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August 19th, 2008


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10:15 am - It's a good day to be alive, you know. . .
I just realized that sometimes, when you say, "I don't mean to be pushy, but. . ." what you're really saying is, "Dude, tell me now. Like, yesterday." But you want to be polite about it, even though you know you don't have time to be polite.

I occasionally realize how lucky I am right now, to have this office with a big window, looking out toward Ohio Stadium. On days like today, where I can watch the sun slowly illuminate the buildings from West Campus to the stadium and down to Millikin Rd., it's just a beautiful thing.

This campus is often immersed in beauty and wonder, if you know where to look: I know I will have trouble leaving it when I finally do. I've been here for ten full years now, and I know the grounds intimately.

I configured my office in the manner I did in order to simply not change anything in the way my predecessor in this office had it: I just haven't had time to do anything like that. And so my back is to my usually-open door (I close it usually only when I need to make a call, am expecting a call, or it gets really loud in the hall), with my screens also facing the door. I'll tell ya, it keeps ya honest on company time. . .

It turns out, though, that I love the configuration, even if it does feel a bit exposed to the rest of my work-world. I am always glancing out the window, or standing in front of it while speaking on the phone, or watching a thunderstorm come in from the west.

Honestly, though I think about changing the configuration of my office often, I really like what I have in this place. Sure, there's a higher chance that someone will catch me checking out a webcomic in the early morning, or browsing LJ while a test installation of Matlab runs (guess what I'm doing right now), but since I don't actually spend more time doing those things than normal people do at work, I'm not too worried about it (I admit to being a bit comforted by the fact that everyone reads the news at work, or follows the Buckeyes, or takes cigarette breaks. . . My tiny bit of surfing isn't hurting).

I suppose this post is really just about being lucky, happy, and enjoying the later stages of sunrise even when your back is to the east. And killing time while software installs and I can't do much of anything else. . .
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home", -JB
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From:rfunk
Date:August 19th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Really you're lucky to have a window in the first place. Consider those across the hall from you. At one point OSU wanted to move me out of my window office, but I fought it and won (with help from friends above me).

I have a window on each side of my desk here, and really like having a bit of a view to my left and right. I'd hate to go back to the closed-off offices I used to work in.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 19th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. See "Compiling."
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From:shawneen_bear
Date:August 19th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Views are nice, but poison arrows of chi can be a bad thing, for a variety of reasons. If you must, or would just like to, keep your back to the entrance of your office one "fix" would be to install a decorative mirror or reflective surface to bounce the rooms energies and eliminate/cure the bad shui, try it and see if it doesn't make your space feel better. Might give you a nano second for that mouse click to your "safety page" as well. =)
"Fixing the world one room at a time"
Shawneen
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From:verginiamus
Date:August 19th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Being alive is nice. Being vertical is nice too. After two months of being horizontal with West Nile Virus, I am glad to be vertical.

Glad to hear someone else is enjoying themselves.
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From:ravenna_blue
Date:August 20th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I seriously love moments like that.

When you sit back and have a moment of insight that can really make you grateful for little things.

I often feel silly for posting stuff like that...but in this world, where most folks are blogging about their crappy lives and the negative aspects of the world. A little bit of gratiousness can be a welcome breath of fresh air!
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From:lughaidh
Date:August 20th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)

A room with a view

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@ OSU? I guess that okay. Being from California, it's sometimes hard to acknowledge schools not in the PAC-10... ;-)

I envy your room with the view. I work in a busy emergency room; my views consist of blood, vomit, poop, pee and the occasional dead person; all of which I could of course, do without.

So, my friend, enjoy your view as long as you can. The next view might not be as nice.

Why are you leaving OSU? Coming to your senses and moving to a PAC-10 School?

Brightest Blessings,

Lughaidh
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 20th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)

Re: A room with a view

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One of us will have more room to talk regarding Pac-10 vs. Big Ten shortly, I'm sure. . . I understand there's some small preseason game we're playing out there. . . UCS? SUC? Somethin' like that.

Oh, wait: we played one last year, I think. Up in Seattle. But I get the schools on the West Coast mixed up: they're pretty much all the same team.

I'm not planning on leaving OSU. . . but it's not like it won't happen some day.
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From:lughaidh
Date:August 20th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)

Re: A room with a view

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Ouch!!! That's USC !!!!!!!!! National Champions a few times!!! It's really not nice to dis the PAC-10, unless you're talking about UCLA...^%&$$&%%#&*(()
so sorry, I always have a mini-vomit when I say or type UCLA...@$^*&^%&))(_ oops, there I go again.
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From:alvita_felis
Date:August 22nd, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)

Time?

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Errr, just the obnoxious woman who stalks you over e-mail here . I wanted to know what happened, did you receive my DP essays, or did you feel like you´re fed up with them, or is everybody just out chilling out at festivals?

I happen to have a very busy time and I actually want to mail the thing to Preceptor till the end of September; wondering whether I should post on the list, or the LJ community, the whole Internet seems just so vacant these days...
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 25th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Time?

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Well, the last week has been the run-up to Summerland and then the festival itself, so I haven't had a chance to respond. I have, however, read them (common with me: time to read, but not to respond), and I like them. There are minor language things in some of them, but in general, they're each very good.

I'll see if I can't respond soon to the little things.
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From:alvita_felis
Date:August 28th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)

Re: Time?

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Ok, thanks. I´ll be waiting. I´m working on the rest.

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