January 17, 2007

There Be Walls.

There Be Walls.

Originally uploaded by macwarriorny.

When I got home from class today I noticed that our contractor had put the sheetrock up in two of the four rooms we’re having built in our basement. It’s very exciting to see this sort of progress. I’ve been pulling wire through the studs for the past couple of nights, when all is said and done each room with have three-line phone jacks, internet/network access and a clock from my school clock collection properly flush mounted against the wall. Even the storeroom.

Earl has big plans for the workout room, including a set of lockers he has leftover from work to store our stuff in. It’s great to see the project coming together. We’re really happy with the work.

I can’t wait to move our offices, the music studio and everything downstairs.


Well today was the first day of my “Introduction to Mathematics” class. This is the non-credit course I have to take because I didn’t achieve a high enough score on my two attempts at the college pre-placement exam. I commonly refer to it as “Math for Dummies.”

This course probably has the most eclectic assortment of people in it. They’re from all walks of life and of all ages. I’ve made it through four of my five courses so far and I have yet to be the oldest. I’m feeling like one of the cool kids, as I had to share my book with another and he complimented me on my handwriting. At least he didn’t say that I write like a girl (Earl always says that). I’m now even tempted to wear my jeans all saggy with my butt crack showing. On the other hand, that may be more frightening than I need to be as I probably have a little more hair there than my peers.

One thing that I’m adjusting to is the presence of cell-phones in the classroom. Up until today it hasn’t been too bad, but because this math course is basically a lab, people were starting to take or make phone calls (that sounded like a lot monosyllabic words and a mixture of grunts) before being scolded by the professor (who, by the way, is an adorable geek about my age).

The course is self-paced and I’ve decided to take it nice and slow. I need a good, solid foundation of mathematics for the rest of my courses and since I have to take this course, I might as well do the best I can, take my time and get the highest score possible. It’ll pay off in the long run.


“The Doomsday Clock” has just been brought closer to midnight per an article in USA Today. The new time of five minutes before midnight (armageddon) is reminiscent of the days after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I find this to be a little frightening.

From The Bulletin:

The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. The United States and Russia remain ready to stage a nuclear attack within minutes, North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity. Damage to ecosystems is already taking place; flooding, destructive storms, increased drought, and polar ice melt are causing loss of life and property.

Always looking for the irony, there’s an episode of Wonder Woman where Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark come back from the future, and one of them mentions that there were considerable changes in government after “the nuclear holocaust”, which took place in 2007. Now I’m not basing what lies ahead on an episode of Wonder Woman, but it does make you take pause for a moment.

Between North Korea, the mess in Iraq and now the heating up of activity in Iran, this may be turn out to be quite the year for the history books. I hope we can find a peaceful solution all around.



I’ve been going on about global warming and how much like spring the weather has been here in the middle of January. Well, as they say, “it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature”. This morning we awoke to a glorious, beautiful sunny day.

However, it’s currently -1ºF. I wish it was -1ºC, now that wouldn’t be so bad. This cold weather makes navigating the campus interesting and forces me to wear my dorky hat out in public. It looks like it’s going to be in the mid 30s by the end of the week though, so that won’t be so bad.