14 Jan 2004 pasky   » (Journeyer)

The surprise is always there, even right near end of the journey

[Boring school part start (just skip it ;)]

So, on the last Real School Report (in this half-year; then, only the mature exam report will come to follow), I will have the first note of 4 in my life (on a school report, that is).

The Czech school notes system is that 1 is the best, 5 is the worst, and it scales variously between. I never did worse than 3 on the reports, and was pretty embarassed even of the 3s, back then ;-). But the last time I will get such an report, I will have one note of 4 there, for the first time.

It is from Biology and I pretty honestly believe that it's absurd. We were just having ONE written exam for the half-year, and whatever you get you have on the final report, which violates even a few rules of the school system (where it is said that you need to have at least two notes, preferrably three at the minimum). But we have the schoolmaster for Biology, so he can do whatever he wants, and it's tough when she's an... well. No comment.

In fact, I didn't really care anymore, I gave the corrected exam paper just a blank stare when I saw the note on it. It is not my profile subject (that is, anything which would really matter when getting onto the university) neither would it carry my reports average over any significant threshold. So who cares, when it's the last year? And I couldn't do really anything about it anyway, she said there's no way how to correct it. So why to worry at all?

Otherwise it wasn't too bad today, I was writing quite exhaustive and tiresome exam paper from Math (vectors and analytical geometry in plane and space). It wasn't hard, but full of really long and exhausting computations (and well, I didn't have a look at it at all so given that it is a revision from a year ago I already forgot few details, but the book of math tables we are allowed to used and which contains most of the useful formulas came to help). At the end of two hours marathon, I had just one sign in one part of a vector wrong, otherwise it looks like it's all ok, so I'm really happy I didn't make any more significant mistake in the whole thing.

[Boring school part end]

Besides, I was watching The Virgin Suicides (no, that is not any porn; and imdb is strange, I can't see how this could be a Comedy in any way), as someone recommended in his diary entry on Advogato (unfortunately I cannot remember who it was; if you read it, please tell me; we really need a way to do a full-text search over the diaries ;-). And it was really a great movie. Very emotional, and relieving in some strange sense. Quite sad but I would not say depressing, unlike some "sweeter" ones. I do not know how the director achieved this, but she did it really well! I think I "liked" (it sounds cynical in the context of the storyline but I mean it in the artistic sense; basically what touched me most) especially the start part, and then the ending from point when Lux was forced to burn her records and ending by what happenned when Lux left the visitors in house alone (carefully worded to include only minimal spoilers). I didn't pay much attention to the final party so I lost the story there a little, but I'm certainly going to watch this again anyway. Certainly a must-see.

Now I'm getting Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin and then Citizen Kane, I really wonder how it will feel like. They say these are the very best movies at all, and I have no clue what to imagine under than, how will they look and flow like etc. So I'm looking forward for finally seeing them :-).

Otherwise some fixing of GTS scripts and I also really finished both seminary works today. Tommorow afternoon I will take them to the copy shop and by Friday I should have this whole thing finally sorted out. I hope I will get back to doing anything interesting on Friday, and it will be ELinks. Besides finally releasing 0.9.1, I also hope to get a peek at few ugly bugs together with Jonas, and I will write some simple TODO list for 1.0.0; Bugzilla is good for tracking bugs but I think it is too clumsy for a simple major features list which you could have all the time in front of you.

Thanks to Slashdot, I have read some Tog's articles about proper user interface design etc, and it inspired a whole chain of new ideas in me. I've dreamt about writing my own clone of FluxBox which would follow the guidelines presented there, and doing something with the terrible UI of GIMP (others who did some research said there's currently no project working on redoing GIMP's UI; on the other side even others said that the development branch of GIMP made a huge leap in this aspect; I'm sure someone informed on Advogato could follow up, please...?). Well, whatever, you know the dreams :-). I have so many dreams that I don't know what to do (I mean which to fulfill) first (regarding the software ones, of course).

I'm so lazy to properly hyperlink my diary entries, I'm sorry.


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