I get back to Kingston and not half an hour after I set foot in town, I begin a week long bender. I'm confident that previous to this I'd never been drunk two nights running. Well a week of drunken riot might sound like a bad idea, but it's actually a lot of fun. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter I drank a pile of vodka -- destroyed. Well, all empires fall eventually.
So I never did figure out how to log into someone's site using sql commands as the username and password, but I did accomplish a tiny feat. There are these computers in this public building at Queen's that just anybody can use. Obviously they're pretty beat up and abused and don't have much software, so a guy like me would never use them. We have access to good computer labs. Anyway, one day I'm walking past these computers and I check one out, to see what my site looks like from an old school platform. I open the browser and what does it load? Well let me just say that Queen's didn't set that home page. So I figure that some poor bloke accidentally clicked on one of those pop-ups that automatically changes your home page. So I go home, find the script, put a page on the net that changes your homepage to my site and try it out. Now all those computers have my site as their home.
So it's after midnight, and I've been working strait for days.
Bad news first: no mohawk. I didn't have a head shaver this year, so one day I wake up and bike downtown to the first hair place I can find and ask them to shave the sides of my head, but it's this old lady and she puts up my hair with about thirty pins before she comes at me with the shaver, and I'm sitting there looking at my hair in girl pins, and it's this funny looking short, limp mohawk, so I give up. Regular hair cut. Whatever, I have some good pictures of the glory days. Maybe I'll bring them by some time.
Besides that school's been a blast. I didn't really do any work for the first three weeks (hence the working strait for days), and I had a crazy good time. I saw The Dears at Clark and Bif Naked at Alfie's -- both great shows. Last weekend was homecoming and the ghetto was filled with people. No lie, they filled the streets like it was a busy club.
Well, it turns out that school is fun after all. I moved into a new place this year that's pretty much in the centre of campus. I expected it to be pretty good, but I'm amazed. A couple of blocks makes a really big difference. I'm in some interesting courses with some good profs, but I have this one semiconductor physics course that's just impossible, and I have a networks prof who speaks about as much English as I speak Chinese. That's the way it goes I guess. We have a full year thesis project (in groups of three) that I've started on, and it's crazy fun. I wish all school was done in large independent projects. We're going to program an Altera chip to be a floating point coprocessor for a Motorola microcontroller. The Altera chip is actually a programmable logic device, so its more like hardware design that programming. Anyway, it's a lot of fun.
Well, I hope everything has been good with you and your company.
I haven't read anything that wasn't a text book for a month now, but I haven't read that many text books, so I guess I shouldn't complain. Sorry to say that I don't have a Mohawk. I guess I'm just not a Mohawk guy anymore -- strange how that goes. So Kingston is fun and sunny and windy and nice. I've been sort of on vacation, which means I have to work like a dog now, but it was worth it. In Ottawa I lived in Vanier. In Kingston my home is surrounded by thousands of people in my demographic. That can be a lot of fun. Well, I hope you've been well, and your kids too.
So I bought soccer shoes. I've never really been active, but one of the guys I'm living with is crazy about soccer and talked me into playing. I can't believe how much fun it is, and that thing you said about judo rolls: it's true. Three times I went down, and the next thing I knew (after a tumble) I was back on my feet. I'm not very good, but I can screen people, and sometimes I can kick the ball away from them, but that's pretty much it.
Hope you've been well,