Chaz Meyers (cpm) wrote,
Chaz Meyers

Unrelated topics.

Aymon will vouch for me. I have been complaining about how much SPAM I have been receiving at my school email address for some time now. It turns out that was only a fraction of what I could have been getting. It seems as though Temple set up junk mail filters when they implemented a new mail system at the begining of the summer. There are 310 messages in my Junk Mail folder, and they are all dated 5/22/2003 and later.

People do not post enough during the summer. Or, perhaps, I am not productive enough in the summer. Maybe a little of both. I think this is why I want to write my own web-based RSS reader.
Why? I haven't seen any which do what I want it to do. LiveJournal's RSS feeds come close, but not quite. Frequently updated feeds, such as Wired, Slashdot, and BBC feeds, render my friends page nearly useless. Desktop applications come close. However, I haven't found an interface I really like, and most of my time is not spent at my computer.

It should be fairly simple to write. Why haven't I? I am sick of looking at Perl. Seriously. Perl always looks really cool when I haven't touched it in a while, but after a while, I get sick and tired of seeing $'s, @'s, and %'s in my variable names. I get sick of implicit contexts and default variables. I miss strictly enforced structure. And, yes, I use use strict and #!/usr/bin/perl -w. When I write something in C, I feel like I've accomplished something. When I write something in Perl, I feel dirty.

Perhaps I am exagerating. I probably am. I think I just need an extended break from programming. I've said this many times before and haven't taken any break. I still am not.

On a slightly related note, I'm really enjoying getting back into the whole reading thing. My brain was (and is) sick of being fed manuals and technical books. It missed fiction.

A re-did my Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Fall. It seemed as though I was signed up for another American Culture class even though I took out that requirement this past summer session. End result? 8:40's every day. I'm not too happy about that.

I was going to post earlier today about how I had mixed feelings about my progress. Then, I read the rest of my DARS report, and I didn't have mixed feelings anymore. Yay for the 20 year plan. I have completed about 45 credits in the past 2 years, and I need to complete another 70 in the next two years. A bit lopsided? It's mostly core requirements. I am going to be starting senior level classes, but for cores, I still have to complete:
- Calculus II
- One Race
- One International Studies
- One Individual and Society
- Physics II
- One Writing Intensive
- Intellectual Heritage I

Fortunately, I'm knocking out the Calc, International Studies, and Race next semester. The Physics, however, is going to be a pain to register. The lab seems to muddle with my schedule whenever I try to take a science course.

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