There's this Flying Burrito Brothers song, it goes, "Once upon a time, you let me feel you deep inside...". It's kind of disgusting if you think about it. It pops into my head every once in a while. It popped into my head right before I typed the above. I hope it pops into your head now. Because I hate you. If you haven't heard the song, I hope you imagine what it might sound like and get it stuck in your head.
I'm considering getting Viktory II, per our discussion, because it seems kind of fun, but it's pricey and I don't know just how often I will ever end up playing it. I was never much of a gaming "geek". I enjoyed playing games occasionally and found them fun, but never got into anything that lasted terribly long times or had much complexity. Settlers of Catan is about as complex as I go. I was in the Strategic Games Club in high school, but the hardcore gamers (D&D types) weren't in it. In fact, there were a bunch of football players in it. The crowd was a pretty good fit, since time restrictions and general will kept it to the sort of games I enjoy: not hard-core D20 or obscure war games or terribly abstract European games, but competitive, short, relatively-simple games (occasionally a Risk game would begin, but I shied away from those). Like Settlers of Catan. Anyway, my point is that I don't get around to playing games socially that often - chess is different - and I don't know whether the purchase would justify itself.
So, apparently a standard way of doing things in the business world is to have a database dump something somewhere, to take it in Excel and do stuff with it, and then put the graphs into a powerpoint presentation and then have it all update every month or quarter in an unreasonable way. I inherited the task of making this a slightly less disgusting process. Without real tools. Well, this is actually vaguely interesting, if only everybody on the team bought in to my methods.
Every time. Every time I go to the bathroom, there's somebody on one of the crappers. There are only 4 guys on the floor, the other entire half of the floor is empty. The other day, there were three guys taking up the crappers. None of them worked on our floor. Whatte. The. Swyve.
One thing that's always gotten me is when people aren't satisfied with something or are annoyed with something you do, but never tell you until it either makes them snap or it's far too late to do anything about it. Some people are simply the sort of people that do that. I'm the sort of person who will keep doing something if, the first few times it happens, there are no adverse reactions. By the time anybody says anything, it's already habit and it's hard to tell which part, really, they are annoyed with. Y'know, whatever it is, whether it's odd nicknames, whistling at the desk, sexual technique, never doing any work, writing embarrassing notes on facebook walls, flatulence, whatever, you know... It's just not a great mix of personality types. I'm more than willing to change before it's too late.
You hear that?
Let us go then, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky like a patient etherised upon a table... I talked quite a bit about reciting poetry the other night. I mentioned how in Sanskrit we had to memorize a poem every week, a different form every week, and we had CD recordings of an old man who sounded like he would breath his last after he finished chanting, so I rarely used the recordings and instead just remembered how we did it in class. I forgot to mention how he would sometimes hit high notes, and when, for the oral final, we were required to recite one of the poems, a friend of mine tried to hit the high note and the instructly just drily said, after a pathetic failure, "You don't have to hit the high note." That was one of the best classes ever. He drove us so hard and the people around me drove so hard, I felt like a slacker because I was barely keeping my nose above water, but I was getting like 95% in the class. It was a great environment. That's the sort of situation I thrive in. Extremely high expectations, extremely accomplished people around me. I nearly drown and I can't quite keep up with everybody else or the expectations, really, but when you step back and look, objectively, what came out, it's top notch and I wasn't that far behind.
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