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By Cloaked User (Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 09:55:02 PM EST) (all tags)
Not people, horses! Why couldn't they have sent a horse on this course? I can't imagine it would have any trouble with the subject matter...

This week I am on a course. I'll spare you the exact details, but it involves portals and Oracle, and a hint of 'corporateness'.

My fucking ISG but it's tedious. The instructor is manic in a somewhat grating sort of way, the material is straightforward, and as usual I get the exercises done in 5-10 minutes then sit bored for the rest of the half an hour we're allowed ("so you can have a go at most of the questions, I don't expect you to finish them all"). To cap it all off there's no canteen (we were handed luncheon vouchers, so at least lunch is paid for) and the machines are locked down tight - no net access, no games, and while the instructor is going through a lesson they're slaved to his machine. That does at least mean that I'm not squinting at a display at the front of the room I guess...

Still, only today and tomorrow left of this course, then I'm on a different one for Thursday and Friday. Of course that's in the same place, with the same instructor, but should at least involve some programming. It's also in pl/sql which I'm pretty new to, but given how challenging this one is at the moment I don't hold out much hope of being stretched...

On the plus side I should be meeting up with Chinese Girl tonight for some drinks. On the down side I was up fairly late last night chatting with $girl, then had some trouble getting to sleep; some of the subject matter was disturbing. Should've known she'd be somewhat 'damaged', almost everyone I'm attracted to turns out to be in one way or another, along with a good percentage of my friends. Either it's me and I just have a sense for them, or almost the entire human race is screwed up...

Anyway, enough procrastination, time I was off - that course isn't going to bore me if I'm sat here.

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two types of people by fleece (4.00 / 6) #1 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 10:16:56 PM EST
  1. screwed up
  2. boring

Actually 3 types. by Evil Cloaked User (4.00 / 5) #2 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 02:26:42 AM EST
I've met people who are simultaneously screwed up and deathly boring.

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quite by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 03:24:19 AM EST
You plucked the thoughts right out of my mind.

BTW, are you likely to be visiting the capital in the next 4 weeks?

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4 weeks? by Evil Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 06:38:27 AM EST
Hmmm. Looks more like 5 or 6. I don't rightly know - you havin' a party?

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heh by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 07:06:30 AM EST
You're behind the times. I'm moving to Switzerland. Checking opportunities for wrapup beers singly or collectively.

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I did actually mean a going-away party. by Evil Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 08:07:33 AM EST
I'm not that behind the times.

I'll see what I can swing.

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probably by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 10:32:53 AM EST
But I was giving you the option to avoid the more tedious people who would attend such a party (staying on topic with the initiating comment).

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I wasn't that bad was I? by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 03:30:19 AM EST

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Not *deathly* boring. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 03:36:20 AM EST
That was me.

In fact, that reminds me, one time in 1985, I was so boring that, no wait, maybe it was 1986, I can't quite remember...

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GAH! by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 04:40:29 AM EST
My ex was exactly like that:

"Oh, on Monday I was driving home, actually it was Tuesday.  Anyway, I was, it was Monday, because I remember talking to my boss about the project before I left.  Oh, but then I talked about that on Wednesday as well, so it could have been then.

Anyway, I was driving home, and as I passed the hospital...ah yes, it was Monday, because I took a different route on Wednesday....."

AND.  SO.  IT.  WOULD.  GO.  ON.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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So, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 04:45:34 AM EST
why's she your ex, then?

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fleece almost has it right. by toxicfur (4.00 / 3) #3 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 02:29:30 AM EST
But there is a third category:

3. screwed up and boring. The worst of both worlds.
inspiritation: the effect of irritating someone so much it inspires them to do something about it. --BuggEye
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That's my experience too by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 07:07:42 AM EST
It doesn't really seem fair though somehow; there really ought to be a "completely fine yet still not boring" fourth option, but while I've met screwed up, boring, and screwed up and boring, I've yet to meet that one...

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.
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