I spent two long cold days tenderizing my rear and my knees, so I feel very soft right now. For a while it hurt to sit down, but I think I’ve gotten past the worst of it. Thanks to my buddy Splatta for inviting me, and to my considerate, brave, and (most of all) beautiful fiancee, M, for spending a lot of money and taking the 5 hour drive (each way) to do something we weren’t even sure she’d enjoy.
In other news, I got my Firewire card, so don’t be surprised if you see some short video of little ol’ me doing something foolish here sometime soon.
SNET conspired to create a full month of downtime for coolass.net, plutor.org, and wsvw1u.com, among a few others. Now that this has been resolved, and it appears that everything is working again, I can sleep.
After spending way too many hours trying to get SSI to work on anger — Splatta’s web server, and the home of plutor.org — I decided that I could accomplish the same thing, and add to my already ironic list of web skills by learning PHP. If you notice nothing different, don’t worry. I didn’t do it for you, I did it for me.
Thematic rant: The idea of using tests to evaluate an individual’s education seems inherently flawed. How often will an employer ask you to sit in a crowded room with 50 of your peers and sit and silently take a written exam in order to solve some business or technical or ethical problem? Is test taking even marginally related to the real world? Teachers should spend less time giving tests designed to stroke both their own egos and those of the administration, and more time assigning projects which require creative thinking and demonstrate the application of in-class concepts to real-world problems. As long as the evaluation process is flawed, no college graduate will be truly prepared for the real world.