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November 22nd, 2010


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05:19 pm
Birthdays galore. Geez people -- didn't your parents have sex on a day that wasn't St. Phil's day?!

Possibly the best tattoo + photo I've ever seen:


I've come to the conclusion that second-order thought is absent from our society. People perform acts without considering what will happen immediately after they perform that act. For example, someone attempted to make a left turn in front of me in a parking lot. They would have only made about half the turn, owing to the traffic build up. Worse, they would have blocked my path straight ahead in their self-centered haste.

This is a pattern I see more and more. There is a high correlation between smartphone use and this sort of behavior. It used to be OK once in a while. Someone did something boneheaded, you rolled your eyes at them, and you got on with life. Now everyone's doing it. I believe this is why people think we're getting dumber as a society. No one bothers concentrating on things anymore. I think the ability to focus on something is highly underrated and one's presumed expertise at a given task without focusing on it is highly overrated.

It's like we're all stuck in Piaget's concrete operational stage.

Turkey day is quickly approaching. It's tomorrow in fact. My sister will turn 37 and I will laugh and laugh and laugh at how much older she is than me.

Thanksgiving is a few days after that. I'll be in LA for it. I'm aiming to catch up with divine_delirium for a bit on Sunday on the way back up. stonesundial has agreed to wumpus-sit which is awfully kind of her, considering it's such short notice.

Dad turned 73 on the 20th. I couldn't help but think that 73 (--... ...--) is Morse shorthand for "goodbye". I hope not. I'd be disappointed if I didn't get to call him a triple quarter, all things considered. I got him a set of beautiful books on the SR-71 -- which I may have mentioned previously.

I got to dust off some old brain cells today. A cow-orker was trying to install CentOS on a system which has Fedora on it. Moreover, he's trying to dual boot. Because Fedora uses LVM, he needed to "repartition" things. Not knowing for sure whether or not CentOS would install on a logical volume, I ended up having to reduce the size of the file system, shrink the logical volume, resize the physical volume allocation, and then repartition the hard disk itself. I haven't honestly touched LVM in at least six years -- when I put boogeyman together and decided I needed to attach some of the boot disk to the RAID for a few measly gigabytes.

That's all I've got for now. Time for me to read over some more VM code. I think I'm going to try posting smaller bits in LJ for a while to get myself back in the habit of posting things that are slightly larger than a thought and smaller than a short story.

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From:philled2thebrim
Date:November 23rd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
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perhaps my lack of smartphone is the reason i can still function without almost killing anyone on a daily basis with driver ineptitude.
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From:testing4l
Date:November 23rd, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
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I continue to reserve judgement about the drivers in LA. They were fine when I left. I see no reason they wouldn't continue to be.
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From:testing4l
Date:November 23rd, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
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It wasn't that bad the last time I was there.

To be fair, I have been well schooled in the ancient art of "This is a terrible time to be on the freeway, so I will take a surface street instead." As near as I can tell, it is because of that training that everyone who goes to LA with me wonders where all the traffic is.
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From:philled2thebrim
Date:November 23rd, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
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well, i do not use the freeway hardly ever, and i live on the west side. so! i am speaking of city-street drivers.
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From:testing4l
Date:November 23rd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
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But LA's just a great big freeway!
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From:philled2thebrim
Date:November 24th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
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i live like ten minutes away from where i work. *shrug*
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From:promiseoftin
Date:November 23rd, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, people are definitely getting dumber - but what's worse is that society is celebrating that. I have a feeling "Idiocracy" really hit the nail on the head.
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From:testing4l
Date:November 23rd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
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It got it right, but for the wrong reason. It's not a matter of genetics; it's our obsession with gadgets.

(And seriously -- we're obsessed with pretty crappy gadgets. No phone comes even close to a tricorder or other gadget of sci-fi.)

I'm inclined to think that "Idiocracy" isn't the model so much as Huxley's "Brave New World".

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