"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
"Summer is winter / and you always knew."

Yesterday was my first day at Drexel. Orientation took less time than expected, thankfully.

I got tagged with a Nextel (sigh), and apparently there's a PDA on the way as well (sigh). Also a 15" PowerBook, which I'm not sure what I'm going to do with; it won't fit in my WaterField bag (a silly complaint, I know, but).

My cube (yes, I live in an actual cubefarm now) smells sort of... special. Air freshener is definitely on the list of things to procure. The lights are also on, which is going to take a long time to get used to. DCI was nice in that it was pretty much always dark inside due to the pre-press work.

First couple projects are actually things I've done, or at the very least thought about, in the past... though how far I'm going to get on them before I get Access To Things and start having to deal with DMCA complaints all day, well. We'll see. Today I get to start writing code to talk to an MS-SQL box. Ew. Rik (who does this on a regular basis) suggested a few possible solutions.

The kids went out to lunch (and they bought me food to boot) at New Deck, a keen little Irish pub sort of place. I had some tasty mac 'n cheese and a burger. And I didn't have to drive anywhere. Pretty super.

The transit is trivial. Straight up Front to the el stop at 2nd and Market. Done. Much more gooder than walking through Camden.

Time to get dressed and head out, I guess.

February 15, 2005 8:18 AM