I must be more careful

Sep. 22nd, 2017 02:58 am
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I've gone through this semester and it's been okay so far, with a small complication with database management. Again, this is one of those courses that provides useful information, but falls outside of my main focus area. At least some programming-like stuff is involved. I just wish we would get to it faster and not spend so much time on the less useful "theory." I don't know if I'm ever personally going to need to know about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Normal forms. How to fix SQL errors is something that is needed. At least we have written *some* SQL. I don't understand the teacher's like of the Visio product, but I'm sure her methods are useful for visual learners. (I am not a visual learner.)

I am having one problem that comes partly from carelessness and that's with the Linux server administration class. I am not bad at using Linux, but my grades so far do not reflect that. Part of the issue is the teacher's insistence on using fill in the blanks for online tests. It doesn't work for a class where there are about 3 right answers to everything!  I've pointed out some examples where I had a question right to her but the quiz software marked it wrong. I have not heard back from her about it.

As for routing and switching, I need to be careful of my  resentment of this class. Every networking class I have to take is only offered at night and I need this class broken up into smaller chunks.  It's also annoying that they offer it at a time when you can't ride the bus home, which is useful for someone who doesn't currently have their own vehicle. I don't know if it's offered online, but I know I wouldn't want to take it online. It'd be even worse than the one economics class I took that was offered at night.

As far as everything else goes, I spent last Saturday putting together a new computer. It's finally up and running.  I hurt for a few days afterwards and I was surprised by how much sweating I did when putting it together. I think this was just my chronic illness reminding me that I still have it.  I can almost forget sometimes, but that's mostly due to medication and not overdoing things. 

As for Borderlands, I can't see why people like it so much. It's a lot of unnnecesary coordination manuevers. Fallout with its VATS system is far superior, but to each their own.  

I've also encountered a game called Space Engineers, which seems to be Minecraft in space. It's still in beta, but I liked the basic concept, which is using a lot of actual physics and real engineering concepts to build things. It also seems to be set up to be a lot that you can do.  I do wish the "tutorial" missions were not so combat-oriented, and instead focused on building a base. I suppose, like Minecraft, it will develop a dedicated fan base. Minecraft, however, is written in Java and can run on many different computer types. Space Engineers is written in a completely different language.

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 I am up after sleeping a few hours for the second night in a row. I don't think it's a matter of me not getting enough sleep. I think it's just a matter of my sleep patterns being interrupted, and I can only blame myself for this. I shouldn't have gotten so caught up in the Fallout storylines, and shouldn't have thought about the way they treat the non-feral ghouls as being a statement for racism, or my live for K-L-E-0 being an anti-trans joke that backfired on the developers. (But don't worry, she only tests the weapons she sells on people that deserve it.)  It would be nice if there were more of an option for a more pacifist run, which you *can* do in Fallout New Vegas.  

In any case, I hope I can get back to sleep tonight. I've avoided playing video games tonight to try to reset my system clock, but it's not that easy. It might be easier if I were not know in front of my computer. But it seems that once again, I'm seeing the Trump administration and its continued failures at being compassionate human beings. I suppose the latest problem is the administration trying to end DACA. I just don't see the point of punishing the children for the actions -- or crimes if you want -- of the parents. The children had no choice. It's like punishing humanity forever or at least for thousands because two people ate an apple they weren't supposed to.  It's tempting to blame this on Mike Pence's influence, but I don't believe even Mike Pence is that terrible of a person. His boss, on the other hand, is definitely as bad as he seems to be.

I am getting back in the swing of things, but I have to admit I didn't do as well on a routers and switching test tonight as I would have liked. It's true I'm not interested in computer networking, but it does have some relevance for a server administrator. I think one of the classes should be replaced with C for people on the Linux path, since knowing more Cisco IOS commands isn't all that useful.  (Not Apple iOS. They are completely different things. Cisco IOS came about first.)  Laying cables will have to be a task left to someone else. I also dislike that these courses are only offered at night so I can't ride the city bus back home even if I wanted to.

Now, well, to the person worried that it's a video card problem on their Mac -- it's actually possible, but I wouldn't start with fixing that option.  But if the air duster doesn't work, it'd probably be a good idea to take it to an Apple store. It could be a problem with the power supply  or the cpu fan. 

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 http://acecake.news/index.php/2017/09/08/111/

I'm just going to link to it.  I've seen all the arguments over the past few years. While I don't like taking down confederate statues (I support putting up plaques reminding eveyone that they were put up as a racist statement during the Jim Crowe era), I am even more sick of people who think that their right to free speech resolves them of any responsibility for their actions.