26 Oct 2001 redmist   » (Apprentice)

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Personal:

OK. I have a free day today so that makes things better. Also going to see a friend that I have yet to meet in RL tonight.

Programming:

Been doing some Lisp. I love it. Kinda sick of Perl. Don't get me wrong, I love Perl. It's just that when you use only one language for too long, it gets old. Better to learn and use many languages.

School:

Went to HAZMAT class last Wednesday. Pretty cool stuff. Pretty scary stuff. Apparently, it's legal to transport thousands of pounds of incompatible (an understatement) hazardous materials in a non-compartmentalized big rig with only cardboard "barriers" in between the different types of hazardous materials.

There was this one incident in which almost 40,000 pounds of ether, formic acid, sodium cyanide, sulfuric acid, industrial solvents, hydrogen peroxide (%90) and other bad ass stuff was being transported in the back of a big rig. It stopped at an inspection station, and the inspector noticed a leak coming from the back of the truck. He opened the doors, and smelled ether and acid. The truck was quickly brought to a field far away from people and aired out. HAZMAT techs with Level A suits on entered the truck and removed and seperated all the materials according to hazard class and whether or not the materials had breached it's container. All in all, a bottle of ether and a bottle of sulfuric acid had been leaking, which was incredibly lucky considering what could have happened.

Work:

Finally! A day which does not involve supporting Windows users! I got to fix a b0rken HDD on a nice Penguin server. Work is pretty decent...for now.

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