Friday, August 27, 2004

The world turns around and you're still in the same place

Wow, I haven't blogged for a while. Apologies, I see I had 22 hits this week. My goodness, who reads this stuff?? Let's see, most of you use Shaw, TELUS, Sympatico, Videotron, Rogers, and a whole bunch of other ISPs. And who the heck is surfing me from the southwest US??
Erm, I can't remember, did I mention that I can't install MT-Blacklist for some reason? I have no idea why, it just won't install, even though I follow every instruction down to the letter, including the extra steps for troubleshooting. Grr. So my blog continually gets spammed and spammed and spammed. I'm going to just upgrade to a newer version of Movable Type, that has some anti-spam features (like the same IP is unable to post comments more than once within a short period of time). It's not perfect, but it'll be sufficient. But Murphy's Law, you know. When it can go wrong, it will. For all I know, I won't be able to upgrade Movable Type either.
I applied to withdraw all my TELUS shares today from the Employee Share Plan. So they should be mailing me this fancy share certificate. Yay, I'll now get... like $4.50 a quarter from TELUS dividends. $18/year! Amazing, what some shares can give you. What an interesting eight months. What were the highlights, what did I learn, etc? The following is being written in random order, as they come to mind.
1. Never do three courses and full-time work at the same time. It sucks.
2. Telcos really are exactly like Dilbert, even if they try to have an innovative culture that makes the future friendly.
3. TELUS is way more than just a telco now, it really still impresses me in its product diversity. And I got to see Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma in action, even if none of the managers at TELUS heard of the book.
4. Tennis is fun. I don't know why I don't play more.
5. I missed the mountain snow. I'm definitely buying a ski pass, whether it be the cheap one for Whistler through the SFU Ski and Snowboard Club, or for Cypress.
6. God is always there. I'm the prodigal, not the guy upstairs.
7. Law school? Is it possible?
8. Spending $200 on a Palm Pilot and assorted Palm software better not be a bust, come fall. Will spending $70 on a keyboard be necessary for it to be truly useful?
9. Spending over $400 on a digital camera and assorted accessories was not a bust.
10. Posting on the message board at www.hardcoreware.net is still enjoyable. Props to the members for keeping it fun.
11. It's going to be weird not regularly seeing Anton for 16 straight months.
12. The fireworks were amazing again.
13. When it came down to it, SFU was the school that got the party started on the dance floor in Toronto. :D
14. Rum and Coke leaves such a horrible taste in my mouth.
15. My idea of what to look for in women is finally getting finalized. Or is it?
16. Crepes rock. If I could buy a crepe restaurant in Quebec or France, I would.
17. KRT Group is filled with smart people, we just don't have people with useful unique talents or passions. We might as well become consultants.
18. Good ideas are nice, but darn that stupid new law for China's paper.
19. Whistler Blackcomb is AWESOME! I so would like to get the Whistler season pass (less than $400 through the SFU Ski and Snowboard Club!), but how would I get there? And they don't do night skiing like Cypress...
20. PakG1 is slowly coming back to normal. Wow. For him anyway.
21. Volleyball is great, I'm going to play every Thursday night at drop-in again.
22. We should have kept James on our team, we would have gotten into the second round.
23. God has a plan for each person's life, if only they would be willing to participate.
24. I remembered the promise I made to God during Christmas Conference 2002. As Jim Eliot said, "He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose."
25. MSI in summer 2005 or bust.
26. Might not be able to work on a cruise ship with glimpse and the crew after all... not with everyone getting contracts at EA like crazy.
27. God hears us when we're broken.
28. Don't leave your heart unspoken.
29. Acting as ethics officer for ACE can be an interesting endeavour.
30. Kids can be so cute, but amazingly frustrating.
31. My purpose was, is, and always will be, to be salt.
32. Why do people come to me for advice? Why? What makes people think I have the answers to life's questions?
33. Ouch, I have an anger problem or what?
34. I really should have bought Maximizer stock at 14 cents.
35. Markstrat will rock. Again.
36. I still love my family.
37. Global warming must be a reality.
38. Camaros have friggin little space... how DOES the target market segment fit inside??
39. Anton's car has tiny space too.
40. Chee, these camera phones are useless.
41. The NHL has entered a new generation. There are new powers in the league now.
42. There is a changing of the guard in the Faculty of Business Administration at SFU.
43. Kage bushin no jutsu would be a useful ability to have.
44. The female population is very difficult to understand.
45. Cirque du Soleil was amazing.
46. I still get weird dreams.
47. Ninja Gaiden on the XBox is insanely good.
48. Zeph taught me an awesome exercise to fight carpal tunnel syndrome. You get that working in a cubicle 8 hours a day.
49. So that's what almond tea tastes like. Amazingly good.
50. ABA was a blast. Great four years.
Perhaps I'll post a more mentally stimulating entry next week. Tuesday's my last day, and I cannot wait to get back into the academic life. There's just something about being able to sleep in the morning that's so appealing. And writing project papers at 4 am.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts, In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts, While from the bounded level of our mind Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind; But more advanced, behold the strange surprise New distant scenes of endless science rise! So pleased at first the towering Alps we try, Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky, The eternal snows appear already past, And the first clouds and mountains seem the last; But, those attained, we tremble to survey The growing labors of the lengthened way, The increasing prospects tire our wandering eyes, Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise! ~Alexander Pope

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