January 24th, 2001


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so tired.

programming started frustrating me.... usually programming's just a matter of having the time to get it done and researching what I need to do. tonight I'm trying to do something very simple and i'm getting bizarre results... sometimes it'll work, sometimes it won't. grrrr... that's the worse. it's too late to debug. i'll do it tomorrow when I can think straight. too much beer? probably.

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"off to school..... off to school.... to prove to dad that i'm not a fool....."

heh... wish I could stay home and watch billy madison instead of going to physics.

bleh. yeah, off to class (singular). suck.


just spent the last hour and half or so talking to a reporter about livejournal .... i can't wait until the transcript is online --- I don't think I'll ever have to answer any more questions for a long time: just about everything you can imagine was addressed in the interview.

okay, now i'll write

i've always told people how there are so many different forms of tiredness. primarily, there's physical tiredness and bored tiredness. until about 2 minutes ago I was just bored tired.

I went to write my last journal entry and I was just so bored that I couldn't think what to write. I left my room to go to the bathroom ... I noticed how cold it was outside my room. I stretched. I felt the warmth of the lightbulb. I then realized what I wanted to do ---- learn xlib enough to make a few little visual hacks that I'd been craving to write for the past month or so. It's been a long time since I've been proficient in a language/toolkit that let me do graphics.

When I first started programming there was good old "GR" and "HGR" in Apple II Basic. That was kinda cool. Then I had GWBasic and QuickBasic ... QBasic let me do all sorts of fun graphics stuff. Oh, but then Borland Turbo C ..... graphics, mouse, sound, you name it... damn that was fun. After that I got hired to port a DOS app to Windows, using Visual Basic... that sucked for graphics. It was great for widgets, sure, but not fun little graphics hacks.

Java is damn fun, but I haven't used it in awhile.

So, I'm gonna play with xlib tonight. There are so many more important things I should be doing, but I just don't care.

There's nothing more useless to learn than xlib, but goddamnit, I'm gonna. It'll wake me up and pull me out of this stupor, then I'll be productive.

I think the real reason is that I just get off writing in C/C++. You can only code in interpretted languages so long before you finally snap.