November 18, 2004

The tussle to stay awake is clearly a sign that work is at odds with our nature. We’re a society that has ritualized the sleep deprivation that caused such disasters as the Exxon Valdez and Chernobyl, so our dialy battle is also evidence of just how dumb the planet’s smartest beings have become.

— Jared Sandberg in the Nov. 17, 2004 issue of The Wall Street Journal

Heh. The Twelve Stages of Macintosh Software Development.

Also, Websnark writes a cogent analysis of the failure of a comc strip, in “You had me, and you lost me: General Protection Fault”. Fascinating.

I’ve had a long, tough week thus far. As I mentioned yesterday, I went through my finances on Monday night and discovered that I’m completely tapped out. I didn’t know how I was going to pay for groceries until my next paycheck, though my parents generously helped out with that.

It pushed me into depression, though, knowing that I’ve bungled my finances so seriously. It’s because of the new townhouse: I didn’t realize how much I’d have to pay in closing costs, and I didn’t count on all the end-of-the-year taxes that I had to pay in the last few weeks. I also didn’t realize I’d be paying so much in utilities.

So, after climbing into bed and staring at the ceiling for awhile, I made a few resolutions: (1) I’m going to finish my current proofreading job, so I can get that money, and (2) I’m going to finish renovating the other bedroom in my townhouse and rent it as soon as possible. That will help my financial situation tremendously. I hope.

Maybe then I can start paying down my ridiculously high Visa bill…..

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