On the meaning and use of “words”

Words can have a lot of implications.  We can read into them, misinterpret them, take them for granted, misunderstand them.  That whole sentence might just be many ways of saying the same thing: that unless you are actively listening and engaged with the person or people you are trying to talk to, there is no dialogue; no discussion by which to learn.  It’s like going to church and listening to the homily and the readings.  We are supposed to take meaning away from these, however what meaning needs to be explained sometimes.

This isn’t about religion though.  It’s about everyday ordinary communication; well, almost.

Words are like swords, or perhaps lightsabers.  The best example of this comes from a debate with someone who knows how to detach themselves from their argument (and their own opinions and values, morals and ethics).  I don’t think I would ever want to debate with a humanities professor, because the vague impression I get is that every humanities professor thinks they are right, and they have the “logic” to back up their claims.  This is the “comparable to religion” ideology in that you are to abide by a set of codes in return for God’s kindness and hopefully a good judgement when that time comes.  Enter “free will” stage left.  On the other side is science, which at least, the Catholic church respects.  However, if you look strong and hard, you start to find people like Robert Sapolsky (look him up on YouTube) who believe that we are subject to fate as dictated by our biology.  There’s two sides to a coin.  This is a tangent.

Getting back on the subject of words, I mentioned detachment.  This is a trait that supposedly “INTPs” show a lot of.  I myself am INTP, according not only to various online tests, but also an official Myers-Briggs test before starting college.  It’s also not ironic that most of my online friends who are also INTP/INTJ have become mentally ill in some fashion as these types usually develop some form of mental illness.  Let’s not get into that.

The point I am trying to make, is that in an argument/debate with a detached person (who is perfectly rational and capable of reason, in case I need to point that out), can craft words mindfully to make arguments that don’t necessarily reflect upon the views of the individual (or group) you/they are arguing with.

Jumping backwards to the biology tangent I was making.  There are a few very interesting things to point out about our evolutionary ancestors and especially about human beings.  The first being that, female apes can “spoof” being in heat to attract males; but why?  Humans take it one step further, actually having non-reproductive sex, usually aided with birth control pills or other contraceptives, purely for the satisfaction of having sex.  So what does this have to do with arguments?  Here’s the analogy: Human beings are capable of lying.

Now you get some really interesting twisted mashups.  Just watch the news about the upcoming presidential race.  Unethical, biased statistics or just plain incomplete data sets when reporting those “statistics”.  It really is fake news!  All crafted, carefully, to woo you over.

So, the next time someone pushes your buttons, realize just how easy it is to craft an argument that has nothing to do with yourself and what you really believe.  Just be a contrarian.  Don’t do this to your boss though, bad idea.


Doctor said to take no more than 3 tablets of klonopin a day which amounts to 1.5mg total. Klonopin is dangerously addictive in that if you are addicted, you don’t know it. Thing is, I think its action works quite well on my seizures so I’m hesitant to stop, although I don’t get the impression he’s trying to ween me off of it, or at least if he is, he’s going very slow. As far as my Artane goes, that one I know he’s trying to ween me off of. Between both, I’ve basically just stopped taking them completely but now I’m paying the price.

My mood is fluctuating oddly today. Earlier I felt bored after my test. The SI leader (tutor) said “work towards a positive goal” but my goal is to work towards more work. I had this same problem after I graduated with my Master’s degree and moved on from academia. It’s like…now what? I had a 9 to 5 job, I paid off my student loans in 6 months, and I bought a BMW. Buying a house would’ve come next, but then I got sick instead. Somehow, money or not, life keeps going.

Let’s write a second, more productive post about something that is a misconception that seems to still be a misconception even 10-12 years later.


You’d think I were drunk the last few posts I made in here. Oh well.

Knowing the difference

In my particular case, delusions and hallucinations blend into reality. Hallucinations are so vivid and realistic they sound like real people. As a result, inside my own head, I can interject pieces of conversation from another person that they never actually said. I can imagine someone cursing or yelling at me while looking right at me, when in fact they are walking right past me and not even paying attention to me.

Anyway, the point I’m getting at, is that, there is more going on here than just hallucinations and delusions. Some of it is real. That’s where you have to be careful.

Words are easy to throw around sometimes. All you would need to do is say the phrase and next thing you know, the cops are on their way. They know this, so they go inside, turn off all the lights and act like they’re asleep. Is this a possible scenario? Yes, and I think that’s exactly what happened.

Trailer trash, redneck neighbors. It’s really not that hard to figure this stuff out.


There’s this new phenomena going on in my life. I have noticed, I’m not stupid. I sit here and wonder. Just watched the Bourne Trilogy. Totally awesome, as always. Epic car chases one after another.

This post is not about car chases. I have one window in my room. For about a month now, it has been the source of my strongest hallucinations. At least I think so. I don’t know where this stuff comes from. About a week ago, I called the cops because I thought the neighbors made a death threat. Cops came out, investigated; everyone next door was asleep, so that was that. It is that convincing, that even when you test reality for legitimate other reasons (or in other words, you know for a fact just how loud it has to be to hear what is going on through the window) that you are hallucinating and having paranoid delusions. Houses in Florida are made of “concrete masonry units” (which is the technical and politically correct term for a CINDER BLOCK *ahem*), so even the bass from my subwoofer won’t go through the wall. It’s pretty nice. Another reason to stay in Florida. Sound proofed houses. The weak spot is the window. On introspection, there are several factors that led to this psychosis, including an error that wasn’t caught by my pharmacy.

Anyway, that’s a tangent (as usual). It seems that, somehow, women, who are somewhere between 1.5-2x my age are attracted to me for whatever reason I cannot figure out. I’m not exactly naïve despite the fact I’ve only ever had 1 long distance relationship. This only seems to have started after 1 particular conversation at church with a guy who also had a mental illness. As large as that church is, voices travel and other people can listen in on your conversation. The choir has gotten particularly nasty, at least last time I was there. It’s good that the church has a new clergy member because Father doesn’t seem to be aware of certain things, and these things might need to be delegated out to certain people so they can be monitored more closely. Like the snake on the choir stage. Hint hint.

I can do without sympathy. I don’t need sex. I just want to be loved like anyone else. God loves all of us, even if we don’t accept him.

I don’t know why I’m still alive after what happened 5 years ago, but God has something more for me. Life, to me, is about the journey, not the destination. However, from this point forward I will place certain limits on myself. Could it be better? Of course, but I have to make due with what I have, learn from my mistakes and move on. We all do. The time will come, but that time is not now.

EDIT: After thinking this through for nearly an hour, I will say the following: If you think the last paragraph of this post has to do with cheating (which seems to be a common reaction), it really just goes to show how selfish you are. There seems to be this dividing line between philosophies here. An altruistic outlook versus a more selfish one. The closer you get to the millennial generation, the less altruism you see in personality traits. At least that’s my (cynical) opinion. This is a bit “sideways” though, for lack of a better term. Let’s put it this way:

I ain’t cheatin’ on nobody. Never have, never will.

Now that that is settled, let’s explain your selfish point of view. Selfishness is inherently neither good or bad. It is necessary for self preservation (at the very core of which is survival: food, shelter, water, and clothes). In the context of a relationship it provides stability, as it rightfully should. If your reaction is a selfish one, you are missing an opportunity to be supportive of those around you who don’t have something that they need or want. Now, whether you choose to help someone or not is of course your choice. Given the choice between the two reactions, which one do you think would look better in the eyes of God? Or if you don’t want to put it that way, which way would be beneficial to those who are your neighbors? Which choice would make you feel happier? Helping someone with a flat tire, or just driving by knowing that someone else will come along?

I have an idea!

But I can’t share it here. If I did, I might give the idea away to someone else. It’s IT related and has to do with COVID-19. It’s not a novel idea in any sense, but it’s a misunderstood and oft forgotten one, I would say. Anyway, I need to do some research first and figure out what all needs to be done before I plunge into the deep end. In some sense, I already have… I have a working prototype right here. I’m using it right now. Well, not “now”, but “now” in the sense that the prototype is working as expected. So yeah, this is pretty slick…


Arrays are the bane of humanity. Seriously. I should add some array brackets to my semicolon tattoo because it would really be an original idea (not that I really care).

Arrays of 1 dimension are great. The occasional 2D array is fine. However 3D and 4D or potentially even more than that and you’ve got a real problem. If I can’t understand the array or the data structure what’s the point?

Anyway, bed time.

I hear music…

One night, back in Germantown, my last night there actually, I had left the bathroom fan on for some white noise. Well, the venting had some sort of echo to it that was very subtle. So, not being able to sleep, I even freaked out; earlier that day there was a bee or a wasp or so in my apartment. So, of course, I just started thrashing my pillow about wildly until I could manage to turn on the light next to me so I could “validate” the fact that there was, in fact, nothing there.

This might seem trivial to you, but imagine waking up next to a beehive.

My psychiatrist wants to put me on even more Geodon. Seems like as the dose goes higher, I have more hallucinations, not less.

I now have this amazing ability to sit down in any comfortable chair and fall asleep, just like my grandfather used to, except I’m only 35.

I’m writing this post because I’m procrastinating intentionally. A weird bug in some temperature acquisition code, might not be a bug, it could just be the way the cDAQ modules behave with no RTD connected.

OOOOH. That reminds me of something. “NI” has to gone to shit. My mentor has reported that he called NI for support and received terrible service. Eric Starklov, we know what you’re doing. Dr. T knew about your plans long before anyone else did. I saw it coming first from about the first NIWeek in Austin. Do they even do that anymore? Now is a good time to change my career before NI implodes. I wonder if they still hold the trademark rights to “National Instruments”. National Instruments NextGen, without the BS edition. You can call me Dr. L.

I’m not entirely sure what my first visual hallucination was, but perhaps I could hazard a guess. Even my therapist says I need a girlfriend. This is gonna be awful. I used to be independent living on my own in Texas and having fun. That has all changed. Corona virus doesn’t enter into this.

<several hours go by>

Still no solution to the RTD probe thingie, I might’ve had it, but I don’t have a full hardware setup here in my “office”. I’m not sure if the faux values I’m getting from the hardware are representative of what I expect. So, I’ll have to go into the lab and see if I can’t get things going using the full setup instead. That will be much easier, and hopefully it will cut out the middle man.

One last rant before I go to bed.

Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, yes please.

Oh yes, yes please. Put this stuff on my 3900x which was crumbling under it’s own weight after continuing to add more and more thermal paste (I think it was the Noctua-HT1). Well, I don’t really think it was better than the Artic Silver V.

The Grizzly Kryonaut arrived today and I immediately applied it to my 3900x. Let’s just put it in simple terms: I used to be able to run Prime95 at low 80C, with barely any headroom to keep the system from shutting down under such a heavy load (small FFT mode). NOW, I’m getting 65C on all 24 threads.

At this point, it finally feels like the Noctua heatsink is finally actually doing something.

My last “boss” and the contract.

I have absolutely no idea what I intended to write here, but I did have an idea… now I remember.

I can share this, because afaik, I never signed an NDA. I might have during the onboarding process. I guess I redact names, but that’s about it.

My “boss” held me to my contract to a “T”. The contract was no different than the first one I had signed. Here’s the thing: There is no rule saying I have to be at my desk at exactly the same time or earlier, and that I MUST take a certain length lunch break each day. The second part is more of a state law thing that you have to be aware of before you sign a contract, it’s not even because it says so in the contract, it’s just indirectly related to being an hourly employee instead of salaried. Something (among many things) you have to look out for.

If your name is “Jack-in-the-box” and you choke on a pea because you eat lunch so fast you risk seriously chocking on your salad everyday, maybe you shouldn’t put peas in your salad. Let’s translate that to english: If you want an employee who you can work to death and still be able to survive after said torture, you don’t look for someone in New York when the plant is in Maryland. If you’re just looking to hire a warm body, find someone local. Unless of course, that means they’re more likely to walk out on you, which, is exactly what they should do.

You don’t give a test engineer a schematic and a piece of paper with a list of tests, a computer with virtually no internet access, and a stack of test equipment you have to share with another contractor. Nor do you choose a fucked up SSH interface to communicate with the DUT (a very clunky and slow one at best). I can understand that code is in flux on the firmware side, that there are only so many DUTs, but I don’t appreciate it when you take my DUT and start doing vibration testing on it. The DUT needs to be reliable in order for me to validate it, otherwise, when the final product moves to production, it doesn’t matter how “finished” the code is, you’re gonna have to go back and fix a lot of broken shit because of your fucked up DUT.

Also, when you barely have enough time to deal with writing test code, you don’t get told by said “Jack-in-the-box” to follow the lead of “Asian-dude” to write the DVT test panel simultaneously. What “Jack-in-the-box” didn’t understand was that all of the DVT code was modular and would translate directly into functional tests for production. In fact, done properly, the DVT code would actually be a unit tester for the functional test code which actually makes my job a whole lot easier.

I guess this is what happens when you put a moron in charge of engineers. They’re so fucking ignorant about what’s going on, they have to micromanage you and treat you less than human, or at least that’s how it was for me. Hughes Networks is a horrible company to be a contractor for, or at least with “Jack-in-the-box” as my boss it was.

Now, I’ll admit I had some pretty severe mental health issues going on. I went to the local ER probably 4 or 5 times. In Maryland, they don’t have a Baker Act, but they can “suggest” that you seek psychiatric treatment but you must do so voluntarily. I don’t understand how that works, because if you’re having a psychotic break or are seriously mentally ill, you don’t have the capacity to decide whether you need treatment or not. I took an Uber all the way to DC just to go to the George Mason ER. That was exciting to say the least. Utterly pointless, but definitely an experience.

Now, I’m going on a bit of a tangent, but whatever. I’ve been in a lot of ERs. They’re really quite interesting. I don’t think I could be a doctor, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t work in a hospital.

Anyway, always read a contract fully before signing. There are better contractors to work for than others, and there are better, more understanding companies and HR departments that value contractors.

A friend from university adequately summed up the ordeal in one word: robots.

Life isn’t all about work. Go take a break.