The spring semester at university starts tomorrow. Mondays are going to be my long days, too, starting at 8 and ending at 5. I’ll be taking 16 hours this term, which isn’t that much until you consider that I’ll be working 18 hours a week, too. I don’t have to work that much; in fact, I can pretty much make whatever hours I want (my boss rocks), but boy, do I need the money. As of today, I still need to pay for (not necessarily acquire) the following components for my new PC:

  • Western Digital “Raptor” SATA hard drive, 10000RPM {} $121.50
  • Corsair XMS RAM, 1 gig {} $208
  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor {} $300
  • Gigabyte GA-K8VNXP motherboard {} $165
  • Asus Radeon 9800XT 256mb video card {} $479

In other words, I need to be working my ass off.

Some people look at me like a leper when I tell them I’m spending almost two grand on a computer. They think that sort of mecha-geekdom is compensatory behaviour for some terrible inadequacy, physical or otherwise. Besides, it’s not as though “Hey, baby, how about we go back to my place and I whip out my benchmarks?” works as a pickup line. It doesn’t matter what I tell them, though. These people will never understand: I’m not so pathetic or naive as to think that processor speed is indicative of penis size or anything silly like that.

That’s RAM’s job.

Last semester was a mixed blessing, I think. I was only taking four classes (the fifth was on a Saturday morning, so I dropped it, lazy me), and they were the damnedest combination of thumb-sucking remedial teaching and mind-boggling difficulty (damn you, integrals!). The good news is, I’m knocking down my math and semi-math business requirements this year. Most everything else will be computing and maybe some design. We shall see.

§294 · January 11, 2004 · Tags: ·

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