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Friday Five... by Five
1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year:
- Finally get around to reading The Cryptonomicon
- Get all the Payment Gateway specs written for work, maybe even a prototype
- Finish winterizing my apartment (weather stripping, etc)
- Find a new pair of boots and get some new gloves
- Get more of my Pacific Media Expo work done

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again:
- Jenn-double-n, from WPI
- Jen Brown, from Livingston
- Jenna Steen
Um, I can't think of anyone else really.

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do:
- Speak and read Japanese
- Computer graphics - Photoshop tricks, etc. That's my huge gap when it comes to web stuff, I know HTML, CSS, HTTP, server coding, etc. But I suck with graphics work.
- Learn SQL and general DB programming. That's the other gap I feel I have, I know a little SQL but not nearly enough. I have personal projects I want to do that I know should be on a DB, but I lack the skillz at this time.
- Advanced metal working. This kind of goes with my 'dream home' thing. Some people like wood working as a hobby - I like working in metal. I'd like to learn more so someday I can have a little home forge to do casting, milling, etc. But I'd have to win that lottery to afford all the gear. :-)
- Something artistic, like graphic arts, music, etc.

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit):
- Well, the obvious - pay off all my debts
- Design my own home (architecture was my backup career choice) and have it built.
- Setup z_gryphon - pay off his debts, get him setup with his home, and some kind of trust so he can live. So he can focus on finding a life to make himself happy instead of just surviving.
- Fund GweepNet so it can get any hardware it needs, dedicated high speed line (without relying on The Dumb Company), etc.
- Maybe get more degrees, but at least go and take college course that were interesting but that I didn't have time for. Some programming classes, more history classes, maybe some hard sciences.

5. List five things you do that help you relax:
- Surf the net
- Watch TiVo
- Listen to music
- Read
- Sex

I am: isolated
Current Media: TiVo: Iron Chef

From: dirteecrayon Date: November 23rd, 2003 06:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
you forgot about jennn tripple N
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 23rd, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sorry, don't know her. Jenn-double-n is actually what we called her, her name was 'Jenn'. So she would introduce herslef as 'Jenn - with a double-n'. That became simple Jenn-double-n. :-)
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: November 23rd, 2003 06:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Aren't there any other Jen* folks you're forgetting? Hmmm.

I talked to Jenn last year sometime. She was in the Peace Corps and is now married and living somewhere south of us.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 23rd, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Aren't there any other Jen* folks you're forgetting? Hmmm.

Um, hmm, I don't think so. But, as I recently said, I suck with names. Of course, now you've got me wondering who I forgot.

I talked to Jenn last year sometime. She was in the Peace Corps and is now married and living somewhere south of us.

Yeah, I think you told me about that. I remember hearing she was married and living in Florida. I last talked to her just before she left WPI to join the Peace Corps.

I had a *huge* crush on her for years.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: November 24th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh... Somehow I managed to take her to two ZZ Top concerts (Recycler and Antenna tours... and the Antenna show was two days after my Floyd show at Foxboro)... plus she was in all my German classes. Now she's one WPI-er that I'd like to contact again to see if she remembers me.
From: iwascaite Date: November 23rd, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Unless you are on a different "year" schedule than the rest of us, you'll need to start your reading of Cryptonomicon right away. It took me three weeks to finish reading it.

At the end, it was a book I had read. It cemented my view that alternate history is evil and should be forced into a sub-genre so it is never accidentally intermixed with real books. After Snowcrash, I had expected much better of Cryptonomicon and again after hearing its reading. I have come across allusions to Neal Stephenson's work and know my in-depth knowledge of the genre would be negatively affected had I not finished it, but I did not like it.
sauergeek From: sauergeek Date: November 23rd, 2003 10:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
In contrast, I rather enjoyed the alternate history presented in Cryptonomicon -- and the book took me at most two days to read.