Monday, September 20, 2004

Missed Classes, Huge Hard Drives, and Michael Moore

So today, I get up and go to my physics laboratory from 9 to 12 AM. Apparently I was so engrossed in the exciting* experiment that I completely forgot about my computer science class right after it. It turned out okay though, because I got lunch early, and I got an extra hour to play Unreal Tournament 2004 (awesome game). It's not like one needs to go to any lectures to learn things here anyways; all the lecture notes are posted on the internet. However, I hope not to accidentally miss any more of my lectures (although I'm not saying anything about purposely missing them).

After dinner, I came back to the residence, and while browsing the internet, I came across the biggest hard drive I had ever seen.
At this corner, weighing in at 1,600 gigabytes, is the monstrous LaCie "Bigger Disk Extreme"! At the other corner, at a relatively puny 200 gigabytes, is the hard drive I bought last month. You see, at the time I thought 200 gigs was plenty for anyone, right? Wrong. I neglected to take into account the fact that not only do I have high speed internet, but I am connected to the university network. A network containing thousands of movies, hundreds of thousands of songs, and gigs and gigs of the loveliest porn you can imagine... I filled up 60 gigabytes in less than 2 days. I really need to start breaking out the DVD-Rs. Before I came to university, I bought a stack of 25, and I have hardly used any at the moment.

Later on, I was talking to some girl on MSN. Apparently she was at a math camp I attended two summers ago, but in all honesty I have no idea who she is. Anyways, she apparently has never heard of Michael Moore. I really thought she was joking, so I told her that if she wanted to ask stupid questions ("Who is Michael Moore?"), she should ask Google, not me. It turns out, however, that she was serious. I hope that at least she learned the value of googling. Note: I realize that "googling" should be capitalized, because Google is a trademarked name. However, they never intended their name to be used as a verb, and therefore I am taking the liberty of dropping the capital.

*exciting is used sarcastically in this context. The experiment consisted of using a slightly inclined air track and a motion sensor to determine the acceleration due to gravity. This was stretched out over three hours.


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