Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Tue Jun 22 16:37:19 2004
Tofu Hair Monster

When tofu grows fur, it's trying to be meat, and I thus won't eat it. Heh...

Today has been a weird day. I've spent much of it programming for work at home, which is very nice. It doesn't feel like work when I program elsewhere, which goes to show how much I needed to get out of that office and away from the new structure there. The reason I did it at home, instead of elsewhere on campus like I often do, is that I'm waiting for UPS again. It seems that everyone hates UPS... whomever I mention it to typically has their own UPS/Fedex horror stories. I popped into the new office for a bit to fix a busted system, programmed there a bit, and now I'm back home waiting for UPS some more. Joy. Anyhow, as to the warning, while I was programming, my laptop decided to turn itself off, and it wouldn't turn all the way back on. I've lately suspected that it's been overheating a lot recently, and so I grabbed the appropriate tools, pulled some panels off, and found thick clods of (cat, I think) hair inside it. No wonder the thing was overheating. So, I suggest to you all, whether you have a desktop or laptop, today wouldn't be a bad day to open it up and clean it out. Pay special attention to the power supply and all the fans -- if one of those clogs, it could be very bad news. While we're on the topic of maintenance, I got my bike back yesterday, and it again rides like a new bike. The new seat they put on felt way too high for me, and I was going to adjust it, but it's strange -- the different posture I have with it actually makes me less tired when I ride.

Two days ago, while reading Trotsky, someone walked by, spotted the book, and suggested I read Stalin's point of view as well. I guess I will -- I'm tempted to dismiss Stalin's approach out of hand as being unduly restrictive on civil liberties, which I regard as being very important (to his credit, Trotsky also cares about them, and denounces Stalin frequently in his book, albeit from a different slant than I do), but it may be possible to argue that, outside of his paranoia which twisted all of his state acts, his acts may have made sense to him at the time. It's important to know these things, and to wonder, given power and a vision, what one would do. In particular, I wonder if some directly-caused deaths might be candicates for being weighed against deaths caused by a system. It feels a bit odd to question this -- we're not accustomed to blaming Kapitalismus for the failure of people to strive, or even survive, in it. Should we? I suspect the answer is "sometimes", and that one should find criteria. And, of course, assigning blame to the system doesn't mandate or suggest action if an overall better system is not possible. There's always going to be some blood on the floor, I suspect. That's (social, in this case) engineering..

As soon as UPS gets here, and I switch to my new phone, I'm off to grab a meal, and then later tonight to go rock climbing. w00t.