Nerdrium Home

Past entries

2015

March

2012

December
October
June
April
February

2011

December
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2010

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2009

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2008

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2007

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2006

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2005

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2004

 

Facebook

Twitter

Archived Entries from April 2009


Still Going

Yesterday I actually ran more than a lap, though not much more. Today it was drizzling but I walked down to the park and ran my lap anyway.

Push-ups are easy now, and sit-ups got so easy that I've started increasing how many I'm doing, even though doing a million sit-ups at a time was never the point of this (and the only reason for doing sit-ups before the running stuff is to prevent stomach cramps while running...).

I don't know that I'm going to get to two laps next week either, and I'm starting to get mildly frustrated. I'm trying to be patient, but still. The problem is surely weight-related and if I can lose five pounds even over these first few weeks of running, I think that will make all the difference. I need to be a patient grasshopper.

My semester project for my class is due next week and I've been putting it off all week. I suppose one of these days I should get started on it. Oh well.

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 6:29 pm
Mood: Excited | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


DDoS

I think that our fair president, Mr. Obama, should make it legal for "us" (we U.S. citizens) to aim distributed denial of service attacks at IP addresses in foreign countries if we can later prove that attacks came into this country from said foreign IP address.

Heck, I don't think we even need that many computers to take foreign networks down.

I don't know. Foreign governments aren't going to claim responsibility, and if it's going to be the World Wide Wild West (heh), then let's once again stand up and step to the front of the stage and shut the savages in barely-not-third-world-countries down.

Okay, I need to go to bed so I can get up and run tomorrow.

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 2:48 am
Mood: Mildly Perturbed | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Week Two!

Well I didn't run yesterday. I got up too late yesterday morning and then told myself I'd run when I got home, before dinner.

And then it rained and rained and rained yesterday afternoon and throughout the evening. I'm not that dedicated. And if I were lifting weights I'd do six days in a row and take a day off, so I guess that's not a bad thing.

The kicker was to make sure that one day off didn't turn into a week off, or, well, 20 years off.

But I got up this morning and walked to the park and ran my lap. About halfway through it my legs started to stiffen up and I thought about stopping right then but I kept going and about 100 yards later that went away and it actually became almost easy.

The problem, as I told the redhead in the car this morning, is the weight. All of this would be a lot easier if I had 20 fewer pounds to run around with. She claims I'm getting thinner, which I can't possibly believe already, but at some point I will, and hopefully this will all snowball and get easier as I get thinner, and get thinner as I run more et cetera.

I need to get working on my project for my class which is due next week and get it out of the way. Almost done with class number two--one quarter of the way there. A quick class this summer, class in the fall, and I'll be halfway finished by the end of the year.

I'm not going to know what to do with myself after I finish all this up.

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 1:34 pm
Mood: Happy | 2 comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Green Thumb Sunday

Yes, it is Green Thumb Sunday, and yes, I ran this morning which makes six days in a row. I'm still winded when I finish my lap, but I can tell it's getting better. At least, that's what I'm going to keep telling myself. I definitely think we'll stick with one lap for at least another week. Maybe next Sunday I'll take the plunge to two laps.

Well, to make up for not posting last Sunday, here's a bunch of pictures for Green Thumb Sunday this week.


We put a dogwood in the back of the yard several years ago and it never did well, partially (we think) because of the privacy fence right behind it, and partially because I dumped the chlorinated waste water from the pool there for a while, and partially because it was shaded by the big white pine. Well I moved it about two weeks ago (it's root ball was way smaller than it shold have been--poor thing). And while that's a fuzzy shot, it's already bloomed--something it never did in the back.


The grass from my lawn continues to encroach into mulched areas and I spent some time yesterday fixing one of the really bad areas to the south of the deck.


One of the hosta that I transplanted a while back. Looking good!


Another hosta that was trasnplanted a year ago back by the tuliptree. There are several back there and they are all doing well


Speaking of the tuliptree, it's looking like it is ready for some more fantastic growth this year.


Here's the redbud in the back yard that started out as a small shoot out of the ground that I dug up and planted in a bucket for a few months, before re-planting by the gate to the back yard.


Here's part of what's left of the lilac bush that I removed from the other side of the fence before my neighbor could burn it to the ground. It was back by the compost heap last year and I recently moved it to a spot by the fence so that my annoying neighbor will have to look at it but can't cut it down.


Here's another part of the lilac that is back by the tuliptree. I thought it was dead but was suprised to see a small set of shoots coming up from the ground this Spring. I'm quite excited!


And the thing I get to take the most credit for--the yard itself. Yesterday I mowed the back yard for the first time this Spring.


OF COURSE I had to include a picture of the dog. His, uh, fertilizer is certainly mostly responsible for how good the grass looks in the back yard this Spring.

Okay, I need to shave and shower and then maybe go play a little golf with Alex. Em and I went down and played a few holes last night, but maybe Alex and I can sneak nine in before dinner. I think maybe ribs on the grill sounds good. Hmm...

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009, 8:12 pm
Mood: Fantastic | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Five in a Row

Well I just got back from run number five. MUCH easier today. I almost kept going when I finished my lap. Almost.

I have a plan, and I'll stick to it either way--there's no need to force a heart attack on myself.

I actually weighed in yesterday morning at 200 pounds exactly. I know that five pound loss isn't a result of what I've been doing this week, but probably more from eating a sandwich for lunch instead of dining out, and taking in fewer canned pork chops (if you get my drift).

The puppeh and I went for a walk yesterday morning as well. Around the corner from our house we encountered a neighbor who had her two Bostons out running around and of course all three went bananas when they got within range. Linus, the only one who was properly on a leash and collar, was a bit excited and this woman essentially accused me of having a "mean" dog. WTF? No, he's not a mean dog. He's being a spaz just like your two stupid dogs, it's just that he's on a leash and I can restrain him (which he probably didn't like). Anyway. No big deal.

Vandy and I got no real "work" done yesterday and instead skipped straight to the golf course in the afternoon. We actually both played rather well, for us, of course.

Today I have a bunch of yard work to do, and I also need to paint the basement casement (heh) windows on the north side of the house. I should just rip them out and replace them with sliding vinyl windows, but that's not exactly in the budget right now and the small can of paint was three or four bucks and the price for labor is just right. Oh well.

I guess now is as good a time as any to get my scraper and get scraping. Hopefully my obnoxious neighbor will mind his own business and leave me alone while I'm doing it.

Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2009, 12:49 pm
Mood: Thrilled | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Surprised?

If anyone is surprised that I got up and ran for the third day in a row, trust me, nobody is more surprised than I am.

But I did. And it's starting to get better already. The run was definitely easier than yesterday. I don't know that I'll get crazy and ramp it up to two laps starting next week. Maybe I'll stick with one lap for the first two weeks. After all, I have 12+ weeks until the race and I only have to get up to 8 laps or so (since they are just shy of .4 miles each) to get to a point where I can run a 5k. I figure if I can get up to 10 laps, then the 5k should be easier because it will actually be shorter.

Anyway. My muscles are sore, not just from running but also the push-ups and sit-ups. But that means something is happening, and what's happening is a good thing.

The walk to and from the park is kinda nice as well. Funny. Safari doesn't give me a red squiggly you-misspelled-that-word for "kinda."

The flowers are all waking up at 6:00 a.m. The sun is just starting to peek over the horizon. It's quiet, other than for the thousands of birds who are starting their busy days.

Today is Friday for me since tomorrow I'm helping Vandy clean up some of the building materials from their house addition. And then, of course, playing golf. Although, I bet the course is swamped tomorrow and probably for the rest of the weekend. Which is fine--I have lots of yard work to do (which I'm looking forward to, of course).

Well I suppose I should go clean up the kitchen and then get in the shower.

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 11:29 am
Mood: Content | 1 comment| Article URL | Post a comment
 


Day Two...

Today was harder than yesterday. I knew it would be. I knew yesterday that it would be, and that was confirmed as soon as I tried to get out of bed and stand up this morning.

And it's in the 30s right now and for 0.68 seconds I thought of using that as an excuse to go back to bed. But, like Data, I persevered, put my sweats on, and went downstairs to do warm-up exercises. The sit-ups sucked. The push-ups hurt.

The walk to the park was nice.

The lap I ran? Not so much. I think I made it slightly farther than yesterday before I started wheezing and having a hard time breathing, but not much. My legs, as expected, hurt like hell. The worst part? My chest. And not because of breathing, but my chest itself. When you get up to bench-pressing 310 pounds (yes, at a point in my life I could bench press twice my weight, well, what I weighed at the time) to spending years where raking leaves is considered "exercise," those rock hard pecs become softer. And they aren't necessarily fun to carry around when running.

Hopefully the morning push-ups will help tighten all that up. I may have to start lifting weights again as well.

But I lived through day two. And hopefully yesterday was winter's last gasp, and tomorrow when I get up the air will be warmer and not such a shock to the system.

Okay, I'm going to go drive around the park and see just how far a lap is...

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 11:29 am
Mood: Happy | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Ready for Day Two

I'm excited!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning. I'm going to do this. I'm not kidding. And it might save my life in the process.

And Coach Newton is in the back of my head right now, and I can hear his motivational speeches echoing in my mind. He wouldn't be happy with my "lifestyle" right now. He wouldn't like that I drink beer. Wouldn't like that I have two earring holes in my left ear (the things one does in college...). At least I wouldn't get in trouble for having my hair too long and "looking like an asshole." Tee hee.

In case you don't know who Joe Newton is, he is the premier, and I mean premier, high school cross country coach in Illinois, and arguably the United States, and probably in the world. He's motivated more kids, and won more titles, and motivated more people than, well, anyone. I'm biased, yes. But I'm right.

Google "Joe Newton" and "running" or "York" or "cross country."

I'm going to run this 5k. And I'm going to lose a bunch of weight in the process.

Another lap tomorrow. I think I'll run a lap each day and at the end of the week, if possible, do two laps. And then each week add an additional lap. I need to get to 11 laps, because while my wife claims the park is a quarter-mile in length, I'm pretty sure it is at least a third of a mile, if not closer to fourth-tenths of a mile. I need to get the layout of the actual 5k route through our subdivision and work to start running that.

Coach Riddle, my sprinting coach, is now the head coach of the track team back at York.

I hope I can stick with this. I can stick with this. And who knows? Maybe I'll lose some weight and it will help me with my golf game.

Because, you know, I'm almost forty. What's really important? FORE!

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 12:48 am
Mood: Great! | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


A Small First Step

In high school, at the start of the cross country season, Coach Newton asked very little of the starting Freshman on their first day of practice. Run a lap. Just one. And then you can go home.

The distance of the circle drive in front of the school was, if I remember correctly, about one-third of a mile, right about the length of the road around Henson Park down the street from me now.

So this morning I ran my first lap.

I got up and did the old exercise routine from track practice (I never ran cross country, but was a quarter-miler on the track team--same coach, different part of the year). 15 sit-ups, 15 push-ups, hurdler's stretch, tucker crunch, left, right, out, in hit the track.... The push-ups were the worst. 15 push-ups--piece of cake, right? Yeesh. I was ready to quit at seven. But I did them all.

I walked down to the park, and thankfully, there were only a couple of other people there.

And I ran my lap.

And yes, it sucked. Really, really, really, badly. A hundred yards in I thought "oh, see, this isn't so bad." A hundred more yards and I was having trouble taking in air quickly enough. Then my legs starting getting mushy. Wheezing.

But I ran my lap. The lactic acid didn't start burning in my legs until I started walking home. My poor body has spent 15 years doing little more than digesting burritos and breaking down the alcohol molecules in beer--I don't know that it remembered what to do when the order came to start the lactic acid flow.

So I've survived day one. We'll have to see what's in store for day two.

Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 11:19 am
Mood: Excited | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Blue Monday

Well I missed Green Thumb Sunday yesterday. I guess that's not the end of the world. I took some pictures on Saturday but when I looked at them last night none of them turned out well. I think the little flower setting to do close-up shots doesn't work if the thing you are trying to shoot close up is moving in the breeze.

I haven't been sleeping well the past few days, and I'm not sure why. More surprising is that it is late afternoon on Monday and I'm not exhausted. Weird.

Well I haven't started training for my end-of-summer 5k run at V.G. Ag Days, unless you count walking the dog in the evening. I have, however, come up with an initial design for my very, very necessary Team Nerdrium t-shirts.

Sweet, huh?

Maybe now one of these days I'll start running and actually getting in shape for the race so that I don't fall down with a heart attack as I'm running by my own damn house. "Hey kids look--here comes da..." Thunk.

In other news, my class seems to be going better. Our project, while maybe time-consuming, shouldn't be too difficult. And since I don't have to shoot for straight A's anymore, a 70% or better on the final should be sufficient to guarantee me a B in the class.

Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009, 9:06 pm
Mood: Meh | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Green Thumb Sunday

So my thumb might be slightly green, but my photographic skills still need some work.

Here's a couple of shots of the hosta that I split and transplanted yesterday.

I planted four of them underneath one of the pine trees on the berm in the back left corner of the yard. We did a lot more work today. Alex and I gathered up and burned all of the gigantic pine cones from the white pine tree as well as a bunch of the pine needles. I burned stuff in our burn pit and I also started a fire back on top of the compost heap, which had tons of dead weeds and stuff all over it and was quite conducive to a fire.

Unlike my knuckleheaded neighbor, I was prepared for having a fire that close to a wooden fence (which is my fence, BTW)--the pool now drains there and I had earlier replaced the three plugs for the pool pump system and primed the pump with a pitcher or so of water. If anything would have gone wrong, I had already instructed Alex that if I yelled at him to flip the switch, he needed to run and turn on the pump. The pump will spill water out of the end of the drain hose (which is two inches+ in diameter) much, much faster than the hose from the house.

Nothing other than what we wanted to burn caught fire, which was good (and expected...).

I'm sore as all get out and will be even more so tomorrow, I imagine. But what a great weekend! The weather was awesome!

Tomorrow I start running? Maybe?

So while I was taking my crappy Green Thumb photos the dog was going bananas. Here's a shot of his crazyness trying to bite my camera. Yikes.

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 11:44 pm
Mood: Ecstatic! | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Sore Muscles

Yesterday I got lots of yard work done. I cut off the final major dead arm of the green ash tree--it looks like the rest of it has truly recovered. Alex trimmed the bottoms of the pine trees so that we'd have room to plant hosta. Then we took three loads of branches, etc., to the city yard waste dump site using Papa's truck. I cut up all the log-sized stuff and we stacked it neatly in the back yard. I split four hosta plants from the side of the house and planted them under one of the aforementioned pine trees. I have several more I can split, but I was really sore by that point and didn't feel like moving any more.

I also moved the dogwood tree from the back of the yard over to a spot that has lots more sunlight. It was also a victim of chlorinated water. We don't know that it will make it, but at least we've given it a fighting chance.

We also cleaned up more post-winter leaves and yard waste material and had a small and quick fire to get rid of it all.

Then I took the cover off the water garden and cleaned it all out and got it up and running again. It will be a while before I can move the fish outside (brr) but the sound of the fountain is nice and I was sick of looking at the crappy wooden cover.

After I was finished I showered up and Alex and I headed to the golf course.

He had several fantastic shots--I think he's really starting to get the hang of it. (He still twists and turns and wiggles around too much, but he'll figure it out).

Today we have lunch at the in-laws' at noon, and then I think the afternoon will again be spent in the back yard, maybe moving more hosta--who knows.

Right now I need to head over to Jeff's house to cut up the tree that fell on his house in January (it's off his house now, of course, but we still need to cut up the logs....).

And don't worry, I'll have Green Thumb Sunday photos to post later.

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 1:45 pm
Mood: Happy | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Ag Days

So tomorrow the "Illinois Marathon" is being hosted in Champaign-Urbana. They have a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 5k. And that got me thinking.

Ag Days has (or so I thought?) a 5k race every year with different age categories. (Ag Days is our small town "carnival" that happens every year the first weekend in August). And I thought that maybe I'd start training now and see if I could get in shape in time to run the Ag Days 5k race.

But the Ag Days web site doesn't have anything about a 5k race (although it has entrance forms for all of the other activities). And, of course, their contact form is nonexistent. Surely they still do the 5k race. I wonder if it is not tied to Ag Days but just happens to be held the same weekend.

But how fun would that be? I'd have to get into shape, but surely three and a half months would be plenty of time. It's only 3 miles. Although, even when I was in shape in high school and college I don't know that I ever ran 3 miles all at once.

I'm not necessarily doing well on my New Year resolutions, but this would be a good way to get rid of those pounds...

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009, 2:27 pm
Mood: Curious | 5 comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Rock the Vote

Think your vote doesn't count?

Our incumbent Mayor in our tiny little city was up for re-election today against challenger Thelma "Boots" Blaney.

100% reporting:

(And I'm not photoshopping--the results can be seen here).

How funny. If just ONE of the people that voted for Boots would have voted for Ron, the results would have gone the other way. Like I said, think your vote doesn't count?

I voted!

Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2009, 2:34 am
Mood: Amused | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Green Thumb Sunday

So for whatever reason I stumbled across a blog from a woman in California who is a (pretty darn good) gardener. As someone who appreciates the horticultural arts, I spent a while perusing her writings and photos.

One thing she "participates" (for want of a better word) in every week is something called "Green Thumb Sunday," which was started by another blogging gardening type. Basically, every Sunday you post a picture or two of stuff that you are growing in your house or your yard or wherever.

(To actually be a "member" of this group, you have to sign up for a list, and send an e-mail, and post some javascript-based blogroll of all the other members to your blog before they'll add you to the list, etc., etc., etc. I'm not messing with any of that for several reasons: one, I'm not posting a blogroll of dozens and dozens of web sites that I've never been to before and don't necessarily care about, not only because I don't want to "endorse" sites I don't visit, but also because I don't need any more clutter than I already have. Also, this blog is about more than gardening, so having a list of hundreds of gardening sites doesn't ring true with the "mission" or whatever of this piece of bloggety goodness. So, we'll just participate on our own.)

Of course, the day I'm going to start posting my Green Thumb Sunday photos it's dreary and raining outside, and is apparently going to be that way the rest of the day.

So I'll offer a shot of a pepper plant instead.

That's a Thai Dragon Pepper plant, started from seed a week or so ago.

This year, in order to get my Spring juices flowing before things actually started turning green outside, I decided to try to start my vegetable garden plants from seed. It's actually not working out so well, but a few of them have come up and I'm not exactly giving up just yet. And the worst thing that can happen is I'll have to buy plants at IGA or Pamida in Tuscola like I do every year. No biggie. I think starting from seed has had the desired effect, as I have been focusing on getting these plants going, so that's good.

Okay, it looks like there's a break in the rain so I'm going to take care of the garbage...

Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2009, 3:14 pm
Mood: Wonderful | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Hungover

No, not that kind of hangover.

I'm so unbelievably sore I can barely type. My fingers hurt. My hands hurt. My arms hurt. Shall I go on? Ouch.

I need to remember that I'm almost 40 and that I'm not 25 anymore.

And the "Lugger Stairs" at the frat house were awful 20 years ago, and they're still awful now. We carried numerous couches upstairs from the basement and loaded them into a box truck to be taken to a storage unit. We also took a bunch more stuff that was smaller (but still heavy) all the way up to the attic of the house (essentially the fourth floor). Four flights up, four flights back down. Ugh. Where are some pledges when you need them? Oh, right, that's why we're having to move all of this crap to begin with.

I'm sure raking leaves for two hours beforehand didn't help either.

I was hoping that the weather would be nice enough for golf today, considering it is supposed to fricking SNOW tonight, tomorrow, and now apparently tomorrow night, all day Tuesday, and Tuesday night. Seriously? It's April.

I woke this morning to the sound of thunder, so I'm guessing golf may not be part of the equation today. Oh well. Spring has just started. I just hope we don't have another huge flood like last year...

Okay, I need to go make b's and g's for the offspring and their overnight guests.

Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2009, 12:37 pm
Mood: Happy | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Zonked

Alex and Lucas and I went down the street first thing this morning to help with the annual golf course clean-up day. We raked and raked and raked and raked. And we had to cut out of there after a couple of hours because we had to go up to my old fraternity house, but we made an appearance, and helped out a lot more than most members do. (A small number of members do a lot, and the rest of them do little--It's not like they were going to trust us to cut down old trees or anything, so it was good that we at least showed up and raked some leaves and such....).

We had a lot of stuff to move once we got to the fraternity house. I'm still up in the air about what I want to happen in the future. I do like the building itself, that was built by our own members 80+ years ago, but I'm leaning toward selling it now and building a new place when we can, especially if we're faced with foreclosure. I don't know.

The boys helped out more than I ever could have expected. I told them that if they can come up with an XBox game that both of them want to play over the Internet, that I'll get them both a copy so that they can play it together. Just an idea. Alex asked for cash. Smartass.

I did some yard work at home today, which was awesome. Burgers and dogs on the grill, which is always great.

Okay, enough for now. Kozmo is here and he and Linus are excited, to say the least.

Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2009, 1:43 am
Mood: Pooped | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Getting Better

This week was obviously better than the last.

I got 100% on my last homework. If the instructor isn't going to teach, then I have no qualms about how I go about getting answers to my homework. The department head is well aware of the problem, and thanks to me, now the LAS director of on-line learning is as well.

My new set of irons arrived yesterday. I didn't spend a lot of money, but I did get a set that has a hybrid iron (it actually has two, even though Golf Digest says that nobody should have more than one hybrid--anyway). I actually was going to get the set for Alex and throw away those 20-year old rusted blades that were handed down and handed down years and years ago. But when I found the set with the hybrids my own interest was piqued.

So I went out to the driving range again today with a new 8-iron and the four-hybrid. What fun! Straight as an arrow and further than I could have hit the Cobras. I now have a club for the fifth hole over the pond at the club. Woo hoo!

I did a lot of work with a cascading style sheets based project at work today, which was fun.

Tomorrow I have to go down to the course for "clean up day." Alex is, of course, my indentured servant during that process. He is now having Lucas stay the night, so Luke is stuck helping us as well (not because of me--Alex says he volunteered...). After a few hours at the course, we have to go up and help move a bunch of stuff out of the fraternity house. We're about on life support as far as that goes, thanks to some really, really, really dumb financial maneuvering by our last alumni president. Foreclosure looms. Yikes. We'll see how it goes.

I think the haze has finally cleared a bit. My head doesn't hurt anymore. I no longer feel quite so physically rattled.

I'm glad to be alive.

I'm going to finish this semester, and I will register for next Fall.

I'm going to do my best to not take things for granted anymore. I'm trying to calm down in general. Not get in a hurry in the car. Not get upset at things. Relax. Be calm. And remember that the operative word is trying. But I will try. I need to calm down--to slow down. Stop gritting my teeth.

There's more important things in "life."

Let's hope the golf course clean-up goes quickly tomorrow. I would like to to be able to play tomorrow.

And I have lots more yard work looming as well. Oh, sheesh. What the heck is the dang puppeh barking at...

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Life is good.

Posted: Saturday, April 04, 2009, 2:56 am
Mood: Content | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Still in School

Well I e-mailed my advisor today and told her of my desire to withdraw from my class and possibly be done with the whole business.

She suggested I reconsider.

We talked about my instructor, and how younger instructors don't understand how, well, people like me expect an on-line class to work. We're starting week 12. There are 16 weeks in a semester. On the syllabus is a "semester project." We have yet to hear anything about it. Uh, no. I needed to know about this six or eight or ten weeks ago.

And I don't appreciate being snipped at by a "professor" who is in his 20s and got his Ph.D. six months ago. I've been affiliated with this institution as a student and employee since 1987. I've worked on the Urbana campus for seven years. And I turn 40 this year. I'm not some 19-year old kid that needs to be yelled at by a 26-year old assistant professor.

But I got assignment 2 turned in, with some help and guidance from my pal Tod. Pretty pathetic that I have problems with some of the SQL queries in our assignments in my "introduction to databases" class when I'm supposedly a database person at my job.

Anyway.

I went by the crash site today. And retrieved my front license plate. Yikes.

I hit the ball well at the range today, however.

Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2009, 3:41 am
Mood: Content | No comments | Article URL | Post a comment
 


Next 10 entries

Return to the Nerdriumblog :: Return to the Nerdrium