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R.E.M - The Lotus

The "Lotus" by R.E.M is one of my favourite songs by this band. While some people prefer the more popular "Everybody Hurts" (voted the most depressing song of all time), "Shiny Happy People" or "Losing my Religion", I have always felt that the "Lotus" spoke to me most.

In a recent pub conversation I have discovered, that not everyone actually understands the lotus reference in the song:

So happy to show us
I ate the lotus
Say haven't you noticed?
I ate the lotus

This is actually a reference to Homer's "Oddysey". When Odysseus and his crew reach the land of the Lotus-eaters they are fed the lotus by the inhabitants and those who taste it never want to go home:

SysAdmin Sociability Index

A friend of mine posted this on FB:

"Bringing a sysadmin to a social event"
Bringing a sysadmin to a social event

While generally accurate, more complex calculations are required. It is my belief, that each social event has its own SysAdmin Sociability Index, SASI. SASI is calculated as follows:

P/(I *φ) = SASI

P - amount of Pints the given sysadmin is able to handle before getting obnoxiously drunk
I - amount of people (Idiots) in the target group that have no clue what you're talking about
φ - amount of pints required to tolerate one such person

A sysadmin will be perceived as sociable by the target group as long as the SASI is greater than 1.

In some cases you should also add an affordability modifier, where the P is reduced to the amount of pints sysadmin can afford during that social event.

This is my pen. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Throughout my whole life I used fountain pens. I started writing early and by the time I reached the "school age" I used a fountain pen. I would argue, that this early start is the reason why my handwriting, despite years and years at the keyboard, has not deteriorated and it is as legible and as pretty and uniform as it ever was. I have used my good handwriting recently to address my friend's envelopes for the wedding invitations (which I designed and made myself, too). My handwriting, my ability to draw and paint, are integral part of me. And so are the tools and the media that I use.