Just Sweat It Out

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on August 31, 2008

For some reason, I remember my dad telling me that it’s good to sweat things out. I’m not sure if he really told me this or not, but it sounds like the kind of thing he’d believe in. I was still woozy-sick at the time, but I thought it’d be a good idea to go out and get some sun. So, I took the bike out for a very easy hour. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t that hard to keep the effort on the low side. In the end, it was probably a good idea. I did feel a little better afterwards.

I heard Masi is going to change the color of the bike I want to get for commuting. Shame. Maybe that’s a good reason to get it now? I do have a tax refund owing to me…

I’ve been casting about for an awesometastic secret project and can’t quite seem to come up with much. Maybe a to-do list manager? I’ve never found one that I like. Some sort of social bookmarking/status/microblogging thing? Actually, my team at work could use something like that…


On leave

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on August 30, 2008

I got an e-mail from the graduate school today notifying me that they have approved my request for a two semester leave of absence. Apparently, I can request another two semesters as well, for four semesters in total. This is neither good news nor bad news, but it does mean that I can defer having to make a decision about permanently withdrawing from my Ph.D. for a little while longer.

If I had to make a decision today, I’d probably just withdraw. While I like research, I need to do it in an environment where I can take my ideas out and actually develop something that gets used everyday. Building things is what I like doing. My new job lets me do that. While I don’t see myself there for the rest of my working life, it’s a good start and a good experience.

I ran 11 miles Monday night. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve racked up single digits on a run in… oh, probably a year. It pretty much wiped me out. I might have been harboring a cold, though. Tuesday night I was still a little laggy and tired and the bike was not at all inspiring. Wednesday I felt worse, Thursday a little worse, and then I woke up today and just could not get out of bed. I had that woozy-weak feeling you get when you have the flu. So much for long weekends.


Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on August 28, 2008

I found two eerily accurate descriptions of…me.

Do you know any programmers that exhibit these personality traits?

How to get the most out of your eccentric programmer/”genius”

I don’t consider myself a “genius”, but a lot of those pieces does ring true. I can become downright obsessive about something, especially if I am learning a new skill or technology. Maybe that’s why grad school didn’t work out so well? I’m not so much interested in learning about the world, as I am in learning how to build things that will change it. Well, something like that.

On Typography

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on August 2, 2008

In high school, I lived and breathed graphic design. I would spend hours reading about the history of it, and even more time just looking at it. Not having access to much photography or illustration, when I did my own design projects, they were heavily typographic.