Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Homeless

I am finding it so frustrating to find myself an apartment. Every agent I deal with seems like a sleeze ball and I haven't been able to talk myself into the fact that its just standard practice to pay these bastards THOUSANDS of dollars just for putting up a 50 word ad on craigs list. Grrrr

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Play The Violin

This article has a good point.

Actually, it has several.

Two that really communicate a sinking feeling I've had lately about the way people think about things; for example, when trying to learn Math/Science/Engineering. It seems like the natural and intuitive reasoning for much of what we know -- the fact that it all makes sense --is totally lost in the classroom.

In their classes, students hear and read things like "In the equation y=x+3, the coefficient of x is the slope of the straight line, and the constant 3 is the y-intercept." They go along and memorize these tenants of a linear equation, and replicate the thought process when working with this stuff in the future. But theres nothing to memorize! That equation is a line, and when you draw it your pencil crosses the y-axis at 3. I feel like this idea of memorizing scientific explanations for intuitive facts is exemplified throughout all these fields, in colleges across the country.

Something else this article said is that "... curious, passionate people can learn anything." More to the point, people who AREN'T curious and passionate are not the type of people who I want to work with. People who know how build software in a certain way with certain tools, and aren't the least bit curious what else is out there are certainly not curious. And I'd say not passionate. Stepping back and taking this point of view on life in general, I find there people who aren't curious about new ideas, concepts, and ways of doing things. These people are usually not that interesting.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

CLIDE

Tonight starts the Knicks season. They're going to win unless something very disgusting happens. The opponents tonight were the Memphis Grizzlies. I don't know how impressive it is that the Knicks are going to defeat these Grizzlies, since the last time I watched basketball was when the Grizzlies were in Vancouver.

I didn't get very excited about the game at any point. The players seem a lot more like young thugs than they used to seem to me. Not sure if I just changed or if the league did as well, but either way I perceive it as less impressive and exciting. I only really watched the game tonight because of all the promotion I am subject to as I stroll through NY on my way to work in the morning.

Hands down the BEST thing about this game is Walt Frazier. Walt is an old time Knick who calls the games now as the color man of the broadcast, although the line between him and his counter part play-by-play man seems to be blurred. The words and phrases that Walt uses are absolutely hysterical on almost every possession. As a die hard 10 year old Knick fan, my brother father and I used to watch most of the games and cheer as much for Walt when he'd say "Starks starting to percolate now" as we did for Starks when he'd sink a 3.

So tonight may have been a bit of nostalgia for me, but hearing such gems as:

"So the Knicks off to an auspicious start" (after making 1 basket),

"Shaking... BAKING... AND ITS GOOD!"

and my personal favorite of the night- "Dishing and swishing now, Marbury is"

has me chuckling to myself even now as I write. I'll definitely be watching the next couple Knicks games, as they head into what is sure to be another painful and embarrassing season for NY basketball fans.