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12Jul/04Off

Hi. I’m Fucking Tired.

I've decided that four week summer classes are too fucking much. I'm a little delirious from trying to pack viciously paced classes and a little summer fun into the past seven weeks. The fatigue is probably the thing that impresses me the most because I got a serious case of giggles from a porn spam subject line that read: "chat online with real live vaginas" and then, if only for a split second, tried to imagine what a transcript of that session would look like. I'm sure something exactly like that is being cooked up for a Broadway musical as I type this so I refuse to feel too badly about thinking it.

The class that I'm currently taking is entitle Native Americans in American History and seems like a pretty deft maneuver given that my school doesn't have a Native American Studies department. Usually crosslisting would cover a class like that (especially an upper division section) but instead it's placed in a context that even the crankiest of the campus Republicans can't really argue with its inclusion. Fanboydom aside, it's been a rough month and a half. One of the definite upsides to this class has been assigned readings that include Native American authors. This incredibly condensed semester has really left me no time for reading anything that is not assigned. The reading load (assuming, of course, that you read everything you're supposed to instead of skimming it and pounding on bad chunks of PHP until your head explodes and your hands start shaking) is absurd and completely outside of reasonable expectations and that is as well acknowledged by the professors as the students.

So not only do I get to do some fiction reading from a group of authors that I'm entirely unfamiliar with but I get to use library copies of these books. One of the chief differences that I've found between using library copies of books usually included in the literary canon and those that usually full into the category of Xxxxx Studies is that people tend to have very BBS-esque conversations in the margins of these books. Sure, there is more than the expected fair share of Edgar Cayce/crude oil/jesus magic scrawling in the margins but more often than that are sprawling debates that span the course of decades. It's very tempting to read the whole thing as a cultural commentary on what was going on during the times (which is pretty difficult to discern and maybe purposely so) and entirely ignore the text. While this definitely falls in line with my "learn as much in college as possible by not doing any assigned work" plan for self education but doesn't make for particularly good papers especially critical literary reviews of half read books. So, grad students looking for an ethnology project or something take heed and score some grants to finance a definitive study of undergraduate social networks in library ethnic studies collections. I'm sure you'll get a big fat grant or something and me, I'll be terribly entertained.

Of some relevance:

Carthik unearths the sullen 800 pound gorilla of WordPress configuration which is linked by Photo Matt and reminds me that I really flaked on not adding Carthik to the good old link list. I'm specializing in flaking these days.

I've probably heard about Pheer at some point in the past but due to the fact that my interest in indie metal played by clean cut white kids waxes and wanes with astonishing regularity prevented me from filing its existence in cold storage. There are a whole lotta Washington, D.C shows, mainly of the metallish type, documented there. The fella that runs the place also really needs some help with bandwidth so if you're sitting on a giant pile of unused money and would like to go down in history as some kind of hardcore influenced metal saint... The Milemarker footage is well worth checking out.

The point::counterpoint piece in the Inquirer is probably the best use of search and replace I've seen in a while. Read all the way down before you start getting all antsy and shit. I'd actually like to see a TCO analysis on TCO analyses and how much brain share gets tossed down the crapper debunking, rebunking, and burying these things at sea. Vague is for the sales department.

I said ha ha:

"We continue to encourage responsible disclosure of vulnerabilities. We believe the commonly accepted practice of reporting vulnerabilities directly to a vendor serves everyone's best interests, by helping to ensure that customers receive comprehensive, high-quality patches for security vulnerabilities with no exposure to malicious attackers while the update is being developed," the company said in an e-mail statement.

PoynterOnline mentioned Audit My PC today. It's pretty handy for snickering when your browser refuses to jump through any hoops and might also be a good, quick demonstration for your friends who think that IE is safe enough. Firefox would've actually scored a 100% on the pop up blocker test but the time delayed user initiated pop up produces a warning telling you what is going on instead of just feeding you a pop up. The test suite interpreted this as a failure. Features. Bugs. Bugs. Features.

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