Yo, a few updates

Hey buddy, it’s been a while but we’ve gotta have a little chat. It’s ok, nothing too bad, but it’s kinda important. See, things are gonna be a little different around here from now on.

If you’ve been following, or frankly even if you’re new, you’ve probably noticed that a fairly large number of posts are password-protected. This is not gonna be the norm overall, it’s just I said some things I’d rather not delete, but would also rather not have found by people I know in real life just in case this blog finds its way back to them. If you wanna see what’s in ’em, just send me a message and I’ll probably let you in. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too exciting.

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Something I had on twitter earlier

This is gonna be one of those thoughts posts where it doesn’t make sense. If you’ve got an idea about what this stuff means, please comment below.


I watched a fire burn until it died out. There was still plenty of burnable fuel, but the fire had completely used up the oxygen.

It still tried to burn. The embers glowed pathetically and the odd spark flickered, but there was no way to regain its fiery might.


The most direct route is an easy one to follow, so sometimes one must take a detour to maintain privacy along the way.

Seeing the trails others have walked and knowing the path they took are different things unless you have done the same.


These were on twitter earlier, but I decided to move them here instead. It just felt right.

One Day…

New category for random weird thoughts which aren’t as coherent as I usually prefer. The content within will just be aimless musings with no particular rhyme or reason. Needless to say, though I’ll say it anyway, this is of no real value and you can just skip it if you like.

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Higher Education Part 4: Pay to Park

Ok this ones an actual rant. As in: “I’m barely gonna try to make sense as if I do normally but whatever even punctuation is optional when you’re this irked by something”, kinda thing.

As if it wasn’t a little obvious, the subject this time is for-pay parking on college campuses. Specifically, the fact that students often have to pay fairly steep rates alongside their tuition if they actually wanna make it to class. Yes I know other places (like some workplaces) have paid parking too. This still bugs me.

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Higher Education Part 3: Non-Traditional Problems

Hey, thinking of going back to school? Or are just a little late getting there in the first place? That’s ok. I’m the same! I took a few more gap years than I probable should have and have a good bit older than most of my classmates. Just, ah, lemme give you a quick word of warning: if you’ve got a life, this place really isn’t built for you.

Why not? Dunno, probably they’re just catering to the majority of their population, but the reality is that, unless you go a school or campus which specifically is designed for older students, the whole system is designed to fit exactly one type of lifestyle. Meet me below the fold and I’ll tell you about my experience.

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Higher Education Part 2: It IS about Learning, Right?

We’ve all been there: You’re just hanging out with some buddies, but when you get to the club, one of them asks, “Who was Franz Ferdinand?”. You give it your best guess and say they’re a Scottish band, but no, he meant the guy who’s assassination started WWI. History class was a while ago though. No big deal, you think, but then the same friend blocks you from going inside because you answered wrong. You try again, but now he’s got a new question! After a few goes, he tells you that you’ve run out of attempts and must stay outside.

What?

You say that’s never happened to you because there’s no reason that forgetting your history class should stop you from going to a club? Huh.

Moving right along at a good pace but not so quickly as to draw additional attention, this second entry into my rants about higher education will focus mainly on that most hated of courses: gatekeeper course, or unnecessarily punishing courses. This isn’t about courses with difficult subject matter, such as computer science and advanced mathematics. Rather, it’s about courses that should be more doable than they are. Everyone going to college is going to take a few of these, but why do they exist at all?

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