Post from April, 2002

I Am a Lazy Piece of Crap

Tuesday, 9. April 2002 10:15

I really don’t have anything to say except that I made a minor update to my web site.  I changed the trivia of the day around a little bit and now I won’t be changing the hyperlink for each question.  Instead of reading something like “I think the answer is “[ver. letter],” [var. answer],” I am now just going to have “I think the answer to the trivia is [var. letter].”  On occasion I might change it back the other way, but for now I’m just going to keep it like that so that I don’t have to mess with more of the html code than I have to.  Yeah, you can call me a lazy bum for that, but come on.  All you have to do to answer anyway is click your mouse two times.  Eventually I am going to talk to the OIT at UMBC and figure out what script I can use on UMBC’s server to have a form field on my web site that will send answers directly to my mailbox.  It will mean that the user will have to spend a little more time typing out their name in some form field box, but it will save me a bunch of hassle when getting kicked offline.  Plus, I will have more definite proof that someone answered a particular trivia question.  In fact, I’ve already set up a new AOL mailbox called “UMBC Trivia” to handle all responses.  I think I might just set up an account on my Comcast account, though because AOL mail can only be retrieved through ftp, the AOL software, and via the web.  In other words, I can’t set up a POP3 account through Outlook to handle AOL mail.  But, since you already know that I am a pretty lazy guy (heck, I push the handicapped buttons on doors so I don’t have to open them manually), I don’t think I’m going to get enough ambition to get over to our OIT office anytime soon.  I have a couple other plans in the works for the trivia site, too.  I’m eventually going to take a week off from it and reformat the entire thing, revise the terms and conditions, and set up different folders for the archives.  Again, that’s going to be some time in coming, but those ideas are sloshing around in my skull, nonetheless.  I’m not sure how much pressure I should put on myself, either.  After all, in just over a year I am going to be forced to discontinue the trivia when I head off to Australia to study abroad.  Man.  Stuff is happening too fast, it seems.  I was just talking with a good friend of mine about it the other day.  We were talking about how it just seemed like yesterday when we couldn’t wait to get our driver licenses, and now we are finishing up with college, getting “real” jobs, getting married, starting a family, and so forth.  Wow.  It makes you wonder why they call all that stuff “settling down.”  Wow-wee, glory day…  Alright, I guess that’s enough of that kind of stuff.  This is starting to sound more like a diary than a site update announcement, lol.  Wait a minute.  Why did I just type “lol”?  Hmm… that’s enough thinking for the day.  I think I’m going to study for accounting now.  Dangit, that means more thinking.  Oh, by the way, if you don’t feel like thinking, the answer to the trivia of the day for April 9 is B, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  That’s just a little treat for those who actually read my occasional rants, and a little incentive to do so in the future!

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April Fools; I’m Not Dead, As If You Care

Monday, 1. April 2002 14:15

Today is April Fools Day!  Not that it really matters anymore since I have outgrown some of the antics that I used to pull as a kid on this date.  I still like to commemorate “special” days like these, and so I made an especially easy trivia question — what is today?  The obvious answer from the choices given is April Fools.  Now, I have to admit that nobody really cares what I have to say on my web site, anyway.  I have a counter on almost every one of my pages, and while my “Trivia of the Day” site gets the most number of hits (thanks to a headliner link in my AIM profile), pages such as this one only get the occasional “checkup” by my girlfriend, Megan, and a couple other people who are bored and have nothing else to do.  Don’t get me wrong;  I am exceedingly grateful that those certain people actually check out the little links on my page here and there.  It makes me feel good.  but, anyway, I don’t really have anything to say.  The only “rant” I can think of is the fact that I am once again back at school after a Spring “Break”, in which my major accomplishment was stacking tons of wood on a 30 by 5 foot platform.  For those who may visit my site here and there, I’m still around, see title.

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