Oh Goody

I’ve now fallen prey to the Rhinovirus (or in the words of House, a cold) for the second time in just about as many months. I really think that says something about how well I take care of myself. I used to get sick maybe once a year; now it seems like I can go a couple months without getting the sniffles and a fever. And yes, this act in itself is probably to blame; I’m sick and yet I’m sitting here typing away when I should be resting.

Oh well. Just my luck too; I get sick just in time for the weekend… And I have PDEng to do and a presentation next week at work. Blah.

I Have A Dream

Well, actually I had one, and in it I dreamt I bought an Apple Mac Pro…

… at Futureshop… 😐

No kids, it doesn’t get any scarier than that.

What a wicked start to Halloween.

Too Much Mediocrity

I shall warn all you readers right now. This will be a random and incoherent post. With that aside…

First off, to address the title of this update. Why is it that everyone seems to be content with so-so, doing things to a mediocre state? Why don’t people want to do more, do things better? I’m not trying to say I’m good at everything. Hardly. But I definitely do try my best. It’s probably the fact that people just don’t care. Well, if everyone did something they actually liked, I think it’d be different. Unfortunately, that’s not the way this world works. It truly is unfortunate…

Why does Rogers lick nuts? I’m not saying this only because I work for Bell currently. Sure, that could be part of it, but seriously, getting Rogers High Speed was one of my worst decisions in a long time. Absolutely TERRIBLE upload speeds and they cap traffic from stuff like BT, etc. That’s not to mention the terrible download speeds as well. I paid for 5mb/s downlink high speed. I did not pay $44/month for 2mb/s downlink. Give me my goddamned bandwidth kthxbye. I guess I’ve been spoiled with my upwards of 10mb/s Cogeco connection back in Niagara Falls, but really, this is a little too horrible for what I’m paying. I’ll have to give Rogers a ring and share my mind.

You’d think that all things technology would decrease in price as time goes by right? Wrong. I think RAM is one of the only parts of a computer that’s heavily commoditized. That means it doesn’t just generally trend downwards. It’s heavily influenced by supply and demand and the prices customers (me) pay can vary quite wildly over a short time frame. Take for example, well, right now. RAM prices are sky high. Towards the end of last month (August) when I started budgeting parts for a new computer, 2x1GB DDR2 800 was going to cost $200 give or take $20. Now that exact same model of RAM is pushing $300. Yes, that’s right. One month and a full 50% higher prices. Now the question is, where does RAM prices go from here? I hardly want to shell out $300 only to have it drop back down in a couple weeks. On the other hand, it could rise even further. Decisions, decisions.

I’ll end it off with some comments about the new John Mayer album, Continuum. At first I wasn’t terribly impressed by it, but after listening to it over the past week or so, it’s really growing on me. Generally, his lyrics are quite a bit more mature. This is exemplified by my favorite song (mmmm, I’ll regret saying that) from this album: Belief. I’ll indulge you with the lyrics. I’d suggest go getting the album if you enjoyed his previous stuff.

“Belief” – John Mayer

Is there anyone who ever remembers
changing their mind from the paint on a sign?,
is there anyone who really recalls
ever breaking rank at all
for something someone yelled real loud one time?
oh, everyone believes
in how they think it oughta be
oh, everyone believes
and they’re not going easily

Belief is a beautiful armor
but makes for the heaviest sword
like punching underwater
you never can hit who you’re trying for
some need the exhibition
and some have to know they tried
it’s the chemical weapon
for the war that’s raging on inside
oh, everyone believes
from emptiness to everything
oh, everyone believes
and no one’s going quietly

We’re never gonna win the world
we’re never gonna stop the war
we’re never gonna beat this
if belief is what we’re fighting for

We’re never gonna win the world
we’re never gonna stop the war
we’re never gonna beat this
if belief is what we’re fighting for

Is there anyone who can remember
ever surrender with their life on the line?

We’re never gonna win the world
we’re never gonna stop the war
we’re never gonna beat this
if belief is what we’re fighting for

We’re never gonna win the world
we’re never gonna stop the war
we’re never gonna beat this
if belief is what we’re fighting for

What puts a hundred thousand children in the sand?
belief can, belief can
What puts a folded flag inside his mother’s hand?
belief can, belief can

Point Form

Since it’s getting to the point where I can’t spend long periods of time writing, regularly at least, I’ve decided to ditch the paragraphs and prose and settle for a point form summary of any substantial things during my day. So, I’ll start with yesterday.

  • Super warm and nice for the third day in a row
  • Played ultimate frisbee again
  • Walked and got lost on the way to a guy’s house…
  • Wasted an hour and a half of my life searching and watching Gunther music videos.

That last point warrants a bit of explanation. So my friend messages me and tells me, “Search up Gunther in Google videos.” So I do and it’s like rediculously funny. So I wait until later, get all the guys from residence here and we go watch all these music videos. So, if you’ve got about half an hour (we took way longer cause we just needed to find more… which proved to be tricky) go to Google Video and search up Gunther. You’ll know what you’re looking for when you find it. Needless to say, you should probably avoid watching in public (it’s not pr0n or anything, but it’s… European) both because of a bit of content but also because you’re going to look retarded laughing your ass off.

Enjoy, and my work report isn’t going at all. About 4 pages more in 3 days. 😐