So instead of stressing over some code issues I’m going to take a couple minutes out to reflect on life, love, the pursuit of happiness, and what the guy in front of me is so busy doing on his laptop. This guy seriously needs a life, sitting on the train, could be reading a good book or enjoying the scenery wooosh by, but instead he’s busily tapping away on his laptop, like the world depends on whatever drivel he’s typing so earnestly. I be he’s one of those â€œself-important-moronâ€ bloggers.
He could be podcasting, which I guess would be worse. Unless he was Father Roderick, who I believe would make and awesome traveling companion. I just listened to his first sound-seeing tour in Rome today, my only complaint about his podcasts are that they make me so damn hungry. The bit when he was in turbulence was also pretty funny. Don’t they make you turn off your electronic devices while the seatbelt signs are on?
While we’re on podcasts, I’ll throw my two cents into the mix. I think the podcast counterpart to link-blogs are a total waste of time, as are the braindumps. I was just listening to a Don and Drew show and they were talking about â€œthat movie they talked about in that one episodeâ€ they had no idea where it was… what is the point about talking about random things when there is no easy way to search through the data for things you are looking for? Now with the Catholic Insider, each podcast has a VERY clear theme, and further â€œindexingâ€ is not nessesary. So it would be conceivable that someone would be looking for data on a subject through google, find the page using a text search, and then get the information they want by listening to the podcast which is entirely on the subject that they are interested in. Of course it won’t be long until google indexes audio files as well, then you can find results like â€œThe word Wormus is used in the 23rd minute of this podcast, click hear to open this file in Google Media Playerâ€. Anyway, with podcasts, it’s a hit and miss game… but the problem with the length, is that I can forsee it being quite difficult for quality podcasts to float to the top of the heap… I guess that’s where the link-blog podcasts and the promos come in handy.
I am on my way to LinuxTag… I missed a couple trains due to some last minute work that came up, but am finally on my way. First I RUN to the S-Bahn only to realize that the S-bahn I wanted to take doesn’t go on that hour, so I wait for the next one. Stella calls and she says she’ll drive me to the next stop, which has a lot more trains coming through it. After meeting up we decide that it doesn’t make sense to leave this station when the train is coming in 5 minutes… there was a very real chance of me missing this train at the next station as well.
This S-bahn would give me 3 minutes to find the ICE train at the main Frankfurt station and I’m pretty sure I can make it. So all is well, until the S-bahn stops in the tunnel for about 2 minutes… during which time I’m thinking about how I’m going to miss the last tram to the hotel in Karlsruhe and have to do the 15km walk in the middle of the night (strangely the trams stop at 10pm). I had to consolation that Lukas would be whizzing down that road at midnight on his bike, so if worst comes to worst I could always hitch a ride Finally the train moves again, and surprisingly makes up the time that we lost, giving me 2 whole minutes to find my train.
In one of those cruel twists of fate, I make it on time, but the train is delayed 5 minutes. Anyway, that pretty much brings us up to date. I’ve still got my programming problem to sort out and I think I’ll get on with it.
Heh, that guy in front of me is still typing away… probably writing his longest blog post ever. It’s pretty weird, we must be going through a thunder storm as ther eis a lot of lightning outside, but we can’t hear a thing… That is pretty awesome, silent thunder… the name of my new rock band… I really should shut up. Or start a podcast…