Laptop Alive

I am so filled with joy! This post is being made from my old IBM t23 laptop (my favorite laptop) after it died earlier this February. I also have the privilege now to brag that my laptop works because I soldered it together.

I like my ibm laptop so much because it is my first functional laptop that I picked out specifically. It\’s only a 1.13ghz pentium 3 but it performs like a champ.

At one point I got a cousin mad because I suggested that a dell or walmart pc would work for him but not for me. It wasn\’t cpu performance it was preferences — like the great wifi antennas in the screen and the little tiny led to light up the keyboard. That and it was not heavy and had a pretty good battery life.

I like my laptop a lot!

Anyway, so I found out about the probable lose coil after searching on ebay for a new motherboard. I wish I would have found out about this the last time that my motherboard died! Here is a link to the full description: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=21979

Christians Religion

I\’m tired of Christians failing to have Christ like attitudes when it comes to life. It is probably one of the biggest struggles that I have with religion that so many of my fellow believers so obviously fail to understand some of the basics.

Responsibility

First, many Christians fail at the responsibility parts of life. In a world where we are supposed to treat everybody like a brother, a lot of people just act lazily and expect somebody else to do their work! This is not the Christian thing to do! You didn\’t read about Jesus not throwing away his trash, littering. attracting bugs, or being haphazard.

Worst of all, this is a perfect area that Atheists, Agnostics, and other (non)-religions can show off. How well you handle yourself is most people\’s only insights into your life, and shows exactly how much power you and your faith have over your own circumstances.

Worrying

This strikes a particular accord as I expect my Mom to worry about me, but she very much unneccesarrily does so and is very struck by the horror news and predjudices of what is dangerous without much actual knowledge about the situation.

A giant argument that I have with mainstream Christianity is about heaven and hell! I feel like somebody who is truly happy with the lives they are living should be fine with the prospect of dieing! Nay! The Christian right are perhaps the most protective. This hits right on with the stance on abortion — if life has begun and all babies go to heaven isn\’t an abortion actually saving a baby from the perils of the world, the freewill actions neccesary to go to hell, and sending them right to eternal paradise? Too often, the afterlife is a selling point about christianity even though nothing about it is known and most Christians will tell you that you won\’t even be yourself as you know it, but your spirit with no wanton desires ~ so why sell on it as opposed to being happy through serving others while you are in the world…. like Jesus.

Sex and Smoking

In Christian SIngles (a magazine that my mom brings me) there is an article about a smoking boyfriend. Smoking tobacco is a drug and known to have a correlation with cancer. While the magazine doesn\’t say that there is anything wrong with smoking (read destroying God\’s temple) it stresses on sexual purity (read becoming one temple in Christ.) The way I see it, smoking should be considered a much worse thing for your temple (addictive, cancerous, attitude adjusting) than sexual impurity (burns calories, releases happy chemicals to serve others, reduces chances of cancer.) For those (like me) with sexual purity saved for that future partner, smoking means that you could die many years earlier and miss out sharing that life — which negates any idea of respect.

My Gmail was Hacked

This semster I am in three computer science classes: Information Security, Intro to Database Systems, and Computing and Society. Information security is by far the most interesting (and geeky.)

So even though I\’m in this interesting information security class, I had a weak as heck password on my gmail that allowed it to be brute forced. It was only 7 alpha characters :(. Anyway, so I got two emails at my GaTech account that were saying \”check out this new electronics site\” from Stephen. At first I was really afraid — that I had somehow installed a virus in Linux (it\’s only barely possible.) Then I worried that in putting my music or pictures on the web I symlinked the wrong folder — but I couldn\’t find any contacts in those files (oops I had torrents on my www for a while that Google cached.) Finally I a sent mail in gmail account so it seems fairly localized.

To brag about my information security class some more; I\’m apparently the only one who has seen real life hacks! Heres a surprising piece of info, I\’m a Management Major and have more sharable experience (and make fine geek jokes) as well as the rest of the Computer Science majors. That and nobody else has Linux like installed and customized (much less are they building the kernels.) Anyway, so to the point, our presentation assignment was to share hacks, one swiss guy shared some experience writing windows password grabbers — I shared on website files being uploaded and locked out — and everybody else has shared about newspaper incidents (when the project suggested using your own experience). So anyway, I got some CS credit.

I also wrote the longest programs (with functions) that I have ever written in python and C this week. They sort of work, but to go from not knowing either to writing several hundred lines is pretty amazing in my book. Granted I\’m not programming modules in linux yet, but I understand how to manipulate files, iterate, intake arguments, out, and time. Pretty intense for somebody who has only touched PHP and MySQL in four years.

Last night I went on a date to screen on the green (for ET) we couldn\’t really see the movie, but she was really fun. She kind of says anything that comes to her head whether or not I consider it publicly acceptable. I learned a lot about her personal life — and that\’s fun; I guess I need to work on sharing my life? No, I think I share my life enough (though I do have a private blog post here for alone).

Ron Paul Drops Out — Impeachment? — Politics

Interesting news recently in the fields of Politics.

Ron Paul, the person who I voted for and supported for the Republican Nomination finally dropped out today to begin a new \’Campaign for Liberty\’ that will mostly focus on the same topics as his campaign and books – seeking the liberty and truth that we really should have as Americans but ignore that we don\’t have. It was a good campaign I think, especially when he didn\’t take last in some primaries. It has long been mathematically impossible for him to win, but by staying in he kept showing that some people do care. His large amounts of donations that he had to spend also showed how devoted some people are to the better message of politics.

In case you haven\’t read it online or seen it on CSPAN, Dennis Kucinich recently read articles of impeachment against G.W. Bush. While Pelosi insists the will of the people is not to waste time on impeachment (um, 27% approval ratings are pretty low and demonstrate the will of the people) I think that it is about time for this to be heard. Unfortunately, none of the media channels are picking it up. Having the ability to impeach demonstrates that we are Americans — and while it may not be best for the economy or the fairness of election cycles to have a full blown trial and investigation it would prove that we are still a functional democratic republic to at least continue in the process.

Talking about G.W. Bush and the Fox, CBS, ABC and other key news channels, John Stewart of the daily show pointed out something awful recently: A highly anticipated government report on entering the Iraq War was released saying that the administration obviously created some of their own links between terrorists/nuclear arms and Iraq.Daily Show Iraq Lies Phase II

Other things that I want to mention are the media\’s distractions! The family guy dig\’em statue gay marriage ban was on tonight and it echos with this phase two report barely being mentioned. First, why did we not look into being misled into the Iraq war in the 2004 election? We were too busy debating gay marriage! Gay marriage does not actively kill people or cost 500 billion dollars. Immigration is a distraction, that plays on racism — there are plenty of less productive Americans than migrant workers at least as I see it — not to mention that less than 100 years ago any of the states where immigration is the worst actually used to be part of Mexico!

To talk about the TSA no longer requiring IDs to fly unless you show intent to forget it — what do IDs have to do with security as far as 9/11 went? All of the 9/11 terrorists had legal IDS and presumably went through the same security all people went through in airport security in 2001. Did the security miss the whole box cutter thing, yes, but for the most part this \”security\” was already being enacted. Then there is the whole water bottle thing, TERRORIST organizations haves billions of dollars and connections, could they really not sneak something into a vendor cart if they tried? Not to mention that the TSA is about 70% more likely to find your bottle of water than they are to find an actual bomb (from their internal tests.)

It\’s all about distractions people, you are being manipulated by your lack of critical thinking skills? For what reason, I can\’t tell – but certain things do not add up.

Sleep Cycles

I think that we all know that our lives follow cycles. SOme are good cycles some are bad. I suppose it\’s like \”there is a season turn turn turn\” but to a more micro level.

I\’m trying to come out of a laziness and up late cycle right now. This summer I have been waking up at eleven or noon and barely making it to classes — wasting time reading the news (or facebook) and the staying up until three or four a.m.

I don\’t feel very good about myself when I consider this a waste of some life, so I\’m trying to get back on the good cycle.

I feel best about myself when I sleep very little (Garrett may laugh at this) but really, last September when I was arranging the Water Ski tournament and living a full life iwth a 9:30 am class I felt great about myself. I would sometimes nap for an hour in the afternoon – but I was going nearly 20 hours of the day. This is much like last Summer abroad (more on this later?) but work had me working from 8am until Midnight at minimum and often until two in the morning — meaning that I was getting 16 to 18 hours out of the day in work (I played some too.) This reminds me of Atlanta Fest two years ago where I worked full time (12-8am) napped for two hours and then went to Atlanta Fest at 6 flags (12pm-12am) — and it didn\’t really bother me in the least until long after where I tried to keep up.

Maybe being sleepier or less flexible in the cycle is a sign of my age. But I doubt it.

Anyway, my goal is to start waking up at 8 and I\’ll probably stay up until midnight or one. This will put me on the most human schedule. I really need to master the 30 minute nap again.

By the way, hats off to Amrit for working out with me, that\’s how I\’ve realized I\’ve been getting weaker in the current cycle. I\’ve been waking up so late that I haven\’t need a lunch between noon and 5pm.