Trae, the Disconnected man of Milwaukee Posted May 27, 2004 - 15:36:13
So, my instinct to go online, and check things apparently doesn't exist while I'm here in Milwaukee. Maybe it's the inconvienence of Dialup, maybe it's the fact that the sun is shining and I want to relax in it, or maybe it's because I don't want to bother battling for the internet connection with my father and brother. Who knows. Actually, it's probably because I get distracted by my nerd toys. See, in Eau Claire, my laptop (that I go online with) is my only computer. My need to play with computers is only satiated by working on my laptop, and that usually means going online.
Well, here in Milwaukee, my full set of toys are here. See, right now, beside my laptop, I have three other functional computers running in my room. They're all out of date, obsolete machines, but that makes me want to goof around with them more. I get to play in DOS again, and work on subroutines in old QuickBasic programs... it's the environment that made me a Comp Sci major back in the day. I *love* DOS programming. Of course, everything I loved about that world of code no longer exists in modern programming... which is why I abandoned it. There's something akin to mechanical work when you're getting a DOS program to work... it's nitty gritty, nuts and bolts. It's a simple, uncomplicated world. I think that modern programming has lost that almost frontier feeling, and that's kind of sad. It's the only reason I left it was as well.
I guess it's kind of a refreshing flashback. A dive into a world I'd forgotten, which I enjoyed very much. It's like, sometimes you forget something's been missing, and then you pick it back up again and boom - you feel completed by it again. Of course, this just proves again that I am ubernerd.
I can't wait until I start working, as it will mean I am no longer tempted to watch daytime television. As we all remember from last summer, daytime television eats your brain. It does, really. I made the mistake of flipping to MTV on commercials while I was watching Bravo's morning West Wing reruns (okay, so it's not all worthless, I have been watching West Wing, 7 Days, and DS9 in the mornings/early afternoon) and over my three hours of channel flipping, MTV literally showed two videos every time I flipped over to it. Yep, everytime I flipped over there was either Outkast or some rock band I'd never heard of, playing. I never saw anything else. It was sad.
You'd think that after my Avril Lavigne/John Mayer hatred spawned years back that I would have learned my lesson... but no, I hadn't. Well, now I'm going to claim that I've learned my lesson this time...