Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sitting here again

Well I am sitting here in the Internet lab at school waiting for class to start (in about 40 minutes).

I drove down early today to make sure I got a parking spot. I couldnt find one on Tuesday so I ended up and parked in a faculty spot and got a ticket. But today the parking lot is only half full (or empty) and there are plenty of places to park.

Class has been going quite well. We are still learning the basics of sketching, measuring, aligning angles and negative space. It's pretty basic stuff, but hey it is drawing 1. At first I wanted to find out if I could skip it, but I guess you cant and it's a pre-req for like 800 other classes.

At any rate it's teaching me to slow down and concentrate on my work. One of the worst problems I have is that I go way too fast. And when you're drawing for precise replication that's not always a good thing to do. There's another guy in my class who's probably on the same level as me, and varying degrees of skills for the other people in the class.

Right now there's a woman sitting in the lab getting help with her laptop from some guy. Seems like he's a school tech of some sort helping her out. She is so totally clueless about how her computer works. It's really the last thing I want to listen to after work. People really need to sit down and learn the basics of how to use a computer and the internet. It's really not that hard if you put forth some effort.

She cant find her short-cut to Internet Explorer (on XP), so she tried to download it again. How you ask? Well she was using Firefox and a version of Netscape. It's like - wtf - Pick a browser and stick with it. You have more internet browsers than you have brain cells at this point.

Now he found that her CD-rom isnt working. He just looked in device manager and it's not installed - on a LAPTOP! When was the last time you lost the driver for your CD-Rom on a laptop, or even on a desktop!

Tech: "So how did you lose the driver for this?"
Woman: "I dont know, yesterday it was there and now it's not."

Yep those crazy computer demons, they snuck in your system and removed the driver files for it. You certainly werent in there messing with shit you had no clue about.

Tech: "So nothing happened to the system at all?"
Woman: "Well I had a virus about a month ago. Nortons didnt catch it and I had to call tech support to get it off."

Of course, a virus. Sure. Now what the hell were you doing to get a virus? Honestly, I dont run anti-spyware or anti-virus software on my computers and I download shit like crazy and do all sorts of stuff and I dont get infected. The BEST thing you can do to keep yourself out of trouble is to THINK and dont just start clicking on shit.

Now he's describing how she should do a System Restore at this point because he cant find the short-cut for Internet Explorer and the CD-Rom driver is missing. Oh but first it looks like he's sharing a nice pirated copy of Microsoft Office with her. She's here, she's a student - we get that shit for free! Ugh.

It's only 5:30 at this point. I dont know how much longer I can sit here and listen to this.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Who ya going to call?

OH yeah a new Ghostbusters game is coming from UK developer Zootfly and it looks sweet. Too bad they came out and said these videos are legit but the game dev is now on hold with no ETA. Damn I gotta bust some ghosts!

Back to School

So here I am - it's 5:30pm and I am back in school. I got here early today and I am sitting in the internet cafe with a bunch of people wasting time. Most of them on MySpace.

My first and only class of this quarter is starting tonight - Drawing 1. I'm pretty excited and I got the "fun" teacher of this class, so it should be good.

I was going to take more classes, but the load last quarter was a lot with work and the commute and with bad weather coming this time of year, I thought one would be enough. Little did I know that global warming would move super fast and make the weather here nice. They blame it on a cylical El Nino', but I dont buy it. I mean sure you can name a trend like this something and say it only comes around every few years but still 2006 was the warmest year on record since we started keeping records and 2007 is predicted to be even warmer still.

New islands and mountains are appearing under arctic ice and the polar bears are sweating their nuts off.

Well instead of continuing this weather rant, I should also mention that 1) these stools we have to sit on royally suck 2) this machine doesnt have Firefox and I forgot just how bad Internet Explorer 6 actually is and 3) well I guess I dont have a 3, but why make a list if you only have 2 things - and I love making a list. I'm conversationally anal so bite me.

I got to drive my Mom's PT Cruiser down to school today because my car's in the shop. It's had some bad fumes coming off of it and I thought it was from a simple crack in the exhaust, but it turns out it's also a fuel line leak. So they are going to be replacing that tomorrow. Which means I get to work from home! YAY! I love working from home. I have a lot of web odds-and-ends to work on and it will be nice to not have the distractions of the office slowing me down.

I guess I should also mention that I arrived early today because I wanted to stop by the bookstore and find out if I needed anything for class. The bookstore woman told me "Yes, you'll need lots of stuff." Great, I thought - "Where is the stuff at?" To which she replied, "Have you been to class yet? Go to your first class and she'll tell you."

She knew what I needed, but thought it best I just show up and find out what I need when I get there. Oh well, I'll have to get them another time.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New Year, New Post

I am still alive, just been busy at work training and having eye problems and havent had the desire to spend much time on the interwebs.

But I thought I'd post this real quick ... This one's for you Jon!