Archive for March, 2005

Postsecret

More in the vein of random internet flotsam: a collaborative modern art project where people create postcards with secrets on them and mail them in. There’s some really interesting art here and it raises the question of what your secret would be…


Postsecret

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Faire Un Pipe

Honestly, I enjoy Valentine’s Day. Well, I like the romance bit. Get dressed up and go out to a nice restaurant, maybe a little dancing. What’s not to like? good food, dancing and dress-up generally culminating in some lovin’. I have been told though that I am a bit of a girl. ☺ Regardless, this new holiday also sounds like a good time. Mmm, steak… I would do someone serious physical harm for a steak. More so than for a blow job, interestingly, and it has been almost two years since I’ve had either.


Steak and BJ Day

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Buts

I’ve been spending the day spinning my wheels pretty much. I’m trying to get the firewall configured for my lab, but every time I make a little progress I hit another wall. Right now the perl script for adding users to the samba domain controller is choking on the unicode characters in the LDAP distinguished name. Doesn’t that just figure?

Anyhow, I’ve also been ramping up to finish our semester one class. I was hoping to do it tonight and I told all the students we would be, but in looking at the info I’d have to cover it just isn’t going to happen. I’m really not sure how this is going to work out. I’ve got a couple really good attentive students who have been coming to class. It really does make a world of difference to have at least one or two students who come to class and seem to give a damn.

For the others, I don’t know what to do other than fail them. People can usually manage to squeeze by here, but this time it is going to be tough. I don’t decide on the curriculum and I don’t make the exams. There really is a huge amount of information to learn. I sent the lists of goals to them today to maybe put a bit of a scare into some of them and get them to come to class.

Les Buts de Cisco Semestre 1:

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Balance

I’ve been looking back over my entries and it appears that I do nothing but party anymore. This is only mostly true. I do occasionally pretend to be mildly productive. For example, today and tomorrow I am finishing up my semester one class. I need to write out my prep for tonight and I figured I’d do it here to demonstrate that I am occasionally productive. I also find it interesting, and perhaps the geekier among you might be of accord.

It is written in my horrible excuse for French and I apologize to the entire nation of France ahead of time for the butchering. I can’t spell for shit because so many French words have silent consonants at the end and I almost exclusively speak. I’ll get a dictionary and fix it up later…

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WAIST 2005 — Part #3

Almost to the end of this. This one is about as long as one and two; it’s amazing.

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WAIST 2005 group pic


WAIST 2005 group pic
Originally uploaded by Will Holcomb.

Testing flickr‘s photoblogging…

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WAIST 2005 — Part #2

Here is a continuation of the longest entry ever. I really don’t expect anyone to read this, I just want to get as much as I can down so that I’ll maybe be able to recall something in ten years. It is an amazing amount of info in general; I suppose the fact that each day began at 8am and went till around 4am gave quite a bit of time to cram stuff into.

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Bougez

Dance like no one’s watching? I prefer this kid’s dance like you know the whole world’s watching and you just don’t care.

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Mélangant

While at WAIST, the Senegalese volunteers were selling CDs to help finance their Gender and Development (SeneGAD) projects. I didn’t get a chance to buy a CD before leaving, but I did get a cover, and I wanted to take note of the artists so that I can be on the lookout for stuff from them.

SeneGAD’s West African Mix 2005

Youssou N’Dour Na Woor
Titi Bilahhi
Amadou & Mariam Dougou Massa
WaFlash Composé
Viviane Sant na Yalla
Dream Maxim Soul Reggea Rock
Viviane Cuuc
Youssou N’Dour Yaay Boy
Amadou & Mariam Paulo
Viviane Cheri Boy
Youssou N’Dour Salimata

Viviane is someone I’m interested in seeing in particular. She is Bilani and a native of Mauritania, but was supposedly banished for ten years or something like that to Senegal for being an uppity woman. Rumor is her music is a really solid blend of both the modal Mauritanian stuff and the more rhythmic Senegalese. She was in town a while back, but I missed the concert.

Hip hop is also really popular in Senegal. It is not uncommon to see young fellows with a side of their face covered in adhesive tape in a crude imitation of Nelly. I, myself, am something of a hip hop fan, so I’m keeping an eye open for these as well:

SeneGAD’s Hip Hop Mix 2005

Chingy Balla Baby Remix
Destiny’s Child featuring Lil’ Wayne & TI Soldier
TI Bring ‘Em Out
Akon Ghetto
Juvenile & Soulja Slim Slow Motion
Usher featuring Lil’ John & Jay Z Yeah!
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrel Drop It Like It’s Hot
Lil’ John and the East Side Boys Get Low
Clara featuring TI Goodies
Jay Z & Linkin Park Numb/Encore
B2K Bada Boom
Twista & Faith Evans Hope
Ludacris Get Back
Cam’ron & Kanye West Down and Out
Trick Daddy Let’s Go

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WAIST 2005 — Part #1

Ugh. I’ve been pulling long days trying to get caught up on work a bit. If it is possible to work oneself dumb, I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m doing, or at least blind; everything seems blurrier than normal. Maybe it’s like with working out, and it’ll make me stronger mentally in the long run to have stressed my brain a bit. Probably not.

In any case, I wanted to get my basic outline from WAIST recorded before my goldfish memory wipes it away. This is really long, to the point where I had to break it up to get it to post. Here’s the fist bit:


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