March 9, 2007
You know, I have to admit I'm kind of sick of companies talking about their "work hard, play hard" ideals. I mean, what if I don't want play that hard, do I get to work less hard too? I understand the urge for wanting workers to focus and bring enthusiasm and dedication and all that, but putting it in terms of that kind of bipolar-ness is just perverse, like obviously I'd be the world's best programmer if I went snowboarding out of helicopters every weekend.
Video of the Moment
-- an astounding run of the online toy linerider (I thought I kisrael'd that before, maybe not.) It's an amazing toy where you draw ramps and jumps for this little guy on a sled... you can replay the scene over and over to get the jumps just right and prevent the little guy from crashing, which happens a LOT.
Youtube has a lot of these videos but I'd urge you to play with the toy yourself (even though it takes a lot of dedication and trial and error to get results anywhere near these.)
S'funny, w/ I was listening to the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack at FoSO and FoSOSO's just the other day...
Quote of the Moment
The Universe is conspiring to kill you. But you shouldn't let that worry you too much. Seek reassurance in the fact that there is nothing personal about this. It's not a vendetta and it's not just you that the it is working to extinguish. No, its much worse than that. The Universe is ranging its awesome might against all the living organisms on our cosy, blue planet. Every louse, lover, and leopard is going the same way.
--Mark Ward, introduction to "Virtual Organism". I think alliteration is a fine trait in academic-ish writing.