Before I begin, I am going to assume that you know what a lot of common *nix commands and programs are. I’ll try to explain some things, but if you don’t know about Linux, SSH, port forwarding, or ISOs, then steer clear of this article until you know about them. Read more…
Today I got my “golden library card” for my local library system! What does that mean, you ask? It means I don’t get any late fees whatsoever! I can go a day or two over the due date on something and they don’t mind! And do you know why they don’t mind? It’s because I volunteered over 100 hours at the various libraries in my county over the years! *squee*!!!
I was supposed to get this late last year, but they mis-counted my hours (leaving about 10-20 of them out), so I tried working some more hours and they misplaced it again! Then, I submitted the form for a golden card one more time, and I finally got it! It was totally worth the wait because now I get to check out a bunch of things at once and not worry so extensively about taking them back. That doesn’t mean I get to “keep” what I check out (in a sense). It would be very rude of me to take something out for an extended period of time. I’m only going to use my card so I don’t have to rush to take them back; I’ll be sure to take the books and movies back that I get right when I finish them.
So… my day today is as follows:
I wake up and do school. After it, I notice a comment on an article on Slashdot.org that joked about indulgences. If you’ve never heard of the term, it’s a Catholic term for an act of penance that reduces your required stay in “Purgatory”, a sort of waiting-room-esque state where your sins are burned away before you enter Heaven. Well, I know a lot about Catholic history compared to the average layman, so I tried correcting his definition about indulgences; he claimed that they were “bought”, when they’re more “earned”, such as reading your bible or reciting prayers. Well, after responding with a logical, factual, and truthful comment, do you know what I got in response? Trolls. Tons of them, all spouting common misconceptions about the Catholic Church and how it’s “covering up mistakes” or how it’s “evil” and whatnot, even one of them going completely off-topic and getting modded up for it! So I spent a while trying to correct them all with actual citations instead of their baseless lies, only to get more.
Then I took a nap, only to come back to the worst part of my day… Read more…
For my 8th grade English class, I had to write a children’s book. I wrote a book to teach kids basic math… with felt and limericks! At the post title suggests, I called it the Fuzzy Wuzzy Math Book. My teacher liked it so much that I got an A for it! The first page has a limerick asking a math question, and the right page has a felt picture illustrating the initial number of objects (cakes, bugs, etc.). The object is to take the number of objects on the right, and add or subtract an amount to find the correct answer. Simple and adorable!
You can read it here, on my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloshay/5382691989/in/set-72157625892751702/