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November 12th, 2004

since last I left you ... Many changes, moving forward always @ 10:33 pm

Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe 3


Well, six weeks after I started The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, I inally finished it on Wednesday. I know some people say that the ending of the seventh book underlines how much King has continued to write bad material, but I've got another idea. Though yes, he ties many of his works to this onem and ties many events in his life to the writing of The Dark Tower, reading the book which was written over a 34 year period in six weeks really does give me a bit of a different point of view. I think those that don't like it or weren't drawn in by the massively complex plot may not realize just how deep King's plots are as the coincidences that pervade the book even to the end. THey want to read a Stephen King book that's far from weird, far from the unreal. For many, they could be drawn in by the horror or the suspense. I think that you'l just have to read the series and see what you think, but I'm sure glad I wouldn't have to write an English paper on it, way too much symbolism, themes, and lessons get presented as this book ended up and the series came to a close. Now I have to figure out what I'm going to do with my life rather than read, perhaps I should do work? YOu gotta admit, even if you don't like the books, something that keeps you hooked for 3000 pages has got to be written by a master tale spinner. One thing's for sure, I know I'm writing this journal for a reason, and this book's helped me to convince myself to keep writing no matter what the cost or no matter how bad the writing. Creatie energy is a sad thing to waste, especially if you're not feeling motivated to write.


A lot has been going on this week and I'm rushing ever closer to my graduation. Apparently, my advisor says he'll be able to finish all of the paperwork that is necessary to get my diploma. All I have to do, and it really sounds easy, is finish the two incomplete classes I have left from years previous, and get good passing grades on my classes for this semester. This looks considerably better than it did last week, as my list of incomplete classes was four, back then. I finished physics, a class I've been putting off finishing for several semesters mostly because of injury, and process control. So, just like that, seven hours of f have turned to a's, and my grade point is skyrocketing. Very cool stuff indeed, I think. I hope my opinion doesn't change this December when I graduate with my BS degree and start on my MS. Its just amazing how far I've actually come in these six painfully happy and challenging years I've had.

I met with Hop Boyd from Process Engineering and Associates the company I hope to intern with next semester. I appreciated the time he spent with me, and his candid nature toward me. HE expects me to work and be productive, and he really is happy that hopefully I'll "make the company lots of money" with what I'm doing. The thing that both scared me and amazed me was that he talked about how he isn't hiring me because I'm blind or because I'm a novelty, but because he believes I'll be able to really help him and his company out. I hope I don't let him and myself down, becuase I've always thought and I still believe that I can do anything. The issue with chemical engineering is that its generally not fully accessible to blind people, hence the fact that I'm one of the few people crazy enough to try it. But my job will be designing a simulation, a computer representation, of an oil refinery. You have no idea how many different pieces there are in those things, coupled with how long it will take me to design it. Suffice it to say, right now, I'm quite daunted by my new possible job prospects, and by life in general and what its got to offer me. Peraps I should leave it up to Faith, God, and Ka :). I know all will sort itself out sooner or later.

I didn't end up getting an MRI done on Tuesday. Apparently I wasn't pre certified by my insurance, so it is scheduled for this coming Tuesday and hopefully I'll get it done. My face, though its not uncomfortable is still slightly numb, and though I bet it will wort itself out in time, I want to make sure that there's not something more serious wrong. I doubt that is the case.

Tonight is Divali (sp) Eve, one of the biggest holidays in the HIndu culture and religion. So tonight, I'm going to hang with my INdian friends and play this card game they're playing. THey say they're playing all night but I doubt I'll make it that far. I'm just intrigued by new cultures, and most importantly new games. I'm sure I'll be able to describe the game after I've played it. All I care is that I have fun, and knowing those guys, I know I will. The Indians I've met here at the university never cease to amaze me with their open hearts and minds.

And with that, I probably should go so I can get ready t go have some fun. I've dne a spot check for spelling but I appologize if there are any blaring mistakes.

Ohyeah, everyone that saw the article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette seemed to think it was a good article and the picture was "pimpin" accoding to sunnyblue Perhaps I'll try to get permission to post it here. I haven't had the time to search for the article on the web, so I haven't read it myself. OH well ... That's about all from here. More soon, after we beat Ole Miss tomorrow, at least I hope they beat Ole Miss. All won't be lost if they lose, again, though.
 
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From:rangoon
Date:November 12th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
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You should consider getting in touch with Kary Supalo. Evidently he already knows who you are, but he's a blind chemist working in the field who's already done the internship thang. I wonder if he's on CareerConnect.
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From:djner
Date:November 13th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I'm somewhat in touch with him. I haven't actually talked to him, but he's in my chemistry fraternity so we all kindof keep up with each other. The internship thing isn't the issue, its the subject matter I'm worried about :).
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From:falcon13
Date:November 13th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)

dear blind 'novelty' boy!! LOL

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designing a simulation, a computer representation, of an oil refinery

now that's an intriguing thought . . . 'cause you have the technical and process background to be able to think this through carefully. May I say -- as a sighted person -- that perhaps you are just the right guy for this task. I have this idea that you've probably had to become quite excellent at focusing your thoughts and holding complex material together in your mind. I suspect Mr. Boyd is onto something by putting his faith and trust in your abilities. Go forth and score!! [and kick some butt in the Indian card games!].

paul
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From:djner
Date:November 13th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)

Re: dear blind 'novelty' boy!! LOL

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I suspect that's the case. He hasn't seen me in action so he just wants to make damn good and sure I'm willing to work and be productive. I came out even in teh Indian card game :), they were pretty impressed with the little American. As far as keeping things in my mind, its sometimes hard to remember thigns like several process streams at once. I may be able to solve this prblem though with a bit of programming knowledge. Perhaps I'll hire controlg to help me. :).
From:flashmasterh
Date:November 13th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
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I read all the dt books in about 6 months or so. started in april and finished in september when the 7th book came out. I loved them. The 7th book was heart wrenching in places, but I don't think really it could've ended any other way.
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From:djner
Date:November 13th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't agree with you more. The ending was right, I think, and as Kng said, "there's really no happy endings to a story". That's how its so cool that many of the parts in the story were fairy tale like. He wanted to say that even fairy tales don't end happy in an ideal world.
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From:unsilenceddream
Date:November 13th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
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You wrote:
"More soon, after we beat Ole Miss tomorrow, at least I hope they beat Ole Miss. All won't be lost if they lose, again, though."
Two words: WE WON!;).

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