The Fate Of the Semester

Next hard decision. What to do next semester. Greg has asked me stay at PlayMotion! for a co-op. He wants me to decide by the 15th. I'm having a hard time.

On the one hand, I could use the money. I didn't really make any this summer, so my savings is going to go bye-bye this year if I go back.

On the other hand, the logistics of either still paying for my room at school or finding another person that will be OK with Adam and getting my stuff out of there and either in storage or down here and also finding a place to live down here that I can get for only a couple months (that aren't summer) and then having to find a different place back in Pittsburgh for the Spring, seems like it might invalidate the money savings. Plus I just don't really want to do all this.

Pety issues aside, I'm not sure which I want to do more. On the one hand I really would like to see some of these projects though. PlayMotion! is doing well, and I really like being part of it. We have some stuff coming up and I don't want to be left out.

On the other hand, I'd be leaving in the Spring anyway so I'm going to miss out some either way. I can always decide to go back for the Spring if they'll let me, or when I graduate.

Since I'd be paying for school anyway, I feel that perhaps I should go back there. I've gotten the PlayMotion! experience and if I want more I can do that later. At the ETC I can do some new things. I can also take some classes I really want. I can TA BVW for the last time that I'll have at that experience that I like.

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Keywords:ETC | Jobs | PlayMotion!
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The Hardware Shuffle

This is showing up in a flurry of backdated journal posts. I like to date the posts when I should have written them, even if I was lazy and only put them on a list to write later. Once there are a couple on that list, it only grows because I don't want to write one if I'm not going to do them all and that would be more that I usually want to do. I was doing pretty good this summer, but there's a reason that a list developed.

While at NextFest I noticed that my server was down. I was afraid that it was hackers and when I got back, I found that it was. Luckily GATech computing services rocks. They had taken me off the network but they weren't so mad that it had happened and that I wasn't a student. They were willing to reconnect me as soon as I fixed the problem. And they were able to tell me exactly what happened. At first I was worried I wouldn't be able to resecure my machine because I didn't know how it was vulnerable. The computing guy told me that it was an exploit in an old version of awstats (that I wasn't getting updated because it was debianized) that I wasn't even using, I had just forgotten there. All I really had to do was turn off cgi-bin since I didn't use it anyway. Of course who knows what else the hackers did. It seems liked a good time to reformat and reinstall linux anyway. Besides, I needed to upgrade the kernel.

Well, that wasn't the only machine with problems when I came home. My desktop was making a very loud noise. It sounded like the harddrive working frantically.

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Beauty and the Geek

This weekend I caught a marathon of the new WB show, Beauty and the Geek. I'd heard about the show before. It's the new thing that Ashton Kutcher came up with. The idea is they pair up hot girls with nerdy guys and make them compete to not get voted off and ultimately win money in classic reality TV style. When I first heard about it I thought it was going to be really shallow and crappy. When I watched it though it wasn't as bad as I had thought. There were definately clashes where the girls and the guys weren't used to each other's worlds. Overall they ended up getting along better than they had thought they would and the people leaving the show really did seem to have learned something.

The whole brains tradeoff for beauty thing isn't as balanced as they'd like you to believe. The guys are trying to learn things like massage, women's fashion, and asking for girls' numbers. Theses are things that are very hard for them on an emotional level but things they'd like to improve. They had the women doing math, car repair, and "rocket science". It really wasn't that hard, even for them, and it wasn't like they cared. I don't think they were really learning anything or improving. They did benefit from hanging out with the guys.

Anyway, I was thinking about going on the show. I've thought about going on reality TV before. I watch Survivor a lot recently and I always think, "what would I do in that situation". I like the idea of actually playing the game. Showing what I could do in those challenges (I'd be good at any that involve staying under water a long time).

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Keywords:TV | Depression
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