Archive for September, 2005

Information Graveyard?

Friday, September 16th, 2005

muggsgza

I haven’t bought an album in almost 2 years. Fortunately after listening to the new DJ Muggs vs GZA advance I’m beginning to have a reason to support an artist. The real point I’m raising is that yes, I pirate heavily. I haven’t bought software this century. Consequently I have hard disk space that is always being consumed. Unfortunately the day will come when your hard drive fails and you lose everything. Besides personal files that are irreplacable, almost every mp3 and program one has is “backed up” on the net. I find this really amazing. Basically most of my AIM contacts that I have built up over the years via forums have the same music tastes as me and we swap files regularly. This is the unintentional “back up” that is occuring.

Think about this on a larger scale. You have a system were if one fails the others compensate. No, I’m not talking about capitalism…The internet is still relatively small compared to what it could be if Comcast and Verizon didn’t have there own agendas. Imagine an internet that is so ubiquitous, so omnipresent that the idea that everyone has to have their own personal computer is thrown out the window. All that matter really are your own unique files such as written reports, personally composed music, tax data, etc. Everything else should be seen as a commodity. Applications and MP3 are widespread already.

I should be able to go to any computer in the world, log on and have the desktop be my own familiar custom entity. In this age of materialism people thing individually too much when it computers to technology. I don’t need my own personal Dell Laptop or my own Ipod that has some sentimental value to it. All that matters is the information!

A metaphor that just occured to me is that the material hardware can me seen as the body and the software/files is the soul. This should apply since people are comfortable with the idea of only one soul but many bodies.

It would seem these scenario would be the next logical step in the internet. Once every piece of autonomous and non-autonomous hardware can have it’s own ip address the data will just flow. The internet will finally be able to reach its potential true potential!

Right now most peopel just use the internet for trivial things in all honesty. They aren’t really helping society as a whole. I’m not saying it’s anyones obligation though. There is just some much that can be done if. Imagine if every CPU in every piece of hardware was being utilized when normally in idle states. The internet allows this is small versions such as the SETI project, but a worldwide collective processing could have unthinkable possiblities!

Perhaps I’ve been watching to much anime and secretly want the world to look like a scene out of Ghost In The Shell. But hey when there’s a will, there’s a way…..OKAY?

Bizarro World

Thursday, September 1st, 2005


Great, so the power supply on my almighty Dell burns out and my 200 gigs of music and anime are not accessible at the moment. Time for a new computer. Anyways I finished my research for my professor and am officially done with my undergraduate career. I’m pretty sure I’m leaving this pathetic college town. Most of my friends are gone and taking a 10 to 15K pay cut by staying here isn’t what I want. Moreover I’ve noticed a few things this summer:

Downsizing

I’m getting tired of this group of friends I’ve been hanging out with this summer. I’ve been friends with most of them since I was a freshman but was able to limit my time with them. I don’t even like being in big groups; it perpetuates whole leader and follower model. For instance if you are in a group of 7 guys there are usually one or two who will follow the the defacto “leader” or leaders (usually no more than one third of the group). The mindless drones who have the need to be surrounded by their friends (aka
supervisors)
no matter how small the task. In my mind this behavior is feminine and it makes it hard for me to respect you as a man.

“I always wanted to do something that would change the world”

To paraphrase a popular quote from a young Steve Jobs. Immediate post-college life (at least for science majors) has much more pressure than school ever did. All this year I avoided confrontation with a serious job search. Iwas ignorant to the process of hiring when it comes to tech jobs. What I’ve quickly learned is that the real world is quite cut throat. You have companies hiring new grads based upon brain-teasers and monolithic standards of what the industry deems “intelligent”. This is actually an advantage for some one like myself who is not a Dean’s List member. On the other hand you realize that most things that matter to a hiring supervisor, you weren’t taught in school. That makes it easier to fuck up, if you’re not careful.

The Thrill Is Gone

The thrill of college life partying is done. Now the only way I can seem to get excited is seeing new faces and new places. This of course means more expensive bars and clubs. Implying the “big city” LOL. I was never much of a hardcore partier in school; I don’t like beer, and only really began drinking to calm my nerves in social situations. That’s changed though.

I see these people around me trapped in this college mentality of going out and getting “WASTED” because it’s so “EXTREME!”. Much like their “extreme” antagonist counterparts in “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle”. Case in point. Today my school just won it’s football season opener. I’m getting some coffee like an hour ago and a Jeep rolls by with 4 drunk fools screaming “GO DUCKS MOTHERFUCKER!” I had to ask myself, what was the point of that?

Women are still frivolous

I try every day, not to look at women like objects. I try and I try and I try to make an effort to see them more as respectable people with good intentions. But it seems girls I encounter continue to ruin for women as a whole. I’ll save the meat of this for an upcoming next post.