Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,

kids at school

Class last night was so painfully boring. I was happy at Pittsburg because
I had a lot of teachers who'd show up on the first day of class and say,
"Chapter 1 of the text is a lofty, philosophical void of practical
information. Read it in your spare time, we're starting with the
equations." Ten minutes later, we're learning stuff that we all know will
be used on the first lab report. Not every college is so lucky, I've found
out. Our professor had a presentation all ready to go last night full of
really basic definitions, random examples, and attempts to demonstrate how
this applies to careers. What's worse: people actually asked questions;
trying to nail down some of the definitions and ask if general examples were
supposed to cover every single case (NO!). What's double worse: exactly
half the class is from another country, as is the professor, so questions
took forever because no one could understand accents. The professor speaks
English pretty well... a lot better than my one from last semester. But I'm
always curious as to how all these people end up in the middle of Kansas to
study engineering.

Item II: Ever notice how aloof Linux users have to be with one another? I
mean, what percent of the population knows what Linux is, 10% or so? Then
from there, who's running it on a computer now, 1% or so? Or maybe it's a
male/female thing... if women have anything in common with one another, it's
an invitation for a 30 minute discussion. "I have that skirt!" leads into a
dissertation on the history of said skirt, a full review, what it goes with,
how well it holds up, where it's been. For some reason, every time I
overhear guys talking about Linux (and I only overhear guys talking about
Linux, that's why I can't tell if it's a geek thing or a guy thing), and I
chirp in with my favorite distro or a program I like or something like that,
I still get basically ignored. Considering how rare Linux users are I
figured anyone would really get to be one of the crowd pretty quickly but
that's not how it works. It's weird.

Apple users are united in their elitism, Windows users are united in their
ignorance, but when you're a Linux user sometimes it feels like you can't
really be united without proving yourself. Just being a desktop user and
believing in open source isn't good enough. Geeks are so annoyingly
competitive like that.
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