November 5th, 2003

kanji

Formed with interstitial vacuities

Exhausting karate class last night -- I had a joint lesson with the new girl (a fresher called Vicky who's currently a green belt, going for purple belt in December), and it was hard work keeping up with her as we went through every wasa we'd learnt so far. Then, when we finished and Sensei asked (as he usually does) if we had any questions, she asked about the correct way to do press-ups. Large numbers of press-ups used to be a grading requirement, which is why she was worrying about it, but they're certainly not on the syllabus any more (though obviously they're still a useful thing to do for strength/fitness). Anyway, never one to leave a question unanswered, Sensei gave us (and the guys who'd arrived for their class after ours) another 15 minutes or so on press-ups and sit-ups. Just what I needed. My only consolation was that I managed to rest my dodgy knee and look hard in the process by doing Boys' Press-ups instead of Girls' Press-ups.

Not feeling very confident about the impending grading (December 13th), but then I've not yet felt confident about a grading, and I've not yet failed one. I do need to practise more, though.

I spent the rest of the evening finding out about nameservers, being cryptic about high-speed penguin exchange in email, failing to write job applications, and having a confusing telephone conversation with a random Eastern European woman. Collapse )

It was a good evening for learning things; sion_a gave me a tutorial in the basics of How Networks Work, which was really interesting -- after I said that what I wanted was basically the TCP/IP Colouring Book he pitched it at exactly the right level & explained how our machines talk to each other. :-) He's really very good at explaining technical stuff, although I think sometimes the analogies I use when I'm trying to assimilate information confuse him a bit (probably because they only make sense IN MY HEAD). He then set me a homework assignment to go and find out "how domain names get translated into IP addresses". I'm currently reading RFC 1034 for fun. ("Fun" is a relative concept, okay?)

So anyway. I'm setting myself up for looking extremely stupid here, but: ask me more questions about networking. If I don't know the answers (as I almost certainly won't), I'll go and find out. You see, this stuff makes my brain hurt, and that reassures me that the old grey matter isn't completely dead.
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