September 21st, 2005

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I'm only posting this to piss hydrozoa off

LJ Interests meme results

  1. atheism:
    Out of the few hypotheses which fit the available facts, Occam's Razor leaves us with this.
  2. brake checks:
    Figuratively and literally.
  3. coexistence:
    Everyone is a foreigner with strange and only dimly understood customs.  The guy in the next country over, the guy in the next state over, the guy in the next town over, the guy in the next neighborhood over, the guy next door, your best friend, your parents, your lover.  You can never share the same customs entirely, you can only pretend that you do and ignore the evidence otherwise until it blows up in your face - or learn to coexist peacefully and, hopefully, happily.
  4. dvds:
    I don't know why I put something so obvious in here really.  Kill me.
  5. free software:
    Free as in beer and free as in speech - with the latter being by far the more important.  I hate to sound like a lunatic fringe techno-hippie, but if you don't understand open source yet, you will eventually.  It is a cultural as well as an industrial revolution and the impact on society is going to be a lot bigger than you think.
  6. hydrogen combustion vehicles:
    Because real men want beefy, torque-y motors that will lay down massive rubber.  Because you can easily convert existing car engines to burn hydrogen instead of gas.  Because it's a hell of a lot cheaper and presents fewer engineering challenges than fuel cells.  And because having clean steam as your car's only exhaust product is a good thing.
  7. mixed marital arts:
    No, this is not a typo for "mixed martial arts."  But I like that too.
  8. ousting dubya:
    If I need to explain this, there's probably no point in bothering to.
  9. reading:
    ... but only in the Roman alphabet, because jesus christ Hiragana / Katakana / Kanji suck donkeyballs.
  10. scrabble:
    I'll kick your ass.

Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your  interest list.  Shittily, they will not be randomly selected, but will go like 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.  So don't bother hitting refresh if the selection you get is lame or boring, it won't help.

young

the young'uns are a neverending source of amusement

One of my classmates - another non-trad and military vet - in Fundamentals of Algorithmic Design (aka Java for n00bs) has taken to asking me questions about... well, everything.  As a result, today one of the other students - a traditional freshman - overheard the conversation, and between that and the questions / comments I'd made in class, got curious about how I knew the stuff so well / wtf I was doing in the class, so he asked me what year I was in.  I told him it was my freshman year, and he got visibly confused.

"You're awful tall to be a freshman."  ... now it was my turn to be confused, since 1. most males are about as tall as they're gonna get by the time they're 17 or 18, and b) I'm a little south of six feet tall even in shoes.  So I shot HIM a weird look and said "what?  I'm not even six foot."  So he stepped up to the level I was on (stadium seating lecture hall) on the other side of the table, and noted that in fact he was about a half inch taller than I am (although a good forty pounds lighter).  He paused to collect his thoughts, obviously still confused, and then started pointing out SIGNS OF SEXUAL MATURITY.  "But you've got an awfully thick... [feeble gesture indicating beard] ... and, um... [gesture indicating chest hair]..."

So I said "I'm what you call a non-traditional freshman," and after a few minutes more of explanation, Things Became Clear.

Undergrad Confusion always makes me grin. =)