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{December 2, 2008}   You would be Surprised…..

You would be surprised by the idiocy of some. No, seriously. People are soooo dumb, its hard to believe.

 

For example, on my way home I come down a hill and then go strsight for a while and then I come to a curve. Now, I have three choices there. I can go left (and soon get home), I can go right (and go on a very long 7 mile round about way home) or I can go straigh, and drive into a house. Infront of the house there is a brand new bright yellow flourescent sign with a double ended arrow pointing left and right. Why you really need a sign there telling you you have to go left or right instead of driving into a house is beside me. Personally I would rather see that money go to repairing a few pot holes. But apparently it is more imporant to tell idiots to turn and not drive into a house. And after all, I know the house has stood for 150 odd years, and it hasn’t been driven into yet, so of course some idiot needs the sign to tell them not to drive into it now.

 

Another thing is, apparently people forget how to park after its snowed. I know some people get all excited when it snows, and they are so happy and joyful and sickening. Other people get all grumpy and bumpy and gloomy and refuse to move for fear the snow will invade inside and they will slip and break a hip.

I LOVE snow. I like it, I can’t stand walking in it or driving in it, or being cold because of it. But otherwise I LOVE snow. Its so pretty and soft and white and sparkly and I just love it. Just keep it on the other side of the fence. I also don’t like driving it it. Keep it on the sides of the road, and give me at least two of those nice bone dry gray strips to drive it, or better yet give me a whole road of dry so I can put cruise control on. I LOVE cruise control!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, people are idiots in the snow, some people are afraid to be out driving so they go so slow they literally become a danger. Other people ignore the snow and go so fast they are also a danger (they always are, but the snow makes them more so). I know some men, and probubly women, who will brush off their whole vehicle, except where the liscense plate is. Then they will speed, and cut corners, and ignore traffic laws and signs because they know no one can see what they liscense plate number is.

And, apparently because it is snowy and no one had plowed the parking lot it is okay to park whereever you want. And by wherever you want I mean, following the handicapped and no parking signs (which are painted on the ground, which you cannot see) but taking up two or three spots with your tiny car. Literall, I saw lots of free room in the parking lot (a small parking lot, which services the four busyest buildings), however none of the room would fit more then a motorcycle. People were ignoring the lines and the space and just parking where ever they felt like. I personally parked in the first spot I could find (in this parking lot you aren’t picky, you just park). I knew I could fit there, and I did. I parked wonderfully, not hitting either car on either side of me, or the one infront of me. Then I tried to get out, OOPS. I couldn’t fit out the door.

My car door could open approximatly 2 inches, unfortunatly I am wider then 2 inches, and so is my bag with books. So I had to pull out and find another spot, and I was very tempted to just swipe the two cars. (they had again parked so stupidly, taking up enough space for 5 cars between the two of them). And trolled slowly looking for a parking spot. And I did find one after 5 minutes, in the very back. And of course then I had to walk throught the slush to the door. I, silly me, am wearing very good green sneakers. They are awesome for the summer. Unfortunatly they have holes in the sides, perfect for letting air flow freely, or slush flow through. My feet were literally soaking in icy cold slush by the time I got inside. And now, about 5 hours later my feet are freezing cold and still very wet. I do NTO look forward to going back outside to the slush. Although I am absolutly going to find my winter shoes. Big and cluncky and not nice looking, but warm and mostly water proof.

 

People are so dumb! And I know that I am constantly amazed by it. But still, how can you be so dumb???????? Really, I know that talking on your cell phone while driving is imporant, even if it is illegal. But so is actually stopping for a red light instead of sailing through it (while traffice is using the intersection). *kisses breaks*.

Seriously! Try getting a brain transplant or something. I cannot watch out for you and stop you from byeing or getting injured to a stupid mistake. I refuse to babysit anyone, okay I refuse to babysite adults. And really, as a tutor in a college I find thats what I have to do. And frankly I don’t. Which probubly makes me a bad tutor, but I don’t care.

 

GET BRAINS PEOPLE! LEARN HOW TO USE THEM PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Idiot- the worst curse in the world, according to me.

idiocy- what an idiot is.

 

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On another note, I finished “Between Silk and Cynide”

 

It was very, very good. And highly enjoyable. And when I am home and have the book I will finish my reveiw. Until then, I still highly recomend it. At the same time I will warn you at the very end it becomes much sadder. You learn what happened to agen’s Leo Mark’s was worried about, and it is truely terrible. I have always known that people died, and how some of them died. But never before have I been so invested in them, never before has it stuck me so much. I don’t know if that is because it was an adult book and I am an adult, if Leo Marks was such a strong and incredible writer, or because of some off phase of the moon.

I do know that it has renewed an interest in WW II, and interest I have had since I was about 12 years old. But with classes and stress the way they are now I don’t knwo if I will actually be able to find anything to read, or if I will want to. Now I just want fun, interesting, somewhat light, and occasionally uplifting books. AKA, I don’t want anything too serious or depressing. Life and life and lfie are too serious and depressing at the moment, I really hate to take on any from someone else.

 

-Guin

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“Between Silk and Cyanide”

Leo Marks

I have been reading the book for a while now. Its hefty and long and about 620+ pages. The middle has several glossy sheets with black and white photo’s, of both him and a few others, and codes. The pages are semi-thick. Not thin enought to see through, and not coloring paper thick. The print is easy to read, and the type DOES NOT SMUDGE!!!!!!!!!!! (Yes, that makes me immensly happy. I read text books alot lately and they smudge terrible, to the point of becoming illegible).

It is written in the first person, as himself (aka, Leo Marks). He writes about his experiences during the second World War as head of communications in SOE (Special Operations Executive). He started the book with how he got into cryptology, and an admittance that he has only told one person why he REALLY wanted to work with codes.

He trained somewhere (sorry, can’t remember where now, and I don’t feel like getting the book) and was considered decidedly NOT promising. To the point that he was never introduced to the brilliant code maker incharge of operations at the OTHER British service during the war (I blieve it was MI-5).

After he interveiwed with SOE he is put in a room to decode a code. After 20 minutes the man who interveiwed him looks in, and is surprised he isn’t close to done. He looks in 1or 2 more times and then gives up. After Leo finishes decoding it (many hours) he brings it to the mans office. The man remarks that one of his girls could have done it in 20 minutes. As Leo is leaving the man asks where the key is. Leo tells him that he never gave him a key. Suddenly he is hired and the code (which until that time was an active code, used in the field) is tossed aside. If one young man can break it then certainly the enemy could as well. Marks finds himself not only hired, but put incharge of SOE code department (or something liek that)

It gets more entangled and more interesting. And I defintily find that my reading of Kim Philby’s autobiography “My Silent War” has added to my understanding and appreciation of this book. I wish I knew more of the English history of that time period as I defintily think that would also add to the book.

Leo Marks focuses alot on his struggle to come up with better codes for agents (who used Peom codes when he started in SOE), and better ways for the codes to be used. So, instead of carrying a poem around inside your head and transposing and configuring the code for every single message the agents would have “silks” with codes written on them. The codes would be used one time, then cut off and burned. Thus it would “greatly” decrease the amount of coding mistakes, and pretty much do away with the need for security checks. Which apparently most agents forgot about or miffed in some way. The new “silks” would also “do away” with the indiciferables. Messeges that have been miffed or “hatted” or messed up in some way so that it can not be decifered.

So far he has also focused on the Dutch and the Dutch agents. He beleives that at least one of those agents has been captured by the Germans, and works very hard to prove this. However, only after he has sent an indeciferable, which only a trained cryptologist could break, does he realize that he should be doing two things. Proving to his superiors that the Dutch agents have been compromised (which he was already trying to do), but not alerting the Germans that he knows the agent has been compromised, thus extending his life expectancy.

And well, I’m not even half way through.

Its a very good book, and for anyone interested in codes I highly recomend it. It goes into some detail, even explaining how to break one type of code. It isn’t really an espianoge book, which was what I had bought it hoping it was. But its very good. Kim Philby’s “My Silent War” was more an espianage book. It detailed what he did and how and the troubles he faced. And was very dull,  and long. At the same time being a very tiny book.

“Between Silk and Cyanide” is a much shorter read, a much longer book. Its more interesting, more and elss technical. Kim Philby goes into names and addresses and all sorts of bits, while Leo Marks goes into how and why. Kim was very philisophical and almost “above” his readers while Leo is right there beside you. Very human and a bit humorous.

I really look forward to seeing how the books progresses. And defintily beleive that he won’t keep his word to just deal with codes and forget all about the Dutch and the meaning of hte messages he decodes. If he does keep his word I suspect the book will become duller.

On another note, Tanksgiving Day in the USA is coming up. My parents are having some of their freinds over. So we will have a full house. I suspect I will grab my mac and cheese (standard holiday fare for me) and hibernate by the computer. I really hate seeing them eat all that meat, it looks and smells bad to me. But hey, thats vegetarian for you.

On an entirly different note I have another new weird bit. I have taken to finger spelling in ASL (american sign language) words. Any words I think of, hear, see, read, anything. Now I am trying very hard not to spell out these sentences. Its very odd, and alot liek resaying sentences inside my head, again and again and again.

At first it was kind of cool, just practicing finger spelling, something I’m pretty bad at (hey! To fingerspell you need to know how to SPELL the word). but now its more then annoying. And its soooo hard to stop myself.

Link to “Between Silk and Cyanide” http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Between-Silk-and-Cyanide/Leo-Marks/e/9780684867809/?itm=1

And “My silent War” http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=my+silent+war

Sleep well all, and wish me luck. More and more and more mathmatics tomarrow! (save me! I am drowning!!!!!!)

 

Guin



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