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New Years Resolutions?

By Signal 11 in Culture
Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 05:37:11 AM EST
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Last year we witnessed the Y2K bug non-event. Many of us were trapped in an office with cheap bubbly and cold food, courtesy of a panic attack by management when we made our last resolution - for me, it was never to work tech support again. On Dec. 31 of this year we will enter the real new millenium. This past year has been interesting for all of us I'm sure - from the death, and then resurrection, of kuro5hin to political upheaval on copyright and intellectual property back to an election year gone horribly wrong. Traditionally, January 1st is a day of reflection, to look back over the past year and see what was left undone and to look forward to what might be possible.

What's your resolution for the new year?


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My new year's resolution is to...
o get a new computer. 9%
o get a new job. 9%
o lose weight. 11%
o get laid! 33%
o finish last year's resolution. 2%
o do something else. 13%
o do nothing. 6%
o arrrru? 13%

Votes: 132
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New Years Resolutions? | 70 comments (67 topical, 3 editorial, 0 hidden)
My resolution (3.62 / 16) (#1)
by Signal 11 on Sat Dec 23, 2000 at 11:10:10 PM EST

My new year's resolution is to do more of what I say I'm say I'm going to do. I'm going to take up a political cause and actively work to make a change. That, and I need to lose weight, get some new clothes, and go get laid. :)


--
Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.
Hmm (3.00 / 5) (#4)
by Nyarlathotep on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:22:10 AM EST

go get laid

Good resolution! I gues I'll need to say "pass my oral qualifing exams, start doing research, and go get laid."
Campus Crusade for Cthulhu -- it found me!
[ Parent ]

Dude... (4.28 / 7) (#17)
by titus-g on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 06:45:32 AM EST

*pass my oral qualifing exams, start doing research, and go get laid.*

You are taking this sex thing way to seriously, you don't need to take exams or research it, just get out and get down :)

--"Essentially madness is like charity, it begins at home" --
[ Parent ]

Wow (3.00 / 2) (#24)
by sugarman on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:49:38 PM EST

pass my oral qualifing exams, start doing research, and go get laid.

I guess Georgia Tech is a tougher school than I thought. No wonder those Yellow Jackets look pissed off on the field.

--sugarman--
[ Parent ]

oral exams? (2.00 / 2) (#35)
by winthrop on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 11:55:34 PM EST

I thought the oral exams, the research, and the getting laid were all one and the same. --Dan

[ Parent ]
I wanna go to school (1.50 / 2) (#38)
by djabji on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 10:35:45 AM EST

Damn, what school do you go to?

I want to go there.

[ Parent ]
My resolution (4.36 / 11) (#2)
by YelM3 on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:06:07 AM EST

My New Year's resolution this year (and I think it's the first serious one I've ever had) is to work my ass off and earn straight A's next semester.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my story last week. I wanted to post replies and thanks individually, but with a good portion of the 190+ posts being very solid advice I really couldn't choose.

Anyway, at the very least the discussion helped me decide to stick with my major and not go to some technical school or drop out to start working full-time. I'm not sure if I would have thought about all the possibilities if it were not for all the great responses.

Happy holidays!

resolution (3.80 / 10) (#3)
by radar bunny on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:18:34 AM EST

Mine is to finally publish my first novel and finish writing my second. It's also to be a better pers^H^H^H^H typer.
:-P

me too :) (3.50 / 2) (#42)
by johnzo on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 03:08:08 PM EST

a) finish my first novel

b) get more short stories published so that I can find an agent who will help me sell a)

[ Parent ]

More controversial k5 articles (2.92 / 14) (#5)
by ObeseWhale on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:32:37 AM EST

I plan to write a few more highly controversial k5 articles. I plan to get more people to call me a lame slashdotter. I plan to get more people to unite behind my cause and feel connected to the topics I speak out on. I plan to get more people to send me flame email. I plan to get more people to complement my writing.

Communist revolution wouldn't be bad, either.

---

"The hunger for liberty may he suppressed for a time; yet never exterminated. Man's natural instinct is for freedom, and no power on earth can succeed in crushing it for very long."
-Alexander Berkman
Are you serious? (3.28 / 7) (#6)
by djpotter on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:42:40 AM EST

ObeseWhale -
I love your articles - they're well written and generally invite good discussion.

However...do you *really* want Communist revolution? Why? Perhaps there's an article for you...

DJP


"Anyone remotely interesting is somehow mad." - Dr. Who
[ Parent ]
Communist Revolution... (3.00 / 2) (#62)
by Tr3534 on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 09:52:07 PM EST

Yes, please, I'll take two.

(/me takes communist flag to a nearby street and spins twice...)




Hmm... anyone remember where that came from? I think it was a Monty
Python cartoon, but i'm not sure at all.

Sigmentation Fault: Post Dumped.
[ Parent ]
The trolling will continue... (2.00 / 2) (#67)
by sugarman on Wed Dec 27, 2000 at 03:39:36 PM EST

I shudder when I see resolutions of this nature.

Here's a hint: focus on improving the content of the articles you create, and not on the response they generate. Posting to get a particular response is not the way to get yourself over on k5. You'll end up causing yourself more problems in the long run.

And look into the real results of major political changes while you're at it. Chances are real good you won't like the result, and you won't be on the winning side either.

--sugarman--
[ Parent ]

Resolution. (3.19 / 36) (#7)
by Electric Angst on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:57:22 AM EST

I'm going to resolve to stop smoking crack and killing white people.

It's hard, but it's something I'm going to have to come to terms with...
--
"Hell, at least [Mailbox Pipebombing suspect Lucas Helder's] argument makes sense, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of people." - trhurler
Well well well... (3.50 / 2) (#10)
by Electric Angst on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 02:18:27 AM EST

I see that this doesn't play so well over the net...

It's a pity, 'cause it always kills in real life. I guess the humor is more visual...
--
"Hell, at least [Mailbox Pipebombing suspect Lucas Helder's] argument makes sense, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of people." - trhurler
[ Parent ]
LoL (2.33 / 3) (#25)
by sugarman on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:58:07 PM EST

I know what you mean. Things that I say in real life would get me crucified on the net. No amounnt of smilies can communicate that fact that I'm wearing a big shit-eating grin and I'm not believing what I say for a second.

*Sigh*. Ah well, just turn the self-restraint up to '11' and post what you mean I guess. The net still has a way to go.

--sugarman--
[ Parent ]

I know what mine are (3.58 / 12) (#8)
by djkimmel on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 01:58:15 AM EST

My new year's resolutions are to
  • Lose weight
  • Buy a car
  • Lose some more weight
  • Get a girlfriend, hopefully
  • And finally, get laid

Hopefully in that order

Of course, I'll be happy with just the car - but getting that is more of a short term plan, not a resolution.
-- Dave

funny (2.25 / 4) (#9)
by /dev/trash on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 02:04:31 AM EST

Heh as I was reading the last sentence I was like "Get laid, more often"

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Updated 02/20/2004
New Site
[ Parent ]
Well (3.00 / 2) (#19)
by k5er on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 09:56:35 AM EST

I just got the car, and I don't really need to lose wait, however I do need to get laid, but I don't want a girlfriend to nag my ass about spending to much time with the computer and not with her. That happened to my last GF so I got rid of her.
Long live k5, down with CNN.
[ Parent ]
Indulge in a little ultra-violence (2.82 / 28) (#11)
by 0xdeadbeef on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 02:50:47 AM EST

My new years resolution is to track down and beat the everliving crap out of every pedantic asshole who makes an issue over the fact that this is the start of the new millenium.

Go ahead, mod me down. But in your heart you know it's just.

Hang up those gloves ... (4.11 / 9) (#15)
by StrontiumDog on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 04:52:24 AM EST

... this is the start of the new millenium.

It isn't the start of the new millenium. It's the start of the new millennium.

(I recently saw this correction in one of the diaries, sorry can't remember which. Until I read it, I, like you, was an unwashed ingnoramus. :-)

[ Parent ]

Re: Indulge in a little ultra-violence (4.00 / 2) (#31)
by mrBlond on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 06:09:21 PM EST

My new years resolution is to track down and beat the everliving crap out of every pedantic asshole who makes an issue over the fact that this is the start of the new millenium (sic). -- 0xdeadbeef

Below the big tree at the entrance of the Brackenfell library
Western Cape
South Africa
CE 2000.12.27 0900 GMT

No hitting below the belt.

It doesn't start till 2001. I'll kill you if you say that again. I'm the most pedantic. No I'm the most pedantic!
--
Inoshiro for cabal leader.
[ Parent ]

haha (2.54 / 11) (#12)
by 31: on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 03:01:23 AM EST

I plan on celebrating the new year on april 1st... take that, you "January fools!"

And if you're gonna be all upity about 2001 being the start of the new mellenium... well, I don't think it's gonna happy on Dec. 31 (even for you silly people celebrating in a few days) :)

For resolutions... I plan on continuing to kick ass, being my bad self, and take a computer class.

-Patrick
Rant. (3.16 / 18) (#13)
by Farq Q. Fenderson on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 03:06:08 AM EST

This is ranty, so beware.

Why the hell do I have to make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Why can't I make them (if I make them at all) whenever the hell I please? Doesn't it strike everyone as a little FAKE that they're making resolutions NOW simply because they SHOULD?

Like I expect a single one of you to actually keep any of the resolutions you make "this year."

If ever I make a resolution, it's after some insight, something has to change besides the date for me to want to change something about myself.

Seriously.

farq will not be coming back
Well... (4.16 / 6) (#16)
by Electric Angst on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 05:30:52 AM EST

I believe the tradition of New Year's resolutions comes from a Norse (or Celtic, it's been a while since I heard this lecture) tradition of sitting 'round the revel fire on or around the Winter Solstice, passing the drink, and telling tales of what happened during the year. Kind of like the urge people get to make top ten this-or-that lists around this time of year...

Well, as the drink went around, and everyone was enjoying themselves in a way only primative Pagans could, they would start to make oaths as to what they would do for the next year, be it conquer a nearby land or preform well in battle or whatever... It was considered a great shame to not complete whatever task you swore an oath to do before the next revel fire the following year.

So, just think of it this way, by making a resolution this time of year, you're helping to keep the spirit of those ancient, blood-thirsty, Pagan peoples alive.

It sure brings a tear of pride to my eye...
--
"Hell, at least [Mailbox Pipebombing suspect Lucas Helder's] argument makes sense, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of people." - trhurler
[ Parent ]
This I can appreciate. (3.00 / 1) (#18)
by Farq Q. Fenderson on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 07:59:57 AM EST

I can really dig cool ancient traditions. Too bad it's been perverted.

If it were actually the same spirit, I wouldn't rag on it, but obviously it's not. Hell, we don't even have the same culture anymore, so it's out of place -- it couldn't have the same spirit.

OTOH, buring a log and eating meat is cool in any situation, IMO.

farq will not be coming back
[ Parent ]
Dammit, ya got fluffy grue's cool sig (3.00 / 1) (#21)
by sugarman on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:42:00 PM EST

I still think it's neat.

There's nothing saying you can't still follow the tradition, albeit in a western way. Get together with a bunch of friends, get liquored, and lay in with the 'resolutions'.

My friends and I have been inadvertently doing the same thing for years. (One of the gang has a b-day close to new years, so we tend to have a blow-out). Naturally, no-one comes close to keeping the promises they've made, which leads to some good natured ribbing (and some of the more infamous boasts carry on from year to year, even 10 years later).

So just follow a couple simple steps with Resolutions. They should be:

  • - Loud
  • - In public
  • - With people who you're likely to see again.

    Happy New Year

    --sugarman--
    [ Parent ]

  • the {fray} has a good story about resolutions (2.85 / 7) (#14)
    by Sunir on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 03:40:06 AM EST

    This is MLP, but it's worth it. Check out the story about New Year's resolutions written in 1999 by the ever interesting people at the {fray} [sic]. Don't forget to check out the posts as well.

    "Look! You're free! Go, and be free!" and everyone hated it for that. --r

    Hmh. (4.08 / 24) (#22)
    by ksandstr on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 12:43:17 PM EST

    My new year's resolution will still be the same old 1280x960, 16 bpp.

    Feel free to groan in agony now :-)



    Fin.
    My resolutions (3.55 / 18) (#26)
    by MrSpey on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 03:15:24 PM EST

    I resolve to learn to walk without rythm (so that I don't attract the worms).
    I resolve to finally make it down to Tashi Station to pick up those power converters I want, and to bullseye wamprats in my T-16.
    I resolve to understand and comprehend Hummingbird Wings.
    I resolve that as long as I still function I will keep the creation matrix safe.
    I resolve to get a First Post.
    I resolve to spot whinnies homing in on blandishments of Vaseline.
    I resolve to find out what's on the other side of the stargate.
    I resolve to slay the Captain of the Nine.
    I resolve to meet the Shrike.
    I resolve to bring the pain and the noise.
    I resolve to stop committing sixth day violations.
    I resolve to hold the complete Rod of Seven Parts in the Hand of Vecna while looking through the Eye of Vecna, all while hiding out in my apparatus of Kwalish.
    I resolve to earn my terminator honors.
    I resolve to find the Vorlon homeworld.
    I resolve to not mess with Charlie Mack.
    I resolve to get the brain and go home.
    I resolve to stop the spread of the pink and red landscape (with a little help from my Uncle Ira).
    I resolve to get all the chaos emeralds.
    I resolve to get good at triangle jumping.
    I resolve to meet Christine Spar and Brian Li Sung.
    And I resolve to cover my butt, since Bernard is watching.

    Mr. Spey
    Vivat Grendel!

    Damn... (3.00 / 1) (#64)
    by Armaphine on Wed Dec 27, 2000 at 07:04:21 AM EST

    And I resolve to cover my butt, since Bernard is watching.

    Been a while since I've seen a good quote from Ender's Game... and be advised, Shadow of the Hegemon comes out Jan 2!

    Question authority. Don't ask why, just do it.
    [ Parent ]

    Mine (1.19 / 26) (#27)
    by maketo on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 03:54:33 PM EST

    1. Stop reading signal_11 articles 2. Stop reading kuro5hin cause it sucks and its a waste of time
    agents, bugs, nanites....see the connection?
    New Year's Resolution (3.50 / 6) (#29)
    by Mr. Excitement on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 04:39:45 PM EST

    Mine is to stop putting faith in an annual resolution, which will soon be abandoned anyway. It's probably better to work on these things gradually, than go cold turkey on all my bad habits...

    +1, section

    1 141900 Mr. Excitement-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha died in The Gnomish Mines on level 10 [max 12]. Killed by a bolt of lightning - [129]

    Even the author of the story got it wrong (4.50 / 6) (#34)
    by Wah on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 11:05:08 PM EST

    Because of the special nature of this year, any resolutions you make are referenced by millennia rather than years.

    So, it's not an much an "annual" resolution this year, as a millennial one. All those personal deals you make with yourself have a shelf-life of 1000 years, rather than the two weeks of normal everyyear resolutions. You could say they have a higher resolution resolution, but that would make you look silly.
    --
    Fail to Obey?
    [ Parent ]

    Actually... (4.75 / 4) (#36)
    by Mr. Excitement on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 02:50:30 AM EST

    It'd make a lower resolution resolution, since time increments of 1000 years aren't as fine-grained as increments of 1 year. But I digress. :-)

    1 141900 Mr. Excitement-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha died in The Gnomish Mines on level 10 [max 12]. Killed by a bolt of lightning - [129]
    [ Parent ]
    My Resolutions (3.75 / 4) (#30)
    by Captain_Tenille on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 04:52:25 PM EST

    1. Get a computer that isn't totally ghetto.<BR
    2. Publish "The Book of Coasters" (a project some friends of mine and I have been working on, collecting the funny things people say in bars on coasters).

    3. Seriously consider drinking less and computing more.

    4. Stop going out with girls that are boring and that I can't stand.

    5. Spend more time on kuro5hin. :-D


    ----
    /* You are not expected to understand this. */

    Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!

    Resolutions (3.83 / 6) (#32)
    by enterfornone on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 06:45:30 PM EST

    I normally don't bother with the resolution thing, but I do write down my goals throughout the year and generally achieve them. Anyway this year...

    • Get my CCNA (early next year, January even)
    • Get 2000 MCSE (before the end of the year when NT4 expires)
    • Move into NOC late next year
    • Start on a degree (looking at doing business/management via OLA, will probably just take a few subjects that interest me first).
    • Stop spending money on shit. I want to save enough to buy my own unit cos renting sux.
    • I wouldn't mind losing weight (actually my weight is OK, but it's mostly flab and little muscle) and getting laid.
    That's all for now, I'm sure I'll think of more.

    --
    efn 26/m/syd
    Will sponsor new accounts for porn.
    Swim (2.50 / 2) (#33)
    by joeyo on Sun Dec 24, 2000 at 09:28:07 PM EST

    I'm gonna swim three days a week starting in January. My master plan is to someday compete in a triathlon, and my swimming just isn't up to snuff.

    I also resolve to read Snowcrash. :^)

    --
    "Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi

    Stephenson Novels (3.00 / 1) (#47)
    by nekulturny on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 09:12:29 PM EST

    Go ahead and read Snow Crash (groan when you see the main character's name) but if you like it you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read The Diamond Age, too. I read The Diamond Age two months ago and it got me started on Stephenson--it had as much philosophy as technobabble and fantasy combined, Stephenson's "trademark" it would seem. Cryptonomicon was really good too, but in a totally different way. It was a lot more realistic with a whole shit load of historical information. One of my favorite all time (rough) quotes: So can you give any advice to other soldiers overseas? Kill the guy with the sword first. Oh, that's so smart; kill the officers first, right? No asshole! You ever had a screaming, crazy motherfucker running at you with a sword!
    __ Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.
    [ Parent ]
    Snow Crash / Stephenson (3.00 / 1) (#49)
    by joeyo on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 12:00:49 AM EST

    Actually, my girlfriend got me Snow Crash for Christmas and I've already started reading it. It's been on my reading list for quite some time but somehow she managed to snag a copy and read it first. (But she was nice enough to get me a copy too, eh? <grin>)

    So far, I really like Stephenson's prose. I've been a big fan of Gibson for some time, Snow Crash is my kind of Cyberpunk. And the figurative language is so freaking cool! My favorite quote so far is, "The Deliverator is in touch with the road, starts like a bad day, stops on a peseta." Wow!

    --
    "Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi
    [ Parent ]

    Rip the system (3.16 / 6) (#37)
    by Miniluv on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 03:49:29 AM EST

    First, to manipulate the US Immigration service to finally get my fiancee into the country.
    Next, marry my fiancee and adjust her status to resident alien.
    Finally, have a nice family ceremony and carry her across the threshold of our own place.
    Interspersed, mad phat fuckin'.

    "Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
    not sure about US law... (4.00 / 1) (#43)
    by enterfornone on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 04:01:12 PM EST

    But wouldn't marrying her first make it easier?

    --
    efn 26/m/syd
    Will sponsor new accounts for porn.
    [ Parent ]
    Actually... (4.00 / 1) (#44)
    by Miniluv on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 05:36:07 PM EST

    No, it'd make it a longer process. Don't ask why, I've learned that INS makes no sense. We researched the process and our available options and both INS and our legal counsel recommended the fiancee visa route as quicker and easier. It's not quick or easy, but I guess adding "er" to words makes everything ok, eh?

    "Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
    [ Parent ]
    Have you forgotten the mandate given by the SOMADs (1.00 / 2) (#39)
    by damion on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 12:53:05 PM EST

    The Forum2000 SOMADs mandated that humanity must cease its filking or they will destroy us all. NO STINKING / NO FILKING

    *sigh* (none / 0) (#40)
    by damion on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 12:57:40 PM EST

    And this ended up getting posted to the wrong story. Sorry :/

    [ Parent ]
    My New Year's Resolution... (3.00 / 2) (#41)
    by SIGFPE on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 01:37:22 PM EST

    ...is to succesfully keep to a resolution to a year.

    Logic problem: could I fail?
    SIGFPE

    Several years ago... (3.00 / 1) (#59)
    by Skeevy on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 06:46:02 PM EST

    I made a New Year's resolution not to make any more New Year's resolutions. So far, so good...

    [ Parent ]
    To have more sex... (1.00 / 4) (#45)
    by jonr on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 08:02:55 PM EST

    ...and get a job abroad, anybody want to hire a nice guy with this resumé? ;) J.

    my 2001 plan (3.00 / 2) (#46)
    by steven on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 08:27:16 PM EST

  • work (for once) next year and get a good university entrance score (good luck, considering i averaged 41% in my exams this year...)
  • finally get around to driving
  • become employed
  • plan 2002's overseas adventures
  • become less lazy
  • in that order, too... but i bet i won't stick to them for very long...

    --steven

    Learn a new Operating System (2.66 / 3) (#48)
    by renigademaster on Mon Dec 25, 2000 at 10:15:05 PM EST

    I have been using macs an wintel computer for 12 out of 17 years of my life. I do not know how to use any *nix type operating systems and would like to learn one.
    Any suggestions for books, cds, or specific distro's that are easy to use? (PC or Mac based)
    Oh ya, also the traditional loose weight, get laid, be nicer.... ect.


    I'd say Red Hat (5.00 / 3) (#52)
    by titivillus on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 11:22:50 AM EST

    Some would say Debian, some would say FreeBSD, but I've never successfully gotten through the rats-maze that package selection is under Debian, and I couldn't get X running under FreeBSD when I tried it. (Personally, I don't have enough computers to have one down for the count for testing, so I test quick and then go back to what I know.)

    But to start again, get yourself RedHat 6.2. Cheapbytes should have it, and O'Reilly has a "Learning RedHat Linux" that is probably pretty good. "Linux in a Nutshell", Also from O'Reilly, is a good source for most of the commands you'd want to do.



    [ Parent ]
    Who will you ask for advice? (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by Paul Crowley on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 07:58:36 PM EST

    Work out who you're going to turn to when you can't get the thing to work. Install what they know best.

    I wish people I know would do this, rather than coming to a Debian fanatic like me about their SuSE mail problems...
    --
    Paul Crowley aka ciphergoth. Crypto and sex politics. Diary.
    [ Parent ]
    Suggestions (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by squeakyweasel on Wed Dec 27, 2000 at 03:24:38 AM EST

    If you're anything like me, you don't really learn by reading a book, you learn from trial and error and "hands-on" stuff. A linux distro I recomend to all beginners is either Mandrake, and I've started some people off using Storm (which is good if you're planning to move over to Debian). Both are for the PC, but I've heard YellowDog is a good one for the mac.

    --Weasel

    [ Parent ]
    BE different (3.00 / 1) (#65)
    by nuggetman on Wed Dec 27, 2000 at 11:25:46 AM EST

    Be different. Break away and learn BeOS - the underdog. I've been using it for a long time and even though there's not the world's biggest software collection for it you can still make due and it works great and is extremely stable.
    ------------------
    - Colin
    ICQ: 1826079
    AIM: nuggetman 2000
    E-Mail: nuggetman2000@mailandnews.com
    I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass.
    [ Parent ]
    Crazy Whack (1.00 / 3) (#50)
    by zordon on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 01:58:40 AM EST

    I find the number of people with a new years resolution to get laid disturbing. That's just something you do, not resolve yourself into doing. If it's that important, and that far out of reach, go purchase the services of a professional for a few hours =)

    zordon
    No doubt. (1.00 / 1) (#68)
    by sugarman on Wed Dec 27, 2000 at 07:16:47 PM EST

    You've hit the nail right on the head, zordon. There's a whole lot of "not gettin' laid" going around on k5, and that scares me.

    --sugarman--
    [ Parent ]
    Cut down on coffee (2.66 / 3) (#51)
    by savaget on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 08:51:53 AM EST

    Cut down or quit drinking coffee!

    The beginning of the next millenium. (1.00 / 6) (#53)
    by brad3378 on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 03:05:49 PM EST

    >On Dec. 31 of this year we will enter the real new millenium

    I think this whole thing about the "official" start of the next millenium is Total B.S. In my mind, the Millenium started January 1st. 2000.

    If you disagree with me, then please explain this to me. When Did the 1980's decade begin? I say it started January 1st, 1980, but with your logic it must have started January 1st, 1981. In other words, 1980 belonged to the 1970's?

    I don't think so.

    The beginning of the next millenium. (2.00 / 3) (#54)
    by brad3378 on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 03:14:02 PM EST

    >On Dec. 31 of this year we will enter the real new millenium

    I think this whole thing about the "official" start of the next millenium is Total B.S. In my mind, the Millenium started January 1st. 2000.

    If you disagree with me, then please explain this to me. When Did the 1980's decade begin? I say it started January 1st, 1980, but with your logic it must have started January 1st, 1981. In other words, 1980 belonged to the 1970's?

    I don't think so.

    Counting from Zero (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by yonderboy on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 04:16:39 PM EST

    If the Gregorian counter started from an offset of 0x00, then we would all be singing the praises of your foresightedness.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is a computer programmer, and not everyone starts counting from zero. Including the Western world who use the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar started from the year 1 (one); mostly because of some Papal influence, because the Pope was infallable at the time, everyone went along.

    And so, to answer your question, by the Gregorian calendar (the calendar that the Western world goes by), 1980 was part of the 70's, and 1990 was part of the 80's. We can even say 2000 was part of the 90's, since we had Bill Clinton as President and it was the end of the economic boom. [Hello, 4 years of darkness]

    Of course, if we were following the (Islamic|anyThingElse) calendar, all of this would be moot, since we're not anywhere close to a "Millenium" by way of that calendar.

    [ Parent ]
    The 2000's have already started. (4.00 / 1) (#61)
    by Paul Crowley on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 08:01:53 PM EST

    The 2000's have already started. The 80s started on January 1st, 1980. It's always the start of *a* new millenium. But if there is a date which is the start of *the* new millenium, it has to be next January 1st, 2001, because the years started counting from 1, and if you don't do it that way then the first "millenium" is only 999 years long.

    Yes, it sucks. If only C had taken root 2000 years ago...
    --
    Paul Crowley aka ciphergoth. Crypto and sex politics. Diary.
    [ Parent ]
    Move Closer to Family (3.50 / 2) (#55)
    by GlennC on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 03:20:10 PM EST

    I'm currently working in the Chicago area, but since the arrival of my daughter this past August, I've been thinking about getting a job in the Cincinnati area in order to be closer to my wife's family. My family is scattered all over the country, while my wife's family is mostly in the Cincinnati area, and I'd love for my daughter to be able to grow up near her cousins. Since housing is so much cheaper in Cincinnati than in Chicago, my wife could stay home to raise our daughter, as well as other kids when and if we have more.

    I know there is at least one K5 reader in the Cincinnati area (Hi Lee!)...do any of you know any place that needs a good UNIX admin with 6 years experience and an Engineering degree?

    That's my take on it. Take it for what you think it's worth.
    Weight... (3.00 / 1) (#56)
    by Notromda on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 03:21:28 PM EST

    My resolution last year was to *not* need to buy a larger size of pants.... ie, stop gaining weight. I am happy to say that I succeeded... in fact, I think I have shaved an inch off.

    So... should I take the next step and actually resolve to lose a couple of inches? (I don't need to lose a whole lot, but a couple of inches would be healthy.)

    I never have liked the idea of resolutions, mainly because so few people actually stick to them. But is nice to have made a realistic goal and carry through with it!

    Don't eat Spam (3.00 / 2) (#58)
    by panner on Tue Dec 26, 2000 at 04:35:47 PM EST

    The last few years, I haven't really made any resolutions, except for one: Don't eat Spam, one which I have kept every year I made it. It might not make sense (it doesn't to me :), but I started doing it when I was waiting to get my hair(s) cut, and the guy in the chair was talking about making the same resolution. It sounded good to me, so I've done that every year. At lease I make resolutions that I know I can keep :)

    --
    Keith Smiley
    Get it right, for God's sake. Pigs can work out how to use a joystick, and people still can't do this!
    Releasing early, release often (3.00 / 1) (#66)
    by Misagon on Wed Dec 27, 2000 at 03:02:17 PM EST

    My new-year's resolution for the upcoming year one will be to actually finish and release some working version of some of the software that I have been working on in the abundance of free time that I've had this year ...
    --
    Don't Allow Yourself To Be Programmed!
    In 2001 I will... (3.00 / 1) (#69)
    by Deletionally Retreated on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 03:07:25 PM EST

    ... make my life count.
    I've been on the corporate treadmill for 6 years and I'm finally ready to take a walk.
    After 8 months of PC ownership (i used to be a Mac guy), I'm going to limit my surfing and learn both code and networking, to some competent degree, by the end of the year.
    I'm going to find a different recreation besides "Rusty Nails".
    I'm going to blast through the current musical trends and both compose and distribute my music.
    Good luck to us all!!!

    this year (none / 0) (#70)
    by StackyMcRacky on Fri Dec 29, 2000 at 11:24:44 AM EST

    i'm going to get my CCNA, strip and refinish that bookcase/clock that i hate the color of, learn how to use all this makeup people have talked me in to buying, get back in to dba type work, get in shape again (already well on my way to accomplishing it), go to new orleans and learn to make a proper reaux and gumbo from my great-aunt, volunteer some of my time to Hospice, and that's all i can think of right now. :)

    i made some serious resolutions last year that i actually accomplished, so i'm feeling a bit inspired. also, my accomplishments have improved my life significantly. :) yea me!



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