British Police Don’t Know Difference Between MP3 Player and Gun

February 13, 2008

[Normally, I stay away from politics on this blog, but this one is just over the top]

It seems that the British were taking notes when they invaded Germany in the 1940s — it’s time to throw civil liberties to the wind and throw people in jail for nothing, just in case they might try something later.  A man was arrested, fingerprinted, and DNA tested because the police are too blind to tell the difference between a gun and an MP3 player.  Additionally, once they realized they had made fools of themselves, they couldn’t even offer a proper apology.  Oh, and in case anyone was missing it, they tracked him on CCTV cameras the whole way.  It wouldn’t quite be a police state if we couldn’t watch everyone at every second, now would it?

A Case of the Mondays

February 4, 2008

It seems like I have been hit with a case of the mondays.  My job (end user tech support at my school) sucks.  I don’t mind helping people — I love it in fact — but I feel like a trained monkey sometimes.  90% of my time is spent resetting passwords.

In any case,  I am usually able to combat this with some of my entertainment sites (see below for the curious), but lately I’ve been looking more for a project to work on.  My learning process is heavily tied to getting something done — I can read a book on Python (or whatever), but for me to understand it, I need a real-world project using it to work on.  No “hello world” application can grab my interest enough.  Perhaps it’s some form of ADD.

So what does this all mean?  I’m becoming restless.  I need a project.  I’ve tried looking into becoming a MOTU, but I’m not sure I fully understand the process (and it’s hard to fix bugs in apps I don’t even use).  Something practical and useful, but not so large as to stretch into months or years.  (At least, I’d like something I can make progress on before months or years.)

Any ideas on ways to combat this crappy boredom?

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