March 28th, 2001



I'm half-way through the reading I'm supposed to in Homer's "The Iliad" for tomorrow's discussion section. I'm done with books 1-3. General thoughts so far:
  • Too might fighting over girls. Girls aren't worth international wars.
  • Don't mess with Gods. You won't win.
  • Zeus kicks ass.
  • Everybody has 40 straight black ships or 40 curved black ships. Sometimes 80, but always black.
  • The introduction by Bernard Knox kicked ass. The 15 pages of the 77 I read, anyway. That part isn't required, as it turns out. But the part I did read was fascinating .... speculating on whether Homer was literate or not, and how it got passed down for 2,700 years.
  • Did Book 2 really have to list a billion people's names? Sounds like Blythe talking[1].... I give her crap for telling me stories with random names in it that I've never heard before and she'll never reference again or give me details about. Just kinda pointless... makes you think, "Am I supposed to remember this character for the future, or am I forgetting this character from the past?" I dunno. But I hope I don't have to remember all those characters from book 2. Oh my.
Overall, pretty good so far.

[1] She's getting better, though. :-)



Brittany and her stupid friends woke me up again. Grr.

If they weren't all incredibly dumb I wouldn't mind as much. Dumb people are the most annoying... their conversations just make me cringe. I have no love for people that do nothing but waste space.


Brittany read all the stuff I posted on LJ about her and her wonderful friends... pretty funny stuff. I love dumb people trying to win fights: regurgitating the same arguments over and over.

The first two quarters I tried to be amiable, but this quarter I've decided to just be an asshole. Some people aren't worth it.

Kenji ---- status?


Back from classes. Saw a ton of people on campus again today... pretty cool.

Got an email from a guy at IBM, an AIX "advanced technical expert" ... he'd read from searching Google that I'd got my Coolpix 880 working with gphoto in Linux. Unfortunately I'd deleted my cvs tree, where I'd also kept my patches, so I wasn't much help. I directed him towards the mailing list archives, where he could probably dig up my patch. That was awhile ago, though.... I'd imagine 880 support is already in there. I wonder if he was using gphoto2 or the old gphoto? Hm.

I went to the Ave after class and returned my music book ($46 back ... *ka-ching*) because it was only optional, and the prof set it wasn't that great. Yeah, like I'm going to keep it, then. Also hit the post office and sent a letter off, laden with 66 cents of postage again because I couldn't find my 1 cent stamps again. (Note to self: clean room.) I tell myself I'll clean my room all the time, but it always comes back to the core problem of not having enough space.... I have some strategies on how to make more space now: My bookshelf, while seemingly an ideal place for books, would be a better place for my most frequenly accessed items, and my books (all but 3 or 4) can go underneith my elevated bed, back in a corner. Yes... this is the plan.

But first! Must read more Homer.... I didn't finish last night, and we're discussing it in class tomorrow. Today's lecture didn't really require having read it all. I only have 40 more pages or so to read... won't be so painful.