I’m about halfway through the Odyssey. Is it me, or was Odysseus kind of an ass?
Steady & mature. You are The Gentleman.
For anyone looking for an even-keeled, considerate lover, you’re their man. You’re sophisticated. You know what you want both in a relationship and outside of it. You have a substantial romantic side, and you’re experienced enough sexually to handle yourself in that arena, too. Your future relationships will be long-lasting; you’re classic “marrying material,” a prize in the eyes of many.
It’s possible that behind it all, you’re a bit of a male slut. Your best friends know that in relationships you’re fundamentally sex-driven. You’re a safe, reliable guy, who does get laid. In a lot of ways, you’re like a well-worn, comfortable pair of socks. Did you ever jack off into one of those? All the time.
Bah. I don’t feel like “marrying material” these days. I’m sexually frustrated and a recluse in my own house. I don’t envy my family. But then, considering the men in today’s society, maybe I AM what passes for a catch these days. Scary thought.
I’ve started working overtime. It’s kind of nice: I have a well-defined problem to work on all day until I’m too tired to focus, then home and straight to bed, then rinse and repeat. Dinner optional. Unfortunately it means I have even less opportunity for getting anything done around the house. I also haven’t made any further progress on going back to school. The old conundrum: it’s vital to my employment, but my employment doesn’t make it easy.
Yes, I’m playing out the classic “losing himself in his work” stereotype. Until an attractice alternative presents itself, I see no reason to do otherwise.
I discovered yesterday that serial communications coding in Windows is a giant pain in the butt. And that there are no working Ruby libraries to make it easier. I have heard complaints that the UNIX approach of treating everything as a file is problematic because it’s a leaky abstraction. But the advantage of that approach is that with a little reseach you can do anything you need to with ioctl and ordinary file I/O calls – from whatever language you’re comfortable in. You can even do it with a shell script if you want. In Windows you have to use an idiosynchratic C API for anything remotely out of the ordinary. If no one has conveniently wrapped up that API with a library for $LANGUAGE, you’re up a creek with a stick for a paddle.
Which is all to say that a quick-and-dirty tool that I thought would take a couple hours to whip up took me all day yesterday just to get started on, because I’m having to write it in C++ instead of Ruby.