April 2007 Archives

My final paper for my Senior Seminar is up, however it's not, unfortunately, the last paper of my career. I still must write an 8-10-page paper for American Literature Since 1914, due Monday by 5:30pm.

Sayonara

Picked up Windows Vista Business edition from school for $11.60, and installed it tonight.

At first, it wouldn't let me upgrade, balking at 'C:\ProgramData', which was Electronic Arts' directory, oddly enough. Once that was deleted, the install went off flawlessly.

However, its cmd.exe doesn't (by default) yield FQDNs on 'netstat' commands:

TCP 192.168.2.186:51900 a2swmod075:http ESTABLISHED

To get around this, you have to 'netstat -f'

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The sun can't decide if it should stay or leave, so I
Head on down the hill,
Taking advantage of its indecision.

I feel different today, as I take this trek.
Something's not quite right,
But I don't yet know what.

The African women are there, as usual,
Making filthy clothes clean again in their river,
With just a little soap and a lot of effort.

It doesn't sound like a chore,
With all of the joyful singing that
Makes me want to join in with them.

But I am just a boy,
A fact I know all too well.
They see me, yet are too caught up
To acknowledge my presence.

And so, I pass on by,
Headed, I now decide, to the other side of this hill.
Only a small trip, and I'm there soon.

And then see the image I cannot erase, though
I really wish I could:
A slew of tiny crosses, numerals marked by
Chicken scratches.
No number greater than six.

I know I can't stay now;
It's not right.
It's someone else's sacred ground.
Their place to shelve young souls
Who wait to ascend from this mortal world.

Someday I'll be a man.
But thankfully not today.

Castle Adventure. You couldn't get a more relaxing game than this!

I remember playing this as a teenager, and find it to be just as fun now as I did then.

One. Week. Of school. Left.

Time to hunker down and crank it out...

Where is IPv6?

Left to do...

Senior Seminar: Present draft of thesis to Professor Blodgett (18 Apr 07)
Children's Lit: 20-book Reader's Log (5-6pp) (19 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Portfolios (25 Apr 07)
Poetry: Revise 3 poems, and staple to Professor's commented ones (25 Apr 07)
Poetry: Write 2 or 3 more poems (25 Apr 07)
Senior Seminar: FINAL paper (12-15 pp) (25 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Paper Seven, creative paper (3pp) (30 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Take-Home Essay DUE / FINAL EXAM (8-10 pp) (30 Apr 07)

Because everybody, EVERYBODY, everybody needs a Thneed!

Relient K, "More than Useless"

I feel like
I would like
To be somewhere else
Doing something that matters
And I'll admit here
While I sit here
My mind wastes away
And my doubts start to gather

What's the purpose?
It feels worthless
So unwanted like I've lost all my value
I can't find it
Not in the least bit
And I'm just scared
So scared that I'll fail You

Sometimes I think that I'm not any good at all
And sometimes I wonder why
Why I'm even here at all
But then You assure me
I'm a little more than useless
And when I think that I can't do this
You promise me that I'll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

So I say if I can't
Do something significant
I'll opt to leave most opportunities wasted
And nothing trivial
That life can give you will
Measure up to what might have replaced it
Too late, look
My date book
Is packed full of days that were empty and now gone
And I bet
That regret
Will prove to get me to improve in the long run

Sometimes I think that I'm not any good at all
And sometimes I wonder why
Why I'm even here at all
But then You assure me
I'm a little more than useless
And when I think that I can't do this
You promise me that I'll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

I'm a little more than useless
And I never knew I knew this
Was gonna be the day
Gonna be the day that I would do something right
Do something right for once

I noticed
I know this
Weak is a symbol of how I use my time
Resent it
I spent it
Convincing myself
The world's doing just fine
Without me (without me)
Doing anything of any consequence
Without me (without me)
Showing any sign of ever making sense
Of my time
It's my life
And my right to use it like I should
Like He would
For the good
Of everything that I would ever know

I'm a little more than useless
And when I think that I can't do this
You promise me that I'll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

I'm a little more than useless
And I never knew I knew this
Was gonna be the day
Gonna be the day that I would do something right
Do something right for once

Post-May 8th graduation, I'm going to try to get a bunch of back-logged reading done, bike ride until my calf muscles are the size of large bison, and reduce my possessions here down to the bare essentials, in preparation for yet-another-relocation, which I'm conflicted about, but not enough to remain here.

Tonight I nuked http://mypage.iusb.edu/~stdonner

I can't tell you how good that felt (and feels!)

A mere two weeks remain of the stress of school...my brain is in "spring-cleaning" mode, and I'm trying to reduce clutter and unnecessary things.

(Stress of finding a job in California that I'll actually _enjoy_, well, that's another thing entirely.)

Is this really a sentence fragment? Word seems to think it is:

Although she is not explicitly mentioned in Newman's ruminations, with Claire essentially locked away securely behind the walls of the Carmelite convent, Newman's realization amounts to an admission that such retaliation would not be in spirit with his original motivation for exposing the Bellegardes.

In three short weeks, this malaise I feel will hopefully dissipate, and I'll be reveling in a summer full of promises...

Three and a half weeks to accomplish the following (which doesn't include any of the much reading):

Children's Lit: Write Judy Blume paper on religious expression (3pp) (5 Apr 07)
Senior Seminar: Write "regular" paper (5pp) (9 Apr 07)
Children's Lit: Write paper on Locomotion (3pp) (10 Apr 07)
Children's Lit: Write paper on Lorax (3pp) (10 Apr 07)
Poetry: Martha Rhodes (3pp) (11 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Paper Six (2 1/2 - 3pp) (12 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Paper Seven, creative paper (3pp) (16 Apr 07)
Poetry: Revise 3 poems, and staple to Professor's commented ones (16 Apr 07)
Poetry: Write 2 or 3 more poems (16 Apr 07)
Senior Seminar: Present draft of thesis to Professor Blodgett (18 Apr 07)
Children's Lit: 20-book Reader's Log (5-6pp) (19 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Portfolios (23 Apr 07)
Senior Seminar: FINAL paper (15-20 pages) (25 Apr 07)
American Lit Since 1914: Take-Home Final Essay DUE / FINAL EXAM (30 Apr 07)
Senior Seminar: Watch Sleepless in Seattle, outline thesis

(Props to RememberTheMilk.com for the helping-me-manage-insanity-love.)

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