Pushkin, Debian, Slackware, Joni Mitchell, & The PATRIOT Act
Sometime I will feel like working on something at night, sometimes else I feel quite lazy. Last night I was "translating" Pushkin's 'Prophet' with some success (amply aided by my many reference books and not a little cheating). Of course my version was so beautiful, which is why it is not posted on this site! I was working nicely, concentrating on making nice letters, even. Unfortunately, this stupid addiction to tinkering with my computer kicked in. See, I tried to make the switch to Debian. It's really a nice distro - I guess I am just a slackware kinda guy. So, tonight I went back to Slack. It's so nice and familiar. Work - hmmm. Well, it depends alot on the particular day and whether I have listened to the news &&/! stock market reports lately. I keep thinking that really I ought to pack it in; just go try to get a nice quite cooking job somewhere. Strange, that I keep thinking this. I didn't really ever intend on making SysAdminning a career. I wanted to get into it for a while, but the money is really not all that. Gosh, I sure am confused. This is no doubt a lovely revelation to my present (and potentially, future) employers. Ah! Well, maybe they don't find this site. Bush is in Prague for a NATO summit. I *wonder* what they could be talking about. The PATRIOT Act was ratified today. I think I hate the world when I think of this. Democracy - whatever that was - ... well, the t-word springs to mind. For all we know, the prisoners down in Guantanamo Bay could be in mass graves now. Who would be the wiser? Well... at least I am warm, dry, and well-fed. It occurs to me that if I really believe that we are in process of transitioning to a police state (and some would argue that we are already there) it is foolish for me to mention such an idea in such a traceable and open forum. But then, things tend to be let go (and with good reason: why create the potential for a story on the news?) Forgive me my paranoia. I've been paying attention to some things at the expense of the flowers. It's pretty corny, I know. But lately I have been drinking tea instead of coffee and listening to Joni Mitchell to wake up instead of NPR. I feel happier this way. I am a manager. I am a really shitty manager. I don't really know what to do with authority, I guess. At least, it's difficult for me to distinguish between my own shortcomings and a defeatist environment. Oooogaa-boooogaa. 'I wish I was home again, at home in my heart again...' (Eric Bogle) I ordered the new Katell Keineg EP today. Nice... She is so good!