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Posted on 2007.02.28 at 03:00
Current Location: 63114
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And now, a word about schpydurx. To open this forum, I'll admit, I don't understand these Gen X'ers (or Y'ers or whatver the hell 'they' are being called these days). Sure I was young, and had periods of confusion because I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. But this whole angsty "I'm angry at the world because I'm retarded." just doesn't sit well with me. If you're angry because you're retarded, let's start with working on NOT being retarded. And if we can't fix that, then christ man, let's at least work on NOT being angry because of it. But that's just it, isn't it? Is it considered 'cool' to be retarded, to appear incapable of making decisions, or to follow through on the one's you have?

Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir.

But if that truly were the case, then why all the angst? Why all the frustration over your imagined oppression? And I'll be the first to tell you that your own stupidity has brought this on you. I won't pander to your depressive ways. I understand that life is a stage, BUT NOT EVERY PLAY IS A TRAGEDY! Dry those emo-tears, pony boy. No one else is going to make you happy - is that what you're waiting for? Its all on you, dude, and the rest of the world? We've evolved. You'd do best to try and keep up.

Case in point - a conversation I had with our young friend earlier this week:

schpydurx: I too am the eternal optimist. However, I am first and foremost a realist who realizes that life is shit and what can go wrong will go wrong. Therefore, I plan for the worst and if something better comes along, then hey, that's cool too. It's called contingency.

ehowton: I too am the eternal optimist. However, I am first and foremost a realist...
This contradicts itself.

...life is shit and what can go wrong will go wrong.
This is called a 'pessimist.' The opposite of an 'optimist.' Are you an optimist, a realist, or a pessimist? And you think I'm confused?

I plan for the worst and if something better comes along...
This is the most retarded way to do things I've ever seen. I think I just found the root cause of all your problems. Dude, you prepare for the worst, yes, but the flip side of that is expect the best! You dismiss a very important facet of this. Furthermore, that's a dumb contingency! A better contingency would be to prepare for multiple scenarios. But not you! You 'prepare for the worst' by waiting for something better to come along? YOU FUCKING PACIFIST! Grab the bull by the horns and go do something!

By getting this rare peek into the post-pubescent mindset, I see that inaction is the number one cause of his discontent. I'd like to offer him some advice here, publicly: It is better to do something, and fail, than to succeed at doing nothing.

There are often many different courses of action you could take given any particular circumstance, that's a given. And understanding that doing nothing at all is quite possibly the worse thing you could do, what do you do? Well, its really quite easy. Weigh the pro's and con's, pick one, and DO IT. Just...fscking...DO IT! Now then, there is a certain element of risk involved doing things this way, and occasionally you will fail. That's OK! If you never failed, YOU'D NEVER LEARN! Failing is a very, very important part of learning, often overlooked. Anyway, here's the clincher, the coup de tête if you will, which will make your every desire come true: Once you start taking these small risks, and begin a life of action, each next decision comes easier. And with the lessons learned from each event, you gain more experience, and the next one becomes easier. Its a cycle of success.

Those analysis droids only focus on symbols. Huh! I should think that you Jedi would have more respect for the difference between knowledge and... wisdom.

If you leave here with only one thing, please make it this: GET YOUR FAT ASS OFF THE COUCH AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!




its 2300 and I just finished a bowl of chili with Town House® Bistro™ Corn Bread Crackers. I crawled out of bed, brought my Vaio UX280P down with me, and cracked a beer. I went to bed at 2000 hours because I was tired and my eyes were burning and I wanted to catch up on some sleep but - that's not going to happen. It all began yesterday just as I arrived home...

The phone beeped and I was being paged to a Nationwide emergency meeting to battle a virus outbreak. I was up until 0200. Sure I slept in a little bit this morning, but it took me three cups of coffee to jump-start myself and at the conclusion of a very busy day I found myself wide awake in bed.

So I brought my minuscule little toy with me and loaded on it all the apps I would need to do remote unix administration with and had fun secure shell'ing into my box, chatting on tiny-AIM with galinda822, and bringing teh max0r across on vnc. Its fun, and convenient, and yes, you can post while laying flat on your back. The screen is bright, vibrant and sharp! But I wouldn't suggest it. While the stylus is fantastic, and the touch screen consistent in its ability, the font is so small that using the built-in "mouse" works much faster. However, there's no good position in which to lay while using the QWERTY keyboard. The stylus isn't meant to push the tiny buttons, and the fingers have difficulty because of a lack of tactile response. In short, I wouldn't suggest this as your daily tool. Unless of course you need to vpn via your wireless home network and solve unix jobs all without having to lift your head from your pillow - then its well worth its weight in gold!






I was trying to get ampache working again the other night. I had assumed it was my NFS which was causing the catalog to not populate from the mounted volume, but that turned out to not be the case. Let me explain. For giggles, I fired up apache on teh max0r (an odd experience in itself) and installed ampache. Everything came up great, except the population of the catalog. Hmmmm. I then symlinked it to the root dir or the web server, still to no avail. Now, I know I've been away from sysadmin'ing awhile, but I wasn't expecting to delete songs within my mounted directory by use of the rm command! As soon as I saw the disc activity on my iTunes volume, I CTRL-C'd my way out of it. Yes, the symlink was still there, and yes, it was systematically deleting my songs within the mounted directory. Over 500 songs lost in a blink of the eye. I'll bring the dual-layer burner home again this weekend.

Comments:


This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2007-02-28 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Whered the wallpaper come from? Nexus?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-28 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I remembered. I have it on my collection of Desktop Wallpaper on my Gallery server here if you'd like it: http://darkvoyager.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=4059
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-28 23:04 (UTC) (Link)
schpydurx is a generation Y as in (WHY?) like my nephew Timmy. Why should I do anything? Why should I work? I am owed everything. So why don't you work and give all your money to me. That is generation Y who are in their early twenties and under.

We would be generation X had we chosen to join those unwashed, dirty plaid wearing neo-hippies!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-28 23:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for that insightful clarification.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-28 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
Most welcome!!!!
snapper521 at 2007-03-01 05:08 (UTC) (Link)
I'm TECHNICALLY generation Y, but I dont have the same mentality as they do. Just for the clairification...

Muh folks taught me that you never deserve anything you have until you work for it. So... thats what I do. Probably end up SUPPORTING people in the Y, but... I guess I'll have to just deal because I refuse to become like that.
irulan_amy at 2007-03-01 01:02 (UTC) (Link)
You know, I'm not sure what generation I'm in. Not that I would take offense on behalf by any means...what you said makes absolute sense.

"And understanding that doing nothing at all is quite possibly the worse thing you could do, what do you do?"

This is a very valid (and good!) question, and it seems a fair number would rather complain than take action. I know I'm guilty of it sometime (my current roomie situation I think), but that's more because I like to avoid conflict...still.

I go back and forth on optimism. I definitely have my moments, but overall I think I tend to be cynical...

ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-01 01:15 (UTC) (Link)
Cynicism can exist in any of the three predications, and with my predilection towards it, I'm living proof. Furthermore I tend not to view temporary negative events (such as that with your roommate for example) as denoting your lifeview. That's life, and you have a goal and plan of action towards overcoming it - that's the difference, and you ma'am, have it!
galinda822 at 2007-03-01 04:03 (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful words of wisdom! Hopefully everyone can take something with them after reading this.

I wouldn't say that I've never been of the mindset of not taking any control of my life but sometimes it's very difficult to get myself motivated. All in all I think I've been successful though.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-01 04:16 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the kind words, but I hesitate to call this ideological ass-rape 'wonderful.' Still, if he takes some of it to heart, it will have all been worth it.

As far as your self-assessment, you used the word, 'sometime' which sets you apart from the terminally apathetic ;)
galinda822 at 2007-03-02 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
You just can't take a compliment can you?

I wouldn't use the word 'apathetic' for myself...more like cautious!!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-02 01:29 (UTC) (Link)
In all honesty, I just wanted to work in 'ideological ass-rape' in somewhere. So I do appreciate your compliment.

And I wouldn't dare call you apathetic! My connotation was that those who are, never self-motivate.
snapper521 at 2007-03-01 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
*grin*

Tomas requested I read this to him last night since he's having computer difficulties.

You should have heard him laugh!! Haha. He finds humor in the oddest places sometimes...
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-01 05:05 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps I'll one day post about his strengths. That's one of them.
snapper521 at 2007-03-01 05:13 (UTC) (Link)

Strengths

If you were to post about his strengths kind sir, he would be confused, for if you haven't noticed, he seems to enjoy being put down by you. And now I guess he also has come to enjoy me putting him down since he realized I DO have a sense of humor once in a blue moon. But usually when I slap him up it freaks him out so that he isnt sure I'm teasing or not. *laugh* Which I find funny in and of itself.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-01 05:15 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Strengths

I don't put him down. Its called, 'Tough Love.'
snapper521 at 2007-03-01 05:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Strengths

Same thing, differant name.

In lehmans terms its lovingly putting someone down or verbally beating up on them.

My mom and I do a constant bantering like you and he do. It is kind of a love language, but we both know when enough is enough. There has been hurt on both sides because our teasing has been to rough. Which is actually why I generally shy away from the "loving put down" because it always seems to cause hurt feelings.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-01 06:00 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Strengths

Number of times Tomas has thought I was pissed at him: 45

Number of times I was actually pissed at him: 0
snapper521 at 2007-03-01 06:56 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Strengths

*laughs* Eric you actually kept a tally of how many times? Your unbelieveable!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-01 20:13 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Strengths

Yes, he's quite unbelievable!!!
snapper521 at 2007-03-02 02:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Strengths

Without a doubt!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-02 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm all a-titter waiting on this post.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-04-15 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
How very fucking appplicable. I think I'll do it TODAY (then come back here and edit this comment to include the link...)
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