After the last couple months of traveling, I was quite happy to return home and actually get to spend two weeks with my wife. Naturally all the things that had been put off for the preceding two months cropped up and needed to be dealt with, from heart attacks to "default of rent" notices, burst pipes in the ceiling, and so on. When I wasn't putting out fires, I was mostly asleep. I was sleeping for fifteen or more hours at a time, whenever I could. My schedule was non-existant. This is I guess what is called "bad sleep hygiene". William Dement (iTMS: cheap and not so cheap, although Audible has an unabridged version) goes on and on about this, mostly discussing "sleep debt." The opposite is actually possible, apparently (he does discuss it in his book) accumulating too much sleep means problems attaining sleep in the future. So apparently there's some magical mystical point between excessive fatigue and excessive rest where you're supposed to wake up and be "normal." It's kind of too bad you can't just set your alarm clock to figure this out on its own. At any rate, so for the last few days I've been getting an hour or less of sleep, culminating in a whopping three hours this evening. Which puts me at advogato at 3 in the morning.
Returned to the doctor to check progress on an initiative I mentioned a couple months back. Good news is I'm on track. Slightly more than a 10% reduction in body mass. Not so much exercise (although there is certainly some of that going on), but rather the sea change said doctor suggested. It's a way of life change. Eat generally better, exercise generally more, and try not to fuck up your body if you can avoid it. It's paid off. Well, I guess if you don't count sleep problems.
I did get to take an "inventory" of my skills and attitude towards my education. How rewarding!
5. Desire to Finish College measures the strength of your commitment to completing a degree. Your score placed you in the 1st percentile. This suggests that you have some rather strong doubts about the value of a college education. It is extremely important that you try to clarify your objectives as soon as possible. Often a clear decision about one's career goals strengthens one's commitment to college. A counselor can be very helpful in guiding you through this process.
6. Attitude Toward Educators measures the degree to which you see teachers and administrators as competent, reasonable, and caring. Your score placed you in the 1st percentile. These negative perceptions probably make it very difficult for you to accept your teachers, and that may hurt your attention and effort in school. If you try getting to know your teachers, you will find that most are warm and helpful. You may also want to talk with a counselor, who might be able to help you understand your feelings toward educators.
Aww, sniffle! Our survey shows that you have seen through this hopeless charade we call an education, and our feewings are aww hurted!! I don't find it particularly probable that my thinking school is worthless (or at least undergraduate school) is going to make me any less successful at it. I mean, fuck. I'm going to have to test out of COMP 100.
I think I'm actually allergic to Seattle. All these damn plants seem to want to have babies in my eyes and sinuses. It could be that, or the cheap perfume on the chicks in the week-long event at work, or maybe it's the no-option-but-down sheets on the bed in the hotel. Either way, I'm a damn wreck. I have to scrape my eyelids open in the morning to apply contacts. Thankfully aforementioned MD wrote me an Rx for Restasis, which is kind of curious. Apparently it's an immuno-suppressant. This seems counterintuitive to me at first, but I suppose if my eyes are trying to fight off the galyfilcon and "silicon hydragel" incursions, or pollen, perfume and other irritants, it makes sense. So the stuff works.
Lately, I've been caught in ever-more complex Outlook calendaring and email issues. I'm really torn between a scathing "I hate Outlook" and a "Outlook has made me vastly more productive." I've now got enough meetings and concalls and conferences and travel and all that, I simply cannot be without proper calendaring, and collaborative calendaring at that. My wife and I were using iCal with a WebDAV server for a time, but the inability for her to modify my calendar and vice-versa was a huge limitation. It's also impractical to extend this to an enterprise. Outlook's mail filtering is deplorable. It isn't fixed in E12 either, apparently (sidenote: Office 12 is pretty). What to do? Even if I could pop or imap my email, I'd be stuck with some combination of mutt+fetchmail+procmail. Which works, sort of. The problem is that mutt is horribly bad with list mail. Fetchmail, well... all that really needs to be said is "ESR". Procmail I don't really mind too much, despite its deeply arcane syntax. And why can't somebody write a mail client that's as nice as mutt, which actually includes pop, imap, and (gasp) both plus ssl? First motherfucker that says pine gets stabbed. And why in the hell has nobody fixed the multiple-timezone problems in Outlook calendaring? It's horribly ugly. A simple pulldown in the toolbar for "timezone" (or an option to turn one on) would be enormously helpful for those who dare to travel outside of Redmond. That having been said, I generally show up for meetings, now. And I know where I'll be next week.