Category Archives: Personal

The Little Pleasures of Being an Evil Computer Scientist

After this gets posted, there will be no doubt, I'm an evil computer science student, I loathe annoyances as they remind me of seg faults and core dumps, I can't stand spam like I can't stand useless log entries to dmesg, I am heartless. But, now that everything is out in the open, I will share some of my dirty little pleasures that I derive so much fun from:

  1. After a certain professor used 'clearly' to show how simple some things are (sometimes, they are about as clear as mud), I've decided to use clearly, followed by a bogus fact or proof, as no one would refute a 'clearly'.
  2. This one is for those distant relatives who have your email, but nothing important to send you, so they just forward jokes that got forwarded to them. My favorite response is to start forwarding spam I get to them, so they can feel as special, and as loved I feel when I get pictures of dogs in funny hats or chain letters Innocent.

On a completely different note, I've fallen completely in love with Lisp, sorry, but now it seemes that everything in the world is just a list waiting to be LOOPed through, car'd or cdr'd. It's just like the XKCD comic, last night I was drifting through parenthesises and recursion, free of syntax and compiler restrictions.

For a COSI project, I'm thinking of playing with Ubuntu and thinclients, perhaps I could make an Ubuntu build that could be managed easily, and stay up to date.

 

                 Peace and chow,

                                      Ranok

Blog Action Day: The Environment

    Today is blog action day, which a kind of study to see how much of an impact the unified front of bloggers can make. This year's topic is the environment, which is a very important issue in my mind.

     The current state of the environment is not looking good, this is mostly because of the lack of centralized push for newer standards. The problems lie with the big corporations that control the government and are afraid of changing the status quo. They claim that cleaning up their act will hurt the economy, but the companies that do inovate, and use less energy in a more efficient ways tend to do very well. I know as a consumer, if a company is green, I will pay a premium for their services or products. For example, if there was a second food service provider on campus besides Aramark that charged a little more, but offered locally grown (organic?) food, that wasn't served in styro-foam, I'd gladly pay extra, and feel good about it (as would my GI tract).

    Since the government is doing nothing but wasting money and causing problems, the change needs to come from the business owners, don't be afriad to change the status quo, the consumers are waiting for you, be brave, and you will reap the benefits (and feel all warn and fuzzy too).

 

              Peace and chow,

                    ranok