The computer gods are conspiring against me this week.
First my sites get hacked on the 16th, forcing me to squander hours of precious Jade Empire time restoring backups, downloading and installing updates and security patches, and bugging the hell out of all of my web coder buddies for advice, then lightning blows out my cable Internet connection Thursday evening, making it impossible for me to update my blog, continue with script testing at the Illuminators’ Guild site, or even check on the weather for tomorrow’s outing to Busch Gardens Tampa with Chris for his birthday.
Now Firefox just crashed on me with 630 MB of 716 MB of CD 2 of the Mandriva 2005 LE ISO package downloaded and a 95% completed blog post unsaved to my database.
BRB…must go do some push-ups to vent this frustration.
Okay, I feel better now. Nothing like 50 quick push-ups to put things into perspective. I had a roommate once who liked to scream into her pillow when she was frustrated, but that doesn’t do anything for me. I need to run really fast, hit and kick things, or do a lot of pointless Army calisthenics to calm myself down–hard physical activity and subsequent exhaustion are my preferred forms of catharsis. My friend Jason tells me that I respond like a male would to stress.
Anyhow, in my lost post I was waxing poetical about the latest nerdy bee in my bonnet: installing Linux on my desktop system in the second boot partition. It all started when I woke up this morning with the unshakable urge to put Apache, PHP, and MySQL back onto my laptop computer so I could test out and personalize about half a dozen PHP scripts locally before I put them out on the web. Since I was still denied Internet when I woke up, I had to put off downloading the latest and greatest installation packages of said software until at least lunch time, assuming that Brighthouse Networks got the connection up and running again by noon. This gave my brain plenty of time to expand the “Why don’t I set up my own local testing environment using free open source software?” brainstorm into the periodically recurring “Why don’t I set up my own non-Microsoft-dependent box using free, open source Linux?” idea.
So here I am in front of a computer monitor on Friday night installing Apache2Triad on my notebook, downloading the 2005 Limited Edition release ISOs of Mandriva Linux to my desktop system for burning , searching for Linux drivers for my hardware and reading a library copy of Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves instead of joining the rest of the spendy, trendy Friday night herd downtown.
You know you’ve reached the pinnacle of geeky self-acceptance when you can openly admit to the world at large that you’re perfectly happy spending your Friday night at home installing Linux, reading a book about proper punctuation, and kicking virtual ass on the Xbox.
Good night, and I hope you’ve all found your own pieces of happiness, even if no one else around you seems to get it, whether its your devotion to a healthy diet and workout regimen, your views on spending (or not spending), or your non-standard interests. Life is truly too short to waste on worrying about how others might perceive your every move. Do your own thing as long as it makes you happy and doesn’t hurt anyone else, and forget about fitting into the popular norm.
Nutrition: SGX Non-Training Day Menu
(Details omitted by request of trainer)
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter, 1 t. GNC Creastack
Water: 16 cups minimum
11:00 PM Steady-State Run (6-7 mph / 0% incline / 45 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Had a DD French Cruller doughnut this morning. I’d like to say that it was horrible and gave me a tummy ache, but then I’d be lying. It was scrumptious.
1. Cleaned the kitchen.
2. Sorted through all paperwork on desk.
3. Installed Apache, PHP and MySQL on laptop computer.
1. Do one chapter of character modeling book.
2. Read two chapters of NASM book.
3. Install Linux on desktop computer.
4. Set up test environment for PHP scripts on laptop.
5. Make portable snacks for Busch Gardens trip tomorrow.