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The skies blackened, and at last, we knew. The age of the sun was no-more. For at last she had fallen into her final rest, to hide behind the grey, to move into the realm eternal. No longer where we, her children, the ones who took her for granted, bathing in her greatness, yet showing no gratitude to the grace she rained down upon us. And as we took no notice of her glory, in its absence, we felt sorrow.

For until this day, we had never known what it was like to be without. Without her grace, without her warmth, we were lost. For each day prior, she had stood by us, raining her warmth down us. But now, we were without.

Some couldn’t handle life without her. They were left behind. We had no time for the weak, no time for ones who couldn’t handle the change. Of course, all of us were affected. But those of us who kept it on the inside, only crying out for the grace at night, for the warmth, raining down on us, something other than this grey, this endless purgatory we had been condemned to.  A world of the strength of character, strength of ones will, and the strength to survive in such a new world.

So I myself was a poor soul, thrown into this new world, tossed into a place less forgiving.  My role, to observe, to write, to record, so the future could remember this time. A land without life, a land without glory. This is the story of how we survived the dark times, how we lived without her glory.

May the song of this tale guide me, and tell it true. May the spirit of the times be transcribed. May I be granted with the gift to transcribe these events accurately, and may you be gifted with the wisdom to understand it. And may the future generations take this warning with credence, and understand it. For all can be given with grace, and within grace,  true understanding can be granted.

To tell this tale in truth, we must return to the time when the sun died. We must travel to when the grey first rolled over our world.

We were a happy people in her grace, we moved around in the light, her rays shining down on us. In her light we bathed, and in her rays we were happy. By no means am I claiming that this was a perfect time. Like any age, the age of her grace had its problems. But in general, we were a happy people, her rays bringing a special light into our lives.

We were also a blind people. We sat in her grace, the world bright and green about us, and we took it for granted. We walked with the assumption that she would always be there for us. That she would take care of us, watch over us. Of course, as you all know, that was quickly proven wrong.

 

Lake Summit

Hiking in the rain is well worth the rewards (Sometimes)

Lake Summit Overlook Post Rain
Lake Summit Overlook Post Rain
Lake Overlook Itself... Oh wait, all we can see is clouds (If you look closely enough, you may be able to see that the lake is ~4 feet from the camera.
Lake Overlook Itself… Oh wait, all we can see is clouds (If you look closely enough, you may be able to see that the lake is ~4 feet from the camera.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drove some city boys up into dem hills dis weekend. Tit was beautiful. Both the scenery AND the faces and reactions of a pair of city folk traveling on a dirt trail in a car up the side of a mountain (A trail that had traffic going both ways, and was one lane wide). And that guy who was waving a rifle? You made the trip soo much better. Scared the shit out of my passenger as you inspected the chamber of the gun. (as the little kid next to him shot targets… but my passengers didnt see the kid. They were too focused on the dude they thought was shooting randomly into the air 😛 )

Seattle, Round 1

So, I have ventured into Seattle for the first time properly this past Friday night, and as it turns out, me and Seattle don’t like each other. Coming from Atlanta, something feels wrong about Seattle. Though, for the sake of argument, lets attempt to rationalize this a little, but, all in all, it feels like walking about South Atlanta. In the good parts. (Or so I’ve been told)

Downtown Seattle. The Good Parts.
Downtown Seattle. The Good Parts.

Of course, I may be biased, as a good-ol’ southern boy, living on the better side of the lake.  A wonderfuller place, one that seems to still maintain a degree of normalicy, one that seems to not be the local hub of the local anarchy society, with a litttle bit of KKK style fun thrown in there for style points.

But, like any place, Im sure it has a few positive points too. And when I find them, I’ll let you know. After all, like many things in this state, its all a mixed bag of pain and awesomeness, depending on what your talking about and who your talking to, and where you are.  But, lets take a look at the city itself in a bit more detail.

 

  1. Parking. And by that, I mean a combination of the lack of parking, and the feeling that your going to hit every car on every back street due to the parking density. Honestly, how do you take a street that was designed as a two lane street, Slam two rows of fully packed cars on either side of it, and then still expect people to be able to use it as a two way street? There is barely a single lane left after that crime of a park job. And as you drive (or creep, because you cant really drive in the state of Washington. The speed limits are all set to turtle speeds…) you get this naggy suspicion that your about to take out every car to your left and right. Makes you glad that you drive a tank of sorts sometimes. At least you know your going to take the least amount of damage to some extent.
  2. Look and Feel It took me a while to nail how to attempt to decibe this one,  but, I figure the best way to describe this would be a movie reference. Back in the old days, when movies where young, there was a movie, called Escape From New York. If I woulda dirven into the scene of that movie, I would by no means have been surprised. It already feels halfway that way.
    Another Average Day in Seattle Nightlife

    In fact, it is just oozing with this anarchist, grunge-y feel to it. Of course, for some reason, I am not surprised that some of the artists for Shadowrun come from this area. If they ever needed inspiration for one of their techno-punk worlds, they only needed to look out their windows. (All that’s missing after all is a few robotic eyes and arms)

  3. And on feel, lets go into The Feeling like your going to get shot no matter where you go. Maybe this is a little of my time in Atlanta, as people do actually get shot if they wander into the wrong parts of that city. (gasp, big surprise. People getting shot in the ghettos.) There are certain warning signs of course that your in one of those places, and theres certain signs that people tend to give off when you want to give them a little bit of extra attention, just in case. Now, in a city with a sparser pedestrian population, you can usually manage paying attention to all your potential threat vectors. The problem with walking around Seattle is EVERYTHING FEELS LIKE A POTENTIAL THREAT. Expecially to someone who came from a city where the threats are real.  So yah. Theres some issues there with me and the city in that regard.
  4. Its also filled with punks. Normally this isn’t too bad, but look at above. Punks, anarchists, and that general lot will always fit into the above category, along with anyone who dresses/acts provocatively. In contraspect, Atlanta has its punks, but they are alot more subtle about it. The south in general maintains a degree of subtlety. This is both good and bad. For one, it lets us hide the bad parts easier, and push them under the rug, let us think they arnt so bad because they are not loud and in front of us. Seattle, on the other hand, is BRASH. In striving to be unique, everyone paints a target on themselves. And the problem with targets is, they must be watched, else they might shoot you.

So maybe Im a paranoid southern kid, but Seattle has its demon magic way of really putting my paranoia into overdrive. So I’ll stay on my side of the lake. Its better over here.

The joys of the Hadoops.

Bullshit job. Was on a 64 meg file…

 

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13/08/06 19:28:01 INFO mapred.JobClient: Map output bytes=1499400
13/08/06 19:28:01 INFO mapred.JobClient: CPU time spent (ms)=12397980
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13/08/06 19:28:01 INFO mapred.JobClient: Combine input records=0
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13/08/06 19:28:01 INFO mapred.JobClient: Physical memory (bytes) snapshot=925201244160
13/08/06 19:28:01 INFO mapred.JobClient: Reduce output records=57
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13/08/06 19:28:01 INFO mapred.JobClient: Map output records=784

 

~2 hours.

 

We may need more Hadoops. (btw, was counting more or less.)

(And we have a decent cluster. Just miffed by this run. Feel free to check the Hadoop website for our current size.)

Statues

http://atlanta.sbnation.com/2012/9/15/3336742/photo-bobby-dodd-statue-georgia-tech

So yah, we build another statue. But not just any statue, but a statue of a a FOOTBALL COACH. One of the most productive members of an academic community, right?

So why don’t we make statues of someone useful? Or someone whom actually managed to contribute SOMETHING to society. So heres some ideas….

Issac Newton – Father of Science, ect ect.

Jimmy Carter – He was a US President, and a Gatech Alum.  A US president usually does something that affects millions of people in some way, right?

Joe Rodgers – He founded Wafflehouse. Which makes money, employs people, and directly affects way more people then a football coach. No matter said coaches winning streak.

Any Faculty that’s written a  substantial paper – Hell, at least they have something that has the possibility of helping people. And they might have a long lasting impact on humanity. Way longer then the relatively short impact a football coach has. They leave a legacy.

Or hell, best idea yet? We don’t build a statue. The money can be better spent on other things. Like research.

All in all, spending money on making statues of “football heros” is  a waste of institute funds. And its not what I pay intuition for either.

Diversity

To start with, let me give you a frame of reference:

http://nique.net/news/2012/09/07/diversity-a-big-trademark-of-freshman-class/

Now, is it just me, or is this a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE thing to be celebrating.

I even just talked to one of the (many) females that attend this wonderful school, and you know what they said? They said they hate it to. And, like me, they hate it for the most logical of reasions.

Every time we lower our schools standards for the sake of “allowing the underprivileged ethnic groups in,” we also lower the standards of the school for the rest of us who got here on merit.

Schools like Georgia Tech pride themselves on being the best of the best, the smartest, and a collection of some of the most brilliant people in the world. When you get here, silly things like what color your skin is, where you are from? They don’t matter. You are a part of an exclusive group of people that have proven themselves in some way to be smart enough to contribute to said collective, to bring something new to it, and to make it better. To increase its reputation by what you do on leaving it, and to make yourself, and your fellow students better. This has ~nothing~ to do with race.

Its also funny that most of the student I talk to about it here seem to agree with me on that.

So, I have a proposal. For the 2013 Freshman class, why don’t we aim for the SMARTEST class Tech has seen ever? That would be a great thing after all, and in the end, it would only be a positive contribution to our campus. We do have a reputation to uphold, Being one of the top 10 schools in the country (engineering). So lets focus on trying to topple MIT.

And as for the concept of diversity as a whole? Its a horrible horrible idea that fragments cultures. Instead, I have a new idea. Perhaps the radical opposite of diversity? Why don’t we promote inclusiveness? Instead of trying to promote and support a thousand different, conflicting cultures and subgroups, all of whom hate one or two of the others, (After all, we are human, and we do hold our grudges.), why don’t we try to promote ONE universal culture, that everyone is a part of?

Though of course, we all know that this idea is madness. After all, we all hate each other. Why the hell would we want to waste our time trying to make us like each other, and to accept each other?

So lets go back to the old method. Lets reinforce the cultural distinctions.

Lets cement stereotypes.

Lets be “Diverse”

 

 

Randomness

A slinder moment, a tender bliss
these hearts void spite a tender kiss.
A tender moment, hearts divide
and in that moment beckons a hearts death cry.

Yah. Randomness.

Things have been  hectic. (3rd week tests, woot.). So havent given stuff too much attention. That, and making the backend of a game isnt exactly the prettiest… Nor does it really give much substantial to talk about. After all, woot? I have tiles? Yah. Not really that exciting.

And the bot has seriously been back burnered. Time isnt tooo pressing, and tests and projects come first. This weekend though, we will see…

 

Also, looked at guildwars 3(finally. Took me a week and a half?) for a bout an hour… Seems kinda meh.

And if Im too lazy to draw. Why not poetry instead. Even if its horrible frags of poetry 😛