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Wednesday, 25 September 2002

Let me fill you in

It appears that there are those who actually read this and are interested in what it is I'm doing. For those people who quite clearly have nothing better to do with their time (you know who you are), on Tuesday I started on the MSc. Information Systems course at Liverpool University to kill time before my job starts next year.

It's quite interesting, really. The three lectures I've been to so far have been gripping enough for me to stay awake through their entirety, which is not so much as a first as perhaps the most stunning academic achievement in the last five years. I'm renowned for falling asleep in lectures. It disturbs me that I haven't passed out yet, I imagine (god forbid), that I'm actually finding this kind of thing interesting.

Doing this course seems like a wonderful way to justify all that time spent mucking around on computers and not appearing to learn very much at all. As far as I'm concerned, when someone tells me to sit in a lab for two hours and "find out about UNIX", I get the unnerving feeling that I'm cheating somewhat and should be hating what I'm doing. I'm not. It's all new. Well, parts of it are. Actually, to be more accurate, not much of it is new at all yet, but I put that down to the introductory two week course that we're on.

I know, I know. I need to get out more.

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