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Assignment is done. Completed. Out of the way. Kaputski. Finito.

Of course, why the deadline for this assignment was the middle of the semester and not the end, as it was for last year's lot is beyond me. That lunatic in charge of the module has some strange ideas about what students are capable. All nighters? Yes. Warping time? No. Getting any form of user interface from Prolog? I'll try my hand at warping time, thanks. That, and the damn power went off three seconds before I could save.

I will admit that this time it was my turn to put coins in the meter. Of course, if Matt had put his amount in when we lost power last time, rather than waiting for me to put a couple of quid in to tide us through till he got some pound coins, this wouldn't have happened. Regardless, you're going to want to save this post to use as blackmail...

Mickey$haft did something right.

Namely, the automatic recovery of unsaved files if Windows crashes thing. Normally I don't need it, having cowed my 98 installation into an obedient slave (it's amazing what a screwdriver and a calculating expression will do), but when the power dies three seconds before I was going to save, it is a blessing from the Gods. Ten minutes spent prettifying rather than thirty spent rewriting. I'm actually thankful of it.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to wash my mouth out with bleach for complementing the company that gave us the TeleTubbyOS, but now I'm glad of it.

Oh, and for those wondering: Never, ever learn Prolog. Even if it's Prolog or extreme pain, take the pain. You will thank me for that.

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mythicfox
Nov. 25th, 2002 02:18 am (UTC)
Assignment is done. Completed. Out of the way. Kaputski. Finito.

Congrats, yo.

That lunatic in charge of the module has some strange ideas about what students are capable.

Trust me, as long as you keep those sorts of expectations, graduate school in the states will be easy. You'll fit right in, my man. And, as a bonus, the computer labs on most campuses provide free power (although they generally aren't open all night, but that probably depends on the individual campus-- they're not open all night where I'm at, but a university that specializes in computer-related degrees probably has all-night labs).

Mickey$haft did something right.

Hey, even Criswell predicted the JFK assassination.[1]

Heh... 'quid'. You people have funny names for your money.

Oh, and for those wondering: Never, ever learn Prolog. Even if it's Prolog or extreme pain, take the pain. You will thank me for that.

Check. Got it.[2]

[1]--Criswell was a phony psychic and known associate of Ed Wood (played by Jeffrey Jones in the 'Ed Wood' movie) who pretty much admitted to making up his predictions. But on a TV special in March of 1963 he said "I predict that President Kennedy will not run for reelection in 1964, because of something that will happen to him in November 1963".
[2]--Yes, it's true. I stuck that last bit in the post just to have enough space at the bottom of the post to justify using footnotes. :D
stormys
Nov. 25th, 2002 06:34 am (UTC)

Mickey$haft did something right.


This will be posted to the Myth webby once it's up... Blackmail rights for life :P
triplee
Nov. 25th, 2002 08:59 am (UTC)
You have to pay a meter to use power in the computer lab? What the hell kind of a country is that?[1] No, you won't have to worry about that as a grad. student in the states. Any good school will have a lab open 24/7 (with some time out for maintenance, of course), with just a lab fee up front for an entire semester.

And I have heard many horrible things about Prolog. This just confirms those stories further.

Mickey$haft did something right.
Rare, but it does happen at times. Being stuck in an all M$, all the time world at work, I get to weed out the handful of things they implemented well. Of course, I usually exploit said things to the fullest in order to get around using everything else they make.

~EEE~

[1] Normally, I shy away from such goofy nationalism, but I honestly couldn't resist.
digitalraven
Nov. 25th, 2002 05:13 pm (UTC)
Who said anything about a computer lab? No, I was working on my home computer because a) it's better than the uni, b) it's got a faster net connection, and c) it's not half an hour away like uni is.

Over here, most students in their second year do not live in halls of residence. We must rent houses from local landlords in order to have anywhere to live. Most of these are far enough away from th uni to make going in there for work rather dumb. Though our lab has no fee, and is open 7-11 weekdays, 9-9 weekends or somesuch bollocks. No overnight use, anyhow.

Fuck me, I'm stoned.
mythicfox
Nov. 26th, 2002 03:35 am (UTC)
So you have to pay a meter to get power in your own place? Man... I'm agreein' with TripleEEE on this one.

But in any case, enjoy being stoned. You deserve it. :)
triplee
Nov. 26th, 2002 06:57 am (UTC)
Alright, I can understand the bit about the labs. Not sure where I got confused. Maybe my brain was stuck somewhere back in my college days where I practically lived in the labs. Having a campus 10 mins. away was much more convenient.

Paying a meter for electricity in a house still seems pretty damned strange. We do such things monthly here, so you won't have that problem.

Ah well, agreed, enjoy being stoned. Sounds like you more than earned it.

~EEE~
everinward
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:11 am (UTC)
Prolog-bashing
Throw down, foo. Yes, user interfaces in pure Prolog are the real tenth circle of hell, but that's what Visual C is for, anyway. Prolog > You.

-Kill, who is converted.
digitalraven
Nov. 26th, 2002 10:22 am (UTC)
Re: Prolog-bashing
user interfaces in pure Prolog are the real tenth circle of hell

They were also part of the assignment specification. Everything had to be in Prolog, no other languages. And who the hell uses Visual C if they're not slaves to Mickey$haft. gcc > You. Always.
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