Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Reflection

I provide for you a reflection. If you saw it on my blog, just ignore it.

“New Years 2008”

Another year is closing, another one dawning,
And somewhere, out there, someone is yawning.
Some major big changes happened this year,
So shut up your singing and lend me your ear
(I’m sorry to bother you, but I think you should hear).
I wrote a big thesis, it weighs a ton
But during the writing, boy I sure had fun.
I have a BA, (but its sort of BS),
Since I majored in English and History, I guess)
Worked through the summer, then got a real job
Teaching some youngsters, most of ‘em slobs!
(I don’t mean that jab. Please, no tears and sobs)
I visit my friend, and strain for a life,
Outside of teaching and grading and dodging the scythe
(And yes, I’m still single, and still have no wife)
And thus I look forward to the New Year ahead.
Will it be lively, or will it be dead.
(With Dems in charge, I’m voting for dead)
Lets hope it gets better, rather than worse,
And maybe a sports team will throw off its curse,
And maybe I’ll find out my vocation
And spend some time during summer vacation
Traveling round to places so cool,
And maybe the College will get a new pool.
(Non Sequitor, I know, but it rhymes with “cool”)
So here’s to the prayers for luck and success,
And blessings and blessings and all of the rest.
Happy New Year to you, and yes, you too.
I’ll see you on the flip side, East-side of this zoo.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Programming Languages and Faiths

A friend of mine shared this with me. Someone came up with associations of different religions to different programming languages. Some of you guys may not quite get it, but it's quite funny and almost scary if you think about it:

C would be Judaism - it's old and restrictive, but most of the world is familiar with its laws and respects them. The catch is, you can't convert into it - you're either into it from the start, or you will think that it's insanity. Also, when things go wrong, many people are willing to blame the problems of the world on it.

Java would be Fundamentalist Christianity - it's theoretically based on C, but it voids so many of the old laws that it doesn't feel like the original at all. Instead, it adds its own set of rigid rules, which its followers believe to be far superior to the original. Not only are they certain that it's the best language in the world, but they're willing to burn those who disagree at the stake.

PHP would be Cafeteria Christianity - Fights with Java for the web market. It draws a few concepts from C and Java, but only those that it really likes. Maybe it's not as coherent as other languages, but at least it leaves you with much more freedom and ostensibly keeps the core idea of the whole thing. Also, the whole concept of "goto hell" was abandoned.

C++ would be Islam - It takes C and not only keeps all its laws, but adds a very complex new set of laws on top of it. It's so versatile that it can be used to be the foundation of anything, from great atrocities to beautiful works of art. Its followers are convinced that it is the ultimate universal language, and may be angered by those who disagree. Also, if you insult it or its founder, you'll probably be threatened with death by more radical followers.

C# would be Mormonism - At first glance, it's the same as Java, but at a closer look you realize that it's controlled by a single corporation (which many Java followers believe to be evil), and that many theological concepts are quite different. You suspect that it'd probably be nice, if only all the followers of Java wouldn't discriminate so much against you for following it.

Perl would be Voodoo - An incomprehensible series of arcane incantations that involve the blood of goats and permanently corrupt your soul. Often used when your boss requires you to do an urgent task at 21:00 on Friday night.

The Curt Jester takes it further, considering what the Catholic Church would be. Very entertaining and though provoking.

No problem.


I have no problem with bringing this blog back. In fact, I would welcome the event. Though, I don't know if we can. It seems that Facebook has since become tool by which interested people keep in touch, at least over the Internet. This being one of the many reasons which I loath Facebook. It did to Internet forums, what television did to serious cinema: roping people into a crack-like addiction while at the same time failing to achieve the previous depth, ans even more importantly, taking what would have once been achieved through more direct means, like actual conversation, and reducing it to a mere sound-byte.

Not to rag so hard on Zukerberg, really; I simply don't think that this blog can compete with the social networks for our attention. I'll start putting stuff up again if I think people will read it, but I'm not optimistic.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yes

Right on. I did say that I was going to post something, but obviously just didn't. Largely because I haven't had/made time to do so. Life is absolutely crazy. I know that's the way it is for most of us, even more so know that we're out of college. But, that is exactly the reason why we ought to strive to communicate with each other. Keep in touch in one form or another. Or even just express what we're going through instead of bottling it up. I'll start.

I'm utterly overwhelmed at times. Yes, I have a great family, with a joy inspiring son and a very supportive wife, but that doesn't seem to help a lot of the time. I find that I doubt myself and my abilities. That is the primary source of the whelm. Aside from that, though, life has treated me very well. We have not found ourselves in much need, contrary to what the media would have you think that most people are experiencing during these times. I'm sure that most of you can relate to the less than urgent situation that most are in.

It is frustrating, to the nth degree, what the MSM does when it perceives the world. They're stupid, emotional, myopic, and colorblind. They are simply making the situation we are in much worse than it ought to be. They, and the fed. Talk about people who are stupid, emotional, myopic and colorblind, as well as greedy and selfish. They don't listen to the people. They blatantly admit that too. They are fully aware that we know they are corrupt and lieing, but they don't care and choose to proceed. Pretending to care about the average Joe. Now it appears that some of them are genuinely trying to fix things because it's balls-to-the-walls (so they think). Unfortunately, they are misguided and short-sighted in their attempts. They don't sully research the situation and do the patchup they know how to: throw money and people at it with fluffy reassuring words, only to scratch their heads and curse, wondering why their inadequate and poorly thought-out attempts don't work. Blech. I am supremely grateful that I can understand the sludge of American politics now, where I didn't just 8 months ago (it appears that having a child has this sort of affect on people.) However, I find it bland, offensive, depressing, and hate-worthy. Fortunately, that energy is easily converted into the desire and action to change things which has helped me to more quickly overcome my inability to express my opinion when I knew that it was different enough from others' views to be offensive. It's not callousness, it's confidence that comes from the foundation of faith, cured to hardness by observation, contemplation and prayer.

Alas, I ramble. It feels damn good though. Hope you guys will see this and follow the lead.

Monday, December 15, 2008

????

Ok, I'm really super confused. I thought the blog was dead, but then Ry was all 'lets get the old blog back together!' And then nothing. I don't know about you guys, but I'm all for getting the old blog back together. I don't see any of you anymore ever and am very curious to know what you're all up to. So what do you guys say?