Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Javacrucian Chant

Filed under: Deep Thoughts,Fun,Hoffman's Home for Wayward Boys,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Horse which is around lunchtime or 1:51 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

It is by Caffeina alone
that I set my mind in motion.
By the Beans of Java,
my thoughts aquire speed.
The hands aquire the shakes,
the shakes become a warning.
It is by Caffeina alone
that I set my mind in motion…

– Javacrucian chant, attributed to Isaac Bonewits

Seatrax Crane with Logo
Well, the past three days, this has been my mantra. Between adjusting my life to a new roommate and that freakish bout of insomnia Saturday night, caffeine, especially in the form of caffeinated mints, has been my constant companion. I used to live on three-and-a-half or four hours of sleep a night for months at a time, but that starts to draw me pretty thin after a bit. Maybe my slight irrationality this weekend was, in part, attributable to that lack of sleep. You know, my motto used to be, as Warren Zevon would sing, “there’ll be time enough to sleep when I’m dead”. I used to really get into this mode of thinking that I have only so many hours of life in this world and a lot to get done so sleep was the first thing to get cut. More waking hours equal more time to accomplish goals. But, I never seemed to get those goals accomplished…
Well, then, when the caffeine shakes wear off tonight, I’ll finally get some sleep. Everything else can wait. I have time. Or, if I don’t, it won’t matter anyway.
But, only after I spend the rest of the day with Gimp editing pictures. Again. If you Photoshop pictures with Photoshop, am I Gimping pictures with Gimp? You can see an example of what I’ve been doing to the right, there. Have I mentioned how hard this is when you have the caffeine shakes?


  1. Caffeine in the cup this time of year is best followed by a chocolate covered coffee bean! Mmmmm, more caffeine.

    Comment by Alison — 12/14/2005 @ 2:03 pm

  2. I used to have these flavored, caffeinated syrups that you could add to stuff. I used to pour a shot of the mocha into my coffee on bad mornings. Oh, yeah, it was called Rocket Fuel!

    Comment by the Network Geek — 12/14/2005 @ 2:52 pm

  3. I love to sleep. I think the only thing that could be better than snuggling under the covers is snuggling under the covers with someone. Or a good book.

    Comment by Orion — 12/14/2005 @ 4:53 pm

  4. I’m with you Orion. Sleep is wonderful… and it also brings you dreams. Dreams are another one of those odd phenomena in this life that beautifully illustrate how little we know about “what’s really going on.”

    Comment by PM — 12/14/2005 @ 9:05 pm

  5. caffeinated mints???? I have enough problems…

    Comment by zombielama — 12/15/2005 @ 2:42 pm

  6. I’ve had caffeinated mints in five varieties, the Rocket Fuel hyper-caffeinated syrups, caffeinated gum, and caffeinated chocolates. The mints, in their various flavors, are the best. And, they freshen your breath while you wait!

    Comment by the Network Geek — 12/15/2005 @ 2:55 pm

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