Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Wed Jan 7 10:16:42 2004
Memories of the Music-Teacher of Nations

Debb and I are so happy together. It's a real change of pace for me, but I'm actually constantly happy. It's like a piano that for most of its life has been out of tune with occasional tunings every 10 years just got an invention plugged into it that automatically maintains its tune perfectly. I feel whole.

Last night, I had two dreams relating to music... the first (well, I don't remember the actual ordering of the dreams) placed me back in elementary school, and we were in music class, asked to sing national anthems. I remember making fun of one of them, and the teacher looked at me strictly, and I did feel like I had pushed things a bit too far... that feeling was odd -- I haven't felt it in years.. the actual obedience to authority in a person. If my memory is correct, the mindset of a kid in school really is very different than someone in my position. Anyhow, I sung along to some of the national anthems I liked (in the foreign languages, when I knew them), and the teacher, for some reason, made it a point to sing a bit louder and more near me when I was singing. I wonder if it was to keep an eye on me or something. The second placed me and some friends in a park, and I was annoying one of them by singing the song "Memory" in as low a key as I could.


I had to touch MySQL again today... and am again frustrated at brain-damage in its configuration tools. mysql_fixpermission in particular is badly broken, and doesn't do what it's advertised to do. Asking some people on IRC, they said not to use it, and gave me the needed syntax to manage the users in SQL. Fun fun.

Ever want to hear Beowulf in Old English? Look here.

I haven't yet finished reading it, but Paul Graham has what looks to be an interesting examination of the social nature of competing worldviews. It looks like an important and enlightening paper. The points referencing footnote 5 and 7 give us particularly interesting viewports into human nature.