over April 8th AND uploaded it!!
Damn! How can a single human being be so stupid! well… it’s bloody lost forever, I didn’t have a copy or anything… yesterday is lost forever.
1:30 am GMT
Tritão is online! Cool, maybe he can figure out what the hell’s wrong with my script headers.
No, apparently… which is fairly typical I must say… The problems I have had with software and (especially) hardware are close to ridiculous. I mean, doing everything right, everything by the book, nothing left undone, no loose ends, all corners checked and still! something screws up. Always! It makes people scratch their heads and go “hum…”. Be it motherboards or CPUs, graphics or sound boards, be it an operating system installation or, apparently, a Perl script… it’ll all screw up a thousand times in my hands until it works fine.
And sometimes, alas, out of magic… it’ll just work without anything being changed or touched, like now. It just worked! Oh Well, happiness… my very first crappy Perl script.
20:05 GMT – now playing: huh… never mind what I’m playing, I’d probably be flame-mailed for it…
What a pathetically useless day… well, I did manage to spend an hour and a half at the gym, pushing up stuff, which is nice…
Anyway, just got my haircut, a nice shave and a shower… ah! the kind of thing I like! Feel much better. Too bad I have to go to a wedding tomorrow.
No it’s not because of who’s getting married, all nice people, family and all… it’s where’s it’s going to be… it’s in a church *shudder*. Love churches, hate religion. The problem is I only like to be in churches when there is no probability at all of being approached by anyone religious. As it is, I’m going to have to go to a religious wedding which will include a mass. Wonderful? For sure!
The last one I went to included Beatles songs adapted to “oh lord save us” kind of lyrics… Hey people, the Beatles did drugs, free love and lived off big fat dividends… helloooo!? I couldn’t believe everyone was actually doing the cross sign and everything, even people I believed were non religious… fear… it’s a wonderful thing.
There were basically three people close to bursting into laughing: me, my wife and her brother… anyway, we did do a few good jokes on the priest and all… it’s one way to pass the time when lacking a gameboy. Although I suppose the best way to pass time in a church full of religious people would be to bring a portable computer with “Sin” installed and play it through the ceremony.
Oh the catholic church! The most successful gang in history. Theft, extortion, murder, persecution. Ooh, the nazis, they were so terrible… ooh! Let’s not compare them to people who invented most if not all types of bodily and psychological torture and execution, burnt people alive and held world domination in their hands for centuries…
Oh well.. I’m sure I’ll burn in hell… or perhaps I’ll be hired there!
If you want to excommunicate me, go right ahead.
21:03 GMT – still playing unpopular music
I’ve just read Jamie Zawinski’s letter of resignation from Netscape and the Mozilla.org project… it’s here. In it he simply says that Microsoft has won the browser war and that it’s even unlikely that there’ll ever be a new version of Netscape. Chances are, Netscape, the browser that changed the world and brought the Internet to everyone, will disappear. I’m very depressed.
I sincerely cannot stand Microsoft anymore… how dare they to walk in and destroy everything and everyone around them? What next? Will they decide to go into graphics software and destroy our beloved Adobe? The already put a foot into 3D rendering by acquiring “Soft Image”, soon enough they’ll go seriously into games and kill all the truly creative and innovative game developers. Then what?
Do they simply want to rule the world? And if they do, shouldn’t James Bond be taking care of Bill Gates as we speak?
Would anyone please just bomb Microsoft out of existence?
22:36 GMT – now playing: Jean Michel Jarre – Industrial Revolution (hell! the things I used to like when I was a teenager!)
Hooray it now works! By Mercury!
I shall now fill in the popup menu with links to every day and be happy, for a change. Everything seems to be working just fine and I love the double eye image I used on the first page, those *are* my own eyes, one of them is a 180 degree rotated copy of the other… innit neat?… ermm… what now?
Now the log entries, or, to be more accurate, the days themselves, need a functional navigation system. As for looks, as I’ve said before, nothing will be changed and these pages will retain their initial looks as the more recent ones change (evolve?) .
Now, if only my internet connection wasn’t slower than a limp slug knowing that each step will bring it closer to a pit of lava, between around 10:30 at night and 1:30 am, I’d most certainly upload stuff and improve on this site right now… but it’s nearly impossible, my FTP connection to Fortune City falls every two files transfered and it takes almost five minutes to transfer 8 kb, if I’m lucky.
0:09 a.m. GMT Just watched “Beavis and Butt-Head do America” on TV. Let me clarify that I am a big B&B fan. Anyway, the movie had all the expected ingredients, the chicks, the scoring, the bungholes and Cornholio, of course; however I suppose it’s not as good as I expected. The TV show still seems […]
1:02 am GMT The wedding was nice, especially because most of the mass I was outside the church (thank heavens!) :) We didn’t stay too long, so I got to come home and ahave a Perl lesson with the expert. Very cool indeed. I’m completely turned on to Perl. 15:27 GMT Darn! I had a […]
0:02 am GMT – now playing… Jethro Tull – Warchild Ta-dum! It’s a spunky new look for my site! isn’t it nice? no? well.. I think it is so there. I also added an ‘about me’ section and changed my pseudonym for my real name wherever it was mentioned. Super!
0:57 a.m. GMT I’m learning Perl. It’s not easy for a brain whose cells have been dormant to programming for ages (no, I don’t count knowing HTML as programming, for Zeus’ sake!). I used to program my Spectrum using BASIC. That hardly counts. Anyway, I just did my first lame script and am going to […]