November 2003 Archives

A few days ago, Chapter-11 emerging MCI completed its acquisition of Chapter-11 emerging Digex. What gives? Does MCI really have the capital to acquire another company in a similar situation as themselves?

I suspected as much anyway, since all traceroutes that went through certain nodes in UUnet's network were hitting Digex, and vice-versa.

Yesterday I picked up House of Leaves, which looks very intriguing with its near-scrambled text and gimmicky-colored text (such as I've highlited here).

I haven't yet begun to read it, but it's certainly something that will pass the time on the trip.

From Library Journal
When Johnny Truant attempts to organize the many fragments of a strange manuscript by a dead blind man, it gains possession of his very soul. The manuscript is a complex commentary on a documentary film (The Navidson Record) about a house that defies all the laws of physics. Navidson's exploration of a seemingly endless, totally dark, and constantly changing labyrinth in the house becomes an examination of truth, perception, and darkness itself. The book interweaves the manuscript with over 400 footnotes to works real and imagined, thus illuminating both the text and Truant's mental disintegration. First novelist Danielewski employs avant-garde page layouts that are occasionally a bit too clever but are generally highly effective. Although it may be consigned to the "horror" genre, this novel is also a psychological thriller, a quest, a literary hoax, a dark comedy, and a work of cultural criticism. It is simultaneously a highly literary work and an absolute hoot. This powerful and extremely original novel is strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries.


The latest Switchfoot is very, very good. I've liked the band for a while, actually, just haven't realized it.

No doubt by now you've heard 'Meant to Live', but there are other outstanding tracks on this CD such as '24' and the title track 'Beautiful Letdown'.

Netscape's ISP has unofficially launched, it seems.

Rupert's now gone.

If John wins, I'm finding him and hunting him down.

If you're as interested in the JFK assassination as I am, be sure to catch the biography of Lee Harvy Oswald on PBS.

Looks like things are really heating up for the SIP and VoIP protocols...

News.com Special Report

Why don't things like this ever happen to me?

http://www.indystar.com/articles/2/094306-2492-092.html

'Working for Golden Rule Financial Corp. has turned golden for its 1,000 employees.

Each will receive an average of about $100,000 as a result of Golden Rule's sale to UnitedHealth Group, the giant insurer based near Minneapolis.'

Goodbye cold and wet Indiana, hello warm and sunny California!

Immediately after Thanksgiving, I'll be making the 36-hour drive (egads) to Mountain View, to work on a contract for AOL until sometime around the end of February.

When I return, I'll be able to register for my fulltime load of classes at IUSB towards completing my B.A. degree in English.

I'm excited, since now I not only get to work with the same great bunch of people as when I left, I have school to look forward to when I return.

But man oh man, the drive is not going to be fun. Not sure if I'll take I-70 or 80, have to check up on the interstate driving conditions.

I'm working on a short-term employment opportunity, but hopefully I'll be attending IUSB on January 12th (Spring session) for the following courses:

ENG W231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.) P: ENG W131 or equivalent. A course designed to develop research and writing skills requisite for most academic and professional activities. Emphasis on organizational skills and writing techniques useful in job-related writing situations.

ENG W234 Technical Report Writing (3 cr.) P: ENG W131 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. Instruction in preparing technical proposals and reports, with an introduction to the use of graphics.

I'm not sure what 'the use of graphics' means, but I can only hope that it's using up-to-date software packages. Some colleges (mine included) tend to be a bit behind when using software in their courses.

Business and professional writing is what I think I've heard mentioned as being close to a Technical Writing minor. It's too bad IU doesn't offer it as a major. I don't know how common that is, but I believe some of the California schools (the U of C system, perhaps?) offer it.

Then again, am I perhaps thinking of simply a single Major in English, with a concentration in writing and literacy?

CONCENTRATION IN WRITING AND LITERACY

1. Gateway Course (3 cr.): W210, Literacy and Public Life

2. Distribution Courses (9 cr.): One three-credit course each, at the 200-level or above, in linguistics (including W310 Language and the Study of Writing), literature (excluding L490 Professional Practices in English), and either creative writing or film studies.

3. Language (3 cr.). Choose one:

" G204 Rhetorical Issues in Grammar and Usage
" G310 Social Speech Patterns
" ANTH L300 Language and Culture
" ANTH L401 Language, Power, and Gender
" W390 Topics in Writing (as appropriate)

4. History and Theories of Language (3 cr.). Choose one:

" G301 History of the English Language
" W310 Language and the Study of Writing
" W396 Writing Fellows Seminar
" W400 Issues in the Teaching of Writing
" W412 Technology and Literacy
" Communication Studies R350 Womenspeak: American Feminist Rhetoric
" Communication Studies R310 Rhetoric, Society and Culture
" W390 Topics in Writing (as appropriate)

5. Writing in Different Genres (12 cr.). Choose from two or three areas.

Business and Organizational Writing

" W231 Professional Writing Skills
NOTE: You cannot use W231 in the major if you use it to meet your composition requirement. See page 13.
" W315 Writing for the Web
" W331 Business and Administrative Writing
" W365 Theory and Practice of Editing
" W390 Topics in Writing (as appropriate)
" TCM 320 Written Communication in Science and Industry
" TCM 340 Correspondence in Business and Industry
" TCM 350 Visual Elements of Technical Documents
" E398 Internship in English

Nonfiction Writing

" W290 Writing in the Arts and Sciences
" W305 Writing Creative Nonfiction
" W313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose
" W390 Topics in Writing (as appropriate)

Creative Writing

" W301 Writing Fiction
" W302 Screenwriting
" W303 Writing Poetry
" W401 Advanced Fiction Writing
" W403 Advanced Poetry Writing

6. Capstone Course (3 cr.): E450 Capstone Seminar

Remember the good old days? Firing up your 386 with CGA/EGA/whatever?

Well, you can relive the better part of those days, the adventure games of Sierra, remade fantastically by the folks at Tierra Entertainment.

They've already got the King's Quest I and II game finished, and are now working on Quest For Glory.

The games are completely free!

Here's someone's ideas about how Akamai works.

Okay. FLAME ON!

Just got back from The Matrix: Revolutions and it was a completely stupid movie from start to finish.

The first part of the ending was pretty cool, but the final part was lame.

I'm so glad the movie franchise is over. Though I expect we'll see more of the saga continuing through video games, comics and anime...

Don't get me wrong: the first movie was pretty great (at least it had a story that was intruiguing and genuine science-fiction), but it was all downhill from there, since they focused way too much on stupid cliches, visual effects, action sequences, etc.

Impact is a very cool noir-style movie...

"No-nonsense San Francisco industrial whiz Walter Williams's two-timing wife and her lover plot to do her husband in, but Williams survives the "accident" and the lover is burned beyond recognition while driving Williams's car. Half-dazed, Williams stumbles into a moving van that takes him to idyllic Larkspur, Idaho, where newspaper stories of his "death" jog his memory. While recuperating and plotting his eventual return and revenge, Williams falls in love with Marsha, an auto mechanic. But when Williams finally gets back to San Francisco, he's charged with the lover's murder."

Check it out for free on Movieflix (need to register though).

DJ Voodu's Progressive Science set is amazing...

Phew. Finally read the last page of The Quincunx, and it was a very tiring read. The 'payoff' wasn't as shocking as I had suspected, but overall it was still a good experience.

I'm just tired of reading for a while now, though.

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